Crafting







Fall Owl Wreath

Materials:

  • 1 Halloween owl kit - from giftsbychristina.etsy.com
  • 1 8.5"x11" sheet foam - Green
  • 1 8.5"x11" sheet foam - Orange
  • Few evergreen branches
  • craft wiring
  • stapler
Direction:

  1. Make the owl using the owl kit, which can be purchase from www.giftsbychristina.etsy.com. Set aside
  2. Cut the green foam into a large U-shape. 
  3. Position your owl in center of the U-Shape foam, leaving enough room of the bottom of the foam to secure the evergreen branches.  Secure by stapling the back of the owl to the foam.
  4. Arrange the evergreen branches all around the foam.  Then secure it to the foam with craft wire.
  5. Cut out the sign using the orange foam sheet and write your own personal welcome message.  Staple it to the top part of the green foam sheet.  
  6. Poke one hole on each side of the top of the green foam sheet and run the craft wire through.  


Pine Cone Owl


Material:
Pine cones - any size
Glue - tacky glue or hot glue
Googly eyes
Ribbons
Construction papers


Direction:
  1. Glue googly eyes to the wider part of the pine cone with tacky glue or hot glue.
  2. Cut out a small triangle for the beak using orange paper and glue it slightly below the eyes.
  3. Cut out a pair of wings and glue that to the back.  Tip - if using tacky glue, you'll need press down & hold for 10 second for the wings to stick.  
  4. Glue ribbon to the top of pine cone.  Allow time for it to dry before hanging it up. Tip - it works better using hot glue to secure the ribbon to the pine cone.  



"Welcome Fairies" Home

Material:

  • Toilet paper tube
  • Construction papers
  • Markers
  • Cardboard - square
  • Glue
  • Scissor
Direction:
  1. Measure and glue construction paper around the toilet paper tube.
  2. Make the roof:  first, fold another piece of paper into a cone shape.  Then, cut out leave shape (or any shape you like) and glue it to the cone, starting from the opening of the cone and work your way up to the pointy top, overlapping them as you go.
  3. Glue a green paper to the cardboard.  This is the grass. Then glue the house onto the grass.
  4. Complete the house and the landscaping by cutting out different shapes for windows, door, fence, grass, and pathway.  Don't forget the "Welcome Fairies" sign.


Paper Flower Tree

Handmade by Christina  of lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com
 Materials:
  • Pop-up paper flowers
  • Dead tree branches 
  • Vase
Direction:
  1. Gather strong but thin dead branches from your backyard and assemble them into a vase.
  2. Pop-up flowers - see below under Say It With Flowers Thank You Card - Version 1 for the instruction on how to make the pop-up flowers.
  3. Randomly assemble the flowers onto the branches.





Handmade by Christina  of lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com

Say It With Flowers Thank You Cards - Version 1


Materials:

  • Multi-colors card stock papers
  • Glue
  • Straight cutter
  • Fine tip marker or pen 
  • Flower pattern - 3 different sizes (optional - Circut cutting machine or 3 different size flower punchers)
  • Optional - lace puncher






Direction:
Handmade by Christina  of lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com
  1. To create the pop-up flowers, first Google and download a flower clip art of your choice.  
  2. Copy and paste the flower onto Microsoft Word doc.   Format the flowers to 3 different sizes to create overlay look as shown. Print onto cardstock papers and carefully cut the flowers out.  For mine, since I need to make multiple cards, I used my Circut cutting machine to speed up the process and give them a crisp clean look.  Then, using a flat scoring tool, curve the medium and small size flowers inward.  Secure them to the largest size flower by layering and securing them with glue.  Set aside.
  3. Folded card: To create a 4.25"x11" card, cut a 8.5"x11" paper vertically in half.  Then fold it in half.  Set aside.  Optional -  punch the bottom front with a lace puncher or any design puncher of your choice. 
  4. Pick 2 different colors papers and cut out a 2.5"x4.25" and 1.5"x4"rectangle.  Write or stamp "Thank You!" onto the smaller rectangle (1.5"x4").  Optional - I cutted the smaller rectangle in a curvy flag design to spice it up a little.
  5. Center and glue the larger size rectangle onto the front of the card.  Align and glue the pop-up flower onto the upper-left side of the rectangle.  Finally, glue the "Thank You!" rectangle to the right of the flower (sticking it underneath) at a 45 degree angle.  

