Snowman Valentines

With February upon us at last, I’d like to share some of my fun Valentine-y goodness. Last year I shared these little cuties with you. I still just love them!

That cute cuddling couple! Something about cold, icy, snow people cuddling makes me smile still.

And that snow-mama with her little snow-baby. Melts my heart! (pun intended!)

I hope you like them as much as I do… and (Updated 12/2023), just in case you do, I’m making them available in my shop! You can find the “snow mama” card and a new snow mama design now.

And, surprise!!! They are now customizable with Canva! Click through to find out how that works, but you can change the text to suit you and your family!

I’m hoping to have the “Snow Couple” cards done before the end of the year! I’ll update this post when they are done, but if you want to keep an eye out, click over to my shop and hit the “follow shop” button at the top. You’ll see in your “updates” section when they are listed!

If you aren’t ready for it now, pin it for later… and while you are at it, follow me on Pinterest to find all sorts of great inspiration!

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God is Love Conversation Hearts Repeating Pattern

Truth Talk about Love

It’s been a month since I’ve entered a Spoonflower Design Challenge. Life just got too hard. And on top of it all, my husband’s at home schooling got behind and my access to Photoshop is tied to his computer. Not a problem… I had plenty else to do!

This week the theme is a little Valentine’s repeating pattern. I painted these fun hearts last year, but they weren’t done, so I only blogged a few of them. It’s a little early for V-Day, even for me, but since I entered these in the challenge, I thought I’d share it with you. Head over to vote if you like it! 🙂

I’m hoping to share my original COMPLETED project with you closer to February. Stay tuned!

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The Perfect Verse for Newlyweds – Philippians 2:3 Hand Lettered

Hand Lettered Philippians 2:3: Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit...

This started as a wedding card for the wedding we helped with a week and a half ago, but as I worked on it, I decided to put it in a frame and make up another quick card to go with it.  I decided to use the sunflowers from the wedding theme to remind them of their special day as the years go by.

Hand Lettered Philippians 2:3: Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit...

I searched for a verse with the word “love” in it, but in the end I decide that Philippians 2:3 was the perfect verse for newlyweds.  It’s a verse we all need really!  I hope it will encourage a happy marriage for them!

And here’s the card I made up quick the morning of the wedding. 🙂

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Snowman Valentine’s

I sketched out these little cuties last fall, but they never came to be until now.  I dreamed them up with Christmas in mind, but I just love how perfect they are for Valentine’s Day!  At least here in snow country.  They may not have been fully appropriate where I grew up in southern California where we only ever saw snow on the ground one time in my entire childhood.  But here… here we have snow.  Not today of course.  Today we have mud.

Sorry, back to the point!  Snowman Valentines!

Mother and Child Snowman Valentine Card
Mama Love

If I can pull it off, I want to scan and print out 6 of these mama love cards to give my 6 sweethearts tomorrow.  I thought about putting the words “My mama heart loves you” or “Mama love” or something else specifically “mama-ish”.  But I’m glad I didn’t.  This way it can be used differently… like from a daughter to a mama for instance… or grandparent or auntie or whatever.  Lady to child… or child to lady, you fill in the blank. 🙂  Maybe I can even get them in my shop for next year.  Who knows!

Romantic Snowmen "Let's Get Cozy!" Valentine Card
Let’s get cozy!

I just love this one.  I designed it first.  Something about snow people getting cozy just makes me laugh.  Maybe it’s the sharp ice crystals or the thought of the wet cold.  🙂  But these two just make me smile.  It’s definitely the message I’m sending this year. 🙂  I’ll be giving this one to my sweet husband! 🙂

How about you?  Did you make your own Valentines this year?  Leave a link in the comments… I’d love to see them! 🙂

Update 12/2023:  I have the sweet snow mama valentines in my shop and the text is customizable to suit you! I’m hoping to get the cuddling snowmen in soon!

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The Best Conversation… Hearts ~ In Watercolor

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Real life has kicked in and what I said at the beginning of this whole journey is really happening.  I do this in my spare time, and these days I don’t have much.  January was great for posting because I had a lot of content from the past year plus to share.  In addition to that I had a project with a deadline I was working on and my husband was working evenings helping a friend on a house project for 10 days so I was alone at night a lot (I paint a lot more when he’s not around).

In the last 4-5 days I’ve painted hardly at all… surely not conducive to finishing projects. 🙂  That said, this project isn’t finished either, but I wanted to show you the finished part.

I love the look of conversation hearts and, in fact, have this jar of candy more as a decoration than for the kids to eat (I’ll let them start having some after Valentine’s Day… though they each had one while I had them scattered on the table for these pics).  They are just so… iconic Valentine’s.  At least from my childhood.

I’ve wanted to decorate with them for years, but I didn’t want the standard messages hanging on my wall or from a garland or on my corner table.  “BFF” and “Be mine” and “Call me” weren’t going to do.  So I came up with my own messages.

