Reusable Snow Globe Shaker Gift Card Holders!

Hi friends! I have been starting to slowly get ready for Christmas but picking up a gift here and there if it really seems great for a specific person. I find if I wait to christmas shop I panic and get gifts that miss the mark. One gift that always seems great is a gift card. I like to pick gift cards for someone’s favorite restaurant because you are giving an experience too so if you have friends or family who don’t need any more “stuff” it is a perfect fit! Today I am going to show you how to make a special gift card holder that can be reused, talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

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I do this a lot with cards; I’ll write my onto on a Post-it note or piece of cardstock attached with washi tape so the recipient can reuse the card if they wish. I know it is unrealistic to expect people to keep cards forever and this gives them a new lease on life! It can be like the traveling fruitcake (the one fruitcake that exists in the world that keeps getting re gifted LOL!) Watch the video to see how it’s done!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP
you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:

  • NEW Exlusive The Frugal Crafter designed clear stamp set: Let it Snow and Trinkets and Wishes
  • Ink: Memento black *I am using memento because it is compatible with alcohol based markers, if using waterbased markers I suggest Archival or Versafine Clair.
  • Clear Versamark ink for embossing
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Alcohol based markers (Blick Studio)
  • Glitter pens (Jane Davenport)
  • Craft foam sheets
  • Circle Dies
  • Double sided tape (I use a tape runner)
  • Christmas pattern paper
  • White cardstock (Neenah classic crest-best for alcohol markers)
  • Cream cardstock
  • Clear transparency sheet (or leftover plastic packaging)
  • Christmas brads, washi and ribbon (optional)
  • Glitter and sequins for filling the shaker

If you plan on making more elaborate cards like shakers for Christmas gifts I recommend you start early. Get a few of these made and pick up gift cards here and there in the weeks leading up to the holiday so it is easier on your budget and then when the festive season rolls around you will be ready and able to relax and enjoy it! I hope this project gives you some helpful ideas and til next time happy crafting!

PS next weeks cardmaking video will be filmed on my new high-definition professional camera! Yipee!

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Build a Gingerbread House Card {and the joy found in a scrap of mylar!)

Howdy friends! I just got my new release of stamps in the mail this week! I have 3 new Christmas clear stamp sets exclusivly with Rubber Stamp Tapestry!

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I was most excited to try out this stamp set but don’t worry, I’ll give you ideas with the other ones coming up so you can have a fun time making cards, gift card holders and fun Christmas packaging with them this year! Watch the video to see how I made this card.

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP
you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:

The coolest thing about this card (to me) was stamping that sentiment inside the house at the last-minute and also finding a use for that scrap of Mylar I came across looking for papers for an unrelated project. Think of all the treasures that could be hiding in the nooks and crannies of your crafty storage. When I was little my mom use to tell us to clean our closet if we wanted a new toy because we would find something we forgot about (and we always did!) and it would be just like a new present! The best thing about these new old treasures is that they are like new goodies that are already bought and paid for so we can enjoy them without guilt. Have fun shopping your stash and til next time happy crafting!

5 Tips to make fast Christmas cards!

Hi friends! I know it’s not even Halloween yet but if you make Christmas cards by hand you need to start early and this video will show you how you can make a big batch of Christmas cards fast! You can also use these tips anytime you need to make a lot of cards or invitations for ANY event or occasion.

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Watch the video to see how!

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

5 tips to streamline holiday card making!

  1.  Keep the basic design and supplies used the same.
  2. Work in batches assembly line style.
  3. Ask for help. Even non cardmaking spouses and children can cut, score and fold cardstock, Stamp sentiments inside cards and stuff envelopes. If you have many images to color let your family help!
  4. Consider investing in a time-saving tool like a die to match your stamps. I never got the appeal of owning dies for something you might only cut a couple of times but when you are making Christmas cards not having to cut 100 images out by hand is a blessing. I invested in a  Scan n Cut machine a few years ago so I could have the convenience of dies to match any of my stamps without having to purchase any more dies.
  5. Buy a big pack of embellishments and use them all up.

Bonus tip!!!!

Make your own envelopes from unused leftover christmas paper. Simply measure your card from corner to corner and add 1″ to that measurement. Cut a square of paper that size and fold around your card as shown in the video.  If I am mailing my cards I make my envelopes so the pattern is on the inside of the envelopes and it is so pretty like a lined envelope and the paper gets used (and is cheaper than store-bought envelopes.) I make rosettes from the scraps to decorate packages and punch tags from the smaller scraps. I keep a dish on my craft table with tags I punched out of scraps so anyone wrapping a gift can grab them to use. It’s so unique, pretty and festive and it’s using resources wisely!

Good luck in your next batch card making project and til next time happy crafting!

Using freehand elements to improve your cards!

