Christmas


We love you all and wish you a very Merry Christmas!

“The first gift of Christmas was a simple gift given by a father to all his children, to us. He gave us His son, the Christ. He is the gift.”

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Ice Cream Snowman

Hi my Crafting Chicks friends! It’s Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything and I am so excited to be here with you again this month. Even if you live in a warm weather climate you can still enjoy creating a little snowman this Winter. An Ice Cream Snowman is fun for the whole family to make and the best part is eating it.

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Here’s what you need:

Ice Cream
Rolos
Candy corn
Rope red licorice
Nerds
Oreos
Mini chocolate chips
Coconut

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Since I knew it would take the kids a while to put their snowman together I pre-made scoops of ice cream, placed the individual scoops in muffin tins, and placed them back in the freezer for about an hour. I’ve also done this for birthday parties. It beats trying to scoop ice cream during the party.

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Place a little coconut, chocolate shavings, nuts, or candy sprinkles on the bottom of a shallow bowl or plate to keep the ice cream scoops from sliding around. I chose coconut to represent snow but the kids already told me they would prefer candy sprinkles next time. Go figure!

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I made a couple snowmen to show the kids and then they got busy making their own. Place one scoop on top of the other and then let the kids create. Separate 2 pieces of the rope licorice for the scarf and place around where the two ice cream scoops meet. The eye are mini chocolate chips and the nose if the orange part of the candy corn. I cut some candy corn pieces into triangles for the kids.

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The nerds make the smile or in this case a somewhat frown. Make the hat with half an oreo cookie a rolo. Use the oreo icing to stick the rolo to the top.

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The kids had so much fun making their snowmen and were so proud of their creations. They did such a great job!

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I asked the adults if they wanted to make a snowman but they just chose to eat the ice cream.

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Do you want to build a snowman? The kids really had a great time. Since I’m not an artist I made them really simple which was perfect for them. Feel free to add more detail and get as elaborate as you like.

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I just think they turned out adorable. See you in 2015!

Here are a few more ideas and projects you might like:
Rudolph printable
Waterless snow globes
Memory ornaments
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Letter to Santa: 4 Simple Gifts

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We are trying to simplify Christmas gifts over at my house.  I have loved the idea of just 4 gifts and having them be simple gifts.  I decided to design a Letter to Santa that showed my girls exactly what they were asking for and so they really get the idea of what they will find on Christmas morning.

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These are easy enough for little ones, but still fun for big kids too.

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Of course I wanted to share so you can download both below!

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The file is zipped so make sure you right click to unzip once you download.  Please remember all files are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP.  All Crafting Chicks products are copyrighted. They are for personal use only. No selling of prints or redistribution of files is allowed. Thank you!

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Every year my kids love to give little gifts to their friends.

This year…chapstick and kisses…just add my free printable tag. (below)

I found these sparkly topped chapsticks at Nordstrom Rack & paired them with Hershey Kisses (I love their mint truffle & candy cane kisses!)

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Crocheted Winter Blanket Tutorial

Hi there readers! It’s Ali, back from Dream Crafter. I am so excited to share this craft with you today because its something that has taken me a long time to complete. I love a good project that I can just sit down and do at night. Doing crafts like crocheting or sewing or cross stitch are some of faves because they help me unwind from my day. I started this blanket about 4 months ago (although it didn’t really take me that long to finish. I’m just a procrastinator,) and I love how it turned out.

 crocheted winter blanket tutorial I am a huge fan of grey. You can never go wrong with a good neutral. Especially on something that is so big. Here is what you will need to make it:

1. A million skeins of Lion Brand “Dallas Grey” yarn. Seriously…I think this took me like 15-17 skeins. Of course this depends on the size of blanket you want. I made mine big enough to cover the length of my 6 foot hubby. :)

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2. You will also need a size J or K sized crochet hook. Remember that the larger your hook, the more “hole-y” your blanket will be, but that also means fewer stitches.

Pattern:

Row 1: Ch (chain) 125, plus Ch 2 for increase

Row 2: Skip first hole and start in second loop working the other direction. hdc (half double crochet) in each ch across. ch 2 for increase.

Row 3-55: Follow same instructions as in Row 2.

Row 56: Finish blanket with single crochet all the way around. Tie off. Re-thread any loose ends from when you finish a skein.

Thats it! Easy peasy!

folded blanket I can’t believe how soft this blanket is. I just want to stay in it all day. Maybe I should have added some sleeves and made it into Snuggy version. :)

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Thanks for letting me stop by and share some of my crafting world with you! Be sure to stop by Dream Crafter to see all the other shenanigans I am dreaming up for Christmas this year.

-Ali

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We are loving the new FREE app from Adobe.  Adobe Voice!  My family has had fun telling stories this week, especially my kids!  They love hearing their voice.

I thought this would be the perfect way to share a Holiday message with friends and family.  Sharing our Holiday Christmas Greeting below.  It took just minutes and is something friends and family will love seeing, but more importantly will be a little treasure for our family.

