Mom & Me Valentine Inspiration

We've got some fun Valentine inspiration for you today…..projects you can make with your kiddos, that we think you're going to love!  Whether you like to keep your Valentines super simple or you'd enjoy making something a bit more interactive, we've got you covered!  Check out these fun new products and the projects we've made with them!



If you loved playing with paper dolls as a child, here’s your chance to enjoy them all over again in your paper crafting!  The Dress Up Dolls: Puppy Love set coordinates with the Dress Up Dolls: Basics set and contains lots of fun accessories to get your Dress Up Dolls ready for Valentine’s day.  This set includes a cute puppy on a leash with an optional sweater, some basic girl and boy outfits, as well as some sweet Valentine treats – chocolates and flowers!  You can use the Dress Up Dolls: Basics and the Puppy Love sets along with their coordinating dies to create your very own set of paper dolls, but of course they’re perfectly at home on cards, tags, party invitations, and wraps, too.  Mix and match the accessories across the entire Dress Up Dolls line for endless fun!

The Details: 

  • Dress Up Dolls: Puppy Love will be available for purchase on December 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Dress Up Dolls: Puppy Love contains a total of 15 images. The assembled dolls wearing head-to-toe outfits measure 2” wide and 3-1/2” high.  The puppy measures 3/4” wide and 1” high.  The heart-shaped chocolate box measures 5/8”.  The bouquet of daisies measures 1/2” wide and 3/4” high.  The “be mine” sentiment measures 1-3/8” wide and 1/2” high.  The “hugs & kisses” sentiment measures 1” wide and 3/4” high. 
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $7.  This collection includes a total of 13 dies. Leash: 1 7/8" x 7/16", T-Shirt: 7/8" x 7/8", Polo Shirt: 1 3/16" x 1 1/4", Skirt: 5/8" x 7/8", Shorts: 3/4" x 5/8", Puppy: 1" x 7/8", Flower Bouquet: 7/8" x 5/8", Rose: 13/16" x 1/2", Puppy Sweater: 1/2" x 9/16", Heart: 11/16" x 3/4", Collar: 1/4" x 7/16", Girls' Shoes: 5/16" x 1/2", Boys' Shoes: 3/8" x 9/16".



Use these images in combination with the coordinating Jumping For Joy die collection (sold separately) to create a new and modern version of classic jumping jacks. With bold classic shapes to add definition to the facial features, these are versatile and will never go out of style! Perfect for extra special valentines, and even birthdays!

The Details: 

  • Jumping For Joy will be available for purchase on December 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Jumping For Joy contains a total of 29 images. The pig snout measures 5/8". The whiskers measure 1-3/8" x 3/8". The bear nose measures 1/2" x 3/8". The circular sentiments each measure 3/8". The "Jumping to be your valentine" sentiment measures 3-3/4" x 1/4".
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $27.  This collection includes a total of 14 dies. Bunny: 2 1/2" x 2 3/8", Cat: 1 1/2" x 1 3/4", Bear: 1 1/2" x 1 7/8", Lion's Mane: 2 1/2" x 2 3/8", Body: 2 9/16" x 1 11/16", Front Legs: 1 15/16" x 5/8", Back Legs: 1 15/16" x 7/8", Tag: 3/4" x 5/8", Heart: 5/8" x 1/2", Star: 9/16" x 9/16", Small Patch: 1/2" x 9/16", Large Patch: 3/4" x 7/8".




This coordinating card die provides you a card base with a slit that you can slide the jumping jack into for presentation/giving. The sentiments in the set fit on the included banner! Not to mention this is a great basic to have on hand for other things as well!

The Details: 

  • Jumping For Joy Card die collection will be available for purchase on December 15th.
  • It will retail for $19.
  • Jumping For Joy Card die collection contains a total of 2 dies. Banner: 5/8" x 4 1/8", Card: 5" x 3 3/4".


Now that I've made all of the formal introductions, let's get onto the projects!


I am thrilled to share a bit more about the Jumping For Joy collection with you today! It is really an amazing collection of products that can be fun for children to receive or make themselves! I created a visual step by step guide for assembly, showing just how easy these are to create! Our products do the hard work for you!


Thread arms

Knot arms

Place arms

Attaching arms

Thread legs

Attach legs



There you have it! Easy peasy!

Bear Valentine

I've thought of every detail for you, even packaging the jumping jacks up for giving! The jumping jacks easily slip behind the slit in the new Jumping For Joy Card die. 


The coordinating banner die that comes with the card die layers perfectly over the center strip, giving you a great place to tuck the sentiments that are included in the Jumping For Joy stamp set. 

Pull tag

There is even a little tag die-cut with coordinating words and phrases that tuck into the embossed area. These are great for adding to the end of the pull string of the jumping jacks, tied around their necks, attached to their ears, or even accenting their pockets!

Purrrfect Friend

There are lots of variations you can create with the basic dies and simple stamps, here I have put together a cat.


Don't you just love that little sweet pocket! You could tuck a tiny note or something into it if you wished!

Cat alone

Next up I have another way you can use these animal elements.

Standing Lion

By folding the body in half, you can create a standing animal. There are great little playthings for children and look great when attached to the top of a gift!


I adhered the legs under the body with scor-tape for extra durability.


