Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

Cooler Than Bowties Card

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a sucker for Dr. Who crafts. Actually, I’m a sucker for nerdy crafts in general. If it’s fun, cool, and nerdy then I’m in! With Valentine’s Day reminders all over the place you can’t help but think about greeting cards. Come on, they’re in your face everywhere you look. That has put my nerdy brain into overdrive with a million new card ideas (including a Buffy the Vampire Slayer card that I’m beyond excited about and this Hello Sweetie card). First up is this awesome Dr. Who inspired Cooler Than Bowties card!

 

Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

 

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Materials

  • Plain Taupe Card (think the color of Matt Smith’s suit)
  • Black Marker
  • Pencil
  • Cardstock in 2 Differing Shades of Red
  • Red Brad
  • Glue Runner

 

Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

I have altered these sketches with a photo editor to darken the pencil lines so you can see what my sketches looked like. My actual sketches were in pencil so that I could erase and/or fix any mistakes.

Step 1

Sketch an outline of a fez on your cardstock that is the lighter shade of red. Sketch an outline of a bowtie on the darker red cardstock.

 

Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

Step 2

Cut out your sketches. Cut out a small square of the lighter red and glue is to the center of the bowtie. Trim any edges necessary.

 

Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

Step 3

Trace all of these lines with your black marker. Add 2 lines on either side of the center of the bowtie. See the picture for reference.

 

Step 4

Place a red brad in the center of the “top” of the fez. Glue your fez and bowtie to the front of the card as pictured below.

 

Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

Step 5

Write “The Only Thing Cooler Than Bowties…” as you see in the picture.

Tip:

  • If you don’t like (or trust) your handwriting, type it on the computer and print it out for the front of your card.

 

Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

Step 6

Cut out a rectangle (smaller than the size of your card) from your cardstock. Write (or print out) “… Is You!” in the center.

 

Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

Step 7

Next, outline the edges of your rectangle as you did with the fez and bowtie.

 

Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

Step 8

Glue your rectangle to the inside of your card. I chose to place mine at the angle but you don’t have to. Centering it looks great as well.

 

Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

Let your friends and family know how cool they are with the Dr. Who inspired Cooler than Bowties card. No special occasion needed.

This specific card is being used as a Valentine but it totally works for birthdays, graduations, and more. Frankly, do you really need a reason to let your friends and family know how cool they are? I don’t think so. However, this seriously comes together so quickly you can totally whip it up in time for Valentine’s Day! (When you’re done, make sure you check out these additional fun and easy card tutorials.)

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box

The dreaded Valentine box… when I was in grade school these were done a lot differently. If you made one at all, you bought a shoe box to class and covered it with construction paper and stickers. Now you make them at home and apparently covering them with stickers isn’t cool enough. I offered to make my son’s box this year and allowed him to pick the theme he wanted, thinking he’d pick a sports team or something like that. Somehow, I always forget that he is my nerdy little mini-me. He, of course, chose Pokemon. After a quick freak-out panic, I saw a Poptart box and was inspired to make a Pokeball Valentine box.

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This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

 

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Materials

  • Empty Poptart Box
  • White Acrylic
  • White & Red Sheets of Cardstock (8.5×11)
  • Mod Podge (Gloss)
  • 1-3/8” Black Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Lid of Plastic Gerber Snack Container
  • Small Piece of Velcro
  •  Box Cutter

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 1

Cover the outside of your box in 2 coats of white acrylic paint. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 2

Measure the width your cardstock needs to be by turning your box on its side and measuring to about the middle. (See picture above.) Next cut 2 strips in that size from the 8.5 side of your white cardstock.

 

Step 3

Repeat step 2 with your red cardstock. This gives you four strips of paper (2 red, 2 white).

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 4

Attach your strips of paper with Mod Podge, aligning your paper edges with the flap and edge of your box.

Note: There will be a gap on the unopened side of your box.

Step 5

Measure the top and bottom of your box using the remaining cardstock and trim cardstock to fit. Attach colors correspondingly with your Mod Podge.

Step 6

With the leftover cardstock, cover the gap left on the unopened side of the box.

Step 7

Cover your entire box with your Mod Podge. This gives it the shine like a Pokeball. Allow the whole project to dry (about an hour). Have lunch; take a nap, whatever while you wait.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 8

Once the Mod Podge has dried, attach your ribbon around the center of the box, starting at the flap.

