Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope your day is wonderful.

I spent most of this afternoon working on Valentines for Colin’s classmates – love it. Colin and I initially intended to create these together – having him do all the coloring. But after he was up all night with a double ear infection (and 3 hours at an urgent care this AM), I ended up doing the coloring while snuggled up on the sofa with him. He helped with assembly and such though. He loves when we do things for his classmates.

Here is a peek at what we created for 22 adorable kiddos…

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I used Hero Arts robot, background and quote balloon stamps and little letters from Papertrey Ink. (See links at the bottom of this post – all supplies will be there.)

I created the message on my computer and stamped the quote balloon around it.

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Colin stamped “beep” repeatedly on each piece with Soft Pool Ink. After coloring the robots, I added a bit of shine with a glitter pen and some fun with google eyes.

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The red is an envelope that holds a little gift…
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In the envelope is a tiny bag with a mini notebook and a fun small mechanical pencil.

These are such fun to create. I bought mini composition books (for less than 50 cents) and covered the front. The pencil image is from a Hero Arts digital kit and I added the face to it for fun. The smile actually is a Hero Arts stamp in THIS set – made it fast and easy. Then we stamped stars on the background.

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Printing digital pieces like this makes crafting so much faster. But then by adding a bit of stamping and google eyes, it looks lovingly handmade.

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I am sure many parents will wonder why I put so much time into these. Or that I must have so much time on my hands to create things like this. But it is just a choice I make – I love to make these fun little gifts because I know it makes them happy. In the meantime, my house is a mess and the laundry didn’t get done. Oh well. :)

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Oh, and good news. I have some giveaways this week. Hint, hint. ;)

Take care.

 

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  1. Nathalie S.

    These are really great. I spent all Sunday afternoon making my son’s Valentine’s and I love it as well. I often get similar comments from the other parents, but I don’t care either. Forget the laundry and messy house, that is not what the kids remember.

  2. Sharon D from Canada

    Super cute and made with love! Bet Colin’s classmates will love them! And I hope he’s feeling better soon!

  3. I love this project that you & Colin did. I bet his classmates did too :)

  4. Lisa H.

    Nope totally get it! I am making handmade Baby Shower invites for my friend. People ask why but it’s because I know she will think it’s special and because I love to do it! :)

  5. Jennifer

    Hope Colin is feeling better! I think that they are a wonderful idea, and as for the housework blah. In years to come when Colin is telling his children about his childhood, what do you think he will remember? The way you made him feel special and loved, the wonderful things you made together, or the fact that there was a pile of dirty laundry and perhaps some dishes in the sink? The greatest gift you can give a child is your time!

  6. Kylie

    What a gorgeous gift idea!

  7. You had me at googly eyes :) These are adorable!

  8. like several others have said… i know why you did it, because i did the same thing with my 9 year old. i’m certain the parents wonder, some of our class mates parents have commented, but hey… well, let me get back to the laundry, lol!

    ps… hope your sweet boy feels better. i hate it when my ladybug is sick.

    angela :)

  9. Super duper adorable, Jennifer! I hope Colin is feeling better! You are an awesome mom!!

  10. Those are sooooo cute! I too made V-Day cards for my daughter but she helped a great deal ; ) and she’s 3 so not too much effort. I have to day I do love yours!!!

  11. Terri

    Hi Jennifer,

    You are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    What a cute idea for a little gift!

  12. Beth W

    I think it’s wonderful that you do this. The time is so short when your children want you to do things like this-I say enjoy it as much as you can.

  13. Kristen Manson

    oh those turned out great, so nice to see those robot stamps. Great ideas for boys cards!

  14. Anita A

    These are super cute! I hope Colin feels better.

  15. Kelsey Kollar

    I think it’s wonderful you put so much effort, thought, and love into simple treats like Valentines. They are appreciated and very inspiring and the kids love them and that in itself makes all the effort worth it! At least I believe so. :)

  16. Laundry and house work will always be around, spending qualtity time with the kids is most important! Happy valentines day to you!

  17. Wow lovely creations dear.

  18. Maeghan M.

    What cute little giveaways!!! I really, really like the idea of useful and cute little gifts for Valentines rather than candy. Thanks for sharing!

  19. linda beyer

    great gifts for colin. i can also see something like this made for adults too. maybe a little gift at christmas, birthdays and any day. thank you for shareing.

  20. Deepa

    I was up early yesterday to finish up the valentine cards for my son’s class. He colored the images the previous day & I assembled them later. He liked to stamp the message inside. He came back in the evening yesterday telling how the boys liked a monkey on their cards & the girls liked the girl image.
    Colin’s valentines are so cute too. I love the composition books.

  21. Deepa

    Loved the valentines you made for Colin. The composition books are cute too. I made cards for my son;s class. He got to color the images, stamp the message inside & was very happy at the end of the day coz his friends (both boys & girls) loved it & came to tell him.

  22. Jo-Anne

    These look GREAT! I would have liked to see the children’s faces when they received them! Pray that Colin was able to go to class and have fun with his friends. : )

  23. Nancy

    Just adorable – love the little robot! I bet these were a big hit! Great idea!

  24. Karen

    So cute. I loved making valentines for the daughter’s class. Parents thought I was nuts but I had so much fun making them. She loved giving them out. She’s 22 now and I still make special gifts and mail them to her at school to hand out to her friends. Laundry, dishes, and other boring stuff can wait when it’s time to craft all that stuff can wait!

  25. Valerie G.

    Thanks for sharing this idea.. I love non-candy ideas. My 10 yr old and I made his Valentine’s together and I remember sitting at the table thinking how much fun it was to be doing the project with him. Yes it took extra time, but those moments are priceless! Hope your little guy is feeling better soon!

  26. Cheryl Zietz

    The Valentine gifts and cards are adorable! It’s never wasted time to spend it making things with your children.
    My child is grown now and I cherish the time I spent doing crafts and making cards with him. Hope your son is on his way to feeling better.

  27. charlene

    I want to be in Colin’s class–so cute! He’s going to be so accomplished by the time he hits middle school!

  28. These are absolutely gorgeous! I love that you choose to spend the time to make things with your kids!

    Arabella

  29. Melissa

    Too cute Jen – Love Colin’s Valentines and the adorable notebook. I may just have to “lift” that idea for an end of the year gift. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!! Hope your little man is feeling better, those ear infections can be so painful.

  30. Alison C.

    So cute! You are just too creative. I love it!

  31. Ingrid R

    Jen, the cards are adorable and I think in the years to come, the time you spent together will become happy memories for both you and your son. I hope Colin is feeling better today.

  32. Linda

    They are so cute, I will be doing these next year!!!

  33. Such gorgeous Valentines- lucky kids! You have sooo encouraged me with your comments about doing what you love because you know it makes others happy. I could so relate to the mess and housework not done…my house is just the same, and it was getting me down- now I feel much better and will create tonight instead !

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