Get Ready for Christmas! Gift Card Holder Shaker Cards!

Hi friends! I got some great advice once: Do something today that will make tomorrow easier. That might be making your kids lunch the night before so you don’t have chaos in the morning or washing the dishes in the sink in the evening  so you don’t have to struggle with piles of plates just to fill the coffee maker when you are bleary eyed and in desperate need of your morning jolt of caffeine. Do “Future You” a solid and get something done ahead of time. Christmas will be here before you know it and it just seems like there is never enough time to do everything we want once December hits so I like to get a  few things made before then so I can actually relax a bit and ENJOY the holidays.  Since I have been more mindful about “stuff” this past year I am really trying not to clutter other people’s lives so this year I am going to rely more on gift cards (and not feel guilty about it like I have done in the past.) I think making a handmade card to hold a gift card says “Hey, I like and care about enough to spend time on a gift but I don’t want to clutter up your life with stuff you might not have room for.”

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I think when we make a handmade card we are showing we care without the clutter. You can even tuck a personalized not in the pocket with the gift card rather than write on it so the card can be reused by the recipient. I don’t want someone feeling like they have to keep the card forever either, this gives them permission to pass it on and brighten someone else’s day. (Truth be told I have a drawer filled with cards that were given to me but it’s a nice theory right. I admit it, I hoard cards friends give me but I don’t expect others to:) LOL!)

Want to see how I made this card? Well then, watch the video!

 

Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order!

Supplies from Top Flight Stamps:

Other Supplies:

Heat embossing on acetate directions:
1. Stamp design with pigment or embossing ink.
2. Sprinkle with embossing powder.
3. Heat up the gun for a few seconds before bringing to the film. Heat powder until it melts but if an area starts to warp pull the gun away, then go back in and heat some more after it cools. Embossing powder melts faster on acetate than paper typically.

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Let’s have a relaxed holiday, shall we? Do something today that future you will thank you for. I think that’s worth celebrating! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Lot’s Of Mixed Media Card Techniques! {X-Mas Card Idea!)

Hi Friends! Over the past few months I have adopted the idea of doing things today that make tomorrow easier. For instance taking 5 minutes to wash up the few dishes left in the sink and setting up my coffee pot before I go to bed saves me at least 20 minutes the next morning. It’s the old “Stitch in time saves 9” routine. It’s true though. So with that in mind I decided to share some techniques and apply them to a Christmas card. You can use these techniques to make any kind of card you need though (but I bet you will be happy to have a few Christmas cards already done come December!) 😀

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Watch the video to see these fun techniques!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  Use coupon code: FRUGALAUGUST17 – 10% off everything in the store. Coupon expires August 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP & get an instant coupon for 20% off RST stamps here plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Offer expires August 31, 2017.

Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

Other Supplies:

Finished Card Size: 5 1/2″x4 1/4″ (A2)
Trim mixed media layer to 3 1/2″x4 3/4″
Trim patterned paper mat to 4″x5 1/4″

Directions:
1. Add a pattern to cardstock with a stencil, inkpad and blending brush.
2. Scribble gelatos over cardstock and blend with a damp sponge or baby wipe.
3. Gather pegstamps together with a rubber band and stamp as one large background randomly over the paper. Partial images are fine.
4. Mix gelatos and embossing paste and trowel on paper over a stencil. Let dry completely.
5. Die cut labels from white and pattern paper. Stamp poinsettia motif on white and adhere to patterned paper with foam tape.
6. Use inkpads and water to dye seam binding. Let dry.
7. Trim mixed media and pattered paper panels and adhere together. Tie ribbon in a bow around panels and adhere to cardbase.
8. Adhere labels and pearls to card.
9. Stamp sentiment inside if desired.

Don’t fret if you don’t have the same supplies as I do, use what you have and make it your own! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Poinsettia in Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm Eastern time today!

Hi friends! I hope you can paint the poinsettia with me live in 30 minutes on YouTube!

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Today we are going to use some different pigments than usual, 2 are simple pigments and 3 are mixed pigments. I will tell you all about the benefits to each kind of paint and I will also give alternatives so bring whatever paint you have to follow along, we will get you through it! Here is a color study and swatch, use whatever you have that is closest!

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You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with us live be sure to view on the YouTube watch page!

Supplies can be found at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Don’t miss Craftsy’s last BIG sale! Grab a last-minute class to give as a gift (or for yourself) for $19.99 or less!

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*Any class you purchase after clicking my special discount link helps support the free tutorials I post on YouTube, thank you as always for your support:) I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET for festive and fun painting! Happy crafting!

Last Minute DIY Gift Idea & Rubber Stamp Giveaway!

Hi friends! Do you need a last minute gift for your coworkers or your kids scout troop or maybe your children’s school teachers? Here is a practical gift displayed in a pretty way! DIY Lip balm purses and suitcases!