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Tips:

  • Leave extra length on both ends of your ribbon so that there is overhang.
  • Prevent waste by attaching the ribbon while still on the spool and only cutting after the end is glued.

 

Step 9

Attach your snack container lid to the middle using hot glue to create the button.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 10

Attach one half of your Velcro to the extra length of ribbon overhanging the flap with hot glue.

Tip:

  • Turn the box so that the white is on top. Place the Velcro on the flap that is on top (or in front) with the box in this position.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 11

Place adjoining piece of Velcro onto the attached piece.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 12

Fold down flap without Velcro. Place hot glue on the top of the second piece of Velcro and press to folded flap. This will make sure the Velcro aligns correctly when box is closed.

Tip:

  • Allow glue to dry before trying to open.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 13

Cut out a hole in the top of the box with your box cutter for the Valentines to go through.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Viola! Now your kid has an awesome Pokeball Valentines box to collect all of his or her cards in. If you want to print out the awesome Valentines in the photos, you can download them free here. What crazy theme has your kid asked for when making a Valentine’s Box? Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
The Build Your Marriage Journal is a tool to help you and your spouse reopen and/or deepen the lines of communication between each other one week at a time.

Build Your Marriage Journal Is Available!

It’s here! It’s here! Have you ever had a project that you believed in so much that you poured your entire heart and soul into? For me that project is the Build Your Marriage Journal and guys, I seriously cried knowing that it’s finally here! You can officially get your hands on a copy so that you can start building your marriage together with your spouse.  Some of you may have already tried the prompts and I’d love for you to share your experiences in the comments. If you haven’t gotten your free sample yet, you can get it here.

 

The Build Your Marriage Journal is a tool to help you and your spouse reopen and/or deepen the lines of communication between each other one week at a time.

 

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What is the BYM Journal?

The Build Your Marriage Journal is a joint journal that you and your spouse fill out together. You will find weekly prompts inspired by quotes that you and your spouse respond to separately. In addition to the weekly prompts, there are weekly actions for you to complete that take your journal prompts to the next level.

“This journal is a tool to help you and your spouse reopen and/or deepen the lines of communication between each other one week at a time. The prompts illicit unique responses to stimulate a more in-depth knowledge of you and your partner. It leads to a deeper understanding of how you both think and feel. It begins to connect you more with each other in a way that leads to understanding. This understanding helps to diminish fighting and when fights do occur they can be discussed openly and resolved more easily. All of this ultimately leads to increased intimacy both intellectually and physically with your spouse.”

 

The Build Your Marriage Journal is a tool to help you and your spouse reopen and/or deepen the lines of communication between each other one week at a time.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Zombie Valentine for Your Single Friends

Romance and relationships get a lot of love around Valentine’s Day.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fane of romance and relationships (I also totally dig the color pink).  Unfortunately, your single girlfriends tend to get excluded from the holiday.  A lot of times this can make them feel a little jaded on Valentine’s Day, understandably so.  No one likes to feel excluded (if you do, be happy that you’re the exception).  This year, let your girlfriends know you’re thinking of them with this humorous zombie valentine!

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Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

 

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Zombie Valentine Materials

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 1

Trim one piece of scrap paper to a size that allows for roughly ½ inch border around your stamp.  Next, round the corners with your punch.

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 2

Mount your stamp to your acrylic block.  Have holographic embossing powder open and ready to pour.

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 3

Ink your stamp with black ink and stamp it in the center of your scrap of paper from step one.  Immediately cover stamped image with embossing powder.

Tip:

  • Do this on a piece of paper to keep your work surface clean and make it easier to return excess powder to container.

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 4

Shake off excess powder and return it to the container.

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 5

Emboss the powder with your heat gun. (I use the heat gun in this post.  It works fantastic and doesn’t cost a fortune!)

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 6

Mount the stamped paper to a larger scrap using your glue runner.

 

Step 7

Trim the edges to create an even boarder around your stamped paper.  (It can be any size you would like as long as it isn’t larger than your card.)

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 8

Measure a piece of glitter tape to the size of your card.  Next, remove the backing and place across your card as pictured above.

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 9

Trim any excess glitter tape so that it is even with the edge of your card.

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 10

Place a gemstone on each dot of the colon of your stamped image.

 

Step 11

Trim your vellum saying and adhere it to your third scrap of paper.

Step 12

Trim the edge tight to your vellum saying.

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 13

Cut your fourth piece of scrap paper to roughly the same size as your vellum/paper and glue the paper together as pictured above.

