Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Hearts and Flowers

So, Valentines Day is upon us once again!

Valentines Day in Canada is a much bigger deal than it is in Scotland, the kids all hand out Valentines to each of their classmates every year (In Scotland, it's Christmas cards, but they don't do that here in Canada - aye well, each to their own!)

The last 3 years I am ashamed to say they have handed out piddling little shop bought cards, so this year I decided to plan ahead and get them to make their own.  Here is what we came up with:

Paint sample bookmarks!  The above is but a glimpse, there are a few more...

I have to point out that I take absolutely no credit for this idea - I came across a website with paint chip valentines (sorry, I can't remember where) a while ago and then did some research - there are LOADS of sites on the internet where crafty people have made all sorts of different valentines using paint samples, some of them very clever and oh so sweet.  We decided (with 4 kids in the family!) to keep it simple and make bookmarks!

I broke out the hole punch, plus some other little punches (heart, flower, star), some different shaped stamps and red ink, valentine stickers, a few different glitter glues and some dollar store ribbon, and let the kids run amok.

Some of them are downright GLAM (my daughter has discovered a love of glitter glue which I'm sure will last a lifetime!!) while others are quite minimalist - it really depended on their mood while creating.

They had really great fun making these, I tried to limit them to 2 or 3 per day over the last couple of weeks so as not to make it too much of a chore, but most days when they got home from school the first thing out of their mouths (even before asking for something to eat, and THAT'S rare) was "Can we make some Valentines??"
FYI - these paint samples were collected over a few weeks and from different stores, I didn't clean any of the chain stores out of their samples.  Just sayin'.

Almost as an afterthought, the day before Valentines Day, it occured to me that the teachers should have something too.  I am really into using paper at the moment (see my Manga Dresser) in various ways, and I saw these really cool paper roses made from book pages at Market Nine Home, so thought I would give them a go!

I dug out an old romance novel (fitting, don't you think?) and followed the tutorial (and of course, had to add some of that GLAM glitter) and here is what I ended up with:

Personally, I like the unglittered look, but hey, they are for the kids teachers, and the kids can have their say...

Lucas chose "TARDIS" blue (of course) for his teacher...

Brodie went with traditional red...

Naomi has 2 teachers who job-share, so she went with silver and pink.  The pink is glitter glue while the blue, red and silver were done by painting white glue on the petals and then pouring over loose glitter.  My kitchen was very sparkly!

I had some containers that we got chinese food in a while ago, and they were perfect for these flowers!  We don't want them getting smooshed on the way to school...

Nikki x

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  1. Those flowers are gorgeous. I think I would be too scared collecting sample chips here as I live in a small town lol...

  2. Cute idea with the bookmarks and the flowers are very pretty! I love using paper too, especially when you are recycling it into something fun :)

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  4. These flowers are really beautiful and I like how you put them in the shell as a gift! I am you newest follower, I hope you can return the favor at whimsyspace.blogspot.com!

  5. Thanks for your lovely comments everyone - Crafty Gyrl, I am on my way over to your blog right now!

  6. Just found this post via Making it with Allie. I am about to do a series on paper flowers on my blog and ADORE these. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. I love the flowers! They are so cute. I especially like that you give them that extra bling on the edges. Great job!


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