DIY Custom Word Search Card

Hi friends! My twin girls turned 13 today and these are the cards I made:

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They LOVED them! I was really surprised at the reaction because they live in a world of handmade cards for every occasion but the fact that I made them a word search that highlighted their qualities really made them feel special. In today’s video I’ll show you how to make them.

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Supplies:

I made my custom word search here. *I used the “print screen” button on my keyboard to capture the image and then cropped and resized it in my photo editing software but you can print it in full size from the website.

Watch the video for step by step stamping instructions. This is a fun card and can be made for ANY occasion just by changing the words you use:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Easy Duct Tape Wallet to Make With or For the Kids!

Hi friends! Are you looking for a fun and useful project to make with your kids this summer? How about a duct tape wallet?

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This project is a really great introduction to using duct tape for crafting and my local Dollar Tree usually has some cool patterns in 10 yard rolls. Also if you keep an eye out you can find it on clearance at Joann Fabrics of Wal-Mart or use a less expensive plain duct tape for the inside of the project and splurge on a special design for the outside since you don’t need that much. I think even at full price it is only around $5 a roll. BTW the cheap dollar tree duct tape will work just as well as the Duck Brand stuff for this project:)

Supplies:

  • Duct tape (any brand) Amazon or Dollar Tree
  • Craft Knife *I recommend this fiskars knofe with the locking handle as the blade does not come loose as my other craft knives do but you can use what you have.
  • Craft Mat
  • Non Stick Mat (like a silicone baking mat-do not cut the tape on the silicone mat tho!)

Directions:
1. Make a sheet of duct tape fabric by overlapping 9″ strips of duct tape 1/4″. Flip over the sheet and place it sticky side up on your workspace and cover the back with strips of tape. Tip: For extra strength lay the second strips in the opposite direction. *See tip below for another way to make duct tape fabric.

2. Trim the sticky excess off the edges so you have a square/rectangle. It doesn’t have to be perfect. it should be about 8″ square.

3. Fold over the one side to see about how tall you want your wallet to be (and determine what pattern you want on the outside) and trim off the excess (it will be a strip about 2″ wide, this will become the front pocket.

4. Cut 1/2″ wide strips of duct tape and finish the raw edges if the top of the wallet and pocket. Ise 1″ strips to attach the pocket and seal up the sides.

A couple of tips to make your duct tape crafting easier…

  1. keep a bowl of water handy and dip your fingers i when you are trying to handle the tape, it will keep it from sticking to you. This is helpful when you need to put the sheet of duct tape fabric stick side up.
  2. If you (or your child) is having a hard time making the fabric you can use a piece of tarp or plastic grain bag (like the kids chicken feed comes in) for the back side of the fabric. I do this when I need to make a large sheet of duct tape fabric to conserve the tape. You can get a 6″x9″ tart at the dollar tree too if you don’t have a gain bag handy LOL:)
  3. If working with your kids consider pre cutting the pieces and let them assemble it to save frustration and keep them safe as craft knifes are very sharp. If they want to do it themselves then show then how to tear the tape. The results will be a bit more rustic but that’s OK!

I love that you can express your child’s personality in their wallet and I also love that it can teach them how to look after their money (no more dollar bills wadded up in their pockets to get lost) and since the texture of the tape is grippy it is unlikely to fall out of their pockets when they play. It’s never too early to teach your kids to be responsible with their money or to craft so that is a win-win in my book! Happy crafting!

Water Marbling How To PLUS Heat Embossing Tips! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today’s project was inspired by a marbling kit I picked up for $1 the other day.

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The kit contained 6 small tubes of color. The key to water marbling is that the ink or paint you use needs to float on the water so you want a thin oily paint. You can use liquid oil paint, nail polish, oil based model paint and I bet pigment reinkers will work. Try what you have:) Watch the video to see how easy it is!

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Supplies:

  • Peacock Stamp set
  • Mulberry paper
  • Black and white cardstock
  • Paper marbling kit (or any oily ink, thin oily paint or nail polish)
  • Metallic thread
  • Rhinestones
  • Foam tape, double-sided adhesive and clear tape
  • Embossing powder
  • Pigment ink

I was thrilled to see that ArtNeko is carrying mulberry paper! They have a large variety and it only take a little to make a project special. I have been searching for colorful  mulberry paper for folks and was unable to find it until now, enjoy!

I hope you give water marbling a try. I think it would be a really fun to make with kids home on summer vacation. You could even make it outdoors and clip the finished paper to the clothesline to dry! The papers I made in the video turned out nearly as light as the ones I used for the card but a helpful viewer shared this advice:

To keep the bright color on marbling – you should pre-treat the paper with Alum. Works marvelous! -Sheri Havens

Thanks for the tip Sheri! I will share the shaving cream marbling technique this weekend if you want another option. It’s fun to make your own designer paper and quite frugal too! Let me know if you have tried this technique before in the comment below. If you liked this project please share it with a friend. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Printing with the Sun!

Hi friends! We have had 3 sunny days in a row! I can feel the vitamin D coursing through my veins! Today’s project is fun and sciency and I think I will do this project with my free kids library class next month because I think they will get a kick out of it!

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The really cool thing about this project is that it can teach some old-time photography methods as well. This process is closely related to cyanotype and works by sensitizing a porous material, in this case wood, with a UV reactive chemical and then placing either a negative the size of the final print (as is common with most non-silver process photography) or opaque object on the surface and exposing it to UV light. 20 minutes later you have a print! Cool huh? The photo below shows the treated panel with a photo negative and items to leave prints. The treated surface begins to change quickly once in the sun.

