Warm Wishes are Easy with Hot Cocoa and Coffee

Make a Simple DIY Hot Chocolate Gift Bag by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whether you’re looking for a teacher gift, something to stuff in stockings, or just something to brighten a friend’s day, a cup of cocoa completed with mini marshmallows (or the accompaniment of your choice) is a great choice that they can enjoy without accumulating a lot of clutter. Presentation is key for simple gifts, and these two-layer bag toppers are easy to create in batches for quick gifting during busy times.

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – Craft, White
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Plastic bags
  • Cocoa packets
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Waffle Flower – Currently Drinking
  • My Favorite Things – Donuts & Sprinkles
  • Simon Says Stamp – Coffee and Tea
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Temporary adhesive tape
  • Stapler (and staples!)

Gift Card Holder with Delicata Ink by Martha Lucia Gomez

Delicata Ink is one of the most versatile products that you can find to create projects with during the holiday season, and honestly—for all seasons, because now we have a great collection of colors that we can use in our crafts. Today, I am sharing with you how to watercolor with Delicata. It is easy & quick but you will obtain the fantastic shimmer that only this ink can offer. Every year it becomes more common to give gift cards as presents. But if you are like me, I always want to make it very special and unforgettable.

I started working on this gift card holder by stamping over watercolor paper the cup image using Memento Desert Sand, this is a light color that can be easily covered with the Delicata Celestial Copper and a waterbrush. With Delicata Ruby Red, I stamped and colored some details to decorate the cup. The special detail on the cup is the whipped cream. I made this using White Amplify!

I fussy cut all the pieces and created the layers of the gift card holder. Even though I designed the gift card to be on the outside, I still used a card base so I could have space inside of the card to add my personal message. I used a punch to create the window to put the gift card inside. Using Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer I stamped the sentiment over the top layer and then I assembled all the layers over the card base with Tear It Tape and pasted the watercolor cup using double sided foam tape.

Look at the amazing shading you can get with using a waterbrush and the Delicata inks? Easy and fun to make don’t you think? Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

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  • Joy Clair – Christmas Cocoa Stamp Set
  • Cardstock – Red, Brown, Natural White
  • Gina Marie Designs – Cross Stitched Rectangle Die Cuts
  • Stampin Up – Word Window Punch
  • Scissors
  • Heat Tool

Easy Christmas Card with Delicata Ruby Red

by Nadine Carlier

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When you have to make a bunch of Christmas cards, the easier they are to make the better. Even though I wanted to make a pretty simple card, I also didn’t want it to look simple.  The red on red created a perfect background using Fireworks in Lady Bug and stamping over it with Delicata Ruby Red. Then I added some silver embellishments for the perfect pop of wow!

Watch my video tutorial below to see exactly how I created my card. Enjoy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 min.

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Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Vertigo Sun Catchers by Neva Cole

What a fun challenge this month, a children’s craft project. Vertigo Leaf Sun Catchers are a fun way to spend some quality time with the child in your life. Simply place a leaf under a Vertigo Sheet and trace with a complementary color Fabrico pen. Younger children can make simpler leaf shapes which are easy to cut out with scissors and older children who are more competent with scissors can complete the more complex maple leaf shapes. After the leaves are cut out, StazOn inks can be added with ink blushers. I would recommend gloves to keep fingers from becoming too inky! Additional veins can be traces with Fabrico Pens. Apply a few glue dots and adhere to your window for eye catching fall décor!

Supplies

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  • Leaf
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots

 


Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

The theme at Imagine this month is ‘Heartfelt’. Heartfelt is the perfect word to sum up the Thanksgiving table that is lovingly prepared every November. No matter which family member hosts Thanksgiving – we all love the opportunity to thoughtfully welcome our guests. Our kid filled families mean that our décor often reflects kid friendly projects created by and with our kids. This is one of those projects. Send the kids out to gather leaves and let the fun begin!

Collect enough leaves to work into a decor piece. Apply VersaMark to leaves by using inkpad directly on leaves. Add Embossing powder in Gold. Heat gently with heat tool. As soon as the polymers melt then they will secure to the leaf. Add to any home decor piece such as name tags, garlands or wreaths.

Supplies

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  • Leaves

Create an Easy and Fun ‘Fingerprint’ Christmas Card

by Alison Heikkila

Create an Easy and Fun 'Fingerprint' Christmas Card

Seasons Greetings! This month, the Imagine Artists in Residence are sharing Kids Craft projects to do over the upcoming Thanksgiving break. This is totally up my alley because my children and I make crafts together all the time. So my daughter and I put on our thinking caps and came up with this sweet Christmas Lights card. She and I are going to walk you through the whole process, which actually is pretty easy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


my daughter (Miss R) create the "string" for the lights with a Cottage Ivy Memento Marker
Step 1

I cut a piece of white cardstock down to 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. My daughter (Miss R) created the “string” for the lights with a Cottage Ivy Memento Marker. She drew just one across the top. And you can see her chosen colors for the “lights” in the photo.


kids crafts different colors for the finger print style crafting.
Step 2

Using her index finger, Miss R first dipped into Lady Bug Memento Ink and stamped it a couple of times on the light string. Next, she used a different finger in Dandelion Memento Ink. We made sure to flip the cardstock over so that her lights were going in several directions.


memento dew drops are perfect for fingerprint style crafts
Step 3

She then used Tangelo, Cottage Ivy, Bahama Blue, Grape Jelly, and Rose Bud ink. By now, her fingers were nice and inky!


