Instant Valentine Cards Coloring Page

Valentine Cards for Kids Coloring Page Instant DownloadHi Moms, I created this instant valentine coloring page just for you! All you need to do is download the PDF, print it out, and have your children spend some quality creative time decorating the designs!
Materials you’ll need:
– printer & paper
– colored pencils, markers and crayons
– scissors
Download this *VALENTINE COLORING SHEET* PDF and print it as many times as you wish.
Valentine Cards for Kids Coloring Page Instant Download
Have your children color each design with crayons, colored pencils and markers. I used these super cute heart crayons from OOLY.
Valentine Cards for Kids Coloring Page Instant Download
For younger children, I would suggest they color all four designs first, then cut on the lines to create all four cards. Older children (6+) can cut the cards out first and then decide how they wish to decorate them.
Give the cards to friends as they are, or add them in an envelope with heart confetti. This is a great, easy valentine gift for grandparents, care givers and teachers this week!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online in her Etsy shop (which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Ski Friend Craft for Kids

Ski Friend DIY Craft for KidsBy now the kids are going stir crazy inside with all this cold weather and snow, so I wanted to offer a ski themed craft that is both fun to make and can double as a toy for creative play. This cute ski friend can be made by all ages – just check out my special tips below!

Materials:
– Pipe cleaners
– Popsicle sticks (small size)
– Toothpicks or wire
– Pom poms
– Wooden bead (for the head)
– Paint / or permanent markers
– Scrap of yarn or string
– Hot glue, craft glue or double sided tape (see below)
– Scissors
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
1) Cut a pipe cleaner in half to make the body for your skier. I chose a few different colors so it looks like pants and a shirt.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
2) Fold one pipe cleaner half like an upside down V to make the legs. Fold the other pipe cleaner half around it to form arms, as the photo shows.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
3) Paint a wooden bead for the face. You could also use a thin tipped permanent marker for eyes, a nose and a mouth.
4) Using hot glue (adult supervision only) or craft glue (such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue), attach the head to the body, and the feet to two Popsicle sticks. Attach pom poms to the head for a hat.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
5) Fold each pipe cleaner hand around a toothpick to create ski poles.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
6) Tie a little yarn or string around the skier for a scarf.

Ski Friend DIY Craft for KidsVARIATIONS

This craft really works the best with hot glue, because if done right – it can be played with over and over again! The kids will have a great time bending the knees, etc. like a real skier. If you do use hot glue, make sure it heats completely before applying (usually 5 minutes after plugging the glue gun in).
If you do not wish to use hot glue, strong double sided tape could be used to adhere the feet to the Popsicle sticks.
Don’t have a wooden bead at home? Simply use a sticker for the face (such as a round colored dot from the dollar store).
As long as you have pipe cleaners and Popsicle sticks at home – you can get creative with this fun, winter craft!

Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop (which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Watercolor Rainbow Jellyfish Craft

Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamiliesMoms, I’m sharing this watercolor jellyfish craft with you because it’s been a real hit in my art classes this summer! It’s easy to make and display at home. Kids will enjoy making this adorable craft on a lazy summer day 😉
 
Materials you will need:
– watercolor paper
– watercolors
– paintbrushes
– scissors
– hole puncher
– string
– markers
– pencils (for curling)
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 1 Cut a piece of watercolor paper in half lengthwise so that you end up with two long sheets of paper to paint on.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 2 Using a set of watercolor paints, paint stripes of color all the way across the paper like shown. Have the kids try to use as many colors as possible, and keep each painted line about the same size.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 3 Allow the painting to dry completely. Then cut out a head and body shape as well as lines starting from the bottom of the jellyfish for the ‘tentacles’.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish
Step 4 Draw a cute face with some markers.
 
Step 5 Curl the tentacles of the jellyfish using a pencil like shown. Watercolor paper is so stiff, you could even use your fingers for this step.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 6 Punch a hole at the top of the jellyfish and feed some string though, so that children can carry it around or hang it in their room this summer!
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her cute characters can be found online in coloring books and party printables via her website and her Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken from 3.5 – 12 years.

Father’s Day Chalkboard Art Project

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 18) and this chalkboard art project is the perfect gift to make for dad! Well suited for any age to create – this cute, framed artwork can be displayed at breakfast on Father’s Day, and then kept on dad’s desk year round.
Materials you will need:
 
black paper (scrapbook quality works best)
white or peach colored pencils
chalkboard markers and/or white gel pens
colorful markers (for the frame)
a basic wooden frame
scissors
Step 1  Cut out a piece of black paper that will fit within the frame you are using. An easy way to do this is to trace the around the cardboard frame back, or the frame’s protective glass to achieve the exact size you will need.

