Friday, August 17, 2018

Heidi Swapp Lights in my kindergarten classroom

I love when I can combine my love of teaching kindergarten with my love of all things Heidi Swapp.
Each year I change up my Kindergarten classroom just a little depending on my students and depending on what Heidi Swapp goodies are new!
This year I couldn't wait to include some Neon and the Lightbox Glow  as well as the
Regular lightbox. Let me share some of the ideas I have used them for!
My kindergarteners have come along way with their writing in only 6 months at school. Each day we celebrate their writing with one student having their work chosen to be apart of our store writers award!

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

I use the Lightbox Glow as a way to share what area we are celebrating. 

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

The kids love how each letter glows a different colour. I am using  the 
Black Light Reactive Multi Pack and I like to turn down the lights in the room when I turn on the Lightbox glow for the wow effect.

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

 They also get to share the amazing writing on our fun Cat In the Hat stand and my Shine Neon word.  I painted it with some mint paint and then used the mint green Neon wire inside the word.
My students like the freedom of choosing how the Neon light is switched on, either still or flashing!

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

I also have an area in my room where most of my teaching happens, I have an awesome interactive whiteboard and on the table where my computer sits I like to share some inspirational quotes to motivate my students. I usually use my regular Lightbox in this area.

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

I change the quotes up regularly, for now I am using the Plant Lady Icons and the letters from the Party Accessory kit to spell out my  quote.

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

Recently it was science week at out school and I used the Lightbox Glow to help me with a little experiment. We were wanting to make some glowing water so after a little research online, we used the inside of a highlighter, a glass of water and the Lightbox Glow.



The experiment needed a black light to allow the phosphors in the highlighter ink to glow...

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

The Lightbox Glow was the perfect black light and we turned off the classroom lights to see what happened.... but we wanted to really take it up a notch so we found an empty storeroom and turned off the lights!

Heidi Swapp Lightbox classroom decor

It wowed me and it certainly wowed my students as well. There were a few squeals and lots of explanations of OOOOOs and AAHHHS!
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Don't forget you can find all the Heidi Swapp lightbox and Neon goodies for your classroom at your local Jo-Ann Craft and Fabric store!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Color Pour

I am thrilled to be sharing a fun new project with you today.
American Crafts have just released an exciting new program called Color Pour. It takes all the guess work out of acrylic pouring art because all the measuring of the pouring medium  has been done for you. If you know me you know I am not a messy crafty but this was so simple to use I am going to try it again and again.

American Crafts Color Pour

I have had this MDF wooden cactus in my stash forever and wondered if the Color Pour paints would work...well let me tell you they worked beautifully as you can see above!

American Crafts Color Pour

The collection comes with a variety of packs and paints and I was lucky enough to try the Teal Paint kit that comes with 4 shades of perfectly coordinated colors...

American Crafts Color Pour

... and the gorgeous blue Glitter Kit that contains 3 packs of glitter including the fine aqua and the gorgeous navy blue chunky glitter.

American Crafts Color Pour

I just love the effect that is created. and best of all it was so easy to do. Let me share my process with you.

American Crafts Color Pour

First I gathered my Color Pour supplies, the paint and the glitter.

American Crafts Color Pour

Next I painted my piece of MDF wood with some gesso and allowed it to dry.

American Crafts Color Pour

I found some plastic cups at home, one  larger and 4 smaller shot glasses. I also grabbed  a large  piece of scrap cardboard from a cut up box for  a drip tray.

American Crafts Color Pour

I measured out 4 equal amounts of paint in each small cup just be squirting out the paint.

American Crafts Color Pour

Next I poured the smaller cups into the larger one, pouring the paint from lightest to darkest.

American Crafts Color Pour

I then picked up my cactus, turned it upside down and placed the open mouth of the cup against the wood. I then quickly flipped the cactus over and sat it down on my cardboard. I allowed the paint to drip down for a minute then lifted the cup. The best part was manoeuvring the paint around the cactus by tilting it back and forth until all the surface was covered.

American Crafts Color Pour

I then placed the cactus on three of the small plastic glasses to allow the excess paint to drip down onto the cardboard. I then sprinkled some of the fine aqua glitter onto some of the areas of my paint.

American Crafts Color Pour

I then grabbed the blue glitter and spinkled some on the lower section of the paint.

American Crafts Color Pour

I then left the cactus for 24 hours to dry completely. 

American Crafts Color Pour

I just love how it turned out, my older son claimed it for his study so it looks like I need to make another one! You can find the Colour Pour collection now at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Heidi Swapp Neon

In a house full of boys sometimes I need to give myself a little girly time! Recently my husband put together this fun Ikea table for me to make my own vanity table! I just love it. When I saw the
Heidi Swapp Neon words and Images and in particular the lips I new straight away I was going to use it on  my vanity table.

Heidi Swapp Neon

The lips come white so i did a little DIY and added some of the pink Marquee Love glitter.


Heidi Swapp Neon

Once the glitter was dry I threaded through the white Neon wire and placed it on my table.


