Cheap Craft: Water-Bottle & Fabric Scrap Bracelet!

Howdy friends! In the states we have a long holiday weekend coming up. If you have kids at home you might enjoy this quick and easy craft using items you already have at home. Watch the video to learn how to make a water bottle bracelet:

Supplies:

A plastic water bottle, fabric scraps, scissors, embroidery floss, sewing needle, buttons

Water Bottle Bracelet Directions:

  1. Using scissors or a craft knife (grown-ups only) cut through the water bottle to make rings. You can get between 2 and 5 from a bottle depending on the style of bottle and the width of the bracelet you wish to make.
  2. Cut strips of fabric 1″-2″ wide and about 18″-22″ long.
  3. Wrap the strips one at a time around the water bottle ring. Don’t worry if you don’t like the way it looks, you can unwind it and wrap it again as many times as you like.
  4. Hold the ends on the last strip securely and sew a button over the ends. Embellish with more buttons.

Variations!

You can use old outgrown or stained clothes destined for the rag-bag for this craft (you can even save button from old clothes to embellish the bracelets with!) Try wrapping the water bottle rings with duct tape, rope, aluminium foil, washi-tape, yarn, string or other craft materials. This is your bracelet, you can use whatever you like!

This is a fun craft for girl scouts, summer camp or vacation bible school, or anytime you want to entertain kids while recycling. You can make the bracelet more suitable for boys by using rope, duct tape or paracord. Don’t you love a thrifty and versatile craft? If you have other ideas for these bracelets then leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ask a Crafter 37! Kathy’s Back!

Howdy friends, time again for another Ask a Crafter. Luckily Kathy is feeling better and she is back on the show but Lorainne is sick with a sore throat. I just can’t seem to get us all together, oh well, maybe next week I’ll be sick and they could do the show and I could sit back and watch, now that would be a kick, I tell you! We have a diverse bunch of great questions this week. From using old thread, to the difference between India Inks and liquid watercolors and craft vs artist watercolors and we will even discuss what animal products are in some of the art supplies we use. All that and more in this weeks AAC:

I had a great comment by hovawart16 on the YouTube watch page about animal products in art supplies that I neglected to mention:

“Did you mention silk? Silk thread, cochineal color, and shellac are all harvested cruelly. I admit that I enjoy using them, but lately I’ve been thinking about all these tiny creatures, so patiently creating beauty, and then, especially the silk worm, being boiled alive because we are in such a hurry to grab it all for ourselves.”

And this other great point from joannesminis:

“As someone that has lived on a farm all my life and has raised sheep in the past I do want to clear up something. If we did not shear the sheep for the wool they would literally die of heat stroke. It is simply a hair cut, the sheep are not really hurt in the process. I have personally sheared many a sheep in my day and believe me when I say I was in worse shape at the end of the day than any of them were,.”

But what I really appreciated was the acceptance and respect my viewers have for each others opinions. You folks are the best! If you have a question for next weeks show leave a comment. If you have a comment about the show or something to add to another’s question go ahead. I think some of the best advise comes from you guys answering each other’s questions. Sharing is caring people! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun & Easy Watercolor Butterfly Doily Craft!

Hello friends! The project I am sharing with you tonight will make a great party decoration and craft to make with your kids! And it is affordable using supplies from Papermart. Watch the video to see how it is done:

To make the butterfly I first sprayed the doilies with my homemade spray inks (you can see my homemade ink spray tutorial here🙂 then shaped the doilies into wings. I also used the spray inks to color white raffia ribbon and wrapped it around a marker so it  would be curly when dry. Then I glued glitter on wooden clothespins and let them dry.  The antenna was made from star garland. I clipped the wings, raffia ribbon and star garland antenna together and added googlie eyes and rhinestones and it was done! These can be made in bulk assembly-line style for a party decoration too. Have fun with this project and til next time happy crafting!

Rubber Stamp Giveaway & Nature Themed Cards!

Howdy friends! It’s giveaway time! Up for grabs are these beautiful snail and butterfly stamps from Art Neko (formally About Art Accents):

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The full 8″x10″ Garden Friends sheet of stamps that these images came from is gorgeous and on sale for $10 (regularly $20) so you might want to check it out. Don’t worry, if you buy it and end up winning it you can pick different stamps:) Oh and if you see stamps that are not on sale that you want to buy you can use my coupon code for 10% off: Lindsay10% I will show you how I made these cards with lots of tips and hints along the way in today’s video:

Here is a close up of the snail card:

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And the butterfly one…I think I need a sentiment here, what do you think?

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For a chance to win the stamps I used and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko just leave a comment on this blog post and I will select a name at random next Sunday the 25th. Art Neko ships worldwide so anyone on the planet can enter. Good luck and happy crafting!

Mixed Media Fun: Wax, Watercolor, Stencils, Stamping and Sprays!

Howdy friends. Time again to get out the art journal and have a play! I love working in a spectrum of colors, like the color wheel, putting colors next to their neighbors for really vivid results! The other neat thing is that you can get by with only 3 colors of spray ink and just let them overlap! This quote from Marc Chagall was perfect for this page: All colors are friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites:

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That quote means the the colors are pleasant with the surrounding colors on the spectrum but really pop when placed next to their complimentary color, that is the one opposite on the color wheel. Watch the video to learn some techniques with sprays, stencils, markers, stamps, wax and watercolor!

