I Heart Printable Pencil Valentines

I found these adorable heart pencils at Target last week and I just knew they would inspire some last minute Valentine goodness. So I made these printables thinking I'd give them to my daughter's pre-school friends, but then decided that I like them so much I'm going to give them to my co-workers instead. Why not, right?  I work at a design firm so I think they'll appreciate the effort more than the 2 year olds... and frankly, us grown ups need some love and cheesiness too! 

That includes you my friends, so I hope you all enjoy the freebie and have a very happy Valentines Day. 
X's and O's.

These printables and images are ©Merry Happy by CAKE. and are for personal use only. If sharing them on your site, please credit CAKE. events blog and link directly to this post.

Love is in the Air | Valentine Treats + Printable

Today I bring you some printable Valentine's day goodness.  Hooray!  I was inspired by airheads red balloon logo and decided to try making a red balloon cookie topper out of their candy.  And guess what?  Cutting airheads with scissors is super easy and fun!  Pair that with a little valentine wordplay, some pink hearts and a simple sugar cookie recipe... and we've got ourselves one uplifting DiY.

Full disclosure: airheads is hosting a craft contest and the winner gets a ticket to Alt NYC.  Yeah, I'm down with that. Wait, scratch that... I pretty much never enter contests, so the fact that I'm entering this one and blogging about it means I'm pretty freaking over the moon psyched about that!  I have no idea if it helps my odds, but if you like this project, can you help a sister out and vote for it on the airheads facebook page?

You can vote HERE once a day until Feb 11th.

Read on below for a simple tutorial on how to make these balloon toppers, along with the printable and recipe for some pretty addictive cookies.  Happy love day!

Here's what you'll need:

- printable 5x7 valentine card (download HERE)
- cookie & icing ingredients (see recipe below)
- heart shaped cookie cutter (I used a 2" heart)
- airheads candy in cherry & white mystery flavors
- scissors for trimming candy
- cello bags for cookies
- pretty tape for attaching treats to card

Here's what to do:

1. Download the free printable and print/cut as many as you need.
2. Bake sugar cookies as directed below and pipe with icing when cool.
3. To make airheads balloons: take a cherry airhead and trim out a small oval about a 1/2" in diameter. Cut a tiny corner off the end and press together with the oval using your fingers to mold into a small balloon tip.  Trim a thin strip of the long end of a white mystery airhead.  Roll along a clean surface until a thin 'string' is formed.  Cut a 2" piece and form a small loop near one end.
4. Place balloon on upper left of iced heart cookie. Place string below balloon tip and run to edge of cookie (trim end if needed).  Gently press into icing.
5. When cookie icing is hardened, place cookie in a cello bag and attach to Valentine with tape along top.
6. Don't forget to write in a valentine message to your loved ones before you give away these treats.

Tip: If you're short on time, substitute the handmade cookies for a handful of mini airheads candy bars and you still have a cute valentine!

These printables and images are ©Merry Happy by CAKE. and are for personal use only. If sharing them on your site, please credit CAKE. events blog and link directly to this post.

Valentine Hearts Sugar Cookies

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Heart shaped cookie cutter

1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until incorporated.
3. Gradually add flour mixture on low until combined. Wrap dough in plastic; chill 1 hour.
4. Heat oven to 325 degrees. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 3/16 inch thick. Cut out hearts. Transfer 6-8 cookies to an un-greased cookie sheet. Chill until firm, 15 to 30 minutes. 
5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until cookies are firm but not browned. Transfer cookies on pan to wire rack to cool, about 20 minutes. 
6. Repeat until all dough is used.

Pink Cookie Icing

1.5 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp light corn syrup
red food coloring
Squeeze bottle or piping bag

1. Whisk together sugar, milk and corn syrup until smooth.
2. Add a few drops of red food coloring until desired tint is achieved.  
3. Pour icing into squeeze bottle or piping bag fitted with a small nozzle.
4. Outline cookies first, then fill with icing. Use a toothpick to fill in small gaps and air bubbles.