Every year I struggle with the question as to make Valentine's for my kid's classes or to buy them. I will be perfectly honest and admit that over the past couple years, I have done both. While it's easy to toss some money at a box of Valentines at Target, I do enjoy making these sweet treats, but sometime I feel like I am working in Cupid's Sweatshop than making something memorable for (and with) my kids.
This year, I think I have found a happy compromise and I wanted to share some of my prototypes today.
I used the Paper Smooches Cupcake die to cut cupcake tops and wrappers from various colors of cardstock. I embossed the tops with swirly embossing folders from Provo Craft/ Cuttlebug and Lifestyle Crafts and stamped the cupcake wrappers with graphic designs. The polka dots are from Paper Smooches Geo-Graphic and the diagonal lines are from Kissables 2. I adhered the cupcake to the wrapper and added a tag which I stamped with "You're Sweet" from Paper Smooches Giddy Gumdrops. I used twine and a bit of foam tape to keep the tag in place.
I used the Hearts die to cut some various sizes of hearts from cardstock. The sprinkles started life as a the hashtag from the Cardbooking Die collection.
On the back of the cupcake, I adhered a small glassine envelope that I found at a local paper and party supply store. I tucked a chocolate inside the envelope and secure it closed with a bit of washi tape.
The girls can write the To and From on the back side of the cupcake wrapper before we adhere the chocolate. Here's a closer look at a couple more cupcake varieties:
Chocolate covered strawberry- YUM!
I am excited about these Valentines because there are lots of little steps that the girls will be able to do like embossing the cardstock, putting the chocolates inside the envelopes and taping them shut, adhering the heart to the top of the cupcake with foam tape and signing the Valentines (of course).
I am sharing this project with the Simon Says Stamp Emboss It Challenge and the Paper Smooches February Guest Designer search.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a sweet day!