Today I’m super excited to be participating in the Virtual Valentine’s Day Blog Hop!  A group of over 50 crafters has been organized by the fabulous Taylor Usry and we are all showcasing Valentine projects on our blogs today!  If you’ve just arrived from Wendy Price’s awesome blog, welcome!  If you came here for my weekly Paper Therapy challenge post, I hope you’ll take the time to hop to at least some of the other blogs in the group because you’ll be in for a real treat for your eyes.

Before I get to my card, I thought you’d want to know that there is a terrific assortment of 21 prizes from 19 different sponsors being given away in connection with the Hop.  Prize winners will be drawn from random comments on the participating blog hop posts – so, the more blogs you visit and comment on, the more chances for you to win!  You can comment until 6:00 pm EST on Thursday, February 17 to be eligible for a prize, and winners will be announced on Friday, February 18.  What kind of prizes are being awarded?  Check out this list:

Stamp Insanity –  1 digital stamp set of the winner’s choice
Meljens Designs – 4 digital images of the winner’s choice
Pixie Dust Studio – 2 digital images of the winner’s choice
Lizzie Anne Designs – $10 gift certificate to the Lizzie Anne Designs store (donated by Taylor Usry)
Christian Paper Crafts – 1 year general membership
Paper Pretties – 3 total winners: 1 person will receive Timeless Love acrylic stamp set; 2 people will receive 5 digital images of their choice from the store
Karber Digital Images – winner’s choice of 2 digital images
Di’s Digi Downloads – 5 digital images of the winner’s choice
The Scrappychick Boutique – 2 6″x6″ Cosmo Cricket paper pads to one winner
Stampendous – 4 cling rubber stamps from their new release to one winner
Pink Cat Studio – 5 digital images of the winner’s choice
Amber Ink – $10 gift certificate to the Amber Ink store
Simply Betty Stamps – 3 digital images of the winner’s choice
Mark’s Finest Papers – 1 stamp set of the company’s choice to the winner
Dreamweaver Stencils – 1 “love” stencil, 1 rose stencil, pearlescent embossing paste and a palette knife
Chi Chi Memories Designs – Meaning of Love Digital Stamp Set to one winner
Little Potato House – $20 gift certificate to the Little Potato House store
Kenny K digis: 4 digis to one winner
Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps: winner’s choice of 2 rubber stamps

So… now, on to today’s card.  This week’s Paper Therapy challenge is to make a Valentine – and that played into this blog hop perfectly!  Like a lot of my cards, today’s has a story behind it.  Remember a few weeks ago I shared the card I planned to give my husband?  That didn’t pan out.  I got hit with the flu the middle of last week, which messed up my plans for making cards for my family to send to my parents and my husband’s parents.  Because I was under a time crunch and the card I’d made for my husband was so quick and easy to make, I ended up making a twin of it and mailed them out Friday afternoon.  Unfortunately, that left me back at the drawing board for my husband’s card.

I didn’t think I should use a tree image again – and besides, I’d used a tree image on the Valentine I gave him last year.  He’s not into the red and pink thing, with hearts and lots of mushy stuff.  Love birds didn’t seem “right.”

Then I remembered I had a sweet bunny image from Amber Ink.  Oh yes – that would work.  And I decided to color the bunnies brown rather than grey, because we don’t need any additional reminders of our grey hares, um, hairs.  The Chocolate Chip and Soft Sky striped paper seemed like a good idea, to stay away from the traditional girly looking Valentine colors.  My first attempt at printing out a sentiment didn’t go very well so I decided I’d just scrap that idea and write something about hugs or snuggle bunnies inside.  Then I thought about using Liquid Applique on the bunnies’ tails to make them look fluffy. The bunnies are popped up from the background with dimensional adhesive.

And the card gradually came to life:

And of course there’s the additional pun of bunnies on a card for a blog hop.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by today and reading through this really long post.  The next stop on this tour of Valentines is Maria Levine’s lovely blog.  However, if you somehow get stuck or lost, you can always go back to Taylor’s blog and find your way again.  Be sure to thank Taylor for organizing this hop!  Enjoy a happy Valentine’s Day!

Supplies for today’s card:
Digital image: Bunny Hug (Amber Ink)
Cardstock: Naturals White, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Afternoon Tea designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Seaside Ribbon Originals ribbon, dimensionals (SU); Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); Liquid Applique (Marvy Uchida)

74 Responses to “Hoppy, happy Valentine’s Day!”

  1. Oh! How cute!! I love the simplicity of this card… really puts focus on the adorable bunnies! Beautifully colored too! Happy Valentine’s Day, Patricia!

  2. The colors are stunning. Beautiful image. Great work!

  3. That is so cute and elegant, gorgeous work:)
    Happy Valentines Day

  4. Such a beautiful card – I want a bunny hug 😀

  5. Your card made me say Awe! Too cute. Thanks for being a part of the virtual Valentine’s Blog hop. I’m having a blast.

  6. Cute card… I’m sure hubby will love it !!!!

  7. Cute card! I love the clean design and non-traditional colors.

    Happy Valentine’s day!

