Cookin’, Wrappin’, Relaxin’ & Preparing for Snow!

Merry Christmas friends! I have to say that this has been my favorite Christmas season in many years. What was different?  Why was I not a stressed out mess like I usually am this time of year? Well, there are a couple of reasons. For one, my house is less cluttered. Holiday decorations used to stress me out because we were always so rushed and I always meant to declutter before decorating but I would get busy and the kids would want the decorations up so I would go up to the attic and drag down the totes and let them have at it so there would be decorations on top of the everyday clutter. It was a mess. This year I took everything out of the attic. We went through everything, got rid of a lot of things that were shabby and did not hold any sentimental value and put out the stuff we loved. We had 14 totes of christmas decorations and we weeded it down to about 5. I have been enjoying my home decorated for Christmas instead of looking forward the the 26th when I can pack them all away. Why did I live like that?

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I also I decided to get rid of expectations. I would not “panic shop” because I have found that gifts bought in that frame of mind seldom hit the mark. I did most of my gift shopping locally (I used to dread going out in public and shopping but this year I enjoyed it!) I took the time while waiting to pick up my kids from practise to stroll around local stores and choosing gifts that I really felt people could use and love. Let’s face it, four crappy panic gifts to not equal one good gift. I wrapped gifts as I went and never when I was tired or cranky. If I was tired I went to bed whereas in years past I would just brace myself and marathon wrap until it was done. Ironically I never felt done, if I had extra time after wrapping I would go into panic mode thinking I must not have bought enough if I am done wrapping already. This year seeing my kids discard several panic gifts that never got opened helped me see the error of my ways. The biggest change I made was allowing myself enough time to do something instead of cramming every little thing in that I could. Today I cooked some cranberry sauce and baked garlic rolls for Christmas Eve dinner. Old Lindsay would have squeezed in one more DIY gift project before starting to bake and left the house in a wreck to leave for the party only to come home to a stressful mess. I stopped the insanity! Oh, and I think my garlic rolls came out better than before, I can taste the calm! I’m not sure what I taste in the Cranberry sauce…the zesty tang of my new zesty approach to life? It’s a bit tart LOL:)

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This Christmas will be a bit different from every other Christmas as we are getting a foot of snow tomorrow between 3am and 6pm so traveling to my folks for Christmas will be out. I called my mom and asked if we could get together on the 26th instead due to the storm and she said it was fine so for the first time in forever we will hang out at home and take our time opening gifts and lounging around enjoying each others company. I’ll miss spending Christmas Day with my folks but I am looking forward to hanging out with hubby and the kids all day and staying home too! And since we will visit on the 26th it’s like we get to extend the good times!

I think it is funny that something as simple as decluttering my home this year would make such an impact on my life as a whole. I think it helped be to be more present instead of rushing to the next thing. That is why I am enjoying this holiday season more, because I am in the moment. I am setting realistic expectations and pacing myself instead of cramming more in. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate) and a safe and happy New Year! Take care of yourself and til next time happy crafting!

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5 Cards YOU can Make in 5 Minutes or LESS for Christmas!

Hi friends! Are you starting to feel the panic yet? Actually I have been rather calm this Christmas but the other day I realized that I have not sent my Christmas cards out yet and not only that I didn’t have enough. Now, most sane folks would just run to the store but I’m crafty (and to be honest the whole reason I got into stamping was to save money on Christmas cards, look how that turned out! ūüėõ ) so I decided to come up with some simple designs that would be unique, cheerful and take less time to make then driving to town and back.

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Watch the video to see how! I’ll warn you, it kinda falls apart at the end! ūüėÄ

Most of the stuff I used except for the cute wooden trees I got at A.C. Moore were older things from my stash and you don’t have to have the same stuff I used to create something just as cute. So instead of a specific supply list I will put alternatives you can use from your stash!

