Thursday, June 22, 2017

Be Active Art Journal Page Tutorial

Hi friends! Today, I am sharing a tutorial on the Sizzix blog, made with new Planner themed stamps, dies and stickers by Katelyn Lizardi

Layers of ink - Be Active Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Katelyn Lizardi.

Even though these stamps, dies and stickers are meant to for planners, but you can use them for lots of other types of projects too: such as cardmaking, scrapbooking and art journaling. I like small stamps and dies since they can be used to add little details to a project. Inspired by the cute bicycle stamp, I decided to to a bright page about my bike rides and walks. The page is one of the watercolor pages in Dina Wakley's Media Journal.

At the moment, I am walking more than cycling, since my little one loves to sit in his stroller and we go for long walks together. But last weekend, Anton and I went on two long bike rides with his new bike, which was really fun.

You can find the full tutorial on the Sizzix blog.

Thank you for the visit!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Transportation Memory Game Tutorial

Hello friends! Welcome to another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge post here on my blog. We spent a large part of the weekend swimming and cycling. I try to make the best of the good weather.


Don't forget to check out the fantastic project of our June guest designer Anne Redfern. This week we have a Let's Take a Vacation theme.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

I took my project in a bit of a different direction and made a travel game, but it can of course also be used at home. It has a transportation theme, which also works for a vacation challenge. When Anton was little, I made him a memory game - you can find that post here - and I thought Leo should have his own game. He is still too small for memory, but I made the game in such a way that he can still have fun with the cards, and practice shapes, words and colours. He loves airplanes in particular, but also any kind of vehicle.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

I thought it was a fun idea to make the cards circular instead of the more common square format. The circles were die cut with the largest of Tim Holtz Sizzix Sized Circles dies, from white Little Sizzles Mat Board. It is important that the back of the cards look the same and I stamped them all with the ZigZag stamp. Put the stamp on a table, ink it and press the cards on top.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

For the shapes, I used Tim's Cityscape Commute set which has all these cute vehicles (and more). I die cut them from color-core and kraft-core cardstock.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

The cards were stamped with alphabet stamps: 'airplane', 'car', 'truck' etc. but also 'brown' and 'red'.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

To protect the cards I coated them on the back and front with Multi Medium Matte.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

The cards can be tied with an elastic - just make sure they are totally dry so that they don't stick together.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

I might later make a box for Leo's cards, since Anton has a box for his cards.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Kiddies Craft Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

The cards immediately caught Leo's attention when I was photographing them for this post. Here you see a little hand pointing at the airplane. For more about his airplane interest, check out the Stamped Passport Book tutorial that I posted last week.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

I love the shapes of the vehicles in the Commute set, such as this helicopter.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

I used different colors, so that he can practice colors at the same time, but kept most of them tone-on-tone, so that each vehicle would be one color.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

You can of course make these much more elaborate if you'd like to, but I kept them simple, since he is so small still.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

There are eight set of cards, sixteen cards in total.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

 The zigzag made for a fun background.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

Here you see all of them. This type of game is easy to customize to fit the interest of the child. You could add animals, people, flowers, trees, or anything else you could think of.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

The kids started playing with the cards before I had even finished photographing them (I had to take the remaining photos the next day).

I hope you will join us this week in our Let's Take a Vacation challenge and explore some new textures for your projects. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.





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Thank you for visiting today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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