Making Valentine Cards ‚̧

Valentine’s Day is coming soon….so I have a craft for you! ūüėČ
Today I’ll show you two Valentine cards…one is a very simple design, the second one is a Pop-Up card.¬†Both cards use the same dimensions: 11″ x 4 “. ¬† That way they will fit inside a business envelope.


THESE ARE POP-UP CARDS....also easy!

Materials you’ll need for both cards:
1. scrapbook paper: solid color, or with a faint pattern~or~ construction paper.  Both can be purchased at dollar stores, or discount stores.
2. scissors
3. glue….any glue is fine.
4. markers, pens, colored pencils or crayons
5. sentences/headline words from newspapers, comics, other colored paper, wrapping paper, old notecards
6. free downloads, print paper and cut to fit ¬†(I’ve given you the links below)
7. Optional: stickers, glitter, Happy Tape**, stamping supplies, doilies
**Happy Tape is a decorative tape used for scrapbooking, cards, invitations, etc. ¬†click here for the site. ¬†Or you may be able to find specialty tape in stores. ¬†It’s optional.

LINKS for¬†Free downloads… these links are from creative commons’ sites. They are free for your own personal use, however you cannot sell them. (commercial use).
Magnets for the Eiffel Tower
Vintage photos, letters, newspaper, postcards
Vintage Valentines
Modern Heart clip art

Card A…..the Simple card.
‚ô• Choose your paper and cut it to size (11″ x 4 “).
Fold your paper in half.
♥ Use prints from the download links I gave you above.  Cut them to fit, turn them at an angle, cut part of one out, put another color paper behind the choose!  If you print them in B&W, use them that way or use colored pencils or crayons to give them color. ~OR~
‚ô• Use scrap paper, sentences/headline words from newspapers, wrapping paper, solid colored paper, comics to decorate
‚ô• Think about the inside too….write the words you want, glue decorations inside the card.
‚ô• You can decorate the left side of the envelope too, as long as it doesn’t make it too thick, or sticky.

Card B…..The POP-UP Card.
*Cut your paper the same as Card A…11″ x 4″.
*This time you will also cut an 8″ x 4″ section for the Pop Up. ¬†Use the same or different color paper for the pop up part.
* Fold the 11″ x 4″ paper in half.
* Fold the 8″ x 4″ section in half, then in half again…it should be folded into 4 equal parts. ¬†See my photo below.




Now you are ready to decorate the outside and inside of your card (same as Card A).
There is just one important rule about Pop-Up cards!
When you glue your chosen item on the Pop-up section….remember to glue it on the part that faces the person when they open the card. ¬†Do not glue it across the fold of the pop up. ¬†Just glue it on the left side and let it “hang over” the fold. ¬†See my photo below.

HERE’S THE INSIDE JOB!! ¬†THE SIMPLE CARDS are in the foreground. ¬†THE POP-UP CARDS are in the back. Note the placement of items on the Pop -Up sections. ¬†Glue them on the left side of the Pop-Up, but do not glue them ON THE FOLD of the Pop-Up. ¬†They can overhang the folded edge.
Have fun!  If you have children or grandchildren, get them to help you!

Do something good!
If you get really industrious and you want to share your Valentines (homemade or purchased), here are a couple of ideas:
¬†‚̧Share Your Love, promoted by Etsy. ¬†Giving Valentines and hot meals through City-Meals-on-Wheels to the elderly of NYC. ¬†Click here for more information. ¬†Valentines are due by Tues. Feb. 7.
¬†‚̧”Valentines for Vets”, go to the US Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs site. ¬†Find out the nearest VA hospital. ¬†Make or purchase cards, and send or take the cards to the clinic or medical center. ¬†This is an excellent project for children, and one my classes used to do every year. ¬†Make sure you (or your child) write a note on the card, the Vets love them. ¬†Click here.¬†


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What is a Zentangle?

Zentange: two 3.5" tiles. (done on white paper, but light turned photo yellow)

Dear readers~In my post called “Award Time!”, I had to tell you 10 things about me that you might not know. ¬†Statement number 5 was: ¬†5. I like to Zentangle. ¬† ¬†

After I posted it, I received some questions: ¬†“What is a Zentangle?” ¬†“What does #5 mean?”

So tonight’s post will be about ZENTANGLES. ¬† A Zentangle is much like doodling, but it is considered a form of art. ¬†A Zentangle is a line or pattern that is repeated over and over. ¬†Did you ever get bored in a meeting or class and start drawing on your paper? ¬† You probably were doodling. ¬†Anyone can doodle, and anyone can Zentangle! ¬† People of all ages Zentangle~ from kindergartners to over the age of 100!

1. There is no right or wrong way to Zentangle.
2. Zentangling is relaxing, meditative, helps with focusing and fosters creativity.
3. You don’t need fancy, expensive materials to Zentangle.
4. You don’t need to take a class to Zentangle. ¬†You can start right now! ¬†(although classes are available in some places)
5. Schools use Zentangles to teach children to focus, and to have fun without worry of being “correct”.

