Christmas in July Clip-Art

Grab this free printable Christmas clip-art for Christmas in July crafting.

Freebie Friday

This week’s freebie is a set of printable clip art Christmas images. Let’s celebrate Christmas in July and get our holiday crafting started early this year.

Grab the free PDF file here [Christmas clip-art PDF]

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My go to printer brand for years has been HP. I also use their ink supply service where I pay a monthly fee and they send me ink cartridges as needed. It comes out to be a lot less money this way. The HP Envy Inspire is a great-priced machine that will produce beautiful prints.

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And if you are looking for a great crafting weight paper for printables, I have been using HP Project Paper. It is heavier than copier paper but not quite as heavy as cardstock. It is a great medium weight for layering, folding, and more!

Create-it Link Party #351

Share your creations with us.

Last week’s Feature
tote

Last week’s feature comes to us from Steph Create’s Things. She used ModPodge to adhere fabric hearts to a tote. I don’t often think of fabric and ModPodge together so it was a nice reminder.

On to the Party

This is a great opportunity to share your latest blog post, recipe, craft tutorial, or any other creative work you’ve been working on lately. We’re always excited to see what our readers come up with! However, we have a few simple rules to ensure the party runs smoothly.

Here are a few simple rules:

  • Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  • Link up something YOU made/wrote/created.
  • Giveaways, other link parties, or business links are not accepted.​​
  • Don’t link and run. Try to visit at least one link and show them some love. You may make a new friend.​ 

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Learn to Sew a Travel Roll

Sew a travel roll for Christmas in July and get a step ahead on your gift giving.

Travel Roll

Learn how easy it is to sew a travel roll using a fabric placemat from the Dollar Tree. This example was made to hold pens but you can adjust the size pockets to hold any items you want. Consider making one for your bathroom items like toothbrushes and toothpaste. Or a back-to-school travel roll with all the necessary office products.

Christmas in July graphic

I’m participating in the Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter. Join the fun! 30 bloggers have teamed up to bring you a month full of free patterns to kick start the handmade holiday season — including crochet, knitting, and sewing projects. There’s something new to make every day in July. Each week will have a theme.

Week 1 (July 1-7): Babies, Kids, and Teens
Week 2 (July 8-14): Women
Week 3 (July 15-21): Gifts for Anyone
Week 4 (July 22-28): Home
Week 5 (July 29-31): Pets

We’ve partnered with 11 fabulous craft companies to bring 12 wonderful prizes to you! Find out more information about participating bloggers, the schedule, and how to enter to win the prizes on Underground Crafter. The deadline for entering the giveaway for your chance to win a prize from Acorn Products, AndeanSun Yarns, Colonial Patterns, Fox & Pine Stitches, GlassEyesOnline, Hooked for Life, KennyClayCo, KnitPal, Knitter’s Relief Balm, Knitting Needle Outlet, and Yazzii is Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

How To Join the 2024 Christmas in July Make Along

You can join in by crocheting, knitting, or sewing the projects as you have time.

Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and post #CIJMakeAlong2024 on all social media.

If you’d like to chat with other crafters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group

By the end of the Make Along, you’ll have up to 31 awesome projects. Get ready for the handmade holiday season while having fun with us!

Visit Underground Crafter to learn more about the prizes, enter the giveaway, and get links to each Christmas in July Make Along post as it is released.

Video Tutorial:

Material List and Instructions:

Grab the free PDF file of the material list and easy instructions here: [Travel Roll PDF]

materials

Download the material list above for the complete list needed. To make this project easy, we will begin with a fabric placemat from the Dollar Tree.

pin paper template

After determining the contents and size, pin the template to the fabric. Sew along the edges and lines. Make sure to include the ribbon on the side seam.

sewn lines

Once all the lines are sewn, it is time to clip the thread ends and remove the paper.

travel roll with pens

Here is my travel roll with the pens in place. A variety of different pens fit into the pockets.

rolled closed

My travel roll is filled and closed – ready to travel!

That beautiful button is from Buttons Galore & More. My affiliate link: https://acrn.link/ANDT and the discount code: JANET10

The ribbon is from Gwen Studios and is available at Walmart and Michaels.

Make a tag with Ducktape

Lets use Ducktape to make a quick tag.

ducktape tag

It is so easy to make a tag using printed Ducktape. Add a few extra parts and your tag is complete. This cloud-printed Ducktape is an older design and one of my favorites.

materials

You’ll only need a few materials. Cardstock to adhere the Ducktape too. A die-cut word or other ephemera, cording, and adhesive. I used wet glue because the surface of the Ducktape is plastic.

Video Tutorial:

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Get Creative with the Stamp and Stencil Tool from Sizzix

Using Sizzix’s stamp and stencil tool to make a card.

finished card

I used Sizzix’s Stamp and Stencil tool to make a card. Using a layered stencil for the flowers and a stamp for the sentiment was easy with this tool. In the video tutorial, I share some thoughts and tips for using the tool.

parts

After stenciling the layers and stamping, I finished the card with coordinating cardstock and a tape runner. It was quick and easy.

