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A SNAPPY Valentine

I made this cute little valentine and listed it on my Etsy site today.  This little guy was so easy to do!  I used a retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and printed the sentiment from the computer.  I used A Muse Studio Heartbreaker cardstock for the card base.  Then I adhered red glitter and wiggle eyes for a darling accent.  Click on over to my Etsy site to see this cutie and everything else I’ve been making.  🙂

Chemistry Valentine

I made this card this card today and listed it for purchase on my Etsy site.  It is so sweet.  The colors are perfectly masculine.  It would also be perfect for that chemistry buff in your life.  The heart on the beaker is glittered red and the sentiments read, “there’s chemistry between us” and “let’s experiment together”.  The images are from a great little company called There She Goes Clear Stamps.  Their images are so funky and cute.  I also entered this card into “I Heart Projects” Linky Party on the blog Itsy Bitsy Paper.  There are some really great projects there.  So many projects, so little time. 🙂

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Owl Love Greeting Card

Owl Love Greeting Card

Owl Love Greeting Card

My new stamps from The Angel Company‘s new catalogue have arrived and I’ve been putting them to use.  I couldn’t wait to use them.  I absolutely love the new owl set Be Square.   At $12.95, this set has 8 stamps.  5 different owls and 3 different sentiments.  The senitment on this card is from the stamp set What a Hoot.  At $17.95, this set has 12 different sentiments regarding owls.  It would complement any owl set that is on the market.

This cute card is great for many occasions… birthday, anniversary, I love you… I will most likely use it in a Valentine’s Stamp Camp or Stamp Club.  I used Prisma Colored pencils in color him in.  To make his eyes I used 2 heart shaped, red brads sized 3/16″.  I used a white gel pen to make the whites of his eyes after I mounted the white onto the red cardstock.

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All stamps for this card are from The Angel Company.  To purchase your own Be Square and What a Hoot click on the links to be directed to my secure TAC website.  While you’re there looking for owls, you might want to look at Artsy Owls.  It’s another great set at an economical price.

The History of Greeting Cards

I found this interesting little article today about the history of the greeting card that I thought I would share with you.  Wouldn’t you know, it all started with a Valentine.  I hope it inspires you to get your stamps out and make a keepsake for your loved ones.  Why not leave your “impression” on history?
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The History of Greeting Cards
(from the Postcard and Greeting Card Museum – www.emotionscards.com)

Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800’s. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world’s first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer’s and manufacturer’s perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850’s.

As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer’s used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer’s held “art” competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner!

The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400’s and is in the British Museum. New Year’s cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn’t gain popularity until the late 1700’s. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine’s offering us the most “mechanical”, “pop-up” and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800’s, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”. She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800’s. By the end of the 1800’s, Valentines were being made entirely by machine.

Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world’s first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.

The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year’s, Valentine’s, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few, there is probably no occasion that doesn’t have its own greeting card!