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Step 14

Attach the saying papers to the inside of your card.

 

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this holiday with this zombie Valentine!

This card is so much fun (both to make and to receive)!  All of your girlfriends are sure to get a chuckle at a time of year it can be needed.  Laughter is absolutely the best medicine and they are sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness.  Let your girls know that you haven’t forgotten them this Valentine’s Day.  Make this fun zombie valentine (quickly and easily) and brighten her day!

 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

DIY Dollar Store Valentine Wreath + A Blog Hop

Thank you for joining me for the Valentine’s Day Blog Hop! I’ve joined with 13 other talented bloggers to share Valentine’s Day crafts on a budget. Each blogger was given a budget of no more than $10 and challenged to create a Valentine’s Day craft using items from the dollar store or dollar section of their local stores. If you have budget Valentine’s Day crafts to share, please add it to the link-up at the bottom of this post so it can be seen on all of our blogs!

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

 

Decorating for the holidays is a blast but you can easily break the bank trying to do so.  This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make!  Even if you have to buy the battery-operated candles, you can get a two pack for a dollar bringing your total cost to five dollars.  Either way, you have a beautiful new piece of Valentine décor for cheap!

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

 

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This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Materials

  • Spool of Red Wire
  • Valentine’s Ribbon of Your Choice (wide)
  • Metal Lantern
  • Hanging Wooden Heart Welcome Sign
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Baker’s Twine (or similar) roughly the diameter of your wreath in length

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Step 1

Remove wooden hearts from the ribbon.  A staple remover will make this easier however I didn’t have one and was still able to do it by hand.  Do yourself a favor, though, and use a staple remover because otherwise it takes some serious time and muscle.

Do not cut the ribbon.  You will use it later in the project.

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Step 2

Unwind the entire spool of wire and form a circle the size you want your wreath to be.  If there is extra wire, wind it around the existing circle to strengthen it.

Use all of the wire.

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Step 3

Attach your ribbon as pictured using your hot glue gun to secure it to the wire wreath.  Be sure to twist it to create visual interest as well as volume to your wreath.

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Step 4

There will be some extra ribbon after you finish covering the wreath.  Use is to create a bow on the side of your wreath.

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Step 5

Take your wooden hearts and glue them to your wreath.

Tip:

  • Start with your “c” heart and place it in the top center of your wreath.  Next glue the remaining letters in place accordingly.

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Step 6

Use the ribbon from your “Welcome Sign” and thread it through the top of your wreath to serve as a hanger.

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Step 7

Tie one end of your baker’s twine to one side of your lantern.  Next thread the twine through the same part of your wreath as the ribbon.

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Step 8

Take the loose end of your twine and tie it to the opposite side of your lantern.  Use hot glue to “seal” the knots on the lantern.

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Step 9

Hang your wreath up and determine where the twine needs to be for your lantern to hang evenly in the middle of your wreath.  Pinch the twine in place with your fingers before taking it down.  Next, place a dot of hot glue to hold the twine in that place on the wreath.

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

Step 10

Place a battery-operated tea light in the lantern, hang on your door, and enjoy!

 

This beautiful dollar store Valentine wreath is easy to put together and only cost $4 to make! + 13 more dollar store Valentine's Day projects!

It is seriously that easy to create beautiful Valentine’s Day décor for minimal expenditure.  After you’re done making this Valentine wreath, be sure to check out the other awesome dollar store Valentine’s projects below!  Also, don’t forget to link up your budget holiday creations in the link-up.  Can’t wait to see what you make!

Looking for more budget friendly Valentine’s Day crafts? Visit these blogs for their creative Valentine’s Day crafts ~

Valentine's Day Blog Hop

 

  1. My Pinterventures
  2. DIY Adulation
  3. Houseful of Handmade
  4. C’mon Get Crafty
  5. Olives-n-Okra
  6. Inside The Fox Den
  7. Made In A Day
  8. The Robin’s Nest Designs
  9. Arrows & Awe
  10. Happily Ever After, Etc.
  11. Our House Now A Home
  12. The Home On The Corner
  13. Decor by the Seashore
  14. Intelligent Domestications

Share your $10 or less Valentine’s Day crafts on the link-up below and be seen on all 14 blogs!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

Brownie Conversation Hearts

Conversation hearts are a staple treat of Valentine’s Day.  They are fun, festive, and colorful which is awesome!  Unfortunately, I’m just not a fan of the taste.  It isn’t my cup of tea.  Brownies on the other hand are always welcome and I have a feeling I’m not alone.  If you feel the same way, there is no reason you should miss out on the candy fun this Valentine’s Day!  To bridge the gap, these brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

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These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 Box of Brownie Mix (and the ingredients listed on the box to make it)
  • Multiple Colors of Wilton Candy Melts (or White Almond Bark and Food Coloring)

Tools

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

Step 1

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions.  (Be sure to use your 9×13 pan and bake accordingly.)

