Just a few cards to show today. I've been fighting off my intermittent headaches lately, so I stitch a bit only when I'm pain-free. Luckily, I started these cards early so I had plenty of time to finish. The first is a San-Man Originals design, taken from the February installment of a snowman of the month SAL from a couple of years ago. I realized that if you are not a stitcher, you may not understand the incredible appeal of snowmen on everything. Hopefully, by adding the words, I gave the snowman cupid a reason for being. This one goes to a recuperating friend of mine.
Next, I thought I would experiment with a little stitchery for card-making. I love the work of Helen Dardik, an illustrator of colorful, whimsical pieces. I seem to see her work everywhere. The latest was on some Target gift cards. I follow her blog, "Orange You Lucky", and when I was seeking inspiration for this Valentine, I searched around and found a cute older design she had that advertised a giveaway. Click here to see it. I just turned it into a "Cup of Love" design and I will send it to a family with whom I always exchange Valentine cards.
Finally, I made a birthday card for my brother. I had sent him an ornament last December that had an owl on it. He remarked that he really liked owls and had a pillow with an owl design that he loved. I can't believe I'm finding this out after all of these years! So it gave me a reason to stitch that cute French Country owl from JBW. I saw someone else use this goofy color scheme, and it appealed to me so I used the sincerest form of flattery and copied it! ;-) The owl is done in DMC color variations. I know it's not a traditional birthday design, but who gives a "hoot", right?