Friday, February 11, 2011

A Valentine, Really?

I am not much on Valentine's day. I'm single and have only an 8 year old to share a valentine with and he doesn't care much for cards. Like most kids he is of the "give me the candy" mind-set. I used to work with a girl who said Valentine's day could be retitled "Singles Awareness Day" (or SAD) and for the last few years that's kind of how I've viewed it.

So when the folks at Silhouette announced their "Be My Valentine" contest on their blog I was stumped. I looked at the designs that came with the machine and decided to jump in anyway. I used the scalloped heart, which I like quite a bit, and decided to pull out the State of Heart patterned paper I won from My Mind's Eye a few months ago. I found some of the patterns a bit too patterny for my purposes but I LOVE the all the B sides. The touch of distressing and simpler patterns are perfect for me. So I cut out a couple of hearts and found some almost matching ribbon from my large, neglected stash for this card. It needed something else so I added a small heart punched out with the 3 hearts punch from Stampin' Up! I decided it needed rounded corner so I chomped them off with the corner chomper.

My son has put together a Valentine's Craft for his class and I wanted to share it with you. I used to put a few suckers in a styrofoam ball that was tucked into a small terra cotta pot and sent it to his day care center for valentine's day. It made lovely bouquet for the dozen or so kids that were in his class. Now that he's in grade school and there are over 20 kids in a classroom this will not work, we tested it. In the box marked Styrofoam in my craft closet was a small green tree form.
"All the suckers will fit in this Mom," he said proudly.
"Well let's see how it looks." I said, and we proceeded to stick sucker handles into the form.
Kid crafted and photographed.

We counted them all up and they did all fit, however, I was not pleased with the results. A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree came to mind. He was thrilled with it and I was forbidden to change a thing. Well he saw the Star Wars Valentines MeckMom posted and now he's having second thoughts. Who knows what we'll end up with.

The particulars
Paper: Stampin' Up! Sahara Sand and Regal Rose,  State of Heart from My Mind's Eye
Embellishments: American Craft Ribbon, Dimesionals

Happy Crafting,


Leonie said...

LOL- kate thats so true SAD day!!
couldnt find your WOYWW page so i thought I'd leave a comment here!
Happy belated WOYWW
thanks for hopping by my blog xxx fairy leonie #21

Kathy said...

Well I reckon that if you're on your own, Valentines Day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to something nice and do whatever pleases YOU! As for your son's creation - I think it's fab - it looks rather like a flowering cactus to me - only when ours flower we get rather less blooms, sadly!