  8. Lovely card! Nice and neat.

    Hugs Kiksi

  9. Oh Patricia those hugging bunnies are darling and your cars is sipmly fabulous! Beth aka BR-T

  10. Oh Patricia this card is so wonderful those bunnies are darling! Beth aka BR-T

  11. AWwwwwww this is soooo sweet!

  12. cute bunnies! You color beautifully!!

  13. Great clean design and I love the way you colored those adorable bunnies 🙂

  14. awww how sweet. Love the colors.

  15. very cute, love the bunnies

  16. cuuute bunnies!! love them!!

  17. Such a sweet card! Love the colors and simple layout!

    Hugs! Dee Sprytebyrd’s Sentiments

  18. Aww what a sweet card Patricia, love those bunnies.
    Cathy xx

  19. Your card is adorable, and I enjoyed the story that went with it! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  20. Me encantaron los colores que elegiste muy lindos para combinar!!! i I love the colors and their combination!!!!

  21. Oooh… so cute and so sweet! Hop, hop, hop… to the next blog!

    Sweet greetings, Saskia 🙂

  22. So sweet Patricia! Love the Bunny stop on the blog hop, hehe!

  23. SOOOO cute! Love those bunnies, they are adorable!

  24. Love the coloring on the bunnies and the addition of the LA on their little tails.

  25. I LOVE your card!!! Everything about it is wonderful!!! Thanks for the wonderful idea!
    brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

  26. Darling card, love the colors! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  27. Oh the BRILLIANCE of it all! I’m so hoppy you decided to use these bunnies. What a fun and punny way to get Valentine’s day going. The fluffy tails and colors are a beauty and a treat. Happiest day of hearts to you and yours!

  28. So adorable. Thank you for sharing.

  29. super cute and fun!! love those bunnies!

  30. Wow this bunnies are so cute! And the coloration is real wonderful- a great card!

    Best wishes ILO

  31. happy valentinesday!!

  32. Hares…*giggle* I love it! This card is so sweet – perfect for a mushy, but not too mushy card. I love the non-traditional colors, and you are so right – that image is so sweet. I love it!!

  33. What a beautiful, sweet Valentine for your husb. I love the colours, the striped paper, the ribbon… and of course those sweet bunnies!

  34. Oh my goodness, this is too cute! Love this card!

  35. Very cute….I really am loving these bunny cards 🙂

  36. Love the story, Love the card! We are keeping you forever in our archives aka the “LOOK” button @ Hope your Valentine’s Day was as wonderful as your card 😉

  37. Those bunnies just make me go awe… Can’t help myself!

  38. Simple and oh so sweet! Wonderful colors, I like that your bunnies tie in so well with the PP.

  39. Such a sweet and lovely card. I’m feeling the bunny love in that beautifully colored image. Happy day to you and your family!

  40. I love your bunny card, and your gray hare pun!

  41. Awwww… simply adorable and so so sweet! Happy Valentine Day!

  42. adorable card and those bunnies just make me go ‘aw’… love it!

  43. Such an adorable card! Love those bunnies!

  44. Such a soft & sweet card! Love the colors and the image is just sooo cute!

  45. Cute and simple. Love it.

  46. Cute bunnies!!!

  47. SO sweet and lovely colours! Thanks for sharing!

  48. Fantastic card! Those bunnies are so cute!

  49. Love this super cute card!

  50. Really well done creations! Those bunnies are darling. I can tell you enjoy what you do.

  51. Gorgeous card, in love with those bunnies lol bigest blog hop I ever seen, off to hop

  52. what a sweet image, and love your coloring! i think this could be used for many occasions! 🙂

  53. Awww, your bunnies are adorable. I love the cool blues you used.

  54. Ooo~~~ I love the colors! My new favorite color combo. Lovely card!

  55. Love the simplicity and the color scheme. Great card! tfs

  56. What a cute card! I love that bunny image – so sweet.

  57. I adore this card! So sweet – and great papers =) Perfect ribbon choice.

  58. Patricia,

    Love your bunny card. It reminds me of Spring and warm weather. 🙂

    Take care

  59. Oh wow, I just LOVE those bunnies!! Having been involved in rabbit rescue for years, I have a soft spot for rabbits anyway!!’

  60. Love Bunny Hug, its a favorite image of mine! Very cute stuff!

    Lea Kimmel

  61. Adorable card. I bet he loved it. The fluffy tails are so cute and I love the story behind the card.

  62. Very cute bunnies. Amber Ink is a company I’m not familiar with….but I will be soon. Your cards are adorable!!

  63. Like the color combo brown, blue, and white. Great card.

  64. Like the color combo on the card. Great card!

  65. I love the bunny tails and the soft colors.

  66. I love those hugging bunnies! So cute! The colors you chose are great too…not too girly 😉

  67. What a sweet image, and a very pretty card!

  68. That bunny hug image is so cute! I love the colours & papers you chose. Love that scalloped circle, too! Hope you’re feeling much better this week.

  69. Awwwwww….I love the bunnies in blue!!! They look so cute! This will always be my fav bunny image. it’s just so darn sweet!

    Thanks so much for hopping with me on Valentine’s Day!!

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