Tip:

  • Make is easier on yourself and line your pan with parchment paper.  This will make the brownies come out of the pan easier later.

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

Step 2

Allow brownies to cool then place entire pan in the freezer for about 2 hours.

Step 3

Remove the pan from the freezer and remove entire sheet of brownies whole.  This is where the parchment paper comes in handy.  If you don’t have any, you can use a spatula to gently separate the brownies from the pan starting on the edges and working your way around the pan. (If you go the spatula route, it might take a while.)

Step 4

Place the whole sheet of brownies on a protected surface. (I used a Thomas kid’s place mat so feel free to get creative.)  Cut out small hearts with your cookie cutter and place on a plate or tray (you can use the same glass pan you baked them in to save you some dishes).

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

Step 5

Place your pan of hearts back into the freezer.  Start melting your candy melts.

Tips:

  • If you don’t have a double boiler, use a pot filled with ½ – 1” of water with a mixing bowl on top.  Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat.
  • If you candy is a little thick, add some shortening to it to give it a smoother consistency. 

Step 6

Remove brownies from the freezer and dip in the melts to coat.

Tips:

  • To get the most effective coverage, use a fork to dip them then use a rubber spatula to pour the candy over the top.
  • These will be easier to remove later if your cool them on a silicone mat or wax paper after dipping.
  • You may need to re-freeze the brownies if they begin falling apart or crumbling in the melted candy.  If you see small crumbs getting into the candy melts, put your brownies back in the freezer for a little while to firm them back up.

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

Step 7

Allow candy to cool and harden.

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

Step 8

Once the candy is completely cooled, write your conversation heart saying on your brownies using your food markers.

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

These brownie conversation hearts are perfect for your Valentine’s Day party this year.  They are also a delicious way to show your husband some love.  Box up a few of these delectable little treats with cute sayings like “U R HOT” and “QT PIE” and tie a ribbon around them for an easy present that he will love!  Either way that you use them, they will brighten up your celebration and provide you with a pretty and tasty diet splurge.  Check out more Valentines fun here!

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

 

These brownie conversation hearts are the perfect marriage of colorful and delicious!

 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
It is time for the secret project reveal and a chance to give your thoughts!

Secret Project Reveal

Whether your marriage is struggling or thriving, you know the importance of intentionally building up your relationship with your spouse.  Books are so often the go-to resource when looking for tools to strengthen your marriage.  Today I’m letting my secret project out of the bag which as you can probably figure out will help you build up your marriage.  Before I tell you about the secret project, I want to tell you why I’m creating it.  Also, be sure to give me your feedback later in the post by commenting with your vote!

 

It is time for the secret project reveal and a chance to give your thoughts!

 

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Last year, I went looking for an interactive journal that spouses could complete together.  All I found were journals to document your marriage or prompts to list out reason you love your spouse.  These are great and can be a lot of fun to look back on when you are retired and sitting on the porch with your spouse years down the road.  However, they won’t help you build a strong marriage that will get you to that future together.  To help you grow intimacy and see your marriage stand the test of time I am creating the Build Your Marriage Journal.

Passion for Marriage

In case you haven’t noticed, I absolutely love marriage!  It is incredibly beautiful and brave when you commit to journeying through life with your spouse.  I cry at every wedding I attend and just watching weddings in movies brings on the tears.  This is because I have an innate desire and passion to build up every single marriage.  That’s why you will find free resources like this marriage wall art and these marriage conversation cards on DIY Adulation.

Build Your Marriage Journal

The Build Your Marriage Journal is a unique new tool that helps your marriage not only survive but thrive.  It does this by providing weekly journal prompts for you and your spouse.  This journal takes it a step further by also providing a weekly action for you to complete all designed to strengthen your relationship with your spouse.

Why Weekly?

