Build This Card Keeper to Organize Your Handmade Cards!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a box out of cardboard and decorated with paper that includes dividers so you can sort and organize your handmade cards.

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You can divide the cards by occasion like I did or divide it by month and write the names and dates of birthdays and anniversaries on each divider so you are always prepared for upcoming birthdays and events!

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Watch the video to see how I made this. I will post measurements for the box I made to hold A2 cards below but you can resize it to whatever dimensions you want.

Video!

This video is sponsored by Annie’s CardMaker Kit of the Month Club! Save 50% on your first kit and get a free tool set! Use coupon code “FRUGAL”.

 

 

Supplies:

  • Matboard or cardboard *You can glue two sheets of cereal box cardboard printed sides together for your base.
  • Strong double-sided take such as red line or scor-tape
  • Adhesive tape runner
  • Magnet and metal disk *Look for “rare earth” magnets
  • Clear tape
  • Patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Bone folder
  • Piercing tool
  • Corner Rounder (WeR Memory Keepers Corner Chomper)
  • Thin washi tape (optional)
  • Ink & Stamps (optional)
  • Pen or pencil that you can mark your cardstock with

Measurements:

  • Front/Back: 5″x6″ (make 2 from matboard) Matting layer: 4 1/4″x5 1/4″
  • Top/Bottom: 4″x6″ (make 2 from matboard) Matting Layer: 3 1/4″x5 1/4″
  • Sides (make 2 from matboard) 4″x5″, Matting layer: 3 1/4″ 4 1/4″
  • Lip/Closure (make 1 from matboard) 1 1/2″x6″, Matting layer 1 1/4″x5 1/2″, Cardstock liner for underside over magnet will be the same as matboard piece.

This is a great project to keep you organized so you never miss another card sending event. It also makes a great gift especially when filled with handmade cards! Another great gift is a subscription to the Annie’s CardMaker Kit of the Month Club. If you know of someone who wants to get started in card making. These convenient monthly kits have all the supplies (except scissors and adhesive) to make 8-10 handmade greeting card and an instruction sheet so you can make the most from the kit and learn as you craft! I want to thank Annie’s for sponsoring this project and thank you for tuning in! Til next time happy crafting!

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Finally, the video I promised you months ago (of course that could apply to a lot of tutorials LOL!)

Hi friends! A couple of months ago I shared a faux mosaic gift box tutorial and I asked you if you wanted to see how I made the cards that went with it. Well, I just got around to editing that video!

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Actually, I wanted to save it because I thought it would come in a bit more handy when you were getting ready to start making handmade holiday gifts. I like this as a gift because it is beautiful and useful and it might even inspire someone to take up a new hobby: cardmaking! Feel free to change-up the look by using the stamps and ink color you prefer!

Video!

Papermart supplies used in the card set:
Jewelry Tissue on a roll
Bulk envelopes
Baker’s Twine
Kraft Jewelry Box 5″x6″

Mosaic Box Tutorial: https://youtu.be/9sKKUCxoBUk

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: White and Kraft
Stamps and Ink: Altenew, Envelope stamp Stampin’ Up!
Buttons
Adhesive

DIY Stamp positioner: My friend Jody made me a stamp positioner tool that is perfect for layering up stamps. Here is what you will need to make it:
slim jewel dvd case (hub-less or with the hub removed)
craft foam
clear grid by little B (if you want it to be sticky and hold your paper in place or you can use grid paper)

Directions for DIY hinged stamp positioner:
1. Cut fun foam to fit jewel case.
2. Adhere grid to foam.
3. Stamp! You may not need the foam if using cling rubber stamps because they are thicker, you will need the foam for clear stamps though. Add more foam if needed!
All the supplies used in the stamp positioner can be found here.

If you missed the tutorial on the Mosaic Box you can see the full tutorial here.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart.

 

Summer Flip-Flop Earrings!

