A Fun Favor Box and FREE Cutting File!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun favor box that you can set out on your guest’s plate this Holiday! I did it in Christmas colors but you can whip these up in fall colors for Thanksgiving too!

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I was going to snap a photo of my hand-drawn template but it was pretty messy so I made a free downloadable SVG file so you can die cut it in your electronic die cutter. Alternately you can print the picture below any size you like but it is designed to fit a 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock. I included the mats on the templates too.

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Of course you can just watch the video below and follow along with your scoring board and scissors and do it that way too. I love to give you options!

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Supplies (From Rubber Stamp Tapestry)

Directions:

  1. Start with a piece of cardstock cut to 8″x7″. On the 8″ side score the cardstock at 2″ and 6″, this will give you a 2″, 4″ and 2″ section. Then on the 7″ side score at 2″ and 4″ to give you a 2″, 2″ and 3″ section. Cut out the corners leaving tabs attached to the two side pieces for assembly.
  2. From the scraps of cardstock cut two 1.5″ squares, a 1.5″x3.5″ rectangle and a 2.5″x3.5″ rectangle. Round all of these corners with a 1/4 corner rounder. Round the top back of the box with a 1/2″ corner rounder. I used a Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers
  3. Ink the box with a blending brush and red ink. Stamp holly and berries on the rounded panels and ink edges in green. Adhere side panels to the box and then assemble the box with strong double-sided tape. Lastly adhere the back panel.

I hope you found this tutorial useful and you enjoy the free template and SVG file. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

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Animate ANY Stamp & SVG Freebie!

Hi friends! Today I have a super fun tutorial that will allow you to animate the stamps you already have using a analog lenticular animation technique!

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I have seen 2 companies come out with animated stamps and that’s pretty cool but you can also get the same effect using supplies you already have! You can use whatever colors you like to make this but black seems to show off the effect the most. Watch the video too see how!

Supplies:

Time: Plan on spending 20 minutes on this project.

If you want to see the easier store-bought animated stamp sets you can find them here.

I also made an SVG template so I could cut them quickly with my electronic die cutter, you can grab it here. Directions: arrange in your die cut software so it will cut 3/8″ in from the top and left hand side of the mat and then place a 5.5″x8.5″ (half sheet) of cardstock vertically on the left side of the real cutting mat making sure it is aligned at 0″ in the upper LH corner.

You could also print a striped transparency like Uchi designs sells or use their kits for a very easy version!

If you like this tutorial please share it with a friend using one of the handy sharing buttons below! It really helps my channel grow and inspire more crafters! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Knitting Needle Set Giveaway & Free Adjustable Slipper Pattern!

Hi friends!  Today I am going to share an easy recipe for knitted slippers! This is a quick gift any knitter can whip up in time for Christmas AND a fun project for a new knitter to try! By the Way I have a 20% off coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ for the knitting needle set I used from Fabart (the coupon can be used on anything in the Fabart Amazon store too and they can ship in time for Christmas!)

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Watch the video to see how and then check out the pattern and diagram at the end of this post for written instruction. Rather than just giving you a pattern I want to teach you how to make these slippers to fit your foot and how to alter the pattern for different yarn you may want to use.

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Find the set of interchangeable knitting needles I used from our sponsor FABART and save 20% with coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ

Supplies:

  • Size 9 knitting needles
  • Super bulky yarn (look for a 6 on the label)
  • Contrasting ribbon or yarn to use as stitch markers
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches you need to know:
Knit stitch
Purl Stitch
Knit 2 together
*All of these stitches are demonstrated in the video, checkout this video if you need more instruction.

Directions: Use this for a ladies slipper size 6-10 or narrow men’s slipper. Alteration tips below.
1. Cast on 22 stitches.
2.Row 1: Knit7 (place stitch marker) Purl 1, Knit 6 (place stitch marker) Purl 1, Knit 7
3. Row 2: Knit
*Repeat these 2 rows until you have a rectangle of fabric that is as long as the distance from your heel to the widest part of your foot (where the toe knuckles are) I knit this part 8 1/2″ to fit a size 8-9 ladies shoe size.
4. Decreasing for the toe:
Knit 1, Knit 2 together (repeat across row.)
Next row: Knit. Repeat these 2 rows.
5. Knit across as many rows as you need until you have 1/4″ of toe left to cover.
6. Repeat step 4.
7. Cut yarn leaving a 18″ tail, thread yarn into a yarn needle and draw yarn through stitches on the needle. Slide the stitches off the needle and pull tight to close the toe. Fold slipper fabric in half and sew up the toe. Fasten off and weave in ends.
8. Use the tail from the cast on end to sew up the heel, fasten off and weave in ends.

