as soon as i saw linda's post about making sweet treats with the heart punches for her kids' class valentine treats (she saw it here), i knew that's what we were going to do for ours. a lot of my saltbox studio, a muse and elzybells stamps are perfect for valentines and very loved by my girls. and i'm glad i was able to get a few of the heart punches before they sold out! the girls did most of the punching, so i could stamp and not waste the pretty little papers that i'm very low on. but they told me which stamps they wanted, helped with some of the coloring, chose who to give each one to and wrote their names on the back. in order for them to be able to put the to/from on the back heart (i flipped some so you could see), i opted to stamp or write the sentiment on the front. i also stamped some of the larger images off the edge to make them fit better, balancing them with the words as much as i could. copics did a great job covering the patterns of the pretty little papers--even the lighter colors masked them enough to not notice too much. i just love all of the colors and patterns together and the girls were really excited about them!
i also created a few personalized valentines this week for a couple friends' kids to give. they are a little bigger than a trading card and combine printing with stamping--for the signature and the sentiment if i didn't have it. again, i used a muse, elzybells and saltbox studio stamps. i love the size of the the stars & moon, the star and the tiny heart from saltbox--perfect finishing touches! the fish is one that i've had for several years--it's unmounted and unlabeled, but i use it for boys quite a bit here and there--one of the only times i use kaleidacolor pads these days.
happy valentine's day!