Saturday, February 6, 2016

Card: Valentine's Day - Blueberry

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Inspiration: The latest entry in our fruit themed Valentine's. We're trying to make sure we hit all the colors of the rainbow and already have pink/red (strawberries), yellow (bananas),  purple (grapes), and orange (oranges). 

How I Made Them: I used a circle stencil for the round part with a medium blue paper from Hollo's (it's acid & lignin-free paper for scrap-booking but a little thicker so almost card stock).  Then I hole-punched a dark blue paper and free-hand cut a star-ish shape around the hold.  Used glue to get everything together.  An blue gel pen was used to write "You're true blue, Valentine!"  To finish it off, the 7-yr old signed her name of the back of each card (in pink, of course).


Additional Photo:
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Other Ideas:

  • Staying with a rainbow of fruit (some of these you might see in future years): green (limes or kiwi), red (apples)
  • Other themes: sports, cartoon characters (I'd probably use found images but you need to be careful of copyright)
  • I also have this idea to do heart-shaped cards that are like mini-collages with magazine cut-outs (Maybe I'll try this one soon)
  • I also totally want to pass this on so the now 7-yr old is making her own and we haven't work with Heart-shaped doilies yet...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Card: Valentine's Day - Oranges

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Inspiration: The latest entry in our fruit themed Valentine's. We're trying to make sure we hit all the colors of the rainbow and already have pink/red (strawberries), yellow (bananas) and purple (grapes). Plus D's favorite knock, knock joke totally plays on this one.

How I Made Them: I used a circle stencil for the round part with a darker orange paper from Hollo's (it's acid & lignin-free paper for scrap-booking but a little thicker so almost card stock).  Took me a bit to find a circle that fit on my little 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" paper.  I ended up making a stencil of the 1/2 with the corners trimmed a little.  Then I free-hand made four little wedge-piece stencils and used those with a lighter orange paper.  Used glue to get everything together.  An orange glitter gel pen was used to write "Orange you glad I'm your Valentine?"  To finish it off, the 6-yr old signed her name of the back of each card (in pink, of course).

Other Ideas:

  • Staying with a rainbow of fruit (some of these you might see in future years): green (limes or kiwi), blue (blueberries), red (apples)
  • Other themes: sports, cartoon characters (I'd probably use found images but you need to be careful of copyright)
  • I also have this idea to do heart-shaped cards that are like mini-collages with magazine cut-outs (Maybe I'll try this one soon)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Cards Made with Kids

Inspiration: Now that D is almost 6, she really wanted to help me make cards this year.  She had little Felties stickers that she got in a present and of course we had to use them.  This is what we ended up with:
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How we Made Them: D chose a scene that we both drew based on how she described her idea.  We colored our scenes with Colored Pencils and then placed the Felties in the scene after removing the sticker backing.  Inside the cards, I wrote "We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".
In the pictures above, D's version is on the right-hand side and mine is on the left.  Pretty good artwork for an almost 6-year old.

Notes: D loves to draw so doing a card when she got to draw was perfect.  In the past we've also glued cut-outs from magazines to make cards or stickers or small mosaic-like pieces of paper.  She also really enjoyed that we were both making the cards at the same time.  She could "borrow" small ideas from mine and I could "borrow" ideas from hers and they both still came out unique.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cake: Birthday Ghost

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I realize this post has nothing to do with cards.  However, my birthday was earlier this month and I wanted a cake.  I only have 1 shaped cake pan.  It's a ghost.  I also needed to practice decorating a cake for a party that's now only 1 week away.  So I decided to make myself and birthday cake as practice.  It turned out pretty good and only took me about 2 hours to decorate.  My mom used to make all our birthday cakes and we'd see her decorating them (and steal a fingerful of frosting or two in the process).  She's made all of my daughter's birthday cakes (and one hair cutting cake) too.  I've helped here and there on them (creating Starburst gems for a tiara, piping a line or words).  So this is my first cake decorated all by myself.  I brought it to work on my birthday - it was all gone an hour and a half later.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Card: Valentine's Day - Bananas!



Inspiration: In keeping with the fruit theme from the past couple of years, I thought bananas look like smiles and might make nice Valentine's.

How I Made Them: I bought yellow foamie paper at Pat Catan's.  A Google search for "bunch of bananas" found images that I printed in a side of about 1" by 2".  I tried 3 different images and traced and cut out my bunches and used glitter gel pens to draw the lines.  The ones in the image is the bunch that I thought looked the best.  Quick bit of glue to secure the bananas to the cards (which were bookmark cardstock from Hollo's but I used my paper cutter to get it down to 2 1/2" strips - I think the width was about 1 1/4" to begin with).  I used the same glitter gel pen to write "I go BANANAS for you, Valentine!".  My now 5-year old will be adding her name to the bottom after the heart - she loves to write her name herself.

Alternatives:

  • I did buy some stiff felt to use instead, but the foamie is much easier to cut and draw on.
  • Not sure what fruit I'll do next year...still toying with the star in an apple...
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sewing Project: Teapot

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Inspiration:  For my daughter's tea party themed birthday party, I planned on having the kids play "Hot Teapot".  I didn't want to use either of the china teapots or her plastic Strawberry Shortcake one.  I knew I needed to sew one that was softer.

How I Made It: I thought about just taking an online image and making it more like a pillow but ended up searching for teapot sewing patterns and came up with the following:

I used multiple colored fabric (see image above).  I also machine sewed most of the pieces and only hand-sewed to close the teapot body, close the lid circle, secure on the button top and attach the lid to the body. The whole thing only took 1 evening.

What I'd Do Different:
  • I'd definitely make a longer body.  Mine looks more like a Genie Lamp than a teapot.
  • I'd secure the spout on a little more closer to the top so it's more upright.
  • I wanted to add a little hidden pocket to put in a prize for the kid who is holding it when the music stops, but I ended up not doing that.  It probably could have been done with some material into the top and using velcro to secure the lid to the top of the teapot.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Cards: Rainbow Collage Stationary

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Inspiration: My daughter had to collect magazine cutouts in various colors for school.  I cut out a lot more aside from what we sent thinking it would be fun to do similar things with her at home.

How We Made Them:  I cut out 4"x5" rectangles on colored paper - one for each color we were going to work with (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple).  My then 3-yr old daughter helped place on images matching that color after I Modge Podge'd the sheet.  We let them dry under some heavy dictionaries and then forgot about them for a year (you can skip the forgot about them step after they dry).  From the back side of one of the rectangles I drew the diagonal and then measured about 2 & 4 centimeters from the diagonal to draw parallel lines.  Once I had all 5 lines drawn, I held the 6 cards together and carefully cut them along the lines making 6 pieces of each color.  I arranged them in rainbow order and glued them down to cardstock (5"x8" folded in half).  I glued them down, trimming where I needed to in order for the strips to sit closely together.

Alternatives:
We really like doing collage work - it's really easy for her.  However now that she's almost 5, she's a lot more sophisticated with her art and wants to add other materials.  If we were starting these today, we'd definitely have to add other materials like:

  • stickers
  • ribbon
  • gemstones (one of her favorites)
  • googly eyes
  • foam shapes (at least their sticker backed most of the time)
  • fabric
  • felt
  • anything else you can thing of that you can glue to paper!
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