Calling all procrastinators! A freebie for you!

Let’s see a show of hands…who intended to, but has not made their Christmas cards yet? That many? Wow! Well don’t fear because I have 2 easy card designs that you can copy. Make them today and mail them tomorrow..well, tomorrow is Sunday, OK mail ‘um Monday.  The first card features the likeness of our favorite holiday Grinch:

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I made an SVG die cut and printable sheet for the Grinch eyes, you can download it for free here. All you do is cut a sheet of green cardstock in half and fold (you get 2 cards this way) then glue on the eyes in the center of the card base. Draw on a smile, nose and angry eyebrows and glue a green feather on the forehead if you have one.  Your recipient is sure to get a chuckle when they open this card!

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This next design is more traditional. Again, cut a sheet of red cardstock in half and fold in half to get 2 card bases. Then I used a rotary wavy cutter to cut 1.5″ strips of felt (I used a wave rather than a scallop blade so both sides of the cut would look the same and I would not waste felt…yeah, I know it is only .25 cents a sheet but still, why waste?) If you don’t have felt you can use paper, or cotton balls, whatever! Use a hot glue gun to attach it down the center of your card. Add a strip of black cardstock for a belt and a gold buckle. I used a large square punch to punch my gold paper then cut around it with scissors to make a buckle. I dressed it up with holly die cuts and a red sequin.

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These cards are quick and inexpensive and fun to make with the kids. I hope you give them a try this year! BTW, use thick and tacky glue and not hot glue if the kids are helping! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Beginner Sewing Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag

Are you looking for a fun & easy craft to make this weekend?  This simple bag takes minutes on a sewing machine and it is simple enough for a child to make. Set aside about a half an hour for this project for a new sewer. This was the first time my daughter used my sewing machine (and an iron!) and there was a lot of explaining to do along the way. You will want to stand right behind your child as they sew to help guide fabric, tell them when to press the pedal (and stop) and to press the back-stitch lever. Both of my girls made these simple drawstring bags for their recorders. Here’s how to do it!

You will need: A sewing machine, fabric, iron, a safety-pin, scissors

Before you begin determine the size of your bag and cut the fabric allowing 2″ larger.

Step 1: Iron the fabric. Always iron, do not skip this step! Parents, supervise!

Step 2: Fold down 1/4″ of fabric from the top and press. This is on the drawstring end, this will keep the fabric from fraying.

Step 3: Fold down 1″ of fabric (this is for the drawstring to go in) and press.  Sew along the edge of the folded fabric.

Step 4: Fold the fabric right-sides together (and press) keeping the drawstring seam together and starting from the bottom sew the end and side seam stopping after you go just past the drawstring seam (see next photo.) Make sure you back-stitch the beginning and end of this seam to lock the threads!

For the drawstring fold the fabric right sided together and press, sew along 2 sides and turn right side out (use a pencil to help you push the fabric right side out), press and turn the raw end inside and stitch along that end.

Step 5: Use a safety-pin attached to the end of the drawstring to feed the drawstring through the drawstring seam.

Step 6: Turn the bag right side out and you are done!

My girls now have cute new bags to keep their recorders clean and identifiable and best of all they made it themselves! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Ping-Pong Balls + Coffee Cans = FUN!

Hello! And Happy Saturday! It is the last day of soccer for us and tonight is the big Halloween party at my kids’ school. When I met with another PTG mom this week to look over the games and decorations we had for the party we found a tote full of large, clean coffee tins that they were going to throw away, “oh no you don’t I’ll take those!”  I had grand plan of a game to make with them. Well,I was quite lazy this week (the medical term would be Caffeine Deficiency) so I conned my children and one of their friends into making this game for the party:

“Hey kids! Wanna make a fun game for the Halloween party!?!” I say with enthusiasm (Just call me Tom Sawyer)

“Yeah!” They cheer

“OK, there is the paper, markers, google eyes, scissors and hot glue gun-don’t burn yourselves-I’ll go make you and your friends dinner while you work” Then I popped a Stoffers lasagna in the oven, splashed a little flour on my face for authenticity, made myself a cup of tea and read a magazine. It’s the easiest holiday fair game ever. The funny thing is my daughters friend says “I love everything you cook Mrs. Weirich” ha ha, now don’t tell my secret!

