Easter egg holders

Welcome back crafters and HAPPY EASTER!!

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Put those brightly colored Easter eggs on display!

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Coloring Easter eggs is a Springtime favorite in our house… So today I’ve created some fun egg holders to display the Easter eggs we colored this weekend.  And it couldn’t be easier!

Simply punch cut a strip of green cardstock with a grass border punch.  Wrap it around the egg and secure paper with glue dot.

Adhere punch-cut mini flowers adorned with self-stick gems.  For added fun, die-cut some bunnies, color & adhere!  Done!!

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Have a wonderful Spring and a very Happy Easter!!

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Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda~

Supplies used:   Tools: Sissix Big Shot,  Stamps/Dies: Lawn Fawn “Snow Day”;  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black;  Craft punches: Fiskars grass border punch, Stampin’ Up! floral trio;  Misc: self-stick gems, glue dots, pink markers

Happy Easter!

Card-Making for Kids ~ St. Joseph School, Bronxville, NY ~ March 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

Welcome back crafters!

Today’s Card-Making for Kids project is a celebration of all things Spring!  Blue skies, green grass and Easter bunnies!  The perfect finale to our chilly but creative 2014-2015 winter session at St. Joseph School!

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We started our card by creating our background scene with blue cardstock and polka dot design paper pieces:

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Next, we die-cut our super cute bunnies with my Big Shot die-cutting machine and Lawn Fawn dies:

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We then created our own “easter eggs” by adhering our squiggle strips onto punch cut ovals, and trimming around the edges:

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We assembled our cards and added punch cut mini-clouds with a simple Happy Easter sentiment!

Happy Easter clouds and sentiment

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For added fun, some of the girls decorated the inside of their cards too!

Happy Easter inside!

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Super cute and ready to give to someone special for Easter!!

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Thanks so much to St. Joseph School for welcoming me to craft with their students again this year!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our fun projects this season and decide to give them a try some time!

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 Until next time, keep crafting… and Happy Easter!!

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~ Linda ~

Supplies Used:  Paper: Recollections, Stampin’ Up!;  Tools: Sissix: Big Shot, Fiskar’s scallop scissors;  Craft Punches: Fiskar’s jumbo oval, mini cloud, EK Success: mini oval;  Stamps: Lawn Fawn: “Snow Day”, Stampin’ Up!: Teeny Tiny Wishes;   Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Up!: Regal Rose;  Dies: Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts: “Snow Day”, Small Stitched Rectangle;  Mama Elephant: “Landscape Trio”;  Misc: Self stick pearls, pink marker, foam square adhesives

Flying by…

Flying by…

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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.

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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…

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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:

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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

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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:

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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…

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~ 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

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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

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

Until next time, stay creative,

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~ 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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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  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.