Summer Sun Printable Set

Freebie Friday

summer sun tags and such

This week’s freebie is a set of summer-themed tags, tabs, and labels. The visual texture borders on grungy. The orange and blue complement each other so well. Grab the free PDF file now for your paper crafting.

Grab the free PDF file here [Summer-themed PDF]

What are your favorite kinds of printables?

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My favorite printer brand for many 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 #433

Last week’s Feature
pillow

I like the fresh look of this Patriotic Pillow from Blue Skys at Home. While the design is nice for the 4th of July, I think it would fit into many home decor styles. Take a moment to check out the tutorial.

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DIY Ribbon Fish

with Gwen Studios

final fish

Using carboard and ribbons, you can make this fun colorful fish for Father’s Day. Whether Dad is a fisherman or not, he will get a kick out of this colorful fish that the kids can help make.

template and box

Grab the free PDF template below. I used it to cut out cardboard from a cereal box.

Free PDF file [fish template]

fish cut and paint

After cutting the cardboard, I used DecoArt’s DecoEarth paints on the fish. I applied the paint with a brush and then smooshed it to blend with a makeup sponge.

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logos

This project was created for Gwen Studios. You can find all the design team projects listed on the Designer Crafts Connection website. Gwen Studios products can be found at Walmart and Michaels.

painted

Paint the head, the tail, and the fins. This would be a fun job for the littlest crafter to help with.

ribbons

I cut a variety of colored Gwen Studios ribbons around 3″ in length. I used satin ribbons that were 3/8″ wide.

fold

Using a hot glue gun, I folded the ribbons to a point. You can do this while the paint is drying on the fish.

first row of ribbons

Start at the tail end of the fish and add the folded ribbons as shown above. I used hot glue to quickly put them in place.

ribbons all in place

Randomly choose the colors of ribbon and continue to place the folded ribbons onto the fish. Once you are past the fins, you will not need any more ribbons.

folded ribbons

This is a close-up of the folded ribbons all glued in place. You can see how the points of the ribbons are staggered. Then glue the head onto the fish’s body, it is slightly bigger. If you align the sides, the head part will curve up and over the ribbons.

I used a round resin piece I had for the eye. I think a googly eye would work well.

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Embossing and Inking

Tag it Tuesday

tags

This week I am comparing the different looks you can get with embossing and inking. I started by testing two different spray bottles on Distressed Oxide ink and moved into embossing and inking. So a few different ways to compare results.

Video Tutorial:

embossing

Embossing is the raised surface being the positive image. In both of the tags above, the raised surface is inked.

debossed

The reverse of embossing is debossing where the image is sunken down into the paper. This is often the back side of a design but it can be used in crafting as well. In this case, the debossed image is left as is and the surface of the paper is inked making the debossing appear.

Birthday Card Fronts

Freebie Friday

birthday card fronts

This week’s freebie is a set of whimsical Birthday Card Fronts. These aren’t your traditional birthday cards. These are a bit more unique. Print them out and use them in your paper crafting. Either way, you know how best to use them!

Grab the free PDF file here [Birthday Card Fronts PDF]

What are your favorite kinds of printables?

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My favorite printer brand for many 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 #432

Last week’s Feature
earrings

I enjoy making jewelry and working with polymer clay. Artsy Karma shared this pair of earrings made with liquid polymer clay and wire. The post has a ton of great information and a variety of earrings. I particularly enjoyed seeing the wire wrapping instruction.

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Macrame Book Review and Giveaway

macrame book

Whether you want to learn macrame, brush up on your knots, or learn new designs, you will find something interesting in this new book Sweet Home Macrame – A Beginner’s Gulde to Macrame.

I was sent a copy of this book for review from Quarto. Casey Alberti, a top Etsy seller, shares her techniques and showcases her fresh, vibrant take on the timeless craft of macrame.

a project from the book

There are 12 step-by-step projects that cover:

  • Plant hangers
  • Coasters
  • Wall hangings
  • A fruit basket
  • A disco ball hanger
  • Earrings
  • And more

Video Flip Through:

Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner’s Guide to Macrame (Walter Foster Publishing) releases on May 14, 2024, and sells for $22.99. You can find it listed on Amazon.

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One winner will be chosen randomly and will receive a copy of Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner’s Guide to Macrame provided by Quarto.

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Learn to Macrame:

Here are a few quick video tutorials on basic macrame knots.

Experimenting with Sharpie Markers

Tag it Tuesday

finished tag

Finding a package of Sharpie Markers, I remembered a craft that used them to make tie-dye shoes and shirts. I thought this technique should transfer to paper. So I experimented. The results weren’t the same but it still ended up interesting and colorful.

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sharpies

You can find a similar package of markers on Amazon. [Sharpie Markers]

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back side

The backside of the tag originally the front is less blended. It is interesting how the two sides ended up different.

close up

I love how the izink spray transformed this tag with a pearl effect and a visual blending of the colors.

Making Recipe Cards

with Kokorosa

stamp and cards

Using a stamp set from Kokorosa and a free printable recipe card template, I made these adorable recipe cards. The cards would make a great gift for a newly married couple, someone who requests a recipe, a child leaving the house for the first time, or even a new mom.

printable and stamp set

Grab the free PDF recipe card blank here: [recipe card PDF]

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Leaf Cards and Envelope

Freebie Friday

leaf envelope and cards

This week’s freebie is a matching set of Cards and an envelope. The envelope could be used as a pocket. What a fun leaf print for your paper crafting use.

Grab the free PDF file here [Leaf Set PDF]

What are your favorite kinds of printables?

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My favorite printer brand for many 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