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In 2000, Speciality Papers was started by Ronel Stevens, a mom of 2, who was tired of impersonal service and the inflexibility of local companies when purchasing art products, stationery and paper for her children, their friends and their schools.
Ronel soon discovered that her frustrations were mirrored in the people that she met at her children’s school functions.
And so, the vision for starting a small business, passionate about personalised service and focussing on parent’s interests was born. We’re proud to say that it has been a winning recipe!
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An invitation for any special occasion - Birthday Party, Wedding, Anniversary, Kitchen Tea, Baby Shower - is vital in establishing the theme for all your guests and listing important details about the event. These include times, dates, details about the food and the appropriate type of dress to be worn by the guests. The design of the invitation sets the tone for the entire event.
Before you can start designing the invitation you need to decide on your theme and this all depends on personal taste, budget and the type of event you are planning. It is important to plan this properly so you can make the appropriate decorations and food to match the theme.
Once you have decided on your theme, the fun begins in designing an invitation which accurately reflects this theme and is unique!!
Invitations can be kept plain and simple or can be made very elaborate, this all depends on the effect you are trying to create. Many art & craft materials and techniques can be used to create invitations. A fundamental part of an invitation is the paper or card from which it is made. There are a wide variety of different types of paper and card to choose from.
Many different techniques can be used on even the plainest card or paper to create a unique effect. These include
Scrapbooking paper & embellishments are ideal to use when making invitations for extra special effects and to add dimension to the invitation.
Most importantly, have fun when making your invitations and experiment with different craft techniques and paper until you get a result which is eye-catching and accurately represents the theme of the party!!!
MOM & ME SCRAPBOOKING IDEAS
This year you could make an everlasting gift for your mom by making her a page for her scrapbook or scrapping a page and framing it in a photo frame/box frame! This may require a bit of planning so you can find special photos of you and your mom and purchase a selection of paper, words, etc. You may even choose to do a series of pages with photos of different stages of your life.
Think of extra special ways of decorating the page
- Choose from a wide variety of beautiful Double Sided Paper
- Use the Cuttlebug to emboss paper or diecut a special design
- Add words or stickers created with Cameo Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool
- Add a stick on border
- As an unusual touch why not create an envelope using scrapping paper and add a letter inside telling your mom telling her why you love her!!
If you want to make this about spending time with your mom, it is the perfect craft to do together so set aside some time to find photos, shop together and then spend a morning creating a beautiful page/picture!
INSPIRING EASTER CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Want your child to think about more than how much chocolate they can eat this Easter there are so many different crafts you can do with your child!!!
Most require inexpensive materials yet produce very effective results. They can easily be done at home by a parent and are also suitable for school activities. Crafts can be enjoyed by children of any age from toddlers to early teens.
Once you start you will be inspired to continue creating lots of beautiful decorations for your home and gifts for friends and family!
Encourage your child to create an Easter corner in your home or classroom and get them to think of as many different items that can be added to make it special. You could even choose a particular theme such as eggs and get them to create a variety of items related to this theme.
Start collecting egg boxes, toilet rolls, scraps of coloured paper which are always useful in craft making activities.
Ideal materials to collect also include
Poster Paints Feathers Rhinestones Pipe Cleaners
Ribbons Craft Stick Googly Eyes Pompoms
Here are few inspiring ideas to get you and your child started!! Glitter glue, Ink, Food Colouring and kokis are also useful for decorating items.
Use either polystyrene, hard boiled or blown out eggs
Paint some hardboiled eggs with poster paint and leave them to dry. Then cover the eggs with a thin layer of white glue. Pour some fine glitter onto a plate, and roll the eggs in the glitter.
Wrap some rubber bands around an egg before soaking it in dye. Using two or three bands gives a good effect, or you may want to use more and take some off before re-dying your egg in a second, lighter colour. Let your children see the interesting patterns that develop.
Rhinestone & Sequin
Apply self-adhesive Rhinestones which come in a variety of beautiful colours and sizes and require no messy glue. Add thin strips of ribbon or paint the egg first to give it an unusual background colour.
Apply glue dots all over the egg then roll in glitter. Easy and very effective!!!
Pipe Cleaner Decorated
Apply craft glue to the whole egg. Wind pipe cleaner around the egg and you can even coil smaller pipe cleaners and add them as extra decoration.
- Prepare a range of base colors in deep mixing bowls. You can use standard colors or mix your own shades. Remove the eggs and dry on paper towels.
2. Using a fork, stir the oily liquid to create swirls on the surface. Leave the marbled eggs to dry on paper towels for a couple of hours, or overnight
If you draw on your eggs with light-coloured wax crayon before painting the egg or dying it in cold water mixed with food colouring, you will have beautifully patterned eggs.
Finally, there's nothing wrong with a plain old-fashioned painted egg. If you hard-boil your eggs first and put them in an old egg cup, you can then let your children loose with paints and brushes, stickers, glue and glitter to do as they please and see what emerges!
Eggheads with cress hair
You will need: empty egg shells (try to just break off the top to empty them, so you have a good size shell left to use), felt pens, stick-on wobbly eyes (optional), cotton wool, crees seeds, an empty egg box.
To make them:
1. Wash out the egg shells and sit them in the egg box to keep them steady (on a cotton wool cushion to raise them up a bit if you need to).
2. Draw on some crazy faces, using the goggly eyes if you’ve got some. You could do self-portraits or funny faces (or maybe that’s one and the same thing?)
