Valentine’s Printables

Funny story. There’s been a tiny bit of a mixup with my Valentine’s Day Kiss card. I had someone in mind I wanted to give it to, but it turns out I’m not going to see that person before Valentine’s Day. Then the fella (yes, that fella)  happened to see the the card online and said he’d like it.  I won’t say what went through my head when he messaged me that idea, but suffice it to say in cartoon language it was “Zoinks”.  If my calculations are accurate the fella gave up the chance to be my Valentine close to 2 years ago.

So now I’m stuck with a Valentine’s Day card large enough to look comfortable in God’s arms and filled with enough chocolate to pacify the entire cast of Bridesmaids.

So now it’s me, the card, the chocolates and a staring contest.  So far I’m winning but it’s only a matter of time.  And hunger.  And privacy.

I know not everyone has it in them to make a 2′ high Valentine’s card filled with $30 worth of chocolates, so for those of you who have left it to the last minute but want something unique I have for you these 4 Valentine DIYs.

First up I have a printable from The Graphics Fairy.  A classic vintage card that is sooo reminiscent of the Howard Holt cat from the 1950’s.


You can download this cute l’il thing here.



(these are the Howard Holt salt & pepper shakers I’m referring to)


You can buy these guys on Etsy by the way.

Next up from The Graphics Fairy is a collection of 30 cute Valentine printables that you can print out onto cards. Like this pair of kid clowns.


Go to the Graphics Fairy here.

This next thing is GREAT!  GREAT I SAY!

I remember these.  Do kids still do this?  I was the one kid who didn’t know how to fold one of these. Ironic. I know.



Get the printable for this from Design Mom






Finally this schmaltzy (which I love) graphic for a plain paper bag. But that’s not the greatest thing in the photo.




Download the paper bag printable from Twig & Thistle.


And if that’s not enough for you take a look at this post I did last year on fun ways to shape/make food for Valentine’s day.  It’s worth the look  for this alone … my teeny, tiny, easy mini tarts.




Because even if you hate Valentine’s day, or any other holiday for that matter … it can always be redeemed … with food.


Have a good weekend!



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  1. Cynthia says:

    You poor thing, you may never want to share that side of your life with us again.


    We have nobody to blame but outselves if we find out in ten years there is a particularly well-structured guy living in your house. You’ve been married to him for six years and Cuddles went off to retire in Miami, without a word to anyone.

    We can’t be trusted with sensitive subjects and I for one, need to learn restraint. πŸ™‚

    PS when my second husband booked himself into rehab to prove his intentions to me after I left him, my son’s male teacher said to me. “an asshole is an asshole, whether he is drinking or not.” Not quite Nietsche, but it stuck with me. πŸ™‚

    Letting us call him an asshole, does not make him so, but it’s a good ‘headsup” warning system.

  2. marcia connerly says:

    Karen, I have only recently (last 6 months) discovered your site and have been busy playing catch up on everything I have missed. What I do know is that when I don’t read you, I really miss you! I am touched reading the comments and seeing how all the other readers have “tucked you” into their hearts. You make me laugh out loud (if my cat could scratch his head in wonder her would be doing it watching me), shed an occasional tear and sometimes you can even make me smarter. You and your readers have become my invisible friends and I can’t wait to read all your escapades. So all things withstanding…Valentine, schmalintine…who needs a man when so many of us already love ya?!!

    • Karen says:

      Well thanks Marcia, lol. I’m not worried about being alone on Valentine’s Day. Besides, I wasn’t. My friend was over for the whole day. πŸ™‚ ~ karen!

  3. marilyn says:

    i think i was misunderstood or maybe i didnt phrase my response very well…i meant that he must have a reason for wanting the card…not leaving you!

  4. Joy says:

    I have thought about it and I think you need to send the fella a card that says ‘I’ve moved on. I hope you find a new Valentine and have a happy VD.’ πŸ˜€

  5. jainegayer says:

    Thank you for the fella clarification. I can calm down now.

  6. Mindy says:

    My ex fella is now affectionately called fuckhead. It’s been almost 15 years, but the name remains. Once an ass face, always an ass face. I love how that’s the main topic in the comments. LOL
    The paper things are called fortune tellers, and yes, my kids make them.

  7. Shauna says:

    Kids do still love those. My son is constantly making them. I’m so printing this out to make for his Valentine’s card.

  8. Pam B says:

    Hiya Karen!!! UMMMM just one little question—if he’s not reading the blog, how did he know about the card??? Just wondering. Take care and have a great Valentine’s Day—alone or with someone. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pam B! I explained it in my reply to the first or second comment. I had told him to look at it because the card was for a mutual friend. thx! ~ karen!

