Monday, March 25, 2019

Crafting Happy Relationships


My new group of crafting dies (click here to see the "Happy"collection) is out from Spellbinders and it's perfect for experienced crafters or even better with children. 

Because making stuff together builds happy relationships and priceless memories.


Here's a birthday crown project I made with my favorite 6 year old using some of the "Happy" dies I designed.




This spontaneous video will convince you how wonderful crafting with kids can be.
And crafting with die cuts is so easy a 6 year old can make something fantastic without stress.


When crafting with children it's important to abandon adult ideas of how things should be done.

Gather a generous smorgasbord of supplies so everything's at hand and encourage the child to choose the die cuts first, then assemble and finally add embellishments like glitter, rhinestones and ribbon.


Audrey picked her favorites from across the collection of dies, combining them in ways adults never would. As adults we might be tempted to direct them too much, but when we simply enjoy what they do, it's far more fun and builds them up.




In this case I had basic crowns ready, along with loads of die cut decorations which she quickly put together, adding her own words and coloring to the crown celebrating our puppy's 4 month birthday. Then we added pipe cleaners, glitter, rhinestones, ribbon and more.


She dreamed up the puppy's crown and wanted to make it " by myself." I did much of the crown she's wearing at her direction ("here, put this puppy on the top!" and "look! We just made a pattern!")

Want to grab the die cutting supplies? It's so easy- just click here!


Children love creative detours. Today we used toilet paper rolls, glitter, washi tape and die cuts to make "spy glasses" and a puppet as well as what I'd planned.
We were both thrilled. Who cared that it didn't look perfect to grown up eyes? Not us!


The important thing is how we all feel about our time making stuff together.
We both felt absolutely WONDERFUL as I took her home. 


The photos show how perfectly imperfect it all was, and how much love we have for each other (which is, after all, the real point anyway, isn't it?)


Thank you, Spellbinders, for making my art into dies sophisticated enough for adults but easy enough for children. I absolutely love the way these crafting dies build relationships.

For more great ideas, hop along to another blog to see more ideas for using Spellbinders dies here at Cards and Coffee Time.

64 comments:

terrie said...

What fun that you had with your 6 year old the crown that she made is so festive .she has such a beautiful smile...
Thank you for sharing such a fun day....well done

Glenda Demorest said...

Very sweet. I was less then successful crafting with my kids. But both are grown and are very artistic.

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a super cute and sweet crown! Love how you incorporated her touch into this masterpiece! Fantastic project.

cghundley said...

So much fun going
on here! Fabulous
dies.
Carla from Utah

cindybearj said...

How cute is this "crown?" I love that she made it herself and the dog looks excited about it too!

Maria Shehan said...

I like the happy collection and I. Am certain that my grandchildren will like it too

Ann said...

"Cute crown" and you are starting her young! She will long remember this.
Ann

amee said...

Oh what fun! Love the creativity!

V. K. said...

What a great idea for getting children at an early age creating and crafting. That crown would make any child proud to wear at their Birthday.

Denise Mills said...

It is such a wonderful thing to have the kiddies crafting as this will go a long way in ensuring crafting future. And it is such great fun.
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Jean said...

Such fun!

TLady said...

HOW FUN! I WISH I had been able to do paper crafts when our children were younger. It was too expensive to do back then. The kids needs had to come first. NOW, I send cards I make EVERY WEEK they are away at school to encourage them! LOL Your little friend looks like she DID have a WONDERFUL TIME creating with you, Sharyn; & it seems so fairy tale like! ;)

Barbara said...

How fun! Thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

Like the new products.

Karthikha said...

That is so sweet! Super fun too! :)

Dee Earnshaw said...

you seem to be having a lot of fun!!!
great project:)

Hummingbird said...

What a fun project, Thanks for the chance to win.

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Oh my goodness, what a delight!!! Love her crown and all the gorgeousness! Your designs are so fun and whimsical! Can't get enough!

Windy said...

What fun!! The birthday crown is just perfect! It really is fun crafting with kids, as long as you just let them create with their own style.

Laurie Black said...

What a fun project! I recently made some cards with my 5 year old granddaughter in the same way: she chose the paper, drew some flowers, glued on butterflies and circles from my stash of pre-cut shapes, added rhinestones and stickers.

Tricia A Podmore said...

What a treat to see mom and daughter crafting. Enjoy as they grow so fast. Miss the days of crafting with my daughter. Thank you for sharing your talents and making of memories as well as the inspiration.

Bev Petriski said...

I love crafting with kids!! They really are so creative too!!

Cherry Blossom said...

