Gift Bag Cuties! {video tutorial}

As I have mentioned a zillion times before I am getting ready for a craft fair on Saturday. I wanted a way to package some surprise grab bags of jewelry and I came up with this using the coffee bags from Papermart:

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You can do this with plain brown and white lunch sacks too but the coffee bags are thicker and more durable. It would also be an inexpensive way to package a gift!

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Check out the video to see how I made them. These are easy enough to make with the kids!

I was pretty mellow in the video huh? I think it is because I am exhausted trying to get ready for this dang craft fair, I think I will sleep until noon on Sunday LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Fun & Easy Snowman Craft {for Kids!}

Here is a cute craft you can make with your kids {or a classroom full of kids!} in little time and for little cash. Here is what you need to make snowman lollipop ornaments:

Supplies:

Flat Lollipops (I got a pack of 22 Christmas Pops at the Dollar Tree)

Markers (Red, Blue, Black)

Pink chalk (Or you can use cosmetic blush :) )

Cotton Swabs (ya’ know, Q-Tips)

Glue (white school glue for kids, hot glue for grown-ups)

Cardstock (several sheets of white for the faces and a scrap of orange for the noses)

Ribbon or string

1 3/4″ Round Scallop Paper Punch (you can use a plain circle punch, circle cutter or just freehand circles and they will be just as cute!)

Optional: Googlie eyes or sequins

 

Directions:

  1. Before you invite the kids to craft have everything prepared! Punch plenty of scalloped circles and place markers out where all the kids can reach. Have squeeze bottle of white glue out or little cups of glue with toothpicks in them for kids. Place a stick of pink chalk on a paper towel and have several Q-Tips on the towel next to it. Make sure to have a few examples of the finished craft for the kids to see. Precut the “noses” from orange and have them out as well as sequins or googlie eyes for the eyes. Remember APB when you craft with kids: Always Be Prepared!
  2. Take a q-tip and rub it on the chalk and make pink cheeks on the snowman face (scalloped circle).
  3. Draw or dot a smile on the face with black marker.
  4. Glue on a carrot nose and sequins/googlie eyes for the eyes. Anything else you want to add is up to you!
  5. Adults only!!! Place a small dab of  low temp hot glue (you must use low temp glue gun or you will melt the plastic wrapper on the lollipop) on the wrapped lollipop and secure both ends of a 6″ strand of ribbon in the glue and press a snowman face on top.

Well, that was easy! My kids made 44 of these yesterday and they had a blast! This is a nice craft fair item too because they make up quick and are cute hanging on the tree and you can sell them for a quarter so little kids can afford them :)  I hope you can use this idea whe you are crafting with your kids (or grandkids) this year! Til next time happy crafting!

40% off & Painted Presents {you can do it!}

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the USA, today I will spend Thanksgiving with the in-laws, I am looking forward to it, although sad that I will be missing dinner with my folks. I will contribute vegan garlic bread, stuffing and lasagna to the mix…I have never made lasagna (vegan or otherwise) before so this should be interesting. :)

I joined a group of painters last month and last week decided to paint some slates using designs from my Natures Christmas and Warm Winter Digital Stamp Sets:

 

This slate I painted for my Mother in Law, she does not use a computer so no worries there:)

You can make the wording generic like I did here and sell these at craft fairs too!

 

I wanted to let you know that everything at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff will be 40% off today only so when Hubby is watching football you can sneak over to the computer and grab some great deals!

Here is how to paint a slate:

Supplies: Slate (get them at craft stores or demolished buildings/worksites-you can sometimes get loads of these for free if you keep your eyes peeled-my SIL gave me these {and many more LOL} and I have a theory that if you leave them alone in a dark room they multiply LOL), Acrylic paint, Brushes, spray varnish, white transfer paper and a design.

Step 1. Print out {or sketch} a design on paper, I printed images for Warm Winter and Natures Christmas at about 5″ high-measure your slate to see what will fit well-then I used white transfer paper to trace my design on the slate.

Step 2. Paint it, no biggie, if you can color a digital stamp with markers or pencils than you can paint it with acrylics. Don’t worry if you are not a painter, imperfection adds to the charm {Mine is brimming with charm LOL!}

Step 3. Spray a coat of clear varnish over the slate and add twine or ribbon to hang it. Twine or wire id best for outdoor use but ribbon is pretty if it will be hung inside, I added buttons and ribbon to the one for my MIL because she lives in an apartment and it will not be outside. Little details make all the difference:

that’s all there is to it! Here is a look at the sets I used:

Don’t forget everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 40% off in the mygrafico shop today only so don’t miss out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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