Flying by…

Flying by…

flying by

Welcome back crafters!  Today I am showcasing the simple but sweet birthday card I created for a very special boy in our family.

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I wanted a kid-friendly image so I went right to my Lawn Fawn stash and chose this adorable paper airplane set.  I created the semi-solid sky background by direct-to-paper inking with Hero Arts cornflower ink on some heavy weight white cardstock.

I then stamped the paper airplane image separately with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with copics before trimming it out and popping it up on foam squares.  I followed up by adding the stamped trail image in Versafine Black Onyx ink.

flying by close up

I created the cloud line with one of my favorite Mama Elephant steel dies, adhered with some more foam squares, and stamped my sentiment again with Versafine. I blocked off the “hi” portion with a post-it beforehand, and replaced it with three Sharpie pen dots to create some anticipation for my inside message…

flying by inside

For the interior I stamped another airplane and added a kid-friendly Happy Birthday sentiment (also by Lawn Fawn) followed by a super cute exclamation point.

 Ready to fly for an adorable nine-year old!  Happy birthday Matt!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Linda ~

St. Patrick’s Day card

Friday, February 20, 2015 ~ Card-Making for Kids ~ St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY

Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Happy St. Patrick's Day Card

Welcome back card-makers & crafters!

Today’s Card-Making for Kids project featured this festive and bright St. Patrick’s Day card.  It showcases a beautiful combination of textured and patterned papers with simple complimentary accents and a hand-stamped sentiment.

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The students began by creating their own textured cardstock by embossing with a floral embossing folder and The Big Shot die cutting machine.  This is a simple paper-crafting technique that places a pattern onto ordinary flat cardstock:

Happy St. Patrick's Day card embossing closeup

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Next, the girls prepared their “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” sentiment accent by using a clear stamp, padded acrylic block and bright green ink.  They centered their image and punched it out with a label-shaped craft punch:

Stamping and craft punch supplies

inking up a stamp

stamping with padded acrylic block

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We then adhered our papers together onto our cardfront and added a thin dotted scallop border piece in between.  Borders do magical things in paper-crafting.  While separating two very different patterns, they can also tie them together visually:

adding a border

Finally, the students chose their favorite paper flower embellishments and added them to their card along with their sentiment and glittery shamrocks:

green embellishments for St. Patgrick's Day project

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Happy St. Patrick's Day card embossing

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Until next time, keep crafting…

Happy St. Patrick's Day flat

~ Linda ~

Supplies: Tools: Sissix Big Shot;  Cuttlebug embossing folder: “Floral Fantasy”; Paper:  Recollections heavy weight base cardstock, Recollections Bright & Jolly paper pad: green polka dots; Stampin’ Up!: So Saffron;   Craft Punches:  EK Success dotted scallop border, Stampin’ Up! Decorative Label;  Stamps: Recollections “Handmade By“; Hero Arts “Happy St. Patrick’s Day“;  Ink: Stampin’ Up! Gumball Green;  Misc:  paper flowers, self-stick gems, shamrock glitter foam stickers, foam dimensionals

Valentine storage boxes

Friday, February 6, 2015 ~ Card-Making for Kids, St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY

DIY Valentine Storage Boxes

valentine boxes layers of hearts

Welcome back crafters!

Today was our Valentine’s Day workshop and WOW!  What creative energy!  The students used up every morsel of class time to decorate their storage boxes with beautiful heart embellishments, truly making them their own…

valentine boxes pink glitter paper

valentine boxes plainThe Prep:

To prepare for class, I purchased these simple white photo storage boxes that I pre-covered for the students with a gorgeous pink and glitter vellum I knew they would love. (They did!)

Plain boxes are terrific for DIY projects, and especially fun for children to embellish for Valentine’s Day.  They’re just right for kids to store their favorite things in, like their Card-Making for Kids projects!  One student even said she’d bring her class valentines in it…

valentine boxes our suppliesThe project:

While I often create an exclusive design for the students to use as a crafty guide, today’s project was all in their hands, literally!  The girls used a fantastic combination of assorted punch cut heart shapes from shimmery glitter paper & vellum, and added gem stones, a beautiful felt scroll and gel pen accents.  They layered the varying sizes and shapes to create their own delightful patterns, and customized tags with their names for their tag frame.

