DIY Halloween card for kids (2016)

DIY Halloween card for kids (2016)

I wanted this year’s card to be different than last year’s, because I’m giving the cards to a lot of the same kids. However, I had a lot of the same supplies to use up, so they ended up being similar!

I used:

  • dark purple cardstock (12″ x 12″) – I used my paper cutter to trim these to 4″ x 5.5″ to fit in envelopes
  • spooky ribbon to line the bottom of the card
    • Recollections “Halloween Boo” ribbon (pack of 5) [Michaels]
  • pumpkin letter sticker – but since I’ve run out of a bunch of letters, I didn’t always get to use the first letter of their name (as shown)
  • silver metallic Sharpie for the words I wrote on (child’s name and mine)
  • printed out spooky-lettered “Happy Halloween!” onto white card stock and rounded two opposite corners before gluing on
    • font: Nemo Nightmares [here]
    • Martha Stewart corner rounder [Michaels]
  • sparkly/gemstone pumpkin sticker [sheet of 25 stickers: Hobby Lobby]
  • envelopes – The Paper Studio value pack – 100 white [Hobby Lobby]
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra strength glue stick – to affix white “Happy Halloween!” paper
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond quick dry dual-tip glue pen (the small side) -to affix ribbon

 

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For the kids whose cards I will mail (not my students), I included a couple of sheets of stickers and a jack-o-lantern eraser. (stickers and erasers from Target – that section in the front where everything is only a few dollars)cig_img003

I also put a sticker on the back of the envelope.

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For the kids whose cards I will hand-deliver (my students), I added stickers to the actual cards and that was that.

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the rectangle of green paper is over the student’s name for student’s privacy

 

If my post inspires you, and you blog about it, I ask that you credit me! Also, I’d love to see it!

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DIY Upcycle Key Wind Chimes

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I have these beautiful rainbow colored keys that don’t go to anything, and some too-small necklace chains with no charms. I had seen on Pinterest the idea to make wind chimes out of keys, and I had plans to do so with my massive collection of keys. However, I decided to just use the rainbow keys for now, and hang them on the necklace chains. I arranged them about half an inch apart from each other on a clear plastic straw I don’t use and piled on clear Hobby Glue (under the chain and on top of it). Then, using a pipe cleaner hooked onto a long, skinny ribbon, I pulled the ribbon through the straw. I tied several knots on either end of the straw to keep it as in place as possible, then tied a bow on the top to hang from an S-hook outside in my back yard.

Materials:

  • keys (pretty ones are favorable)
  • necklace chains
  • clear plastic straw
  • clear Hobby Glue
  • ribbon
  • pipe cleaner (to get the ribbon through the straw)
  • place to hang!

By the way – the sound the keys make is soft, tinkly, and beautiful! I am in love.

Inspired? 

  • If my post inspires you, and you blog about it, I ask that you credit me! Also, I’d love to see it!

DIY Woodsy Initial Nursery Art

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Materials:

  • Recollections 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper (Green Linen) [Michaels]
  • Recollections 12″ x 12″ card stock (brown) [Michaels]
  • light pink card stock (for bow)
  • white printer paper
  • Recollections 5/8″ butterfly punch (blue) [Michaels]
  • Knock Outs .625″ mini bow punch (pink)
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra strength glue stick
  • MS Word, printer ink,
  • scissors, paper cutter

OrganizationLove Pro Tips:

  • I was inspired by the nursery of a friend’s upcoming baby. Her nursery colors were woodsy – brown, spring green, white.
  • I made the C in MS Word (word art) and printed it – then cut on the line. I went ahead and trimmed the green paper to 8″ x 10″ and adjusted paper size before printing to make sure the C would fit on the brown paper (also trimmed to 8″ x 10″)
  • Added a light pink bow to make it just slightly girly
  • Glued the butterflies all around in each direction
  • I cut the brown paper into 8″ x 10″ so I was able to frame it! (see bottom picture)

Inspired? 

  • If my post inspires you, and you blog about it, I ask that you credit me! Also, I’d love to see it!

