Travel Art! What I brought & What I Made!

Hi friends! It’s a two-fer tonight as I share what I packed, art supply wise, and what I made on vacation. I re-purposed a broken Case-It zippered binder (and I have to give props to Case-IT, they offer a full school-year-long warranty on their binders and when my son broke one of the rings on his last spring they replaced it no questions asked!) into a great travel art kit. Have a look!

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And now that I am back home I wanted to share what I made AND tell you about a super fun YouTube wide craft collaboration going on July 17th-20th called #ovesummerart All kinds of artists and crafter and going to create summer themed project tutorials and upload them during those 3 days and if you type #lovesummerart in the search box on YouTube you will see them all! I can’t wait because some of my favorite creators will be joining in and I am sure to find some new faves too. The rising tide lifts all boats, am I right?

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This collaboration is open to ALL YouTubers big and small so if you make video and want to get involved head over to TheArtSherpa’s channel and learn more. This is going to be fun!

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I’ll have another Stamp School Lesson for you tomorrow sharing some of my top tips and favorite stamping techniques so I hope you stop back for that. Til then, happy crafting!

Thin Die & Stamp Storage! Cheap and Cheaper!

Hi friends! After the stamp show and a gifted box of thin dies (Thank you Sherlock Hoka!) I had 2 baskets of dies on my shelf. I needed to consolidate and come up with a simple system that would let me access my dies quickly and also store the few sets of stamp/die combos. Here is my solution:

I used up all 50 of the Avery Elle die storage pockets I bought and I wish I had more. I searched on Amazon for a bulk package of pockets like this and found CD pockets. A reviewer posted that they were the same as the Avery Elle ones so I cheerfully paid $18 for a box of 500. I am now having Déjà vu, Deli paper anyone? Well as I promised in the first video I would show you how they compare:

Honestly, I think I would have been better off spending the $18 on 2-3 packs of 25 of the Avery Elle pockets because it is unlikely that I will have 500 dies to store…then again I do like a challenge! But on the other hand it is 75 vs 500 pockets. Well, at least you can make an informed decision if the larger size and sturdier side seams make the Avery Elle pockets the best bet of if you would do better with the smaller cheaper pockets. They seem to both be made of the same plastic material and thickness. I hope you found this helpful and as always happy crafting!

Make a Hairbow Holder!

Hi friends! If you have daughters you may also have a bathroom counter strewn with hairbows and barrettes. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a stylish way to organize them? Even better if you hang the on their bedroom wall!

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You can make the organizer with longer ribbons to accommodate more barrettes if you like. I am using 2 1/4 and 5/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon from Offray. I like grosgrain because it is very durable and sturdy and resists fraying. The plaque I am using came from the dollar store. I painted it with acrylic paint and stamped on it years ago but I really did not have a use for it. You can use a piece of wood or decorative sign as well. You can even add cup hooks to hand jewelry from too!

Directions:

1. Using your plaque/sign as a guide determine how many strands of ribbon you want, trim them, and space them evenly across the edge of the sign. Make sure the ends are on a hot glue (silicone) mat.

2. Apply a strip of hot glue across the ribbons to tack them in place and let cool, then add a larger drop on each ribbon end.

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3. Carefully center the sign over the ribbon and press it into the glue.

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4. Flip over the sign and trim off and glue strands that appear between the ribbon. You can cover the back with felt if you desire.

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5. Add Fray Check or seal the ends of the ribbon with a lighter to prevent fraying.

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Remember you can put longer ribbons on the hanger to hold more bows. I hope you give this DIY a try! Thanks to Offray for sponsoring this post, check them out for all of your ribbon needs! Happy crafting!

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DIY Divided Page Protectors and Shaker pockets WITHOUT a Fuse tool!

Hi Friends! Did you see the nifty looking Fuse tool from We R Memory Keepers that debuted at CHA this year? It is a hot tool that allowed you to make shaker pockets or divided page protectors (like for Project Life type projects) out of ordinary page protectors. I liked the ideas of making divided page protectors for stamp storage since I keep all my unmounted stamps in binders and divided page protectors cost 10 times more than the standard ones. However what would I be saving if I dropped $30 on another tool? So I thought of other similar tools I owned and after chatting with Kathy we determined that I should test out my Creative Hot Marks tool (basically a pretty wood burner by Walnut Hallow) to see if it would do the same thing. I was excited to use that tool again because it was all the rage a few years ago but I have not touched it in quite a while. I am happy to report that it does a great job! In today’s video I will show you how! BTW, don’t worry if you do not have this exact tool because I will suggest some other things that will work!

