Quirky Cool Valentine’s Day Cards for Everyone Awesome in Your Life

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Quirky, Unique, Fun Handmade Valentine's Day Cards for Single Folks and People In Love by Julie Ann Art
I’ve been a fan of the handmade cards created by Julie of Julie Ann Art for some time. And this year’s Valentine’s Day card line is no exception. Julie creates unique and quirky themed cards for every personality. And you can gift a card to anyone you love this year, even if that person is single. Enter the “Happy Singles Awareness Day” card. “Have fun watching The Notebook with your dog.”

 

Quirky, Unique, Fun Handmade Valentine's Day Cards for Single Folks and People In Love by Julie Ann Art
Or praise one of your favorite people with a card that says it like it is – “I’m so glad you’re as weird as me.” Or “You are my person.”

 

Quirky, Unique, Fun Handmade Valentine's Day Cards for Single Folks and People In Love by Julie Ann Art
Still not doing it for you? Then go for a card that explicitly spells it out – “Get Naked,” “You’re my favorite thing to do,” or the anti-Fifty Shades of Grey Valentine’s Day card “Our sex is better.” These are definitely cards you can have fun with!
Quirky, Unique, Fun Handmade Valentine's Day Cards for Single Folks and People In Love by Julie Ann Art
So whether you have single friends or a fabulous boyfriend or just love your dog in a way that no guy could ever compete, Julie Ann Art has the perfect quirky, funny, serious, or just plain silly Valentine’s Day card – or Singles Awareness Day card – just for you! And my pup, Jasper, definitely approves of some doggie-mommy time.
You can find the complete line of handmade Valentine’s Day cards created by Julie in her etsy shop. And you can discover her love story on her blog – just in case you were wondering where she gets her inspiration from. Use coupon code: SOAPDELI10 now through February 14th, 2013 and receive 10% off your purchase from Julie Ann Art.
So how will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Starry eyed and madly in love or rocking it singles style?
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Cute Custom Pet Portrait Giveaway

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If you’re a pet owner like me you’ve probably come to terms with the fact that your pet – dog or cat, perhaps hamster or snake – is lovingly adored and a thousand times more spoiled than you’d like to admit. But that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being the awesome pet owners that we are. So what to do? Well, I certainly think we should embrace the fact.
Custom Cartoon Family Portrait from Cute Cartoon Portraits
In order to help you remain a bona fide addict and hapless slave to your pet, I suggest immortalizing your furry – or perhaps scaled – darling with a custom pet portrait from Cute Cartoon Portraits. Cute Cartoon Portraits is a shop devoted to custom commissioned portraits of your beloved pets, family, and friends. Each illustration is created especially for you using your very own pictures! Additionally, you’ll also find a wide selection of pre-made cartoons that have been placed on greeting cards and wall art prints.
Custom Pet Portraits from Cute Cartoon Portraits
Joanna, the artist behind Cute Cartoon Portraits, has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. She has training in classical animation as well as Motion Design and loves drawing. And, because she finds such great inspiration from custom drawings, she’s sponsoring a giveaway and offering up one of her Custom Pet Portraits to one lucky winner! This is a personal custom digital portrait created from YOUR photos. The winner will receive a digital copy in any size that he or she chooses which can then be taken to his or her local printer. This prize is valued at $60.

In addition to custom portraits of pets and families, Joanna also serves up super cute baby shower invites, wedding and save the date invites, pins and pendants. If you just can’t wait to see if you’ll be lucky enough to win, you can order from Cute Cartoon Portraits through September 1, 2012 and save 25% off your purchase when you enter coupon code: LOVEANIMALS at checkout. Shop online at http://www.cutecartoonportraits.com or on etsy!

But don’t let that stop you from entering! Everyone has a chance to win as long as you’re 18 or older. Simply enter via Rafflecopter below by a minute after midnight Eastern Time on August 10th, 2012.

