Friday, November 30, 2012

Teacher gifts and Post-It-Note Holder tutorial

I'm in the process of sorting out my teacher gifts for this year, and realised I haven't shared the gifts I made for the kids teachers last year.

So here they are...

For Sebastian's teacher, I made a personalised notebook cover.

With a hand-written note inside...

For Nathaniel's pre-school teachers, I made some cookies in a jar.

and for his Early Intervention teacher, I made some note holders...

I've made a few of the Post-It-Note Holders for the kids teachers this year and thought I'd share a how to...

Post-It-Note Holder tutorial

Step 1.  Cut cardstock and patterned papers.
(I've used co-ordinating patterned papers for this holder but you can use a photo, get your child to draw a picture or write a note...)
  • Cardstock - 3¼  x 7 inches.
  • Patterned paper front - 3 x 3 inches
  • Patterned paper inside - 3 x 3 inches

Step 2.   Score (fold the cardstock) at 3¼ and 3¾ inches.  This creates the centre spine.

Step 3.  Attach the front patterned paper to... well the front of the holder.  I used double-sided tape but you could use whatever adhesive you have on hand.

Step 4.  Flip over to the inside of the holder and attach the second patterned paper.

Step 5.  Attach the Post-It-Note stack to the bottom part of the holder.

Step 6.  Attach a ribbon (or string).  The length I used was approx. 17 inches but just estimate. I've added some double-sided tape to the ribbon where it touches the inside of the holder to make sure it doesn't slip off.

Wrap and secure with a knot then tie a bow and trim ends.

You can leave it like this or you can...

Step 7.  Attach a sentiment to the front. 

All done!!  Let me know if you have any questions.

I've got some other things I'm making which I'll share as soon as they have been given to their teachers. 
Happy creating!!

Do you give teacher gifts??  Any good ideas you'd like to share?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chelley Bean Designs Map Flowers

I have been playing with some of the gorgeous new Chelley Bean Designs  Map Flowers.  Michelle has made these flowers from recycled Atlases and they look great on a whole range of projects.

I decided to make a mini card and a gift tag going along with the travel theme of the flowers.

The mini card.....

a close-up...

and the gift tag...

The Map Flowers (and lots more goodies) are available in the Chelley Bean Designs etsy store.

Friday, July 6, 2012

NCKBM card making step by step

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the North Coast Kids and Babies Market.  Market organisers Liz and Anna asked me if I wanted to run a kids craft activity for their first ever market and I of course said YES!

I needed a really simple activity that preschool children could do so I went to my favourite super simple card sketch...

 and tweaking that sketch, made this one...

and ended up with these mini cards!

The kids seemed to really enjoy creating their cards so I thought I would make a step by step tutorial for those who would like to make more at home, so here we go...

STEP 1.  Fold the card.  
Take the white piece of card and fold it in half, this will be your card base.

STEP 2.  Reveal card design.
Choose one of the coloured pieces of card that has a raised pattern on it. 

Use the sandpaper to rub over the raised part until the white design shows through.

STEP 3. Attach string.
Remove the double-sided tape backing on the back of the coloured card - but don't stick it to the card base yet! 

Take one of the long pieces of string and secure to the tape on one side.  Wrap string around front of card then stick to the tape on the other side.  Loop back around the front of the card and finish where you started.

STEP 4. Tie a knot.
Now you can attach the coloured card to the card base.  Using the finished card picture as a placement guide, tie the short piece of string around the string you've just wrapped across the card - just place the short string under the long string pieces...

and tie a knot.

STEP 5.  Attach the sentiment.
Choose a sentiment wording, turn it over and remove the double-sided tape backing.  Stick it down onto the card.

STEP 6.  Attach the embellishment.
Take a small foam square, peel off the backing and attach to the shaped embellishment (in this case the butterfly or flower).

Peel off the backing then place onto the card.
All done!!

If you want to recreate this at home but are thinking I don't have any of that fancy coloured embossed paper - you can use any patterned paper, wrapping paper or get the kids to draw stamp patterns or draw a picture.

Here's an example of the card using patterned paper.

If you are on the NSW North Coast on the 21st July, drop in to the next North Coast Kids and Babies Market in Lennox Head where I will be demonstrating a FREE craft activity for the kids.......can't wait!

Happy creating!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Chelley Bean Designs Update

Michelle has just announced a new look Creative Team over at Chelley Bean Designs and I'm thrilled to be continuing on in my CT role and am humbled to be alongside such talented ladies as Lauren Bell, Tara Scobie and Sue Smith!

I have realised that I have been extremely slack and have not shared projects I have made for Chelley Bean Designs.  As a member of the Chelley Bean Designs creative team, I get to have an absolute ball playing with the goodies that Michelle creates.

Here are some of the items that I have had the pleasure of working with over the past year...yes it has been that long!

Crochet flowers
Here are the cards I made using the crochet flowers.  These were such a great size for cards...

Hand Dyed Paper doilies
I thought I would depart from cards with the paper doilies and go for little decorative items.

Painted Petals
These were just gorgeous - I loved playing with these flowers.

Stitched Sewing Rounds

Concertina Flowers
Perfect for cards!

I look forward to sharing more projects with you over the next year.

If you would like to see more of the lovely Chelley Bean Designs products, Michelle has an Etsy store or you can visit her blog for more information.