These Valentine printables are simple, easy, and cute!
Paper Trimmer or scissors
Clear treat bags 3" wide by however long you'd like (I used 3"x4" Wilton bags)
Pretzels of choice (regular-sized pretzels or sticks, fancied up however you'd like)
Plastic food glove
Choose your printable and print it out, and trim/cut along dotted gray lines.
Have/help your child write his/her name in the from section
Put on the plastic glove, fill up the treat bags and staple! Mine are for 3-year-olds who get hyper off of air, so I only put in three regular-sized pretzels. I stapled the label down lower, but you could definitely fit many more and staple it higher.
Holiday collections have launched for both Frooted Design and Peng & Paper! Below are some updates, but feel free to bypass and go straight to the "Shop" Menu :)
Frooted Design at Minted
"Warmest Wishes" (above) placed top 40 out of 2,658 entries in this year's Joy to the World Holiday Challenge! Check out this blog post on the Minted, where two of my designs are featured for special awards, one a winner and one a runner-up! Other noteworthy additions to the 2012 Holiday Collection include some New Year's Photo Cards for those of you who are a little slower at getting those cards out.
While you're at the site, feel free to check out the other items for sale that would make great gifts (journals, art prints, etc.). Items that are in the process of being launched for this holiday season include four great journal designs, a personal stationery card set, and a typographic art print (previews below).
This year, I'll also be to self-launch non-customizable items at Minted like stationery and art prints. I'm adding to this section slowly, but the "Rejoice-O-Matic" Non-Photo Card to the right is an example of a retro-inspired Christmas card that features lyrics from "Joy to the World" and a spot to fill in a personal, hand-written message and signatures. Please contact me if you have any custom requests you would like fulfilled in this way (same great Minted quality and service!).
Frooted Design at Snapfish
The collection was updated with holiday as well as some non-holiday stationery goods (birthday, bridal shower, thank you).
If you like a Snapfish design but would like some sort of customization (i.e. # of photos, colors, fonts, etc.), please contact me directly and I can provide some alternative options.
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Peng & Paper at MyPublisher (NEW!)
This year, I was very excited to launch a new holiday stationery collection under the name "Peng & Paper" with MyPublisher. There are custom backer options available with each design. Not all my cards have launched, but I thought I'd give you a sneak peek.
Since I'm all about killing two birds with one stone, and I'm always TRYING to finish Christmas shopping before Christmas Eve, a great way to shop is to shop philanthropically and online. We've all heard of and probably own a pair of TOMS by now, but here are a few places that are near and dear to my heart that you can check out for the holidays:
Designers Care – Stamped Cards for a Cause
Beautifully designed stationery for an even better cause: Hurricane Sandy Relief Aid. Thank you cards, Note Cards, Inspirational art prints, and gift tags are available, and all the profits aside from shipping and transaction fees go to the American Red Cross.
If you love baking or cooking with butter, check out the gifts tags I designed for a great finishing touch to homemade holiday gifts or even lunch box notes:
Krochet Kids – "buy a hat, change a life"
I used to work at the Apple Store with Stewart Ramsey, one of the co-founders of Krochet Kids, and I'm not surprised at what an amazing company this is because he was such a likable fellow. This company was started by GUYS who crocheted and wanted to empower people to rise above poverty, so they started by passing on these skills to a group of women ... and now, over 150 people in Uganda and Peru are working, receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future. You can buy a hand-crocheted item and then personally thank the woman who crocheted it (the label on the inside shows who made it).
Beloved International – Belong. Build. Believe
It's been a privilege for me to occasionally help out Beloved when they need some graphic design work done. Two of the founders attend my church, and this non-profit Christian organization is currently working to create a self-sustaining home for orphans where the orphans are actually adopted into the home by two loving parents. The Beloved Rehoboth Children's Home in Kenya is currently in need of a kitchen and dining hall for the family, and it's their goal to raise enough money by Christmas. Make a donation on behalf of a friend, or visit their small shop to buy t-shirts or a hand-crafted "beloved" bracelet.
The results for the minted "Deck the Halls" business holiday card challenge are in, and I'm happy to announce that Frooted Design has one winner and two editor's picks in the bunch. There were some amazing designs, so this is a huge honor! Below are the designs that will soon be available this holiday season.