Category Archives: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Frog Card

ValentineFrogCard
My daughter just loves frogs at the moment, so I made her Valentine with a frog just for her!  I got the image offline, it is a free color page.  The I traced it onto white cardstock with sharpie’s and colored it in using colored pencils.  I chalked the edges to add a little bit of more color.

 

Since her card isn’t going into an envelope, I folded it so that I could close it.  I chose this Bible verse because I think she’ll like it and wrote a little note for her on the inside.
Finally: The back.  The card folds over on itself to close up easily but I didn’t want to leave it blank, just looked too plain!  I did the hearts using my Cricut machine, but you can change up the design if you don’t have access to one.  Other than that, it’s just layered paper!  Hope you enjoyed!!!

Originally posted 2016-02-13 06:00:00.

Valentines Day Love Jar In Every Language

 LoveJarElizabeth Barrett Browning wrote:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise,
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints -I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
While I am not personally talented in writing poetry, the closest way I could think of to point out the many depths of my love was to tell him in every language I could find.  Though I didn’t count them I think I got the point across.  I wanted to tell my husband how much I loved him for Valentine’s Day, so I did.  The craft is completely simple but it gets the point across.  You could also write  I took a glass jar (I use old ones but you can buy them at craft stores if you like) and used my Cricut machine to print off little hearts.  I then wrote on every heart ‘I Love You’ in a different language and wrote what language it was underneath.

 

These are a few of the hearts.  I used Pink, Red, and White cardstock.  In order to fit them in the jar, I had to fold the hearts, but it turned out very well.  Here is a link so that you can save time from looking up all of the different languages.

Originally posted 2016-02-12 06:00:00.

Valentine Chocolate Box Card

Quick Simple Valentine's Day CardCathy's Flower's & EventsI love Valentine’s day!  Spent quite a lot of time working in my Granny’s flower shop growing up.  Something about the hustle and insanity in the back of a

flower shop makes me so happy!  I have de-thorned more roses than I could ever count and loved every minute of it….  Well, perhaps not every one but lots of them.  That’, ladies and gentleman, is one of the

 

many reasons it’s better to get roses from a good flower shop than from the grocery store.  No worries about anyone getting stabbed with those awful thorns!  If you happen to live in the River Valley in Arkansas, I promise they are the best florist you will ever find!  Be sure and check out Cathy’s Flower’s & Events for all of your floral needs and event planning!  They did our wedding and it was absolutely gorgeous!


Valentine's Day Card

For those of you who love your Cricut, I thought I’d share this adorable card I made!  Who doesn’t love chocolate boxes?  I found this one absolutely adorable and totally perfect for a quick Valentine’s card!

I used Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge, it’s on the ‘prom boy’ Accessories 2, cut at 3 1/4 inch.  I used a sharpie to do the black (had to do 2 layers to get it dark enough) and a gold paint pen purchased at Hobby Lobby.  If you are using card stock, it won’t leak through.  I would suggest it but if you need/want to use thinner paper, just be sure and put something under it and let it dry before gluing it on.

Valentine's Day Card

This is the inside of the card.  In order to use a scrap piece of card stock that would have otherwise been useless and made the card open vertically.  Added my little ‘poem’ and it’s ready to go!  Enjoy!!!

 

Originally posted 2011-02-09 16:05:00.

Romantic Roses Cake Pops Recipe

Aren’t these beautiful!  The sky is the limit with what you could do with them and I just love them!  Flowers my husband would appreciate!  LOL.  These and other adorable recipes can be found in the book 175 Best Babycakes Recipes by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss.  You can check out my review here and get your copy here.  

If you don’t have a babycakes maker, don’t fret.  You can still make these adorable little things!  Just bake the cake, mix in one container of icing, roll into balls, freeze, then decorate!  😀

