A Scratch & Sniff Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2010 · 17 comments · Print This Post

in Holidays / Entertaining, Nostalgia, To Buy / To Try

Hated or adored the polarizing holiday of the year is almost upon us. Thankfully it’s on a Sunday this year so we wont have to sit through the crush of delivered bouquets teeming with overwrought posies and yards of pastel ribbon at the office. My unfortunate floral allergy simply doesn’t have a chance against the evil scent of lilies in small confined spaces. In case you’re wondering though I’m perfectly willing to accept roses in vast quantities in the privacy of my own home.

Flowers aside, there is one thing about Valentine’s Day that I have missed over the years – those adorable little cards. In Kindergarten I broke my elbow. Absurdly enough, after I broke it, I cried harder about the fact that I would A. not be able to go to the library that night as we’d be spending the evening in the emergency room and b. that I would miss our class Valentine’s Day party. I used to love receiving heaps of mini Smurf, She-Ra, and Thunder Cat illustrated cards during elementary school parties. Coupled with sugar cookies sprinkled with spicy red hots and cherry heart-shaped lollipops and you have the basic tools to create a child’s dream day.

Obviously you can see why I’d be more upset about losing out on the chance at receiving special treats than getting a cast put on. Fortunately my teacher at the time, Mrs. Dalessandro, made a special trip to my house to bring me a plate of the class pink and red hued goodies as well as my stash of badly lettered greetings.

This year I decided to bring the tradition back after I found a set of scratch and sniff cards at Paper Source that I just couldn’t resist. While writing them out yesterday, with Watson’s assistance of course,  I was transported back twenty years. Who needs a time machine when you’re surrounded by the scent of artificial strawberry, vanilla, orange and blueberry? So friends and family keep an eye on your mailbox…

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nicole spaz February 4, 2010 at 10:19 am

these are co cute. thanks for sharing. I’m hoping to make mine these year bit i’ll have to se ehow that goes!

ps- glad that it’s on a sunday too.


2 Jeannette February 4, 2010 at 10:36 am

ok, i was [thiiiis] close to buying these. i eagerly clicked the links you provided only to be let down that they are no longer available. sadness ensued.

can i sniff yours?



3 Erin February 4, 2010 at 10:38 am


Do you have Paper Source in your area? They may have them in the store still. It might be worth a phone call!


4 jennywenny February 4, 2010 at 11:07 am

Happy valentines! I’d like watson to be my valentine, what a cutie pie!


5 anna February 4, 2010 at 11:19 am

I am not allowed in the paper source because cute things like this exist there and tempt me! Those are maybe the best valentines ever.


6 Erin February 4, 2010 at 11:28 am

The one in the picture is your card 🙂 Also, Paper Source is right across the street from my office now. It is SERIOUSLY dangerous. Now instead of buying lunchtime cosmetics I buy ridiculous cards and pretty pastel things I don’t need. I somehow managed to abstain from purchasing a box of heart-shaped Junior Mints — but only just barely. Now that I’ve written that sentence I sort of want to run out immediately and buy every box they have.


7 Bob February 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Can’t say I’ve ever been a big fan of Valentines day, but I tolerate and even celebrate it for my girlfriend. She loves it. Watson is getting big!


8 Kelly February 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Those bring back so much nostalgia!


9 Hänni February 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Those are soooo cute. And I’d totally forgotten about the red hot cookies. Suddenly I have a craving …

Here’s hoping for your abundance of roses. (I’ve instructed AHP he is to spoil me likewise). Xoxo


10 Julie February 4, 2010 at 9:31 pm

These are so cute! You’ve inspired me to look for cute kids Valentines to give at work! Thanks!


11 wummy February 5, 2010 at 8:40 am

I still remember the Valentine cards from when I was young. You broke your elbow protecting Crystal Castle. boo!!hoo!! KIss Wattie for me!!xoxox


12 Michelle February 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Those are so cute! I found some horsey valentines cards about a month ago and decided to pass them out at work but didn’t even think about mailing them to the folks I don’t see every day. Thanks for the idea!! 🙂


13 wine blog February 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

What a beautiful feline! I used to love those scratch and sniff stickers. They always had a distinct smell to them. Like grapes mixed with licorice or something to that effect! Cheers~


14 Nicole (dishin') February 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I bought these too! They are adorable 🙂


15 Cassidy February 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm

these are so cute !!!


16 Deb R February 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

Your cat is gorgeous!!!


17 Jennifer Kim February 20, 2010 at 11:16 pm

lovely cards and such a cute kitty! hope u had a happy valentine’s, your blog is really pretty 🙂


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