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Sunday, August 19, 2012

A card to share and kids can REALLY help in the craft room!

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Happy Sunday to all of you! Hope you have had a great weekend so far! I have a card to share with you today and a few tips on how you can have your kids help you out in your craft room. It really does help you out and it keeps them busy while you are getting your craft on. ;)

So, I went to my friend Jessica's recently and we got to craft together for a bit. I made a few projects and today I want to share this super quick and easy card!

For this card I used Core'dinations glitter cardstock (that I picked up for 4/$1 at Joann), black cardstock from my stash, a piece of patterned paper from K&Co Edamame stack (that I picked up for $6 on clearance at Joann). some chevron washi tape I snagged from Jessica, some black twine, and a hoot hoot stamp by inkadinkadoo. This card seriously took me maybe 10 minutes! I think it turned out pretty cute for such a quick card. Hope you like it, too!

Now it's time to share a few hints with you that might let you get some crafting done if you have little ones around.

Kids love to use the Cuttlebug! We like embossed papers! Here's what you get out your Cuttlebug, a bunch of papers in different colors and sizes, and all of your embossing folders. Show your little one how to use it a time or two and let them at it! They will have a blast embossing all of your papers in different colors with different embossing folders! Then put them all together so later you can grab the stack of already embossed papers and grab the perfect one to go with the project you are working on! Saves time and keeps the kids out of your hair for a bit, too! LOL Here is Gretchen getting her Cuttlebug on..
Another tip is to do basically the same thing but with punches. Get out all of your punches, lots of scrap papers and let the kids use up your scraps and make you some shapes to use at a later time. These are also great to let your kids glue down when they want to make a card or project while you are crafting. I hate to throw away scraps, so I love to try and use every bit I can. (even though I have a gazillion sheets of paper!!! LOL) Here's Gretchen making me some cute punched goodies..
My last tip for the day is to have your kids help you organize in your craft room. Kids love to help so take advantage of it and let them help you out! :) I always have a big thing of scraps..I have a shelf I use to organize them by color but when I am crafting I tend to just throw them in a basket. I give the basket to the kiddos and have them separate them all out my color. They are learning colors in the's not ALL just for fun! ;) Then after they get them separated you can either put them on a scrap shelf like I have or in drawers or even in gallon size ziplock bags. It sure makes crafting easier when you are organized! You can also have them separate buttons, brads, etc by color, too! You get the idea.

I hope you all enjoyed my tips for today! Please leave me a comment and tell me how your kids or grandkids help you in the craft room! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! I appreciate it so very much!

Heather Lynn


  1. Great tips from a very experienced "crafter mom"! Gretchen is such a cutie too!

  2. Firstly Heather, what a fabulous 10 minute card. And secondly! AWESOME ideas to get the kids to do the embossing and punching:-) TFS

  3. Such a cute card! Nice how you make it in 10! Looks great! My kiddos are a little older but I still have them sort my paper and organize my stamps. It is always fun to have them in my craft room while I am crafting it makes for some great stress free chit chatting!

  4. Love the card Heather! So cute and love that it was so quick and easy! Nice tips to get the kids involved, those are great ideas! Hope you've had a great weekend! ~Sharla :)_

  5. GREAT card. My daughter loves playing with my sizzix boutique!!!

  6. Wonderful,fast and pretty card. Heather Thanks for those tips. My son loves to make cards so I tend to give him the stickers and left over scraps for him to use in his art space. Hugs

  7. Your card is beautiful!! I love the owl paper and the washi tape!! And Gretchen is absolutely adorable!! She looks so focused on her task with the punch!! So sweet :)

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  8. Beautiful card. Love the owls. Your daughter is too cute. Thanks for all the tips.

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  9. What a sweet card and great ideas about involving your children in a meaningful way!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  10. Hey Heather, great card and I really like all the tips you shared :D

  11. I love all your super cute owl projects and really got a kick out your daughter using the punches!! I introduced my daughter to crafting at an early age, and now am passing down my crafting love to my grand-daughter!


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