3. Put some cotton wool inside the shells and dampen them with some water.
4. Sprinkle cress seeds all over the cotton wool – good coverage will give you a full head of hair.
5. Pop them on a windowsill and wait for the hair to sprout. It’ll only take a couple of days.
6. Add a little bit of water if the cotton wool dries out, but not too much.
We make these Eggheads with cress hair every year because the kids think they’re so funny. If you get them ready four or five days beforehand they will have grown a full head of hair ready for the Easter weekend – which you can then snip off to enjoy with an egg sandwich.
You can also use grass seeds for this craft. This allows you to give the eggheads a haircut which will grow back ready for a restyle. However you can’t put the grass on your sandwiches!
Polka Dot Sitting
Stick waxy stickers on your egg. Dye or paint it a bright colour. Add paper or felt wings, comb, eyes and beak and attach cut out feet with string or wool. Perfect to sit on a kitchen counter or shelf!
Paper craft with hand wings
Cut out an oval shaped body from yellow paper, trace around your toddler’s hands to get the shape of the wings. Attach wings and feet at the back of the body. Use split pins if you want them to move. Decorate the head with a feather and use a marking pen to draw the eyes.
Cute Sitting Chickens
Dye/paint a hard boiled or blown out egg. Cut out a single section of an eggbox and paint the same colour as your egg leaving one tip plain to be coloured for the beak. Place your egg in the piece of egg box. Attach a feather for the tail and draw on eyes with a marking pen.
Craft Stick Bookmark
Paint a plain craft stick bright yellow with poster paint. Attach yellow or orange feathers behind the top of the craft stick with glue. Cut out a small diamond shaped beak from paper or card, fold in half and glue to the stick. Use a marking pen to draw on eyes.
Thumb Print Chicks
Put yellow poster paint on a plate. Dip your child’s thumb into the paint and get them to place it all over the paper to create the bodies of the chicks. Once paint is dry add beaks, feet and eyes in different positions to make cute chicks. Ideal for card-making or decorating gift wrap paper.
Craft Stick Bookmark
Paint plain craft sticks or use pre-coloured ones. Fold small pieces of pipe cleaner in half and glue to the top of the craft stick to make the ears. Glue small pompoms about half way down the stick to create the front paws. Cut out carrots with coloured paper or felt and glue between the paws. For eyes either draw using a marker or add tiny googly eyes. Draw in nose and mouth.
Place 8 plain craft sticks next to each other. Tape them together so they don’t move. Turn over the taped set of sticks and use craft/poster paint to paint your picture. Once the picture is dry you can leave it taped together and add a ribbon at the top to hang it on a wall or cupboard handle or to make it more interesting undo the tape and make it into a simple puzzle for your toddler.
Cute Egg Bunny Sitting
Watch this video to create a very cute Bunny from an egg, a piece of toilet roll and some paper!!
Easter Bunny Face
Onto a plain paper plate, glue cottonwool balls or white pompoms all over the front of the plate. Once these have stuck add a pink pompom for the nose and pipe cleaners for the whiskers and mouth. Stick on googly eyes. Cut ears out of pink & white card and glue to the back of the paper plate.
This project is simple! Make spokes of your basket by tying four pipe cleaners together. Add a ninth spoke and trim to the length of the other spokes. If you want to customize your basket and make it smaller or larger, add/delete the number of spokes. Make sure that you have an odd number of spokes, otherwise the weaving will not work.
Weave in another pipe cleaner, over and under the spokes. When the pipe cleaner ends, twist twice the end to the beginning of another pipe cleaner. Curve spokes upward to form the sides of the basket. Continue until you are satisfied with the shape and size. Tuck the spokes into the previous rows, trim excess. Finally, twist two pipe cleaners together to form handle, and hook onto the top of the basket. Play with different patterns & colours.
Use this complete kit to weave a foam basket. Finished item can be used to put decorated eggs in or even chocolate ones as a gift!! An easy to make up kit which requires no glue and can be completed in less than an hour!
Coloured Craft Stick
An easy to make but effective basket. Create the base by gluing one colour of craft sticks onto a piece of card. Add different sticks in layers until your basket reaches the desired height. Attach a ribbon to the basket to make the handle once the glue joining the sticks has dried.
Pom Pom Chick and Bunny with Pipe Cleaner
Footprint Painted Bunny & Chick
Art may seem like fun and games -- and it is! But, did you realize that your child is actually learning through exploring arts and crafts? Through art, children gain important life skills, so encourage their creative side. In doing so, you'll be helping them in these areas:
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: When a child draws a picture, paints a portrait, or hangs buttons from a wobbly mobile, that child is beginning to communicate visually.
PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS: When children explore art ideas, they are testing possibilities and working through challenges, much like a scientist who experiments and finds solutions.
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL SKILLS: Art helps children come to terms with themselves and the control they have over their efforts. Through art, they also practice sharing and taking turns, as well as appreciating one another's efforts.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS: Fine motor skills enable a child do things like delicately turn the page of a book or fill in a sheet of paper with written words. Holding a paintbrush so that it will make the desired marks, snipping paper with scissors into definite shapes, drawing with a crayon, or squeezing glue from a bottle in a controlled manner all help develop a child's fine motor skills and control of materials.
SELF EXPRESSION & CREATIVITY: Picture the toddler who has a new baby sister busily pummelling his fists into Play-Doh; a six-year-old joyfully painting flowers with huge arm movements blending, reds and yellows; a ten year-old drawing a portrait of her grandmother who recently passed away. Creating art allows children to work through feelings and emotions, and referring to a finished piece of artwork helps a child talk about feelings in a new and meaningful way. Art also develops a child's creativity. Rather than being told what to do, answers and directions come from the child.
Art is an experience that requires freethinking, experimentation, and analysis -- all part of creativity.