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All Dressed Up Backpack Stampin' Up!

Hello Friends,

Are you feeling cooped up at home with your kids?  Bored?  Bewildered?  I may be able to help you on two fronts.  First, I teach Paper Crafts, so I made a Video Tutorial explaining how to make these cute Backpacks with the All Dressed Up Dies from Stampin' Up!.  Secondly, since I have 23 years of experience homeschooling my boys, so I'll also share insights on how to teach kids from home.


Crafting Paper Backpacks with the All Dressed Up Dies and Check You Out Stamp Set

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Learning Activities for Kids


Teach about the countries affected by the Corona Virus.  Locate them on a map.  Study their cultures, languages, and traditions.  Make foods from other countries.

Math & Science & Reading

Did you know that cooking can incorporate 3 subjects?  Learn measuring and fractions.  Read and research recipes for reading.  For science learn about yeast.  It's a living organism that makes things rise.  Learn about temperatures.  Making candy involves getting things to just the right temperature.  There's just so much to learn cooking together.

Search YouTube for Countless Videos for Kids

There is an abundance of free learning videos about Math, Science, Government, Phonics, etc...

You can learn fractions, multiplication, subtraction, addition, coins, division, counting and more for math.

There are scads of video for learning science including weather, solar system, earth science, volcanoes, viruses and bacteria, chemical reactions and so much more.  The possibilities are endless.

Read a Book Together and Discuss

Government and Social Studies

There's just so much going on right now with laws and voting.  Learn about the 3 Branches of Government and what the can and can't do.  Learn about checks and balances. 

Explore and contrast Capitalism and Socialism.  Study different countries and their forms of government past and present.  

Study and discuss Current Events


Naturally, I would suggest paper crafts, but again the possibilities are endless.

Pinterest has a boatload of ideas for art, science, math, and reading

Physical Education

Walk, Run, Ride a Bike

Combine Science and PE.  Go for a hike and observe different things in nature (birds, plants, animals, rocks, weather).

Play Board Games Together

Learn counting, spelling, reasoning and so much more.

Language Arts

Write about the things you are learning in any and every subject.

Overlap Subjects

Learn by exploring and investigating.  Overlap your subjects.  You will be surprised how much more interesting your topics will be when you combine multiple subjects into one topic.  Most of all, use this time together to strengthen relationships and to learn how to learn.



Have a fabulous day,


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Quick & Simple Peaceful Poppies Projects

Peaceful Poppies Stampin' Up!

Hello Friends,

Here are two quick & simple papercraft projects using the Peaceful Poppies Designer Paper and the Peaceful Moments stamp set from Stampin' Up!.  Either project can be completed in 5 minutes or less.  Why? Because the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper does all the heavy lifting.


Peaceful Poppies Stampin' Up!

Forget -Me-Not Gift Pouch

Cut two 4-1/4" x 5" pieces of Peaceful Poppies paper.  Then use the second largest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Dies to cut an oval near the top of the top layer.  Make a pouch by adhering both sides and the bottom together to make a peek-a-boo window for the Forget-Me-Not Seed pack.  

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2-Minute Peaceful Poppies Card

To make the Peaceful Poppies card, simply attach a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Peaceful Poppies paper to the front of a Thick Whisper White card base.  Stamp the "Thinking of you with all heart" onto the white side of Heart Doily.  Stack on a red Heart Doily and adhere to the front of the card.



Have a fabulous day,


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Positive Thoughts Card and Wall Art

Positive Thoughts Stampin' Up!

Hello Friends,

In today's video learn how to make this beautiful monochromatic card using the Positive Thoughts stamp set and the new Nature's Thoughts Dies by Stampin' Up!.  Once you have mastered the art of card making, you might want to take your paper crafting to the next level with Wall Art like the one in the picture above.  It is simply a bigger, grander rendition of the card.


Use the images and phrases in the Positive Thoughts stamp set to create a bouquet of affirmation for someone you love.

Positive Thoughts Stampin' Up!

Nature's Thoughts Dies are one of 6 new Coordination Products released on February 4, 2020.  See all the new Coordination products here.

Positive Thoughts Stampin' Up!

Here's a closeup of the Positive Thoughts Wall Hanging.  Just look at the detail in the gold foil leaves!  The leaves were made with Gold Foil Sheets and the Nature's Thoughts dies.

Positive Thoughts Stampin' Up!

The gorgeous designer paper is a Free Sale-a-Bration Gift.  It's called Golden Honey Designer Series Paper.   For every $50 spent on Stampin' Up! products (before tax and shipping), choose a FREE Sale-a-Bration product.  There's no limit.  Choose something amazing for free with every $50 purchase or spend $100 for additional options.  See the Sale-a-Bration Products here.

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Have a fabulous day,


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