Supplies:

  • White cardstock (or if you have some premade card bases or colorful cardstock you want to use up go for it and adjust the colors of paint accordingly.)
  • Colorful media such as acrylic paint, watercolor crayons, pastels, markers, watercolors or you can swipe ink pads on your cardstock!
  • Stamping inks
  • Paint brushes, Q-Tips or makeup wedges
  • Focal item: Wood shapes, die cuts, flat holiday ornaments, stickers, Stamped images you have cut out, Cute images cut from patterned paper or old Christmas cards
  • Sentiment stamps or you can hand write a greeting, print it from your computer and paste it on, use a label, tag, embellishment or sticker
  • Embossing ink and embossing powder or tinsel OR you could try a glue pen and foil or glitter.

Take the above crafty ingredients and mix and match as you like. I think t would be fun to put all of those supplies on a “Wheel of Fortune” like spinner and give it a spin to choose a supply to make a card! “I’ll take glitter and watercolor crayons Vanna!” I think Vanna White would approve as she is a crafty knitter:) OK I am getting a bit silly now, I have many presents to wrap and a few crafty gifts to finish up so I’m going to get back to work but I am glad to spend a few minutes visiting with you:) Thanks for dropping by and til next time happy crafting!

Save Money & Make Your Own Kissing Balls!

Hi friends! This is by far my favorite Christmas decorating project! I was actually on the ball and decorated my porch before the snow fell. You will see the snow in the video tho!

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I was able to find most of the supplies I needed right in my yard! The rest of the supplies are common craft supplies and small christmas decorations but they are optional. I was able to get the floral foam (you need the kind that holds water) from the dollar tree locally  but I also found great deals on the foam and other supplies at Consumer Crafts if you want to shop online. BTW Consumer crafts has 25% off your total regular price purchase today with coupon code: XMAS17 and if you like dies their special of the week (ending today) is darice die sets for $5-$6. Also they finally got the Studio 71 marker sets back in stock and the 48 pack is on sale for $39.97. I know that is random but I had so many people ask me to share when the marker sets finally got back in stock because they sold out the day after I posted my Studio 71 Marker Review. Sorry for getting off track there, here is the kissing ball video!

You will need:

  • Floral foam: I used the 2 pack of 4″ round disks from the Dollar Tree OR save more money and get this block for $1.27 and cut it in half to make 2!
  • Velvet ribbon (I got 20 yard spools of 2″ on sale for $2 a roll (reg $5) at A.C. Moore because I wanted enough to wrap my porch posts too)
  • How to tie a velvet bow tutorial
  • Floral Wire
  • Twine
  • Berries
  • Wire cutters
  • Craft Sticks¬†
  • Everyday supplies: Scissors, hot glue & Glue Gun
  • Evergreen trimming from around your yard or from the Christmas tree off cuts at a home improvement store

Because of the floral foam keeping the evergreen sprigs watered your arrangement will last for a month or more, you could even water it if you like, just be careful because it can drip and make an icy patch underneath it (not good if it is hung over your front steps!) If you are hanging this indoors I’d put it in the sink once a week and water it and let it drip dry for an hour before hanging it again. If you have it outside in a cold climate I don’t think you need to do anything as the water in the foam will freeze and the evergreens are used to this so they stay nice and fresh. Only water if it is going to be somewhere warm I’d say. Otherwise it will have enough in the flower foam from the pre soaking to keep it looking good.

Let me know if you make one of these and how it turned out. Happy crafting!

Embossed Vellum Candy Filled Ornaments!

Hi friends! You can whip this project up in a flash. It is a great idea when you need a bunch of inexpensive goodies for a large group!

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From each sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ vellum you get 4 ornaments. You can use any paper or cardstock if you don’t have vellum, in fact, you could probably use wrapping paper! Watch the video for a new spin on an old favorite (the sour cream packet!)

Video!

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Supplies:

I love a quick and easy project I can make is big batches, just add candy and you will have one happy group of people! Happy crafting!

