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January 14, 2009

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


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.


• 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).


• 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),


• 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.


• 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. ]

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.


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.


My Dear Line


Valentine’s Items


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.


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.


  • 1.
    Timna A. said…

    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?

  • 2.
    Aggie said…

    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!!!

  • 3.
    Amber Smith said…

    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.

  • 4.
    René said…

    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).

  • 5.
    Leslie Murphy said…

    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.

  • 6.
    kim miller said…

    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!

  • 7.
    Amy said…

    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!!

  • 8.
    Jessica White said…

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

  • 9.
    Helen Shields said…

    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!

  • 10.
    Ashley said…

    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!

  • 11.
    Laura B. said…

    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!

  • 12.
    Stefanie said…

    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!

  • 13.
    Maria said…

    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.

  • 14.
    lisa tanner said…

    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!!

  • 15.
    Amanda Susan said…

    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.

  • 16.
    Laura said…

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

  • 17.
    Angie said…

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

  • 18.
    Laura D said…

    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

  • 19.
    Ginny said…

    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!

  • 20.
    Jodi Addy said…

    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!

  • 21.
    heather j. said…

    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.

  • 22.
    Gretchen McDowell said…

    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!!

  • 23.

    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. :)

  • 24.
    Debbie said…

    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.

  • 25.
    Christi P said…

    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.

  • 26.
    Jennifer in TX said…

    Valentine’s Day is our anniversary, but instead of waiting on a table at a restaurant we spend it with our son at home. I make a special dinner and dessert and we spend the evening together as a family.

  • 27.
    broni said…

    I always make cards and some kind of altered project for each of my grandchildren. As the boys are getting older though, it’s becoming harder to keep the “girly” pink and hearts out of the projects!

  • 28.
    Lynn Judge said…

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway. I just make some homemade goodies with love and we spend the day watching chick flicks!!

  • 29.
    Kimberly Mace said…

    In our family, we can always count on some crazy dancing/singing valentine animal from my Mom.

  • 30.

    My husband and I both work and have 2 young ones so we try and catch lunch together to celebrate. I make a handmade card for him and he usually buys me one in a modern and unique style which he knows I will like. But we try and keep it simple and not buy into the commercial aspect of it.
    Now that my older daughter is 4, I plan to help her make some cards and send them with her to her daycare to share with her friends. She is at the point where she would understand that concept behind appreciating your friends and the ones you love. (Ssssh . . . don’t tell anyone but we’re making one for daddy too)

  • 31.
    Laura said…

    Hi Ali- We have some really fun traditions. The kids always make their own valentines day cards for their class and we add some homemade candy packets to the cards. We have already started on these! On the day of…I make pink pancakes, put pink and red candies in their lunch, and I make a big heart cake for dessert. I think it’s one of our fav holidays- I even made a mini book about our traditions last year…and it’s been a favorite mini to browse though!
    Have a great and restful day!!

  • 32.
    Desiree said…

    We spend the evening at home and I make the same dinner every year- filet mignons, roasted plum tomatoes, homemade creamed spinach, and a good bottle of wine. We enjoy a nice quiet evening after our little guy goes to bed. Now that my son is a toddler we’ll start to make a special breakfast too!

  • 33.
    Karina K said…

    I started making an mini album of 10 things i love and it cant be people. I’m on the 5th edition.

  • 34.
    Cara said…

    My husband and I normally cook dinner together. We make something a little out of the ordinary, like homemade crabcakes. We don’t do gifts; we just enjoy spending time with one another.

  • 35.
    Sandi Keene said…

    We usually make cards for one another. A nice family dinner with candles ends the day.

  • 36.
    Cinda Nordin said…

    We usually have a nice quiet dinner at home with some flowers and candy purchased before the big day. This year, my son is 3, and we will be making heart-shaped cookies on that day.

