Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Day 30 at Beccy's Place - Do What You Love

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I'm not colouring at the moment but I am working on Christmas craft projects for creative little hands around our neighbourhood ... the endless months of Covid-19 lockdowns has brought our community much closer and I look forward to sharing more crafty adventures with them over the coming weekends and school holidays now that restrictions have eased.

Beccy's prompt for Day 30 is "Do What You Love"
(Beccy's post about Doing What She Loves and very
merry hot chocolate card to inspire is HERE)

My "Do What You Love" kids Christmas activity is for
crayon colouring cards with a non-traditional image.

I love making things, I love giving people a reason to smile
and I love encouraging creativity in kids,
so this activity ticks all the right boxes today.
This is my ninth crayon colouring card design this year,
you can see the other ones via the links at the end of this post.

These crayon colouring cards use the Neville gnome image
from the Gnomes In My Garden digital stamp set by Beccy's Place.

I love using the gnome images from this stamp set, they make me smile all year long.


I used a cut file for the crayon colouring card (details and link below), enlarged it to 5 1/2" square front panel (1/2" spine and 5 1/2" square back panel), added a fun wavy matting layer (details and link below) for both the front image panel and for the crayon holder inside.  I removed the perforated cuts from the crayon holder (I found that it was easily torn by little hands removing the crayons when I last made them and hope this will make them stronger) and added the crayon holder to the inner wavy matting layer for inside the card.

I opened the Neville image from the Gnomes In My Garden digital stamp set in Silhouette Studio, sized the him to fit nicely on the wavy panel for the front of the card.  I added the "naughty or nice" question as a sentiment (he looks like he is asking the question and thinking deeply about the answer), printed the image panels and cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut the card bases and crayon holder layers, burnishing the folds with a bone folder then adhered all the layers in place.  It was fun choosing the crayons to go inside and I know that little hands will enjoy colouring this cutie.


Can you hear Neville asking the question?
I'm sure he has a gruff but kind voice.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Beccy's Place - digital stamp - Neville gnome image from Gnomes In My Garden
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #249841
Happy Birthday Coloring Card - Cactus - by MiniLou
(note: I enlarged the outer card frame to be 5 1/2" square, 
removed the perforated fold lines from the crayon holders,
added the original sized crayon holders to a wavy square (link below),
I also used the Neville gnome digital stamp by Beccy's Place
instead of the cactus image supplied with the cut file)
cardstock
crayons
Helmar 450 Quick Dry liquid adhesive

*** REFERENCE ***

This project was inspired by the crayon colouring cards I made HERE for "Day 6 at Beccy's Place - CASE Yourself" (with others made several years ago linked in the Day 6 blog post), HERE for "Day 9 at Beccy's Place - H", HERE for "Day 10 at Beccy's Place - I", HERE for "Day 23 at Beccy's Place - U", HERE for "Day 13 at Beccy's Place - K", HERE for "Day 16 at Beccy's Place - N", HERE for "Day 11 at Beccy's Place - J" and HERE for "Day 24 at Beccy's Place - Something Sweet".

Monday, 29 November 2021

Day 15 at Beccy's Place - M is for Music

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I'm not colouring at the moment but I am working on Christmas craft projects for creative little hands around our neighbourhood ... the endless months of Covid-19 lockdowns has brought our community much closer and I look forward to sharing more crafty adventures with them over the coming weekends and school holidays now that restrictions have eased.

Beccy's prompt for Day 15 is the letter "M"
(Beccy's post with "M" inspiration words and
Christmas mouse card to inspire is HERE)

My "M" kids Christmas activity kit is for Music
... a Magical Music Maker.


This wasn't the "M" project I had originally planned but the kids had so much fun picking up sticks for our "Y" activity and started using them as Magic wands that I had to do a search for search for Christmas stick activities and this is the result.


All you need is a stick, pipe cleaners, bells, beads and creative little fingers.
My little helping hands are not well at the moment, so this sample is
my effort while they're on the road to what I hope is a speedy recovery.
I took a sparkling green pipe cleaner, some silver bells and white beads, threading the bells and beads along the pipe cleaner.  I twisted the pipe cleaner around the top bell then started winding the pipe cleaner around the stick until the end.  The bells made a very merry sound as they twisted and turned.  I know my design is quite conservative, so I look forward to seeing the more creative and colourful designs made by little hands.  They might even paint their sticks before transforming them into Magical Music Makers.


I couldn't resist a having a test run
... can you hear the jolly jangle of Jingle Bells?

