Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Homemade Valentine Cards

This year Ava has 2 Valentine parties to attend. One is at school, and one is at a pizza place with love, Pizza Papalis, downtown with our Moms' Group.

For her school party I had bought Valentine cards on clearance last year. I had Pooh, Princess, and Hello Kitty. She chose princess.  You would think this would be easy peasy lemon squeezy...but you'd be wrong!  You see, Ava knows how to write her name now, which means that I can no longer write her name on anything. She must do it herself. Do you know how big a 3 year old writes their name?  BIG.

So this means that she would write a letter, I'd check it.  Then she would write another letter, nope too big, erase, start over.  Thankfully she only has 12 others in her class.

For the Moms' Group party, I wasn't going to go through that again, because there will be a lot more kids.  So, I set out to make my own.

I started with some scrapbooking paper that I had in my stash.  I then cut it to 3 inches by 4 inches.

Next I used my Valentine stamps/pads from my teacher days to make this design.

The next step involved name writing.  I'll admit, I didn't know if this was going to be enough room for my girl to write her 3 letter name.  I can't even imagine the size cards I'll have to use when Blake can write his name.  He has 2 extra letters!

She did a great job though, and we had just enough room.  On grocery day I had bought heart stickers at Walmart for $5.00.  We used those for the front of the card.

She loved writing her name and picking out which stickers go on which card. We broke this up into 2 days. She did half the cards on Sunday and half the cards on Monday.

What do you do for Valentine cards? Store bought or homemade?


  1. First of all, I LOVE the new blog design !!!! great colors.

    Beautiful cards you and Ava made. I'm hoping to make ours this year. it's on my do do list for this week.

    And, WTG Ava for writing your own name !!!

  2. Thanks Marla! I can't wait to see what you two creative people come up with!

    Yes, she works very hard at it. I taught her to do all caps and apparently at school they do upper and lower so she wasn't happy with me for a while for "teaching me wrong!". LOL