Kids Craft – Santa’s Workshop

Kids Craft – Santa’s Workshop

My 4 yr old daughter LOVES to craft.  Every afternoon after kindy the first thing she wants to do is make a card.  I love it how she is so interested in what I do, and wants to create alongside me.  In today’s post I’m sharing with you a quick and easy craft activity that you can do with your children this Christmas period.

This project uses Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card pack, includes 50 double sided card in two sizes plus sticker sheets.

Pair the Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card pack with the Memories & More Card & Envelopes.  The red colour is perfect match the the card pack and the best part.  They’re sized perfectly to use the Memories & More Card packs.

With these 2 products in hand and my favourite adhesive, Bianca was set.  She had lots of fun creating holiday cards for all her friends at Kindy.

 

Here are the projects she made, I love seeing where her creativity takes her.

 

Here’s a list of products that were used. Purchase any of these via my online store (click the link to shop online)


Share with me what you’re creating this Christmas?

Shaving Cream Marbling with Kids

Shaving Cream Marbling with Kids

If you haven’t tried shaving cream marbling yet, you must! So fun and so beautiful.  This was an activity we did recently at playgroup.  

Kids Craft, Shaving Cream Marbling

Items Needed

  • Shaving Cream
  • Food colouring or dye ink refills
  • Shallow pan or tray
  • Cardstock
  • Ruler

Step #1. Spray shaving cream

Spray shaving cream into your tray (if your kids are anything like mine, they’ll love doing this step on their own) then smooth the surface a bit with a spatula (or spoon, hands, etc).

Shaving Cream Marbling with Kids

Step #2. Drop food colouring or reinkers on shaving cream

Add a few drops of your favourite colours onto the surface of the shaving cream.  TIP: select colours that will go nicely together

Step #3. Swirl the colours

You can use a craft stick or wood dowel to swirl the colours together to create a marbled effect. Or use the end of a paint brush (shown here).

Step #4. Press paper on shaving cream

Lay a piece of paper on the surface of the painted shaving cream.

Step #5. Lift paper

Gently lift the paper off of the shaving cream.

Step #6. Scrape shaving cream

Scrape off the shaving cream with a craft stick or a plastic ruler (shown here)

Step #7. Dry

Set paper aside to dry and repeat with more prints!

If your kids are anything like my child, this will be the highlight of the shaving cream marbling experience—shaving cream as a sensory experience.

*5 Tips for Success

  1. When you buy shaving cream, make sure it’s the foamy stuff. NOT gel. I’ve made that mistake before. We’ve had more success with the traditional men’s shaving creams, such as Homebrand, No Frills brands, plus they can be cheaper. Whenever there is a sensitive skin option, I usually get it.
  2. You can do shaving cream marbling with just about any paints.  We’ve done this with tempera paints,  food colouring, liquid watercolours and acrylics. Reinker and food colouring work especially well, though.
  3. Scraping the shaving cream off the paper right away is important. You don’t want to let the shaving cream soak into the paper. It’ll get gunky and stain the paper. For scraping, use something with a wide, straight edge. We’ve used everything from a piece of cardboard to the side of the table. This time we used a large plastic ruler.
  4. Keep a wet washcloth and/or bowl of water handy for washing shaving cream-covered hands.
  5. To make clean up easier, spray off all the dishes and art trays outside with a hose. Or use a rubber spatula and scrape it all into the trash first, then rinse off.

What to do with your beautiful new shaving cream marbling paper?

  • Glue to the front of a blank card and send a note to someone
  • Cut into shapes and make a seasonal or holiday display
  • Frame your marbled paper and display it on the wall

Have you done shaving cream marbling with your kids yet? If not, it’s a must-try art project!

Happy Birthday to a Special 3 Year Old

Happy Birthday to a Special 3 Year Old

This past week our little girl Bianca, turned three (3).  She has brought so much joy to our lives, and after trying for many years to start a family we will finally blessed with our only child Bianca. Although it has taken me many years to come to the grip that our family will no longer grow, but I have in turn learnt to be grateful for the wonderful daughter I do have and how she has blessed our lives.

