27 links to freebies, tutorials and giveaways from GiftBasketsGal

Tutorial: Masking With Alphabet Stickers

Posted: 27 May 2011 04:00 AM PDT

Melissa Thiesse takes you through the steps of using alphabet stickers with mists or spray inks. This is part of her Thrifty Thursday series focusing on using up your stash. Click here to go to the tutorial.

Inspiration du Jour – Summer Fun

Posted: 27 May 2011 03:00 AM PDT

Summer Fun by alolette

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Crepe Paper Pomanders

Posted: 26 May 2011 06:22 PM PDT

Remember the cute paper globes that Karisa created for her wedding centerpieces and posted about on the FaveCrafts blog? She’s literally topping that tutorial with these gorgeous crepe paper pomanders! Click this link for a tutorial and lots of pictures.

{Tutorial} Tote Bag for Beachy Weddings

Posted: 26 May 2011 05:12 PM PDT

I just love this adorable tote bag tutorial featured on the May Arts blog today! What a cute gift this would be for a bridal party, welcome bags for guests, or a bridal shower gift for a bride planning a beachy destination wedding. Click here to get the tutorial.

Glassfest in Corning – This Weekend!!

Posted: 26 May 2011 09:55 PM PDT

It actually started today but you still have time to get there. It’s Glassfest in Corning, NY. If you haven’t been to Corning for a glass adventure you really need to go. There are exhibits and demonstrations and tours and glass good times. The whole city gets involved in this. I’d love to be there right now…

Lego Man Candy

Posted: 26 May 2011 07:57 PM PDT

And you can learn to make ‘em HERE at Sugar Swings!.

Chalkboard Cookies

Posted: 26 May 2011 07:33 PM PDT

First chalkboard chocolate and now chalkboard cookies? If applying the wonders of chalkboards to edibles is a new trend, then sign me up. I’m loving this brilliance from Sweet Tooth. Learn to make chalkboard cookies HERE.

Brownie Dice Pops

Posted: 26 May 2011 07:27 PM PDT

I’m in no way a gambler. But given I got married in Vegas (seven years ago, but still, the kind of thing you remember), I’m always immediately drawn to anything even remotely Vegas related. Like dice. Like these brownie dice pops. Find them HERE at Marzipan.

Free pattern: Layered felt camelia

Posted: 26 May 2011 06:48 PM PDT

Joy from How Joyful Design Studio shares a free pattern and tutorial on her blog for making a lovely felt camelia.  The pattern includes 5 different sizes of blooms that you can layer to make a full bloom.  Or, use just a single layer for a simpler flower.  Get the pattern and tutorial at How Joyful.

[photo from How Joyful]

Tutorial: Chiquita Dress for girls

Posted: 26 May 2011 06:32 PM PDT

Katy from Sew Apropos and No Big Dill shares a tutorial showing how to make her Chiquita Dress.  This is SUCH a cute dress!!  I’m loving the laced ribbon detail on the bodice!  Get the tutorial.

[photo from No Big Dill]

Quilts for Joplin workshops

Posted: 26 May 2011 06:05 PM PDT

The folks in Joplin, Missouri (USA) who survived the May 24 killer tornado need some hugs. The Rabbit’s Lair in Rogers, Arkansas plan to do just that by sending some homemade quilts their way. They are hosting five Friday workshops, the first one kicks off tomorrow, May 27 at the store. Other dates include June 3, 17, July 1 and 8. Here’s…

And The Winner Is………………

Posted: 26 May 2011 05:10 PM PDT

Thanks to all who entered for a chance to win “No More Dirty Looks” by Alexandra Spunt & Siobhan O’Connor . I have drawn the competition and a big congratulations to Danielle I have emailed you. Please get in contact with me within 14 days to claim your prize!!!

DIY Homemade Pedialyte Recipe

Posted: 26 May 2011 04:59 PM PDT

Homemade Pedialyte

2-quarts water
1-teaspoon baking soda
7-teaspoons sugar (get those electrolytes up!)
1- (1/4 oz.) packet unsweetened kool-aid -OR- lemonade mix (any flavor)
1/2-teaspoon salt or salt substitute

Mix all together.
Store in fridge for NO more then 3 days. can be made into ice cubes.

Free pattern: Sorbetto Tank Top by Colette Patterns

Posted: 26 May 2011 04:51 PM PDT

Sarai from Colette Patterns shares a free pattern over at Grosgrain for a simple summer top.  Called the Sorbetto Tank Top, it’s a sleeveless top with one perfect pleat down the center.  Beautiful!  Go to the free pattern.

