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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How To Make A Braided Wrap Bracelet!

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a braided wrap bracelet using burlap and lace ribbon from Offray. I am also using a cute red and white polka dot to give this bracelet a punch of color.  Since this bracelet is designed to wrap and is long it can be used as a necklace too!

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Both of these ribbons are exquisite, you can really feel the quality when working with them. This burlap is quite soft so it is perfect for wearing next to your skin. The lace trim is actually sewn to the edges of the ribbon which was a nice surprise because I thought it was printed when I ordered it. I really makes for a nice texture and is so easy to work with.

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You will need:

Directions:

Step 1. Measure loosely around your wrist/forearm 3 times and add 5″. Cut a piece of each ribbon that length. The additional length is needed because braiding the ribbon will make it shorter. Slit the wide ribbon into 3 pieces leaving them connected at the top.

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Step 2. Lay the narrow grossgrain ribbon over the middle strip.

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Step 3. Add a drop of glue to secure the red ribbon and neatly pleat in each side so you have a 1″ wide ribbon stack.

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Step 4. Attach a ribbon end using nylon jaw pliers.

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Step 5. Braid the 3 strands keeping the red ribbon with the strip of burlap with no lace.

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Step 6. When you get to the end trim the ends flush.

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Step 7. Gather the stands neatly and add the other ribbon end. You can use hot glue to keep the ribbons together while attaching the ribbon end. Only use a small amount, it is the strength of the ribbon end is holding the ends together, the glue is just an aide.  Add a toggle clasp using split rings (do not use jump rings as they tend to slip off of the ribbon ends.) If your bracelet is a bit too short you can add a couple juprings between the split ring and toggle to extend it as far as you need but it should be pretty close.

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Step 8. Trim any long raveled strings from the bracelet. The bracelet will have a soft fringe on the cut edges giving it a country-shabby chic look. It is a fun casual summary piece of jewelry that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet with blue jeans or a sun-dress. Plus it is quick enough to make for all of your girlfriends! For a different look you can reverse the bracelet and it will be a plain burlap braid (see images below.)

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I hope you enjoyed this easy jewelry project! You can find the ribbons I used from Offray and I thank them for sponsoring this blog post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stack ribbons and buttons for a boho bracelet!

Hi friends! Do you know you probably have jewelry supplies that you do not know about in your sewing stash? Ribbon, buttons, a needle and thread!

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These days we use our craft supplies for jewelry making, scrapbooking, cardmaking, home decor crafts and more.  Watch the video to see how I made the bracelet then you can apply the same techniques to make the necklace too.

You can use the stuff you have for this bracelet or use the supplies I used from PandaHall:

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I listened to you guys when you said the shipping cost was high and difficult to figure out so I mentioned this to PandaHall and they opened a store on Amazon.com (USA) and Amazon UK so you can get their best sellers at low prices with free shipping. I hope they stock the stuff you want! I want to thank Pandahall for sponsoring this post and thank YOU for stopping by! So, have you ever used non-jewelry making supplies in a jewelry making project? Let me know in the comments and til next time happy crafting!

I Love those Candy Colored Pages!

Hi Friends! I love it when my kids make gingerbread houses. I love the creativity they have when decorating them. This year for the first time the kids were able to assemble the houses too! I thought they might be too old for this craft but they said “No way!” they still wanted to make them and of course they each had to have their own!

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I was inspired to scrapbook these picture right away because of the brand new die cut adhesive ribbon I received from Offray. This product will be available soon in stores and on their website but you get a sneak peek of it in today’s video!

The self adhesive ribbon was so easy to work with and really flat which is nice for scrapbookers who do not want a lot of bulk in their albums and card makers who do not want to pay extra postage for lumpy items. I love to use traditional ribbon too so I used some narrow grosgrain  because it adds a great texture without fraying:

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Here is a close up look at the other page:

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I kinda hate to tease you with new stuff that is not available yet but there are lots of other wonderful ribbons from Offray on their website and you can save 15% off your next order with the code Frugal15 Though 12/31/14. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Layered Ribbon Season’s Greetings!

