Friday, February 12, 2010

A Valentine Surprise

Every Friday, (usually) I can be found working at my parents' house. I have the BEST parents ever! And we have always made sure that we know how much we love each other in our family but Valentine's Day has always been extra special. Well, last night, (can't have a great idea until the last minute, you know) I had the idea to make something for them. The plan was to hang it on their door so they could be surprised when they came home.
I have had STEPHANIE Ackerman's little banner piece on my brain all week and her paper roses are to die for but I haven't seen where she has told you how to make them. I decided that I MUST find a tutorial on making these incredible roses. I did a little Googling and found THIS little gem. It turns out making the pattern is a little complicated but once you've got that in place, then you are on your way. I didn't use the pipe cleaners or florist's tape that they used and I crumpled, distressed and rolled out the edges to make them my own. I LOVE them!
Plan on seeing them on absolutely everything that I do for a while. OK, well, maybe not everything.
Sorry the pictures aren't that great. It has been overcast all day and I couldn't get any pictures unless I used my flash. My beautiful, swirly jewels really don't appreciate flash photography. Those gems are from Michaels, by the way. The book print paper is Jenni Bowlin and the black and white dots are brand new My Mind's Eye, I took it right when the sweet lady at the store put the freshly opened stack on the shelf. Is it goofy to receive glee from being the first customer to touch this paper? Well, so what, it made me happy. The roses are made from My Mind's Eye and Bo Bunny Press (old). The black glitter chipboard letters are Making Memories and the little glitter heart I made from a chipboard button covered with Best Creation glitter paper. Add some ric rac and ribbon and voila, you have a Valentine Surprise. It was so much fun that I didn't even mind the fact that I finished it at about 1 a.m. and had to be up at 5 a.m. Which means...bring on the Diet Coke...I need a wake up. Or maybe my kids will let me have a "power nap". Well, a girl can dream.


  1. Oh my gosh, those roses are gorgeous! This is truly a beautiful piece of artwork!

  2. What a nice surprise to come home from work to this beautiful banner hanging on our door! These pictures don't do it justice--it is another one of your beautifully crafted works of art. Thank you so much for all you do and all you are. We love you!