Posted on February 27, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Today I have a fun simple hairbow idea that is also a beginner sewing project. You can use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to make gathers in 1 1/2″ satin ribbon and that is all there is to making a ruffle. I turned my ruffled ribbon into hair clips. These would be great to make for quick gifts or items to sell at a craft fair or hairbow business. See how easy it is in today’s video:
Remember you may use any of the tutorials on my blog to make stuff to sell. If you are crafting to sell you need to get the best price on the best quality materials and that is why I urge you to check out Papermart. I have found that if they sell it then they have the best price and I have never been disappointed with the quality. I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, quick projects, sewing | Tagged: barrettes, craft fair ideas, hair bow tutorial, hairbow, how to make a ribbon hair bow, papermart, quick crafts for kids, ruffles, satin ribbon, sewing machine | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 23, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends, just a reminder if you haven’t entered into the Year of the Horse stamp set giveaway yet be sure you do on last Friday’s post because I will draw a winner tomorrow! Now let’s stain some wood! Here is a fun technique I discovered (OK , who knows, someone else might have thought of it already LOL!) that I call resist staining!
The embossing powder method works best on smooth wood, rough wood likes to catch all of the granules making it less defined. If you are using rough wood like a plywood that cannot be sanded smooth you can stipple on wood glue, let it dry and stain/wipe like i did in the video. I hope you try this technique sometime! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects | Tagged: Embossing, embossing powder, stencil, wood, wood stain, woodworking | 14 Comments »
Posted on December 3, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Wow, how did it get to be December 3rd already?!? My husband subtly hinted that we need to be getting out Christmas cards out soon. Well, this quick and easy design can be made in a flash with inexpensive supplies from Papermart and it is flat enough not to require extra postage! Watch the video to see how it is done!
I used the Tinsel Wire and Corrugated paper in Lime green. I love how when you buy from Papermart you get a large quantity for little cash, it is perfect for mass producing items such as Christmas cards or making stuff for craft fairs and it is even better for supplying classroom art projects. To save on shipping costs I suggest you plan ahead for other items you might want and if the quantity of an item is too great ask friends if they want to split it with you. That reminds me, I’m running low on the clear bags I display my handmade cards in at craft fairs! I don’t want to run out of those! I hope this project had inspired you to send handmade Christmas cards this year. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: cards, Christmas, Christmas cards, handmade cards, how to make a folded christmas tree from half circle, inexpensive supplies, papermart, quick handmade chriastmas card, tinsel ribbon, Tinsel Wire, video tutorial | 12 Comments »
Posted on November 7, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Veterans Day is next week so in honor of the day I made this paper poppy using supplies from Papermart:
Here is what you will need:
Twisted paper cord
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!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, quick projects | Tagged: how to make crepe paper flowers, paper cord, paper poppy, papermart, veterans day, veterans day craft | 4 Comments »
Posted on November 5, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! You won’t believe how easy it is to get the look of watercolor when you just use markers, stamps and a damp brush. I used a magnolia flower and canning jar stamp from Rubbernecker. I finished the card with my color dusters and distress inkpads.
Here is a video to show you how:
Have fun & happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: cas, color dusters, distress, markers, rubbernecker, Stamping, watercolor | 8 Comments »
Posted on October 29, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends! In case anyone is wondering I am happy to report that I finished the parent/student cross country race yesterday. I was really hoping there would be some out of shape parents in the race instead of all of the fit military dads joining in. There were only a few moms in the race, what’s up with that? I didn’t overdo it, I jogged/speed-walked with another mom and we had a grand time gabbing and catching up as we navigated the course. I figured there was no point overdoing it and being sore for a week…I wasn’t “in it to win it” as they say but it does give you a respect for the kids who run this every day. My daughters ran the race too (and did far better than their old lady) so I think I will have 3 runners in the family next season when they are old enough to join the team. OK, today I have a quick Halloween postcard for you, this can also be adapted to make a 1 layer card or tag. I used stamps from About Art Accents and if you have not entered the prize draw on last Fridays post be sure you do so you have a chance to win some of their stamps!
I filmed 3 videos yesterday and I have to say it was quantity over quality, really I think I was a bit off my game because I was nervous about the race. With that in mind here is the video:
Remember you can use my coupon code: Lindsay10% whenever you shop at About Art Accents, I think you put it in the paypal comment box and they refund the savings. That’s it for me today, I still have to walk the dog (she does not understand that I did a race last night so I am all set with exercise today LOL!) and get ready to film this weeks Ask-a-Crafter episode with Lorraine. I guess I better get cracking! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: about art accents, quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: about art accents, color dusters, Halloween, Masking, postcard, rubber stamping, stamping technique video, vampire | 9 Comments »
Posted on October 26, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
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 $$$.
