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Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop Week 25

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Thrifty Thursday Hop Week 24















Week 24 of Thrifty Thursday.  Beautiful weather and sunshine this week = tons of creativity flowing!

Look around and join the fun.  The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon... if you like it, link it.  If you don't have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my "Thrifty Thursday" button above and throw it on your lovely site.  Let's grow this!
*I am hosting a Saved By Love Creations Pendant GIVEAWAY, here.  Make sure to check it out!  It ends 5/1.
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday,  Please drop by and follow the features!  They are numbers 3 and 4 in the thumbnail list.  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you.  Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun 🙂
*Stop by and say hello to Nikki and link up to Thrifty Thursdays...

Weekly Featured Blogs:
Sooo many cute projects - I wanted to feature a dozen.  Here are some of my favorites:

Look at these cute pincushions at Can't Stop Making Things

And these adorable spray painted jars at A Pumpkin and a Princess


These are just in time for spray painting weather.  The twine, adorable touch.

Lets see your spring summer creativity!

Thrifty Thursday Hop Week 23









Week 23 of Thrifty Thursday.  Creative doldrums today, so I am excited for you all to bring on the inspiration!

Look around and join the fun.  The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon... if you like it, link it.  If you don't have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my "Thrifty Thursday" button above and throw it on your lovely site.  Let's grow this!
*I am hosting a Saved By Love Creations Pendant GIVEAWAY, here.  Make sure to check it out!  It ends 5/1.
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under "love worthy sponosors' in sidebar).   To receive the free ad week, you must have a button for your blog!  Please drop by and follow the features!  They are numbers 2 and 3 in the thumbnail list.  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you.  Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun 🙂
*Stop by and say hello to Nikki and link up to Thrifty Thursdays...

Weekly Featured Blogs:

*Jessa Jill;  A lovely blog with a cute canvas accent tutorial and other inspiration!
*Mongs at My Thrifty Closet



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Look at this beautiful necklace she made:
Stop by for home decor ideas and more from this new blog!

Now on to the hop...

Thrifty Thursday Hop Week 22











Week 22 of Thrifty Thursday.  I am gonna be quick about this, cause I really just want to be beading 🙂

Look around and join the fun.  The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon... if you like it, link it.  If you don't have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my "Thrifty Thursday" button above and throw it on your lovely site.  Let's grow this!
*I am hosting a Saved By Love Creations Pendant GIVEAWAY, here.  Make sure to check it out!  It ends 5/1.
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under "love worthy sponosors' in sidebar).   To receive the free ad week, you must have a button for your blog!  Please drop by and follow the features!  They are numbers 2 and 3 in the thumbnail list.  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you.  Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun 🙂
*Stop by and say hello to Nikki and link up to Thrifty Thursdays...

Weekly Featured Blogs:

*Can't Stop Making Things  Gail has some wonderful creative projects.  Go check her out and follow along.  Here are some of my favorites...
She made this Moroccan box from aluminum tape and PVC!!
I love this pottery barn egg knock off!  She also has some cool jewelry tutorials that I will be diving into eventually.

*Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom One of my favorite places for inspiration.  Check out these popsicle stick bracelets...



Thrifty Thursday Hop Week 21







Week 21 of Thrifty Thursday.  There are miles of beads on the floor of my home, just one side effect of my new creative adventure in bead stringing (see this post).  I have migrated from the craft room to the living room for this (fun to string beads while watching documentaries on Netflix), leaving my husband to wonder if there is anywhere I won't craft.  Good thing he is laid back, cause my supplies migrate and multiply often.  

Look around and join the fun.  The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon... if you like it, link it.  If you don't have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my "Thrifty Thursday" button above and throw it on your lovely site.  Let's grow this!
*I am hosting a Saved By Love Creations Pendant GIVEAWAY, here.  Make sure to check it out!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under "love worthy sponosors' in sidebar).   Please drop by and follow them!  They are numbers 2 and 3 in the thumbnail list.  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you.  Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun 🙂
*Stop by and say hello to Nikki and link up to Thrifty Thursdays...

Weekly Featured Blogs:

*Carolyn's Homework:
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Carolyn has some wonderful projects with step by step tutorials that have  made my "must try" list.  Some examples:
Adorable Paper Bird Centerpiece


Sweet Easter Embroidered Cards
Burlap Gift Card Holder
*Dirt Cheap Decor;
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This alarm clock revamp by Dirt Cheap Decor is nothing short of fantastic.   I am a huge proponent of spray painting the most unlikely things to make them wonderful, and this is a prime example;


Thanks for joining the fun. Be inspired!