This is a “play til you win” game. The cans are filled with cheesy prizes. Toss ping-pong balls until you land one in a can then you get to pick a prize from that can. Easy peasy. 

I hope you have a great Saturday! I have to go get my crew in cleats, shinguards and uniforms for the last time. Til next time happy crafting!

5 Easy Christmas Card Ideas!

Have you sent your holiday cards out yet? Well, don’t worry! Crank up the Bing Crosby, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and make up a few batches of these cards this weekend. And they are easy enough for the kids (and hubby) to help with. Disclaimer: I do not think husbands are incapable of complicated cards, it’s just a joke folks. 

I simply cut panels and strips of pattern paper as well as a sentiment and adhered them to a card base. All supplies by Echo Park.

I made my card base from kraft cardstock and adhered a panel of PP (DCWV) then stamped on stitching. the red pael is Echo Park and the stamped sentiment (Studio G) was in the dollar bin at Joanns! I punched it with a square flourished punch and embellished the card with ribbon.

I stamped Christmas Trees (Fiskars) on a card base and used a dot marker to add the red balls then adhered the sentiment (Echo Park) to the bottom.

I used my "go-to" banner stamps from Pink Persimmon to make this cute and easy card!

All I did here was adhere a panel of blue argyle paper (DCWV) on a card base and stamp a sentiment (SU!) on the edge. The embossed snowflake is an Ellison embosslet and I embellished it with a rhinestone in the center.

Tip: Pre cut all card bases and layering pieces and have adhesive, stamps and ink pads out and ready. Set up all of the supplies on the kitchen table (or if you are like me on the coffee table and pop in a good holiday move when you work!) and put the cards together assembly line style! Here is a look at a work in process:

 

I sold quite a few of these easy cards in packs of 4-6 at my craft fair last weekend (go ahead and copy if you like, I won’t tell;) and at about 5 minutes a card they are quick enough to make for everyone on your mailing list! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: Easy Crochet Flowers!

Yes, it is easy! Even if you have never picked up a hook before you can make pretty flowers to grace you cards and scrapbook pages:

The above card is a thank you for my mom, and the one below is for my sister, everything was colored with my new Promarker Pastel and Muted blending kits:

I used craft thread for the flowers on the cards but you can use any type of yarn, embroidery floss or string you like. The stamps on the cards are from Stampin’ Up! and the pattern paper backgrounds and die cut swirl (cut with my cricut and SCAL software) is from lettering delights, they are having their dollar days right now (everything is $1 or $2 and they have some new cool freebies up too!) so you should check it out and they have a coupon code for $10 off a $25 purchase {and that is off the sale price!}, the code is :Royalty. The Dollar Days sale ends Thursday!

And now the EASY video-this is great for beginners!

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to check out the Lettering Delights Dollar Days sale going on til Thursday and be sure to use the $10 off coupon: Royalty.

As promised in the video here are links to some crochet basics and patterns:

The Purl Bee has great step-by-step photos and directions for basic crochet stitches, great for beginners or if you are a bit rusty :)

Nicole Heady posted this double crochet flower, you can stop at a single flower or build the double decker, very good photos!

Here is Shelly’s Crocheted butterfly pattern (it is so quick and easy-it is the one I use!)

And a whole thread at Splitcoast with lots of links to patterns for flowers!

And if you still want more you can find 100 free crochet flower patterns at All Crafts.

Here is a glossary of crochet terms. That otta keep you busy for a while :D

The projects in this post qualify for the following challenges: Make it Monday, Stamping Scrapping Central , Let’s Ink It Up, Digi’s With Attitude!, Fairy Fun Fridays , C.R.A.F.T. , and the green card is for this weeks Oriental Stamp Art sketch challenge:)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Build a Batch of Christmas Cards!

