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Valentine’s Day Cards—It’s Not Too Late To Have a Party!

February 12, 2010

Have a party to make Valentine’s Day Cards!

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Above: Looking down from the loft onto the kitchen table covered with supplies. On the right, the kitchen island is covered with fabric, ribbons, lovely needle-felted hearts from Karen, foam hearts, handmade prints from Rachel, rubberstamp inks, and eyelets of all sorts. On the floor at the top right is a bucket of colorful paper scraps and magazines for collage. Directly above that is a selection of decorative edge scissors and other cutting devices and punches.

Last week my friend Diane had six friends over for a Valentine's Day Card Making Party. We all brought art materials and supplies and a willingness to have fun. I can't remember when I have laughed so hard over silly, silly things!

EricCard9206 Left: Not a fan of hearts, I nevertheless, couldn't resist these foam confections. Using torn strips of Canson Mi Tientes I made a TicTacToe game. These strips covered the printing on this card and allowed it to be "repurposed."

Speaking of repurposing—the card making party was the perfect ruse to get together for one of the friends as surprise birthday party. Suzanne came expecting to make cards, and an hour later her partner Jackie showed up with Birthday Cake! (I use initial caps because it was quite a cake—chocolate and from a place called Bread Art in Bayfield that I am going to have to check out.) 

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Above: Early in the evening Rachel already had a growing stack of cards piling up on the window sill.

Fueled with cake we continued to make cards. Rachel, who will graduate this year from MCAD, went into full production mode and cards started to pile up on the window ledge near her seat. It is always exciting and inspiring to see creativity flowing easily. Rachel's work with images from an old Sears Catalog that was in the box of paper scraps I brought, inspired us all to work in a series using those images; then it was on to work with foam hearts.

Diane9233 Right: Diane embraced the foam hearts with this velour covered, foam-heart-coated card with pearls. She was debating on whether or not to add rhinestones when I took this picture. (We were calling those sparkly balls Hairballs!)

There's still time to make cards for Valentine's Day. Call up some of your friends and tell them to bring over whatever they have at hand—you'll be surprised at how useful just about anything can be. You will be inspired by your friends. And you'll be sure to have a really good laugh. (For more inspiration and a view of the vinished velour and heart card check out Diane Wesman's post on this Valentine's Day Card party, filled with wonderful photos of the other cards she created.)

Now I have to go and put a pin-back on the lovely little needle-felted heart Karen made. (She used fibers I gave her on her birthday in December!)

    • karen
    • February 12, 2010
    Reply

    Wow, Roz, I can’t believe how much fun we had!

    • karen
    • February 12, 2010
    Reply

    maybe you need another contest…

    • june banet
    • February 12, 2010
    Reply

    Glad you all had a great time.

    • Raena
    • February 13, 2010
    Reply

    I won your bracelet from Rice and I’m dancing around the house!!

    • Miriam
    • February 13, 2010
    Reply

    I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day but you had so much fun and the cards are so great, it makes me wonder if I should. 🙂

    • Roz
    • February 13, 2010
    Reply

    Raena, congratulations! I hope you enjoy wearing the bracelet! Thanks for letting me know!

    • Roz
    • February 13, 2010
    Reply

    Miriam, I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day either, but if there’s paper to be cut up, hey I think I can get in the mood.

    • Christina Trevino.
    • February 14, 2010
    Reply

    I don’t celebrate any of those commercial days.
    But I do celebrate the Chinese New Year, which is fun and I don’t feel pushed to buy anything. I made my own amulet for the year.

    • Roz
    • February 15, 2010
    Reply

    Christina, that sounds like a great idea. I have a friend who makes carvings and prints based on the Chinese New Year and their zodiak animals. I think the no-buy, make something rituals are the best.

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