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!

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!

You spend time on the craft so spend time on showcasing it! {Cute packaging idea!}

Hi friends! It’s getting to be that time of year, whether you are making things to sell at holiday craft fairs or making items to give as gifts you should take a moment to consider how you are displaying them.

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Some pretty paper, a bit of burlap, maybe some ribbon or string and now we’re talking! Pretty packaging tells your customers (and your loved ones) that you really care about your product and them. Your loved ones will appreciate your gifts more and your customers will be willing to pay more, or at least a fair price LOL! Pretty packaging is inexpensive and easy using supplies from our sponsor Papermart! Watch the video to see how I did this!

One tip is to keep it simple so it does not take you as long to price and package your wares as it did to make them. This should be part of your creative process and also part of your workday so it needs to be sustainable. Also you don’t want the packaging to outshine the craft, it should compliment, not compete.

Supplies:

Directions (earring cards)
1. Fold cardstock in half and cut window from one side. Punch a hanging hole at the top of the card.
2. Cut burlap slightly larger than the window and glue to the inside of the cardstock then glue the card shut.
3. Insert earrings into burlap.

For the journal bags.
1. Place item in a clear bag and seal.
2. Fold cardstock in half and punch hanging hole.
3. Apply double-sided tape to cardstock and place bag inside the cardstock and press to close.

What are your favorite ways to display or gift your handmade good? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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