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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lavish me with praise.

Sometimes, you just need to be honest about what you need, right?

While I didn't slave over the girls' Valentines like some people, I did make them myself.



It was as simple as getting a picture of the girls with their hand in a fist outstretched. Overlaying some "Happy Valentine's Day" text in Photoshop and having them printed as a 4x6.



Then I simply cut with some sharp-pointed scissors, a slit at the top and bottom of their hand and slid the sucker in. I also used a piece of scotch tape on the back to make sure the Tootsie Pop didn't fall out.

Done. Total time spent, maybe one hour?

180 comments:

stephanie said...

those are completely awesome.

Martinez Family said...

Love it!! I might be stealing your idea for next year!!

Lee said...

Those rock. If my kids could give out candy we would copy you. but they can't. So they get to give out the boxed crap.

Erica said...

awesome! such a great idea.

QueenMeadow said...

Fantastic! I bought cards this year, like always :P.

Courtney said...

That is a totally awesomely awesome idea. I'm stealing it.

La Yen said...

Those are very cool. You are setting yourself up for next year...

beckylou said...

That is totally awesome! How original!

dastew said...

I just think your girls are the cutest ever. If we ever have kids will you make their valentine's day cards

J-Dub said...

a nice touch. sure beats the traditionally bland card

Christie said...

You. are. a. GENIUS.

Just took pictures of my kids and am TOTALLY stealing this idea. LOVE it.

Char said...

I freaking love these! Nicely done!

Christie said...

Okay. Just ordered my pictures and will pick them up at Sam's Club in an hour.

I freaking love you right now. I'll be sending readers your way for this idea. Thanks a million!

Kermit~the~Frog said...

A fantastic idea and brilliantly executed!

Maleen said...

What an excellent idea. I am totally copying this one next year.

Debbie said...

Praise! Praise! Praise! These are such a clever idea. They will be the hit of Valentine's Day at school!

Amber said...

I love it!!

Kimmarie said...

What a great idea! They look awesome!

TwinkleBee said...

OK, I'm bowing down to the master of valentines. I'll have to remember this when I have kids and have no creative ideas. You're soo good at this kind of stuff. Looks Rad!

MollyB said...

you totally deserve praise ... hmmm wonder if I have time to lift this idea! :) SO SO CUTE! best Valentine I have ever seen!

Jenny said...

I totally slaved over mine and wish I would have done this. Next year for sure.

Brian said...

Cool.

Lucinda said...

we aren't allowed to do candy, but I'm going to try it with pencils instead. Thanks for the great idea!

Amber said...

I totally copied you. Hit of the playgroup party for sure.

sweetpea said...

how clever are you! I love this idea!

Beth said...

I just happened across your blog and think it's lovely. I love your photography and obvious love for your children. And what a great valentine card idea!

Loralee - No Fuss Fabulous said...

Genius. Completely genius.

Sally said...

100% adorable, 100% genius.

Jamie said...

Your mom forwarded the link. Those are really cute Valentines. You are so creative! :)
(I'm in your mom's ward, by the way.)

SCRAPPNMOM said...

Wow, Amazing Alis! Thanks for the idea for next year!!! LOL

Kate Chartrand said...

The cutest valentines ever!

Lei said...

Nu-huh! I love it!

smart mama said...

that makes the valentines hall of fame!

Stephanie Ford said...

A seriously brilliant idea!

Ambrosia Girl Jenn said...

Super cute! Going to steal your idea for next year!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

K, these are so cool!! I must feature these!!

w said...

you've got the smarts. and thanks to you, after i complete this project, all the moms in preschool (as well as the teachers) are gonna think i have the smarts, too.

suckers.

thanks for this awesome idea.

Sherri @ Dude I Made It said...

Can I post this idea (and a photo of it) on my blog along with a link to you? I LOVE it!!

Lindsay said...

I am so doing this this year hope you don't mind

w said...

ok. so right after my first comment, i went ahead and made this card.

it is awesome. and when i say awesome, i mean awesome. also. i may have to buy another bag of tootsie roll pops because i may or may not have eaten too many.

thanks again for this idea!

Tiffany said...

Hey!
Can I post this on mypetitepurse.blogspot.com with one of your pictures? I am trying to find inexpensive and fun V-Day gift ideas to post and this is perfect.

mypetitepurse@gmail.com

Angie@treasures for tots said...

OMG this is adorable!!

Come share your totally neat picture idea at my party: Thursday's Treasures!
http://treasuresfortots.blogspot.com/2010/01/thursdays-treasures-week-7.html

mel said...

this is the best valentine i've ever seen! really well done! i don't have any kids, but i might make them for my friends, haha

Karli said...

