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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!






Happy Birthday, Daddy! #WW

Today is my daddy’s 78th birthday. I made this card just for him.

Daddy's 2015 bday card

~iPhone image capture~

Inside I wrote…Happy Birthday to a Grape Pop!

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

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Blueberry Scones

How is your week coming along? For the most part, things are going well for me. Life is good. A few days ago, I made blueberry scones. This is something I wanted to do for a long time, but just now am getting around to doing it. Why? Simple, DH asked me to make a recipe he found online. It read totally doable for me and that’s the best kind to try. What surprised me the most was not the ease of making this recipe, but how delicious it turned out.


Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Scones

image captured with iPhone5s


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • ½ - cup sugar
  • 1 - cup fresh blueberries
  • 1¼ - cup heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Gently stir in blueberries. Add the cream and mix together, gently, with a wooden spoon until just barely combined. Be careful not to over-mix.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured board or counter-top. Using your hands, gently pat the dough down into an 8-inch disk, about 3/4 inch thick. You can use the bottom of an 8- or 9-inch cake pan to help you press the dough down evenly if need be. Brush the top of the disk with a bit of cream and sprinkle with sugar. Cut dough into 8-12 triangles and arrange on an un-greased baking sheet, at least a half-inch from one another.
  • Place baking sheet on center rack in oven, and bake for 12-15 minutes until scones turn golden. Allow to cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes. Enjoy while still slightly warm.


This nearly effortless recipe with four straightforward ingredients is filled with a whole lot of goodness. All I can say is, YUM! From start to finish it took less than 30-minutes to savor the taste of hot scones with a steaming cup of coffee. What a purrrfect anytime combo!

If you want an easy scone recipe then this is it. I can’t imagine one being any simpler than this, but if you have one then please tell us about it! Have you made scones? What is your favorite recipe?

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.

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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

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Sunspiration: DIY rubber-stamp art greeting card {flowers in a basket}

This isn’t a very good picture. I knew the moment I took it that it wouldn’t be a great one, but I wanted to snap a quick shot regardless the outcome. Outside my kitchen window on Friday this is what I saw…

iPhone5s capture

Can you see the cardinal? I grabbed my iPhone out of my pocket and maxed my camera’s digital zoom, then through the lower half of the window, which has a screen, I snapped this picture. Like I said, it’s not the best photo. However, I didn’t let the opportunity slip by me. As luck would have it by the time I got my big girl camera the cardinal was gone. This reminded me that it is always good to look for life’s inspirations, even when they appear on the surface as anything other than inspirational.

What has inspired you this week?

This week, my BIL’s wife had to undergo surgery. It was very similar to what I had last spring. The good news is everything went well and she shouldn’t have to worry with future health issues that forced her to have this procedure to begin with and that’s a super blessing in itself.

I decided it was time to undertake one of my rubber-stamp art DIY projects in making S special greetings to wish her well for a speedy recovery. Being short on time, I recalled an image that I stamped, but didn’t finish that would be perfect for the occasion.

Visit stampin.com to order this rubber-stamp K-30, here.

This is an easy card, I stamped the image on white card stock and tore the image out. To color the image, I used my Prismacolor pencils. FYI: Amazon has the Prismacolor 132-piece set that I have for an excellent price. These are awesome color pencils, and if you are in need of some then I highly recommend them. I glued a piece of blue vellum to my pre-cut & scored shimmery blue card, then glued the flower basket to the vellum. You will notice in the below image, you don’t see the butterfly that’s on the rubber-stamp. I felt it needed a little boost, so I applied directly overtop that butterfly a beautiful glittery butterfly sticker.

Card size: 5 ½” x 4 ¼ “

The wonderful thing about making one’s own cards is the inside is blank, which is very much like a canvas for the writer to unleash one’s poetic expressions or simple still one’s thoughtfulness. Poetic I am not, so I wrote our well wishes to S for a speedy recovery and hopes that she’s back to her old self soon.

This image is perfect for birthday, anniversary, thank-you, and get-well cards. Feel free to allow your imagination run wild as you make your own one-of-a-kind creation using this rubber-stamp design on Sunspiration!


