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February 11, 2010

lollipop valentine photo easy

It’s 9:00pm. We have officially finished up our valentines-for-classmates preparations. Things I’m thinking: 1) I have a lot of children. 2) Those children have a lot of classmates. It turns out Colorado has bigger class sizes than New York. It took me until Valentines Day to notice.

lollipop valentine photo easy

We used a clever idea I found on Kirtsy — via 24-7-365. I think they turned out great. We couldn’t get Betty to stop looking at her fist. And Oscar refused to wear anything red. But we rolled with it.

To those who are up late making stuff: I salute you with my exacto knife.

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1 caroline duke February 11, 2010 at 11:21 pm

are you kidding?! those are adorable.

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2 The Social Secretary February 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm

o.m.g.
amazing!

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3 Jason February 11, 2010 at 11:27 pm

I CANNOT wait to do this next year ADORABLE!!! BUT I willnot procrastinate! (And it will annoy me that the kiddos will tear them apart before they are appreciatted.)
Sonja Love

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4 BananaSaurusRex February 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Yeah, I'm totally stealing that idea for next year. Thank you in advance.

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5 Meredith February 11, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Those are awesome! What a great idea.

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6 Courtney February 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm

We did these this year too. Such a cute idea!

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7 theassistant February 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm

That is the cutest thing ever, heck,I couldn't stop looking at Betty's fist…I almost sent you a message asking how you photo shopped that effect. You are a good mom. Me? We always did princess and ninja turtle cards…I miss those days.

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8 liz stanley February 11, 2010 at 11:36 pm

betty!! you are the cutest

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9 Courtney February 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

positively adorable!

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10 Alissa February 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm

i'm so glad you liked them! aren't they SO easy!!?

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11 erica February 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

cutest valentines i've seen!

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12 Kendra@My Insanity February 11, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Just did the same idea for my son. Trouble is, I found out today, that they can't have any sweets, so I had to make a trip to the dollar store for fake roses and pencils for him to hold instead of suckers. Grrr! Agreed about class sizes (AZ is high!), but these were much quicker than the i-pod valentines I just finished with my daughter.

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13 nikki February 12, 2010 at 12:10 am

LOVE!
Wish I had seen these before I did all the Valentine's for my daughters class. There's always next year!

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14 Alli February 12, 2010 at 12:21 am

These are the cutest ideas!! Can't wait to try this one next year!!

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15 Donna February 12, 2010 at 12:23 am

These are so cute and I so wanted to do them, but just knowing they would wind up in the trash was eating away at me. I don't want my kiddos pic in the trash! But they are truley adorable!!!! We did melted heart crayons, so I don't care where they end up! :)

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16 Cathi February 12, 2010 at 12:35 am

Absolutely adorable!
I think Betty looking at her "treat" is perfect!!

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17 kim @ stellacake February 12, 2010 at 12:59 am

Good job supermum, sorry, supermom!

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18 kim February 12, 2010 at 12:59 am

Good job supermum, sorry, supermom!

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19 Laura February 12, 2010 at 1:32 am

I saw that AWESOME post too! Yours turned out great!

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20 Heather February 12, 2010 at 2:14 am

i made the same ones. everyone is going to get the same valentines this year!!!

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21 Emily February 12, 2010 at 2:16 am

Those are SO ADORABLE!! Love it!

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22 Practically Perfect In Every Way February 12, 2010 at 2:23 am

I "used" her idea too and just blogged it!

do you think the "you suck" valentine is totally inappropriate??

http://marypoppinspresents.blogspot.com/

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23 Mariah@Playful Learning February 12, 2010 at 6:32 am

You rock! I can't wait to play around wit this idea :)

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24 Megan February 12, 2010 at 6:55 am

I like how she's looking at her fist! :) It's like she's really eyeing that lollipop and also wants it for herself. :)

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25 melanemac February 12, 2010 at 7:36 am

OMG! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!

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26 Tanya and Colin February 12, 2010 at 8:12 am

These are so sweet!

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27 Stephanie February 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

I can't wait until my kids are old enough to have classmates so we can do this! Super cute.

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28 Boston Mamas February 12, 2010 at 8:31 am

SCRUMPTIOUS!r

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29 Barchbo February 12, 2010 at 8:54 am

SO cute! What a fabulous idea! If I ever have children, can I move to your neighborhood so you can supervise my crafts?

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30 kristin February 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

I was up late rolling MadLibs, but totally worth it. Thanks for that idea, too!

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31 Donna February 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

Tied the last potato printed tag onto the last cello bag containing a homemade iced by mama valentine's cookie at 11 pm.

Love yours! So cute!

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32 Elz February 12, 2010 at 9:40 am

I finished the last few ladybugs (Skip To My Lou) around 10;30. But, those are AMAZING. Next year-but I'm starting in December!

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33 MoniqueAnne February 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

WOWOWOWOWOWOW!

These are fabulous. Totally going to use this idea… Inspirational!

Thanks for the share!

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34 Alicia W. February 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

I am SO doing this next year! How fun!

