Tuesday, February 25, 2014

baby scrap book

This is a simple cute book that worked out great for a baby shower gift for my cousin. I used the Album for Baby file and the Echo Park Boy Subway art file on the Silhouette Online Store, and Little Safari from paper studio to make this album, in a nap time It was made and finished.

My tips:

I played with the type of paper that I thought would work well for the book, I am not always a fan of big bulky patterned paper, so I was going for a subtle pattern paper.

I cut out the flip side so the paper could be double sided, I used my xyron machine to adhere the pages together.

The scraps that I didn't use I cut to size and rounded the corner to add some design elements to it, (this is where I figured pictures and mementos would go, and it adds to the page.

I bounded the album with bind it all system, and it turned out awesome!

Easiest science sensory activity ever

This is a two ingredient sensory activity that my kids absolutely love, super simple and cheap (lol) ok ready: baking soda and vinegar! (can you hear the excitement and sarcasm from my voice?) for my two cute kidlets they love it because We get to make our own bubbles  mommy! This is what I do, I sprinkle the .29 cent box of baking soda I got on sale all a round the tub, inside dishes, and cups, poor some vinegar into a container, for added fun I add what ever color they want, and give them a dropper and let them play, I don't tell them what to do, I just let them explore. eventually they start pouring the vinegar all over and to see just how much bubbles they can make, and I then give them more vinegar to play with. this play time will last about 20-30 minutes for a 2 and 5 year old!

Here are some of my tips when doing this activity, 

Let them explore, sometimes it's best if I just over hear what is going on so they can play.
I do like to ask questions like what do you think will happen if I added more vinegar to this cup, is a different color of vinegar going to change how it bubbles? open ended questions are my favorite.

Have an empty sink when you are doing sensory table stuff like this, so it's easy clean up, I just rinse and dry, since all the containers are designated to be sensory table items I don't care if not sparkling clean, I only care if there are germs and gunk on it.

If you know a bit about science explain to them why it bubbles up, hubby is really good at that, I just let them play. 

stock up on both items, we do this about 4 times a season, they always have lots of fun with it. 

chocolate PB crescent roll

AKA easiest breakfast ever!

You know those mornings in the winter when every one is just like ahh another snow day, and all you want to do is not look out side at the 16 inches of snow you have gotten in the past month, That was the morning I figured why not try something crazy easy on Pintrest. Guess what it worked! best idea ever I wish I came up with it.

you need two ingredients (love those type of recipes)
crescent rolls
chocolate pb (I used Skippy, but Hershey's or Nuttella would also work well.)
I did sprinkle a bit of butter and brown sugar on the top of the crescent rolls but you don't have too.

unroll those crescent rolls, spread chocolate pb on it, roll them up (my 5 year old did most of the work, it was a great way to pass a cold snowy winter's morning) then if you want a bit of sweetness on top of the rolls, brush on melted butter and sprinkle brown sugar on top. Pop them into the oven at 350, for about 12 minutes and you will have one of the best kid friendly breakfast's around! my 2 year old had 3 of them! Yummo!

If you have a dipper in the family warm up some jelly in a small bowl and they could dip that into the jelly, for more of a pb and j style breakfast.

paper flower arrangement

I love making things with paper (big surprise right?) When I realized that I could make a paper flower arrangement I was all ears! This was a gift for my sweet mother in-law for her birthday and I am so happy at how it turned out. It's was super simple here is what I did:


2-3 sheets of double sided patterned paper (I used some old Stampin Up paper that worked perfectly It was given to me by a friend at CCAL (camp create a lot at Pine lake in Eldora IA)

Card stock (I used Yellow)

Brads- I used paper studio ones that were clear gems

3 inch styrofoam floral ball

Yellow satin ribbon that coordinates with your patterned paper

pearl boutonniere pins

green pattern paper

Fluff, the tulle and floral accets you see

a quart size mason jar

green patterned paper

Hot glue and gun

Silhouette files: loopy flower, rolled rose, 3d water lily, so Many Smiles Begin with You, and a heart frame.

Cut out the flowers, I cut out 3 loopy flowers, and 5 rolled roses from the paper with a couple of the water lilly inside flowers to add to the arrangements. When rolling up the roses I have found that hot glue is my best friend to hold it together, and a quilling tool works wonders instead of you fingers doing all the work. 

Assemble the flowers, add brads or gems 

once you have that done, get out the Styrofoam ball, and start arranging the flowers, hot glueing them, and pinning them with the boutonniere pins. I started out with the big ones first and then when into the rolled rosses, then added the little inside of the water lily last to fill in gaps, do what ever looks good to you. I then added the fluff to the ball to make it look pretty (I know super technical!)

For the Mason Jar, I just used some simple green paper to line the inside of the jar, cut it to size of the jar and stick it in, 

once I liked how the flowers were arranged I hot glued the ball  with all the flowers on it to the mason Jar.

I added the quote inside the heart frame, and printed it out, then cut it out. I made little slits in the sides so the ribbon could attach to the quote I designed. then add a cute little ribbon to the top of the jar (this was made so it looked polished and so you couldn't see the glueey mess. 

It's was super fun to make, not to much effort, and I think it brightened up my mother in-law's birthday a bit!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Spring cards

I love making simple thoughtful cards, This one was easy to make with the Silhouette file So Many Smiles begin with you phrase, and a Polaroid frame. all I did was print it out, and cut it out then adhered it with some pop dots. Easy-Peasy! (White card stock from Staples was used for the materials)

This card was super fun to make, I had to re-size the file, as it was super tiny to a 5x7 size to fit into my envelope. The SOS File was the Card Kit Flower Pot. I liked it it because it was easy to make 25 cards with one pkg of pattern paper. I did have to ink the green paper around the edges and used some brown ink to ink the scallop pice on the pot, I thought a simple brad worked well since I made 20 cards, but for just one you could use a really cute brad to enhance the card, but I don't think it was needed. 

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