Crafting on Clear! & Another Giveaway!

Hi friends! Is it prize week or what around here? I like it! Tonight up for grabs is a $20 gift voucher from Punch Place Plus, an amazing supplier of clear acrylic shapes you can use for ornaments, key chains, jewelry, ATCs, Home Decor and more! There is a cute mason jar shape that is so fabulous, it is on my “next to use” list! For a chance to win simply visit Punch Place Plus and tell me what products you would buy with your winnings in the comments below! Make sure to have a look around because they have much more than clear shapes!

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I wanted to play with this product to see what we could do with the clear shapes (they also have translucent colors and mirror shapes too!) and the possibilities are limitless! I mean, they are clear so you can do anything to them, ink them, paint them, stencil, engrave them, bend and shape them and even punch holes in them. You can decoupage and embellish them too. I have a great time experimenting with them today and I want to share what I learned in this video!

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Supplies:

  • Acrylic Shapes from Punch Place Plus
  • Alcohol ink
  • Acrylic paint/brushes
  • Brass and plastic stencils
  • Stencil paste/palette knife
  • Jewelry screw hole punch (or drill with tiny bit)
  • Heat gun
  • Creative Hot Marks (or wood burner/stencil cutter)
  • Patterned Scrapbook paper
  • Adhesive: Mod Podge, Becon 3-in-1
  • For the Jewelry you will want beads, artistic wire, stretch cord and metal filigree. Let me know if you would like tutorials on finishing the jewelry I made here. It is pretty easy but I a happy to do some if you want me too! ūüėÄ

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Now you can punch, bend, color, and decorate clear acrylic shapes and I am betting you have even more ideas on how to use them. With Christmas coming up I think they would be lovely black slates to make beautiful ornaments. If you would like to win a $20 gift voucher from Punch Place Plus just leave a comment and tell me what YOU would buy if you won. Feel free to shop while you are there, there are a lot of nice things. I can’t wait to hear your ideas though, you guys inspire me so much. I will pick a winner in one week! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Easy Birch Trees in Acrylic!

This is a quick painting that can be done in a half-hour. Watch the video and paint along with me!

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Grab your acrylics, brushes, a canvas and a palette knife and give it a whirl!

 

I hope you enjoyed this fun little painting tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Snapdragons in Watercolor & 10 Giveaways!

Hi friends! I have another (or should I say 10) giveaway for you today but first I am going to show you how to paint this picture of snapdragon flowers:

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Here is a pattern you can print out and trace on your watercolor paper. I recommend graphite paper but if you do not have that you can scribble a pencil on the back of your printout and trace. You can also see my DIY graphite paper tutorial here.

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And this is the reference photo I took at the Common Ground Fair this year. I created the pattern because all of these flowers might be confusing to deal with. This will provide color reference though.

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And now, here is the video!

You can find the products I used at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!
Turner watercolor 18 color set-5ml tubes (List $150 SALE $29.99!)
Mimik Kolinski Brushes (vegan synthetic)
Mimik Squirrel (the large grey handled wash brush I used)
Brush Stand
Arches Watercolor Paper (up to 65% off list on all sizes of blocks!)
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This painting is part of the Creative Arts Collaboration #ThinkPinkArt collaboration and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month¬†Jerry’s Artarama is giving away 10 pink wristwatches. Leave a comment below and I will select 10 winners at random next Saturday. This contest is open to US residents only so just let me know that you live in the US in your comment to be eligible. I want to thank you for spending some of your weekend with me tonight, take care and til next time happy crafting!

Tool Giveaway & Awesome Journals YOU can Make with Recycled Materials!

Hi friends! I have been waiting to share this project and giveaway with you all week.

SAM_3984I love it when I find a really useful high quality tool that is not crazy expensive and I love it even more when I can give some away! I am giving away Pro Hole Punches from Skilled Crafter to 3 lucky viewers! Details to win are at the end of this post!

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These punches are serious workhorses and will punch through stacks of paper, chipboard, leather, felt, vinyl, fabric and more. The Skilled Crafter Pro Hole punch makes holes in 6 different sizes and it is really easy to clean out the punch waste. It also comes with 2 replacement punch plates so you know you will have years of reliable use. Today I will show you how I made the simple cardboard covered journal and the leather-bound book with removable signatures similar in style to a very expensive popular journal on the market. For the leather I reused fabric that I had saved from an old coat before it was thrown away. If clothing is not if good enough shape to donate I look to see if there are elements that can be reused. You can also use vinyl, oilcloth or new leather if you like. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these journals and use this punch!

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I forgot to mention that I used a larger hole on the leather cover so I could feed the cord though multiple times.

