On Valentine’s Day around the world, cards find their way to loved ones. So many cards, in fact, that the Web site www.care2.com estimates that as many as one billion valentine greeting cards are sent in the United States each year.
If you want to send the very best this Feb. 14 despite the trend to cut back on frivolous spending in difficult economic times, that’s where paper crafting and your computer come in handy. Visit www.ivyjoy.com/printcards/valentine.html to see valentines you can print in color right at home.
But if you’d rather craft your own, get yourself some pink or white paper stock with matching envelopes at your favorite local craft store or department, raid your stash for “little lovelies” such as bits of ribbon and lace, silky fabric, buttons, paper doilies, photographs, rubber stamps and ink pads or anything else that may suit your fancy, and let your imagination do the rest.
Oh, and don’t forget the glue stick. Consider it your best friend when it comes to paper projects. In my opinion, it’s one of the best inventions of the 20th century.
I concocted two valentines which may, or may not, inspire you to whip up a few of your own.
Here’s what I did:
ä Materials needed for Valentine 1 (photo) are white card stock, red paper lace heart, a bit of narrow silver ribbon, a rolling heart stamp, a red ink stamp pad, a pair of Paper Shapers scissors to make the scalloped edge, a calligraphy marking pen, a glue stick and a dab of white glue. I glued the heart in the center of the card, printed the word “valentine” below it, snipped the edge, rolled on the hearts, and glued on the bow. It’s that easy.
ä Materials needed for Valentine 2 (page C6) are pink card stock, a set of glittery red heart stickers and a calligraphy marking pen. Place the stickers where you want them, write the word “valentine,” add a message inside — I used a stamp featuring a typewriter and the words “You’re just my type” — and it’s done!
Try it, you’ll like it and so will your best beloved.
ä The Bangor Area Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is offering a fabric weaving class at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Hampden Municipal Center. Fabric weaving is a technique used to make quilts and wall hangings. The cost for the class is $10 for guild members, $15 others. The class is suitable for beginners as well as those with more advanced skills. Call 941-8815 for more information or to register.
ä The SAD 22 Adult Education Program will hold Rug Hooking II: Beyond the Basics 5:30-8 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Reeds Brook Middle School. Learn design, color planning and how to dye your own wool. The fee for the class is $25. For more information, call the instructor, Mrs. Porter, at 223-4140. To register for the class, call the adult education office at 862-6422 noon-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
ä Those of you who love free embroidery and experimenting with its techniques will love “Sandy b’s” blog at http://quietermoments.wordpress.com. It is beautifully illustrated with close-ups of the stitcher’s work. From the photos, it looks as if her work is a kind of meditation on various themes. The blog has archives going back to 2006 and there’s a long list of stitches the blogger has experimented with. Click on one of the stitch names and the viewer is taken to the appropriate page. But if you visit this site, be prepared for the time to slide right by. It’s engrossing.
ä Visit www.maud.prettyposies.com/ to learn about knitting in the south of Finland. You’ll find some free patterns posted there and links to others, also links to patterns and yarns spun in Finland you can purchase.