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“Our Friendship Makes Me Glow” Printable Valentines

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
 Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away already!
I have teamed up with other bloggers to give you lots of fun ideas for Valentine’s Day.
If you have young kiddos, they probably still have parties at school or like to pass out Valentine cards to their friends. 
Today, I am sharing a simple Valentine card idea that is perfect for boys and girls!
 These are so easy to put together. 

 You can download your copy of the cards to print off below then just cut them apart. 
I printed the cards off onto thick white 8 1/2x 11 card stock so they’d be sturdy.
I bought the thicker glow sticks that can be a necklace so they already had a hole so I just punched a hole into the corner of the card and tied the two together with some twine. 
If you buy the thin glow sticks you can punch two holes in opposite corners of the card and weave the stick through the holes. Place a piece of tape on the back of the card over the glow stick to keep it from slipping out and you are done! 
What little kids won’t love to get this cute Valentine?!
I know my girls were super excited to get the glow sticks after I popped them for this picture! haha
Grab your copy of the Valentines below.
If the widget isn’t working you can also download them here.


I have also teamed up with some other bloggers to give you a fun Valentine’s Day roundup.
Be sure to check out all the amazing ideas below!

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“Donut Worry” Embroidery Pattern

 The first “Craft with Me” post of 2017 is here and this year I will be having a few guest posters sharing project ideas. 
 The first post of the year is from Alicia from Sew What Alicia so I’d
like to welcome her to AGI and let her take it from here! 🙂 

Hi new friends! 
Alicia here from Sew What Alicia. I am so excited to be here to share a fun and easy embroidery tutorial. I love simple sewing projects and working with felt and an embroidery hoop is so relaxing! I love that you can sit on the couch and watch a movie while working on a cute project! 
 Here is a fun donut worry embroidery pattern.

 

Donut Worry Embroidery Pattern

 Supplies: 

 Embroidery Hoop 
Fabric Square 
Felt in varying colors

Instructions:

If you are new to embroidery then you are going to want to check out these must have supplies for beginners. I can’t believe how quickly and easily this came together!

  

The first step is to grab your felt. Use a thread spool to trace six circles. Then trim around the edges of three of the circles using a squiggly line. Lastly cut the middle out of all the circles. You should now have three donuts and three “icings” to go on top. 
 
 Put your fabric in the hoop and then attach the three donuts along the outside edge and then add the icing around the outside and sew around the inside circle as well. 
The last step for the donuts is to use French knots to add sprinkles. You could also do a back stitch to create long sprinkles. 
 
 Print the wording template in the supply list above. Then my secret hack is to simply embroider right over the paper! 
 
 Once you have sewn through the paper it is easy to use your tweezers and pull the paper out from the stitches. 

 I totally recommend using a more contrasting thread for the wording because the white really didn’t show up! But who wants to redo all the words, not I! 

 That is it! 
It comes together really quickly!
 If you are curious what I did with mine once it was done head over and see my Donut Zipper Pouch tutorial
 
Connect with Sew What Alicia
Here are a few of my recent projects that you might enjoy!

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So cute!! Thanks so much for sharing Alicia!

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MHCT&M: 14 Creative Valentine Boxes

Hello everyone! 
Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips and More! 
I am Allison, from A Glimpse Inside, back again to share with you one last tip for Valentine’s Day. 
I remember being a kid and getting so excited about the Valentine’s Day party at school. I love making my own little box to take to allow everyone to drop their valentine cards into. When I was young though, a basic shoe box covered in construction paper and stickers was as creative I ever got but now a days, Valentine boxes are works of art! 

I’ve rounded up 14 creative Valentine boxes that you can create with your kiddo to take to school that they will absolutely love!


What type of Valentine boxes have you created in the past? 
Stay tuned next month when we begin a whole new topic of must have posts! 

Your hostesses,

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Handmade Hangout Party #138

Are you ready to get your party on?! Let’s do it! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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My 2017 Valentine’s Day Mantle

About midnight on Sunday, or I guess really, Monday morning, I decided to put up my Valentine’s Day mantle after a super crazy weekend. 
I pulled it all together with items that I’ve used in years past, items that I’ve just had around the house or in a cabinet, and a few new pieces that I made this year. 
It is a rather simple mantle, and I still may tweak it here and there, but for just grabbing items around the house, I like how it turned out!

