Crafts

Crafting on a Budget

Let’s be honest. We all spend more than we would like to admit! You might go a little crazy (ok, maybe a lot), buying supplies you really don’t need. Two questions I ask myself are, do I need this? and do I already have a product that is similar? We should all be practicing self control. Often times before I step foot in a craft store, I set a limit of how much I can spend, otherwise, there is no telling what will end up in my shopping basket or cart. It will be piled to the top before I know it. buying-craft-supplies-meme.jpg

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Summer Shaker Greeting Cards

Card making is a relaxing activity, during a rainy afternoon. I’ve got some really fun summer themed cards planned for today. Grab your scissors and let’s begin!

Besides paper, these are my six must haves, for card making:

  • Paper cutter and/or scissors. My paper cutter is from Michael’s. I use Fiskars micro-tip scissors, that are recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. The spring-action design helps reduce hand strain while cutting. They are definitely pricey, but worth it!
  • Adhesives, such as, Scotch double sided tape or a tape runner. I use Scotch advanced tape glider. It’s a little tricky to set up, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to use.
  • Rubber stamps and ink. I really like clear stamps, which are used with transparent stamping blocks. You can achieve more precise images, due to, seeing exactly where you are stamping on the paper. I can never seem to get an image where I want it, when using wood stamps. My preferred black ink is Tsukineko VersaFine. Its great for very detailed stamps! I’m currently using Tim Holtz distress ink in various colors.
  • Ribbon or trim. All colors, designs and textures!
  • Die cutting machine and die cut templates. The die cutting machine I use is a Sizzix Big Kick.

Three useful tips:

  • Instead of cutting cards freehand, from a sheet of card stock, I buy packs of pre-cut and pre-scored cards. It saves me a lot of cutting time, when I’m making a batch of cards. My preferred card sizes are 5 x 7, which is A7 and 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, which is A2. A2 is a popular size, as it’s very easy to make, from folding in half, a standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper.
  • Choose lighter colors for the inside of the card, where words will be stamped, or written. No one can read writing on heavily deep shades of blue, brown, or purple, even with black pen and ink. I always use white or cream for the base card.
  • Use tape, not glue, to attach paper to paper. Glue is messy and can leave your cards feeling sticky and looking not so pretty. Also, liquid glue will make your paper soggy, (especially thin paper) causing it to tear easily.

Shaker cards have dimensional transparent windows with moveables inside, such as, sequins, beads, rhinestones, glitter, etc.

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Mixed Media Canvas

I had a lot of fun putting together this mixed media canvas, along with the ladies from my bible study group. I enjoy witnessing the unique art pieces each woman creates. We meet every other week to discuss our faith and afterwords we make a low-cost craft. The current book we are studying from is called, Mind-Body-Soul Sisters. I’m blessed to be able to share my talents with this wonderful group of Godly women.

Suggested Supplies List:

White canvas. Any size.

Paint

Decorative scrapbook paper

Used magazines

Ribbon and lace

Beads and charms

Artificial flower embellishments

Rhinestones

Stickers

Rubber stamps

Mixed media is when you use a variety of materials, to make one piece of art. It’s a combination of several different media’s, whether its paint, beads and ribbon, or flowers, lace and rhinestones. You can really let your imagination run wild with mixed media! There is no right or wrong way to make this.

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Summer Lantern Jars

Celebrate summer, with these glowing creations! When I first saw this project on Pinterest, I knew instantly I had to try it. I LOVE fairies! This craft can be made with other die cut shapes besides fairies, such as, flowers or animals. I couldn’t find any fairy die cut cartridges for my Sizzix Big Kick machine, so, I bought a batch on E-bay from seller EJ.

Supplies List:

Smooth Glass Jar

Black Die Cuts

White Tissue Paper

Mod Podge

Clear Glitter

Flameless Candle or LED lights

Greenery (optional)

Embellishments (optional)

Charms (optional)

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Magical Jungle: An Inky Expedition & Coloring Book

I’ve been coloring ever since I could hold a crayon in my hand. Over the years, I’ve learned various tips and techniques that have helped me improve my coloring skills with colored pencils. Today, I will be sharing what I’ve learned from using Prismacolor Soft Core Colored Pencils, in the best selling coloring book Magical Jungle, by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford. Her popular coloring book collection has sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Check out her free downloads, you can print straight from home! Look for Johanna’s newest release, Ivy and the Inky Butterfly coming this fall.

I personally prefer Prismacolor over other brands. My father who is an artist himself, introduced me to these pencils, when I was a young teenager. Prismacolors are wax based pencils. The soft core makes them ideal for shading and blending. The high quality pigment shows rich color. The results are stunning!

The only downside I have to report about Prisma’s is, the possible breakage. Fortunately, I haven’t come across too many defective pencils, but sometimes no matter how much you sharpen the pencil, the tips will break off. This is because the lead inside the pencil is broken, or cracked for some reason or another. One cause of broken leads is, if you drop the pencils on the ground. Use caution when transporting. Check out Carrie’s tips for repairing broken Prismacolors.

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