I love that I live in a small town that still allows holidays to be celebrated at school! My older son, Luca, goes to kindergarten all day, and not only is his class celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, they are also celebrating the 100th day of school! My little one, Max, goes to preschool and they are also having a little Valentine’s Day party. His teachers have been making all sorts of fun stuff with them the past couple of weeks to get ready! They made little mailboxes and mailbags with the kids, and they have asked the parents to send in Valentine’s cards for each student. They will each get to put their cards in their mailbags and hand deliver their cards to their friends’ mailboxes. Max, who is 3, is pretty excited about his mailbox and bag! He has dragged me over to show me pretty much every day for the last week when I pick him up! Then he gets upset because we can’t take them home yet. But again, he’s 3! 🙂
Anyway, I needed some Valentine’s cards for both of my boys’ classes. Luca wanted Minions cards and he has a much bigger class, so we went with store bought ones. (I know, gasp!) I probably could’ve made punch art Minions, but that would’ve been really time consuming, and I just didn’t have time. So for his class, store bought ones will have to do!
For my little one though, I definitely wanted to make cards! But since they are being given to a bunch of 3 and 4 year olds, I also didn’t want to spend too much time or money on them! Chances are, they’re
going to get eaten not going to last too long anyway! So I needed to come up with something cute, but very simple and easy to put together. I hadn’t used my Party Pandas set, so I decided to go with that!
The cards I made are note card size, so they measure 3-1/2 x 5 inches in size. They are one flat panel, so they don’t open and close. The base layer is Basic Black, the middle layer is Real Red, and the top is Whisper White. I stamped the panda in Basic Black Archival Ink, and the sentiment in Real Red. For these, I cut a heart with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits and placed it over the balloon to make it look like a heart shaped balloon instead of the regular stamped one. The hearts were cut out of Flirty Flamingo card stock. Also, the sentiment stamp is from a retired Valentine’s themed Paper Pumpkin kit.
I was originally going to make a few different ones so that I could use all three of the pandas in the set, but then I decided to just make them all the same. I only had to make 10, so making them all the same allowed me to make them very quickly. I think it only took me about 45 minutes to make all ten, start to finish! I think they came out super cute, and are perfect for little ones!
The Party Pandas set can be earned with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping), but only until March 31st! It is one of the $50 item choices from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. To learn more about Sale-a-Bration, and see all the free item choices, please click HERE!
UPDATED TO ADD: After I dropped off my kids at school this morning, I ran to Target to try to find envelopes that would fit these cards. Not only did I find a pack of 50 envelopes in the correct size on clearance for $0.86 (yes, 86 CENTS!), I also came upon a package of 14 sheets each of these adorable panda stickers and heart stickers! How cute are these? And what are the odds of finding PANDA stickers to match the cards? So I bought them and slipped a sheet of each into each envelope with the cards for Max’s classmates! I also decided at the last second to stamp each envelope with some hearts from the Heart Happiness set! Now I am waiting for Luca to get home so I can do his cards with him! But since his cards are store bought, they’re not going to be as fun! I’ll still at least stamp the envelope though! 😉
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