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Everyone needs an extra tube of chapstick this time of year. It doesn’t cost much but it is useful and thoughtful. In today’s video I will show you how to make a display card for them that looks like a suitcase or purse and you could even hang then from the Christmas tree if you wanted too!

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Supplies:
Cardstock
Stamps: Spring in Paris set
Scissors
Ribbon/trim
Postage edge punch or deco-scissors
lip balm
Double sided tape
Hot Glue

Directions:
Die cut a rectangle, oval or fancy label from cardstock. Stamp on it if desired. Fold up edges so you have a 1/2″ space in the center to adhere a lip balm tube to. Add handles and decorate if desired.

Giveaway!!!!

If you would like to win the stamps I used from ArtNeko then simply leave a comment! I will draw a winnter at random in one week. This giveaway is open worldwide. If you enjoyed this quick last minute gift idea please consider sharing it using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Thanks and til next time happy crafting!

Knitting Needle Set Giveaway & Free Adjustable Slipper Pattern!

Hi friends!  Today I am going to share an easy recipe for knitted slippers! This is a quick gift any knitter can whip up in time for Christmas AND a fun project for a new knitter to try! By the Way I have a 20% off coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ for the knitting needle set I used from Fabart (the coupon can be used on anything in the Fabart Amazon store too and they can ship in time for Christmas!)

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Watch the video to see how and then check out the pattern and diagram at the end of this post for written instruction. Rather than just giving you a pattern I want to teach you how to make these slippers to fit your foot and how to alter the pattern for different yarn you may want to use.

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Find the set of interchangeable knitting needles I used from our sponsor FABART and save 20% with coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ

Supplies:

  • Size 9 knitting needles
  • Super bulky yarn (look for a 6 on the label)
  • Contrasting ribbon or yarn to use as stitch markers
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches you need to know:
Knit stitch
Purl Stitch
Knit 2 together
*All of these stitches are demonstrated in the video, checkout this video if you need more instruction.

Directions: Use this for a ladies slipper size 6-10 or narrow men’s slipper. Alteration tips below.
1. Cast on 22 stitches.
2.Row 1: Knit7 (place stitch marker) Purl 1, Knit 6 (place stitch marker) Purl 1, Knit 7
3. Row 2: Knit
*Repeat these 2 rows until you have a rectangle of fabric that is as long as the distance from your heel to the widest part of your foot (where the toe knuckles are) I knit this part 8 1/2″ to fit a size 8-9 ladies shoe size.
4. Decreasing for the toe:
Knit 1, Knit 2 together (repeat across row.)
Next row: Knit. Repeat these 2 rows.
5. Knit across as many rows as you need until you have 1/4″ of toe left to cover.
6. Repeat step 4.
7. Cut yarn leaving a 18″ tail, thread yarn into a yarn needle and draw yarn through stitches on the needle. Slide the stitches off the needle and pull tight to close the toe. Fold slipper fabric in half and sew up the toe. Fasten off and weave in ends.
8. Use the tail from the cast on end to sew up the heel, fasten off and weave in ends.

Alterations:
To make a wider slipper add a stitch or two in each knit column. So instead of casting on 22 stitches (k7, p1, k6, p1, k7) you might cast on 25 stitches and k8, p1, k7, p1, k8. Just add stitches evenly and follow the knitting instructions for the rest of the slipper.

To make smaller slippers you can decrease stitches from each column. Alternately you could use thinner yarn and smaller knitting needles so a smaller slipper would not be as bulky. I suggest making notes as you knit the first slipper so you can easily make the second one match. Here is a diagram of how the slipper is constructed and where you can alter the design to change the size.

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Giveaway Time!!!

I have an amazing giveaway for you this week from our sponsor Fabart AND a coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ to save 20% ANYTHING in their shop from brushes to knitting needles if you want to buy a set for someone on your Christmas list! Fabart is selling this set of needles for $40 (only $32 with coupon and if you are an amazon Prime member you can get free 2 day shipping so you will have them in time for Christmas!) I have seen sets of aluminum knitting needles from other companies starting at $65 and up! I have used many brands of aluminum knitting needles and these are just as good at a much lower price and the handsome faux leather case makes it an amazing gift for any knitter. Circular needles can be use the same way as straight needles or you can knit in the round with them to make seamless hats and sweaters. They are also wonderful for teaching kids to knit as they fit smaller hands better. You can connect the cords to make larger items like blankets and keep the weight off the needles. You can even use the cords and stoppers that come in the kit as stitch holders. When you get this set of interchangeable knitting needles you are essentially getting nine pairs of straight needles size 4-11, nine pairs of 15″, 25″ and 30″ circular needles. And you can connect three of the cords to make large seamless blankets and throws. It can get expensive when you first get started knitting but this set will see you through most of the patterns you will come across. Leave a comment and let me know if you would rather win the knitting needle set or another product from the Fabart shop (and tell me your pick) and I will draw a winner in one week! Good luck and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Gingerbread House Christmas Tree Ornament!