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Now, let me be clear, although Solarfast and Cyanotype are very similar there are a few differences, if you wish to explore these please look at the comparison chart on the Jacquard Products website. One of the key differences is that Cyanotype is done on dry media, meaning you prepare the surface and let it dry before printing (You can make surfaces up ahead of time) and Solarfast must be printed when still damp. I did not know that before filming so I wanted to make sure to note it here. Cyanotype is cheaper and can capture greater detail but Solorfast is more durable for laundering and comes in more colors. In any event it is fun and I would not have tried this if I didn’t get it in a smart art box! I think more than ever that a Smart Art box subscription would be the easiest way to develop a well-rounded home school art curriculum.

This tutorial is sponsored by Smart Art, you can purchase past boxes or subscribe to their monthly art box and they are now shipping to many countries!

Supplies:

  • Ampersand cradled wood panel
  • Solarfast by Jacquard (purple)
  • Solarfast wash out liquid
  • Solarfast transparencies
  • Opaque black pen
  • Foam brushes
  • Other items (not in Smart Art Box) die cuts or objects to block out light (marbles, felt)

Tips:

  1. Practice on a scrap of wood or fabric before working on your final project.
  2. Blot off excess fluid before placing down your transparency.
  3. Solid and opaque images give a better print than ink jet printed images. Use your printers best ink setting to make sure you get the darkest possible print.
  4. You can make your own negatives on the Jacquard Website.

This was a fun and educational project! I think the solorfast is more designed with fabrics in mind so I might try a T-shirt next, what would you print? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Hi friends! I am going to keep it short and sweet tonight with this sweet treat valentines day card!

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Honestly I am tuckered out! Today was big storm clean up day, they cancelled school again and try as I might I am not as productive with the kids at home and it looks like we will get another foot of snow tomorrow afternoon! I don’t know where we will put it, we have not had snow like this in a few years and it was spread out, not all at once. We are getting winter all in one week! That is why I love Valentines day, it is a bright spot in the depths of winter halfway through the shortest (yet feels like the longest) month of the year. Yay Valentines day! I realize it is probably a bit late to share this project but you can file it away for next year and be ahead of the game!

Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock or premade card bases (mine were from Micheals)
  • Black Waterproof stamping ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Stamps: Yummy in my TummyAny Occasion (SAB freebie)
  • Sweet Treat cups #116802 (*I think these are discontinued but you could put a clear baggie behind the opening for goodies or make this design on a small treat bag. I think the small circle shape shaker from Jillibean soup is close to the same size)
  • Watercolors (I am using Jane Davenport Brights and the yellow from Neutrals but use what you have)
  • Watercolor brushes, stamping block and adhesive

 

I also wanted to wish my best friend Kathy (Remember Ask a Crafter) 🙂 a very happy birthday, 29 is a great year my friend! (I should know, I have celebrated it many times LOL!) Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

FYI: Links to products are to my friend Wendy’ Stampin Up store (or you can order from your demonstrator) or to Simon Say Stamp (affiliate links) for non Stampin Up product:)

Adult Coloring Book Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I am giving away the new Make Your Own Mural coloring book from the Witty Gritty Paper Company! Click the link to see all of the lovely designs in this high quality coloring book and read on to see how you can win one!

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My kids and I love this coloring book and the paper in this book is really lovely I tried it with several mediums to see what worked best:

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The first panel was done in watercolor and watercolor marker but the water based media warped the paper. The second panel was done with alcohol markers which blended beautifully and looks super vibrant! The next panel was done with wax based colored pencils which also worked well, I tried blending them with solvent but it did not work as well due to the smoothness of the paper I think. The last panel was done with watercolor pencils and a waterbased blender pen which I probably liked the best. Since I did not want to waste my coloring test sheet I cut up the panels and made bookmarks because with 5 avid readers in the house they are always in demand!

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After trimming the panels I adhered them to black cardstock, punched a hole and added a tassel for a fun and durable bookmark! It is a great way to use all of the beautiful pages you have colored! You can also hang them on the wall and create a mural for your friends and family to enjoy!

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I love finding practical uses for my craft supplies and what better time to encourage others to be creative than with this beautiful coloring book and an inspiring assortment of coloring media. Here I placed a sheet of brown kraft paper on my coffee table and put crayons and colored pencils in glass flower “frogs” (you can find these at antique markets and they are wonderful for displaying pretty pens and things in but they are made to put at the bottom of a vase to keep flowers upright.) The kraft paper protects your table and gives people a place to test a color before using it in their book. You could also use white butcher paper. I love to put on a movie and sit around the coffee table and color!

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This is a great activity for kids on thanksgiving. they can color and watch the parade While parents are busy getting dinner ready. The finished coloring sheets could be used as place mats too, if you laminate them with clear contact paper you could use them year after year! I think I would rather sit at the kids table this year LOL!

Giveaway!

If you would like a chance to win a copy of this coloring book simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will randomly draw a winner in one week. Also I have a free shipping coupon code that you can use on anything at The Witty Gritty Paper Companycolormefrugal good through December 6th, 2016. In addition to this beautiful coloring book they carry note cards, mugs, art prints, gift tags, greeting cards, phone cases, desk accessories and more! Why not knock a few items off your holiday gift list and get free shipping too?

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I hope you enjoyed these practical ways to use your adult coloring books. I want to thank The Witty Gritty Paper Co. for sponsoring this blog post and giveaway and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Back to School!

Happy back to school time friends! Here is a fun little treat you can make for the kids!

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It would also be awesome to use as a place setting at a special dinner if you cover the table with white kraft paper! Great for the kids table at any holiday! Watch the video to see just how easy it is!

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Supplies:
Large Shipping tag
Large unstrung merch tag
Washi tape
Bakers twine
Measuring tape ribbon 
Crayons
Heat tool

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy craft! I want to let you know that we will have a live painting class tomorrow (12:30pm ET Friday as usual) so I’ll see you then! Till next time happy crafting!

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