I am TOTALLY going to copy you here! Thanks for being brilliant and sharing it with the rest of us. :)

Michelle said...

this is awesome! I just might steal this idea

DeAndra said...

I have to try these! thanks for the idea!

kirsty said...

Best. Idea. EVER!

Julie said...

Brilliant!

I'm blogging about you and totally stealing this idea.

Petit Debutant said...

that is so completely AWESOME! I think I will do this every year from now on! Thanks for the wonderful idea

Holly said...

Wow! I have seen similar projects involving fake flowers, but this is just awesome!

Katie Bishop said...

I am so making these this year. Valentines are always a fight!! This is so much better!

Valerie said...

I am here to lavish you with the PRAISE you deserve! Those valentines ROCK!! I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com.

Thanks so much for sharing!

shauna said...

Really and honestly? This is about the CUTEST idea for a Valentine that I have ever seen...and I have seen my fair share! I am totally copying you. I LOVE it...

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

these are seriously awesome! I wonder if I can get my 2 year old to pose like this....

Gonna Be His Mrs. said...

WOW! I love this! Genius!

Nicole said...

This idea is completly awesome. I have a perfect idea for my daughter picture in her valentine tutu and this tutorial.....Thank you so much for the idea.
www.allthingssweetandsassy.blogspot.com

Disney said...

You totally deserve to be lavished with praise! These are so fantastic and creative!!

DOEHLER DAYS said...

Brilliant!

Tina said...

GENIUS! Utterly genius! What a great idea!! These look amazing and I am so on board with with the simplicity factor!!! WAY TO GO!

Cori said...

WOW, that are extremely cute! I might have to try that.

Brandy @ The Moody Fashionista said...

Bravo! Uber cute ~ thank you!

The Mom of 'em said...

I borrowed your idea but gave you credit on my blog. Thank you!!! ADORABLE idea!!!

JeolsliesMomma said...

I LOVE love LOVE this idea!! My girls have a Valentines party to go to in a couple weeks and I couldn't think something up, last year we did a sucker thing as well, but put heart shapes around a sucker so it looked like a flower.

Michelle said...

Brilliant I tell you, just brilliant!!

onegirliegirl said...

So brilliant!

Sky said...

LOVE THIS! What a creative thought this is- you rock! Thanks for Sharing :)

Lorie said...

That is amazingly cute! I am going to link it from my blog tomorrow so that my readers can see it!

Amy said...

I LOVE IT!!! I am going to copy you and do it too. Thank you so much!!

Peggy said...

So, I am blog surfing and I see these cutie pictures with two little girls, and I ask myself, why do they look so familiar? They are your girls and you are web famous - did you see http://kari-youcanmakeit.blogspot.com ? Congratulations on being fabulous!!!!

Luke and Hailie Girl said...

genius!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I just came across these via Crap I've Made. I love them!!!

Kim Walus said...

This has got to be the most creative valentine card that I've seen. Wow! Thanks for sharing.

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

You are so creative!! Love this idea and will be doing a photo shoot with the little one today....if shes in the mood! Just found you, nice to "meet" you.

Megan Lofgran said...

Love, Love love this! Your killing me with your cleverness! Gotta go- going to copy you right now with my 2 boys! Brilliant

anne @ Floralshowers Craft Blog said...

These are so great! I can't believe how creative and silly and fun they are!

=)

Rogers said...

Char from Crap I've Made showed me these!!! I'm totally doing this with my daughter! Thanks for a great idea :D

Emma! said...

I found you via Ucreate - thanks so much for the great Valentine idea! I've included it in a post on my blog about making your own - thank you!

http://emmanemhandmade.blogspot.com/2010/02/valentines-delights.html

Meg said...

Love this so much. And can't wait to give it a try.

Thank you!

Fashionable Fabrics said...

What a wonderful creative card. I love it!! My boys will enjoy passing these card out at school!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

thank you so much for this awesome idea! i found you through U-Create, and created these myself with my little guy, I'll be posting them on the 14th, and linking to you, of course!

Anna said...

I'm totally trying that!

Bailey said...

These are adorable! So creative and unique. I am featuring this on my blog.
http://baileydoehler.blogspot.com/2010/02/homemade-valentines.html

Jessica Ott said...

I LOVE this idea and have already made it for one of my boys! I posted a pic of the sample one that I made on my faceook and everyone loved it! I shared a link so they could find it too. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas!!! You are so creative and I LOVE it! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

Jen said...

