Valentine, You Make My Heart Glow

Glowstick Valentines are quick, easy and inexpensive to make. I saw several versions of these on pinterest last year. Here is one that caught my eye:

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…and I wanted to make something similar for my younger daughter. I downloaded the file from kommunicated.com, added panda graphics (from Pandemonium Kit by Mindy Terasawa) and manipulated the text and layout a little in Illustrator. The glowstick bracelets were purchased at Michaels. Here is the final result:

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I made a PDF out of the Illustrator file I set up to print five Valentines on one sheet of cardstock (see photo of single uncut sheet of cardstock above). The PDF contains all of the crop marks, cutting lines, and hole punch locations that you’ll need to make these Valentines. Click on the following button to download the file:
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Valentine’s Treat Bags

A few years ago, I kept my kids’ classroom Valentines pretty simple. A bunch of bags, a few small goodies, and sticker labels were all the supplies needed.

Here are the 2009 Valentines:
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• Labels: Avery 2-1/2″ diameter round white high visibility labels (#5294) (The labels are supposed to be for laser printers, but I ran them through my Canon inkjet just fine.)
• Panda graphics: Pandemonium Kit by Mindy Terasawa

In 2010, we used small glassine envelopes:
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Here are the supplies:
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• Animal graphics on the girls’ Valentines: The Love Bandit – Stickers by Mindy Terasawa

Turkey Nuggets

These little turkey nuggets are easy and inexpensive to make for little Thanksgiving favors. All punches and paper are by Stampin’ Up. Glue dots and glue pens were used to attach the various pieces. Here is the “recipe”:

Head = 1-1/4″ round punch
Small pouf on top of head = tiny flower punch
Eyes = 1/4″ self-adhesive wiggle eyes
Beak = diamond shape cut by hand
Red wattle = heart punch cut in half and shaped with scissors
Body = Hershey Nugget covered with 1″ x 3″ strip of patterned paper
Tail = 3 scallop punches glued together then cut to be flush with the bottom of the Nugget

Halloween Peppermint Patties

I can’t believe it’s already the first day of October…wasn’t it just the start of a new year a few months ago?! Once October rolls around, I know the rest of the year will go at lightning speed, with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas just around the corner.

I made what felt like a thousand Halloween peppermint patties for my kids’ classes a few years ago. Here is the assembly line I had going on my desk:

After several hours spent punching, stamping, and adhesive rolling (is there such a word?), I emerged from my craft room with these:

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up
Punches: Scalloped circle, 1-3/8″ circle, 1-1/4″ circle punches by Stampin’ Up
Stamps: From Halloween Stencil Prints mini boxed set of 6 by Hero Arts (an old set that is still available on the Hero Arts web site and eBay)

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These m&m bags have been very popular since the idea was posted on Inking Idaho. She also made a Thanksgiving version that you can see here. I thought it was such a cute idea that I wanted to try making them myself. Here is what I came up with for Valentine’s Day:


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I filled each bag with 20 m&m’s and cut off the tops of the bags with scalloped edge scissors. The stamped images were colored with Copic markers. A small loop of red embroidery floss was used to attach the tag to the ribbon:

Lots of fun and easy to make. Here are two links where you can purchase these 1″ x 8″ bags:

  • http://gtbag.com ($4 per 100 bags, there is a $35 minimum total order for this site)
  • http://www.clearbags.com ($20 per 500 bags, $40 minimum total order to avoid “small order fee” of an additional $3 to $7)

Many thanks to Patti Lee for helping me get these bags after the clearbags.com site was out of them for a while. Check out her blog here…she is nothing short of amazing and inspiring!

Supplies used:
Round stamps (love bug, strawberry, and heart) – from “Small Talk” Tailored Tins set by Paper Salon
Scalloped punch and 1-3/8″ circle punch – Stampin’ Up
Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink cardstock –  Stampin’ Up
Hot pink and red polka dot ribbon – Basic Narrows at Michaels

“40 is the new 30”

Yes, that is what a few friends told my husband when he turned 40 last month. Let’s hope those friends are right, because I will be reaching that milestone in a few years…yikes!

When I started planning a surprise family dinner party for my husband, I began by creating a simple logo in Illustrator:

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This logo was placed on the invitations, envelopes, favors, and correspondence.


I went with a ticket stub theme for the invitation. Here is the front of the invite:

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This is what the invitation looks like when it is opened up:

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The ticket stub can be removed; it is held in place by the two slit punches in the dark gray cardstock.

White cardstock – Fox River Select Cover, 80# Protocol White
Basic Gray cardstock – Stampin’ Up
Slit punch – Stampin’ Up


The adults received this favor to take home as a memento of the evening:

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Favor tins – Michaels
Cellophane bags – www.clearbags.com
Candy – My Color m&m’s (purchased at Michaels) & Hershey Kisses
Labels – Avery
Circle punch – Stampin’ Up
Light blue organdy ribbon – Michaels

Please do me a “favor”…

During our daughter’s birthday party, the kids had their own craft project to keep them busy, but I also prepared two easy projects for the moms to work on. The first project was a simple favor bag…

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…containing a mini bag of m&m’s.

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Following is a detailed closeup of the little bag. The scalloped square was mounted with foam tape to give it a little dimension.

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Patterned paper: American Crafts
Celebrate/birthday cake rubber stamp: Paper Salon
Word Window/large slot punch – Stampin’ Up
Scalloped square punch – Marvy

 

The second project was a set of cone-shaped baskets for Easter. To make the baskets, I traced the outline of an 11″ dinner plate onto a 12×12 sheet of cardstock, cut out the circle, then cut the circle into four equal pieces. Each piece of cardstock could then be rolled into cone shapes and secured with double-sided tacky tape. Ribbon handles were attached with brads, and coordinating tags were made and tied on with embroidery floss. The project was fairly easy to make, but rolling the cardstock into a nicely shaped cone proved to be a little tricky at times. Following are photos of two sets of baskets that were made at the party:

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Patterned paper: Paper Salon
Easter rubber stamp images (on tags): Paper Salon