Quick and Easy Cookout Caddy!

Hi friends! Tis the season of weekend Bar-B-Ques so why not craft up some useful table decorations that double as organization!

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Best of all you can customize the design for whatever type of party you are having! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies from our sponsor Papermart:
Bin boxes
Burlap
American Flag Ribbon
Raffia Baskets

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Tip! Stencil the bin box before assembling! I hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend! Just a programming note we WILL have a live painting class tomorrow at 12:30pm Eastern Time. I will post all the info here tomorrow morning and on facebook so stay tuned! Til then Happy crafting!

Patriotic Hairbows!

Hi Friends! Today I have a hairbow that you can make in 10 minutes using supplies from our sponsor Offray.

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In today’s Video I will show you how to make this triple-looped bow. It’s easy!

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Supplies:
3/8″ Dippy Dot Red/White Grosgrain ribbon
2 1/4″ wide double faced satin ribbon (blue)
1/2″ Maggie 341 Sapphire ribbon (metallic chevron design)
Spring clip barrette
Star shaped rhinestone
Hot Glue
Bow making tool or strong clothespins/binder clips clipped to a box

Directions:
1. Place pegs 4″ apart in a bow making tool.
2. Unravel several feet of each ribbon.
3. Lay the smaller ribbons over the larger one and carefully wrap around the bow maker 3 complete times making sure to keep the smaller ribbons facing out. Do not twist the ribbon.
4. Clip the ribbon and twist the ends together, then wrap one end around the ribbon bunch and ties securely in a double knot.
5. Slide the bow off the bow maker and “fluff” the ribbon loops.
6. Trim the ends and secure with glue then glue the barrette over the knot in the back.
7. Embellish with a rhinestone if desired.

You can make these up by the dozen this 4th of July using the super size ribbon rolls from Offray! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Party in the USA! {Banner!}

Hi Friends! I love making fun banners for parties. In today’s video I will show you how to make a pennant style banner for 4th of July but feel free to change up to colors for a baby shower, birthday or whatever you want to celebrate.

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Supplies:
Star Garland
Cardstock in Red and Blue
6″ paper doilies
Mini clothes pins (Great for cards too!)
Gold Glitter (99 cents a tube in LOTS of colors!)
Double sided tape, hot glue and star/circle templates

Directions:
1. Cut 3 7″ circled from red cardstock and glue a white doily in the center of each.
2. Cut a 4″ star from blue cardstock and glue on the doily.
3. Cut “USA” from double stick tape and place in the center of stars (or draw the letters with wet glue) and sprinkle with glitter.
4. Attach the decorated circles to a stand of star garland using mini clothespins.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Crafting for Charity {What are your faves?}

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. 🙂

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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!

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Supplies:

  • Cardstock (cream, kraft, navy)
  • White glossy photo paper (or any white cardstock but it looks COOL on the photo paper!)
  • Envelopes
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Mesh Ribbon
  • Gesso (or white acrylic paint)
  • Embossing folders of your choice
  • Adhesive
  • 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!

Classic Americana & Versatile Kraft!

Hi Friends! One of the most versatile supplies in my craft room is Kraft paper. One minute it is covering my work surface to protect it from ink and paint spills and the next moment is it being used to beautifully wrap a gift. Kraft doesn’t just stop at paper, you can get so many products from Papermart made from sturdy kraft paper and cardboard and with just a few supplies tun them in to beautiful custom party decor and gift packaging.

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The big reason I like kraft is that it goes with everything! It is may favorite neutral. Sure black is elegant and white is a pure blank canvas but kraft is comfortable and since it is a mid value color already you don’t have to do much to it to make it look done. Watch the video and see what I mean.

Here is a list of supplies I used:

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Directions: Distress the kraft paper products with gesso and ink. Layer on paper and stamp. Embellish with jute cord and star garland.

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Try dressing up your kraft paper products with pastel shades of acrylic paint for Easter, bridal and baby showers, try mint and gold for weddings and try stamping polka-dots with a wine cork and any color acrylic paint on kraft paper to make a cheerful birthday wrap! The more you use kraft paper the more ideas you will come up with! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

 

Patriotic Platform {shoes?}

Howdy friends, wow, it has been super busy here! I have so many projects in the works but none completed right now so I thought I’d share these quick tags I made using dies from Cheery Lynn Designs:

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I cut the steampunk shoe out of 3 colors of cardstock and pieced them together on text paper and there they sat in a pile for a month. While cleaning last weekend I found them again and put them on a tag. There. I finished something. Now I feel quite virtuous. So, go ahead, finish something! It feels so good! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I’m back with a 50% off sale!

Howdy folks, I am back from the Heirloom Stamp Show and Paper Arts Festival. I have more videos to upload from the event (later today) but for now I want to let you know that I have 50% off everything in my shop at MyGrafico until midnight tonight:

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Gotta make some money to go spend at next years stamp show ha ha! Here are some products you might enjoy:

Gelatin Print Art PapersTool Apron SVGGrad Hat Favor BoxBackyard Campout Party Kit!Pretty Posies Digital StampsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!Pen & Ink PoppiesUSA Party Mega Kit!Apple For Teacher SVGBeach Party Printables

Don’t wait to stock up on new digital goodies, the sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is over at midnight! Stay tuned for more videos from the stamp show, til then Happy crafting!

Happy Memorial Day!

