Happy National Children's Craft Day!

Children-crafts-dayHappy National Children's Craft Day

Little ones (aka Littles) love to craft.  My granddaughters and I always have several craft sessions while we are together.  And, it's usually their idea.

There are so many benefits to crafting for youngsters.  Here are just a few off the top of my head...

  1. It requires the use of their imagination.
  2. It's a great alternative to screen time.
  3. It contributes to the development of an appreciation for the arts.
  4. It helps to develop a sense of accomplishment.

While "our" crating sessions usually involve paper crafts, their possibilities are endless with just a box of crayons, colored pencils, or watercolors and household items.

Here's a nice article on National Children's Craft Day with some ideas and more benefits of crafting.

And, below are a few photos of our two oldest granddaughters with their creations!

childrens-craft-dayLyla wanted to draw the image from my stamped card and color it on her own. Below is her finished creation! Isn't it fabulous?

--->Here are some photos of Lyla making some cards for her friends at school.

Mia loves to glue die-cut and punched shapes and apply self-adhesive embellishments to create collages on card stock or card fronts.


Mia loves to use scissors, too. :) See her little fringe cuts on her design above?

childrens-craft-dayShe loves to use punches and here she is using lots of self-adhesive stars for her project.

If you are a paper crafter or cardmaker, here are a few suggestions that you might want to have on hand to craft with your "littles".

Another great idea is our Stampin' Up! Kits Collection.  Everything you need arrives in a neat little box in the mail. The kits offered change according to availability but you can't go wrong by checking HERE in my Online Store.

Whatever supplies you use whether paper crafting supplies or household items, encourage your littles to be creative and celebrate National Children's Craft Day.

April Paper Pumpkin...So Cool!


So, what makes the April Paper Pumpkin kit So Cool? This vivid, summer-inspired kit includes two full sticker sheets and all supplies needed to make 12 fun-shaped cards with matching envelopes. But, even cooler than that: it’s our first Paper Pumpkin kit designed with kids in mind!

If you have kiddos close at heart, such as children or grandchildren, you will want to take advantage of this opportunity to subscribe now.
This kit offers the perfect way to engage little ones and spark their imagination while introducing them to the fun of paper crafting. 

Take a look!

So Cool by Paper Pumpkin is the fresh, versatile, and fun taste of summer that stampers of all ages will want to savor. Keep reading to learn more!

About the April Kit- So Cool


  • Kit includes enough supplies to make 12 fresh, fun-shaped cards—6 popsicles and 6 blank semicircles to color—and coordinating envelopes. Kit includes card bases, 2 full sticker sheets, decorative die-cut pieces, embellishments, and more.
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4"

Paper Pumpkin is our One-Stop Box™ of creative fun for crafters of all skill levels! Each month, you'll receive a thoughtfully themed, seasonally-appropriate kit with all the pre-cut elements needed to create a fabulous paper project—from unique cards and gift tags to treat boxes and more.

This monthly subscription service offers a unique and carefully curated selection of project kits in a wide range of artistic styles. This will give you a chance to explore new, creative techniques in a fun, relaxing way. It’s the perfect opportunity to build creative confidence.

Pp-03.11.21_SOCIAL1_SO_COOLTomorrow is the last day to subscribe and receive this kit that will be a perfect activity with the youngsters in your life.  Subscribe today and receive this kit later this month!

I can't wait to hear about all the fun you'll have with your children or grandchildren creating the So Cool April Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Paper Crafts for Kids- Lyla's Valentines


Give kids paper and glue and they are ready to be creative so paper crafts really come naturally to them.  This week, Lyla worked with me on her Valentines and wanted to do most of the work herself.

In the first picture (above), you can see her using the Paper Trimmer [152392] to slip in her cut card stock to score for the card fold.


I helped her line up the edge on the 3" mark and then she scored all of the the cards with the light gray scoring blade.


She was using the Bone Folder [102300] like a pro giving each card a good crease.  There is a mini video of  this in action on my Facebook page.


In this photo, she's adding our Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] to a piece of the Snail Mail Designer Series Paper [154577]...a pattern that she chose.

Lyla-5Here she is applying the designer paper to the card front.  She was sure to turn the paper so that the snails would be right side up. :)

Lyla-7The liquid glue would allow her to slide the paper around to center it on the card front.


