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Three Things + 1 : Lots of Love (and giveaways)

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This week we are taking a peek at a couple Valentine/Love related products. Look for another round of three next week - there are just too many cool things out there for creating projects that celebrate those you love.


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• Thinking a little tiny bit about Valentine projects (must be all the pink). Planning to use my new "Loving Stamps" from Technique Tuesday on something Valentine related. You can also pick up a similar digital version called "Loving Life Word Art." You can download the new Technique Tuesday 2009 Winter Supplement (pdf)
to see the entire line of stamps (or go here).

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• Speaking of Valentine's, one of my favorite product lines from CHA last summer
(the big Craft & Hobby show) was from Little Yellow Bicycle called "Love Letters." I love the cardstock stickers (shown above),

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• This wonderful print that is going to hang somewhere in my house (maybe in the baby's room or a bathroom) from isophotography (found via poppytalk handmade). It would make a great gift for a loved one.

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• And one more lovey thing I couldn't resist this week: little love notes tickets from Making Memories.

[ Three Things is a weekly product series : check out the archives here. ]

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Evalicious.etsy.com
Eve has added some really cool sweetheart combo packs to her etsy shop along with a "he said. she said" mini album kit. One winner will receive both of these.

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Elles Studio
Elle has two new lines debuting in her shop this month in addition to new clear stamps. One person will win the My Dear line and another will receive the Valentine's package. Check out her Handmade With Love week beginning January 17th.

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My Dear Line

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Valentine's Items

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Clickin Moms : two, one-year memberships for their wonderful photography forums and tutorials. I know many of you are working on your photography skills and this may be just the place for learning and community with other creative people.

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Scrap For A Cure : one January kit called "Sweet Cheeks." 5% of total sales go to a different charity each quarter.


To be entered into today's drawing please leave a comment letting me know how you celebrate Valentine's Day. Do you do something special for your kids or other family members that has become a nice tradition from year to year? Comments will be closed tonight at 9pm with the winner's posted shortly after.

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  1. Timna A. says…
    01/14/2009

    I absolutely love Valentine's Day. I start off the day by posting a little "love" note on each of my kidlet's doors. It basically tells them what I love about each one of them and how proud I am to be their mom. My husband gets a little bit more of an intimate letter. Once the kids get home from school they get to do a scavenger hunt to find their box of Valentine's day candies and a sweet little card. They just love this tradition. My favorite part is reading and seeing their adorable hand-made with love cards for me and dad. We finish off the night with a special family dinner, sweet dessert, and bedtime story. Funny thing is; my oldest is 16 and she still wants to take part in this. We just love valentine's day. Can you tell?

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  2. Aggie says…
    01/14/2009

    I usually make something crafty with my hands and give it to the husband but we never go out - too much traffic. We celebrate better two days after - on my birthday!!!

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  3. Amber Smith says…
    01/14/2009

    We do some little sweet gifts for our daughter. My dh and I do dinner together and some kind of token to each other. I just love getting snuggles and the romantic thoughts.

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  4. René says…
    01/14/2009

    Every year I give my boys a box of chocolates. Although they are now 25 & 23 they love getting that little heart-shaped box with little chocolates inside. And, they get flustered when they don't receive one (did that by mistake one year and have NEVER been able to live it down).

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  5. Leslie Murphy says…
    01/14/2009

    We start our Valentine's day with heart shape muffins...and end it with a heart shaped red velvet cake. This year my two children are old enough to make some simple Valentine's, so we're doing that as well.

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  6. kim miller says…
    01/14/2009

    Hi Ali - Great giveaways. Thanks! We celebrate Valentines Day by having a heart shaped pizza and a heart shaped red chocolate cake. I also put notes in the boys' lunch boxes. Have a great day!

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  7. Amy says…
    01/14/2009

    Valentine's Day has always been special in my family. We celebrate it in honor of all of our family. This year I'm in charge of it, so I get to decorate the house and make a luncheon and of course, the cake. :) All my family with come over with little Valentine's cards for each member of the family telling them why each person is special and why we love one another. It's really a more personalized version of christmas. And this year, all the little one's are even involved. Mine are drawing pictures to show why they love each member of the family. Oh, and I just got married this year, so my new hubby gets to be involved too!! LOL This should be a wonderful year!!

