Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pixel Scrapper May Blog Train

Layout using my Hello Blog Train Kit, scroll down for links!

Pixel Scrapper, an online digital scrapbooking community, organizes blog trains and invites all levels of designers to participate. This is the third time I've participated, and I'm learning so much. Like how to create patterns and textures in PSE. The theme this month is "Hello" and features a bright and cheery color palette. You can find the link to download each part under the preview and also you'll want to check out Pixel Scrapper's Forum, there you can see a list of all the designers participating in this month's blog train.

Download for Papers and Elements Here

Download for Journal Cards and Word Art Here

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bleach Bottle Bunnies

This is a craft project I do every couple of years with my students. The hardest part is collecting a bleach bottle for every child! This year I discovered other bottles that are similar in shape and that helped!

Directions for Bleach Bottle Bunnies:
1. Adult cuts an opening on the opposite side from the handle. (I also put tape around so there are no sharp plastic edges to hurt children.)
2. Students cover the entire bottle with cotton. It takes about one large bag of cotton for the gallon bleach bottles. I usually give them a bottle of glue with a paintbrush to apply it.
3. Students cut white felt and colored felt for ears. I drew free hand a simple pattern for them to trace.
4. Adult hot glues a Styrofoam shape on the neck of the bottle for the head. I like the egg shape but I've also used ball shaped when the craft store runs out of egg shapes!
5. Adult hot glues felt pieces together with a half of a chenille stick sandwiched in between.
6. Students stick the ears into the foam.
7. Students use glue dots to attach wiggle eyes.
8. Students use Sharpie markers, pom poms, and chenille sticks to complete facial features.
9. Adult hot glues a pom pom under bottle's handle for a bunny tail.
10. Students tie a ribbon around the neck.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Joyful Stars April Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars April Blog Hop. This hop is a circle, so it doesn't matter if you are coming from the talented Betty Locco's blog or if you start here on my blog. Just continue around until you're back to the blog that you started on to make sure you see all the fabulous projects. 

Do you love punch art? I do! I have a Pinterest board devoted to it! However, I don't have the space to store the myriad of punches needed for some of these projects. So I improvise! Here is my "faux punch art bunny".

The bunny on this 5 x 7 card was made with shapes from the Art Philosophy cartridge. I used the Cricut Craft Room to create a file. I sorted the shapes on the mat by color so I could cut it all at once.

Yes, I use Washi Tape to hold paper down on older Cricut mats!
I sponged the white pieces with Whisper Ink before I assembled. Then I drew features with a black marker, black jouranling pen, and white gel pen. Also, I created a sponged cloud background with Sky Ink.

The grass border was cut form the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, Did you know that Close To My Heart is offering a free Cricut Collection if you sign up to be a consultant this month? Ask your consultant about this great deal!

If you are interested in downloading my Cricut Craft Room file of bunny shapes you can get it here.

Now let's all do the bunny hop to the wonderful Nancy Brown's blogFor a full list of bloggers on this hop or in case you get lost on the way look here.