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Handmade Cardinal Die Cut


 

Handmade Cardinal Die Cut

I love cardinals so when I found the instructions on how to make these cute little red birds on-line at Blinkin’, Thinkin’, & Inkin’ I had to make them and adapted the instructions to fit my purposes.  My birds are a little bigger than then ones by Ellen so if you need some tee-tiny ones check out her directions.

They are super easy, super cheap, and super cute!

They would be adorable perched on a fence, branch, or highline wire on a handmade winter greeting card.

Materials

  • Red cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock

Also needed

  • 1 inch scalloped circle punch
  • Hole punch
  • Mini heart punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Red ink pad – 2 shades
  • Black permanent marker

Photo Tutorial

Thanks for taking a look and as always I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!


Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!

 If your kids are like mine they love to give gifts but buying gifts for EVERYONE on your little person’s list (from grandma to the dog to the man in the moon) is impossible unless you are independently wealthy!  If you are then stop reading this and immediately wire me a couple of million (lol)! 

I always took my kids to a dollar store (the one’s where everything is literally a dollar) when they were younger to buy their gifts.  But the usefulness and quality of the selections leave a little to be desired and after all – how many coffee mugs and “dust collectors” can one person use?

So, why not make a gift card that will last longer than the gift?  If you have punches grab some wrapping paper, construction paper, glue, gift ribbon, buttons, yarn, etc.  If you don’t have any punch outs you can acquire some punch outs on eBay or Listia.

This craft project costs you nothing but time to make the punch outs as you simply use materials like construction and wrapping paper and glue sticks – which every prudent mother has on-hand.  I also like this craft project because it saves bits and pieces of paper (i.e.; the wrapping paper scraps) and crafting materials (ribbon “snips”, stray rhinestones, etc.) from the trash.   I keep a jar beside my craft desk and I throw those scraps of ribbon, stray rhinestones and buttons, snips of fabric, and such.  And when I am doing a project that requires bits I turn to this jar.

This also makes a great last minute gift (or even a “not-so-last-minute”) when combined with some handmade coupons for a kiss, a hug, 10 minutes of quiet time, clean room, trying a new vegetable, etc.   If you are at a lost on how to get started there are some very good sites out there that will show you how.  Find one on eHow;  “How to Make a Printable Coupon Kids Can Give”And find some great suggestion on what to put on your cards on Kids Love To Know “How to Your Own Coupons Your Parents”.

MATERIALS:

  • Construction or scrapbook Paper
  • Blank note cards (optional)
  • Large envelopes (optional)
  • Stamps (optional)
  • Punches
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers, gel pen, metallic sharpies, crayons
  • Other Materials: yarn, gift wrap ribbon, rick-rack, sequins, mini pom-poms, “paper” stickers, rhinestones

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut or help your child to cut a piece of construction paper in half then fold it to make a card. The cards can be any size but I found a note card size worked best for me.  If making gift cards to attach to presents cut the paper into fourths then fold.
  2. Provide the paper materials to your child.  Help them to make punch outs if needed. 
  3. Save the reverse punches (the “hole” left behind in the paper).  These make some really cute cards.  For example; Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).  Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).  Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.
  4. Let your kids decorate the outside of the cards the punches and embellishments.  I have posted photos of some sample cards I made.  Coordinate the cards with the wrapping paper if the card is to be placed on a gift.
  5. Help your kids write a personal message on the inside of the card and then let them sign it.  If you are using a dark color of paper give them a metallic sliver Sharpie or gel marker to do this.  Another option is to cut pieces of light colored construction paper slightly smaller than the card and glue it on the insides of the cards.  Either write on it before your child glues it or allow the glue to dry before writing the message.
  6. Finish the card off perfectly with a stamp or sticker won the back.  Or simply write something like “Buggal Cards” or “Made especially for you by Buggal”.
  7. Wrap the card with gift wrap and then delver it in person or put it in an envelope and mail to the recipient.
  8. Don’t forget to take photos for your scrapbook!

  Thanks so much for taking a look.  I’d LOVE to hear from you!

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To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off. Glue to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete "snowy" look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.Holly Card:  Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern.  Then glue a piece of yarn to the page.  Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch).  The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete “snowy” look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.
Holly Card: Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern. Then glue a piece of yarn to the page. Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch). The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Flower Card:  Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems.  I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper.  Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center.  Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.Present Card:  Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag.  Write a message on the tag and you're done!.

Flower Card: Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems. I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper. Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center. Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.
Present Card: Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag. Write a message on the tag and you’re done!.

Gingerbread Cameo:  Glue a strip of ribbon to the card.  I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose.  Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card.  Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.Snowman Card:  I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them.  Draw on the features and arms with markers.

Gingerbread Cameo: Glue a strip of ribbon to the card. I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose. Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card. Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.
Snowman Card: I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them. Draw on the features and arms with markers.