Fanasic...off to take a picture of my boy right now! Thanks!

Courtney said...

Thanks for the great idea. Everyone who has seen them loves them!

Sarah said...

I am falling all over myself I'm so impressed. Really you must be the most creative fabulous momma ever! Thanks for sharing with us slacker moms. ;>
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

laura said...

LOVE that idea!!! Mind if I copy? Genius!

Miss Tiff said...

Yep, I sure hope u gave us permission to use this idea, cause I'd like to have these printed up tonight!

Trish said...

What an amazing idea! I might turn that one into my son wearing his incredible hulk costume with the big giant hands - it would be really funny and right up his little six year old boy alley.

Design Mom said...

So great! Just posted this on kirtsy.

Kelley said...

Found this via Ucreate! Awesome idea, I had to copy.... I linked back to you on my blog!

Francesca said...

...So, so, SO CREATIVE!

Shop Without Money Sisters said...

I'm lavishing you with the highest form of flattery - I copied and stole your idea for my kids' Valentines! I posted pics to my friends facebook page and put your link up for people to check out. They are so adorable!!
Heather

Kerry said...

This idea rocks!!! Fabulous!! Totally sending you readers!!

staskym said...

this is such a cute idea i had to do it , so i stole the idea from you BUT my boys thought it was to baby (10 & 11 what do you expect?)so i cornered a friend and did it for his pre-k
again these are to cute thanks for the idea when i show my scrap buddies i will link to your site thanks again
(opps hope you don't mind)

emily said...

I saw these on Crap I've Made and wanted to come over here and give you a big THANK YOU for the great idea ... I sent them off to school with my crazies this morning!!!

Dena Rooney-Berg (SugarShop) said...

Oh I am so doing this! Thanks for such an awesome original idea!

redheadtina said...

Hey Alissa, I copied you this year. Apparently, half the kids at the school are doing the same thing. Yer so popular!

katie@tulsadetails said...

Absolutely love this! What a cute idea!

Shannon said...

thanks so much for the idea!

We LOVED making them.

Looks like they are all over the blogs now! Fun!

LobotoME said...

AWESOME! Saving this idea for next year!! J :)

Just say Julie said...

I totally did this! Thanks for helping me not totally embarass my son with cheesy valentine sentiments-- 4th graders take those things very seriously :)

http://metamorphosisandmarshmallowfluff.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-funny-valentine.html

Squelly said...

RAD!! I love the idea, totally going to copy you!! Thanks for sharing!

A Sign of the Times said...

Too cute! I'm going to link you to my blog. Hope you'll do the same.
http://mmtncrfts.blogspot.com

Jenglamgirl said...

THIS SUCKER VALENTINE IS SO DANG CUTE! I saw it on NANNY GOAT, I had to make them for my sons class!! Thank you.

If you want, you can view the ones I made... at Craftomaniac.blogspot.com

thanks Jenn

erica said...

most darling idea ever! really.

myimaginaryblog said...

Lavish you with praise? Surely:

I just saw these on Design Mom and they are about the cutest, cleverest idea ever. You're brilliant!

Damaris said...

and I thought I did good...
holy cow this is such an awesome idea.

Practically Perfect In Every Way said...

I AM SENDING YOU ALL THE PRAISE I HAVE! Your idea was amazing and I just posted our version of your cards on my blog.

My friend that took the pictures may have possibly got carried away with their sayings :)
http://marypoppinspresents.blogspot.com/
j

Meredith said...

I made these this year - check it out! http://tuesdayswithmolly.blogspot.com/2010/02/thumbs-up.html

Natalie said...

Followed one blog, and she followed you. I came by to say thank you for sharing this dear Valentine. We made two versions and now my happy children are passing cute-clever Valentines.

w00ts!

Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! said...

Posted up your CUTIE PATOOTIE Valentine's on my blog today!!

So stinkin cute!!!
Thanks,
Mama Holli
http://nobodyputsmamainacorner.blogspot.com/2010/02/introducing-httpwwwdesignmomcom.html

*reyanna klein* said...

SO cute!! Thanks for sharing.

(See, you just got LOTS of praise! ;) )

Vanessa said...

Girl, I'm TOTALLY lavishing you with praise! What an amazing idea! I did this for my daughter, and everyone has LOVED them! But don't worry, I've been giving you all the praise! ;o)

http://everythingsheknows.blogspot.com/2010/02/audreys-valentine.html

Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! said...

