I only made two valentines this year! One was for for my friend Carol, who lives nearby. We carry on a bit of correspondence through the postal mail, as Carol does not have Email. I like to try to do different things for her, and so I decided to make an envelope and enclose a valentine. Click on any photo for more details . . . .

The images on the envelope and the valentine are from Alpha Stamps, the Mailbag sheet - which is 1/2 cardstock & 1/2 transparency! Before I stuck the transparency down, I wrote Carol's name on the card and then attached the transparency image over her name, using my xyron machine. This is one of my favorite ways to attach transparencies. It's easy to use, and the adhesive works very well.

Here is the finished envelope for Carol, to the right . . . . I love the Victorian "Greetings Sincere" I got from Alpha Stamps and added to the envelope. It's perfect!

.... I also made a valentine for my husband, Steven :^ )
It was actually more of a note enclosed in a decorated envelope with a copy of a favorite ATC (of his) that I made a few years ago for a "family" ATC swap I hosted. Borrowing my idea from Carol's valentine, I made this envelope and enclosed a note. But the very best part of Valentine's day was receiving a hand-made card from Steven. He says valentine's day is one of his favorite holidays as that is when he gave me our engagement ring!

Steven spent some secret time out in my studio when I was not allowed in. I marveled at the things he found in my collage boxes, especially since they are quite a mess. You can see what he came up with, for me, below.

He used some of my favorite marbled paper, lots of extra photos I had on hand, and he even rubber stamped a few hearts and a valentine greeting inside. I do thank my lucky stars for him. As quirky as he is (and me too) we are still the best match!!

I hope you had a lovely valentine's day too.