Even though your marriage should always be your top priority, I also get that you are busy and have a lot of demands on your time.  This weekly journal helps you make the time to build up your marriage without falling behind on your never-ending responsibilities.

Who is the Journal For?

  • Newlyweds who want to start their marriage off with a strong foundation
  • Marriages that are struggling right now and are looking for ways to find the time to build intimacy and rekindle with each other
  • Seasoned marriages that want to continue to learn about each other and forge even stronger bonds

 

It is time for the secret project reveal and a chance to give your thoughts!

Your Input

As you know if you have followed DIY Adulation for any amount of time, I love things to have the two P’s: Practicality and Pretty.  I want your feedback on what cover for the journal you love best!  Comment below with your choice then be sure to check back next week to see if your favorite design was chosen!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Get your free printable kids valentines + find out 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

Kid Valentines + 5 Awesome Everyday Uses for Custom Fonts

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

Valentine’s Day is about more than candy and romance.  It is about celebrating what you love, what makes you vibrant, and what brings you joy.  For me, that means celebrating my love of creating.  I love bringing you fun tutorials every week and I love creating free printables for you (like the super-sweet kid valentines in this post).  Creativity is hard-wired into my existence and since creating this site I am always on the hunt for awesome photos, tools, and resources that I can use to create things for you.  I wish I had known about so many of these resources long before DIY Adulation came to be because they are useful in everyday life as well.  To help you learn from my regret, here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including the free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

 

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Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

1. Digital Scrapbooking

Digital scrapbooking is great for busy moms because they take a lot less time to create yet still make beautiful custom pages that preserve your family memories.  You want the journaling on your pages to look handwritten (although maybe not yours or my handwriting) and still be legible.  Custom fonts can do that for you.  They can also allow you to create beautiful titles that tie all of your memories together in a theme befitting your family.

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

2. Cricut and Silhouette

Want to put those beautiful vinyl sayings on your walls but not loving the $50+ price tag?  You can design and cut your own for a fraction of the price using your Cricut or Silhouette, both of which allow you to cut your own custom designs.  By the way, those vinyl clings are good for more than just walls.  Cut smaller ones to label containers in your pantry, personalize the back of your minivan, and update the numbers on your mailbox!  There are a ton of uses here!

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

3. Custom Shirts

If you have an upcoming charity event, fundraiser, or just a class reunion making custom shirts is a great way to raise money, get the word out about the cause, or simply commemorate the night.  You can totally print these online using a custom font to make your design stand out but that can get pricey.  Instead, opt for printing out your design and creating a wax paper stencil to paint the shirts. 

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

4. Invitations

There are a ton of events during the year that you end up needing invitations for.  From birthdays to graduations and weddings, the list seems never ending.  Make your own invitations using custom fonts.  Not only can you make sure that you get exactly what you want (great for control freaks like me) but once you have your design you can make sure every piece of stationary is coordinated from the invitations and thank you cards to the place settings.

 

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5. Graphic Design

Our society is rapidly approaching a day when graphic design will be as ubiquitous as email is not.  Don’t think you have a use for graphic design?  What about:

  • Making your own calendar or planner
  • Creating personalized address labels
  • Family Christmas card
  • Organized shopping list pad

There are a ton of ways you might already be doing graphic design work and not even realize it.  Heck, making a PowerPoint presentation is a part of graphic design.  If you don’t believe me, sit through a presentation where the speaker just reads verbatim off of the slides as you sit there wondering, “Why didn’t you just print this out and let me read it?”

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

6. BONUS: Custom Cards

Yes, we talked about invitations but let’s expand on this even more. You can makes greeting cards, post cards, and these awesome kid Valentines cards I made for you.  You may love creating your own cards so much that you could open an Etsy shop selling your custom designs and make a little extra money on the side for your family.  How awesome would that be?  Go ahead and download these free Valentines and start getting inspired!

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

Being Your Friend Rocks

Tape a fun size pack of Pop Rocks to the Valentines after cutting them out.

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

(This Valentine was made using the Great Park font)

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

The “Write” Friend 4 Me

Cut along the black lines and place a pencil through to create a useful, non-candy Valentine.

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

(This Valentine was made using the Manny and Great Park fonts)

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

I’m Sticking with You

Attach temporary tattoos (as pictured) or fun stickers for this one; another fun, non-candy card.  If your tattoos or stickers are larger than the ones pictured, tape them to the back of your Valentine instead.

