20 minute crafter. valentines day cards.

Welcome to the newest feature of the Little Bit Funky Blog!

I HOPE to feature a new, fun crafter every week...and not only that...each crafter will be showing YOU that you DO have time for creating beautiful things.
Each Tuesday will feature a fun new craft tutorial that takes about twenty minutes or so.

Are you ready?
Well this week you're stuck with me...
wanna make some cute Valentines cards for minimal cost?
Here's what you need:
paint color chips
cardstock
invitation sized envelopes (or whatever you have)
sewing machine (or needle and thread)
buttons
glue

First, trim your cardstock in half so you have two 4 1/4 by 11in pieces.
If you have standard invite sized envelopes this will give you
TWO cards from each piece of cardstock.
If you have a different sized envelope you can adjust cardstock size as needed.
Fold in half.
Using your sewing machine and contrasting colored thread...
...stitch a heart shape on your paint chip.
(you CAN do this by hand but it will take longer than 20 minutes).
The paint chips that I had (from Lowe's) were the perfect size without trimming but you may need to trim yours. If you would like...you can lightly trace the heart shape on first.
Stitch over and over for a sweet effect.
Switch stitch types if you're feeling crazy.
Glue your heart paint chip onto your folded cardstock and add some cute buttons.
A cute Valentine for pennies!
xo

EDITED TO ADD:
Someone made an anonymous comment about my use of paint chips and how they felt wrong about my using them for craft purposes, even if they are free.
If you have been following this blog for very long you would know two things...
1) I shop at Lowe's A LOT.
2) I buy a lot of paint from them. I do not feel bad about taking several paint chips in various colors when I am trying to find the right color or shade. What I would feel bad about is just throwing them away when I have made a paint decision.

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40 comments:

Dawn said...

So cute, Crystal! You always have such great ideas! :) Can't wait to make some of these!

Vintage70dyo said...

Cute, really nice idea....
will do it for my sweet love.

Elena

glor said...

Well, I'm so glad we're stuck with you, this is absolutely adorable! What a great idea. You are soooo very creative. Thanks for sharing.

Heather@ theherberfamily.blogspot.com said...

These are really cute!

Feel free to post them to my Talented Tuesday link party:

http://theherberfamily.blogspot.com/2010/01/talented-tuesday-links-january-19th.html

Beth said...

great idea. cute valentine's, too.

Megan said...

Awesome! This is so sweet and fast! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I see you using a lot of paint chip samples in your crafts. I know these are "free", but they are meant for people to take home to see what color they want to paint walls or furniture or whatever. It seems wrong just to grab a bunch to use for a craft project. Do you pay for these or ask if you can take a bunch for your own use? I just would feel wrong doing this.

Feather said...

oh, this is just to cute. and adorable. and EASY! can't wait to visit lowe's...

asnipofgoodness said...

I love this, and you wouldn't even believe how many paint chips I have hanging around, I picture the ones that aren't valentine colors as thank you notes etc....thanks for the great idea!

Carol said...

Super cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

Morgan said...

What a cute idea! Would look cute in this envelope. http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=4778

And I'm with you. I have no problem "stealing" paint chips. I have a ton I've taken and used for various things in teaching, plus, we just did out entire kitchen renovation though Lowes.

sara luke said...

Love it! What a great way to recycle paint sample cards!

Lindi said...

i think this is such a cute idea...and i LOVE that you are repurposing something that most would just throw away once they've decided on a paint color!! :)

forever folding laundry said...

Super cute!! Love this idea. :)

~Keri

Judy said...

Sooo cute!
I have bunches of paint cards in shades of yellow.
Just might need to try stitching a shining sun shape on to them.
There is STILL a sun, isn't there?

mommyholly said...

What an ADORABLE craft for Valentine's Day, I just love it!!! And I am with you on the paint chip situation.... would this "anonymous" person rather they end up in the trash??? I think not! Take as many as you need to be crafty- they are free for a reason! :)
xoxox Holly

Nesha said...

