My Wish For YOU….

Hi Friends, don’t forget to relax and enjoy the season…

Wishing you all the best, Happy Crafting!

DIY Gift Bags from Kraft paper!

Hi Friends! I have been hunkering down at the house this week, the only time I have left was to attend concerts and basketball games at my kid’s school. It is crunch time friends, there will be none of this ‘drive to the store to buy gift bags’ nonsense here! We can make our own and it is easy and frugal using supplies from Papermart!

For this project you will need:
Kraft Paper
Paper raffia ribbon twine
Hot Glue
and a box or DVD cases to use as a template
You can also decorate the bag with beautiful ribbons

I hope you enjoyed this easy wrapping project! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

An Ask a Crafter Confession and Other Cool Stuff!

Hi friends! It’s Wednesday and time for ask a crafter! I have a confession about this weeks (and the next 3 weeks episodes) they are in the can, as we used to say in the radio biz. This month has been super hectic with the ladies and I, there was an exploding car (don’t ask) and just general Christmas business but I anticipated this (well, not the car, that was a surprise!) and filmed a couple extra episodes at the beginning of the season for just this reason. That means if you asked a question early on and it was not answered it probably will be over the next 3 episodes! I know you all are busy this time of year too so feel free to wrap some presents, bake or craft as we answer your crafty questions!

Other cool stuff!!!

My friend Linda over at Lost Coast Designs bought the Carmen’s Veranda line of super quirky stamps and you can find her website here:

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This will be an awesome addition to her already quirky Lost Coast Designs stamps. I can’t wait to get mine! She has been selling these at stamp shows and now we can all get them! (Linda, you better not sell out before I have time to shop!)

And Voting is now open in the USA Today Holiday Lights contest! You could win a $1.5K gift card just for voting for your favorite pic! Who are you voting for? I saw someone there from my home state! So exciting:) I wonder if they are a reader….

And my workdesk today…a preview of something I am working on for next week… Look at me planning ahead!

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I had to look and make sure there were no Christmas gifts in the works on there, phew! I hope you are having a great week, hopefully no holiday stress. 8 days til Christmas, whoa! I better get on that wrapping myself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Fill it with candy or cocoa!

Hi friends! How many of you need a quick gift right now? Something cute for your child’s teacher, scout leader or maybe a special neighbor? These sweet hand-painted mugs are easy to make and so chic. They are inspired by the trendy confetti style items popping up everywhere.

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You can fill these with cocoa packets, individually wrapped tea bags or even candy for a thoughtful and useful gift. Watch the video to see how it is made!

This video is sponsored by Curious.com. If you enjoyed today’s project you might also like the DIY Christmas Crafts course or one of the thousands of other classes that make DIYing the holidays so much easier. They have classes on EVERYTHING from crafts to cooking to technology and more and right now if you give a course you get one for free (you get the value of the course you give in your account to spend on classes for yourself) but don’t wait, the Give & Get event is only through Thursday 12/18/14.

Supplies:
White ceramic mugs (dollar store) and tiles (home improvement store)
Folk Art Enamels paint in your choice of colors
Contact paper or stickers
Cotton swabs (AKA Q-Tips), Waxed paper, Cork or felt pads, Rubbing alcohol, Paper towels

Follow along with the easy steps in the video and have fun! Remember that this project is easy enough to make with the kids so share the joy and til next time happy crafting!

A Winner! (and another chance to win!)

Hi Friends! I am a day late and a dollar short again! I have been so busy getting stuff done so I can take some time off at Christmas that I forgot to announce the winner of stamps and a gift certificate from Art Neko! The winner is….Madi! Madi, I have sent you an email, check your junk/spam folder if you do not see it!

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Now, to get you into the holiday spirit it is time to vote for your favorite holiday lights display! The folks at USA Today have narrowed down the huge amount of entries to 10 of the best and you can vote for your favorite here. Did your lights get picked? Even if your lights are not in the 10 selected you can still win one of two gift cards valued at $1,500 and $1,000 just by voting. There are some really great displays this year, I hope you check them out. Thanks to USA Today for sponsoring this fun and festive contest! I’ll be back later with another fun tutorial, until then, happy crafting!

I Love those Candy Colored Pages!

Hi Friends! I love it when my kids make gingerbread houses. I love the creativity they have when decorating them. This year for the first time the kids were able to assemble the houses too! I thought they might be too old for this craft but they said “No way!” they still wanted to make them and of course they each had to have their own!

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I was inspired to scrapbook these picture right away because of the brand new die cut adhesive ribbon I received from Offray. This product will be available soon in stores and on their website but you get a sneak peek of it in today’s video!

The self adhesive ribbon was so easy to work with and really flat which is nice for scrapbookers who do not want a lot of bulk in their albums and card makers who do not want to pay extra postage for lumpy items. I love to use traditional ribbon too so I used some narrow grosgrain  because it adds a great texture without fraying:

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Here is a close up look at the other page:

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I kinda hate to tease you with new stuff that is not available yet but there are lots of other wonderful ribbons from Offray on their website and you can save 15% off your next order with the code Frugal15 Though 12/31/14. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How To Avoid Glare When Photographing Your Art {DIY Light Diffusers!}

Hi Friends! I know you all are artist and crafters and many of you like to photograph your work and some of you make video tutorials sharing your crafty goodness. Or maybe you are finding that your task lighting is too harsh and making too much glare on your work.Well today I have a solution and it only costs pennies!

I used deli paper (aka dry waxed paper) to soften my studio lights but you could use white tissue paper too. Keep in mind that I am using CFL bulbs over my workspace so they do not get hot where as other lights produce heat. Don’t leave the lights on with the papers on them unattended. Besides, it wastes electricity lighting an empty room. :) I think this tutorial will be most useful to video people making videos and I hope it helps someone out there. Goodness knows I was helped by tips from other bloggers along the way. I just want to pay it forward. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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