Monday, March 29, 2010

Award Craft Project

Bigfoot has been waking in the night to have us cover her up. So about 2 weeks ago, I told her that if she slept through the night consistently and covered herself up and did not wake us up, she would get an award at the end of the week. Well it turned into a competition with Pickle Face. Everyday she wants to know if he slept through the night. So we started to tally it on the calender and I had to extend the competition another week because she had more points them him ~ she woke us up more.

So I combined two easy projects together and created this award. Depending on who sleeps through the night without interruption, they get to sit up on the higher block. Bigfoot was on the lower block but it was bothering her and she wanted to move to the taller one, so I accommodated her as she did sleep through the night the day prior. She said Pickle Face could sit on her lap.

How Does She? is where I got the idea for the wood blocks. I took some short cuts and wanted to sand some more and stain the exposed wood, but ran out of time. I can do it later if it bothers me. How Does She? has some wonderful ideas and fun things, go visit their site HERE. I did not have 2x4 so I used what I had in my garage.

For the instructions on how to make the "figures" see Claudine Hellmuth's site HERE. I watched the Martha Stewart episode and it was very helpful. I did not have the glue that was listed so I used E6000 and it worked. I printed the pictures in black and white to my laser printer and did not use the copier. Bigfoot is not a big dress wearer, so I put pants on her. Claudine has some fun ideas on her blog which is HERE.

Have fun and don't forget to work on your rubber stamping projects. Great way to make Easter cards. ~ Cheryl

Giveaway on My Family My Forever - Ends March 29

Normally I have crafty projects on my site but I could not pass up announcing My Family My Forever is having a wonderful giveaway for My Silly Body Book. Hurry, it ends today March 29th. Click on this link to get to the giveaway .

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the warm weather. Cheryl

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Color Child safe/Washable Ink Pad ~ Orange

I have added the color orange to our child safe/washable ink stamp pads. This is a very fun color to use and the kids will love it. You can purchase the ink pad along with our other products at Bigfoot & Pickle Face store front HERE.

Used our turkey stamp from our Farm Friends Set 1 to you show what it looks like, how fun!

Have a great day and happy stamping and crafting with your children.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bookmarks ~ Starter Kit Images

Here are some bookmarks I made to attach to some rubber stamp starter kits I donated to the school where they are putting together "A Birthday Party in a Bag" for needy children. The birthday bags will be given to the local Food Pantry and will contain everything needed to give a child a memorable birthday party. I receive many requests for donations and it is hard to donate to places out of state as it could get costly to ship the product; so I donate to local places and hopefully I can make a difference.

Each bookmark displays the images of the stamps that are included in the Bigfoot & Picke Face clear rubber stamp starter kits. I then colored them and for a little extra sparkle added some Stickles™ Glitter Glue to the images to make the "pop". Stickles so fun to use and even though it comes in a small bottle it goes a long way.

Have a fabulous day and donate to assist those that are not as fortunate.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bigfoot & Pickle Face ~ Relaxing

Very lovely days we are having lately, spring will be here soon. Yesterday the kids spent some time outside in the late afternoon and while we were at the neighborhood park we found a birds nest that was on the ground. Bigfoot just had to have it and as it is so cold I am sure there is no bird living it in now, so we took it home. She decided to put it in one of the bushes and constantly looks out the window to see if a bird has moved in. No such luck yet. It blends in with the bush, but if you look real close you can see it.

The two kids played in the snow and then decided to take some time to relax and watch the sun go down. Here they are sitting in the chairs I forgot to bring in before the snowfall. Just their size.

Enjoy your day and take time to relax.

Pop Up Card - Tutorial

Here are the instructions on how to make a simple pop-up card. Modify the design to fit the theme of the card you want to give. This card was designed for an invite. Here is a side view of the card, so when it opens the object that is on the inside of the card stands out. You could put picture of your child or design a present or cupcake as the item to pop-out if your are making a birthday card. Once you make the basics of the card, then put on your creative hat and have your child join in the fun of decorating.

Side view:

Front view:

Inside of the card [hard to see that the cow is standing out~he does look cool in person]:

First I cut most of the pieces that I needed to decorate my card. Main card [outside] cut out of card stock at 3-1/2" x 8". On the 8" side score at 4" [or fold the card in half]. Inside of the card, cut a piece of coordinating card stock at 3-1/4" x 7-3/4" and fold in half on the 7 3/4" side.

Front pieces of the card I cut 1 piece of card stock 1-1/4" x 3-1/2" and another piece at 1" x 3-1/2". Inside pieces of the card I printed out my sayings on the computer and then cut around the words. I stamped with our clear rubber stamps the cow using our child safe/washable ink pad in black. I made a birthday hat to place on his head.

Take the inside piece of card stock [3-1/4" x 7-3/4"] and after you fold it in half, make 2 slits in the middle of the card spacing them about 1/2" to 3/4" apart. See below example. Fold the tab forward and then back.

Push the tab through to the other side so it makes a little stair step. Since I had double sided card stock I could have used either side depending on what design I wanted to show.

Glue or use double sided sticky tape attach the "inside" of the card to the "outside" of the card. Glue around the "stair step" so that it does not stick down on to the outside layer of the card.

Now it is time to decorate your card and have fun. Make sure you include the children on all your kids crafting projects. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Swing/Flip Homemade Card

This card cool because it is different and very fun to give away. Think outside the box when decorating it and always include the kids. An adult should cut out the card because it is a bit tricky, but the kids can do the designing and add their own twist.

Here is the front of the card.

Here is the back of the card when it flips. I used white card stock for a message to be written and layered it on top of coordinating card stock.

To do the outside card, first cut a piece of card stock at 6" x 5 1/2". On the 6" side score at 2 1/2" and 3 1/2". See below image as a guideline. Cut inside the card creating a 1" frame and stopping at the score line. Usually rulers are 1" in width so you can use that as a guide and cut along the ruler with an exacto knife if you have no other option [just make sure you stop at the score lines]. Fold the card like a "z" along the scored lines. When you open and close the card it should move easily.

Cut 2 pieces of card stock 3 1/2" x 4" and glue to the inside panel. This will cover up your score lines. When you decorate this card, be aware that the front of the card will be smaller then when you have the card fully opened [when you flip it]. So decorate it in the folded or closed position, otherwise you may lose some of your design behind a frame.

Time to add your own design. Here is the card from the top view. Use this as an invitation to a party, the recipient will have lots of fun flipping the card to view all the details.

Start having fun with your children doing kids' crafts and you will be impressed with the outcome. Is there a thank you card you need to send or a get well card, why buy one when you can make your own.

I used the clear stamp from our fish set 2 and our very popular child safe/washable ink stamp pad in black from our Bigfoot & Pickle Face collection. Thanks for stopping by and when you are trapped in by snow, rain and sickness and the kids are climbing the wall, pull out the stamps and let the creativity flow.