Hello and welcome to another
issue of Kids Craft Weekly!
This editorial is brought to you by a peculiar whirling feeling in
my tummy, induced by the sheer number of big announcements that I
am about to make. These big announcements have, in turn, been
preceded by a great deal of stressful behind-the-scenes work which
would also account for that aforementioned whirling feeling.
The first announcement is the launch of my brand new printable mini-book called Christmas Cards: Fun and Simple Card Ideas for Kids. I'm so thrilled with how this book has turned out. It features detailed
instructions on how to make different types of cards, interspersed with
beautiful images of inspirational cards created by you guys – the Kids Craft
Weekly community! It really is something very special, please take a look.
Also on sale today is the revised edition of the very popular Christmas Craft
printable mini-book. The new edition of this inspirational guide to a
very crafty Christmas features a whole new section on crafty gift ideas
as well as brand new ideas for advent and some fun new ornaments in the
already impressive section dedicated to Christmas decorations. It's an
essential holiday guide for crafty families. Again, I urge you to check it out.
Each of the PDF books is available to download for just US $6 or you can buy both of them for a discounted price of US $10. To find out more and to purchase the books please click here.
The next exciting piece of news is that the Kids Craft Weekly handmade card swap is back for 2009!
I know that many of you have been keenly anticipating this
announcement. Now in it's fourth year, the swap involves sending handmade cards to
ten specific addresses, and receiving ten cards in return from Kids Craft Weekly families from all over the world.
For all of the information, and to sign up, please visit the Card Swap FAQ and read through the info before signing up. Sign-ups for the swap close at 9am (Australian Eastern Standard
Time) on November 18, 2009.
Before I go, special mention must be made to Meiying and Charles
for going above and beyond the call of duty to help me out over the
past few weeks.
who has been involved in the design of Kids Craft Weekly from way back
in 2006, has done a spectacular job on the latest books. Charles was
called upon at very late notice to build an all-new swap-o-meter for
this year after we lost the old one due to a hosting mishap. Thank you
Meiying and Charles!
now I think it's time for me to sit back with a well-earned adult
beverage and cross my fingers that everything works perfectly.
This card idea is perfect for very young children as it takes away all
the pressure of card-making, allowing them to focus their attention on
having fun with colour and texture.
You will need
• white glue • food colouring • glitter • brush • a collection of red and green items • blank cards
1. Add a few drops of green (or red) food colouring to white glue. Then add some glitter to the glue mix and stir well.
2. Collect together a range of red and green items to paste onto paper.
We used green cellophane, green crepe paper strips and red origami
paper torn into squares.
3. Put out a large piece of craft paper and encourage your little one
to paste the red and green items all over the paper with the sparkly
4. Once this is finished and the glue is dry, cut the artwork into squares or rectangles and glue them onto cardstock.
3. Simple Santas
have to credit Kids Craft Weekly subscriber Tracie
with this one! In
the card swap a few years ago 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
1. Cut some santa hats from the felt and pull apart some cotton wool
2. Then glue down the hat and start to give Santa some hair and a
beard. Here's my boring adult version...
3. ...and here are Ella's awesome ones!
4. Christmas Shapes
is great for young kids who are able to use a glue stick but
are not quite ready for anything more adventurous (or messy!). Even the
very young (18 months +) can make these cards if you have are prepared
to apply the
glue and then hand the shapes over for placement. We used this idea for
our cards last year and they were a big success.
You will need
• blank cards
• a selection
of colourful paper
• glue stick
1. Cut out a selection of shapes from a range of colourful paper. I cut
triangles from green origami paper, rectangles from red origami paper
and circles from yellow and purple textured tissue paper. I used
pinking shears to cut out some of the shapes.
2. Provide your little one with the shapes, a glue stick and a pile of
blank cards. For extra bling, let them sprinkle on some small metallic
stars or add some christmas stickers.
stress out if you little one keeps sticking the shapes half
on and half off the card. Once they've finished simply trim around the
5. Terrific Tinsel
have to admit that I shamelessly stole this idea from my friend Toni
who has made cards with her kids using this method for many years. It's
a fantastically easy way to produce a lot of glitzy cards with very
little fuss and bother.
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