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Happy Valentine’s Day. Lucky old me got two Valentines!!! First time that has happened in several decades! One was from Mr Beez and the other was from … my little nephew and addressed to Aunty Lisette. Yes, it did make me blub! I also had a Valentine’s lunch – as part of my day job I went to visit a school who were doing a themed day. I have to tell you it was fantastic – roast chicken, roast potatoes, beautifully cooked cabbage , stuffing and gravy. There was fresh fruit jelly with little heart picks on the top or bakewell tart with little pastry hearts on top. The tables had been laid with pink and white cloths and there were little vases of hearts and paper flowers. I tell you, there are some amzing school cooks out there serving up the most tasty meals. If you’ve got a school age child, I would encourage you to ask if you can sample a school lunch.
So here is my final Valentine project for this year and I will be sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where the challenge is Love and Hearts. Now having struggled last week with the stamping part I think I might have made up for it as this week, it’s all about the stamping…
… and it’s all about the bees. (Hels, I hope this will reignite another chorus of Arthur Askey!) I have no idea where I got this idea from, but as soon as I read what the theme was I sort of knew that this was what I was going to do. I started with a piece of sand coloured card and gave it the treatment all over with some Vintage Photo distress ink. Next, I cut a piece of pape r to the same size as the card, folded it in half and cut out a heart to create a mask. Once everything was secured with masking tape (mask over the blank card) I used my little bee stamp all over the inside of the cut out heart. I removed the mask and then added a little more Vintage Photo around the outside of the heart and I coloured the bees’ bodies with a yellow Promarker.
I played around with a lot of netural toned mats and layers before deciding this looked based on white. I added a little Vintage Photo to the edge of a white square card then stuck a strip of ivory jute ribbon across the centre. I added faux stitching and then mounted the bee image using 3D foam. The phrase was stamped using the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet stamps Stampin’ Up! (I am now an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up and I will telling you more about that later this week – for a sneak peek, check out my Stampin’ Up blog).
Of course I couldn’t resist adding some ivory buttons (although I did, on this occasion, resist glittering the bees’ wings).
Now this is a very special valentine for a very special someone for whom the bees will be entirely appropriate. Can you guess who it is?
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