Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Non-Candy Valentines

I don't consider myself a huge fan of Valentine's Day.  I think conversation hearts are about as tasty (and as healthy) as eating chalk… but for some reason my kids and I absolutely love trying to come up with creative personalized Valentine's cards to pass out in their classes every year.

I usually start by perusing through the Novelty Toy and Valentine's Day themed section of the Oriental Trading website.  I try to make sure and order when there is a free shipping code available.

After finding a few ideas I discuss with my kids what they think would be fun for their class.  Last year, I let them each do different things, but this year we kept it simple and they all agreed on the same item.

I found these cute bubble tubes with hearts on the top.  They are typically used for weddings, but I saw no reason why they wouldn't be perfect for Valentines too. You can get almost any color your child wants to use.

Next we took some photos.  I just took the kids outside and had them blow bubbles from different angles, trying to leave a bit of negative space in the frame for a place to add words and put the bubble tube.  I took about 20 pictures of each child, but they were happy as can be blowing bubbles so it didn't take long.

Here are a few of the shots I didn't use -

After choosing which image I liked the best I added words in photoshop.  I could have used several different pictures and changed up the words a bit, but decided to just use one photo this year.  I did do two different phrases though, for the kids to choose between when they write their classmates names on the back.

I had them printed in 4x6 (I always get a few extras in case we mess a few up) at Costco.

Next, all that is left to do is have the kids write their To's & From's on the back sides of each photo and cut slits to slide the bubble tubes in. 

Lay the bubble tube on top of the photo to see where it looks best and then mark where to cut.

So easy and so much fun!
Kids love to give personalized Valentines, and I love that they are giving something without chalk tasting sugar in it.

If bubbles not your thing -- here are a few other personalized cards we have done in the past that might spark your creativity.

Mustache Valentines - We attached stick on mustaches to each of these.

Mask Valentines - there are lots of different types of masks to choose from and they can be stapled to the photo or put in an envelope with the photo.

Slap Bracelet Valentines - the bracelets can be attached in the same way as the bubble wands - by cutting slits in the photo.

 More about the above Valentine's can be found at this link -

Whoopie Cushion Valentines - I save these for 5th grade when it is the last time they will be exchanging with their classmates.  We found that you needed a straw to blow up the cushions so we cut some straws up into thirds and included them.

 Please feel free to use these ideas or create your own versions
and share away!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Love, Vicki (creator of Flipzles®) 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

And the Winners Are...

Nativity - Rebbeca Navarro
Dinosaur Volcano - Pam Kennedy

Congratulations ladies!
Please send me your mailing addresses

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Designs Have Arrived - Let's Celebrate!

It has been a long long wait with all sorts of bumps along the way -- so I am super excited to announce that my new Flipzles have finally arrived!  And to celebrate I will be giving away one of each!

Any dinosaur loving kiddo will have hours of exciting play time with the new Flipzles Dinosaur Volcano. I really enjoyed studying up on dinosaurs in order to choose a variety of them to include in my artwork as pieces of this fun play set puzzle.

The Flipzles Nativity might just be my new favorite!  It definitely isn't just for kids.  Any nativity collector would love to add this beautiful hands on set to their collection.

Please help share the exciting news about my new Flipzles designs and enter to win!

To order go to

How to Enter:
Simply comment on this post and include how you helped spread the word about FLIPZLES.  
A few options might be to share a link on your social media accounts, send out an email to friends about FLIPZLES, share the link to the FLIPZLES website ( or blog, encourage others to enter the contest. Post a photo or video, sign up for my newsletter on the Flipzles website. Be creative and SHARE AWAY!  Just make sure to list all the different ways you helped spread the word in your comment. New likes on FB, Twitter and Instagram will also count as one entry.

Each method of sharing you list will get you one entry in the giveaway. 
Please number your methods to make it easier for me to award you your entries.  Thanks!

Entries will be accepted until midnight of December 1, 2014.
Entries will be numbered and the winners will be chosen at random through

Two prizes will be awarded
-One Flipzles Nativity 
-One Flipzles Dinosaur Volcano

Links to my social media -

See below for complete official rules - must be 18 to enter and win - prizes will be shipped to addresses in the USA