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Kids Craft: Popsicle Stick Whale

Today I am sharing a kids craft activity using one of the most basic crafting supplies – Popsicle sticks. Popsicle sticks have so many possibilities. It is a fun, low-cost and easy to find material.

To make this Popsicle stick Whale you will need:

  • Popsicle stick
  • Acrylic paint and paint brush
  • Super glue
  • Sharpie/pen for adding details or googly eye
  • Totem Whale
  • Mini Brads

Let’s grab those craft supplies, follow the full tutorial below and have a “whale-y-good-time”! Happy crafting!

Directions:

Unpack the totem whale and using acrylic paint of your choice paint the totem whale pieces.

Once dry, detach the pieces and start assembling the whale with the help of some mini brads.

Piece by piece, fully assemble the totem whale.

Add some more details to the totem whale. Adhere the Popsicle stick using super glue.

Lastly, add some finishing touches. Here I decided to draw the eye. However, if you happen to have some googly eyes, glue that instead.

Let everything dry completely before proudly displaying!

The fun part about the Popsicle stick animals is that you can add a magnet behind them or stick a thread on the back and use it an an ornament.

I hope you enjoyed this idea.

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Totem Seahorse Summer Greeting Card

Hello everyone…

It is Laura here. Can you believe it’s nearly the end of July? Where did it go?

I love all things nautical. The ocean is definitely a source of inspiration for me and today I would like to share a Summer Themed Greeting Card featuring Totem Seahorse.

This card was a delight to make.

Supplies needed:

  • Cardstock (4″ x 5 1/4″)
  • Blank A2 size card (4 1/4″ x 5.5″)
  • Stencil
  • Summer themed sentiment stamp
  • Bubble wrap
  • Totem Poppet Seahorse
  • Mini brads
  • Washi tape
  • Ink
  • Acrylic block
  • Acrylic block (pink, blue, white)
  • Paintbrush

STEP 1:

Grab Totem Seahorse and Mini brads.

STEP 2:

Paint the chipboard (I chose pink color for the seahorse, but coral would be beautiful as well).

STEP 3:

Once the chipboard is dry, start assembling the Totem Seahorse.

I love how nicely it came together. This will make a beautiful focal point for the greeting card.

STEP 4:

Prepare the cardstock with your choice of paint.

STEP 5:

Now this is where things get interesting. While I was rummaging through supplies, I came across some bubble wrap and decided to incorporate it into the project. I attached the bubble wrap to wet background and waited until it dried…

STEP 6:

Once the cardstock has dried, I removed the bubble wrap to reveal a pattern. I was hoping for a more striking effect. Now that I think about it, I should have applied paint to bubble wrap directly and dabbed the white cardstock, that would have been a nice effect. There is always next time 🙂

STEP 7:

I decided to use a stencil and white acrylic paint to create more interest. I also attached the background layer to the greeting card.

STEP 8:

Assemble the greeting card. This step requires gluing the Totem Seahorse and decorating the card. I used some washi tape to add more interest to the card.

STEP 9:

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment. If you do not happen to have anything nautical, use a pen and write a nice greeting.

And here it is, my summer greeting card!!!

I hope you love what I’ve created!

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Chipboard Nursery Wall Decoration

Beautiful nursery decorations doesn’t need to cost a fortune. With a touch of creativity you can make your own gorgeous nursery décor. After all adding some handmade touches to the room can go a long way in making it feel unique and lovely. When you’re doing it yourself, you can make a one of a kind project, that can be customized to your liking and well. Lets go and create a personal and unique decoration for a nursery.
This chipboard decoration project makes a wonderful baby shower or 1st birthday present too.

SUPPLIES NEEDED to make Chipboard Nursery Wall Decoration:

  • Acrylic paint (Pink)
  • Glitter
  • Ink (magenta color)
  • Paint brush
  • Twine/Ribbon/Thread
  • Background stamp
  • Lace Up Moon and Stars
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife

STEP 1:

Prepare Lace Up Moon and Stars chipboard.

Pink acrylic paint was used to color moon and stars.

STEP 2:

Once the paint has dried, I applied some glue and sprinkled lace up moon and stars with glitter.

STEP 3:

I waited for the glue to dry and then shook off the glitter excess.

STEP 4:

Using craft knife, I carefully separated lace up moon and stars and stamped the moon using a background stamp.

Here is a close up of the moon:

STEP 5:

Lastly, everything was assembled using some twine and the Chipboard Nursery Wall Decoration was ready to be hanged on a wall or gifted.

A cost effective and totally adorable décor/gift project.

Happy Crafting!

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3 dimensional gift tag

Learn how to make gift tags in a few simple steps!

Perhaps you have a wedding, graduation or a birthday party coming up? Whatever it is, handmade gift tags will come in very handy and most definitely won’t go unnoticed. DIY gift tags are very simple to make and can also be used as place cards for your gatherings! You could also string a batch of these tags together on a line of baker’s twine or ribbon to make a garland.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Acrylic paint (I used white)
  • Ink
  • Watercolor
  • Paper
  • Stamps
  • Totem Birds + Mini Brads
  • Paint brush
  • Tag die  / or you can cut it out a tag out of a paper by hand

STEP 1:

Cut out the tag .

STEP 2:

Prepare Totem Birds by painting the chipboard with any color of your choice.