 

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The possibilities are endless when using Adobe Voice.  Some great ways we have thought of are:  a grandparent reading a story to a grandchild, a year in review, school projects, craft tutorials, and many more ideas!  Adobe Voice would also be a great tool for educators or business owners as well!

When my sister and I were little, we loved recording our voices on our pink “Ghetto Blaster’ (remember those children of the 80’s!)  We would listen to it over and over and thought it was so cool!

My kids wanted to tell their own little story and had so much fun using the App!  Hearing their little voices right now makes me happy…I can’t imagine what a treasure it will be to hear their little voices 20 years from now!  My 5 year old son made a story on how he loves being 5!  I had to share that as well today.  I love the words he used…on his own!  With little coaching.  He melts me and I will love to look back and hear his sweet 5 year old voice!

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Listen to his sweet voice!  My kids keep wanting to make more “stories.” Love this so much!

Adobe Voice is so user friendly!  My kids even caught on after a few minutes.

First you can choose your theme.  They have many to choose from.   The theme I chose was “simple.” sm themes adobe

Next, choose your layout.  You can choose a different layout for each of your pages in your slide show.

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For each page…you can upload photos (various ways to do that-see image below), or add an icon or text.

At the bottom of your screen, you can add or delete pages to your story.

The orange button is for recording.  Hold down to record.   I have added helpful tips for recording at the bottom of the post.

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You can add music using the files offered in the App.  There were a lot to choose from.  Or…you can add your own favorite music file!

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When you are all finished making your “Story,” you can upload and share in various ways!  See image below.  I also have included a link below to a tutorial on embedding your “voice” story code.

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How to Make a Great Voice Video

AUDIO:

  • Adobe offers pre-existing story templates.  A great tip is to outline your message before you start recording so you have a plan for what to say during each part of your story.
  • Audio – Some great tips for Audio & Sound…Record your voiceover in the same location, in one session, about six inches away from your I Pad.  Also, record in a quiet room with no ambient noise.   If you need to record in a louder spot, plug an external microphone into your iPad.
  • Let Transitions Linger – Because the transitions are fast in Voice, a tip for creating a smooth video would be to allow a one second pause before releasing the button. You can also include slides with no audio if you’d like and can adjust the amount of time on the slide by changing the duration in the time icon.
  •    Music – You’re now able to add in your own songs
  • Pick appropriate music, and make sure to adjust the music volume so your voice is clearly audible

IMAGES:

  • Use unique, compelling visuals – pick a different image or icon for every slide.  Images – Pan & Zoom – pan across an image in your Voice videos, and then zoom in on a specific person, place or thing
  • Be aware of slide timing – each phrase should fit naturally with a new image.  10 seconds or less per slide is recommended, but don’t make your phrases too short or your video will feel choppy
  • Keep your video brief! 2 minutes or less is ideal

TUTORIALS ONLINE:

  • For websites, family blogs, or businesses…you can embed your video into your website or blog!  Fantastic! It is so easy!  Here is a tip on embedding.
  • Sharing with Social Media: After your finish your recording, you will have an option to upload it to FB, share it on Twitter, message it or send it in an email!  Great for sharing with family and friends!

Now a challenge to our readers!  Download the FREE app today and try making a holiday message for friends and family!  We would love to see yours!  Hashtag your holiday greetings with #craftingchicksvoice.

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We’ve shared these fun Printable Scattergories games this year and we are excited to share our Christmas Time Version!  A great game for those family parties, thinking about Christmas time…from A to Z!

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Last month we shared this at Tatertots and Jello!  We love Jen and her amazing site.

Today I’m sharing a free printable gift tag for you!  A Christmas gift tag to go along with any crafty gift.  You can attach this to a kid craft, diy kit, or craft supply, etc.   sm crafty tag 5 sm crafty tag 6

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This tag is fun to tie onto washi tape too!  I have some creative friends who would love a gift like this.

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Some of the best kid gifts are ones that promote creativity!  Another cute idea is a gingerbread craft kit…add to a mini stocking.  Thanks for letting me share this fun gift idea with you today!  Merry Christmas!
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My little 5 year old boy loves Ninja Turtles.  For his playgroup this month, we had to make some Ninja Turtle ornaments!  It was so easy and fun!

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Supplies you need to make Ninja Turtle Ornaments:

Green ornament balls (I found a big plastic tote of them for 4.97 at Walmart!)

Ribbon 1/2 in wide in Blue, Red, Orange, & Purple (Found at Michaels Craft Store)

Hot Glue or Elmer’s Glue

& Google Eyes (ones that fit inside your ribbon)

If you do Large ornament balls, you will of course want wider ribbon and bigger eyes:)
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Just string glue around the middle of the ornament ball.  Slowly add your ribbon leaving a 3 inch piece on each end.  Tie the two 3 inch piece ends together  in a double knot.  Add google eyes!

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You have some adorable Ninja Turtle ornaments & a happy little boy (or girl!)  We even made a mini tree for my little boys room!  Such a fun craft activity and a hit with little ones!

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