Video Tutorial:

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Victorian Butterfly Clip Art

Free printable butterfly clip art in Victorian colors.

Freebie Friday

This week’s freebie is a set of Victorian Butterflies. The colors are complimentary with your Victorian and vintage themes. I love the soft colors. This free PDF printable is great for all your paper crafting creations.

Grab the free PDF file here [Victorian Butterflies PDF]

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My go to printer brand for years has been HP. I also use their ink supply service where I pay a monthly fee and they send me ink cartridges as needed. It comes out to be a lot less money this way. The HP Envy Inspire is a great-priced machine that will produce beautiful prints.

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And if you are looking for a great crafting weight paper for printables, I have been using HP Project Paper. It is heavier than copier paper but not quite as heavy as cardstock. It is a great medium weight for layering, folding, and more!

Create-it Link Party #350

Share your creative talent with us at Create-it Link Party.

Last week’s Feature
ottoman

When I saw the title of this post I had to visit to see how it was made, after all, pool noodles were in the title! This amazing ottoman was made by Sonata Home Design. Visit Easy DIY Coffee Table Ottoman: Tufted Pool Noodle Magic to see the full tutorial – you’ll be impressed!

On to the Party

This is a great opportunity to share your latest blog post, recipe, craft tutorial, or any other creative work you’ve been working on lately. We’re always excited to see what our readers come up with! However, we have a few simple rules to ensure the party runs smoothly.

Here are a few simple rules:

  • Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  • Link up something YOU made/wrote/created.
  • Giveaways, other link parties, or business links are not accepted.​​
  • Don’t link and run. Try to visit at least one link and show them some love. You may make a new friend.​ 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Get Creative With Ink Pad Smear Art 

How an ink pad inspired my tag for Tag it Tuesday.

final tag

This sweet little rainbow tag was inspired by a stamp pad I found on a recent trip to Diaso. After smearing it, I remembered those crazy videos of the rainbow sponge lady. Do you remember her?

image of dee

Her name is Dee Gruenig and she was always so excited by smearing ink.

parts

After cutting out the tag with the rainbow smear and finding the die-cut word dream, I thought it would look nice with some stars. I couldn’t find any in my stash so I quickly cut a few out of vinyl. That is the weird yellow shape on the left.

Video Tutorial:

close up tag

The tag is shown here at an angle so you can see the placement and dimension of the yellow bow. The ribbon is grosgrain from Gwen Studios.

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How to Paint Pour Rocks

Have you ever paint poured a rock?

This post is for Craft Lightning Painted Rocks with I Love Painted Rocks, 30 Minute Crafts, and The Country Chic Cottage. The challenge is to make painted rocks that take 15 minutes or less, not including drying time. I know paint pouring isn’t anything new and there have been tons of posts and videos on the process. But, I thought it would be fun to try it on rocks. I had the paint I wanted to use thanks to DecoArts so I gave it a try. 

Materials:

Instructions:


In four separate cups I mixed paint, gesso, water, and lubricant. I used too much water. You will see the difference below.


Here is the pour cup.

While the results aren’t bad, the color mixing wasn’t what I expected. I decided to try again.


This is the new pour cup.
The color difference you see is from changing out the gesso for white glue.
It really made a difference.

The rock on the left is from the second pour, compared to the colors on the rock on the right from the first pour.

I was rushing the drying process with a heat gun which caused it to crack in places.

I used glossy ModPodge over the painted rocks.

I had excess paint to so poured it over a wooden board. Look at the number of cells! All those little white dots are cells.
I am not sure I like this board but I am going to let it dry and see how it turns out.
Let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

I made another pour cup same as before with the white glue and less lubricant. 
I poured this mix over the second round of rocks.
They are still drying and I am going to let them sit, but here are shots of them in process.


The color mix is so much better. The colors are vibrant and rich.
There are some cells but not a lot, which I am fine with.
Once dry, I will coat them with glossy ModPodge.

This rock is from the second pour. The last of the paint from the bottom of the cup.
It might be my favorite one. It is sitting and drying. I didn’t want to mess it up.

This strange photo is from the inside of the last (3rd time) pour cup.
I loved how it looked so I set it aside to dry.
I am hoping I can cut it apart and use the paper for another project.

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Victorian Tags – Free Printable

Victorian tags to print for paper crafting.

This week’s freebie is a set of Victorian Tags. The flora and fauna are complimentary. I love the soft colors. This free PDF printable is great for all your paper crafting creations.

Grab the free PDF file here [Victorian Tags PDF]

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My go to printer brand for years has been HP. I also use their ink supply service where I pay a monthly fee and they send me ink cartridges as needed. It comes out to be a lot less money this way. The HP Envy Inspire is a great-priced machine that will produce beautiful prints.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 71+gWCPnMHL._AC_SL1500_.jpg

And if you are looking for a great crafting weight paper for printables, I have been using HP Project Paper. It is heavier than copier paper but not quite as heavy as cardstock. It is a great medium weight for layering, folding, and more!