 

Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

(This Valentine was made using the Lisbon font)

 

Get your free printable kids valentines + find out 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

Are you ready to start creating your own awesome projects?  If you loved the Valentines above (or already have an amazing new project in the works) you can get those fonts along with 37 others for only $29 from FontBundles.net!  You also get an extra 15% off exclusively for being a DIY Adulation reader when you use the code “DIY15” at checkout!  Oh, and did I mention that the commercial license is included?  (If you just squealed a little, that’s okay.  I totally did too.)  If you’re still not convinced, you can try FontBundles for free.  They offer a so you can try before you buy.  Seriously, you guys… swoon.  Check it out and get your free font now!

P.S. If you want to send me a gift for finding you this super-sweet deal, I like watermelon Pop Rocks… Just saying.

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Here are 5 awesome everyday uses for custom fonts (including free printable kid Valentines) that I wish someone would have told me about years ago.

mm
I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Doctor Who Inspired Greeting Card

Fandom is a funny thing.  It makes grown men dress up with pointy ears and bows.  Fandom can make hours of director commentaries endlessly fascinating.  It can also bring people who otherwise have nothing in common together.  It’s kind of beautiful.  In case you didn’t know, I am a fangirl.  My biggest is, of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (so much so that I’m pretty sure I could hold my own in a trivia contest with Joss Whedon).  However, I also love Sailor Moon, Harry Potter, and of course, Dr. Who.  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share with you this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card!  It is so easy to make and is sure to please any Dr. Who fan in your life.

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Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

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Materials

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 1

Tear out a rectangular section of yellow cardstock in a size slightly smaller than your card.  You want to tear it and not cut it so that you get the messy edges.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 2

Next, tear out a small section near the bottom, right corner. (See the picture above for reference.)

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 3

Crumple up your paper and then smooth it back out.  Repeat this multiple times to create the look of stone.  Also, feel free to crumple is multiple ways as pictured.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 4

Place your yellow cardstock on a piece of scrap paper and begin stamping with the brown ink pad.  Do not cover the whole thing.  You want some of the yellow to show through.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 5

After you have finished stamping with brown, accent the raised areas of the paper with your gray ink.  Feel free to go heavy with it because after you are finished stamping, you need to blend the ink using your finger.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 6

Carefully, using the corner of your black ink pad, darken the edges and crevices of your paper.  Again, once you finish stamping, blend the ink with your finger.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 7

Stamp over the entire piece of paper with your brown ink.  Blend the ink with your finger as needed.

 

Step 8

To finish off the ancient stone look, highlight again with the gray ink as pictured.  Next, add in some touches of yellow ink and blend.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 9

Because of the amount of ink on the paper, it is easier to first write your text using a ballpoint pen.  I had to go over mine a few times to get it to work.  Not only does this help the marker ink stick, it also gives the illusion that the text is carved into the stone.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 10

Next, trace over your writing with a black marker.  Again, you may need to go over the words multiple times to achieve the desired look.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 11

Now that your rock face is complete, attach it to the front of your card using the glue runner.  It adds to the authentic look if you allow some of the edges to be raised so don’t worry about plastering the whole thing down extensively.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 12

Add your leaves to the front of the card, again using your glue runner.  I just pulled leaves off of floral stems leftover from another project but feel free to purchase some jungle-looking leaves if you feel the desire to.

 

Step 13

Once your leaves are in place, take some of your yellow paper scraps and make a small, paper mushroom.  To make it, you need a half circle and a rectangle.  The bottom of the half circle should be uneven so tear it instead of cutting it with scissors.  Attach the cap to the stem using your glue runner.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 14

Stamp over you entire mushroom with you brown ink, stamping the edges heavier.  Then cover the stem with your gray ink.  Attach the mushroom to the front of your card with your glue runner.

 

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Step 15 (Optional)

Because this particular card was for an anniversary, I hand wrote “Happy Anniversary” in the style of the ancient script on the rock face.  While this is not a necessary step (especially if this is for Valentine’s Day) I wanted to include it so that you could copy the letters if you needed.

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

Show you care easily with this awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card! It's sure to make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.

There you go!  Now you have an awesome Doctor Who inspired greeting card that will make the Whovian in your life ecstatic.  This beats any card you will find in the store and it will mean so much more.  This card definitely won’t end up in the recycling bin in a few months, not to mention it’s super easy to make!

If you’re looking for more card ideas, don’t miss these easy Thank You cards!

See where I’m linking up!

mm
I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.