Butterfly Cupcake Toppers

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2013-01-10 561Little Miss soon to be 5 has been helping me create Butterfly Cupcake toppers in preparation for her “Pink & Purple” Butterfly Party next month.  A simple and great little project to do with the kids during the holidays.  For these toppers we have used scraps of retired  Designer Series Paper (DSP) which is double sided, our “Elegant Butterfly” punch (which I think is just beautiful), some sticky strip and tooth picks.   Little Miss soon to be 5 has punched out all of the butterflies on her own and we then assemble them together.

If you would like to learn more about this, and other fun projects to encourage creativity in your kids, please give me a call.

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Fathers Day

I had a lovely time on Roster at Kindy yesterday making Fathers Day Cards. Some very eager little people had fun, stamping the background of the card and either stamping the Motorbike image or adding the stars…. oh yes and then there was the glue stick. They all love glue sticks so those feature panels are not going anywhere.

The children then got to write their names on the inside and draw a picture for their dad.

Table Top Tent

After 3 days of somewhat continuous rain, cabin fever started to set it.  Miss 4 and Master 1.5 started to niggle at one another.  So I decided it was time to make their “Table Top Tent” after all I purchased the fabric close to 3 weeks ago and it was starting to gather dust.

With a bright colour scheme I set about to make ‘circus’ or ‘big top’ themed tent.  Midway through my preparation Miss 4 decided she wanted one half to be butterflies and the other half to be a jungle theme.  Taking onboard her suggestion, I decided as I was doing the work and I had already purchased brightly coloured fabric I had creative license…. she is still happy with the end result.

After cutting everything to size I literally wasted a couple of hours waiting for the glue to dry.  So I started to think of other options to secure the windows.  Now no one says Stampin’ Up! products can only be used for Papercraft and Stamping.  Down to the craft room and I return with a roll of Sticky Strip some Bashful Blue … Grossgrain ribbon, some jumbo eyelets and my trusty Crop-a-dile.  I used the sticky strip to hold the windows and ribbon in place in order to secure the eyelets.  There is no doubt the  windows are there to stay and now they also look nicely trimmed.  I have a new appreciation for the versatility of my Crop-a-dile it made the job so easy.  The Bashful Blue ribbon coordinates beautifully with the stripped fabric and provides another use for what is retired product.

With the prep behind me, sometime spent at my (old but recently serviced) sewing machine and Voila, the kids have an inviting place to play inside.  Some cushions from the couch, a quilt and they think it’s great, their very own space.  It’s like and indoor cubby, which is  handy as it is raining again.

**The idea for the Table Top Tent came from an episode of  Better Homes & Gardens in late 2011**

Start them Young

Here is our Little Miss 3 using punches, cardstock and packing paper for her craft project…. or as she likes to call it her “Art” project.

I save the paper that my Stampin Up orders are packed in for the children to draw on, paint on, paste with,  use as a road for their cars, or whatever their little imaginations want to use it for.

Using retired cardstock I punched out a bunch of hearts and birds and let the masterpiece unfold.

Children are never too young to start being creative.