   

... imagine how wonderful it will sound when several kids start playing their Magical Music Makers together ... I just hope they keep playing music and don't start having musical sword battles.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
sticks, twigs or dowel
assorted bells
assorted pony beads
sparkling pipe cleaners
optional - paints and brushes

*** REFERENCE ***
This project was inspired by the "Day 5: Christmas STEAM Challenges" post on the "Innovation Kids Lab" blog HERE.

Day 8 at Beccy's Place - G is for Gingerbread

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I'm not colouring at the moment but I am working on Christmas craft projects for creative little hands around our neighbourhood ... the endless months of Covid-19 lockdowns has brought our community much closer and I look forward to sharing more crafty adventures with them over the coming weekends and school holidays now that restrictions have eased.

(Beccy's post with "G" inspiration words and
cute gnome card to inspire is HERE)

My "G" kids Christmas activity kit is for Gingerbread Man ornaments.


These tasty cuties start out as jumbo craft sticks.  Paint the sticks with brown paint.
... I could tell you how I only have a very dark brown paint in my stash ... and how I decided to make my own "gingerbread" colour by adding white and yellow paints ... and how I kept on adding and mixing, adding and mixing ... and how my little jar was filled to the brim by the time it looked almost right ... but I digress, lets get back to our Christmas baking ...  


Once the gingerbread paint is dry, it's time to start icing.  Take a white paint pen and draw two wavy lines across the top and bottom ends of the stick.  Paint on eyes and mouth with a black paint pen.  Add a bow under his smiling face.  Tiny ribbon bows can be very fiddly, so I decided to try some cardstock ones using punches, the little hands love using punches, so, even though I think they'll be busy punching, I do have some assorted die cut ones ready if they prefer different designs.


Finish decorating the Gingerbread Man by adding three buttons/sequins below the bow.  Make a loop from ribbon/string/twine and glue to the back of the ornament so that it can be hung on the Christmas Tree.  I adhered a brown circle over the ribbon ends to make a neat finish on the back of the jumbo craft sticks.


What do you think?  Good enough to eat?
I think they're a fun, high fibre, low calorie alternative to the real thing!
... I sure hope the kids like them because I have plenty of gingerbread paint.

   

*** INGREDIENTS ***
jumbo craft sticks
brown paint
red/green buttons, sequins or bling
red/green ribbon or cardstock & punchdies - for bows
black paint pen / gel pen
white paint pen / gel pen
string/twine/fine ribbon - to hang ornament

*** REFERENCE ***
This project was inspired by the "Craft Stick Gingerbread Ornament" post on "The Resourceful Mama" blog HERE.

Day 29 at Beccy's Place - Z is for Zig Zag

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I'm not colouring at the moment but I am working on Christmas craft projects for creative little hands around our neighbourhood ... the endless months of Covid-19 lockdowns has brought our community much closer and I look forward to sharing more crafty adventures with them over the coming weekends and school holidays now that restrictions have eased.

Beccy's prompt for Day 29 is the letter "Z"
(Beccy's post with "Z" inspiration words and amazing
Z-fold cards to inspire are HERE)

My "Z" kids Christmas activity kit is for a Zig Zag Christmas Tree Ornament.  The paper strips Zig and Zag, looping across each other to form a cute dimensional tree.


This Zig Zag Christmas Tree ornament uses seven strips of green cardstock.  I started with 12" x 12" sheets, cutting eight 12" x 1 1/2" strips from each sheet.  Each sheet makes two trees, with a strip spare, so when I cut four sheets, I had enough strips for 9 trees with one only 6" x 1 1/2" strip leftover.
Four strips are needed to make one tree, cut one strip at 9" (making a 9" and 3" strip), one to 8" (making an 8" and 4" strip), one to 7" (making a 7" and 5" strip) and the last one to 6" (making two 6" strips, one for now, one for making another tree).  Punch a 1/8" hole at the centre of each strip (this one is more challenging to align, so I punched this on each strip for the kits) then punch 1/8" holes 3/8" from the end of each strip.  (I punched several sets at both ends, others I left because little hands love using my plier-style punches.)


Take a pipe cleaner and make a loop for the base of the tree.

Line up the paper strips, largest to smallest.

