June 14, 2013
Crafts, Green Crafting, Kid's Crafts, Paper Crafts
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.
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
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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May 10, 2011
Cardmaking, Crafts, Holidays, Mod Podge, Paper Crafts, Scrapbooking
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:
Mod Podge for paper
Large Self-Adhesive Rhinestone
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.
December 29, 2010
Cardmaking, Paper Crafts
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.
December 9, 2013
Christmas, Crafts, Guest Bloggers, Holidays, Home Decor, Mod Podge, Paper Crafts, Winter
By Guest Blogger Anne from Creative Life Blog and Unfinished Wood Co.
Check out Anne’s blog for tons of great painting, home decor, and kids craft ideas. Then head over to Unfinished Wood Co. to find wooden shapes and pieces for beautiful crafts!
I am always stuck for fun ways to display my Christmas cards every year. They usually end up sitting in a pile on the mantle, falling on the floor, and eventually they get torn up by one of my children or stepped on with my dog’s muddy paws. A few lucky cards might even make it to my refrigerator. This year I thought there has to be a better way to display all these cards. So I decided to make some decorative card holders with some old wooden dowels.
First, I cut some scrap 1.25” diameter dowels into a variety of different lengths and sanded them smooth. Then, I carefully used a handsaw to put a grove in each one.
Once I had them prepared, it was time to decorate. I used Christmas scrapbook paper, stickers, Mod Podge, decorative ribbons, paint and whatever else I could find in my craft drawer. Viola!! My Christmas cards will certainly be displayed in style this year.
December 9, 2013
Contests, Free Stuff Friday!!
It’s Monday again, so it’s time to announce another winner of Free Stuff Friday! Congratulations to… Millie! Have tons of fun with your Sticker Grab Bag!
If you love stickers then this is prize is for you. Each grab bag has a different assortment of at least 14 different packages of stickers or embellishments.
The winning answer to “What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?” is…
“Glitter, angels, snowflakes, cinnamon, hot cocoa, cold weather perfect to stay in and craft away!”
Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!
December 8, 2013
Cardmaking, Christmas, Crafts, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Seasons, Techniques and Mediums, Winter
By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Peg’s Crafting Corner
Don’t have the right embossing folder? That’s alright. As long as you have punches or dies for the design you are want you can create the look of an embossed background. It looks so good you won’t be able to tell that’s it’s faux embossed.
For this card, begin by creating a 5” x 7” card base from card stock. The base needs to be the same color as the punched items you will be placing on it will be. For example, white card stock on white card stock.
Create the focal piece of the card and lay it aside. This card was made by paper piecing together the snowman (Snowman by EK Success). Punch the snowman in the following colors from card stock: white for the base, orange for the carrot nose, black for the top hat and blue ( or your choice of color) for the scarf. Trim each piece off and adhere it to the white snowman in the appropriate area using a Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura. Lay him aside to dry.
Punch and die cut different sized snowflakes from the white card stock.
The Snowflake die by Sizzix and Sizzix Die Cut Machine were used for this.
Also, die cut the backgrounds for the snowman. Here the Scalloped Rectangles by Spellbinders and 2 different colors of blue card stock were used for the backgrounds. Cut one larger and one smaller one and adhere them on top of each other.
You can first arrange a pattern of snowflakes onto the card base to get an idea of how you would like to have them. Next, run each one through a Xyron Sticker Maker to attach adhesive to the backs of them. Adhere them into the pattern you chose on the card base.
Your card base should now resemble this when you are finished.
Attach the snowman to the rectangles using a tape runner and attach the rectangles over the top of the snowflakes in the center of the card.
The next time you don’t have the right embossing folder, dig out those punches and dies and create a faux embossed background. It’s easy to do and adds a whole new look to your technique how-to’s. Only you will know it’s not true embossing!
December 7, 2013
Christmas, Crafts, Green Crafting, Holidays, Home Decor, Kid's Crafts, Winter
By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.
I love the simplicity of this tree decoration. It’s elegant and it can be plain or it could be painted. The project requires nothing but time and an old book. It’s a great quiet time project for children to work on and they can give the trees as gifts when they are done.
If you have a hard back book you have to cut the covers off. Start by folding the top corner in down towards the inside center towards the spine.
Then fold the edge into the center to the spine. There will be a little corner at the bottom of the book, it can be folded up and tucked into the folded page or it can be trimmed off along the bottom edge.
This is the time consuming part, continue folding all the pages in this manner. The tree will magically appear.
When all the pages have been folded the tree can be spray painted or glittered. It can be decorated with stickers. The star on top can be made with sparkle pipe cleaners. The tree can also be painted with a fluffy snow.