STEP 3:

Let it dry.

STEP 4:

Create a background for your tag. I decided to stamp.

STEP 5:

Once the base paint is dry, stamp totem birds. You could also doodle or draw anything that you wish.

STEP 6:

Assemble bird totems.

STEP 7:

I decided to add more color to the gift tag using some watercolor.

STEP 8:

Assemble the gift tag. Totem bird was adhered with glue.

STEP 9:

And you are done! I hope I inspired you to create some lovely gifts tags!

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Mixed Media Monarch Butterfly Ornament

Does your garden/patio need a little pick me up? Today I will be sharing how to make a mixed media monarch butterfly, which will add some life to any garden/patio. This butterfly ornament could be used as a patio or flower pot decoration piece or even used as a fence decor. This is a great project to do with kids as it is simple enough and does not take a long time to complete.

Let me show you how easy this was to make and put together!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Acrylic paint (I used pink, purple, white colors)
Modeling paste
Stencil
Totem Monarch Butterfly + Mini Brads
Paint brushes/pallet knife

STEP 1:

Prepare the supplies.

STEP 2:

Paint the totem poppet with the paint of your choice.

I used white as a base color, then added pink and purple.

STEP 3:

Assemble the monarch butterfly.

STEP 4:

Use a stencil and modeling paste to make patterns on the monarch butterfly ornament.

STEP 5:

Wait for the modeling paste to dry and go decorate or play outside.

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Mixed Media Spring card using Totem Snail

Happy First day of Spring! Today officially marks the beginning of the Spring season in the Northern Hemisphere. Spring is my favorite season, because sun starts to shine more and life slowly starts to bloom! Therefore, today I will be sharing how to make a bright and cheerful mixed media spring card featuring totem snail.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Acrylic paint (I used light blue, pink, gray, yellow colors)
  • Blank card (5 inches by 7 inches) 
  • Ink (Black, pink, green)
  • Background stamp, flower stamp, grass stamp.
  • Alphabet Stamps
  • Modeling paste
  • Stencil
  • Totem Snail + Mini Brads
  • Foam tape
  • Paint brushes/pallet knife

STEP 1:

Prepare the background for the card by using blue acrylic paint. Let it dry.

STEP 2:

To add some further interest, I stamped the background.

STEP 3:

Prepare the Totem Snail by painting it with the colors of your choice. Let it dry.

 

STEP 4:

Assemble the Totem Snail. I also ended up stamping it for more interest.

STEP 5:

Mix some modeling paste with yellow paint. This will be used with a stencil, for a sun effect.

STEP 6:

Make sure the modeling paste is dry. I usually give it 10 minutes.

Assemble the card.

I used a stamp and green ink to create grass.

Another stamp was used to create flowers.

Then I attached some foam mounting tape to the back of the totem snail and secured it to the card .

I used alphabet stamps so create a sentiment, which reads ‘ Happy Spring’.

That completes my spring card.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed this project.

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Mend these Broken Hearts: How to Create Valentine’s Day Card

Greetings everyone,

Did you know that with the exception of Christmas, Americans exchange more cards on Valentine’s Day than any other time of year? I have a Valentine’s Day card tutorial to share with you today.

BEFORE WE GET STARTED…

All stamping should be completed before adding any embellishments on the card to make sure clear impression is obtained.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • White card stock, cut to 4″ x 6″
  • Blank A6 (4 1/2 inches by 6 1/4 inches) size card (scored and folded)
  • Gesso
  • 2 Paintbrushes
  • Background Stamp
  • Thread and needle
  • Small heart stencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Paint (Red)
  • 3″ x 3″ sticky note (or printer paper and temporary adhesive)
  • Stamps (I used Great Chemistry by Paper Smooches)
  • Acrylic block and Sentiment Stamp (I chose ‘With Love’)
  • Ink
  • Small foam square to apply paint/ink
  • Glitter
  • Eye Connect Crafts Lace-Up Broken Hearts (Small) chipboard (https://www.eyeconnectcrafts.com/product/lace-up-heart-small/)
  • Double-sided adhesive tape
  • Wet Wipes

STEP 1:

Create a background for white card stock (cut to 4″ x 6″) using ink and your preferred background stamp. I chose script background for the hand written letter effect.

STEP 2:

Prepare the broken hearts. I used two layers of gesso to coat both sides. You may wonder why? Gesso gives tooth and a certain level of absorbency to a surface and I prefer to use it before painting anything (it can get messy, therefore now would be a great time to pull out those wet wipes).

STEP 3:

Since I did not have red thread, I decided to paint it. Please skip this step if red thread is available to you.

STEP 4:

When gesso has dried, it is time to paint and mend the broken hearts. I used 2 layers of paint for more brighter and uniform look. Cross stitch was used to mean the broken hearts. This step takes time, because hearts need to dry. Now would be a great time to make coffee/tea.

STEP 5:

Add detail to background card stock. I decided to use the chipboard sheet as my stencil and then added smaller hearts using another stencil using red acrylic paint.

STEP 6:

Lastly, I stamped ‘With Love’ sentiment. Card-stock was mounted onto A6 (4 1/2 inches by 6 1/4 inches) size card using double sided tape. Chipboard hearts were glued to the background. Glitter was applied randomly by placing glue dots.

And there we have it. Easy card to make for your near and dear ones!!!