Guess what I just realized?

Hi Friends! I just realized that my kids start school in less than two weeks and I promised them that they could have a camp-out with their friends this summer! Cue panic attack! Really, where did the summer go, how did i miss it? I hope you like today’s DIY camp out themed party invitations because I will be delighting you with coordinating decorations soon too. All I can say is thank goodness for Papermart because with my stash of craft supply basics from them I will have this party started in no time! Today I will show you how to make the invitations, they are so cute and easy even a child can make them…and they will, because, well panic and all…

You will need:

 

  • Crepe Paper in your choice of color
  • Green corrugated paper
  • Cardstock in white, blue and yellow
  • white felt
  • coffee stirrers/skinny sticks
  • black pen
  • scissors

I suggest using a bubble mailer for mailing this dimensional card.

Directions:

  1. Cut white cardstock 5″x7″, blue cardstock 4 1/4″x5 1/2″ and adhere the blue card on the white. Stamp invitation info on the bottom of blue.
  2. Cut a 1 1/2″ strip of green corrugated paper and fringe one edge, adhere it to the bottom of the card .
  3. Cut crepe paper 5″x6″ and glue a skinny stick to each end. Stretch the crepe paper on the bottom and cut a slit up the middle.
  4. Cut a sun and rays from orange/yellow cardstock and glue to upper left hand corner of card. Cut a cloud from white felt and adhere. Adhere the tent to the cad and glue the tent flaps back if desired. Mail in a bubble mailer or flat envelope.

My tip for you today is to make sure you have a craft and party goods stash so you will be prepared for any spontaneous bash and the best place to get it is Papermart, they sure do make ME look better! :D Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

A Fall Collage Craft for Kids! {video Tutorial}

I had a really successful time at the local library last week with this craft. I had a hoard of children all happily tearing and glueing and creating fall masterpieces! This time of year it is hard not to be inspired by the beauty that surrounds us (in Maine anyway!) so why not translate it into a craft? It is perfect for a classroom too! Just remember my rule when working with kids ABP (Always Be Prepared!) that means have all of the supplies laid out and the tissue paper squares cut before you invite them to craft.

 

You will need: 1 sheet of blue construction paper, 1/4 sheet of brown construction paper, a strip of green paper and scraps of red, yellow and orange. Glue sticks and white glue, a pencil and tissue paper or crepe paper (party streamer) squares. I used leftover gift wrappings and party streamers. If you need to buy tissue paper I recommend getting rolls of green, red, orange and yellow at the dollar store. Watch the video to see how easy it is!

You can use the same techniques for other art as well. I don’t know what is so charming about this craft but it captivated all of the children in the library. Twisting and glueing is almost meditative I think and the results are so pretty! If you try this leave a comment and let me know how it turned out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A scrapbook tool (in your purse!)

OK, I am pretty sure I poo-poo’ed camera phones on my blog but that was before I got one! My phone is not fancy, it is a trac-phone. I was happy with my old one but when my husband ordered a new one with a camera on it he asked if I wanted to trade…hmmm..I’d give it a shot…and you know what? I love it! The pictures are not great. It is a 2 megapixel camera with a teeny lens but ya know what? It’s good enough. I am not going to carry my camera with me wherever I go, I rarely carry a purse so if it can’t fit in my pocket I’ll do without it.  I wouldn’t use it to take pictures on Christmas or my kid’s birthday but at the beach or the park, heck yeah, I’ll use it! Here is a scrapbook page I made with shots from my camera phone…hey, it’s better than nothing!

 

Did I mention our boys WON the packwagon scramble?…oh I did…sorry. :)

So, if your phone has a camera why not use it once in a while to capture something scrapworthy.

BTW, I get my pictures from my phone to my printer by emailing them to myself…I felt real tech-savvy when I figured that trick out :D Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Memorial Day!

Howdy folks! I know it is late, we had a busy day today with all the kids marching (or scooting rather) in the parade. The kids and I made some fancy shirts to wear today, don’t we look stylish…and yes, I am rocking a fanny pack LOL! C’mon, they are so practical, can’t we forsake fashion and bring back the fanny pack?!?

