DIY traveler’s notebook, June My Mind’s Eye challenge

Hey guys!  I am leading the June challenge for My Mind’s eye, and I’m challenging you to make your own traveler’s notebook.  Check out my post on the MME blog for details on my challenge & how you could win a prize!

My girls are officially on summer break, and my kindergarten grad came home with a summer bucket list, and her #1 goal is to go to the beach.  I thought it’d be perfect to make her a traveler’s notebook using My Mind’s Eye By the Sea collection.

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Hope you stop by the MME blog for more pics and info!

Happy Friday y’all!

3 holiday cards & day 18 of my 2015 December Daily

Hey guys!  How is your December going so far?  I have been busy busy busy!  I am homeroom mom for both my girls’ classes, I’ve been baking for friends and teachers to share handmade kindness, I have been card making for crafty friends, my girls danced in their dance studio’s the Nutcracker, we went to see the Nutcracker ballet, I’m trying to document it all in a December Daily album… and the list goes on and on!  So much to do…so little time!

However, I’ve got 3 cards for you today, as well as a page in my December Daily album. (Supplies & links will be at the bottom of this post)

I have been loving Elena R’s digital stamps.  She is @MOM2SOFIA on instagram, and her etsy shop is JustMEdigitalstamps.  I purchased her Christmas elves digital stamp, and Nutcracker sweet digital stamp.  Then the other day, I saw that she kindly had a free baby Jesus digital stamp offered on her blog, so of course I had to check it out!  (This post is not sponsored, I just love her digital stamps.)

I love digital stamps because they are so affordable, you can customize the size, and you can use them as many times as you want!  I printed mine on Neenah white card stock with my home printer, and I was able to color with copic markers with no bleeding.  My girls used water based crayola markers, and there was no bleeding with those markers as well.

Here are the 3 cards I made:  You can make your cards as detailed as you want or clean and simple…either way, it just works!

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For the Nutcracker card, I colored the image with copic marker, stamped a Hero Arts sentiment, and die cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  I backed it with patterned paper (an older Dear Lizzy paper), added a twine bow, some sequins, and adhered it to navy blue card stock.

For the Christmas elves & baby Jesus cards, I colored the images with copic markers, adhered them to my card base, and topped it off with clear glitter marker and sequins.

Here is my December Daily day 18.  (I am so behind on December Daily…I have days 1-3 and 18 done, lol!)

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For this day, I printed out several smaller versions of the baby Jesus image.  I had my daughters each color one, and I colored one as well.  We talked about the REASON for the season, and I love how I can see their coloring skills and how they write their name.  For the 4th sleeve, there are actually 2 layers.  I made the 18 card using a Tim Holtz number stamp set and gold embossing powder.  The layer on top is a piece of vellum that I printed the quote on.  I love “A Charlie Brown Christmas!”  I die cut all these cards using a Project Life 3×4 rounded corners die.  (I’m using a red 2015 6×8 Ali Edwards December Daily album.  It is sold out)

Supplies:

Christmas Elves digital stamp:  etsy

Nutcracker sweet digital stamp:  etsy

baby Jesus digital stamp:  Just Me Prints blog

Neenah white card stock, 80 lb:  Simon Says Stamp

Hero Arts Family & Friends Stamp set (Be Merry!):  Butterfly Reflections Ink

copic markers:   Butterfly Reflections Ink

Crayola markers:  Amazon

Wink of stella clear glitter marker:  Butterfly Reflections Ink

Stitched Rectangle dies:  Simon Says Stamp

Sparkling Clear Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh

Project Life die set:  Simon Says Stamp

Tim Holtz cling Numeric stamps:  Simon Says Stamp

Versamark ink pad:  Butterfly Reflections Ink

Ranger gold embossing powder:  Butterfly Reflections Ink

That’s it for me friends!  I hope you’re having a fantastic December…it is just flying by for me!  If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

 

 

Easy kids Christmas crafts

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Now that Christmas break has started, the girls and I have stayed in our pjs more days than we have gotten dressed.  Yikes!  The girls and I love crafts, especially around Christmas time, so we’re taking advantage of the abundance of free time.  Here are two crafts that are easy, and both my 4 & 8 year old had fun putting these together.

Straw bead necklaces: 

First, grab your supplies.  All you need is some straws (I picked these cardboard Christmas straws up from the target dollar spot), ribbon or string, and scissors.

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Have the kids cut up the straws into different lengths.

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Then have the kids string them together like they would any other beads.  I told my girls to alternate red and green, and to be sure to use different sized “beads.”

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Tie the string together and viola!

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Popsicle stick Christmas ornaments: 

I love having the girls make hand made ornaments every year.  I saw these popsicle stick ornaments on a friend’s instagram feed, and I already had all the supplies, so it was perfect!

First grab your supplies.  You will need popsicle sticks, paint, glue, googly eyes, mini pom poms (we used red for Rudolph’s nose & a silver one for the tree), string, and some buttons.  *optional: hot glue gun

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Glue the popsicle sticks into their basic shapes.  I used 3 for Rudolph and 4 for the tree.  (I glued the sticks with a hot glue gun so we wouldn’t have to wait for the glue to dry before the girls started painting.)

Then, have the kids paint their ornaments: brown for Rudolph and green for the tree.  Set aside and let dry.  Once the paint has dried, you can help the kids glue on the eyes and nose onto Rudolph, and the buttons and silver pom onto the tree.  Set aside and let the glue dry.  Once everything is dry, you can add a piece of string to hang them on the tree.  I also had the girls write their name and 2014 on the back so we can look back and remember when they made them.

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Hope you are all having a great Christmas break!

Happy Sunday!

preschooler fall craft & a little art tip

Temperatures will be in the low 90s today here in Texas, but we are still trying to embrace fall.

My 4 year old loves arts & crafts, so we decided to do a little finger paint project.

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Using our fingers, we dotted little pumpkins with orange kid-friendly paint.  When the paint was dry, we used a green marker to add the stem, a few leaves & curly vines.  (My 4 year old’s fingers are so tiny, they actually look more like tangerines, haha!)  We punched two holes on top, added a little ribbon, and now it’s ready to be hung up!

ART TIP of the day:  We use cheap paper plates for a lot of our crafts, especially painting crafts.  They are thicker than printer paper, so we don’t get the issues of ripping and warping.  It’s much cheaper than buying water color paper or an art pad.  I also think that the round shape and ridges around the outside give projects a more framed look, without having to frame!  I bought a pack of uncoated everyday paper plates from target (no need to buy the heavy duty), and it has lasted us quite a while.  You can find these at the dollar store as well!

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Happy crafting and happy Tuesday friends!