Monday, November 28, 2011

Mixed-Media Canvas Wreath Tutorial Featured at Practical Scrappers

Happy Monday!

I wanted to pop in to let you know that I made a Mixed-Media Canvas and scrapbook paper wreath that's featured over at Practical Scrappers today!

Here's a sneak peek...go check out my project and video tutorial!

The Design Team is taking turns featuring Christmas projects each day, so be sure to follow Practical Scrappers so you don't miss a project. You may want to check out previous projects, too!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget about my giveaway, I'll choose a winner on Wed 11/30 at noon!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giveaway Time!

How about a GIVEAWAY?! What's better for your budget than something for FREE?!

I'm celebrating a recent milestone on Facebook—I just passed the 100 "like" mark! So one of you lucky readers is going to win my Bible-page ornament! Fully assembled!


Here's what you need to do for your entry to the giveaway:
  1. Follow my blog (leave a comment that you do)
  2. "Like" my Facebook page
That's it!

But you can get bonus entries, too! Share my giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter (I'm @jaymalew) for one bonus entry each. Leave an additional comment here for each share (i.e. if you share on Twitter and Facebook you should leave 2 comments in addition to your comment that you follow my blog and like my FB page. That way I know to count each of your entries.)

I'll choose a winner on November 30—because that's my birthday! Wait, shouldn't I be getting the loot?! ;)

Good luck!

If you'd like to make your own Bible-page ornament or purchase my Ornament Kit, please refer to this post.

For all of my Crafting on a Budget posts, click here.

Edited to add:
Some of you have questioned my use of cutting an actual Bible for my ornament. I appreciate all of your thoughts, but for me, that's why I love it so much! Being a Christian, using Bible pages gives special meaning to my ornament. I found the Bible at a used book store because I'd never use my own. I also love that the wedding bouquets I made with it means that the Bible was a part of their wedding in additional ways!

I appreciate that others may not feel the same way, but this is how I get extra meaning out of my projects.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bible-Page Ornament Kit Now Available

Hi, Friends!
After the fantastic feedback I received about my Bible-Page Wedding Bouquets, I was trying to think up something similar that everyone could enjoy, not only brides-to-be. With Christmas just around the corner, I decided to make the bouquet into a Christmas ornament. It's a smaller size which means a little less assembly time, and I've swapped out stems for a ribbon loop. Plus, the Bible pages make it most appropriate for the season. :)

If you have a Cricut and the Art Philosophy Cartridge, you can easily make this on your own. And it's very budget-friendly! Watch my video in this post for a tutorial on creating a bouquet. Simply omit the "stems" and attach a ribbon loop with a pin and glue. Keep reading for the list of supplies.

If you don't have a Cricut—or pretty Bible paper—you can still make this ornament! I've put together Ornament Kits for you to purchase! And they come with step-by-step instructions. For only $5 you'll get the flowers cut from Bible pages plus a pin/ribbon—that saves you the cost of buying/finding a vintage book and/or purchasing a Cricut and the Art Philosophy Cartridge (although I recommend investing in them!) Scroll down to find out how to purchase.

If you'd like me to do the work for you, you can purchase the fully-assembled ornament in my Etsy shop. SOLD OUT!

The Ornament Kit includes:
  • Ribbon for loop
  • Pin to secure ribbon loop
  • 40 Bible-page Cricut-cut flower spirals (you may have extras)
  • A step-by-step written tutorial with photos on how to put it together (PDF emailed) 
You will need:
  • 2-1/2" foam ball
  • Hot glue
  • Piercing tool (recommended) or long skinny item to wrap flowers on 
  • Pearl-tip pins (optional, you can use hot glue instead) 
  • Glitter gel (optional)
Note: I am not including the foam ball in the kit because of shipping logistics. They are easy to find at your local craft store. The idea behind creating this kit is for those of you without a Cricut and/or Art Philosophy or a vintage Bible to be able to do this fun project.
    ***I will mail your kit within 3 days of receiving payment (often sooner). Be sure your address is correct in Paypal when ordering.
    ***I will email the instructions in a PDF file to the email you provide through Paypal.

    Be prepared to spend a good amount of time rolling flowers, but it's worth it in the end! And it won't take as long as doing a whole bouquet! You can roll flowers while you watch TV, like I do :)

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Create Your Own Wedding Bouquets From a Book

    I've teased you for a while now about this Bridal bouquet...
    Are you ready to see the final products?!

