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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY – American Girl Craft Kits

Reported by Christian Tamez


Like any crafter who likes American Girl dolls, I was pretty excited to find some American Girl Crafting items at Michaels, and even more excited to get to try some of the crafting kits available. The American Girl Card Making Kit was one that I received, and it wasn’t long before my kitchen was filled with stickers, glue squares and very cool American Girl cards.


The card-making kit is advertised as being able to make 21 cards, but I found that if you really wanted to do a good job decorating the cards, you’ll really be able to make closer to ten. There’s fourteen doll punch-outs you can use; the first one I chose was Addy. I used some of the included glue squares and placed them right over the purple marks on the back of the punch outs to securely adhere them to the card. Following the purple marks, I placed my adhesive squares and placed the Addy punch out right over the area as directed on the card. Then I proceeded to decorate the front with some of the stickers included.


As I moved on to the second and third cards I wanted to make, I realized it would be a good effect to layer some of the flat stickers with the included bubble stickers for texture. Most of the bubble stickers were round and fit nicely into the center of some flower stickers for Kit’s card, and then I used the same idea with the stars stickers when I created Molly’s card.


Each character is divided into a theme, with different coordinating collections of stickers, even though they all can be used interchangeably with any of the characters or cards. One of the nice things about this kit is the included message sticker you can use on the inside of a card to create a personalized message for the recipient.


For Molly’s card I used one of the included punch out messages which included things like: Thank You, Happy Birthday, Good Luck, Thinking of You, Get Well Soon, and a few other little sayings along those lines.

Putting these cards together was simple enough to not even need to read the directions, and the cards are fairly small, so they can be completed quickly without become boring to an easily distracted child. If you want to add a personal touch, put in a picture of one of your own beloved dolls in place of a punch out! Plus it’s all stickers, how can you go wrong?


Pros:

  • Nothing extra needed to complete this kit, other than a pen or pencil to write something in the card. No glue, or messy adhesives, markers any of those dangerously messy kids crafty things.
  • High quality stickers and materials included, the cardstock is firm, and the flat stickers have a nice matte finish. The bubble stickers add a cool dimension when layered on
  • Envelopes are included so you can send these out, if you just happen to be using these on a trip with your kids, or you could make them in advance and send them out, either way the envelopes are handy.

Cons:

  • The cards are made to be used for specific characters and even have a little saying on the back of them about this intended character. I’m not a fan of Rebecca Rubin(she replaced my beloved Samantha) and I didn’t use any of the cards SHE was on the back of.
  • Some of the stickers were really stuck to the page they were supposed to easily peel off of, this resulted in a few torn stickers. If I had problems with them a child definitely would.
  • I would have liked more stickers or fewer cards, because you can’t decorate all twenty one and have them all decorated enough with the included amount of stickers. More bubble stickers please!

I was lucky enough to get another little craft kit a try, and did a video demo to show you just how fun these kits can be! I hope you enjoy it!

GIVEAWAY
The folks over at EK Success are giving away a kit to one lucky reader. To enter simply answer any of the questions below in the Comments section of this article on our website. One comment per person, please.

Have you ever tried any of the American Girl Crafts items? Do own an American Girl doll? Are you excited to give one of these kits a try? Be sure to write a comment and let us know!

Winners are chosen at random. Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at 6pm CST. Good Luck!

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Christian Tamez

Christian Tamez has been crafting and creating for years. More recently, heʼ’s been happy to share some of his ideas and collected techniques for crafting through his YouTube channel. Always happy and eager to learn something new, he looks forward to meeting new crafters and seeing their creations. He currently resides in Narragansett, Rhode Island
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21 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY – American Girl Craft Kits

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    Isabel Z June 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    My daugher owns several American Girl dolls and enjoys the books. We have not tried the craft kits but I am sure she would enjoy them as she loves crafts.

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    Do Be Do Bead Do June 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Being an American Jewish Girl, Rebecca Rubin is my fave. I’m sorry she replaced your Samantha, there was room for both of them. These kits are so, so, cute.