[photo from Colette Patterns on Grosgrain]

Tutorial: Modern Scrappy Stacked Wedges Block

Posted: 26 May 2011 04:36 PM PDT

Elizabeth from Don’t Call Me Betsy shares how she made this gorgeous quilt block that has a distinctly modern vibe. Besides its looks, she swears it’s an awesome scrap busting block too. Get the know-how.

Freebie: Vintage Car Digital Stamp

Posted: 26 May 2011 02:08 PM PDT

The Digital Two for Tuesday blog has a free digital stamp of a vintage car, perfect for Father’s Day!


How to make recycled cardboard box sculpture

Posted: 26 May 2011 12:28 PM PDT

Over at Melissa’s blog The Chocolate Muffin Tree there is a fun tutorial on how to make recycled cardboard box sculpture. I love these kinds of crafts that are as fun to make as they are to play with and look at.

Giveaway ending next week

Posted: 26 May 2011 10:36 AM PDT

Don’t forget next Monday (Memorial Day, if you’re in the US) is the last day to enter for a chance to win 5 fabulous books from Lark Jewelry & Beading! With the holiday weekend and outdoor activities upon us, why not leave a comment for your chance to win now? Tell me a tip for how you create jewelry…

DIY Candy Buttons

Posted: 26 May 2011 07:26 AM PDT

Learn to make your own retro candy buttons (with stunning consistency and perfection… wow) HERE at Tradewind Tiaras.

Summer Cookies

Posted: 26 May 2011 07:23 AM PDT

I’ve made many a sunglasses cookie, and I have three different cutters just for said sunglasses. But I’m kicking myself for never thinking of using a heart cookie cutter so creatively. Because I have about ten different heart cutters. But I digress… Find these summer cookies and a cute end-of-year-teach-gift packaging idea HERE at Glory’s Mischief.

Lookie what she made: Cute as a Button party dress

Posted: 26 May 2011 07:06 AM PDT

Jess from Bits for Baby and Craftiness Is Not Optional shows off the dress she made for her little girl’s birthday party.  The theme of the party is Cute as a Button, and the dress is no exception.  A cluster of brightly colored buttons on the bodice mimics the polka dotted fabric on the skirt.  See

Tutorial: Little Guy Baby Pants

Posted: 26 May 2011 06:53 AM PDT

Shauna from Shwin & Shwin shows how to make a pair of Little Guy Baby Pants.  These are so cute!  You can make them from yardage, or use fabric from an adult-sized pair of pants.  I’d opt for the latter when possible, as they’re already hemmed and you’d get the nice topstitching on the side seams.  Get the tutorial.…

Tutorial: Ruffle Knapsack

Posted: 26 May 2011 06:44 AM PDT

Marie from Not Very Domestic shares a tutorial showing how to make her Ruffle Knapsack.  Ruffled strips of bright happy fabric prints are sewn on to the body of a simple drawstring backpack. So cute!!  Get the tute.

[photo from Not Very Domestic]

[via U Create]

Q & A and giveaway: Simple Gifts by Jennifer Worrick

Posted: 26 May 2011 06:35 AM PDT

Judi Ketteler, author of Sew Retro, shares a Q & A session on her blog with Jennifer  Worrick, author of Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit.  The focus of the Q & A is on writing about our craft, specifically about book proposals.  She’s also giving away a copy of Jennifer…

Lookie what she made: Little girl’s jumper with custom border print

Posted: 26 May 2011 06:16 AM PDT

Little Birdie Secrets created a custom border print for a toddler’s jumper dress using heat transfer material and her Silhouette cutter.  Brilliant!  But don’t limit yourself to toddler clothes.  Custom border prints would make awesome pillows, placemats, purses, just about anything.  Read more at Little Birdie Secrets blog.

[photo from Little Birdie Secrets]

Project: Sympathy Card

Posted: 26 May 2011 06:09 AM PDT

Learn to make a simple and elegant sympathy card at the Capture the Moment blog.


Photographing jewelry

Posted: 26 May 2011 05:07 AM PDT

Pearl, The Beading Gem, shares tips (and links) to improve your jewelry photography skills. If you have an Etsy shop, want to submit your work for competition, or just need better pictures to show off your newest piece, then you’ll want to read what Pearl has to share at the Beading Gem.

Tutorial: Patterned Paper Flag Picks | Studio Calico

Posted: 26 May 2011 05:00 AM PDT

Over on the Studio Calico blog, Davinie Fiero shows how to make these flag picks using patterned paper, toothpicks and punches. She also shares how she used them on a Father’s Day card. Click here to go to the tutorial.


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