Kids Crafts: Sticker Fun

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Types of Stickers

Stickers may be the easiest craft supply to entertain kids. They’re easy to use and can be very beautiful! While stickers can be fun on their own, there are so many fun and creative ways to use them out there. Check out a few of our favorites.

Sticker Resist Painting - Peaceful Parenting

Sticker Resist PaintingPeaceful Parenting

Teach kids about shapes and let them create wonderful paintings with stickers! Using stickers as a kind of “stencil negative” is a fun way to take children’s art to the next level. Use alphabet stickers to spell out words, or different shapes to create unique artwork. Find shapes to match seasons and create personal cards!

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From Address Labels to Decorative Stickers

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By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

I have more address labels than I know what to do with – I haven’t ordered them in years, they just come in the mail and keep on arriving. I hate to throw them out, but they’ve gotten to the point where they’ve now formed a pile. I needed to do something with them and realized that I could easily revamp them to make stickers for cards, envelopes, notes and various other items that I was already using stickers on.

What you’ll need:

Address labels
Mod Podge for paper
Colored cardstock
Scissors
Large Self-Adhesive Rhinestone

Bow punch
Embellishments

Step 1: Trim the address label if you’d like. You can usually make two stickers out of one address label. I was using a very wide one so I only slightly trimmed one edge.

Step 2: Use the Mod Podge to glue a piece of colored cardstock to the non-sticky side of the label, then trim to size. Make sure not to get glue on the sides of the label so the backing will be able to come off.

Step 3: Cut a thin sliver of another color cardstock – punch a bow out of the same color.

Step 4: Adhere the sliver of cardstock across the center of the label then glue the bow onto the center of it.

Step 5: Run your nail over the edges of the label to remove any glue so when you need to remove the backing, you’ll be able to do so without a problem.

Step 6: Attach the rhinestone to the center of the bow. Or any embellishment you prefer. You may want to use a strong glue to attach it so it adds some extra reinforcement, especially if you are mailing the envelope that the sticker is going on.

Mini Alpha Stickers

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By Scrapbook & Paper Crafts Contributor Jennifer, from the blog “So Many Products, So Little Time”.

I love to use Mini Alpha Stickers in my card marking.  I have a huge collection of various sizes, colors and fonts and I love that so many companies now create these tiny alphas.  Not only do they come in black and white, but they are now available in every color of the rainbow, so they can match any project.  If you aren’t a card maker, they are also great for journaling on a layout or in a mini album.

To make this card:

  • Create a card base from white cardstock or use a premade card base.  You can also make the card base from the patterned paper – if it’s a two sided paper, you end up with a colorful inside to the card. I used My Little Shoebox “Green” Collection papers & stickers.
  • Affix journaling sticker and tree sticker.  Cut another tree from patterned paper and adhere using pop dots for dimension.
  • Add jewels to the tree trunks.
  • Use the Mini Alpha Stickers to spell the sentiment.
  • If you do not have this paper collection don’t worry.  You can use other stickers and papers and just use my card as a sketch to get you started.  

Ask the Experts: Winter Crafting

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Decoart Americana Cool White

Q: How can I create a snow effect?

A:  Place white paint onto a paint brush and lighting run your finger across it allowing the paint to splatter onto the surface.

Buttons Galore Plantation

Q:How do I adhere buttons to my project?

A:  There are quite a few choices that create a strong hold so the buttons don’t fall off.  Some of the choices are Glossy Accents, Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Tombow Mono Glue and for a dry adhesive Glue Dots work well.

DieCuts Pearl Stickers

Q: How can I easily pick up and place small gems?

A:   The Uchida Jewel Picker has a small end which allows you to grab those small pieces and move them onto your project.

Martha Stewart Embossing Stylus

Q:What are styluses used for?

A:  They can be used for a variety of projects.  They are handy tools for embossing with stencils, making small dots on paper by dipping into paint or ink, shaping flowers made from paper and even making eyes or dots  in clay pieces.

Lawn Fawn Weather Die Cuts

Q: What is making the creases on my die cuts?

A:  Creases and wrinkles in your die cut pieces often come from the cuts that are in your plates from using dies.  If you notice that they are really bad the best option is to replace the cutting plates.  Make sure they are the correct ones to go with your machine.

 

Kids Crafts: Gifts Kids Can Make

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If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

I’m a huge fan of homemade gifts, but one thing that always steers me away from making them is it’s hard to come up with something that a person will truly use and enjoy. This goes double when kids get involved. Here are some great ideas for gifts kids can make that the receiver will actually use and love.

Faux-Silver-Keepsake

Faux Silver Keepsake

This silver pendant is perfect for a grandmother or Mother. You can include a thumbprint for each child and kids can have fun stringing the beads onto a necklace as well. I also think this would make a great keychain for a stocking stuffer.

DIY Personalized Candles - Kylie's Korner

DIY Personalized Candles - Kylie’s Korner

Here’s a great way to take a work of art off the page and onto something that can be used. Even the youngest child can create a pretty candle with a sentimental meaning.

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Clean and Simple Cards

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

  Clean and Simple Cards

One of several card styles often used by those who create cards is clean and simple, abbreviated often as CAS.  This style is defined as being uncluttered with a lot of open areas, one main image that is the focus of the card, limited embellishments and layers.  It also, has to be quick to make and easy to remake.  We often find ourselves in the difficult position of creating a card with very little time to do it and this often occurs doing the holidays.

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Celebrate Halloween Banner

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Decorate for your Halloween Party with this cute banner

Halloween is fast approaching and it’s time to start putting out the first of the decorations for the year. Greet your guests or the trick-or- treaters this year with a fun Halloween themed banner.  It’s made even spookier with this great paper from Carta Bella!

Paper and Pennants

This banner was created using the Spooky paper kit by Carta Bella and the 4” x 6” natural chipboard pennant pieces by Paper Accents, but you can choose one from the great selection of pennants that Create for Less carries.

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