Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine Day & Cards Share

I want to first wish you all a happy hearts day and thanks for visiting. The Hubster and I exchanged cards and candy Saturday night, so I will be in a near-sugar coma for most of the coming week. I received my usual request: large bag of peanut M&M's. But I gave something new this year: the biggest box I could find of Pangburn's Millionaires. Well, it did not disappoint! Here's the happy fella with his our (haha) goodies:

I spent some time Friday trying to update and clean up my blog sidebar and links page, but then when I tried to do a new post (as promised), every button and link for that was dead. I have no idea what happened. I just know that everything is back to normal now (I think). I am trying out a larger text, please let me know if it causes problems for anyone in reading it.

First, I want to share a card I made for my dad using the Cutie Pie stamp set from Artistic Outpost.  They have a monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge and I'm submitting this. Confession: I've long been a lover, fan and collector of AO. I believe at last count I own 52 sets of their stamps. And 3 single stamps. That's no typo, so yeah, I need to use them more instead of just collecting them (ya think?). I used paper scraps from my Valentines/Love stash box and I colored that cute majorette, puppy, chocolates and sentiment with alcohol markers, chalks, distress inks and though it's hard to see, some Wink of Stella pen. And I thoroughly enjoyed myself!
Vintage images like these are much-loved by my dad. He also loves my card poems, so once again I happily obliged with one created in PSE. I even came up with a couple more diddies for future cards - there is also a football player and beauty queen in the stamp set.
I used this old Split Coast Stamper sketch for my design.

In my last post I talked about using the extra kiddie valentines I'd saved, so I went back and looked for other cards I'd used them on during the time I took a blog break. I found a few that haven't been shared until now:
One I made last year for my mother-in-law...

I made this one last year for my dad...
I made this for my brother in 2013...
Well that seems like quite enough for one post, right? Since things seem to be working fine now, I will try to come back this evening and share some more Valentine cards in honor of the big day! Enjoy your Sunday and thanks again for stopping by! xoxo
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