"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." ~ Dame Agatha Christie

Monday, January 10, 2011

Valentines Aren't for Lovers Only, Are They?

I haven't given a Valentine to anyone in years...somehow, my upbringing and life experiences combined to tell me that you will only receive a Valentine from someone who loves you (in the romantic sense) and you should never give a Valentine to someone you do not love (again, usually in the romantic sense, although exceptions could be made for your child or grandchild).  And of course, commercialism is rampant for February 14th.

This is however a new decade and a new Linda with new thoughts and ideas...so, I have decided that in the interest of spreading honest affection to those people who mean something special to me, I will make (and give) Valentines--and here is the first one:

I saw that The Paper Players had posted their first challenge for 2011 and it was for a Valentine; I love to follow them, especially since they use Stampin' Up! products, but didn't play actively there in 2010 and decided to do so this year.  This card went together very quickly (less than 15 minutes) and only used two pieces of the 6x6 DSP pad of In Color paper that is a level one hostess gift in the current catalog.  One sheet was Blushing Bride and the other was Poppy Parade.  A couple of flower brads, a quick word stamp from the "With All My Heart" set, some sponged edges, and voila, a simple Valentine for a special friend.

I actually like this layout so well, I may use it for other occasions sometime--I could see using stars instead of hearts for a patriotic card, couldn't you?

Anyway--hope you enjoy it, and I hope you'll come play over at Paper Players...


  1. This is a lovely layout Linda! I am so happy you have decided to play along with us this year! You have created a truly special card! Looking forward to seeing you back again!

  2. Great card, you're on a roll girl, keep it up.

  3. I love this layout! I could definitely see it with stars! Great card! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

  4. Welcome to The Paper Players--so glad you decided to post a card! What a great layout with all those wonderful hearts! Thanks for joining us! Hope to see you again. :-)

  5. This is a great card! Like the others, I love the layout and color choices along with the use of the brads! Thanks for playing with us at The Paper Players!

  6. Linda, you are right - this is a very versatile layout. I love what you did with it using the various hearts. Really creative. I am so pleased that you decided to play along with us this year and share your talent.
    P.S. loved all the book and historical references on your site!