    Here's my close-up of the Bride's and Maid of Honor's bouquets.
    But just wait. Since this was my very good friend's wedding, and her bestie was the photographer, I have amazing photos of these bouquets to share with you!
    Here is the stunning Bride, Melissa, and her beautiful Maid of Honor/Photographer, Lauren. (Both of whom are great friends of mine!)
    Everyone loved the bouquets so much that they became props in most of the photos. Here is the dashing Groom and his Best Man showing off the bouquets, as well as their fun button boutonnieres. (I also made the boutonnieres but I'm saving those for another post.)
    This bouquet project was inspired by this post that Melissa saw—she fell in love with the book-page flowers. (She is, after all, a book worm.) Knowing I'm the crafty diva that I am, and that I offered to help with her wedding, she asked if I'd be able to create something similar for her bouquet.

    I believe my reply was something like, "YES! I'd love to! I just got the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and it would be perfect for creating those 3D flowers!"

    Thus began my mission to create the most spectacular bouquet. The best part is that she can display it in her home for years to come...and maybe even let friends borrow it to use at their weddings (if they're lucky)!

    If you are on a budget for your wedding, this bouquet is perfect for you, but be prepared to spend many hours creating it. If you're willing to put in the time, this will be a very budget-friendly bouquet. (See my video tutorial below.)

    If you are short on time, however, and would rather purchase the wedding bouquet(s) from me, you can purchase them in my Etsy shop fully assembled. {Sorry, I am no longer offering them assembled in my Etsy shop. But I do offer a template kit for you to make your own flowers. Please feel free to ask me questions—I know you can make one yourself!}

    Here is a video tutorial I put together to show you how to create the wedding bouquets yourself. You will find a list of supplies below the video.

    If you enjoy this video I'd love if you subscribe to my channel for lots of tutorials and process videos on paper crafting, card making, scrapbooking, home decor, and more!


    Note: I used a Bible to create many bridal bouquets, including the one in this video. I bought it specifically for crafting purposes at a used book store and love the significance of carrying the Bible down the aisle. If you do not wish to cut a Bible, you may use any other book of your choice.

    Happy creating!

    I have more Crafting on a Budget coming up all month long! Make sure you don't miss a thing...

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    The photos of Melissa's wedding above were taken by Lauren Natalie Photography in conjunction with Lisa Conrad Photography. If you live in the San Diego area and are in need of a photographer for your wedding, baby shower, family photos, or anything else, I highly recommend Lauren of Lauren Natalie Photography. She's taken several of my wedding photos, my family photos, my sister's baby shower photos, and many of my friends' wedding photos.

    I've entered my bouquets into an Art Philosophy blog hop hosted by Lisa Stenz! Hop along here...

    I'm also linking up to...
    Tatertots & Jello
    My Girlish Whims
    House of Hepworths
    The DIY Showoff

    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    My Scarf Was Featured!

    Hi, Crafters!
    Popping in quickly to let you know that my no-sew scarf was featured on My Girlish Whims. Check it out! You can see my original post with the scarf how-to HERE. They make great Christmas gifts.

    I'm working on a tutorial for the wedding bouquets I made from vintage Bible pages. I'm hoping to bring that to you very soon! Here's another peek in case you missed the last one ;)

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Give Your Accessories a Facelift With Spray Paint -- Your Budget Will Thank You

    How many of you have old picture frames that you are tired of looking at? Maybe the color doesn't fit your decor anymore, or it's outdated, or you're just bored of it? *Raises hand*

    Last spring I spray painted just about every old frame in my house to create a unified gallery wall in my (old) craft room. You can see my post about it HERE. (It includes a tutorial on how to spray paint and how to create a flower rosette-embellished mirror!)

    I had so much fun with that project that I got a little obsessed with spray paint! Now I see everything with new eyes: I see it for its potential. 

    Enter this picture frame. I found it at Marshall's on clearance for $5. You can see why. It looks gaudy and ugly! But I bought it. Because I could change it.

    A couple of coats of black spray paint later, I have a stylish frame that matches my home! That's my cutie pie hubby and nephew in the photo. :)

    Looks like a different frame, right?!

    Budget Breakdown
    • Old frame (free) or clearance frame ($5)
    • Fraction of a can of spray paint ($5ish for the whole can)
    How many accessories do you have in your home right now that could use a facelift?

