February 13, 2011

Valentines

 Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day always brings fond childhood memories of scissors, paste, embellishments and red construction paper waiting to be transformed into happy greetings of "love". I remember the large, decorated paper box that sat in the front of the classroom when I was a child, and how exciting it was to receive a handmade Valentine from a special admirer.

Inspired by those thoughts, my Valentines this year are paper heart ornaments created by using red lunch bags, a few vintage book pages, scrap paper hearts, stamps, tape, twine and a sewing machine. It was a great little project to practice "free motion" stitching for the first time.

And, of course, these special Valentine treats need to be presented in a special way, so I sewed some paper gift bags too!

Once again, my inspiration for the gift bags came from Roben-Marie Smith. (If you click here, you can watch her video tutorial!)

Wishing you a Very Happy Valentine's Day!

28 comments:

Ozstuff said...

Fabulous! I love your Valentine's. Even after the flattening process of scanning they have such vibrant textures which capture an almost three dimensional touch - so much so that I feel I could pluck them off the screen (and I wish I could!!).

Fantastic artwork as always.

Janet Ghio said...

Cute!! Do you love free motion stitching? So much fun...

Outstanding Stranger said...

Love you Terri...You are one sweet lady. I love your Free stitch Valentine. What fun. I could make HEARTS all year long....Hugs, Diane

dosfishes said...

Simply enchanting. Xox corrine

Barb said...

Hi Terri,
Luv your paper Valentines, brings back childhood memories. Ü
Thanks for your recent visit to my blog.
Happy Valentine's Day to you too.
Barb

Lynn said...

adorable Valentines!!!! You rock!
Enjoy the special day.

thekathrynwheel said...

Wow, these look really great. I love your free motion stitching! Cool!

Diane said...

How fun!! I remember that we had to make our own valentine boxes every year in school--a nice memory.
Hope you have a great day!

sharon said...

These are so beautiful Terri! Great job....I love them!
Thank you so much for your constant support, kindness and encouragement, it means the world.

Tracey@glitterbugstudios said...

Very sweet terri! I just went through this porcess with my 9 yr old son...covering the box, writing out the valentines...I usually make my kids' valentines to pass out but he is in a PBL class this year and there are 44 kids! No way am I making that many! So he got store bought ones for the first time, sigh. Have a great V day!

Astrid Maclean said...

Happy, happy Valentines day to you Terri, you always spread so much love, may you receive lots of it too! Your heart favors are adorable!!
Hugs
Astrid

Lizbethem said...

Oh, Terri, lovely ornamental hearts!

Netty said...

Wow loving these and great stitching. Happy Valentines Day Terri, Annette x

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Happy valentines girlfriend! Fabulous creations as always.

indybev said...

What a treasure one of these would be, Terri! I'm sure the recipients were pleased beyond measure. Love the idea of making the bags as well! Thanks for sharing.

Janine said...

These are so beautiful,and very much you, whereever youur inspiration might come from.
Happy Valentine
Janine

Martina2801 said...

Oh, Terri what can I say but WOW!!!
Your pieces are always sooo beautiful and these are just wonderful eye candy :D You are sooooo talented!!

Taluula said...

You, my friend, are a star! Your Valentine cards are delicious.

flutterbycrafter said...

Wow, just love these hearts, they brilliant.

Marilyn Rock said...

Fabulous Terri! Your free-stitch Valentine is awesome! Hope you had a loving day! xxoo

Lynn said...

I hope you had a lovely Valentines Day sweet Terri :) Your little red gift bags are just beautiful.

Diana Evans said...

Hello Terri!!!! so wonderful to be back in full swing....our vacation was wonderful and just what I needed....now I find it so hard to get back into things!!!!

I love love love your hearts!!!! you are always a huge inspiration!!!!

Hugs
Diana

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

The Valentines are sweet! I remember those classroom days..and the excitement of getting the little cards!

bikim said...

ao pretty!

happy night!
Rosa

Lori Saul said...

Love this beautiful Valentine- this is so you and what wonderful stitching. A romantic art expression so lovingly made!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Gorgeous! thanks for those words, dear! Blessings, Amy

Elizabeth Golden said...

These are beautiful! They make me long for a studio. Your work is soooo lovely!

LiveArt said...

Such superdupergorgeous giftbags!! WOW, Love them, the hearts, the stitching, Brilliant my friend!!
hugs and smiles,
Linda