  9. Luanne says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    I liked knowing that he got in touch about your card. It *is* a lovely card. You are a lovely girl. It is lovely to know that people still think about us.

    I’m happy that happened for you. πŸ™‚ (And that you decided in your own way how you wanted to handle that.)

  10. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I have one of the Holt Howard cats salt shakers..the girl..I love all things Holt Howard but can’t afford them unless I find it dirt cheap..I would love to have the boy to match..Also I collect valentines with cats on them..I’ll make a copy of the one you listed and see if I can find an original..As for Chris..I would consider that a come-on for thing positive to say about him..he was always good at buying you the nicest gifts..Not that gifts are important but most guys aren’t so thoughtful at buying them..

    • Tigersmom says:

      Oh thank you, thank you, thank you, Nancy Blue Moon, for saying what I was thinking.

      Sometimes people have to lose something to fully understand its value. Sometimes people have a crisis where they sell all the stuff in their house and start fresh. Sometimes people have a crisis and they can’t do that so they freak and run. Sometimes people are able to appreciate something they win back in a way they never could before. I would never tell you what to do because I only get glimpses of your life and its just not my place to do so, but I will ask that you don’t lock all the doors and throw away every last key.

      So much for biting my tongue. It apparently is bigger than I thought. And if I am out of line, I am truly sorry.

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        Not out of line at all Tiger’s Mom..A woman I worked with years ago always said that nobody is hopeless until they are dead..she believed in giving chances..Some men seem to go through some terrible problems as they age..I don’t know if it is hormones or what but it seems to affect their thought process..they become confused about life and death and relationships and if they get scared enough they just up and run away..From what I have seen..most of them end up regretting it..Karen is one of the most intelligent ladies I know..she wouldn’t make any decision without thinking about it long and hard..unless its about buying potato thinking involved there..except which

  11. Karol says:

    I remember reading your post when the fella left, and I said “oh my God” out loud as I grabbed my heart. So yeah, I (we) get a little nervous when we see his name in print again. πŸ™‚ Happy Heart Day!
    I vote for a retirement home for the chocolates. I know my mom and her posse would love it if somebody walked in with one of those!

  12. Jody says:

    Hey Happy V’day!!! I must say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments. Karen, you have quite the posse behind you.

  13. Cred says:

    Cute valentines! I love the printable paper bag. And I think I had commented before that I tried your heart tarts. Very cute, very simple but oh so clever. I also made them for a Alice in Wonderland themed Halloween party.

  14. Nikki says:

    Awesome pics! Also yes, even the worst holiday ever could be fixed with cute shaped treats. I am loving these printables, thanks for sharing.

  15. Sandy says:

    Hey Laura – I thought the Disney Valentine link was hilarious. Thanks for the laugh on this freezing cold Friday morning!

  16. Stefanie Barrett says:

    I made the giant heart card using red foam core (outside of card is white and red on the inside) and it actually looks like yours. Miracles never cease.

    As to your stalker aka “The Fella that Ran Away”, he does not deserve your chocolate or real heart. I seriously believed you had used your hatchet in a creative way, buried him, and built the pizza oven over the site to conceal the body.

    Enjoy your chocolate!!!

    • Kat says:

      Oh my gosh! How do we know she didn’t???
      And all those stacks of wood, those are covering the decaying bits that wouldn’t fit in in the mortar and didn’t completely burn up in the oven/incinerator.
      Now, now she’s trying to cover her tracks by pretending to have heard from him.
      the truth will come out……
      Karen’s Valentine, coming to a theater near you.

  17. Maureen Locke says:

    Count me in as one who thinks you and the fella will reunite but then, none of us really knows what happened so we really don’t have that right.
    I’m all for giving the card to a firehouse. My hubby is a volunteer fireman so I’m a bit biased on that one. I also love the idea of the chocolate fondue.
    Either way, it’s yours to choose. Whatever makes you happy. πŸ™‚
    The sun is shining today… the snowstorm was averted here in NS and life is good.
    Happy Friday Karen

  18. Joy says:

    Well…we might all be overprotective, but I have to say…when you posted the news, I cried with you. I hurt with you. I think there are a lot of us who have gone through the very same type of situation (not knowing the details, I just have my own history to guide my thinking lol). Whatever his reasoning, I think a lot of us hurt with you. I’m sorry.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Joy. Oh I know everyone grieved with me. I have the cards and gifts to prove it! It was like someone died. Which of course they kind of did. I’m good now though. I’m not particularly bitter or resentful or hateful towards him. That sort of thing just takes too much energy and doesn’t do me any good in the long run. I’m happy. That’s all that matters. πŸ™‚ ~ karen!

