Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Day Cards

What have I been up to lately? Why, making Valentine's Day cards, of course!

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It's been quite a few years since I've made my own Valentine's cards and this year because I enjoy the Victorian style cards I decided to make my own. My sister and I made our cards using various colors of card stock, paper doilies (hearts and circle shapes), stickers, lace and ribbon (I found mine at the dollar store), lots of glue and beautiful Victorian images.

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Sweet envelope style Valentine

I found the above and other exquisite Victorian images at various websites. Here's a few I recommend:

-Three Little Kittens has a lovely assortment of Victorian cards for every occasion that can actually be sent as e-cards. I found a lot of my images here.
-Susannah's Loft also has lovely Victorian e-cards to which you can add music (such as 'Let Me Call You Sweetheart').
-Indiana University Library has a great display of Victorian Valentines and include a little history about the giving of cards. I found the pages on how Valentines were made and some Not-so-sweet Valentines very interesting. More information is available by clicking on each individual Valentine card that appears on the site.
-Victorian Source page has some beautiful Victorian Graphics, not all are Valentine's Day related but several could be used for cards. (See Victorian girls page 2, Victorian ladies page 2 & page 3)

My favorite Lilac Valentine - lilacs are my favorite flower

My sister and I had so much fun making these cards and sending them to our friends and family (unfortunately I didn't get photos of the cards made for our grandparents before sending them). Below is a selection of cards we made and some of the Bible verses I included when writing in them.

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Envelope Valentine image on a plain note card

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. -Song of Solomon 2:4 (KJV)

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Three Valentines: Rose & fan card, Heart Balloon card, and Gold & lace card

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. -I Corinthians 13:4, 13 (NIV)

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Lilac & lace card and Token of Love card

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. - I John 4: 7-8, 10-11 (KJV)

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Rose & Painter's pallet card

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
We love him, because he first loved us. - I John 4:16 & 19 (KJV)

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Fan & Afternoon walk card

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. -Lamentations 3:21-26 (ESV)

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So what special things are you doing for Valentine's Day?


Katherine said...

They're all so beautiful! I love the old tradition of making the cards. :) My favorites are 'gold and lace' and 'token of love.'

Lady Kate said...

I just recently found your blog, and I'm enjoying your many English movie reviews. My mother, sister, and I adore Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell films, and we are always on the look out for similar movies! Thank you for your many recommendations!

What am I doing for Valentine's Day? Hmmm... I think that we'll be going to my grandmother's house for lunch after church and then I am hoping to watch "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"- a favorite of mine.

I hope that you have a blessed day!


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