We chose a heart stamp and "just for you" sentiment from Kangaroo & Company Photopolymer Stamp Set [154502].  She colored the stamps with a marker from the Regals Stampin' Write Markers [147155].  We found a punch that would work to cut out the images.

Lyla-9She glued each of the punched circles to the card fronts.  The Valentines are ready except for her to sign her name on the inside of each card.  These 3 x 3 cards are the perfect size for Valentines.  You can even tape or glue a little treat to the inside or the back of each card.

Now that you've read this post, I hope you are inspired to create and craft with the little ones in your life.  Have fun and happy crafting!

Take care...Lisa

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Halloween at Home 2020

Halloweenathome.facebook-photoIf you are wanting to have some Halloween fun in your home environment with your family, here are a few ideas that I've compiled.

Get the kids involved making Halloween treat packaging.


Here's a fun idea for a simple Halloween box for a glow stick ring toss game.

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Here's our other granddaughter painting a mini pumpkin with acrylic paint.  It's going to be her "Elsa" pumpkin with jewels.  Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see the finished masterpieces!

IMG_4546Try this fun mummy wrap game with an inexpensive roll of crepe paper!


Make every snack or meal a party!  Drape a Halloween themed plastic table cloth over your table!

Halloween-tableIt's easy to make your own fun and encourage your kids to use their imaginations and creative talents!

Here are a couple of other ideas:

  • Make a pin the nose on the pumpkin game.  (Who remembers pin the tail on the donkey?)Draw and paint or color a pumpkin on a piece of poster board.  Draw in eyes and mouth but leave off nose.  Cut black card stock noses, blindfold the participants and have them attempt to put the nose on the pumpkin!  Use tape or glue dots to get the noses to stick.
  • Have an indoor scavenger hunt.  Find  some fun lists by searching for "Free indoor scavenger hunt printable".

Enjoy some safe and fun Halloween activities by using some of these activities or creating some of your own.  Happy Halloween at Home! -- Lisa :)

Happy St. Patrick's Day Project


Today's project is a re-post from six years ago for a fun St. Patrick's Day project.  Although many of the products are retired (no longer available) that are used in this little leprechaun hat, you can substitute with what you have on hand.

Here's the video from many moons ago...

Isn't that so cute?  Give it a try!  May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day and have fun crafting!

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Easy Christmas Craft for Kids

Candy-cane-craft-for-kidsKnowing you are as busy or busier as we are in the days leading up to Christmas, here's a fun and easy craft idea that you can do with your little ones that will take a few minutes and yet bring lots of joy!

Most kids love candy canes!  Here's a candy cane reindeer made with some Stampin' Up! products.  Watch the video then get started!


Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies used for this project...

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You will also need some card stock to punch the antlers.  Choose a green as shown here or use a neutral color.  Make it fun!

Time to get back to Christmas preparations!  Our daughter and I are going to the grocery store and I am sure there will be lots of hustle and bustle!  I have another project idea to share so be sure to visit daily so you won't miss it!  And, if you're not subscribed to my YouTube channnel, be sure to do that now!

Enjoy the journey!...Lisa

Christmas Craft for Santa's Cookies

Cookies-for santaHere's an idea to involve your "littles" in preparation for Santa's visit! 

How about leaving Santa's cookies in a personalized bag? The little ones can color the Santa from the Holly Jolly Christmas Bundle and you can do the rest! I think it's a fun alternative for cookies on a plate!

Let's take a look at the how-to video!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • You will need two pieces of Poppy Parade CS cut at 6" x 6".
  • Score at 1-1/2" on three side of three sides of each piece.
  • The designer paper is cut just for the front at 2-3/4" x 4-1/4".
  • You will need a piece of Shimmery White CS cut at 4" x 5" to stamp Santa.
  • Cut the "Santa" letters from scrap Sparkle Glimmer paper.

Here are the supplies for the Santa Cookie Box:

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Have the little ones color the Santa before adhering to the box.  Use Watercolor Pencils or crayons for the coloring.  Maybe this will start a tradition with your children and grandchildren.  Let me know if you try this...I will be waiting to hear from you!


Christmas Craft for Santa's Cookies

Cookies-for santaHere's an idea to involve your "littles" in preparation for Santa's visit! 