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 2  Lightly trace a cute design on the paper using white or peach colored pencils. Quotes look especially good done in chalkboard style writing, so you could have your kids write something such as, You’re a COOL dad or You’re a BEARY good dad – something fun and sweet. Pinterest always has some good ideas if you need inspiration!
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 3  Using white gel pens or chalkboard markers (mine are from OOLY), trace over the pencil designs to create the finished artwork.
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 4  An easy way to decorate the frame is by dotting a confetti pattern using colorful markers. Sharpie paint pens would work perfectly for this, or multi-surface markers such as the ones I’ve used. You could also easily use regular washable markers, but the colors will bleed a little bit on the frame’s wooden surface unless you paint it first.

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 5 Add the artwork inside the frame, and have fun displaying your chalkboard masterpiece for dad on Father’s Day!
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Mother’s Day Coloring Page

Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
This past weekend I offered summer themed coloring pages to the children at the Jersey City Summer Camp Festival, and realized the moms were just as eager to enjoy some coloring. So moms – this is for you! Simply download this adorable coloring page and relax.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Materials you will need:
– Printer
– Paper
– Colored pencils or thin tipped markers
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 1 Download this Mothers Day Coloring Page from my ‘Tea Time Coloring Book‘. Print it as many times as you wish for personal use.
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 2 Use colored pencils or thin tipped markers to color all the details. If you’d like a wide array of colors to choose from, OOLY and Crayola both offer great coloring pencil sets, as well as the generic packs of pencils available at Michael’s craft store.
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 3 Think about having a little ‘coloring party’ with your kids this month. Print a few copies of this page and enjoy a cup of tea together. It’s a great way to get children to unwind after a long day at school or on the weekends. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day – you deserve a little treat! 😉
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft

Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft

Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
The kids had such a great time making this craft at the Jersey City Spring Festival with me last week, I wanted to share this ‘how to’ so you can make these puppets at home with your children in preparation for Easter on April 16. If you do make them at home, this week, tag @jcfamilies on social media so we can take a look at your great creations!
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Materials you will need:
 
– Popsicle sticks
– Card stock paper in light colors (I purchase mine from Michael’s craft stores in the city)
– Scissors
– Markers
– Clear Tape
– Stickers
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 1 Cut out bunny shapes (and eggs if you’d like) out of card stock paper. Older kids will enjoy doing this part themselves. Younger children will need an adult’s help or you can even purchase pre-cut shapes at your local craft store or online.
Step 2 Attach a Popsicle stick to the back of each bunny shape with a piece of clear tape.
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 3 Decorate the bunnies using markers. This is the best part for children – as they can really showcase their creativity! Have them add clothing to the bunny, funny facial expressions or even glasses!
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 4 Add some festive stickers as a finishing touch. This part is especially fun for toddlers.
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
As you can see from these examples, children add their own wonderful spin on this craft. Aside from being used for imaginary play, these puppets can be added to plants for decoration, or as a centerpiece for Easter breakfast.
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft for Kids by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

4 Easy Easter Decorating Ideas

Hi Moms! I had fun putting together ideas for St. Patrick’s Day and wanted to share some ideas for Easter that I’m using in my home right now. Check them out and please do let me know if you try any of them!

1 Easter Egg Centerpiece

To make this bright and fun centerpiece, I cleaned an old glass fish bowl in the dishwasher and filled it with fun plastic eggs. You can buy a glass bowl such as this from the dollar store for under $2 and plastic eggs for under $3.  A large glass vase works wonderful as well. So, for under $5, you have a beautiful centerpiece for your dining table!

2 Egg Cups

I purchased these adorable egg cups from Smith and Chang General Goods in Jersey City for only $2.50 a piece. They look great all March and can be used Easter morning to present colored eggs. The egg candle here is an antique from my mother’s collection… so cute!

3 Potted Grass

This cute little chick from Buzzy, Inc. comes with grass seeds and soil and is under $2 at Target. It’s a great way to teach kids about planting and responsibility, as they will have to water it all Easter season. Target also has a wide array of affordable and sweet Easter decor.

4 Egg Tree

This tiny egg tree is great decor for Spring. All you need to do is take a delicate but sturdy branch from outside and place it in a vase with pebbles at the bottom. Decorate the tree with miniature ornaments which can be found at a party store or make your own!

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow, ModernMom and her own crafts library Cupcakes + Owls on Blogger. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.