Love the layer cake!

Michelle Neal said...

Looks like you both had a great time making memories. Thanks for sharing your projects with us.

Eve N said...

Crafting with children lets out the inner child in everyone! The Happy products make such fun projects, too.

April said...

This crown is wonderful! Thanks for the pictures of the process. Great projets!

Kelly Kuharik said...

Oh my gosh soooo cute!!

Jeanne Beam said...

So much fun crafting with kids. Great projects!
Thanks so much for sharing...

TLI74 said...

SO cute.

MadeByMeghanK said...

THIS IS DARLING! So much fun to get crafty with the kiddos!

Ella Conner said...

How fun! She did a great job 💖 TFS

Helen Budz said...

What delightful creativity. Kids will love these...tfs

Scrap Shack Sister said...

Wow, that is what I call a "crown supreme "! Lokks like you both had a great time.

Karen said...

Beautiful, Wonderful way to spend time with kids...crafting, letting one's creativity soar among the eagles!
Cute and adorable crown model and fur baby! Love It All! Great job! Well done!

Jodi Warren said...

I try and get my son involved with making cards for his friends birthdays, but no luck yet in the creativity or spontaneity of card making yet. Thanks for sharing the tip on taking the adulting out of the picture and just let them create, I have hard time remembering that.

Julie Harden said...

I so love your crafting time together, I used to have that too. Unfortunately being 16 doesn’t allow anytime for crafting but I’m hoping one day there will be time again. For now I craft with wonderful friends. Xx

Leanne said...

Wonderful project! I did craft with my daughter but unlike you I forgot the most important...to let her do it her way. Guess that's the probem with perfectionists.

Linda Anderson said...

Creating is all about Memories! Thank you for sharing your day, your designs for Spellbinders and your wise words for inspiring children to follow in their own creativity journey. Love this new release.

Rozy said...

What great ideas you have! Memories, fun and a crown! Spellbinders dies are so versatile.

DJ said...

I love your designs for this release. What a beautiful crown for such a beautiful young lady.

Sue D said...

What a fun idea. I love to craft with my grandkids.

Becca Yahrling said...

Such a fun post - thanks for sharing. Always love your beautiful designs.

Teri Smith said...

Sharyn when I read what Janette Kausen said about you seeing a design in your minds eye & you cut it out with tiny scissors, I had to read it again to make sure I got it right. It is a gift you've been given. I love that you design with children in mind as well as adults. Enjoyed seeing your daughters creation. Thanks

Anushree Vaish said...

What a wonderful post!!Loved all what u created...Thanks for sharing!!

Brenda L. said...

I loved seeing you craft with your daughter. The crown is beautiful and the puppy is too cute!

Frances Bartholomew said...

Very creative!

Sandra H. said...

I love how excited she is to be sharing this special bond of designing with you!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

The colors you used are very uplifting, fun and creative projects!

Cynthia Cole said...

Your favorite six year old made a super fantastic crown with your designs!

Emma Rose said...

I love this. Wonderful to see children crafting :)

Mary Holshouser said...

Love to see kids and adults working
and playing together. The crown
is magnificent. Thanks for
sharing.
txmlhl(ta)yahoo(dot)com

SusanK said...

Adorable!

Peggy said...

Love that you involve the kids, that time is priceless and the memories awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Denise Bryant said...

What fun crafting projects! I love that awesome set of the cake dies!

Dana M said...

Oh my goodness, what a fabulously fun day you had! Love the crown, such a fun project. Amazing release with such fun and beautiful designs.

Annette Reed said...

What a neat way to use your new dies. This looks really fun!

JM Nus said...

What fun projects you shared,the memories are priceless too.

Kelsey Thomas said...

Cute idea!

Nandini said...

Wow! What a fun project! Summer holidays are around the corner in my part of the world. This project will be perfect for the kids and their friends to do!

Jana Tanner said...

Awesome crown!!! So creative!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Awesome project. Your favorite 6 year old is adorable and talented. Thanks for sharing

shabbypinkhouse said...

Aww...Your daughter is super cute and I love how her crown turned out! Looks like you both had so much fun creating! Brings back childhood memories of creating things with my Mom using “construction” paper. (I’m showing my age. LOL) It didn’t matter how it turned out. I was just so happy that I created something! Such a lovely post! Tfs Hugs, Christine

Cyndi Morris said...

What a fun party that must have been! Beautiful collection and beautiful little girl!

Lori Sloan said...

How wonderful! This reminds me of the fun I had crafting with my grandma so many years ago. Thank you for such fun designs!