Posted on June 16, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Well, now, it finally feels like summer! I went out to let the chickens out and it was warm and sunny! I was up last night playing with some of my new stamp show stuff and I made a few cards, they can be for Father’s day or a manly birthday:
I enjoyed making the sponged background landscape so much that I flipped on the video camera and filmed the technique. A card like this is great to have on hand for a guy’s birthday! PS the car and gas pump stamps are by Local King Rubber Stamps.
Here is a close up of the card I made in the video:
At first I wanted to do the background with the new Crafters Workshop cityscape stencil but it seemed a bit busy, what do you think?
I had some old tourist maps that I cut for the background panel on this card, I also used the map to make envelopes, sorry no picture.
I hope you have a fun Father’s day and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: cards for men, crafters workshop, father's day, handmade cards for guys, handmade father's day card, ink, local king, manly birthday cards, rubber stamps, sponging, Stamping, stencil, tourist maps | 12 Comments »
Posted on June 10, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Monday, it looks really nice out today and I am happy about that because I am chaperoning a field trip that includes trekking through a bog…good times! I want to share a nature inspired card that is done rather quickly using gelatos (or gel sticks AKA “Faux-latos”, watercolor crayons or watercolor paint, they will all work!) you can make 2 one layer cards in under 10 minutes, love that!
Here is a quick video to show you how it’s done using the shrubbery stamp from Lost Coast Designs I just picked up at the Heirloom stamp show:
hmmm, this is a really large stamp, I might use it to scrapbook any photos I take of my kids on this field trip!
I hope you liked this quick and easy project! If you have any questions just leave a comment. Till next time happy crafting!
Filed under: lost coast, quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: botanical, gel sticks, gelatos, lost coast designs, multi colored image, Stamping, stamping video, tutorial, watercolor, watercoloring stamps | 15 Comments »
Posted on May 30, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! I love how old supplies always come back around. When I started scrapbooking 10 years ago there were tiny spools of paper ribbon, similar in texture to raffia, being sold at my local scrapbook shop. Well, paper ribbon and cord is back again and nobody has better price, selection and colors than Papermart. I will have many projects coming up with this stuff but today I want to show you how to make a puffy bow using twisted paper cord, check it out:
Now that was easy and it will give a “wow” on any gift you add it too! You can even make award ribbons out of the twisted paper cord for party favors and festival prizes. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: party ideas, quick projects | Tagged: bow, crafting, DIY, gift wrapping, how to make a paper bow, paper bow, paper ribbon, papermart, pretty easy bow, video tutorial | 4 Comments »
Posted on May 14, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
A couple of years ago I ordered fancy lip balm base from a cosmetic supply company so I could make my own chap-stick It was a small, very expensive jar of soy based balm. I got the jar of lip balm base and noticed it looked like Crisco vegetable shortening, when I read the ingredients my suspicion was confirmed. Practically the same exact thing. Fool me once. So the other day I set out to making my own lip balm with ingredients from my cupboard and here is what I made:
It works great too and tastes good enough to eat! And it is all natural, so, unless you are allergic to chocolate or soy you are good to go. You just need 3 ingredients: Vegetable shorting, Chocolate chips (or carob) and mint. You also need a glass measuring cup to heat and mix the stuff in and small food safe jars to pour the lip balm into. You can get the jars in quantities of 24 at Papermart. Disclaimer: The tins I used in this video are for demonstration purposes only.
One would think that if I could whip up a batch of lip balm with success than I would be a good cook too. unfortunately that is not the case. I felt kinda bad that my husband came home to a house that smelled of mint and chocolate but there were no yummy goodies to eat.
Ha ha ha ha, actually it was my husband who came up with that “hey girl” line, he posted it on my Facebook wall and I just about died laughing, I had to make a meme of it! That’s actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the photo (AKA Sherlock) by the way, why should Ryan Gosling have all the fun LOL!
That does it for me today. I have a studio full of projects that need to be wrapped up and a knitting class to prepare for. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes, green livin', quick projects | Tagged: all natural lip balm, benedict cuberbatch, chap stick, chap stick tutorial, cumberbatch, DIY lip balm, easy lip gloss recipe, girl scout craft, homemade cosmetics, how to make lip balm, how to make lip gloss, lip balm base, lip balm recipe, slumber party idea | 7 Comments »
Posted on May 13, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Here is an easy card you can make for an enlisted friend or family member or for Operation Write Home:
I made this card for my niece’s husband who is leaving for basic training, it was also his birthday. I built it on a kraft cardbase, tore a book page and sprayed it with my homemade shimmer spray and layered an embossed blue panel that I glided a white Gel Stick on top to bring out the design. I stamped a never before inked Statue of Liberty and colored it with Gel Sticks. Added a few eyelets and a Happy Birthday sentiment and that was it! Easy peasy! Have a great Monday everyone and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: birthday card, Embossing, enlisted, faber castell, gel sticks, gelatos, handmade card, man birthday card, OWH, partiotic craft, patriotic card, soldier, stature of linerty stamp, usa | 12 Comments »
Posted on May 5, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this but I thought you just might feel the need to sew after watching me make a skirt in 10 minutes, actually it takes less time if you get right to it! You need 1 yard of fabric for this project. I got the idea from the Grosgrain Fabulous blog, and it is, well, fabulous! I was so excited that I wore my new skirt to a baseball game Thursday night (and practically froze my behiney off!) but darn it I looked cute! I’m going to pick up a couple more yards of fabric and elastic when I am in town today because I see many more 10 minutes skirts in my future!
The important thing to remember when you buy your material is to make sure the salvage (finished) edges look good and the pattern extended all the way to the edge, that way you won’t have to hem this puppy! Here is the video to show you how to make this easy and I daresay cute skirt!
And because I know you want to be extra fabulous here is how to make some cool hair goodies:
Fun huh? So now you see why I didn’t make you wait, you will want to sew something new to wear today right? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects, sewing | Tagged: beginner sewing project, easy clothes patterns, easy sewing, free hair accessories tutorial, free pattern, free sewing tutorial, free skirt pattern, freebie, how to put elastic in a skirt, how to sew, how to sew a skirt, sewing a simple skirt, sewing tutorial, tutorial, video sewing tutorial | 8 Comments »
Posted on May 3, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
I practically grew up in a pile of sawdust. I had my own nail apron and hammer and I would pound endlessly on scraps of wood my dad left around in the shop. I was a proficient step-stool maker by the age of 4! My dad was a contractor and then later he opened a hardware store/lumber yard which he still works at, open to close, every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving. (Talk about hard to buy for!) Today’s card is for all the DIY dads out there and with Father’s day coming up you might want to make one! It came together in minutes using my new Tool Apron SVG and Printable Pocket card kit.
It is great to give as is or tuck a gift card into. It also would make a great scrapbook page element as you can use the pockets in the apron to hold extra photos or journaling and the tools are fun scrapbook page elements. Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, quick projects, SCAL software + Cricut | Tagged: cards for men, DIY, fathers day card, gift card holder, handyman, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, manly card, masculine card, nail apron, SVG, svg cutting file, tool apron, tool belt card | 3 Comments »