Instead I’ve god “Put on love”, “Love one another” and “Be His” among others.  I included the Scripture reference in the border and framed them in these inexpensive white Walmart frames.  (I love these!)

I had big dreams of having these finished by now and having a printable version for you to use either as wall art or handing out Valentine’s, but the other three have little problems that still need to be fixed and I just can’t justify painting when other things are going undone.  Hopefully I’ll at least have them to show you soon! 🙂 Maybe even before Valentine’s Day!

***Update 2/2/19: Click here to find printable files of these conversation hearts for framing and Valentines.

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Siblings… best friends! ~ Watercolor Illustration

Siblings... Best friends!

This concept is relatively new to me.  It wasn’t something I ever even considered growing up.  (Which is sad, because my sister and I were only 14 months apart and could have been the best of friends if only I had really lived what the Bible taught!)

Siblings... Best friends!

In our family, we make a serious effort to teach our children to love one another (according to John 13:34, John 15:12, and so many others.)  When arguing or selfishness surface (which is a regular thing around here with 6 children 11 and under), we don’t talk to them about who had what first or what is fair.  We begin by asking each child involved if what they were doing was loving the other.  Once they admit that they were not loving, they each admit to the other that they were not loving them and ask for forgiveness.  Then comes the bug hug and they are ready to run off together to play.  (This really does happen around here… but sometimes it takes longer than others.) 🙂

Anyway, long story short, we focus on loving our sisters and brothers, serving them (Galatians 5:13), and being kind (Ephesians 4:32).  I think that this is one of the main things for which we can thank our homeschooling lifestyle.  I am around all day every day to catch each attitude and to mediate between each struggling relationship.  (If only I was good about this every time.) I try to make a point of reminding the children that they are each other’s best friends and they really do grow up believing that.

Siblings... Best friends!In the past couple months, we have had opportunity to leave our children in the care of others for a couple evenings (this is rare because grandma usually watches them).  It was such a blessing to me after each of these when different ladies came up to me and told me how fun it was to watch my children together because they love each other so much and are so kind to each other!  That makes this mama heart smile!

Original artwork painted with watercolor on 140 lb. cold pressed paper.  This is my first illustration of people (at least that worked).  I’ve been trying to figure out how to represent my children in an illustration since I started drawing 16 months ago.  Yey! for a finished piece I can frame and hang on my walls!  Perfect? No.  Fun?  Yes! 🙂

The heart garland was made by my 9 year old with a Cricut, scrapbook paper, and twine.  I have several of them. If you are interested, let me know and I can look into putting them on Etsy.

 

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I Snow Love You – Hand Lettered Valentine’s Doodle

I Snow Love You!

For the last couple weeks I’ve had these cute wood blocks (in varying greens) that spell “snow” sitting in the window above my stove.  My son made it for me a couple Christmases ago while we were prepping for the Christmas Market we participate in at our church.  The “O” is just a white block with eyes and an orange triangle nose.  And I’ve told you, I have “Valentine’s” on the brain.

Well, that inspiration, plus my Valentine mindset became this cute little painting.  “With all my heart, I snow love you!”

I Snow Love You!

Adding shadow to my illustrating and painting is something that is still new for me.  And you can read that to say that it’s hard, or that I’m not very good at it, or better yet, that I’m afraid to do it because I don’t want to ruin the rest of it.  I could have left these little guys flat, but I decided to push outside my comfort zone and try to add some dimension to them.  I’m sure someone with more experience could have done this even better, but I like the way it turned out.

I Snow Love You!

 

 

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Welcome to Love – Watercolor Illustration

Welcome to Love Road Sign in watercolor

I did this painting last February with Valentine’s Day as my theme.  I like to focus on God’s love and love as it is taught in the Bible at Valentine’s Day as well as romantic love.  I do this in talking with my children and in decorating our home.

I painted this piece with 1 Corinthians 13 as my theme.  I got my inspiration from Elvie Studio, but wanted to make it my own.  (She did a much better job!)

It was the first full page illustration I ever really tried to do.  And it was a great opportunity for me to use that 8th grade drafting!  It’s certainly not perfect. 🙂  I know that those posts should be longer to hold up the hearts.  That’s something I didn’t notice until much later though. 🙂  Still, we all start somewhere, and I had a lot of fun with this.  It was a great learning piece.

Special De”love”ry Tags for Valentine’s

Special De

These were super fun to do.  I did them last year also.  I just fell in love with the idea of changing the spelling of “delivery”.  Unfortunately, most don’t notice that part. That’s why I’m pointing it out now.  🙂  See what I did there?  DeLOVEry… or you could say deLUVery… or maybe it’s easier to read as deLOVery.

Whatever.  I do know how to spell delivery! 🙂  Anyone have a favorite?

 

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