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Valentines Day is just around the corner and with two school aged young kids, we are in full swing. While many people aren’t fans of this special day, I am a true believer that any day that puts love and kindness at the forefront is a day worth having. For my family, it’s not focused on a romantic love but instead love to anyone and anything you care about. We make heart shaped pancakes with pink tinted milk, we wear pink or red clothing often speckled with hearts, and we make heart shaped cookies and pizza together for supper. We try to buy board games for the kids so that we can play together but I’ll be honest… the last few board games went quite literally topsy turvy when Mr. Jack Caines slid down the longest snake in the Snakes and Ladders game. It remains to be seen what our plans will be on that day but for certain we will be enjoying it together.Jane making valentines Our Valentines Day begins early as we make oodles of valentines. This year my daughter, Jane (also known as Janicorn) has decided that unicorns will no doubt be the highlight of her valentines. She began looking through my stamps and immediately claimed the Magical Day stamp set would be her choice this year.For situations like this using the Paper Pumpkin kits will save you oodles of time. These surprise monthly kits are made by Stampin’ Up! and shipped to customers every month. The January 2018 kit was composed of contents to create 16 valentines. As I ordered two boxes, this was the perfect amount for my daughter. I created a couple samples for her and then we began.Jane decided that she wanted unicorns for the girls and dragons for the eight boys on her list. On the inside she stamped “happy valentines day” and signed her name… if you squint your eyes you may be able to see her teeny tiny signature… Then she taped a couple candy sticks with washi tape onto the card.If you are wondering about how I cut out these unicorns and dragons so perfectly, you would be mistaken if you thought I did this with scissors.  I would never be so silly to give myself such a make work project. These stamps have co-ordinating dies. #savethedayI love how these came together but what I truly loved was making them together and letting her creativity evolve with each unicorn she coloured.I hope that you have the most amazing Valentines Day – I’d love to hear about it on my social media pages as well as on Creative Scrapbooker Magazine’s social media pages!Cathy Caines, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
2013-14, 2017, 2018 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Member
St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador

 If you are interested in Stampin’ Up!, are living in Canada and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love help you out.  Feel free to drop me a line to get a catalogue or if you have any questions/comments you can always find me at inthecatcave@hotmail.com.

Supplies and images used are © 2018 Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated: Stampin’ Up! black archival ink, Magical Day Stamp Set and Magical Day Framelits, Whisper White cardstock, Stampin’ Blends markers, Clear Wink of Stella, January 2018 Paper Pumpkin

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