*A good thing to do is visit the Zentangle website:  click here.
*The first book (and best!) I bought is Zentangle Basics by Suzanne McNeill.  It has great beginner Zentangle ideas.
I found the book for $8.99 in paperback on Amazon, but you can probably find it in bookstores.
*Some excellent Zentangle videos are found here:  click here 

Materials needed:
Paper~ ¬†any kind….white is best, I’ve used tracing paper (it’s cheap!) and white drawing paper.
Template~ you will need a 3.5″ x 3.5″ square of paper to trace for each of your Zentangle “tiles”
***Note: children use a ¬†5.5″ x 5.5 ” square “tile”, as their fine motor skills are not as fine tuned as adults.
Adults may use the 5.5″ x ¬†5.5″ size if they prefer. ¬†Teens also like the 5.5″ tile, 8.5″ tile, as well as the 3.5″ one.
Pen~ a black, permanent marker “Micron 01 Pigma” pigment pen is suggested. ¬†I have used those, but I also
have used a very fine tipped black ink pen, and recently I found a very fine Sharpie marker that works extremely well for Zentangles.

Materials needed for Zentangles. And how to start a Zentangle.

In the photo above you can see the materials needed. ¬†The pencil, pen (Sharpie Fine…silver & black barrel color), paper, and “tile” to trace for the 3.5″ square.

The color of the paper is much better here! ūüėČ

Steps to Zentangle:
In the photo with the materials, you will see three “tiles” or squares, showing you how you start:
1. Trace your shape on your white paper (I have the brown paper cut in a 3.5″ x 3.5″ size), so all I do is trace it…I don’t have to measure every time.
2. Make 4 dots just inside each of the four corners of your square.
3. Connect the 4 dots, so you have a “frame” inside your tile. ¬†Note….they don’t have to be straight lines. ¬†They can even have a loop in them. ¬†Be creative!
4. Now make a Z or a loopy shape or anything you want…to divide the Tile into 3 or 4 sections as I did.
5. ¬†Now you’re ready to ZENTANGLE !
6. ¬†Start in one section and make a zig zag all the way from one end to another. ¬†Go back and follow that zig zag line with another line near it, all the way…keep following that same line until you have filled the section.
7. Make up some ideas of your own, copy mine, Google Zentangle to get ideas….and have fun!


Zig Zags and checkerboards are a good way to start!

I want to thank Rick & Maria for starting Zentangle and give them credit here.

Have fun with Zentangle. ¬†If you enjoy it…let me know! ¬†Post photos too! ūüėČ

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Gift tags to make~

Dear readers……
I know time is getting short….and I should have posted this craft months ago. ¬†Perhaps you can tuck it away until next year if this week is too crazy!

I made the gift tags with a smaller, round tag attached for the name of the recipient and gifter.  The small, round tags are attached at the top of the rectangular tag with string, crochet yarn, or thin ribbon.  You should be able to see both tags in the photos.
This way I can reuse the larger tag and just attach a new circle tag next year.

Gift Tags 
Materials needed:
1. Anything you can find around the house!
2. construction paper, scrapbook paper, old notes or envelopes with interesting colors, last year’s Christmas cards, or extra cards, fabric, magazines, catalogs, handmade paper, stickers, buttons, old pins (remove pin back),¬†old photos (make copies), plain paper
3. glitter, embossing powder (opt)
4. stamps and stamp pads
5. scissors, paper cutter (opt)
6. circle cutter..(opt)
7. markers, pens
8. Happy Tape….colorful tape to use in your tag design
9. hole punch

1. find a tag pattern, or make your own.  Using construction paper or solid color scrapbook paper, make a rectangle the size you desire and snip the top corners off.  Punch a hole in the center top and you are ready to start.  You can also purchase blank tags in craft or scrapbook stores.
2. If you have a circle cutter, you can cut circles from magazines, catalogs, solid color paper or patterned paper.  These are for the small tag with TO: and FROM: on it.  I made them double sided, as I used magazine paper for color on the front.  I backed it with a solid color so my writing would be legible.  This is an option.  You may just want to make the rectangular tag.
3. You can cut pieces of magazines and catalogs that have the colors you desire.  I quickly went through catalogs and cut out blankets, quilts, tablecloths, etc.  Then later I cut them to size.
4. Now the fun begins: use your creativity to combine magazine/catalog clippings, paper, old cards, ribbon, and anything you can find to make the tags your own.

tags using catalog clippings, handmade paper, stickers, scrapbook paper

catalog clippings, Happy Tape, scrapbook paper, buttons

scrapbook paper, catalog clippings, stickers

Happy Tape (2 kinds/one over the other), scrapbook paper, sticker

Click here for the Happy Tape link. ¬†(ps….check out the sale page. ¬†Great deals!)
Thanks for looking at the post!