I've got a bit of a holiday decorating bug
when I was a little girl my mom had this pencil tree
that she would decorate for all the holidays
from January to the end of December
the tree was always a happy reminder
of the holidays and seasons we most loved
I love Valentines mostly for its kitschy sweet
in your face ridiculous over the top cliche ways of saying
"I LOVE YOU"
as my husbands clearly explained to me this morning
"why do I need to write anything in your card when Hallmark says it all?!"
In the 6 years I have been with my husband
I have only ever received 3 cards
and I'm a BIG sucker for cards!
In fact ALL I am expecting this year is a card
LOL I hope he doesn't screw up!
What is it about cards that makes us feel so good?
I love having an excuse to spend a good 20 minutes or so in the card isle
and don't tell me you haven't ever secretly purchased one for yourself!
or is that just me? (BLUSHING)
This post is meant to inspire you to look
at your card collection in a whole new light
especially those of use that love collecting vintage cards
but never know quite how to display and get the most enjoyment out of them
because honestly how many of us
just have them stored in boxes and drawers?
This first project is really fun and supper easy.
A great project for showers, parties, and holiday Decor
~ would be really cute in a nursery too!
To make your own garland using vintage cards you will need
Vintage Cards - Card Stock Copies preferably
Yarn, pom poms, large needle, scissors, extra card stock and tape
Simply cut out your cards, and laying right side down
tape a strip of card stock onto the back
(tape only the ends leaving the middle clear
to insert your needle and yarn)
Once you have all you cards ready simple string
your cards and pom poms
and finish by tying loops at either end
then evenly space your cards and pom poms
and your done! easy peasy!
For my Valentines Garland I used this really sweet vintage Valentines digital kit
from Daine of Saturday Finds
plus my own digital kit Rainbow Rosettes
If you're wanting to make something extra special with vintage cards
but don't have quite have what you need for your theme
Etsy and other online venues are a great source
Above are just a few of Diane's projects
using cards from her own personal collection
and because Daine is just as sweet as the artwork she creates
she is giving away a copy of her Vintage Valentines Digit Kit
plus some secret something extra special to one of our commenters!
Winner will be announced Thursday
Oh I just love working on my baby scrapbook
it will be a really sweet gift for my mommy dearest someday
One of the things I want to do is scan in the baby cards
from my own original baby book - what an extra special touch
and as I am a 80's baby there are some extra cute retro fun and colorful characters :)
If you're not a digital scrapbooker you can also use vintage cards
but you will most likely want to make copies on acid free paper and such
to ensure that your memories will last for years and years to come
This Vintage Ballerina Card is a perfect example
of how you can really use any themed card to fit your page
- This card had a lot of unwanted verbiage
but with the help of Photoshop magic
the words simply disappeared.
A simple and cute idea for paper scrapbookers
is to cover those areas with glitter or flocking
but I bet you were already thinking of that, right?
Love you Mommy
Herringbone Background: Erica Hernandez
Vintage Cards: Saturday Finds Vintage Valentines Cards CD
Vintage Card and Trim Detail: Saturday Finds Vintage Valentines Cards CD
and those rad Valentines circles are from Karli's fab
Happy V-day to you!
P.S. Don't forget to comment
for your chance to win the very kitschy
Vintage Valentines CD from Saturday Finds!