Thursday, 14 February 2013

Love is in the air!

I don't like quite the commercial side of Valentine's Day but I definitely love the crafty side of it :) Every year I try to make a hand-made Valentine's Day card for my bf. Just for him and always from the bottom of my heart :) He seems to really appreciate all my cards I make for him it since the day when he once sat down to make a hand made birthday card for me all by himself. I let him use all my crafty toys and whatever he wanted to do with his card he could :) After 30 min of hard mind racking and trying to be creative he said he was at a loss for ideas and felt overwhelmed by all that scrap booking equipment surrounding him ("I don't know how you use all these ideas and techniques to make one card! It's too hard!"). Eventually, he made me a stamped and embossed card with a somewhat kinky picture message and a sticky gooey embossed heart inside ha ha ha - it was definitely one of a kind card. I loved it as for me it was the funniest card in the world I've ever received and it came from my scientifically-minded bf, who perhaps is not the most crafty person in the world but I love him anyway.

Back to the cards. Materials I used: Spellbinders Scalloped Heart dies, Noolibird stamps, Lemonade circular sentiment stamp, Martha Stewart heart lattice punch, backing papers from Panduro. I really enjoyed making those Valentine's cards. Love the blood-red vibrant colour contrasting with the white card. 



I coloured the image with a red pro-marker and used some of my glass painting relief paste to add some 3D effect to the stamped badge :)



I coudn't resist trying out my new love stamps so here's another card with a gorgeous Noolibird stamp, heat embossed in red, shaded with chalk and embellished with a red and white relief.  Love the backing paper for this one too - sort of xxx stitch pattern on it.




Quite pleased with the cards :) Hope my bf will like them.

EDIT:
 (I thought I'd edit this blog post and add this photo here as it matches the love theme :)) This year I decided not to go commercial on the St Valentine's Day. Instead I came up with an idea of giving my bf something different than chocolates (we both are supposed to be dieting!). Here is another part of my Valentine's Day present for my bf :) They say: the way to a man's heart is through his stomach - so here it is, my bf's favourite chicken and sweetcorn pie in a limited LOVE EDITION :)))


My bf is a big fan of this dish and he never lets it last for more than 24 hrs (I always make 2 ceramic dishes) and surprise! surprise! Guess who is always making frequent (and secret) trips to the fridge?.... well.... it's so called a Chicken. Or I should say "The Chicken" - our imaginary creature that lurks at our home and which always gets blamed for eating things away or for things disappearing from the fridge. I suspect this chick has got my bf's name ;)

Time to join the Hand-made Monday in a crafty Harbour. Do join in and enjoy your blog hopping through the crafty fields of blogs. 

18 comments:

  1. What beautiful cards! I love all the little details like the glass painting relief paste.. what a great idea! Your lucky bf is sure to love these :) x

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    1. Thank you. Indeed, he loved the goodies I prepared for him.

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  2. So sweet! I love handmade cards :) And valentines cards are always so pretty!

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    1. Have you made / sent yours? :)
      I just love hand-made cards. Full stop.

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  3. Goodness what beautiful cards. Love them. (I have a weakness for red!) I too think the glass painting is a stroke of genius. Bet your bf will love it.

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    1. Thanks :) Yes, isn't red eye-catching? :)

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  4. The cards look beautiful. It's something I've never tried but I'm always tempted when I see what other people have created. Thank you for the lovely comments you left on my blog.
    Ali x

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    1. Oh, do try! :))))) I'm sure you will enjoy it and card making is such fun, when you're on your own or with kids :)

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  5. I agree - unfortunately i work in a place that is totally commercial based so im surrounded by it and i dont get a chance to actually enjoy any occsion - but valentines has so much scope to craft around and i love that side of it!
    Both are beautiful cards x

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  6. I love your cards - gorgeous. It's nice to see such beautiful cards being made for someone close and not for any other reason than to express your feelings. I'm with you on the commercialisation - it has gone a little bit mad! Sainsbury's were even selling strawberries in a heart-shaped plastic (throwaway) container!

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  7. Your cards are lovely. My husband tricked me this year, by grumbling on about how commercial Valentine's Day has got, so I did nothing, but he then surprised me with a little bunch of flowers.

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  8. What a lovely card and the pie looks great too - very romantic! I gave Himself a quilt this year. It has almost 60 hearts quilted into the design - always give something you'd like to receive - that's my motto!

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  9. Your cards are really beautiful - lovely embellishing touches to all of them. Hope you have a good week.

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  10. I am with your bf! I tried to make a card - thought I had a good idea, sat down to make it and ....was stomped! Oh well, we can't all be good at everything which is a good thing. Your cards are lovely. You always seem to get the balance correct with the colours, embellishments and messages. A skill I just don't have. Glad I can appreciate yours however. Hope you have a great week :)

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  11. The cards are, as always, beautiful. I love the finish on the first card and I agree that the colour is brilliant.
    Your pies look yummy, we also have things that disappear from the fridge, we always blame it on the 'fridge mouse' sometimes there's a gang of them and they take all the chocolate.

    Jan x

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  12. The cards are beautiful and the pies look delicious!

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  13. What beautiful cards! I love the blood red colour and hearing about your BF's attempts to make a unique card for you are so sweet... it's so nice when they make the effort too occasionally. Mmmm the pies look delish - not surprised they don't last long! Simmi x

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