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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thank You In Any Language Is Lovely

I really enjoy designing thank you note cards for newly married couples.  It's a beautiful way to express themselves with personalize stationery using photos, their names, a personal messages, and scripture
that expresses their faith.

The note cards also show their character,  as well as the couples taste and style.
1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain:
faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love. 
This seems to be a favorite among newlyweds.

Are Thank You note cards going out of style.  Nope!  It is never "out of style" to send someone a personal note of thanks.  This is when an email or telephone call just won't do the job as those lines of communication 
are just too informal.

 
Having personalized stationery and Thank You note cards that are blank inside, provides the opportunity to express a quick note of Thanks for a special kindnesses, appreciation, or thoughtfulness that someone has shown.  Great scripture for these kind of notes is Philippians 1:3- I thank my God
every time I remember you.

Whether its for wedding, baby shower, Bat Mitzvah, 1st Communion, graduation, or any of life's many moments, saying Thank You in any language demonstrates an expression of gratitude that is one of the basic courtesies that should never be neglected.
 
Much love and God bless,
Valerie

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Recent Vintage Finds


 Found this lovely boy skipping stones.  The finish on the piece has subtle shades of brown, pink, and greens, and besides, it looks like my grandson Nolan.  The statue measures 24" height and is made from plaster.  I was thrilled by the level of detail in this piece.
 I just loved this bunny and felt it would add a bit of whimsy to my studio.  Love the long ears.  This is a large full body rabbit with some weight to it.  
 
I buy art work based on what I like and find pretty.  This piece was a surprise to me.  Fairy prints by K.W. Diefenbach 1 of 6 minitures in the original frame.  It is a reverse painting on glass.  Small 4 x 5" piece, but beautiful.

 This small dish was too cute to pass up.  The image is of The Mermaid House in Rye, Sussex.  It is Sandland Ware from Staffordshire, England.  There is a little girl feeding chickens in the yard.  My kind of place!
 My sister picked this framed postcard up for me, as she knows how much I love my horse Magic.  He looks very much like the one in the picture. 
 And she found these super small paper dolls that are very Jane Austin.  Love the period dresses.
 Not sure what I am going to do with these, but loved the finish on them.
 This brass ornate pieces is large enough to fit under my potted orange tree and allows for me to move it around with its small wheels. 
All my best until next time.

Your FaithfulCrafter...Valerie

Saturday, October 13, 2012

French Market Paper Cones

These lovely French Market paper cones with Blessing tags were recently featurned in a Josephine and Napoleon  collection in the popular Chautauqua Online Wedding Magazine and Directory. 
Stop by the Chautauqua Wedding Magazine and see all the pretty French wedding items.

http://chautauquawedding.com/2012/10/napoleon-josephin/

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Traveling Pants: An Unexpected Princess Carriage

I've just returned from my trip in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, U.S.A. and even there, I found a car and carriage museum that showcased this beautiful Circa 1727 Carriage produced in Paris, France.
Made for the exchange of Princesses ceremony.
I was struck by the colors and details.
The door panel has a lovely scene still visible.
Unfortunately, I could not get good photography of the whole carriage.  The structure of the wheels and undercarriage where huge. 

Later that same day, I came across another smaller museum and found this antique notions cabinet with all the different color treads.

All the colors inspired me and are still fresh in my mind.  Time to get my sketchbook out and work on a few new designs.  In the meantime, I'll toss my traveling pants into the laundry, and get them ready for my next trip.

All my best,
Valerie


Monday, June 4, 2012

Treasures For A Lifetime

What a wonderful idea for this wedding couple.  They wanted their guest to leave prayers, blessings, advice and thoughts for them. 
The table card lets everyone know the intent of the prayer cards.  The couple would then put all these cards into a time capsule and open it on their 5 year wedding anniversary.
The whole project had a vintage garden shabby chic style to the materials.  The Blessings paper cones are from the Madeline paper collection.  The prayer cards are hand-stamped with flowers and then rubbed with sepia ink for an aged appearance.  The cards have plenty of room on the front and back for guest to write on.

I just love making pieces that will be treasured for a life time.

All my best,

Valerie

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bold Blue and Vintage Flowers

Being bold with color can push any designer to try a new approach to classic pieces.  Mixing vintage style, chocolate brown and pastels with navy blue, pushed me to approach this wedding ceremony paddle fan with an open mind.  The results worked beautifully. 
The base is made from 110lb ivory cardstock.  The edges are rounded for a softer effect and hand-rubbed with sepia ink for an aged appearance.  The text is custom chocolate ink and I used a vintage German botanical print of the Christarose on both the front and back of the fan.

Two-sided table numbers were made as a flags and carried the vintage flower theme.  The client already had a flower pot base and wooden dowel post, she just wanted a pennant / flag style table number with chocolate brown numbers, navy blue accent, and vibrant flowers for the background.

Adding the sepia ink to all the edges pulls the vintage feel all together.

Trying new and different colors together can certainly add flair to your next project.

All my best,

Valerie

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Making Crepe Paper Flowers the Melissa Frances Way

Attended the Scrapbooking Expo in Orlando, Florida this weekend.  Had a really great time and found lots of goodies.
Although I took a few classes, my favorite was  Making Crepe Paper Flowers with Melissa Frances.  What a wonderful lady!  She is a hoot.  I'm adding her blog here for you to stop by and check out what she is all about.   http://www.melissafrances.typepad.com/


We made these altered art stacked boxes.  I keep thinking this project looks like...cake...cake...cake.  Clearly, I was hungry during class time.  My flower on top came out pretty good.

Stopped by Melissa's booth after the class, to check out all her lovely items.  Wow, pretty...    pretty...oooh...ahhh.  Yes, I think I drooled a bit.  Her collection offers beautiful flowers, trims, papers, and embellishments that guarantees the crafter quality products and exceptional design ideas.
Did a quick make-and-take with her daughter Ali.  We made a mini album from one piece of 12 x 12 cardstock.  Added vintage ink, Melissa Frances vintage style C'est La Vie cardstock stickers, and of course, glitter.  Very pretty.

Picked up some great deals at the show. 
S.E.I. had this beautiful butterfly paper Field Notes...love it.  Planning a mini album with this paper.

Picked up these great LaBlanche silicone stamps.  The designs are stunning.  Of course, I found a bunny to add to my collection.
And last, but not least, found a bin of My Mind's Eye papers.  Seriously reduced!  Being the paper crazy girl that I am, I elbowed my way in, and came out with a pile of Lost & Found sheets that are beautiful.  I'm think'in Christmas. 

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Blessings,

Valerie