Saturday, February 16, 2013

Our Valentine's EXPOSED!

Hello!  Grab a cup of something yummy and come join me for some pics of our Valentine's day... I finally get to show you the frame I finished for my honey... and a VERY personal card I made for him... and something he made for me!  Come on in and stay a while :)

First up are my gifts to him....
 Let me show you closer... I greeted him with fresh hot coffee and this card!

I can't show it to you any closer or you may see some of the writing I added using my Word program and repeating sentences then added colors to each sentence... which enhanced the repeating design.  I got this idea from my great friend Joyce here.  She repeated the same saying... I repeated 4 short sentences... I just had more to say!  lol!

Inside I came up with 10 things I loved about him... it was almost too easy... maybe next year I will do 14 for the 14 days of February :)
In case you need ideas you can read MOST of them :)  hehe!  The two little hearts inside are the insides of the hearts I used on the outside!  Cool!  love that :)

Now for my fave thing... the frame. 

As you know I have been working on it for about a month... working on altered projects is somehow overwhelming for me and I think I can't do it... but this frame did turn out DARLING!  In my previous sneak peeks I showed how I covered a plain $1.00 wood frame from Michaels (my friend Tamra gave it to me) with a light coat of paint after a little sanding... then modpodged on some cute tissue paper I had with no bumps or wrinkles Yay for miracles!!!... and then I embellished it with things that are precious to us...

Starting at the top is the date we use on all our personal stuff as our Established Date... we have it on several things already... now this too!  lol
I loved LOVED LOVED the little Doodlepops blue bird so I have him peaking over our date heart!  This was a piece of chipboard wrote on then inked with pigment ink and clear embossed over it.  I love pigment inks for this kind of stuff!

I love chevrons so I decided to add some cute chevron hearts in the blank spaces as I wanted this to be a fairly full frame...
I embossed "LOVE U LOTS" too... then tried to color in the hearts to bring in more of the blue from the bluebird but it didn't work well...  I salvaged it and added washi tape to make it cuter :)  Cuz I love him lots and we both have areas we work on that aren't perfect so this little imperfection just spoke to me as needing to be there and not redone perfectly!

Below that is a cute Doodlebug Mini Love Note on a white chipboard flourish (love flourishes too!) that I added red Glitz Glitter gel to...
We say I love you a lot but we mean it every time... so that had to be on here somewhere :)

Below that is some paper that had words on it and my name for him in real life is still "honey" so I cut out some honeys and stuck them on a scrap of blue paper... love using dimension if you can't tell!
Next is the STAR of the frame and I didn't make it!  My bff Pam made this cute "kiss me" and I backed it with silver and then with white to make it pop and fill up the space.  She brought it over on our Valentine's making day and I fell in love immediately!
It needed something else so I added the blue lovebirds that again are the Doodlebug I am LOVING!  But don't they all go so cute together... I am not a pink girl so to have so many uses of pink and red in one project for me is AMAZING!  lol!

In the previous 2 pics you can see a strip of paper with hearts on it... it is shimmery paper that I have had in my stash for years and couldn't pass it up for this project as I need something to ground the frame on the bottom and I think this little strip did the job!

Next is the real texture on this... stacked chipboard with a crocheted heart and a stickpin with a heart on it!  LOVE IT ALL!!!  Do you?
I bought some white chipboard a while ago and in that pack of pieces were this polka dot glitter heart and scalloped glittery circle!  I inked the heart with Lagoon ink and the glittery circles just popped... then I covered that with the crocheted heart from Pam and a heart to represent my friend Brandy.  She loves pink and the pink flowers reminded us both of her :)  The stickpin was something I found in my online travels and wanted to add it... First time I have used that type of embellishment... so some old stuff and some new stuff too!

Finally the bling in the upper right corner has some sexy red tulle on it... I tied it in a knot and it looked right at home :)  The tulle is from Pam as is the bling!  And the pic in the middle of the frame... Pam took one day when she was visiting!  Thanks honey for posing so sexy and making me laugh so big!

So now me and all our friends have something invested in this frame and card!  Isn't that cool !!!

Now on to what I got from my honey.  Every year he finds me a big heart of chocolate turtles.  It is the only time I indulge... and he knows I look forward to them... but when I opened this beautiful box...
I found a great love note too!  He had entered my craft studio found some paper he liked... used my designing pencil he scribbled down his sweet thoughts to me and EMBELLISHED it with stickers!  All for ME!  How cool is that!!!!
He even made it heart shaped... I will treasure this soooo much!  He helps me with designing on a regular but I am in the drivers seat !  lol  I love that he felt comfortable enough to enter my studio and create!  And cut to fit too!

My daughter also had a Valentine to offer...  my fave quote... as in my quote for the year.. in stipple form...

Stippling is making little dots of varying sizes that ends up taking a form... in this case my quote... and she signed the back too... isn't that sweet!  She worked on it for days... making those dots... I was so touched!

My oldest son spent some personal time with me and we had fun just hanging out... he rarely has time for me so that was nice... and my middle son...

 Made me a cake! Red velvet with cream cheese filling!  Yummmy!
So now I must ask you... how did you spend your Valentines??? I sent cards to most my friends and have cards to make now for the rest... I did nice things for my family and they did nice things back.

Hope your weekend is delightful and my post has inspired you... thanks for joining me *U*

Kathi



 






9 comments:

  1. Love your projects!!I am working on altering a frame.I want to use it for my front door.I am thinking of flowers & hats for spring..Happy that you had a wonderful Valentine's day.I had a quite one,ordered out but no Chocolate,drs. orders.:(..only for a little while.After that no rules..lol
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Migdalia

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  2. Looks like you had a lovely Valentines Day :) Love your frame you made, so many fun details! I had a really lovely day too. My mom came over and we had a little party with my kiddos and then she took the 2 oldest home with her for the night and left me and hubby home with the baby:) We had a nice quiet evening and he surprised me with the sweetest love note and some treats and a movie. Thankfully a lot of days are filled with just as much love. Hugs...

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    1. Sounds like so much fun! Glad you got an almost kid free night and surprises by your hubby are always nice!

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  3. Wow! Sounds like you had a wonderful Valentines day :) Love the frame and the note was soo sweet. The quote is terrific and the cake looked yummy! I am a new follower. Thanks for giving me your blog address on the

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  4. ...sorry it finalized before I could finish lol. This computer is wacky!! Thanks for giving me your blog address on the play along group:) Can't wait to see your mini you make.
    (:(:Smiles:):)

    Robin

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  5. Thanks for sharing all the love that lives in your home. The frame is beautiful, made from love and friendship. Happy to see you had a wonderful Valentine's day

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  6. Love the frame! Looks live you had a wonderful day:) Maureen

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  7. Yummy!!!! Love your frame. The crochet on there is perfect! I NEED THAT RECIPE TOO! :) Janis

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  8. What a lovely Valentine's Day! I see a lot of Doodlebug....fun stuff! :)

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