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Sweet Homemade Valentines

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Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that sneaks up on me every year. I somehow manage to block out the displays of pink and red everywhere I go, I pay no mind to the hearts and roses that are on every retail display for miles around. And every single year, a few days before the big V-Day, I suddenly realize that it’s just around the corner. This year it was even further off my radar – I spent the better part of the last half of January as well as the first few days of February in the Alberta Childrens’ Hospital with my little girl, and it didn’t even occur to me that she’d need to bring valentines to school for her classmates until I met with her teacher on Wednesday to discuss her return to the classroom.

Eliza, being the sweet girl she is, insisted on making her valentines this year. Cue panic – my great idea had been to buy something and have her write her name on them, but she would have none of it. I searched for simple ideas that we could make without much fuss, that didn’t involve some kind of treat as we aren’t allowed to send food products to school because of allergy concerns. I came up with a shortlist of a few designs, and she picked the final one. She picked these sweet valentines from The Late Afternoon, so I used them as my inspiration for the cards she and I made today.

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I love them. They were simple to make with the help of a 5 year old, and went together quickly – the perfect last-minute valentines. I adapted the original design to do away with the brad and the sliding layer, opting for a double-sided card instead. For the cardmakers amongst my readers, the recipe and specifics are below.

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Paper: Recollections red cardstock, Staples white cardstock, K & Company Valentine Die-Cut Cardmaking Pad
Ink: Stampin’ Up Real Red
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Pictograms
Other: Silhouette Digital Cutter (for the 3.3″ & 3″ circles), EKSuccess 3″ scallop circle punch, Stampin’ Up Heart to Heart punch, Cotton Candy Stickles

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Card Kits for Kids

I have a crafty kid. She loves to glue and stamp and colour and draw. One of her favourite things is creating cards for her friends, and I usually let her loose in my craft area with some coloured and patterned paper, some craft punches and a glue stick, and she creates the cutest cards. One day in my wanderings through the galleries at Splitcoaststampers, I came across this lovely idea for a card kit for kids, and immediately knew it would be a hit.

This kit was put together for a birthday gift for one of Eliza’s little friends, who also happens to be the daughter of a preschool teacher. I know her mom is really into crafty stuff, every time they have a playdate over there, Eliza comes home with a craft of some kind. Add a pack of crayons, markers or pencil crayons and this kit is the perfect inexpensive yet thoughtful gift for a kid who loves to create. This would also be fun to do for holiday-specific cards as well!

These cards are super simple – the cards in the original kit that I drew inspiration from are created with rubber stamps, but I decided to check out the world of ‘digital stamps’ for my version. ‘Digital stamps’ are just clip art in a printable quality, really, so while I paid for these images, you could just as easily find freebies out there. I used Photoshop to resize the images to the desired size and create the greeting text, printed it all on an inexpensive white cardstock with my laser printer, and layered with some coloured cardstock to make them a little sturdier. Greetings were punched with craft punches, and the whole thing was glued together. For those who want the specifics, here are the details for each card:

Digital Stamp: Cynthia on Birthday Cake from The Stamping Boutique
Cardstock: Staples 110lb white, Stampin’ Up Pink Pirouette & Ruby Red
Other: Stampin’ Up Large Oval & Scalloped Oval punches

Digital Stamp: Cupcake from The Stamping Boutique
Cardstock: Staples 110lb white, Stampin’ Up More Mustard & Riding Hood Red
Other: Stampin’ Up Large Oval & Scalloped Oval punches
Digital Stamp: Robot with a Balloon from Birdie Brown
Cardstock: Staples 110lb white, Stampin’ Up Wild Wasabi & Tangerine Tango
Other: Stampin’ Up Large Oval & Scalloped Oval punches
Digital Stamp: Cutie Patootie Birthday Mermaid from Michelle Perkett Studio
Cardstock: Staples 110lb white, Stampin’ Up Blue Bayou & Elegant Eggplant
Other: Stampin’ Up Large Oval & Scalloped Oval punches

And, here’s one of the finished ones, as coloured by my daughter for her friend. I love it! Who wouldn’t want to receive such a lovely little card on their birthday?

Trick or Treat!

I love Halloween. After Easter, it’s probably my favourite holiday. Big surprise, my favourite holidays revolve around candy, hah! When I was younger, my grandmother used to have a “Halloween tree” – it was a large branch cut from a tree out back, nailed to a base and spray-painted white. Every year my cousin and I would decorate this bare branch with all sorts of spooky and creepy ornaments. That Halloween tree is but a memory now – we are all grown, and none of us have picked up the tradition again. Maybe next year I’ll spray-paint a branch for my kids and we’ll make a Halloween tree.

But still, Halloween reminds me of my grandmother, and her recent move into an extended care unit has sparked a desire in me to create cards to send to her to brighten her day (and her room). Before her health decline, she was a rubber stamper, and she introduced me to stamping well over a decade ago. I’ve since inherited much of her stash, and seeing those stamps reminds me of her, and inspires me to create. This card is for my grandmother, who loved to see spookily-dressed kids on her doorstep every year. Trick or treat, grandma.

Trick Or Treat!
Cardstock & Paper: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, GinaK Pure Luxury White, miscellaneous patterned paper
Ink & Markers: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, various Copics
Stamps: Miscellaneous Halloween stamps from CraftSmart (discount bin @ Michaels)
Other: Photo corner punch (to create the banner)

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