Valentine Kitchen

Remember making valentines when you were a kid?  Guess what.  Most kids don’t get a chance to do that any more.  But they did today at the Valentine Make and Take party.  It was an easy party to do, and one that can easily be repeated each year.  Just cut up the paper, put out the glue, and make cupcakes.  Come on in to our Valentine Kitchen and see what we cooked up.

Print and Cut - Printed and Cut!

Print and Cut – Printed and Cut!

It all starts a few weeks before the actual date.  You sit in your kitchen and start making your grocery list:

  • vintage die cut valentines
  • heart and cupid shapes
  • X’s and O’s
  • Scored and cut cardstock
  • lots and lots of heart shaped cutouts….
  • Cupcake toppers

Next, you have to do your shopping.  Cutting out hearts and cupids is an easy thing to do.  You can get images as easily as typing!  A quick browser search for “font valentine dingbat” will turn up fonts that have many images that you can use simply by tying within MTC.  No need to do a pixel trace!  How easy it that?  And remember, the simple shapes icon in MTC has many hearts you can easily manipulate.  Don’t forget to find a nice font to cut out your X’s and O’s!

I find that the internet has a great supply of Vintage Valentine images that are high resolution and no longer copyrighted.  Or you scan from your own collection.  Either way, you take those images and put them into Photoshop and make yourself a sheet of repeated images.  Save that as a JPEG, and import it into Make The Cut software.  Just make sure that your sheet image size is ½ inch smaller in length and width than the paper you are going to cut from so there is room for the registration marks.  So a 8 ½ x 11 paper becomes an 8 x 10 ½ JPEG image.

Printed sheets waiting for the cutter.

Printed sheets waiting for the cutter.

Doing so many sheets has made me very confident with Print and Cut.  The first photo in this post shows two cut out.  And take a look at these:

Perfect cutting on the cutter

Perfect cutting on the cutter

Here is my favorite one.  The resolution on it was great, and those little circles cut out are about the size of a pin.  You can see the dots on the sheet example above.  Below you can see that the cutter was accurate enough to cut them all out.  The final size of this was about 3 inches wide.

You can't help but love this one!

You can’t help but love this one!

Cupcake toppers are another easy Print and Cut.  There are lots of nice images to use.   I found some fun ones over at the Graphics Fairy blogspot.  I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t know the Graphics Fairy, but if you don’t, well get over there.  Your head will spin.  The flag cupcake toppers are ones I again manipulated in Photoshop to cram as much as I could on a page, then printed and cut.  The round ones you see below I just printed and used a circle punch.

Valentine Cupcakes with Strawberry Ganache frosting

Valentine Cupcakes with Strawberry Ganache frosting

Now that you have all your ingredients together, you just have to add friends.  In our case they were 4,5, and 6 year olds that created their valentines from the assembled ingredients.  Here they are picking out the items to take from the kitchen.

Choosing ingredients in the Valentine kitchen

Choosing ingredients in the Valentine kitchen

And here are some of the finished pieces hanging up to dry while the chef’s take a break and head out for cupcakes.

Final Valentines

Final Valentines

Lots of love from our Valentine Kitchen to yours!

20 thoughts on “Valentine Kitchen

  1. I love the old fashioned Valentines. Your print and cut is amazing. Thanks for the great ideas.

  2. What a lovely idea. The children must have had a very fun time at your house. They will remember this for years to come.

  3. What a fun idea for a party! Making your own of anything is always more fun. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This was a great way for kids to have fun and make their Valentines. What a terrific idea. I love vintage Valentine’s. Thanks for sharing.

    • Chriss-

      The more that I use Print and Cut, the more amazed I am. I was very surprised by the accuracy once you set the machine calibrations. That seems to be the trick.

  5. I love your ideas! The PNCs look great. Your clothesline drying rack was a perfect solution. You had all the ingredients for a fun filled day!

    • Nancy-

      I put off learning Print and Cut for over a year. But it really is easy once you do a bunch of it. On the valentines, I did about 15 different images in print and cut, and only one or two pages of each. It was simple once you get the hang of it. Give it a try!

  6. adorable idea! takes me back to my school valentine parties when I was a child, love those vintage valentines.

  7. What a wonderful way to share the fun with the next generation! Super idea, even for older people. Love how easy you make everything look. Great job!

  8. I bet the kids had a blast! The valentines’ look great, and the cupcakes looked delicious! 🙂

    Thanks for the share, Elizabeth!

  9. Great stuff! We have done a similar event for Christmas. The first year we did it my youngest granddaughter asked on Christmas if we were doing it the next year. That was 5 years ago. We all look forward to our girls day together. We have even named the day, Craft-A-Palooza. We have had such fun, we expanded it last year with all occasion cards in the spring with a Spring Fling. Everyone who attends is invited to come up with either a card or project to share with the group.

    • What a great time. We do something like that around Christmas, too, with our cookie party, having a craft room for the little kids. But yours sounds as if it works for big kids like us, too. Can I come to your house next time you host? lol

  10. How fun, Elizabeth! I love how you set it up for the kids to all make valentine’s and the “drying line” is a really great idea! Thanks for sharing how you used your Maxx to the max for Valentine’s!

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