valentine puppets are my fave

January 31, 2013

On Tuesday I said that nothing says I love you quite like chocolate and cream cheese. Correction: nothing says I love you quite like puppets. Just look at these happy little guys.
you are my fave: valentine puppets
you are my fave: valentine puppets
you are my fave: valentine puppets

To make your own you’ll need:
– printable downloads (at the bottom of the post)
– scissors
– small brads
– sucker or popsicle sticks

you are my fave: valentine puppets

Simply print, cut on the dotted lines, attach limbs with brads and tape a stick to the back.

Which one is your favorite? I’m awfully fond of the fox myself.

fox puppet download
owl puppet download
whale puppet download
deer puppet download

puppets designed by Kirsten Bingham

painted newspaper hearts are my fave

January 30, 2013

Today’s Valentine was created by Bar Rucci.
you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

Homemade Valentine’s are the best. Hearts, glitter, red & pink, what’s not to love? It brings me back to my childhood. There was nothing that made me happier as a kid than creating 20 matching (but varied) Valentine cards for my classmates. As a mom, my enthusiasm for this holiday begins the minute the Christmas tree is down.

This year, inspiration struck from the newspaper we had out on the table for a painting project. The aftermath looked so pretty, we decided to just keep going. We painted all the paper and hung it to dry. My mind was racing with the endless possibilities. What should we do with all of these beautiful pages? In the end, it just had to be hearts!

To make your own you’ll need:

– Newspaper
– Liquid Watercolor
– Brushes
– Heart Template
– Watercolor Postcards
– Scissors
– Rubber Cement

you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

Step 1: Paint the newspaper with the liquid watercolors and let dry. Since we work at our dining room table (that was made by hand by my neighbor’s mother in Australia!), I always lay down a big towel underneath the newspaper. But these pages can just as easily be painted on the floor, on an easel, or outside! The liquid watercolor will seep through the newspaper a little bit, but it also dries quickly.

Step 2: Create a heart template. You can cut a heart out of paper and then trace it onto heavier cardstock or cardboard. (Just make sure the heart is sized to fit the postcard.) Next, use the template to trace the hearts all over the newspaper. Then cut out the newspaper hearts.

you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts
you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

Step 3: Using the same template, trace hearts onto the blank postcards with a pencil. Paint around the hearts with liquid watercolor. Encourage your child to paint over the line just a little bit. This is good practice for them to focus and paint carefully. I mixed 4 colors in the red family and instructed the kids to blend the colors as they painted so that the effect, when dry, was like ombre. For smaller children, they can paint the whole page. Make sure to use a black pen rather than a pencil, though, to trace the heart so that you can see it underneath the paint.

Step 4: Using rubber cement, coat the back of the newspaper heart and then also coat the heart on the postcard with glue. Let them both dry, then carefully place the newspaper heart within the white space left on the postcard. This gluing method is a very good trick to use if you want the glue to stick forever!

you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

We painted 4 sheets of newspaper and were able to get 65 hearts cut out! I’m sure you will be seeing them pop up in future projects, too (mind still racing).

Have fun!

 You can find more of Bar’s art projects at Art Bar Blog or shop her card shop (hello thank you cards) at Late Night Cake.

a tiny jar of valentine cookies is my fave

January 29, 2013

If you’re trying to win over a Valentine, you can’t really go wrong with chocolate and cream cheese frosting.
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To make your own jar of mini heart cookies you’ll need:
– a batch of homemade oreos (or a favorite type of cookie)
– mini heart cookie cutter
– weck jar
– twine + paper

you are my fave: mini homemade oreo hearts you are my fave: mini homemade oreo hearts

Simply bake the cookies as instructed, cut them out into heart shape, fill your jar and package with twine and a paper flag.

you are my fave: mini homemade oreo hearts
I tried to come up with a corny saying for the label but every one I came up with was very Michael Scott-ish. Do you have any clever ideas?

stuck on you valentines are my fave

January 28, 2013

you are my fave: felt pin valentines
you are my fave: felt pin valentines
This week on YAMF is going to be dedicated to the handmade Valentine. I should give you fair warning, I’m a fan of the corny like the stuck on you message with these felt heart pins. Click here for the full tutorial on Julep.

a patterned pillowbox is my fave

January 22, 2013

Today’s post is from the talented Alana Davis of Humunuku Shoppe. These pillow boxes would be perfect for party favors, Valentines, or to wrap that bling you’ve been eyeing (as long as it’s not too heavy from the weight of the diamonds).

you are my fave: patterned pillow box

To make you’re own you’ll need to grab:
– the template
– scissors
– a bone folder (or popsicle stick!)

you are my fave: patterned pillow box

1. Print template on any color card stock. You can scale size on printing options to make different sized pillow boxes.
2. Cut around outside of design.
3. Use a bone folder, or other hard tool to score on each dotted line (& also down the center, where you will fold the box in half).
4. Fold along scored lines.

you are my fave: patterned pillow box

5. Glue edges to seal box.
6. Style with bow or other decorative embellishments.

you are my fave: patterned pillow box

What surprise will you wrap in yours?

See a lot more pretty from Alana by visiting her website and Etsy shop.


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