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9.27.2016

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"We Grow Little Thinkers" Grass Heads Kid's Project Tutorial + A Horse Cake!

9.26.2016

Hello everyone! I will be back in October with cards projects to share with you. But for today I would like to share a very fun kid's craft project tutorial that we did last Friday at our kids' school annual Fall Palooza event.  

Not only is this project great to do together as a family, it also helps beautify your landscape as well.   Oh yes! I also made a chocolate horse cake for the event!


You might heard of them by the name Grass Heads because that's exactly what they are. Grass growing out of something that shaped like a head. But the PTO committee calls them the "Little Thinkers" to go with this year school theme "We Grow Thinkers." 

I'm not on the PTO committee. But they needed parents volunteers to help run all the different stations. Oh course I picked the craft station and I get to help made these for the first time! Now I'm bringing the tutorial to you so you too can make them!

[A 3rd Grader and another mom volunteered to be my demonstrators so I could take photos of the steps process. All supplies can be easily found at your local grocery, craft as well hardware store.]



Supplies you will need to gather...



Steps [refer to the numbers in the photos below as guide]

  1. Cut each hosiery leg in half and tie a knot to one end. Using the toilet tube as a funnel, scope 2 teaspoons of grass seeds into the hosiery. 
  2. Fill with 2 cups full of sand & dirt mixure. 
  3. Knot the end. Now you got the head with 2 ears. 
  4. Grab the middle (between the ear) into a small circle to form the nose. Tie the nose with fishing line. 
  5. Decorate with googly eyes and other stickers (glasses, ribbon for hair, etc). You're Done! 


How to take care of your "Little Thinkers"...

  1. Keep it in a bowl to catch any water or moisture. 
  2. Put it in a sunny place. 
  3. Water with a spray bottle or a little bit of water every other day. 
  4. Your little thinker should sprout "hair" in 7-10 days. 
  5. Use scissor to give your little thinker a trim whenever its needed :) 


My chocolate horse cake

that I made and donated for the famous Cake Walk activity station. You can read more about what a Cake Walk HERE. Last time I used this horse molding pan was 2 years ago for Catherine's birthday. I originally wanted to made it a white horse with brown hair. But when I got home I realized I bought all chocolate frosting. So I added sprinkles for the bridle to highlight the head better. I used the star tip to pipped the face. It went super fast. For the eye, I used a jumbo size eye candy. Afterward I found out that the winner of my cake was an old classmate of my son. Yay!


More photos from the Palooza evening event...

I'm rarely in photos since I don't like having my picture taken. But I am very grateful to my friend who took these. She had really captured the excitement of the evening and allow me to add these to my scrapbook to cherish.


I hope you will give the "Little Thinkers" grass heads project a try. Thanks for sharing your day with me. Take care.


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Craft-room Organization Series: Embossing Powder Storage

9.16.2016

Hello!  First, a mid-month reminder.  Catherine's fun New Coloring Medium Challenge will ends on the last day of this month.  There will be a sweet surprise for all who participate.  So I hope you'll come along and join in the fun.  If this is your first time hearing about the challenge, you can go here for the original post.

embossing powder

[All supplies were purchased at my local grocery store.  But for your information, I've provided links in the thumbnails at the end of the post to amazon.com, where you can find these similar products.]

I have been wanting to do a Craft-room Organization Series post.  So I thought I'll start with a quick tip tutorial on how to store your embossing powders.  This method works great for your loose glitters too!  Oh yes, it's a video tutorial!  My first. I sound a bit tired.  It has been a long week.  But I do hope you'll enjoy it.  And please stay tune for more Craft-room Organization Series post coming soon.


Thanks so much for joining me today.  May you have a lovely weekend.


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Studio Time with Catherine + A Challenge

9.01.2016

Hello and good afternoon!  I'm a bite late sharing today's project.  I meant to share it earlier in the week but I came down with a nasty cold on Monday.  Joining me this late afternoon is my daughter Catherine (now a 3rd Grader) with her latest artwork and with a challenge for you!  I promise it is a very easy one and very fun too (winking).


Catherine simply love drawing animals and now has added the extinct creatures to her list. This is a Parasaurolophus dinosaur. She also enjoy working with pencils and doesn't like to add colors to her artwork. But over the weekend she surprised me by asking for a water-coloring set. You can imagine the dumbstruck look on my face. So I got her (and her siblings) a simple, inexpensive kid watercoloring set from the supplies section at the grocery store as a starter kit and shared my Canson XL Watercolor Paper 9x12 Pad with her. Truly made her day when she allows to touch my craft supplies. Haha.


