One Crafty Kid and a Gelli Plate = Craft Hour Fun

We started our craft hour with some bubble blowing paint project to make background papers.. but that was short lived after his second time of sucking, instead of blowing lol. He gets so excited sometimes he forgets not to swallow.. so after two mouthfuls of paint,water and dish soap mix.. we decided we had enough of that idea for the night..and moved on to the Gelli Plate.

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I bought a Gelli Plate at the Blitsy Sleepover last month and we just got a chance to play with it. I say we, since I bought this because A: I was enamored with some gorgeous Gelli Projects I had seen and B: It looked like a fab craft product for my son who is 4 and a half and loves to craft too. And what a hit this one was…. before we even got the paint on it he was enamored by the feel of it, but add in some paint and a roller and he was in LOVE ! There is nothing my kid loves more than making a mess with Acrylic paint lol.

He was painting on canvas when he was one and I have a wooden floor so I’ve always been totally cool with letting him do things like this. As the grandparent were told when they said I was “BRAVE” ….aint nothing that can’t clean up in the washer, or the shower.

Anywho….I wanted to show these off… we tried a few different ideas for adding texture and designs. Stamps work really well on these plates and he has quite a cool little collection growing of wood mounted stamps. BUT …. this is the one I loved the most… his hand prints !! I picked out my three favorites and I am going to mat and frame these…

If you have kids, or grandkids who like to craft with you and you haven’t tried these… I totally recommend grabbing one, even if it’s just one of the small ones.  This time of year is perfect because all of the leaves are dropping here, so tomorrow we are going to go for a walk and collect some to try out on the Gelli Plate.

I’m off to see how big I can get.. because we definitely want a bigger one..and maybe a round one too. These are way too much fun for him and me.  I love doing my own backgrounds and  have been wanting to try my hand at some Mixed Media with him. After trying these.. I know they will be a big hit in this house, with us and his crafty pals on play dates.  I can’t wait to see what he wants to experiment with for textures.

Tools used were just Acrylic paint, a brayer, a gelli  plate and a kid ..if you don’t have a small kid.. someone will probably let you borrow one lol.

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One happy mommy ….  with some new wall art for his gallery 🙂  We might even make some for the great grandparents.

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PhotoBomb – Smile for the birdies!

I loved this project…. not just because I like the card I made, but for the lasting memories associated with it.  My son; who just turned 4, is notorious for photobombing my projects when I am trying to photograph them for the blog.  If it’s not his face suddenly appearing in front of the lens… it’s one of his toys.  Last time I think I shared one of these, I think my project was photobombed by a transformer by the name of “Grimlock”.

This time I  literally got photobombed… by Bomb.. the black bird from the Angry Bird toys currently in happy meals at Macdonalds.
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ok and now that he is a happy camper and his toy is now duly admired and photographed like a star…. let’s get to the project.  This is my DT card for Scrapper’s Delights featuring the new Friday Freebie Challenge image Honey Ruler .

Oh and before I forget….If you missed it, you can find the Scrapper’s Delights “Spotlight Series” post right here.  It’s a fun Q&A session with some fab artists/ designers and small craft business owners.  It runs the entire month of June and ends with an End of Series Giveaway… so be sure to subscribe, or follow my page on Facebook for updates.

I stamped my card base (which I believe was from a Recollections set) with a  clear stamp and black archive ink, then ran a swipe of Clear Wink of Stella over some of the flowers. Very subtle, but looks cool when it catches the light
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  •  Image is printed on Canson Mix Media, on an Epson Eco Tank
  • Colored with a mix of Chameleon, Zig Kurecolor & Tim Holtz Ranger Distress pens and the shading is a pencil and alcohol blender combo.
  • Text was given a shadow effect using a home-made blender pen over the  printed ink
  • Stitched Die edging is from the dual stitched rectangle set by Lil ‘Inkers
  • Quote came from Goodreads  and is by Chris Hart
  • Card stand…97 cents at Walmart…. LOL..in case anyone cares

 

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Fridge Magnet Game with ZiggyBoard Scraps

I needed a break from the all this Spotlight Series and card making for an hour or two, so I decided to play with some of my ZiggyBoard Magnetic Sheet scraps and the new die set a friend sent me last month.

I’d been eyeing up a letter set so that was perfect timing and I can’t thank you enough for that fab gift package you sent. The glue you sent with it is fabulous for this project too 🙂 Lil man and I are so lucky 🙂

Just wanted to share a project I am doing with this 🙂

I took my ZiggyBoard Magnetic sheet and cut it on my Fellowes trimmer, this cuts like a dream on paper trimmers, cutting machines like my Cricut Explore.. but it also die cuts easy in the Sizzix Big Shot and of course…. as you can see….with Scissors. So many fun things you can do with Ziggyboard… My fridge has all sorts of fun stuff on it now 🙂

But this is something I had wanted to do for a while .. so here’s a quick look at it.  I had a bunch of spare letters left over after doing my “oversized” Christmas Card  which I posted yesterday as my DT card for the new Crafty Awesomeness Prize Challenge…   and this was a perfect way to use up some of the excess letters.  I shall just keep cutting more and stashing them away when I have scraps to use up.