 

Incase you want to make some of these star-spangled shirts I made a video…not one of my best but hey, that can’t all be perfect (heck, who am I kidding, I’ve NEVER shot a perfect video…OK it’s probably par for the corse) so if you have 17 minutes to kill have a look :)

Basic T-shirt instructions: You will need white t-shirts (you can use ones with stains on them, it is a great way to revamp your wardrobe or get a 3 pack of white tees from a department store, the ones I got for the kids were youth large from Hanes, $5.47 for 3) and spray fabric paint. I used this set from Oriental Trading or just mix acrylic paint with water (the consistency of whole milk) and put it in a dollar store spray bottle and you are good to go. You will need masking tape and contact paper for the stencils.

  1. Place a large piece of cardboard inside your T-shirt to make it flat and to keep paint from leaking through to the back.
  2. Cut stars from contact paper and stick them to your shirt. Stick strips of masking tape where you want stripes.
  3. Spray blue paint or dye on the stars and red dye on the stripes.
  4. Remove the tape and stars and let dry.
  5. Repeat on the back side if you like (we did and it looked great!)
  6. Rinse the nozzles of the spray bottles  in cool water, spritz some clear water through the pump to prevent it from clogging.

Well. that was easy, I guess I did not need to make a video LOL! :D Here is a look at the shirts and shoes we made. I found plain white and black canvas shoes at Wal-Mart and they are as fun to paint on as…well, a blank canvas!

 

And I painted my nails for the holiday, how fun! I am so amused by the little things.

 

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Kid’s Craft: Finger Puppets!

My daughter designed this project all by herself! She even asked her teacher if she could teach it to the class with mom’s help. Both of my girls had so much fun making these puppets that they did not even want to stop when I called them for dinner! The beauty of this project is the simplicity, you can make it with what you already have but the variations are endless:

 

Here is how to make the puppets. You can use construction paper, cardstock, paper grocery bags or even magazines. I let the kids have carte blanche with my scrap paper bucket :)

 

This is a great rainy day or classroom craft. You can create the characters from your favorite book or movie in these cute puppets too! I am so proud of my girl for dreaming up this fun craft!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun & Easy Snowman Craft {for Kids!}

Here is a cute craft you can make with your kids {or a classroom full of kids!} in little time and for little cash. Here is what you need to make snowman lollipop ornaments:

Supplies:

Flat Lollipops (I got a pack of 22 Christmas Pops at the Dollar Tree)

Markers (Red, Blue, Black)

Pink chalk (Or you can use cosmetic blush :) )

Cotton Swabs (ya’ know, Q-Tips)

Glue (white school glue for kids, hot glue for grown-ups)

Cardstock (several sheets of white for the faces and a scrap of orange for the noses)

Ribbon or string

1 3/4″ Round Scallop Paper Punch (you can use a plain circle punch, circle cutter or just freehand circles and they will be just as cute!)

Optional: Googlie eyes or sequins

 

Directions:

  1. Before you invite the kids to craft have everything prepared! Punch plenty of scalloped circles and place markers out where all the kids can reach. Have squeeze bottle of white glue out or little cups of glue with toothpicks in them for kids. Place a stick of pink chalk on a paper towel and have several Q-Tips on the towel next to it. Make sure to have a few examples of the finished craft for the kids to see. Precut the “noses” from orange and have them out as well as sequins or googlie eyes for the eyes. Remember APB when you craft with kids: Always Be Prepared!
  2. Take a q-tip and rub it on the chalk and make pink cheeks on the snowman face (scalloped circle).
  3. Draw or dot a smile on the face with black marker.
  4. Glue on a carrot nose and sequins/googlie eyes for the eyes. Anything else you want to add is up to you!
  5. Adults only!!! Place a small dab of  low temp hot glue (you must use low temp glue gun or you will melt the plastic wrapper on the lollipop) on the wrapped lollipop and secure both ends of a 6″ strand of ribbon in the glue and press a snowman face on top.

Well, that was easy! My kids made 44 of these yesterday and they had a blast! This is a nice craft fair item too because they make up quick and are cute hanging on the tree and you can sell them for a quarter so little kids can afford them :)  I hope you can use this idea whe you are crafting with your kids (or grandkids) this year! Til next time happy crafting!

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