Posted on October 29, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! It’s never too early to start making handmade holiday gifts. Here is an easy and useful idea perfect for many folks on your gift lists especially teachers!
Blank note cubes can be found online (Amazon has them) and they are so easy to dress up with stamps! I’ll also show you how you can add a storage compartment at the back perfect for keeping your pens, markers or peg stamps!
Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Take 20% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more just use coupon code: NOTES Coupon expires, Monday, November 7, 2016
I hope this project gets you in the mood for some Christmas gift crafting! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: christmas craft, DIY teacher gift, stationery, teacher gift idea | 9 Comments »
Posted on October 15, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Today I am sharing a fun DIY idea that is nice to make for a gift of for yourself!
I think it is super cute and it is easy too! Best of all you can customize if for anyone’s tastes and it is a great gift idea for a painter, gardener or cook. I think I might keep this one for myself though. 🙂 Watch the video to see how easy it is to paint this apron using Inktense pencils. You can use acrylic paint if you prefer and it will work just as well. Use what you have for this!
You can find the inexpensive apron I am painting on from our sponsor CONDA
Cotton Canvas professional Bib Apron
Inktesne Watersoluble pencils or blocks (or acrylic paint)
Stiff paint brushes
Spray bottle of water
1. Smooth canvas apron our on work surface and mist the area you want to draw on with water.
2. Sketch your design in with Inktense pencils or blocks.
3. Brush water over the colored in design to activate the ink.
4. Let dry and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed this fun little project and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects | Tagged: canvas apron, gift idea, gifts for artists, painted apron how to | 9 Comments »
Posted on June 30, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Sometimes you make something that is really quick, easy and cute. This is one of those times.
I don’t like to shop and I don’t want to give gifts that will collect dust either. Mostly, I’m lazy and giving the gift of cash, especially to older kids, goes over really well. See, most kids don’t have jobs and unlike a gift card it can be spent anywhere. Plus, I have to admit, I am a horrible gift giver, sometimes I get it right but mostly I am clueless but I can make cute stuff so I put my effort there:) Buy hey, if you are a steller gift giver you could whip up one of these tins to give your awesome gift in!
I just realized that now everyone knows that I don’t put that much effort in to the packaging either. Hmmm, I really need to rethink my blog topics. I am giving all of my secrets away. I guess it’s good that not many people I know in real life read my blog LOL! Hey, just because it is fun and easy doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile and made with love. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Oval Tin (also available in round, square & heart shapes)
Chalk paint in white and teal
Stamps (Sweet Cupcake-Stampin Up)
Dye Ink (Memento, Stampin Up, Altenew)
1. Paint tin with chalk or acrylic paint, let dry.
2. Stamp cupcake and cut out.
3. Glue cupcake to lid of tin and glue pom-pom trim on the edges of the tin lid. Accent with sequins.
I want to thank Papermart for sponsoring this post, they have so many cute things for packaging gifts and goodies and you can’t beat the prices. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects | Tagged: cash holders, gift card holder, gift wrapping, packaging | 4 Comments »
Posted on September 8, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! By request today we are playing with alcohol ink, photocopies (or lazer/toner based prints) and Xylene markers and white ceramic tiles. Let’s make coasters! Watch the video to see how!
1. Clean Tile with alcohol.
2. Transfer photocopy to tile with Chartpak (xylene) pen.
3. Color with alcohol ink or alcohol based markers.
4. You can spritz rubbing alcohol on the coaster for a cool effect if desired!
5. Add felt or cork to the back of coasters and protect with a coat of clear spray paint.
Filed under: quick projects | Tagged: alcohol innk, chartpak, coasters, photocopy transfer, transfer techniques, xylene | 12 Comments »
Posted on August 29, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! tonight I have another bookmaking project for you. It is the same idea as the books we made last week but you get double the pages and the book is half the size. You just need a few more folds and 2 more cuts.
Watch the video to see how easy it is!
Find the stamps I used Lost coast Designs here.
Scrapbook paper 12″x12″
gold pigment ink
Gold embossing powder
Colorbox blends in black
I hope you try this fun bookmaking idea! Think of all the old scrapbook papers you can use up! Happy Crafting!
Filed under: quick projects | Tagged: bookbinding, bookmaking, lost coast designs | 12 Comments »
Posted on August 27, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Grab your stencils and embossing paste and let’s make Faux Mosaics!
Kraft Jewelry Box 5″x6″:
Acrylic paint (grout color, I used white)
Glass Paint (Transparent)
Stencil (Patti Tolley Parrish from istencil)
Stencil Embossing Paste (pearl-Dreamweaver)
paint brush, palette knife, scraper
Papermart supplies used in the card set
Jewelry Tissue on a roll
Let me know if you want a demo on making the card set!
Mosaic box directions:
1. Paint box white, let dry.
2. Tape stencil to box lid and spread stencil paste on top. Remove and clean stencil, let dry.
3. Paint raised squares and bottom edges of box. Let dry.
4. Add copper tape to edges of the box lid if desired.
I put handmade cards in my box, what will you put in yours? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Sponsored by Papermart.
Filed under: quick projects | Tagged: dreamweaver, embossing paste, gift wrap, mosaic, papermart, stencils, texture paste | 10 Comments »
Posted on August 23, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Today I have a fun, quick and easy bookmaking project that only requires paper and adhesive! You can use any paper you want but it is perfect for the older scrapbook paper in your stash that you don’t care for because you can use the back side for the pages and the print will be hidden. Aren’t you glad you kept it now?
Watch the video to see how fun and quick these little notebooks are!
- 20 minutes
I have seen some really cute notebooks that some of you guys made following my tutorial on Instagram, thanks for sharing! If you want share your pics you can post them on Thefrugalcrafter Facebook page of use #thefrugalcrafter when posting on Instagram, it might work on twitter too but honestly I’m not sure LOL! If you love this simple idea I would love it if you shared it on Pinterest or your favorite social media (handy links at the bottom of the post!) Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: art journaling, Crafts 4 Kids, quick projects | Tagged: back to school craft, bookmaking, DIY ntebook, handmade books, ideas for old scrapbook paper, Recycling | 14 Comments »