Howdy folks, there is nothing like the feeling of being ahead of the game. I decided this year I would make all of my Christmas cards ahead in small batches instead of mass producing 75 in November.  If you missed the first batch of cards you can see them here. Here is the second batch of 12 and they were so fun and affordable, each card and envelope cost about 10 cents to make with scraps left over, you can’t beat that! Please note: I did not count the cost of the stamp and ink or sewing machine thread, I’ve had them all for years and have more than gotten my money’s worth out of them;)

Cardstock: Paper Co., Pattern paper: DCWV, Stamps: Rubber Stampede

I did not buy anything new to make these cards.

  • I chose 12 Christmas papers leftover from old Die Cuts with a View paper stacks (I bought the 180 sheet stacks for $10, that is about 7 cents a sheet) and I trimmed them to 8.5″ square and used my score pal (tutorial is here) to make the envelopes keeping the pattern to the inside for a faux liner look.
  • You will end up with 3.5″x12″ and 3.5″x8.5″ scraps. Trim the 3.5″x8.5″ scraps into strips (the short way) and save the longer scraps for other cards.
  • Cut 8.5″x11″ kraft cardstock in half (8.5″x5.5″) and fold to make a standard card. I bought a 50 sheet pack of Kraft cardstock by the paper company on sale at Joanns for $2.50 (that is 5 cents a sheet or 2.5 cents per card!)
  • Stamp the Christmas postmark with brown ink on the card.
  • Clip the strips of paper to varying lengths and arranged them in a tree shape and sick them down with a glue stick then use a sewing machine to zig-zag stitch down the middle to make a trunk and help secure the papers.
  • Stamp “Merry and Bright” in the lower corner.
  • Print out a bunch of stamps from the 12 Days of Christmas set from Lettering delights on cardstock, cut them out with stamp edge scissors and glue them to the card at the base of the tree.
  • Attach a star brad to the top of the tree. (I bought a bulk pack of these at Target many years ago, I think it was 100 for $2)

You will end up with a bunch of paper strips leftover too, you can do this tree arrangement on brown paper lunch sacks for cute unique gift wrap, perfect for kids classmates or gifts of baked goods, it never hurts to be prepared!

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Dutch Dare, Penny’s challenges (anything goes) and OWH-Stars and Stamps (pattern paper).

So now it’s your turn, go ahead, look through you old stash of papers and stamps and make a batch of Christmas cards, leave a link if you do so I cam marvel at them;)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Gettin’ Digi With it!

Happy Monday folks! I must say this post is a surprise to me because when I sat down to print out my designs from my brand spanking new Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff set “Card, Tags and Toppers” I expected I would be on my merry way to decorate some treat bags in my craft room, well, I live in the North, it’s December and my craft room is in my unheated basement so I was more inclined to stay at my cozy computer and digiscrap instead:

Papers, Mat, element: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Fonts: LD Buttercream, DB Pretty Borders

I used the Winter Printables set to make this scrapbook page, I love this pink/green/red combo. The pink paper is from this weeks freebie and you can snag it from this post. I used an embossed scallop mat from the embossed mats kit to mat my photo.

Ink Saving tip: Using white elements gives your eyes a chance to rest and since white is the color of your paper you are saving ink! Notice how I like to distress the edges of the paper and print designs in white, you get a nice blast of color but it is also easy on your ink cartridges (they don’t call me the Frugalcrafter for nothing ;) )

This quick card is included in the Cards Tags and Toppers Kit on sale for $3!

I did play with the Card, Tags and Toppers kit by taking 30 seconds out of my evening and plopping a photo into the 4×8 holiday card…OK 35 seconds, I had to type “Merry Christmas from the Weirichs” LOL! This may be my easiest Christmas card yet! Here is a look at the kit:

I will have some more samples using the kit on Thursday along with another freebie so be sure to check back for that. But now make sure you see what the fabulous Monday Crew at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff has been up to:

Kristen Hamlin

Joy Stagg

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cheryl Gorka

Anette “Nettie” Robins(todays project) plus a great beginner Tutorial here!

Cassandra Cushman

Be sure to leave those girls some love, they do appreciate it, I do to! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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