February 14, 2011

love notes

I love making Valentines. A perfect excuse to use hearts and red and pink and lots of other girly things that make me happy. And a perfect excuse to sit in my room crafting for a few hours.

This year, I decided to add a little candy to my Valentines. These were super easy. I just love the way they turned out.

The little treat bags are just wax paper zig-zag stitched on the sewing machine. I just folded it in half and stitched up the sides. Then I folded the top over and straight stitched it to a piece of cardstock. The wax paper held up really well considering how delicate it can be.

After the treats were stitched on, I used stamps and paint to add a little pop. The heart is an old Stampin' Up stamp I've had for 20 years, maybe? All the other were given away years ago, but this one was just the perfect heart, so I kept it. The mustache was just traced and cut out of a foam meat tray. It's a little tricky because isn't stuck to a wooden block, but still seems to work just fine. I like to use paint instead of ink pads because the colors are just more vibrant.

After the paint dried, I wrote the lyrics to the Beatles "All You Need Is Love," "Happy Valentine's Day" and my name in Sharpie pen.

I made about 14, I think. Only took me one disc of The Good Wife. Easy-peasy.

Side notes:

I realized that I have been threading my sewing machine incorrectly since I bought it. A HUGE revelation. After going back through and reading the instructions all over again, I put all the threads (top needle and bobbin) in their proper place. It didn't get tangled once. Sewing was a delight!

The Good Wife. It captured me from the first episode. So good! Now I have to wait for disc two via Netflix. Why, oh why don't they just put all TV shows on Instant? It drives me insane. But seriously, I'm starting to understand why TV critics have been recommending this one. It's not the same story every week, but has a continuing story line while the weekly cases are being solved. And who doesn't love Julianna Margulies from the Carol and Doug days?

Here are the Valentines I made last year.


Our Family said...

Hey, I remember giving you that wax seal thing. I forgot about that! Nice Valentines btw! I love seeing your creativity. We did heart french toast and cookies. So creative, huh?

Allison Drew said...

I love these! You are so crafty!

cottage girl said...

Thanks, girls.

stephanie said...

super cute! :) wish I could come over for a craft night :) I'm boring though...I only knit....I try to get inspired to do something else but the brain says "MUST KNIT". Something so soothing about the repetition.....