Crafting for a cause… I LOVE THIS IDEA

A lot of you already know that me and the lil man D are into something called Abandoned Art.. but this is something new to us. What a fantastic idea for a Christmas gift for the kids in your life. Some of these lil people are too young to involve in some of the charitable causes we would like to support like food kitchens and such.. but there is still a way to involve your kids in charitable giving at an early age.

This is a totally new Affiliate to me and I am so glad I ran across this one…. what a fun and unique way to involve the kids and teach them about giving.

Little Loving Hands – Kids Crafts for a Cause

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It’s the perfect Christmas gift box idea  for kids who already have way too much of their own already.

I love this idea so much… If any of you decide to support these charities by  purchasing these craft kits through my links, I am going to donate the money  earned in affiliate fees  from these kits at the end of each year.  Every little counts and I think this is an idea that myself and Lil Man D would love to support.  Please share this blog post as much as you can so we can  reach as many people as possible.

You get to choose from various Charity recipients:


Hearts for the Homeless Box

Provide love and support to a homeless mother and her child.

Create a soft heart pillow and a memory match game that will warm the hearts of a mother and her child at a homeless shelter. Your gift will be used by Enchanted Makeovers to transform a shelter and promote creativity, self-expression, and worth.

 



Cloud Nine Box

Help a foster child reach for the sky and dream in bright colors.You will make an adorable cloud toy and colorful rainbow mobile for a foster child supported by Together We Rise. Your precious creations will bring smiles and happiness to a child looking for brighter days, making them feel on cloud nine.

 




Monkey Business Box

Send fun and hope to a child in need with a personalized monkey toy.

You will design and customize a card and silly monkey toy for Operation Sock Monkey! Your special toy will be sent to a child struggling thru humanitarian challenges, and provide them hope for brighter days ahead.

 



Puppy Love Box

Create a leash and treat bag to be given to an adopted dog!

You will make a fun dog leash and an adorable treat bag to be used by Friends of Homeless Animals to gift to an adopted dog. Your creations will be cherished by a forever family that adopts a dog from this animal shelter, helping them show love and care to their new furry family member.


Military Gratitude Box

Show our military friends that people from home are thinking about them and appreciate everything they do.

You will be making a card and keychain gift that will have an extra personal touch by using your handprint! Your handmade gifts will be used by A Million Thanks and sent to our troops stationed around the world. You will also create an American flag pin that they can wear proudly as they protect our country.



Happy Doll Box

Make a special happy doll that will travel the world and be cherished by a child in need.

You will decorate a unique doll and a cute globe magnet that will be sent around the world via MSTERIO to be given to a child in need. Your unique creations will be enjoyed by multiple children during its travels, and then ultimately be given to a child that will truely cherish your special gifts.

Chameleon Pens Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deal!!!

I know some of you have been dying to try these… and now is a great time… grab your Chameleon Pens during Holiday and  get 20% off your purchase… only valid for a few more days.

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If you have been following Chameleon Pens this year you will already know about the fabulous Color Tops that launched earlier this year and the new pencils too.   BUT… did you know about the Blendy Pens?  If you have kids, or grand kids who love to color, check out the Blendy Pens.

Already got your pens… well now is also a great time to stock up on refill inks and spare tips…. or expand partial sets to include all the new colors and color tops.  If you aren’t sure what color-tops are, you really need to check it out.  It’s tip to tip blending made super easy.  I was so excited to get mine…and I love them.

Fairy Topper Notebook

I made this cute Fairy topper design  Fairy on Fancy Background No.3 into a notebook cover for my friends little girl.  It’s a full 8.5 x 11 comb bound scribble pad  and I will add her name to the scroll on the front.  Another gorgeous Lyn Simms design for the little fairy lovers  in our lives.

You can find this file in various cutting machine formats at CraftsUprint

 

“Blessed is he who comes ….

In the name of the Lord”

It’s new release time at Cute As A Button again…. and  this month my DT project is a super simple card for the boys. I colored this one up with my Chameleon markers and die cut it with  one of my new Gina Marie Designs dies, ” Loopy Rectangles” …and then attached it to one of the colored A2 size cards that I have from my  value packs form Michaels.  I love these cards, they come in so many great colors and designs and if you catch the sales you can pick them up at $5 a pack… great deal for 80 cards and envelopes.

