|Valentine’s Day Card & Envelope Set|
I received my first Valentine in 1st Grade. It is one of those very rare memories that happen to stay with us over the years despite everything else slipping away from age. I remember the way the boy stood up at the front of the class in a determined way, ignoring the looks that passed over him. He presented me with his Valentine, a big red paper heart with white lace. He made it himself. I always remembered that Valentine, my very first. It stands to remind me of what a true Valentine is, a token of individual personal affection for another.
Although there isn’t anything wrong with picking up a Valentine’s from the store, I believe that in the creating of a Valentine there holds a semblance of something raw and beautiful. It captures our emotion in our penmanship, or in the pressing of ink like kisses. I can never get them to come out completely perfect or to say the exact words I want to say, but in the imperfection of them is the honest beauty of who I am. That is why it matters to me.
I was given the opportunity to review a few products from the Martha Stewart Crafts Collection for Valentine’s Day. I love getting all the little pieces in the craft aisles to help along with my cards! The ones that they chose to send couldn’t have been more perfect. You see, I love playing Bingo Lotto Cards and one of the little lovely things my husband does for me is to get me Lotto Tickets as a “I was thinking about you” gift. Little did they know this when they mailed them over, but the moment I saw them I was ecstatic! They were little Love Bingo Valentine’s and I couldn’t wait to make a Valentine for the one who always thinks of me.
The Valentine Cards are completely personal. On the front the Bingo Card is blank and you can add which pieces you want depending on who the card is being sent to. This way you can differentiate them between your spouse/partner and your other family and friends.
On the back is where you would write your personal note. It doesn’t have to be Nicholas Sparks worthy, just write how you feel.
|Wood Stamp Set Valentine’s Day Hearts|
The stamps give it that uniqueness that sets it apart from other cards, I think. Whenever I use stamps I imagine the days in the far ago when lovers would seal letters with wax seals. It also gives that kind of finality before sending, a way of saying “I accept”.
|Valentine Cupid Stickers|
There are also multiple stickers in the Martha Stewart Craft Collection and I personally like to put stickers to seal the envelope rather than licking it. This allows the envelope to stay intact even when opened and to be resealed for safe keeping.
There are many other beautiful crafts in the collection, some which I think would be perfect as a Mommy & Me craft with children and others that would be great for Classroom Valentines!
|Stamp Card & Envelope Set|
From now until the big V-Day, you can save 20% on all the personal Martha Stewart Craft items by using the code: BLOG20. A lot of the products are already on sale as well! There are many more little things like Punch Outs and Crafts; this one is my favorite!
|Crafters Clay Heirloom Starter Kit|
Finding the perfect Valentine doesn’t have to be difficult. Not every card out there is going to say what we really want to say or will be addressed to people we care about that are outside of the norm of typical family. Making your own isn’t difficult, with a little help! And sometimes the ones we take the time to make, even if they are a little crumpled or difficult to read, happen to be the ones we remember the most no matter how many years pass us by.
You can give a little personal touch by visiting MarthaStewartCrafts.com.
I received a product for the purpose of reviewing. The opinions and story is my own and in no way was influenced by any form of compensation.