Don’t be a chicken, enter to win this stamp!

Hello friends! I do love a good pun! And a good giveaway! Today I am giving away this beautiful stamp from Art Neko. It is the state bird and flower of Rhode Island (OK it should be a Rhode Island Red but I thought it would show up better as a lighter bird, my apologies Rhode Island) and the stamp is on sale for $4.50. I have the complete set of 50 state Birds and Flowers and they are all wonderful, especially if you like to color. It includes 54 ATC sized images that are super detailed and crisp on deeply etched red rubber. It is such a lovely set for anyone who likes nature. In all honesty it is my favorite stamp set.

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I colored my chicken with my new Spectrum Noir colored pencils. I got to try the Spectrum Noir blending solution too. It is Gamsol (it says so right on the label and it is made by Gamblin for Grafter’s Companion.) I have never used Gamsol thinking it would be just like odorless mineral spirits and it does work just like OMS but there is no smell at all! I could not believe it! That said, keep it away from kids and pets because it looks and smells like water. Usually I prefer to blend with baby oil but you cannot add more pencil over it but with the Spectrum Noir Blending Solution you can continue to layer colors after blending. I used a very smooth cardstock so if you want deeper colors you can use a rougher paper. Watch the tutorial for the coloring demo. If you like to listen to me jibber-jabber while I color for 19 minutes than this video is for you…don’t say I didn’t warn you LOL! Oh, I will show you how to make the card and the distress ink gelato background too so there’s that. Really, sorry about the long coloring video…and the mess at 13 minutes…that said, if you still want to watch the video here you go!

If you want to win the stamp I used and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko leave a comment below and I will pick a winner next week! Good luck and happy crafting!

Watermedia Review {pardon the mess}

Today I will go over the different water-soluble media I have with the exception of acrylics because they are a different animal altogether. I will show you what I have for paint, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, ink sticks, pastels etc. I will compare kids supplies to artist’s quality and advise when to save and when to splurge. Here is a sampling of the media will will try out in the video:

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I will warn you, I have a lot of water-media. I have been adding to my collection for 15 years and I teach art professionally so please do not feel bad if you do not have as much. Nobody would go out and buy everything at once, get a few items and try them out, see what they can do and add to your collection as budget permits. I hope this video will help you make smart decisions when buying your supplies:

If you have any questions about the products I showed in the video or want to add your recommendations for products please leave a comment. I think it would be impossible to have every kind of water-media out there (it would be fun trying to collect it though!) but I hope I covered all the types of media so you can see what will work best for you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A campfire cake kids can make!

Hi friends! Today I have a baking tutorial but it’s not really about the baking. I, with the exception of bread, do not enjoy baking. Or cooking. Or sports. My kids however love to cook (and play every sport going I might add!) So even though I don’t enjoy those activities I want to encourage my kids to try them. I hear so many moms say “Oh, I wish I was crafty, my daughter wants to learn to make jewelry but I just don’t know where to start…” or “Mr son loves to use clay but I can’t deal with the mess…” or my favorite “My child loves art but I am afraid I will show him how to paint the wrong way.” So I say to you, listen, there is no wrong way to do art. If something falls apart they will learn more than if it turns out perfectly. Give kids a box of supplies and let them have at it. They will make a mess but remind them that clean up is part of the art process too. Furthermore if I can let my kids bake a cake YOU can let your kids make art. You do not need to be an artist to (or a good cook, athlete) to encourage your children. You just need to give them opportunities to try without worrying about failing. There is plenty of time for that when you are an adult but hopefully if they start young enough and build confidence they will not have those insecurities later on. Let them learn, let them make a mess (but make them clean up after themselves) and let’s bake a cake!

You may wonder why we used a cake mix. A couple of reasons: They could do it all themselves. they still got to pour and measure and results were nearly guaranteed. Also I rarely bake so my supplies go stale, sugar and baking powder go hard in the container and if you have ever bit into a hard clump of baking powder in a cake it makes your mouth afraid to take another bite. Don’t ask me how I know….