Take the largest (9") strip, threading the pipe cleaner through the end hole, loop the strip back toward the pipe cleaner, thread the pipe cleaner through the middle hole, loop the strip back and thread the pipe cleaner through the last end hole.  This makes the bottom layer of the tree.  Gently push these zig zag loops down to the bottom of the pipe cleaner.  Thread on two beads then take the next strip (8") and thread as before (through end hole, loop strip back, thread through middle hole, loop strip back, thread through the other end hole), gently pushing down to against the beads.  Continue adding beads and smaller strips until the last one has been added.  I only put single beads between the top three layers as they looked too far apart with two.

Thread a single bead to top the tree, gently push the layers down together then twist the pipe cleaner to make a loop above the top bead, trimming off the excess.  Finish off the ornament by tying a piece of ribbon so that the ornament can be hung on the Christmas Tree, on a cheery window garland or even on a handy hook on the wall.


*** INGREDIENTS ***
cardstock - cut into strips - detailed above
pipe cleaner - one per tree ornament
pony beads - 11-15
ribbon / twine - loop to hang the ornament

*** REFERENCE ***
This project was inspired by the "Paper Strips Christmas Tree" post on the "funEZcrafts" blog HERE.

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Day 14 at Beccy's Place - L is for Lots of Layers

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I'm not colouring at the moment but I am working on Christmas craft projects for creative little hands around our neighbourhood ... the endless months of Covid-19 lockdowns has brought our community much closer and I look forward to sharing more crafty adventures with them over the coming weekends and school holidays now that restrictions have eased.

Beccy's prompt for Day 14 is the letter "L"
(Beccy's post with "L" inspiration words and
little lambs card to inspire is HERE)

My "L" kids Christmas activity kit is for paper strip Christmas Trees using LOTS of layers of paper strips, LOTS of liquid glue and LOTS of embellishments.


Note the new watermark - Created "with" Tracy

To make the cone, I cut a one third circle from the brown (letter sized) cardstock, as large as I could make it ... I confess I used my Silhouette Cameo and it made life so much easier.  Gently curve the panel and glue along one side edge to make the cone shape.  The size of the cone can be adjusted by making the overlap section larger.  Next came LOTS more cutting.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the green (letter sized) cardstock into strips 4" x 1/2" ... 44 strips should be more than enough for little glue covered hands to make a Christmas Tree.  Instead of my gnarly fingers doing a test run on my first Christmas Tree, I decided to get some help from some creative little hands (Thank You J & Z) to test out the number of strips and how to adhere them in place.  There are lots of choices in how to add glue to the strips, from dipping, brushing or squeezing, it doesn't really matter as long as there is enough glue on the strips to adhere them randomly to the cone.

A lot of our crafting times are spent outside on the front lawn, which helps the glue dry faster too.  While the glue is drying, the difficult decisions need to be made about what embellishments to use to decorate the tree.  I have a variety of rhinestones, star-shaped sequins, round sequins and fluffy pom poms on hand to choose from.  I also have star punches, glitter cardstock and sticker maker that is always popular, little hands love using punches and making their own stickers.  By the time the embellishments are chosen, the trees are dry and ready to be decorated.

One tree was left with just the "leaves" because it was getting worn as a hat.  The small circle plier punch will get a workout next time and mask elastic will be tied on to finish the Christmas Tree Hat.


   

The other tree, well that's a completely different story
... it was time to bring out the bling, lots of bling.


This tree was finished off with a sparkling star made by punching out two stars, painting them with glue and smothering with glitter (pink and silver).  A pipe cleaner was poked up through the top of the tree and the stars glued together on it, topping the tree with the double-sided sparkling star.

   

This was such a delightful project and I hope that you enjoy J & Z's wonderful designs as much as me.  I  have learnt that one sheet of strips is more than enough for each tree kit and that little hands can be more creative than you could ever imagine.

*** A note of caution, using too much glue can soon
become a soggy mess and take a long time to dry. ***

*** A word of advice, have a bucket of warm water and a towel nearby
so that sticky little glue covered hands can be rinsed off regularly. ***

*** INGREDIENTS ***
brown cardstock - for cone base of Christmas Tree
green cardstock - strips for branches/leaves of Christmas Tree
( 4" x 1/2" strips from letter sized sheet )
tacky glue
ornaments for Christmas Tree - rhinestones / sequins / pom poms
I have rolls of tiny glue dots on hand to secure sequins and
pom poms in place, as they make it quicker and easier to attach them
star punch + glitter cardstock + sticker maker
little hands love using punches and making their own stickers )

*** REFERENCE ***
This project was inspired by the "Paper Strip Christmas Tree" post on the the "Housing A Forest" blog HERE.

