Posted by: Joanna | March 17, 2012

Mini Craft Kits for Easter Eggs!

It’s the annual Easter dilemma: would we rather fill our children’s eggs with sugar-laden treats or junky plastic toys?  This year, delight the children in your life with mini craft kits instead!

Each Easter Egg Craft Pack includes six mini craft kits, each designed to fit inside of a standard sized plastic Easter egg.  And, like all of our craft kits, each one includes supplies and instructions for a fabulous craft.  (Glue, scissors, and markers or crayons are needed for some crafts.  We couldn’t get those in the eggs. 🙂

Here is what you get:

And here is what your children can create:

Each Easter Egg Craft Pack, with six mini craft kits, is only $5 (plus $2.50 shipping and handling). Order now from our website or by emailing us at

Here are pictures of the six crafts individually:

Posted by: Joanna | January 14, 2012

Seasame Street Birthday

Here is the card I made for my nephew’s birthday.  I got the idea from My Stamp Lady Chris’s blog. I followed her lead for making the characters and went out on my own for the layout. It’s actually a pretty simple card–if you have the right punches.

Posted by: Joanna | January 11, 2012

Valentine Card Kits now Available

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Our new Valentine Kits make it easy for crafty kids to create handmade Valentine cards for all of their classmates and teachers. There are two types of kits, and we can customize them with just the number of Valentines you need! (Now you don’t have to buy two boxes of 20 cards if there are 22 kids in the class.)

The Deluxe Kit contains everything your child needs to make 24 Valentine cards:

  • A wood-mounted rubber stamp (“Happy Valentine’s Day” or “U Rock”)
  • A black ink pad
  • A glue stick
  • 24 card bases with slits cut for inserting pencils
  • 24 pencils with gemstones on the end
  • Materials for decorating the Valentines:
    • Large and small cut out hearts
    • Pieces of patterned paper and solid-colored paper
    • 24 gemstones
    • 24 glue dots to adhere gemstones
  • Plus a bonus full sized card with envelope for the teacher (or Mom or Dad or Grandma . . .)

Price: $15—shipping included
Add additional cards (with pencils) to the kit for just 40 cents each.

* * * * * * * *

The Basic Kit contains plenty of supplies for creating 12 Valentine cards. You supply pencils or candy for the pre-cut slots.

  • 12 pre-stamped (“Happy Valentine’s Day!”) card bases with slits
  • 12 Large cut out hearts
  • Several small cut out hearts
  • Pieces of patterned and solid-colored paper
  • 12 gemstones
  • 12 glue dots

Price: $5—shipping included
Add additional cards to the kit for just 30 cents each.

To order, visit our website.  Those ordering the Deluxe Kit–be sure to let us know which stamp you prefer.
If you want to order extra cards to go with your kit, simply e-mail us at and let us know how many Valentines you want in your kit.  We’ll send you an invoice.

Crafting Smiles!
Joanna & Ryan

Posted by: Joanna | December 24, 2011

12 Cards for Christmas–#10, 11, and 12

Sorry to rush these last three cards.  Last minute Christmas preparations along with illness have sapped my energy this week.  Enjoy these final cards and have a wonderful Holiday season! ~ Joanna

"No Peeking" tag--stamps by Stampin' Up


Non-traditional color scheme with a little bling! Stamps by Stampin' Up.

This card has a slightly different fold.

Posted by: Joanna | December 22, 2011

12 Cards for Christmas–#9

I have another non-card tonight.  As gifts for teachers, etc., I put together baking mixes.

These plastic containers were about half the price of glass jars, and most people will probably find them more useful–they are freezer and dishwasher safe.  They aren’t quite as pretty as glass, but a little ribbon around the jar and some decorations on the lid and you have a nice festive gift.

Hope your holiday preparations are going well!

Crafting Smiles,


Posted by: Joanna | December 20, 2011

12 Cards for Christmas-#8

My 13-year-old daughter made this card.  I think it’s really cute.  She even used the Sakura Clear Stardust pen on the punched out snowflake!  I’ve taught her well.

The “Merry Christmas” stamp is from the Stampin’ Up set “Gingerbread Christmas.” She used the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder on the red panel.


Crafting Smiles,

Posted by: Joanna | December 19, 2011

12 Cards for Christmas-#7

I’ve got three sick kids tonight.  Here’s hoping everyone is healthy by Christmas!  I am posting a card, but not the detailed directions.  This is a great card for mass producing and would work with a variety of color schemes and stamped images!

Card #7-Elegant Holly

The supplies I used are Stampin’ Up–except for the “Merry Christmas” stamp.