 I hung the Felt Ruffle Valentine Wreath that I created a few years ago on the wall above the mantle.
Took come candles and candlesticks out of a cabinet and placed on one end.
The Love Birds sign that I shared last week sits in the middle of the mantle with the “love” valentine stamped blocks sitting next to that.
Lastly, I pulled out a cake plate and put some flowers on top.
So I have a little secret about this. 
I’ve had these flowers since Miss P’s 4th birthday party and they are cut pretty short. I’ve wanted to do something with them forever and wasn’t sure what so when I was thinking about what to do I thought about these flowers. They are too short to sit in a vase but I knew I had a styrofoam ball and I could make a kissing ball with them by shoving them into the ball. 
Well, here is my secret, if you pick up the ball you will notice it is literally only half way covered! lol
I only had enough to cover half of it but the flowers were large enough to spread and cover the perfect way that you can’t even tell unless you pick it up! 
Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone! 😉
And lastly, across the front I hung the “be mine” banner I shared yesterday along with some tulle pom-pom garland that I found in the dollar spot at Target. 
 I am happy with my midnight mantle. 
I am trying to decide if I want to make a new lighter wreath or just leave the bright pop of color up on the wall but we’ll see if a spark of creativity hits me! lol
 Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?

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“Be Mine” Doily Banner

Happy Monday everyone! 
I hope you had a great weekend! 
 I had a busy weekend but I managed to squeeze in a quick craft project for my Valentine’s Day mantle. 
I made a quick new banner to display across our faux mantle shelf.
 It is a pretty easy project. 
Here’s how to make it. 
Supplies: 
-Paper doilies (I got these in the dollar section of Target)
-Alphabet Letter Stamps
-Twine
-Embossing Stamp Pad 
-Embossing Powder
-Embossing Gun

 I began by measure my mantle and cutting my twine to length.
Then it was time to work on my words. 
I chose to place “be mine” on the banner so I took the “b” letter and placed it on my stamp pad.
Rub the stamp on the embossing pad and stamp onto the center of doily.
Press down the stamp making sure all parts of the stamp are left on the doily when removed.
Sprinkle the “b” with embossing powder.
Move it around to make sure it is all nice and covered.
Dump off the excess powder to reveal your powdered letter.
Then it is time to emboss it with the embossing gun.
It only takes a few seconds and your letter is all embossed! 
Work your way down the banner stamping and embossing each doily with the letters of the phrase you choose.
Don’t have an embossing gun?! No worries! You can always use stickers, cut letters with a Cricut or Silhouette and apply them, or if you are fantastic at hand lettering or have pretty handwriting, just write the letters on each doily.
 Once all the doilies are complete with their letters, just weave the twine through the holes of the doilies to hang.
And that’s it! 
Easy, new banner to hang!
I hung it across the front of our faux mantle along with some tulle pom-pom garland that I also found in the dollar spot at Target. 
It fills the spot nicely and was the perfect size for our mantle.
What word or phrase will you choose to make your banner?

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MHCT&M: 15 Heart Shaped Foods

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips!

Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share 15 Heart Shaped Foods… just in time for Valentine’s Day. 
I absolutely love crafting and food… combining the two is even more fun! So here are some ways you can show a little love in the food you make around Valentine’s Day!  
 
Hearts just happen to be my favorite shape, so I’ll put all the hearts on all the things if I have an excuse. Even food! 
Some of these heart food ideas would be great for breakfast, lunch,  dinner, and dessert.  

 Here are a few breakfast ideas you might like for Valentine’s Day… 
 
 Eggs in a Basket by Juneberry Lane
 

 

 Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast by Mel’s Kitchen
 
 

 

  Loaded Baked Omelette Muffins by Skinnytaste 
 These heart shaped foods would be great for lunch or dinner…
  
 Cheese Burger Pockets by Pocket Change Gourmet
 

 

  Heart Raviolis by Hungry Happenings
  
 Heart Shaped Sushi Rolls by Holly’s Helpings
 

 

 Mini Heart Pepperoni Pizzas by Sarah Hearts
 

 

  Chicken Noodle Soup with heart carrots by Recipe by Photo
 

 

  Heart Cheese Quesadillas by Smart School House
 
 

 

 

 Heart Shaped Monte Cristo by Williams Sonoma
 

 

 Heart Shaped Calzones by Messy Aprons 
  
  Veggie Salad of Hearts by Jo and Sue
 

 

 Heart Shaped Grilled Cheese and Creamy Tomato Soup by Make Myself a Home

These recipes would be delicious for Valentine’s Day dessert…

  
Sweet Heart Cherry Pies by Cake Student
 

 

  Pear Raspberry Heart Pies by Martha Stewart  
So there you have it… 15 *unique* heart shaped foods that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. 
Do you make something special for this holiday?  
 Join us next week for even more Must Have Craft Tips! 

