Things are looking up!  My cold is gone and I’m back on track with the Valentine’s Day Cards.  We also had a very successful raffle at work (with the stuff I made in THIS post).  We raised $128 dollars towards our goal and I was so glad that the tickets sold.  You really put yourself out there when you make any sort of handmade item and if we hadn’t sold any tickets it would have been a kick to the psyche.  Luckily, my fragile ego is still intact!

Today’s card is a boy/girl version.  I made a card using a layout by the talented Kim Hughes and then I made a “boy” version by simply removing the patterned paper and the bling.  It actually looked fine without the diagonal row of hearts but I HAD to add something to the card.  I’m sure a man could handle some brown hearts and just one tiny little heart-shaped rhinestone on a Valentine’s Day card.

Here’s my CASE of Kim’s card (I even used the same PP as it’s so cute and I actually had it):

Kim had pleats on her paper and I did try to reproduce that initially but I’m not that patient a person so I crumpled my paper for some added definition on the card.  The stamp is a High Hopes freebie that came in my birthday/Christmas order.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day.  The sentiment is actually a stamp from the $1.50 bin at Michael’s.  It wasn’t intentional but it was a perfect choice for casing Kim’s card as the name of her blog contains all three words in the sentiment!

Here is the “boy” version of the card – it’s not brilliant but it just goes to show that you can get a completely different look from the accessories you use (or don’t use!):

While my picture taking hasn’t improved, my husband helped me with a little resizing issue I’ve been having so hopefully the pics are a little less wonky these days.

I’ve had a productive day so check back tomorrow for another post!

Supplies used: Kissy Face Frog – High Hopes, M’s $1 stamps, River Rock, Confetti White and Basic Black cardstock – SU!, Aquapainter and dye inks, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, rhinestones, ribbon, Basic Grey “Bittersweet” patterned paper.