Thumbprint Easter Egg Card
Mar 24th, 2015 by Craftylocks


Once you start thumbprinting some Easter eggs, it is hard to stop!

We made some Thumbprint Easter Eggs yesterday and it was so much fun that I made a basket just right for some more.

You can copy or print out this Easter basket onto a card, or just to make a picture.

Use an inkpad or two inkpads if you have them, to make lots of egg shapes.

I did think after I started that you it would have been a good idea to mask the top of the basket so the thumbprints did not go on the basket, but I found another solution.

Use a pen to add some decorations.

Then colour in the basket and you have a very personal Easter card!

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Watermelon Card
Mar 15th, 2015 by Craftylocks

I love it when for no particular reason, one of the children make up their own paper craft.

I don’t know if she saw an idea for this somewhere else, but on one of the many occassions we had some paper and glue out, the youngest crafter in the family glued together layers of red and greens paper to create a watermelon card with three pages instead of the usual two. I did not get step by step photos so hopefully the ones below give enough information if you also want to make one.

I suggested that we could use it for a birthday invitation, but she did not think that was the theme suited a party invite. Her comment … “What, ‘come to my party, there’s going to be heaps of fruit’! “

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I Love You THIS Much Card
Mar 9th, 2015 by Craftylocks

Say thanks with this card, and it is bound to put a smile on the recipients face.

Draw around the child’s hand onto some card. Cut that hand shape out and use it as a template to cut another hand shape out.

Cut two strips of card and glue them together to make a long strip. Write ‘this much’ on the strip and then fold into a concertina.
Write ‘I love you…’ on the top hand and decorate as you wish. I used a piece of paper doilie I had left
over from another craft project to represent a lace cuff.
Glue the concertina strip between the two hands so that the hands line-up when the card is closed.
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Mother Day Cards
May 8th, 2014 by Craftylocks

Some of my favorite cards for children to craft for Mothers Day and of course Grandmothers Day too.

Mothers Day Tea Bag Card
From all the hits this craft gets, it must be one of the most popular on my site. Have a look and see why everyone likes it so much.
Fold Out Card
A bit of a fancy card, but ever so easy to make.
Secret Message Card
This very clever card is much easier to make than it looks – have a go!
Seeded Paper for Gift Cards
A perfect card and gift combo paper craft.
Accordion Pop-up Card
The front of this card says ‘Thanks …’ and when it opens a whole bunch of flowers pop up and the message is ‘… a bunch’. Much easier to make than it looks.
Concertina Gift Card
What I love about this one is that it combines a card with a gift – and the gift can be little promise notes or special messages. Did I mention that this is also easier than it looks??
Pop-up Garland Card
This card combines two very easy techniques, a simple pop-up card and a paper garland. The flowers from the garland are used on the inside of the card as pictures here, and also on the front of the card and an envelope.
Easy Pop-up Card
Just like the others in this list, this is a great card craft for children to learn. The pop-up section is a separate piece that is glued on.
Heart Shapes Card
This is easy to do and super cute.
Hand and Heart Shape Card
Just right for a special message for someone special.
Tulip Flower Card
Flowers are always great on a card, and this one has two folding out flaps.
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Tulip Dog Card
May 7th, 2014 by Craftylocks

When we were making the Tulip Flower Card I thought that the shape of the card opened looked a lot like a dog.

Well that is what I thought anyway, the children were not so sure, so I convinced them …

Tulip Flower Card …

Dog Card …

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Tulip Flower Card
May 7th, 2014 by Craftylocks


This is a cute folding out card for the children to make for someone special, like Mum or Mom.

I have made a template for you to print out and use if you want, or you could just use the pictures as a guide as it does not need to be exact. If you want to just have a go making the shape, then fold the paper or card into three first so that you have two flaps that open out. Then cut the shape of the tulip top and bottom. Cut an arc on each side of the flaps as pictured here.

We had also added a piece of paper to the inside so that it peeked up above the flaps. I didn’t check to see if an actual tulip has this but we thought it looked better for it.

When it is opened it will look like this, except this was before we added the bit of paper on the inside.

We thought that some leaves would look good with it. We just cut some shapes out and glued them to the back of the card.

Then I bought in an expert in the whole childrens making mothers day cards to help me, a child, to help make this mothers day card. She designed and added the details.

Including a cute little surprise on the second flap.

I thought it was funny that as it is not Mothers Day yet and she was helping me make this for this site, my child helper could not use her real name as it is not really a card from her to me. So her chosen nom-de-plume for the project was Joe.

Did anyone else think that the card opened up looked a bit like a dog? I did and so make a Tulip Dog Card too.

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