Wanna Win Some Templates from GreenSneakers?

Hi Friends! Today I want to show you a fun papercraft project and give you the chance to win some of the templates I used OR you can pick different ones!

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My Friends at GreenSneakers are letting you pick your prize! All you have to do is visit www.greensneakers.com and find 2 templates you would like to win, then come back here and tell me what you would like to win by leaving a comment. How cool is that? Maybe you would like to win a Kreate-a-Lope envelope maker, A2 slider card, or the baker’s box templates I used in today’s tutorial. It is up to you! I will draw a winner at random next Wednesday the 26th. If you feel like shopping you can get 20% off your order with the coupon code Lind20 and don’t worry if you shop and then win, they will let you pick a different prize, that way everyone can take advantage of the sale and the contest! Happy shopping and picking! Now watch the video to see what you can make with some of their awesome templates!

I’m sure you can think of a lot of ways to use these templates! I hope you didn’t freak out too badly when you saw what I did to my stamp but hey, sometimes you have to take drastic measures for your art! I want to thank GreenSneakers for partnering with me to bring you this fun giveaway. I hope it gets your creative juices flowing and maybe inspires you to make a batch of Christmas cards or note card sets for Christmas gifts or craft fair items. The coupon code Lind20 is good though 11/30/14 so don’t delay, they only run this sale once a year! Thanks so much for playing and til next time happy crafting!

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Contest and Coupon Details: Contest is open to US residents only. Winner will be selected at random 11/26/14. No purchase necessary. Coupon code Lind20 good through 11/30/14 and 20% off sale is available worldwide. You must log in at www.greensneakers.com to see the discount in your shopping cart, don’t worry, it’s easy. Good luck to all who play!

 

 

“Wine” a bit {you’ll feel better!}

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint wine glasses BUT if wine is not your thing you can use this technique to paint on any kind of glassware you like such as plates or mugs. Just be sure that the paint will not come in contact with food, notice how my vines are painted below the “lip line.” A couple of days ago I showed you how to paint a wine display and today I will show you how to paint the glasses:

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I designed this project to match the palette on the bottle of 2013 Grenache wine from Uproot. They are offering all of my blog readers 15% off their purchase now through December 31st with the coupon code FRUGAL. I think that this set would make a wonderful gift for any wine lover! You do not need to be a painter to make this. All you need is a #1 round brush, a 1/4″ angle brush and Folk Art Enamels (or your choice of permanent glass paint.) Watch the tutorial to see how it’s done.

Make sure to read the label on the glass paint you use to learn how to care for your hand-painted glasses. I like to air dry mine and then bake it in the oven to speed up curing time. All of that info can be found on whatever glass paint you choose.  You may choose to use different colors than I did because you are trying to match different colors or because you prefer another wine.  I wanted to share the color palette I used. I like how Uproot makes a flavor palette so you can see how much or a particular flavor is in the wine, it helps you pick the perfect bottle even if you are not an expert.

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Actually I think that color palette would be cute to paint on some white bowls or mugs with cocoa as a gift. You could outfit a kitchen in this color scheme! I hope you enjoyed these tutorials. I want to thank Uproot wines for sponsoring this post and remind you to use the code frugal to save 15% on your order through 12/31/14. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Primative Christmas Decor (Mini Burlap Trees!)

Hi friends! A couple of weeks ago I found Styrofoam cones at the dollar store and realizing how expensive they were normally I bought three. I was thinking about what I wanted to do with them when I noticed my spools of pretty burlap ribbon from Offray sitting on my table. I also had some narrow sherry red ribbon out that would be a perfect accent and match my living room perfectly!

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These trees are very easy to make. You will need:

Directions:
1. Wrap cone with burlap ribbon. Secure with hot glue. Make sure to pleat the ribbon as you go for a snug fit.
2. Wrap with sheer ribbon for garland.
3. Attach handmade ribbon rosettes using hot glue.
4. Add beads or sequins with sequins pins or straight pins.

It was a bit hard to see the tiny rolled roses in the tree video so I decided to make a larger one slowly so you can see the process in more detail. These larger roses would look swell on gifts or on barrettes and pins:

I want to thank Offray for sponsoring today’s post. You can find most of the supplies I used and many more wonderful ribbons at http://www.offray.com Be sure to use the coupon FRUGAL15 to save 15% on your order through 12/31/14. Happy crafting!

