Card-Making for Kids at the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Crafting fun at the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market

Linda Sugrue

Linda Sugrue crafts with kids at the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market

Welcome back crafters!  Today, I had the joy of crafting with kids at a local Farmer’s Market in my neighboring town of Chappaqua, New York.

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I’m a big fan of outoor farmer’s markets – not just for their fresh produce and yummy foods, but for the relaxed, family friendly experience they provide.

The Chappaqua Farmer’s Market offers live music and a children’s activity in addition to the food vendors.  It’s an enriching and fun way to spend a few hours while supporting local businesses and farms in the area.

So I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to craft with kids at today’s gathering.  Among the fabulous vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, coffees and more, the children created their own version of yummy “strawberries” to go along with the market theme.

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Many thanks to the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market and the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to participate in such a fun day… We crafted over 40 cards!

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Love this paper-crafting idea?  Visit my Strawberry Hello card project .

Or, if you’d like to schedule a Card-Making for Kids workshop for your school, library or scout troop gathering, please send an e-mail to linda@itsfromme.com.  You can also visit its from me, llc on Facebook.  See you soon!

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 Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda ~

Ink embossing

Welcome back crafters!

It’s no secret that I love using embossing on my card projects.  We use it regularly in my kids classes for its fun factor and its ease to use – and especially for the beautiful results it creates.  But today I took it a step further and and applied one of my favorite inks to the detail to really make it shine.

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To create this effect for my card, I embossed beige cardstock with this detailed floral embossing pattern, and followed up with a direct ink to paper technique:

First I ran my paper through my Big Shot with an added shim (piece of thick cardstock) to ensure my pattern would be deeply embossed:

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 I then applied my ink directly to the raised areas of the paper, taking care not to push too hard:

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 I coated the pattern completely and set it aside to dry:

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 That’s it!  It creates beautiful texture for your cardmaking or paper-crafting projects:

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Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda ~

Materials list:

Paper: Recollections aqua (80lb), beige (110lb), Stampin’ Up! So Saffron;  Tools: Sissix Big Shot, Sissix/Stampin’ Up! embossing folder (Petals A’ Plenty);  Stamps: Hero Arts clear stamp set (CL342);  Ink: Hero Arts: Pale Tomato (mini);  Punches: 1 1/2″ oval (EK Success), 1 3/4″ oval (SU!), Flower (Recollections),  Misc: self stick pearls

New Books for Neighbor’s Link: A mini book drive

New Books for Neighbor’s Link: a mini book drive

Welcome back crafters and friends!

IT’S FROM ME  is proud to be collaborating with another local business here in Westchester County, NY to benefit the children served by Neighbor’s Link, a wonderful organization in neighboring Mount Kisco, as it builds up its Family Center’s lending library.

How to participate:

Visit The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY and ask to purchase a children’s book from a short wish list collection for Neighbor’s Link.  All books on the list are under ten dollars, and will be delivered directly to Neighbor’s Link from the bookstore.  A bookplate with the donor’s name will be added to each book purchased, if desired.

A matching gift:

For each book purchased, it’s from me, LLC will match the donation with a hand-stamped canvas book tote (seen here), for the children to transport books easily to and from the Family Center’s lending library:

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Aside from the tremendous benefits of reading with your children, the goal of this local community project is to empower the children by generating excitement for reading books, and encouraging responsible book borrowing.

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I hope you consider donating.

Many thanks, as always,

~ Linda ~

Contact info for this project:

Linda Sugrue, it’s from me, llc, Briarcliff Manor, NY: linda@itsfromme.com

The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY: 914-769-8322

#lovelocal!

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AND….. Here they are!  Thank so much to the families who contributed!

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Please check back with us for future collection drives for local organizations!

Linda (:

Distress ink: Thinking of You ~ OWH

May 28, 2014

More distress inking!

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Hi everyone, welcome back!

  Today’s project is another card I designed using the technique I featured in my last post, where I created patterned cardstock with a craft stencil and distress inks.

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Using the pretty pattern I created, I punched out rows of three tandem squares with my jumbo craft punch, and layered them onto blue cardstock.  I positioned and adhered them to my cardfront slightly apart from each other, making sure to keep the direction of the pattern in line.

