Love Letters

Sunday, February 2, 2014

More than kisses, letters mingle souls.
John Donne
My heart races at the mere mention of love letters.  This week, be still my heart, for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Love Letters
The symbolic folk art image of a heart in a hand has been around for centuries. I'm sure that you've seen hundreds of examples.  With that iconic Valentines Day image in mind, I designed an updated paper pieced version by adding the darling little letters found in the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stamp set, Card Exchanging Friends.
The intentionally inky fingers were created by using distress inks to create shadows.  Don't all stampers get inky fingers? Speaking of ink....Wouldn't it be great to get some for free? Show us your interpretation of the Love Letters theme by linking your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and you could be the next weekly winner of a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp where you can choose what ever you'd like. Your project could also be featured in our designer spotlight and showcased on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.

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Happy Stamping!



28 comments:

  1. Wow wow wow!! This is AMAZING!! I loveeeeee the hand and the little envelopes!!!!!

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  2. I adore your heart in the hand, brilliant idea. Love the embossed edge too. I absolutely love your design. Tracy x

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  3. What a beautiful interpretation of Love Letters! I love that tag dangling that says Happiness Enclosed! Fabulous!

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  4. This card is so beautiful, Michelle. Love the pretty embossed background. The hand holding love letters is sweet. :)

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  5. I love this Michelle...it's such a very clever card and a wonderful, unique take on the theme! Fabulous!!

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  6. Fabulous idea Michelle and such a great project. Love the hand with the inky fingers (my son was concerned the other day to discover that my fingers were all bright green, thinking I was turning into a plant). Love the sweet tag.

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  7. Beautiful rendition of heart in hand, and whoa that background is AHHH-MAZING! Another stunner, Michelle!

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  8. This is stunning, Michelle! Fabulous!

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  9. Fabulous project Michelle! Love the textured background and the golden highlights!

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  10. the hand holding the letters is brillant. love that~I could have thougght of that:):) maybe. Look awesome:):)

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  11. What a cool and beautiful card! Love the hand that's holding that heart including those love letters! Love the inky fingers! Hugs, Sandra

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  12. That is a great job with the challenge...I love the inky fingers to...thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words...thank you...you are very sweet...

    Hugs
    Nancy T.

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  13. That is a great job with the challenge...I love the inky fingers to...thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words...thank you...you are very sweet...

    Hugs
    Nancy T.

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  14. The Folk Art theme is fabulous, that little bit different and I so love the whimsy of the stained fingertips.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  15. How adorable! I love the "inky fingers" :) Perfect for crafters!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  16. What a modern and unique take on a classic image! I especially liked the nod to us crafters with the inky fingers! And of course, I simply adored the John Donne quote as your opener for this post. You are always inventive, yet classic, and this piece is another stunner.

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  17. I love the demention and embossing, A little piece of art!!

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  18. Love this - the symbol of carrying the heart in the hand, and I'm so glad it's holding it with happiness!
    Alison x

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  19. Each time I visit, I learn something wonderfully new - and this post is no exception. Your 'modernized' version of the heart-in-hand, replete with 'inky fingers' (just for us...delightful), is unique, fresh, brilliant. Donne's quote is such a special touch - and yes, how true it is. Who doesn't love receiving a letter in the mail (which is yet more 'reason' for sending my niece and nephew a Happy XX Months Old card on the 3rd and 12th of each month). Stunning, Michelle. A sigh of joy for having visited!
    c

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  20. Another wonderful piece, just perfect for this challenge! I love every little detail about it, especially the little envelopes with hearts! ! BArbarayaya

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  21. Hi Michelle,

    What a creative project, very cool. I agree with the previous comment, the envelopes are just darling.

    Hope you have a super creative week!

    Blessings,
    Barb

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  22. Wonderful project! So much great texture, it really does look like a book cover!

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  23. OH Michelle! This is a gorgeous card-- I LOVE the papers and texture... looooooooooove that hand holding the love letters! WOWZA! Beautifully done <3

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  24. Brillant idea! I love your work fabulous.

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  25. You've been leaving so many sweet comments for me, thank you! I've been meaning to visit you but have been slacking! Well no more my friend! AND...I do want to know about your wild rumpus!!! :) You can email me and I won't tell. ;)

    So this is GORGEOUS! The hand reminds me of folk art, just like you said, perhaps the thin metal versions from Asia or Latin countries. Your distressing and apper is just perfect! I love this sweet, sweet creation! You rock!

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  26. I adore the inky fingers Michelle!! This is such a creative card. I saw it last week over at SSS Monday Challenge and loved it. Love the hand and what adorable stamps. The card's background is the perfect foil for these images. Awesome make! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  27. Oh and I forgot to tell you how much I love the John Donne quote at the top :) Mary Elizabeth

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  28. WOWSERS! how awesome are you? paper piecing that... fabulous!!!

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