this year's handmade valentine swap was the best yet! we had 300+ participants from all around the world -- most U.S. states, germany, the phillipines, scotland, australia, indonesia, singapore, south africa...it was fantastic. every year, i put all the swappers in groups of 5, and i usually include my mailing address too in case they have an extra they'd like to send me. this year my mailbox was FULL for a week straight with tons of gorgeous cards! i can personally vouch for the awesome quality of our 2014 swappers. many went way above and beyond, but most of my favorites were just simple handmade cards.
people always ask me for examples of past valentines (which you can find plenty of on instagram with the #handmadeval hashtag!) but here are a few that knocked it out of the park in 2014. disclaimer: i wish i could feature ALL THE CARDS!! everyone did such a great job. but hey, i barely have enough time to write this post (did i mention it's already march 3rd?) so i could only give a shout out to the ones that went especially above and beyond.
^ clockwise from top:
an old-fashioned love-songs mix tape (er, CD) + card by alanna morton
gorgeous calligraphy by kathy glynn (@fleurishmint on instagram, you NEED to follow her)
cute heart cutouts by emily cabrera
polka-dot stamps by terri wilhelm
tiny watercolor canvas by candice castillo
handmade flower by brianne culley
stitched confetti pocket card by thomasina taylor
stitched heart columns by michelle wagner
^ bottom right card, handmade by april joy -- part of a bigger package of darling stuff, and the handwritten envelope it came in was the best part of all! wish i had a picture. april's hand lettering is AMAZING, click the link to find her etsy shop!
^^ all other cards from the very talented meredith hendricks, owner of winnie press! it feels like cheating when a letterpress printer participates in the swap because i was SO lucky to get some of her gorgeous cards & tags.
handmade valentine by kimberly overmeyer
doily with a heart center by courtney garman
hand-colored monkeys by paula armendariz
celtic heart knot card by caryn payzant
felt "sucker for you" octopus by andrea raymond
sparkly owl valentine by jen conway
valentine pennant strings by kayleigh dowdeswell
THANK YOU to everyone who participated this year! see you next january for even more snail-mail fun. xo