As many of you know, I have been married just under 2 months. Earlier this week I got a sweet surprise in the mailbox. Pictures! Nathan and I were so excited to look at them that we quickly flipped through before he had to leave for work. We took more time together later this week to slowly view them and talk about the evening 🙂
I figured since today was Valentine’s Day it would be the perfect day to share some of them! I have to thank my photographer and friend Amy Minshull for her hard work! She and her children were sick the day of. Her husband had to stay home with the kids, but Amy endured the evening capturing our moments. Check out her website and blog to see more of her work.
I will be sharing more with you soon!
Meals slated for this week’s menu include:
Sunday: meatballs & mashed potatoes
Monday: french dip sandwich & chips
Tuesday: Hellman’s parmesan chicken & potatoes & frozen veggies
Wednesday: runza casserole
Thursday: Homemade Steak Valentine’s Day
Friday: grilled brats with rice
Saturday: Out to Eat!
We are pretty busy this week and will celebrate at home with a Valentine’s Day dinner at home on Thursday – we will celebrate again on Saturday when we have more time…and fingers crossed the restaurants will not be swamped!
Are going out, staying in, or both this Valentine’s Day?
I may have been a bit over ambitious when I agreed to make three different types of cards this Valentine’s Day (Follow these links to look at the hand stamped and scripture focused Valentine’s cards!). Now that V-Week has arrived, I am not finding myself very motivated to complete this final card.
Because of my lack of motivation, I kind of took the shortcut on this Confetti Heart Card. I was inspired to try this card after running across The Creative Place‘s blog post when searching for card ideas. If you want to know the correct, neat or professional way to make this card, I would suggest visiting her site. She does a beautiful job!
For my card, like I said, I took shortcuts and the quality of my project suffered a bit. As a perfectionist I am not satisfied with it, but it did turn out super cute!
I first cut a heart template from another piece of cardstock. Then I traced the heart on the inside of my card. I then very carefully used my scissors to cut the heart out. I would suggest an exacto-knife though, if you have one, because my method involved slightly bending the paper to start my cut. I hole-punched the scrapbook paper that I used for my last two Valentine’s Cards for the confetti. I used some cheap cellophane gift bags for the transparency pouch to put the confetti in. It was with this pouch that I began giving up on life and choosing the easy way out. I would suggest sewing together the edges of the pouch; however, I used a stapler to close the edges. Then I just used a glue stick to secure the pouch to the inside of my card.
Ta-da! A little lackluster, but still heartfelt, Confetti Valentine’s Card!
Happy Crafty Valentine’s Day Week!
Any suggestions on coming to a middle ground between perfectionism and quickness without losing quality? I’d love to hear them!
As promised, here is another idea for Valentine’s Day cards from this Sorority Girl! This one is less of a tutorial and more of an idea starter. The inspiration began when I found an image of a card with red flowers and the following Bible verses printed on them. I really loved the verses they chose, so I wanted to create a version of my own!
I used my mom’s cricut expression to cut some different shapes out of Valentine’s Day themed scrapbook paper.
Then I glued the shapes to the cards and wrote Bible verses on them with sharpie – again – I wish I had calligraphy skills, but alas, I do not.
You wouldn’t have to own a fancy paper cutting machine to draw inspiration from these cards. You could use stencils or free hand these shapes.
Before realizing that I had the opportunity to use the cricut, I was planning on just making plain straight borders out of the scrapbook paper and maybe cutting out a heart or two. These don’t have to be fussy because I feel like the scripture is the focal point and main reason to make these cards.
I love making these cards with a purpose to share them and my love with some of the dearest people in my life. Four of these beauties will be mailed to four equally beautiful ladies who are united under the name VERITAS. I wish I could hand deliver them, but the care I took in preparing these will demonstrate my love too.
Happy Valentine’s Crafting!
How would you tweak this card idea and make it your own? Would you use different material? Are there other verses you would have used? I’d love to know, so share below!
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My favorite part about Valentine’s Day has always been the heartfelt cards received from friends and family. No matter whether they were homemade or store-bought, it was the thought that counted.
