Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pretty Valentines to Make & Give

What I like about Valentine's Day is that it isn't just for lovebirds... it's fun to remember family and friends with a card and perhaps a little treat. I've gathered some of my favorite ideas to kick start a crafting session.

stenciled-heart-valentine

Vicki Smith of the blog Art with Kids shows how to make easy stenciled Valentines as a kid-friendly printmaking project.

be-mine-printable

Wrap up special candies or cookies and top the package with this cute Be Mine printable tag from Jenny Steffens Hobick of Everyday Occasions.

 zentangle-valentine

Rita of EasyPaperCrafts designed this stylish printable Zentangle heart.

friendship-bracelet-printable

Perhaps you have a daughter/son or granddaughter/grandson who loves to make friendship bracelets. Danyelle of Dandee Designs shows a great way to gift them to classmates.

fabric-covered-valentines

I'd never thought about covering cardstock with fabric, but these homespun cards from Suzonne Stirling of Urban Comfort are lovely. 

valentine's-day-chalkboard-printables

The chalkboard look continues to reign supreme... I love these hand drawn printables from Hannah of We Lived Happily Ever After.

origami-mini-envelopes-heart

Yesterday I hunted down my origami paper stash for a little folding session... I had seen mini-pinwheel envelopes on A Spoonful of Sugar and just had to make some. A video always seems to help more than diagrams when it comes to origami and me. Next, I was determined to give Heather's little folded hearts that I shared last week a try too... find the how-to video here. Success on both counts!

secret-garden-postcards-cover

Last, but not least... Secret Garden Postcards illustrated by Johanna Basford arrived yesterday from Laurence King Publishing. (sometimes publishers send me new releases; if I think they're a good fit on the blog I feature them) Twenty tear-out postcards - each with a different, intricate design - can be sent as is or get out your colored pencils, markers, inks/embossing powders and have some fun.

secret-garden-postcard

The collection is a sequel to last year's very popular Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book. A new trend was born - the adult coloring book! I remember crayoning with my boys when they were little and would have enjoyed having pictures like these to work on alongside them. It's a classy little book... sure to be a nice Valentine's Day gift for an arty friend or an older child who loves to doodle and color.


6 comments:

cate said...

thanks Ann, a lot of great ideas...love the Secret Garden book

Kim said...

Excellent roundup! Thank you!

Vicki Smith said...

Thanks, Ann, for including me! Valentine's Day is such a festive day to look forward to during the middle of winter.

SNJ said...

A delightful round-up of Valentine makes. Not just cards. Thanks so much!

Traci said...

I'm seeing this a bit late as it's after Valentine's Day, but I totally agree with it being a day not just for romantic love. Growing up, my mom always made it into a family holiday, which I love. I try to send my friends across the country valentines in the mail as well as my family, still.

Ann Martin said...

That's so nice to hear, Traci. I bet they appreciate them.

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