Kids Crafts

Valentine’s Day Fimo Hearts Teacher Gifts

For the latest Staedtler Try-It-Tribe challenge we were asked to make some Fimo Hearts for Valentine’s Day, using a Fimo mould. The kids were not so keen on making hearts (can’t we make more spaceships?!), until I suggested we make them to give to their teachers for Valentine’s. They LOVED this idea as they are still at the age where they love their teachers and want to give them nice gifts!

Here’s the hearts we made:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

The 6 large ones are teacher gifts, so we added ribbon to those to make them into decorations. The others are spares for the kids to play with (though they gave the tiny yellow one to me).

Want to know how to make your own?

Step 1: Start with some Fimo, a Staedtler Fimo Clay Mould, some talcum powder, and a brush:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Sprinkle your mould with talcum powder:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then use the brush to dust it around and into the creases of the patterns, tapping any excess off:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

You should barely be able to see the talcum powder:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Knead the Fimo a bit to soften it then roll it into a ball:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Press the ball into the mould, making sure you are pushing it down enough to fill the dips of the patterns:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once you’ve pressed all your Fimo in it should look a bit like this:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Turn the mould upside down and use your thumbs to press the Fimo out of the mould, the mould is quite bendy so it’s easy to do:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Ta-da!

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Make sure you re-dust the mould with talcum powder if you are using the same heart again. We had to re-do the rose one almost straight away, as I managed to put my elbow on the one we’d just made. Doh!

Some hearts may need a bit of excess Fimo cut off if there was a bit too much for the mould:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can experiment too. We thought the plain heart shapes looked a bit boring compared to the patterned ones, so we twisted 2 sausages of Fimo colours together, then pressed them into the moulds for a marbled effect:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the ones we marbled:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Little Miss also got creative with the back of some of them, making a pattern with the point of the plastic knife:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: When you’ve finished making hearts use a wooden kebab stick or similar to make a hole through the hearts which you want to hang up. You will need to wiggle the stick around a bit to stretch the hole so it’s big enough to fit ribbon through. And don’t forget to pick the heart up and make sure the hole is big at the back too, not just at the front:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Arrange on a baking tray covered in tin foil, and bake according to instructions – for the Kids Fimo we were using this was 30 minutes at 110 degrees C:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Once they are baked and cooled you can add a ribbon – you may need to use the kebab stick to help poke the ribbon through – and tie a knot to hang them up:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

The kids can’t wait to give them to their teachers (Cheek Boy has turned into Spiderman!):

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

I especially like the patterned hearts, they’d make nice Christmas decorations too I think:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

They’d look even nicer with a bit of gloss varnish on, as some of them look a bit talcum-powdery! But I didn’t have any gloss varnish, so never mind.

Do you ever use moulds for any of your creations? I want some small ones to make some embellishments for my scrapbook pages!

Have a great day – it’s a rather stormy one here with Storm Imogen rattling the windows. We’re staying snug inside.

Disclosure: Staedtler sent us the products to use for this post, but all photos, text, and opinions are our own.

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

A Card For My Valentine (using Happy Scatter items)

Sorry I’ve been absent this week. I could blame it on many things but the main reason is our current addiction to The Vampire Diaries which we have been watching on Netflix (UK)! I love Netflix but the problem with having entire seasons of shows at your fingertips is that the temptation to watch ‘just one more episode’ it too great. I think we’ve watched 10 episodes so far this week. Oops.

I managed to pull myself away briefly to make a Valentine’s card for my husband Alex, using mainly items from the Happy Scatter January Release (don’t forget about the Guest Designer Call on that post, which closes on Sunday)! Here’s the finished card:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Using a stencil and some other bits and pieces! Here’s how I put it together…

I pulled out some items I thought I might use – mostly Happy Scatter items but also some Simple Stories enamel dots and an A6 blue card blank:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I tried out a few backgrounds, including this one with the large ‘date’ journal card, and the foiled word ‘golden’:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I also tried this one, with the ‘we are good together’ tag and the ‘xoxo’ journaling card:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Before settling on the ‘I want to be with you all the time’ journaling card (from the ‘We Are Golden’ Journaling Cards pack), and the mint foiled arrow (from the ‘Hugs’ Ephemera):

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I used some repositionable adhesive spray (I use Scotch-Weld Spray Mount) to spray the back of the Geometric Hearts Stencil, and once it was tacky I pressed it onto the A6 card blank, checking the journaling card would overlap it slightly:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Then I used a sponge dauber to apply white acrylic paint through the bold heart shape:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Once the white paint was dry I placed the tyre-track type heart over the top (again using spray adhesive to make sure it stayed in place):

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

And I used some matt artist gel mixed with grey paint to spread through the pattern:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Once dry it looks very cool with the depth and texture:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I layered on the few bits that I’d already chosen to use:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Then added some extra bits, like my hubby’s name, some of my Wood Veneer Shapes, and some white thread… I twirled some into a loop:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

And held it on the card by sticking the ‘love’ ephemera circle on top (using 3D foam dots):

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I finished it off with a bit of glitter tape and some enamel dots and gems:

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

I hope he likes it!

A Valentines Card using Happy Scatter Items

Do you make any Valentine’s cards? If yes do you turn to love-themed supplies or just use general stash?

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

He Is My Sunshine-Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We don’t make a big fuss of Valentine’s Day in this household, but me and my husband do exchange cards. When I made hubby’s card I wanted a slightly different colour scheme to the usual pink and red, so inspired by Julie Kirk’s ‘A Month of Sunrays’ and some My Mind’s Eye supplies, I teamed red with yellow instead:

You Are My Sunshine Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Supplies = Red Cardstock cut to make a 6×6″ card; My Mind’s Eye: ‘Lost & Found 2’ Rosy 6×6 Paper Pad, Rosy ‘Ordinary’ Brads,Sunshine ‘Sunshine’ Title, ‘Kraft Funday’ Bright Days Twine, ‘Fine & Dandy’ True Blue Chipboard; HobbyCraft Adhesive Stones; Heart punch; Foam Tape.

Sometimes we have a nice dinner on Valentine’s night too, but he has to work late this evening, so I’m having some girlies round for dinner and crafting instead! What are you doing this Valentine’s Day?

Sending sunshiney thoughts to all my lovely blog readers! Jennifer x