2.02.2012

Be Mine... + A Minted Giveaway

Previous years' hand-painted(!) valentines...


And this years' model from Minted...

I'm a fan of a good homemade valentine. They're sweet and special, but sometimes they're not, well...realistic. Like say, when you're about to start a new job and have a "to do" list a mile long that you'd like to accomplish before said job begins. Or when (hypothetically of course) one of your daughters goes to a really cool elementary school where they combine the 1st and 2nd grade classes, necessitating you to create 50(!!!) valentines for her to hand out (not counting the additional 15 that you need to make for your younger daughter's class). Or, when the homemade valentines that your girlies insist on making take something like 9.5 minutes per card (not that I'm counting), which when multiplied by 65 equals a looong freakin' time to make homemade valentines. Just sayin'.

So we're going a different route this year...somewhere between bought and homemade, "homemade light" if you will. I met up with the lovely folks from Minted at Alt last month and was smitten with all their cute classmate valentines, which, upon returning, I immediately pulled up on the old interwebs to show the girlies. They were (surprisingly) 100% on board. No whining. (Frankly I think they too were daunted by the 617 minutes of homemade valentine crafting that they'd signed themselves up for...)

I let them each select a card with no input from me (well, sort of...you know of my control freak tendencies), and we picked out a photo of each of them to use as a backer to make them more personal. We're planning to write a little note on each one and attach a sucker with a bit of Japanese washi tape. Done and done.

I figured I might not be the only one in the "homemade valentine dread" boat, so we're going to do a super quick Minted giveaway (to give you plenty of time to order those valentines before heart day arrives).

Just leave a comment on this post by midnight CT tonight(!!) and I'll announce a winner of a $50 Minted credit tomorrow.

Good luck!

105 comments:

Heather said...

In like flynn! From a newish mom who used to *hand decorate large sugar cookies by the dozen* for her valentines. Um, right.

xo

Heather

Heather said...

I think my 2nd grader would like the heartfold cards.

Melissa said...

Great idea! I love pretty paper, cards and journals. They make me happy! :)

Leslie said...

I was just looking at personal stationary on Minted. I think it's time for me to woman up and get some, but winning would be nice too!

ericca h at bellybaloo said...

Love love love minted!!! Perfect valentines!

lisa tomiko said...

love these cards!!!

Summer said...

Great idea. I'm still debating on the feasibility of making sugar cookies and decorating... ordering cards would leave more time!

Meredith said...

love minted! happy february!

nkp said...

Oh gosh, it's like you read my mind...I was just looking at these cards on Minted! I Have three kiddos and the task was starting to seem daunting, i.e.- this would be be a true mommy saver! ;0)

jeanette marie said...

Thank you for bringing delightful bits of beauty into my everyday. :) And hurrah for new jobs!

Jennifer said...

Yes please... ease my guilt of not sending christmas cards!!!!

The Wizzle said...

I got my Christmas cards from Minted this year and I loved them! They were really, really great I was wishing I could get Valentine's cards too, but it's not in the budget.

Maybe...:)

Lacey said...

What a great idea - and how fun to let the kids pick the design and photo! Love these!

Jenny said...

thank you for not making homemade valentines that take ME like 10x as long as everyone else. :)

Tory said...

I'm a big fan of minted! I especially love their skinny wrap address labels.

Kelly said...

This would be such an upgrade to last year's homemade attempt. Keepin' my fingers crossed!

Jillian said...

oh, pick me!

Lizz Judd said...

What a wonderful idea! I haven't sent out valentines in years. It'd be great to bring that back.

Allyson said...

These classroom cards are great-Minted just keeps getting better.

emily said...

Love the girls valentines, joslyn. The pics are so sweet :)

Amy @ Seven Grey Sweaters said...

I love Minted!

TX Girl said...

yes please! Really? Combined the 1st and 2nd grade classes? I would love to hear more!

chiara said...

65 valentine's?! and I was stressing over the 22 I need to make! love the minted cards. my fingers are crossed!