Heidi Swapp Neon

I just love the way It sits nestled there amongst  some of the pretties on my vanity!

Heidi Swapp Neon

The glitter shines so nicely!

Heidi Swapp Neon

and it coordinates so nicely with the other items on my desk.

Heidi Swapp Neon

I love coming home from work and turning the neon and, it lights up my whole room.

Heidi Swapp Neon

On the other side of the table I have a few pretty items and a favourite family photo!

Heidi Swapp Neon






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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Embrace the glasses


 I am thrilled to be joining the Paige Evans' Silhouette team! I am here to share my first layout with some of Paige’s delicious cut files. As a mum to two boys my scrapbooking mostly revolves around their crazy boyish antics, but occasionally I like to create a page about myself. When I saw the Sunglasses cut file I couldn’t help but be reminded of the glasses I have just begun to wear because of my declining eyesight. I wanted to create a big impact with the glasses so I cut them full size from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.


I wanted a fun eclectic feel to my glasses so using an exacto knife, I trimmed out the horizontal lines in one of the heart lenses. I then laid the glasses cut file down on my base cardstock and added some 1canoe2 constellation rub-ons and then added a clear transparency on the underside of the cut file. I also added in a couple of gold glitter stars punched from gold glitter paper from my stash to create a fun shaker element to my page before laying the white base onto the diagonal black 
and white stripe patterned paper from Crate Paper 



I then used Paper 24 from the Turn the Page collection to back the other lens. I added pop dots all around the under side edge 
of the sunglasses to create some depth and dimension to them.


Thanks for joining me here today!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

World Emoji Day!


Today I am celebrating world Emoji day with my Heidi Swapp lightbox!
Now when I was doing a little bit of research about Emojis I came across this fun fact!
This is not a Poop emoji. In fact it is a chocolate icecream emoji! Haha - can you even believe it!!!! The worse case of mistaken identity ever!!!!!!

Heidi Swapp lightbox

I just had a little giggle to my self and decided to have a little ice cream party for my boys!

Heidi Swapp lightbox


So next time you are playing around on your phone take a moment to pay homage to the chocolate ice-cream emoji...it just might make your day!

Heidi Swapp lightbox

You can find the Heidi Swapp lightbox and accessories at your local Jo-Ann store!

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Friday, July 6, 2018

School inspiration board with my Heidi Swapp Neon words



If you are a teacher like me,  then you know that school vacations, although welcomed are never really restful. You are always planning, organising, making and creating ideas and resources  for the next term or year.

We are half way through our school year here in Australia and I am alway looking for fun and fresh ideas to inspire my students. I grabbed one of the new  Heidi Swapp Neon words and wire and my Letterboard  both found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and set to work in creating an inspiration board for my classroom.

Heidi Swapp Neon words

I started with the Neon word Shine and gave it a couple of coats of  lime paint I had in my stash. I then added some of my Gold Marquee Love Glitter to the star section of the Neon word for a touch of fun. Usually the Neon wire is threaded through this star section as well, but I wanted to add a touch of shimmer and shine instead. Once dry I followed the directions on the back of the packaging to thread my Blue Neon wire and I was complete. 

Heidi Swapp Neon words

I then grabbed my large white letter board and completed the rest of my quote. I used the Black 1 inch letters and White 2 inch letters that I had previously spray painted yellow and a couple of stars from the Everyday Icons set to finish off.

Heidi Swapp Neon words

I used a touch of blutac to the top of the letter h and some tape at the back of the Letterboard to hold the battery pack and Neon wire end in place.

Heidi Swapp Neon words

I love the combo of green, yellow, black and gold...perfectly bright and fun for my classroom.

Heidi Swapp Neon words

I still have a week to go with my school vacation, but I am  excited to head back to school with my Inspirational letter board. I know my students are going to think the Neon is so cool!
Don't forget you can find the Heidi Swapp Neon words and  Letterboards and accessories at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Out of this world!


One of my most favourite things to do is to combine a cut file and the Heidi Swapp Storyline  collection. I love finding nooks and crannys to tuck the Deck OF Days cards into.  
This pack of cards "The  Everyday " set was the perfect way to celebrate my family's trip to the movies to see Solo!

Heidi Swapp storyline collection


I used this fun Globe cut file from Paige Evans that I downloaded from the Silhouette store as a base and cut it from white cardstock.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

I then trimmed lots of the Deck Of Days cards to fit inside each section of the globe and adhered them to the back of the cut file.  I left some of the sections blank for some breathing space. I then came in with my Jane Davenport Magic Wand  Pencils and coloured in some scrap cardstock with colours from my photo ( yellow and blue) and also trimmed these out to fit inside some of the sections.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

I then used pop dots to attach my cut file to one of the Storyline 12 x 12 pages. Finally I hand wrote my title using a black felt tip pen and added some shading with another of the Jane Davenport Magic Wand pencils.

Heidi Swapp storyline collection

I just love the fun effect all the words on the cards make. It creates a cool eclectic design! You can find the Storyline collection and the Everyday Deck Of Days cards at your local Michaels store!

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