Ahhh, summer, the lazy days…I wish! I have been running non stop all summer. Last night I told my kids “that’s it, we are not going anywhere tomorrow, we are going to chill out at home!” then I remembered that I have a kids knitting class to teach that the library this afternoon, well, at least we can ride our bikes, mostly I’m sick of being a taxi service 😉 I couldn’t wait to make some jewelry with the new lampwork beads I got  from Oriental Trading Company this week. They have given me some products to try so if you check them out please tell ‘um Lindsay sent ya! I made a couple pairs of earrings and an adjustable anklet:

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The earrings are super easy, all you need are round nose pliers, a wire cutter, 20 gauge wire, 2 beads and ear-hooks. All of these supplies can be found cheaply at Oriental Trading if you do not have them already. This is a really basic project and if you are new to beading and wire work this video will show you how to properly manipulate the wire for strong, attractive and durable jewelry:

Pretty easy huh? The anklet is done much the same. When you put the flip-flop bead on the wire you can add larger beads of your choosing and when you make the top wrapped loop make it large enough for rat-tail cord to pass through and to attach 2 more dangles. To make the dangles take a lampworked headpin and slide on 2 beads. Make a right angle bend and the first part of your loop but don’t wrap it yet. Slide the wire through the loop on the first dangle then complete the loop and wrapping on the lampwork headpin. This will make strong connection because the loop is wrapped, not just closed. Repeat for the other headpin. Slide the completed bead cluster (use the large loop on the flip-flop dangle) on a piece of cord and make adjustable sliding knots on each end.  If you prefer a necklace use a longer cord!

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So back top my busy week, my daughters carpooled to horse camp with another mom each day saving me a lot of additional driving so as a thank you I gave her the earrings I made in the video;)

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That wraps it up for me today. I am going to enjoy this quiet morning before class and maybe help my kids with the Lincoln Log village they have set up in the living room. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A quick gift to make for scouts & campers!

Howdy folks! OK, I am done being lazy, time to get back to business with a quick, easy & frugal gift idea for you…a knot tying kit! BTW, the tins I used are from Papermart.

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I added another length of para-cord to the kit after I photographed it because hubby did not think that was enough rope. I tried out some of the knots and they was fun, I am going to keep one of these kits myself on the coffee table or in the car to practice during my idle time…maybe I’ll put one in my purse…bet I’ll get some strange looks from folks if I practice not tying while I wait for an appointment…can’t be worse than the looks I get when I juggle…”Don’t like it, don’t look!” that’s what I always say LOL! Anyway I sold 10 on these kits for $3 each at the craft fair this weekend so people liked the idea! Here is a video to show how I made them:

I also put some of the kits in canvas bags, some kids liked that better! If you are handy with a sewing machine you could whip these up pretty easily of buy cloth bags cheap at papermart where I got the tins.

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Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!

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A cute, easy (and Cheap) little gift!

When I first saw the box of 24 fruit cups at Sam’s Club I knew that the little pop top cans they came in would be great for crafting. You get 24 little tins of fruit for about $8 and when you are done eating it’s time to craft!

votive holder with quilled pointsettias and matchbook

votive holder with quilled pointsettias and matchbook

Pincushion with quilled flowers by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Pincushion with quilled flowers by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Step I. Wash the cans (a grown-up job because the tins mat be sharp inside)

step 2. Cut strips of paper to wrap around the can. I you want to stamp it do so before gluing it to the can.

step 3. Add more decorations. You can leave it like this to have a votive holder or keep going and make a pin cushion.

step 4. Place a hand-full of batting in the center of a 6″ circle of fabric. Gather up the sides and secure with a rubber band. Squirt a large amount of hot glue (or tacky glue if working with kids) inside the tin. Press the fabric ball in the tin rubber band side down and there you have it. A lovely pincushion to keep or give as a gift! Here are some others I made:

pincushion with Queen and Co. Felt

pincushion with Queen and Co. Felt

Quilled bird votive holder

Till next time happy crafting!

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