Attack the Scrap Bucket ! fun project for kids and grown ups

We’ve all seen those fun Magnetic word sets that you use on your fridge, or freezer .. here’s a way to make your own. Great project for crafty homeschoolers, teachers, business signs or people who need something a little bit different from the usual word sets.
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I was lucky enough to have some tails from Cohas (formerly ZiggBoard) Magnetic Sheets that I could cut into strips to make these letters and words.  You may have seen previous post where I started making letters and numbers for the lil man .. now we are progressing onto words and  so I got out my MFT Bottlecap letters die and off we went again.  I won’t lie… it’s a time consuming project… we all know it takes a lot  LOT of letters  to make up enough single letters to form a decent amount of words.ziggy_alpha3 I probably cut and assembled at least 10 sets of individual letters.. probably more  and I already cut out at least 8 sets to start forming word magnets. There are going to be a lot of letters you use A LOT and some you don’t use so much.. just store those for later.  As your kids vocabulary grows, you will be able to use those up to expand your set.  Anyone who is homeschooling already knows that it’s time consuming, but VERY rewarding and totally worth the time and money spent.

These dies are totally worth grabbing because you can use them for so many projects, both fun and educational for years to come.

Name tags, labels, cards, magnets,stickers …so many fun things.

Ok so what did I use?… pretty simple project.. as I said.. just time consuming

  • Cohas Magnetic sheet cut into strips
  • 110lb Card from my scrap box…I have a tonne of this from my Cricut Print & cut projects.  Now they are expanding the Print & Cut dimensions to fit almost a full 8.5×11 this will reduce my scraps… but even so..right now I have enough to make alphabet sets for half the neighborhood lol.
  • Mod Podge I use this to cover the strip first and attach the letters then add a coat on top to seal them in.
  • My Favorite Things Bottlecap Alphabet Dies
  • paint brush to apply the Mod Podge
  • TIME.. and Patience.. even if you just do a few strips at a time… it adds up to a decent set  fairly quickly

Of course if you are a good crafter who doesn’t have a pile of scraps lying around waiting for that “maybe one day project”.. you can always print your letters on printable Vinyl or adhesive label sheets and just cut it into strips. Less time consuming but I am determined to attack my scrap bucket  before this year is done!!! lol  Plus it is kind of fun letting him add a couple of strips at a time to the freezer, so he isn’t overwhelmed with a tonne of new words.

On a totally off topic random  thought.. just because we are on a sort of educational thing anyway.  We were in Toys R Us today and a lady was there, obviously overwhelmed by all the toys… she asked him how old he was. And I could tell she was hoping he was around the same age as someone she was shopping for.  Turns out she has a young relative flying in for Christmas and was struggling to find a  suitable gift.  She had a set of Power Ranger figures in her hand and asked him if he thought they were cool.  All she knew was the kid liked Super hero’s.  

Well hot damned if my little guy didn’t jump in like the Bloody Toy Ambassador for Toys R US.. and dragged that poor lady all over the store showing her everything he wanted for Christmas lol… with a toy review and running commentary all the way. We started with Five Nights At Freddy, hit the Educational aisle where he proceeded to tell her how great the squishy Body  kit was..and reeled off  all the body parts shown on the back of the box, dragged her off to see Grossery Gang and the yuck truck on another aisle… then onto Imaginext vehicles and buildings… followed by transformers and finishing up with Octonauts.

Poor lady haha.. he talked her ear off for a solid half hour I think while dragging her round the store haha.  She was  in awe of his knowledge… specially when he started naming all the body parts…  and yes  he is getting that for Christmas, he just doesn’t know it yet LOL. ‘His Big’ sister in Australia is getting him that. It will be a fun start to his homeschooling science learning.

So proud of my lil man… that is the second time this month he has helped someone out in toys R US who was having probs picking gifts.

and back on track again…

Now I know decent Magnetic sheet is not always easy to come by, but I have used this magnetic sheet for all sorts of fun projects myself … from picture magnets,  to Metal Die storage.   If anyone is interested in what I would call it a crafters grab bag those will be available early next year.  These will most likely be pre-cut ready to go pieces in various shapes and sizes.

Need something other than alphabets, numbers and words?  want to make picture blocks, fun gifts, organization tags….or just have some fun and attach fun crafty items to cards etc … or decorate your locker.  This magnetic sheet is awesome,  everyone should have a bag of this in their stash.

Here are a few  of the other items I have made in the past.. search for magnet on the blog or have a wander through the projects tab at the top of the page for details on those projects.  and expect to see more of these projects next year.. I have some ideas I am dabbling with.

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Kit & Clowder September Create & Learn-boys boys boys!

Once again Alyce Keegan has pulled off another fab set of  Create & Learn classes… this time we have one for the boys.  Although, as always the techniques learnt can be used with ANY image to create some fabulous backgrounds.

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AND to make things even better, this month there is a free class for  student.. a fab  class on  coloring wood.  Be sure to check the Create & Learn classes this month.

