DIY Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

For the Holiday Season I buy some gifts, but I also make quite a few of them. I love creating a special piece for my loved ones and friends. In order to make these DIY gifts I need supplies.

Do you have supplies in your shop that someone like me can use to make our handmade DIY gift?

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls  say every little girl needs clothes for her Barbie and handmade Barbie clothes are extra special! My mom used to make Barbie clothes for my sister and I from scraps of fabric she had left over from making clothes for us! Not only did we have special outfits, Barbie had one to match! This particular pattern gets Barbie all dolled up for a special dance or ball! Perfect for the Holidays!

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Barbie Doll Outfit Patterns

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign said supplies are my specialty. I cater to the DIY’er. Most of my shop are supplied for makers.

How much fun are these Multi colored natural gemstone beads to make earrings, bracelets and Necklaces. I am sure there are other ways to use these great beads in your creations.

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Multi colored Gemstones

Julie Herbert from  EveryoneLovesGiftsO states I have a kids DIY kit, there are other two different kids available. Great for the holiday season to kick start the crafter in children.
This particular one is made with faux pearls, sparkly rhinestone beads and acrylic beads.

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DIY kids bracelet

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA said quilting is our favorite DIY activity! Our Etsy shop features quilt patterns for every skill level, from novice to experienced quilters.

This is our most recent pattern, featuring animal ballerinas. This is a fun & girly quilt pattern, intended to help other DIY quilters create a very special gift for a birthday, baby shower, or for Christmas!

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Ballerina animal applique PDF baby girl quilt pattern

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks discusses I am a socks knitter. I have always enjoyed knitting and love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. I love to see the socks that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.
This is “Elize” Superwash Yarn, made in Turkey.
“Alize” is a beautifully soft, variegated, fingering / 4ply sock yarn full of color! The sturdy blend of 75% Superwash wool and 25% of nylon means your socks will last, and be easy to care for! The beautiful painted colors are perfect for almost any pattern.
If you love knitting socks then you will love this yarn!

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Destash yarn

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says I love finding NOS packages!

Lee Wards was a wonderful craft store, I remember looking through all their racks of bagged figures and supplies when I was a girl!

These little bottle brush trees are perfect for dioramas or fairy gardens!

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Bottle brush Christmas trees

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I especially love making holiday gifts with little ones. But now my kids are older and their arts and crafts needs are getting more ‘sophisticated’, especially my daughter who wants to major in art in college. Glad there is a large variety of supplies right here at my fingertips on Etsy.

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Printable book marks

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner said I have some really cool beads and findings for other beaders and jewelry designers. My favorites are items from Green Girl Studios, they make lead free pewter in some of the coolest designs. This particular one is a focal bead with lips on one side and “Besame Mucho” on the other side.

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Hot lips pewter beads

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says these ceramic buttons are handmade by me in my studio. The clay is rolled out and texture applied while the clay is still soft. Each button is individually glazed in a glaze I mix up myself – truly unique! Because these buttons are unique they are ideal to incorporate into a special gift for family or friends.
They can be used to accent knits, hats, bags, bunting, hair accessories – pretty much anything you can think of!!

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Handmade ceramic buttons

msmadmax from madmaxshop said Bali style vintage silver beads and spacers.
Soft pink, yellow and white plexi crystals.

Perfect for that special restoration project or vintage couture garment…
create your own custom belt, necklace, earrings or bracelet.

Enhance your restoration project…accent an accessory…create earrings or give a vintage sweater an authentic look.

90's Vintage Beads

90’s Vintage Beads

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies states these flat back sew on beads are available in red, green and blue – ideal colours for the holiday season!

Add a unique touch with sparkle, bling and pizzazz to clothing, accessories handbags, quilts, wedding favours, table decorations and an array of craft projects. The beads can be sewn onto fabric, canvas, leather and vinyl.

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads Available in Blue, Lime Green and Red

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads Available in Blue, Lime Green and Red

 

 

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What Makes You Want To Make Supplies And Printables – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Supply shops help provide us handmade shops with the items we need to create.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what got you interested in making supplies and printables?