I lOve this!! I have posted you up on my blog!!!!
http://nobodyputsmamainacorner.blogspot.com/2010/02/introducing-httpwwwdesignmomcom.html

Hvae a great! Day!
Loving your blog!!~!
My new favorite!!

Amber said...

BRILLIANT! Simply brilliant! Where did you get the inspiration to come up with such a clever idea? Very cool!

Sandra said...

Thanks for the super cool idea! Love it & we just had to make some, posted about here.

Jane O said...

Where was this when I was slaving over my son's Valentine's cards a few days ago?! Great idea! I lavish you with praise this Valentine's Day! Genius!

Toria said...

found you via kirtsy (and now about 3 other friends who also used your idea) and I just wanted to thank you.
I love the way they turned out and it was easy and fast.
Thanks

Kim said...

These were a huge hit with at my daughter's school! I linked back to you from my blog.
http://alwaysabowlofcherries.blogspot.com/2010/02/happy-valentines-day.html
Thank you so much for the fantastic idea! Lavishing you with praise and internet cookies.

VISART - DaLi Designs said...

Totally gorgeous!

Alecia said...

You are so popular! Here's another blog that posted you idea. They couldn't remember where they has seen it but I let them know and I linked them to your blog! Miss you bunches!!!! http://pebblesandpoppys.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Wow, just wow...
OK, my funky Thank You notes for my forthcoming Wedding are now all sussed.

I'll just cross that one off the list!

All praise and honour and internet good-tidings belong to YOU!

Thankyoueversomuch!

Jess said...

This screams "Save the Date" to me! I'm earmarking your page and coming back here in the coming months! :-D

Sharon said...

I have run into this post from another blog I follow and am totally captivated by this. I am obviously too late for v-day but I think these would also be an awsome end of the year little gift to hand out to the kids in my son's class and teachers. Thanks so much for this super intuitive idea!

Sharon : )

baballa said...

This is so cool i will do it for sure!!! after i will send you the pictures!!!

GOKKUSAGI said...

was very good super...

kirsty said...

I've had this bookmarked for nearly 2 years now in expectation of using it for kindy christmas cards for my daughter, and now the time is nearly here! I am so excited to make these, thanks again for sharing the idea xx

Susan Lower said...

definately going to share this with all my MOPS friends. What a creative idea!

Marie said...

What a cute idea!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely AWESOME!! I am definitely stealing this!!

senovia said...

This is an AWESOME idea! I love it!

Li Li Land said...

Wow! This is a brilliant idea! Love it!

TesB said...

This will be awesome! I'm doing a profile shot of her blowing bubble and will put the wedding bubbles in place of the candy. SCORE! Thanks for sharing.

Mundane and Beauteous said...

As all the others have said before -this is such a great idea! Really made me smile. Well done!
Hope you have a lovely day!

Whitney said...

I not only LOVE this idea and plan to steal it, I'm doing so IMMEDIATELY!!

Janice Guazzo said...

I did this two years ago and plan to do it again this year. Fun and pretty cheap if you get prints on sale.
http://janiceandcompany.blogspot.com/2009/02/candy-addictintervention-needed.html

MariaT said...

saw this on pinterest and I'm totally stealing it! Thanks so much!

Elizabeth said...

Best. Idea. Ever. Gonna steal it.

Mommysavers said...

Wonderful idea! I did my own version here: http://www.mommysavers.com/2011/02/frugal-classroom-valentines-lollipop-photo-cards/

Jessica Ochs said...

Just sent my shots to be printed. Love this idea!! Thanks!

A Few of My Favorite Things said...

Such a fantabulous idea! I shared it over on Nickelodeon's Parents Connect today - you can find the post here:

http://www.parentsconnect.com/parenting-boards/valentines-day-party/132974

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome idea. I took one of my son in front our red door. I'm going to put a heart shaped lollipop for his preschool mates and a red rose (fake) for his 2 teachers. It's a great idea for Christmas as you can use a candy cane or Christmas pencil.

Thanks again. will do again next year when he's in Kindergarten.

Terese

Kim @ Life of a Modern Mom said...

I love, love, love this idea and have been waiting to make them for my daughter. :) I posted the pictures of the ones we made on my blog today with a link to your post. Thanks!
http://lifeofamodernmom.blogspot.com/2011/02/mollys-valentines.html

Ginger said...

You rock! The only thing I don't love about this idea is that I saw it AFTER I made our custom cards for this year :-) But I featured it on my blog today, for others to revel in your creativity... http://gingerdiaz.com/blog/2011/02/07/inspiration-sunday-2/

Thanks for sharing!!

allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com said...

totally love these and completely copied them for my son's Valentines this year. Showered you with lots of praise over on my blog It's Toile Good with lots of link love!

