Build This Card Keeper to Organize Your Handmade Cards!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a box out of cardboard and decorated with paper that includes dividers so you can sort and organize your handmade cards.

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You can divide the cards by occasion like I did or divide it by month and write the names and dates of birthdays and anniversaries on each divider so you are always prepared for upcoming birthdays and events!

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Watch the video to see how I made this. I will post measurements for the box I made to hold A2 cards below but you can resize it to whatever dimensions you want.

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This video is sponsored by Annie’s CardMaker Kit of the Month Club! Save 50% on your first kit and get a free tool set!

 

 

Supplies:

  • Matboard or cardboard *You can glue two sheets of cereal box cardboard printed sides together for your base.
  • Strong double-sided take such as red line or scor-tape
  • Adhesive tape runner
  • Magnet and metal disk *Look for “rare earth” magnets
  • Clear tape
  • Patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Bone folder
  • Piercing tool
  • Corner Rounder (WeR Memory Keepers Corner Chomper)
  • Thin washi tape (optional)
  • Ink & Stamps (optional)
  • Pen or pencil that you can mark your cardstock with

Measurements:

  • Front/Back: 5″x6″ (make 2 from matboard) Matting layer: 4 1/4″x5 1/4″
  • Top/Bottom: 4″x6″ (make 2 from matboard) Matting Layer: 3 1/4″x5 1/4″
  • Sides (make 2 from matboard) 4″x5″, Matting layer: 3 1/4″ 4 1/4″
  • Lip/Closure (make 1 from matboard) 1 1/2″x6″, Matting layer 1 1/4″x5 1/2″, Cardstock liner for underside over magnet will be the same as matboard piece.

This is a great project to keep you organized so you never miss another card sending event. It also makes a great gift especially when filled with handmade cards! Another great gift is a subscription to the Annie’s CardMaker Kit of the Month Club. If you know of someone who wants to get started in card making. These convenient monthly kits have all the supplies (except scissors and adhesive) to make 8-10 handmade greeting card and an instruction sheet so you can make the most from the kit and learn as you craft! I want to thank Annie’s for sponsoring this project and thank you for tuning in! Til next time happy crafting!

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3 Cute Christmas Canvasses! Beginner Acrylic Tutorial!

Hi friends! These cute mini canvasses take about 10 minutes to paint each and can be a fun, inexpensive family or classroom activity!

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I created a free printable template sized for 3″x3″ canvases if you want an easy way to reproduce these. I used graphite paper to transfer my design. Free free to use the pattern on watercolor paper if you prefer. Watch the video to see how to paint them!

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These would be cute attached to gifts, sitting on a mantle or windowsill, as place cards on the dinner table, hung from a tree or even used as magnets. How would use display them?

Supplies:

Tips for creating this project in a group!

  • Give each person a place to work. Set out a square of newspaper, a palette (palette paper, waxed paper or freezer paper are a great option) and a water bucket, paper towel and a few brushes. *You can even have the designs transferred onto the canvases before they begin!
  • Paint the backgrounds first.
  • Remind new painters to wipe extra water off their brush after rinsing so they don’t dilute the acrylic paint.
  • Tell new painters that they can practise their brush strokes on the newspaper.
  • When you are done you can fold-up the newspaper, paper towel and palette paper into  neat packet for disposal. *A note about recycling: Many recycle centers will not take newspaper with paint on it but these paper products will biodegrade in the landfill and I believe use fewer resources than washing out palettes and paint mats. You don’t want excess paint down the drain.  This is my opinion, you can do what it right for you:)

I hope you enjoyed this project and I would love it if you painted it with friends! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Can You Watercolor on Metal? You Bet!

Hi friends! A few months ago I bought a jar of Daniel Smith watercolor ground because they said you can use it to pant on virtually anything, even tin cans! When I got a shipment from Papermart with some cute little tins inside I knew I would try watercoloring on one of them!

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The process is really simple as I will demonstrate in today’s video.

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I love the blueberry motif (and not just because I live in Maine) because it is a quick, fun and easy thing to paint even if you are new to watercolor.

You can find the tin I painted and hundreds more at our sponsor Papermart!

Supplies:
Oval metal box with lid  or Other Tins
Watercolors & watercolor Ground (Daniel Smith)
Brushes: #8, #3 round, 1/2″ flat synthetic

Directions:
1. Paint lid of tin with watercolor ground and let dry at lease 24 hours. Your tin might need 2 coats as mine did.
2. Use watercolor paints to paint on design.
3. Seal your design with either oil based spray sealer or dry wax.

