How to DIY Signature Greeting Cards for Valentine’s Day

We’re exactly one week away from Valentine’s Day today!  If you want to share your love for a special someone you should definitely see how I diyed my own Valentine’s Day greeting cards.

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I recently had to wait for some photos to be printed at Walgreens and while I was waiting I checked out the greeting card aisle.

I was blown away by how beautiful so many of the cards were.  The Signature line from Hallmark was especially gorgeous.

But you know what I wasn’t blown away by?

The price.  Most of the cards were over $5 and some were up to $12.  Crazy!

It’s a funny story because I always go back and forth with one of my neighbors about greeting cards.  She always ensures to attach a card to a gift.  I’m that person that will save the $5 from a card and spend it on the gift.

If I don’t include a card I usually just make my own or attach a simple to and from tag.

Well I got inspired in that Walgreens aisle to make my own “signature” greeting cards.

I took a lot of ideas from the types of cards below and tried to recreate them.

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Here’s the two main take aways I have for diying these kinds of greeting cards.

Layers, Layers, Layers

I noticed that most of the cards at Walgreens had lots of layers.

Layers add dimension, interest, and more to look at.

For the cards I made, I layered different colored paper on top of each other.

You can add more dimension by layering paper with different textures.

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Try glitter paper like I did.  Or linen paper, burlap, or metallic.

To make your layers even more fancy try cutting out shapes in the top layers to let the bottom layer shine through.  Simple shapes like hearts, squares, and circles work best.

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Because let’s be honest.  As much as I’d love a Cricut (especially this champagne colored one), I’m doing all of my cutting out by hand.  If I’m trying to save $5 on a card you can bet I haven’t bought an expensive machine to do the cutting for me.  Although if Santa is reading……next year!

3D Add Ons

The other theme that those expensive cards had were lots of 3D elements.

Some had flowers, pinwheels, fabric, all kinds of things sticking out from the paper.

Well, I can do that too, for a lot cheaper.  I just searched my house for dimensional things.

Cupcake liners, pom poms, tissue paper, and more paper were what I used.

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DIY Valentine's day greeting cards, look a like Hallmark Signature cards, how to make cute valentine's day cardsDIY Valentine's day greeting cards, look a like Hallmark Signature cards, how to make cute valentine's day cardsTo make these glitter hearts more 3D, I layered them with contrasting colored paper and then folded them in half.

I only glued the “spine” of the fold to the card so that the hearts would be able to fold out away from the card.

You could do this same concept with other shapes, flowers, or even letters.

Greeting Card Supplies

Here are some of the things I used to make my greeting cards.

DIY Valentine's day greeting cards, look a like Hallmark Signature cards, how to make cute valentine's day cardsI went with a Valentine’s theme so I used pink, red, and glitter paper.

Other things I used to accent the cards:

  • pom poms
  • pom pom trim
  • washi tape
  • tissue paper
  • cupcake liners (not pictures)

How to Make Your Own Signature Greeting Cards

Here are a few general steps to take when making your own signature cards.

The biggest thing is just being creative with it and using the inspiration cards to guide what you want to recreate.

  1. Cut scrapbook paper into card sized pieces
  2. Add greeting card supplies to the cards with hot glue keeping in mind how to make layers and 3D elements.
  3. Write a message inside and deliver to the recipient!

DIY Valentine's day greeting cards, look a like Hallmark Signature cards, how to make cute valentine's day cardsNow I have some very unique greeting cards to give for Valentine’s Day or birthdays.

I’m pretty proud to say that all of these cards cost me $0!  So much better than spending $8 at the store. For ONE card!

If you don’t have a lot of these things on hand, you can still make these inexpensively.

I recommend starting with paper.  If you get four or five pieces of scrapbook paper from the craft store, you’ll only spend a few dollars.

Try layering the papers, folding them to make things pop off the paper and add other 3D elements from around your house to make the cards.

With just a few pieces of paper you can make at least three or four cards.

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What do you think?  Are you inspired to make your own cards?  Or would you rather just pay for pretty cards at the store?

Do you also agree that $6 for a greeting card is crazy expensive?

No matter how you get cards, I hope you’re able to send a greeting card to someone you love for Valentine’s Day next week!

 

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Printable Valentine’s Day Daily Love Notes

Hey friends, did you see the Valentine’s Day Date Night packages I posted yesterday?  I’m getting tons of feedback about how great they are, so you should definitely check them out.

Today I’ve got even more Valentine’s Day goodies for you in the form of love notes.  I’m just all about sharing the love this week!

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For a few years now I’ve been writing little love notes every day from February 1st through Valentine’s Day for my daughter.

I usually just use some paper hearts I pick up from the store. Or make my own using scrap paper at home.  But this year I decided to make my own and share them with you.

