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a mess free craft activity??!!

When my daughter said that she wanted to have her 7th birthday party at home, I have to admit the thought of it freaked me out a little bit. OK a lot!!

So I needed to come up with a plan of attack. Party games, check! Disco, check! Food, check! Non messy craft activity, WAIT, WHAT?? Is there such a thing??? I thought a craft activity would be a good activity to do right after the kids have eaten, so that they can kind of sit and have ‘quiet time’¬† rather than going crazy with a stomach full of party food. But what activity could I do that wasn’t going to create a mess that would freak out my husband? Plus it had to be something that both boys and girls could relate to.

Monster making is the answer!

I cut out a basic monster shape from felt, blanket stitched it together and stuffed it. I made a different colour for each child, so no one had the same.

monsters

I popped the monsters into a bag and each child had to reach in lucky dip style to see which colour monster they got. This avoided the “I want red, I want green” situation.

These monsters needed some features, so I used the sticky backed felt and cut out basic shapes for eyes, spots, teeth, mouths and moustaches (every cool monster needs a moustache!). To save time and fingers I used my Klik n Kut Maxx to cut out the felt shapes. The shapes were placed on the floor in small containers which the children sat around and started decorating. It was easy for them as all they had to do was peel off the paper on the back of the sticky felt and stick them onto their monsters.

monsters3Now as for mess, OK it’s not 100% mess free but it was super quick and easy to clean up. All we had to do was sweep up the backings from the felt pieces. Done! No glue stuck in places I don’t want glue, no paint painted where I don’t want paint, so I consider this stress and mess free!

The kids loved this activity. They decorated both sides of their monsters and because of the simple shape I used, they could decide which way was up for their monster. Here’s a few of their creations . . .

monsters2The kids had fun playing with them at the party but also loved the fact that they got to take them home with them.

it’s not too late to discuss halloween is it?

Halloween is slowly becoming popular over here in Australia. The retail stores are stocking more halloween related products and more and more children are trick or treating. I am one Australian that embraces it, I love it!

For a few years now we have held a halloween party with friends, just for some fun. I love to decorate the inside of the house for the party. I haven’t been game to decorate outside yet just in case the neighbours think I’m a freak or something. Each year I ‘need’ to add to my decorations, its a little obsession that I have. So this year I decided that it would look great to have a heap of candles around the house. But candles, little children running around and costumes which are quite flammable are not a good mix. What to do?

Answer . . . make fake candles!

What you will need . . . a lot of glue sticks for your hot glue gun and I mean a lot! PVC pipe cut to the height you want your candles, newspaper, stiff cardboard or craft foam, battery operated tea light candles and paint.

Using either the craft foam or a stiff card, cut a circle that will sit just inside the pvc pipe. In the centre of that circle cut a hole that will fit the tea light candle snuggly.

This will form the top of your candle and act as a holder for the tea light.

Next scrunch up some newspaper and place it inside the tube. I used this as a base for my tea light to sit on so that it wouldn’t fall inside the pvc tubing.

With the hot glue I attached the foam/card circle to the inside of the pvc pipe. I set mine down a little from the top so that when the tea light goes into place you will only see it’s flame from the top.

Then comes the fun part. Starting at the top of the pvc pipe run hot glue down the sides to make it look like dripped wax. Make sure you build it up a little on the ridge of the candle top and inside too.

Because I used yellow craft foam and the pvc pipe has writing down one side I needed to undercoat mine before painting. I then painted them with an antique white paint with a little ochre to bring out an aged look. I also dry brushed a little black around the top of them. The photos above are the undercoated version and ones below are the antiqued ones. The photo doesn’t show the colours of these too well they look a little more aged than this.

So once all the messy stuff is done, I put them around the house

They don’t have to just be for halloween either, you could easily use them for Christmas too. Place them amongst some garland or tinsel and they will take on a whole new look.

sweet cool bliss

One of the best things about summer is ice cream!
Let’s face it, you really can eat ice cream anytime of the year because it is just so yummy.
I have dedicated this month’s BYOC to yummy, scrummy ice cream to say good bye to summer
and hello to the next season of ice cream eating . . .

they are all 20% OFF and don’t forget the more you buy with the BYOC the more you save!

some inspiration from my Creative Team and the pollys . . .



Thanks for reading and happy scrapping
Kaye

paper mats

Yay I remembered to post here!

On to scrappy business . . .

What are these?
Well they are random cuts of paper that you can use to add that something extra to your layouts.
They are made from a crumpled white paper so you can use them as is, or clip your favourite papers to them to change their colour.
Splash paint on them, use them as a mask in mists or paints, add patterned papers behind them, basically  you can use them any way you like!

Oh and the best bit is, they are 50% OFF all day Wednesday!

some inspiration from my Creative Team and the pollys . . .

Thanks for reading and happy scrapping
Kaye

making the grade

Wow blow the dust off this poor neglected blog! It sure has been a while since I posted here. I hope to have some posts soon about some halloween decorations that I have been working on. But in the meantime I have a new product to show you.

I have finally managed to make a back to school type kit. Our school year starts in February so I am never thinking about school things in August or September, but this year I managed to get it done! Yay! Making the grade is full of great papers and elements for scrapping those school photos and it is 20% OFF until Sunday plus there is a special offer, see below . . .

I also have a special offer included with this new kit. When you purchase this kit, you also can receive your choice of one of my alphas for FREE. Simply add the kit and your alpha choice to your shopping cart to redeem the offer.

some inspiration from my Creative Team and the pollys . . .


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Have fun scrapping those school photos. I should be back here on Wednesday with another new product, lets see if I remember to post it here! LOL

then and now

I’m sure we have all heard these words . . . “when I was your age!” well I have teamed up with Studio Basic Designs to create a kit that is full of great elements and papers that will get you documenting these moments.

This collab has been designed with the idea of comparing ‘then’ to ‘now’, look back at the past and compare it to today.

Scrap about your favourite toy and your child’s favourite toy, or perhaps the fashion you were wearing to what is worn today, what was your first mobile phone and what do you have today, what did you want to be when you grew up, what are you now? These are just some ideas of what you can compare from ‘then’ to ‘now’. These pages are always so fun and great to look back on.

The collab is 20% OFF and don’t forget the extra discount for being a newsletter subscriber (coupon below)

some inspiration from my Creative Team and the pollys . . .




Thanks for reading and happy scrapping
Kaye

shamrocking cards

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and for those of you who are going to be celebrating it and are doing Project Life then you need these cards!
But if you’re not doing Project Life then they are great on your scrap pages too.
The shamrocking cards are 20% OFF

some inspiration from my Creative Team and the pollys . . .

Thanks for reading and Happy St Patty’s Day!

ordinarily special

There are moments in life that are simply great because they just are.
Oridinarily Special has loads of elements and papers that will help you scrap those everyday little special moments that make life great.
Also hitting my store today is the latest edge pack. These are great for adding a little bit of colour and interest to your page
Both of these new goodies are 20% OFF


some inspiration from my Creative Team and the pollys . . .



Thanks for reading and happy scrapping
Kaye

OUCH! These things hurt when you stand on them

Many hours of my youth were spent scrabbling through a bucket of blocks to find just the right piece and now I listen to my children doing the same.
I have some fun new products that coordinate with the March BYOC which will help you scrap those fun block moments in your house.

There is an element pack, paper pack and a pack of journaling cards which are great for using on your layouts or for your project life pages.
All these are 20% OFF



but don’t forget the more you buy with the BYOC the more you save!

some inspiration from my Creative Team and the pollys . . .

Thanks for reading and happy scrapping
Kaye

I like nonsense

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