  • 37.
    stephanie said…

    My husband loads up all his girls in the car on Valentine’s and takes them to pick out their own little treats from him – they can pick out whatever kind of flowers they want or a big balloon. They love getting to look at the flowers and pick out their favorites – with three little girls we end up with lots of variety. He and I have a standing tradition of picking up Greek take out and enjoying it after our munchkins are in bed for the night. :)

  • 38.
    Susan Bowers said…

    I have varied Valentine’s from year to year. My fav year though was when I started Feb 1 and did 14 days of Valentines in which I did/gave/made something special for my hubby. I/we ended on the 14th by going to his work and sticking multi-colored, pink, purple, red hearts all over his car.

  • 39.
    Julia in MI said…

    I always get my husband a card. The kids and I sometimes make a special treat together, like cupcakes with valentine decorations. Or I make something special for the whole family, like our favorite chocolate cake. And we eat our special treat all together, family dinner style, when my husband gets home from work in the late afternoon.

  • 40.
    Shanon Gibson said…

    I will give small gifts to my daughters as the grow older, maybe flowers someday. They are little now so I think I will stick with heart shaped sandwiches and cookies since a growing toddler appreciates food! My husband and I don’t have a real tradition except for avoiding resturants because they are too crowded on Valentines Day.

  • 41.
    Carol Fleming said…

    I usually make the kiddo’s some heart pancakes and hubby and I will go out for a nice dinner.

  • 42.
    Wendy T said…

    We started this tradition last year after my son was born 3 months prematurely. He was released from the NICU after 70 days in late January. On Valentine’s Day I made cut out hearts and frosted them in pink and red and took them to his “first valentine’s” the NICU nurses. We plan on continuing this tradition every year.

  • 43.
    Lisa H. said…

    We don’t do too much. My hubby and I try to get out to dinner either the night before or the night after–not nearly as crowded. Usually we exchange cards, sometimes presents, sometimes not.

  • 44.
    Sara Berry said…

    I all depends on whether the dh is home or deployed! Deployed means lots of early planning and mailing cards and love notes to wherever he is at the time. Home means hiding notes around the house and a nice dinner…and probably something chocolate for dessert. Either way it is nice to take a big time out and just let him know how much he means to me.

  • 45.
    splendorfalls28 said…

    I don’t know what it is but I am more excited about Valentine’s Day this year than I have ever been. I’ve made cards to send, hung a heart wreath on the door, and put out what few decorations I have (table runner and paper banner)!

  • 46.
    Mary Austin said…

    I love Valentines Day! Starts out in the morning with a fun pink breakfast for the kids – strawberry cereal that turns the milk pink, pink cream cheese on bagels, strawberry milk. When packing lunches, I throw a little Valentine heart candy into the lunch with a nice little note wishing them a Happy Valentine’s Day. While the teenager outwardly professes embarrassment, she inwardly LOVES it!! I do keep a little bit of Valentine’s candy around the house during the season, but made the decision a long time ago when the kids were little to not have a lot of it around. They don’t like chocolate much anyway, although their Momma sure does!! (another reason to keep it limited for fear I might eat all of it!) The tradition in my family was always to give/receive a little gift at valentines. As a Mom, my gifts are usually either a new book I know they will enjoy or a christian CD they have been wanting. My sweet, sweet husband prepares a wonderful made to order Valentines Dinner for all of us and we top of the day with a yummy Valentine’s decorated dessert!! He also usually treats me to tons of roses – I think the record number of roses he has surprised me with is 6 dozen!!

  • 47.
    {vicki} said…

    I don’t really do anything special. My husband & I usually just exchange cards and maybe a small gift. We always get out son a small gift. Nothing extravagant.

  • 48.
    HeatherC said…

    We make valentines for family members had have an all pink/red food day (or as much as possible!) — Last year we started off with pink heart shaped pancakes with strawberries — yum!

  • 49.
    Wendy Inman said…

    Alex and i make heart shaped sugar cookies and decorate them. The best part though, is going to Party City and picking up a bunch of the inexpensive red heart mylar balloons. There is just something magical about those things :)

  • 50.
    Amy said…

    I don’t really have any Valentine’s Day traditions, as I don’t really have a Valentine. But I recently tried the bokeh technique of adding a black hood with a shape cut out of it on to my camera and it totally worked!! I think I may have tried the heart too, which was why I remembered it. I should pull that out again. :) Very cool print!