Monday, February 4, 2013

Friends So Sweet

Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known
as Valentine's Day, or the Feast of Saint
Valentine, is observed on February 14
each year.

It is celebrated in many countries
around the world, although it remains a
working day in most of them.

It is the second most celebrated holiday
around the world second to New Year's Day.

Paper Valentines became so popular in
England in the early 19th century that
they were assembled in factories.

Fancy Valentines were made with real
lace and ribbons, with paper lace introduced
in the mid-19th century.

The reinvention of Saint Valentine's Day in the 1840s has been traced by Leigh Eric Schmidt.
As a writer in Graham's American Monthly observed in 1849, "Saint Valentine's Day... is becoming, nay it has become, a national holyday.

In the United States, the first
mass-produced valentines of embossed
paper lace were produced and sold
shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland
(1828–1904) of Worcester, Massachusetts.

This was a fun card to make with a more
simple layout design.

I used SU Real Red card stock, and other
items from my stash. I also used a
Nestability die cut for my sentiment
base and stippled the edges with a
red tone ink.

I have never really been a Valentine
person, but I do like the colors of
the occasion.

I will enter this card in these challenges:

Forever Friends Challenge ~ Use Ribbon
or Lace

Make It Monday ~ Anything Goes

Pause Dream Enjoy ~ Mainly Red

The Pretty Little Ribbon ~ Anything Goes

Have a great week everyone, and many
thanks for coming by for a visit.

Heartful Hugs, Doreen


  1. What a very pretty and elegant card Doreen.

    Thank you so much and sharing with us at Pretty Little Ribbons challenge this month.

    B x

  2. The sentiment and the layout are wonderful. Terrific choices on the DP and that little strip of lace is GORGEOUS! Beautiful card Doreen.

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at Make It Monday!
    Lisa xxx

  3. What a pretty card! I love the lace! Thanks so much for joining us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!


  4. Beautiful! Love the lace ribbon. Visiting from MIM :) Hope you have a wonderful day!

  5. Very sweet Doreen, I love the pretty lace, thanks so much for joining u at PLRS
    Hugs Julie P

  6. So beautiful is your card thank you for joining in our chenge over at Forever Friends good luck and hope to see you again next time DT Member Sandra H xx

  7. Pretty CAS card! Thanks for playing along with us at Forever Friends Challenge.

  8. Love your card and also love the history lesson! Thank you for joining us at Forever Friends. Hope to see you at our next challenge too! Hugs and God bless.

  9. A lovely card Doreen. I love the paper with the hearts on.
    your last card too is absolutely adorable. Hugs maz

  10. Beautiful card. Love the paper and layout. Hugs, Gail

  11. very pretty. Love the hearts and layouts. All put together to make a lovely card :)

  12. What a beautiful card!! Love the lace and thank you for the Valentine's Day information! Very interesting! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!