DIY Valentine Cards

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I love sending mail to my family and friends.  It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’m going to be sending out valentines along with a couple of pictures of my daughters to them all.  I could always go to Target and buy a set of valentines, but where’s the fun in that?  Here’s what I came up with this year for my own Valentine cards:

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Using Microsoft Word, I made a quick design with a heart and our well wishes for Valentine’s Day.

I made four to a page and printed it out on white cardstock.

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Then using Anita’s All Purpose Acrylic Craft Paint in True Red and a little bit of water mixed in, I painted the hearts and let it dry.  Then I outlined the hearts with studio g Glitter Glue (I couldn’t find the name of the color but it’s sort of yellow/gold).

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I cut out the cards using my trusty cricut paper-cutter.  It makes things so much easier and neater.

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Here are my valentines!  Ready to be accompanied by a picture and shipped off to my loved ones.

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This craft project was quick and I can’t wait to ship them out.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Hello world, family, and friends

First let me start by saying FINALLY, MY BLOG IS UP!! I have been wanting to start a blog for such a looooong time now. Due to my many excuses a.k.a. fears, I procrastinated as long as I could, but I’m ready now. I’m currently a stay at home mom of two, but my oldest is about to enter Kindergarten. YIKES!! There will be many, many posts in the future regarding my anxiety about having to let her go into the real world. It’s so scary. As for now I want to start my blog with a crafting idea because I’ve been crafting for a very long time. I’m constantly inspired by ideas I find on the Internet. My latest obsession is Pinterest.com. If you haven’t checked it out, do so and you will simply be hooked! I have so many crafty ideas to share with you. For example, I wanted to make some butterfly paper decorations for my daughter’s birthday. I currently own two large Fiskars squeezable paper punch machines, a circle and a heart.

I love these punches because they cut out the shapes easily and fast, so I wanted to find a butterfly one. After searching and comparing prices I just didn’t find one that I liked. Either it was too expensive or it was too hard to cut out per reviews. As my daughter’s birthday quickly approached, I still had no butterflies and I didn’t want to cut them out myself. Then one night it came to me, out of no where, I could use my heart punch to make the butterflies.
Here’s what I did:

Step 1: I punched out two hearts using pink card stock.

Step 2: I stapled the bottom of the hearts together in the middle to form the wings. I cut off the tip of one of the hearts so it wouldn’t peek out once I did the final step, but you can also bend it and tuck it in before stapling it.

Step 3: To complete my little butterfly, I used a black pipe cleaner, formed the body, glued it in the middle of the two hearts and viola, a beautiful paper butterfly.

Step 4 (optional)): If you want you can decorate the wings with crayons, markers, glitter, etc. or give them to your kids so they can decorate them.  Endless possibilities!!

Since my daughter was turning five, I did five each of three colors and affixed them onto our party decorations. They were a hit.

I hope you guys like this little crafty idea. I hope to share some more in the future as well as opinions and thoughts on different subjects such as parenting, life issues, relationships, and then some.

Welcome to my world.

Welcome to The Mercado Project.