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Valentine’s Kiss Bottles March 12, 2013

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Valentine's Kiss Bottles

Here is another Pintrest project come to life!  When I saw these I knew I HAD to make them for Will’s preschool teachers. There was no link on Pintrest to a tutorial, just a picture.  So not sure where the original idea came from.


First, I found Starbucks Frappuccino drinks on sale.  Well, I took one for the team and drank the Mocha Frappuccino.  It was tough, but someone had to do it all for the sake of crafting.  😉 The labels actually peel off very easily and leave very little sticky stuff behind.  Easy to wash up!



Red Felt

White Felt

Various Valentine ribbons

Hot Glue Gun


Here are the pieces I cut out.

Bottle Collage

To cut out the white felt circle, I drew around the bottle’s lid and cut it out.  I also used the bottle to measure out the length of the ribbons and red heart.


I glued the large heart with the small white heart onto the bottle.  Last, I filled the bottle with Valentine’s Hershey Hugs and Kisses.


I printed the poem within a heart shape on red cardstock.

I thought the poem was so cute:

“Teachers can’t live on apples alone,

They need hugs and kisses, too.

Happy Valentine’s Day!”


So, I do have two bottles left and just found a super cute Easter project so… stay tuned for that!  I think I finally got caught up on my Valentine’s projects to post on here.  Sorry to get so behind!  Life has been busy!


Valentine’s Day Cards March 6, 2013

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These are the Valentine’s Day treats we made for the grandparents from Will.


First, I took pictures of Will smiling, puckering up and blowing a kiss.  I used Pic Monkey to make a collage.  I then printed the collage in colored ink on white cardstock.  You have to make sure that the collage prints at the bottom of the paper so it can be folded over the bag of candy.


Fold the cardstock in half.  Fill a snack sized zipper bag with Hershey Kisses and seal it.  Staple the cardstock picture collage to the top of the bag.  That’s it — easy peasy!

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Bennett’s card was a little more involved, but it turned out so cute, I think.

hand print collage

Oh the fun of trying to get a painted hand print from an 8-month old baby!  He did pretty well, and we didn’t even get paint all over the place.  I decided to paint the red paint on his hand rather than dip his hand in a pool of paint.   It was a good call!

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I cut the card out of patterned cardstock.  I found the speech bubble image on one of my Cricut Cartridges and cut it out in white cardstock with a red shadow piece.  I used a black marker to hand write the messages on the card.  I cut around Bennett’s paint handprint leaving a white border.  I also cut a white heart out of paper and glued it on the handprint.

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Using the handprint as my measuring piece, I cut a picture of Bennett in a circle that would be covered up when the handprint laid on top of it.  I also cut a small rectangle out of white cardstock to make the handprint piece movable.

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I folded the white rectangle in half and glued one end to the back of the handprint and the other half to the back of the picture.

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Last, glue the picture to the card.  Make sure you glue it low enough so the handprint is in the correct place on the card.  I also wrote a note on the back side of the handprint.

Two fun cards from two adorable boys for two sets of wonderful grandparents!


stART ~ Franklin’s Valentines February 10, 2012

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Since Valentine’s Day is next week, we dug into our collection of Valentines’ books.  We picked one with one of our favorite book characters, Franklin!  We read “Franklin’s Valentines” by Paulette Bourgeois.  On Valentine’s Day when Franklin is in a rush to get to school his valentines fall out of his backpack when he’s running for the bus, but he doesn’t realize it.  When it is time to pass out valentines, he has none.  Franklin learns both what is like to be a friend and the gift of unconditional love in a friendship. 



We had our friends Rylee and Drew over for supper the other night and decided it was the perfect night for them to join us in our project fun!  We, of course, had to make valentines!  This project using heart stamps came from Pintrest via Rust and Sunshine.  Will’s 4 valentines went out in the mail today for some special family members!



To make the heart stamps take a toilet paper roll and crease it in half lengthwise.  Then bend one side on the crease inward to create the rounded parts of the heart.  Secure the heart into place by wrapping a piece of tape around the toilet paper tube.  Now you are ready to stamp!



 For more stART ideas visit A Mommy’s Adventures.


Valentine’s Day Tasty Bouquet February 9, 2012

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Last week Will was asking to take treats to daycare.  He just loves bringing treats, mostly because he gets to pass them out to the kids, I think.  Here is another Pintrest recipe I found that was fun to try. 

First, Will and I worked together to make a 9 x 13 pan of Rice Krispie bars. 

Melt a bag of mini marshmallows with 3 Tbsp. butter.

Pour melted mixture over 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal and mix.  Press the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan.

I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the heart shapes.  I had to piece a few together, but I got 22 hearts out of one pan of Rice Krispie bars.

I melted some semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave and then dipped half of each heart in the chocolate.

Immediately afterwards I sprinkled them with Valentine’s sprinkles (I found in the $1 section at Target!)


Last, I inserted a skewer into the end of each heart to make them into heart pops! 

I think the kids enjoyed them as well as my co-workers who got the extras 😉 


Valentine’s i-pods February 4, 2012

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Last weekend a girlfriend and I got together to make Valentine’s treats for our kiddos to give to their friends.   We found this idea for the Valentine’s i-pod on Pintrest.  The original idea came Family Fun magazine

We started with these boxes of Conversation Hearts.

I cut various Valentine papers to fit the width of the Conversation Heart boxes.  I also copied the i-pod dial and screen from this location and cut them out.

Roll the paper around the box of Conversation Hearts and secure it with adhesive or tape.



Next, we taped a Hershey Kiss to each end of a length of yarn to make the ear buds.

We taped the folded length of yarn to the top of one side of the covered box of hearts.  Last, we put each i-pod in a clear baggie to make them easier to transport to our friends.  Hopefully, it will be a rockin’ Valentine’s for everyone!



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