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Thursday, March 30, 2017

How to Teach Your Children to Enjoy Making Crafts

Good morning fellow crafters today I am going to show you how to teach your children to enjoy making crafts.

So Madison my granddaughter likes to play in my craft room. Knowing this, and her love for Otter's, it was a perfect match when I found these great Otter stamps, dies and paper at Lawn Fawn

Perfectly Plaid 6 x 6 paper pack - She also used this beautiful paper pack.

So my first hurdle has been met! Finding something my child, or in this case my grandchild is interested in. That is always a great help when trying to get a child to try to make something for themselves, whether it's cooking a food that they like to eat, or finding a craft theme they already like. 

So since Madison had to attend a birthday sleepover tomorrow, she got to work on making her own card, and flower.(The flower was made using punches)  Now I could have told her where to place every item, but then that would be "MY" card, and not her card. So even though I might have placed things slightly differently, she enjoyed making this card because she was in charge, and I didn't hover over her. To make it easy for her to glue her objects in place she used ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever with the No Clog Writing Cap . I like these products for children because they are non-toxic, no fumes and have only a mild odor. The glue easily washes up with soap, and water, or you can use their cleaner as well.. 

Their Best Cleaner Ever is also safe for small hands, is non-toxic, environmentally safe. no fumes, but is strong enough to remove even permanent ink like she used while stamping her project. 

Here all of her stuffed otter's are giving her card their final approval, or at least that is what she told me!

 So in the end, she had a blast, and even posed with her stuffed otter's, and her new card.

So I guess that is the morale to my story, just let them have fun, use child friendly products, and let their final project be totally their's and they'll always enjoy making things.

 Once again here is her finished card.

and her matching Harry Otter shirt.

Till next time, Happy Scrapping, Love Penny P.S. Sorry the photo's are not quite as clear as I would have liked them to be, but it was pouring down rain here today, and the lighting was not very good, and we couldn't wait till another day as she had to go back home.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Make Adorable Otter Cards With Lawn Fawn

Good morning friend's Penny here today to show you how to make some adorable otter projects with Lawn Fawn  StampsDies, and Paper Collections. along with our other ScraPerfect Products.

For both projects I used the following supplies from Lawn Fawn.:

Year Five Stamp Set - I loved this stamp set, and they produced very clear images.

Year Five Die Cut - The dies were easy to use, and lined up perfectly with the stamps.

Perfectly-plaid-rainbow-petite-paper-pack - I can't say enough about this 6 x 6 paper pack! It is adorable, and the colors would match just about any photos. I loved it. 

So to make this card I first stamped the words onto the tag, but on this card, prior to stamping I wiped off the ink from the word "Birthday" so that I could leave room for the presents instead. This was super easy, and gives you another way to use this stamp, instead of just for birthdays. Then I stamped the otter, and presents. Then it was off to die cutting those same objects. Then I colored in  the otter. The packages were cut from the pattern paper so I didn't have to color those. 

I added a scalloped tag, heart gems, and some ribbon. The waves on this card were made using washi tape that I accented with glitter glue. I added foam tape to the waves so that I could place my otter image behind the waves. I also used the glitter glue on other areas of the card. Okay, well maybe on a lot of areas on the card!

For this tag I did most of the same steps in the first card, but since I am gong to use this tag for a birthday present for my granddaughter who love's otters, I colored the otter pink. Yeah, I know there are not any pink otter's in real life, but she will love it.

To make my otter hold the present I fussy cut around one arm of the otter. Then to glue the package in place I used ScraPerfects Best Glue Ever with the No Clog Writing Cap.  The cap with it's fine point applicator let's me get into the smallest of places, and add just the right amount of glue. The glue itself is WONDERFUL and works on wood, plastic, metal, fabric, glass, etc.. Great for crafting, but it has tons of uses for around the house as well.

I hope you liked both of my projects today, the card,

and the tag.

Till next time Happy Scrapping, Love Penny
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How to Make Fun Little Girl's Layouts for March

Good Morning, Penny here to show you how to make fun little girl's March layout.

So this is a layout of my granddaughter Madison. When she was smaller she would love to pose for our pretend "modeling photo shoots". We took ton's of photo's of her at that age, just because she loved posing, and having fun. Now as she get's older, it's getting harder, and harder to get her in front of the camera, and I won't even talk about how hard it is to photograph my grandson now that he is a teen.

So to make this layout I started with some fabulous Robin's Nest Scrapbooking supplies

Kiwi Sorbet cardstock - I loved that this cardstock almost matched her outfit colors exactly, so that is what I choose for my background sheet..

Robins-Egg-Glitter-Cardstock - This cardstock was also a great match, and it is speckled throughout with glitter although it doesn't show up in the photograph.

Diamond-Dew-Drops and Dew-Drops-Originals - I used both of these all over this layout, and they were a blast to work with. I'd have to say these are one of my favorite Robin's Nest products.

Alpha-Glitter-Stickers -You can see these pictured here on my title in the word "Girl".  They have ton's of glitter on them, and I found them very easy to line up. 

Here are more samples of how I decorated the accents with dew drops, and fun girly things.

In the following sample I don't know what I would have done without the Best Glue Ever and the Embellie Gellie from ScraPerfect.  This glue is perfect for things like this, and the Embellie Gellie helped me to position the Dew Drops perfectly.

So this is our fun girl's March layout, and photo shoot. Get your camera, and get those photos quickly while they are still small enough to let you!