Now this is a useful handmade gift! {for those over 21}

Hi friends! I have teamed up with a wonderful company, Uproot Wines, to bring you this easy and elegant project:

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Today I am going to show you how to paint a wine bottle topper (you can find the template here) and in a couple of days I will show you how to paint the matching wine glasses. I designed the project so anyone could paint it with only a few supplies and no previous painting experience. You will need a 1/4″ angular or flat brush and a #1 round brush and a few colors of acrylic paint. I chose paint colors to match the label of the 2013 Grenache.

I was inspired by the Uproot Wine bottle label which is reminiscent of a paint color palette. In the picture below you can see how the label reflects the amount of flavors in the wine. This makes it possible for newbies and experienced wine lovers to choose a bottle they will enjoy. We are all different so our taste in wine will be too!

If you are tempted to try a bottle from Uproot Wines be sure to use the coupon code frugal to save 15% on your order, don’t wait because the deal is only good through 12/31/14. Be sure to check back in a few days to see how I painted the wine glasses! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Apparently my viewers are smarter than me…{I always knew it was true}

Hi friends! Yesterday I uploaded this video on how to make an advent calendar. The best thing about it were the tips that YOU gave me on YouTube on how to improve it!

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First watch the video then read on for great tips from fellow viewers:

I love the macaroon boxes from Papermart, they come in a set  of 24 but I had already used 11 of them so I did not have enough to make a 24 drawer advent calendar, plus that would be really big and it would be hard to find room for it. Well, pippynoodle suggested that I turn the box around and number the back side of the box 13-24 since the drawers can be opened from either side and Teresa’sHandCrafted Items suggested dividing the drawers in the center which is a great idea if you just have one kid but since I have 3 I would keep the drawers open and just do a refill on day 13. The other great tip came from Violingirl79 who said “Surely it doesn’t matter what order you put it together in if all the box drawers come out? If you get one in the wrong place you just swap the drawers around.” She is right! This project is even more easy and foolproof than I first though (and take it from me, I’m just the fool to prove it!) If you have some cool ideas to share leave a comment, I am getting so many wonderful ideas from you guys today (you are totally doing my job here!)

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Directions:
1. Paint the fronts of each box green and stamp a number 1-12 on the front. *Remember you can stamp the numbers 13-24 on the back as well for a double-sided calendar!
2. Assemble the boxes and add a duct tape pull tab. Place box in slider sleeve.
3. Glue together boxes in the shape of a Christmas tree as shown.

This project will take about 45 minutes. I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Christmas craft. Thanks so much to my YouTube friends who came up with tips to improve this project and thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Christmas tag workshop and a winner!

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you a quick way to batch out some Christmas tags but first I need to announce the winner of the Art Neko stamp giveaway! The winner is…Faith Newkirk Harris! Congrats! I have sent you an email, reply to that to get your prize! I wanted to post a quick project tonight using some of the lovely Art Neko Christmas stamps in my collection and I wanted to use my homemade (faux Wink of Stella) glitter pens so I came up with this and hey, we all need more gift tags this time of year!

Sure these are simple but I think they are cute and useful and I really like the way the glitter pens turned out. I am glad it was able to go over the Tombow markers without smearing, that is the power of heat setting folks! Do you think they look like Wink of Stella pens? I have never used the real McCoy so you will have to let me know:) Thanks to Art Neko for providing the giveaway and thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s GEt a Jump Start on Christmas Cards! Stashbuster!!!

Hi Friends! Let’s use up out stash and make Christmas cards! It feels good to use up what we have rather than buying new. Today I am going to share a way to revamp your old pattern paper and use up washi tape and give you some ideas for duct tape too! If you don’t have washi and duct tape simply cut pattered paper into strips and adhere them with glue. It will be just as cute!

The duct tape and backing paper I am using is from Oriental Trading Company and the pen and adhesive are from Tombow. Do you want more quick and simple Christmas card ideas? Let me know in the comments and if there is interest I will make more! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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