Earlier this year my little brother tagged me in a post he saw of an exploding box filled with kinder chocolate.
He had clean forgotten all about it which made this so much more worthwhile.
Follow me making the box with limited time and watch his response.
When Close to my Heart first released these little animal sets, I had an idea to make a deck of cards out of them.
These sets are available until the end of August 2019.
After a bit of research into children’s card games, it turns out you can make a card game with 11 animal stamps.
I fiddled around with a few prototypes and finally decided a printable card was the best option.
If you’re following along here’s how I made them.
First download the PDF of the card design.
If you've purchased the stamp set through my online store you'll get access to the PDF for Free.
If not you can purchase it for AUD$5 here:
Then print on white cardstock.
Laser printers will work better as bubblejet printers tend to run if they get wet, but if that’s all you have it will still work.
Once you’ve printed the card bases have the children stamp the animals on the right card for each animal.
Then they can colour them in.
Once they’ve finished colouring in the animals, you're ready to stick the backing patterned card stock to the back. This will hide any ink that has bled through when colouring and make the backs of the cards uniform so you can't distinguish the cards and cheat!... I grew up with brothers and learnt the hard way.
After you’ve stuck the two sheets of card together you can use a laminator pouch and laminate the sheets. This will make them extra durable, again, brothers!
Once they’ve been laminated you can trim the cards to the edge of the coloured border. The end card size will be approximately 3 ½ x 2 ½ inches.
Now you’re ready to play!
We’ve had fun playing, Snap, Go Fish! And Animal Rummy. Just search google for children’s card games and see what other games you can play with this deck of cards.
While I can only wish it took me 24 seconds to clean up my craft room, I do have some tips to share to help you clean up effectively.
I run workshops and classes from my craft room so having a quick clean up method is essential.
During my creative time when I put together workshops and classes I find it easiest if I'm able to sit with a clean slate in front me. It helps me get creative without the restrictions of finding things and having a spot to spread out in. Sure I might have to jump up to grab something that I've put away but movement helps the creative process too!
Easy craft room clean up tips:
It's important that you now stand back and look at what you have achieved. Give yourself a pat on the back. Why not reward yourself by lighting your favourite scented candle and a opening a craft magazine or iPad to look for some new creative projects to try in your clean space. I'm sure you would have lots of new idea after seeing some of the products you found in the clean up.
Do you have a craft room that is filled with years of products some unused, some only half used?
Have you been 'collecting' for so long these tips just don't cover it all and you've never really gotten round to having a good spring clean?
Then you'll want to keep an eye out for my upcoming course. Register your interest here:
I first made one of these in school as a kid and it never even occurred to me it would make a great card until I saw a similar idea recently. I've seen a few SVG files with this template but I wanted to make a larger one than what my machine would cut, without having way too many pieces.
I'm pretty happy with the results and can't wait to give it to my mum.
I can also see how great these would be to teach to a group of kids and use photographs to decorate the panels. It would make a really great kaleidoscope effect.
There is a bit of a trick to making them, and teaching the recipient how to fold it to open the next panel but once you've made one you will want to keep going and make heaps more.
"The paper crafters fidget spinner!"
Here you'll find the link to my freebies page with the printable instructions and YouTube video walking you through the steps.
Its really hard to get photos of my nieces, but now they own a smartphone they're never shy to take a few selfies and pose in front of their phone. Following them on their social media pages has definitely helped me. I can take a screen shot of their Instagram or Snapchat Stories and save them for scrapbooking one day. They get a surprise when they see the layouts and ask how I got the photo, which always leads to a conversation about cyber safety.
With this layout I kept the page fairly clean with just one photo centred in the middle. Making clusters of embellishments around the photo to direct the eyes helps make the page flow. Adding in extra textures and raising words with 3D foam tape makes the elements stand out and frames the single photo used.
For this Let Love Grow card I've used the Rock 'n' Roll stamping effect to give the pots and plants a dimensional effect. I've shared a how to video below so you can give it a try. This technique works really well with any solid effect stamp.
The stamp set is called "So much happy - cardmaking" and its definitely lived up to its name so far. I'm not normally excited about fussy cutting but the results this stamp set produces are really worth the extra effort. The light blue sky background was made with watercolour paints and helps create the garden scenery I was after.
Here are some colour choices for the pots and plants I've used. Have a play with some similar colours to get the effect you're after.
Ink the lighter colour first then roll the edge in the darker colour. This will prevent your lighter ink pads from getting stained with the darker colour.
After seeing something similar on a YouTube video I couldn't wait to try making these wiper pop-up cards.
I'm really happy with how they came out and how many different ways they can be used. As with everything crafty your imagination is your only limit.
I interrupt your normal crafty blog reading for this quick New Years treat. Or any time treat if you're that way inclined.
Ok, so this might not be paper craft, but it's still creating and crafting... right?
Oh What Fun, might be the name of the paper packet used but it's also very apt for these interactive sliding pop-up cards.
A frame can really make your card stand out and OH BOY! have I got a treat for you!
I've created 3 very different cards using the same frame, shared the 'how to's' and given you the link to make some yourself with Cricut Design Space.
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I've been crafting for as long as I can remember. My father was a printer, bookbinder and finisher so we always had access to plenty of paper and learned the... (...read more)