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Crafty Exhaustion

Valentine’s Day was a month ago. I had this super-fantastic idea to make cards for everyone I know. Well, not everyone I know. For the people I know and care about at least on some level.

I’m a joy to be with.

Anyway, guess what happened? I managed to make cards for even less than half of my list, sent only half of those and I’ve been crafty burnt out ever since. Good times.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. It was not all wasted effort. At least I came up with the way to use my Instagram-photos in crafting.

DIY Love Lights

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Do you still want to make a Valentine’s gift for someone special? This one is cheap and quick to make but has a big impact. I know. I just sent the one I made to my god-daughter and she has been ooh’ing and aah’ing over it for better part of the day. Here’s how…

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You need bunch of these paperstock cupcake cups. And…

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One set of LED-fairy lights. Mine was a leftover from Christmas decorating. Then all you had to do is take your craft knife and do this:

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Cut a very small criss-cross pattern in the middle and push a LED-light through. Do this for all the lights and voila, you are done. No glue necessary! But if you want to fancy up the cups even more, you can take out your heart punch and do this:

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Punch away until you have a heart for every cup in your light string and do this:

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Very pretty! Now all you have to do is test if the set looks good:

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It does! Then you can wrap it in pretty pink paper and give it to your loved one.

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There are lots of ways you can decorate the cups with. I used a heart punch but you can go crazy with glitter, markers, buttons, cut words and letters from newspapers…Whatever you fancy. Total cost for this project was 5 euros, so it really is a thrifty craft <3

-Thrifty Finn-


Valentine’s Day Wall Art


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Couple of weeks ago I visited the local recycling center and found couple of wall art pieces I thought would be perfect for creating more of my Instagram- art work. When I got home, I realized that the ones I bought had flocking on them, so my flimsy photo prints wouldn’t work. A little pondering later, I decided to finally dig in my Valentine-themed scrapbook paper stash and set to work. What do you think of the result?

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The papers I used are mainly from Crate Paper’s Fourteen, apart from the blue floral one and the pink glitter papers. The chipboard-accents are from the Fourteen- collection too. The techniques used are basic distressing, inking and paint smudging. I first thought about adding pictures of my godchildren in the frames on the second piece but decided against it just in case I end up selling the set.

I’m very, very pleased with these. Love them, actually. These would make fantastic Valentine’s Day gifts. In Finland Valentine is celebrated as a day for friends, so there’s an excuse to make many. I’m participating in these challenges:

Natalie & Amy Challenge: #29  All About The Love
Craft Your Passion Challenges: #246 Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #44 Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments: Love, Valentine’s Day Challenge
Party Time Tuesdays: January Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge: #60 Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Challenge #18 Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #124 Valentine or Love Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: #296 Valentine’s Day
4 Crafty Chicks: #231 Anything Goes

Winter Wonderland: Lots of Layers

-Thrifty Finn-

Trip Down the Crafty Memory Lane

Yesterday, I logged on Craftster after many, many years. I was sad to see that it wasn’t as active as it used to be. For example, my project post from yesterday is still on the 4th page on the latest projects.

It was nice to see all kinds of crafts again though. I’ve been in a sewing and paper craft bubble so long that I forgot what kinds of things are out there but what I got the biggest kick out of was my own old posts. From a time before I had this blog!

These are just some of my work. Most of them were for swaps. I had really hard time with sending away the owls and the Christmas calendar. They were so cute and pretty! The little owls are actually for tossing! I filled them with lentils and if my memory serves correctly, I sent them either to UK or Australia. Good times.

Do you still swap? I haven’t swapped for years as I couldn’t keep up with the commitments but would it be the time to start again? Well, not now, just before Christmas when there are presents to make but after that? Please, share your thoughts and swap memories, they are always fun to read.

-Thrifty Finn-

Halloween Nighttime: Weekly Photo Challenge

Few years back I hand cut this creepy Halloween village. I got blisters, peeps. The village is now gone, it was one of the decorations that got stolen from my storage and the bookshelf I gave away two years ago too. All I have left is these photos.

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My other entry for this week’s challenge is HERE and other WP-peeps interpretations are HERE. All of my earlier challenge entries are HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Are you already doing Halloween-crafting?