  6. Inside card: layer the inside of the card with a white paper and write your message.



Say It With Flowers Thank You! Card - Version 2


Materials:
Thank You! Card - Handmade by 
Christina  of lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com
  • Multi-colors card stock papers
  • Glue
  • Straight cutter
  • Flower pattern - 2 different sizes (optional - different size flower punchers)
  • Circut cutting machine - to cut out the word "Thanks" & scallop border
  • Pattern paper (optional - Mum Outline flower  or any flower stamp)

Direction:
  1. Folded card: To create a 4.25"x11" card, cut a 8.5"x11" paper vertically in half.  Then fold it in half.  Set aside.  
  2. Pop-up flowers:  First Google and download a flower clip art of your choice.  Copy and paste the flowers onto Microsoft Word doc.   Format the flowers to 2 different sizes to create overlay look as shown. Print onto cardstock papers and carefully cut the flowers out.  For mine, since I need to make multiple cards, I used my Circut cutting machine to speed up the process and give them a crisp clean look.  Another option is using a flower puncher. Then, using a flat scoring tool, curve the smallest size flower inward.  Secure it with glue on top of the larger flower.  Set aside.
  3. Handmade by Christina  of lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com
  4. With a different color paper, cut out a 1-inch scallop border (or use a Circut cutter machine).
  5. Cut out a 4"x4.5" rectangle from a pattern paper .  If you are using plain paper,  randomly stamp the flowers on the left side of the paper as shown.  Then write the word "Thanks" on it, center-right or cut it out using the Circut cutter machine (about 1" to 1.5").
  6. Assemble the pieces onto the card.  First center the rectangle paper follow by the scallop border on the bottom.  Finished it off by gluing the pop-up flower to the upper right-hand corner of the card.  Personalize the inside with your own message.


Butterfly Medallion Book Mark


Materials:
  • 1 1/2" Circle puncher
  • Butterfly puncher
  • Small double side tape - foam 
  • Card stock papers - 3 different colors
  • Glue stick
  • Straight-cut
Instruction:



  1. Pick a color card stock paper for the book mark.  Cut that 1-inch x 8-inch long.  Fold in half and set aside.
  2. Pick a second color of card stock paper and punch out 2 butterflies.  
  3. Pick a third color card stock paper and punch out 2 circles (Tip - if you don't have a circle puncher, follow the instruction of how to create the medallion on the bottom of this page). Then fold the circle in half. Flip over and fold it again, about 1/4 inch in space.  Repeat until the entire circle folded.   You got your medallion.
  4. Place the double-side tape onto the butterfly and stick the butterfly right in the center of the medallion.  Do the same for the other side of the medallion.
  5. Glue the medallion halfway at the folded part of the book mark.





To make the Lighting McQueen book mark, google a picture of Lighting McQueen.  Then copy & paste into Word doc.  Format it to 2" in size, cut it out and glue it to the book mark.




Tea Party Crafts:

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Small Medallions - can be use for anything.  In this case, I used them as place card for the cupcakes.


Material:
  • 2 different colors 8.5x11 card-stock papers
  • Bone stick
  • Scoring board
  • Circle puncher 
  • Straight cutter
  • Glue or double-size tape


Direction:


  1. Open Word doc and type out the names.  Print onto the 2nd color paper and punch them out using the circle puncher. Apply double-size tape to the back of each circle. Set aside
  2. Using a straight cutter, cut the paper into stripes of 3 " x 11".    Then lay on a scoring board, using the bone stick, score every 1 inch.  Flat the paper over, and score every 1/2 inch.  In other word, between the 1 inch marks you've just done.
  3. Fold into a zig-zag formation.  Then glue or use doube-side tape to join the ends together.  
  4. Working with both hands, gently press the paper down right in the center to flatten it.  Then press  the circle right in the center to secure the medallion into place.  Repeat steps.




Simple, Easy Wedding Invitation:  This flat card invitation, using a die-cut template and the Suzzix Big Shot machine, was a test sample.  I just got this die-cut template as a birthday gift and decided to see how it turn out.  I love it!  The top layer is about 4" x 6" which is a perfect size to create for any event that does not required too much information to be listed on the invitation. 

