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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2014 – Gift for the Artist

Handmade Holidays 2014 Hop LogoI am thrilled once again to be a part of an incredible on-line event, the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop.  Organized by Jennifer Priest from Hydrangea Hippo, with the assistance of others, it’s an inspiring event brimming with unique gift ideas for the Holidays.  You don’t want to miss this line up of inspiration and artistic bliss. A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out. Welcome to Day One.  I’m a part of the sharing on this Friday, but stay tuned for more today (see below) and then two more days of the ‘hop’ and loads more inspiration.  Today, tomorrow and Sunday, November 7-9, we will be posting a new list of blogs to hop to.  Each day different from the next and you’re sure to be inspired.  I encourage you as well to share those blogs that inspire you social media. Today I want to share with you a gift idea focused on those artistic friends in your life.  Maybe you’re crafty and artsy and have friends just the same.  This is a perfect gift for those who are creatively like-minded.  Possibly you’re not so crafty but looking for an idea for those friends in your life that are ultra creative . . . this is for you.  The perfect gift for the artistically inclined, this traveling art journal kit is packed with creativity waiting to happen. I love angels!  They are so beautiful and messengers of hope.  So I created this project with the Hope of Christmas in mind! Without further ado . . . let’s jump in and get crafty!  Here’s a ‘how to’ video.  Remember if you want to play (‘create’) along, you can pause the video.


Here’s what you’ll need:

Ideas for contents of traveling Art Journal kit:

  • Watercolor crayons such as these . Some art stores sell them individually.
  • Small pair of scissors (in this case I found a great pair of antique scissors that work wonderfully)
  • Clearsnap Cat’s Eye Inkpad
  • Aqua brush or paintbrush
  • Clearsnap Smooch Spritz
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Watercolor tubes (Sakura has some great ones here)
  • Pens (black, white, brown)
  • Washi Tape (my friends at Stampington carry a wide variety which can be found here)
  • Glue stick
  • Acrylic stamps are great to tuck in a box (you can find several great options in the dollar bin at craft stores)
  • Scraps of paper
  • Scraps of trim, sequins, small buttons, ephemera
  • Mini alpha stamps (can usually be found in the dollar bin at craft stores)
  • Mini stapler
  • A mini journal.  This is a sweet paperbag book I’ve had for a while.  I purchased it from Jennifer Priest at Hydrangea Hippo. It fit perfectly and I had been wanting to use it.  It’s got pockets from the paper bags, a great service of both fabric and kraft paper to work on.
  • Alternate journal perfect for this box is a mini moleskin journal

As our gift here at Artsy Findings to you, we love to offer you a 20% discount on your purchase in our store.  Thank you for visiting!!!  I would love to connect with you.  If you like the creativity you see, if you’d like to talk about life or art . . . feel free to subscribe (see right sidebar). Life is about sharing.

Thank you for joining us on our hop!   I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Please leave a comment and follow Hydrangea Hippo using the social media buttons on the sidebar.  I’d love to chat about art and life! Thank you friends of old and new friends for the time we’ve had together today! Let’s travel together on today’s blogs.  Here is the list for today’s travels on the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop.  Stay tuned for tomorrow and more inspiration the day after as well. Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!
Ellison Educational Equipment
Walnut Hollow
Graphic 45
Neat and Tangled
Therm O Web
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Pink and Main
The Buckle Boutique
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Rowland Technologies
ICE Resin
Hydrangea Hippo
Clearsnap – Suzanne Austin
Stencil1 – Ed Roth
Graphic 45 -Nadya Lifa
Cookies for Breakfast- Beth Pingry
Cupcakes and Crinoline – Mary Beth Sharkey 
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Frances Byrne
Lazy Mom’s – Joanna Grzeszczak
Homemade Ginger – Megan Kapple
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Asia King
Ellison Educational Equipment – Anna-Karin Evaldsson
One Artsy Mama- Amy Latta
Therm O Web – Alice G0lden
Lovely Etc – Carrie Spalding
ICE Resin – Clare Horner
Pink and Main – Yolie Burke
The Buckle Boutique – Stephanie Nericcio
Modern Surrealist – Marisa Pawelko
A Little Craft In Your Day – Tanner Bell
Artsy Findings – Cheryl Waters (Thanks for being here)
Stampin Mindy – Mindy Baxter
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Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo’s board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop – please visit their blogs below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!

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Clearsnap || Ellison Educational Equipment || Walnut Hollow || Graphic45 || Westcott || ICE Resin || Therm O Web || Rowland Industries || Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L || Pink and Main || Elizabeth Craft Designs || The Buckle Boutique || Neat and Tangled

Additional Sponsorship provided to bloggers by:

Sakura || Fairfield Processing

  Thanks again for traveling with us!  Would love to know your thoughts and what projects you’re looking forward to finding!

Happy Hopping!

Daughter, Wife, Mother, Friend, artist, vintage loving, law enforcement officer, Southern Californian, God and country loving girl who loves to meet like minded creative people, share life with new and old friends. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide