How to Make Handmade Greeting Cards

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cards 14I’m sure you have never thought of making your own greeting cards thinking it takes to long or may not look as good as those from the shop.

I’m going to prove you wrong with this easy tutorial and material guide. You will become master of greeting cards in no time.

This is only one of many ideas on front page design and since I love hand-painted greeting cards I have decided to go in this direction but you can think of any other materials like: stickers, partial prints, fabric scraps ect.

First we need to shop a bit and get some fancy tools.

cards 8You will have to decide on the type of medium to choose correct type of paper. I have chosen acrylic metallic paints and paper with some sort of texture. I think most popular and cheapest solution would be water colours but maybe technique of painting is not easy to handle.

Anyway, let’s go back to my project. I got some helpful items which will make my hand-painted cards looks professional. You can see beautiful stamp: “handmade with love”, ink pad in dark brown colour and old gold coloured marker.

cards 7We also need envelopes in desired size, transparent bags and some sort of tape to close bags with.cards 6 cards 5 cards 4Now we can start whole process. I have stamped my envelopes.

cards 3Then I cut the paper in to right size so it can fit in to the envelopes. My cards will be folded so there is plenty of space for wishes to this special someone.

cards 2Another stamp on the back of the card and website address of The One With Art. One one of them I have included my signature as well to see how it looks like but I didn’t like it so much, so all the others doesn’t have it any more.

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cardsFront of the card got flat background so my painting will stand out.

Oh yes, it looks exactly how I wanted! Each card took me about 30 minutes to make. This is big advantage of acrylic paints, it dry’s really fast so you can finish all the details in no time.

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cards 11Now we need to put the card and envelope together, insert it in to the plastic bag and close on the back with our decorative tape.

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Looks professional and person who gets it will feel very special for sure. Good luck with your creations and don’t be shy to let me know about them, I will be more than happy to share it on-line.

Kids Art – Spring Project

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What is a better way to keep kids busy like giving them an art project to work on? To complete this Kids Art project please prepare following materials: canvas, acrylic paints (light blue and dark blue, turquoise, orange, yellow, white, black), brush and sponge.

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First you need to pour paint over the canvas to make the background. Try to cover all the white spots.the canvas should be standing up right and please make sure there is an old paper underneath to collect all extra paint dripping down. Once paint has rained through the canvas you can put it flat and allow at least an hour to dry.

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Now our little artist is going to dab some clouds using a sponge with white paint ….

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and then add some blue under white…

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Next step is the umbrella. I suggest using any bright colors to make it pop out! Shape may be a bit difficult (dependence on the age of young artist). You could use a big oval plate and then glass to trace edges (it works).

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It is very rainy spring painting in deed 🙂 I hope you had fun!

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A proud artist took the painting to school this morning and she hopes to hang it in her class. How sweet!

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I will do my best to work on more kids art activities and share them with you. My daughter is so enthusiastic and eager to work on any crafts and I have decided to change category name from “Arts and  Crafts” to “Parya’s Corner”.

Home Made Playdough

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My biggest challenge of this summer is how to entertain kids.

I have decided to make some home made playdough which hopefully keep them busy for a while.

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There is plenty of fantastic playdowgh recipes in the net. Grab one or use below one.

You need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone.

Once it has cool down give your kids a “cooking” assignment. You can prepare pictures of food for younger once and thru some ideas on the older so they can get creative. Then you can wait for results. I had 2 hours free for myself while kids were “cooking” 🙂

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Have fun with your own home made playdough.

Neilson Park – BLACK & WHITE Exhibition

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I’m glad you are back to see what new is going on here.

I have entered into the Black & White Art exhibition which is hosted by Neilson Park.

As the title suggest the art work has to be black & white only. this is first exhibition out of 3 prepared for this summer and hopefully I will participate in all of them.

I have decided to compose something different than I used to.

On this painting (reading from the top) you can see an average, cloudy sky, well blend with realistic shapes. This is representing the ever changing part of our lives but at the same time is a very clear aspiration of Heaven.

black&white 3On the left side we can see irregular lines, ugly, overlapping, some of them flat, some with texture – this is where we live and how unimportant it is, unclear and messy. Also it represents the passing of time and how little of it we actually have.

black&white 5On the right side you can see the perfected shape of a place of worship. it is ideally white and clean, and formed, and stable against the rest of the painting. It is like an anchor of our life and stepping in it will let us see this cloudy sky.

black&white 2On the bottom of the painting towards the building you can see the shapes of people. since we have only black and white colors to use I have used different shades of grey to illustrate the different characters of people. Some shapes are dark or black – thses are bad people among us who are hypocrites and the are still blending in and going to pray. Then you can notice shapes of people in the crowd with printed words on them. Words represent all the values I’m identifying my religion with and which I’m trying to communicate to the world.

black&white 1The painting is full of meaning and I’m planning to show it at the Muslim Fest 2014 which is coming up in the first weekend of August.

black&white 4Let me know what you think about it.

Take Care! 🙂

Story telling – About Baby Lion

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I have lovely kids story to share with you today. Lego building blocks came very useful! Have fun reading!