Jess said...

i would love to try minted. i'll be needing some wedding invites soon too

jane said...

I'm in! GREAT giveaway!

becca said...

Love me a giveaway from Minted!

elissabraun said...

love a last minute giveaway and the latest minted valentines too! my friends would be so lucky to recieve these in the mail.

j. said...

i LOVE minted!! I would love to have cards this year from my little ones using them this Valentine's Day!
jill

Lauren said...

I love minted! I'm glad y'all were able to come to a happy medium

MeghanM said...

The homemade valentine debate rages on in my house!

mary said...

love minted & happy valentines day everyone!

Christa said...

Would love to win. They have such nice stuff!

Sarah Bradley said...

I love these cards! Such a great idea!

jessica mae said...

those valentines are so cute!

wagonlover said...

I have planned a crafty Valentine, but a back would be nice!!!

Jessica said...

Awesome! Minted would be a life saver!

Jennie said...

Such a great idea! Even though i'm 30 i still looove a cute heart day card :)

Shelley said...

love minted...never thought about valentine's cards!

JWK said...

WOohoo!! I love Minted!!!

Nicole said...

Love minted and Valentine's Day!

Syd's mom said...

Please let me win this so that I don't have to get the boxed Valentines from the local CVS the night before my sweet pea has to hand them out in preschool (flashback to last year)!

Unknown said...

i hate the store-bought chinsy cards. minted is like a greeting card nerds dream online store :)

Molly said...

Cute! Count me in on the giveaway.

Bobbi Huffman said...

Love the valentines and such cute photos of the girls! Congratulation on the new job!

Meghan said...

those are so cute!

Kate said...

elThis is perfect! My daughter has 30 kindergarten classmates and 30 more classmates at before and after school care. Now crossing my fingers to win the giveaway...

Livyb said...

Love Minted! Your girls are so darn cute!

Colleen said...

Love minted.com! A Minted valentine plus some washi tape action? Yes, please. Even as a new mom, I can do that. :)

Unknown said...

What a fun giveaway! And I love that you are still making your daughters' Valentines a little personal :)

Clara said...

I have two kids...so it takes us a long time as well. Would love to win!

Mama J said...

I love this! My husband's birthday is valentine's day, so I'm always looking for a way to do something extra special. I'd love to make him something on Minted!

Estelle said...

Holy cow, great giveaway and a lovely idea for class valentines. I need to get on that, like, yesterday.

retrasar said...

i love valentines in all forms. i always make one for my beau by hand, but i buy some cute ones for wider distribution.

Lisa @ Indigo and Batik said...

wow! minted is new to me and i love it! great designs. thanks for sharing :)

tamara said...

i love the checkmark options on her card, ha! lovely giveaway. fingers crossed.

keelyrichter said...

These are wonderful!

Alison said...

Those cards are so cute. I love the personalized valentines- so much better than a generic card!

Susan said...

Love minted. Thanks for the giveaway. I have to say this is the first year I'm having my kids not do totally handmade valentines for school... and it's kind of a relief. Just a few handmades for family. Boy that shortened my to do...

jwfong said...

What a great giveaway! I'd love to win!

Linnea said...

Didn't know minted made valentine cards! fun!

beth i. said...

We're big fans of homemade valentines too. I think we're ready to try something new this year & would love to win!! Thanks for the chance.

The Kitchen Sink said...
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The Kitchen Sink said...

Minted is my favorite...And I cannot believe how much I need this for my 5 yr old. Since his sister is due ANY.MINUTE!

briannelee said...

Ooooo, hope I win!

brianneoneil@gmail.com

Patrick, Alysha, Silas & Pearl said...

I'm in! I would love to be saved by this.

Ellen said...

love it. i think my son would like them, too!

Amanda said...

Such a lovely giveaway! Congratulations on your new job!

Me said...

Oooo, I'm going to copy Heather's idea- if I win, I'm making this Valentine's Day my make-up Christmas card holiday!