“Flash Sale from April 10th thru March 15th.  Use coupon code RESURRECTION30 to receive a 30% discount on all new releases. ”

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Bible Bookmarks for Kids

I have a retiring bundle from Bugaboostamps to share with you all today. As you know the lil guy and I do Abanandoned Art and bookmarks are one of the things we like to abandon, so this bundle was perfect for that. I went in search of some Bible verse to correspond with each image and found these at Ministry to Children


I added the text to each Image and a border then printed them on Canson Mix Media Paper. I gave them a very subtle wash of color using my Gansia Tambi watercolor paints  and then mounted them on Kraft card and laminated them.  This is my Project for the  April Crafty Awesomeness Challenge, I hope you will go visit and check out the other DT projects using similar bundles and hopefully we shall see your projects too.

You can find the AKV God Set Bundle  over at the new Bugaboostamps.com Store.


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April -May 2017 Artists Challenge

Due to the late start to the April Challenge I am going to extend this one through till the end of May.


Not feeling very  chatty this month….. so let’s just jump right in  with the new theme.  I’m feeling a little emotionally overcharged this month ..so….

The Challenge theme for April – May is:

“A Mother’s Love”


Inspirational ideas…  for those who may need them.

Mommy snuggles and bedtime stories
Bandaids and boo boo’s
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Knitting /croheted booties and blankets
Child playing dress up in mommy’s clothes
Mom cleaning up a kids mess… toys, food etc
Rocking baby to sleep
care packages from mom
homeschool mom

Whatever springs to mind when you think of all the things your mom did, because she loved you.  Or if you  never experienced that… all the things you wished she had.  If you are a mom… all the things you do for your kid unconditionally.  If you are the mom to an angel baby… HUGZ xxx hang in there. Whether it’s laundry, soccer mom, student teacher….. Mothers day is coming up May 14th, 2017 and all those snow babies are on their way, surrogates will be blessing couples with the gift of life….   Let’s see some images celebrating all of these awesome women.

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual NEW digital stamp images per given theme.
  • Images can go on sale as soon as they have been entered into the challenge.
  • You may add single images, or link to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to show off  inspirational images too.

Mommy’s weekly specials! Menu for my picky eater

I was having fun playing with my Cohas adhesive Vinyl chalkboard again and made a sign to hang up outside of my kitchen.  My lil guy can be a fussy eater, so I thought I would make him a fun  menu so he could help meal plan.  This is just a flat canvas panel, covered in chalkboard vinyl and a couple of strips of ribbon… and I added  Beer and Barbeque Lady Digital Stamp,   but colored the bottle to look like Ketchup.  The image is colored with Zig Kurecolor markers.

Cohas Chalkboard vinyl 12 x12 sheets (formerly Ziggyboard)

Zig Chalk Pens

Zig Kurecolor Alcohol Markers

Beer and Barbeque Lady Digital Stamp

 

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Guest Designer – Lil’ Man D ( 4yrs old ) laminated bookmarks

We had to go get new tires the other day and my lil guy.. much as he loves the dealership and checking out all of the cars and trucks..specially the trucks ( he is just like his daddy when it comes to trucks lol ) .. he gets bored after a while.  So this time I decided to take along my portable easel box I showed you in a previous post earlier this week and watercolors  in case they came in handy… plus it was a great way to test it out and see how well it worked out.

They have a seating area with comfy chairs, but also a large eating area with vending machines and coffee etc and part of that is a long bar area with bar stools…and lots of natural light from the big windows.  So we sat down  with some snacks and drinks and I started to color.. lol.. 2 seconds later as predicted “I want to color please mommy”

So here we go, these are 4 of the bookmarks he painted while we were waiting for our new tires.  I had already stamped everything out  on precut  strips of Canson Mix Media Paper and they were in the easel box ready to go with the H2o pen.  The easel box and the Gansai Tambi box are about the same size so easy to grab and go even without a bag.
I love this first Giraffe because he told me he was painting a rainbow on it too ..  I love his imagination, but I am sure glad he explains what some of it is sometimes haha.  Some of these will go to friends and relatives and others will go in the Abandoned Art box.  The Giraffe is a stamp we picked up at Michaels last month.  The father and daughter image is a Unity Stamp co stamp  that I stamped up for me to color, but he hijacked it haha

The finished pieces were mounted on some plain Recollections 65lb card stock and then laminated and a hole punched for them.  A little bit of ribbon and some beads and they will be all ready to go 🙂


This portable easel with storage is great .. he loved it so much he asked for one of his own so he could bring his pens along next time too.  These boxes are small enough and light enough for a kid to easily carry around and if required .. you could easy pop on a carry handle or strap. Once his is finished,  he will be able to decorate it as he wishes. He loves to paint wooden blanks and boxes,  so I know whatever it is…. it will be UNIQUE  haha