Amongst all the winging and tantrums that are normal toddler would display, Bianca is has a gentle, kind, natured heart.  You will hear her often say “Are you OK Mummy?” which I reply “Yes, are you OK?”  She is so happy, and loves to sing, dance and play outside.

Her favourite things is Minnie Mouse and Bows.  She loves Minnie Mouse so much that she has just about everything Minnie Mouse you can think of, including her Bedroom suite, toys, dolls, bags, clothes, even her underwear.  You will often find her dressed as Minnie with a cute Bow in her hair.

For her Birthday cake this year, I wanted to recreate Minnie’s Red Bow and create cake toppers.  But, sadly I noticed there was no Red with White Polka dot patterned paper available in the current 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalogue. So I decided to create my own.

STEP 1: – to create the polka dots, I used the eraser end of a pencil and inked it in Versamark ink and randomly placed the polka dots onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock

STEP 2: Apply Clear Embossing powder and heat set with a Heat Gun

STEP 3: Using the Direct to paper technique, take your Real Red Ink pad and drag it across the Cardstock.  Once you have a good coverage of ink, wipe excess ink off with a Tissue and the dots will pop

Using my Bow Builder punch I was able to create little bows to use a cake toppers for Bianca’s Birthday Cake

Why not create your own patterned paper for your next project.

Marble Painting for Toddlers

Marble Painting for Toddlers

Marble painting for toddlers is a great art activity, as it helps with the motor skills, while having fun, creating abstract art.  

Items Needed

  • Shallow Cardboard box or baking tray
  • paper or cardstock
  • tape
  • paint in various colours
  • marbles

STEP 1

First, prepare for marble painting by taping a sheet of paper or Whisper White Cardstock to the inside of the tray

STEP 2 

Add drops of painting into each corner, I added the primary colours (Red, Yellow Blue) as I knew they would blend well together.

…. Add your marbles

Marble Painting for Toddlers

STEP 3

Now lift your shallow box/baking tray and tilt it this way and that so the paint-covered marbles roll around, creating interesting designs on the paper.

Marble Painting for Toddlers

Marble Painting for Toddlers

You can roll the paint covered marbles around the paper as little or as much as you like, depending on how you want your painting to look and how much you are enjoying the process.  

FINISHED MARBLE PAINTING

Marble Painting for Toddlers

MARBLE PAINTING FOR TODDLERS FITS ALL MY CRITERIA FOR A WINNING ART ACTIVITY 

  • The process is fun and open-ended
  • It’s easy to do
  • It’s the kind of activity that the kids want to do over and over again
  • Plus, bonus!, the end result looks pretty great—a wonderfully abstract piece of art

Have you tried marble painting with your toddler yet? If so, perhaps it’s time to give it another go. 

Marble Painting for Toddlers

Marble Painting for Toddlers was a fun painting activity that Bianca absolutely loved.  But, why Bianca have all the fun.

Come back Thursday and I will show you how I add marble painting to my card making?   UPDATED – Learn how to use the marble painting technique in your card making HERE

Putting up the Christmas Tree

We were going back home to visit family for Christmas and would be away for most of December and January.  So I thought why put up a Christmas Tree?  But at the same time, it’s Christmas and you can’t get into the Christmas Spirit without the Christmas Tree.

This year would also be the first Christmas that Bianca would be old enough to enjoy and participate, so I wanted her to experience putting up the tree and decorating it but at the same time I I also didn’t want Bianca pulling on the tree decorations and breaking them.  A friend suggested I make her a felt Christmas Tree.  This was so easy to make and Bianca had fun helping me do it also.

I created the base from Green Felt, folded it in half and draw the outline in tailors chalk then cut it out, and stuck it using Velcro dots to Bianca’s Bedroom Door

Felt Christmas Tree

Next I bought a couple of sheets of different colours of Felt to use for the decorations that I purchased from a local Lincraft store

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Then came the fun part –  I used the Layering Circle Die, Star Framelits and Delicate Ornament thinlit dies and Big Shot machine to create all the decorations.  Bianca insisted in helping use the Big Shot by cranking the handle.  She did a great job.

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Once they were all cut out we could put them on our Christmas Tree.  Bianca has fun each day redecorating the tree and I have piece of mind that nothing will get broken.

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