    I hope you've been enjoying my Crafting on a Budget series. More to come throughout the rest of the month! Like the wedding bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres I created for my good friend Melissa's wedding using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I cannot WAIT to share them with you, complete with a tutorial. Here's a peek...

    Happy crafting!

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    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Budget-Friendly Christmas Gift: Button Rings

    I've shared these button rings with you before but I thought they were worth another post during my Crafting on a Budget series because they make such wonderful gifts and are inexpensive to make!
    I especially love to use Close to my Heart's buttons because they have such pretty shapes and designs in them. Plus they're only $5.95 for a package of 24-72 buttons! You can see/order all the colors of CTMH buttons on my website HERE. (Have you seen the prices of fancy buttons at the craft stores lately? They run upwards of $2 just for a few buttons!) However, sometimes I must splurge if I see something I really love, and I also love to use vintage buttons when I find some great ones.

    Here are some button rings that I've made. I've given them as gifts numerous times and they're always a big hit. Scroll to the bottom to see a video on how to make your own!

    WARNING: These are addicting to make. You can't make just one! Just know that if you start, everyone on your Christmas list will be receiving rings because you won't be able to stop. Be sure you have adequate supplies :)

    The blue flower on the bottom is from the Blue Assortment, clear flower from the Clear assortment, and the white/rhinestone is from a (retired) Tim Holtz Idea-ology pack.

    The white flower button on the bottom is from the Basic Assortment and the pink is from—you guessed it—the Pink Assortment. The flower on top is retired from Stampin' Up. I like to cover the holes of the buttons with a rhinestone so they're not "naked." This rhinestone is from the Red, Pink & Purple assortment.

    This ring is two vintage buttons separated by a clear button.

    This one isn't actually made from buttons. It's a Shimmer Brad with a giant jewel brad (from Michael's) on top.

    Here's a video I created if you're interested in making these yourself.

    Supplies you'll need:
    • Hot glue
    • E6000 glue
    • Ring blanks (look on ebay)
    • Lots of buttons!
    • Rhinestone sparkles

    I'm Crafting on a Budget all month long! To see my previous posts in the series, click here.

    Happy crafting!

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    Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    {Almost} Free Christmas Cards From Gift Tags & CTMH Believe

    I've been called a hoarder a time or two (or ten) by my family. I have always saved everything that I thought had another use—I'm sure many of you can relate! (However, after moving three times in three years I have learned to part with much of it.)

    Every Christmas my family uses cute gift tags that I just can't bear to throw away. Some are even handmade. So I save the really cute ones and stash them away with my Christmas scrapbooking supplies.

    As I continue with my Crafting on a Budget series throughout the month, I decided to finally get the tags out and take a stab at some Christmas cards. I have really been attracted to the "Clean and Simple" (CAS) style lately, which I like for two reasons:
    1. I just love the look—there's not as much going on so it's more focused.
    2. It uses fewer supplies, which is easier on your budget!
    Here are three CAS cards I came up with using tags from my stash.

    Card #1: This first card uses a reindeer-shaped tag. I adhered him to white cardstock that I ran through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. Then I added a border of CTMH Holiday Red to make him pop. I used just a thin strip of patterned paper from the Believe paper pack which helps anchor the design a bit. Those cute 3D Christmas lights were already part of the tag!

    CTMH Kraft cardstock comes in 12" x 12" sheets. To get the most out of your cardstock for your card base, cut your cards at 5-1/2" x 4" instead of 4-1/4". That way you'll get 3 card bases out of one sheet of cardstock. (Cut your card base at 4" x 11" and fold in half so the fold of the card is at the top.)

    Card #2: This cute little house tag was screaming "snow scene!" I used White Daisy pigment ink and a snowflake from the Snowflakes stamp set (which also coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge). To add extra snow on the ground I ran some white cardstock through the Cuttlebug again with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Then I tore it to resemble hills. It's hard to tell in the picture, but I also added some glitter gel to the hills for some added sparkle.

    You could even take the above card a step further and add some rhinestones to the snowflake centers. I added a rhinestone to the center of the roof to cover the hole from the tag.
    Card #3: I love using nontraditional colors for Christmas cards, and this card plays on that. I used Hollyhock cardstock to back the tag, then used 3D foam squares to mount it onto the star paper from Believe. I stamped the long presents stamp from Holiday Trinkets (retired) to the thin strip of hollyhock cardstock for some added interest and to play on the gifts under the tree.
    Since this card base was so white I inked the edges of the papers in hollyhock ink.