The sun is shining! The floor solvent fumes have dissipated, the kitchen floor is not done but I did manage to de-sticky the original floor that was exposed, I’ll wait til the kids are back in school to remove the remaining tiles and adhesive, no need for all of our lungs and brain cells to suffer LOL! P.U.! I plan to get outside and enjoy this sunny day! Before I do I want to share a simple necklace I made last month but never got around to posting:

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I used 3 strands of tiger tail. I put the large glass beads on first then strung on e beads in red, clear and blue and loosely braided them before securing the ends with crimps and a toggle clasp. Very summery. Very Maine.

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That all for me today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun with {old} Friendly Plastic!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We had a sweet morning before work and school exchanging valentines goodies and cards:) The kids are looking forward to the valentine party at school and as a classroom treat we cut hearts out of watermelon (cut the rind off a watermelon and slice it 3/4″ thick and use a cookie cutter to cut hearts or other shapes) and made a fruit plate that I will bring to school in a bit. Here is the valentine card I made my husband. Stamps are by About Art Accents.

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I used Friendly Plastic to make the charm  I was given a bunch of old friendly plastic sticks last year. Friendly plastic has a shelf life, after a couple of years it becomes brittle and snappy, not bendy and pliant, so you can’t use it for all techniques. Luckily I discovered ways to use the old stuff so if you have some friendly plastic from long ago or if you bought some recently and discovered that it breaks rather than bends here are some techniques you can try. Get a cuppa coffee folks, this is a long, but hopefully entertaining and informative video. You can do any of these techniques with new Friendly Plastic as well!

And, yes, I found something else to use my coffee cup warmer for! Yay, it earns a place on my worktable:) So to recap the following techniques will work with old FP: Marbleizing, inlay or crazy quilt technique, ooze technique (pressing metal mesh or wire into the melted plastic so it oozes up around it) and breaking up and melting in molds.

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Tips: Snap off bit of plastic (like I did in the video.) Cutting the old stuff with scissors will make it shatter (the new stuff should cut just fine.) If you are buying new Friendly plastic, check it in the store to make sure it bends, if it snaps it is old.  Don’t buy more than you can use up in a year, short shelf life, remember.

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A word of caution: The charms made with old friendly plastic should probably be used for card or scrapbook embellishments as they are not the most rugged unless you use several layers and re-enforce with wire or if the pieces are small (earring size.)  I tried snapping some of the larger pieces and they did snap with a bit of pressure so not ideal for long lasting jewelry. I have not used new FP so I am not sure how jewelry would last after it was a few years old, weather it would become brittle with age. There are a ton of fun tutorials on the Friendly Plastic blog to give you an idea of what artists are doing with the new pliant sticks. I highly recommend you have a look and if you have any question on the new Friendly Plastic they would be the ones to ask and they have beginner kits at a reasonable price.

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That’s all for today! I hope if you have some old sticks of Friendly Plastic around you will give this a try rather than becoming frustrated and throwing them away, til next time happy crafting!

Now that’s what I call recycling!

Howdy folks! I have spent the last couple of days working on centerpieces for the Cub Scouts Blue and Gold banquet this weekend. I made a bunch (24) of blue and gold centerpieces for last years banquet (you can see them here) and they are going to reuse them but this year we have a bigger space to fill and more boys in scouts so we need more centerpieces. The theme this year is “Freedom is not Free” and the color palette is red, white, blue & gold so I came up with this:

I used 10 soup cans (free), 9 sheets of red cardstock (from of a pack of 50 that was $2.75), 2 sheets of white cardstock (.02 each), My electronic Die cutter and SCAL software, random 4th of July pattern paper from DCWV stacks (about 6 cents a sheet), a dollop of white and red paint (I have no idea how to figure that but I had it in my stash;), red and blue ribbon (I used part of a spool, each spool was .25 each), glue sticks and skewers (bag of 100 for $1) The flags were already owned by the pack but they had a price tag on them are were .50 each, we have enough so all of the other centerpieces will have a flag in it too. Counting the flag the cost of each centerpiece was less than $0.75! And I really did not have to buy anything because it was all from my stash! Here is a look at all the centerpiece parts boxed up and ready to go, I love those rosettes, they make me happy;)

Keep in mind when you are making a project like this that there ar many ways to lux up a design without spending a dime. Use the tools and supplies you have already bought and paid for instead of going out and buying new or going without. For instance. I use my embossing folders to add texture on the construction paper I wrapped around the soup can. A quick swipe of white paint makes it look like old denim! I also used an embossing folder on the red stars. It is not a patriotic pattern but it works and I already owned it. You won’t wear your embossing folders out so it costs you nothing! Also, the small stars on the rosettes, I remembered that I has a star button stamps and it happened to be just the right size as the sheet of stars I die-cut, nice! Using that stamp didn’t cost me a dime and it adds such a nice touch! I can hardly count the wee bit of ink and paint I used but it adds so much interest to the design.

Oh, and speaking of the star die cuts I saved the leftover scraps to use a stencils. When I dry-brushed paint over my embossed stars I did it on an inexpensive sheet of kraft cardstock and I love the grungy star (white) then I took the leftover piece from my white die cut stars and laid it over and dabbed metallic blue paint over the white then I grabbed the leftover from the red star die cuts and stenciled a big star…How fun! Now I can use it to scrap my 4th of July pics next year or pictures from the banquet this weekend!

Leftover die-cut waste = free stencils!!!

 

Now, I was going to use the centerpiece printables from my USA Mega Party kit but I found out that there is going to be a pitcher of water on ever table and there will be kids at every table and I only have an ink-jet printer (are you feeling me?) so rather than risk having my ink-jet printer in run I used stuff from my stash. But I did want to mention that the party kit as well as everything else at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff is 40% off through tomorrow😉

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I hope I inspired you to recycle and create and look at your scraps in new ways. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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