January 12, 2014

Valentine Blog Hop



Let me begin by saying that I {heart} St. Valentine's Day and I have been making and sending valentine cards to my family since I was about 7 years old. 
I would spend days crafting elaborate cards with doilies, old copies of Victoria magazine (for cut-out flowers, etc), ribbon and lace, and even the tin foil from old candy wrappers!
(Yes. I had one of those mothers who couldn't bear to throw out anything that had potential in another form. This is why she still has every cap from every jug of milk we ever drank, and more half-dyed popsicle sticks than one person should own. Feeling kitschy? Go ask my mom for supplies. Seriously.)
Even into my college years (mid-90s), I was still making and mailing them. 
St. Valentine's Day may be a "hallmark" holiday, but it's always been a favorite of mine for being crafty:)
Remember Victoria magazine? They were the best for decoupage back in the day *wink*
 

Participating in the monthly Denami Blog Hop is always fun for getting ideas and being inspired as well!
If you interested in winning one of two $20 gift certificates to the Denami store, be sure to stop at each blog in this hop and leave a comment. Two lucky commenters will be chosen from all the blogs!

Following along, I'm lucky #13 in this Blog Hop! *grin* 
If you came from Donna's blog I'll bet you are feeling inspired. She's so clever that girl!



My first card up there at the top of this post uses: 

These three small valentines are all variations on a theme:)

I had this grand idea to create color-able valentines for my youngest son to color and take to school, but I haven't finished them. I do however want to show you my prototypes so you can maybe get some ideas! 


Denami carries so many stamps that can be used for this idea... And over a shared bottle of wine yesterday my boyfriend and I came up with at least 4 more, besides these! He had fun digging through my Denami stamps and coming up with punny sentiments:)

And one more that is "adult" themed...made just for fun because my 9 year old will NOT be using it!

*chuckle*

Stamps used:

I hope you are feeling inspired and had fun checking my cards out! Leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win:)
Next up is the amazing and talented LYNDAL! (for a full list of participants, check out the Denami Blog.)

Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO

41 comments:

Heidi said...

Wow!! What a lovely collection of cards --- and I love your cute color-ables (punny beaver :) ). I especially like the look of the kraft.

Barbara Murphy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful design. I love how you used the hearts as trees! Genius creativity.

Larissa Heskett said...

OMG OMG OMG!! Girl your FULL of AWESOMENESS today!! You ROCKED IT!! First LOVING your SWEET Vintage Valentine's!! AMAZING and such a FUN Take!! I also LOVE your Valentine's Trees!! And your PUNNY Cards are really GREAT!! LOVE this idea and I bet you'll get TONS of comments on how AWESOME these all are!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

~Tammy~ said...

My Mind just exploded with all the DeNami Fabulousness! So so cute! Very creative use of stamps, and oh yeah…those valentine's will be perfect once finished!

canadian_liner said...

I can certainly tell this is your favorite card-sending holiday. Holy cow, batman! Or maybe every critter except... Your salute to Victoriana is lovely and I think its so fun that you used the same color scheme for your more clean & graphic cards. As for your son's Valentines....just PERFECT!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

The first card, oh I love the roses and the kraft together! It is amazing. And the heart trees are the cutest thing ever! Loved it all here!

Tina M said...

SERIOUSLY, Dana?!?!?!?!?!?! Swoon & cuteness overload!!

The first card is stunning! What a great layout, color palette and choice of stamps!

The second card...are you serious...what a fantastic way to use those hearts!! Who woulda thought...ADORABLE

Your idea for your sons valentines is PERFECT! How stinkin' cute are those??? Seriously LOVIN' the adult themed one...hehehehe!

cghundley said...

Great cards. I love
the three with the
tree theme. The tree
with the heart turned
upside down is wonderful!
I will scraplift that one.
Carla from Utah

Laura Turcotte said...

What great cards!

Linda said...

Dana, I always know when I click your blog I will see something that makes me pause and say awwwww! But today I literally took a breath of air and said wow! And just stared. That was just your first card! Honestly, it is elegant and calming and old world charm! Then your trio of cute cards! And then I'm still giggling at the cute sayings on the colorable cards!! Great ideas!

cm said...