Thrifty Thursday Hop Week 20 and Cross Mixed Media Tutorial

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Ok.  I am going to attempt to take you through each step in the process of making this mixed media collage.  You will need:
  • Some kind of board for your surface; I used an all wooden plaque with an eagle and some army prayer on it that I picked up from Goodwill for $2
  • Gesso
  • Brayer 4" Pop-In Brayer: Hard Rubber
  • Paintbrushes
  • Bubble Wrap or other texturizing material
  • Old paper; I used an aged hymnal I picked up at a flea market, and some aged newspaper from a local thrift store
  • Matte Gel Medium from your local art store or order it online.  This stuff is more expensive than Mod Podge, but  I swear by it in these types of projects.  Liquitex Acrylic Matte Gel Medium 8 oz. jar matte
  • Golden Liquid acrylic paints; Titan BuffAcrylic - Golden Artist Colors Fluid Acrylic Titan Buff 1oz, raw umberAcrylic - Golden Artist Colors Fluid Acrylic Raw Umber 4oz, a robin egg blue acrylic paint,  or other  background color of your choice, and acrylic black (for the striped border)
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in color of your choice.  I used orange.Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist Spray - 2 Ounce Bottle - Mel's Diner, BRAND NEW
  • Ranger Distress Inks Pads:  Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - 2010 Collection Distress Ink Pads Kit I used Walnut, Antique linen.
  • Scrapbook Paper in pattern of your choice
  • Sentiment of your choice printed out on computer paper
  • Krylon or Other Acrylic Sealant
  • Soft Charcoal Pencil, and eraser
  • Butterfly or other images cut out
  • Embellishement of your choice - I cut this flower out of Ranger grunge board and sprayed it with the orange tattered angels mist mentioned above
Instructions:
  • Cover your surface in a coat of Gesso and let dry completely (this is basically a primer that evens out the surface and makes your paper adhere more uniformly).  You can use a hair dryer or heat tool to speed the drying along.
  • Tear or cut your aged background papers to cover the surface, adhering with a thin layer of Matte Gel Medium.  Make sure to smooth out any air bubbles with your hands or a brayer.
  • On palate paper or a non stick craft sheet (like freezer paper), place a few drops  of your liquid acrylic Titan Buff, raw umber and robin egg blue a few inches from one another.  Run your brayer through all of the colors until it is covered in paint, then run it randomly across your canvas until you are satisfied with the background.
  • Spray the Tattered angels mist onto the palate paper on top of the acrylics you already rolled your brayer through.  Roll the brayer through this, then randomly on the canvas again.
  • Dip bubble wrap in the robin egg color and texturize the background in places:   
  • While this is drying, cut out a cross or desired shape from coordinating scrapbook paper.  I just used a straight edge to draw a cross, and cut it out using scissors.  Spray it lightly with the colored mist you used in your background to unite the shape with the piece.  Adhere it to your surface using matte gel medium.  Let the surface dry completely (again, a few minutes with your hair dryer or heat tool will get you there)
  • Spray your computer print out text with the Krylon Crystal Clear or other acrylic sealant.  This is important if you use inkjet print outs because the matte gel or mod podge will smear the ink if you do not seal it first.  Once dry adhere your cut out text using - drum roll please - matte gel medium!!  Repeat this procedure for any other computer print out images you want to add (I added the butterfly).
  • Now coat the entire piece in a thin layer of matte gel and let dry completely (if you are impatient like me, you will have heat tool in hand right now).
  • Grab your antique linen Ranger Distress ink pad and ink the entire surface.  This is a very light color, and dragging it across everything pulls the elements together with the background, unifying the entire piece.  With the darker Walnut stain in pad, ink the edges of the piece and blend using your fingers.  I love this technique for distressing/aging and use in often.
  • Using the charcoal pencil, add shading around the cross and the words, blending with your finger or a paper towel
  • To get the stripes on the border, I painted the whole beveled edge with titan buff (this is my favorite white - I used it constantly).  When this dries (hey there heat tool, how's it goin'), tape off the stripes with low tack artist tape and paint over with black.  Once completely dry, remove the tape to reveal your stripes.  You do not want to remove the tape before completely dry because bleeding will occur.
  • To finish, spray a coat of sealant on your piece and add any 3D embellishments you desire.  I made the orange flower form grunge board using my Cricut (a whole different tutorial)!
Some of you expressed interest in the angel piece I did here:
Follow the above steps, but instead of adding a cut out scrapbook paper shape, sketch an outline of the figure with a charcoal pencil, keeping an eraser handy to make changes.  Fill in the different parts with acrylic washes (paint plus water mixture) in desired colors.  For the light skin areas, I used a very light wash (lotsa water) with the titan buff.  Paint on the wash and dab with dry paper towel to remove excess water.  Once this is dry, add details to the face using PITT  artist pens and water based blend-able craft markers for color to the eyes, mouth and hair.  I colored in the whites of the eyes with a white gel pen.  Just experiment and play til you love it.  Make sure you seal it, especially if you used water based markers.
Let me know if you have questions.
So, I thought it was Wednesday until about 5 seconds ago.  Sorry no features this week.  I am going a little crazy I guess.  Here is the hop.  Back to normal next week!!
 

