Tuesday, November 23, 2010

postheadericon Lesson #04: Thanksgiving Card

Coloring with mixed media

1.  I really wanted to use a rubber stamp that Grandma had.  It was a Thanksgiving stamp (from Rubber Stampede #A1438H).  I learned that sometimes you have to stamp several to get it perfect.  We let it dry a while.
2.  Then I colored it with the Rembrandt Pencils and ZIG Photo Twin pens.  They are really light and delicate.

3.  I cut the picture in a rectangle and mounted it on brown card stock.  Grandma let me use her fancy Fiskers Scissors.
So many scissors to play with!!!

4.  We put a piece of styrofoam from a meat try next to make the picture pop up.
5.  Grandma helped me cut a piece of yellow decorative paper to cover the white card before we stuck the picture to it.
6.  Then we found some felt leaves she had from Jolee's Boutique by Stickerpotomus and I put those at the corners.
7.  She also had some greeting card words and I chose "Celebrate" to go at the top.

My Thanksgiving Card
8.  We found a wonderful Thanksgiving verse for the inside from a whole stack of poems by Tiny Tales for My Mind's Eye.
 9.  Then I wrote a message from me on the other part.  To make it look neat I used a fine black pen and a slot lettering guide.
Writing with a Slot Lettering Guide
Inside
***I really wanted to tell you all that I won the grades 1,2, 3 Turkey Trot at my school...first place girl.  See...crafts are fun even if you are an active person at other times.

Happy Crafting,

Actually Gabby

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

postheadericon Lesson #03: A Peeker Ornament

My Penguin-Tree Ornament

Today we made Penguin Peeker Tree Ornaments.  I am thinking of giving them to teachers this year.

Penguin Peeker from Kelly's Kids
1.  Grandma used Photoshop to put two penguins peekers on one page.  Then she flipped one (horizontally) so it looked like he was looking in a mirror. 
2.  She let me color him in Photoshop.
One Penguin is original, the other is flipped horizontaly.
3.  Then she printed him on medium weight cardstock.  It was 8 " by 8" and came from some scrapbook supplies she had.
4.  I made him look more rounded by using white and light colored Rembrandt pencils over the printed colors along the edges.
5.  Then I cut out both penguins very carefully with craft detail scissors.
6.  Grandma had some Christmas word art from Tina Chambers and she showed me how to make the greeting tag.  We printed two and I cut them out.  We didn't reverse those or you couldn't read the words.
7.  I cut a piece of ribbon that was 3 inches long and glued it to the back of one of the penguin's heads.
8. Then I glued the penguins back-to-back (except for the bottom edges) really carefully, but I still had to touch up a few edges with black marker so he looked good. 
9.  Then I glued the two greetings back-to-back and stuck it between the penguins at the bottom and glued that. 
He looks the same on each side.
While I was working, Grandma used the same Penguin Peeker to decorate a photo of my sister.  She picked the colors for the scarf and mittens from the photo.
Penguin Peeker
Now I am going outside with my friend to help rake leaves.

Happy Crafting,
Actually Gabby
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

postheadericon Lesson #02: Coloring-Several Techniques.

Hi again,

I was so excited today when I saw all the adorable new Kelly Kids Digital Stamps!  I love Penguins and there were some of those and a Snowman, Reindeer, and more Kids.
Coloring with Rembrandt pencils
I wanted to color them first to play a bit so Grandma printed a few on regular size paper.  She said she can scan them once they are colored and make them whatever sizes I need for cards and other crafts.  Wow.  I couldn't do that with the rubber stamps last  year.  I used some great Crayola markers I got for my birthday, and some very grown-up colored pencils she has that are soft, almost like crayons (Lyra Rembrandt Pencils), and mixed in some other things in Grandma's craft stash, like Stickles glitter and Silk Iridescent Ink.

Trying my hand coloring with a Wacom tablet
Then Grandma let me try coloring on the computer.  She has Adobe Photo Shop Creative Suite 4.  That was a lot of fun.  I never used a Graphics Tablet before.  It was time to go way too soon but a lot of the "kids" are ready for some crafts I want to do on Saturday.

See you soon,
Actually Gabby

Sunday, November 14, 2010

postheadericon Lesson #01

Hello everyone!

Actually Gabby here and today I am going to give you a fun lesson and maybe some ideas to help you get crafting.
I hope you have downloaded some of the cute and free Kelly’s Kids from this site. My Grandma did it for me.
Have you figured out some things to do with the Kids?  I did.
I am going to make a Layered Thanksgiving Card.
My Grandma showed me how to detail-cut and layer, so we are going to use  the Thanksgiving Kids to make a card.
I use Detail Scissors.  They are REALLY sharp and have tiny blades.  Grandma uses a knife with a tiny sharp blade but I will learn to use one of those later.
printing out the images
Print out the Kelley Kids
First Grandma printed 4 of each Kid…two to each page.
cutting out the kids
Cutting out the Kids
Second, I cut away the big white areas so I wouldn’t have to fight with that. 

Third, I sat quietly and cut away all of the white part but not the black lines.  Sometimes I put the cut-out against a black paper and could see the white I had left and had to go back and cut those little bits away. 

Fourth, I took a black marker and VERY carefully ran it along the edges I just cut.  You couldn’t see where I cut the Kid out when I was done.
cutting the layers
Cutting out the Layers
Fifth, I looked to see what parts would be closest to  me  if  he was real.  I cut those parts out of the other copies of the pilgrim kids so I can make my layers. 

Sixth, I put the pieces on top of the first Kid with Glue Dots.  I used the thick dots in the middles of the pieces and flatter dots at the edges.  There are little sticky pieces of foam, too, that we used on some

My Layered Thanksgiving card
My Layered Thanksgiving Card
Can you see the shadows where the pieces were layered and stick up?
I hope you enjoyed my lesson. I have many more ideas and projects I can’t wait to share with you.

See you soon,
Actually Gabby

postheadericon I am Actually Gabby

Actually Gabby
Hi crafters and crafter-kids,
My name is Gabby and, actually, I am a crafter.   I say “actually” a lot.  I am seven years old until the end of June.  I am almost 7 and a half right now. 
My Grandma has tons of paper-crafting supplies and she lets me explore.  Daddy used to make scrapbook pages, too, but now he is awfully busy coaching. 
Grandma lets me use really sharp “detail scissors” and all kinds of other cool things she has in her craft room.  I learned a lot from her that I will be passing on to you as a Creative Team Member for Wuvie’s Whimsies using her Kelly’s Kids.  I will be using things from other designers sometimes, too.
I can’t wait to show you what I have been doing and sharing tips with you.

Happy Crafting,
Actually-Gabby

Actually Gabby

Actually Gabby

Actually Gabby

Hi crafters and crafter-kids,

My name is Gabby and, actually, I am a crafter. I say “actually” a lot. I am seven years old until the end of June. I am almost 7 and a half right now.

My Grandma has tons of paper-crafting supplies and she lets me explore. Daddy used to make scrapbook pages, too, but now he is awfully busy coaching.

Grandma lets me use really sharp “detail scissors” and all kinds of other cool things she has in her craft room. I learned a lot from her that I will be passing on to you as a Creative Team Member for Wuvie’s Whimsies using her Kelly’s Kids.

I can’t wait to show you what I have been doing and sharing tips with you.

Happy Crafting,

Actually-Gabby

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