    Budget Breakdown
    = Oodles of Christmas cards!

    See this post for budget-friendly advice on where to get white cardstock for your card bases.

    Remember you can add the Holiday Wishes stamp set to your order for just $5 this month when you purchase $25 in stamps from Close to my Heart! And you can add the Stamp of the Month for just $5 also when you place a $50 order.

    I hope you'll think twice before throwing out your cute gift tags this year...they just might turn into your Christmas cards next year!

    My Crafting on a Budget Series is going on all month long! To see previous posts, click here.

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    Saturday, November 5, 2011

    Make a No-Sew Ruffled Scarf from a T-shirt

    Today's post for my Crafting on a Budget series is one to help in your gift-giving this year. My family knows (and loves) that each year they are going to receive something handmade by me for Christmas. But this year it's especially important for me to make more DIY gifts since I haven't found a job since moving. It seems there are more and more people affected by unemployment, and I hope I can inspire all of you, no matter what your situation, to make something inexpensive, yet special for your friends and family.

    I got the idea to make this ruffled t-shirt scarf from the DIY Dish. (Check out their blog...they have great ideas!) How cute is this?! It couldn't be more simple to make!
    • T-shirt (new or used, but wash/dry it if it's new)
    • Paper plate
    • Sharpie or fabric pen
    • Fabric scissors
    • Fabric glue (optional)
    Step 1: Lay your t-shirt out flat and, using a paper plate, trace as many circles as you can onto your shirt. (I used a size large, but the bigger shirt you have the more ruffles you'll be able to make, which will make the scarf more full.)
    Step 2: Cut out the circles, trying to cut inside the Sharpie line so you don't see the pen on your scarf. Go through both sides of the shirt.

    Step 3: Cut one scrap fabric at 1" x 4" and set aside.

    Step 4: Cut each circle into a spiral shape, as shown below.  My spiral is about 1.5" wide.
    Step 5: Pull the end of each spiral to stretch the jersey material, ruffling it!
    (This is where you can learn from my mistake: you want to be sure you've washed/dried a new shirt. I hadn't done that with my first scarf, and since the knit wasn't tight yet, itty bitty pieces of jersey ended up all over my floor when I stretched it. This did not happen with pre-washed shirts.)

    Step 6: Once you have all the strips cut and stretched, hold them together evenly and find the center. Tie your 1" x 4" strip around the center of all pieces to hold the scarf together.

    Step 6 alternative:  For a longer scarf, you can glue the ends of two strips together with fabric glue, then tie the scarf together over the glued ends (first let it dry). Trim off any excess fabric from the tie.

    In my example below, I opted for a longer scarf and glued the ends of 2 strips together. I started with 10 circles, so I have 5 on each side of my scarf.

    If you do not have any old t-shirts you can use for this project, crafts stores such as Michael's and Joann often have sales on their t-shirts. I picked some up recently on a 2/$5 sale. Or make sure you're signed up for their emails to receive coupons. Be sure you get the largest size to get more craft bang for your buck! You may also want to check your local thrift stores.

    Budget breakdown for 1 scarf
    • 1 t-shirt: $2.50 or less (maybe FREE!)
    That's it! You probably already have everything else on-hand. That's less than $3 for a lovely handmade gift that all the ladies on your Christmas list will LOVE!

    The best part? It will only take you 20-30 minutes to make.

    Don't forget to keep checking back all month long for more money-saving tips during my Crafting on a Budget Series! I am focusing on Christmas but also have some other tricks up my sleeve for scrapbooking, holiday cardmaking, ornaments, and more!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Step-by-Step Tutorial for Christmas Cards on a Budget

    Hello, crafters!

    Welcome to Day 2 of my Crafting on a Budget series. Yesterday I shared Close to my Heart's November specials with you. You definitely don't want to miss them, so be sure to check them out!

    Today I'm sharing with you a step-by-step tutorial of how I made a budget-friendly Christmas card inspired by the one above, which was created by the CTMH Art Department with the Holiday Wishes stamp set (on special for $5).

    I don't have the Holiday Wishes stamp set yet, so I used the tree in Happy Clusters. Any tree will work, and this set is great because it's versatile—the tree is great for Christmas or pennants and the star can be used throughout the year. (You'll be seeing lots more of this set in the future!)

