Stamping in this Valentine month naturally centers on hearts and love, and I am so lucky to still have my sweetheart. But, for many, Valentine’s day isn’t a day to celebrate, particularly those who have been betrayed by one they loved. Perhaps, though, if I could make something small and inspirational, the day might be one that brings a smile to the residents of the domestic violence shelter, Safelight. Using white lunch bags, some inspirational stamps and a heart roller, I set to work creating 21 treat bags with cards. The inspirational message stamps in this pic that I ordered on ebay were a disappointment in that they were much smaller than expected. But I did figure out a way to use them.
I started by rolling a row of hearts on the left side of the white bags. Using my roller guide kept the lines straight.
Adding a bit more color, I stamped “Smile” in a light green.
I found a heart outline stamp, and stamped it on the bags with pink ink, …
then put the little inspirational messages over the top like a conversation heart in deep purple ink.
I used several styles. The messages were great, just small.
I added little butterflies, dragonflies and flowers in purple to finish the bag stamping. Each one is just a bit different than the others.
Then I got to work creating cards using bright pink card stock. I embossed some with tulips, added a sun punched out of yellow cardstock, a butterfly or dragonfly in purple, and a green grass washi tape strip to the bottom.
It is hoped the inside inspirational message will lift spirits.
On the back, just a generic stamp without my name.
Another card with a butterfly embossed motif, with daffodil flowers, one in silhouette.
Inside a different message.
Two more designs with the same basic elements.
A sweet little bird is mounted on an embossed heart motif on this card.
Then I did the same basic idea again with another message and a flower.
After I had 21 cards made, I put them in craft paper envelopes, stamped To You From Me. I hope the brown color will make it easy to find to look at again and again. Next time I’ll see if I can get pink or red envelopes, but these would do for this time.
The cards were sealed inside with little shiny red heart stickers.
The bags were filled with candy, a variety of pieces in each one. I also found some cherry flavor lip balm, and added one to each bag too. I want to say thank you to my friend, Karen R, who provided half of the funding for this project. Thank you to Katie for donating the cardstock and the stickers, and to Wendy for sending me some red ink pads used in this project.
The cards were added to the bags, and the tops folded over. I was going to use heart stickers to seal them, but I ran out.
The bags were delivered to Safelight yesterday, and will be given to the residents to lift their spirits today.
Did you do any Valentine stamping?