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Friday, February 11, 2011

Sealed With A Kiss

I decided to send some love out into the world via my mailbox. This year I made my own cards.

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I was trying to use up some small scraps of Valentine themed paper, a few photocopied images given to me by Terri Brush, and some blank note cards I had found at an estate sale.

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I measured out four scraps of paper that would slightly overlap each other and lightly glued them down and then ran the cards through my sewing machine using a zig zag stitch. I then glued on the paper images and added a bit of sparkle with Stickles glitter glue. The next step was to add some crepe paper medallions, buttons, and anything else that captured my fancy. No two cards were alike.

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Except for setting the table and cooking a scrumptious meal, I am ready for Valentine’s Day. For those of you who may be visiting for the first time via the linky parties here is how I have been preparing over the past few weeks.

Each place setting will have a “I Pine For You” candy container.

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The kids will receive altered candy boxes filled with small things they love.

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No Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate, so those near and dear to my heart will receive a “Be My Valentine Chocolate Bar”.

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This afternoon I will be volunteering in Sweet Boy’s classroom giving a lesson on Leonardo da Vinci. While he is best known for his great paintings, which include the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and Virgin of the Rocks, did you also know that da Vinci was a great engineer and inventor of such things as a battleship, musical instruments and a hang glider? He often made small models for his inventions. With that in mind I am having the 3rd graders create a model of a 3D heart based on a design I saw on Jill’s blog. I love the garland she created with her hearts.


The weekend will have us finishing Sweet Boy’s Valentines for his party on Monday.

Will you be my Valentine?


Please visit the Metis Linen blog today for Fabulous French Valentine’s Day!

Linking to:

Fabulous French Fridays



ImagiMeri said...

Good Morning Laura,

What a pretty card to go along with all your other pretty crafties. I sent you an email, so check it out.


jeanette from everton terrace said...

I swear I don't know where you find the time! Beautiful crafts and I love that you are having the students make something based on LDV models - expanding those minds :)

Jen said...

The cards are just beautiful. You know they will be so appreciated just because you took the time to make them special. I love all of your Valentine crafts. This is one of my favorite holidays. The homemade personal touches are so special.

Miss Sandy said...


It looks like you are all ready to celebrate those you love and they are going to love it! Have a wonderful weekend!

Maggie said...

Laura, how busy you have been getting ready for V day.
Everything looks lovely and I know all your guests will love their gifts.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I will definately be your valentine! That heart is so sweet. The kids will love it. Great cards, you have been busy! Only plans for next week are going out to dinner Friday night if we are not sick. I have been down all week and now I am afraid Len is going to get it. Have a great Valentine's Day!

Shirley said...

Dear Laura,
Now I really want to get all my scrap material out from hiding.
Your Valentine creations are wonderful. Love your images too. So sweet. I love sweet Valentine's Day..and pictures like this is why!
Yours Sincerely,

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the cards...they are just fantastic, Laura! You are so creative. And so sweet...for volunteering in your son's class. They will all have fun making that heart and their mother's will love them {and you} for it!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Sherry said...

What cute creations! Love the chocolate bars, they are so pretty. I also like the 3-d heart you are going to make with the 3rd grade. That will be a great project for them. Thanks so much for coming by my party!

Linda said...

Beautiful!! :)

I didn't make my own cards, but I bought the most delightful vintage-like cards, did some stamping and sent them off in love to my sweet little nieces.

Lots of love to you and yours,

Amy said...

I LOVE, LOVE the way you wrapped the candy bars. Thanks for the inspiration!

Heather said...

Hi, Laura! I wanted to stop by and say "thank you" for visiting my blog. I just love all your Valentine creations. How lucky your friends and family must be!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I love it all and those kids are going to have so much fun making the 3-D hearts. You are a treasure for sure. But I think my fave is the candy bars. I thought I was finished with my Valentine's projects but not now. Off to buy some chocolate bars and get creating. xoxo

xinex said...

Your home made cards are adorable, Laura. Thanks for inviting me to your linky parties. I will definitely be there....Christine

Susan said...

Hello Laura,
Thanks for your kind visit to my blog. What gorgeous Valentine creations you made!
- Ssuan

bj said...

OOO, the cards are sooo pretty.
Everything looks fabulous.
Love those little 3-D hearts..
I would LOVE to make some special candy bars for 10 grands and a great grand. Not sure how to do it since I can't find a store that sells "CRAFT BONES" and I don't have one single solitary craft bone in my entire body. :)))

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Nothing says "Love" like a handmade card & wrappings. You really say it with style, Laura! Happy Valentine's Day!

Bill said...

Hi Laura,

The cards are wonderful, and I'm so impressed by the time, energy, talent, and attention to detail you put into every single thing you do!

Have a great weekend and a very happy Valentine's Day!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wow are you ever talented Laura!
I simply adore your valentines!
So many pretty things, your an artist!
Thanks for the visit!
I will try to join your party soon!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a fun Valentines day you are going to have, can't wait to see what will be served for dinner. Thank you for inviting me to your table scape party. I do just about everything, but table scapes, but you said you had another party coming up, so maybe that is something I can join!


Honey at 2805 said...

Your Valentine's Cards are so adorable! I would be happy to be happy to be your Valentine.

Thanks for the invitation to your tea parties. Unfortunately I really don't have enough "prettys" to participate.

Sarah said...

Laura, it's nice to see handmade valentines. Lovely idea to stitch on the papers.
Thanks for sharing.

Oliva said...

Great job! You have been so busy gearing up for the big day. I enjoying making cards using scraps from scrapbox...the best!
BTW...I hope I can find a fine hat to wear to the tea party!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loveeeeeeeeeee the valentines! I love love love love the stitching! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Laura, what lucky people to receive a card from you! Those are wonderful treasures! You are so talented. Love the idea of re-making the V'tine candy boxes to hold trinkets for the children. Thank you so much for linking to the Valentine party. laurie

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You have made some really neat Valentine decorations!

Thanks for inviting me to your upcoming blog parties! I hope to attend! Tomorrow I will post your buttons on my blog.

I spent a looong time catching up with your posts today! I also sent some to my two daughters, they love the Royal Wedding stuff! When they were little I allowed them to set the alarm at 4 a.m. to watch Diana's wedding!


Jill said...

The paper hearts are perfect for a class project! My little gals had fun cutting and stapling here too! So glad you could use the tutorial.

Angela said...

Hello, Laura, I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I just love all your Valentine creations. How lucky your friends and family are to receive such a thoughtful Valentine.