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:
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:
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).
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.
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).
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.
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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