XOXO, Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, all you lovely people!

V-Day isn’t really a huge deal in our marriage. Both our birthdays are close to V-Day and our anniversary not much later, so we tend to make a bigger deal of those celebrations. But any day is a good excuse for a card, right? And cake. There’s always a good excuse for cake that you can find.


Valentine’s Day cards tend to skew heavily towards the pink and feminine, but that doesn’t really work for giving to the Mr. He’s not really the pink and feminine type. Masculine lovey-dovey cards are definitely more of a challenge to make, don’t you think? It can be hard to get the balance right. Fortunately, this is one of those ones that worked out as well in real life as it did in my head when I was thinking about this.


When I was looking through the rather divine new Needlepoint Nook DSP (from the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue) I thought that this beautiful stitched pattern also kinda looked like a series of tiny X’s and O’s, aka hugs and kisses. Taking this as my motif I cut some X’s and O’s using my beloved Large Letters Framelits (seriously, The Best Dies Of All Time) and offset those on a complimentary panel of DSP from the Twinkle Twinkle DSP which has hearts and stars on it so is suitably lovey-dovey in a totally masculine way.


This colour combo of Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Whisper White is always a winner. The colours work so beautifully together. They inspired me to take a series of photos using those colours, with a little brown thrown into the mix.


I love to mix my paper crafting and photography hobbies. Sometimes a photo provides the inspiration for a card, and sometimes the other way around!


Hope you all have a beautiful day, whether Valentine’s Day celebrations are on the agenda or not.






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