Handmade by Christina  of 
lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com






Hand-Print Animals Painting:

Turning ordinary hand-prints of your child into a beautiful work of art to treasure for years to come.  The imagination is endless.  You can simply display it as is or transform it into greeting cards.  Here I turned my daughter's and son's hand-prints into different animals. Then took a step farther and turned 2 of them into Father's Day cards as their gift to my husband.

Fish In The Sea - Hand print of Catherine (5 1/2 yrs old)

Giraffe Taking A Stroll - Hand print of Matthew (3 1/2 yrs old)

Five Penguins On Iceberg - Hand print of Matthew (3 1/2 yrs old)


























"Happy Father's Day" - Love Catherine

"Happy Father's Day" - Love Matthew

































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"Welcome Baby" Congratulations Greeting Card


Materials:
  • 3 different color 8.5x11 card stock papers - (I chose blue, lime green, and pink.
  • Ribbon with design
  • A Stork delivery rubber stamp (or any baby design stamp you choose)
  • Rubber stamp markers
  • Double side craft tape or craft glue
  • Design ribbon (I chose this red design ribbon)
  • Straight cut
  • Lace puncher
Direction:
  1. Choose the color card stock you want as the card (in this case - blue).  With a straight cut, cut the paper in half, the long way.  Then fold that half to create your card.
  2. On the 2nd color card stock paper (in this case - pink), stamp the stork design (or whatever design you've chosen) and color.  Stamp a greeting phase below the design.  Then cut the paper about 1 inch wider than the design.  Glue/tape to the left side of the card, about 1/2 inch in.
  3. With the lace puncher, punch the front right, opening side of card.
  4. Tape/glue the ribbon as shown.
  5. Open up the card and tape/glue the 3rd color card stock to the back of the front of the card (in this case - lime green).  This allow the color to "pop out" through the lace design punch.
  6. Personalize the inside of the card with your own message.

Hand-print Flower & Vase

Handmade by Christina  of 
lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com

Materials:
  • color papers
  • pipe cleaners
  • pen or pencil
  • double side tape
  • straight cutter
  • scoring board and bone
  • Lace puncher
  • scissor

Direction:

Step 1: Trace hand prints onto a paper.  Then stack a few
papers together to cut out multiple hand prints.
Step 2: Take a pipe cleaner, curve one end into a ball and
place the pipe cleaner in the center of the palm.



























Step 3: Place a small amount of double side tape on the right edge side
of the palm.  Fold  the left side of the palm over the pipe cleaner.  

Step 4:Fold over the right side, which has the
double side tape.   Press to secure.
Step 5: Using a pen/pencil or scoring bone,
curve each finger toward outward a few times until you get a nice curve.

Step 6: There you have it!  Hand print flower!  Repeat.
Step 7: To make this rectangle vase, take a 8.5x11 color paper of your choice.
Step 8: Place the paper onto a scoring board.  Score then cut
as show in the picture.  Secure the sides and bottom with double
 side tape.  Then, using a lace design puncher, punch the lace
onto a different color paper.  Secure the lace design around the
 top part of the vase.  Fill the vase with the completed hand-print flowers.

Final product!  















Flower & Butterfly Mother's Day Greetings Card


Materials:
  • Card stock papers 8x11 size - 
    • purple, pink, yellow, white (or any color you choose)
      Handmade by Handmade by Christina  
      of lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com
  • Suzzix texture machine
  • Cricut Cutterbug flower embossing folder
  • Straight cutter
  • Scoring board 
  • Scoring bone
  • Double side craft tape
  • Craft glue
  • Butterfly puncher
  • Glitter markers
  • Cricut basic machine (optional - flower punchers, 2 different sizes)
Direction:
  1. Using a straight cutter, cut purple paper in half the long side to create two 4.25"x 11" sheets.  Then fold each sheet in half (or use the scoring board and bone to create a crisp fold) to create two 4.25" x 5.5" cards.  To textured the card, place it inside the flower embossing folder and run through the Suzzix machine.
  2. For the flowers, cut 2 different sizes using a Cricut basic machine or flower punchers. (Optional - you can also draw out 2 different sizes flowers and cut them out). Then, curve the petals inward with the scoring bone.  Glue the smaller size flower on top of the larger flower.  Then, glue right in the center of the card.  Finally use a glitter marker and draw short lines around the inside small flower like show in the picture.
  3. Punch out butterfly shape and glue onto the upper right corner of the card.  Add design onto the butterfly with the glitter marker.
  4. Open Word doc, format the paper to portrait, 2 columns, color: dark pink, 14 size font, and print "A Mother's Day Greetings" onto white card stock paper.  Cut and secure right below the flower with glue or double tape.
  5. Add your own personal greetings to the inside of the card.