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I then added a hand-stamped sentiment and inked around the edges before layering my cardfront onto good base cardstock.

I was able to craft five of these Thinking of You cards from the one piece of patterned paper I inked up.  They’ll all be heading over to Operation Write Home.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda~

Supplies:  Project supplies: Paper: Recollections heavy-weight cover;  Ink: Ranger/Tim Holtz distress ink: faded jeans, dusty concord;  Ranger/Adirondack: denim;  Stamps: Stampin’ Up!: sassy salutations;  Tools: Ranger ink blending tools; Heidi Swapp spray stencil

Distress ink: masculine card

May 26, 2014

Masculine birthday using distress ink

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 Welcome back crafters!

Today’s project is a masculine birthday card I created with distress ink blending over a craft stencil.  This technique creates a soft, antique look to your project rather than a crisp, defined color combination.  Distress inks are designed to blend together when overlapped, and they also react with water to further distress the look.  Here’s how you can do it too:

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First, secure your stencil over your cardstock with paper tape.

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Ink up your foam blending tool and apply your first color using a circular “swooshing” motion.   Start just off the paper’s edge and make your way onto the paper.  For this project, I used only two alternating colors, and followed the diagonal pattern of the stencil to guide where I placed them.

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Next, apply a second color to the neighboring area of white space and slightly overlap it onto the previously placed color.  The swooshing motion will blend the colors effortlessly and create a soft combination of color around the pattern.  (You can either use the same blending tool and simply switch out the velcro foam, or use a new tool dedicated for each color).

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Go back over and add more ink until you reach your desired depth of color.

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If desired, you can create an even more distressed look by spritzing the entire inked area with a light mister spray and regular water.  Distress ink is meant to react with water to create a blotchy, painted watercolor effect, depending on the amount of water you add.

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When dry, trim and layer your design onto coordinating cardstock, add ribbon and a hand-stamped sentiment.  I use this edgy style sentiment stamp for many of my masculine projects.

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There’s no perfection when using distress inks.  It’s a style of its own, so experiment with colors, patterns and images… Even water dipped stamps onto randomly-inked cardstock will work too.

Give it a try and let me know how you did!

Until then, keep crafting,

~ Linda ~

Project supplies: Paper: Recollections heavy-weight cover, your favorite water color paper;  Ink: Ranger/Tim Holtz distress ink: faded jeans, dusty concord; Stampin’ Up! night of navy;  Stamps: Stampin’ Up!: sassy salutations;  Tools: Ranger ink blending tools; Heidi Swapp spray stencil;  Misc: navy satin ribbon, foam dimensionals, spray bottle with water

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An OWHtv feature

May 26, 2014

Welcome back crafters!

WOW!  I am so excited to share an OWHtv video from the talented and dedicated Sandy Allnock featuring a box of hand-made cards I created for Operation Write Home.  I am honored to be participating in this mission to help our Troops stay in touch with home:

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Visit OWH to find out how you can help too…

Until next time, stay creative!

Linda (:

Minecraft DIY thank you notes

Welcome back crafters!  Today is all about quick, kids DIY thank you notes…

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Even if I wasn’t a crafter, I would still be a big fan of sending thank you notes.  But getting them out can sometimes be a daunting task with busy family life.  With a few easy steps, DIY notes can come together quickly and inexpensively, and still send a heartfelt message of appreciation while teaching your kids a good practice. Here’s how we did it:

I started by printing out multiples on a single page of this super cute “diamond armor” image off the internet. (We used the same image on his birthday cake too).

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Next, I trimmed out the printed images and adhered them onto plain white cardstock on a teal cardbase.  I then adhered these layers onto pre-cut note cards from my local craft store, and hand-stamped “thank you” in teal ink next to the graphic.

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My son and I worked together writing his messages inside the cards, making sure we mentioned the gift that person had given; and finished up by signing his name in teal magic marker. Done!

Thanks for stopping by…

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Until next time, keep crafting and have party cake!

~ Linda ~

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Project materials by: Inkadinkado, Recollections, Stampin’ Up!