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ziggy_alpha2ziggy_alpha3Voila.. fridge game for me and my son.  We can learn letters and words and leave messages for daddy… or he can leave messages for us.  What a fun way to use up scraps  🙂

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Faery Ink WIP project for a budding hairdresser

I’ve been playing around a lot lately (.. as you may have noticed lol), with various new pens, pencils and paints etc and lots of different artists.  This is just a WIP, there is absolutely no. …no ..NO ..way I could managed a  new project for every spotlight, but I can share my WIP’s, colorings and  showcase the images I have, or want to have in my collection.

Make sure you swing by the  main intro post  and  this of course is Faery Ink…. my Day 1 spotlight guest 🙂

This is one I started playing with last week “Bella Spring Magic“,  obviously things have  been a bit crazy hectic round here..<<INSERT STAGE LAUGH and major understatement HERE.  but I wanted to try out my new Zig Kurelcolor and Chameleon pens sets.  I just recently got the Chameleon Skintone set from their new extended palette and the Kurecolor Hair and muted tones pack… loving  both of these pen sets.

Throw in a little Tim Holtz Ranger Distress, Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust and a wizz over with some white & clear Wink of Stella… and we have a twinkle twinkle fit for a little girl I know in Canada who just became a big sister last month

…. and just happens to be a blonde.  I shall post the finished card later when it is done… 🙂
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Funny Story:  Aforementioned young lady also has, or should I say HAD lovely long hair too…. which trust me her mom waited FOREVER for it to grow. The morning of her maternity photo shoot a few months back…. her daughter went in the bathroom and hacked chunks of it out with scissors.

Her reasoning, she “wanted to look pretty for the photoshoot” LOL
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Fast fwd a few hours later; so they get home and my friend goes to do something in the kitchen…. next things she knows, her daughter has once again decided to go at her hair. Now this is a kid who has had access to scissors for play and craft for well over a year with no incidents at all…. well not with scissors anyway…. lol…. we shall leave it at that haha.

Let’s just say I consider myself highly fortunate, my son and her daughter were born at the same time…. we were on a pregnant chicks board and that is how we met… .and I have not had to deal with half the things her daughter has got up to.  She’s a wee monkey at times lol.

Anywho, back to the hair, we have come to the conclusion that after having her first “real” haircut a few weeks earlier… she was probably role playing at being a hair dresser.

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Its shall grow back…. I’m just waiting to find out what her next escapade will be  LOL.

Thank you Faery Ink for this fabulous image, I think I have the perfect CraftsUprint card base cut file for this one… 🙂

 

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ooh yeah.. just ordered an air brush

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Nothing too fancy…  but this is more than plenty for me and the little guy.  He has shown a lot of interest in air brushing with the hand held and with air cans..and this will be much easier for him.  Am I the only one with an almost 4 year old who will be air brushing haha.

My plan is to rig up an adapter to hold  marker pens too.. so if I manage that..I’ll be sure to share the details later on.  Last year someone  gave me a brand new Testors compressor that they bought and never used.. and I have wanted to try air brushing for years.  Super excited.

The kit I got has 3 tips .2, .3 and a .5 … so I am sure I will find something cool to do with it on my cards etc …

I got it on Ebay for $26.99 +Free shipping..

Cracker style gift boxes

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This particular design is a single piece of card with only 4 flaps to  glue, so super fast and simple.  You could of course add to the design if you want to by dropping in some cutouts and adding in an acetate window feature.  I kept this one plain to show the original design, and also because the little man will be decorating these.

I can see me making quiet a few of these in the coming weeks, they cut real quick and  clean.  Very easy to resize to fit your gift needs.   These would be perfect for candy, cookies and other small gifts.

 

It works perfectly for these glass jars I picked up at the local craft store for about  $1, Lil man decorated these with clear backed stickers we picked up on sale at Hobby Lobby 50% off.  Super easy and cute  gift for grandparents, or of course you can make them too and they make great coworker gifts … They can be as simple or lavish as you want.

Great cut file and I shall definitely be back to see what else this designer has.  I’ll be adding a link in to the blog cut file section too, for anyone who needs cut files.
These files are free, but there is a donation button for those of you who appreciate some unique designs

The cut file I used for these boxes comes courtesy of:

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I used Cracker Box 4
Check out her free cut files, she has a tonne of really cool including 3D models, doilies, cupcake wrappers and more. Various formats available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycling Playdoh Part II

Ok, this recycled Playdoh project just keeps growing lol…. I started off with a very basic idea.  But I keep finding cool things to experiment with and me and the lil guy are having a lot of fun. This idea is so versatile and  great for kids and adults alike…and the perfect project for you crafty parents and grandparents to do with your kids.

