Kid’s Crafting at Christmas

Good morning crafty friends!  It’s Friiiiiiiiiiiday,and today I have a “team” project to share with you!

As many of you know, I have two little girls – a 6 and a 4 year old.  It will probably come as not surprise that both like to craft.  So anytime I have an excuse to create a project with them, I am a happy momma!

Today at the Ribbon Resource, the team is sharing some ides for Christmas crafting with your little!  And I have some some Christmas trees hats to share!


One of the best things about crafting with the girls is that our projects often change during the process.  Originally, the idea was to to create some trees that would also include some lacing so the girls could work a bit on fine motor skills.  As a result, tree one with the White and Silver satin string (378-31) was born!

The tree started out on a sheet of 12×12, with the girls tracing a circle from and ice cream pail.  We then cut a straight line up to the centre and created our cone shape.  I used a hole punch to add some 1 1/2″ spaced holes (an odd number works best), and then created the cone shape. Kids-craft-lacingMy oldest did the threading and tying and then we had to create a topper for the tree.  One piece of the 1.5″ Silver Star banner (481-15-31 ) was a perfect backdrop for one piece of the 3/4″ White snowflakes (EX-61).


Now, I had every intention of creating more of these types of trees, but as I was going through my crafty stash, a new inspiration hit!  I cam across my 3/8″ Adhesive Velvet Ric Rac (A480-38-14), and it was like the angels started singing in the background.  Adhesive ribbon is the absolute best for little girls!!!!

Kids-craft-trimThere is no tying required, and there are no limits in the way you can put it down on your paper – any angle will work!  It’s perfect for little creative fingers! So I ditched the holes on tree two and three and voila – more cute Christmas trees – this time topped off with 1.5″ Adhesive Sequin heart (A478-15-14) and a single 1.5″ Silver Star banner (481-15-31).

the funniest part of the whole project was that as soon as the trees were finished, they transformed into something else – Christmas hats!  Both girls had them on their heads and wanted me to attach ribbons at the bottom to tie them on.  Even our elf got into the action!

In the end, my favourite part of this project is the memories it created!  I feel a scrapbook page coming on!

Now, don;t forget to check out all the other projects up today, and to head over to the Ribbon Resource blog (there’s a giveaway to enter)!!!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Ribbon Resource Ribbon used:

Other product:

  • 12×12 paper (I used DCW)
  • adhesive

It’s beginning to look…

…a lot like Christmas!


And today at Tiddly Inks, we have some inspiration for you.  I am just about ready to send out this year’s Christmas cards…photos of the kids to include are even all ready.  But those pesky envelopes are holding me up!!!  I had plans to write the addresses in a cool way this year, but perhaps O just need to make address labels that I can just use every year!


This is one of my favourite cards this season – I love the two little characters in the Jill – Spirit of Christmas stamp.  There is a alot of detail to colour, so have lots of possibilities in terms of making it coordinate with paper.  As usualy, my image is coloured up with Copics, and the paper is a small 6X6 stack from DCWV that I had from last season.  My favourite part (besides the image of course), is the hint of eyelet at the bottom.  I think I have gone through almost a whole spool of this stuff since the summer – mostly using it on cards too!

The team at Tiddly Inks has all sorts of fun inspiration for you today on the challenge blog!  Go check it out and get your crafty on!  There is even some non-Christmas inspiration there too!

Have a great Friday and thanks for stopping by.


Bargain crafts


Good morning crafty friends! This time of the year can be hard on the pocket book!  But today, the team at May Arts/The Ribbon Resource is sharing some ideas for budget friendly crafts!


I love to give little treats away to my colleagues at work during the Christmas season, but it is important to me that I watch my spending too!  One of the things I realized not too long ago was that by adding a little crafty touch to even the simplest things, little gifts can have a profound effect on how people feel.



At this time of the year, my family loves hot chocolate.  And it is a “safe gift” – no offending the coffee or tea drinkers! :)  Up here in Calgary, these little hot chocolate packages are easily purchased – they are cute too and come in a variety of flavours.  Wrapped in a bit of DCWV paper and topped with a big bold bow made with 3/4″ Black Grosgrain ribbon (QH-4-10), and some 3/8″ mini pompom ribbon in green (SKU: 419-16), this already cute little gift now has a personal touch that I can also use as a card!  And quite frankly, the recipient could also regift the packaging and share the love again!  How’s that for a bargain?  While this gift cost less than $2.00 for me to complete, it would have been even cheaper if I had just used bulk hot chocolate and bagged it myself!  You can even add some marshmallows!



Okay, and just on a side note – this mini pompom ribbon is my new love!  I have to admit that I wasn’t sure about it when I first picked it up, but it is finding it’s way on almost all of my Christmas projects this year!   I see more colors in my future!

Alright – I hope this project has inspired you to add a little bit of a personal touch to gift giving this season!  Make sure you check out what all the other ladies have up on their blogs today – we are all on a budget but having a blast!

And as always, Bethney has a give away on the Ribbon Resource blog for you – so get over there and enter!  Thanks for stopping by!


Ribbon Resource ribbon used:

Fab Friday with Tiddly Inks!

It’s Friday!!  I have been having one of those weeks that seems to drag on and on and on, so I have to admit that I am happy to see the weekend on the horizon!  Oh, and it’s the first weekend of the Christmas craft fair season here in Calgary, so I am EXCITED!!!  Time to go and be inspired!


Speaking of inspiration, I have a bit of birthday inspiration for you today for Tiddly Inks.  This was a really clean and simple card that I created for my little niece who turned one recently.  I used the digi called For the Birds because I loved the fact that I could add more little birds onto the end of the image so I would have just the right number of spaces to include her full name!  This digi comes with some birds that are joined together, but also little single images as well, so you can customize the grouping of birds to suit your message (this reminds me of those personalized Christmas ornaments…in fact, I think I need to make a version for Christmas).  I simply coloured them up with Copics after I printed them, hand lettered the name, and added some Ribbon Resource ribbon. Easy peesie!


Well, besides my first craft fair this weekend, I plan to get a some crafting a new tutorial video done this weekend.  If you are in need of some inspiration as well, make sure you pop on over to the Tiddly Inks challenge blog – Fab Fridays are always so fun because the variety of creations is huge!  There is something for everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!