Friday, February 28, 2020

Art Elements February Theme Challenge – Letters

Photo of letters that say Love by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash
This month we celebrated Valentines Day. One of my favorite traditions of this holiday is the tradition of sending handmade cards to loved ones. In our digital world, handwritten letters and cards have become nearly obsolete. I don’t really like this. In fact, I love making cards and I refuse to give into this trend. I know people appreciate getting handwritten mail and cards. I know that those who I send the handmade cards seem to keep them for long awhile. I see them at times when I visit friends' homes.  I see them in my son's and daughter's home.  I sell some of my cards in my Etsy shop so I know people are still looking for a unique card for a special occasion like a wedding, birth, and anniversary.  

The meaning behind the theme of “letters” has so many interpretations. For example, the idea of using letters can be applied to vintage, stenciled or messy writing or stickers or stamps, etc.  Letters could be in a collage, painting, embroidery or carving in paper, metal, clay, fabric, or whatever media your heart desires. I decided to focus on the handmade cards that I made for this month. 

Valentine's Day Card by BayMoonDesign
Of course, I made Valentine cards for family members. This Valentine card has a heart shaped from flowers. I added tiny white pearls to the larger flowers. I layered red and white cardstock onto beige cardstock.
Inside of Valentine's Card by BayMoonDesign
It has the saying "Happy Valentine's Day" hand stamped inside.

This month I celebrated the birth of my first grandchild. I plotted and planned for months before the birth to take a special photo of him. I found LittleWearsCreation an Etsy shop that had this cute red outfit and a photo of a baby wearing it. The photo was very similar to the one I took. I used silk petals that I found in the wedding section of a craft store to form the heart. I was counting on the sun providing additional light but it has rained ten days straight so I went with the light that I had.
Baby Card by BayMoonDesign

This is the new baby card that I designed for my grandson. It features a cute brown teddy bear. The saying "Welcome to the World" is in aqua blue ink on the front of the aqua cardstock. There is a panel of paper with stripes layered on aqua paper. Since the sex of the baby was not to disclosed until the birth I went with gender neutral colors.  I liked this baby card so much I made one to sell in my Etsy shop.
Inside Baby Card by BayMoonDesign
The inside of the card are the words "Hello Baby Love You". There is plenty of room for you to add your own personalized note. This baby card is perfect as a gift card holder, infant money enclosure, baptism or christening card. The card comes with a high quality white envelope.
Floral Wedding Card by BayMoonDesign

I always like to have a few wedding cards on hand, This is a handmade heart wedding card for a bride and groom. This floral card is made with a high quality deep pink and white card stock. The front of the card has tiny white pearls on the largest of the flowers.

Inside of Wedding Card by BayMoonDesign
It has the saying "May your love grow stronger, deeper, and more beautiful with each passing year" hand stamped inside.

Wedding wishes card by BayMoonDesign
This is a handmade blue wedding card for a bride and groom. This card is perfect for a wedding or anniversary! It has the saying "Wishing You a Day of Love and Joy" hand stamped and framed on the front. Inside the card is stamped "Congratulations" in blue ink.

Inside wedding wishes card by BayMoonDesign
Inside wedding wishes card by BayMoonDesign

This is a blog hop so I am looking forward to seeing what the other participants created.  We love comments!

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Photo of letters by Susan Holt Simpson on Unsplash
Photo by Susan Holt Simpson on Unsplash


  1. It's lovely that you make greeting cards for friends and family. I'm sure they appreciate the personal touches. The heart filled with flowers is my favorite of the designs you've shared today.

  2. I'm so glad to see that you shared some of your handmade cards for this challenge! I was hoping you would - they meet the theme in so many ways. The floral heart ones are my favorite, but I can't deny the yumminess of the dreamy green on the baby card. Speaking of babies - Congrats on grandbaby. I'm sure you're a smitten grandmama and he's very lucky to have you!

  3. I love receiving hand made cards, they are so much nicer than any text or mail! Yours are all lovely and so well thought.

  4. First of all Congratulations on the birth of your first grandchild! How exciting. I hope you get to spend lots of time with him.
    As always the cards you have created are just beautiful. I especially the addition of pearls on the heart shaped with flowers on both those cards. And the cards celebrating the birth of your grandson will surely be mementos to hang onto!

  5. Congrats to you ! And to the family! Pretty cute pix you have there.
    Love your cards as always - some uplifting florals that feel like spring to me!

  6. You are correct - we are a society that sure is missing out on giving cards. I still love to write thank you cards and sending (and giving) them to people. On our floor at work we take stickies and write wonderful words on them and put them on different people's desks. It is fun to walk by and see someone smile when they get one.
    Your cards are amazing. I really love the floral heart ones with the white bead accents!
    The card for your grand-baby is stunning! Also congrats!

  7. Congrats on the new grandbaby! That’s so exciting!
    I love your handmade cards, the are so beautiful. I wish I was better about making cards. Thanks for participating in the challenge this month.

  8. I didn't know that you made cards. Congrats on your grand daughter. May she bring you a lot of joy.

  9. Congratulations. I love a beautiful hand made card - so much more meaningful to the recipient and yours are lovely.

  10. Congratulations on your first grandbaby! :-) Couldn't help smiling at the pic - it's the cutest idea ever! You're so right about physical cards, especially handmade ones. My sister makes them for our family, and they're definitely one of the highlights of those special days. Your cards are super-elegant, and they capture the mood of each occasion perfectly.