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says SLS sells printables along with prints, photography and cards. I decided to offer printables for a number of reasons.

Having printables increases the number of listings and adds more exposure for my shop. I am able to reach a wider audience.

Printables offer a more affordable alternative for owning art and I keep that in mind when deciding what to sell as a printable. Our instant download art is directed toward a younger buyer: typography, dorm decor or teen room decor or that first apartment. Other printables are more about function: Open/closed signs, and Do Not Disturb signs.
Many of these signs are also offered in print as well.

Our family moves frequently, and I knew that I could at least keep selling printables even while we were moving households.

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Teacher appreciation Printable

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said my hobby of making my own greeting cards grew as I began to learn how to create digital art. I’ve been at it a few years now and still keep learning new things, and still enjoy the craft, so that’s how I’m still here. I enjoy knowing that someone is using my printable papers to create their own scrapbook pages or elements, or greeting cards, because I enjoy paper crafting myself. So many pretty color combinations and designs to try, so little time!

This is one of my newest creations, and I love the colors! I think I may use it for upcoming cards for my own granddaughters.

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Lavender Mint Digital Paper Pack,Scrapbooking,Card Making

Tools of the Craft: Supply Shops for Crafters and Artisans

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

I’ve seen a poster on Facebook about handcrafting– and I really appreciate it. It says: When you buy handmade, you not only get art, you get a piece of the artist’s heart. There are so many reasons to buy handmade instead of buying a store-bought or manufactured item. You support crafters and artisans, which is critical; you get high-quality items built to last; your item is one-of-a-kind and really special; you support the environment by choosing something not made in a waste-producing factory; and maybe best of all, you avoid crowded stores!

This post is a special shout-out for our wonderful Etsy Supply Shops — as they provide the tools, inspiration and opportunity for so many handcrafters. Read about what they offer and how they support the spirit of ‘artisan-made’, entrepreneurship and the creative life-style.

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angie from ThrowItForward says:

I love what you have written here…it’s like you read my thoughts! The way you describe art as well as the environment, I feel so equally the same

I have a shop section for creative/repurpose supply and it is difficult to choose one item. Even though I don’t have the bulk of my inventory listed, I have a few repurposed supplies, so I will choose the scrap metal listing.

It is an example of how an artist can create something extremely unique which could be in the form of a robot sculpture, a mixed media piece, or an assemblage piece.

This listing is also an example of how items once designated for the landfill can now be used for creative projects

24 Pieces of Scrap Metal for Repurpose Projects. One LB 11 OZ of Scrap for Repurpose and Art Projects such as Robots and Altered Artwork. $10.00 USD

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Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

I sell lots of ribbons that can be used in your crafting adventures. From stringing a banner to decorating a jar. Here is one of my many ribbon listings….

https://www.etsy.com/listing/190515933/pink-ribbon38-x-10yards?ref=teams_post

Pink Ribbon…3/8″ X 10yards
$4.00 USD

And here is the 1/4″ width of the same ribbon used in one of my creations.

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I have lots of colors of this ribbon and it is very useful in crafting. I also have many other ribbons for your crafting needs.

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Anastasia Gumirova from easypatchwork says:

In Russia I sewed quilts from old clothing before. I also sewed a quilt as a gift to my son from the clothes my grandmother, my mother and my clothes. It preserves the memory of three generations of women our family. This is my favorite and the most beautiful quilt!
The mural "a Walk with nanny past the flower shop" $35.00 USD

The mural “a Walk with nanny past the flower shop”
$35.00 USD

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Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says:

 I offer a large selection of rubber stamps. What I like most about rubber stamps are their versatility. They can be used in many different applications such as paper crafting, fabric stamping, jewelry, clay and pottery as well as fondant stamping for decorative cakes and cookies.
Valentine Heart Stamps, Stampin' Up Rubber Stamps, Much Love Set, Greeting Card Stamps, Wedding Favor Stamps, Gifts For Her, New Stamp Set $18.00 USD