Makes 1 centerpiece

Create this show-stopping tiered arrangement of cake pop roses for a sophisticated garden fête, a tea party for a special grandmother or anytime you want to set the stage for a stylish occasion.
Ingredients
            Pink and white candy melts
20 to 24           Princess Cake Pops 20 to 24
            White sugar pearls
Materials
12        cake pop sticks         
1          pastry bag or squeeze bottle, fitted with a fine tip
            Strong craft glue, suitable for glass
2          glass candlesticks (about 4 inches/10 cm tall)
1          china dinner plate    
1          china soup bowl or salad plate       
1          china sugar bowl or cup     
            Light green tulle
            Styrofoam block (at least 3 inches/7.5 cm cubed)
12 feet green ribbon (1⁄8 to 1⁄4 inch/3 to 360 cm 5 mm wide)
            Pearl strings
1.         Melt 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) pink candy melts (see page 18) and use to attach sticks to 6 cake pops (see page 27). Freeze cake pops for at least 15 minutes to set. Reserve the remaining candy melts. Repeat with white candy melts, attaching sticks to 6 cake pops (8 to 12 cake pops will not have sticks).
2.         Add 1 cup (250 mL) pink candy melts to those left in the cup and melt until smooth. Coat the cake pops secured with pink candy melts. Set in a cake pop stand to dry. Using the fork tool, dip half of the cake pops without sticks and place them on a wire rack set over a sheet of foil or waxed paper to dry.
3.         Add 1 cup (250 mL) white candy melts to those left in the cup and melt until smooth. Coat the cake pops secured with white candy melts and immediately sprinkle with sugar pearls. Set in the stand to dry. Using the fork took, dip the remaining cake pops without sticks and place them on the rack to dry.
4.         Reheat pink candy melts, adding more as needed. Use the pastry bag to pipe a swirl in a tight circle on top of each pink cake pop (with and without sticks) to resemble a rose bud. Set cake pops with sticks in the stand to dry. Set cake pops without sticks on the rack to dry.
5.         Use craft glue to glue one candlestick to the bottom of the dinner plate to form a large pedestal. Glue the other candlestick to the bottom of the soup bowl to form a smaller pedestal. Let both dry.
6.         Place the small pedestal on top of the large pedestal. Place the sugar bowl on top of the small pedestal. If necessary for stability, glue everything together. Decoratively arrange tulle over the bottom two pedestal layers.
7.         Measure the dimensions of the sugar bowl and trim the Styrofoam to fit snugly and be about 1 inch (2.5 cm) shorter than the bowl. Place Styrofoam in the bowl.
8.         Cut ribbon into twelve 7-inch (17.5 cm) lengths (there will be ribbon left over). Tie a bow around each cake pop stick. Slide bows up to just below cake pops. Push the cake pop sticks into the Styrofoam, arranging the roses at different heights. Fill in around cake pops with small pieces of tulle, hiding the Styrofoam.
9.         Arrange the cake pops without sticks in the tulle on the middle and bottom layers. Cut the remaining ribbon into 8-inch (20 cm) lengths and tie small bows with long tails. Arrange the bows next to the cake pops so that the ribbon flows off the plates. Drape pearl strings around the cake pops on the bottom two layers.
Tips
It looks especially dramatic to place just one cake pop without a stick on one side of the middle layer, positioned beside a bow with especially long tails.
Inexpensive glass candlesticks and individual pieces of china can often be found at thrift stores, flea markets and estate sales. Even mismatched pieces can combine for an attractive look.
You can substitute tiered glass cake pedestals in graduated sizes for the china and candlesticks.
To complement this centerpiece, fill matching teacups with additional cake pops on sticks, decorated to match the large arrangement, and set the teacups around the room. Make enough cake pops so that each guest can eat one at the party and take one home as a favor.
Capture the days of wine and roses. For a beautiful evening, begin with a Romantic Roses centerpiece, then serve a bottle of Champagne, Prosecco or your favorite wine in your best wineglasses. Pure romance.

Excerpted from 175 Best Babycakes Cake Pop Maker Recipes by Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss © 2012 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Originally posted 2013-02-02 06:00:00.

Hanging Hearts Decor

Good  day all!  I wanted to show you some cute Valentine decor I made.  Actually, I made them for my daughter’s room but they work for both!  😀  They are super simple to make!  They take longer to dry than anything else!  I love that they add dimension and something a little different!  For a teenage girl, nothing ordinary ever works!  But, if you have one you know that!  

