Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Time to reflect and DIY project

Hi there today I would love to show you a little notebook. I stamped with heart Tilda and Magnolia’s “Love corner” with Vintage photo and colored the image in with Prismacolor pencils. It does look so simple but honestly this kind of technique takes me so long. (there is an awesome article in one of the older Magnolia Ink magazine written by the very talented Chris Dark!!) For me the process of coloring this image was a healing one. I just had found out that day (Valentines Day) that a family member of mine passed away. I had lots of time to reflect. Simple, but this little book means a lot to me.

I added some Stickles around the edge of the book and added some lace and bakers twine to the spine. I kept one end of the twine longer to add a heart charm to it – it can be used as a book mark. Also used is a small red button and pearls.


Anyhow.. life must go on, Niklas needed the day after Valentines birthday card for his teacher and I totally forgot all about it. In the morning I quickly stamped the large Magnolia butterfly on some paper and had him color in with some pastels. He added some wind (black swirls Smile a cloud and his own smilie face). At first he did not even wanted to make the card but once he had one for his teacher after school he told me “SHE REALLY Liked my card” he was happy. I think this butterfly is really quite cute to have for kids crafts, the large areas make it easy for the little ones to color in.

Claudia_Rosa_Niklas Butterfly

since I was not able to blog last week I wanted to share the little project I made with my kids – we have to make each year about 50+ Valentines to be exact 58 this year. I have tons of broken Crayola crayons. This year I soaked all those broken pieces we collect each year in warm water, let the kids peel off all the wrappers, I took off the little pieces.


added them all into a silicone tray – I have seen nice small ones (my hearts are quite big and needed lots of crayons) at Michaels and Target for just $1 and put them on low heat for about 10 minutes in the oven. They all melt nicely and came easily out of the form after I cooled them for about 10 minutes outside.


Here is a close up shot of the finished gifts– I let the kids added into each baggie some chocolate and a crayon heart and I tied with ribbon close. I stamped the sentiments and had the kids punch out the matting and had them write their names to the back of the tag . Next time I would maybe add a nice sentiment for the crayon… like “You color my world” or so … I just ran out of time with making almost 60 of these in time for Valentines day.


Thank you for your visit.



purpleprincess2007 said...

So sorry of your sad news , your projects are inspiring! Fantastic colouring with your prismas and those heart crayons are an awesome idea!
Hugs xx Cara xx

Marjolein said...

Great project for Valentine!
I'm sorry and saddened to hear that you had to say goodbye to someone you care for and love.
My sincere condolances.
Thanks for sharing nonetheless!
You're such a great artist, love your colouring too.

Bye and a Hug from the Netherlands,


Jane said...

My thoughts are with you at such a sad time Claudia. What a wonderful distraction crafting soothes the soul. Your valentine project was awesome, what lucky children to have such a talented teacher. Take care, x

Ann Marie Governale said...

First, I am so sorry for your loss... so sad when we lose someone no matter what the circumstance... your project is lovely.. I do know just how hard it is to work with pencils and Kraft... one day when the world slows down, I will attempt it! Last, I just love your crayon project... what a cool idea.. as a teacher, I would LOVE to get a gift like this... I so miss these "fun" time with my son- now 23! He would have loved this project when he was younger. Savor these moments.. His project is just as precious! Prayers are with you today, xxx Ann Marie (My Eclectic Spirit)

Emily Perry said...

This Rakhi a pleasant surprise is waiting for my brother. Thanks to
for their lovely gift collection. It has simplified my task to a great extent.

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Hilde said...

Love love love your prosject!!

hugs from me!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear your sad news..... loving your gorgeous projects!
Helen x

Rebekah said...

Sorry to hear your sad news Claudia, your notebook is so lovely I must try colouring on kraft and as or the crayon hearts thats just the cutest idea! hugs rebekah xx

ednamburgess said...

Sorry to hear your sad news. Glad the card helped in some way and it turned out beautifully. And the project with your children was cute and I'm sure they enjoyed doing it. Edna

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