Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Crafting with Kids - Beach Challenge

Well it is definitely feeling like summer here on the Texas gulf coast.  The girls have spent their fair share of time at the pool.  We went to Galveston last weekend, but you can only spend some much time out in the heat.  To keep them busy indoors we decided to do a "beachy" themed craft.

My oldest girls just love mermaids.  It is the theme of their new bathroom, and they always choose the mermaid or princess images for coloring or drawing.  I was working on a mermaid card for my shop, and they decided they needed to make one too.

In order to keep things easy and to help keep track of all the little pieces I precut everything and put all the pieces in ziplock bags.  It definitely kept me from having to recut pieces once we started.  You can even do this the night before or while the kids are napping (if you're lucky.)  This keeps things organized and you from getting too frustrated.

This one is more detailed than some of their other crafts, so we had to work one on one.  I had to help with adding the glue to the tiniest pieces, but they were able do the majority of it.

Here are the finished cards.  Each one is slightly different based on the mermaid and colors they chose.  Addy had a little problem stamping so we had to stamp on a separate piece and cover up the mistake.  I think it made the wording stand out and looks nice.  They are very ready for a friend to have a birthday, so they can use them.

Here are some fabulous cards made by the kids of design team members over at our sponsor, Bugaboo Digistamps.

Design team member Yvonne (Scrappy) – Annabella’s card

Design team member Jennifer   - Samuels’ Card
Now it is your turn.  To enter our challenge get your kids to make any kind of "beachy" craft.  Make a card or sign.  Decorate some flip flops.  Anything beach related will do.  Link up and have some fun.  I'd love to see what your kids come up with. 
All entries will be entered into a random drawing for 7 free digital stamps of your choice from our generous sponsor Bugaboo Digi Stamps! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

RRR Challenge #49 Flowers and Ribbon

While I had the sunny BoBunny paper on my table last night I decided to try for one more challenge.  This one is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Their challenge #49 is to use ribbon and flowers somewhere on your project. 

I started with this inspiration card I had pinned on Pinterest a while back.  I have some many ideas pinned on their and never seem to take the time to use them.  This particular card was created by Niki Estes over at Papertrey Ink.   It caught my eye because of the colored paper matted on the black cardstock. 

I found a pack of Basic Grey Bloomers in my drawer of flowers and the colors match perfectly to my new BoBunny paper.  I needed to include a flower somewhere, so I put it in place of the large message used in the inspiration piece.

Here is the finish product:

I needed a sentiment, but I didn't want anything too defined.  I'd like the card to be pretty versatile and not specifically for a birthday or a thank you.  I thought this sentiment suited it best.

Products used;
Bo Bunny: Patterened papers
Basic Grey: Felt flower
Ivory and black cardstock from my stash
Papertrey Ink: Ribbon and sentiment stamp

Friday, June 8, 2012

Card Sketch Inspiration Challenge

Tonight I was working on the Make it Monday Challenge over at the Papertrey Ink blog.  They presented a variety of sketches they created from advertisements, photographs, scrapbook pages, etc.. Basically to show you that you can find card inspiration anywhere. 

The challenge was to create a card based on one of the sketches.  The sketch I chose was taken from a section of a scrapbook page.

I had just purchased some new BoBuny paper today at my favorite local scrapbook store.  So using that paper paired with some scrap and some items from my new Papertrey Ink stash.  I put together this take on the sketch.

I really wanted to keep this one simple and quick and I thought the banners would make for a perfect celebration card.  It just so happened the Papertrey Ink Cupcake Collection stamp set arrived in the  mail today.  That gave me the perfect sentiment.  I couldn't resist adding buttons instead of flowers..  This will keep this a more gender neutral card  for later use.

Products used:
Papertrey ink Products: sentiment stamp, Hawaiian shores Ink and button, Summer sunrise cardstock and button, white cardstock
BoBunny Products: Patterned paper, dark teal cardstock
Twine and green button are from my stash

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Help me Destash!

I'm putting my new Scrapbook/Craft room together, and I don't want to fill it with things that I know I won't be using.  I have set up a Destash list on my Facebook page.  There are some prices on things or you can make me an offer.  I have Stampin up stamps, paper, new albums, felt embellishments, paper pads, Tim Holtz, Technique Tuesday, etc.  If you'd like some cheap supplies have a look! 

Playing along with Little Hands Challenge Blog

We have finally moved and have spent a whole week in our new home.  Yea!!  The girls are still struggling to get into a new routine in the new house.  They were driving me particularly crazy this morning, so I we put their energy to use. 

The Little Hands Challenge Blog started a new challenge on Friday.  Its' theme was Cupcakes!  Yum!!  I found a few digi images for the girls to choose from, and they both chose the same adorable cupcake and chick image from Pink Cat Studios
The girls did their own coloring and chose their own supplies.  I did help with the cutting.  They were both particularly excited to get to "stamp" the sentiment to make the tag.   I guess you can see that they definitely watch me make my cards.  They ended up using a lot of the same elements I put in mine.

Head on over to Little Hands and check out the first challenge of June and get your kids involved.