 

Pretty Winter Scene Card! LEARN Partial Embossing & Masking

Hi friends! I really enjoyed making this card and it is very easy too! It used limited supplies and you probably have nearly everything you need to make it!

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I love the partial embossing technique, it really gets that “How’d you do that!?!” response which is always fun! I just realized that I would be a lousy magician because I love to give away my secrets LOL! Watch the video and yu can learn how to do this technique too!

Video!

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Supplies:

You can adapt this idea to other seasons as well. Experiment with inks and stamps to create sensational scenes! If you liked this video please consider sharing it with a friend using one of the handy sharing buttons below or pin it on Pinterst! That helps other like-minded crafters find my blog. Sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

You have my permission…

Hi friends! I get asked often by students if they can follow a tutorial of mine and then make their painting into Christmas card or other greeting and I want to go on the record and say YES! I post these tutorials so you can learn and copy them and if you have one you want to share with your friends and family then please do! Heck maybe they will want to learn to paint as well after being inspired by you and you can send them my way. Sharing is caring! Today I have a painting demo of a cardinal done in watercolor and colored pencils. It was my second attempt. This was the first. He reminds me of the angry bird from the video game LOL!

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Do you notice a resemblance?

I was very frustrated after the first attempt so I tried again.

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Although looking at the first painting the next day I realized that it wasn’t so bad. Either we are bad judges of our own work while we are painting or painting elves come in when we are asleep and fix our mistakes. What do you think? Either way, moral of the story, don’t give up on a painting until the next day!

Video!

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (Joiart set of 24 $15.99 set of 24 12ml tubes)
  • Watercolor paper (Canson Monteville 9″x12″ 20 sheet pad $11.44)
  • Prismacolor pencils (prices varies between set size)¬† Colors used below:
    938 white
    1023 cloud blue
    965 cold grey dark
    935 black
    946 dark brown
    908 dark green
    988 marine green
    1004 yellow chartreuse
    942 yellow ochre
    918 orange
    923 scarlet lake
    924 crimson red
  • Princeton Neptune brushes 1/2 oval wash and #12 round
  • Royal Aqualon liner and #6 round

I compiled a bunch of real-time video tutorials that would make great Christmas cards, gifts or holiday decorations into the playlist below. Feel free to paint them and do what you wish with the paintings (yes, even sell them at craft fairs!) Honestly the only restriction I have with students copying my designs is not to submit them for publication as work submitted for publication should be the artist’s concept and execution, it protects you and me:)

I hope this post inspires you to get your brush wet today! This blog post contains affiliate links to Amazon and I am compensated if purchases are made after clicking the links at no additional cost to you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

We Wish You a “Meowy” Christmas and A “Yappy” New Year!

Howdy friends! I have a couple new cards to share and they feature some of my favorite things: animals wearing clothing and puns.

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I colored a bunch of these cats and dogs last week (you can see a tutorial on coloring the animals in last weeks video) while watching TV and I decided to use them right away on these cards. They were quick, easy and fun to make. Most of the time spent on this was the coloring I did before hand. I like to have a bunch of images stamped out and ready to color while I watch TV. It’s also helpful if you are trying not to snack in the evening as your hands are busy:) Look, you get a craft and dieting tips all in one place, how do you like that? Anyway, let’s go to¬†the video!

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!

  • Stamp set Katselkraft Dogs
  • Stamp Set Katzelkraft Funny Accessories
  • Stamp Set Katzelcraft Cats
  • White cardstock
  • Alcohol markers
  • Black fine tip pen (03 micron)
  • Solid color cardstock or card bases or pre cut A2 Cards
  • Double sided tape (ATG)
  • Liquid Glue (Zip Dry)
  • Brads, ribbon or other desired embellishments
  • Dye based ink (Aqua, pink, lime green, red)
  • Music notes embossing folder
  • fine tip scissors

Want more inspiration? Check out this belated birthday card using the cat’s set! I hope you give these ideas a try to til next time happy crafting!

 

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