Blue Turtle said...

I still prefer handmade. It is unique and personalized. It's a labor of love.

Shane @ Home Decors

Amy said...

would love to win! Happy Valentine's Day !

Megan said...

This is my first year with my daughter in preschool and had not even thought of Valentines!! Thanks for the reminder. These would be perfect.

julie machen said...

Joslyn,
We've waited 8 ears to take an 8 week sabbatical....we leave in 17 days but who's counting. Last week we were offered a new promotion and I spent a week turning on a dime to head to Seattle to put it all together. VALENTINES? Oh, wow, they have fallen through the cracks! Homemade light sounds so darn decadent! Toss my email into the ring...PLEASE.

Allison said...

They have an awesome selection, I just love the designs they come up with. Count me in!

Meghan @ The Rambling Sister said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway. And the Valentine's Day cards your girlies picked out are perfect.

kelly said...

i like minted. alot. and why do your ideas always feel so timely and right on?

Julie said...

I heart Minted! Love the valentines . . . great for family too.

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

I'm so on board for some minted valentine play!

Emma said...

minted has so many cute things!

lovely bird said...

Oh, I love Minted!

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

Jo said...

I love homemade cards and think they are the only way to go. I love the process of making them with my girls and seeing how their abilities and ideas change as they get older. Thx for the giveaway!

Amy Breeden said...

Ooh, ooh! Pick me please!

Tan said...

Fantastic Giveaway! I hope I'm in time.

Question: where did you get those transparent goodie bags? Micahel's here doesn't sell them anymore :/

Marta said...

It looks fantastic, no idea if it's open to international readers. Count me in if it's open to us too! Thanks and best regards from Barcelona, Spain!
Marta
martaplayita [at] gmail dot com

Modern Frills said...

LOVE to win ... as I am way behind on valentines and LOVE Minted!

kkendall said...

So so cute!

Elizabeth Wacker Orchard said...

Would love to win!

S. Taylor said...

I don't yet have children, so I'm not in the same V-Day boat; however, I remember it being the thing when I was in school to buy the packs at the drugstore (that's a funny word if you think about it) that were of the popular movies out at the time, like The Little Mermaid or Toy Story. I don't recall ever getting a handmade card at school, so kudos to all of you that have done that with your children!

molly ruth said...

love your idea!this is the first year we are doing class valentine's for my twin girls so this would really come in handy!

Charla L said...

Minted is the best ! I would love love to win this!

Megan Taylor said...

Oops I missed the cut-off! But I love this anyway, xo

Christian said...

Oh man, this would give me a hall pass from doing those homemade cards I pinned a while back but am starting to chicken out on! ;)

JRA said...

Love Minted, we used them for our holiday card! My boys have only used store bought cards and frankly we are getting tired of the commercialization occurring lately. Minted strikes the right balance of being bought but unique and sweet.

G said...

Ha- you are so on point with how I feel right now! But your humorous spin makes me smile!
You did forget the large amount of cupcakes that need to be "homemade" and decorated though!! ;)

G
Www.foundationvintique.com

Flora said...

Amazing selection. I love them!

beauty in blessings said...

we skipped christmas cards to send out a sweet valentine of our 13 year old and our 1 year old.
Whew...cant imagine sitting down and making one this year!

welliewalks said...

goodness they are gorgeous! thanks for sharing! my two girls would have so much fun with this!

jonathagraymusic said...

Ohh, pick me, please!

AnnieMac said...

I love Minted! Just received 2 journals from them yesterday. Great stuff!
Andrea

Kristen said...

Would this make it "okay"that I never got around to Christmas cards?!

sandra s. said...

Confetti hearts?! Yes, please! I'm sure my 5 year old girl will agree!

Alexandra said...

Those cards are amazing!
Xoxo

Mich said...

What a fantastically cute idea! Minted has some great stuff :)

Erin Glenn said...

I am loving the valentines cards!!!

christa said...

I love homemade valentines but am running out of time this year. Great Giveaway!