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My Prize From Create For Less


“Looky! Looky! What I got!”

My Prize From Create For Less

I was the week one winner in the 11th Anniversary Giveaway.  I won the Martha Stewart Craft Station.  I was so excited when I came home today and saw the box by my gate.

I have been so down lately with health problems and this was just a WONDERFUL treat that really brightened up my day – my whole month in fact.  My granddaughter and I sat right down and played with the station.  We had a blast and I can see many happy hours of crafting with the station.  Thanks so much Create For Less.

Just wanted to let all my crafting friends know about Create For Less.

Create For Less has a lot to offer:

  • Think Crafts! Is a blog for everyone who loves art, crafts, creative design, and working with their hands. It covers a broad range of craft categories, including paper crafts, sewing, quilting, kid’s crafts, needlearts, jewelry making and more.
  • Ask questions, guest blog and more!
  • It’s your one-stop online shop for craft, scrapbooking and sewing supplies. Our goal is to create a unique place where people can come together to share their creative passions, plus get the latest trend, project ideas, tips and techniques.
  • CreateForLess also has a presence on Facebook offering giveaways, special offers, and crafts shared by readers and staff members.
  • Free Stuff Friday – like them on Facebook and be entered to win free stuff on guess what day?

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This is totally my own opinion and offered freely.  Please stop by and pay a visit to Create For Less!  It’s a great site!

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Site Recommendation: Step By Step – Gingerbread Theme Crafts & Activities for Children


Site Recommendation: Step By Step – Gingerbread Theme Crafts & Activities for Children

 

Gingerbread is a sweet that can take the form of a cookie or a cake in which the predomiant flavor is ginger.

I’ve visited this site by Janna several times and it popped up again in a recent search so I just have to share it with you.

It appears to no longer be active but there is so much FANTASTIC INFO here that it’s a shame not to use it!

While there is a lot of great information on the day-to-day operation of a daycare  the pages that caught my eye are the great pre-schooler arts & crafts project.  And you already KNOW how I love anything to do with cookies and the like, so the pages  that jumped right out at me were the Gingerbread Theme “fun stuff to do” pages!

What will you find on these three pages? More fun stuff than you can shake a stick cupcake at.  Here’s a brief rundown of the catagories of information shared there.

  • arts & craft projects,
  • books,
  • games & actitities,
  • links,
  • recipies,
  • songs,
  • stories,
  • worksheets

Stop by and take a look at all the great gingerbread themed stuff.  I love the “Gingerbread House” card, the gingerbread molding dough, the sandpaper gingerbread candy cane holders, and the tons of links to other sites.

Thanks so much for dropping in.  I hope you stop back again soon.  And as always please leave a comment don’t make me beg for a comment!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 29: Felt Christmas Cookies


Photo by Kristen

Felt Christmas Cookies

Today in my Craft Gossip newsletter I found a great site by Kristen – Make the best of everything! Love, love, love her great ideas and crafts. Of course you know that I am absolutely barmy about ANYTHING to do with cut-out cookies so Kristen’s craft that appealed to me most is her Felt Christmas Cookies project and I just have to share it with you!

Kristen cuts her felt items free-hand and hand sews them.  But you could easily use large cookie cutters to make a pattern and machine stich them.

She does not give a tutorial but these would be easy to do.

  1. Make patterns from newspaper with large cookie cutters.
  2. Make a “sandwich” with two pieces of felt and several layers of quilt batting.
  3. Pin the pattern to the “sandwich”.
  4. Cut out.
  5. Open the “sandwich” and trim the quilt batting about one inch around the edges.  Replace it in the “sandwich”.
  6. Hand or machine stich around the edges.
  7. Glue or stich on felt decorations.

One of the commenters suggests “make our own set of cookies that Santa just may hide instead of eat.”  This is a wonderful idea and you could make a new cookie (per child) to add to the set each year. Embroider the date and child’s names on the back of the cookie.

Take the time to look at her other felt play sets – her pizzeria one is amazing!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  As always I’d love to hear from you.  Please take the time to visit Kristen’s site and let her know how much you like her craft projects.

Site Review: Listia dot com


Site Review: Listia dot com

I have been gaga for a little over a year (since June 23, 2011) about listia.com.

Listia is a site where you can trade items you don’t need anymore for credits and then get free stuff in return you want with the credits you earned by listing your unwanted items. Click here to read the rules.

1) List Old Stuff

Give away stuff you don’t use anymore like clothes, electronics, DVDs, toys, books… anything!


2) Earn Credits

People bid on your stuff using credits they’ve earned. The highest bid wins.


3) Get New Stuff

Use credits you’ve earned for giving stuff away and win something you want!

What can you get? Hand-made craft items, crafts materials, vintage items, buttons, pretty much everything (except I haven’t seen a kitchen sink yet!).