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Every day I write a new message, encouraging note, or praise for something my daughter has done well and post it on her door.  She loves waking up and finding new notes every morning.

This year I may focus on incorporating more of her sight words.  She’s been very excited anytime she sees some of them so hopefully she’ll be as excited to see them on her door every morning.

The love notes I made this year, and am sharing with you, have a few prompts to make coming up with something to say even easier.

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I specifically put four cards on one sheet so each day I can print one sheet and write notes for everyone in my family.  I’ll use one for my daughter, one for my son, and one for my husband.

Who knows? I may even write myself an encouraging note each day with the fourth one.  But I may be secretly hoping someone else in my family will write me a note too.

Why Moms Need to Write Love Notes to Their Kids

What I love about doing this is that it forces me to really think of the good things throughout the day.

A lot of times, especially as stay at home moms, we are in the trenches and are just trying to survive the day.  It’s nice to pause and reflect on the good things that happened instead of all the things that went wrong, didn’t get done, or ways that we had to discipline our kids.

I hope these easy, print at home cards make it easy for you to show those in your family how much you love them.

I know they’ll appreciate it and it will be good for you too.

It also spreads out the celebrating throughout the month.  Which just shows that you don’t need to rely on one day to show someone how much you care.

Valentine’s Day Love Note Challenge

Now here’s my challenge to you.  Print out a bunch of these cards. Every few days post a picture on social media of the love notes on your kids’ doors with #tdhlovenotes

I’ll be checking the hashtag and will give you a shout out when I see your cards displayed proudly.

Just click the picture below to sign up for our resource library where you can download your own love notes.

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Once you put your email in, you’ll have access to these love notes. And all of our other printables in our resource library.

Now get to printing and writing!  And don’t forget to share your love notes on social with #tdhlovenotes

Find me on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

 

 

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Valentine’s Day At Home Date Night Packages

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Do you typically go out to celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Or do you usually stay in?

I’m firmly in the stay at home camp.  I’m not all about fighting the crowds trying to get a reservation, trying to find a baby sitter and dealing with prix fix menus.

So if you’re like me I’ve got a great alternative for you today.

I was thinking about all of the table decor I have just sitting around.  You know, tablecloths, napkins, chargers, flatware, vases, etc.  And thought why don’t I put it to use?

I have just the right amount to make four beautiful Valentine’s Day tablescapes.

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But they aren’t for me!  They are for you!

If you’re a local reader, then you have the chance to have a beautifully styled Valentine’s Day dinner right at home.  I’ll bring everything you need right to your door.

Where to get all the details

You can get all the details on these at home date night packages (pricing, what’s included, etc.) by going to my Services page on my website.  Just click here to check it all out.

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I think this is such a great way to show your spouse or partner that you put a little extra thought into celebrating your love.

I mean you already have to have dinner on Valentine’s Day anyway.  Why not spend just a little extra time to make the experience just that, more of an experience?

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It’s all about putting in a little effort for something you already have to do anyway.

Who are these packages perfect for?

I’m especially thinking this would be a great gift idea for guys who have no clue what to get the woman in their life.  So ladies if you want your man to wine and dine you, send him my way.

Wouldn’t it work best if you ask your wife to put the kids to bed a little early. They’ll probably need it after the Valentine’s Day sugar crash from all the school parties.  Then set up your beautiful, special date night table while she’s dealing with the kids.  Once their asleep enjoy a quiet, celebratory dinner just the two of you. She’ll be so surprised!

The value is really incredible too.  Most of the time a bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day averages around $40-$50 for a dozen roses.  Crazy!

So for not much more you’re getting the bouquet, chocolate covered strawberries for dessert and everything you need to set a beautiful table.

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Plus it’s all delivered to your door with a no fail diagram of how to set everything up.  You get to keep the flowers and just pack everything back up for pick up within a couple of days.

I think it’s a pretty sweet deal.

Want to get your own date night package?  There are only four to choose from and when they’re gone, there aren’t any others so act quickly.

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Go here to get more specifics and email or call me to customize your package today!

Other Date Night Inspiration

If you’re not local and able to take advantage of these date night packages, I hope you at least get some inspiration from these designed tablescapes.

Try making a special dinner at home with a more formally set table and your Valentine’s Day will be so much more memorable.

You can also take some inspiration from this at home date night post. Just click here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  There is going to be more easy Valentine’s Day fun this week so be sure to check back for other simple ways to make this holiday a little more special for everyone in your life!

 

 

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

We’re less than one week away from Christmas people! This is not a drill!

Do you have all of your gifts purchased?

There’s bound to be someone you’re forgetting, so I’m here to help you out with Amazon Prime gifts for the procrastinator.  Or for the person that you forgot like your boss, the teacher, your neighbor, your nieces boyfriend that’s joining you on Christmas.

