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DIY – Valentine’s Cards

Here we go! Valentine’s card crafts for this year.

I apparently use cookie cutters for everything but baking cookies and ribbons for everything except wrapping presents.

And because I am huge advocate of re-using craft supplies and materials, here is my Twine Christmas Garland redone as a Heart.

Then some simple stuck on heart shaped rhinestones and stamping led to these.

And my favourite.

I have a ton of old wool work socks that the soles are pretty much done but the top parts are all fine. So I washed them, got a pair of scissors…

…and made these cards.

I think they’d be pretty cool to give as a teacher Valentine OR a Thank You card with a message inside saying “Thank you for all the hard work that you do!” as they’re a pretty well known work sock. Or for a loved one with the message inside saying “Thank you for always walking beside me”.

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35 Comments

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    January 31, 2013 at 10:52 am

    These are sweet! I love the way you photograph your finished products, Alex : ]

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      Alex@northstory
      January 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

      OMG Jennifer I should really do a post on the reality of what happens when I take photos for my blog. To get these shots in the cold dark Canadian winter daylight savings time light was insanity.

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    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    January 31, 2013 at 10:52 am

    You knock my socks off!! Wow. I totally crack myself up.
    I LOVE the sock one… (obviously) although, I imagine if I were your girls, I would like the ribbon or rhinestone one.

    Are they taking these to school? In that weird exchange of giving everyone in class cards, whether you like them or not? Do they still do that? Is there candy involved?

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      Alex@northstory
      January 31, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Oh they totally do, at least my oldest does.

      No, no. 3 of them are for teachers, the others for family. I don’t tend to send out a lot Valentine’s cards even if I like making them.

      The school thing is crazy strict. You’re not allowed any peanut or homemade foods b/c of allergies and you have to bring a card for every single kid in the class and it only has to be signed by your child but can’t be directed at any ‘one’ student. So they can’t bring in cards just for their friends. They even send a note home in advance about it

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    now at home mom
    January 31, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I like all your ideas! They are so cute, my favourites are the ones with ribbons and the ones with socks! Different but cute!

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      Alex@northstory
      January 31, 2013 at 11:31 am

      I have so many of those socks and they are just begging to be made into stuff.

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        now at home mom
        January 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        I have some of these too! I should try it! too cute!

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    Gilit
    January 31, 2013 at 11:34 am

    so pretty!

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      Alex@northstory
      January 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks lady! I see your “Cure” is going really great!

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    Stacey
    January 31, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I “heart” these cards! The simplicity of a card is always what makes me fall in love with it. They are simple, perfect, and sweet. Nice job Alex!

    You totally thought outside the box (or the drawer) with the socks. HA HA! Great idea! Lets face it…we all lose socks in the laundry (where do they go?) so this is a fun way to use that lonely sock. 🙂

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      Alex@northstory
      January 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      There is some magical vortex in everyone’s home where the lost socks go. I swear I have a drawer full of them.

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    Aubrey Tate (@projectlovegood)
    January 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    So cute and clever! To be quite honest, the sock one is my absolute favorite! Very outside the box. I’m going to have to do that! It appears I’m not the only one to love the sock card! 🙂

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      Alex@northstory
      February 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Ok I know this is OT but I can’t find your post on the 5 books that you recommended on your blog and I am dying to comment on it b/c there’s one quote that really caught my eye. Am I totally not looking where I should?

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    thousandislandsmama
    January 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever used my “cookie” cutters for making cookies either, only crafting…I love these!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      LOL! I have tons of cookie molds too. I’ve made more ice cubes in them than any cookies. The one time I tried to bake something in them, they wound up a candidate for craftfail.

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    timewiththea
    January 31, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I read your comment about trying to take photographs in the winter in our climate during Daylight Savings Time. I so agree. I have to take my photographs on the weekend and hope for a relatively sunny day. Love your creative ideas for the valentine cards! ~Thea

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      Alex@northstory
      February 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Thea, I swear…the grey skies…no matter where you shoot them and how many lights you place up, you just sit there and think this is just not going to compare to natural sunlight. Good luck to your weekend. I hope you get some good sunlight!

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        timewiththea
        February 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        I am planning a photo shoot for an upcoming blog this weekend and am hoping the sunlight cooperates. At least in the West we are having 45 minutes more of sunlight since the Winter Solstice. So love your blog!!!! ~Thea

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    Danielle
    January 31, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Alex, these are all really cute and creative! I really like the twine that you revisited from Christmas and the sock is so fun. I get holes in clothing all the time and it makes me so mad because I love the fabric. This is a brilliant way to repurpose it. And just so you know, I think you’re photos are perfection! 🙂

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      Alex@northstory
      February 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      There’s got to be some good craft ideas we can brainstorm with sock tops that are more than cut off socks for tall boots and puppets. I’m working on it I swear.

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    Kelly (Cobwebs, Cupcakes and Crayons)
    February 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Your cards always make me happy!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Your art craft ideas for kids always make me happy!!

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    thethinkingcloset
    February 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Each one of these is a brilliant idea in and of itself; girl, you’ve got creativity in droves.

    I loved how the ribbon one almost looked like washi tape (I have a slight washi tape obsession…although I’ve yet to acquire some). And you know I was a huge fan of your twine garland, so I love the remake for Valentine’s Day. So whimsical! The sock one might be my favorite. I would have never guessed it upon seeing the heart…makes me want to scour our sock drawer for some craft victims….

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      Alex@northstory
      February 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Washi tape!! I swear I’ve tried so long to hold off but I think it’s going to be infiltrated by Easter.

      Go look for socks! Seriously fabric scraps of any kind are the best for little projects and this is coming from someone who is insanely sewing challenged.

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    ScrapAndSalvage
    February 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    wow. these are great. i LOVE the left over christmas twine rendition, but all of them are super creative and fun. these will make some valentines feel special!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      I have so much of that twine that if I had some more time I’d probably make a wreath for my daughter’s room. I am not telling her that or I will never hear the end of it.

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    Lynne
    February 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

    OMG now I know what to do with the OTHER SOCK ! My socks are always divorcing each other. Awesome project !

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      February 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Do you not agree that these are a staple in Canadian households for winter? I think I can buy stocks in them.

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    cheryl
    February 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!! ANd the sock one is PERFECT! I have a drawer FULL of single socks that have been waiting for an opportunity to become something fantastic!

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      February 16, 2013 at 11:18 am

      I am telling you, they’re the most awesome use of colours for rustic little Valentine’s. And Christmas. I cannot wait to get my paws on them for Christmas.

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        February 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

        Sigh… I’m so glad I’ve gotten back to your blog and exchanging comment! I’ve missed it!

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