Love, love, love it! Unique, easy, and fast...my kind of project

Nesha said...

Love, love, love it! Unique, easy, and fast...my kind of project

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

love it! Thank you, Crystal, for the great idea. I love the way the stitching looks on paper - and I, too, have plenty of leftover paint chips from past projects - this is goin' green!! xo

hollystock said...

hey crystal:
I think this is a great craft!!! How clever and super cute! Dont worry about the 'anonymous' individual. Perhaps they may opt out of this craft if it bothers them that much! They are free for a reason!! ;) Remember there is always gonna be someone to have a negative comment about something!!!
great idea for a valentine and thanks for sharing!!

ScottChrisCoriCassiCali said...

We spend a lot of time in Lowes, my husband does a lot of work for them. I am pretty sure if you ask them, they will donate as many as you need. So will the other companies. Never be afraid to ask, they are pretty gracious about it. Watch what happens when you walk up and hand the paint person your color choice sample, it ends up in the trash. :(

ScottChrisCoriCassiCali said...

Oooh, I should have said first how much I love the card. I really have to pull out my machine and learn to start it! ;)

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I don't care what anyone says -- I like it!! You go girl!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

I love using paint chip cards. So cute and original!
Don't forget to link me purdy please.

ArtGirlBlue said...

Love this. So simple and cute! I think it is great to upcycle these paint chips. Why not? If they'll just end up in the trash anyway might as well use them up.

Thanks for the fun little craft :) Smile!

Jaimie said...

this is really cute and easy! you could do it for various holidays too! pshhh to anonymous, i have a whole stack of them, they are great!

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

What a clever and fun project! I think I'll be heading for home depot tomorrow for some paint chips!
Thank you for sharing!

alyssa said...

How DARE you steal paint chips! Haha, that's kind of silly for someone to say that :)

I love it though!! Such a cute idea!

Chic Mommy said...

Great idea, I shall try this..

ascrapoftime said...

What a cute, simple idea... I absolutely love it!!!!

Laura said...

I love this idea! Im actually about to start painting several rooms in my house, and Im sure I will have accumulated several paint chips by the time I decide on the right colors for those rooms. What a great idea of recycling those samples instead of putting them in the trash. I can't wait to try it out!

Heather@ theherberfamily.blogspot.com said...

I lack paint chips right now, or the desire to go to the store. However, I found some tan colored blank cards in my scrapbooking supplies, and I had some scraps of pink & red paper. I'm going to sew the scraps in squares onto the card using a heart pattern.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Darling card. I love the sewing technique!!! I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button. This should drive some traffic your way.

kpmattingly said...

Love the idea. Very cute, simple and fun. Could be used for other times of the year too (Green Christmas trees/Orange Halloween Pumpkins?) Thanks for the fun idea.

La TempĂȘte said...

I think this is a great idea. I have no problem with you using them for craft. As you say, you purchase things from them anyway.

I can't wait to see more of your ideas, I just have to follow your blog now!

Thanks, Anonymous, for trying to 'teach' but I think the lesson is different from what you intended.

Judge not lest ye be judged.

Queenplinker said...

Really cute! I'l probably wait til last second to mail cards. I should have plenty of time for this.lol
Thank you, Lynea

Paula said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing it.

Amy H. said...

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I so *heart* this idea...

And whats up with all these "Anonymous" people lately on your blog. I say poop on you people, got have something to say be WOMAN enough to leave your name.

There is no sign at Lowes last time I checked that said if you take this paint chips you must hold them up to your wall for two seconds and then throw them away...

Debbie/StudioBeeCreations said...

OK....i just HAVE to chime in here...as an employee at said company...we appreciate your business...The paint chips are supplied by the vendors...speaking as a creative person, I am soooo happy to see you using what you have...and sharing your ideas! Kudos...ps...there is no sign!
pps...I have been inspired by many "throw-a-ways" myself.
creative blessings, Debbie

jodi @ back40life said...

too, too, too cute! love it!

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