Your hostesses,

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Handmade Hangout Party #137

Another week means another party!
Let’s do it! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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Fabric Heart Valentine

I’m Rachel and I’m thrilled to be a contributor to A Glimpse Inside. Before we get started with the tutorial, I’d like to share a little bit about myself. I’m a mom and I like to create. I relish the times when I can take the time to make something. I blog over at Adventures of a DIY Mom. I get great satisfaction from taking a pile of supplies and turning it into something useful or decorative.
Today’s tutorial is just such a project. It’s been quite miserable outside in Utah where I live. I love the winter – mostly because I love to hunker down inside with my craft projects. Anyway, I didn’t want to leave the house in the snowy weather and icy roads to buy supplies for my project, so I went down to my craft room to see what I had that I could use for a Valentine’s project.
Here’s what I came up with: A cute little fabric Valentine heart, complete with  a little pocket stash a small note and treat.

How to Make a Fabric Heart Valentine with a Pocket

As I was making these for my family, I came up with a plan. I decided that the week before Valentines, we will fill up each others hearts with kind words. Each day we will write something nice about each person in our family.  I’m hoping that this will help my children {and my husband and I} to focus on the good in each other. Then, on Valentine’s, the kids can read them all and realize how much their family loves them.
Want to make your own?

Here’s what you need:
-pillow ticking {or other fabric of your choice}
-coordinating felt
-pelton {this is a very stiff type of interfacing}
-heart stencil {you can draw your own or print one from the web onto card-stock to make your own}
-sewing machine
-thread
-scissors
-pinking shears
-twine – for hanging, if desired

Fabric Heart Valentine

 

Begin by tracing and cutting out your hearts. You will need two hearts from the pillow ticking, and one from the pelton that are the same size. Mine were about 5 3/4″ from side to side. You will also need a smaller heart {about 3 3/4″} from the felt.

Fabric Heart Valentine

 The above picture shows the next three steps.
1 – You’ll want to sew your pocket onto your heart first. I found that the easiest way to do this was to layer the pelton, one piece of fabric and then the felt, then sew just around the sides and bottom part of the felt heart. The pelton helps stabilize the fabric so stays flat and doesn’t twist around as you’re sewing. You want to have right side up on your pillow ticking for this step.
2 – Sew on the back of the heart, with the right side facing out. I used a 1/4″ seam allowance for this part.
3 – Using pinking shears, cut around the edge of the heart.

Fabric Heart Valentine
That’s it! 
Make several and hang them on a piece of twine for a pretty heart garland.
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Love Birds Sign

Hi everyone! 
I hope you all had a nice long weekend. 
 Our long weekend has been extended another day due to freezing rain and ice. YUCK! 
I had a quick craft session over the weekend, in between house projects, and I thought that since I plan on setting up a Valentine’s Day mantle this week, I would make something that could go on it.
This project also made me realize how horrible the light is in this house in the winter with constant gray skies outside and that I need to invest into a good lighting kit. But anyways… enough about that, let’s see the project. 
 This is a super fast and easy sign that can be completed in about 10 to 15 minutes. Yep, that quick!!
 Here’s all you need to do it:
Supplies:
 -Wood board or something similar (I found this in the dollar spot at Target.)
-Acrylic Paint
-Stencil Brush
-Heart image
-Silhouette Machine

I chose to paint the design onto the wood because I liked the idea of it being a little imperfect and not solid.You could just cut and apply vinyl if you’d like as well.
I cut the design out onto card stock and then sprayed the back with spray adhesive. I let the paper sit for just a few minutes so it wasn’t really tacky, just enough to hold down as a stencil then peel it back off. Rub down all edges well with your finger.
 Using a stencil brush, pounce the paint into the stencil.
Paint until the whole stencil is covered. 
Carefully peel back the stencil when you are done.
I painted the birds white and the little heart a super faint pink because I really didn’t want it to stand out too much from the birds but I did want it to be slightly different. 
And that’s it! 
All you have to do is prop it up now and enjoy! 
So fast, so easy, and the perfect little touch for Valentine’s day but could easily stay up a little longer or all the time. 
Have a great week!