Posted on October 12, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! When my neighbor showed up at my house with two huge bags of Boutique Chic yarn by Red Heart for me (thanks AMY!) I knew I had to design a project that would show off the unique characteristics of this bulky pompom chenille yarn.
After a bit of trial and error I came up with this cute one ball cowl that is fun and easy to crochet. Watch the video to see how I made it!
1 ball Boutique Chic Yarn (or #6 bulky yarn or you can use 2 stands of worsted weight yarn)
US 15 hook(10mm)
1. Chain stitch a 24″ long chain.
2. Join chain to make a ring with a slip stitch.
3. *Chain 3 and double crochet (Treble) in each stitch in round and join round with a slip stitch.
4. Repeat * row 5 times.
5. weave in ends.
I hope you like this project! I think they are so fun to make! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 11, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! I hope you are having a good weekend! It is a holiday weekend in the states and many people get to enjoy a long weekend with Columbus Day tomorrow. It Is also a good sale weekend if you are looking for bargains. The thing I love most about this long weekend is that the leaves are in full fall glory. We went to Acadia Nation Park (in Bar Harbor, Maine) yesterday and it was beautiful. I will have to look through the photos I took and come up with a painting tutorial, I think I want to do a palette knife painting of birch trees. We will see! Tonight, though, I am going to share a tutorial on making continuous loop earrings:
These are fun to make and great for using up scraps of beading wire leftover from necklace and earring projects. I am using 7 strand Beadalon wire but any flexible stringing wire will work. Watch the video to see how it is done.
needle nose pliers
clips to keep beads from slipping off the wire, I got a 6 pack at the dollar tree.
It is supposed to be nearly 70 on Monday, I can’t wait to get outside on a warm day, Maybe I will film a tutorial painting outside for you, what do you think? I hope you try these earrings, they are quite addicting to make and I can use up all of those small bits of wire I save after making bracelets. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 9, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Here is a watercolor tutorial for you! Feel free to paint this larger than card size if you want, if you really like it you can always scan it and have it printed as a Christmas card!
Here is a traceable pattern for you.
And here is the free video watercolor tutorial. Enjoy!
So, how did you like using masking fluid? If you don’t have that you can always apply white acrylic paint after the painting is dry for snow, heck, you can even sprinkle some iridescent glitter into it for extra realistic fun!
5″x7″ Strathmore watercolor card
Watercolors: Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Hookers Green, Lemon Yellow
Brushes: #12 angle, #4 & #10 round, #2 liner
Other: Tape, pencil, water, masking fluid with old brush and soap, graphite paper
Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: christmas card, free watercolor tutorial, holly, how to paint holly in watercolor, painting lesson, watercolor, watercolor cards | 7 Comments »
Posted on October 8, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! It’s getting to be that time of year, whether you are making things to sell at holiday craft fairs or making items to give as gifts you should take a moment to consider how you are displaying them.
Some pretty paper, a bit of burlap, maybe some ribbon or string and now we’re talking! Pretty packaging tells your customers (and your loved ones) that you really care about your product and them. Your loved ones will appreciate your gifts more and your customers will be willing to pay more, or at least a fair price LOL! Pretty packaging is inexpensive and easy using supplies from our sponsor Papermart! Watch the video to see how I did this!
One tip is to keep it simple so it does not take you as long to price and package your wares as it did to make them. This should be part of your creative process and also part of your workday so it needs to be sustainable. Also you don’t want the packaging to outshine the craft, it should compliment, not compete.
Directions (earring cards)
1. Fold cardstock in half and cut window from one side. Punch a hanging hole at the top of the card.
2. Cut burlap slightly larger than the window and glue to the inside of the cardstock then glue the card shut.
3. Insert earrings into burlap.
For the journal bags.
1. Place item in a clear bag and seal.
2. Fold cardstock in half and punch hanging hole.
3. Apply double-sided tape to cardstock and place bag inside the cardstock and press to close.
What are your favorite ways to display or gift your handmade good? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 7, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! There are so many lovely designs on paper napping, wouldn’t it be fun to use them on cards? Well tonight I’ll show you how! This is not a new technique but it was new to me. Is it new to you?
Watch the video to see how easy it is to fuse napkins to paper to use in your card, I bet you have everything you need to do this already!
Stamps, ink, patterned paper, glitter pen
Silicone mat as a work surface (or a stack of newsprint.)
Foam tape: Simon Says Stamp
1. Cut panel from Napkin.
2. Cut cardstock slightly bigger than napkin.
3. Place plastic wrap on cardstock, then place the napkin on top.
4. Place a sheet of thin paper on top and iron using a high dry setting.
5. Trim and use on your card.
Try this with pretty holiday napkins of leftover ones from parties! A viewer suggested saving a napkin from a wedding to make a keepsake with and I think that is a wonderful idea, don’t you? Another viewer asked if there was a smell when I ironed the plastic wrap and there was none. Let me know what you think of this technique and if you plan to try it, also if there is anything else you want to learn on Stamp school in the future let me know! Please share this post with your crafty friends and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: cardmaking, cardmaking with napkins, halloween card, hoe to fuse napkins to cards, paper napkins, stamp school | 18 Comments »
Posted on October 6, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! If you paint with acrylics you know how quickly it dries and how much can go to waste on your palette. Tonight I will show you how to make a paint saving palette out of a take-out food box. Watch the video to see how!
I find if you use palette paper you need the marble weights but if using wax paper it stays flat. Let me know if you would like more art room hacks and if you liked this tip please share it on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: acrylic palette, acrylics, DIY stay wet palette, how to save acrylic paint, painting hack, palette seal | 8 Comments »
Posted on October 5, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! When I spied this empty feed bag in the garage I knew I wanted to try to make a reusable grocery shopping bag with it!
It is a strong tarp like woven material that will be better as a bag than rotting in a landfill and best of all you can make it in 15 minutes, no sewing required! All you need is grain bag and duct tape for this project!
Now, you might get some funny looks when you go shopping with your chicken bag but you can hold you head high knowing that you are saving a few trees…on the other hand, if you are the type of person who raises backyard chickens and turns their feed-bags into shopping bags you are probably shopping at the health food store and there is no judgment there. I’m letting my freak flag fly, how about you? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: green livin', recycling, sewing | Tagged: crafts using feed bags, grain bag shopping bag, green living, how to make a reuasable tote from a grain bag, how to make a reusable shopping bag, Recycling | 17 Comments »