Feb 13, 2013

Pink Valentines Day Card

Here's a little Valentine's day card that I made with a half a sheet of cream card stock paper.  I  used a pink color scheme with matching ribbon and flowers.  This would be great for a last minute Valentine's day craft idea.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

God bless, Chan

I made a heart out of cardboard and I glued white lace and added some pink paper roses.

Here, I used two valentine's tags on the left.  On the right, is a sticker that I put on card stock.  I added white lace.

Back of the card is a sticker that I framed with white card stock so that it would stand out from the background.

Cute Valentine's Gift for Boyfriend or Husband

Do you need a valentine's day card for the man in your life?  If so, here is a cute valentines gift for your boyfriend or husband.  It is a masculine styled handmade paper bag card.  I used brown colored papers and actual playing cards.

Sometimes, it is hard to come up with masculine embellishments especially if you are used to working with lace and flowers all the time.

Some ideas for masculine embellishments are:

Cardboard pieces
package tags
plain wooden buttons
playing cards

What I used for this project:

A paper bag
Glitz paper stack
BoBunny's "Going Places"  This is a great stack to use for men
Playing Cards
Cream card stock
brown seam binding to cover the crease of the bag

Happy Valentines Day!!!

God bless, Chan

I used buttons to resemble poker chips at the casino.

I made little tags out of  playing cards and added card stock to the back of them for journaling.

I made larger tags for the open end of the paper bag.  For the charms, I cut out little circles from the playing cards.

Here, I used a striped brown and cream paper to provide some contrast to this neutral color scheme.  

Feb 10, 2013

Esther Howland, The Mother of the American Valentine's Day Card

Hi Everyone!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I did some research into this holiday and found some interesting information about a lady by the name of Ms. Esther Howland.  She is considered the Mother of the American Valentine's Day Card.  I thought it would be good to do a video report about her since so many of us scrappers are now making Cards for Valentine's Day.

This is Esther Howland and one of her many Valentine's Day Cards that she created.  

Esther Howland was born 1828 in Worcester Massachusetts Her father was a store owner who sold books and writing stationary. She attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated in 1847.  Shortly after that, one of her father's business associates gave her an English Valentine's Day card.  She really liked the card and decided to try and make some on her own.   She ordered the paper, lace, and roses from England and made a few sample Valentine's Day Cards and sold them through her brother who was a salesman.  She also ran an ad in the local newspaper.  She received $5000 in orders!  People loved her cards and her business took off in no time.   She named her company "The New England Valentine Company".  By the time she retired in 1881, her company was grossing $100,000 a year.

I made a replica card from the picture above.  I used dollies and lace with some paper roses and seam binding to replicate her design.

I used white dollies and lace on the envelope.  I also added pearl bling. 

I put a large pink paper rose on the envelope in place of the emblem used on Esther Howland's Card

The Pink Scrapbook paper came from  the Le Tres Chic Stack put out by DCWV
Here on the back I used a rose pink handmade flower that I had in my stash.  

Happy Valentines Day!!