Weekend Wants: Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to send love notes to your favorite people. Whether you’re going for funny or sweet, here are some of our favorite valentine greetings, all designed by the Paper Source team in Chicago.

Just plain sweet. We love this You Are My Happy Place card because it’s sweet and colorful with a great pop of gold foil. This lovely message can be sent to a partner, friend or family member.

 

You + Me, sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. This new letterpress You + Me card gives us nostalgia. A perfectly romantic card for you and your significant other, the letterpress printing gives it a textured feel for a unique finish.

 

#Tooreal. This card is for all the tech lovers out there. Show your mate how truly serious you are with this Give Up My Phone valentine, displaying the lengths you would (but hopefully don’t have to) go for them.

DIY Valentines: Part 1

One of the best things about Valentine’s Day is that it gives us another reason to create handmade cards with thoughtful messages for the people we care about the most.  If you are looking for a way you can share a little love with those who are dear to your heart, we have a few ideas for you. We’ve been busy D.I.Y.-ing Valentines and “Galentines” with some of our favorite new products – pick your favorite and give it a try!  For even more inspiration, visit one of our stores.

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  1. Cut a 3.75″ x 5″ panel out of Gold Glitter Wrap and mount it to a Superfine Soft White A2 folded card
  2. Download and print the Heart of Gold PDF on Mint text paper and cut it out
  3. Add a Gold Foil Heart Sticker and a strip of heart tape to the Mint paper
  4. Mount the Mint paper to the card with Super Tacky Tape
  5. Line a Mint envelope with Gold Glitter Wrap using our Envelope Liner Templates 

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Bottle up some love!

  1. Stamp the Canning Jar Stamp on white cover paper and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder
  2. Cut out the jar, stick 3 Gold Glitter Heart Stickers to it and tie a bow around the lid with some Gold Shimmer Twine.
  3. Mount the jar to  a Luxe Blush A2 Card with Foam Squares (we rounded the corners with a Corner Rounder first!)
  4. Stamp Happy Valentine’s Day on the card and heat emboss with gold powder.
  5. Pair with a Slate A2 Envelope 

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This Sweetheart card is simple:

  1. Punch a heart out of the Heart Shapes Kit, cover it with glue or Xyron and coat it with glitter.
  2. Mount it to a Gravel 4 bar folded card with Foam Squares.
  3. Use the Prima Press to stamp your message on the card.  We heat embossed ours with Pink Embossing Powder.
  4. Pair with a Blossom 4 bar envelope.

 

Girls’ Night In

 Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be a celebration of love between you and a special someone. Instead, have just as much fun with your girl friends in a festive themed party.

Decorate with hearts and glitter and bake sweet treats while sipping sugary cocktails. What more could you ask for? Here’s everything you need to make your party a hit.

Red and Gold. Create delectable drinks in these charming gold tumblers. Add a festive paper straw and your drink becomes a work of art. We love The Red Valentine Cocktail recipe found at The Stylish Type Blog.

 

Follow Your Heart. Get your home ready with this adorable pillow. Add more cushions and colors to create cozy seating for guests.

 

Inspo. We adore this pillow styling inspiration from The TomKat Studio.

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I pick you. What’s a cocktail party without hors d’oeuvres? Make them special for Valentine’s Day with these festive heart party picks.  Even decorate sweets and cupcakes with this simple statement decoration.

 

Candy Hunk. Laugh with friends over this mini dream man. Who needs a date when you have the “perfect man” candy? Now you’re really ready for a Valentine’s Day themed cocktail party for a girl’s night in!

 

Guess The Name Game. Now that everyone is enjoying the festive decor with drinks in hand you can play the hilarious Charades-like game found at Lifestyle Tweets. The steps are simple, just follow the rules of Charades but the actors can only be romantic characters- like Romeo and Juliet!

Courtesy of lifestyletweets.wordpress.com

Courtesy of Lifestyle Tweets 

Weekend Wants: Valentine’s Day Gifts

Looking for a great gift for your sweetie pie? Here are a few of our favorite gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Heart of Gold. We love this new Heart of Gold porcelain mug that has a sweet message for any loved one. Designed by our team in Chicago, the gold heart really pops, and can be used year-round for your favorite beverage (try our You Are So Incredibly Awesome Tea)!

 

Man candy. If you can’t find the perfect man…buy him! This Chocolate Perfect Man is a great gift for all the single ladies in your life (and probably some married ones, too)! Solid chocolate and delicious – a fun gift this Valentine’s Day!

