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by The BBB Craft Sisters

when we were little, valentine-making was a serious annual tradition. we would gather all of the tools and materials and papers that we had gathered throughout the past year, and our mom would set up the dining room table for us to work. so many years later, we still keep the tradition and send our cards to each other, friends and family!


my new sewing machine has a gazillion different stitches, and this seemed like a fun way to play around with them. [top image above is from anna]


i needed my cards to be simple this year as i don’t have much time. a little candy and my typewriter–each one take just minutes!


i wanted to do white cards this year, with a touch of black. i used ripped muslin, the backs of old cards, and a little black thread for accent!

CLICK HERE for more papercraft ideas from bbb craft after the jump!

stationery gift

amy gave personalized stationary kits to everyone for christmas this year, and it gave us the idea for an even easier DIY kit. she ordered stamps with our names and addresses, but another cool idea is to use rubber stamp initials (from craft stores or collected from vintage stores, as many of sarah’s are) and various plain notecards. we like them in old wooden cigar boxes, but they also look good simply tied up with twine or string.

embossed cards

our mom, the original bbb and entire reason any of us do any of this stuff to begin with, is an amazing artist. though colored pencil drawing is her medium, she also makes and sends the most beautiful—and wide variety—of handmade cards (check out our inspiration boards below for some of her creations!) we are crazy for these embossed cards she came up with—so great as birthday, anniversary or wedding cards.

inspiration boards

in each of our homes, we have a place for some form of bulletin board to hold ideas and inspirations—and cards from our mom and sisters! sarah has two—a large white stretched white canvas that she pins directly into, as well as a big piece of wood—both great original ideas. amy’s craft room has paneled wood walls she can stick directly into, and anna has a trio of the plain old cork bulletin boards (check out the pencil drawing in the last image—of amy and sarah when they were little, drawn by our mom!)

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