DIY Classroom Valentines

 Hi it’s Jean sharing a DIY Classroom Valentine project using printables and the “Little Bear” stamp set.

Neat + Tangled Valentines

I have fond memories of helping my sons making Valentines to hand out to their classes. At the same time, I remember being stressed when it came to getting them ready! The last thing that any mother needs is a stressful craft project. I’m showing several options so that this project can be customized to what works for you and your child(ren). I've put together printables (.pdf format) that include sentiments for four stamp scenes from the Little Bear set (there are eight cards per printable, two of each of the four designs).

The first has the “to” and “from” fields included, and the other does not.

Download
Download

The easiest approach to create the Valentines is to print the file of your choice onto white cardstock, stamp the scenes and have your child color in the images with crayons or colored pencils.

Neat + Tangled Valentine

Or print the file onto colored cardstock and stamp the scenes.

Neat + Tangled Valentine
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If you've got a little more time, or simply like the look, another approach is to stamp the scene onto colored cardstock, fussy cut and attach to the base.

Neat + Tangled Valentine
Neat + Tangled Valentine

Happy, stress-free crafting for Valentine's Day!

Supplies: colored cardstock (I used Stampin' Up)
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Shopping for Inspiration

Hi all!  Katie Gehring here and like most people today, I often multitask to fit in my "want to dos" and my "have to dos".  Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite ideas for combing work and play...finding fantastic inspiration while doing the weekly shopping at Target!!

I found this really cool clipboard in the dollar spot.


The stripes reminded me of one of the stamps in On the Strip, so I snapped a photo with the camera in my phone and set about making a card inspired by this clipboard. Here's what I came up with:

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I stamped the stripes one at a time in Versamark and embossed them with Zing embossing powder from American Crafts.  Some gold sequins and a wood veneer sentiment from Studio Calico finished the card. 

For release week earlier this month, I created this card also using on the strip: 

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Here is the shirt (from the girls department) that inspired it: 


I always carry a small notebook with me to jot down ideas or sketches that come to me while I am out and about.  I also find the camera on my cell phone super handy for taking quick pictures of inspiring objects. 

Shopping for inspiration is my favorite part of my errands and one of the reasons that I secretly look forward to the weekly Target run. 

Hope your next shopping trip yields you everything you need for clean laundry and some fantastic cards! Thanks for stopping by!

Katie

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Beary Special

Happy New Year, friends, it's Mary Dawn! Since it's a new year, I decided to try something new...I colored! I used Spectrum Noir alcohol pens to color Little Bear and her little-er friend from Elves at Work. I added in some gorgeous papers from My Mind's Eye and finished the front of the card off with a sweet scalloped edge.

What new thing have you tried this year?

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Love Letters

Hello! It's almost February and that means it's time to start stamping those Valentine's day cards!  Don't have any Valentine's day stamps?  No problem.  You can always pull out what you have, change it up a bit, and make that Valentine's day card.

I'm pulling out one of the older stamp sets from Neat & Tangled's first release: Just Hello.  I'm going to make that cute mail stamp shine with some creative customization.

Love Letters

I used a red and blue copic marker to make some small postal stripes along the top and bottom of the stamp. I grabbed a few heart stamps from my stash and stamped it over the mail and a simple sentiment to finish the card. It's now ready to be sent to that special someone!

-- pamela
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Guest Designer Amy Tsuruta!

Hello everyone and happy Friday! We made it!  

I'm here today with TWO cards from our amazing guest designer this month, Amy Tsuruta.  If you follow her blog, you may have seen the first one already, but the second one is brand spankin' new :)

I absolutely love how she arranged the little birds from Swirly Twirly Tags!

And I'm all about the faux chalkboard, so this CAS card is right up my alley! Love how she combined Kindness Matters and Party Dots!

Thank you so much Amy for being such an awesome guest designer :) I loved having you join us this month!

See you all Monday!

xo
Danielle

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XOXO

 
Hi everyone!  It's my day to share over here on the Neat & Tangled blog
 
I've used stamps from My Heart Sings for a trendy look that includes Washi tape.  I've become a hoarder of this stuff so this is a start to me using some!  Fairly CAS but there is a bit of coloring involved. 
 
 
heart xoxo

 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today!
 

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Sponsoring Pinspired Challenge 2!


Hello friends! Danielle here!  Did you know there's a new challenge blog on the block?! I LOVE this one. It's called Pinspired, and every challenge they have an amazing inspiration photo taken from Pinterest. Here is the current challenge photo

I am happy to say that I am sponsoring the current challenge! Be sure to play along to win some free stamps :)

I absolutely drooled over the colors in the inspiration photo, so I had to make a card!  Have I told you lately how much I love Hero Arts Shadow inks? I used Wet Cement, Soft Pool, and Stone Wash. I stamped the little heart from the Kindness Matters set and cut them out, and then used the 'love' from My Heart Sings. Super easy! This is going to be my husband's Valentine's Day card this year, look at me being all prepared! Usually I'm whipping something up late the night before.
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Hope you're having a great week! It's already Wednesday :) Yay!

Supplies Used

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Teeny Tiny Treat Bags Full of Love

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Hi everyone, it's Suzanne here today with a super cute and easy project for Valentine's Day: teeny tiny treat bags, using the heart stamp in Kindness Matters and the mini shopping bag die from Memory Box.

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I thought these would be really cute to tuck into the kids' lunch boxes or to make for all kiddos in the class - you could put those little Sweetheart candies inside each one or just fill them up with a few chocolates instead. These are small enough that you don't have to worry about ruining anyone's appetite.

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I stamped the heart image onto white cardstock in a variety of A Muse Studio ink colors, and used a circle die from Spellbinders to cut out the image. These were adhered to the bags, which were diecut from A Muse pebble cardstock - I chose this paper because at 80lbs. weight it's not so thick that it's impossible to fold and adhere the bags. The finishing touch was some tissue paper, which was diecut using a scalloped oval Spellbinders die.

Do you make lots of stuff like this for Valentine's Day?

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,
Suzanne


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