I “recycle” my extra craft items here get LOTS of “NEW TO ME” crafting materials, so not only are you sharing items you don’t need with others you are getting lots of great stuff you’d like to try in exchange.

Take a look and start “trading” items today. Click here for an invite and you will get 100 credits to spend just for joining.

Click here to see my current & recent auctions:

I will be listing these items soon:

  • Christmas in July: 144 Craft Items & a GIN Bonus of 12 Craft Kits
  • Lot of Sugar Cookie & Gingerbread Christmas Craft Items & Craft Kits

Thanks so much for taking a look at my second favorite site (guess which is first???) these days.  I’d love to see you join Listia.  If you already are using Listia or join let me know your “handle” because I’d love to trade items with you.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Club VBS 2012 – SpaceQuest


Club VBS 2012: SpaceQuest

One of the themes for Vacation Bible School this year is Club VBS: SpaceQuest, an out-of-this-world experience!  It was the theme we used at my church and it was such a BLAST!!!
VBS got here so much quicker than I EVER expected it too – and I was totally NOT READY for it! But fortunately I am not the one in charge – God is!!! He so blessed me for the week and took care of each night – lesson, craft, games, helpers, and all.   And the kids, the helpers, and even me all had a wonderful time!

Here are my versions of the outer space decorating, activity and craft ideas I found on-line.

These would make great rainy day activities or add up to a super-fantastical outer space birthday party!

Moon Shot

My “rocket ship” is a little different than the one I modeled it from.  The only box I had available was not quite tall enough so I had to cut the top part-way off it off, flip it up and reinforce that part with a broken hula-hoop.  Never throw ANYTHING away!  I also added the SpaceQuest logo from the clip-art on LifeWay’s VBS site and put a starry night backdrop behind it. It didn’t turn out looking too terribly bad – from the front that is!!!

Plastic Cup Rocket Launcher

This is so super easy, and SO fun to do!  The kids really loved these.  It’s also very inexpensive and would make a great party game.

Instead of having the kids I taught (age 3) draw a rocket on their own I found calendar “die cuts” of rocket/space shuttles at the local teacher supply store (also a great place to find cheap room or party decorations).  I also found some later at the Dollar Tree for, well, a dollar!  The kids added accents to the space ships with crayons.  They can also add their own “logo” to the ship either with a sticker or crayons.  The “rockets” really look like they are blasting off when you launch them.

If you are going to have the children draw their own rockets use white cardstock.  The “rocket” will stand up better than plain paper with heavy use.

Instead of using a slit in the directions I used the “hole-punch” method described in the comments and found this works GREAT!

I also found astronaut calendar cut-outs which could be taking a “moon walk” instead of blasting off.

Comet Toss

I really love this craft as it is so easy to do and you can go so many ways – our solar system, random planets, moon-scape scene, etc. – AND you can use whatever materials you have on-hand to decorate it!

Luckily I found a big piece of black felt in the Children’s Church Supply Closet and I had some fabric scraps from a DIY “solar system fabric book” that came in a BIG bag of fabric remnants I bought at an estate sale so this was essentially free.

I cut the planets out and glued them to a felt backing with fabric glue for re-enforcement and then glued them to the felt.  Be aware that the balls will not stick to the fabric planets.   As I did not have all the fabric planets and wasn’t too concerned about being accurate I just glued them down randomly.

I also added felt planets and stars cut from felt scraps and to add some “sparkly” added several foam outer space glitter stickers.

I left off the “orbit lines” of the planets for scoring as the kids I taught are 3 years old and I really didn’t want to make it a game where you scored points.

I push-pinned the game to the edge of a bulletin board and let it hang down.  For “asteroids” I used Ping-Pong balls with self-adhesive backed Velcro pieces attached to them.  You really, really need to use adhesive backed Velcro as you just CAN’T easily glue Velcro to plastic balls.

This would also make a great “Pin the Astronaut on the Moon” game.  Glue a large felt moon to black felt and then add a Velcro strip to the back of foam astronaut sticker.   Add craters to the moon with darker grey felt circles.  Further decorate the background with fabric paint and/or felt stars, planets, comets, etc. and of course a U.S. Flag!

It could also be cute to make a super cute Outer Space Scene “rearrange-able puzzle”.  All you need is an 11”x7” inch piece of black felt and felt star, moon, comet, planet, astronaut and space ship “stickers” for the kids to rearrange.  If you are particularly handy you can make a pocket for the “stickers” to reside in. Glue a piece of ribbon on the back of one side of the felt so the space scene can easily be rolled up and secured for transport.

Solar System Canopy

I modeled this after an Oriental Trading Company product I REALLY, REALLY wanted but just couldn’t afford.  I had given up on this idea but a couple of days before VBS I found a bed canopy on sale for less than $10 at Justice.  I had purchased a small glow-in-the-dark solar system model from the Dollar Tree eons ago in the event that one of my kids would need to do a Solar System project in school.  I also found some glow-in-the-dark planets and stars like you would “glue” to the ceiling at you guessed it – the Dollar Tree!