Hi friends! Have you have tried to stamp a scene with multiple images on a card and felt like everything was floating, nothing matched or it just didn’t feel whole? Today I will show you how you can add a few hand drawn elements to make your card feel cohesive and complete.

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Watch the video to see how!

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies (contains affiliate links)

Make sure when you are hand drawing elements that you use a pen that matches your stamping ink color and will work with your coloring medium. I used a black sharpie because it was black like my stamping ink and was waterproof so it wouldn’t smear when I painted it with watercolors. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

Cool off with Christmas Crafts!

Howdy friends! We are in a heatwave in Maine and what better way to keep cool than to make Christmas Decorations in my blissfully cool craft room in the cellar!

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I had a few mishaps in this project (oh the hot glue burns, I do not recommend using hot glue during a heatwave LOL!) but I will make the mistakes so you don’t have to. Keep these tips in mind whenever you are crafting with an MDF product like the Christmas tree kit I used because the same rules will apply. I have only ever really painted on MDF (aka Masonite) so this was new to me. Watch the video to see how it turned out.

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps!  SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

  • MDF Christmas Tree Kit
  • Glue
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Fine clear glitter
  • Plastic woodland animal figures
  • Hot glue
  • Tinsel garland

You can make a pretty project with just the contents of the kit or use supplies you have to make it more custom! I know seeing such an early christmas project makes some of you groan but I like to post some early ideas to give people who do craft fairs time to create them early enough to make. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about Halloween and Thanksgiving:) Til next time happy crafting!

Quilty Christmas Tree Cards!

Hi friends! Want to get an early start on your Christmas cards and have some craft fun? Try this faux quilt technique!

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This will work with any shape to create a homespun handmade card. No Christmas tree stencil? Trace a printed clip art or a cookie cutter! Watch the video to see how to make these!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP
you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:

Project tips!

  1. When using blending brushes I recommending having about 6 brushes, 1 for all greens, 1 for reds, 1 for yellows etc so you don’t have to wash them and you conserve your ink.
  2. I used heavy-duty scissors with serrated bladed I bought at the dollar tree to cut through all of the trees at once. Be sure to hold the trees together tightly as you cut so they don’t slide.
  3. If you don’t have stamps you can try this technique with scrapbook paper, it would be really cute and you can use up what you have!

I hope this project inspired you and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Bath Bomb Recipe and Tutorial!

Hi friends!  My girls and I had such fun making these for gifts this year. It is a fun craft to make with the kids and you can even teach them about chemical reactions so it’s art and science all in one project!

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Watch the video to see how! I’ll post the recipe below:)

Supplies & Recipe (with affiliate links to amazon BUT please note that everything EXCEPT citric acid and fragrance will be cheaper from your local grocery store, I want my peeps to get good deals!)

*Dry ingredients-whisk together in a bowl.
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup Epsom Salts
1/2 cup Corn Starch

*Wet ingredients Put in a small jar and shake
1 Tablespoon water
1 Tablespoon mineral oil (you can use melted coconut oil, soybean or olive oil but I chose mineral/baby oil as it will not turn rancid which is not an issue if you are using the bath bombs soon)
1 teaspoon of fragrance oil (I used one tsp or 3 droppers full but other recipes called for 6 which seemed like a lot. Use your own tastes and judgement)
Liquid food coloring as desired)
Bath bomb moulds 

Directions:
1. Whisk dry ingredients together. Slowly add the freshly shaken wet ingredients to the dry and combine with a whisk until there are no big lumps and it looks like sand.

2. Overfill both halves of your mold and press together firmly. You can use other moulds you have as well but you need to pack the mixture in very tightly or the bath bomb might crumble when you remove it from the mold.

3. Remove the bath bomb from the mold and set in a tray/box lined with plastic wrap to dry for 48 hours.

4. After 48 hours wrap with plastic wrap and blast with a hairdryer for a professional look. You can also add in dry pressed flowers when you warp them for a beautiful presentation.

Want a side of science with your art?

Why does it fizz? The citric acid is an acid and it reacts with baking soda (a base) just like vinegar and baking soda does. The bombs are quiet until water activates the citric acid and the reaction begins. The bubbles that are created are carbon dioxide. The corn starch serves two purposes: 1. it acts as a filler and a buffering agent between the citric acid and baking soda so you get a “slow fizz” rather than an explosion and 2. it is a binder and helps the bath bomb hold it’s rock hard shape until dunked in water.

The remaining ingredients are therapeutic!
Epsom salts will soothe sore muscles and soften skin
The oils smell nice and will moisturizer skin and the food color is pretty.

I had a lot of requests to post this tutorial after sharing photos of the bath bombs we were making. I hope you have as much fun making this as we did! Happy crafting!

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