Valentine Heart Stamps, Stampin’ Up Rubber Stamps, Much Love Set, Greeting Card Stamps, Wedding Favor Stamps, Gifts For Her, New Stamp Set
$18.00 USD

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Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says:

I offer a large range of gift tags which look fantastic on items being sent out as a seller, including these thank you tags which I use on my own goodies  I can custom tags to change colours, fonts and even personalize them with your logo.
Thank You Circle Gift Tag, Wedding Favor Tag, Round Kraft Gift Tag, 2 inch gift tag, Pack of 10, 20, 50, 100 or custom sized pack available $4.58+ USD

Thank You Circle Gift Tag, Wedding Favor Tag, Round Kraft Gift Tag, 2 inch gift tag, Pack of 10, 20, 50, 100 or custom sized pack available
$4.58+ USD

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

 One of the best-selling products in my store is handmade ceramic buttons.

These buttons are ideal for sewing, crocheters and all round crafty people in general. They are great for dressing up scarves, bags, hats and gloves. I can even custom make a shape and design especially for you

Handmade Ceramic Buttons Cream Stripe Rib Texture Set of Four Square Pottery Buttons Sewing Crochet Knitting $9.72 USD

Handmade Ceramic Buttons Cream Stripe Rib Texture Set of Four Square Pottery Buttons Sewing Crochet Knitting
$9.72 US

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I used to live in France, so I have acquired a few French-English dictionaries over the years. This is from a vintage find – the library was getting rid of it!! Let’s put it to good use. The illustrations are delightful and would be great for mixed-media collage or scrapbooking and card making.
French vintage Dictionary pages, 40 paper book sheets with illustrations, 5.25 x 7.5 eco-friendly arts craft supplies paper ephemera $3.50+ USD

French vintage Dictionary pages, 40 paper book sheets with illustrations, 5.25 x 7.5 eco-friendly arts craft supplies paper ephemera
$3.50+ USD

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Ingrida from feltinga says:

My passion is felting. To help me do it, my husband handmade me a special wooden tool. It really helps me a lot so, we decided to make it available for other felters too:
SALE Wet felting tool for slippers shoes boots wooden supply craft projects shoemaking oak alder device equipment washboard $9.00 USD

SALE Wet felting tool for slippers shoes boots wooden supply craft projects shoemaking oak alder device equipment washboard
$9.00 USD

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Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

 I make and sell digital supplies for scrapbooking, card making – any paper crafting. My items are my own designs. I think people who use the digital papers can appreciate being able to download and print from home, and can imagine them in their own personal projects.
Digital Paper Pack in Yellow Green and Brown, Instant Download, 14 Printable Papers, 12 by 12 inch, 300 dpi jpg $2.50 USD

Digital Paper Pack in Yellow Green and Brown, Instant Download, 14 Printable Papers, 12 by 12 inch, 300 dpi jpg
$2.50 USD

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Shar from SharPharMade says:

I sell Vintage Patterns, mostly, all, recycled; and other recycled craft tool items, like Rubber Stamps. What’s so great about Vintage Patterns is that you can make almost anything … clothing, toys, pet accessories (clothes, toys, etc.), baby clothing and accessories, craft items, etc.; just too many things to list. Rubber Stamps can, even, be stamped on whatever you make with Vintage Patterns, for a more interesting, or attractive look.
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Sleeveless Drop Waist Dress – Size 12 B30 – CUT Anne Adams Pattern 4827 $25.98 USD

Ingrida from LivePastVintage says:

Lot of multicolored sewing threads – fantastic find for those who are in friendship with needle!!! Perfect money-saving choice or maybe your craft-room decor!
SALE 45 Huge lot cotton Yarn spool supply sewing thread Soviet Vintage Retro USSR Russian 1980s set lot bulk white black blue orange green $22.50 USD

SALE 45 Huge lot cotton Yarn spool supply sewing thread Soviet Vintage Retro USSR Russian 1980s set lot bulk white black blue orange green
$22.50 USD

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MANY THANKS to all who contributed — it was a great turnout!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

Holiday Supplies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Holiday inspired supply items from members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team and their stories fill my mind with ideas! Please enjoy!