 

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Kit & Clowder August Create & Learn classes are out!

Check out the  August Create & Learn Classes
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..and for all you  new Kit & Clowder peoples…. never fear….  Alyce just shared some great news on the Kit & Clowder Facebook Group.  It used to be if you missed a  monthly class you had to wait for it to be re-released as part of a bundle… not any more!!  That is great news for anyone new to the classes, or even just those who missed a few here and there for whatever reason.  Now you can go back and pick and choose the classes you missed  🙂 ..and there have been some fab classes I really wished I had.

“Now, just in case you haven’t seen it yet… there’s something special for our monthly class members this month… we’ve opened the EXCLUSIVE Monthly Class Store! 😀 You can only access this store via private link and password as a special perk of being a class member, and now you can purchase previous classes if you have missed a month or are new to joining in! 😀

Remember our classes never expire, and there is no such thing as “being behind”, so you can use these classes to do a fun project or in pieces to help you enhance your other images and apply new techniques. To get access and join in, head to www.kitandclowder.com and join us in our Monthly Classes! All new and existing members this month will get access to the store”

Here’s a sneak peek at a small selection of the archived classes now available to K&C Create and Learn members.

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WOW….July Create & Learn Classes at Kit Clowder, out now

Have you seen this month’s Create and Learn classes? all I can say is WOW … if you want to try out  new coloring techniques  these are definitely the classes for you. Every month Alyce produces a new class to teach various coloring techniques… everything from snow, bubbles, rain, beach scenes ….jungles… water.. the list is endless.  This month’s classes are simply gorgeous!

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Kit & Clowder 10k member Copic Giveaway

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If you aren’t already a member of Kit & Clowder .. WHY NOT??  lol  .. but if you aren’t .. and you color you should check out the classes and group.  Not only will you gain valuable information and support while learning to color… K&C wants to hook up one lucky winner with a set of Copic Ciao Markers too.

Swing by the Facebook Group and check it out, the group and classes are aimed at all levels. We even have some budding juniors 🙂

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Kit & Clowder Online Coloring Classes

Classes are available for pen. pencil, watercolor and mixed media …  in a variety of topics. Skin & Hair, Clothing, Animals, Nature, Monthly Create & learn.. so much to see, so much to learn !

Check out the Spotlight Series Giveaways which are ending tonight…. for a chance to win a Gift certificate to Kit & Clowder and a bunch more cool prizes.

 

Spotlight Series Day 24 – Alyce, Kit and Clowder

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Who are you?  

Alyce from Kit and Clowder Online Colouring Classes www.kitandclowder.com

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Where are you? 

Australia!

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

Just over two years ago when I turned Kit and Clowder from just my blog to our online colouring class website. Well, I was probably taking it still seriously before then making many many design team cards but I never dreamed that I would be doing this now with our classes 🙂

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be? 

I am so chicken! I would be like Phoebe in Friends where she went to get a tattoo and only got a dot before she pulled out hahaa! I don’t even know what I would get – a cat?

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? 

Our Skin and Hair class although both the content and the format has changed drastically since the launch!

 

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

My inspiration is everyone who forms Kit and Clowder. I would not be doing this if it weren’t for all of the Clowdies that are part of our group. When I am feeling down I know that I can feel inspired and uplifted by flicking through our Facebook Group and seeing everyone’s work, and also when people post non-craft related stuff. It makes me feel excited that people like to share their lives with us and makes me want to share back.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

Just me 🙂 But Jon, Mr Clowdie, is my sounding board behind the scenes. I also have some really close friends that I have met since doing this that I know I can discuss about any topic/run through any idea and they 100% support me and tell me if my ideas are bad! 🙂

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Oh my… everything Disney? Does Pixar count as cartoon? If we are going movie I would say Wall-e.. but if it’s cartoon tv it is Pokemon

 

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If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

ELSA! Or Anna! Or Belle! Or Cinderella! Or Rapunzel! Or Pin Manager!

 

 

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

90s!!! Spice Girls! hahaaa!

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

I like to read, sing, or play computer games with Jon 🙂

 

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life.

Cat – fluffy cat wanting lots of cuddles and food

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

I sing in the shower, not in the shower, and frequently get caught out by the postman.

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What is your most popular item in the store/shop? 

Our Skin and Hair Class

 

 

 

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them? 

Probably Angel from Buffy hahaa! No I haven’t drawn him hahaa!

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?

Joss Whedon and we would talk all things Buffy/Angel/Firefly/Avengers 🙂

 

What’s your favorite color?

It changes all the time! I like Purple and Aqua at the moment 🙂 But I really love all colours and having bright colours around makes me feel happy 🙂

 

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Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Uh not this question!! I am currently being persuaded into this for our Honeymoon O_O Sharks are one of my big fears and I think if I saw a Great White I would pass out in the water. I would say no but I think if I don’t say yes I won’t be getting married haha.