Till nest time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Robin's Nest Sneak Peek for Lucky Girl layout

Good morning followers here again with another Robin's Nest Sneak Peek for the layout Lucky Girl.

 That's all you get till tomorrow folks, See ya then, Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

ScraPerfect is Having a Design Team Call

ScraPerfect is having a DT Call
CALLING: Stampers, Scrapbookers, Card-makers, Altered Artists, Etc.
We Want YOU to Join our Design Team!
Explore. Push Limits. Have Fun. Try Techniques. Share Ideas Get feedback.
Give Support. PLAY PLAY PLAY with new products & new friends.
Your application is an opportunity to impress us. Have fun with it!
1. About YOU
a. Name & contact information
b. Your “story” (Who you are; the style, kinds of projects, and types of media you prefer making.)
c. Previous, and Current Design Teams, Related education/experience, etc (Previous DT experience is not required)
d. Links to your own blog, and all social media pages. An active blog is a REQUIREMENT for this call so please be sure yours is active and current before applying.
Notes: We would prefer you to not be on more than 5 full time Design teams. We are open to the same project being posted to other teams as long as they meet our posting requirements. This position is not open to DT members of other companies that sell adhesive.
2. About YOUR WORK
a. Attach 3 projects of which you are proud, and which represent your work.
b. Please summarize/highlight special techniques and/or materials you used in each project. (72 dpi)
a. Where do you lurk, comment, or actively post? Are you are newbie, or a guru, or something in-between on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest, Instagram, GetCrafty, Etsy, Instructables, Cre8time, scrapbook forums, and galleries…
Describe events, activities, or contests which you think would help promote ScraPerfects company, or it's products.
Is there a special role you’d like to take on for the team? (i.e. Instagram Instigator, Contest/Challenge Queen, Social Media Maven, Blog Hop Helper, or ?)
Explain why you want to be on this team?
1. Create 3 projects per month, with at least one step-by-step project tutorial, and post links back to our product pages.. Clear crisp photos are a must. Your posts must also clearly showcase, and explain how our products were used/why they were important, or how they did a better job compared to other products.
2. Participate in occasional blog hops, cross-promo opportunities with other companies, and other design team-type activities, including submitting your work to other challenges, contests, and magazines calls. (Designers with projects accepted for publication using/highlighting ScraPerfect products will be rewarded for their efforts.)
3. Promote ScraPerfect products via your personal blog, and social media sites through posts about the products, projects, contests/giveaways, etc. (We would supply the prizes during blog hops.)
4. Promote your fellow team members by sharing their posts, and projects on your FB and other social media sites.
5. Occasionally we also do cross promotional with other companies; These same rules apply to posts showcasing their products as well. During these time's you will receive their products to work with as well.
6. The term is for a minimum of one year.
7. Full posting guidelines will be provided upon acceptance to the team.
8. Be interactive, supportive, and flexible in order to maintain a happy team environment.
In return, DT members will be provided with free products, promotion on our social media sites, and the opportunity to grow with a fun, easy-going, collaborative, and creative team! You will be encouraged, and supported to reach your full potential as a designer, experiment with your project designs, and our products.
Email your application or questions to:
Preference will be given for U.S, and Canadian resident's, however outstanding applicant's from other areas may also be considered.
Design team members will serve a minimum of a twelve-month term, with the opportunity to continue. Good luck and we look forward to seeing your applications!
This DT call is open until April 15th. Apply early!
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Amazingly Easy Way to Decorate Your Photo Frames

Good morning crafters Penny here to show you an amazingly easy way to decorate your photo frames. This is Part 1 of what I did to these photo frames, the finished frames will be in another post, but this will give you some of the steps I did.

So my dear sister-in-law gave me some wooden picture frames that had been previously been painted. (Thank you Denise, Love YOU!), but that she no longer wanted, and she knows I'm a craft hoarder, so she brought them to me! :) 

There was a variety of different colors, and shapes. 

So for the most part I left them basically the same color shade since I didn't have a lot of white paint on hand to repaint them all with. The only one I didn't repaint was the one with the stamped images already on it. 

So this basic technique required me to add glitter to my paint, so this photo above shows what it looked like after I just repainted it. I used a medium sized gold glitter, and mixed it in with my brown paint. Then I sanded some of the paint off of it to give it a distressed look. 

This worked better with some glitter than it did with other's, but I liked this look. 

This shows the before, and after sanding of the grey frames.  This glitter was of a larger size, and really showed up quite well after sanding. Prior to sanding it just looked lumpy, and dull.. 

You'll notice at the top of this photo, you can sand more, or less depending on how much shine you want to show through. There is another example below.

The more you sand the flatter the surface of the frame becomes, and more glitter shows through, see the top right portion of this frame.

Then I started on these two frames. For these I added a super fine glitter to the paint.

This is how the pink one's came out. It did turn out okay the more I sanded, but if I did this again, I think I would have used a larger size glitter, because I had to add a TON of glitter in the paint to give it even this much shine. 

It was the same with the blue frames as well.

I eventually added enough glitter to make them shine however.

Here in this photo is what I used to sand the frames with. The sandpaper shown is meant to be used on an electric sander, but I just used my hand to hold it instead. Super easy.

This is the only frame I didn't repaint. It already had Japanese images stamped on it, and I wanted to work with those still on there, so I didn't repaint this frame.

Well that is all you get till next week when my granddaughter Madison is here to help me decorate these the rest of the way! Till then Happy Scrapping. Love Penny 
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