So here is her very first water-coloring artwork.  She has been practicing drawing the full body view from a school's How To Draw dinosaurs library book and has originally wanted to color that one up.   But then she realized she drew it too small.   So she started over, drawing out just the head and that what she ended up coloring with.  She accidentally splattered her brush over the painting at the end.  But thought it looked so neat having the random splash of colors there that she decided to splattered on some more.  Haha.  Luckily she was doing it outside.  I think she has discovered a new favorite medium and a new art style!


Catherine's Tip of the Day: 
Instead of starting over, just make it work with your mistakes :D


Now for Catherine's challenge...Ready?

Here's the guidelines:
  • pick a coloring medium that you have never tried before (crayon, copic, water-coloring, distress inks, etc)
  • create something with it - anything.  It does not have to turn into a finish project.   The key is to get out of your comfort zone and try working with a new coloring medium while having FUN along the way. 
  • take a photo of it and...
  • share your creation with us here by uploading into the Inlinkz below. 
  • you have until end of this month (September 30th) to upload your creation before the Inlinkz closes.
  • Incentive:  1 surprise gift for all participants - will reveal in October :D 
Need some more inspiration? Here is Catherine's 3 years old sister (our very own Princess Sofia the First) with her own take on this new medium coloring challenge :D


We hope you will join us on this Try A New Medium Coloring Challenge. It truly will make our day seeing your beautiful work! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with us. May you have a lovely weekend ahead.



Please link up your artwork below

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Happy Mail | My New Stamp Design

8.27.2016

Hello and happy weekend! I think we can all agreed that everyone LOVE getting happy mails. Right? Well, on Friday, one little boy got a happy mail waiting for him when he got off the bus. It was a thank you card from his buddy, thanking him for coming to his birthday party a few weeks back. I thought that was just the cutest thing. The smiles on his sweet little face was priceless and what a great way to end his week! I was so inspired by that joyfulness he received that I decided to send a few friends some happy mails too this weekend :D

smiley happy mail

[All supplies used for this project are linked to the stores where I have purchased them from in the thumbnails at the end of the post.  This really helps organized my supplies list and making it easier for You to navigate through them if you are interested in getting the products for yourself :D   I do not sell any of my drawing.]

smiley

Now wouldn't it be so much fun to opened up the envelope and have a card full of smiley come flying right out of an envelope to greet you?  That what I've envisioned as I drew this up.  It didn't take me long since it involved drawing just circles and straights lines.  What took the longest and hardest part was trying to make those smiley faces as cute and hilarious as possible.  Then I added in tiny dots, scattered them randomly here and there to filled the void between the smiley.  I actually left a small empty space in between the smiley so I can pull in the sentiment "sending smiles across the miles" which I created in Picmonkey.  The empty space is also perfect for future cards with a different sentiment.  I can also stamp emboss in a sentiment too rather than using a digital one if I want. 

greeting cards

After printing a bunch of copies out on gina k. Designs' white layering paper, I colored the smiley and envelope with Copic markers. Then added shimmer to them with clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I also used Wink of Stella glitter pens (in green, blue, purple and red) for the tiny circles.  
  

I thought the card could use a little more circles and a little dimension.  So I scattered random drops of Ranger's Glacier White Enamel Accents  around the image.  I am so glad that Ranger came out with these Enamel Accents bottles!  They are dimensional faux enamel and they come in 12 beautiful colors. I actually went ahead and purchased the entire collection, the Ranger Enamel Accents Sets of 12.  I don't use a lot of embellishment on my cards, but when I do it's mostly with enamel dots.  What I love about these Ranger's Enamel Accents bottles is that not only can I create lots and lots of dimensional dots in any sizes I want, but I can actually draw with them and create dimensional artworks (I'll share that project with you soon).  And since it's a 0.5 fl oz bottle, it will last me a long time before I need a refill.  And that's a big money saving for me.  

ranger's enamel accents

While I wait for the enamel accent dots to dry, I worked on the layering for the card.  First, I cut and scored the Bazzill's Marshmellow Chick (from Ellen Hutson) to create my A2 (4.25x5.50) card.  Then I die cut the MFT Lucky Prints (6x6 Paper Pack) and the Bazzill's Robin Egg (from Ellen Hutson) with the We R Memory Keeper Rectangle Nestling Dies.  I adhesive all the layers to the base card with the Tombow Mono Removable Adhesive.

smiley handmade card


Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your weekend with me.  I hope you will come back and join me next week for a very special project by a very sweet little girl that many of you have come to know and love.




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