Everything in this gift guide can be at your house in two days and you can use this tutorial to wrap it professionally.

Enjoy and I hope you find something for everyone.

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What I like about these gifts is that they are gender neutral, age neutral, and great for anyone.

Gifts for entire families or individuals that aren’t super specific.  So they are great for that person that you maybe don’t know that well or aren’t sure what they are into.

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1// ebags: Great for anyone who likes to travel.  Gender neutral and can be used as a whole family gift.  Even if someone doesn’t travel very often there are so many uses for these like gym bags and to organize your car trunk.

2// lumee case: Perfect for anyone like 30 and under.  Everyone is on their phone all the time and taking pictures so let them be well lit when they do it.

3// farkle: Such a fun, quick, and easy game to play.  Plus this is so cheap it would make a great stocking stuffer.

4// Instant Pot: Great for a family or someone who loves to cook.  It was on super sale on Amazon yesterday, so keep checking the prices.

5// yahtzee: Classic family game for anyone.

6// Winter hat: Great seasonal gift for any woman.  And if you need a men’s gift, find the version of this hat without the pom pom on top.

7// mens slippers: Always a great cozy idea for any guy in your life.  I love that these have more of a sole on the bottom because let’s face it, slippers tend to go outside the house pretty regularly.

8// sunglasses: These sunglasses are gender neutral so they’ll be a hit for anyone on your list.  The wood sides make them a little fun and different.

9// phone loop: Again, another perfect gift for anyone with a phone.  Teen, tween, young adult.  But the one person I love this for the most is a mom of little kids. We have so much to hold onto all the time that this allows us to hold our phones and the kids, and the diaper bag, and and and.

10// scarf: $12 for a huge blanket scarf!  Such a deal!  Great for any woman on your list.

Well I hope that this gift guide helps you finish up your list.  Remember, give yourself about two days and all of these will be at your door before Christmas!  Don’t forget to give yourself time to wrap them too!

And if you have the gifts on lock down but are worried about everything you need to do for all the guests that coming to celebrate Christmas, then just stop back by here on Friday for some great ideas on preparing your guest room.

 

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Christmas Home Tour 2018

Hey there everyone!!  I’m going to brag a bit today.  I’m really proud of how my home looks for this Christmas home tour.

Is that ok to say? I hope so, because it’s true!  But I don’t think I felt that way until I started looking at the pictures I took for this post.

Isn’t it funny how seeing something in a picture works wonders for belief and understanding?  I think that’s why before and after pictures are so powerful.

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Another realization I’ve come to accept is that I tend to decorate for Christmas in a very traditional red and green way.

It’s so easy to fall into comparison mode and the impostor syndrome when reading blogs that are doing these over the top themed Christmas tress and decorations.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not made of money and can’t afford to switch out my Christmas decorations every year.

So I’ve been sticking to the basic traditional red and green decor year after year.  Plus, this year I’m using some FREE decorations that I think are so pretty.

So enjoy the Christmas home tour today.  I’ve covered the main part of my house, my living room and kitchen.  The dining room will have to come at a different time because there was a toddler making a mess with lunch when I took these photos, ha!

Traditional Christmas Home Tour

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Christmas home tour, holiday home, Christmas home decor, traditional Christmas decorLoving our real Christmas tree this year.  It’s full and pretty symmetrical so it doesn’t look real.  But it smells amazing!

There were several big gaps in the tree, so I used some large ribbon and bigger ornaments to fill them in .

I’m loving the way the ribbon looks, but ran out because I used most of it on our tree in the basement.  Yeah, yeah, all this talk of not falling into the blogger ways with Christmas, yet I have two Christmas trees.

We spend a good portion of the winter in our basement and we want to enjoy a Christmas tree when we’re down there too.  So the artificial tree is set up there.

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Find our stockings here.

The mantle looks similar to our previous Christmases in this house.  I just added some fresh, free greenery.

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Now it seems so silly, but I’m just absolutely loving the way the coffee table turned out.

It’s so simple, but the white, greenery and warmth of the wooden bowl just look so peaceful and wintery to me.

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These branches are such a great resource when you’re trying to decorate without spending much money.  Plus, they smell amazing.  Just be sure to keep them in water and they’ll last all Christmas season.

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I also got a little festive in the kitchen this year with garland and wreaths.  Love the symmetry of the whole thing.

Christmas home tour, holiday home, Christmas home decor, traditional Christmas decorThe glow of the lit garland at night is so cozy.

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That’s a wrap on the tour.  What was your favorite part?  Are you like me and just loving how cozy your house feels decorated for Christmas?

I’m sure once January hits I’m going to be in a purging fury and want cleared off spaces and rooms again. Until then, I’ll be admiring the tree with the lights on!

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Celebrating everyday!