End of the Summer Crafting with Kids

End of the Summer Crafting with Kids

With school starting last week and our hanging out time limited, I grabbed my grandsons

for a end of summer craft day.  We needed a craft day.  (and a little swim time too)

We had got our August Orange Art Box earlier in the month and hadn’t found the time

to work on it yet.  (yesterday was the perfect day)

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Kids love to make things and get messy.  (And this box was a fun one.)

In my workshop, I have a long kid sized table and chairs that I picked up a few years ago

at a church sale aka “The Sunday School Table” which is perfect for crafting with the boys.

(FYI…until I get my new craft room completely finished, I’ve been crafting there myself.)

We painted kindness rocks…  

made picture frames and games. 

Everything was included in the Orange Art Box kit.

All I had to do is clear off a table and pour some water for washing brushes.

The boys couldn’t wait to start painting.

Nick was inspired to make a game board of his own.   (which I’ll laminate for him)

I love to see creativity at work and spending time with my grandsons is an extra added bonus.

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Little Red Barn

The Little Red Barn…

Every summer we take on a new project and this summer has been all about the barn.

Our old barn was built in two sections and one of the sections was in pretty bad shape.

We tore down the rickety part and have been rebuilding the other half.

My only requirement for the new barn was that I wanted it red.  (and maybe a few other changes)

I’ll save the Barn Make-Over for another post.

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So… when I received Eileen Hull’s House Ornament Die* naturally I saw a barn.   

I guess I’m in full barn mode.

I made a few adjustments to the die-cut house, like removing the top section for tying and

adding a roof made from black corrugated paper.

I added a couple barn doors cut from chipboard and added a thin piece of corrugated

paper over top for an awning.

The bottom of the house opens up and would look cute with a tea light glowing inside.

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The die also comes with a little tag to hang from the top of the house.

I added a little awning over the window.  So many possibilities.

This house die* is quickly becoming my new favorite die.

I can’t wait to create another house (or two) all decked out  for Christmas.

First Day Back to School Signs

Watch out Kindergarten here I come!

The first day of school is a big deal.  Especially when it’s your first day of Kindergarten.

My grandson is going into Kindergarten this year and will be riding the bus with his big brother.

It’s a really big deal.

So… I decided to make him something  special.

Using my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Cutting Machine* and a variety of fun colors of adhesive

gloss craft vinyl from StyleTechCraft…I made a cute two-sided sign for them (or Mom) to use

for those First Day of School pictures.

StyleTechCraft has a large selection of adhesive vinyl colors to choose from.

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On the second side of the sign I made a few adjustments to my Silhouette Back to School

SVG cut file and added lines instead of dots.  (too many dots for me)

Using a chalk marker or chalk you can reuse the sign for many years to come.

FYI…The base of the sign is a wood cut out from which I painted using DecoArt Chalkboard Paint*.

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Annie’s Sweet Dreams Bedroom

Annie’s Sweet Dream Bedroom

I love working with miniatures and creating little rooms.

I guess…I’m creating the doll house I always imagined as a kid.

For this room, I wanted to create a “mini makeover” for Annie’s Bedroom.

This little room won me third place in the 2019 Fave Crafts Best Blogger Contest.

And now, I can finally share it all with you.

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How to make Annie’s Sweet Dreams Bedroom…

The Bedroom measures 7 1/2″ wide, 7 1/2″ tall and 5 1/2″ deep. 

  • Cut 3 pieces of chipboard 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″.
  • Cut 1 piece of chipboard 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ to use as the back wall.

  • Cut decorative scrapbook paper from the Graphic 45 Garden Goddess 8×8 Paper Pad* to use on the floor, walls and outside walls of the room.  I like to cut my paper slightly wider than I need so I can trim the edges with a craft knife.
  • I used both cardstock and scrapbook paper to cover my walls.  For my walls…cut both papers into 3 3/4″ strips.
  • I cut a small strip of paper from the paper pad for a decorative border.
  • I ran each of my strips through the Xyron Creative Station*.
  • Adhere paper to the chipboard.
  • Cover back of the chipboard with coordinating scrapbook paper.

The Xyron Creative Station* is perfect for projects like this.  I wanted complete adhesive coverage on every corner and edge of the paper.  (No wrinkles, no bubbles, easy to use.)

Finished Inside Walls

For the Mural on the Wall…

  • I used an SVG file and my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Cutting Machine* to cut and create the words “follow your dreams” using StyleTechCraft Dark Red Ultra Metallic Glitter Vinyl.
  • Using the weeding tool, I carefully removed the negative spaces in and around the letters.
  • Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the letters.
  • Apply words onto the back wall.
  • Remove transfer tape.

  • Glue the walls together using a good craft glue . I like to use Beacon 3 in 1 Glue*.  I used wood boxes to hold my wall up while the glue dried.

  •  I added small strips of paper on the back corners for added support.

  • To make a mini lamp shade…punch a 3″ scallop circle.
  • Trace around a button in the center of the circle.
  • Cut out the small circle as shown in the above picture.
  • Glue ends of the circle together to form shade.
  • Glue shade onto a small painted wood spool.

  • Cut small pieces of ribbon and glue them onto a piece of twine to create a small ribbon banner to hang onto the wall.
  • Glue Banner onto back wall.
  • The Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser* is great for organizing my ribbon spools.

