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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Challenge #87 - Key to My Heart

YUP, corny as the title is, we are asking for the
Key to your Heart.
Use keys or hearts, or something you (heart) in your project this week. 
Because we're corny, and mushy and sentimental even when we're being cheeky.


Rosemary here - I love Valentine's Day and I have always loved it - even when I didn't have a Valentine or the prospect of one in the near future.  Why, you ask?  There is always a need for more love and affection in the world.  If you knew me in person, you'd know that I'm kind of exuberant and affectionate to those I care about (think of a big blonde Tigger) and so the idea of expressing my affection in a little gift and card is not a big stretch for me.  (I know, you're still picturing Tigger with a blonde wig on, I'll give you a moment to laugh at me - I'm actually quite fine with that!)

Okay, my projects are multiple.  I had a wonderful crafty and creative day with Casii and Kim entitled "My Funny Valentine" and we each brought a project to share and make together.  (please note up front that I'm not posting Casii's because I want her to participate in this theme and she deserves HUGE hugs and kudos for beautiful projects)

Now, onto the photos!

This was my project - I'm nothing if not the type to become OBSESSED with a particular craft and when it isn't banners it is now matchboxes (HUGE ones - go big or don't go at all)

My True Love couple is clip art inserted into a 5" matchbox (Cricut cut) with a Cuttlebug embossed background, little punched hearts glued and hung like dancehall decorations, rubons, a doily, and some sweet little ribbon flowers.  A ribbon was inserted on the box to allow for hanging on a wreath or garland.  (maybe with a banner....oooohhhh, a banner...)

This is a clean and simple (okay, as CAS as I can get) Valentine I made this morning for MY sweetheart.
Kim demonstrated and taught us how to make this beautiful card - the blossoms on the wire branch were easy but I think they add such a pretty accent!
This beautiful card (my lousy photography doesn't do it justice) was also taught to us by Kim and it came out so pretty!

I can't wait for Casii to post hers in the link below because they were gorgeous and fun to make - very vintage and very wonderful!


Jana here: My first thought was Valentines. But, if you know me at all, you know that Valentines is one of those holidays that doesn't exactly "speak" to me. So, I found this birdhouse on a trip to one of those national craft stores. I knew right away what I was going to do with it. Paint it. I have been wanting to make something in the style of the Crafty Chica, and this was it.

I used the wooden birdhouse, acrylic paints, gel medium and glitter. My first thought was to paint all of the basic shapes and then use a Sharpie or paint pen to draw the details. But when I started painting, I decided to give paint a try. I'm glad I did. 

The glitter isn't what I had envisioned, but I think this works.
I'm happy with my little Crafty Chica style birdhouse.

I have a couple more pictures and a little more detail about how I did this on my blog HERE.


Okay, now here's the part where you add YOUR project for the week:


1CardCreator said...

Love your work this week! ~Diane

Electra said...

I'm 1000 miles from home,but if I can do it, I'll be giving you the key to my heart when I get home. You own keys are wonderful, Poobahs!

Casii said...

Jana, the birdhouse is workin' it girl!
And Rosemary, I love your goodies a bushel and a peck! Off to post and link ASAP.

June Houck said...

I just found your blog via smilin' stef! The cards are all beautiful and wonderfully romantic. Jana, your birdhouse is delightful!!!
Thanks for the inspiration :)

Audrey Frelx said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

These projects are all so adorable!

Yes, I think I would like to enter my project among the talent here!!!

Again, thank you and I'll also be following to see all the other exciting projects, inspirations, and maybe participate more!

Thanks again for your visit and comment!

Electra said...

OK, I'm home and done. But I want to say how wonderful your creations are this week-Rosemary, I want to see that banner. And Jana? I was in one of those American National Craft stores a few days ago. Were you there too? We should have said Hi.

Linda said...

Oh how much fun and creative...Thank you for your comment

Lori said...

Love all the projects this week, everyone has done stellar work! I know, I'm late, but I was able to get my link posted, so apparently your rules are rather loose. lol! Thanks for the great challenges, guys! I mean, girls! Now, on to the chicken....