I wanted to put together some fun little goodies for some friends. I hit the Target $1 spot and found these adorable buckets. I also purchased cute Valentine's pencils, little erasers shaped like butterflies and flowers, and some candy. I really wanted to dress these up and present them nicely. I started off by putting the pencils and little erasers in bags and tying them with curling ribbon - the stuff you use for wrapping packages.
Next I made little Valentine cards to give everyone! I couldn't wait to play with my new SP & Company stamps and have some fun. I made little 3 by 3 cards. Using the Candy Hearts set I stamped the hearts in dark pink ink on light pink cardstock - and chose the sentiment U R Sweet. The set comes with all different saying you can put inside the heart. I cut them out and then used some Marshmallow Glimmer Mist to give them a bit of sparkle and interest. I attached them to the cards and stamped "friend" next to them to spell out "U R Sweet Friend" which I thought was cute. I stamped the background along the bottom with the Hearty Hearts Backgrounds set. Then I added some cute green rick rack. For the final touch I did some dashes and lines all around the tops of the cards.
When I assembled the buckets I felt like they needed a little extra something, so I decided to make tags too. I decided to use these cute little monkey embellishments from K & Company - aren't they stinkin' adorable?! I cut tags from the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge to put the monkeys on. I stamped "hugs" from the Candy Hearts set in the bottom right corner in red ink. Then I stamped 3 little hearts in pink next to it. I got the little hearts from the Rain Boots set. I finished off by going around the edges first doing lines in pink, leaving gaps in between - and then going back to add red dots in between all the pink lines.
I am really tickled with the way these buckets came together. I think they are sweet & fun. I did put some love and effort into them. Yet, it was still a manageable project to do for a small group. I can't imagine doing this for a larger group - like 20, but for 8 it was a great little project. I hope this gives you some fun ideas. I just love Valentine projects :)