Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentines Amongst Friends

Sometimes I think the romance and beauty
of Valentines
is wasted on romantic couples.
At least when it comes to the crafting
of frilly, soft, Victorian style valentines.
That is best saved for exchanging
with like-minded
artisan friends!

I recently hosted a swap in my flickr group
where we each created a decorative box, 
ribbon doll, tag
and other assorted goodies for our partner.
 I simply adore working with these images and materials!
 The image is a beautifully embossed
German scrap die cut.
 After covering the box with gesso, 
I embellished with all kinds of floral trims,
a battenberg lace heart
more flowers and more hearts.
 I used a German scrap lady for the body of
my ribbon doll.
 The paper lace doily backdrop
is enhanced with copper ink
for a rosy glow.
It's all about the details
and adding a paper flower,
velvet leaf and tiny puffy heart
finished off her ensemble perfectly.
Her dress is made of sari silk, laces, seam binding,
leaf trim and torn fabric.
 I added some extra goodies to the package.
(The heart pincushion 
was a great
last minute find at an estate sale.)
 No Valentine is complete
without a personal message.
I hope all of you
are able to share some Valentines
with friends!


Lynn Stevens said...

Oh I missed it, Lovely Valentines!!


Your Valentine box and ribbon lady are so pretty! I've never seen a ribbon lady before!

Judys Lace Creations said...

Love your ribbon doll. I agree..Valentine items are lovely to swap with Crafty friends.

my cup of tea said...

So BEAUTIFUL JoAnne! Love all the detail and romantic flair! This was a fun swap.

Amy B said...

Both your Valentine box and ribbon doll are stunning! Frothy, feminine loveliness. I agree that, while romantic Valentine's Day is nice, GAL-intines day where groups of ladies celebrate all that is lovely, lacey, sparkly is wonderful too. I had a great time with this swap. Thanks for including the blogless. I will post photos to the group Flickr as soon as I know my partner has received her package. Happy Lunar New Year too..... hope the year of the Monkey isn't too mischievous.

Something Special said...

I am the lucky recipient and I love love it all. I was so happy to recieve all of this loveliness JoAnn. Wow you really did such a wonderful job. My problem with only having my camera on my phone is that it is not easy to transfer all my photos to the computer. I am so glad you posted your work on flickr. Thankyou so very much for being my partner.

Tamara said...

Everything is so beautiful! I've never seen a ribbon doll.. it's stunning. love the colors and all of the lovely details. The swap sounds like so much fun. Have a wonderful weekend.

Tamara xo