First I pinned them on with safety pins but that just looked “tacky” and there was the (however remotely possibility) safety issue if one of the pins snapped open and stuck one of the kids so I tried sewing them on with a needle and thread but that was taking FOREVER!  So after giving up and moving on to suspending the planets from the top of the canopy some brainstorming I “sewed” them on with FISHING LINE!!!  It worked perfectly and you don’t even need a needle!  Someone I had put glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling for a previous VBS probably around 25 years ago.  Can you believe they were still there? So after hanging the canopy from a hook in the ceiling I was all set for a starry night.

WOW, did the kids love this!  They had the best time sitting inside the canopy and counting down to blast off to see the stars – – – and listen to the Bible story.  Just in case I had one child scared of the dark I got some of the battery operated push on lights shaped like stars and moons from my favorite store.  They MAY have liked those more than the stars on the ceiling!

Collecting Moon Rocks

This was another one of the games we played that the kids LOVED.  They had a blast looking for the “hidden” moon rocks.  I used plastic whiffle balls but as my son pointed out moon rocks “aren’t white and don’t have holes in them – that’s pumice!”  He is a little bit of a smart aleck takes after his mom!  Wadded up balls of aluminum foil would work equally as well.  Provide some astronaut gloves (i.e.; adult gardening gloves or leather work gloves) and a “specimen bag” (any type of bags you can find).  Be sure to have the kids do the “moon walk” (i.e.; take big and bouncy steps)!

Decorating on a Shoestring

For some cheap decorations I stopped a local teacher supply store and picked up some solar system posters for a dollar each.  I also found some great bulletin board posters, cut-outs & borders at the Dollar Tree.  I set up the room in stations: Moon Room (Reading), Bible Dress-Up, Mission Central, etc.

For cheap Bible dress-up clothing I asked church members for old t-shirts and scarfs.  Cut the tees down the front, turn them inside out and then tie them with a fabric belt, scarf, sash, or tie.  I also made some belts by braiding some torn t-shirt strips.

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I hope you found an outer space idea or two that suits you.  I’d love to see your space craft projects – either your version of these or a totally new one to me.  Send your photos to me at buggal1989@yahoo.com

Happy Crafting!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

All Free Christmas Crafts dot Com


Yeah!  I’ve had some of my crafts appear on All Free Christmas Crafts dot Com!  I’d love for y’all to take a look at this wonderful site (and not just because they were insightful and delightful enough to feature MY crafts!) .  There are ALSO some pretty nifty-awesome projects there.

Take a look at my profile and list of projects featured!  You may recognize them!  And there is a plus – you get to see what I look like – and I must say, it’s a particularly flattering photo!

Preschool Sunday School Project: Miriam Watching Over Baby Moses


Preschool Sunday School Project: Miriam Watching Over Baby Moses

I looked at a lot of “Baby Moses” art projects preparing for a lesson this Sunday.  I particularly liked this one because it shows Miriam watching over baby Moses and THAT, not Moses as a baby, was the focus of the lesson!  I found this project on DLTK’s Bible Activities (and if you have never visited the site do so today, is totally FANTASTIC!).

You will note some differences in my project and the instructions because, as you already know, I JUST CAN’T follow directions to the letter!

Please visit the link above for instructions and a template for the figures.  The changes to the project I made are detailed below.

  1. First I used a paper plate colored blue instead of paper as a base. This provides a more stable base. However a paper base allows the project to be folded for storage. So both ways are great!
  2. Second, I cut around the figure of the baby and pasted it on a brown construction paper oval so Moses is in a basket. I also colored the center of the coffee filter blue and then colored the inside AND the outside of the coffee filter with three different colors of green with brown accents (Hey! “My” kids also had some Kentucky blue grass growing in their bulrushes!).
  3. Next I also cut around Miriam and to make some bulrushes for Miriam to hide in I cut rectangles from two colors of green construction paper. Fold a one inch tab in the green papers before cutting fringe to be the individual rushes so there is a base to glue to the plate.  Then, idea courtesy of one of my kids, I glued her between the two layers so Miriam is hiding IN the bulrushes!
  4. And lastly (and a last minute idea!), I added some glitter glue to the water for a little sparkle, because what preschool kid doesn’t like a little glitter?

Thanks for taking a look.  Please drop me a line and let me know what you think about this preschool Bible craft!

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Reblog: 106 Things To Put In Easter Eggs


Just in time for Easter, here are 106 things to put in Easter Eggs (mostly non-candy) courtesy of Feels Like Home!

http://www.feelslikehomeblog.com/2012/04/106-things-to-put-in-easter-eggs/

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