Sharing the Love of Crafting With Kids

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Hi, friends! Here is my blog post that was recently featured on the Stampin’ Up! corporate blog. I hope you enjoy!

As an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, one of my favorite classes to teach is my “Mommy and Me” class. The class is open to children ages four and up, and I always have my daughter (age 6) help me create the sample. We love crafting together!

For my upcoming class, we will be creating these bright and cheerful little  3.75″ x 3.75″ mixed media notecards on Kraft Cardstock (item 133874).

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To begin, each child paints a 3.5″ x 3.5″ square of Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 133704) with a soft blue acrylic paint, purchased at my local craft store. I add a few drops of water to make it thinner and have them paint it on with a sponge brush. If the children get the paper too wet, an adult can gently dab it with a paper towel.

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Next, an adult holds a cardstock stencil made with the Sunburst Thinlits Die (item 140617) in place, while the child sponges on the yellow rays, using acrylic paint and some bubble wrap. I show them how to dab the bubble wrap on the Grid Paper (item 130148) first so they don’t get too much paint on their project.

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After a quick wash up, and while the paint drys, the kids use the Big Shot (item 113439) to cut the two smallest Flower Frames Collection Framelits (item 127012) flowers out of paper from the Brights Color Collection (item 138434).

Children love the Big Shot, and under adult supervision, I’ve had kids as young as two use it successfully.

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Each child makes four cards, adding Brights Designer Buttons (item 130028), a Floral Fair Framelits leaf (item 133731) and a stem in Cucumber Crush Cardstock (item 138335).

I have the moms create the “Just A Note” sentiment (item 140520), which really pops in Whisper White (item 101731) on Basic Black Cardstock (item 121045).

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They then use the Envelope Punch Board (item 133774) and 6.5″ x 6.5″ copy paper to create four envelopes, held together with a piece of the same designer series paper.

The Berry Basket (item 137366), trimmed in matching paper and with a little green grass in the bottom, holds it all together perfectly. Creating these items can take a little extra help, so I put out snacks at this point and help one mommy/child duo at a time.

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Lastly, with each mom’s help, they create a cute little Scalloped Tag Topper (133324) tag that says “for you” (item 140658) and has a flower that matches the cards. They tie it all together with a piece of 1/4″ Whisper White Cotton Ribbon (item 134567).

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When they are finished, the moms and kids go home with an adorable project they can give as a gift or keep for themselves, and I have had the joy of sharing Stampin’ Up! with the next generation of crafters.

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I can’t think of a more perfect way to spend an afternoon!

Michelle Long

Artisan Design Team 2015-2016

 

12 thoughts on “Sharing the Love of Crafting With Kids

  1. This is such a cute little project for kids. Would make a great gift for Mother’s day for mom or nana. I am going to do this with my 7 yr old grandson. Thanks again, Michelle, for a great idea.

  2. I love your little project! I bet you get a lot out of teaching this class! My granddaughter loves crafting and I always show her the cards I create. I’m looking forward to crafting more with her because she loves to sit in my “high” chairs and work at my craft table!

    On a side note, the little red boxes in your photo—I had at least one of these as a child! Mine was navy blue and I kept Barbie doll clothes in it! 😀

    • What a special time with your granddaughter. She will always remember the time you spend with her. My own love for crafting came from my mother and grandmother who did projects with me.

      And those little red boxes are so fun for kids to keep things in. I found them on Amazon and they were very affordable.

  3. They must be so proud of the finished baskets! That’s such a great idea to host Mom & Me classes!! I’ve been crafting with my girls for years & now they’re far away… I’ll try to gather up a small group & have a class. Such a special way to spend time with your kids. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your next class, too. Thanks Michelle!

  4. Michelle – How absolutely wonderful. I’m teaching a craft to kids in a classroom soon, and it would be a great marketing tool to launch a Mommy & Me class. TFS

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