Easy Gift Card Wallet!

Hi Friends! The other night we gave our girl scout leader this wallet filled with gift cards. It was like giving someone a shopping spree. She really liked it. Tonight I will show you how to make it. as a bonus I get to use up some of the envelopes that sealed themselves shut when I was not looking, I guess I need to run that dehumidifier more if I am going to craft in the basement!

Another good thing is that you can remove or add more pockets if needed, they simply slip under the string. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Winter Branches in Pastel!

Hi friends! I just found out that we are supposed to get rain and not snow this Christmas in Maine, oh well. at least we had a white Thanksgiving LOL! Tonight I have a beginner pastel painting tutorial for you. I am using soft pastels (like a soft chalk) but you can use oil pastels or any opaque drawing medium. Follow along and have fun!

Supplies:
Surface: Grey mat board (you can use paper too)
Pastels. I am using Windsor & Newron brand and will list the # I used, feel free to use what you have or even try another dry drawing media.
Colors:
#317 Indian Red tint 1- Berry highlight
#726 Windsor Red tint 3 Berry
#725 Windsor Red Deep tint 4 berry base color
#465 Paynes Grey tint 4 shadows/bacground
#331 Ivory Black shadows/background
#554 Raw Umber tint 5 branches
#447 Olive Green tint 5 foliage
#719 Windssor Green Blue Shade tint 4 foliage
#459 Oxide of Chromium tint 4 foliage
#644 Titanium White snow
#709 Windsor Blue Red Shade snow shadows

 
I am trying to take my own advice and remain calm this week.  I have a few thing to do in the studio, which has been taken over by crafty kids, so I have no space to work and darn it, it’s cold in there and it’s making me feel very unmotivated. I think I am going to bring my projects upstairs (sorry honey) and work on the living room floor while I enjoy some TV…anything good on these days? I hope you are enjoying the week. Try not to feel down or stressed. Take care of yourself, everyone who loves you will want you to and I want you too. Have a great night and til next time 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!

 

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!

DIY Duct Tape Christmas Trees!

Hi Friends! Tonight I have a fun project using cardstock and duct tape, have a look:

If you don’t have duct tape you can use 2″ ribbon, scrapbook paper or even leftover gift wrap, just cut it into 2″ wide strips and cut those into 1 1/2″ lengths and fold them just like I did in the video. If you are not using duct tape you will need to use glue, I suggest a glue stock for thin wrapping paper, tacky glue or hot glue for scrapbook paper and hot glue for ribbon. The duck tape I used is from Oriental Trading Company. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

PS Starting Monday you can vote for your favorite holiday lights in the USA Today Best Holiday Lights Contest! You might even win a $1,500 gift card!

Bling on the Wrapping!

Hi friends! Wanna know a secret? I have always loved wrapping presents. I am kind of afraid to admit this because I fear that all my friends will drop off their gifts to be wrapped. The trouble is that this time of year I don’t have as much time to put into the wrappings. Well, that is until now. I came up with some cute and clever ideas using inexpensive supplies from Papermart! You probably have some of these things around your house too so I urge you to try some of these ideas today!

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The first tip I can offer for quick holiday wrapping is to make a dedicated space. You don’t have to keep it up all year but during the holidays it is a must. It can be a card table in the corner of your basement with a supply of scissors, tags, pens and tape. You can place a clean tall trash can next to the table to hold rolls of wrapping paper. If you have a guest room you might put a small piece of plywood on the bed (smooth, thin Masonite won’t snag your bedding) so you have a large work space you can sit and wrap at. It is more comfy than trying to wrap gifts sprawled across the floor and since it is more enjoyable you are more likely to wrap for longer and get more done! Today we are going to use kraft paper as the base of our wrapping and you can see my big tip for storing that for ease of use in today’s video:

What do you think? Easy, inexpensive and super festive! Here is a list of the supplies I used:

Kraft Paper
Packing Tape
Washi Tape
Bakers Twine
Unstrung Merchandise Tags
Sequins
Glitter

I hope you try some plain kraft paper for gift wrapping, it even comes in white. There are so many other options for embellishing it and you can make it for any occasion. You can try stencils and stamps, you can wrap it with party streamers, the sky’s the limit! There are so many options! I hope you enjoyed today’s ideas and that it inspires you to get creative with your gift wrapping. Also, If I know you in real life I DO NOT want you dropping off gifts on my doorstep to be wrapped but you are more than welcome to use my gift warp area and supplies! If you liked this idea and want to share it there are handy buttons below to share this on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter as well as other fine places. I do appreciate each and every share! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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