Posted on December 17, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Christmas is a week away and it looks like a snow-day for Wednesday, so much for an extra Christmas shopping day but I have to say I love padding around the house in my slippers, watching movies and making cocoa for the kids when they come in from playing in the snow. Besides, I have a whole week to shop right? Right? Anyway, it is time for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday and I have not participated in over a month because I did not want to just link up if I did not have time to desk hop myself (a snow-day is perfect for desk-hopping!) and here is what my desk looks like today:
Pretty clean with a couple of wrapped presents. I wish the rest of the house looked this good. I did catch up an all the laundry yesterday though so I feel good about that! Of course if I have all the kids home playing in the snow all bets are off LOL! Since most of us are getting ready for Christmas this week I thought I’d share some quick and easy wrapping and tag tips as well as tips for removing sticky labels and price tags and making your own bow maker cheap! I’ts all in the video:
The supplies I used are from Papermart, I love the way the burlap looks over the plain brown boxes and I like getting the doilies, ribbon and shipping tags in bulk so I always have them on hand. Papermart even has a heavy duty heat gun if you don’t have one but I’d keep it on the low setting for craft use, don’t burn your hands off LOL! If you want to see more crafty desks besure to visit Julia’s blog for more WOYWW fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on December 13, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello and happy Friday! Wow, I have been so busy today, we lost power this morning and the school sent the kids home early. This day being the one to get all of my stuff ready and packed up for the craft fair tomorrow! I am so thankful to Jaimie, Susan and Amy (our Girl Scout Leaders) for stepping up and re scheduling the girls scout activities so they could have them this afternoon rather than this evening. Not only did it help me getting ready for my craft fair but the other moms who work outside of the house from having to shuffle jobs and kids. Make sure you appreciate all that your school and scout volunteers do, I sure do! So, I got back from setting up my craft fair booth, sat down to watch TV with the kids and fell asleep in like 10 minutes flat! The kids did not wake me up to inform me it was time for them to go to bed LOL! I’m gonna hit the hay early myself but first I wanted to share a fun holiday project. Yesterday, for the first time, I set about learning how to make a burlap wreath, let me tell you it would be a hit at a craft fair, and it is quite easy. All you need is burlap/jute fabric rolls (I used 14″ wide in moss color, it is $10 a roll and you can make 2 wreaths with one 10 yard roll), ribbon and decorations. You will need a wreath form too but I’ll show you how to make one for free in today’s video!
You can find the mesh and ribbon I used at Papermart. You can also use the same technique I showed you with all of the Deco Mesh products they offer. I’ve seen burlap wreaths selling for $45 and up on Etsy and the Deco Mesh wreaths fetch a pretty penny too. I recommend making your wreath form out of white foam core or spray painting a cardboard one to match with the more sheer mesh. It’s smart to purchase supplies from Papermart because you will get the best price (more profit for you if you sell at a craft fair or on Etsy) and you will also get the best quality available. I wish I tried this sooner, I’d have a craft fair booth full of wreaths LOL! Right now I don’t think I could squeeze anything else in my booth and there is not a wreath to be seen…hmmm, maybe I could squeeze one in? I’ll share pictures tomorrow:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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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!
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Posted on November 14, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello Friends! I am in the holiday mood! I have been picking away at my Christmas shopping online and making stuff to sell at the craft fair in December. I was making some paper beads earlier this fall and they were coming out cone shaped and I thought that it would be great to make in green for Christmas Trees! What do you think?
I had some leftover paper strips so I made some more of my Pandora Style Paper Beads too. I love the glassy look I get from the UTEE. Here is a video showing how to make the earrings.
And yes, you can make these to sell with my full permission! :D I think these lightweight earrings are perfect for children to wear as well as teacher gifts. If you don’t have UTEE you can use clear nail polish or Mod-Podge to glaze them. that way the kids could make these without worrying about burns. I hope this project helps you get into the holiday spirit! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 24, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Don’t you just love it when a sale happens when you actually need stuff? Well EVERYTHING at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 50% off today only! You can snag up my painting tutorials, SVG and printable papercraft templates, digital stamps, papers and party kits! Get some ghoulish goodies for Halloween or stock up for Christmas Crafting. Here are some products you might enjoy:
And for my commercial use customers you can save 50% on my mass use commercial use license (over 1000 items) or the regular commercial use licence (up to 999 items). Please note that 1 licence is required for each set you wish to use commercially, for instance, if you are a rubber stamp company and you want to make rubber stamps from my digital stamp sets you need a licence for each set you want to use. Crafters who are making handmade items for sale do not need to purchase a licence, it is included in my Angel Policy.
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Posted on October 20, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy folks! I know I have been posting a lot of watercolor projects these days so I wanted to post a fun papercraft project today. My sister gave me a pretty 3-D snowflake she made with paper strips, she thought I might like to make some for a craft fair. Not only that but I know you would love them too. Best off all you can get 4 snowflakes from one sheet of double sided paper. I used this paper pack from Oriental Trading Company to make vintage inspired paper snowflakes, watch how:
Easy huh? I suggest you trim all your paper at once, have the glue gun ready, and put on your favorite holiday movie or music and have a snowflake making party! You can also decorate your snowflakes with lace, rhinestones, cinnamon sticks or whatever you like but I thought mine were prim and pretty as is! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on December 14, 2011 by thefrugalcrafter .
Wow, Christmas is 11 days away and it really snuck up on me (which is quite odd since I have been working on Christmas projects since June because of magazine deadlines) so I made these cute gift card holders to wrap up my last-minute gift cards for the hard to buy for folks on my list. I used my new Gift Card Holder SVG set on this:
My favorite part is that the cuff of the mitten slides off to reveal the gift card:
Wait, did I say that was my favorite because I think I would love this one the most:
You could substitute movie or theater tickets for the gift card in the wine hanger for a truly personal gift. And I must admit I do enjoy that wine in the pic and it is only $7 a bottle-score!
I like that these gift card holders can be hung on the Christmas tree so they won’t get lost or buried in a pile of presents and they are pretty to look at too. You can whip up a bunch of the ball ornaments and add a little embellishing for a tree full of charming treats:
You can snag this set instantly right here. Well, I have presents to wrap and cards to address so I am gonna scoot, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on December 11, 2011 by thefrugalcrafter .
Today I want to share some quick ornaments my kids made for the craft fair last weekend. All you need is clear glass ornaments and acrylic paint.
- Remove the brass hanger from the ornament. Clean the glass ball with rubbing alcohol, squirt a bit inside the ball and swirl it around and let dry upside down so the alcohol can run out.
- Make a drying board by sticking straight pins in a piece of cardboard or foamboard.
- squirt two colors of paint in the ornament, place a folded paper towel over the opening and hold it there with your thumb and shake until you ornament is coated with paint on the inside.
- Place on the board upside down to dry. This will take several days.
- After the ornament is dry you can put the brass hanger back inside.
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