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This project costs about $10, here are the supplies you will need, you probably have them on hand already:

  • 2 boxes of cake mix in your favorite flavors
  • 1 can of vanilla frosting *get the kind with sprinkles!
  • 1 can chocolate frosting
  • 1/2 bag of chocolate candy melts (or you can met a couple of chocolate bars-optional)
  • Oreo cookies or graham crackers

*the cake mix will call for eggs and vegetable oil so make sure you have them on hand before you start!

Tools:

  • 2 large bowls
  • 9″x13″ baking dish (lasagna/casserole pan)
  • big top cupcake mold if you have one OR you can use a high walled Pyrex oven safe bowl, bunt cake mold or anything that will give you a similar shape and go in the oven. Use what you have!
  • Mixing spoons, glass measuring cup, straight or offset spatula (or whatever you like for applying icing) and a teaspoon.

Tip: To crush the Oreo cookies (or Graham crackers) to make the ash/dirt place them in a plastic Ziploc bag and roll over them with a rolling-pin.

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I think the cake turned out super cute and everyone said it was delicious (I don’t eat eggs so I can’t say) and the girls were so proud to have made it themselves! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Watercolor Pencil Landscape Tutorial

Hello Friends! Do you have  a box of watercolor pencils or watercolor crayons lying around? Why not try this fun and easy landscape tutorial:

I hope you had a fun with that and til next time happy crafting!

That’s One Bodacious Flower!

Hi Friends! I feel like i have not made a card in a while and I know many of my blog readers are cardmakers so today I am going to show you how to make this one:

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Supplies:

The above links will take you to Oriental Trading Company who generously donate craft materials to make these tutorials possible. If you shop there make sure you thank them for their support of The Frugal Crafter and tell them Lindsay sent you! Watch the video to see how this card is made and the image is colored!

The bow maker that I used in today’s video can be purchased from my shop. My husband just made a new batch of Bow Making Jigs and they are ready to ship! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Pretty Party Pinwheels Tutorial!

Hi Friends!  Today I have a fun craft/toy/decoration that you or your children can make: Party Pinwheels! And they really spin!

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I bet you have all of the supplies you need at home but if you don’t check out our sponsor Papermart where you will find the best prices on the highest quality party and craft items. For this project you will need:

  • Doilies
  • Scrapbook paper
  • bamboo skewers
  • floral wire
  • beads
  • glue stick
  • scrap paper or waxed paper
  • wire cutters/pliers

Watch the video to see how it is made:

I hope you try this fun and easy craft! It is a great way to use up leftover scrapbook paper too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wednesday Vlog: Is Pinterest BAD for You?

Hi Friends! I drove to New Hampshire and back yesterday. My sister and I took the kids to Santa’s Village. Actually I did not drive, My Brother-in-Law did which made it even better LOL! This was a rather impromptu trip. We had planned going a month ago but on the day we could go there were freak tornado touching down and lightning storms and it was a 4 hour drive so we did not want to get there and have it be closed or get swept into OZ by a tornado! Yesterday was one of those days where you go from having the heat on in your car, to the AC and heat again in one day. That is how I know summer is ending. I am feeling a bit sad to see this summer go. Usually I am looking forward to the crisp days of fall and having the days free to work on my projects while the kids are in school but this year I am feeling a bit sad about it. I also wonder if the kids will even be interested in going to Santa’s Village or Storyland next year (sniff, sniff.) Oh well, all we can do is try to enjoy every moment, right? We have perfect beach weather today so I am taking them to the lake for one last hurrah before school starts. I think one of the things that has given me the end-of-summer-bummer feeling is screens. If we are home the kids want to play video games. We set a time limit on all screens but I feel that they would have a screen in their face all day if we let them. The games are designed to keep players on the websites/app/devices longer and you know what. Our favorite websites do the same thing. That gave me the idea for this weeks Vlog: Is Pintrest bad for you:

What do you think? I know I can get sucked into a void when I am online. I need limits as much as my children do so I can use the computer as a tool and not the other way around. Let me know what you think in the comments! Happy crafting!

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