Skip the Store-Bought: Here are 25 Genuine Valentines for Your Sweetheart

by Holly Wade

Skip the Store-Bought: Here are 25 Genuine Valentines for Your Sweetheart

The holiday of love is coming up, and you know how much we love a simple homemade gift! Since Valentine's Day can be a high-cost holiday, it's the perfect time to take the DIY route and gift cute printable valentines your sweetheart will really appreciate. Whether you're giving valentines to your S.O. or your friends, they'll appreciate the homemade touch. Plus, if I'm being honest, these 25 free printable valentines blow store-bought cards...

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You'll Want to Check Out these Free Printable Valetines Featuring Badass Women

by M.E. Russell

Printable Valentines featuring strong women throughout history

Hello, and happy Valentine's Day! Okay, it's not quite the big day yet, but February 14th is rapidly approaching, and I'm totally ready to celebrate. Ever since the Christmas holiday ended, I've been itching for an excuse to decorate, party, craft - whatever! I wanted to make some cards featuring some of my favorite gals throughout history (some are good, some are bad!), and the captions kind of wrote themselves after that. Click through for these printable valentines!        

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71 Last-Minute Mother's Day Printables

by M.E. Russell

The ultimate roundup of free Mother's Day printables. We've got you covered with cards, prints, tags, and more!

Mother's Day is just around the corner (it's on Sunday the 14th - don't forget!). If you're anything like me, the holiday has crept up on you. There are so many different things to celebrate about our mamas (and grandmothers, spouses, and mother-figures), but what it ultimately comes down to is telling her you're thankful for her. Whether that means making her breakfast, bringing her flowers, or sending her a note in the mail, these (free!) Mother's Day printables can help you get the job done.      

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Make It! Simple & Easy DIY Christmas Card Display

by Holly Wade

DIY Framed Web Christmas Card Holder

Can you believe how quickly December is flying by?! Before I knew it, Christmas cards started arriving in the mail and I realized I had nowhere to display them. In our small apartment, it can be difficult to find space, so I decided to utilize an existing frame on a table to make this DIY framed web card holder that would be easy to store away for next season or repurpose for other items.

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9 Awesome Modern Valentine's Day Cards for Men

by Chris Gardner

9 Awesome Modern Valentine's Day Cards for Men

It's February 1st, and so we figured it was about time to find this year's most thoughtful and heartwarming greetings for Valentine's Day. But, it's now 2012, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find the best way to say "I love you" at the card store at the mall, or worse, the aisle at the supermarket. Times have changed, and there's a whole world of stationery out there to help you share your warmest thoughts.

For help, we turned to our pal Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationery firm based in Portland, Oregon. First up, we're excited to have Carina share her favorite V-day cards for guys...no fishing poles, footballs, or TVs to be found. But there is pizza. And robots. And bacon. Which is exactly how things should be.

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Roundup: 8 Paint Chip Holiday Card & Gift Tag Ideas

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 8 Paint Chip Holiday Card & Gift Tag Ideas

The very colorful nature of paint chips make them a perfect medium to make handmade Christmas cards.

The first example, pictured above, is a simple design using traditional Christmas colors along with a stamped message. Go here to see what else was used in its construction.

Although not technically very Christmas-y, in the appropriate colors these paint chip place cards will brighten any holiday table. See the tute at Itsy Bitsy Paper...

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MORE Easy Handmade Christmas Card Ideas

by DIY Maven

Stitched Christmas Cards

Our first post about easy, handmade Christmas Card Ideas (link) was a hit, so it seemed like a good time to infuse the Curbly coffers with even MORE easy handmade Christmas card ideas. 

I adore Fern's stitched Christmas cards (pictured above), and even though they might look a little tricky, they aren't. All you need is some blank cards (or cardstock), some pretty scrapbook papers and a sewing machine. Head on over to Craft Blog for all...

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Curbly Roundup: Totally Awesome Mother's Day Cards for Cool Moms

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Roundup: Totally Awesome Mother's Day Cards for Cool Moms

Head's up, friends. Easter is over, spring has sprung, and we're moving on to a whole new season. First up: Mother's Day, which occurs on May 8th this year. To help you celebrate in style, we've asked our friend Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationery firm based in Portland, Oregon, to share some unique, independently designed and printed cards to share with your cool Mom. Embossed bouquets? No sir.  

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Tutorials: Christmas Card Displays

by DIY Maven

Wire Tree Christmas Card Holder

Holiday cards piling up? Here are some cute and clever ways to display them, tutorials included! First up is a  bent wire Christmas tree idea from BHG.

       

Mique's Christmas card frame up is made of, among other things, a big frame, ribbon, rick-rack and clothespins.

And speaking of clothespins, I still love the tutorial I did several years back using clothespins and a wooden embroidery hoop. (Looks better than the picture...

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Painter's Tape Business Card

by DIY Maven

Tear Off Business Card

This business card from AGRIE Paint Services is actually painted over. To reveal the contact information, you must pull off the painter's tape. Clever, huh? How the tape doesn't damage the surface underneath, I'm not sure. A guess....the 'tape' isn't sticky, and the paint itself is holding it in place....?

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Creative Business Cards Showcase

by DIY Maven

Creative Business Cards Showcase

The other day someone asked me for my 'card'. I didn't have any with me, which was a good thing really because I made them using my laserjet printer. Not only are they ugly, they're impractical as the ink wears off after awhile. I'm thinking it might be time to consider making something a bit more exciting. And lasting. A bit of embossing. Colorful paper. Whatever. If you're in the same situation as I and are looking for ideas, take a look at...

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'Stop Talking' Cards

by DIY Maven

'Stop Talking' Cards

Company holiday parties, family Christmas get-togethers. They can be fun or feel like the seventh ring of hell--depending upon with whom you are trapped in conversation. Designer Alison Riley came up with the polite yet not-so-subtle 'Stop Talking' cards. You can find them at The Cooper-Hewitt Shop for 8 bucks. No word on how many that 8 bucks give you, although it does seem to buy a handy holder. For a quick and cheap alternative, may I...

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36 Easy Handmade Christmas Card Ideas

by DIY Maven
36 Easy Handmade Christmas Card Ideas

For the past dozen years or so I’ve been making my Christmas cards. Sometimes they’re labor intensive, but they don’t have to be. Case in point: these suggestions from Scrapbooks Etc.     

A collection of different sized circle punches, some glue and a bow makes up this clever card.

created on: 11/25/08

A few strips of paper--or ribbon--and you have yourself a Christmas tree card.

created on: 11/25/08

A few snowflakes, either punched, stamped or purchased makes this...

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How to make a ‘Word Search’ greeting card!

by DIY Maven

created on: 08/26/08

Curbly has siblings. One of them is called Teacherly, and, as you can probably guess, it’s an on-line resource for teachers. However, it also has a very awesomely cool FREE feature called ‘word search creator’. Teachers use such things as word search puzzles as, well, teaching tools, but they also can come in handy for paper crafters too. With a little help from Teacherly, here’s my very easy technique for making a one-of-a-kind greeting card!

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Make Mom a Fabric Flower Card!

by DIY Maven

Make Mom a Fabric Flower Card!

Impress your mom or mom equivalent this Mother’s Day with one of these Fabric Flower Cards. They're easy to make, and they require minimal supples. They’re also a great way to use up those fabric scraps.

Props:

Card stock. The maker suggests using soft pastels, cream or even black.
A paper cutter or scissors.
Fabric. For the best effect use subtle prints. Green for the leaves and stems, yellow or orange for the center of the flowers and a various...

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