Sunday, January 24, 2016

Easy Valentines Day #1: Tic Tac™ Game



It’s easy classroom valentines week at Pazzles! It’s become a yearly tradition that we dedicate a whole week to lots of ideas for quick, cute valentines. We’ve got some fun ideas up our sleeves perfect for sending with a child to school or sending in the mail to your grandkids. 

tic-tac-game-valentine open candy
Christine Vander Woude created this adorable and fun Tic Tac  - Tick Take Toe Valentine.
Valentine’s Day is a big deal for most kids in elementary school. Every year parents need to come up with a Valentine idea for each kid and make enough for all of their classmates. That can be a daunting task especially if you have several kids. I can’t help with the quantity you need to make but I did create a card that will please all the kids no matter what grade they are in.
This cute and easy Valentine Project is a two-in-one treat. Open the card and there is a container of Tic Tac ™ candy on one side and a tic-tac-toe board on the other. Use the little candies as playing pieces and eat them when the game is done!  The card is one that can span a lot of age interests and is fun for both boys and girls to give. It looks great in traditional red or pink but why not humor the boys and make the card in their favorite sports team colors? I can think of quite a few adults that would love this treat as well.
Usually this type of card uses a ribbon to tie it shut. Instead, I have created a tab that slides under the heart design on the front. Assembly is quick and easy: Cut your pieces in the desired colors, then glue the tab to the back on the inside before gluing the game board liner down. (It is better to pre-fold everything before assembly.) Glue together the heart design and adhere it to the front of the card with thin pop-dots leaving the middle free for the tab to slide through. If desired you can add a sentiment on the spine of the card which can be printed on your printer or written using the pen tool. Finish the card by using glue dots or double sided tape to hold down the candy container.

Click here for the Tic Tac™ Valentine cutting files in WPC
Click here for the Tic Tac™ Valentine cutting files in AI and SVG
Have Fun!
~ Christine

Valentine Advent Calendar

I know most people use an advent calendar to count the days before Christmas, but it’s our family’s tradition to count down to Valentine’s Day. This tradition started out accidentally. One year we were so busy during the Christmas holidays we forgot to bring out the advent calendar. The kiddos noticed about three days before Christmas and we were all a little disappointed. So that year, to make up for it, we created a Valentine’s Day advent calendar and we have done one every year since. I am sharing this year’s calendar with you so you can share in our tradition and maybe start one of your own. I made one in traditional Valentine's colors for my daughter and one in more masculine colors for my son.  You can get the cutting file and instructions here.

Mitten Gift Box

Brrrr, winter is at our doorstep and that means it’s time for Christmas carolers, hot cocoa, and warm fuzzy mittens!  Though this little mitten might not be able to warm any hands, it will warm the heart of the person you give it to.  It’s filled with everything they will need to keep their hands looking nice and sparkly through all the wintry weather that is ahead of us.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Coffee Cup Gift Box

I LOVE my coffee!  I head straight for the coffee pot as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning.  I actually collect coffee cups with fun sayings on them.  I created this cup with my love for coffee and coffee cups in mind.  You can get the file and instructions here.