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35 Jenna Sais Quois February 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

These are the absolute cutest Valentines I've seen, and they also look like some of the easiest to mass produce. I will have to remember these for when I have kids!

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36 handmadecharlotte February 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

ohhh that is so cute 2! i bet they were excited to pass them out! have a great day! and good job!

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37 Stephanie February 12, 2010 at 10:51 am

OMG, how adorable! Love it!

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38 Katie February 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

Seriously fabulous. And insane. You're an awesome Mom!

PS: have you seen the stylish co-sleeper Swiss Miss posted today?

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39 SAJ February 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

so clever. Bookmarking this idea for next year.

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40 emily ballard February 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

I did these for two of my kids this year too. Actually, my SIL did all of the cutting. I should get her an exacto knife.

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41 Katie @ goodLife {eats} February 12, 2010 at 11:55 am

SO CUTE! I love that Betty isn't looking directly at the camera. She is just darling.

We ordered some printable Valentine's day cards from Etsy and I've yet to receive the pdf file in my email. We've got about 1 hr 45 minutes till it is time to leave for school, so I hope it comes soon. Otherwise we'll have fruit roll ups and no cards. I should have ordered them extra early just in case. Lesson learned.

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42 be gifted February 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

awesome!

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43 Jan (Family Bites) February 12, 2010 at 11:59 am

Awesome cards! This year we did a variation of your Mad-Lib Valentine's and they worked great.

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44 Pili February 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm

What a great idea! Not only for Valentine's day but for all sort of cute favors!

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45 wendysue February 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm

So funny! I was just going to email you my valentine idea, and here it is! Super easy to do and CUTE, my kids friends were big fans!

amen about that exacto-knife!

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46 Zadoodle Paper & Vintage February 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I wish I'd seen this before I order my color it yourself pdf files from Etsy! (although I love those too!) Can I get this done in 3 hours! I think I can, I think I can…

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47 Zadoodle Paper & Vintage February 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I wish I'd seen this before I order my color it yourself pdf files from Etsy! (although I love those too!) Can I get this done in 3 hours! I think I can, I think I can…

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48 zadoodle paper & vintage February 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I wish I'd seen this before I order my color it yourself pdf files from Etsy! (although I love those too!) Can I get this done in 3 hours! I think I can, I think I can…

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49 Annie February 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

They turned out great!! I love that she's looking at it. Happy Valentine's Day!

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50 Chris February 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I remember seeing this idea on kirtsy last year and thinking it was a hoot. You are one heck of a mamma. Your kids are lucky to have such a thoughtful/creative woman in their lives!

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51 Allison February 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

All the valentines are sooo adorable. I will bookmark for the future! Just a question: do your kids ever balk at the homemade of it all? I remember my mom was all about the crafts growing up but sometimes I just wanted a plastic Halloween costume or to give out Strawberry Shortcake valentines. I definitely appreciate her now!

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52 Meredith February 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm
53 lori jo rebeles February 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

love my x-acto knife!!

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54 Ann Williams February 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

This is the darndest, cutest idea in the whole wide world! You are the coolest Mom evah!

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55 Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! February 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Posting you up today!!! These Valentine's are so stinkin cute!!! WOW!!!! I think I will make my teenagers take pics and do this for all their high school teachers!!! Would they just die or what!!!! How I live to embarrass my children!
http://nobodyputsmamainacorner.blogspot.com/2010/02/introducing-httpwwwdesignmomcom.html

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56 Sarah February 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm

we did this too. love it.

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57 MamaChristy February 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Another adorable idea!

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58 Courtney at Scattering Lupines February 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Those are SO clever!

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59 Scattering Lupines February 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Those are SO clever!

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60 Heather February 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Totally presh.

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61 Lizzy February 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm

so cool. def. my plan for next year.

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62 Anonymous February 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I think this American tradition of giving valentines to classmates and just to about any other acquaintance is crazy. And it really deprives lovers of their own day! Of course it's just to sell more candies and balloons and the likes…Can't we stop???

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63 MsScreensiren February 13, 2010 at 12:31 am

Love these! And I can't wait to hear about the HOT Date! Maybe I'll send my hubby your way for some ideas…

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64 Trish February 13, 2010 at 11:48 am

I can't believe how much work you put into these! You are so talented. Thanks to you and your readers for ideas on cards for my twins. I couldn't get my six year old boy sold on the idea of melting perfectly good (to him) crayons into heart shapes. We did make something, though….I blogged about it over here:
http://ttwcreative.blogspot.com/2010/02/handmade-valentines.html.

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65 Patricia February 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm

GREAT idea!!

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66 Amy G. February 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm

We made these Valentines for my daughter last year too! I convinced her to do again this year since she needed 39 this year – YIKES!

http://rawlee.blogspot.com/2009/02/happy-valentines-day.html

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67 kgbgraphics February 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I actually think it looks cuter when your daughter is looking at her fist… too cute!

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68 Amber February 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Holy cow! Those are absolutely brilliant!

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69 tvmom February 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

cutest ever…i want to make these

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70 Sarah February 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Major BOOKMARK!