Megha Silvano from byTheArtBug says:

With this Fall/Autumn Printable you can make your own custom banner/bunting choosing your favorite flags. It includes 40 flags, so there is a lot of choice for you! You can give your fall/autumn decor a special touch with this lovely bunting. Simply print and cut and make it, all instructions are included with the instant download.

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byTheArtBug

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

These adorable bears would make wonderful heirloom gifts for a new baby in the family, for toddlers, or for young adults. The pattern allows you to customize the bears and add that personal touch to your gift.

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BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

These cute paper owls are great for a variety of crafts. They are bright and colorful and would be great for card making, scrap-booking, journalling, gift tags or even make a family tree with them! You could also use them for decoupage or to decorate a baby shower.

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DesignedbyAnneliese

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is a digital paper set for making any sort of Christmas paper crafting – cards, gift tags, place setting name tags, party invitations, and scrapbooking after the holiday is over. You can even make paper ornaments to decorate the tree with it. It would be a good project to get the kids involved with – you download and print for them, and let them do some paper punching for gift tag and card making.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

Beautiful dimensional handmade Christmas flowers and leaves. Use for Christmas cards, Christmas Scrapbooks, Journals, tags, decorate Christmas packages, great for many Christmas DIY projects to add a special touch!

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

I have several buttons for the Christmas season but this is one of my favorites… they are so cute that you just want to take a bite out of them. These are great for putting on any cute garment to give it that Christmas touch or to put in the middle of a handmade brooch. Even to use as an embellishment on an ornament (which is something I am considering doing and have been working on) Just a fun button all in all. I also have many buttons for the holidays in my shop if you want to take a peek and find your own favorite and/or something you might be able to use in your own project.

ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Ina from InaSudjana says:

These felt embellishments are perfect for decorating your Christmas presents, Christmas cookie jars or treasure jars, Christmas memories scrapbook, your table wear (on the napkin rings), headbands, or any holiday projects you’re into – The possibilities are limited to your imagination.

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InaSudjana

Elizabeth from CottageCraftsOnline says:

As a craft supply shop, we have hundreds of items for holidays around the year. For Christmas, we have many plaids, from simple checks to faux silk dupioni tartans. Some of our most popular are the flannels, such as this one “Scottish Plaid”. The ribbon is lightly brushed on the front (face), and the wire edge is a medium weight, enough to control and give shape to the ribbon without overpowering it. It is soft, pliable and surprisingly light so it won’t add much weight to garlands and wreaths.

CottageCraftsOnline

CottageCraftsOnline

 

 

 

DIY Kits and Tutorials

Contributor blog post by Jennifer  from CaffeinatedPapercuts

Good morning everyone – Jennifer here from CaffeinatedPapercuts to talk all about DIY Kits and tutorials. I know I love browsing Etsy shops for new crafts to try or for a quick and easy way to create what I need. DIY kits are wonderful for beginners or for someone who just wants a quality product without having to buy all the supplies themselves. I even enjoy giving them as gifts!

I reached out to our CIJ team for their thoughts on kits and tutorials, both why they use/offer them and why they don’t. Definitely food for thought when you’re shopping or considering offering them in your shop!

I had to chuckle; both Christine from cwagenblass9 and I offer DIY card kits, and her gingerbread house card is adorable!

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I created a gingerbread card that kids could decorate – the kit comes complete with icing, gingerbread man and wife, and wreath and candy. I had several requests from people for gingerbread templates and thought this might be a fun project.

Me, I love scrapbooking, but don’t always have the time or supplies I want. Enter scrapbook page kits; paper and embellishments to make two 12″x12″ layouts, but you can easily redesign it any way you wish.

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Savannah from RareRusticCrafts formulated her own clay masks for DIY facials to follow the trend of pampering yourself at home. After all, just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself!