 

 

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

English – I wanted to be a writer and I looove reading

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Disneyland! We went last year while teaching our US Retreats and it was the BEST!

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Yes but I would be so scared! hehe! It really intrigues me because I feel there are so many stories and encounters for there not to be some sort of truth?

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

I have a bad habit of getting the coffee/chai latte sachets and halving them so I can get more drinks to keep me full! So I have many many of those to try and stop me eating everything in the house. But I usually still do – biscuits and chocolate 🙁

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store? nature

Our new Elements of Nature class – I think it is our most professional class and also flowers and nature are really forgiving for people to colour. Skin and Hair is our most popular class but the actually topic itself is much harder so I think sometimes it’s nice for people to take a break and colour some flowers for some great results 🙂 I also love our Monthly Colouring Class as I feel that it really challenges me to come up with the content and I see the best results in this class. I see people improve the quickest here as they are challenging themselves.

 

Favorite quote?

If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you aren’t doing anything very innovative – Woody Allen

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Disney. everything.

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

Interior Architect

 

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What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Christmas – I love getting presents for people and get so excited to give them 😀 I can’t sleep on Christmas eve.

 

 

 

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

Our Technique Classes take about 2-3 months of straight working on them from concept, writing the material, colouring samples, filming, editing, and putting the actual classroom and graphics together. It’s a really long process! It takes longer now than when I first started as I still do our one on one feedback daily which takes a few hours, plus our monthly class, and all of the admin work. So a Technique class probably takes about 4-5 months now.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

So many! I love all Taylor Swift 🙂 And anything cheesy hehe

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

I love how supportive everyone is. I feel that people go out of their way to help one another and to make me feel welcome in their lives. I feel that I don’t have customers but I have friends and I’m so lucky to have met so many of our members now and know that we have a real friendship. I feel extremely lucky.

 

Kit & Clowder June Create & Learn is out + Free Bonus Class

Have you seen the  new June Create & Learn Classes  at Kit & Clowder yet?  This month’s class includes yet another fabulous free bonus class.  This one teaches you to color metal objects.  Once again Alyce Keegan has created some fabulous new classes for markers and pencils.
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What do you get each month?

  • Lifetime access + No Time Limits Once a class is yours, even if that month is over, you will still keep access forever
  • Video TutoriaCovering each technique in depth – (approx. 2-3 hours)
  • Step by Step Print Booklet Covering a breakdown of each technique (approx. 15-20 pages)
  • 50% off class digital stamp of the month
  •  Colour conversions for popular brands
  • Alternative colour schemes Two alternative colour schemes to show you how to apply the techniques with other blends
  •  Techniques are chosen by YOU! We pick our techniques from our class questionnaire for members each month
  • One on One Feedback If you are part of our Technique Classes you can upload for one on one feedback
  • Prizes  Challenge each month in our Facebook Group where you can win prizes just for colouring!

 

 

April Kit and Clowder Create and Learn Classes +Bonus !

WOW…. another fab set of Create & Learn classes from Alyce Keegan over at Kit & Clowder. New classes are available on the 15th of each month, so grab these while you can.

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and a bonus…

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Kit & Clowder Create and Learn Class – March 2016

The new Create and Learn Class  for March is now available.  Once again Alyce Keegan has created another stunning class…. check out the marker and pencil classes for March. If you are new to coloring; or just need to improve your skills, this is the place to be. There are two fabulous free classes for those of you who are procrastinating and a  great range of paid classes, which anyone taking them will tell you..are worth every penny ….and some.

Hair, skin, clothing, pets and animals….and coming soon.. a nature class for you plant and flower lovers.  Each Create and Learn class is released on the 15th of the month, so if you love these backgrounds and want to know how to do them..  make sure  you grab them before they are  gone.

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Facebook Groups for crafters and colorers

I’ll be adding in a new section for Facebook groups later this week.. but in the meantime, here are some of the groups I belong to…. for anyone interested.  Some of these groups share exclusive discounts, freebies, giveaways and deals for group members.

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Kit and Clowder – Public Group

“We are on online colouring class community specialising in Alcohol Markers (copics, spectrum noirs, promarkers, and more), Pencils, and Distress Ink classes. 

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Club KennyK – Closed Group

Club KennyK has challenges, prizes, freebies, and much more! Share your KennyK Stamps creations and mingle with other fans! Show us how you rock your crafts!!”

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A place where you can share creations, works in progress and ideas using Bloobel Digital Stamps!

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Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps’ Krafty Friends! – Public Group

Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps is a Canadian rubber and clear stamp company with unique and whimsical designs and an incredibly talented design team!! This group is a place where all the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps customers, friends and fans can share their finished KKS creations, chat, ask questions and hang out!!!

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WELCOME EVERYONE!
I would like to personally welcome everyone to Scrapper’s Delights Creative corner, to be part of my journey and help to inspire each other.

 

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A Place to share your creations using Simply B Stamps, and for general friendship and chit chat
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