Monday 25 November 2013

Crafty DIY ideas

Hello Crafter,

I have been such a lazy blogger. There has been too much life going on here and Christmas is coming quickly. I promised myself, this year I would be ready for it and not let it catch me unawares.

I have not been an as lazy crafter as I've been a blogger, I did a few things at least. For one, our school is selling handmade items at the local christmas market in 10 days, so I am making a bunch of cards for this. I will show you these soon, but not yet. Right now my workspace is a terrible mess, my fingers are green from ink and I keep miscounting and re-counting how many envelops, card fronts and sentiments are still missing.

What I'd like to share with you today, are a few crafty tips to save some money.

Firstly I was thinking to buy a ranger craft sheet, but I found a cheaper solution now at IKEA. I got myself an SOCKERKAKA baking mat for  9,99 Euro. It is made of silicone and seems to work quite nicely for me. As I've never seen the original in real life, I can't compare the two, but I am happy. And I got it for about half the price I would have payed for a ranger craft sheet.
Afterwards I saw, that there is an even cheaper version (MÖNSTRAD; 4,99 Euro), which is a little smaller and I think I might have liked that even better, but they didn't have it at my local IKEA.

The 2nd item on my shopping list was an embossing powder tool. In itself not that expensive, about 10-12 Euro, but in Germany these supplies are often hard to get. So I decided to try out, if I can create my own, and it worked beautifully.

I used an  old sock of my daughters, filled in a whole package of cheap baby powder (about 1 Euro) and sewed the top shut. Now I store my "powder sock" in an old sweets container, so I don't have the powder everywhere when I don't use it, and it works fabulous.

And no. 3 on my list of things I wanted and worked my way around is a selfmade stamp-a-ma-jig. I just took an old piece of wood from the garage and screwed an ellbow connector to it. Not very pretty, but it works for me. I use it with a piece of an old clear acetate cover.

So this is it from me for today. If you like send me more ideas for do-it-yourself craft items.

Happy crafting


  1. Ela, I love your do-it-yourself ideas! Quite a while ago I read of another lady who wanted a substitute for a stamp-a-ma-jig so she made one from Lego blocks. :)

    1. Hi Cindy,

      I've seen that picture too, of the Lego block, but unfortunately long after I finished my own version. Lego would have been so much easier, and my girls would never have missed a few blocks. I felt rather stupid... ;)


    2. I used a Lego-version some monthhes ago... but it wasn't the best idea. Sometimes the blocks don't stick very good together and so I needed to fix it every few days. Maybe a little bit hot glue or fast glue could have been an idea to hold it together for a longer time...
      I'm happy with my original stamp-a-ma-jig now. :-)