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  8. Jessica White says…
    01/14/2009

    My husband and I love to go out to eat together. I also enjoy making my children little goodie bags.

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  9. Helen Shields says…
    01/14/2009

    Has to be handmade cards at breakfast which is toast that has had a heart shape cut out of the middle and an egg in its place. Then shared hot chocolate at our favourite coffee shop after a long walk arm in arm around our local arboretum with the kids. Love the give aways this week stunning!

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  10. Ashley says…
    01/14/2009

    We wake up to cards at our spot at the table (mine and our two girls') from my husband. I usually have a few surprised during the day for the girls but we love to come downstairs and see those cards waiting for us the most!

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  11. Laura B. says…
    01/14/2009

    I usually leave my hubby a love note in one of his jacket pockets in the morning. He always cooks me dinner. Love Valentine's Day!

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  12. Stefanie says…
    01/14/2009

    Oh geez, we dont really celebrate the day very much. Though there is a slight chance that my baby due on the 9th could be late and I could have a v-day baby and then I would from then on being celebrating the day, but with a birthday instead!

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  13. Maria says…
    01/14/2009

    My husband and I usually eat dinner off of our wedding china on Valentine's day. Wether it's meatloaf or take out we try and make the evening special, since it seems the china only comes out for holidays, this is a time we take to remember our wonderful day together.

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  14. lisa tanner says…
    01/14/2009

    i love valentine's day - but sadly, we don't really do anything special. i love giving something sweet to my son and picking out a cute card that has one of his favorite characters on it - he loves those!! but the hubs doesn't really 'get into the spirit' - sadly!!

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  15. Amanda Susan says…
    01/14/2009

    I've never really celebrated Valentine's Day since I've been out of elementary school. It's not a holiday I get excited about.

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  16. Laura says…
    01/14/2009

    We have a quiet family dinner and each of the children get a book wrapped in fancy paper and a chocolate treat.

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  17. Angie says…
    01/14/2009

    we havn't started any valentine traditions except for exchanging them at school. maybe this year we'll have to try something new!

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  18. Laura D says…
    01/14/2009

    The kids and I make heart shapes sweets. The love waking up and finding their valentines at the end of the beds. DH and trade cards and a snuggle at the end of the day. Thanks for the give aways, they are awesome. Laura D

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  19. Ginny says…
    01/14/2009

    We always make heart-shaped pancakes and this year my 5 year old son is handmaking valentines for his preschool class.
    Love Valentine's Day!

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  20. Jodi Addy says…
    01/14/2009

    I have different plans from this year than any other. My husband and I have only been on one date since our 3 1/2 year old was born. I am going to find a babysitter and plan a romantic evening for the two of us!

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  21. heather j. says…
    01/14/2009

    I usually make something for my hubby and the kids. Our biggest tradition though is for me and hubby. We got engaged in February, but not on Valentine's Day. We have 3 kids under 4, so we don't often get a babysitter and go out except this one day. We celebrate our engagement by getting a babysitter and enjoying an evening together just the two of us.

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  22. Gretchen McDowell says…
    01/14/2009

    My valentine for the past 12 yrs has been my son. Each year I make a wonderful soup where I have cut each of vegtables with different size mini heart shapes. I even make some crusty bread in the shape of a heart. He loves it, as do I. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful goodies and yourself!!

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  23. Cristina-Sweet Pea Ink says…
    01/14/2009

    The love of PINK is rubbing off on me this year too. :) Fun products...thx!
    This year my daughter and I are hosting a little Valentine Card Crafting party. Just a simple gathering of mom's and daughter's to have fun together. :)
    xoxo
    CS

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  24. Debbie says…
    01/14/2009

    Once I had my first child, my mother gave me the heart-shaped cake pans that she had used since I was a child. Every Valentine's Day she made a two layer cake using these pans, with pink icing, and pink-colored coconut on the frosting, along with the required heart-shaped candies. Now, I make this cake every year for my family.

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  25. Christi P says…
    01/14/2009

    We don't have any specific traditions, yet. But my little boy isn't a baby anymore so I'm loving the ideas I'm seeing from other people so we can start our own. Typically, my hubby and I just exchange cards and a small token gift...he knows how much I love chocolate so I usually get that. Sometimes we've gone out for dinner but I just love making dinner together and having a quiet evening talking and sharing. It's a nice change from the regular routine.

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