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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133 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

  1. Jennifer,
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you are your family. I am sure Colin’s classmates will love the cute treats you made.

  2. These Valentine’s Day gifts are adorable. The kids will love them. Colin is such a cutie pie. He helps you with all of the crafts you do. It’s usually not common to see a boy help out as much as he does. I have seen him in your blog when you have shared. Adorable. Brings back great memories of my girls when they were younger. Right now they are 21 and 19.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. These are so cute! I can just see you snuggled up together, having some together time getting these done and Colin getting better.
    BTW, no justification needed. I remember a great stamp (Hanna Stamps maybe???) that said “A clean house is a sign of a lazy stamper.” Now those are words to live by!

  4. My girls are 22 and 16. These kind of things, and the time spent together, are what they remember, which is worth every second and cent spent doing them, and all the other things left undone. Screw the laundry.

  5. It is wonderful that you take the time to make Valentines with Colin. He is
    learning to be crafty and to have a generous heart. The kids will surely love
    to receive these cuties!!

  6. Lovely! I also enjoy making semi-handmade valentines for my kids classmates. My daughter has allegeries and can’t enjoy most of the candy given out and this year I found a foam project that fit into small clear bags (I’m hoping some parents will actually create the project with their child). I added a topper and some stamping and was good to go!
    I’ll keep the small comp notebook idea for next year.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. How adorable! these are terrific
    little cards.
    Your coloring is fantastic! I hope Colin feels better to enjoy giving them out 🙂

  8. Such sweet Valentines for the kids, Jennifer! The house cleaning and laundry will eventually get done. Happens to me almost weekly! 🙂 Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

  9. These are just too adorable! Colin is lucky to have such a great mommy! (So are the kids in the class! LOL!) They will love them! Don’t worry about those other moms – they are just jealous! I hope Colin feels better! Happy Valentine’s day!

  10. Your Valentines are adorable and I’m sure Colin loves making things for his friends. I do this for my grandkids and we all have fun.

  11. Those are adorable. Your crafting friends understand why you make those gifts 😉 I hope Colin gets better soon. We had ear issues at my house, too. Fortunately, they out-grew them!
    Thanks for sharing the adorable project!

  12. they’re delightful!! i remember ADORING little colored pencil sets and little papers when i was in elementary school. i’m sure many classmates will feel loved today!

  13. You’re such a good Mom….Colin is lucky to have you as his Mom, and visa-versa!! Happy Valentines Day to you and your beautiful family!!

  14. Adorable! And as a junior high & high school teacher and wife to an elementary school teacher, I can tell you that these are the things that the kids remember and tell stories about as they get older. YOU are creating wonderful memories for them and there’s nothing better than knowing somebody loves and cares about you. Blessings to you & your family!

  15. Those valentine’s are adorable! The laundry and cleaning will still be there when Colin is older – enjoy this time with him now!! Hope he feels better soon and hope you both get more sleep tonight.

  16. Laundry can wait 🙂 but this special day only comes once a year. I went little over board for my son’s class mates gifts too. So I know the feeling.. you did good job far better than mine.

  17. They are very cute…love the space theme for Valentines Day. I did a rocket with hearts trailing behind and “love you to the moon and back” quote for my granddaughters’ cards.

  18. Good for you, these sweet little creations are so appreciated by your little ones! And they are way more important than the laundry. It will still be there tomorrow.

  19. These are adorable! And I know what you mean about the comments on “too much time”. I agree, it’s just a matter of how we spend our time. I’d rather spend mine crafting than shopping or cleaning. Hope Colin is feeling better. I’m sure his classmates will love their valentines. And Happy Valentines Day to you!

  20. Wow Jennifer, lucky kiddos… these are just fab. Hope Colin is on the mend, poor fella. My little guy is off school with a chest infection and feeling v. low so I know what’s its like. We snuggled on the sofa for much of yesterday afternoon too. However, unlike you crafting away busily I fell asleep!!!!! oops!

    Happy Valentines.

  21. These are just adorable! I how Colin is well enough to go and enjoy the party.
    Let me tell you from experience- they remember all these specials things you do and makes them so proud to have you as a mommy.
    Happy Valentine Day

  22. Those Valentines are so cute Jennifer! Thank you for the time saving idea of printing part of it out and coloring it. It’s so funny when people look at what we make and say, “I wish I had the time to do that.” I get that all the time and I try to remind people it is about making time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day and we focus on what we really want to focus on. Me: once I learned how to scrapbook & make cards I learned how to let go of having a clean house all the time! :o) Happy V Day!

  23. I hate when people assume you have nothing better to do, when you craft. When really, we craft because we love it, it’s fun and are kids appreciate it and feel loved when they receive their homemade cards and gifts. I’m sure Colin was super excited to handout those CUTE notebooks this morning.

  24. Hope Colin was able to enjoy passing out his Valentines today! They are so cute! It’s always so nice to be able to see all your fun projects (even though I am at work — shhh! don’t tell!)

  25. What an incredibly cute idea!! I wish I had time to do this myself! I love the use of the envelope and the fact that you make the time to do them. The kids are sure to love them. It’s great that you avoid candy too!

  26. How cute are those and what a great memory you have created not only for Colin but all of his classmates. Colin I hope you get to feeling better and Happy Valentine’s Day to the McGuire family!

  27. Jennifer, super sweet little gifts.

    Colin, I hope you feel better soon. And a big high five for helping mum making those sweet valentine gifts.

  28. Happy Valentines Day! These are darling cards and gifts. The children will absolutely love them. If I get started soon enough maybe I can do something like this with my sweet godchild, Abigail, next year for her friends.

  29. I want to be one of Colin’s classmates! One day Colin will look back and be so very thankful for the time you gave him and the projects you did together.

    Hope he feels better soon!

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