A gallery of gorgeous here! The heart trees are simply stunning! And the images you're creating for your son and his classmates: brilliant! a visit here has brightened my day! WOW!
c

Renee's ramblings said...

Dana, you have to know that most of your punny comments are going to be scraplifted! Your valentine might, too. SO much terrific creativity!

Renee's ramblings said...

Dana. you have to know your punny sentiments are going to be scraplifted! Your valentine with its wonderful unusual take on colors may too! SO much talent!

Greta said...

Oh you are such a talented crafter, Dana! I so love your style! I always sent Valentines, too--you're a gal after my own heart!

Emily Keaton said...

Dana, all of your cards are adorable! I just love how you constructed your love-y trees. And your card up top is SO elegant! I love everything about it :)

Pat M said...

I loved the top card using the craft paper. Very pretty with the flowers.

Renee's ramblings said...

Dana, all those funny card sayings are so perfect! You have to know those are going to be scraplifted.

Lyndal said...

SUPER FABULOUS collection of Valentine's goodness Dana. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

gwhee60277 said...

Love these simple cards, know the kids would love making these for their class exchange

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love your trees of hearts. Neat idea. TFS

CraftySarcasm said...

Love the collection of cards you've created. They are all adorable. The variations are so cute.

And those little Valentine's for your son . . . super cute. The "adult edition" is adorable as well.

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SHartl said...

OH my gosh...these are all so adorable! LOVE Valentine cards!

Brenda in IN said...

Elegant and soft were my thoughts on your first card. Then fun for the next three. They are really cute. The kids cards are the greatest. What a terrific idea. The kids will love them.

Linda Monroe said...

Love them all.

Bunnyfreak said...

Love how you made the valentines for your kid.

Lisa said...

Wow Dana there's a boatload of DeNami awesomeness going on here!! You did a great job on everything, but I adore your first card, The framed sentiment is beautiful. My fave card from the hop!!

Melissa said...

Wow! Such a lovely collection of cards. I especially like your first one with the roses. Beautiful!!

Sue D said...

Lots of wonderful Valentine's ideas!

Brenda Kraft said...

I love your cards, especially the woodland animals! Thanks for the ideas.

Gayle said...

Totally creative heart trees and your valentine's for your son are adorable.

Cindi Lu said...

Love your cards! They made me smile.

Iris said...

Cute, cute valentines - love the trees.
isoscia@aol.com

Roey said...

you really worked hard on all of those cards, how cute they all are! thanks!

Auntie Em said...

Love all your Valentines. It is so much fun to get creative and I will use any excuse as well.
Still have all my Victoria and Romantic Homes mags from way back. Can't bear to throw them out or cut them up. I lay the Valentines and Christmas ones out on the coffee table for company to enjoy each season.
Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas for inspiration! :)

Amy Smidebush said...

Ok, ok, ok...first of all, I LOOOOVE that first card! Stunning perfection! Plus, I love that we both used Kraft! Great minds, eh? Second, those 3 heart tree cards? GENIUS!! I just adore them!!! THEN, the valentines for your son? OMG! I am dying over them! SOOOOOOO brilliant and adorable! I think DeNami should use some of your sentiments for future releases!!! I especially love the Octopus and Porcupine sentiments! Lastly, I laughed my face off when I read your "adult" valentine. HA! This is why we are friends. You're so freaking awesome! LOVE YOU!!

Deb said...

Dana, you crack me up with all of your little Vakentines. I love your first card. It is so elegant!

Amy C. said...

Wonderful projects! So inspiring!

Ruza Rebel said...

Gorgeous Victorian card, and your heart trees are absolutely awesome! Now the Valentines you made for your son are super cool, and I'm sure he will love them!!! :D

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Love your Valentine tress and the set you prepared for your son. Lovely! TFS

Lisa Petrella said...

Hello, AWESOMENESS!!!! You have been a busy crafty bee, girl!!! LOVE your Valentine creations---especially that one with the tree and the little hearts forming the big heart as its leaves!!! Ahhhh...LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! And those colorable Valentines with their punny sentiments are going to be ROCK STAR!!! Still chuckling at the "adult" one as well! Thanks for the giggles!!!