Alterations:
To make a wider slipper add a stitch or two in each knit column. So instead of casting on 22 stitches (k7, p1, k6, p1, k7) you might cast on 25 stitches and k8, p1, k7, p1, k8. Just add stitches evenly and follow the knitting instructions for the rest of the slipper.

To make smaller slippers you can decrease stitches from each column. Alternately you could use thinner yarn and smaller knitting needles so a smaller slipper would not be as bulky. I suggest making notes as you knit the first slipper so you can easily make the second one match. Here is a diagram of how the slipper is constructed and where you can alter the design to change the size.

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Giveaway Time!!!

I have an amazing giveaway for you this week from our sponsor Fabart AND a coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ to save 20% ANYTHING in their shop from brushes to knitting needles if you want to buy a set for someone on your Christmas list! Fabart is selling this set of needles for $40 (only $32 with coupon and if you are an amazon Prime member you can get free 2 day shipping so you will have them in time for Christmas!) I have seen sets of aluminum knitting needles from other companies starting at $65 and up! I have used many brands of aluminum knitting needles and these are just as good at a much lower price and the handsome faux leather case makes it an amazing gift for any knitter. Circular needles can be use the same way as straight needles or you can knit in the round with them to make seamless hats and sweaters. They are also wonderful for teaching kids to knit as they fit smaller hands better. You can connect the cords to make larger items like blankets and keep the weight off the needles. You can even use the cords and stoppers that come in the kit as stitch holders. When you get this set of interchangeable knitting needles you are essentially getting nine pairs of straight needles size 4-11, nine pairs of 15″, 25″ and 30″ circular needles. And you can connect three of the cords to make large seamless blankets and throws. It can get expensive when you first get started knitting but this set will see you through most of the patterns you will come across. Leave a comment and let me know if you would rather win the knitting needle set or another product from the Fabart shop (and tell me your pick) and I will draw a winner in one week! Good luck and til next time happy crafting!

Christmas Decorative Painting Project & Brush Giveaway!!! {Acrylic Painting and Free Pattern!}

Hi friends! I had a lot of fun designing this acrylic painting project for you. I thought it would be sweet to paint these motifs on a paper mache mailbox that my friend Kathy gave me last year but you can paint it on any surface you like such as a canvas, slate, cigar box or even a greeting card. Here is what the finished project will look like:

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You can download my free printable template here. I just realized that my scanner can scan something as a PDF so it will print out the correct size for you and hopefully be easier for you to print than a snapshot of a sketch. Today’s video includes step by step instructions for painting this “Letters to Santa” mailbox. Watch the video to see how!

You can win this bundle of brushes, or any set of your choice from our sponsor FABART!  Just let me know in the comments if you want to win the brushes I used or another set from the store. Also you can save 20% on ANY of the brushes or interchangeable knitting needles in the FABART store too by using coupon code: KZCPG9ZE  (Amazon Prime members get free 2 day shipping!) This is a great discount for buying holiday gifts or restocking your own brushes!

Supplies:

Skill level: Beginner
Time Needed: 1-2 hours
Skills learned: color mixing, brush strokes, brush care

Directions:
1. Base coat mailbox and let dry.
2. Cut apart the printable pattern and rub the back with a light-colored chalk. Place the image chalk side down on your surface and trace. This will transfer your design.
3. Using the chalk likes as a guide, paint your image.
4. Paint Santa’s Address on the flag side of the mailbox.
5. Freehand a candy cane stripe on the flag and lip of the front of the box.
6. Load a toothbrush with watery white paint and spatter it all over the mailbox if desired.
7. To protect the paint for years and years follow-up with your favorite water based sealer.

