Earth Day Craft For Kids

Earth Day Kid Craft

Hi friends, how are you today?

My kids love it when I get out my Big Shot, so today we did a little crafting in honor of earth day. We talked about ways we can care for our planet while we created this adorable little owl and cut lots of little letters from Typeset dsp.

Here is our final project:

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The vibrant colors on the owl were achieved by letting the kids paint with an aqua painter filled with rubbing alcohol and dipped in reinkers. I bought a little plastic painter’s pallet at the craft store which work perfectly for this.

This project idea came from a new blog I discovered today. I put together Rachel’s awesome earth mosaic project and the watercolor owl craft. The saying was my idea as a way to incorporate the big shot little letters and bring the two projects together. The kids had so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by today and happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

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

 

More Easy Valentines with My Digital Studio

Swedish Fish Valentine

Here’s another fun and easy Valentine made with My Digital Studio. If you’ve been following along, this is the third choice for my “Mommy and Me” class on Sunday, and it’s perfect for four and five year olds.

The treat sack has a circle of white cardstock painted with a blue “Dab Paint Marker.” These markers usually come in a pack of four colors and are available in toy stores and most craft stores. After the paint was thoroughly dry, I slipped it into the circular treat sack and added Swedish Fish.

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The tag was made with My Digital Studio and I didn’t have to buy any extra digital files because it came with everything shown here. I simply chose the tag I wanted, added the fish, a text box and some bubbles and I was done! I tied it to the treat sack with some real red ribbon for an adorable little class Valentine.

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You can try out My Digital Studio for free and see for yourself how fun and easy it is to use. Just click on any image below to find out more.

That’s it for my “Mommy and Me” Valentines. Now I’m off to get ready for the class this Sunday; I can’t wait!

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

 

 

Easy Valentines With My Digital Studio

S'mores Valentine

Just look at these quick, easy and adorable Valentines I made with My Digital Studio! I have a “Mommy and Me” class coming up this Sunday with three fun Valentines to choose from. Kids and moms will create the projects together. This one has a place for names on the back.

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My Digital Studio is so easy to use and you can try it free for 30 days. I made this is tag in a matter of minutes, printed it on my home printer, cut it out, filled the bag with s’mores ingredients and I was done, lickity split.

Click on either image to find out more about My Digital Studio and get your free trial today!

 

Thanks for stopping by today. There are two more fun “Mommy and Me” projects I created with My Digital Studio coming soon, so be sure to come back and visit me again.

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

DIY Thumbprint Keepsake Ornaments

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I was so excited to find this little reindeer keepsake ornament idea on Pinterest yesterday. The original post which inspired these cuties can be found here.

I just happen to have a few extra rosettes made up from a previous project, so all that was left was to make the adorable little reindeer out of thumbprints, add a little sentiment and some linen thread and voila! A perfect little keepsake to give as a gift or to keep.

They are made entirely with Stampin’ Up! products, so I decided to enter them in the Stampin’ Up Only challenge blog. They’re challenge? Create something that conveys the season greetings of Merry or Happy, and these little merry reindeer make me very happy!

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Aren’t they cute?

Now I’m off to clean- we are having a huge Christmas Eve celebration at our house and I want everything to be ready.

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

Peppermint Candy Ornaments

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If you need a super fun, easy way to keep the kids busy for awhile during the winter break, these ornaments are just the thing. Adult supervision is a must, as you will need to use the oven. We made these at my sister’s house the day after Thanksgiving and it kept the four kids under age 7 very busy.

You will need hard peppermint candies, metal cookie cutters, cooking spray, wax paper, a cookie sheet, wooden skewers and twine.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line the cookie sheet with wax paper. Spray the cookie cutters with cooking spray. Unwrap the peppermints and fill the cookie cutters. Some space is just fine- the candies will melt and fill in the space.

Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until candies are melted. Caution: the candies will start to turn brown if you leave them in too long.

Allow to cool slightly. Before the ornaments have had time to harden, make a small hole with the wooden skewer. (Spray some cooking spray on the skewer first.) Be very careful not to burn yourself.

After the ornaments have cooled, gently pop them out of the cookie cutters. This was not too difficult, but we did break one or two of the miniature ones.

Add twine and tie in a bow.

They are ready to hang on the tree!

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We had so much fun, making ornaments and memories with the cousins at Auntie’s house.

Happy memory making of your own friends!

Michelle

Crafting With Kids- Peppermint Patty Snowmen

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My littlest one loves to “do crafts with mommy” and today we carved out time to make one of these little snowmen for every child in her class. ( She is in a little independent school where the sentiment “Merry Christmas” is welcome.) I used My Digital Studio for the tag. Here is a close up:

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She dutifully, and I must say very happily, glued on all of the circle punches and drew in the faces and buttons. The hats were a bit harder, so I worked on those. We then glued them to red cardstock, slid them into goodie bags and added the little tags. We had so much fun.

And don’t they look cute, each one with a it’s own personality?

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Thanks for stopping by- I’m “snow” glad you did!

Happy stampin’ friends,

Michelle

 

 

Crafting with Kids- Thanksgiving Turkeys

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My kindergartener and I had so much fun today going through the many cute Thanksgiving turkeys on Pinterest. We wrote down a list of ideas and combined several, including some of our own, into this cute little guy. He was so fun to make together. Here is a close up:

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His beak is a star punch with two points cut off and his waddle is the modern label punch. My kindergartener thought of his wings: an oval punch with fringe scissors around the edges. His cute feet and tail features are the gift bow die. His legs are actually two strips of paper done in an accordion fold- a fun and easy project for little fingers. His tag was done on My Digital Studio and then punched out with the decorative label punch.

When crafting with kids, remember to embrace the imperfections. That’s what makes the finished product endearing and cute as can be. This little guy won’t stand up to save his life. We had to find a place for him to lean against. He looks pretty cute leaning there, don’t you think?

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle