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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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Party Plan: At Home Date Night

It’s Valentines week!  Are you excited or dread this day?  I’m grateful to have my husband in my life and his love, but we don’t usually do much for Valentine’s Day.  So I thought it would be fun to just do a little at home date night.  Thanks to some much earlier bed times for our kiddos we have more time to spend together in the evenings.  While most of those evenings are spent falling asleep next to each other on the couch, maybe for Valentine’s Day we can manage to stay awake and enjoy a nice meal together?

If you’d like to celebrate with a special someone, it doesn’t take much.  Share a delicious meal together, add in some quality time just the two of you and it we be the perfect evening.  I hope this party plan gives you the inspiration you need.

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At Home Date Night Tablescape

I set up this pretty tablescape that is all things red, pink, and love.  Thanks to a kind neighbor I was able to just borrow the red chargers and not have to buy them for myself.  To complete the place setting I used my new gold flatware.  I’m in love with this set, it’s really heavy duty and so pretty.  I love it more because I waited (with fingers crossed it wouldn’t be sold out) until it was 66% off after Christmas at Hobby Lobby.  Such a steal!

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I used some champagne glasses we already had on hand and some pretty purple water goblets.  A quick bunch of flowers from the grocery store in some pink vases and the table was set for a pretty date night.

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At Home Date Night Menu

Now moving on to what to make for dinner.  Several years ago after almost a year apart from each other (thanks dual deployments), this entree was one of the first meals I made for my husband once we were reunited, and it was so good.

Plus, the man loves him some baked brie, so I found a really yummy looking recipe.  It only has three ingredients so it’s easy too.

For our date night dessert, something simple.  Some brownies and strawberries with a little whipped cream.

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You can find all of the recipes below.  Just click on the links and get the full recipe.

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What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Are you going to celebrate with your special someone or do you normally just consider it another regular day?  I at least hope you take a minute and show some love to those that are special to you.  And if you have the time, make a special meal to share with your spouse and have an at home date night.

 

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Valentine’s Day Snack Time Party

What’s a better reason to celebrate than snacks?!  My daughter is ALL about snacks!  She’d literally eat them all day long and never have a meal if I let her.  What is it about a snack that make kids so happy?

So in honor of snack time and the fact that we won’t be around our friends on Valentine’s Day I decided to throw a snack themed Valentine’s Day party for my daughter.

Here are all the details of what snacks we had, the tablescape, snack buffet, and crafts we made.  It’s so easy to celebrate, just invite a few friends over and set out some snacks.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy.  Just spending time with friends is the goal!

Valentine’s Day Party Snack Buffet

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I set up a little snack buffet of goodies all kiddos will love.  Mini oranges, cheese sticks, and Valentine’s treats like cookies and cupcakes.  other really good snack options are pretzels, popcorn, carrots, and apple slices.

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I can not get over how beautiful these sugar cookies are!  I got them from a friend of mine that makes beautiful and delicious cookies.  She owns Cookieliciousness and you can find her on Facebook here.  Go order some NOW!

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Valentine’s Day Snack Party Tablescape

I set up a fun color scheme table so my daughter and her friends could chow down on these snacks.  I used our DIY valentine’s holders as a placemat and as a way to collect the valentines that everyone brought.

A simple piece of wrapping paper covers my table to keep it safe and clean while tying into the theme.  Adding some colored napkins and color themed plates ties the whole table together.

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How cute are those handwritten names on the Valentine’s?  I’m getting so impressed with how well my daughter is learning to write letters. Thanks preschool 😉 kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacks

kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacksThis is one reason why I love party styling.  Tying fun straws to the juice boxes took an extra couple of minutes, but it made the table so much cuter.  Adding a little extra time or effort can really enhance the look of your party, but it doesn’t need to be anything over the top. kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snackskids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacksThese cookies were a big hit.  Why are these soft sugar cookies so delicious?  I know they are not good for you, but man they are tasty.  This little lady obviously loved them. And she had so much fun playing with her friends after not seeing them for awhile because of being sick.

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There were oranges offered to so there was a somewhat healthy alternative to cookies.  #balance

This was a really fun way to host a playdate.  It’s something anyone could do, just invite friends over and provide snacks.  The kids will love it!

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Celebrating everyday!