Spring Linky Party

I was just surfing around blogland and I found a Spring Linky Party which I joined up with.  Click on the picture to hop on over for some awesome Spring Theme ideas!!


New Product in My TPT Store

I had the chance to add a few items to my Teachers Pay Teachers store today.  These are tutorials that I have for sale on my papercrafting blog - Stamper On The Shore

This first tutorial shows you the steps to create an adorable flower bouquet card which my class will be making for their Moms for Mother's Day.
There are very clear, step by step instructions.

I used flower punches for this card, but you could easily adapt it for bought paper flowers, or have the children make their own flowers.

Scroll down for more photos and a second tutorial.

to download the tutorial

This second tutorial is more for the Staff.
If you are interested in scrapbooking or card making
this layout is excellent for a new baby, or young child.

Included are step-by-step instructions.  Including how to make those cute box pleat, and that pop-up sailboat.  Although I used Stampin' Up! product on this page, you can adapt it for similarly coloured papers.

to download the tutorial.


Easter Baskets

I made these cute Easter Baskets with my class last week.

They were absolutely easy to make.  Of course the kiddos needed a bit of help, especially with the stapler.  But overall, the activity was unexpectedly simple. 

This is the template I used to create the baskets. 
The only difference is that I did not cut away the triangle shapes.
Click here for a link to a fabulous tutorial by Renee Van Stralen.
To modify it for my Grade 2 students I cut the paper to a 9x9 inch square.
Then I scored them into 9 squares - like a tic tac toe pattern.
I showed the children how to cut their own slits.

Once the basket was put together, the kids glued on the strap.
Then I came through with the stapler and secured it all together.

To cover the staples, I had the children decorate their baskets with stickers and die cuts.
Below you will see a variety of ways that they decorated their handles.
I gave them very little direction about what to do, and their creativity really surprised me.
We put a few other Easter crafts, chocolate eggs, and coloured eggs in the basket to take home.