Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Miss You Much, Valentine

As some of you know, I have an ADORABLE 9-year-old niece named Alexa.  She is such an amazing young girl, and I don't just say that because she's MY niece and happens to look so much like I did when I was little.  She truly is amazing.  Because her mother is Russian, Alexa can read, write and speak Russian and English fluently.  She also speaks Spanish and Chinese (learning), plays the piano VERY well, plays violin, chess, ...the list goes on.  She's truly just one of those kids who is an overachiever.  Much of that has to do with Russian culture, but nonetheless, she is PRECIOUS to me!
I wanted to make a special Valentine to send Alexa, and I chose to use the sentiment Miss You Much on the heart because the hearts make it obvious that I love her, and I wanted her to know how very much I miss not being able to spend time with her.  When we talk on the phone, she always asks me when I'm coming to visit.  I just don't make the trip that far north in the winter, but if and when I do; visiting Alexa will be at the top of my list. 
My card was created using old Recollections patterned papers, black card stock, Pink Center Stitched Burlap Ribbon, the hearts are hand-stitched with DMC floss, and the sentiment is a retired Paper Sweeties stamp that I stamped with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.
Before I run off, I wanted to also share this sweet little tag/bookmark that I made to tuck inside Alexa's Valentine's Day card.  She loves to read (imagine that), so I thought a bookmark or tag would be a good idea to tuck inside her card.  Well, along with a $10 bill.  I can't resist spoiling her just a bit.
Here's where I'm sharing Alexa's sweet Valentine card and/or tag:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog - Anything But a Card - I made a matching tag for the sweet Valentine's Day card I created for my niece.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party - Anything Goes

Outlawz Color Challenge - Tuesday Color Challenge - Valentine Colors & Theme - Photo Inspiration (hearts, pink, etc.)

Jo's Scrap Shack - Challenge #172 - Anything Goes

Mary's Cardz TV Blog - Designer's Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Stampin' Royalty:  Challenge #361 - Valentine's Theme

Southern Girls Challenge #151 - Stitch Me Up With Trace - I hand-stitched my hearts using DMC floss.

CropStop Blog- January Challenge #24 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot to stamp my sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you're all having a great week.  Before I sign off, I'd like to mention that I need Instagram followers.  I have only 16 followers (as of right now), and I'd love to have you follow me if you're on Instagram.  karenletchworth



  1. What a marvelous card, Karen! The stitching and soft touches of pink are so sweet! Love the matching tag, too! Thank you for sharing your work at Jo's Scrap Shack this week!
    DT Member

  2. This card and bookmark are beautiful, Karen. And hand stitched! Truly a special card for your niece. She sounds amazing! I have too many Valentines to make and not enough time but this is going in my save file for another year. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  3. What a gorgeous pair Karen - love the stitched hearts die and how you have used it - the black and white with just a touch of pink is a wonderful and dramatic colour choice.

  4. Oh Karen... this is simply sweet and adorable card and tag for you niece. Beautiful color combo and love those stitched layered hearts.

  5. Beautiful card and tag Karen! Love the stitching and designs! So pretty!

    Thank you very much for joining us this past week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  6. Gorgeous card and bookmark Karen! Love the black and cream with a touch of pink! Your niece sounds amazing and I'm sure will love the card, tag and money...especially coming from you:)


  7. Very cute card and bookmark. Great color combo and wonderful background. Thank you for joining us at Jo's Scrap Shack.

    Sue - Jo's Scrap Shack DT

  8. Your neice sounds like an amazing girl! This card is so pretty! Love the stitching and the matching bookmark! Thanks for linking up to CropStop!

  9. Cute cards, gr8t job, thanks for joining Cardz TV!


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