Hi friends! First off tonight I want to announce the winner of the FABART brush giveaway from last week: (drum-roll…) JenniferInMpls Don’t worry if you didn’t win, you can still use the Coupon code: KZCPG9ZE for a few more days to get 20% off anything in the FABART store. Remember, Amazon Prime members get free 2 day shipping!

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I have another festive Christmas project to share tonight, a “gingerbread” house made from cardboard, hot glue caulking and leftover beads and baubles. Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:

  • Cardboard
  • Template
  • Hot glue
  • Decorations (you can use beads, sequins, pom-poms or candy)
  • Latex Caulking or Royal Icing to decorate and attach the “candy”
  • Disposable pastry bag or Ziplock baggie to pipe out the caulking (or get a fine tip caulking squeeze tube)
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ribbon

Directions:
1. Trace template on cardboard and cut 2 of each pieces.
2. Use hot glue to make your house. Make sure to add a hanging ribbon to the roof if you are making an ornament.
3. Pipe on “icing”
4. Press beads or candy into the wet icing
5. Let dry and hang on the Christmas tree!

I am sure you will get much more creative then me on this one, I’m such a bad cook and baker that even my fake food looks suspicious LOL! Have fun with this project and til next time happy crafting!

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DIY Scrapbook Calendars & Christmas Design Bundle Giveaway!

Winner Update! Congrats to Linda who won the Christmas Bundle from DesignBundles.net & FontBundles.net! You can still grab the Christmas bundle on sale for $34 and still have time to make something awesome with it!

If you are my mother do not read any further OR watch today’s video:)

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Hi friends! Today I am going to share my most requested gift, a DIY Scrapbook calendar! I started making these 15 years ago when my son was born. I saw a “scrapbook calendar” for sale when I went to pick up my photos at Wal-Mart one day and decided to make one for my mom, it was a simple project, you basically just glued your photos in the rectangles on the calendar pages. My mom LOVED it and requested another one. The next year the blank calendars were nowhere to be found! I had to come up with one from scratch or ruin Christmas! OK, Maybe I am being a bit dramatic, anyway, over the past 14 years I have got this process down to a science.

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Break the project into manageable chunks starting with printing the calendar, photos and any other digital supplies I want to use. I usually make a couple of digital scrapbook pages too (at one time I was making 4 calendars at Christmas and for those years I made 12 digital layout and printed 4 copies, easy peasy!) Then I bind the book and adhere the photos and finally I embellish the pages. You can work a page at a time if you prefer but if you are one of those 4-hour-page people you might want to relax your standards a bit. When it’s done you will feel so proud!

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Not sure what is going on in this photo, I thought hot rollers were a good idea today. You may question my hairstyle choices but I assure you my taste in gift giving is “on fleek” today! Watch the video to see exactly how to make this!

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The Digital supplies I used came from the Christmas Design Bundle from DesignBundles.net and Fontbundles.net You can get this package of over 900 design elements (individually priced at $557) for $34 ! I am also giving away one bundle to a lucky reader! This contest is open worldwide, leave a comment for a chance to win!

Here are the techniques you will learn today!

*How to format and print a calendar for free
*How to print digital scrapbook paper to use in craft projects
*How to create a digital scrapbook page you can print
*Ways yo use digital products in traditional scrapbooks
*How to bind the calendar
* How I create quick traditional pages (using up old stash)
*Tips for mass production scrapbooking
*Tips for using lots of photos

Feel free to pop ahead, pause or re-watch different parts of the video until you understand a technique. Have fun and enjoy the look on your recipients face when they open up their custom photo calendar. Also make sure you allow plenty of time to complete this project (ie don’t start this on Christmas eve after a couple of egg-nogs.)

Supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Photo paper (for printing photos and digital scrapbook pages)
  • Printer
  • Image editing software (I use Paint Shop Pro but Photoshop or GIMP will work the same)
  • If you want a free easy online software to print and collage your photos try ipiccy, image editing software and be tricky if you are not used to it. You can also use any scrapbooking software you may have.
  • Calendar to print, I use the free calendar generator PDF Calendar.
  • Digital papers & artwork, I used the Christmas Design Bundle.
  • Paper trimmer
  • Tan inkpad (optional)
  • Stickers and other light weight embellishments
  • Adhesive (wet and dry)
  • Binder clip & ribbon scraps
  • Binding machine and comb *if you do not have a binding machine I have a tutorial here for doing this with a crop-a-dial or a copy center will bind it for you inexpensively.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! I would also love to know if you have ever made a scrapbook gift for anyone. I think the thing I love most about this is that it is a gift for someone who has everything and it will be used everyday and not clutter up a house or collect dust. It is the perfect gift I think, and my mom agrees and she is the smartest woman I know so there you go:) Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win The Christmas Design Bundle, I will pick a winner on Friday December 16th 2016. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

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