Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Valentine's Day is coming...

Our Daily Bread Designs, Apothecary Bottles, Canning Jar Fillers, Ornate Borders Sentiments, ODBD Custom Apothecary Bottles dies, CherylQuilts, Shining the Light Challenge, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

This week's Shining the Light challenge is a Pink, Red, and White Color Challenge.

I used one of the Apothecary Bottles with its matching Apothecary Bottles die, added the cute little heart candies from Canning Jar Fillers, and added the little heart with the "hugs" from Ornate Borders Sentiments.  Keeping it simple, I embossed the white, added a pink doily and matted it.  But then it still needed a little extra something, so I fussy cut a bunch of the little hearts and sprinkled them around the bottom of the bottle.  

Being curious about the origins of Valentine's Day, I found more than I could imagine about how it started and its meaning…good and bad.  

Over the years, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and hearts spread to America. It wasn't until the 1850s that Esther A. Howland, known as the "Mother of the Valentine," made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons, and colored pictures known as "scrap." Initially these cards were hand-colored by factory workers, but by the early 20th century even fancy lace and ribbon-strewn cards were created by machine. And now many of us are back to making handmade cards, which are a delight to send as tokens of love and affection to family and friends. How nice that a handmade card is still of value in this hustle-bustle society in which we live.

This card is going to a precious little girl along with a special gift that is being handed down from her great-grandmother, my mom, who is now with the Lord. I plan to write a note about why it was special to my mom. I am going to share how my mom loved the Lord dearly...and how she would have loved her great-granddaughter very much too.

To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, please visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. You have until February 2 to join us. You may use any stamps to enter, but if you have any Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we would love to see you use them. If you participate, you have an opportunity to win a $15 certificate toward ODBD stamps or to be "spotlighted" for the Shining the Light Award (the SLC award is only for those who use ODBD stamps). We would so love to see your creations!

For more absolutely gorgeous inspiration for this challenge, please visit my precious design team sisters:

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and leaving a comment or sharing a thought. As I anticipate Valentine's Day, I think of the greatest love…God' that He sent His only Son Jesus for us! There is no greater love!

For His glory,

Card Recipe:
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Pink (Bazzill)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, ODBD Custom Apothecary Bottles dies, Classic Hearts dies (Spellbinders), Geometric Rings embossing folder (Cuttlebug), doily (Michaels), DMC perle cotton, empressor tool, 3M dimensional tape
Card Size:  4 3/4" square


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What an absolutely darling and beautiful card, sweet friend!! I just love your coloring of the hearts, the doily behind your bottle and the embossed white background!!! Your nieces daughter will treasure this card as well as the quilt passed down from your Mom, Cheryl. What a keepsake and gift!!! You have such a giving heart!!

Alshandra said...

Beautiful card Cheryl! I love the embossed background and I adore those little hearts "sprinkled" at the bottom! I'm sure that little girl is going to adore your card (and the special gift) :-) Elizabeth

Robin Clendenning said...

Cheryl, I love your oh so cute bottle of candy hearts!!! Love the little pieces spread out below as well! AND that pink doily is so sweet!! Your embossed BG is wonderful!! Your card is way sweet, just like you!

Karen Dunbrook said...

Such a gorgeous card mf....your sweet style comes through in this delight!!

DebR said...

I love this's beautiful.

Greta said...

What a beautiful card, Cheryl! It will be something else for that girl to treasure along with the item from your mom--so special!

Linda Carson said...

Quite delightful Cheryl! Love the textured background, doily and esp the extra sprinkled candies! It will be a cherished blessing along w/with the special gift from your Mom!

DJ Rants said...

Oh no, I haven't finished my candy from Christmas!! What a beautiful creation, Cheryl!! Love the sweet colors and you've colored the cork to perfection!! Blessings!

Diana Nguyen said...

A treasure of a card to go with a treasure of a gift! So precious! And I love the sprinkling of candy hearts on the bottom of the card; it's the perfect touch.

Robyn said...

Sweet hearts, oh the memories it brings back! <3 the pink!!

Leslie Miller said...

What a fun and fabulous Valentine with all those little candy hearts! The pink doily and embossed background are so pretty. I'm so glad we can make our own Valentines. So much more fun!

Dorothy S said...

This is so pretty - what a lovely doily - and the adorable hearts - you cut them all? Thanks to you as a DT member for ODB - your comments are appreciated.

JD/ Jill said...

This is beautiful! It will be a cherished card to go along with your special gift. Thank you for the nice comments on my blog. I was going to follow you, but I see you don't have the followers I am going to follow you through pinterest, and of course, get to see your lovely creations at Split Coast. Hope you have a nice weekend, Blessings, Jill