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Simple hand-drawn #ValentinesDay cards & other V-Day ideas

Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs! I mentioned to you in a previous post that I did some freestyle drawings of Valentine’s Day greetings.  Let me begin by showing you what inspired me. But, first I need to say if you’re one of my kids or DH, then you gotta leave now. You can visit this post after Valentine’s Day. ?

Found this image at here but when you click on the link for this design for download it no longer works. The good news is, you will find other V-Day printables there.

Realizing I couldn’t print off this cute card it then dawned on me, “Hey, you can draw that!” So, I put charcoal to paper and this is what I got.

Next, I colored my design using my Prismacolor pencils.

Satisfied with my sketch, I selected a glittery white cardstock to draw my design first in charcoal and then lined with black marker.

Again, I used my Prismacolor pencils to fill my hand-drawn greeting card design with color. I love using these color pencils!

This design is not only good for Valentine’s Day but it’s good for other occasions like anniversaries, which I used for DD#2 and her husband last month, see below.

Feeling super charged I decided why not make hand-drawn V-Day cards for all of our kiddies.

For DD#1 I found a cute kitty design at surfnetkids.com as a coloring printable card. I mimicked the design by hand on plain white cardstock adding a few personal embellishments I picked up.

Naturally, I used my Prismacolor pencils to color my design.

For DD#2 and her husband, I found another coloring printable at Activity Village. You have to be a member to print but I felt confident I could draw a similar design.

On plain white cardstock, I sketched the two love birds with various hearts and flowers surrounding them, then I using my color pencils to add the finishing touches.  It’s not purrfect but it turned out pretty good.

CraftyMorning shared her free printable Valentine’s Day coloring pages for kids which inspired me to hand-draw this monkey design on plain white cardstock for DS.

After I colored it, I thought my picture needed something more so I added a small cluster of bananas and a banana peel. These originally missing elements added the purrfect touch.

 

I’ll be mailing these out along with little bags of Sweethearts coz you never outgrow the desire t o get candy.

 

Part of the fun for Valentine’s Day is the treats. I love home-baked scone, so when I stumbled upon a recipe for Sweetheart Raspberry Scones then I knew I had to share it with you.  Also, I found a host of yummy Valentine’s Day treats, here and if you’re like me, then you can’t get enough freebie photo editing resources like these Valentines’ Day Photoshop Templates. Also, to release your kid’s creative side check out these DIY projects like this adorable Ladybug Valentine idea. I think is more suited for girls more than boys but a boy might like to give it to a girl and this one is excellent that works well for both boys and girls, a Heartbreaker Valentines. Plus, you’ll find a whole lot more cool freebies at EverythingEtsy with a 101Valentine’s Day Printables!

I’ll leave you with one more sorta V-Day post. My blogger friend didn’t create this as a Valentine’s Day post but  I enjoyed the vintage all-girl mewsic group accompanied with some cool nostalgic romance magazine covers and I invite you to check it out, here.

I think there’s an artist waiting in all of us just waiting to be unlocked. Are you inspired? Encourage a friend to see his/her potential and share my mews!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Hand-drawn Valentine’s Cards and other V-Day Ideas! I hope you’ll hang around to check out my brand new meme coming up next featuring a new-to-me band on Tuesday Tunesation!

 

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Sunspiration: DIY Feminine birthday card

Another birthday, another DIY rubber-stamp art project!

The anniversary of my mother’s birthday approaches and it was with great pride that I created this cute card.

IMG_2834Would you like the specs in creating this hand-crafted card? Continue reading

Sunspiration: DIY: Masculine birthday rubber-stamp art

This past Friday was my FIL’s 91st birthday providing me with another opportunity to express myself creativity through my rubber-stamp art.

It brought me such joy to make this card. Inspiration in coordinating the layout and colors fell effortlessly into place with very little thought.

This is a great outdoorsy design for the men in your life. I can see this being used for many occasions.

Feel free to duplicate my results or use as a guideline to make your own one-of-a-kind card. Here’s what I used to create my design:

  • Rubber-stamp M-119 (image size 4 ¼” x 3 ⅝”) from Stampin.com.
  • White card for the image, stamped in Color Box black pigment ink.
  • Prismacolor pencils.
  • A piece of olive-green cardstock to glue beneath white card stock image
  • Next glue the two pieces directly onto a natural color pre-cut card, leaving enough room at the bottom to add your text.
  • Clear Embossing pen, Ranger Queen’s Gold embossing powder, and embossing gun for text on the front of the card.
  • Brown Marvy LePlume II pen for inside inscription

Inside of card, I lined the card with a piece of tan parchment paper to include a personal birthday wish, which I created. The sentiments speak from my heart of how I feel about this man. It read:

One who gives much; but
Expects no words of praise
One who means a lot to
friends & neighbors; but
One who for a few means…
the whole world!
Happy Birthday, Dad!

 

The inscription turned out beautifully.  I printed all the text, except the Happy Birthday, Dad, I wrote in cursive. I failed to snap a shot, but next time I will be sure to capture and share so you can see for yourself just how nice it works together.

In honor of my wonderful FIL’s birthday, and for his service to the United States of America during WWII I thought this song would be one he enjoyed back in the 40s…

 

I had the privilege of scanning many of my in-laws’ old photos several years ago. Below are a few from my FIL’s day in the service. I made slight adjustments to enhance the images but maintained much of the original appeal. Click on image to enlarge. It really makes a big difference!

Stationed in Miami, Florida
Out on the town
A visit home
A picture with Mom

What inspires you this Sunday?

 

Participating with…

Songs on Sundays

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DIY: Autumn Card

My blog bud, Kayla is hosting a new mid-week hop. Yeah, I know I’m late, but what can I say? I thought it would be fun to participate when I can and who knows maybe it’ll encourage me to do more of what I love – crafts!

This is my recent DIY project.

Autumn 2012 Card

I purchased the stamped image from stampin.com as an unmounted rubberstamp and I mounted it which is less expensive and easier to store. The elected to keep with the general color scheme suggested by the card idea sheet that came with my set. I used these extra do-dads to spice up my card.

 

The Flower Stuff Autumn is used on the tree and ground in my card. It gives a really cool effect to my card. It makes the fall leaves life-like, don’t you think? Note: This product flakes off kinda like glitter. There may be a product to spray on to seal it to keep it from shedding. All-in-all, it was a simple card that turned out rather nice.

What do you think?

 

 

I’m linking with Kayla today in this blog hop. 🙂

 

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DIY: Jewelry Cleaner

About twice a year, I take my engagement ring to Jared for inspection.  This is something we faithfully do after I lost my original ring. My darling husband bought me a replacement in 2001.  You can read that story here. Don’t you just how your diamond sparkles after the jeweler steam clean it? It looks fabulous!

What do you in the in-between visits, though?  For years, I’ve used a home-made ammonia mixture for cleaning my engagement ring and works very well.  According to what I’ve read, ammonia can be used to clean all precious metals and hard stones such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and topaz. NOTE: My experience is limited to use on a simple diamond and yellow gold engagement ring.

The recipe is easy!

Use 1 part ammonia to 1 part water. I squirt a tiny drop of Dawn into the solution for good measure. Drop my engagement into the cleaner for 30 seconds, remove rinse thoroughly with tap water, and if needed I will use a very soft toothbrush to buff debris that sticks around the prongs.  Dry with a soft cloth and place back on your finger. Wah-lah, like presto you have a beautiful shiny ring again!

Home-made is simple and more times than not, an inexpensive alternative!
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