I hope you enjoyed this project and if you know anyone else who would like it please send them my way or share this project using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a set of brushes or knitting needles, I will draw a name at random in one week! If you plan on ordering these brushes or anything else from the Fabart store be sure to use the coupon KZCPG9ZE for 20% off and the interchangeable brushes are back in stock! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Free LIVE Painting Class today @ 12:30pm ET, Winners & a 50% off SALE!

Holy moly, that is a lot to put in one blog post! I am still on screech catching up from my weekend at the stamp show so please forgive this super full blog post! First up I have 3 sets of bracelet kits from Craft Chameleon to give away, the winners are: Candy Trippiedi, Martha Brunet, and inspiredinthehills Please check your email for my confirmation email, you will reply to that email with shipping details:) Also we are painting LIVE today!

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. Transfer the free pattern (or free hand draw if you prefer) to image on watercolor paper so you can paint along!

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You can watch the live class or replay in the player below but if you want to chat along and ask questions LIVE you will want to watch on YouTube. Sarah will be on hand to take questions.

Supplies available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

Turner Watercolors: Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Phathlo blue, Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Pyrolle Red, Permanenet Yellow

140# Watercolor Paper

Mimik brushes

Reference photo by Sharon Whitley on Paint My Photo

And a 50% off sale! ALL Classes at Craftsy are 50% off Through Sunday! Get painting, crafting and cooking classes starting at $14.99 including my class Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step! You get lifetime access to these classes so why not stock up when they are at the lowest possible price! Any class you buy (it doesn’t have to be mine) goes along way to support my blog and YouTube channel so I can keep offering free daily tutorials AND it is fun to learn new thing for different people and even better when it is 50% off! Don’t wait, This ALL classes 50% off sale at Craftsy ends Monday!

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Note, Many classes are actually $14.99 and purchasing any class through this link supports my blog, thanks!

I have missed you guys so much after taking last Friday “off” and can’t wait to hang out and paint today LIVE at 12:30pm Eastern Time! Til then Happy Crafting!

 

Steampunk Stamps Giveaway! (& a Stamp School Video!)

Hi friends! With Father’s Day right around the corner I thought I would make a card that would be suitable for that occasion AND give you a chance to win the stamps I used from Art Neko! Just leave a comment and I will draw a winner next Wednesday!

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Watch the video for lots of fun techniques!

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Today I am using stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko! *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:
Stamps Steampunk Fun (Art Neko) *Currently on sale, $5 off!
Pigment ink (black, gold)
Dye ink (Black)
Acrylic paint (black)
Gold embossing powder
Black cardstock
Washi Tape
Shipping tag
Pattern Paper
Charms (gears and filigree)
Heat tool

Follow the direction in the video to stamp in molten embossing powder to create an engraved look. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win these fun stamps from Art Neko (don’t worry, if you already have them or decide to buy them while they are on sale you can pick some different stamps if you win:)  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make a Tri Shutter Card! Stamp School {Easy Limited Supply Project!}

Hi friends! Tonight I have a fun interactive card to share with you:

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It is easy to make, all you need is a sheet of white cardstock, stamps and some patterned paper scraps. Watch the video to see how.

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Today I am using stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko!   *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:
white cardstock
patterned paper
Framed Flowers stamp set
Happy Birthday stamps
Paper trimmer
Scoring Board/envelopee maker
Markers (alcohol based)
Stamping ink (Memento)

Here is the rough diagram/template if you want it:

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Directions:
1. Trim cardstock to 6″x9″ (save the rest for stamping) and score it at the 3″ and 6″ mark, then score 1″ from the tip and the bottom at 1 1/2″ and 7 1/2″. Cut a slit 1″ from the top and bottom edges of the cardstock (in between the short score marks) Fold on the score marks like I did in the video.
2. Stamp the framed flowers on the remaining pieces of cardstock and color with markers.
3. Trim pattern paper to cover the card base and adhere the stamped images and sentiment.
4. Make an envelope with leftover pattern paper if desired.

I hope you enjoyed this card idea. It is a nice one that will wow your friends and it is really pretty quick and easy to Make. Feel free to share this idea on Pinterest or Facebook (handy sharing buttons below this post) if you think your crafty friends might like it. Sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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