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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
I went to my local Dollar Tree today to stock up on essentials (face tissue, paper towels, baggies, bread). I always cruise the other isles, because you just never know. Today I made some fabulous finds, both for crafting and for gift giving! Here they are!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
So, before immersing yourself in Christmas crafting, give one or two of these kits a try and bring that little extra something to your Thanksgiving Celebration.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
In an effort to stay ahead of special days and holidays that I like to give gifts for, I made these baskets about 2 weeks ago. Last night I made the easiest pumpkin muffin recipe. I baked them in the really big muffin tin so each basket just got one. I put some paper shred in the bottom of each basket, stacked the muffin on top and added a book of stickers (that I keep on hand from the Dollar Tree). The boys took them to school today to give to their teachers. I realize that it's not a traditional gift giving day, but I enjoy making my paper crafts, and it's even more enjoyable to have an occasion for creating and giving!
The basket is from SVG Cuts Fall Harvest kit from two years ago. Most of the papers I used were single color AC card stock. This was a quick and easy project to complete. The baskets are roomy allowing for one big item or several small ones. I hope the teachers like them as much as I did making them. Now on to more Halloween crafts!
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
1. Use tissue paper instead of Velum. Velum can cost over a dollar per sheet. I can get an entire package of tissue paper at the Dollar Tree, for just a dollar! I can't cut it on my machine, but it's not hard to hand cut the pieces.
2. If your decorative panels are of a heavy, sturdy card stock, use lighter cheaper paper for the base. It won't have the sturdiness you would get from a project made of all AC card stock, but no ones going to be living in it. However, if the decorative panels are of a cute paper, and not card stock, don't scrimp. (On the roof I used a sturdy purple card stock and some cute Halloween paper I bought a couple of years ago at Michaels.)
3. Skip additional embellishments. This house has so much fabulous detail, it doesn't need any embellishment. On the trim pieces I just inked and embossed.
4. Mary at SVG Cuts, put a lot of thought into this project and included lining for the interior to finish if off nicely. That's a wonderful touch, but I saved myself four pieces of paper by leaving them off.
5. Don't go cheap on glue. It is what holds your project together. I like the quick drying glue from 3M. Even though they changed the bottle and perhaps the formula, I still haven't found any I like better. It doesn't make the paper wet like some glue does. It doesn't require much to get the job done. And once it's set, it is set! (I buy it at Micheal's with a 40% off coupon)
6. I buy most of my "holiday" papers after the holiday, when it's being cleared out. So, yes, a lot of the projects I make are with last season's paper, or even several years ago. But who really knows or cares. I can get more bang for my buck by shopping clearance sales!
I realize that my tips will not change the course of crafting, but perhaps it will help a few of my fellow crafters enjoy more affordable crafting. If you have a money saving tip, why not share?
Thanks for reading and craft happy!
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Today I'm sharing my love for The Dollar Tree!
I have found so many things at the Dollar Tree that I can use in my crafting. And for $1 it is usually a savings over the craft stores or even Wal-Mart. I did some shopping there this week for the first day of school teacher gifts I'm sending with the boys. I bought some little note pads, pens and sticky notes. With these few items, I'll fill up a desk set and it will be adorable, useful and cheap! And each purchase will make more than one gift.
Monday, July 7, 2014
July 4th in the Wichita area saw wonderful weather. Yesterday though was very hot. But our family set out on an adventure anyway. We started by driving to Salina/Hedville to visit the Rolling Hills Zoo and Museum. It is a beautiful zoo and a really nice museum. We stopped back in Salina to eat at the world famous Cozy Inn. Great little burgers! Then we headed off to Mushroom Rock State Park. The strange rock formations were very interesting to see, but I think budget cuts have caused the park to be a little neglected. It has the potential to be so much more. We then continued on to Kanopolis State Park. Nice lake with little canyons and beautiful cliffs. Our car was attacked by a swarm of what we think were damselflies. Very exciting! Our next stop was high on Coronado Heights. It has a stone castle that was erected many year ago. Cool to look at. We could see for miles and miles up there. We stopped for a photo opp as we drove through Lindsborg. It boasts a strong Swedish history. Popped into McPherson for a treat at the Braums before heading home. It was a nice day trip that didn't cost much but will provide us we some fond memories. Where shall we go next?
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014
These are from SVG Cuts Luxury Handbags collection. The possibilities are endless! Super cute and easy to make!