Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Crazy "Fur" You Valentine's Day Cards

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Yes, I really love word puns for Valentine's day. For, Forever, Very - they all sound like "fur" to me and of course, that means pink fur at this time of year.

Materials:
  • Fake fur- I bought mine at Michael's (near the felt sheets); not all stores have pink.
  • White card stock – trimmed into a folded 5.5” by 4.25”card (or buy blank cards)
  • Patterned card stock paper- trimmed to the size of the card front 5.5” by 4.25”
  • Scrap paper trimmed to the size of the card front 5.5” by 4.25”
  • Double sided tape
  • Black sharpie pen
  • Scissors
  • Printed message
The edge of the fake fur is kind of ragged, so I devised a way to make a little "frame" and hide it (otherwise you could just glue it on).
 
Fold the trimmed paper scrap in half lengthwise and draw half a heart in the middle. 

Cut the heart shape out and open up the paper.
 
Fold the patterned paper in half-- really just pinch the middle to find the center.
 
Lay the “template” onto the back of the patterned paper. 

Line the middle of the papers together and then trace the heart shape.
 
You'll want the double-sided tape to lay at the edge of the heart shape when it’s cut out. 

First, cover the drawn heart shape with double side tape then pinch (fold) the center (sticky  sides out) and cut the inside shape out from the patterned paper.



Save the cut out heart for another card. 

Trace the heart template with a sharpie onto the back of the fake fur.
 

Cut the fake fur with a 1/8th inch boarder (i.e. slightly larger).
Press the fake fur heart, right side down, onto the back of the patterned paper, covering the heart hole and sticking to the double-sided tape.
Add more double-sided tape to the front of the blank card along the top, bottom and sides.



Flip the patterned paper (with the fake fur attached to the back) over and add it to the card- carefully line up the edges.
Trim the card so it’s tidy and straight.

Add the message.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Be-ad Mine Valentine?

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Are you a romantic at Valentines time? I’m really not and instead have always liked Valentine’s Day as an excuse for a good word pun. Even though we don’t give Valentine cards at school anymore (too old for that) it doesn’t stop me from thinking of them. I have few that I’ve been mulling over- this is one of my favorites.
Be-ad mine?
Maybe it’s an excuse to make and wear a wooden bead necklace?


When it comes to school Valentines – or any mass making- I usually use a typed out saying and have my child write his name separately. We used to get the list waaaay in advance and spend several long (painful) afternoons carefully making and writing all the Valentines cards. And the dilemma of candy vs. no candy.
Enough of that.

You can buy all of the materials (beads, string and paint) for these simple bead Valentines at the craft store including the colored wooden beads.

Use a heavy duty string and a ”split” ring for the backpack zipper pull (or key chain).The Tiny Funnel
If you want custom colored beads, I recommend using a small dowel- or even better, a small paint brush handle to hold the bead while it's being painted. I started with a yellow bead as the base for the “gold” beads.

Use Stretch Magic (stretchy string) for the bracelet.

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