Valentines 2012

Happy 100th Birthday, Arizona! Isn’t that what you are all celebrating today? I guess I’m not doing much for it either, except to remind you that 100 years ago, AZ got it in gear enough to complete the contiguous 48 states. Go Arizona!

But rather than Arizona flags to wave, I sent my children to school this morning with valentines. Valentines that I hope will not cause them to go into therapy in the future.

They are funny, right? And I figured I was running out of time to do these before my son would be old enough to know to refuse. (I think he thinks they’re pretty funny).

These were completely inspired by the sucker version from Funky Polkadot Giraffe.

We aren’t allowed to take anything homemade to school, and it was a lot easier to slap these foil lip chocolates from the Dollar Store on to our pictures. These were a lot easier than many school valentines we’ve put together in years past.

Poor thing doesn’t have a nose anymore.


I think these worked the best with her because she has big pouty lips anyway.


Just hoping no one punched him when he handed these out today.

We also attempted making suckers for the first time ever. 

They actually weren’t as scary as I thought they would be.

My MIL had given me the lips mold from her collection and I ordered a kit from Bake It Pretty. But the recipe doesn’t look that difficult even without a kit.

It was BSB’s idea to add the sprinkles to the free form blobs we made with the rest of the candy syrup before it hardened. Fun, right? And you could do what ever sprinkles match the occasion. You can bet there will be more experiments ahead.

Before sending the kids off to school we had heart-shaped french toast this morning.

Plans for tonight? BSB has promised to make a nice dinner! I’m doing the Twinkie hearts for dessert, because that’s about all the steam I’ve got left for this holiday–and I think the kids will be in heaven.

What did your kids take to school this year? Do you go handmade or store bought when it comes to Valentines?

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  1. Those Valentine’s are fabulous!!!

  2. I love them with the foil chocolate lips! Thanks for the shout out! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Very cute lips! Very fun idea. I don’t know how my boys would feel about them, so I agree, you gotta do it before they get too big and have opinions!

    And yes, I always go handmade. Got a little crazy this year when I had to redo one last minute and come up with a whole new plan.

    • Just found and pinned all of your Valentine ideas, Erika. Why aren’t you and I neighbors? We could get into all sorts of creative mischief, I am sure!

  4. Hello! These are so cute! Would you be willing to share the template/format you used? i’d love to just change out the picture and use this for my little guy to give to his grandparents. I understand if you’d rather not, but figured I’d check. have a great weekend!

    • Hi Tracy!

      I didn’t really use a template. I just opened my photo and added text on top. You can see I did it a little differently for each photo, depending on where there faces were. If you don’t have a software you like to use, I recommend uploading your photos to Picmonkey or similar websites. PicMonkey actually has a lot of fun overlay options, borders, etc., and it is really easy to use. I’m sure you could crank them out in no time. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. LOVE these! Did you just print them 4×6?

  6. These are cool but HOW DOYOU MAKE THEM!!!!!!!!!

    • Hi Claire,

      It depends on if you have and use any photo editing or graphics software. I just had a little photo shoot with my kids and made sure to get very close-up pictures. I opened my photo in my software and added text on top. If you don’t have a program you are comfortable with, I recommend uploading your photos to It has a lot of fun overlay options, borders, etc., and you can add your own text. It is quite easy to use. Save your new images to your computer and then just have them printed out like you would any photo. Then use hot glue or double sided tape to place the candy lips right on top of their real ones. Good luck!

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  8. Brandi davis says

    How did you attach the lips?

  9. Thanks so much for the Valentine’s Day card inspiration. We made them for our family and friends this year and they love them. I also shared the project on my blog. Thanks again!

  10. Hello everybody! I’m pretty new to 3d printing and I have a lot of questions on the subject, so I hope you won’t get mad at me for asking here at least couple of them. I think before I’ll get seriously into designing and sculpting I should focus on the software itself, and that’s what I’d like to ask you about. Mainly, should I look for the most simple/crudest CAD I can find or would it be better to look for something more complex? I’m worried that I’ll get some undesirable habits while working with less complex software. Right now I am using some online software called SelfCAD (I didn’t have to download anything). I’ve read some good opinions about it, but maybe you could share yours as well? My second question is about the program as well: should I look for CAD software that would let me design and slice it in it, or should I use a different program for each? The one I’m suing allows me to do both i it. Will it even make a difference? Surprisingly, I couldn’t find the answer to that, as it seems like most websites want to focus on the very basics (like what is 3d printing and so on), and while the answers to those questions are fine, it seems like no one wants to go into the details (it looks like some of them even steal from each other! I swear I’ve read the same answers to the same questions on at least 3 different articles) but I’m getting off-topic… The last question is about 3d pens. Would it be possible to somehow convert whatever I draw with a 3d pen to a 3d model in a program? For example, if I’ll draw a horse with 3d pen, would it be possible to get its outline in a software? I’m not sure how that would even work, but the very idea sounds appealing to me. Anyway, I think I’ll stop here just in case no one will ever answer me and all of this writing will be for nothing. I’m sorry that I’m using your content to ask questions, but I hope you’ll understand and help a rookie like me. Anyway, thank you for posting. I learned something from this and that’s always appreciated. Thank you, and I hope to hear back from you very soon 🙂


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