Paint a Christmas Cactus in Oil Pastels!

Good morning friends! I had a request on my last Ask a Crafter video to do a painting in oil pastels. Ahhh, oil pastels. What fond memories, I always loved it in elementary school when my teacher would let us use the Cray-Pas, the rich, smooth creamy texture, the sweet waxy smell and the vibrant colors that were like crayons on steroids. Good times! Let’s relive our childhood with this fun and easy painting!

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My Christmas cactus is in full bloom right now so I decided it would be the perfect subject. I used Crayola brand Portfolio Water-soluble Oil Pastels (my favorite) but if your oil pastels are not water-soluble you can still blend them easily with your finger. You can heat them for a few seconds with a hair dryer or heat tool to blend them easier if needed or use a bit of paint thinner or baby oil. If you don’t have oil pastels check your child’s art supply box as most childrens art kids have a set included. These are one of the least expensive art mediums you can get so a new set will only set you back a couple of bucks! :D

Pretty fun huh? I bet you can think of a bunch of fun stuff to paint with oil pastels. Teach your kids too! Share the fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS I am working on some watercolor Christmas tags so if you need more crafty ideas and projects head over to my YouTube channel, the new video should be up this afternoon!

A Corny Craft for Kids!

Good morning friends! Now, I bet a good chunk of my blog readers have children or grandkids in primary school. I also bet that they volunteer from time to time in their kids classrooms. Well, here is a fun project that is easy enough to do with a room full of children and it won’t put you in the poor-house either!

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I tested this craft out last night at the local library and it was a hit! Plan on 20 minutes for a child age 6-9 to make this and you will not be rushed. Here are the supplies you need and they can be found for the lowest possible price at Papermart:

Twisted Paper Cord in yellow or Ivory ($2.69 for 25 yards)

1″ Pin Backs (.60 cents for 24)

Raffia Ribbon in brown ($3.26 for 100 yard spool)

Basic craft supplies: Tacky glue, scissors, golden orange cardstock, inkpads in brown, purple, red and orange and an embossing folder with a corny texture. *Please note: I embossed the paper before I brought the supplies to class. Please watch the video to see how easy it is!

Last night during the craft one little girl asked “Did you get this at Papermart?” Hahaha, I guess I know another chunk of people watching my videos! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Paper Poppies for Veterans Day!

Howdy friends! Veterans Day is next week so in honor of the day I made this paper poppy using supplies from Papermart:

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Here is what you will need:

Twisted paper cord

Floral Wire

1/4″ wide satin Ribbon.

Other supplies: Gelatos, hot glue gun and glue sticks, wax paper and a spray bottle of water. Watch the video to see how it is done!

I hope you take some time this weekend to make these for next weeks holiday. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Veterans Day Craft!

On  November 11th we honor those who served our country. This date commemorated the end of World War One and we share it with commonwealth countries in Europe as well. The symbol of this peace is the red poppy. This Veteran’s day (or Remembrance or Armistice Day) why not make a token of your appreciation. These lovely tag/bookmarks can be handed out to veterans in parades,veterans homes or nursing homes. There is room on the back to write a special message too. Boy and Girl Scouts might like to make some to hand out while walking in the Veterans Day Parade. You can even make up a bunch and give them to your local scout troop for this purpose!

I used stamps from Rubbernecker for the poppies and Hero Arts for the background.  You can use what you have though:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Make a Monster Treat Bag!

I hope you like Halloween because I have a lot of ideas cooking in my crafty brain this week:) Today I am going to show you how to make a reusable treat bag. I used the sturdy tin tie coffee bags from Papermart for the base because they are more sturdy than a lunch sacks and can be re-closed, plus they are nice to have on hand in a couple of months for packing up Christmas treats (always think of other ways to use an item when buying in bulk!) I also used twisted paper cord from Papermart, at $2.69 a 25 yard hank you get plenty of materiel to experiment with. It adds a lot of flair and volume to a design or gift wrap for little $$$.

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This project is great for using up your stash. Leftover googlie eyes, paper scraps and other fun bits and bobs can be used to embellish these. I used the same Halloween and spider stamp I used on yesterday’s card to stamp the front panel. Watch the video to see how I made mine!

I think I might fill mine up with candy and leave it on one of my kids friends door steps…let’s hope they don’t read my blog LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Mummies and Scarecrows and Burlap, Oh My!

Hello folks, I hope you are enjoying a lovely long weekend (Columbus Day in the US)  and if you have a moment to craft today consider making these cute recycled jar decorations:

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I used burlap ribbon from Papermart to wrap the jars in for a fun country, primitive look. I also used bakers twine, tags, buttons, googlie eyes, yarn and fabric scraps. I use a hot glue gun to put it all together but if you are working with children I suggest thick and tacky glue. Watch this video to see how it is done!

You can write and draw the details on the tag and lid or use stamps, mine are from Art Neko.

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I hope I have inspired you to dig through the recycling bin and make some festive decorations this fall. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ribbons & Braids!

Hello Folks! We had school pictures this week. It can be quite a traumatic time dealing with finding the perfect outfit and practicing that iconic school picture smile (then paying for the photo packages!) My wavy haired daughter wanted her hair straitened and my strait haired daughter wanted her hair curled. I curled, straitened and sprayed and they left looking pretty good, my hope is that pictures were taken early that day because when they home they were looking a little rough around the edges LOL! That’s why I love French braids, they can hold in the craziest of hair and look fresh for hours. They can be a bit boring though so today I’ll show you how to do a french braid and side twists and how to easily accent them with ribbon from Papermart.

these braids will stay in, Maizy went outside, chased chickens, cartwheeled and, judging by they way she looked when she came back in, made mud pies yest the hair remained neat and tidy.  The best thing about using ribbon in a hairstyle is how you can switch it out for any occasion such as holidays, school sports or any group activity.  Be sure to check out Papermart’s wide selection of fabric ribbons for your next project or hairstyle! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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