      • Su says:

        Someone once said the best revenge is living well….. you do indeed live well……. in mountains of ways…… πŸ™‚
        You don’t have to have the energy to be bitter or resentful or anything negative really, your loyal and a bit crazy readers will carry that banner till you tell them to drop it…… group energy is wonderful….
        someone other wise person also once said that hate is not the opposite of love, indifference is … and you’ll know when that is achieved….. when you reach the point, to quote a great country artist ‘my give a damn is busted’….

      • West Coast Nan says:

        Being happy is the best revenge, you rock Karen!

      • Bonnie says:

        You are so right, Karen. Anger, bitterness and resentment hurt the person who harbors them more than the subject of the ire. I love Nelson Mandela’s quote:
        β€œAs I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

        Finding our happiness is the healthy thing to do. You are strong and resilient. You are right to move on. No one knows what happens in a relationship, not even the two people in it. So, certainly, no one from outside can say anything about it.

        I am happy that you are happy.

  19. Wendy says:

    I love, love, love the salt and pepper shakers. I sort of collect them . . . well, I used to, and now I just sort of have them stored in a hutch until my kids get older and my house is less like the The Lord of the Flies.

    Is it just me . . . or is the fella weird to email you regarding the big chocolate card? I harbor no ill will toward him. People are allowed to fall out of love, and make a mess of things, and rue the day, and have regrets and all that. Doesn’t mean he deserves a mess o’ chocolate from you. I’m just sayin’.

    Be well. Eat the chocolate. Not all at once. If that’s your thing. If not, I suspect a bag of chips would do the trick. Doesn’t anyone make heart-shaped chips?


    • Karen says:

      Yeah, it isn’t really my thing which is the problem because I’ll eat them anyway, lol. I’d rather save those thousands of calories for something like chips and dip or a pizza. πŸ™‚ ~ karen!

  20. Kristen says:

    Thanks for the Valentine ideas.

    Our newspaper had an article about ‘how to blog’ and you were quoted!

    • Karen says:

      Yup. That was an Associated Press article that was printed in many papers across North America. I was interviewed for it. ~ karen!

  21. Elen G says:

    LOL You really know how to rile your readership, Karen! This brings to mind my favorite line from House of Cards…. “You may very well think so, but I couldn’t possibly comment.” πŸ˜€

    Love the cool cat card at the top. Love it.

    Good Friday to you all.

  22. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    I have to tell you when you mentioned you know who….my heart sank, but then you set the record straight. Yes, we have your back!!! Just incase you are reading this Mr. Fella…you have been warned. You had the best, now you don’t!!!

  23. Mary Werner says:

    Open them, melt them down, get marshmallows, strawberries, dried pineapple, nuts, etc. and dip in the melted goo. Now you have a great present to give to the people that helped stack your wood. AND you can eat a few without feeling too guilty cause now they are nutritious. Happy V Day and sounds like you are everyone’s valentine that reads this blog.

  24. Tigersmom says:

    My tongue is bleeding from me biting it so hard. I have suspicions and unsolicited opinions about so many things that I feel sure you really don’t want to discuss on your blog.


    Happy Valentine’s Day.

    And just so you know that chocolate would have never made it this long in my house.

  25. Ev Wilcox says:

    Silly us. We gathered up our pitchforks and torches, ready to hunt him down! The urge to protect you just bubbled up and we couldn’t help it! Your life, not ours, we have calmed down now! Giving a mammoth heart of chocolates can be done AFTER the day, ya’ know. Just saying. The chocolates won’t go bad fast! ‘Course they could get eaten…. Happy Valentine Day Karen! From one of the “mob”!

  26. Kendall says:

    Yes, children still make the fold-able Valentine. “Cootie Catchers” “Fortune Tellers” They are even used in math classes as a way of practicing math facts!

  27. Jennifer Ramirez says:

    In cartoon language, “Woozers”. There is def a lack of love for the fella, but have a heart..its Valentines Day!

  28. Su says:

    former fella = ass clown….. kinda goes with the second printable….. don’t ya love how riled up we all get and circle the wagons? I like idea of candy to the nursing home…. I also like the idea of just eating it all yourself

  29. marilyn says:

    at the risk of being hunted down…i am sure that the fella had a good reason..i like him,,i like takes two i always say. and besides its really none of our business

    • Karen says:

      Ha! On this one you could even ask the fella if you run into him. He’ll even tell you it only took one in this case. πŸ™‚ ~ karen!

  30. Loved all the comments so far. Funny how your blog readers are so loyal eh! Happy Valentines day Karen.

  31. Sally A says:

    Maybe the Silver Fox needs a Valentine? Sorry, had to.