Thrifty Thursday Week 19













Week 19 of Thrifty Thursday.  This was an amazing day here in the ol' craft room.  Speaking of that, does anybody have a good trick for getting Mod Podge dimensional magic out of one's hair?  No reason.  Just curious, yeah.

Look around and join the fun.  The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon... if you like it, link it.  If you don't have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my "Thrifty Thursday" button above and throw it on your lovely site.  Let's grow this!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under "love worthy sponosors' in sidebar).   Please drop by and follow them!  They are numbers 2 and 3 in the thumbnail list.  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you.  Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun 🙂

Weekly Featured Blogs:

*Tales of a Trophy Wife

I love finding great blogs through this hop.  I am digging these projects from Trophy Wife;


Great work.  Thank you for linking to Thrifty Thursday!!





Chris over at Us and Them has a wonderful drop cloth curtain project:


And look at this silouhette project...


SO cute!

Also, I have made a new bloggy friend who is having her own Thrifty Thursday.  Go say Hello to Nikki at Thrifty Decorating and Hop with her!









Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop Week 18









Week 18 of Thrifty Thursday.  I would just like to say that it is snowing here in Indiana today and... COME ON SPRING!

Look around and join the fun.  The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon... if you like it, link it.  If you don't have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my "Thrifty Thursday" button above and throw it on your lovely site.  Let's grow this!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under "love worthy sponosors' in sidebar).   Please drop by and follow them!  They are numbers 2 and 3 in the thumbnail list.  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you.  Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun 🙂

Weekly Featured Blogs:



Lesley over at Fabulously Flawed is freaking adorable.  I love her outlook and humor, as well as the way she approaches life from a place of gratitude.  Last week she shared this cute cute cute paper flower key hook (here), complete with tutorial.  She promises it will take no longer than 20 minutes.  Perfect!


K at Vintage Sky wowed me last week with this polymer clay home decor project.  It takes me back to my 100 days of polymer clay series!  Great job.




On with it...


Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop Week 17











Week 17 of Thrifty Thursday.

Look around and join the fun.  The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon... if you like it, link it.  If you don't have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my "Thrifty Thursday" button above and throw it on your lovely site.  Let's grow this!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under "love worthy sponosors' in sidebar).   Please drop by and follow them!  They are numbers 2 and 3 in the thumbnail list.  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you.  Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun 🙂

Weekly Featured Blogs:
Jenni at Who Makes Up This Craft has a knack for revamping furniture with fabrics and lovely paint colors.   Look at this chair, posted here...

It is especially impressive when you go to her blog to see the before pics!  She has inspired me to do something about that eye sore glider rocker in my family room.  You will also see a fabulous ottoman redo!  Thanks Jenni.  Keep it up.







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I love this spring entry room makeover, shabby chic all the way, over at Le Chateau Des Fleur by Frenchy.  BEAUTIFUL.

Now lets get to it...

Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop Week 16


















Week 16 of Thrifty Thursday.  Today it was 60 degrees here in Souther Indiana... WooHoo!  St. Patrick's Day is supposed to hit 70.  Take that, winter.  Happy St. Patty's everyone.

Look around and join the fun. The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon... if you like it, link it. If you don't have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my "Thrifty Thursday" button above and throw it on your lovely site. Let's grow this!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under "love worthy sponosors' in sidebar).   Please drop by and say hello to the feature bloggers. Even follow them!  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you. Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun 🙂

Weekly Featured Blogs:





I am new to Homeroad and now it is a must read for me.  Susan is a teacher and mother of 4 girls.  She maintains an inspirational blog full of DIY home decor and altered art.  I can't wait to try some of her projects.  Go check out her adorable clay number tags, and this Anthropology hack.






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Selina at Creative Juices Decor has a wonderful home decor inspiration.  I am so impressed with this Pottery Barn distressed clock hack.  You will find home decor tips, projects and more.  Great job on the clock, Selina!