Crafting Smiles,

Posted by: Joanna | December 15, 2011

12 Cards for Christmas–#6

I will be honest with you.  I just checked out a new mystery book from the library, and I’m quite eager to start reading.  So tonight’s card is one Grace made.  And I won’t give you much in terms of instructions.  Kids pretty much know what to do if you give them paper, scissors, glue, markers and glitter.  Don’t forget the glitter!

Here is card #6–Grace’s Glitter Tree

You can’t see it very well in the picture, but she drew little colored light bulbs along the bottom of the glitter strands.  Grace wanted to cut her own tree, but you can easily make trees for your kids to decorate by just cutting green triangles.

Have a good night everyone!

Crafting Smiles,

Posted by: Joanna | December 14, 2011

12 Cards for Christmas–#5

Today’s “card” isn’t technically a card, but no one is likely to complain because it includes CHOCOLATE. And if you live near a Dillons or Kroger store, you might still be able to get the bags of Dove chocolates on sale—2 for $6! The true challenge of this project is getting the ornaments made before you eat all of the chocolate.

So here is Christmas card #5: Chocolate Ornaments


Supplies Needed (and Used)

Light brown—1 ¾ x 6 (Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake)
Dark blue—1 ½” scallop; 1 ½” circle (Stampin’ Up Not Quite Navy)
Cream—1 ½” scallop; 1” circle (Very Vanilla)

Patterned Paper:
Dark blue with snowflakes—1 ½ x 6 (My Mind’s Eye)

Ink Pads:
Dark blue (Not Quite Navy)

Snowflake (Stampin’ Up Patterned Pines)
“Happy Holidays” (Stampin Up)

Other Supplies: green brush marker; circle and scallop punches; gold cord (7”); pink brad; Sakura clear stardust pen (can you tell I LOVE this thing?); adhesive; paper piercer or small hole punch; pink brad; 2 Dove chocolate squares

How to Make

  1. Use tape or glue dot to adhere two chocolate squares—flat sides together.
  2. Adhere patterned paper to center of cardstock.
  3. Pierce or punch 2 small holes in the center of the paper strip (through both the patterned paper and cardstock) 1” from each end.
  4. Stamp snowflake on cream cardstock and punch out scallop. Trace as desired with stardust pen.
  5. Adhere cream scallop to 1 ½” blue circle. Pierce or punch a small hole in the center of the snowflake.
  6. Bend paper strip around the chocolate pieces and put the brad through the snowflake and both holes in the paper strip. This should secure the chocolate tightly enough that it does not fall out, but loosely enough that you can remove the chocolate without damaging the ornament.
  7. Apply dark blue ink to “Happy Holidays” stamp. Use a rag or tissue to wipe ink off of tree (in center of stamp), and color tree with green brush marker. “Huff” on the stamp and stamp onto cream paper.
  8. Cut out “Happy Holidays” stamped image with 1” circle punch. Adhere to dark blue scallop.
  9. Use glue dots (or other strong adhesive) to attach layered circle to other side of ornament, covering the back of the brad.
  10. Thread cord through ornament, in the space above the chocolate. Pull up around the brad and tie together at the top.

*You can make a similar ornament using mini Hershey’s bars. And this website has the measurements you need to make a box that will hold three Dove chocolate squares.

Crafting Smiles,

Posted by: Joanna | December 13, 2011

12 Cards for Christmas: #4

Today’s card is a simple and versatile layout. You could use a wide range of large stamps for the focal image. This layout would also work well if you like to “recycle” Christmas cards you have received. Simply use a cut out from the card front instead of a stamped panel.

So here is card #4: Deep Woods Santa

Supplies Needed (and Used)

Deep red—8 ½ x 5 ½ (Stampin’ Up Cherry Cobbler)
Cream—3 ¼ x 3 ½ (Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla)
Brown—3 ½ x 3 ¾ (Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip)

Patterned Paper:
Holly patterned paper—4 x 3 ¼, plus scraps

Ink Pads (Stampin’ Up):
Red (Cherry Cobbler)
Dark Green (Always Artichoke)
Brown (Close to Cocoa)
Tan (Creamy Caramel)
White (Whisper White)

Large Christmas Image (“Deep Woods Santa” from Acey Deucy)

Other Supplies: Watercolor brush pen (Aquapainter), adhesive, sponge

How to Make

  1. Fold red cardstock in half to create card base.
  2. Stamp image onto cream panel and color using ink and watercolor brush pens. (For a brief tutorial, see this youtube video–starting at 1:30)
  3. Ink edges of cream panel with dark green ink using sponge.
  4. Layer image panel onto brown paper.
  5. Adhere patterned paper to card front as indicated in the example. Adhere image panel on top of patterned paper.
  6. Cut out images from your patterned paper scrap and adhere to left side of card front. (You could also use other embellishments here such as buttons.)

That’s our card for today. I think it’s about time for me to stop making cards and start getting them in the mail!

Crafting Smiles,

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