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Tuesday Talk Time ~ DIY: Anniversary hand-stamped card (ADJUSTMENTS)

iPhone5s image capture
Last week’s snow storm

The weather is such a contrast this morning versus last week. Instead of snow and bitter cold, it’s just gray and mild. Winter isn’t over thanks to Puxotawny Phil’s forecast, but if conditions stay in the normal range (highs are usually in the upper 40 to mid-50s and with the lows rarely dropping below 35) then I will be a happy camper.

I made a few adjustments with the DIY: Anniversary Hand-stamped card that I wanted to share with you.

This anniversary card is very much like the original one, except I stamped and cut out the chickadees, then used two tiny self-adhesive dots on the backside of the chickadees and attached to the sky background. Also, I used  Color Box copper pigment ink pad to stamp Happy Anniversary and embossed with Zing copper embossing powder. These few changes really make the new anniversary card stand out.

In the second image, I used my stippled brush to create white clouds on the blue card stock, then stamped, colored, and cut out the image and attached the self-adhesive dots to the backside before sticking it directly to the blue card stock. For the final touch, I wrote free hand Saying a prayer… at the bottom.

Time Out For Mom’s prompt for this week is…

Gimme Five.
Reasons for Living that is.
This is simple for me. My five reasons for living are:
  1. for my DH!
  2. for my DD#1!
  3. for my DD#2!
  4. for my DS!
  5. for my God – He  has a purpose for my life, which includes me being here for the other four reasons for living that I mentioned.

Who am I to argue with, to feel pity for, or question God’s plan for my life? If I do not give each day my all to be what He would have me to be or do, then I do not bring Him honor. 

For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. 
~Jeremiah 29:11(NET)

Everyday RuraltyPatrice’s chats on the farmhouse porch questions this week are:

1. Do you worry about what other people think? No, not so much these days. I can’t concern myself what someone else thinks, especially those who only see with limited understanding. On the other side of the coin, something for us to ponder on is and we all do it, including myself, how we quietly sit in judgment without understanding everything or we think we are somehow above what that person did (or what we think he/she did). I have since learned to place myself in another person’s shoes. I find I want to give people the benefit of the doubt. It also helps to remove preconceptions I form, which keeps me from judging so harshly or even at all. Who are we to judge another? I am always reminded when I point a finger at another, there is always four pointing back at me.

2. Do you own a sewing machine? Yes. I have an old Kenmore sewing machine that my parents bought me for a high school graduation present. I have used it several times over the years, but not so much anymore. However, it is nice to have if I need it.

3.Tell us about someone interesting in your life. Please. I don’t know, if this is interesting or not. But…we finally caught that clever elusive mouse. You may recall that I caught a mouse a couple of weeks ago. Read about it here, if you don’t. What’s really about the whole thing is last night I dreamed that I found the mouse caught in a glue trap near the refrigerator. Naturally, I look in that spot first off when I approached the kitchen. However, it wasn’t there. Instead, I found it in a glue trap close to the middle of the kitchen floor securely trapped. How did he get there, you’re wondering. I speculate before he got caught up in the glue that he dragged the trap in hopes of freeing itself.  Planned failed on itself behalf, but finally success on my part. I am certain we are now rodent-free, but I will lay out a replacement trap and continue to watch for activity. Like I said before, when you see one there is always one or two or three of those itsy, bitzy creatures.

4. Did you watch the Super Bowl? Yep, sure did. In fact, you can read about it here.

5. What’s the best dinner you had last week? Hmm, we are still eating leftovers. I always make more food than we need to save for meals at another time. It makes life so much easier. It perplexes me to hear that some people don’t like left-overs. Oh yeah, let me get back to the question….I think the best dinner we had last week may have been Split Pea & Ham soup with cornbread. For the recipe, click here. I want to make a large pot of beef stew next! 🙂


Stacy Uncorked is taking a blogging hiatus. You may recall, she and her family moved back to her home state of Washington last summer. For the past several months, they have lived in Stacy’s parents’ basement. She’s thrilled to report they are entering the last leg of their journey since settling on a new home recently and promises me to return to Blogosphere in March. All of her loyal friends, including myself, are looking forward to seeing her soon. Until then, I continue doing what I always do… visit my other buds! 

Have a terrific Tuesday!