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71 Blueprints of a Southern Belle February 15, 2010 at 1:45 am

THESE ARE AWESOME!!! this makes me want to adopt a 6 year old, simply so i can replicate these valentine's for their classmates (hehe)

http://blueprintsofasouthernbelle.blogspot.com

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72 ViSart-DaLi Designs February 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

Absolutely cutest pictures and idea ever!

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73 VISART - DaLi Designs February 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

Absolutely cutest pictures and idea ever!

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74 Aimee Friedrich February 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

the valentines turned out so cute! gotta remember that for next year!

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75 Morgan February 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Those are just awesome! Can't wait to try something like that once our little guy is older!

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76 Zadoodle Paper & Vintage February 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I actually did this and the turned out great! I recommended a strip of tape on the back to hold the lollipop in place because the kids want to yank it out before opening the card! Even my husband pulled the sucker before looking at it! Lol

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77 Zadoodle Paper & Vintage February 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I actually did this and the turned out great! I recommended a strip of tape on the back to hold the lollipop in place because the kids want to yank it out before opening the card! Even my husband pulled the sucker before looking at it! Lol

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78 zadoodle paper & vintage February 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I actually did this and the turned out great! I recommended a strip of tape on the back to hold the lollipop in place because the kids want to yank it out before opening the card! Even my husband pulled the sucker before looking at it! Lol

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79 jack, lucy and finn February 16, 2010 at 12:06 am

this is hands-down the cutest valentine idea i have ever seen!

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80 Toni February 16, 2010 at 12:07 am

These are the cutest Valentines I have ever seen!

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81 Jana February 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm

OH. MY. GOSH. These are amazing. I am SOOOOO lifting this idea for next year. Thank you so much for sharing.

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82 Stephanie February 17, 2010 at 1:46 am

They turned out awesome! Way to go, Super Mom! :)

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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83 Mainline Mom February 17, 2010 at 9:23 am

WOW! Just…wow. Let's see if I can remember this for next year.

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84 pascale February 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

This is a wonderful idea! do you mind if I used your idea next year?

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85 julie February 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Hands down those are the coolest valentines EVER!!!!

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86 That One Girl February 23, 2010 at 9:24 am

Those are the CUTEST Valentines Day cards I have EVER seen!! I totally know what we're doing next year! ;-)

As for my kiddos'? One didn't get to participate because their class was bad (He's in 5th grade), and the other, I stayed up most the night cutting out flowers (that I had asked my husband to draw simple daisies.. what I got was ful of angles and points! *sigh*) punching holes in them, putting suckers thru the holes, and taping name "leaves" to the "stem" of the sucker. Of course, the only comment I got on them was from the teacher. LOL

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87 AMY March 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Great idea! I love it!

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88 Julie {Angry Julie Monday} February 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Our Valentine’s Day Party was at school today. I used this idea. It was a hit and all of the moms loved it too. Love this!

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89 Colleen February 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

1. love love love this
2. So thankful for shutterfly & target pick up photos
3. V-day is Monday, got all weekend long to knock these babies out!

super D-duper awesome!

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90 Bettijo @ Paging Supermom February 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm

This is SO cute, and I actually LOVE that Betty is looking right at (her first) the lollipop — so much more like how it’d be in real life!

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91 Ronda February 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

These were a hit in my daughter’s classroom! Check out my blog and let me know what you think!

http://thefallons.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-valentines-day.html

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92 Celeste February 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

We made something like this last year. The girls didn’t want to give out suckers, so I had them sitting with their hands cupped together like they were holding something in the palms of their hands and held out. We just stuck a candy on their hands in the photo and it was really cute.

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93 Seth March 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

This is absolutely brilliant! I have to make some of these. You are so creative and thank you for sharing this.

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94 Luisa January 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

Love love! Can’t wait to have kids so I came these cool stuff with them :)

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95 Cristina January 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

Great idea! I’ll do for my son’s birthday. Thank you!!

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96 Tia January 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I am so doing this for my son’s class this year! Great and cheap! Thanks!

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97 Amber January 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I wanted to do this with my 2o month old, I’m just having a terrible time getting her to hold her fist out! Darn. :( haha

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98 Linda February 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

These are great! How did you get the border/text down the side? I’ve tried Picnik and photoshop – can’t figure it out!

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99 sandra February 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Can you tell me where I can find a tutorial on these 3d valentines? how is the picture taken so the arm looks 3d?

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100 Teresa February 5, 2012 at 12:24 am

Thank you so much for this idea. I made these with my daughter and they turned out adorable! As a working mom who is also 8 months pregnant, I was so happy to do this quick, easy project that has such charm. Here is a picture (on Pinterest) http://pinterest.com/pin/198791771021734950/

Linda – in photoshop, create a new layer for the text. Add the text then go up to Edit -> Transform and you will select Rotate, then 90 degrees CCW. To get a background behind it, you may also want to use the rectangular select tool to create a layer behind it and fill it in with the paint bucket tool with the color you like. Good luck! Sandra – as long as your child’s arm is outstretched in the photo at a slight angle toward the camera, it will look 3D.

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