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Easy Handmade Valentine with free printable

Thanks for all your excitement about our possible adventure…. (see Wednesdays post). All we know at this hour is that we are still “in contention”…fingers crossed:) Till then….here is a sweet craft to do this weekend:)

Even though my kiddos are 15 now I still like to come up with a corny little Valentine to give them. We used to spend hours by the table making handmade Valentines when they were little and for some reason I love all the little corny sayings. There’s so many to choose from. But I thought I would give you 5 really easy fun ideas in case you’re looking for a craft to do this weekend. You can knock these out and have Valentines all finished and ready to go.

 

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The one that I made I basically just wrapped a pack of gum. It’s really nothing new…it’s all over Pinterest I’m sure. I created the printable that you can print out and cut out and all you have to do is tape it on a pack of gum and you’re finished. Some of the others that I picked to show you don’t call for any kind of candy which is also nice. It’s fun to give a little treat or something special that doesn’t cost a lot of money. And like always you can search up Pinterest homemade valentines and you will have a huge array of ideas. All you’re going to need for my valentine is some paper or cardstock some scotch tape and scissors. The size of the printable is about 3 x 5.5 so it should wrap around most packs of gum.

Click on HERE to download the printable (I put 3 on one sheet of paper:) (obviously for personal use only….don’t go selling these and telling people you made the printable mkay:)

 

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I thought these were adorable too….I mean who doesn’t love a truck full of donut goodness??

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Donut Truck Printable

 

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You’re the BALM printable

 

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Fruit Valentine Printable

 

 

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Balloon Valentine

Happy weekend my loves:)

xo

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

No box Chocolate Brownies (Easy Homemade Brownie Recipe)

Sorry for all the food post….I have been cooking/baking a bunch being stuck inside so much these past few weeks…I will be sharing some fun diy/decorating post this week too:) Promise….Homemade brownies are easier than you think. And when you add in the rich premium Ghirardelli chocolate bits in the mix…they are over the top decadent. I wanted to give you a recipe that was easy, homemade, and taste like you got them right from the bakery. Ghirardelli has all sorts of products that would work in this recipe. What I love about Ghirardelli products is the premium ingredients. They are going to cost you a few pennies more…but your end product is only as good as your ingredients. You need less to satisfy the brownie craving because each bite is rich and filling.  I used the bittersweet 60% Cacao chips and the milk chocolate baking bits. These are double chocolaty goodness….grab some milk friends and come bake with me….

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I thought you may like to whip these up for Valentine’s Day….I show my love with butter…and chocolate:)

 

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Be sure to check out more chocolaty goodness on your favorite social media by searching #BakeWithGhirardelli

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I thought it would be fun to “personalize” the brownies. Here is a fun treat to top any dessert….Since love begins at home…why not make your home out of chocolate:) Print out your house on a sheet of paper (I did a print with 6 on one sheet). Trace your house with a dark marker. Place on a cookie sheet and place wax paper on top. Spray wax paper with non stick spray. Melt up 1/2 C of Ghirardelli baking chips, drop a dash of canola oil in the chocolate so it is smooth. Pour chocolate in a baggie and cut a super small hole in the corner. Pipe and trace your house with chocolate. Go back and forth to fill in. Place in freezer to set up. Peel off and place on top of brownie or on the plate:)

 

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Home=Love :) Your peeps will love this extra little touch:)

 

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No box Chocolate Brownies (Easy Homemade Brownie Recipe)
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • ¾ C sugar
  • ½ C butter
  • 2 T water
  • 2 C chocolate chips
  • 1.5 t vanilla
  • 1¼ C flour
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350 Grease 9 inch pan
  2. Combine sugar, butter and water in medium bowl and microwave high 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1 C chocolate chips until melted.
  4. Stir in vanilla.. Let sit for a minute.
  5. Add in eggs and combine.
  6. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  7. Stir in remaining chocolate chips and spread in pan.
  8. Bake 25 min.

 

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Handmade Valentine: Smartphone Valentine

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I shared this sweet idea over at Remodeloholic….but I thought I would share it here in case you missed it.

