Monday, September 26, 2016

Pokemon Go Birthday Card

Happy Monday, everyone!

This weekend was a whirl, as anyone with young kids can imagine. Between baseball games, soccer games, birthday parties and tween girl swim parties (yes, in September!!), I was barely able to get my students' papers graded (oh the joys . . .). 

I got a call late Saturday evening inviting Henry to a birthday party for a friend who had moved to another nearby town over the summer. He missed his friend, so, despite the last-minute invite, we were determined to make it to the party. We ran out to get his present that night. The next morning, I sent Henry to the studio to pick out a card (I was busy grading, you know). Surely, I thought, there is a card suitable for a little 9-year-old boy.

Shows what I know.

Henry interrupted my grading to ask for help. How could I turn down a chance to craft with my boy? Papers schmapers.

Henry had picked out Pokemon Cards for the gift, so we decided a Pokemon card was in order. The problem was time. It was already 10 and the party started at 11, and the whole family was invited. Why must we all attend the Chuck-E-Cheese party? I. do. not. know.

And (shocker) I hadn't showered yet. On any other Sunday, we would all have been cleaned, fed and feeling moral at church, but as I said, we were "determined to make it to the party." So, happy in our pajamas, we knuckled down on this Pokemon card. 

I quickly googled Pikachu. And I mean quickly. We punched and cut so quickly, I honestly cannot remember much. We used the owl builder punch for sure (I should keep that punch in a safe. I love it so much). 

Here is what we came up with:

We made another "Faux Flip" card because I wanted to use the Poke Ball to hide the inside surprise. Plus, I like that it's a little more interactive for a little kid. 

Here's the step-by-step on the Pokeball:
  1. Use the 2 ½ circle framelit to make 1 red and 1 white circle. 
  2. Hold the circles together and punch the center of both at the same time with the ¾ inch circle punch. Save your little white circle for the center of your Poke Ball.
  3. Score the center of the circles (this is the estimate where your center is)
  4. Then cut on either side of the score line. 

At this point, you should have 4 "c" shapes (2 red and 2 white. This is good because you will have extras in case you mess up, which I did. 
You can now build your "ball." Cut a black circle the next size up from the 2½ circle with your framelits. This will serve as your base.

TIP: When you begin building your Poke Ball, place your ¾ inch white circle in the center first. Then, build your top and bottom around the center. I tried building from the top down, and that did not work! 

Here is the rest of the card. You'll have to use your imagination on how to build Pikachu. I really rushed and I'm not very pleased, but Henry liked him and that's all that matters. Plus, I don't think he's half bad for a quick job!

Today's moral? 

I learned that it's ok to set aside my work to spend time with my boy. How much longer will he want to make Pokemon cards with me?

I also learned that we can knock out a card lickety split when we have to.

I also learned that showers are overrated.

Thank you for stopping here today. I hope you come back tomorrow. I will have updates and maybe a Christmas project to show you!

Have a super day. Until next time, stay crafty!