Tissue Paper Party Balls!

Hi friends! This project is so fun and happy and colorful that I want to fill my house with these festive party pom-poms!

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They are wicked easy to make too, watch the video to see how!

Supplies from sponsor Papermart:
Tissue paper (8 sheets per ball)
Floral wire (or other thin wire) and wire cutter
Strong scissors (optional)

Directions:
1. Stack 8 sheets of tissue paper and accordion fold it every 1 1/2″
2. Fold that stack and secure the center with wire. Trim ends of paper if desired.
3. Gently pull apart layers of tissue paper to make a full tissue paper ball.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE Watercolor Lesson by Request!

Hi friends! We will be live again today at 12:30 pm ET for a free watercolor lesson! I asked you what you wanted me to paint in the live show last week and it was a landslide vote for the magnolias (that I did in the short video last week) in watercolors.

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You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with us live be sure to watch from the YouTube watch page.

Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama http://www.jerrysartarama.com/

Supplies:
Turner watercolors

Watercolor Pencils

140# watercolor paper

Mimik Kolinsky brushes

Water, paper towels

Reference Photo by Eloise Mace from Paint My Photo

I am using a more professional set up today, it should make the video sharper and clearer then ever before, Wish me luck and happy crafting!

PS if you have a request for what medium I should use next week leave it in the comments below!

Pretty Pink Flower in Watercolor Pencils!

Today I have a fun and easy tutorial!

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Watch the video to see how it is done!

Happy Crafting!

Wicked Easy Halloween Trick-o-Treat Bags!

Hi friends! Here is a fun way to get some use out of your Halloween themed stamps, use up some paper scraps and get a head start on Halloween!

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If you don’t celebrate Halloween you can change-up the stamps and prepare these little bags for another event! I am using tin tie coffee bags from our sponsor Papermart, they are sturdy and plastic lined so you can actually gift food items in them, they are sturdy bags that you can decorate and stamp on too. I think they are a wonderful item to have on hand, they come in kraft, white and other colors but I like the kraft best. FYI The other colors are a bit glossy so you would need a specialty ink to stamp on those.

Video!

Supplies:
Tin-Tie Coffee Bags
Mini Clothes Pins
Colored Pencils
Colored paper (scraps can be used!)
Halloween stamps and dies & ink (optional-mine are from Stampendous)

Directions:
1. Layer green and blue paper to make grass and sky and fold in half to make a bag topper. You can cut it into a fancy shape if you like (as I did in the video) or leave it as a rectangle.
2. Stamp a pumpkin on orange paper, add details with colored pencils, cut out and glue to topper. You can add a stem or witches hat to the pumpkin if you like. Stamp “Happy Halloween” on the backside.
3. Place over the bag and secure with a mini clothes pin.

Consider making a few of your treat bags with a teal pumpkin or teal hat like I did and having non-food Halloween treats in them like crayons, pencils, puzzles so you can give them to kids with food allergies. You can let parents know that you have non-food treats by placing a teal painted pumpkin on your porch. I am not sure who started the teal pumpkin project but I think it is a great idea! Let’s make Halloween fun for everyone! Happy Crafting!

Let’s paint those pumpkins! (Watercolor tutorial by YOUR request!)

Hi friends! Thanks for the feedback on the photos yesterday. I had a big response to paint the porcelain doll pumpkins so that is what we will do. Check out this photo, I went outside to snap a pic in the natural light and my curious chickens had to sneak a peek LOL! Another funy chicken thing, some of the hens have begun laying over the past month and we are never sure who leaves the eggs in the coop. We let the chickens out each afternoon to free-range figuring they are like our old ones who laid eggs in the morning, well my son spotted something white behind the wood splitter in the wood shed today and there were 10 eggs in pile! I don’t know when they were laid, do you think they are OK to eat? Is there a way to tell? I hate to waste them but I don’t want anyone to get sick either, silly chickens.😛

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Now on to the painting! I used my new Turner watercolors I got from Jerrys a couple weeks ago because I wanted to see how they worked after being dried in a palette and the paints were still semi moist and they preformed very well. I have to admit I was skeptical because the 18 set was on sale for under $30 but they are great, a solid value. I just wanted to let you know in case you were considering them. Disclosure: Jerry’s Artarama is a sponsor but they are not sponsoring this post. Now, let’s paint!

Video!

I hope you had fun with this. If you want orange or green pumpkins go for it! The drawing and painting skills are the same, just look for the value in the painting (the highlights and shading) and have fun with it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Pretty Fall Tags!

Hi friends! It is beautiful, sunny unseasonably warn September day in Maine and I have a cold. I have been lounging on the couch trying with no luck to sleep so I can get this illness over with. I feel so lazy, at least I got to be creative yesterday and make these tags:

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They were a lot of fun to make and easy to batch out. Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:

Recreate this project using the themes you like and the products you have but if you need a large quantity of really useful tags be sure to visit our sponsor Papermart! They have lots of other goodies too! Now it’s time for me to brew another pot of tea and try to steam away my head cold! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Marker Giveaway!!! (that got your attention)

Hi friends! I have a fun, fast and frugal project that will decorate your home all year-long. It is a DIY wreath with a plaque on it that you can write a seasonal greeting on and decorate to match any season because the colors are neutral.

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I made sure the plaque was glossy so that I could use my new Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Markers on it and the writing would be easy to remove with a damp cloth. I will be giving an 18 color pack away to one lucky blog reader so make sure you leave a comment on this post for a chance to win! Also Crafty Croc giving my viewers $6 off the 18 color pack with the coupon code FRUGAL06 now through September 14, 2015.

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See how easy it is! I think they would sell really well at a craft fair (yes, you have my permission to make these to sell!) or be awesome housewarming gifts.

Supplies:

  • Crafty Crock Liquid Chalk Markers, available in 8 pack neon, 10 pack earth tones or 18 pack mega kit. *note $6 off 18 pack with coupon code FRUGAL06
  • Styrofoam wreath form (9″ from Dollar Tree)
  • Old Book
  • Die (optional, I used the Tim Holts Bigz tattered florals for mine)
  • Hot glue
  • craft wire and cutters
  • Ribbon
  • Decorations
  • Wooden plaque made from hardboard (painted black and varnished or you can purchase a small chalkboard to glue on)

All of the directions for making the wreath are in the video. It is really easy. If you can’t find a wreath form you can cut a ring out of cardboard and use that. Coffee filters would work really well in place of the die cut book pages too. Use what you have and experiment! I want to thank Crafty Croc for sponsoring this tutorial and offering the giveaway. Make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win a set of markers. I will draw a name at random next Monday. If you want to save $6 on the 18 pack of Crafty crock Liquid Chalk Markers make sure you use the coupon code FRUGAL06 before 9/14/15. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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