Category Archives: Summer

Festive Fourth of July Card

By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

This time of year brings lots of cookouts and fun activities at friends’ and families’ homes—especially for the 4th of July.   It’s always nice to bring a dish or small gift for the host, so why not include a fun little note as well?  I found a great way to use the Sizzix Scribbles & Splat die cut set just for this purpose.

 

I thought a shaker card would be fun, but I didn’t have any type of firecracker die to use as an opening.  Cut to me flipping through my dies and I came across this die set.  Great for backgrounds, but why not try the “splat” for my fireworks I thought?

 

I took a panel of white cardstock and die cut 2 of the “splats” onto it at a diagonal.

 

To create my shaker, I adhered some clear cardstock over the back of the panel and added foam tape around the edges making sure the corners touched.

 

Before covering my blue notecard with the shaker window, I adhered some white cardstock to the front and poured some multicolored seed beads onto it.  Be sure to add a lot, because you want to be able to see them (they roll around a lot).  I chose the beads because they make a fun sound that kind of mimics the sound of fireworks.

To finish off the card, I added sentiments and stars using some 4thof July themed stickers from Sticko.

Here’s another version where I covered the small holes with silver Stickles glitter glue.  You could try other colors too to see what works.

Thanks for joining me today.  I hope your summer is getting off to a great start!

Perler Bead Drink Covers

On nice summer nights, when it isn’t too warm, we have been enjoying our family dinner outside. It has been so nice, that is except when you go to take a drink and then notice a bug floating in it. Ugh, disgusting. So I broke out the Perler beads, and now am enjoying bug free lemonade!

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Toadstools

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So, mushrooms may be the food that I hate the most. Being a vegetarian, it can be a little difficult to hate mushrooms as much as I do, but I just can’t develop a taste for them. Mushrooms that you don’t eat, on the other hand? I love them, I think they’re adorable. That’s why I love a good toadstool project like these.

Pebble Fairy Mushrooms

Pebble Fairy Mushrooms

Both kids and adults can have fun making these toadstools to decorate the garden. Make them in classic toadstool colors or have fun coming up with your own color combinations.

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Paper Lanterns

By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Make a pretty string of lanterns for a party, or just to decorate your home. Because they’re battery operated, you can hang them where you like–no need for an outlet.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, wrap a piece of your scrapbook paper snugly around the edge of your tea light to figure out how wide your pieces of paper need to be. Mark, and cut the paper width to size.

Then, figure out how tall you want the lanterns to be, and mark and cut your paper.

Fold your paper in half length-wise.

Cut slits evenly spaced along the folded edge, getting no closer than 1/4-inch to the top edge. Unfold the paper.

Wrap the edge of your paper around the base of the tea light (totally hiding the candle), so the candle flame is facing up into the lantern, and adhere the paper to the candle with your hot glue. The candle is going to be the TOP of your lantern, because if the candle is on the bottom of the lantern, it’s weight pulls the paper too much, and you lose the nice lantern shape. So, if you want the design on your paper to be right-side up, glue accordingly.

Carefully line up the side seam of your lantern, and use a bit of hot glue to adhere the edges together, being careful to evenly line up the top edge.

Cut a small length of twine, and glue into a “u” shape on the top of your lantern.

I varied the shape of my lanterns by gluing a solid sheet of paper into a cylinder around the candle first, and then gluing a cut lantern piece over the top. You can also cut your slits different widths to vary how they look.

Hang your lanterns on their own, or cut a long piece of twine, and string all the lanterns together.

The flickering of the battery operated candles really makes these little lanterns extra pretty.

Happy crafting!