Tuesday’s Tip: If Asked, Say Yes!

(Yes, I know it’s Wednesday but Tuesday got away from me!)  My daughter asked me, a few weeks ago, if I’d be interested in teaching one of her classes a bit about creating valentines on February 10th.  Yikes!  High school students.  At an International Baccalaureate Charter school.  More boys than girls.  “It’ll be a surprise lesson for the class” she said.  Of course I said.  “Sure, why not.”  And it was so worth it.

Monday from 11:15 to 11:55, 12 students (or was it 15?) hunkered down and did an amazing job of using the supplies I had prepared, adding their own creativity, and ending the class period with a card and a “non-naked”, i.e. stamped, envelope.

Madame Reak's 11:15 students


Madame Reak's 11:15 students
Using the punches and Mini Glue Dots at the supplies table

I prepared Flirty Flamingo, Real Red and Whisper White card fronts, some 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 and others 11″ x 4-1/4″.  I also showed them how the fold could be at the top or the side of each card front layer.

I had cut various layer-sized pieces of From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper, as well as pieces appropriate to be cut into layers or strips or be punched.  I brought a bunch of the Heart Doilies and even the From my Heart Faceted Gems.  I loved watching both the boys and the girls counting out their favorite gems for their cards!  I also brought Snail Adhesive and Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.  I was really impressed with how the students listened to my ‘how to use’ instructions for each type of adhesive.

Even the teacher joined in the creativity.
Madame Reak and the exchange student from Slovakia, diligently working on their projects

All of the students worked industriously throughout the class period…….even one who participated at his own pace: pencil to paper and only a few words but his heart was in it.  He really made me smile.

Three high school students create hand made valentines for some lucky person in their lives.

Our group included exchange students from Spain and Slovakia who each made beautiful cards for their host families.  And check out this card one of the boys made for his new girlfriend:

Proud student with his valentine
I’m here to ‘pick you up’.  I just love his expression and pride!


Ahem....someone caught me showing a student the benefit of the liquid glue
Ahem….someone caught me showing a student the benefit of the liquid glue


Her family lives on a property that has lots of farm animals…… Do you see her randomly spaced sequins on the hearts on the card front?


Step one: the 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer; Step two: the precisely trimmed edge pieces; step three: the doily and punched out DSP heart; step four, the stamped words.


Card front, created by one of the boys.


Valentine card
Inside of a card made by one of the exchange students for her host family


Horizontal valentine
Front of horizontal Valentine (11″ x 4-1/4)


Valentine card
Inside of the card above and created by one of the exchange students


valentine card creation
Attention to details. This boy had a vision of what he wanted to create.


Valentine cards being made at Sage IB School

Thanks to Stampin’ Up! for having such a perfect coordinated group of supplies (the From the Heart Suite) for pulling off this classroom project almost effortlessly.

Remember to keep your supplies simple and choices few.  I only brought two stamp pads: Real Red and Basic Gray.  And I stressed the importance of using my “washer/dryer” (Stampin’ Scrub) when changing colors.  Not. One. Accident.  I brought the Heart Punch Pack (two heart shaped punches), card stock, some Designer Series Paper, adhesives and scissors and a few extra stamps sets as well, including Enjoy Life, This Little Piggy, Animal Outing, Ride with Me and Dandelion Wishes as well as the Heartfelt set from the bundle.  All sets got used!

Product List


Back to my tip:  don’t underestimate yourself and your capabilities.  When you share your joy of using Stampin’ Up! products to create a wide range of cards or projects, you’re bound to succeed.  Keep it simple.  Just introduce, give a few pointers and let go.  The individual projects will take care of themselves.

1 thought on “Tuesday’s Tip: If Asked, Say Yes!”

  1. Your class made Wonderful cards and envelopes. Amazing Kids! They’re made that way to surprise us adults. You did very well as a Teacher too. Great Job!!!

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