"Just A Thank You" Card

Handmade by Christina  of 
lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com

Materials:
  • Card stock papers 8x11 size - 
    • red, yellow, white
  • Suzzix texture machine
  • Cricut Cutterbug flower embossing folder
  • Straight cutter
  • Scoring board 
  • Scoring bone
  • Double side craft tape
  • Scallop puncher
Direction:

  1. Using a straight cutter, cut red paper in half the long side to create two 4.25"x 11" sheets.  Then fold each sheet in half (or use the scoring board and bone to create a crisp fold) to create two 4.25" x 5.5" cards.  To textured the card, place inside the red flower embossing folder and run through the Suzzix machine.
  2. Cut the yellow card stock into 2" stripes and tape to the card with the double-side tape, center align.
  3. Open Word doc and print out the "Thank You" words, making sure to leave 2 tabs between each word.  Then punch it out with the scallop puncher. Tape onto the yellow paper stripe, center align.


Handmade by Christina  of lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com

A Bloom "Thank You" Card

Materials:
  • Card stock papers 8x11 size - 
    • yellow, green, white color
  • Flower rubber stamp - any design
  • Markers for rubber stamping 
  • Suzzix texture machine
  • Cricut Cutterbug flower embossing folder
  • Cricut Cutterbug button embossing border
  • Straight cutter
  • Scoring board 
  • Scoring bone
  • Double side craft tape
Direction:
  1.   Using the straight cutter:
    1. cut  yellow paper in half the long side to create two 4.25"x 11" sheets.  Then fold each sheet in half (or use the scoring board and bone to create a crisp fold) to create two 4.25" x 5.5" cards.
    2. cut  green paper into 3.75 x 5 flat cards.  To texture the card, place  it inside the flower embossing folder and run it through the Suzzix texture machine.  Layer the flat card onto the yellow card with the double side tape.
    3. cut white paper into 3.25" x 4.25" flat cards.  Using the flower rubber stamp, color and stamp it onto the white flat cards.  Then layer it on top on the green, textured flat card with the double side tape.
  2. To create the green button border, place green paper into the button embossing border and run it through the Suzzix machine.  Then layer it over the white, flower stamped flat card as show in the picture.  
  3. Open up Word doc and print out the"Thank You" word in 14" font, green color onto
    white paper.  Cut and layer the word onto the yellow paper.  Then layer onto the green, button border.  
  4. Open the card and tape 3.75" x 5.5" white flat card to the inside for personal message.


Gift Idea: Favor Gift Bags

Favor Gift Bags - Handmade by Handmade by Christina  of lifesimplejoy.blogspot.com-
If you own one of the Big Shot or Suzzix  die-cut machine, then you know how easy it is to create beautiful hand crafted gifts, like these little favor bags, measure 2 3/8" x 3 7/8" x 1 5/8."

To create this design, in addition to the Big Shot or Suzzix die-cut machine, you'll also need:
  • The Bag w/Scallops Embellishing design pad
  • Glue stick
  • Card stock papers  (6"x 12").  Since these bags will be Mother's day gifts, I chose floral pattern papers.  
It is a very simple and quick project.  Just assemble the paper onto the embellishing pad, crank through the die-cut machine, and glue the pieces together.  Then jazz it up with ribbons and stickers.


Kids' Scientific Experiment: Volcano Eruption

This weekend, my children and I decided to experience what will happened when you mixed
baking soda and vinegar together.  This is a fun project for kids of all ages as well as adults.  

Here what you'll need:
  • play-doh
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • vinegar
  • food coloring - optional
Steps:
  1. Shape the play-doh into a volcano shape (let adult do this if working with preschool age kids).  Make sure to sealed the based (bottom) of the volcano.
  2. Put 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the volcano.
  3. Adult, first pour a small amount of vinegar into a cup (about 1/4 cup).  Optional - add a few drop of food color to the vinegar.   Then hand the cup over to your child to pour into the volcano.
  4. Observe and discuss with your child why the baking soda and vinegar reacted that way.