Hi Friends! I love the color combo turquoise and crimson. There is something about the crisp contrast and cool undertones that make me think of winter. I used single faced satin ribbon in red and turquoise from Offray.com, white cardstock and stamps to create the chic season’s greeting card:

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I like to have large spools of ribbon on hand for holiday crafting. Now is the time to stock up at Offray.com because you can use this coupon code FRUGAL15 to save 15% on your first order through 12/31/14!

Here is how to make this card:

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Directions:

  1. Cut a sheet of 8 1/2″x11″ cardstock in half the long way (you will have two 11″x4 1/4″ pieces.) Fold one piece in half to make a top fold card. Trim the other panel to 5 1/4″ x 4″. Reserve the rest of the sheet for stamping.
  2. Use an embossing folder to emboss the 5 1/4″x4″ panel. Accent the edges of the panel with an ink pad.
  3. Stamp Snowflake, label and sentiment and cut them out neatly.
  4. Wrap the 3″ red ribbon around the embossed panel and adhere to the back with tape. Tie a turquoise bow around the panel over the red ribbon then adhere the panel to the card base with foam squares.
  5. Layer the stamped & cut out images on the card as shown with foam tape for dimension.

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I hope you enjoyed this chic seasons greeting card. Thanks to Offray for sponsoring this post. Don’t forget to use my coupon code FRUGAL15 if you go shopping at Offray.com. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

*Details: Use FRUGAL15 during checkout on Offray.com to receive 15% off one order. Offer expires 11:59 PM eastern time on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Discount excludes applicable tax and shipping costs. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount cannot be applied to previous purchases. Subject to change or cancellation without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

How to Line an envelope & Make a Quick Card!

Hi Friends! Do you ever need a last-minute card to send? Or maybe you want to make a stationery set to give as a  gift or sell at a craft fair? Well today I’ll show you how to line and envelope and make a chic and trendy card in under 5 minutes!

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I think it took me 10 minutes to make the set of three! Talk about a great craft fair idea and you can do it affordably using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

Supplies

  • white envelopes
  • scrapbook paper
  • cream cardstock
  • organza ribbon
  • adhesive
  • ink pads
  • embossing folder and die cut machine
  • Optional: Clear bags for packaging up your card sets for sale-I like the 6″x9″ size

Directions

  1. Measure envelope from under the glue on the flap to the bottom of the envelope. Measure the width minus 1/8″ Cut paper scrapbook paper to that size.
  2. Trace the flap of the envelope on the scrapbook paper and cut on the lines.
  3. Insert liner into envelop and attach with a bit of glue.
  4. To make the card emboss the front panel of a card with and embossing folder and fold in half. Ink the raised design if desired.
  5. Adhere a strip of leftover scrapbook paper to the front and tie a ribbon around that area.

I hope you try this easy cardmaking idea and if you need a large quantity of envelopes, ribbon or any other packaging supplies please check out Papermart and don’t forget to tell them Lindsay sent you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Dance Mixed Media Fun Art Journal Page!

Howdy friends! Just a quick reminder that if you haven’t signed up to win stamps on last Sunday’s post now is your last chance because I will be drawing a name tomorrow! Today I have an art journal page tutorial, it was my quickest page ever I think. I started it with a sketch using Inktense blocks but I was not happy with it so I gessoed over and started again, sometimes it goes like that but i like the end result:

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Want to see how I made it? Watch the video and find out!

It is funny, after I posted this video on YouTube several people asked for a tutorial on drawing the ballerina, I was shocked because that was the part I was trying to disguise LOL! I will have a tutorial on drawing a (much nicer) ballerina in a few days.

Here is a brief summery of how I made the page: First I drew the ballerina and swiped gesso over the page with a palette knife to tone down the colors. I tore patterned scrapbook paper and glued it to the page with hot glue. I stamped music noted using the “stamp in the hand” technique and I also stamped on a dance diagram and a shoe. I hot glued organza ribbon on the ballet dancers skirt and a twisted piece of fabric strip for a border. I use permanent markers to write the quote “if you stumble make it part of the dance” and I added some color to the edges of the page with Inktense Blocks.

Thanks to Oriental Trading Company for the Art Journal I have been using for all of the Mixed Media Fun tutorials and thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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