Friday, April 26, 2013

Crafty Sheep for VBS or street camps

Here is the sheep that I made for the street camp that we will do in Galveston this summer for our mission trip. We will do a different craft each day but they are really simple ones that you can find in many elementary classrooms.

Here are most of the supplies that you need for this.

Toilet paper roll
Black cardstock or construction paper
Cotton Balls
Wiggly eyes
Extra-large Oval punch (#119859)
Large Oval punch (#119855)
white glue like Elmers
Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189) optional

1. Use the paper-piercing tool to poke 4 small holes in the tube for placement of legs. You can use other items to punch the holes but the paper-piercing tool makes a perfect size. Place a toothpick in each spot. If the toothpicks fit tight (like they will with the paper piercing tool) you won't have to add glue to these. If they don't fit tight, add a few drops of glue to hold the toothpicks in place.
2. Pour white glue on one side of the tube. Place cotton balls over the glue & press down. Add more glue & more cotton balls until the outside of the tube is covered with cotton. Use 3-4 cotton balls to cover the open ends. If you place some white glue on the edge of the tube the cotton sticks easily. Also, use a bit of glue to stick them together.
3. Put a few drops of glue on each toothpick and press a cotton ball onto each toothpick to make the legs.
4. Punch out 1 large oval and 1 extra large oval from black cardstock. Glue the eyes in place on the extra large oval. Allow it to lay flat for a few minutes for the glue to dry. If you try to put the face on too soon the eyes will slide.
5. Use the large black oval for the ears. Snip a small triangle out of one side of the oval near the center. That will make it look like the ears are two pieces. Flatten one cotton ball. Glue the black oval on to it and fluff the cotton around the ears. Place some glue on the back of the extra large oval. Then add the ears behind the face. You now have the sheep face.  Place the face over the cotton on one end with the ears slightly above the body of the sheep.
6. If you wish, you can add a small pom-pom to the back end of the sheep for a tail.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sorry, I've been so busy.

I'm sorry that I haven't gotten anything posted here in a while. I have been super busy! I went to the Operation Christmas Child Global Connect conference in Orlando, FL in early April. I was gone for 6 days. We had such a wonderful time that it is so hard to express how good it was. I told a few people that the only way it could have been better was to be in heaven at the throne of Jesus.

I learned so many things about my volunteer job of the Church Relations team and I have been very busy trying to get that all going. If you are interested, you can check out my FB page on it at

I'm also working on a cirriculum for our summer mission trip to Galveston. We will be doing the street camps again. They've asked me to work up stories, etc from Genesis. I'll try to post the sheep that I made with instructions in a day or two. It's not cardmaking or scrapbooking but it is a cute craft.

I will have to be making my May birthday cards soon so as soon as I do, I'll get those posted too. I usually do multiples of one or two cards but maybe I can get a few more done. I also need to scrapbook a ton of pictures of my crafty friends & I on our road trip last week.

Again, sorry for not getting ideas on here. I'll try to do better.
If you are interested in cirriculum for street camps, I've post some on my other blog "Out of Captivity." You will find the link to it on the bottom right side bar. Anything that I have posted there is free for you to use.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Operation Christmas Child Album/Journal

I went to Orlando, FL to the Operation Christmas Child Global Connect Conference April 4-6, 2013. I was a wonderful trip where I learned a lot about my year round volunteer job in OCC, heard inspiring speakers, met super people from around the world and was able to worship God in ways I had not imagined in a long time.

I've already put together my OCC trip album/journal. It was super easy with the new Epic Day This and That  bundle(#133350) that is available now.

This is what I did to the Journal (131268). I used the stylus from my SU Score board and traced the hexagons on the front cover. Then I cut them from various sheets from the This and That Epic Day DSP (#130814) and placed them on the front of the journal. I wrote with my Midnight Muse marker and cut some from the conference papers for the front cover.
Love the pocket pages on the first and last journal pages to hold all the little things that you collect on a trip or during the day.

I treated mine very much like a mini scrapbook album. With the pages already covered in coordinating patterned papers it made it really easy to just add my pictures, journaling & embellishments. I love the Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape (#131269) to add to the pages! Really gives it that something extra that we all want on our pages.

The Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers (#131271) were really easy, cool additions to my pages. I don't use lots of stickers like I did when I first started scrapbooking but these made great journal blocks and had great sayings that really went with my pages. I wrote on the stickers with my Midnight Muse marker. I was even able to use my Remember This and That Rotary Stamp(#130133) on these pages.

Used some more of the stickers and Washi tape to embellish these pages.

The This and That Journal measures 8 x 6" and has 30 double sided pages with 2 pocket pages. The cover is sturdy chipboard that you can cover any way you want. The wire spiral binding makes it easy to turn each page. The only thing that I didn't like was that it was hard to write close to the spiral because I had no place to lay my hand.
The Epic Day This and That Bundle is available from me or your Stampin' Up! demonstrator until April 30. From what I read, I suspect that this will be included in the new catalog that will be out in June.