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Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards – Of a Non-Traditional Sort

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Valentine’s Day is on it’s way, and for me, that brings back fond memories of receiving Valentine’s Day cards through elementary school exchanges – even from the boys you couldn’t stand or the jealous little girls who would knock you off the monkey bars on the playground. How long did we keep those silly little cards before our moms finally tossed them anyway? They were so prized because they were so much fun. Sentiment on Valentine’s Day is especially appropriate though, I think. But that doesn’t mean it has to be overly romantic or even mushy. They can still be fun just like when we were kids. I for one appreciate Valentine’s cards that are witty, raw and fun. They still possess a little romance, just in an unexpected way. Therefore I’ll be giving some of my favorite people handmade Valentine’s Day cards from Julie Ann Art!
The boyfriend, well, he’ll be getting a card assuring him that he’s my favorite thing to do. But if that’s a little too sultry for your sensibilities…
Then let your loved one know it’s just “you and me” with this cute card that features a heart engraved on wood proclaiming that your love is forever.
Or skip any hint of romance all together with a card that’s basically crap. Whatever you decide to say and however you decide to say it, Julie Ann Art has the perfect way to get your point across this Valentine’s Day. Whether witty or charming or just plain freaky, her fun and brilliantly designed 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ cards all come blank inside for sharing your own private message and are printed on quality, 80lb. acid-free white card stock.
Be sure to have fun with some of Julie’s other cards for Valentine’s Day as well with messages like “You’re my favorite boyfriend,” “You’re my favorite bedhog,” and “You’re my favorite baby daddy.” To view Julie’s full line of Valentine’s Day and other greeting cards, visit her shop online. All of the cards from Julie Ann Art are high quality, professionally printed cards featuring original designs by Julie herself that you’ll be proud to share with that special someone who drives you crazy.
What’s your favorite way to say “I care”?

DIY Tutorial: How to Make Handmade Art Collage Note Cards

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Making your own art collage note cards is easy. It just requires a few paper products, some glue stick, scissors and your imagination. This tutorial will walk you through how to make your own custom collage note cards featuring tiny owls.

What you’ll need:
  • Standard 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock
  • Assorted scrapbook papers
  • Glue Stick
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Ink Jet or Laser Printer/Copier
  • Pen
  • Markers (optional)
  • 5.5″ x 4.25″ envelopes

Here’s what you do:

1. Start by measuring out your backgrounds for your collage designs. Each sheet of cardstock will serve as the base for two original works of art. You’ll need to measure and cut two rectangles from the background paper of your choice for your first set of two cards. These rectangles will be 4.75″ wide by 3.5″ high. Take your measurements then draw lines to connect the marks. A ruler works best for this. Unfortunately the boy commandeers all of my rulers and all I had left was a measuring tape.
2. Once you have your first rectangle, cut it out and then proceed on to the next.
3. Here are the two backgrounds I cut out. This is how they will look laid out on your cardstock. Remember that half the width of the cardstock is 5.5″. Once you’ve completed your collages, you will glue your backgrounds with the final art horizontally onto the bottom half of the cardstock. Be sure that the backgrounds are a quarter inch from the bottom of the page and that they are center within their own 5.5″ sections on either side of that imaginary divider line.
4. Cut out your shapes for your owls and any other imagery you’d like to use in your artwork. Use different colored or patterned papers to represent shapes. If you don’t have a paper in a color you need, simply flip it over to the white side and color it with marker before cutting out your shape. The basic shapes for the owl are pictured above. A circle for the body, smaller circles with dots colored on for the eyes, a triangle for the beak, and circles halved and shortened for the wings.
5. Once you have all of the shapes you need for your design, piece them together and arrange them to suit your taste. Once satisfied with your arrangement, glue the elements to the background.

6. You would then glue your collages to a piece of cardstock as instructed earlier. Remember, based on the measurements of your background, place the images a quarter inch up from the bottom. You can draw a light line down the center of the cardstock at 5.5″ to center your artwork onto either side so they are center with the edge of the cardstock and the center of the cardstock. Be sure to erase the line completely afterwards.
Here are some more images of note card designs I created:

 7. Once you’ve created your template for your note cards, all there is left to do is print off your cards! Simply place your card design on your copier and print out as many copies as you like onto cardstock. Then, using a paper cutter, cut each page down the middle so you are left with two single cards. Then fold the cards in half with the image side out. Pair each card with a standard invitation envelope measuring 5.5″ x 4/25″. These are available at any arts and crafts store. If you’re looking to make large quantities to sell, I recommend purchasing envelopes in bulk from Clear Bags. Clear Bags also sells Flap Seal Crystal Clear Bags for protecting your cards from dirt and grime especially if they’ll be on store shelves. They also allow you to bundle cards into sets.
To see more card designs I’ve created using this simple collage technique, check out my blog post “Before there was soap. Handmade cards and other paper crafts.
Do you still use paper stationery and note cards? If so, where is your favorite place to shop for paper cards?