Saturday, 24 January 2015

Thinking Day Doodle Cards

Hi everyone! It is less than a month until Thinking Day! I'm sure most of you are gearing up for the big day...and Guide/Scout Week.  Here is an idea for the Girl Guide Doodles that I had posted about recently here.  I cropped sections of my doodles and used them for Thinking Day cards. The original doodles can also be seen on the right side of this blog...scroll down to see the Sharpie marker coloured versions.

The Guides and Brownies will be making the foldable version to send to our Brownie Pen Pals in England. A Shout Out to 5th Nuneaton Brownies and Brown Owl Tina! We've been Pen Pals for almost eight years. 

I made the "glitterized" version to send since I had more time at home to do so.
The pdf can be printed then photocopied, folded and coloured.  I left the insides blank so that we could add our own sentiment or letter etc.  The cards may be used as is or cut out the front cover and add it to cardstock... then go crazy! 

I used coloured pencils to colour these cards.   I used blue glitter decorative tape from Dollarama as a border on the one I made at home.

I added a little blue bow to the top,  some Dollarama bling on the flower centers, and yellow bling to the owl's eyes just for decoration. Google eyes would also look cute on the owl.

The blue glitter tape was a wide roll so I cut it down using my paper trimmer to make the desired width.  {Notice the book in the background below.  It says " Make Do And Mend *Does not apply to false teeth". I thought it was funny lol ...found it at a fleamarket}.

Decorative and Washi tapes can be cut to the desired width using a paper trimmer. This one above has both a rotary blade and a guillotine cutter. Since this blue tape has a peelable backing the guillotine cutter worked best.
Gotta love the bling!  I guess it is called bling or stick on gems...not sure what it is formally called.

Here is what the printed PDF files look like before folding...

#1 Thinking Day Card -Owl on toadstool

#2 Thinking Day Card- Owl on Rainbow

#3 Girl Guide Card- no title

#4 Thinking Day Card- Small Owl on Toadstool

If you would like these PDF files just email address is in my profile.  I am always willing to share my work.  Please specify which one{s} you would like.  The descriptions are beneath each photo.

Whenever I send files I usually ask "Where are you from and what Unit are you with?".  I find it fascinating!  I keep a record of everyone who receives my files, postcard swaps, crest trades etc in a little washi tape decorated book...well, now I have two little books. 
I started a second book in December 2014
I ♥ Washi Tape. I like to edge the pages with it.
I've been sending files and receiving blog comments since 2012. I so enjoy making contact with Guiders from around the world.  Without this blog and the internet I would not be able to do such a thing. It is an awesome way to share ideas.  A special Shout Out to the 59 members of this blog!

Thank you all so much for viewing Owl & Toadstool! 

PS...If you had requested files from me but did not receive a reply please try to email me again.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Canadian Guider - Felt Trefoil Tin

Hello Blogland! I'm back so soon, stop the press! LOL  Just thought I would share with you a craft idea of mine that was published in the fabulous Winter 2015 issue of Canadian Guider magazine.  Wooo Hoo! The magazine staff liked an idea in my Owl & Toadstool post  "Felt Crafts" and contacted me to see if I would share the Trefoil Tin craft with them.  Of course I said yes! Awesome!  It is published in the Ideas to Go section along with some other fun Trefoil craft ideas!

Canadian Guider. Winter 2015.  Volume 85, No 1. Page 37
Winter 2015 issue of Canadian Guider PDF is available for download.
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Other Owl & Toadstool ideas 
published in Canadian Guider magazine:
  • Get Crafty! Tips to Get Out of a Crafting Rut. Spring 2014 
  • Ideas to Go: A Happy Hat Craft-Clothespin Caterpillars. Spring 2014
  • Spreading the Word - Unit Bloggers. Fall 2013

Thank You 
Canadian Guider!
for having an interest in  
Owl & Toadstool

 Have a great day!
Lee Ann

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Girl Guide Doodles

Owl & Toadstool viewers 
Happy New Year!  
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015

The cold has hit Canada with a vengeance. It was a green Christmas for most Maritimers with temperatures as high as +15 Celsius on Christmas Day but then New Year's day was -15 Celsius or colder.  For the past couple of weeks it has been freezing COLD here...with windchill as low as -25 Celsius on some days.  There has been snow in this area where as other parts of the Province have seen more rain than snow.  Not as much snow as usual but good for outdoor skating and skiing.

Although the cold weather offers fun outdoor activities it also forces us to stay indoors and to entertain ourselves in other ways.  A person can only brave the elements for so long before retreating inside for warmth and hot chocolate! I like to tap into my creative side during this time. Here is what I have been up to...

with Tangles and Dangles

I do not claim to possess any type of talent for drawing but doodling is so much fun to do. This could be something that the Girl Guides could do as part of badge work or to include in a Smash book or Lapbook or any other type of memory book. The amount of detail depends on the doodler.  I think it would be neat to make Thinking Day cards with personalized doodles!
GGC Trefoil  rubber stamp

I used a trefoil stamp that I had purchased at the former NS Guide store years ago to make a stencil.  This allowed me to trace the trefoil pattern since I am not very good at drawing the trefoil.   I could have just stamped directly onto the doodle with ink but I wanted to have the outline of the trefoil so that it could be coloured different colours.  This stamper creates a solid image.

If you do not have a stamper then you could make a stencil from any trefoil pattern.  Since I wanted to use the image multiple times I decided to make a stencil.  I stamped on {junk mail} paper then covered it with clear tape so that I could reuse it. Then I used an Xacto knife to cut away the image.  You could use either the positive or the negative pattern pieces for a template.

And now for the fun part...Colouring!

Santa Claus left a bunch of Sharpie Markers for me this past Christmas since he knew that I was a good girl LOL Santa knows that I like to be creative.

Since I used Sharpie permanent markers I had a limited colour palette and I wanted to use the colours of for Sparks, brown for Brownies, blue for Guides, green for Pathfinders, red for Rangers, and blue for Adults.

The words "Girl Guides" are doodled with dangles
If you are interested in Doodling with Tangles and Dangles there are numerous ideas on Pinterest which link to many websites on the subject.  Do a search for Zen Tangles and you will be mystified!

Happy Doodling!

Lee Ann

For more of my doodles go here.