We have a really large chunk of blank wall space in our living room that becomes a canvas for all sorts of decorations and creations depending on the current holiday or season. One thing that we look forward to each winter holiday season is filling up that space with the wonderful greeting cards from family and friends. But what do you do with all of the cards once the holidays are over? You could simply recycle them. Or if you’re like me and want to save a few of them, you can keep them together with a simple binder ring.
I saw this video on how to build little sleighs using candy canes and mini chocolate bars, and decided to try making some with our daughter. It’s a really cute way to spread some holiday cheer to friends, teachers, and neighbors – and they’re simple to assemble. She provides a helpful video on her website but here are some things that we did differently (plus a couple of things I learned along the way).
I’m sure that there must be a gazillion Christmas themed stamp sets, so how do you choose one? One aspect that I look for when it comes to buying new products is versatility. Can I use it in more than one way? How can I get the most use out of it? And when it comes to stamp sets, I try to think of how many designs I may be able to come up with. I had the opportunity to try the “Ready for Christmas” photopolymer stamp and die cut set by Stampin’ Up! and enjoyed creating different scenes with it.
A while ago, Stampin’ Up! came out with alcohol-based markers to use along with their stamp sets. Unfortunately they were only on the market for a short time as they discovered an issue with the manufacturer. Alas, they’ve come up with a new line of them and I had the opportunity to try some of them out. These dual-tip markers are being offered in 12 different colors and 2 shades (a light and a dark) within each color, plus a color lifter marker. They’re a great way to color in stamped images where you want to see some use of shading. I’ve paired them up with the “Floral Statements” stamp set to try them out.
We’ve become one of those households that loves celebrating Halloween. It has also become a good reason for me to whip out some of my old stamps and embellishments, and I love that our 5-year-old enjoys crafting as much as I do!
I’ve been on the whole lunch box packing thing lately. There is a ton of inspiration out there for fun ways to jazz up what might otherwise be considered a boring meal. One thing that is pretty common to use are food picks or skewers. Fast forward to a trip to our local craft store and E eyeing a package of cute mermaid themed buttons. I snuck them into our shopping basket when she wasn’t looking and decided to try to make my own plastic skewers that could be reused in her lunches. Because you know me, I’m just crafty like that. 🙂
We recently decided (read: my husband generously decided) to turn one of the bedrooms in our house that was being called the “office/guest room” into a usable art space that our daughter and I could use for crafting. In other words, it was a solution to all of the projects (ahem … crap) that constantly would take up half of the dining table. We recently actually had guests stay over at our house so that meant I needed to clean up the room, and it ended up being the big push I needed to really organize and sort things out. I went through some bins of fabric from shopping excursions of the past and came across this cute mermaid fabric that I bought from somewhere I can’t remember. Of course, the second our daughter (now 5.5 years old — what the what?!) saw it, the demand for a dress was made.
There’s a great stamp set by Stampin’ Up! called “oh so succulent” that comes with a matching die set. The stamp set follows the new trend of two-step stamping where the outline and the filled in part are two different stamps. I played around with different ink and paper colors, and mostly just used the stamps by themselves (they are not the easiest to line up correctly because of all the different points on a succulent plant, plus I’m just not that great at it!). It became quite meditative to stamp and cut them out without actually thinking about what to do with them later. But I knew eventually they would come together to make some sort of card.
There is a wonderful shop called Pinecones & Needles in Belmont, MA with the sweetest owner named Anne. She recently shared a photo similar to this one of beautifully decorated eggs on their Facebook page. I was immediately intrigued by her Pysanky eggs so my daughter and I popped into the shop one rainy morning to learn more about the process. Anne was eager to walk us through each and every step (and had the utmost patience when working with our 5-year-old!), and kindly let me take as many photos to document our experience. So are you ready to learn about this super cool technique or what?!
It seems to be that time of the year again where more than a handful of friends (including one of our daughter’s teachers) are expecting babies to arrive anytime soon. I played around with the “Popping In” stamp and die sets from Waffle Flower Stamps to create a couple of super cute cards, and our daughter made something to give to her teacher too.