Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Skyline Birthday or Fun With Drinking Straws

I did a craft with my kids today. It had been a while. Oh, we've glued things and played with stickers and colored and all that, but a good cover-the-table-in-newspaper craft hadn't made an appearance here in months. So there's this awesome place where I spend most of my online time, perhaps you've heard of it? What's that? Pinterest? No, although that is a cool hangout. Splitcoaststampers? Yeah, that's the one! On splitcoast a girl in the Stamp to Spend challenge (where you "pay" yourself for each card or whatever that you make and only spend the amount that you've "earned", theoretically) had started a blog and one of her cards featured a cool technique where you blow ink drops around on glossy cardstock using a drinking straw. (Run-on sentence much?) Straws + mess = good kid fun. (Video tutorial for the straw technique here and here.

The 5 year old really enjoyed it and loaded his paper with all different colored inks. I thought it was a terrible idea but kept my mouth shut and I'm so glad because they turned out really cool. The 3 year old was interested for about two minutes and then decided stamping Mickey Mouse on the newspaper and on his arm was more fun. Whatever makes ya happy, sweetie. And the girl just wanted to chew on some clean paint brushes.
Sorry for the sideways photo! The two all the way to the right are my 5 year old's.

I used one of mine to make this card. It is highly unusual for me to do a technique and actually make a card in the same day. Highly unusual.

My reinker colors are Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise, and Pacific Point. I think the weird little dots/bubbles are because my glossy cardstock is about 10 years old. Don't you love that glitter paper? It's so perfect for this skyline. A pale grey circle for a moon and a BIG birthday sentiment turns this into a birthday card for my cousin chasing her fashion dreams in NYC. I'm entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog's skyline challenge.

Thanks for looking and reading through my ramblings! And putting up with my phone photos. I think I'm ready to go back to my DSLR.

Stamps - PTI Birthday Bash Sentiments
Ink - SU Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point reinkers, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - SU Glossy cardstock, PTI white and Soft Stone, Coredinations black glitter paper
Other - MFT skyline die, circle punch, straws


  1. They turned out so cool!!! I agree that the one with lots of colors turned out neat! But your sky? Awesome!!! Great card lady!

  2. LOVE how this turned out, Paula! And perfect that your kids were right there with you, too! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge!

  3. Very cool, love how the skyline turned out perfectly!

  4. That is awesome, perfect use for that technique.

  5. Wow!!! What a fun technique!! I watched the video, I have some glossy I just purchased on clearance, Now I I just need to go try this technique!!! Love your skyline card!! Wonderful billowy clouds!!! Your 5 year old did a great job!!! Reminds me of a glass ornament Seth and I created many years ago. I dropped the same family paints into the inside of my ornaments but not Sethybear, he loaded his with all sorts of colors and it DID turn out cool! Thanks for the memory and the little peek into your crafting day!!!!!

  6. these look AWESOME! love your card!