Last Minute Easter Inspiration

Easter is this Sunday, March 31st and I’ve whipped up some easy last minute ideas for your home! I hope you’ve enjoyed my other decorating and craft ideas this month… with the weather still so cold this holiday is a great way to welcome Spring and think about warmer weather!

1 Make an Egg Wreath

One of my favorite projects for every holiday, is using a regular paper plate from the dollar store and cutting out the middle to make a wreath shape. This part is a little tricky, so I always prepare it ahead of time before the kids dig in! To make this adorable decoration, simply cut egg shapes out of any sort of paper you have at home, and let you children decorate them with markers and stickers. Glue eggs onto the wreath and let dry for an hour or so. Hang it up!

2 Bunnies in the Window

I hope my neighbors are enjoying all the cute bunnies hanging out in the corners of my windows this March 😉 One of the easiest projects I’ve done this year; cut about 12 bunnies out of white paper or buy pre-cut rabbit shapes from the dollar store. Have the kids draw different faces on each one and apply to your windows with Plastitac. They will stay on your windows happily for weeks and come off very easily. A much better way to apply to windows than tape!

3 Peel and Stick Easter Stickers

I bought a pack of these stickers at the craft store for literally less than $2 and have been using them non-stop for cards, gift tags, art projects, and I even used some for the Egg Wreath above. They are great for young children and can be added to the outside of plastic eggs during egg hunts as well!

4 Last Minute Easter Basket

This basket is a little treat I have planned for my mother this Easter who is visiting for the holiday. She is an artist like me and always loves receiving new art supplies so I found some awesome new colored pencils from Crayola. Instead of just candy this year, fill your child’s basket with art supplies, books and handmade goodies. Insider Tip: Shop Rite on Marin Blvd. has an awesome selection of almost everything you can imagine from great art supplies to tiny Easter books for the kids 😉

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley currently teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.

Holi Inspired Art Trading Cards

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

The celebration of Holi is right around the corner, and this art activity is the perfect way for children to have fun with color, without making too much of a mess! In some fine art communities, artists exchange small works of art with one another (called artist trading cards) the size of a baseball card. It’s a great way for creatives to begin art collecting on a small scale.

Materials you will need:

– watercolors
– paint brushes
– bowl of water
– watercolor paper / scissors
– permanent black markers

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 1 Cut watercolor paper into small rectangular pieces about the size of a small index card or baseball card. 3.5″ x 5.5″ would work nicely.

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 2 Have your children draw patterns with black permanent markers that are happy and intricate. Some ideas would be: flowers, owls, hearts or geometric patterns.

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 3 Using a good amount of water, dip a paintbrush into a single paint color and begin adding color on top of the hand drawn design. The idea is to add droplets of color to the painting without mixing the hues too much. This technique mimics Holi powder, as it is vibrant and very colorful. I would suggest using yellow, orange, magenta, light green and blue for a nice balance of colors.

Step 4 The artist trading cards will curl a little from all the water, so allow them to dry fully, and then place a large book on top over night to flatten them properly.

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 5 If you’re making these with a group of children, have the kids exchange art cards with another. The more the merrier!

Variations: This project could also be done with pastels instead of watercolors. Another idea would be to have the children drop paint on their paper, and then add designs on top after the paint dries like so:

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She loves celebrating all holidays and teaching art to children of all ages.

Handmade Valentine Ideas

Hi moms! Here are some of my favorite DIY valentine ideas for children. One of my favorite memories from childhood is the memory of my mom and I making valentines on the dining room table every February. There was usually snow outside – and the house always seemed so bright and happy. Here are some easy ideas to get you started on making some cute love notes with your kids.
Materials you will need:
– Assorted paper (solid or patterned)
– Clip art or stickers
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Markers, crayons, colored pencils
*Optional – glitter, googly eyes, lace, etc.
Basic Heart
As an art teacher, I can tell you that kids love cutting out hearts. To make some basic hearts, gather square or rectangle pieces of paper, fold in half, and draw a line as shown – starting and ending on the fold.
Handmade Valentine Ideas by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Decorate with crayons or markers and don’t forget to write a cute sentiment like ‘Be Mine‘ or ‘I’m Sweet on You Valentine‘.
Handmade Valentine Ideas by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Handmade Valentine Ideas by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Monster Heart
Every February, I find that the boys in my classes really love making valentines with either a robot or a monster theme. This idea is the perfect design for any little artist. Simply cut a heart shape out of light colored construction paper (white, yellow or light pink). Sketch a monster face or body, and color in with crayons or colored pencils. Googly eyes would be great to use with this one – or sticker eyes (you can find both at any craft store). A cute saying to write on the front or back could be, ‘I Only Have Eyes for You!‘.
Handmade Valentine Ideas by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Handmade Valentine Ideas by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Fancy Heart
Choose a heart shaped doily to decorate. I attached mine to a folded greeting card using a glue stick. You can find heart or round doilies at any dollar store, craft shop or party shop. Carefully cut out clip art or add stickers to the front of the valentine. **Tip: A wonderful place online to find free, clip art for all occasions is The Graphics Fairy website**. You can be as creative as you want with this concept by cutting out phrases, letters or individuals pictures to add to your valentines. Instead of clip art, you could alternatively use images from a magazine or newspaper.
Handmade Valentine Ideas by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She loves celebrating all holidays (making handmade valentines!) and teaching art to children of all ages.

