Posted on May 7, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Have you ever donated a hand knit hat to the hospital for newborns or made a blanket for Project Linus? Have you sold cards to benefit a charity or sent cards to Operation Write Home? There are so many opportunities to reach others with our crafts. I thought with Memorial Day and Independence Day coming up it would be nice to make a patriotic themed cards that would be suitable for a cards for soldiers type of charity. As with ANY of my projects feel free to make them and sell them for charity or otherwise. :)
Fun Fact: Most of the card-making magazines donate the cards that get sent to them to charity after they are published if artists do not request them back, yet another reason to submit your work! Watch the video to learn how to make this card, you might pick up a new technique!
- Cardstock (cream, kraft, navy)
- White glossy photo paper (or any white cardstock but it looks COOL on the photo paper!)
- Baker’s Twine
- Mesh Ribbon
- Gesso (or white acrylic paint)
- Embossing folders of your choice
- Rubber stamps (I used the Route 66 set from Local King Rubberstamps, thanks to Lisa-the owner- for sharing her marker technique with me!)
There are many charities to send you handmade items too. I mentioned Operation Write Home which sends boxes of A2 sized cards to American soldiers stationed overseas.
Cardmaker Magazine has compiled a list of other charities you might also want to send your cards and crafts too.
Handcrafting With Love also has a huge list with lots of donation opportunities for knitters and fabric artists here but the website has not been updated in over a year so double check to make sure the organizations listed still need the items before starting a project. Always check out a charity before donating.
Let me know your favorite charity you craft for and leave it in the comments! Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: birthday card, cardmaking, charity, operation write home, OWH, papermart, patriotic, red white blue | 31 Comments »
Posted on February 23, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Today I am going to share a fun way to make ribbon flowers that can be glued onto barrettes, pin-backs or used to embellish your cards or scrapbook pages:
You will need ribbon (I am using beautiful solid and patterned ribbon from Offray, see other ideas with this ribbon here), a needle and thread, scissors and a button. Follow along with the video and have fun!
For a removable card embellishment glue or sew the flower to an alligator style clip barrette so it can be worn in the recipient’s hair! Here is a closer look at the card we made:
Ribbon flower how to:
- Cut a 4″ piece of ribbon for each petal you wish to have.
- Thread a sewing needle with thread to match your ribbon.
- Make a right angle fold in the middle of the ribbon by folding the right side down, then take the left half of the ribbon and fold it down over the right to create a point. Please refer to the video so see this in action.
- Hold the ribbon so that the smooth side is facing you (the side that shows the folds is down) and pleat it in the middle and fold the edges back to make a petal. Again, refer to the video if you are confused.
- Stitch through all the pleats to create a petal.
- Repeat steps 3-5 until all of the cut pieces of ribbon are used and you have a full flower.
They look great on a scrapbook page too!
I have a video on making this scrapbook page here on my YouTube channel if you want to see how the page went together. Lots of tips in that video too!
I want to thank Offray for sponsoring today’s blog post. You still have a couple of days to take advantage of the coupon FRUGAL15 (it expires 2/28/15 so hurry) for 15% off your order at Offray.com They have all the ribbon you want in the quantities you need so save a trip to the craft store and snag it online! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Scrapbooking | Tagged: birthday card, cardmaking, offray, Ribbon flower, ribbon flower how to, ribbon flowers, ribbon ideas, ribbon projects, scrapbook page, scrapbook pages, video | 7 Comments »
Posted on July 4, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I want to wish all of my american readers a happy 4th of July!
And I am going to show you how to make this card:
The motorcycle stamp is from Local King Rubber Stamps. The “Happy birthday” is SU! (retired) and the Frame is Inque Boutique (retired) the stencils and dauber bottlers were from Oriental Trading Company. It was rough going, there were a couple of times during this tutorial that I thought I might have to toss it and start again but I persevered and I liked the outcome. The best part of have a project go downhill is that there is no where to go but up! You should keep at it because you can’t make it any worse, you have nothing to lose…Didn’t Janis Joplin say something like that? Are you curious how it went? Watch the video:
It is raining n Maine right now so no fireworks tonight. We are going to have a family movie night instead, we are going to watch The Parent Trap! In fact, I better go make popcorn! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: 4th of july, 4th of july card, birthday card, cardmaking, cards for men, independence day, local king rubber stamps, Stamping | 15 Comments »
Posted on June 15, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Need a quick card for a baseball lover? Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make one!
