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All images and note card by A Muse Art Stamps; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Warm Red; Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir; Pitt Pastel Pencils by Faber Castell; Mega and Giga Scallop Circle Punches by Marvy Uchida; Word Window Punch by SU!; Silver Eyelets; Ribbon by May Arts

I had lost my mojo for a while, and found myself just sitting and staring . . . feeling generally uninspired . . .  I hate when that happens . . .  I’m sure the exhaustion of the holidays, Hayley’s injury, and some deadlines had a lot to do with it . . .   But, it seemed to spark a little tonight, and I developed 3 Valentine designs.  They all 3 turned out as I had sketched and visualized!  Uh oh–look out now; the girl is startin’ to bounce again! (rolling eyeballs)

No fancy stamping for this card . . .  no clever tricks whatsoever, in fact!  The Pitt Pastel Pencils lend a nice, soft touch of color–I just blended them out quickly with my pinky finger after coloring.

If you are familiar with author Felicia Bond, you just may recognize the storybook that inspired this Valentine . . . Originally titled "Four Valentines In A Rainstorm", it has been re-released with the title "The Day It Rained Hearts".  Felicia Bond’s stories are always very simple, and her artwork so delightful!  Cornelia Augusta knows just what to do, the day it rains hearts . . .  My children have always loved this story, and in fact, when Hayley spied this design in my studio this evening, the first words out of her mouth were, "OH!!!!  I *love* that story!!!  Mom, it looks just like the book!" 

(happy sigh, and smile)

  1. I saw your card and before I even got to the part about Felicia Bond I said to myself “The Day It Rained Hearts”. I love that book. Great card.

  2. Sooo cute – I LOVE this one based on the book! We will have to look for it at the bookstore.

  3. I JUST read that book to my kids the other night. I LOVE your card – it’s perfect! TFS!

  4. I just love this card Julie! thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Adorable! I love hearing about how you create and get your ideas. You mentioned that you sketch and plan a design before actually sitting down to make a card? Tell me more :0 This sounds really intriguing. Adelle

  6. I think this card is one of my favorites of yours. Just darling.

  7. Next time you lose your mojo, could you please tell me before you find it? That way I might have a chance to find some of it myself. I’d be estactic just to have a fraction of yours!!

  8. Oh, heart smiles with the story connection! Love this. TFS

  9. I know the author, but don’t recall the book. I had, however, been thinking of a similar usage of Seattle girl and raining hearts using the same sentiment as inspiration. I really like this one :)

  10. So adorable Julie! I’m so glad that I read the whole reason behind the card because that was exactly what this card reminded me of!!! Such a delightful story book! (It is even offered in my little one’s Scholastic Book order this month!)

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