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DIY birthday card with pinwheels

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Materials:

  • Recollections Value Pack cards and envelopes set 5″ x 6.5″ (kraft) [Michaels]
  • Recollections Craft It 4-piece pinwheels [Michaels]
  • Doodlebug Design square sequins (Halloween assortment)
  • Light blue card stock
  • White card stock
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Tacky Glue 4 fl oz
  • MS Word, printer ink,
  • paper cutter, scissors

OrganizationLove Pro Tips:

  • I cut out everything and then glued it on in the following order: white card stock (sticks), happy birthday, pinwheels (actually a sticker), sequins. This way everything was layered the way I wanted it to be.
  • I used liquid glue, but had to wipe up excess around the sequins and in the sequin hole – I just used my finger to get the excess
  • As always, I placed everything down where I wanted it before gluing

Inspired? 

  • If my post inspires you, and you blog about it, I ask that you credit me! Also, I’d love to see it!

Want it?

  • This card is available for purchase on my etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/270088080/birthday-card-pinwheels-blue

DIY Just Because card: Hello with Heart-Petaled Flower

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Materials: 

  • Recollections kraft card and envelope (value pack) [Michaels]
  • Recollections Basic Bold 12″ x 12″ paper pad [Michaels]
  • Recollections 1 7/16″ heart punch (blue one) [Michaels]
  • yellow printer paper
  • green Sharpie
  • MS Word WordArt, printer, green ink
  • glue stick
  • pencil

OrganizationLove Pro Tips:

  • I glued down all of the hearts first, before gluing on the yellow circle
  • I chose purple patterns, but the paper pad has all kinds of colors – you could also choose black and white, rainbow, or any other color scheme
  • I draw on the stem, but I do it in pencil first and then trace over with green Sharpie

Caption Ideas:

  • Because there are already words on the front of the card, outer captions are not necessary
  • Inside notes:
    • Just saying hi
    • Have a great day
    • Love you

Inspiration

  • This card was inspired by one I found on pinterest, the blog post is here:

http://kath-allthatglitter.blogspot.com/2011/05/fruit-scoop.html

Inspired? 

  • If my post inspires you, and you blog about it, I ask that you credit me! Also, I’d love to see it!

Want it?

  • This card is available for purchase on my etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/255012736/hello-flower-card

DIY cupcake birthday card for girls

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Materials: 

  • The Paper Studio value pack ivory notecard/envelope 4″x5.5″ [Michaels]
  • MS Word, printer, black ink
  • scalloped scissors
  • The Paper Studio “La Petites” 3-D cupcake stickers (6 piece) [Hobby Lobby]

OrganizationLove Pro Tips:

  • I chose to arrange the stickers at an angle as opposed to right next to each other to take up more space as well as account for imperfections
  • Instead of pairing same color cupcake wrappers, I made sure each card had a brown icing cupcake and a white icing cupcake

Caption Ideas:

  • Because there are already words on the front of the card, outer captions are not necessary
  • Inside notes:
    • Yum!
    • Don’t forget to share!
    • Happy birthday
    • Enjoy your day
    • Have a great day

Inspired? 

  • If my post inspires you, and you blog about it, I ask that you credit me! Also, I’d love to see it!

Want it?

  • All three cards are available for individual purchase on my etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/268116393/cupcake-anyone-sweet-birthday-card-for

DIY Happy Birthday card

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Materials: 

  • The Paper Studio value pack ivory notecard/envelope 4″x5.5″ [Michaels]
  • Red printer paper
  • Janet Dunn Design present stamp
  • Ranger Archival Ink in “Jet Black”
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Pen 1 fl oz (dual sided, used the “wide spreader tip”
  • paper cutter

OrganizationLove Pro Tips:

  • I attempted to line up the long present stamp with the bottom of the card; this did not work well because the stamp itself was crooked, but not too bad at least
  • I cut a triangle of red printer paper to attach to the corner, and used a paper cutter to make a skinny line of red printer paper and glued to the bottom of the card
  • I mixed fonts for the words “happy” and “birthday” and I liked the way it looked
  • I attempted to color some presents/bows red in a previous attempt at the card, but I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, so I kept the black and white

Caption Ideas:

  • Because there are already words on the front of the card, outer captions are not necessary
  • Inside notes:
    • Present time
    • Enjoy your day
    • Have a great day
    • Wishing the best for you

Inspired? 

  • If my post inspires you, and you blog about it, I ask that you credit me! Also, I’d love to see it!

Want it?

  • This card is available for purchase on my etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/savannahPcards/tools/listings/264845506