  32. Suzanne says:

    That was still ballsy of him regardless of his intention. I 3rd the change in the “fella’s” name. I like “the runner”.
    Also, you can’t wait till you see that person after Valentines day? And if not then totally the senior citizens. Many can’t eat many sweets but that’s what makes your card perfect! They can take just one kiss if they want and still plenty to share. A shelter would be good too. Happy Valentines Day!

  33. Twyla Sue Harkey says:

    Happy Valentines Karen!!!!!
    Enjoy your choc valentine!!!!!
    Or give it to your mommy!!!
    I made a smaller version… Really cute’ ! can chickens have chocolate?

    • Karen says:

      LOL, no chickens can’t eat chocolate. πŸ™‚ I am considering the seniors home for it though. ~ karen!

      • Jan in Waterdown says:

        Maybe Drummond House, (a transitional home for women and children in need) in Waterdown would be a suitable choice for your big yummy card? They are certainly in need of a little love!
        Just a thought . . .

      • Liz says:

        awww πŸ™‚ that’s a great idea!

      • gabrielle says:

        well, I just want to come out and say that – ya know those clowny suits? That’s what you’ll be wearing through family day if you eat all those chocolates!

  34. Christy says:

    Thanks for explaining about the fella. Even still, his comment WAY, WAY out of line. I agree and second the nomination that the fella should have his name changed for good. I vote for the runner or the flea… Oh wait that one could be a funny play on words.

  35. Grammy says:

    Oh, dear. I’ll bet you didn’t know how protective we’ve all become since The Fella decided to give up his sweetheart privileges with you. Girlfriends get that way, you know.

    Another suggestion for your gorgeous chocolate giant valentine is to give it to a children’s home (is there a child protective services facility in your town?) Or the local fire station. Or even police station. I like the idea of a senior’s facility, but a lot of elderly people can’t eat sweets. Maybe it doesn’t matter — it might just be the thought that counts. You’ll find some place where it will be appreciated.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  36. Auntiepatch says:

    Pow! Slap! Bop! Take that, Fella. No Valentine for you!

  37. Joy says:

    I guess he lost the privilege of being us readers’ “fella” when he lost the privilege to be your Valentine. I think he needs a new nickname. The floppa. Or the flump. The man formerly known as the fella, currently known as @$$. Ok, ok… I just needed to get that off of my chest. πŸ™‚

    Love the card ideas. I picked up a pack from the dollar store for my daughter. Tinkerbell ftw. πŸ™‚

  38. Tracie says:

    Well, I don’t want to hog all your space or anything, but I seem to have a lot of opinions on this post. First of all, how dare he….and then, how I love those cat salt and peppers! Hate the clowny things. Loved the paper thingy that I made back in the day, but don’t know how to make now, but will look up…Those chocolate chip cookie hearts look really yum, and I’m still loving those heart-shaped tarts of yours. You tart. Ha! Lame, I know!

  39. Cynthia says:

    Hi Karen
    Love the cookies and little milk bottle with cute straw. πŸ™‚

  40. Cynthia says:

    Hey Fella! Separated mean separated = legally, financially, physically, socially and social media-ry.

    Get off her Blog and move on.

    Cyber stalkin’ Fool!

    ….shove every one…..#…*^….a##

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Everyone calm down. I was actually going to give the card to someone the fella knows so I sent him the link to the post. No big deal. He has respectfully not read my blog since we broke up (at my request). (Other than the tribute I wrote for his father, which I asked him to read before I published it) But thanks all for having my back. As you were. πŸ™‚ ~ karen!

      • Beckie says:

        Is there where I get to admit that I have always thought that “someday” the two of you would end up back together?

        You have too much history and seemed to be too incredibly perfect for each other.

        I also think it’s likely *too soon*….but in time…I won’t be at all surprised if it happens

      • Kim from Milwaukee says:

        Sending it to someone HE KNOWS??? oh my…..nice revenge move, must say.

  41. Laura Bee says:

    Holy schitt.
    Well, the seniors home is a nice idea.

    Thanks- I just remembered I need to package up 30-something star crayons my 4yr old helped me make for her class. Cue printable folded into a nice little pocket. Now to pick some….thanks for saving my ass as well as (possibly) my boobies.

  42. Barbie says:

    What Debbie from Illinois said!….. TOTALLY!

  43. calliek says:

    Zoinks?? I can think of a few choice words and zoinks wouldn’t be one of them.

  44. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Your ex sure has big brass clanky ones!!!!!

    OK, getting back to the card, how about taking it to a nursing home. Then the residents could enjoy it.

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