Friday, November 30, 2012

Putting Christ back into Christmas

As we've been approaching the Christmas season, we've been talking as a family about the real reason for the season and trying to move the focus (even just a little bit) off the presents and back on to Christ's birthday. As I've been planning our advent calendar for this year (check out this post from last year) I was agonizing over how to make the activities more centered on Christ and less on the "fluff" of the holiday when my MOPS group discussed the e-book "Truth in the Tinsel" written by Amanda White. Once home I ravaged her website, Facebook page, Pinterest account, etc and finally felt a peace about how to teach "Christmas" to my son. I bought the book (a simple pdf) and ornaments template and got to work.

The focus of the book is to teach the Christmas story to little ones through reading and a fun craft each day. Each craft will make an ornament that focuses on a different aspect of the story - and the kids decorate your Christmas tree without having to buy all those expensive ornaments! (We're doing a real tree this year for the first time and I was worried how I would afford to decorate a much larger tree so this is a double win for me!)

We'll be making the ornaments each day and posting our completed projects here. If you want to follow along, check out Amanda's book "Truth in the Tinsel" and get your own copy (use the link on the right so I get credit for referring you). The crafts are simple and can be done with what you have on hand already. Even if you don't start right on December 1st, you can still pick up and join in on the fun.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a day to celebrate all that we are blessed with and to give thanks to the One who gave it to us. Even when times are tough, there is much to be thankful for. I pray continued blessings to you and your family.

Here is a quick craft I did with my son and his cousins this week for them to hand out to friends.

I used CTMH Kraft paper, cut to 4" x 4" squares, cocoa cardstock cut with the 2" scallop punch and cocoa, cranberry, honey, sunset & olive inks.

I had each of the kids use their thumbs in the cocoa ink to make a thumb print on the cocoa scallop then had them use each finger in the remaining colors to make the "feathers" before adhering the scallop circle. Using CTMH's new chalk marker, they made two eyes on the thumbprint and drew two feet with the Honey marker (retired). Each card took less then two minutes and the kids were able to complete a whole line of them with little help. And did they like getting messy! I should have taken pictures but I was following them quickly to the bathroom to wash hands! But not to worry, since CTMH's inks are waterbased, they are very easy to clean up. I used our stamp cleaner on the furniture where I saw multi-colored finger prints and it came right up. I stamped the sentiment at the top of each card and they wrote their names on the back.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Stella layout

Going back over some posts, I thought I had showed you some of the work I've done recently only to find I didn't post some. Oops!

Here are a layout I made using "Stella" papers.

Spots available for Saturday's class

I have two more spots available for this Saturday's Card class. Cost is $15 to make 10 cards and we'll meet from 1-4pm. Email me if you are interested.

I also have a few spots for the 3D class on Saturday, November 17th from 1-4pm. I'll have three tables set up with a different 3D project on each. You can make as many of each as you like, cost is dependent on what you make. Email me if you are interested.