A Victorian Tussie~Mussie for Valentine’s Day

A Tussie-Mussie, or nosegay as it’s commonly known, became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).  These small bouquets were a popular fashion accessory, as well as, a symbolism from the language of flowers; a way to send a message to the recipient.

I chose Red Roses (for Love), Pansies (for Think of Me) and Baby’s Breath (for Everlasting Love) to display in my “posy holder” created with Els van de Burgt Studio’s Fitted Frames 5/Lace Circles.  As a final touch, I added Suzanne Cannon’s Calligraphic Elements/Heart for a “ribbon” on the holder.

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All You Need is Love~

I’m invigorated with new ideas after CHA and thought I’d start it off with a beautiful card to inspire you as well.  Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and this would be a perfect project to convey your feelings to that special someone, but it would also be a loving gesture for a birthday, wedding or anniversary card.

In addition to new dies with Elizabeth Craft Designs, they have launched two new lines of paper. The wonderful Soft Finish in a 100 lb. weight is a duo paper with white on the inside for us professional card makers and Premium Palette, an 85 lb. weight in colors that will melt your heart (it did mine!)  I know it will be a few more weeks before it’s available to the public, but I couldn’t help myself by sharing this exciting news and showing you how perfectly perfect it is.  The Premium Palette comes in both 12-inch x 12-inch or 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch.

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Thankful for Friends…

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, Thanksgiving started at the crack of dawn in the kitchen with my mother (a wonderful cook). While preparing the dinner for our large family, we had plenty of time to reflect on all of the things we were thankful for. Today, I still use this time to reflect – especially now that the holidays are quickly approaching.

No matter where we have lived in the US, friends have always been important to me. And so, it was with friendship in mind that I created a card to honor them today. We tend to rush by Thanksgiving to prepare for Christmas, but I encourage you to take time and count your blessings. Let friends know you are thinking of them.

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