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So you might be thinking, oh great, now we need to drop $20 on THIS Creative Hot Marks (Wal-Mart seems to have the best price if you are interested at $19.97 but it is on sale at Joann.com for $22 as well) but you probably have something at home that will work just as well. After posting the video on YouTube many viewers chimed in with their DIY success stories (mind you I have not tried these myself so take care when experimenting and use any heat tool with caution especially if you have kids and pets and ALWAYS unplug it after use!)

More ideas that may work!

  • Hot glue gun (with no glue in it)
  • Food Saver
  • Soldering Iron (preferably a low wattage one or one with an adjustable dial)
  • Small iron
  • Stencil Cutter
  • Regular wood burning tool

Make sure you have a heatproof surface. A glass mat or silicone mat is ideal, you might even want a silicone mat on a glass mat just to be sure you don’t burn or warp anything underneath. If you have tried this (great minds think alike!) already and have another device that will work please let me know in the comments. If you like this tip I would love it if you shared it with your friends on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or ANY of your social media places. It really helps me grow and I appreciate it so much! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Peek in to my Paint Boxes!

Hi friends! Just a quick post tonight because it is super late and I am running out of steam (yes, it happens LOL!) I wanted to share my vintage paint boxes with you, I have used my watercolor one consistently over the last 15 years and it is awesome, I have no idea how old it is (my mom found it at an antique shop long ago) but it is wonderful. My oil box is newer and not as good but still pretty awesome. I hope this gives you some ideas!

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Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Crafty storage on the cheap!

Hi friends! I don’t know how it happens but sometimes I walk into my craft room and I swear that someone has ransacked it…then I remember that it was me not putting stuff away. So, today I went downstairs to work and I needed to clean the place up because I couldn’t think straight with all of the clutter. I did not really have the time to organize but I needed to and then I was very productive the rest of the day. I owe it to these inexpensive bin boxes that I found at Papermart:

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Here are some ideas for the bin boxes. If you are going to store your marker pens in them I suggest you flip the boxes on their sides and stack them for storage but you can transport them to your work space and use them upright like this too!

They are meant to hold “parts” like wing-nuts, bolts and screws (hey, if they are meant for wing-nuts they are perfect for me!) so they were plenty sturdy for the craft supplies I needed to corral and because they are rectangle I can put a bunch on a shelf. I was having some issues with the “jewelry department” and whenever I pulled out satin cord or my box of findings I had to use my elbow to keep other stuff from being pulled off the shelf too. I love that I can grab a flat box off the stack and fold it up into a divided bin and I only have to make them as needed. Watch the video to see what I mean.
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You will have to keep your eyes peeled for the new boxes I added to my shelf today (I filmed this video yesterday) they look pretty darn good for cardboard I must say! I actually ordered the boxes to make some decorated storage gift boxes for father’s day and I still intend too (fancier than my washi tape decorating LOL!) but for now they are making short work of my random bits and bobs that do not have a home in other containers I own. These containers work out to be about $1.21 a piece but they come 50 to a pack so if you do not need that many or you don’t have a friend to split an order with you could save boxes and make something similar. I used to save the boxes that 3 half gallons of soymilk came in from Sam’s Club to use as 12″x12″ paper storage until I could afford a better solution. Take the idea and run with it!  I hope you found this useful and til next time happy crafting!

Warning, there will be singing…..

Hi friends! I hope you are having a great Saturday! Baseball season has kicked off in full force which means lost of rushing here and there to baseball and softball games (we have 2 today, I can work on my tan!) I like to bring knitting and crochet project with me to the game, just simple ones, because I can watch the game and make progress on my projects. Here is my new bag, it is from Creative Options.

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Last night it was so cold I think I could have sold knit hats if I was quick enough making them LOL! Actually I brought blankets and cocooned myself in my camp chair to stay warm. We go from 80 to 55 awfully fast here in Maine! Do you want to see what I have in my bag?

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I want to thank Creative Options for sending me this bag and sponsoring the video. You can purchase the bag and accessories at Hobby Lobby.. You may even have a diaper bag that would serve the same purpose. Whatever you choose I recommend a flat bottom shallow bag so items will not get lost and outside pockets for often used tools and supplies. What are your favorite knitting on the go projects? I need more ideas!  Leave suggestions in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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