Journey through Creation said...

I know I'm about a year behind but these are way cute! Just confirmed with my daughter that she wants to do these this year!!! Thanks! :)

Twins Squared said...

These are amazing! I am so keeping these on my list for next year! Thanks for the great idea!

Laura said...

Love this idea!! I saw it last year and couldn't wait to make them this year. http://6lalas.blogspot.com/2011/02/kindergarten-valentines.html
Thanks for sharing your genius! :-)

Liz said...

Love this! I used your idea last year with all three of my kids and it was a huge hit. Thanks for sharing. I will be featuring you on our blog ziggycrafts.blogspot.com

Karin said...

LOVE this idea!!!

Coffee@3 said...

Love your idea and tried my own spin...left you some love on our blog with your link too. Your blog is awesome thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

Lauren and Michele
www.coffeeatthree.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

I also waited a whole year to do this card. Such a great idea! Singing your praises.... http://smallfrieswiththat.blogspot.com/2011/02/obsession-best-valentines-day-card-ever.html

butrcup74 said...

Great idea and all but I'm REALLY loving the pink door! Do you really have a pink door on your house? (Please post a pic!)

I'm so jealous!!!!

sue at nobaddays said...

Loved your idea, which I found on Skip to My Lou ... here are our photocards: http://bit.ly/hPVLSY

Thanks so much!

Michelle said...

That is the GREATEST thing I've seen in a long time! Wow!

JuneBug said...

COolest thing ever! You've saved my life, I love it!

Crafty Gardener said...

This is a fabulous idea. It will be great to use Granny's picture and give it to my grandkids.

PammyJ said...

This is AWESOME! Just sent it to my kids to try with their wee ones. Would work well as a birthday card too! GREAT idea.
xoxo
Pammy

Free Spirit said...

It is so amazing for you to share. I fell in love with it and I gave it a try. Check it out at www.twoworldsunite.blogspot.com

I linked back to you.

Thanks again.

Nik said...

Thanks so much for a great idea!!! Love your blog!!

Chefwife said...

This is incredible! I, too, will be using this idea next year. I found you through a friend of a friend. Thank you for sharing your genious!

Oz Tilson said...

love the idea- hate the candy- going to use flowers and do this for easter cards!! Thanks a million!!

sisterchic said...

My first-grader and I did this for her Valentine's party at school and it was a hit! No one had ever seen this sweet idea before. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing.

besquirrely.com said...

Just made a similar card for a birthday invitation - thank you so much for such a wonderful idea!!


http://besquirrely.com/2011/05/19/invites-check-2/

Rae said...

I just ran across this site with stumble. I love this idea. I will be doing this with the grandkids next year. Thanks!

The Mommy Teacher said...

I think this idea has to be one of the best for Valentines. Borderline genius!

Just posted about it on Craft Gossip!

http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=5366

Anonymous said...

You could use the same idea with homemade tissue flowers or Valentine pencils.

Melissa said...

I LOVE this project! In fact, I love it so much that I included it in my roundup of great handmade Valentine cards! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-make-your-own-valentines-day-card/

The Zhush said...

OMG! You are brilliant! (seriously.)

Anonymous said...

Did you ever figure that three years would pass and people would still be finding this idea and living it? You probably did because it's awesome...

wildwoodflower77 said...

Stealing! Stealing! Stealing! Stealing! Thanks for posting and sharing!

Anonymous said...

I am making these right now and am having trouble making the hole! I am trying to use an X-Acto knife, scissors, box cutter, etc. I did one and now the picture is curving. Did you have these problems? Any tips??
Shanna S.

Catherine said...

Great idea! It only took 50 shots of me attempting to get my 2yo to cooperate! :o)

What a great idea!

Sarah Carbery said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Thank You!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I just finished mine up. Yours made it to Pinterest, and were my inspiration, so you are getting the credit!

I am featuring them on my blog simplyinspiredbymegan.wordpress.com tomorrow if you'd like to take a look.

Sharon said...

This is our Valentine this year! Thanks for the idea!!!!!

Nicola said...

The love for your brilliant idea continues! Here's how ours turned out: http://growingberries.blogspot.com/2012/02/61-valentines.html

plastic card printing said...

OK, I'm bowing down to the master of valentines. I'll have to remember this when I have kids and have no creative ideas. You're soo good at this kind of stuff. Looks Rad!

plastic card printing said...

Those rock. If my kids could give out candy we would copy you. but they can't. So they get to give out the boxed crap.

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