  • The mirror was made using a small piece of StyleTechCraft Chrome Metallic Vinyl* l placed onto a small piece of chipboard.
  • Cut 1/4″ strips of chipboard and paint brown.
  • To create a wood look, ink to the edges of the chipboard with vintage photo distress ink. 
  • Glue strip onto the front of the Chrome Metallic Vinyl* to create the frame.
  • I used small Christmas ornaments for the toys.

Creating Annie’s Sweet Dreams Bedroom was a labor of love.

With a little imagination and some basic construction it’s really not hard to do.

Nick’s New Swim Team Jacket

Nick joined the swim team this summer and I couldn’t be more proud of him.

I got to watch him at a few of the swim meets and was so impressed on his abilities.

He’s always loved being in water and has really become quite the swimmer.

I’m not sure I’d make it across the width of the pool let alone the length.

He even swims the 100 meter race.  (4 lengths of the pool for us non-swimmers)

Not bad for an 8 year old.

He’s so proud of his swim gear.  (Isn’t he handsome?)

But…his new Super Cool Design Team Jacket didn’t come with the option for personalization.

Joy® Embroidered Iron-On Monogram letters to the rescue.

For his Swim Team Jacket we used:

  • One Super Cool New Swim Team Jacket

  • Joy® Baby Monogram Iron On Embroidered Letters

  • Iron and pressing cloth

Directions:

  1. Check Garment care label before choosing which setting to set your iron.

  2. Remove letters from sheet.  Position letters with shiny side down on jacket.

  3. Cover letters with fine cloth.  With firm pressure iron cloth over the letters for 25 seconds.

  4. Turn jacket inside out and iron the back of the letters for 25 seconds.

  5. Allow to cool for 1 minute before handling.

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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System

Recently, I was asked by The Maker’s Movement to try out the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System* to see how I liked it.  (Always anxious to try something new, I quickly agreed.)

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The machine is compact and portable.  Easy to store and carry.

You can use the Crossover II* with thin metal paper dies, fabric dies and steel rule dies.

The Crossover II Fabric and Paper Cutting System*is similar to other manual cutting systems and uses a “sandwich” configuration with three plates.  (included with the machine)

  • White Base Plate
  • Metal Adapter Plate
  • Clear Top Plate

This is my favorite part of the machine, the adjustable rollers and pressure settings. 

This was the real game changer for me.

It adjusts for multiple layers and allows you to be able to cut a variety of thicknesses.

Not just for paper…

the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System* can cut fabric, faux leather, craft foam,

chipboard, felt and several other materials.

Here’s a quick little video showing the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System*in action.

Along with the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System* I received a few dies from

Maker’s Movement to play with as well.

I created this quick card using paper scraps from Graphic 45 and a combination of the dies

I received from The Maker’s Movement.   I love the tiny foliage stamp I used on the background.

It’s from the Hello Spring Collection.

I liked using the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System*especially it’s versatility.

A good little machine to have on hand.

Quick and Easy Summer Mini Album

Quick and Easy Summer Vacation Mini Album

You don’t have to take an expensive Summer Vacation to have fun when your a kid.

Between Baseball games, Swim Lessons, Swim Team, Carnivals, Pie Eating Contests,

Fireworks, Drive In Movies, Swimming, Summer Reading Program, Mini Gardens,

Tie-Dyeing and just playing outside….there’s always something to do.

Because we have so many great pictures, I decided to make my grandsons a

Summer Vacation Mini Album to remember all the good times they’ve had this summer.

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With the help of my Xyron Creative Station* putting the album together was super easy.

  • Cut two 6″ x 8-1/2″pieces of decorative scrapbook paper for the front and inside of the cover.
  • Lay decorative scrapbook paper (design side up) on the  Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.
  • Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.
  • I like using the Xyron Creative Station* when making mini books because you get complete coverage, no wrinkling, no bubbles!

  • Cut a piece of mat board 6″ x 8-1/2″.
  • Adhere the decorative paper on each side of the mat board.

  • The notebook die creases the center of mat board as it goes through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine making it easy to fold the cover for your mini album.

  • Cut a 2 1/4″ x 5″ strip of decorative paper to use for the spine and run it through the Xyron Creative Station*.
  • The small “hello summer” graphic is from an old Bo Bunny collection that I hoarded and never used.  It was perfect for this album.  (sorry I don’t think you can find it anymore)

  • Cut 5 white cardstock pages using the notebook die.
  • Crease the cardstock on the center score lines.
  • Using blue and white twine, wrap the twine around the inside creases and around the outside of the book cover to secure the pages.
  • I did one page at a time tying the twine in a knot on the outside after each page.

  • After I had all my pages together, I tied all the piece of twine together in one knot on the spine and let the ends of the twine hang loose.

I wanted this Summer Mini Album to be all about the pictures. 

There are no fancy embellishments or special pages inside this album.

(just lots of fun pictures of my boys)

The hardest part about making this album was choosing which pictures I wanted to use.

I printed my pictures 4″ x 5.3″ instead of the usual 4″ x 6″.

I cut each picture 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ which left a nice white border around my picture when added

to the album.  I used my Xyron Mega Runner* to add adhesive on the back of the pictures.

I had all 21 pictures added to my album in no time.  (one on the inside back cover)

These are three busy little boys. 

They’ve had a great summer so far and they still have another month to go before school starts. 

Who says summer is about lazy days.  

The Summer Vacation Mini Album measures 3 3/4″ x 5″.

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