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I do sell 2 clay masks that are used for DIY facials. Both masks are a great way to give yourself the spa facial treatment in the comfort of your own home. The masks range from $12 – $14; the last facial I got was upwards of $80. It was also about 2 hours of my evening; I can use my clay mask at home while I’m doing the laundry. My target market thinks along the same lines, and the clay mask has been a great option to carry in my store.

Who doesn’t love quick, easy, and quality results while you wander around the house chasing stray socks? LOL Savannah also had some insights on DIY kits:

The last DIY kit I bought was a latch hook rug about 10-12 years ago. I like to buy supplies for DIY projects, but I guess I don’t really like to buy kits. If I take a second to think about that, I guess it’s because I like to really personalize my projects. It’s fun to get instructions on how to do something, but then do it with your own flare. The last bunch of supplies I bought for a DIY project was a ton of polymer clays, a clay roller, tools for shaping it, and paper for mokume gane polymer projects. So, it was a DIY project that I had watched a ton of videos on, but I didn’t spring for the DIY starter kits; I went for the specific colors and tools that I wanted.

I’d hate to say that the DIY kits I reject are “bad”. But I suppose when you’re putting together a DIY kit, you should consider that you may have those people who need a simple starter kit to learn the craft, but that you may also have seasoned crafters who need a kit with options or more than one use.

Variety is definitely the spice of life when it comes to DIY kits; having something for beginners and something to keep seasoned crafters interested is key. In this day and age of video tutorials, don’t be afraid to browse for good how-to videos, and shop owners, don’t be afraid to jump in and create them!

Kosmosa from GiftyTreasures enjoys tutorials and, like many artists, sometimes uses them to get over a creative block:

I love DIY tutorials, although I do not buy DIY kits. I know my art supplies and what to expect from them, but DIY kits usually don’t seem to offer enough information on what’s included. So tutorials are a great alternative and you can improvise if you don’t have all the materials, it makes you more creative.

This is also a good way to overcome creative block perhaps. Too much artistic freedom can make you indecisive, you want to paint too many things at once and just end up not doing anything. Tutorials provide some direction, it’s kind of like homework, but in a good way. I like the ones where you don’t have to copy everything exactly, so you still end up with something original.

Some days though, when looking for inspiration, I end up watching YouTube videos all day on how other artists paint. Well it may be just my thing, I like watching the paint dry. ;P

We’ve featured some great tutorials here on the Etsy CIJ blog – just check out our Tutorials category and find something new to try!

How about you; do you love to DIY? What are some great places for tutorials?

St. Patrick’s Day Supplies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

St. Patrick’s Day inspired supply items from members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team and their stories fill my mind with ideas! Please enjoy!

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls share that this adorable vintage Leprechaun is waiting to spread his Irish Luck in a fabulous table centerpiece display at any St. Paddy’s Day gathering!

Vintage Beistle St Patricks Day Table Decoration From shabbyshopgirls

Vintage Beistle St Patricks Day Table Decoration From shabbyshopgirls

KathysHeart from KathysHeartCreations loves the idea of dressing up your canning jars with these pretty Green St. Patrick’s Day Variety Pack Canning Jar Bonnets! Jar Bonnets actually look like little “bonnets” that are placed over the lids of regular sized canning jars. Elastic sewn on to give a snug fit.

St. Patrick's Day Variety Pack Canning Jar Bonnets From KathysHeartCreations

St. Patrick’s Day Variety Pack Canning Jar Bonnets From KathysHeartCreations

Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns put this is bookbinding kit together in St. Patrick’s Day colours: Green and Grey! For a bit of fun on the holiday, learn to bind your own book! You can give them as gifts or keep them for yourself as jotters or little journals.

Carolyn loves teaching bookbinding and wants a way to offer what she has learned to others outside her locale. The answer is her series of bookbinding kits for beginners. Enjoy!

St. Patty's Day Grey & Green DIY Bookbinding Kit From SproutsPressDesigns

St. Patty’s Day Grey & Green DIY Bookbinding Kit From SproutsPressDesigns