I love coming up with fun, unique Valentines…even though my kiddos are past the point of giving them out. This one is really cute….easy and just takes a bit of an afternoon to complete. iValentine @cleverlyinspired (3) The supplies are: Scrapbook paper (I used pink and red) Gum (in silver wrapper) Small flat candy (I used tic tics and Chiclet gum) Adhesive roller Plastic (I used Ziplocs cut to size) Sharpie marker (you could also print up some labels instead of writing them out) 1. Cut out scrapbook paper in a rectangle shape. 5 by 3.5”(red). And a coordinating piece 3.5 by 4(pink) 2. Place a little glue on the gum and place on paper. 3. Cut plastic to fit card (approx. 3.5 by 4) Roll glue on three sides. 4. Fill plastic with a few pieces of candy. 5. Glue the 4th side down, then glue pink piece on top and let dry well. 6. Write on the back : Valentine, I hope you “TEXT ME” …or whatever you wish:) iValentine @cleverlyinspired (4)   iValentine iValentine @cleverlyinspired (1)   Oh…..sweet sweet love;)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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When “two-lips” meet (tulip Valentine)

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I am pretty sure I enjoy coming up with corny Valentines sayings a wee bit too much….but yet that doesn’t stop me…here is one more. I was invited to talk about my most favorite flower…the tulip….and I couldn’t turn down one more opportunity to make up another Valentine for my beloved flower. Now, this is for the guys out there….I don’t think this would make a whole lot of sense giving this to a teacher or friend….may be a bit awkward…ya know what I mean. tulip valentine @cleverlyinspired (3) So gentlemen out there….(do any read besides my dad and husband…surely there are more right?!?!) This Valentine is creative, fun, it will make her laugh…and who in their right mind doesn’t swoon over a gorgeous tulip!?!  I purchased these beauties at my local grocery store…so convenient!tulip valentine @cleverlyinspired (5)   What is so great about Tulips are they last much longer than most cut flowers, the colors are vivid and bright, and they scream happiness! Send cut tulips  I say…forget the roses this year:) tulip valentine @cleverlyinspired (1)   You can make one of these super cute “vases” with some scrapbooking paper, wax paper, tape and ribbon….She would love to find this on her desk on the 14th…that is just a subtle hint from me to you. tulip valentine @cleverlyinspired (6) Print out this tag below and let her know you mean business :)tulip tag @cleverlyinspired You can thank me later…hubba hubba…. tulip valentine @cleverlyinspired (4)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Hot Cocoa on a Stick Valentine (hot cocoa on a stick recipe)

Remember when you didn’t finish your dinner…and your mom said no dessert…and you left the table in a huff. And then when she finished cleaning up the dishes you snuck in the kitchen and found something you assumed was just like a Hershey bar….but it was the farthest thing from a Hershey bar. “It must be good…or they wouldn’t wrap it in this fancy paper…” you thought to yourself. And so you took a huge bite of the Baker’s chocolate bar…and thought—GOOD LORD THIS IS AWFUL!!! Just me? Thought so…..Serves me right for not finishing my green beans. cocoa on a stick Valentine @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

Back to business here….this little Valentine is so sweet it will warm your heart:)

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I created a little tag on word (Segoe UI light font). The recipe came together super easy.

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Hot Cocoa on a Stick (makes about 15 sticks)

8 oz. unsweetened Bakers chocolate (I think you could make this with any chocolate you wish though)

1/4 Cup cocoa

1/2 Cup powdered sugar

Chop up chocolate and place in glass bowl. Melt in microwave—stirring often. DON’T get chocolate too hot….it will melt all clumpy.

Sift together cocoa and sugar. Add in melted chocolate. Combine ingredients. It will get stiff.

Scoop into molds and place stick in. Allow to cool. (I chilled in fridge to set.)

Wrap up in small bags and attach card!

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Valentine,

You WARM my heart J

Love,

Emily

(place this hot coco stick in a cup full of warm milk)

Awwwww…so sweet :)

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Be sure to check out my friends today over at Thistlewood Farm (KariAnne) and Kristen at The Hunted Interior. We are all sharing some fun Valentine’s inspirations today!!

(Please be sure to pin images from their sites…thanks!! )

Valentine's-Button

 

Valentines_Day GlassThistlewood

 

hunted interior

 

 

Also…in other news…I am super excited to have been chosen as a DIY contributor for Jamielyn at I Heart Naptime. I will be posting monthly over there so please check it out.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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