How about leaving Santa's cookies in a personalized bag? The little ones can color the Santa from the Holly Jolly Christmas Bundle and you can do the rest! I think it's a fun alternative for cookies on a plate!

Let's take a look at the how-to video!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • You will need two pieces of Poppy Parade CS cut at 6" x 6".
  • Score at 1-1/2" on three side of three sides of each piece.
  • The designer paper is cut just for the front at 2-3/4" x 4-1/4".
  • You will need a piece of Shimmery White CS cut at 4" x 5" to stamp Santa.
  • Cut the "Santa" letters from scrap Sparkle Glimmer paper.

Here are the supplies for the Santa Cookie Box:

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Have the little ones color the Santa before adhering to the box.  Use Watercolor Pencils or crayons for the coloring.  Maybe this will start a tradition with your children and grandchildren.  Let me know if you try this...I will be listening for you!


Make An Awesome Card for Kids!


Kids of all ages appreciate notes of encouragement and affirmation and this Stampin' Up! card idea made with the lovable Dino Days Bundle [151139].

In yesterday's post, I shared some ideas that are perfect for the littles.  Kids are so much fun to craft for and they love to craft, too!  With some help from you, they could assemble a card such as this one for someone special.

Here's a quick video with the how-to.  Take a look!

Lisa's Inklings:

Here are the Stampin' Up! products used for this project.  Just click the links to shop!

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Cards-for-kids-stampin-upThese dinosaurs are cute for boys or girls.  Simply change your color scheme to match the style you'd like!

Time to shop so that you can make some cards for kids just like this one!  I would be honored to serve as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

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Early Learning and Wiggle Worms

Stampin-up-early-learning-pre-schoolDid you know that you could use your card making and paper crafting supplies for early learning projects and games?

That's just what was shown on this past Sunday's Facebook LIVE  (aka Sunday Crafternoon!).


The Wiggle Worm Bundle [151142] from Stampin' Up! is perfect for your "littles" whether for cards, treats, notepads, or even early learning and pre-school games and activities.


Grab yourself some iced tea, coffee, or your favorite beverage and sit back to enjoy the show!  Below is the recording of the Facebook Love from August 11, 2019!


Lisa's Inklings:
For the 3" x 3" card...

  • For the 3" x 3" cards, cut your Whisper White cardstock to 3" x 6".  Score at 3" and fold in half.
  • You'll need a small piece of Whisper White for stamping and fussy cutting the sentiment.
  • Cut the Seaside Spray Gingham Check from the 2019–2021 In Color 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [149617] to 2-3/4" x 2-3/4".
  • You'll need pieces of the other colors at approx. 2" x 3" for die-cutting.

For the notepad...

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies used for these two projects. Just click the links to shop!

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The first photo above and this one below picture the early learning activities from the video.  The Basic Black card stock is cut in 2" x 2" squares and the Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [100730] is cut in 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" squares. Be sure to watch the video to see what this is all about!

Diy-early-learning-matching-gameI can't wait to share these with my grands! Shop now so you can create and have early learners and wiggle worms, too!  Just click on the links below to be taken to my online store.  I will be honored to serve as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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Spooky Treat Bag for Halloween


Here's an easy little treat bag that is just right for this colorful fall candy corn.  Make it a spooky treat with the Spooky Cat stamp set and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. 
With this easy assembly, you can get the little ones involved to help.  Let them fill the sacks with candy, fold the top piece of designer paper after you've scored it at 1 3/4", or let them attach the sentiment to the topper.
Let's take a look at the supplies and how-to directions below.
Spooky Cat (144749)
Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (144610)
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock (105117)
Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
3" x 6"  Gusseted Cellophane Bags (141704)
Black Mini Sequin Trim (144259)
Vintage Crochet Trim (144611)
Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639)
Stamping Sponges(141337)
Classic Label Punch (141491) or 1" Circle Punch (119868)- (depending on sentiment)
1. Cut Spooky Night Designer Series Paper to 3" x 6". Fill 3" x 6" Gusseted Cello Bag with candy and lay down over the DSP. Fold over about 1 3/4" and staple shut.