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!
Filed under: about art accents, Crafts 4 Kids, quick projects | Tagged: goodie bag, Halloween, halloween candy bag, halloween craft, papermart, party favor, treat bag | 12 Comments »
Posted on October 5, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Weekend folks! Just a reminder that today is the last day to get 40% off everything in my shop Lindsay’s stamp Stuff. The sale is over at midnight so don’t wait to stock up on digital stamps, party printables, clip art, cutting files, templates and Learn to Paint kits! Speaking of painting, here is a quick and fun scrapbook page made with white cardstock, a black marker and watercolor paint:
This is really easy to make, in fact I made the page in real time, I thought about pausing the video while I cut out photos, traced the letters and wrote my journaling but apparently I have no trouble thinking of stuff to gab about while preforming these tasks. I hope I shared enough scrap-booking tips with you during this video to make it worth your while, if not, let me know and I can certainly make the next scrapbook video shorter. At least I can prove it is a 15 minute page (not counting drying time that is LOL!)
As I mentioned in the video I went to a crop yesterday. I also mentioned on the video how I like to print my photos (I print them at home using a photo collage software so I get the layout work out of the way and it is really quick and easy to scrap) I was able to get 8 more pages done during the 4 hours I was at the crop and that is counting the 45 minutes I chit-chatted with the girls and ate Chinese food! Printing photos collage style makes it possible. When I got home I decided to organize my photos and go through the big file of memorabilia I have been collecting over the past few months. It was an over stuffed unruly mess. Here is how I sorted my photos and ephemera:
- First I pulled out all of my full sheet 8.5″x11″ photo collages and sorted them by year. I am pretty caught up so I had a few 2012 sheets and a lot of 2013 photo sheets.
- Then I put regular 8.5″x11″ sheet protectors in my albums. I use a 3 ring style 12″x12″ album by WeRMemory keepers and it accommodates the 12″x12″ page as well as the standard office supply ones. I slid the photo collages in the page protectors.
- I sorted any memorabilia (maps, ticket stubs, programs, brochures etc) that went with the photos and placed them in the page protectors behind the photos. This way my photos can be enjoyed while they are waiting to be scrapped!
- Then I pulled out any lose photos in my file folder. There were a few from earlier years. Many of the photos were leftover from pages I already scrapped. If they were digital I put them in a pile for the kids to scrapbook (more on that pile later) and if they were 35mm prints I put them in my family photo storage boxes because I do not have a digital back up. I found 3 events that I still wanted to scrap so I put them in their own pocket in the file folder to scrap some other time because if I put them in the year they belonged in I would forget to do it because I consider pre 2012 done!
- I sorted all of the stuff I pulled for the kids into a pile for each child and put each pile in a large manila envelope with the child’s name on it. Then I put the envelopes on their craft table with their albums. They will get a nice surprise the next time they go to scrapbook!
I really feel good about this system because my family can enjoy the photos while they are waiting to be scrapped. If I decided tomorrow that I never wanted to scrap again they still have a photo book to enjoy. If I feel like spontaneously scrap-booking I just need to grab an album, my on the go bag and a stack of paper and I am all set. It feels good to be organized!
What are your best scrapbook organization tips? Do you feel caught up or hopelessly behind or do you just like to hop around and scrap what moves you at any moment? I’d love to hear! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects, Scrapbooking | Tagged: kelly brooks bay, Lindsay Weirich, rainbow pants, scrapbook organization tips, scrapbook page, scrapbooking tips, the rainbow pants book, watercolor, white cardstock | 10 Comments »
Posted on October 1, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! I’m happy to report that my back is better today! Next time I get into a bounce house I will stretch first LOL! The other day a YouTube viewer asked if I could do a tutorial on painting pink gladiolus flowers, so I did.
Instead of using watercolor paint I used water based markers. You can use any brand: Tombow, Distress, Crayola, LePlume, Faber Castell, Whispers or Stampin Up. The key to this is to work on watercolor paper. You will also need a bucket of water and a brush or a waterbrush. Watch the 8 minute video to see how fast and easy it is!
This project was a lot of fun and it is a new way to use a supply most of us already have…in fact it might be fun to bring just my markers and waterbrush the next time I go out in nature to paint! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting, quick projects | Tagged: distress markers, faber castell, flowers, free painting project, gladiolus, how to paint, leplume, stampin up, tombow, tutorial, water based markers, watercolor markers, watercolor painting tutorial, watercolor with markers, whispers, YouTube | 21 Comments »