One beautiful morning deep in the rain forest close to a lonely rock and a cold stream Baby Lion was born. His mommy and daddy called him Mack. Everybody loved Mack! baby lion lego story 1Days were spent lazy, playing games and having fun but finally Lion King said:

-Son, it is time for you to start school. You have to learn how to be the  future king.

So Mack started lessons. First the easy ones like holding the head up, how to be polite at the table, then some hunting techniques, how to be very quiet in the bush and how to be fast like the wind.

All was going well until the day when Mack was supposed to learn how to roar like a king lion. This was truly difficult and was coming out more like “worry” than like “roarrrrrrr”. Mack and his dad were very upset.

One day, when the whole jungle was asleep Mack woke up because of a strange sound. He raised his head and looked around carefully. He didn’t see anything, but he was sure of this strange sound coming from different directions. Mack ran to the closest hill and climbed up on it. He couldn’t believe his eyes! baby lion lego story 3There was a big fire far on the horizon coming closer and closer to his kingdom. All the animals and their houses were in danger! There was no time to lose! Mack took a deep breath and from the top of his lungs a very loud ROARRRR came out! baby lion lego story 4It was so loud that everybody woke up and all the animals, big and small, managed to escape safely.

baby lion lego story 2Our little Mack grew up to be a brave king with quite a good roar when needed, and with excellent hearing, which turned out to be his greatest talent. I guess we never know what we can do best, until we will have an opportunity to try it.

Story telling – Milky Way

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Once upon a time there was a little girl called Ania. She was about 4 and she had a beautiful smile on her face all day long.

It is not very easy for such a young child to be happy all the time but there was a secret which Ania loved to share with everyone. Every evening Ania’s mom was giving her a nice, warm cup of milk with a little bit of honey. It was so delicious that Ania couldn’t wait to have it every evening before her bed time. This MILK seemed to be a magical key as every night after this sweet treat Ania had fantastic dreams! As soon as she closed her eyes colors started to appear. First there was a rainbow instead of a sky, funny fruit trees and lots and lots of flowers. This town was full of furry creatures, mostly looking like Ania’s toys, but they were all alive and playing their favourite games in the playground. Laughter and joy was everywhere! All her friends loved Ania a lot and she loved them back. One day a terrible thing happened. Oh no! The milk was finished and it was too late in the evening to go to the store and get fresh one. That night Ania had to go to sleep without her favourite cup of warm milk. Mom and daughter were very sad but there was no other way, like going to sleep with a cup of tea for example. Next day Ania got up with a frown on her face. “What happened?” asked Mom, “I didn’t have any dreams”, said Ania with a lot of disappointment in her voice, “I was so hoping for a funny, playful dream and there was nothing, nothing at all. None of my friends came round. Mommy, mommy, please buy milk today!” The day in the nursery was long and boring. There was nothing funny or enjoyable for little Ania. When her mom came to pick her up a big smile came back on Ania’s face because a big box of yummy milk was in the plastic bag next to mom’s legs. A few hours later Ania was sitting on her bed, all dressed up in her PJs with her usual cup of milk in hand. She was ready to jump into her Milky Way town to play with her friends again. You never know when this city will open its door for you, so make sure to have a cup of warm milk every night and then wait for the magic to happen.

Leg Warmers – first knitting project

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Dear All!

Yes we are going to learn something new from time to time. Maybe it is nothing new for you but it is definitely for me. I have never touched knitting needles in my life. I thought it takes too much time and this repeated movement will make me sleepy in 5 minutes.

Since I couldn’t find any decent material to sew leg warmers I decided to try with my hands on needles and yarn – why not? Actually one of my friends was strongly surprised I hadn’t included it in my portfolio of skills yet. So, let it be!

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I got  yarn and needles and started some research on the net. Well I had to learn somehow so my best bet was youtube with instruction movies. If you would like to try yourself  you can find a link at the bottom of this post.

First look at the label which comes with the yarn. You need to find out how many loops you have to put on in order to get the right length of final product. My yarn was size 6 and in order to make it fit my daughter’s legs I should have put 22-24 looks but since her leg warmers will have to go over her trousers and maybe even over her boots, I put on 34 loops and I decided on the Brioche Stitch (very easy for beginners).

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I thought it would be a long few days before I would manage to finish it and I was very nicely surprised to see that I made 15 cm in 1.5 h! 🙂

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I tried to keep up my spirits because in truth I was actually very disappointed and devastated I needed so much time for such a small result. But hey! I said A, so I should say B and get it done.

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When the first leg warmer was finished I tried it on and I thought it was a bit too big, and I will show you later how I overcame this little obstacle. Now we can both wear it, both me and my daughter!

Winter clothes are not my favorite part of creativity but we need them, so it is good to learn knitting and crocheting in case you need to make something warm for a change.

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I obviously added small decorations. This also helps kids to find the front and back. I always put some small “marks” on so my daughter will not get confused.

When we tried them on for the first time they did stand out in the middle section which is the widest and the most stretchable so I had to do something about it. I fed through two lines of white elastic underneath and it did the job perfectly fine.

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Beautiful! All done now! If you have some easy leg warmer projects handy please post your link so I can make another one soon.

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For now, by, by project makers!

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