I used a snow globe stamp from TooMuchFun Rubberstamps and turned it into a baseball. You can customize the colors on the baseball cap insignia to match your recipients favorite team. It is quick and easy and you could even put a pocket in there to hold tickets! I demoed my new envelope punch board I received from Oriental Trading at the end of the video, what do you think? It is pretty easy;) I hope this inspired you to look at your stamps in a new way! Happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Stamping | Tagged: baseball, birthday card, birthday cards for guys, envelope punch board, red sox card, Stamping, toomuchfun, we r memory keepers | 5 Comments »
Posted on June 10, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends, you know I mean business when I use the word “wicked!” I could not wait to use the new stained glass stamp I bought from DRS Designs from the Heirlooms show on Saturday. I’ve had this iris stamp for years, I think they work so well together:
You can make any stamp you have look like stained glass with that stamp, see how I did it in today video tutorial:
My friend Cindi and a youtube viewer suggested trying a large crackle stamp to get this effect. That is a neat idea and I am a big believer of using what you have. I am also a fan of buying supplies that make my other supplies more useful. Just think of all of the stamps you can try the stained glass technique with!
It’s been a long day and I am ready to call it a night! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: birthday card, drs designs, embossing powder, handmade card, rubber stamping tutorial, stained glass, stained glass technique, stamp, stamping video, UTEE | 30 Comments »
Posted on June 1, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! First, let me announce the 8 lucky folks who won tickets to the Heirloom Productions stamp show in W. Springfield Mass for next weekend: Lynne, Debby Graham, Ginny Maxam, Maureen Robertson, Chris Baxevanis, Richard, Amalia Montano and Marie Mordeszewski!!! Yay! I hope to meet you all at the show! No worries if you did not win, you can still purchase discounted tickets online until the 3rd for $6 or at the door for $8. I can’t wait to go! Winners, I have sent your names and emails to Heirloom Productions and they will email your personalized tickets within a day or two. Since we are all about the stamping today I thought I’d show you how to make one of my famous “Headin’ out the door on the way to a birthday party” cards:
This card was made for a friend of my daughters right before we left for the party. Watch how quick and easy it is as I make the card in real time in under 20 minutes coloring included!
The stamps are from Penny Black and the paper is from Fancy Pants. I just realized I got the cardstock and patterned paper both on sale for cheap at the Heirloom show last year, cool huh? If you want to buy one of the bow making jigs my husband makes you can here.
I hope you enjoyed this quick card project and try a quick and simple card yourself sometime, remember this is supposed to be fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: alcohol markers, birthday card, cards for children, copic coloring tutorial, cute stamped birthday card, handmade cards, heirloom productions, marker blending tutorial, penny black hedgehog | 12 Comments »
Posted on February 28, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
…Jennie! Congrats, you have won some stamps from About Art Accents! Check your email for instructions on how to get them:) Don’t worry if you didn’t win, you can use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your non-sale rubber. Here is another card I made using some fishy stamps from About Art Accents:
I think this is my new favorite set of stamps! The background of the card was made by pressing plastic wrap onto a scrap of Yupo paper that was painted and flicked with watercolor. I let the paper dry with the plastic wrap on it and got a cool texture. You can do this technique with cardstock, glossy cardstock and photo paper as well, it is a neat look! At first I was going to stamp the octopus on the background paper but the inked stamp removed the watercolor from the Yupo and not in a good way, so I stamped it on a scrap of cardstock and colored him with metallic colored pencils. I was not happy with the white background so I inked up the jellyfish with clear embossing ink and stamped the swirly bits all over the image then dabbed chalk over it, I repeated that with a couple other stamps from the set to add subtle texture. I still wanted more texture so I ran the panel through an embossing folder. The best part of stamping with clear ink then chalking it is that you don’t have to wash your stamps after! The glycerin I use to re ink my stamp pad conditions the rubber! To embellish I added strips of painted drywall mesh and some clay sand dollars I made ages ago. Here is a look at the gorgeous stamps in the Marine 1 stamp set:
I hope you have some creative time planned this weekend, if so, tell me, what are you going to make? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: about art accents, Stamping | Tagged: about art accents, art neko, birthday card, cards for guys, cards for men, handmade cards, masculine cards, Stamping, yupo paper | 17 Comments »