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 ISSUE 43   •   4  NOVEMBER 2007  
   This issue: cards

Contents

1. Editorial
2. Starry night cards
3. Easy santa cards

4. Recycled card cards
5. Felt tree cards
6. Featured subscriber blog


1. Editorial

Did I really say that the theme for this issue would be camping? Oh dear. It's been a pretty crazy fortnight here and, truth be told, I was having lots of trouble coming up with any good camping ideas. Fortunately I was questioned by several readers about whether there would be another card swap this year. It was a timely reminder indeed and I must confess that I quickly ditched the camping theme in favour of christmas cards, for the time being at least.

Meg over at Montessori by Hand is arranging a Holiday Tradition Exchange that sounds like great fun. The closing date is coming up quite soon so go check it out.

In other exciting news the Everyday Craft mini-book has come back from the printers and looks just fabulous! I've mailed out all the copies that have been ordered so if you haven't received yours yet you should get it very soon. Thanks to everyone who has sent me their positive feedback – I'm so pleased that so many of you love it as much as I do!

If you happen to review the mini-book on your blog or website, do let me know and I will link to it in future issues of the newsletter. It's a good way to jump the 'subscriber blog' queue that currently has a waiting list of about two years!

I hope you enjoy this issue. For extra inspiration, don't forget to check out last year's card ideas.


Happy crafting and I'll see you next time!


Amber Carvan
editor@kidscraftweekly.com



2. Starry night cards

Ella came up with this idea all by herself! She entertained herself for a considerable time by sticking the stars onto the cardboard. When I had a go I could barely do it at all – little fingers are definitely an advantage for this one!

You will need

• blank cards
black card
glue stick
a selection of star sequins
• white glue and cotton bud

Directions

1. Cut out squares or rectangles from black card.



2. Dip a cotton bud in white glue and make some glue spots on the card, then stick on the stars.



3. Fold some contrasting card and stick the black panel on the front.



4. Here's the artist and her work!



3. Easy santa cards

I have to credit Kids Craft Weekly subscriber Tracie with this one! In the card swap last year she and her boys made this lovely card which I thought was a great idea.

You will need

blank cards
cotton wool balls
white glue
red felt or paper
scissors
pen

Directions

1. Cut some santa hats from the felt and pull apart some cotton wool balls.



2. Then glue down the hat and start to give Santa some hair and a beard. Here's my version...



3. ...and here are Ella's cards!



4. Recycled card cards

Feeling postmodern? Cut out last year's Christmas cards and use the different bits and pieces to create brand new ones!

You will need

old Christmas cards
blank cards
scissors
glue

Directions

1. Cut.



2. Arrange and paste. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to make a great looking card!



5. Felt tree cards

These beautiful felt cards feel so textured and substantial. You can use the same technique that I've outlined here to make all different kinds of cards featuring felt shapes.

You will need

• blank cards
felt (in green and some contrasting colours)
a hole punch
white glue
scissors

Directions

1. Cut some christmas tree shapes from green felt. For best results, make a  template from cardboard or trace around a tree shaped cookie cutter.



2. Use a hole punch to cut small circles from different colours of felt.



3. Stick the tree on the card. Then glue the dots on using white glue.



4. We used a star shaped paper punch to make a felt star...



6. the perfect finishing touch!



Note: For a slightly simpler version, cut a tree from green paper and use spotty stickers to decorate!



WAIT, there's more! For lots more great homemade card ideas visit last year's list of easy Christmas card ideas! Also, be sure to check out my ideas for simple handmade tree ornaments.



6. Featured subscriber blog

Getting stitched on the farm

"I am a knitwear, stitchery, and textile designer and an author of stitchery and knitting books. I live in western Massachusetts, USA with my husband Mark and daughter Julia on a farm along with 150 sheep, chickens, pigs, cats and Border Collies."

To have your blog featured in this section just send in your web address and I'll add you to the list. But be warned, the waiting list is currently very long.


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