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Loving Thoughts From the Past

The Octopode challenge this week is to make something about Lurve. This sweet little Octopode moon and stars reminded me of the book, "Guess How Much I Love You." This book was my oldest daughter's favorite book when she was little (I think it probably is); sometimes I think she just wanted me to read it so she could watch me cry because I cried every time I read the ending. She still has a framed poster of the scene where big nut brown hare says these words to little nut brown hare, and she is 21 now.

This is going to be her Valentine's card, and my heart smiles knowing it will thrill her because she loves that story so much and because she already thinks that Octopodes are the coolest things (me too).

I made the card by cutting a double circle of SU! Almost Navy card stock with My Big Shot and a Spellbinder Circle Die leaving a little uncut at the top so the pieces would stay together. Then I cut another circle of Almost Navy, and glued it to the top half of the double circles after I folded the top part of the double circles in half. This makes an easel card (there are several tutorials on SplitCoast Stampers if you are interested because my description is horrible). I then printed out the quote on SU! Whisper White and cut it out using the next size smaller circle die. I sponged around the paper while it was still in the die using SU! Cool Caribbean and then a thinner line of Almost Navy. Next I printed out my digital image twice and cut out the moon and 6 stars. I sponged the moon with the same SU! blue ink pads, and I used SU! Summer Sun and More Mustard on the stars. I did all the colors on the botton layer of white paper - gave it a green look but I went with it because it reminded me of the moon. Next I layered on the images and put some Ranger Diamond Stickles on the stars. Fun, fun, fun!!!!

Thanks for the inspiration Lily!


  1. The card is so interesting. I love the idea that it is an easel card (I haven't tried that yet). Your sponging is beautifully done and I love how you cut out all your pieces. Great job.

  2. Nancy,
    This is great! I have yet to try a circle easel card and put the tutorial on my desk the other
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I love that story too :) Darling card which I'm sure your daughter will treasure receiving. Have a great weekend! BTW, we do have colds here :( Hope they pass quickly as I hate being sick, especially when it happens so rarely!!

  4. Oh my gosh, my 10 YO STILL loves to give me things to read/watch/hear so that she can see me cry. It's so weird! LOL

    Love this moon card, in all its perfect roundness. I like those touches of glitter, too.

  5. This is brilliant!! Love the whole layout and the idea behind it - gorgeous :) Also a big fan of TOFF !

  6. this one.. Samir

  7. Oh, that book is just the best! My daughter's baby book is based on the art and style from that book and I just adore it!! Your daughter will flip for this sweet Valentine. Nice work, Mom!!

  8. I love that book. It was the first book we had gotten for my grandson after he was born and he still keeps it on his dresser. We tell him all the time that we that we love him to the moon and back. You did a great job on this non traditional valentine, your daughter is sure to cherish it!

  9. This is just beautiful! That is my favorite book to read to my son and we say "I love you to the moon and back" to each other every night. I'm sure your daughter will treasure this always!! I love the blues you used on the background and moon. The whole design is just wonderful :) Thanks for playing with us at TOFF!


  10. Hi Nancy

    you're the Valentine's Day Octopode Winner, please email me for your freebie digi of your choice.

    lily x


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