    • Steps 1 & 2: To make your card base, cut a sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" card stock in half to 8-1/2" x 5-1/2". Then fold in half and you have your card base that measures the standard 5-1/2" x 4-1/4".

    A ream of 150 sheets of white card stock is $5.77 at Walmart in the office section. Buy this now and you'll have enough card stock for tons of card bases and to stamp on. This is the best quality I've found at the right price...I've tried several lower-end brands. (I'd prefer using CTMH White Daisy card's heavier and better quality, but it's also more pricey. So when I am making a lot of cards at once I go with the less expensive option.)
    • Step 3: Cut your paper.
      • White card stock for tree is 2-1/2" x 3-3/4"
      • Red card stock (or other background color) for behind tree is 2-3/4" x 4"
      • Strip of card stock "ribbon" is 3/4" x 4-1/4"
      • Patterned paper is 4" x 2"
    By cutting the patterned paper at 4" instead of 4-1/4" (the width of the card), you go farther with your sheet of 12" x 12" paper. This way you get 3 full strips across the page and 6 strips up (18 pieces total). And the border around the paper on the card adds some interest.
    • Step 4: Peel the stamp off the carrier sheet and place onto your acrylic block. (If you do not have any acrylic blocks I can help you choose the best size(s) to start with for the stamps you are ordering.)

    • Step 5: If your stamp is new, rub it on the back of your hand to "season" it. (I recently saw this technique on fancyMelissa's blog and it's my new favorite method!) The oils in your hand will coat the stamp and help get rid of manufacturing "gunk," giving you a clear, crisp image.

    • Step 6: Stamp your Christmas tree onto the white piece of paper in Sweet Leaf ink. Make sure the foam that comes with your stamp set is under the paper to give you extra "cush" for a more solid image.
    • Step 7: Clean your stamp. Spray Spritz cleaner on the raised side of the Double Scrubber and rub the stamp into it. Dry by rubbing on the opposite side.

    If you don't have these items, baby wipes also work. (But I'd add the double scrubber and spritz cleaner to your wish's the easiest and least messy way to clean your stamps!)
    • Step 8: To add some depth, rub the Holiday Red ink pad onto the edges of all paper. (Ignore that the card is already assembled in the photo for this step.) I prefer using a Sponge Dauber for this, but the direct ink-to-paper method is more budget-friendly. You may want to add Sponge Daubers to your wish list, though.
    • Step 9: Adhere the patterned paper onto the card base, followed by the strip of cardstock "ribbon." Then adhere the tree onto its card stock background, and onto the card base.

    • Step10: Following the stamping steps above, stamp the various circles from the Happy Clusters stamp set in Holiday Red ink onto the circles of the tree.

    • Step 11: Add buttons. (I secured them with glue dots.)

    Budget Breakdown for 50 cards...
    • Believe paper pack: $9.95 x 3/4 = $7.50. You will use about 3/4 of the pack for 50 cards.
    • Red Buttons: $5.95/pkg x 3 pkg = $17.85 x 3/4 used = $13.38. Each package of buttons contains 72, but 1/4 of the buttons in the red package are too light a color for this paper, so that gives you 54 usable buttons. If you use 3 buttons per card you'll need 150 buttons.
    • Sweet Leaf Ink Pad: $5.95 - this is a reusable resource.
    • Holiday Red Ink Pad: $5.95 - this is a reusable resource.
    • Happy Clusters stamp set: $13.95 - this is a reusable resource.
    Cost to purchase from CTMH: $56.25
    Cost per card: .44 cents*
    *This total includes what is actually will have supplies left over. I did not include the cost of stamps and inks in the card cost because I see them as an investment that can be used again.I also assume that you already have your basic supplies such as a paper trimmer, adhesive, and acrylic blocks. If you do not have these items I can help you figure out what you need.

      Don't forget about the November can get up to 2 bonus stamp sets, too! (See this post from yesterday for the details.)

      I hope this was helpful to you and you can see that it is SO MUCH less expensive to make your own cards instead of buying them at the store. Think of all the birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, graduations, and other cards you buy and spend upwards of $4 per card. That adds up throughout the year! So, investing in your own supplies makes sense :) You can build your collection over time, but even with just a few versatile supplies you'll be whipping up your own cards in no time.

      Stay tuned for more Crafting on a Budget throughout November! I'll be posting lots more Christmas card ideas, scrapbook pages, ornaments, wreaths, and tricks of the trade. Leave a comment or email me if you have any questions.

      Happy stamping!

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