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Day 21 at Beccy's Place - S is for Springs . . .

. . . transformed into Shiny Silver Spring Stars!

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I'm not colouring at the moment but I am working on Christmas craft projects for creative little hands around our neighbourhood ... the endless months of Covid-19 lockdowns has brought our community much closer and I look forward to sharing more crafty adventures with them over the coming weekends and school holidays now that restrictions have eased.

Beccy's prompt for Day 21 is the letter "S"
(Beccy's post with "S" inspiration words and
adorable sheep card to inspire is HERE)

My "S" project is a Shiny Silver Spring Star ornament.


My "S" project comes from the leftovers from making kid's activity kits.

The leftovers are springs ... the springs that hold wooden pegs (clothespins) together.  After madly twisting pegs apart in readiness to use the wooden pieces for kid's craft activities, I tossed all the springs into a bag, not knowing what I would do with them but hey, I'm a crafter and we all know that all sorts of bits and pieces come in handy ... one day.  Well that day is today.  In my wanderings around cyberland, I found a tutorial for star ornaments (see link below).


It takes ten of these peg springs to make each ornament.  Gently pull the ends apart of the first spring and slide one end into the coiled end of the second spring, then tuck the other side of the end into the other side of the coiled end ... hope that makes sense ... sometimes you have to jiggle the ends a bit to fit neatly into the coil.  Take another spring and attach, continuing until all ten springs make a wonky chain.  Join the ends to close the loop, making a wonky circle.  Adjust the springs to form a star shape (mountain-valley-mountain-valley style) and put a drop of superglue into each coil.  Finish off the ornament by tying a ribbon through one of the star points to make a loop for hanging.

   

I confess, I love this ornament ... think I might have to find some more wooden peg craft activities so that I have more "leftovers" to make some more star ornaments, along with a rustic tree to hang them on.  I think the older, stronger, little hands will enjoy pulling pegs apart and make some of these too.


*** INGREDIENTS ***
metal springs - 10 per star
* the metal springs released when wooden pegs (clothespins) are pulled apart *
super glue
ribbon-twine-string-cord - to hang the star ornament

*** REFERENCE ***
This project was inspired by the "Clothespin Spring Star”
video tutorial by “Easy Kids Crafts” HERE.

Day 27 at Beccy's Place - X is for X-treme

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I'm not colouring at the moment but I am working on Christmas craft projects for creative little hands around our neighbourhood ... the endless months of Covid-19 lockdowns has brought our community much closer and I look forward to sharing more crafty adventures with them over the coming weekends and school holidays now that restrictions have eased.

Beccy's prompt for Day 27 is the letter "X"
(Beccy's post with "X" inspiration words and delightful
X-Press It blending card kangaroo card to inspire is HERE)

My "X" kids Christmas activity kit is for X-treme snowflakes.


These snowflake ornaments are X-treme because, apart from being X-tremely beautiful, they start with four craft sticks glued to make two X's and they're X-tremely fun to make.  The X's are glued together to make the snowflake base and your imagination is stretched to the X-treme with all the embellishment options at your fingertips!


I was quite conservative with my design, painting the craft sticks white, topping with white glitter paint They needed to be painted white underneath because the white glitter paint I have is almost transparent and I didn't want light brown snowflakes.

   

I punched a bundle of snowflakes from white and silver glitter cardstock, layered them together, then adhered them to the sticks.  ... I was going to add a sparkling rhinestone to the middle of each snowflake but the sparkle already made it look like we were having a disco, so I decided that maybe we could try adding some when little hands wanted to play.


Make a loop to hang the ornament and glue to the back
of what you decide is going to be the top of the snowflake.
I used a shimmering ribbon with silver edges to add
X-tra sparkle to my X-treme snowflake ornament.


Although my snowflake ornament has lots of sparkle, I'm sure there will be amazing designs created from the rainbow of sticks, paints and embellishments in imaginative little hands.  I hope to share some here soon...


*** INGREDIENTS ***
craft sticks - plain or assorted colours - four per snowflake
paint - to make your own coloured snowflake sticks
glue
assorted embellishments
rhinestones, glitter, glitter glue, sequins, pom poms, stickers, punched
shapes, beads, bells, the options are limited only by your imagination
assorted punches & papers - I used snowflake punches
twine/string/cord/ribbon - to make a hanging loop

*** REFERENCE ***
This project was inspired by the "Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornaments" post on "The Best Ideas For Kids" blog HERE.

