First I thought I would create something could be easily mass produced for those of you who like to create little treats for your children's classmates. There are SO many fun & festive pencils out there with valentine designs (and as a math teacher, trust me when I say children are always losing their pencils and asking to borrow mine!), so I picked up a pack at Target's Dollar Spot (isn't that place so dangerous?), grabbed a heart shaped punch and punched out a shape from patterned paper, stamped the cute 'Love Owlways' sentiment, cut two parallel diagonal slits, attached the NND owls that were colored/paper pieced separately and popped the pencil through opening created and - VOILA! Easy peasy valentine treats that won't cause tooth decay and are great for all children, regardless of any allergies or medical ailments they might have! You can paper piece the owl, as I did in this topper:
Or color it in with your favorite medium (I used Copic markers for this one, trying to match the colors in the pencil - this was my favorite pattern - and the patterned paper):
You don't have to stop with pencils either, lollipops and silly straws work great for this quick & easy treat topper as well, and you can use any shape in place of the heart, and simply write in the 'to's and 'from's on the reverse side.
Since I am a BIG fan of woodland critters I also wanted to make a card using a few more of the images as well:
I really enjoy creating little scenes like this on card, and I think the woodgrain background makes it suitable as a masculine valentine or anniversary card. These cute little guys were colored with Copic markers as well, though I can't decide if I like the look of the white border around the images or whether I prefer trimming them along the outlines themselves - what do you think? Do you have a preference? I'd love it if you shared it in the comment section...
Would you like to win Sweetheart Tails?
This set will be given away to TWO LUCKY WINNERS!!
Here's how to win:
Comment on the NND blog and the Design Team blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs' January release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on - the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, January 16th at 9 pm CST to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 17th.
Check out all the blogs of my awesome teammies below to enter:
Newton's Nook Designs
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Hopping!
~ Crafty Math Chick
PS - Have any extra valentines? If so, my friend Winter Sims is having a 'Cards From the Heart' card drive to collect handmade valentine cards to distribute to sick children in hospitals.
I know I won't be using ALL of the valentine cards I will make this year, so many of the cards I create as my NND sneak peek projects will be going to her. If you are interested in sending some as well (and did I mention there are sponsors giving away PRIZES to some lucky participants?) please check out the details on her blog here, but don't wait too long, cards need to be received by January 31st to allow for distribution time.
cutest projects ever.
SUCH a great idea for the kids' classroom treats! My youngest two are in middle school this year, and it is the first year that I will not be making TONS of classroom goodies and decorations; yes, it's a little bit of a relief (I've had to make 100-140 EVERY YEAR, with my 4 kids and their classmates and all the teaching staff!). But seeing your adorable pencils makes me really miss it! Your card with that scene is just precious, too!
:D very lovely card and nice idea with the pencils :D
Super cute and a great idea for valentines! I'm always a bit stumped trying to help DS think up cute ideas for valentines that follow the " no sweets" rule. Pencils are perfect!
Super cute set - can't wait for it! Thanks for sharing.
Love the pencil topper idea! I now know what I want to make for my students! Your card is also so sweet!
Awesome idea to create pencil toppers!! Love this idea and would love to replicate it with my % year old to give to her friends!! Love the card too!! Great Job!! :)
What a great idea for childrens school valentines! So cute!!
This is a wonderful card!!!
So cute - what great Valentine gifts! Your card is so sweet. I love the grass and woodgrain background. Looks just like they are hanging out in the woods! Such cute stamps!! Thanks for sharing!
Love the pencil-holding Valentine. Would make great favors or small gifts. the card is so cute - using two animals and sayings really works well. thanks for sharing.
lovely cards today thank you for sharing
Nice giveaway for loved ones - thanks for this cute idea
Very cute pencil topper and such a cute scene on your card.
Perfect Valentine's projects! Your little critters = adorable!
Love your projects...and your coloring is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing these!
Your projects are so beautifully crafted, love the sweet pencil topper!!
You kids Valentine's are inspired. Your other card is just adorable.
oh my goodness!! those pencil toppers are GENIUS!!! i LOVE them!!! and that owl is totally ADORABLE!! i totally want to ink him up next!! LOOOOOOOVE him!! and your super sweet woodland valentine could totally work for masculine!! so lovely!
Great Idea. Already written on my to-do-list!
I love what you did with the pencils...such a cute idea. The woodland creature card is just adorable and perfect for that guy in your life. I kind of like the white border around the animals....I think it makes them pop more...
I am loving the Owl pencil toppers - so much fun and what a cool idea! The little scene card is cute too - I like how the animals are talking to each other!!
Such cute ideas!!! I love the pencil toppers and the scene you created on your card is adorable :)
Love the card and the pencil hearts. These critters are so cute
You make each so unique
I just love these little critters! So cute - all of your projects are adorable! Great colouring!
I love those pencil valentines. Such a great idea.
So I'm partial to your stuff, but I can give the others a try! :-)
Definitely partial. :-)
Such a cute, fun idea. Makes me wish I had a bunch of kids to give little gifts to. Maybe I should offer to make some for my sister to hand out to her class. hmm
What a CUTE idea with the Pencils!! LOVE this!! I LOVE your SWEET card Scene too!! TOO CUTE!! THANKS so much for sharing and we made it through our first release!! YIPPEE!! =) Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)
Such a cute idea, I had no idea you had a new design team gig, congrats! And these stamps are so cute! Love the little acorns and hearts and raccoon and everything! And especially the owls, have a new friend who is just wild about owls and that is the cutest.
Great card! And those pencil toppers! Cute idea.
I will just have to make a bunch of these for my grandchildren. What a wonderful idea. Thank You
Hey! I have seen your name so many places and here you are!! yeah for your DT and super cute projects :)
Hey, that card is adorable, love the valentine gift too!
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