Step 4

We decided to stamp a sentiment in the center of the card and have another light strand below it. We chose a script “Merry Christmas” and inked it up with Cottage Ivy ink, and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. If you are doing this project with very young children, all of the embossing steps should be done by a grown up. My daughter is almost 9, so I let her use my heat tool. After the sentiment was done, she drew her second string and began applying the fingerprint lights again.


Step 5

You can easily just stop with that step and mount the piece on to a card base and be done, but Miss R and I always like to take things to the next level. We thought the lights needed some shine. So I opened up my bottle of Goosebumps (proceeded to spill it all over my desk), and Miss R painted on some shine to each and every light.


Step 6

We decided it was best to dab on the Goosebumps, rather than brush it on. It added the extra dimension.


Step 7

You can see the shine on the Tangelo and Rose Bud lights on the bottom strand really well here.


Step 8

We chose to use a red card base, but she wanted more….sparkle! And I couldn’t deny her glitter. Using Tear It Tape, she applied a line of it at the top and bottom of the card. Please note, the inked layer is not yet adhered to the card base. It’s just placed on the card for reference. We didn’t want to take a chance that the Goosebumps weren’t fully dried and would then get covered in glitter.


Step 9

Miss R chose a gold micro glitter, and I thought it was the perfect color. She sprinkled it on, patted it down a bit and tapped off the excess. After repeating this on the other side, we adhered the inked layer to the card base and voila! Card complete!

Here you can see the pretty sheen that the Goosebumps gave to the lights. You do not need to use so many colors if you want to make this card with your child. My daughter just couldn’t leave any of the colors of the rainbow out. We think this turned out great! I know our family would love getting a card like this from Miss R. And she did a great job coming up with the idea for the project with me.

Thank you so much for stopping by if you like what you see then please share or comment below. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

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Other
  • Stampendous – Merry Scrolls Stamp, Gold Micro Glitter
  • Cardstock – Red

*Memento is a water-based acid free dye ink that has not been tested for use by children. Memento Ink may temporarily stain skin.

Teach Your Little Ones How to Make a Glittery Reindeer Ornament

by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a kid-friendly Christmas Reindeer ornament project. My son Theo and I had so much fun with this project using Tsukineko Memento markers, die cuts and googly eyes. You can create a bunch of fun ornaments for your Christmas tree or to give out as little gifts as well!

Time: 30 minutes
Skill: Beginner

Directions


Step 1

Punch a hole through wood piece using a Crop-O-Dile.


Step 2

Color wood piece using Memento markers.


Step 3

Die cut a piece of glitter paper using Reindeer die and Big Shot die cutting machine.


Step 4

Adhere reindeer shape onto the wood piece, adhere eyes and add other embellishments onto the wood ornament. What is great about this easy project is that you can create multiple ornaments or just the one!

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media!

Supplies

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  • Woodpiece
  • Die Cut machine
  • Reindeer die (Kaisercraft has a great option)
  • Glitter Paper
  • Twine
  • Enamel Dots and/or other embellishments
  • Googly Eyes
  • Crop-O-Dile

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Do Something Fun! Create Fingerprint Memory Tree

by Roni Johnson

Since my boys are older now I have missed crafting with them but with ages also brings grandchildren so I was ecstatic when we were asked to create a project that we could make crafting with kids. As a mom with adult boys I realize now how quickly those childhood years pass and you really should capture them while you can. With Christmas just around the corner I thought it would be nice if Cole and I could make something memorable for his parents to capture this fleeting moment in time…hence our fingerprint memory tree.

Directions


Step 1

Trim a piece of watercolor paper to the desired size.


Step 2

Rough in a pencil sketch of the tree trunk so you know what areas to fill in with fingerprints.


Step 3

Pull out desired colors of Memento DewDrops and let the fun begin!

I’m not going to kid you…taking pictures of this and corralling a 2 year old AND the ink pads was no easy task! So, I hope you’ll understand the sporadic photos of our crafting time. I simply opened up a bunch of DewDrops and let him go. At first ,Cole was unsure about getting inky but after our first color he was having lots of fun. It was so funny; he wanted to share the colors his fingers were turning with me and my camera. After we were done adding fingerprints, I filled in the trunk of the tree with additional ink and texture using the Doodle Stix. The ground was rubbed with a few colors of green and I added some “grass” using the tips of the DewDrops. I wrote his name and age for posterity’s sake. The print was then trimmed and framed. I did manage to get him slowed down enough after we were finished for probably my favorite photo of our craft time….aren’t these precious little inky hands adorable? Of course I may be a bit partial but it makes my heart swell with love.

If you liked this post then please share on Facebook, Pinterest or leave a comment below!

Supplies

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Other
  • Watercolor Cardstock
  • Picture frame

 

*Memento is a water-based acid free dye ink that has not been tested for use by children. Memento Ink may temporarily stain skin.

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