Friday, 26 November 2021

Day 18 at Beccy's Place - P is for Penguin

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I'm not colouring at the moment but I am working on Christmas craft projects for creative little hands around our neighbourhood ... the endless months of Covid-19 lockdowns has brought our community much closer and I look forward to sharing more crafty adventures with them over the coming weekends and school holidays now that restrictions have eased.

Beccy's prompt for Day 18 is the letter "P"
(Beccy's post with "P" inspiration words and
stunning poinsettias card to inspire is HERE)

My "P" kids Christmas activity kit is for craft stick penguins.


This project uses a combination of craft sticks (7) and mini craft sticks (7).
Paint 7 crafts sticks and 2 mini craft sticks black for the body and flippers.
Paint 5 mini craft sticks white for the belly.
The great thing with black paint is that it doesn't matter what colour is underneath, so I was able to paint a rainbow of craft sticks black with just a single coat.  A handy tip is to run a strip of double-sided adhesive tape along some scrap cardboard and place the craft sticks in a row along it.  This holds the sticks in place while you're painting them and saves a lot of time.  I like to flip them over once dry so that all the sides are fully covered.


Adhere the 7 craft sticks to a small piece of black cardstock.
The cardstock provides support to the penguin body and is not visible
from the front.  My piece of cardstock is 2 3/8" by 3 7/8".
Adhere the 5 white mini craft sticks to a small piece of white cardstock.
This makes it easier to line up the sticks, hides any gaps and makes it easier to line
up the white belly on to the body later.  My piece of cardstock is 1 1/4" by 2 1/4".


Adhere the white "belly" to the body of the penguin, lining up the bottom of the mini white craft sticks with the bottom middle of the black craft sticks body.
Adhere the pom pom "feet" to the bottom of the belly.
Adhere the googly eyes.
Cut and fold a beak from orange cardstock, glue the bottom of the
beak below the eyes so that the top of the beak sits slightly open.
Adhere the 2 black mini craft stick "flippers" to the body.

This penguin is too cute to not hang from the Christmas Tree,
so I took some ribbon, made a loop and glued it to the back
and transformed him into an ornament.


*** INGREDIENTS ***
craft sticks - popsicle sticks - 7 per penguin
mini craft sticks - 7 per penguin (5 for belly, 2 for flippers)
black paint
white paint
tacky glue
cardstock - black - to support the back of the body
cardstock - white - to support the back of the white belly
googly eyes
cardstock - orange - to make the beak
large pom poms - orange-yellow-black or any colour - for the feet
optional - ribbon/string/twine - to make loop for hanging

*** REFERENCE ***
This project was inspired by the "Popsicle Stick Penguin Craft" post on "The Best Ideas For Kids" blog HERE.

Day 5 at Beccy's Place - E is for Elf

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I'm not colouring at the moment but I am working on Christmas craft projects for creative little hands around our neighbourhood ... the endless months of Covid-19 lockdowns has brought our community much closer and I look forward to sharing more crafty adventures with them over the coming weekends and school holidays now that restrictions have eased.

(Beccy's post with "E" inspiration words and
adorable Elf card to inspire is HERE)

My "E" kids Christmas activity kit is for Elf ornament.


This cutie starts out as a jumbo craft stick.
Paint the top end green (approximately 1/5th the length of the stick = 3cm) to go under his hat and the lower end green (approximately 3/5ths the length of the stick = 9cm) for his body, leaving approximately 1/5th the length of the stick (3cm) unpainted for his face.

Make a hat by winding a green pipe cleaner around the top of the stick.  Adjust the hat to a point and glue on a red pom pom to the end.  Add googly eyes and draw on a smiling mouth with a paint pen.  Make a belt by gluing a yellow ribbon around the middle of the stick and glue on a button/sequin/pom pom for the buckle.  Make a loop from ribbon/string/twine and glue to the back of the ornament so that it can be hung on the Christmas Tree.

   

What do you think?
Does he look like he's been a little bit naughty?

*** INGREDIENTS ***
jumbo craft stick
paint - green
paintbrush
pipe cleaner - green - for hat
googly eyes
pom pom - red - for the hat
yellow ribbon - for belt
red button - for belt
cord / twine / ribbon - for loop hanger
glue dot or glue or glue gun - to secure eyes, pom pom, belt & button
black paint pen - to draw on smile

*** REFERENCE ***
This project was inspired by the "Craft Stick Elf Ornament"
post on "The Resourceful Mama" blog HERE