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April 17, 2013

Making Cards

I've been a lover of stationery and office supplies for as long as I can remember.  I can picture an elaborate set-up I had...I couldn't have been more than five...including all manner of crayons, pencils, markers, a stapler, scissors, and tape.  One day my dad brought me home some Post-It notes to add to my collection, and I was in heaven!

I've always had a weakness for stationery, too.  I often have to bypass that area in Target, as it's too easy for me to get sucked in.

Over the past couple of years, though, I've really curtailed my stationery purchases.  As I've gotten more into paper crafts and scrapbooking supplies, I often make the cards and notes I send to people.

And for more than a year now, I've been getting the girls in on the card-making action.

I know I've posted some of the cards we've made for different holidays.  Today I'm sharing one of our latest creations...



Since I discovered it a few months ago, I have continued to be IN LOVE with the washable ink pads I've found at the craft store.  The ink is just like any pad I've ever used, but it wipes off little hands so easily.  It's pretty amazing!

For these cards, I traced a small circle on a piece of card stock, and the girls did the rest.  They used their thumbprints to make flower petals around the circle.  I love how they each used a different technique.



Baby B drew the stem, leaves, grass, sun, and sky with crayon before I could turn around.  Baby A was open to Mommy's offer of ribbon for the flower stem and leaves.

We made two of these cards...one to accompany a birthday gift...and one as a get-well wish.

Not only am I saving money on stationery and saving space in my stationery cabinet...the girls are having a hand (or thumb, as the case may be) in the process.  And I might just be planting the seeds for some scrapbooking queens...and I'd be OK with that, too.

I'm linking up with Charlene today at Adventures-in-Mommy-Land for "Hey, Mom! Look What I Did!"  She features so many great crafts and educational activities...it's always fantastic inspiration!

4 comments:

Charlene Juliani said...

So sweet! I love the addition of the ribbon. The ribbon would be a great way to incorporate on Earth Day somehow. thanks for linking up!

cat said...

Beautiful! We also make a lot of cards. And I am a totaly lover of stationary too

Mrs FF said...

Love the cards, very personalised.

I like stationery, but I have resisting getting into any of these crafting habit (because it would bring out my hoarding tendencies). So for now I just ogle the stationery at the store and walk away ;)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I'm going to have to make Mrs FF a stack of cards :)

As you know, I love the paper stuff too - it's a sickness but now we have an outlet for the stash...

I get the kids to make all the birthday cards for the parties we go to - it is a card I don't have to spend on AND a craft for them to do with me (quality time for Connor and a lot of GOOD JOB, K - words of affirmation for K) :)

 
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