I hope you try this fun project, it would be great for gifting a small precious trinket and the tin is a gift in and of itself! FIY we will have a live painting class tomorrow (Friday) here at 12:30pm Eastern Time, hope to see you then, happy crafting!

Classy Packaging!

Hi friends! I have a quick tip for you tonight on making your jewelry packaging a lot more upscale without a lot of extra cost!

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A satin lined jewelry box adds to the perceived value of your work and makes the jewelry extra giftable for buyers. When someone is buying a gift they will think favorably upon packaging that is fancy and can be given as is. Well, I do anyway! See how to line a box with satin using supplies from our sponsor Papermart!

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Apply double sided tape to the inside of the box right at the top edge.
2. Cut satin fabric 1/2″ larger than box on all 4 sides.
3. Place satin right side up inside the box, remove the lining from the tape on one side and fold under the fabric and press to the tape so no raw edges show. Do to adjacent sides.
4.  Place fluff in box and adhere the fabric to the remaining sides.
5. Place your jewelry in the box, put on the lid and tie on a tassel!

One more thing!!! I will have a live show tomorrow at 12:30pm ET, all the details are here and I will post more about that Friday morning. I just didn’t want anyone to miss out:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Clay Play! (DIY Ring Dishes)

These little dishes can sit on the window sill and keep your rings safe when you wash the dishes and they are so easy to make!

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I used supplies from the October Smart Art box. If you are looking for a gift for an artist (or yourself) you might want to give these a look. Every month you get an ample box full of supplies to try a new kind of art. I have been receiving these boxes for a few months now and they never disappoint! I have been sent other monthly art club boxes in the past but this was the only one I would allow as a sponsor because it is the only one I felt had a good value of what you get compared to what you pay. You can see past boxes on their website if you want a better idea. The boxes are a surprise, you never know what you are going to get but that is also part of the fun!

Supplies:
Polymer Clay-Super Sculpey-firm
Molding Tools

Other supplies:
Toaster oven
Craft mat or waxed paper
Acrylic paint and varnish (Liquatex paint and Minwax polycrylic)

Directions:
1. Condition clay.
2. Shape into dishes.
3. Press leaves in clay.
4. Bake at 275 F for 15 minutes. Let cool.
5. Paint and varnish.

This is a fun thoughtful gift to make. Please visit our sponsor Smart Art to learn more about their monthly  art boxes or to subscribe today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? {kit, that is!}

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a snowman kit-no snow required!

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This travel felt board activity is fun for kids to make, give and play with. It might just save your sanity during along car ride to Grandmas this Thanksgiving! Also it is a stash buster project, you can use up all of those felt scraps you have been saving!

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Supplies:
Clear pail
Felt (one 9″x12″ sheet of blue and scraps)
Metallic pipe cleaners
Hook and loop tape-hook side (for buttons or non-felt items)
Cardstock
Buttons
Button jars
Tools: scissors, wire cutters, circle punch
glue

Directions:
1. Cut out snowman, hats, scarves and other accessories from felt scraps. Arrange on a sheet of blue felt.
2. Glue small pieces of hook side of Velcro to backs of buttons and other non felt items. Cut pipe cleaners for hands.
3. Place items in pail and decorate lid!

I hope you give this project a try with your kids and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart

 

Hmmm, Give or Keep?

Hi friends! I had a lot of fun playing with the clear acrylic shapes from Punch Place Plus yesterday!

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Oh! Before I forget Punch Place Plus has a free shipping code: TFCSpecial valid on orders over $49 through 11/23/15, that’s next week so don’t wait if you want any of these goodies!

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I am always on the lookout for cute gifts to make and fun easy ways to dress up my home for the holidays.

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I think these projects do just that, see how easy they are to make in today’s video!

Supplies

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Next Week I will be making jewelry with more of their supplies, I have listed them below in case you wanted to follow along (or to help you put together a large enough order so you can use the discount code LOL!)

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I guess, now that I think about it there is no need to decide whether I will give or keep these, I’ll do both! They are so fun and easy to make, why not? Be sure to visit Punch Place Plus if you are planning some quick and easy holiday crafts (they have a lot of 18″ doll craft supplies too!) and use the coupon code TFCSpecial for free shipping on your order of $49 or more! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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