A Monster Hug for Valentine’s Day

If you haven’t thought about Valentines cards (whether they are for a small child to give or for you to give), now’s the time to start thinking about them.  In December, Stampin’ Up! introduced Monster Hugs Kits (along with several other Valentine’s Day products.  If you haven’t seen the Monster Hugs, please take another look.  They are absolutely adorable – a quick and easy way to give a quick treat to a friend.  A Monster Hug will be delivered to all of my coworkers this year (well, the ones I like).  🙂

The kit contains all the supplies to make 18 googly-eyed monsters that can hold a candy nugget – with an adorable spot for a greeting on the backside.  There’s a set of girls and a set of boys.  Here’s how the monsters look when prepared according to the instructions:Monster Hugs Boy

Monster Hugs Boy

They are adorable, aren’t they?  Who wouldn’t love to receive these little monsters?  I don’t like to follow directions, so I came up with my own way to showcase these little sweethearts.  I took the candy out of their arms and wrapped them around a little card instead.  Here’s my take on these little monsters:Monster Hugs Kit, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I made a one-sided card with a 3-1/4″ x 2-3/8″ base of cardstock and a 3-1/8″ x 2-1/4″ piece of Whisper White.  On each, I stamped a sentiment that coordinated with the colors in the respective monster.  I wrapped the monsters’ arms around the card (I wanted to make sure they backside is still showcased on the other side of the card).

Monster Hugs Kit, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I’m going to walk you through the steps I took to make my monsters – it couldn’t be easier.  Each kit contains 18 monsters, a sheet of large eyeballs and a sheet of heart stickers (not shown below).  :Monster Hugs Kit, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

See the little sticker on the belly of the monster?  That’s where you’d stick the candy if you were following the instructions.  I attached the card to the front of the monster with that sticker.

Monster Hugs Kit, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Looks like I’m about to crush the poor guy.  Next, I wrapped the arms around the card, bending the arms just a tad (this is the girl monster).

Monster Hugs Kit, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Finally, I added a Raspberry Ripple heart cropped from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  The heart adds a little love, a pop of color and serves to cover the slits on the arms that are used to hold the arms together.

After my little cards were complete, I made envelopes for each with pages from the Summer Starfruit and Coastal Cabana Designer Series Paper Stack paper.  With my Envelope Punch Board, I made an envelope to fit a 3″ x 5″ card with a 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ sheet of paper.  As such, the little monsters are adorably tucked away in the envelope.  When the recipient opens the envelope, they get to experience the monster little by little as they pull him or her out.

Monster Hugs Kit, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp sets:  Yippee Skippee, Teeny Tiny Wishes  Papers:  Summer Starfruit, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple  2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (Summer Starfruit), 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (Coastal Cabana)  Inks:  Coastal Cabana, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple  Accessories:  Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Monster Hugs Boy, Monster Hugs Girl, Stampin’ Dimensionals

What do you think?  I hope you like my take on them.  The special Valentine’s Day products are only available through January 27, so please check them out.  You’ll need to give yourself some time to put the projects together before February 14, and I don’t want you to miss out on these products, so please check them out by clicking the picture below:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I’m so happy I was able to share these adorable Valentines.


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  1. Cute idea from SU! for these Valentines for little kiddos! And your “take” on the kit is absolutely adorable, of course. The handmade envelopes … perfect addition.

  2. I got this little monsters last month, I think they are the cutest, sweetest little critters!!! They are really adorable and a great idea for kids Valentines. The hand made envelopes are really a fabulous detail.

  3. So cute ! These would also be cute to keep on hand for birthdays or whatever ….those google eyes are a hoot ! I like your step by step and your idea that they can be used for adults also . What fun !!

  4. So freakin’ cute!! I really like your idea for the card in their arms.

  5. Adorable and oh so clever!! The envelopes are perfect with them:-)

  6. You are a clever guy! Love these- thanks for sharing all the steps too.

  7. Too cute! Great idea..will have to case!

  8. Great idea to give these little jewels more substance. Lovin’ it!

  9. Awesome. Stampin up needs to send you their kits first and then showcase your ideas on how to “creatively” change them up. I am so happy to receive all your ideas. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

  10. These little dollies remind me of the Minions in Despicable Me. Too cute for words.

  11. Awwww…so cute! I love how you altered them. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing with us!

  12. These are adorable, Brian, and great for Big Kids as well as Little Kids!

  13. I think we should call you “The Innovator!” GREAT idea! : )

  14. Mary Ann Huntington

    These are adorable and perfect for schools that don’t allow candy Valentines. You are so clever.

  15. Oooo Brian I love how you made the envie , great idea !!!
    Hugs frenchie

  16. Super CUTE for Valentine’s Day!!!

  17. Seriously, are they buttcheeks on those little monsters? Too cute!! Great cards!

  18. Brian
    Just love how you made the card so both sides show and the envelope to match. I love my envelope punch board, it is the smartest $20 I have ever spent with SU outside of my starter kit! Wink wink!! Hope to see you at convention Leadership sure was fun.
    Debi Pippin

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