 

Supplies:






Unity Stamp co. First Love, First Hero

Stampendous “PenPattern Giraffe”








H2o brush






Gansai Tambi Watercolor set




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CraftsUPrint Treasure Chest Bonus packs project, Vault and Friday Freebie

Some of you may have seen me post previously about the Treasure Chest items I got free with one of my  cut file orders. CraftsUPrint are actually mailing these FREE when you order over £15 ( currently on offer at £10 ) worth of files or card kits.  I have to be honest I wasn’t expecting them to be that great quality, cmon..it’s free right  lol.  But when they arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the  sheets..AND the size.  I wasn’t expecting full A4 sheets either.. 15 of them.. and you get to choose the designs you want.

If you missed  my previous post, you can find details below

My Treasure Chest Freebies arrived…. impressed !




Well last night I finally had a moment to sit and play with them… and I made my son some fridge magnets for his word wall.. which incidentally is one side of my upright freezer lol. It’s situated near the dining room table so always in view of him when he is eating or playing.. mommy’s subtle way of keeping him learning no matter what he is doing.










He spends a lot of time playing with Playdoh or coloring etc at the table.. and of course it’s a great way for him to “earn ” snacks during the day.  If you missed previous posts about the Cohas Magnetic sheets (formerly known as ZiggyBoard) I use to make his  wall.. I added some of them to some cheap wood cut circles and some of them I just added the Magnetic strip straight to the back of them.
Now the link is to the commercial product, what I am actually using is what are referred to as “tails” and “seconds” so anyone who is interested in buying some of these for projects, let me know. These are perfect for making magnets, and letter walls and using as small magnetic chalkboards. I have allsorts of projects on the blog using this stuff and I love it (search magnet, or Ziggy on the blog). It cuts like a dream on my Cricut Explore, by hand, my paper cutter, My Sizzix Big Shot… so very versatile and lots of fun to be had. I also used it to hang my metal dies for easy grabbing.. LOVE this stuff.



Well CraftsUPrint also just added a new video about the treasure chest, so I figured I would add that in for anyone interested.  If you have kids who like to craft, or you want some fun card or project toppers.. check them out.  I grab a set every time I buy new cutfiles.. in fact, I’m off to get more when I finish up this post as I see some fun new cut files I need to grab.  These are great for  projects with my 4 year old too as the Treasure Chest also includes sticker sheets.

They have added in lots of new items too, check out the contents of the current Treasure Chest right now not only can you get access to the treasure chest with a £10 order, you also get access to the vault for 24 hours.. and that is filled with freebies too. Lots of great card kits.. and they are all yours.. you have 24 hours to grab them for free.

Right now.. these are part of the vault collection.. which includes card kits, toppers and digital papers

Treasure Chest Instructions


and then of course, we can’t forget the Friday Freebie



3D Wedding and Romance Double Tri Shutter Card
Kit by Carol Clarke


and lastly.. but definitely not least.. you of course get your free game AND a chance to win the Crafty Bob Pot. I have been lucky enough to win this twice now.. the last time was over $80 worth .. I had a blast choosing cut files with that win !.



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Cupcake thief foiled !! Cupcake Stand SVG

I had to fight off a cupcake thief to take this project photo…. nothing is safe in this house. I have always had a problem with having project photos photobombed by the li’l guy and his menagerie of toys and figures, but this one takes the biscuit.. .. well Chocolate Chocolate Muffin to be precise.  No that is not a typo, it’s a Double Chocolate Muffin….I can’t really blame him for trying to run off with it, they are yummy !

I had this fun little quick n easy  cupcake stand file to  make up, so I grabbed a Muffin the li’l guy made  and used that for my photo… damned if I didn’t see a set of sticky fingers run up and try and grab it right in front of the camera lol.
cup_muffinanywho….  this is a really simple cut file by Rae Carr over at CraftsUPrint… I doubled up my cut to make this gold glitter version… but if you have double sided paper, or are using plain card stock, you won’t need to do that.  I simply attached the two sections with tape  and assembled it.

I have an urge to recreate this in a multi-tiered version to see how it would  work out on a large scale.  It would be a fun one for kids birthday parties, school parties, Family get together, possibly done with a wipe-able platform for multiple use. …. so stay tuned for that one.

Very quick and easy project, simple materials, easy assembly… and definitely a good basic cut to have on hand.

Cut File – 671 Cupcake Stand 1 avaialble in various cut file formats
Card Stock – Gold glitter card, local Dollar Store
Tape Runner – Zig Photo Tape

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