A Kid’s Craft, a Freebie & a 40% Off Sale!

I was going to aim this craft to all of the teachers and moms out there but after I made it I have to say it was a ton of fun and I urge everyone to try it! I am teaching a craft program at the local library next week and I thought it would be fun to do Chinese New Year. I planned on the kids decorating “lucky money” envelopes, coloring dragon masks {for the preschoolers} and for the big kids we could make dragon puppets:

Wow, it was so fun to make the samples. The lucky money envelopes are freebies. I used the SVG in the kit to cut my envelopes from red paper but there is a printable version too if you do not have a die-cut machine. Also There is a full color printable with a Chinese dragon (2012 is the year of the dragon) on the back if you just want to print them and not have to decorate. BTW {shameless plug} Everything at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff is 40% off now through Sunday so after you snag that freebie be sure to have a look around at all of the new products I have added this month!

When I went looking for inspiration on making a dragon puppet I did an internet search and came across a cute template on the Martha Stewart website, well, there was no need to reinvent the wheel there!

Did you know you can cut PDF files with SCAL?

Oh yeah! I saved the PDF dragon template and imported into scal2 (click file-import-then pick the pdf file you want) and with a little tweaking (there is a rogue node on the dragon’s head, just drag it over to the node next to it and click union to make it one shape) I had a great file to cut! Note: I enlarged it and moved it around on my mat to make best use of space. I’d love to share the SVG but I don’t know if that would be cool with Martha.  :D You can check out her template and instructions here.

I love how the body is jointed so it wiggles and moves when you hold the sticks. I made a few changes in my puppet: I added crepe paper party streamers, they fly wonderfully when you are using the puppet and the pleated crepe paper adds more bulk without weight. I used skinny sticks because I had no chopsticks and I added glitter, sequins would be nice too I think;)

Here is a look at the  Lucky Money Envelopes Freebie:

In the preview you see the color version of the money envelope, for my project with the kids I am cutting them from red paper and they can stamp Chinese characters with gold pigment ink. The stamps I used are from About Art Accents. I heat embossed mine, I think I will let the kids try that too as long as I have an adult to man the heat gun :)

And be sure to snag lots of goodies at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff for 40% off! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Save those buttons, buy some gluesticks, and make your own envelope glue!

What an intro, eh? With back to school time upon us I found myself weeding out my kids clothes to make room for new school cloths and pass along stuff that is too small (and also get rid of the worn and stained stuff!) I was tossing some pants and shirts in the “rag bag” when I noticed the cute buttons on them, so I did what any frugal gal would do, I grabbed my seam ripper and cut them off to scrap with later! Pockets are also great free embellishment to take from clothes destined for the rag pile. How cute would a corduroy pocket be on a scrapbook page..very my friend, very.

So then I went off to target and what did I see? Glue sticks and crayons galore for 20 cents a pack! Stock up now cuz in a month they will be a buck again. I have 3 kids under the age of 6 and they go through the glue sticks! I but a ton this time every year and I could always use more. This year I ran out in March, glue stick rationing…it’s not pretty!

Another way to save $$, use up extra supplies and be ultra creative is to make your own envelopes! I love the “Rip and Flip” fold a lope templates from Green Sneakers because you can make an envelope in seconds with no cutting and you can use up all of those stacks of paper that seemed like a good idea at the time. If you don’t want to by a template check out these sites for free envelope templates: Mirkwood Designs, Craft at home, and a DIY Network article. I make up a batch of envelopes while sitting in front of the TV so I don’t feel completely useless. And now for the glue.

Envelope Glue Recipe: Mix equal parts Elmer’s glue and vinegar together. Brush on envelope flap and let dry. When you are ready to use just lick and stick! Great for kid’s stickers too!

Have fun!

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