Valentine Ideas and an EXCITING Announcement

I know..I know-I have been MIA for a while, but it's for a good reason.  On Monday two other FABULOUSLY talented ladies and myself are launching our new Challenge site. This site is dedicated to paper challenges whether they be cards, 3-D items or scrapbook layouts. Anyone is welcome to participate and materials are not limited to Stampin' Up! products. The new site will have all the details Monday morning. This project has been a dream of ours and in the works for a while, so to see it finally come to fruition is truly a dream come true. So make sure to come back here first thing Monday morning when it goes live to see my projects for the BIG reveal and to get the address to the new site. In honor of this launch I will be holding a FREE giveaway with goodies related to the projects spotlighted for the launch. You won't want to miss it! 
Now onto some cute Valentine's ideas...
So let's call these two ideas today Old School vs. New School. Growing up we didn't have all the gimmicky cartoon character Valentine's that are available now, or at least not to the extent available these days. Plus they were expensive. We always made our own.  When I was in the fourth and fifth grades I gave these out:

I LOVED making these and they were so simple. I remember thinking how clever the sentiment was. Of course back then we used juicy fruit sticks. Remember they were individually wrapped in white paper with a yellow border? I would write the recipients name on that.
The first thing you need to do is take a piece of paper and fold it in half. I took a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of printer paper and cut it in half to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and then folded it. Next trace a have heart shape on the curve and cut it out.
Trace it onto card stock in the color of your choice. We used to use poster board, but here I traced the heart onto a piece of Real Red card stock and cut it out.

Simply attach the stick of gum and add your sentiment and signature. Super easy and creative! Alright so that was the "Old School" Valentine. Now on to the "New School" Valentine.

Right now all the Rage is our Heart Treat Cups-aren't they so cool?! For this card I started with a Very Vanilla base (4 1/4" x 5 1/2" when folded). I adhered a piece of Real Red card stock along the top and a piece of our NEW Sending Love Designer Series Paper with SNAIL Adhesive. This Designer Paper is to die for! The patterns are so gorgeous and have a faint hint of glitter on several. I'll be showcasing a few behind my cards I share in the next couple of posts. You can see one behind this card-GORGEOUS! Next I took a strip of Pretty In Pink card stock and ran it through our Scallop Edge Punch. This was attached with SNAIL Adhesive over the seam of the previous papers. A piece of Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon hides the top of that seam. (HINT: A few strategically placed Mini Glue Dots ensure that your ribbon will stay in place.)

Here is a close-up of the Treat cup. I started by stamping the sentiment onto a Very Vanilla square in Real Red ink. The stamp is from the Sweetheart set and is one of our new Clear Mount Stamps-I LOVE these. You can see exactly where you're image will be stamped. But don"t worry-if you aren't hot about the Clear Mount, ALL of our stamp sets from here on out will be available in the Clear Mount and Wood Block options. The Full Heart punch fits perfectly in the center of this image and allows the Treat Cup to slip through.  Fill your Heart Treat Cup with the "treat" of your choice, I used Jelly Belly's.  The treat cups have adhesive on them so simply remove the protective film and you're good to go. I ran SNAIL Adhesive along the back edges of the stamped/punched layer as well before placing an identical Very Vanilla square onto the back. This was attached by placing a Mini Glue Dot in each corner. 
So that's my "New School" Valentine. Wouldn't your friends, your kids teachers', your neighbors' LOVE LOVE LOVE getting these? Hurry and get creative-I'd love to see what you come up with.
And don't forget to stop by Monday!

Paper: Real Red {102482}, Very Vanilla {101650}, Pretty In Pink {100459}, Sending Love Designer Series Paper {117153}
Stamps: Sweetheart Clear Mount {118571}
Ink: Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad {103133}
Tools: SNAIL Adhesive {104332}, Full Heart Punch {113693}, Clear Mount Block D {118485}, Mini Glue Dots {103683}
Embellishments: Heart Treat Cups {120435}, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon {109071}

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