Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kiss and Make-Up

Yesterday, when I needed five do-overs to produce one Valentine, I was a bit stressy. I am in awe of the scrap booking sect of our universe. What they do with paper and glue, glitter and graphics... I am not worthy. I thought playing with hearts and participating in Bitter Betty's Valentine Swap would be good, clean fun. But somehow, I managed to make a complicated mess of it.


Corporal cuddling and humor got me back on track. And in spite of my gluey fingerprints all over everything, I did have fun making Valentine cards after all.


And who mentioned glitter glue? I was trying go all Martha, like the big kids do, but no more. I broke out these glitter glue tubes for Maria and discovered there is an economical, user friendly, sparkly world out there. I still have a long way to go in the greeting card department, but glitter-glue saved my crafty caboose.


I also got super amused and inspired by Erin and her two daughters, who were inspired by this creative woman. I find no end of good ideas on the www, but when I have the supplies on hand (and a willingness to pop over to Trader Joe's for dye-free lollipops)... it's golden. Easy, funny, fun. Fun. Even with my lethargic-temperamental printer, I was able to crank out just enough prints for both Max and Maria to make these:


It's Max. And he's handing out giant lollipops.


Camera. A smile. Printer. Utility knife. Trader Joe's. All the tools you need. Max and Maria added their signatures. I did the exacto-cuts.


Some glitter hearts would look really cute on these.

10 comments:

  1. LOVE these!!! What a fabulous idea and they turned out so great!!!

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  2. Thanks you two...
    They are super cool, and now that I have mastered the "art" with my very awesome skills, I will probably make them for every occasion, until people cry out and beg me to stop.
    I hope you will give them a try too. Fun.

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  3. How can people tell you to stop? They would be turning down candy! LOL Those would have been wonderful to have when I was a kid handing out valentines. I'll have to bookmark these to send some out next year.

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  4. Yay! You persevered and beat the blahs... we knew you would.

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  5. Oh, I love these! It's too late for my grandkids to do this year, but just wait until next Valentine's Day! They will love it! Thank you, Natalie!

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  6. This is so clever!

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  7. WHAT A SUPER IDEA. And who can resist that sweet face?

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  9. I'm always so impressed by your family's creativity -- these Valentines are the best!

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