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valentine boxes adhesive strip one side firstHere’s how I pre-covered the boxes.

Vellum is thin and transparent, so it’s tricky to adhere without glue showing through and the paper wrinkling up. I’ve heard some folks use spray adhesive, but a roll of strip adhesive works great too:

  1. Trace and trim your vellum to fit & cover the box top. Place vellum aside.
  2. Place adhesive strip on only one top edge of your box, but do not peel yet.
  3. Center your vellum into place and hold in place with hand.
  4. Lift up the vellum that lays over the adhesive strip and gently peel off the backing.
  5. Allow the vellum to fall back onto the strip & secure in place.
  6. Now flip the adhered vellum back over itself.  Add adhesive strips to the remaining 3 edges.  Peel the backing from all three and smooth vellum down gently over the adhesive in one motion from one edge to the other.

valentine boxes vellum adhered with adhesive strip

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Take a peek at our workshop fun:

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I hope you give this DIY craft a try with your kids.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

valentine boxes jumbo hearts

Until next time, keep crafting!

~Linda ~

 

Supplies used:  White photo storage boxes (A.C.Moore), Paper: American Crafts glitter paper, EK Success pink glitter vellum, Stampin’ Up! Pretty-in-Pink cardstock;  heart craft punches by Fiskars, Martha Stewart, Marvy, Stampin’ Up!;  Queen & Co. Felt Fusion self-stick pink scroll border;  Offray pink mini bows; Adhesive: American Crafts permanent clear craft tape; self-stick gems; glitter gel pens

Glitter cupcake card

Friday, January 31, 2015 ~ Card-Making for Kids ~ St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY

glitter cupcake

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Welcome back crafters!

Today’s Card-Making for Kids workshop was all about colors and creativity!  Starting with some fantastic crafting tools, assorted glitter cardstock, and easy embellishments, the students designed beautiful hand-made cards in custom color combinations.

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Our project featured a designer “cupcake” created with die-cut, punch cut and embossed shapes, fancy borders, sheer pink ribbon and a dotted white frame on a pale purple card-base.  Check out our gorgeous paper choices and card kit supplies:

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glitter cupcake flat

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Take a peek to see how the girls designed their creations.  What a joy to see them so spirited and engaged in their projects!  Enjoy!

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glitter cupcake side

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I hope you loved reading about today’s fun. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time, stay creative,

glitter cupcake floral topper

~ Linda ~

Supplies Used:  Paper:  Bazzill: bling textured cardstock;  DCWV glitter cardstock;  Recollections: white, purple cardstock;  Tools: Sissix Big Shot; Darice embossing folder: large petal;  Nestabilities: classic scalloped circles small;  Avery Elle: dotted frame die;  Fiskars: scallop long paper edgers;  Misc:  Recollections: glitter on a roll (hearts), floral punch;  Celebrate It: sheer pink ribbon, foam dimensionals, self stick pearls.

If you loved today’s project and would like to schedule a Card-Making for Kids workshop in the Westchester County, NY area, please e-mail me at: Linda@itsfromme.com…

Washi tape pencil cup

Friday, January 23, 2015 ~ Card-Making for Kids ~ St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY

 

Easy and creative fun with washi tape

washi tape pencil cup

Card-Making for Kids is so much more than card-making! Today’s crafty workshop was all about working with washi!

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Crafting with Washi Tape

    This designer paper tape can be found in craft stores, online and today, in our Card-Making for Kids workshop!  Washi tape is similar to a thin masking tape, and comes in an endless number of patterns and colors, and a variety of widths.  They’re simple to peel and stick, and huge fun for kids to craft with.

basket of washi tape

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For a colorful (and useful) pencil holder, start by wrapping your washi tape around a craft cup one row at a time.  When your ends meet, simply rip the tape, and smooth the edge down onto your surface.  Continue with alternating colors and designs until you reach the bottom of the cup.  Add a glitter chipboard initial and punch cut flowers to help personalize your creation!

washi pencil cup

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For decorating pencils, repeat the same technique using store-bought pencils, and they are ready to use in school or at home.  Just remember to peel off the tape as needed upon sharpening.

washi pencils

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Enjoy the fun from today’s workshop!

