Sunday, July 1, 2018

Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge

Hello friends! Today, I have a post with two very special guests, namely my sons. They made projects for the annual Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge. Anton has shared projects on my blog before, but for Leo it is the first time.


The challenge theme is:


It is time for all you crafters to let your children loose in your crafty corners for a few hours. Just close your eyes and set them free to explore their creativity. Adults are allowed to help just a little bit if necessary, but we really want the children to 'DO IT' themselves as much as possible.

This challenge is open to all children aged between 2 and 16 inclusive
We have not 1, not 2 but  3 surprise parcels of crafty goodies, hand picked by Simon. All winners are chosen at random, Good Luck to all!

Sparkle and glitter is always a favourite with kids. We went with Stickles this year, since they are so easy to use.

Layers of ink - Sparkly Animal Storage Holder

Anton (age 8) made a storage holder for his desk, using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Card Box Planner Storage & Organizer die. He did pretty much everything himself, from picking Distress Paint colors, dies and Stickles, to painting and decided where everything should go. I only helped a little with the die cutting. He is going to keep little papers, drawings and bits and pieces in his box. It also works great for little books (for inspiration check out this Mini Book Storage post of mine).

Layers of ink - Sparkly Butterflies Cards

Leo (age 3) loves to sit on my floor and cover sheets of paper in stamping. This time, I thought it would be fun if he made cards, so I gave him some folded sheets of white paper. He normally stamps with Hero Art's Just For Kids ink, but I had cleaned the shelf my Archival Inks are standing on and Leo found the inks on the floor. The bright colors were too fun to resist, so he used them instead. He picked all the colors and the stamps himself and inked the stamps himself. I helped a little bit with the stamping on the right hand card (especially with removing the acrylic block, since it is easy to drop it back on the card). He stamped the card to the left all by himself.

Layers of ink - Sparkly Animal Storage Holder

The SSS Picture Book dies are perfect for children's projects and Anton used the Walrus, Elephant and Panda. The Walrus and Panda was die cut from white paper and colored with Stickles, while the Elephant was die cut from grey paper.

Layers of ink - Sparkly Animal Storage Holder

The Walrus, with blue tusks and nose.

Layers of ink - Sparkly Animal Storage Holder with SSS Picture Book Animals

The Elephant even has sparkly eyes.

Layers of ink - Sparkly Animal Storage Holder

And the Panda, it was important that only one of the ears should be black.

Layers of ink - Sparkly Animal Storage Holder

The short side of the box is orange. For more inspiration, you can have a look at Anton's previous Summer Vacation projects: Glittery Cactus and Halloween House (very spooky).

Layers of ink - Sparkly Butterflies Cards

Leo had fun picking ink colors, and because there are so many stamps on the Flutter set, we didn't need to clean any in between, he could just grab a new one. It also became an exercise in naming the colors. Archival Inks stain clothing, so the child should preferable wear a protective gown. Stamping with acrylic blocks is easier to do, if the block is just big enough, so try not to use a too large block. The Hero Arts 3 x 3 in block is a favorite of mine for medium sized stamps.

Layers of ink - Sparkly Butterflies Cards

It was important to Leo that the colors of Stickles coordinated with the colors of the butterflies.

Layers of ink - Sparkly Butterflies Cards

He also used some Liquid Pearls.

Layers of ink - Sparkly Butterflies Cards

As most children would, Leo was not happy with the yellow butterfly ending up half off the page by accident. But in stamping, letting things go off the edge of the paper often gives a finished look, and I like the way the yellow butterfly flies into the card.

If you share your creation on instagram, please add this hashtag so that we can find you #ssskidschallenge

This challenge will remain open until 6pm EST on 29th July. The winners will be drawn at random as soon as possible after the challenge closes.


Please Note: creations submitted by anyone over the age of 16 will be deleted.

Please add the age of the child after their name e.g. Daniel age 6. Emma age 3

Thank you so much for stopping by here today!!

Happy crafting!

Anton, Leo and Anna-Karin


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  1. Anton, I love your storage file with the wild animals! How cute is that!! the colours and whole design of this is so fun and fabulous!!! Very Well Done XX ❤️

    Leo, you butterfly cards are so pretty and I do love the yellow one flying onto the front to join her friends. The colours and sparkle are gorgeous ❤️

    Thank you both so much for agreeing to be on our Junior Design Team! You both did a fabulous job! ❤️❤️
    Lols x x x

  2. Anton, what a great project! I love that you made this to hold your papers, that's a great idea for organizing. Your animals are so fun!
    Leo, your butterflies are so pretty, and what a great idea for learning your colors! Awesome work as junior designers, Anton and Leo! hugs, Maura

    1. Popping by again in my "official" capacity to say what amazing talent you boys have! I can see your mother's influence in your work, along with your very own unique styles. Thanks for joining us in the Kids Summer Challenge at Simon Says Stamp!! hugs, Maura

  3. Prachtige creaties van je zonen. Heerlijk dat zij ook zo aan het knutselen zijn. Tjonge leo al 3 jaar! En Anton 8 jaar! Wat worden ze groot.

  4. Wow the boys take after their Mom! Anton and Leo- excellent job <3

  5. What great projects, you have both inherited your mums talent :) x

  6. Anton I love your storage holder! The animals are super cute and I love how you've added the stickles.
    Leo's butterflies are so bright, pretty & beautifully stamped.
    Thank you both for being such fabulous Junior Guest Designers for us xx

  7. I LOVE hearing their creative process!!! Anton's storage holder is not only adorable, but it's functional too!! I LOVE that the panda has only 1 black ear. It gives it style. Now for Leo, the colors you chose are AMAZING!!! Wow! So bright and happy!! And what a wonderful lesson in non-perfection..ism LOL, I don't know what it's called, but teaching him that it's actually more than ok to have the butterfly go off the page like that, is priceless. Most of the time, it's actually better that way!! Awesome junior designers you have. I can't wait to see what they create next year!! :)

  8. Anton and Leo, I can tell you had lots of fun making your creations - your Mom must be very proud of both of you! Thank you so much for being our junior designers!

  9. Awesome projects! Love the use of the stickles on the animals especially the panda with 1 black glitter ear! Also great job coordinating the colors for the butterfly. Fabulous!

  10. What fun! Love both of their makes. I will resist the urge to enter this challenge, as I am 15 years old (in Leap Years), but truthfully, I have no chance to win against these two. ;-) xoxoxo

  11. You guys made amazing cards! I love all of the animals you guys made!

  12. wow Anton you did a great job on creating that amazing folder and thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Summer Vacation Challenge xxx

  13. wow Leo you did a great job stamping those beautiful butterflies and then adding some gorgeous sparkle. And wow your very first challenge, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Summer Vacation Challenge xxx


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