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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Little Craftiness

I really enjoy designing cards, but I absolutely prefer making 3-D objects. Maybe it’s the engineer in me, especially when I can incorporate science paraphernalia in the project, as in the test tube holders below.

Test-Tube-Spider All Stampin’ Up! supplies: Kidoodles stamp set; StazOn Jet Black ink;

Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, and Lucky Limeade Cardstock

Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Black Scallop Polka Dot Ribbon, White Bakers Twine

Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Lucky Limeade Markers

Scallop Circle, Large Oval, and Word Window punches

Martha Stewart Test Tubes

I’ve been plotting how I could incorporate these test tubes, and I found a great tutorial on Split Coast Stampers. It looks a little intimidating, but it’s really not hard. It took about 15 minutes to score, cut, and assemble the first holder, then it was quick-n-easy and fun to decorate. The background paper in the photos is from the Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper pack in the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog. I always think how cool these papers are, then have such a difficult time actually using them up…I want to keep them forever, they’re so fun. I know, I could always just order another pack. Maybe someday I’ll do that.

Here’s the other Halloween 3-D I made:

Smore-Fun Stampin’ Up! supplies: Halloween Hang-Ups jumbo roller stamp with Basic Black ink

Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock

White gel pen, Bat Punch, Peach Parfait and Razzleberry Ribbons

Medium Cellophane Bags

My hooligans have been eyeing these giant pumpkin marshmallows ever since they were in my craft room watching Kick Buttowski and found them. For kids who can’t find a shirt, pants, underwear, and socks to put on in the morning, they sure are quick to sniff out any sort of sugar that’s new to the household. I’m pretty sure I could hide stuff in the bottom of their sock drawers and they’d never find it.

But I digress. S’mores are pretty popular around our house, whether made over a campfire or just melted in the microwave. You should be aware, however, that these marshmallows inflate to practically fill the whole microwave when heated. Don’t worry…they deflate quickly, but it’s a little alarming if you’re not expecting it. My boys have fairly small classes (22 and 20 kids) and wanted treats to take to the (actual name) Halloween party which involves costumes and homemade goodies. I’m loving this about our small country school in the big woods. Relatively small classes still need 4 dozen of these, so we’re starting early. Or perhaps my mom can make them with the kids when she comes to stay with them in a few weeks. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

If you’ve not tried them, roller stamps are great for kids. They can easily decorate gift bags or make cards with them, with very little mess. The sentiment I created on the computer and just printed onto Whisper White cardstock. You could also print it on mailing labels, which I what I plan to do for school.

The bat punch is retired from Stampin’ Up! but I saw it on their online clearance rack just today, so you can even save some money on it. I think it’s one of my very favorite punches.

Have fun crafting, and I hope your Wednesday is as gorgeous as ours is! I’m off to enjoy the leaves with Princess Thundercloud (my youngest) and have a little picnic before naptime…for both of us, maybe.

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