When the kids want to “help” and you are thinking Noooo not in my craftroom.. never fear. This is a great  project for them to “help you” keeps them occupied and happy and learning new things, whilst giving you blanks to decorate.

So, before this gets any bigger and  out of hand.. here are the basic ideas of  what I have tried so far.  I am sure there will be future posts with other new ideas, but if I don’t draw a   line somewhere this post will never happen haha.  And if this one never happens… I will never get to the project pieces post…. and I am sure some of you want to see some actual finished pieces… right?  Not that all you crafty creatives need to see what I do, you will be too busy creating masterpieces.

molds2Anywho…. obviously if you read the first post…. you saw the silicon molds.  They can be a bit hit and miss and I recommend leaving them in the mold to dry out before popping them, but I got some cool butterflies out of them.  These ones I tried with pigment ink and embossing powder for a metallic shimmer.  Obviously if you take more time you can get a lot more detailed.. but I just jammed an ink pad on mine for all over coverage and embossed.   Some of them were double embossed to bring out the detail.  If you don’t  powder emboss.   You can get a similar effect by painting these and then rubbing a metallic  paint across the raised areas with your  finger.

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Ok the next thing I tried was embossing folders, most of us already have them…if you don’t Darice do some really cool ones and there are always deals on them.  It’s easy enough to pick up a folder for a couple of bucks.

I started off doing this manually, flattened out the playdoh roughly by hand then threw it in and used a rolling pin to squish it.  This gives you a fairly thick piece and the embossing hold great on these.

playdoh_boutique_2Later on I decided to bite the bullet and try this through my old Sizzix Texture Boutique Machine. depending on the shims you use you can vary the thickness from paper thin to about the same as doing it by hand.  The paper thin tends to be quite tricky, as it will actually perforate the Playdoh in some areas… but this would be awesome for the old vintage  tattered lace effect.

I’m going to try this with some “good” white Playdoh too so I don’t have to base coat it. Just a rub  over the design for contrast should do the trick.  It’s so thin it’s almost translucent.so I am excited to try this on the single color Playdoh.  My son loves cranking the Boutique so this is another great one for the little kids to help with.  I threw mine on a baking sheet and it was dry in a day or two.

playdoh_boutiqueRemember if you paint these the moisture will  make it flexible again till it dries out again. This is helpful if your piece curled as it dried.  I painted one and it is currently sitting between two shims to dry out again and that should stop it curling up so much.
Depending on the project you may want it flat, or the curling may actually enhance the look… so it’s very versatile and there are no “wrong” ways to do this.

 


playdoh_plunger_cut 2Here’s a great one for the kids to get involved in.  These are actually Fondant Icing plunger cutters, found in the cake decorating section of Hobby Lobby.  I saw these on my last big Craft Shopping Expedition and figured at $3 a set, I was going to grab a bunch to try out with the lil man.  AWESOME BUY !!! he had a blast with these.  they have limited designs so I’ll be Ebay shopping for new designs after Xmas.

playdoh_plunger_cut 3I was actually  playing around with these while he made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…. but he decided it looked cool and he wanted to try.  So now I have a craft assistant to help me make project blanks.  I barely got more than a handful done before he hijacked my project…. and as you can see my the picture above…. he was cranking them out like a production line lol.

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And here they are all ready to dry out ..  mine are on the right in the mushy green… his are all the left hand colorful ones , since he got to  use all the good Playdoh that he had been modelling with lol.  Did I mention that yesterday was his first REAL modelling with Playdoh… he actually modeled .. not just cookie cutters and hulk smashed it.

SOOooo Proud .. I shall probably show you that in another AWWW post 🙂 He made all 4 TMNT’s ( Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)  by himself  while I cooked dinner… I just rolled up the balls for heads and bodies and eyes etc …. and rolled stringy pieces for arms and legs and left him to it.  I was shocked and  thrilled when I walked back and saw 4 “baby turtles” as he calls them LOL.  He is learning to roll the balls himself too which is great.

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…another thing I picked up in the cake decorating section was this silicon fondant mat.. this worked great too.

All you ladies who got hooked into the sugar crafting and cake decorating craze  years ago and then tossed it all in the back of the cupboard to collect dust.. now you have something to do with it all LOL.

Don’t forget if you don’t have kids and playdoh.. Polymer clays are perfect for this too.

Ok so here are some sneek peek pics of projects in progress…  nothing overly complicated. This is easy stuff that can be done in a few hours once all of your Playdoh is  dry and ready to decorate with.