Supplies:
Skilled Crafter Pro Hole Punch *Currently on sale for $22.99 on Amazon!
Leather or Vinyl
Felt
paper
Glue (I used Beacon 3-in-1)
Corner Rounder (optional)
paper trimmer or scissors
Rotary cutter and quit square (or scissors and something square to trace)
Heavy book
Binder clips

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So, do You Wanna Win one of these sweet 6 hole Pro Hole Punches from skilled Crafter? Simply leave a comment telling me what YOU would make first with it! Also make sure to let me know that you are in the USA because this giveaway is open to US residents only. I will pick 3 winners next Friday the 23rd so you have 1 week to enter. Good luck! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I have an embarrasing amount of button stamps…

Hi friends! The other day I showed you how to make a quick crochet cowl. Today I am going to give you an idea for packaging them for sale or gift giving using supplies from our sponsor Papermart!

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I love vintage sewing things and I have dozens of vintage button rubber stamps and to tell you the truth I will probably buy more LOL! This project will put them to good use! Look at your stamp collection and see if you can fashion something similar. Watch the video to see how I did it!

I make sheets of printed price and description tags for the items I sell a lot like watercolors,  cards, jewelry and handmade journals. It really saves time when I have to package and price my items for my shop or a craft fair. I simply use the address label feature in Open Office (that is a free word processing software similar to Microsoft Word, but MS Word has the same feature if you prefer that) and print sheets at a time. Then I can use a paper trimmer or craft punch to make my labels to slip in clear bags or attach to the pretty display tags like I did here.

Supplies:
Shipping Tags (I am using the 2 3/8″x4 3/4″ size)
Bakers Twine
Stamps (Papertrey Ink, Inkadinkado)
Ink (Dye Based-Altenew)

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Make sure to check out Papermart for all of your fall craft fair and Christmas packaging/wrapping supplies. They have the highest quality products and the lowest prices. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Another Ask a Crafter LIVE tomorrow!

Hi friends! I wanted to give you the heads up that there will be another Ask a Crafter Live tomorrow at noon ET. You can ask questions on The YouTube LIVE watch page (you can even add them in the chat on that page now) or you can watch the show live here on my blog in the player below. I will not be able to monitor comments here though, so if you want to get your questions in you will need to ask it in the chat box on YouTube.

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My Guests include:

With these fun gals on board we are bound to have a great time! Hope to see you live tomorrow but if you can’t make it the replay will be available directly after the broadcast! I’ll be back later today with crafty tutorial but til then happy crafting!

Stamp School 17: Simple Silhouettes!

Hi friends! If you have never made a card before OR need a quick elegant card OR want to learn how to use tricky silhouette stamps this lesson is for you!

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Silhouette stamps make a big impact and they can make a quick card too since you don’t need to color anything in. They are also very versatile, if I took this gingko tree silhouette stamp and heat embossed it in white iridescent powder on silver cardstock it would be an elegant wedding card. You can also use any¬†colors to completely change the look for any occasion. Silhouettes¬†equal quick but it can be a bit tricky getting the ink to transfer properly. I will help you overcome that with this video! The stamps I am using today are from our sponsor Art Neko, mention “Thefrugalcrafter” to save 10% on any order or get free shipping on orders over $50. You can use whatever discount is greater!

Now, even pros make mistakes, after I made this card I realized that the bottom clump of leaves was a separate stamp on the plate LOL! You are actually supposed to cut that stamp off so you can stamp on more foliage if you want. Well, I still think it looks great!

Supplies:
Cardstock in black and shades of green (or color of your choice)
Ink in black and green (or color of your choice)
Stamps: Bonsai Tree Silhouette, Leaf
Ribbon
Round paper clip

Directions:
1. Stamp focal image on colored cardstock that is the same color as card base.
2. Cut a piece of black the same size as stamped panel.
3. Layer a lighter shade of the same color of card on the card base, then adhere the back piece and then offset the stamped panel.
4. Cut a slit for the ribbon 1/2″ from the bottom of the card, insert the ribbon and wrap around card and tie the ends to a round paperclip.

Try this the next time you need a quick card. Happy crafting!

My Fall Porch Display and Centerpiece DIY!

Hi friends! Last weekend I shared my Dollar Tree haul complete with items I bought to decorate my front porch. I also bought some hay bales, mum, cornstalks and pumpkins to complete the look.

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I filmed a porch tour and DIY for Home and Garden for Mere Mortals, it was a lot of fun, here’s the video!

I really had fun decorating the porch this year, I usually reserve the major decorating for right before Halloween but I am glad that I started early so I can enjoy this all season. Here are some photos if you want a closer look at anything.

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Full disclosure on the railing, the leaves are starting to dry out and turn brown. I think next time more Dollar Tree leaf garlands or plain berries. It’s OK, it will be nice and “Addams Family” looking for Halloween. It will match the dust and cobwebs inside LOL!

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I hope you liked my little porch. Do you have your fall decorations up yet? What is your favorite fall decorating tip? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Holy Cowl! A free easy project for you!

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.

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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!

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Supplies:
1 ball Boutique Chic Yarn (or #6 bulky yarn or you can use 2 stands of worsted weight yarn)
US 15 hook(10mm)
yarn needle
measuring tape
scissors

Directions:
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!

 

How to Make “Loop” Earrings!

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:

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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.

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Supplies:
ear wires
small beads
crimp beads
needle nose pliers
flush cutter
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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