How to Make Nautical Sea Friends | Time to Create with Lady Lucas

There is a lovely store below our apartment that sells awesome seasonal decor. Now that Easter is over, they have lots of nautical items for the home, and my favorite objects are the wooden fish and sailboats that are perched on top of pieces of driftwood. They have inspired me to come up with today’s craft; which I think is a really great activity for young boys and girls. 
Materials you will need:
  • Thick Styrofoam {from leftover IKEA packaging or purchase it directly from the craft store or dollar store}
  • Wooden skewers
  • Thick, white paper
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Markers, watercolors, crayons or colored pencils
  • Craft glue or hot glue
Step 1
Break a piece of thick Styrofoam into sections that are approximately 5″ x 4′ in size. I used a kitchen knife to break my pieces apart, so this step definitely needs the supervision of an adult if the Styrofoam pieces are not already pre-sized.
Step 2
Have the kids draw nautical sea animals on a piece of sturdy paper such as watercolor paper. Some ideas would be a whale, shark, fish, crab or starfish. Each creature should be about three to four inches wide. 
Step 3
Color in all the sea creatures using whatever art supplies you have readily available at home. Watercolors or watercolor colored pencils work nicely for this craft.
Step 4
Allow all the drawings to dry completely, then cut them out with scissors.
Step 5
Using strong glue, attach the sea creature to the flat end of a wooden skewer. (You might need to cut the skewer in half first if it is too long). 
Step 6
Once they are completely dry, hold the creatures upright and put them into pieces of Styrofoam as shown in the picture above. 
Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas} is a picture book writer and illustrator, crafting expert and kids arts educator. More info about her arts and crafts business can be found by visiting www.ladylucas.com or @LadyLucasArt. She would love to talk to you if you have any questions about this post, so feel free to comment below!

Clever Ways to Display Kids Art | Time to Create with Lady Lucas

I have a feeling this is a problem for all moms out there. Your children produce hundreds of drawings and paintings each year, and you have no idea what to do with all of them! Here’s a fun display idea I hope you will enjoy and try at home, as well as a list of other creative ideas to try.

Materials you will need:
  • Your child’s artwork {art on sturdy construction paper works best}
  • Clothespins
  • String
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Step 1

Gather about a dozen drawings and paintings by your child that are approximately the same size. Rectangular artworks work best. Using a ruler, draw two lines from the bottom of each sheet of paper like shown above.
Step 2
Cut out the triangle shape as shown. Be careful not to cut away any important aspects of the art.
Step 3
Attach a long piece of decorative string to the wall. I used washi tape, but thumbtacks or small nails would also be fine.
Step 4
Using two clothespins per artwork, string the artwork up; leaving a few inches between each picture.
Step 5
Adjust all the artworks to your liking on the string, and switch certain pictures out as the weeks go by!
Other Display Ideas
  • Attach artwork to your refrigerator using patterned washi tape. It looks more modern and chic than regular magnets 😉
  • Cut around the subject of your children’s picture {ex. a stick figure person, flower, rainbow} leaving a half inch of solid color all the way around the image. Using a glue stick, attach the image to a solid color of paper and frame.
  • Fold pictures that your children draw on construction paper in half and write in the inside for an instant greeting card {perfect for teachers and grandparents}!

Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas} is the ‘Queen of Cute Characters’. She is an avid crafter, children’s book illustrator and owner of her own arts business. She loves all holidays; especially Halloween! You can find her online at ladylucas.com. She loves hearing from moms with questions so feel free to reach out with any particular comments about her crafts for JCFamilies! Don’t forget to Like or Comment on this post if you enjoyed it!