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You may have already seen… my aged journal.  I am loving this piece and I got some great advice on aging from a lady in Australia while hanging out at the Blitsy Black Friday Pajama Party.

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My son’s frame for grandma is staying as is… I think its “Perdeft” as he would say LOL  .. since a lot of this Playdoh came from Grandma I thought it would be nice to make that the focus of the project.  We just have to find a good sentiment to stamp in the middle on the Ziggyboard … then he is done.

 

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Very easy .. this is a simple MDF frame from Michaels I had lying around.  The Playdoh was glued on and then the whole thing was spray painted

…. full details will be available in the finished piece coming soon.

 

 

Great under $1, 30 minute gift idea for kids to make

This was just a quick little gift idea to make with your kids.wood_emboss

 

 

It’s very simple, just a piece of wood  stamped and embossed, colored with crayolas and then you can spray it with a clear acrylic sealer if needed.

 

 

 

Makes a great door, or wall hanger for the grandparents … if your kids are old enough to color between the lines it’s a super cute quick and cheap gift.   Just pop in some hooks and a chain…voila !!!  If they aren’t they can still stamp away…. my toddler stamps up a storm.

If you want to use clear embossing, you can use this as a resist and stain the piece instead.

Supplies were just some clear cling stamps,pigment ink, clear embossing powder and some wood  that comes in a 6 pack in most hobby stores for under $3… most stores have a selection of wood blanks so lots of shapes and sizes to choose from.

Makes a great all year round gift if you have the right selection of stamps.

Costs less than a $1 each to make… very quick project and super cute.

 

 

Quick and easy Toddler craft gifts

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My son and I are making a bunch of grandparent/ Great Grandparent gifts this year..now that he is finally able to create things  without too much help. You saw his first Frame…. now he is making some decorative bath salt jars for the grandmas’s and great grandma’s …. I had an important role.. peeling the stickers off the backing once he chose what he wanted and filling them with bath salts lol… Go me !! Master Crafter at work ….

 

 

I put a towel down on my craft table, since these are glass just to avoid  any accidental
drops smashing the containers.   This is a super cute project…. supplies are very simple :

 

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  • Small glass container, or plastic if you prefer or have smaller  kids.
  • Bath salts –  dollar store salts work great and these are just for decor
  • Some clear based stickers
  • Ribbon to finish off if you want
  • & a kid….LOL

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…and yes,  that is my son.. he has long hair and it comes almost to his butt now.  We tie it back in a messy Japanese knot when he is crafting.

Ziggyboard Challenge – Chalkboard Vinyl kits

Logo_r_seyZiggyboard chalkboard vinyl comes in a variety of  formats, precut labels and 12×12 sheets for use on die cutting machines like Cricut, Silhouette, and other popular brands. The vinyl can also be cut with scissors, punches, die cutters, paper cutters, and other crafting tools.

According to the product page, it is good for indoor and outdoor use too.

We were thrilled to receive 3 review kits from Ziggyboards.com, which is part of the ImageAbility, Inc. family. I know this matters to some people too… All Ziggyboard sticker products are made in the United States.

There are allsorts of cool products in this line beyond the kit we got.  This one in particular caught my eye  Magnetic adhesive ziggyboard  and is going on my Christmas list to Santa. This would be awesome for organizing all of my metal dies.  I live in an apartment, so finding good storage solutions for all of our crafting stuff….well let’s just say it’s a challenge all in it’s own lol.

Talking of challenges….

Myself and 2 of our veteran message board members, NanaDonna and Deescraps all received a kit that contained:

 

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(20)  12×12 inch sheets of matte black adhesive blackboard  vinyl.

 

 

 

 

 

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A  silver fine chalk pen

A fine tip white chalk marker

 

 

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A multi pack  of precut blackboard vinyl adhesive labels.

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the fun and games, as part of our review we decided we’d have a little fun with this project.  We agreed upon a mini challenge…. so our challenge is to make 3 gift items. Christmas is coming and  this is a great product to use with, or without kids.  But if you have kids, there are so many cool things they can make for friends, or grandparents etc.

We’ll each be doing our own separate projects and reviews too, but we figured a mini challenge would be a fun way to test the kits and do something practical and fun at the same time.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what the ladies come up with for the challenge ….and for their individual projects.

This is something I have never used before and it looks like something me and the lil man can have a lot of fun with together.  I love that my lil guy likes to craft, so anytime we can work on projects together is cool.  He is 3 and a half and at that perfect age where  he has no inhibitions about what goes where, or being bound by conventional ideas.. he’s a hoot to craft with!

I’ve already started on a couple of  the challenge projects, one is for the lil man and one is for hubby and me.  I haven’t quite decided on the 3rd yet….and even though I am making these for us, they would make really cool personalized gifts too.

There are so many cool projects on pinterest…. if you haven’t tried this adhesive blackboard vinyl yet, go check it out.

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