Handmade With Love XXII: More Baby Gifts

Handmade baby burp cloths as demonstrated by toddler baby doll play | spotofteadesigns.com

As a crafter, I know how long it takes to make some handmade gifts. Items I receive need more than the few minutes of love I can give it, so I’m happy to post these Handmade with Love posts that showcase great handmade cards or gifts I have received. A few months back I did some graphic design work for a long time friend, Elizabeth. When receiving her payment for my work, a few bonuses were found in the package. She must know how many tissues we go through in our family with a toddler who always seems to have a runny nose and a hubby who has bad allergies in the summer. She made this pretty little tissue pack holder that I can now carry in my diaper bag for quick access to our tissue supply! And since she's a SOTD blog follower (Hey Elizabeth!) she knows about my newest ... Continue Reading...

Patriotic Contact Paper Play

Cheap and easy Patriotic toddler activity: Contact Paper Play @ConTactBrand | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links. Know that I only promote products I personally use and stand behind. To learn more about my affiliates, please review my disclosure policy here. Since the weather has been so nice and we're always outside, it’s been a while since we’ve broken out our contact paper for a fun interactive craft play session. With July 4th right around the corner, an indoor patriotic craft activity was in order! This one came together quickly with just a few minutes spent digging through my stash of paper scraps. While she was napping, I set up an "invitation to play" station using red and white paper strips, punched out blue stars, the left over scraps from the star punch outs and a sticky wall made of Con-Tact Paper and ... Continue Reading...

Under the Sea Quiet Book: Part 3

Under the Sea Quiet book with free templates. #toddler #quietbook #handmade #ocean | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links. Know that I only promote products I personally use and stand behind. To learn more about my affiliates, please review my disclosure policy here. I recently shared the beginning pages to the Under the Sea themed quiet book I made Brielle followed by some additional page designs. I used silver grommets and book rings to hold the pages together, making it easy to add more pages later on. For now, I think this book is complete so please enjoy the last few pages of my first hand sewn Under the Sea Quiet Book. Treasure Chest Pocket: Brielle loves putting things in and out of pockets so I made sure to include one big pocket page for her. Adding the little French knots for the nails was the most time consuming part ... Continue Reading...

Handmade Pirate Birthday Card

Handmade Pirate Birthday Card | spotofteadesigns.com

Just dropping in for a quick little post to show off this handmade birthday card I made for my nephew Blake. We're celebrating his fourth birthday today with a Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme. I dug in my stash to make him a custom pirate themed card for his big day! Happy Birthday Blake! (or "Bake" as Brielle calls him) Supplies: Stickers: Martha Stewart Crafts, Chipboard Letters: Heidi Swapp ... Continue Reading...

Use Your Stash Challenge: Embrace the Sticker Sneeze

Use your paper stash challenge: sticker collages for handmade cards | spotofteadesigns.com

There was a term used back in the day of early scrapbooking: sticker sneeze. It resulted when someone would put their photos on a page (usually cropped with those decorative scissors and matted with neon colored paper). Once the photos were glued down, they would grab the sticker pack which matched the theme of the page and then splatter stickers randomly all over the page. It wasn’t necessarily a pretty sight but something very common to this early scrapbooking trend and later considered a scrapbooking “no no.”   Since I’ve been low in my stock of birthday cards, I used Brielle’s bath session one night (aka Derek was bathing her and I had a few minutes to myself) to embrace the sticker sneeze and create a few birthday cards. I went through my stash and pulled out this kid series ... Continue Reading...

Under the Sea Quiet Book: Part 2

Under the Sea Quiet book with free templates. #toddler #quietbook #handmade #ocean | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links. Know that I only promote products I personally use and stand behind. To learn more about my affiliates, please review my disclosure policy here. I recently shared the beginning pages to the Under the Sea themed quiet book I made Brielle. Her book was one of the many “airplane ready” items I the Easter Bunny gifted her in this year’s Easter basket since we were due to fly out on vacation a few days after Easter. Before we go into some additional pages, I wanted to pass along a few tips I learned along the way, which mostly have to do with supplies: Get a good pair of scissors that cut felt! Since my book was felt based, any old scissors wouldn't do. Luckily I had a pair of these Fiskars 8 Inch Amplify ... Continue Reading...

Mother’s Day Kids Craft: Salt Dough Handprint Ornament

Mother's Day Kids Craft: Salt Dough Handprint Ornament. #kidscraft #mothersday| spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: I am part of the DecoArt Blogger Program and was provided product samples. In addition you will find affiliate links for products I recommend in this post. I only promote and share products I personally use and recommend! To learn more, please review my disclosure policy here. I’ve always wanted to try out these salt dough ornament crafts I’ve seen pinned on Pinterest. I chose to follow this tutorial from the Viva Veltoro blog to test out some handprint ornaments, which became our Mother’s Day/Grandmother’s Day craft! I was able to take photos of this process and my then 21 week pregnant belly using my brandy new (from Christmas) AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod and Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release. Since Brielle has a new fascination with the ... Continue Reading...

Under the Sea Quiet Book: Part I

Under the Sea Quiet book with free templates. #toddler #quietbook #handmade #ocean | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links. Know that I only promote products I personally use and stand behind. To learn more about my affiliates, please review my disclosure policy here. When Brielle turned one, I realized many of the toys she had enjoyed were no longer entertaining when we were out or in the car. I wanted to find something that was easy to take on the go and keep her busy so I decided to make her a quiet book! A quiet book is typically a sewn felt or fabric based book that includes interactive elements on the different pages. Printable templates can easily be found but with a graphic design background, I decided to make my own! I focused on an “Under the Sea” theme creating pages to encourage counting, color recognition, and spelling. ... Continue Reading...