Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying the beginnings of spring. For me, it is not yet spring-like where I live but I am starting to see signs of it. My perennial flowers are starting to peek through the ground, buds are forming on the trees and outdoor soccer season for my kids has begun!
Even though we have a busy schedule of practices, games, birthday parties and sleepovers, I always find time to get into the craft room with my two girls (10 & 7). I love that they share the same interest in crafting and independently come up with projects and designs on their own. Do you share your supplies with your kids (or anyone for that matter)? I’ll be honest, it was a struggle at first to let go and not be overly controlling with the two of them digging through my stash of stamps, jewel accents and inks. I was too concerned over the products not being used correctly, being put away in the wrong spot, or the different color of jewels getting mixed together…gasp! Quickly, I realized I had to get over these feelings, otherwise, I would ruin the experience for everyone involved. So, the days of wincing at the sight of them ripping a clear stamp off the acetate packaging, repeatedly slamming the stamp block into the ink, then to paper, were gone (to the parents out there, you get me, right?!). How did I get over that emotion? I decided to teach them how to properly care for my supplies and empower them to know that they can use anything in the craft room…and so far it has been successful. They have gone into the craft room (on their own) and made cards for birthdays, classmates, teachers, and our neighbors. No stamps, inks or carpets were harmed in the making :).
You are probably questioning at this point…where does the title of the post “Pen Pals” come into play? My husband says it takes a while for me to get to the point of a story, so bare with me! About a month ago, my youngest daughter tells my husband that she has some cards to put in the mail before school. He didn’t think much of it, thought it was cute and said OK. A few days later, I go out to get the mail and there is a large white envelope with my daughters name on it (no address, so it had to have been dropped off personally), in the mailbox. When she opened it, there was a kids notebook with puppy images all over and inside was a handwritten letter from our neighbor. As it turns out, when my daughter asked to put cards in the mail, she was giving them to our neighbor and, since that day, my sweet neighbors have become her pen pal. It is priceless to witness her excitement over the exchange and plan out her next card designs.
So, you can only imagine how many cards have been produced out of this household! This weekend, we created a bunch of cards using the new Simon Says Stamp April card kit, Beautiful Day. This set is gorgeous! Who can go wrong with butterflies? Below are two of the cards that I created.
I stamped and heat embossed the butterfly images on Bristol smooth bright white cardstock and colored them in using Zig Clean Color real brush markers. Using my heat tool, I dried the images and then decided to add some sparkle and covered the butterfly images with the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen. Currently, there are no dies available, so I fussy cut the butterfly images and set them aside.
For this background, I used the Lil’inker Designs Center Point Chevron cover up die and ran it through my Sizzix die cutting machine using Neenah solar white classic crest 80lb cardstock. Once that was cut out, I adhered it to my card base. I wanted to give the butterflies some dimension on the card, so I used foam tape to secure them to the card base, leaving their wings free to look like they can flap. After adding the sentiment Hello Gorgeous from Simon Says Stamp, I finished the card with a few iridescent bubble accents from Studio Katia.
Below is the second card. Very similar to the first card, except I decided to make the background more colorful and use gray tones for the butterflies.
I used the same Center Point Chevron cover up die by Lil’inker Designs and adhered that to a piece of Lawn Fawn’s Rainbow paper pack (6×6 provided in the card kit). I then applied that to my card base. The butterflies were added using foam tape, and again, I left the wings slightly bent to look like they are flapping. Inside each of the cards, I used playful sentiments from the Hello! set by CZ Design for Simon Says Stamp.
Finally, below are images of the products I used for these cards.
I had so much fun making these cards!! Next, we will be making a notecard set for our neighbors using the Concord and 9th Monogram stamps! 🙂
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