2. Tie Mini Sequin Trim and Vintage Crochet Trim around  and tie in a knot.

3.Stamp sentiment in Memento Black Ink and punch with corresponding punch.  Sponge around this piece with the Memento Black Ink and Stamping Sponges. Adhere to DSP as shown.

4. Add 2 Black Rhinestone Jewels to punched piece.



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Spooky-halloween-treat-bags-3This is a fun little bag to assemble and your little ones will love helping, too, so give this Spooky Treat Bag a try for Halloween!

Tuesday Tip: A RAK Card for Someone Special

Make-a-card-RAK-1Today's tip for a RAK card for someone special was inspired by my mom many years ago.  With four children (I am the oldest), she always found a way to do something special for each of us.  When I was in high school and going through busy days, tryouts for this and that, or just for no reason at all, I would find a note on her special stationery or little gift in my zippered pencil pouch in my notebook during the first class of the day.  It ALWAYS made the day so much better.  It was a connection to home, the place where I was loved  unconditionally, and nurtured and supported. 

With that in mind, I was inspired to create these cute little cards that have space for a quick note, hand drawn heart, or just a "Love, Mom" (or Grandma or, in my case, Honey.)  

Here's the video for this idea but you can make these with any supplies you have on hand.

Here's a list of a few of the supplies that I used in the video:

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Do you have any ideas for RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) using your card making supplies?  Have something special that you so for your children or grandchildren?  Please share in the comment section below...I'd love to be inspired by you! 

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Thank you for joining me for this special post with a special card making video tutorial and I'll see you again soon!

Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Tiny Birthday Party Favor Bag


Happy Monday and welcome to today's makeover with this tiny birthday party favor bag.  It's just the right size for a couple of miniature candy bars or a tiny trinket.  These are fun to make and you can even get the kids involved.  You do the cutting; let them do the coloring.  They'll be bursting with pride with their creations and you'll be spending quality (and, fun!) time with your little ones.  Kids love to create and they are naturals.  Nurture that and experience the joy!

Let's take a look at the video for the easy assembly.



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Little-birthday-party-favor-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • Designer paper is cut 3" x 6". You can get 8 bags from one sheet of designer paper!
  • Score on the long side at 1 3/4", 2 3/4", 4 1/2",and  5 1/2".
  • Turn to the short side on top and score at 1".  This forms the bottom.
  • Be sure to watch the video for the unique closure.
  • See another idea for a cute little birthday party favor HERE.

Do you craft with your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews?  Leave a comment below to share your experiences then gather the young 'uns to create these tiny birthday party favor bags.


Makeover Monday- Make a Fourth of July Treat Cone

July4th-treat-cone-video-tutorial-6-6Today's Makeover Monday project is easy and would be a great family project for your Fourth of July celebrations! 

Fill these little treat cones with wrapped candies and or small packaged treats and  you will have a great table decoration, too!

Let's take a look at the how-to in this video tutorial from the past!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Try this cone in different sizes.  As long as you cut your designer paper in a square, it will work.  This one today is 4" x 4".
  • The Labeler Alphabet (141936) would be a great way to personalize these for a party. 
  • The "stuffing" is just thin strips of Real Red card stock sliced with the Stampin' Trimmer.

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  July4th-treat-cone-6-6Get ready for a fun and colorful Fourth of July with this Treat Cone idea for today's Makeover Monday!

Makeover Monday Paper Craft for Kids- July 4th Treat Box

July-fourth-paper-craft-for-kids-makeover-monday-6-1Here's a summer time paper craft for kids with an easy Fourth of July treat box for today's Makeover Monday!

This is an easy to create treat box with a few punched stars for embellishments.  I bet you already have everything you need to get started!

Let's take a look at the original project video tutorial below or you can watch HERE on You Tube.

Here's my Stampin' Up! supply list for today's makeover:

  • For an alternative, have the kids stamp the card stock to embellish before assembling the box.
  • To create the filler, cut thin strips with the Stampin' Trimmer using coordinating colored card stock.
  • Customize these boxes for any occasion.
  • This size box is just right to hold a a few pieces of candy, cake ball, or tiny cupcake.
July-fourth-treat-makeover-monday-6-1-15Try this easy summertime paper craft project with your kids for a fun activity they will enjoy and thanks for checking in for today's Makeover Monday!