Here is the spread from the beginning of the video, I actually was doing a video of this and ran out of time and I felt that for the amount of techniques I was sharing it should be under 20 minutes…and I am too lazy to edit clips together LOL! Still, more than 20 minutes is a lot to ask you to sit through…in fact 20 is probably bad enough LOL!

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Here are close-ups of the pages:

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Before I forget I want to mention that I will be posting a giveaway for the most adorable stamps tomorrow, I do hope you check back for a chance to win. If you are afraid that you will forget you can subscribe to my blog (look for the subscription area in the upper left hand column, it’s free) and you will get an email when I post something new. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A print of a daffodil with a gelli plate

Howdy friends. Printmaking is fun, the randomness of it all especially with gelatin and Gelli plates but sometimes you want to print something with more of a plan. Today I will show you how to make a representational print with a gelatin (or Gelli Arts) plate. I chose a simple daffodil flower for mine but you can do whatever you like:

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Watch this video to see the process from start to finish in real time while I explain all the steps for you as I go. If you have any questions leave a comment and I will answer them.

The process (video recap)

  1. Draw a picture (or use a photo or coloring book page as a pattern) and tape it to your work surface. Extend the tape lines out from the top and sides of the plate.
  2. Draw lines on the tape to act as registration marks.
  3. Brayer on your background color and place  a stencil on top, pull a print over the stencil to remove excess paint, remove the stencil and print on your cardstock.
  4. Before lifting off the cardstock make marks on the back of your paper to match the registration marks on the tape.
  5. Paint the flower, stem and leaf. Line the paper up with the registration marks before placing the paper on the plate. Repeat this step for as many detail layers you wish to add.

It really is that simple! If you have a print to share following this method post it on the Frugal Crafter Facebook page, we would all love to see them! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

What in heck do you do with quirky stamps?

Hello friends! If you are like me you have some real doozys in your rubber stamp collection. I love odd, weird and quirky stamps but these types of stamp can be very hard to use (c’mon, how many times can you use a roller skating rhinoceros?) But I am a believer that you should buy what you love for stamps, especially where there is so much samey-samey going on in the stores. I mean really, do 5 stamp companies need to make a stamp of a Polaroid frame, and does that really need to take up space on the shelf with 500 cute cupcakes and owls? Now, to be fair I have my fair share of cute cupcakes and owls but sometimes a girl wants a little strange. So, of course I was delighted when I discovered Lost Coast Designs at a stamp convention 3 years ago, I loved EVERYTHING in that booth. Linda, the owner, is such a nice lady and after a bit of begging on my part agreed to have me on her design team. Aren’t I a lucky-ducky?  😀 The only problem is that it can be hard to figure out how to use these stamps in everyday cards. But then I realized that I just need to find an element to tie the cool funky stamp to the occasion I wanted to make a card for. Watch how I make an odd animal into a card appropriate for a graduation:

The tie ins were the hand drawn grad hat and the balloons. You just need to bridge the gap between the weird and the common, sketching on a hat or accessory is an easy way to do that. You could sketch a fishing pole in the dogs paw for a retirement card or stamp party hats on any animals for cute birthday invites. Take a look it the unused stamps in your collection and see if there is a way to “bridge the gap” and use them for an everyday or holiday occasion card. I bet you will come up with some really unique, fun and whimsical cards if you do! You can find the stamps I used today, Pencil background, Circus Dogs and Isle of Aud Animals at Lost Coast Designs and tell ‘um Lindsay sent you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ask a Crafter 36! Cowboys & Chicken Butts

Hello friends! It’s Wednesday and time for another fun filled episode of ask a crafter! I got some really great questions this week. Did your question get answered? Watch and see!

I loved the colored pencil fix, what a money saver! If you have a question for next weeks show just leave it in the comments section! So, today I had the day free for project planning, I had high hopes but only managed to push paint around. I decided that I might be able to get some computer work done since my “muse” was on an inspiration vacation and YouTube has a new feature where you can put a 3 second “branding” video up that will show before all of your videos. The video is supposed to represent your channel. This is what I came up with…

…yes, that pretty much sums up my channel, don’tcha think? Well that’s it for me tonight. I’m hoping tomorrow is a more creative day. If not I might have to sink to doing housework-perish the thought! 😀 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

My First Oil Painting Video Tutorial: Orchids!

Howdy friends. First up I wanted to let you know that I have a 30% off sale in my MyGrafico shop today and tomorrow so if you want to grab some digital goodies everything is on sale from painting kits to digi stamps and everything in between! Now on to the fun! I had been asked to do an oil painting video and I really wanted to but dealing with longer videos was not an option until we replaced our antiquated computer. I wanted to make a relaxed video demonstrating some oil techniques while also instructing you to make a beautiful painting. Did I hit the mark?

I can see areas for improvement but I am pretty happy with it. I forgot how much I enjoyed working in oils. I always dreaded the cleanup and stinky solvents so working with water mixable oils was perfect. You can use whatever kind you prefer, even acrylic paint if you use a bit of extender with it. Remember if you want any digi product from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff it is all 30% off through tomorrow midnight (MyGrafico shop only) so don’t wait! Here are some items that you might like with fathers day right around the corner:

Tool Apron SVGLearn to Paint: Mallard DuckLearn to Paint: Autumn StreamDaddyO! Clips & Cutting

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!