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    Deb.Brasfield@gmail.com June 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Oh my have been looking everywhere for these, but not in the right place obviously.
    where where can I find these. I will definately pay myself.
    Anyone who knows where I can get these please e-mail me.

    Thank you, Tnankyou

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    Amanda June 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    These kits look like a lot of fun. We haven’t done any American doll craft kits and don’t have a doll. I know my little girl would just love these kits!!

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    Karen June 8, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    My daughter would just LOVE this, she has American girl books and loves to craft. We have not tried the craft kits but would love too.
    Have a happy crafting daY!
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

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    Christel June 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    My daughter is really into anything American Girl. She has two of the 18″ Madame Alexander dolls which she plays with daily and wants an American Girl one. I plan on getting her one for her birthday later this year. I know she would really enjoy the American Girl craft kits since she enjoys crafts, making jewelry, etc.

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    Arlene June 9, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    My granddaughter has an American Girl doll and loves to make cards and do crafts! (I know what she will be gatting for her birthday!)

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    isabel scrap June 9, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    So lovely, love to make a gift to my nieces.

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    Paulo Marques June 9, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    This is so cute, i was excited to try this kit.

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    LisaAnn June 9, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    We do not have the dolls, too pricey, but we have all the books! We would love to use this kit!

    Lhy5@yahoo.com

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    Yaritza June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    My daughter received her first American Girl doll this past Christmas with about half the catalog. She’s absolutely beautiful. She also owns various of the craft supplies and they have worked wonderfully. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Barb June 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    American Girl Dolls and books are a favorite at our summer camp program. I would love to use this craft kit to enhance our activities.

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    the mustik June 10, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    This is perfect for a girls gift ! Love to try it with my daughter.
    thanks for the chance to try these activities.

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    Vitoria B June 10, 2011 at 4:00 am #

    Count on me for this giveaway… i’m still a little girl 😉

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    Lori June 10, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    My daughter’s birthday is in two weeks and she will then be the proud owner of a mini doll. I wanted to get her some craft kits to go with it because she loved the AG pom pom animal kit.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Sue D June 10, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    I have not tried the American Girl Craft kits yet but plan on buying some for my granddaughter.

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    Alexandra M June 11, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    I would love to try it myself or with my nieces !
    Thanks for the review

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    Jeanie June 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    American Girls Craft supplies

    Okay, now this might not seem quite normal to some…but in spite of my 3 kids being 35-41 (YEARS, not months) and not having any grandkids (yet?)–I am a huge fan of American Girl Craft Stuff!! 

    I never go to Michael’s anymore without perusing the American Girl Craft supplies to see what’s new! 

    To date, I’ve not gotten any of their kits, although I’m still kicking myself for not having grabbed the darling kit with a rainbow of different colored clothespins one could label with tiny alphabet stamps. By the time I thought better of having passed up that kit and went back to buy it, they were all gone, and now I haven’t been able to find the kit anywhere even though I’ve searched high and low on the Internet. 🙁

    I’ve bought a thick stack of their 12×12″ paper which is fabulous for making brightly colored, cheerful cards. I also got one of the butterfly border punches which is just adorable, and I picked up one of the stacks of 1″ pigment ink pads for stamping coordinated sentiments and such on my cards and envelopes!

    American Girl has grouped together a tantalizing color palette and range of tools that will delight girls *and* grown-ups alike!!

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    la zaz June 12, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    I only have 2 boys, but i’m looking for some girl’s gifts for this summer!

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    rush June 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    i don’t have any american girl products, but i think this can be a stand-alone crafty item for my grandchildren to make this summer.

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    Kayla to the Max June 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    I have 2 american girl dolls and they are a blessing to play with.I’ve always been into making crafts for my american girl dolls because im only 12 and our family is in a very bad financial state making it harder to get things for my dolls.My favorite doll is Samantha just like yours because she is a very good person at heart.