Here’s the How To:
1.  Cut out your hearts.  I used my Cricut, but if you don’t have one just make sure they are the same sizes.  You could use a stencil as well.  Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, they’ll cover each other a good bit.
2.  This part is optional, I do it because I don’t like to re-make things!  Take mod-podge, liquid laminate, or some other sealant and coat one side of the heart.  Make sure you coat the side that will be showing!  Let it dry…  ***Just play jeopardy music in your head while waiting!***
3.  Fold each heart in half so that the sides are equal. 
4.  Thoroughly, that’s our key word here, thoroughly glue two halves of the heart together.  Just do two at a time and let them thoroughly dry before going to step 5!
5.  Place whatever string you are using to hang it on the crease of the heart.  You can let the string end inside the heart or you can let it dangle.  I let mine dangle so that the weight would help the heart not fly all over the place.  I also thought about hanging a charm at the end to weight it, but I didn’t and it worked out fine!
6.  Glue the halves together to close in the string and form the heart.  Don’t worry about gluing the string, it won’t go anywhere with all the paper being glued!  
***Some Tips***
Remember to always do odd numbers!!!  3, 5, 7, 9  you get the drift!  You don’t want them to be perfectly even!  You could do any shape that is equal on both sides!  Don’t limit yourself to hearts!Get creative and use different colors!  You can hang with tacks, tape, etc.
 The View from below

Originally posted 2012-02-05 15:17:00.

Sweetie Pie

Okay, I know, AMAZINGLY similar to yesterday’s card.  Look, I’m on V-day burnout.  At this point, I am wanting to throw all pink and sweet and hearts out the window!!!  I’m seriously thinking, Halloween should be right after Valentine’s Day.  It would work like this:  mushy love stuff, blah blah blah  then  *BAM*  rotten tricks and scary little treats!!!  Let’s be honest, you are thinkin something along the same lines!!!  So, yeah.  Pie cut a bit bigger than the other.  I cut it at 4 inces.  Um, torn paper.  Oh yeah, In My Kitchen Cricut cartridge.  You can figure the rest out.  Blah.  I’m going to go poke someone.  Need something rotten.  Too much mushy love stuff!!!  LOL
Okay, to go along with the simplicity of V-day craft burnout, well, you can see the simplicity.  LOL.  To keep my nieces from feeling like the one least loved, and who lost the ‘better than yours game’ (see previous blog  *smart way to trick ya into stayin a little longer!  LOL), I added the cupids.  I punched them out of the top sheet and stuck the red behind it.  Simplicity.  Ahh, yes. 

Originally posted 2011-02-13 15:58:00.

Most Uniquely Awesome Valentine’s Gifts Ever! @theApollobox

When I came across The Apollo Box’s website, time paused for me a moment and I got lost.  Somehow, when I came back it had been a couple of hours!  They have some of the most awesome and unique products!  Some of which I had seen other forms of, others that I had never heard of at all.  Regardless of who you are shopping for or what the occasion, you can find it with them!  You’ll even find some amazingly cool decor for just about any room design!  I have got a ‘Gotta Have’ List of decor for more than one room in my house, solely full of Apollo products!

Another cool thing about Apollo?  They partner with individuals to bring YOUR creation to their customers!  How awesome is that!?!  You all know by now that I LOVE small businesses and I am loving that The Apollo Box seems to share that sentiment!

I’ve put together some photos of their fabulous Valentine’s Gift Boxes to give you a little taste, soon I will add my personal review to this post as well.  Of course, you could always just pick your favorite products and build a more personalized gift, but as one who loves surprises, I’d say get a box and random surprises!  I’d love for you to check them out and let me know what product you were most in awe of!  Bonus kudos if you have a great reason that you love it!

Currently, if you order an Apollo Box, you receive an Augmented Reality Valentine’s Card for FREE!!!!

Unique & Awesome Gifts: Apollo Gift Box for Her: Beauty


 Gift Box For Her: Beauty

($50 to purchase, includes everything listed below)

Swarovski Lollipops ($22 ARV)

Super adorable and I love the touch of the accent ‘jewel’ on the end of the lollipops!  If the showmanship is in the details, then they have got it top notch!

Bath Bomb ($15.99 ARV)

Smells absolutely fabulous!  I haven’t tried it in the bath yet, but I know it’s going to be wonderful!

Jelly Lipstick ($22 ARV)

Let me just say, I love this Lipstick!  The color changes slightly with the temperature and it has a great staying power!  Not to mention, the flower and gold flakes in side are gorgeous!

Valentine AR card ($15.50 ARV)

Pictured on the end, I just love this card!  Pictured on the end, the top image is what it looks like at a glance, the bottom is underneath a light!  Not only is that really cool, it’s also just the sentiment my husband has been saying for years!  Yeah, sometimes he’s a sweetie!

Gifts for Her Beauty Box

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