The face is tamped, then I added some accents with white pen. Did you notice that this is the same head shape as what was used on the bear? By just adding the mane and alternating a few bits and pieces, you get a whole new animal!


The dog leash die from Dress Up Dolls: Puppy love is actually the perfect tail for a critter standing up! I hand-cut a few little bits of Canyon Clay cardstock to add to the end of the tail. I can visualize a whole menagerie of these lined up in a playroom! I might have to experiment with making them out of layers of felt and paper too!

Now that you have seen a few of my creations, here are some of the amazing things that the team has created!


Amy says, "If you enjoy crafting handmade Valentines, you're going to love today's kid-friendly products. Nichole's Jumping For Joy is a delight for all ages, and a great way to get the younger ones involved in the crafting. Betsy's Puppy Love is darling. Just wait until you see who's at the other end of this sweet puppy's leash!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Amy Sheffer.



Ashley says, "Papertrey Ink has done it again! This time, you and your child will shine during the Valentine's Day holiday season with fun and interactive treats to share. Jumping For Joy is such a great idea for parents and children to create Valentine projects together. They can also be used on other projects without the use of the interactive feature. And of course Dress Up Dolls: Puppy Love is the cutest addition to this collection. Add a sweet treat and you will surely bring a smile to someone's face. I hope you get a chance to take a peek at my Valentine's Day crafts today!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Ashley Cannon Newell.



Betsy says, "What a fun bunch of Valentine products today…interactive items are always a hit around here!  I hope you'll stop by to check out the magnetic dress-up puppy treat containers I created using some basic items…mason jar lids and cupcake papers!  Plus I have a project using the adorable new Jumping for Joy stamps and dies!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Betsy Veldman.



Dawn says, "When I was little, I loved picking out that box of Valentines at the store and writing on each one, for all of my classmates.  But I would have really loved being able to make my own with stamps and ink and some card stock!  I have two different Valentines to show you, both of which can easily be made with your kiddos, allowing them to customize them any way they want!  Pop over to my blog to see…give Valentines this year, that aren't like anyone else's!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.



Heather says, "One of my favorite things about Valentine's day has been sitting down to create Valentines with my girls. There are some great new products this month that are perfect for crafting up some sweet Valentines for this and between all of the inspiration from the design team, you will find the perfect project to create!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.



Kay says, "I have such wonderful memories of making Valentines cards and projects for my friends and family when I was a kid, and I love keeping that tradition alive with my kids too. I have a couple of projects on my blog created with Betsy’s newest Dress Up Dolls, and Nichole’s adorable Jumping For Joy Set that would be perfect to create along with the little ones or for the little ones!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Kay Miller.


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Laurie Schmidlin says, "Valentine's Day has always been a favorite holiday of mine.  I just love that there is a whole day dedicated to letting others know that they are special and cared about!  Creating heartfelt gifts and cards for my kids and their classmates is something that I look forward to every year!  The new products being showcased today are not only perfect for creating cute and clever Valentine's Day gifts but are versatile enough to be used year round!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Laurie Schmidlin.


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Laurie Willison says, "One thing I have enjoyed every year, is making valentines with my kids. They always love stamping and cutting and pasting. The new Dress Up Dolls: Puppy Love is a great new set to help create adorable, handmade Valentines with lots of possibilities. I did a little mirror image stamping today, and created a fun, kid friendly treat!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Laurie Willison.



Lizzie says, "Coming up with cute, clever, and unique Valentines can be a challenge year after year. We're sharing some fantastic new products that will make it so much easier! Not only are these new stamps and dies adorable, but they're also so simple to use you can make your kids can lend a hand. Stop by to get a closer look!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.



Melissa says, "Jumping for Joy is going to rock your Valentine-making world!  It's simply sweet, creative, unique, interactive, easy, and kid friendly!  I love the mix of animals and "punny" sentiments just waiting to be used."

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Phillips.


I hope you have enjoyed all these amazing creations that both the team and I have shared with you today!  What do you think?  Are you more the simple Valentine type?  Or can you see yourself making these fun jumping jack toys with your kiddos?  We would love to hear your initial thoughts on everything we introduced!  Please leave a comment on this post to tell us what you think of the new products and you will be eligible to win big!


$75 Papertrey Ink Gift Certificate 

to spend however you choose!  

You have until 7am ET, December 15th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our December Release Winners Page before noon ET the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!




CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.




  • STAMPS: Jumping For Joy (available December 15th)
  • INK: Smokey Shadow, Cocoa Bean, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Classic Kraft, Autumn Rose, Cocoa Bean, Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: Jumping For Joy dies, Jumping For Joy Card dies, White Filigree Embossing Powder, Baker's Twine, 1/8" brads
  • FINISHED SIZE: 5" x 3-3/4"


  • STAMPS: Jumping For Joy (available December 15th)
  • INK: Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone, Pale Peony
  • PAPER: Soft Stone, Sweet Blush, Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: Jumping For Joy dies, Jumping For Joy Card dies, embroidery floss, 1/8" brads
  • FINISHED SIZE: 5" x 3-3/4"


  • STAMPS: Jumping For Joy (available December 15th)
  • INK: Canyon Clay, Cocoa Bean
  • PAPER: Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay
  • OTHER: Jumping For Joy dies, Dress Up Dolls: Puppy Love die (tail), white gel pen
  • FINISHED SIZE: 3" wide x 2-3/4" tall x 3-3/4" long
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