 

Love notes. These Sweet Sentiments Mini Journals are great lovely little gifts. Brand new and designed by Paper Source, you can give them as a set, or break them up and give individual journals as part of a gift bag!

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Weekend Wants: Valentine’s Day Décor

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to add some lovely touches to your home décor; here are some of our favorite picks that are great enough to display year-round. (Psst! They’re all brand new!)

Awesome color. This colorblock You Are So Awesome Tea Towel is bright and fun, and features gold lettering that pops. Give to a friend, or as a hostess gift (this is one tea towel they’ll be thrilled to display)! Designed by our creative team in Chicago, you won’t find this anywhere else!

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Brighten up your space. This You Are My Sunshine Wood Art Print is made from laser-cut wood and features a bright yellow inlay for a cheery message you’ll want to show off daily.

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No, I love YOU more. This new Love You More Pillow features an exclusive Paper Source, bold typographic design that will seamlessly fit into any space.

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Valentine’s Day in the Classroom

There’s nothing like the excitement of a Class Valentine’s Day Party in grade school… remember the thrill of going through your big box of cards and hoping for a special valentine from your crush?

Make this Valentine’s Day extra-special by making homemade cards and crafts with your little one. Here are some fun and adorable ideas that you can make together to carry on the tradition!

Get creative and giggle with these Mustache Valentine Cards. There are endless possibilities from pirates, to top hats, to magicians, oh my! Also choose from many other kits that were designed by us for you.mustache blog 1

 

You’re sharp! Add a gift that the students can use long after the holiday is over. Valentine Pencil Arrows Kit gives you and your little one a chance to decorate these pencils and all you’ll need is scissors, glue and some imagination!

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Tie it together. Now that you have helped create dozens of fun and original Valentine’s cards, send them away in these Heart Cellophane Bags. Add some candy for a sugary surprise.

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Love Monster. Don’t forget about a sweet gift for your youngster. Watch them wind up this Candy Dispenser and you’ll enjoy laughs as the toy drops candies. Add it to a gift basket or as an after school surprise!

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Weekend Wants: Valentine Kits

Valentine’s Day is dedicated to celebrating love and here at Paper Source we’re making it easy to send sweet greetings. Here are a few of our favorite kits to make that even Cupid would be impressed with! [Inside Info: these are all designed by our team in Chicago and exclusive to Paper Source!] 

Sweet as can be. Make this super cute Fruit Friends Valentine Kit and send sweet wishes to all!

Your love is out of this world. 3, 2, 1, blast off – this Valentine Rockets Kit  is perfect for boys and girls and includes a pack for tiny treats.

Love is ruff. Whether your crush is a dog or a cat person, you’ll have the perfect, dog-gone cute, valentine with this Puppies & Kittens Valentine Kit.

Paper Source How-To: Heart of Gold Valentine Box

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Make your Valentine’s Day gift extra-special with this hand-crafted mini Heart of Gold box!

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INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download How-To PDF.
  • Use brush to cover top and sides of box lid with PVA adhesive and sprinkle generously with gold glitter.
  • Shake off any excess and allow to dry.
  • If necessary, add more adhesive and glitter on any bare spots.
  • Adhere gold foil lace tape in place around sides of box base.
  • Punch out Superfine Softwhite cover weight paper using tag punch and create a hole at the top of the newly created tag using the 1/8″ punch.
  • Position a gold glitter heart sticker as desired on tag and adhere in place.
  • Write message using gold pen.

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Weekend Wants: Journals

When starting off the new year, it’s always important to stay focused on your goals and to take time to reflect. Here are three of our favorite journals and notebooks that are sure to make writing a lot more fun.

It only takes five minutes. We’ve all been there: we resolve to record our daily thoughts more, and then stop after only a few weeks. If this sounds like you, you’re going to love The Five Minute Journal. Each day only takes about five minutes, and includes prompts for both morning and night to keep the positivity flowing. (If you like the idea of being prompted every day, you should also check out our One Line a Day journals, Q&A a Day 5 Year Journal and the Q&A a Day for Kids 3 Year Journal.)

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Sweet words. This brand new Follow Your Heart spiral notebook is perfect for daily thoughts and notes. Gold foil lettering and a bright pink heart make a dramatic statement against the black background. This journal provides a positive message year-round.

 

Make it your own. We’re super excited about our new personalized journals! With over 40 original designs (all exclusive to Paper Source!) to choose from, plus 25 fonts and 4 inner page designs, you can create a custom design that’s perfectly you.

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