Not long ago I stumbled on to a blog, creativebreathing, and fell instantly, madly, completely in love. This super-talented woman makes the absolute cutest stuff on the planet! She makes everything look easy, and shares her instructions and tips. There isn't anything on her site that I don't want to try make for myself.
I decided to start with a Valentine. I wanted to make it from materials I already had in my stash, so I looked through my computer files - I love greeting cards from the 40's, 50's and 60's, and I often google images of "vintage Valentine" or "vintage Christmas card", etc and save the files to my computer. Plus, many crafters share their files online. I don't remember where I found the original card with the kids in the car, so I can't give credit. I also googled "license plate generator" and found a site here where you can enter whatever you want on a plate of your choice, so I have a California plate on my car. My original plan was to have some trees, from an Easter card I have on my computer, in the background, but I could not find a good paper to go behind it. (mental note: pick up some cute, small patterned papers next time you're in the craft or scrapbook store!)
And that's how I ended up with a blackValentine. Adding some more hearts in white and red, little flowers made from hearts, and some little gems, it really was fairly easy (cutting out those white hearts with the scallop scissors - not so easy). Looking at this little pile of components, I can't believe this little card took me two days to complete! I still need to add my personal message on the back... that may take another day. (I tend to over-think things... really slows me down!)
You can't tell in the picture, but the arrow and the kids are raised up off the card. My only regret is the glitter. I always want a little glitz - and the arrow needed something - but I did a terrible job with the glitter glue. I don't think my husband will mind too much, though.
Through Creativebreathing's blog, as it so often happens, I've wandered here and there and found many more bloggers that I now follow, and I can honestly say I'm addicted to reading blogs! There are so many talented women out there.