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A Quick Folded No Measuring Gift Card Holder using a colorful download by Carolyn Dube

Have you seen the incredible ways to wrap gifts on Pinterest?  The kind that take hours to wrap and the gift looks like a piece of holiday decor, not something you rip open?  This video isn’t like that, after all, I’m giving a gift card.  But I want it to be fun, have a personal touch to it but not take hours or involve using a ruler. What did I use?  My free downloadable printable, a Spark of Art-spiration.

This is made using one of the free Sparks of Art-spiration downloads from my newsletter.  Each week, there’s a new one and Missy shared in the Facebook group that she saves hers on her computer at work so that she always has something fun for wrapping a gift card.

Watch A Quick Folded No Measuring Gift Card Holder on YouTube.

Get the exact Spark that I used in the video sent you your inbox here.  This will also get you signed up for newsletter, if you already aren’t, so you’ll be getting new Sparks each and every week!

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Making a Skirt for the Elf on The Shelf with Gel Printed Fabric and glue by Carolyn Dube

They are making clothes for the Elf on the Shelf, but they aren’t the colors or style I wanted, so I decided I could make her skirt.  How hard could this be?  A little gel printing, a simple running stitch, and a bunch of glue. Let’s just say I don’t think I’ll be on Project Runway anytime soon with my sewing skills.

Watch Making a Skirt for the Elf on The Shelf on YouTube.

Want to know more about gel printing?  Check out my page of resources here.

The first step is to make colorful fabric using a gel plate.  Add any acrylic paint and then a stencil. The paint I’m using is by Paper Artsy and the stencil is Trio of Thorns that I designed for StencilGirl.  Why not fabric paint?  Because this isn’t going in the laundry.

Making a Skirt for the Elf on The Shelf with Gel Printed Fabric and glue by Carolyn Dube

Remove the stencil to reveal the pattern on the gel plate.

Making a Skirt for the Elf on The Shelf with Gel Printed Fabric and glue by Carolyn Dube

Next, press the plate directly on to the white cotton fabric.  What kind of cotton fabric is it? I have zero idea.  At the store, I just pick fabric out that feels nice without any idea of the proper name of it.

Making a Skirt for the Elf on The Shelf with Gel Printed Fabric and glue by Carolyn Dube

Repeat the process of printing until you  have a strip of fabric that is long enough to make the skirt.  You might be wondering how long that is exactly.  Me too…since in the video you can see that at first, I didn’t have enough fabric so that it was more like a wide-open-in-the-back hospital gown than a skirt.

That was just an O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  I printed another piece of fabric (for a total of 14 prints) and then there was enough…or so I thought!

Making a Skirt for the Elf on The Shelf with Gel Printed Fabric and glue by Carolyn Dube

Trim up the fabric and then gather it using a running stitch.  Beware of needles though…they are sharp as my thumb will attest but I do have a better understanding of why my mother and grandmother had so many thimbles.

To make sure the gathers will stay, add glue to the top, and cover with a long scrap of fabric from when you trimmed the fabric. Do this on both the inside and outside.

The vintage trim, courtesy of my grandmother, added that last touch to the waistband.  I had been hoarding that trim, and it felt so good to use it!

Making a Skirt for the Elf on The Shelf with Gel Printed Fabric and glue by Carolyn Dube

Turns out that the skirt still didn’t give her full coverage in the back, but a little fiddling with the fabric and I doubt anyone will notice.  After all, she sits on shelves a lot of the time.

Making a Skirt for the Elf on The Shelf with Gel Printed Fabric and glue by Carolyn Dube

Thanks for stopping by for a bit of play.  Not only do I have a colorful Elf on the Shelf, but I also have a fun clean up print too!

You can see what she’s up to over the in the Facebook group, Rediscovering Your Creativity.  If you’re already a member you’ve seen some of her shenanigans, like the O.O.P.S., and if not, join the fun by clicking here!

Making a Skirt for the Elf on The Shelf with Gel Printed Fabric and glue by Carolyn Dube

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

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Art supply guilt can be a good thing. Really! I bought all different types of oil pastels over the years. I used them a wee bit. Since then, these have just been sitting ignored on the shelf and taking up space. 

Today the oil pastels were radiating waves of guilt because I hadn’t used them in so long. I could hear the judgment in my head and that can really chase away my muse. But I had a simple way to trade the guilt for joy.

How?  I used the oil pastels. Nothing fancy. Just making marks, scribbling. Truly.  Even the brown ones.  Yes, I used browns…granted I didn’t use them as much as the others. You’ll also see how I use the extender oil pastel in the video too!

Watch Art supply guilt can be a good thing on YouTube.

The extender oil pastel is colorless and it lets me smear and blend colors in a way that is different from just using your fingers to do it.  Seeing the colors mingle and move brings me instant joy.

I had art supply guilt, but I turned it into joy by doing something very simple! Video by Carolyn Dube

The part of my brain that wants to know what I will “do” with this. I’m going to enjoy it. And then when I am done with that it might get cut up into art journal backgrounds.  Or maybe something else.  Who knows…well…I do know one thing for certain, there will be a free Spark of Art-spiration made with it.

How do you get the free downloadable Sparks? There’s a new one each week in my newsletter.  Get signed up here to get your Sparks of Art-spiration!.

I had art supply guilt, but I turned it into joy by doing something very simple! Video by Carolyn Dube

The guilt I felt over my oil pastels got me to play with them…after all I would rather feel joy than guilt.  This strategy for dealing with art supply guilt works with any supply so if you ever have that guilt, now you have a way to turn it into joy.

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

 

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