It’s been awhile since I’ve made any Valentines myself, so this year I thought I’d make up for lost time! In some new and fun Sorority Girl crafts leading up to February 14th, I will be sharing some nifty Valentine’s Day cards that I’m making to show my love to some very special people.
Today’s Sorority Girl Craft Time with Courtney is all about how to make this little beauty of a rose!
The rose not only holds a special place in my heart because it happens to be my middle name, but also it is the official flower of my sorority – Alpha Omicron Pi. In honor of all my AOII sisters, here is a sweet idea to make hand stamped roses in a very unexpected way!
Who would have thought that a stalk of celery could stamp the shape of a rose? After cleaning and cutting the celery, I brushed on some red acrylic paint and stamped a couple practice images.
Then I brought out the cards and started stamping away! It’s important to keep even pressure on the celery. Sometimes when the image wouldn’t turn out quite right, I was able to use my paintbrush to paint in the bare spots to complete the image.
I used some green to paint the petals and then just wrote my own sayings on the cards in sharpie. I wish I could have used calligraphy or painted the sayings on, but alas I did not have the supplies, patience or skills.
Happy Valentine’s Day and Roses to all of my AOII sisters!
To give credit where credit is due, the original inspiration for this method was found on Maureen Cracknell‘s blog. Check it out!
I’d love to hear what your craft plans are for this holiday about love! Are you making cards, baking goodies or planning a romantic meal?
We pack our lunches every morning for school/work. Because Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I decided to jazz up lunch box treats with some love notes. I made these cute tags to attach to the strawberry muffins I made.
I’m sharing the tags with you! They would make adorable valentine’s! You can find the STUD printable here. Enjoy!
Valentine’s Day is 1 month away! I’ve noticed that wreaths are very popular these days and decided to jump on the band wagon. Here’s my version of a Valentine’s wreath. It even coordinates with the table runner in my post yesterday!
Here’s how I made it –
I started by tying the yarn around the wreath as tight as I could without making an indent in the styrofoam. I put a dot of hot glue on the knot and let they dry . This would hole the yarn in place. I wound the yarn tightly around the entire wreath – this was by far the most time consuming part!
I secured the tail of the yard right next to my original knot – and you guessed it – another dot of glue. My attached embellishments were attache atop this spot too. That way everything was concealed.
I made a felt heart and stuffed it with tissues – it’s just what I had on hand. I pinked the edges to finish them off.
Because I wanted my wreath to hand lower out of the way from the knocker and the peep-hole, I attached it to the wreath hook with coordinating ribbon tied in a bow.
I’m happy with my first wreath. It was so easy I just might do it again for another holiday or occasion!
With all those Christmas decorations taken down, the apartment feels a bit empty. I want to jazz it up a bit for other holidays throughout the year. Here’s my latest project – A reversible table runner.
I chose vintage looking fabrics that I though coordinated well. And to help them stand out I made a scalloped edge (which I made a pattern for myself from graph paper – so proud!) in another coordinating fabric.
I think they are so cute!
I used the 1/3 yards of fabric as is – no cutting (unless of course they came off the bolt really crooked!) And cut 2 scalloped edge pieces from the 1/2 yard of each of the coordinating fabrics. I attached the scallops to the 1/3 yards on both ends and then put rights sides together and stitched ’em up leave a 3″ hole to turn right side out. I top stitched around the whole thing.
Now I’ve got 2 new table runners out of one “sew-simple” project!
Today is one of those days that you either love or hate…Valentine’s Day. Personally, I enjoy the holiday. I’m not just saying that because I have the most amazing fiance ever (because I do) … I have ALWAYS enjoyed this special day. Growing up, we gave out homemade valentine’s day cards. Mom wouldn’t let us go out and buy the one’s with cartoon characters on them. Instead we spent time making them together. It’s also a tradition for Dad to buy us a chocolate rose. My sisters and I have a hard time eating this foil wrapped pretty…but we always manage somehow!
Last night Jake and I enjoyed a night in the Haymarket downtown, nothing too fancy. Just pizza and ice cream. We didn’t exchange gifts or handmade cards, just spent some quality time together. Being with the ones I love makes my heart happy. So for those of you who have yet to enjoy your Valentine, I encourage you to take a step back, relax, and enjoy the simplicity of just being together.