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And… here’s another creative Card-Making for Kids project idea using washi tape to create a bookmark.  Fun and so easy!

washi pencil cup

  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you come again soon,

~ Linda ~

Materials Used: Creatology paper pencil holders; Assorted washi tapes: (Sandy Lion, Queen & Company);  Glitter chipboard alphabet (K & Company);  Floral punch (EK Success);  Glue dots; #2 pencils;  self stick pearls

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 If you’d like to schedule a crafty Card-Making for Kids workshop for your school or library program, please e-mail me at: linda@itsfromme.com.

Pink & glitter balloon birthday

Friday, January 16, 2015 ~ Card-Making for Kids ~ St. Joseph School, Bronxvlle, NY

happy birthday glitter balloon card

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Welcome back crafters!  The students learned some fantastic paper crafting techniques to create their beautiful cards today. Take a peek!

glitter balloon supplies

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The girls began by die-cutting a pink scallop square and layering some punch cut balloon glitter pieces and baker’s twine balloon strings onto beautiful glitter design paper.

scallop square die cut

glitter balloon layers

Next, they hand-stamped their “Happy Birthday” sentiment in pink ink on cream cardstock, and trimmed out a banner shape for display.

banner

After assembling the card base using pink cardstock and patterned design paper, the girls used gel pens to create faux stitching around the border.

gel pen faux stitching

Some photos of the fun!

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happy birthday glitter balloon card

Hope you loved them!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time, keep crafting… children love to create!

~ Linda ~

glitter balloon layers

Supply list:  Paper: Recollections Signature: pink, glitter paper (Mulberry), Stampin’ Up! DSP (Pawsitively Prints);  Tools: Sissix Big Shot, Nestabilities Classic Scallop Squares Large, Martha Stewart mini balloon punch; Stamp: Lizzie Anne Designs (Everyday Sayings);  Ink: Memento (Rose Bud); Baker’s Twine: We R Memory Keepers Fancy Floss (Lollipop); Misc: foam adhesive, pink gemstones, pink gel pens.

Snowman winter card

Friday, January 9, 2015 ~ Card-Making for Kids, St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY

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Welcome back crafters!

It’s a snowy Friday here in Westchester, and what a better way for children to celebrate the joys of winter, than to create a fun, snowman card.

Today’s Card-Making for Kids project features a snowman happily presenting itself through a die cut glitter cardstock window, surrounded by “falling snow” paper embossing.

snowman warm winter wishes circle

With my  Big Shot die-cutting machine, the students die-cut their windows (above), and then turned plain white cardstock into their own “snowy” embossed design paper with this polka dot embossing folder:

snoman warm winter wishes embossing

The children then assembled their snowman from these fun die-cuts I pre-cut with my Cricut.  We then adhered our papers together with glue and foam adhesive.  We layered some coordinating ovals to the cardfront to display a warm winter sentiment too:

snowman warm winter wishes pieces

As a final touch, the children die-cut this adorable scarf image from Lawn Fawn ,which fit our snowman friend perfectly!

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snowman

Here are some photos of our workshop fun:

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 Thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda ~

If you’d like to schedule a Card-Making for Kids workshop for your school, troop or Library program, please contact me at Linda@itsfromme.com!

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Project materials list:  Paper:  Gina K Pure Luxury wild lilac, DCWV Glitter Stack,  Recollections: purple, white;  Tools:  Cricut Expression: Paper Doll Dress-Up & Doodlecharms cartridges; Sissix/Stampin’ Up!: Big Shot, Polka dot embossing folder, Oval punch, scallop oval punch;  Spellbinders Nestabilities  standard circles, Lawn Fawn-Lawn Cuts Snow Day;   Ink: Stampin’ Up: Lovely Lilac, Versafine Onyx Black;  Stamps: Lawn Fawn: Snow Day, Winter Fox;  Misc: orange marker, foam dimensionals, adhesive