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An Out of This World Valentine

out of this world ValentineI designed this outer space themed Valentine card in 2012.  You might have seen it in the 2013 February issue of Family Fun Magazine.  It’s one my favorite Valentines and I hope you like it too.  Directions on how to construct the this “out of world” card below.

Supplies:

Black Cardstock

X-Acto knife

Metallic Gel Pens

Super Balls

out of this world Valentine 21. Cut out a heart about 5 to 6 inches in width.

2. Using a separate piece of paper, cut out a hole slightly smaller that the diameter of your super ball.  Make sure the ball will fit inside the hole snugly.  Use this paper as a template to draw a circle on your heart.  Cut the circle out with an X-Acto knife.

out of this world Valentine 33.  Draw various size planets and stars on your heart with the gel pens.  Write your message on the Valentine as well.

Out of this world Valentine 4

4.  Place the super ball into the hole on the heart.  It should stay on its own, no tape or glue required.

Valentine Cards with a Purpose

Positive Valentine CardsThis year I decided to change things up a little with our Valentine cards.  Normally I make a standard card that my daughter can sign and give out to everyone.  This time I plan on making them more personal and giving them a purpose.  My daughter will address each card and write something she likes about that child.   The cards read, “I like that you ________.” and she will fill in the blanks. It could be as simple as, “I like that you are kind”.    The emphasis will be on writing something sincere and positive.

I know this isn’t for everyone. If you like the idea, there are directions below.

Supplies:

White Cardstock – 8 1/2 in x 11 in

Washi Tape

Scissors

Parchment Paper

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Click here for Valentine card template. washi tape envelope directions

Directions to make outside pouch

1.   Cut a piece of card stock to 8 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in.  You will get exactly 4 strips out of a standard size piece of cardstock.

2.  Fold in half.  Refer to fig 2.

3.  Place two pieces of tape on the top and bottom of the paper with half of it hanging off the edge.  Fold tape to the back side to seal the folded paper together.

4.  Your paper should now look like fig 4.  Trim tape with scissors (refer to dotted blue lines).

5.  Decorate the top of the pouch.  Set aside.

positive valentine cards 2Directions for the Valentine card.

1.  Print Valentine card template on cardstock.

2.  Cut into eight pieces (refer to crop marks).  Make sure the crop marks are cut off.

3.  Place a piece of washi tape on the right side of the card with about one inch of it hanging off the edge.  Fold it over so the sticky sides of tape come together.  A little of the tape should be on the back side of the card.  This will be the pull tab for the card.

4.  With a pen, write pull on the tape.  Let dry.

5.  Write a message on the card and tuck the card inside the pouch. Done.

It’s a Bird…It’s a plane… It’s a Super Valentine!

Superhero Valentine 3Before anyone starts freaking out, let me just say I’m not ripping off someone else’s post. I’m actually ripping off my own post.  I even went as far as re-using the title *gasp*.  Back in 2011 I created this superhero Valentine printable which you may have seen on my other blog.  As I mentioned before, I’m slowly bringing some of my favorite posts over to this new site.

Superhero Valentine 5Click here for Superhero Valentine Template

Supplies:

Superhero Valentine template printed on cardstock

Scissors

Pinking Shears

Hole punch

Lollipops

Tape

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1. Cut out all pieces from template.

2.  Cut bottom of capes with pinking shears.

3.  Sign name on back of capes.

4.  Punch a hole at the top of the cape.  Slip the cape over the stick and wrapper.  It should stay in place on its own without any tape.

Superhero Valentine 25. Tape eye masks to lollipops (refer to photo).  Done.

Shogatsu Celebration

Japanese New Year Paper CraftHello everyone!  I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays.  We’re busy over here getting ready to celebrate Shogatsu (Japanese New Year) which involves a lot of food prep.  This is the first year I’ve volunteered to prepare all the food for the holiday.  We took a trip to the grocery store yesterday and picked up all the special ingredients we would need.  My grandma kept throwing food in the cart and all of a sudden a slow panic started to set in. All I could think is, how am I going to make all of this?!  Every time I asked how to make something she answered with, “you cook it with a little shoyu (soy sauce) and sugar”.  But I’m pretty sure it’s more complicated than that.  If you think of me tomorrow, say a little prayer.

*If you want to make your own Shogatsu decoration (pictured above), click here for the printable.  The directions are in Japanese but are pretty self-explanatory.

Happy New Year!

Jessica

 

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

printable Christmas gift tagsTo keep the gift tag theme going, I’m sharing a few printables that caught my eye this week.

1.  Sophie the Deer by Creature Comforts – there’s also a sweet bear illustration along with various color coordinated gift tags.

2.  Wandering Camel Gift Tag by Wild Olive – The blanket opens up to reveal a message!

3.  Toucan Tags by Eat Drink Chic – I like the unexpected animal choice for this tag.

4.  Sweater Print Tags by The Caroline Johansson – there are 9 different tags to choose from

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