Posted on October 29, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends! In case anyone is wondering I am happy to report that I finished the parent/student cross country race yesterday. I was really hoping there would be some out of shape parents in the race instead of all of the fit military dads joining in. There were only a few moms in the race, what’s up with that? I didn’t overdo it, I jogged/speed-walked with another mom and we had a grand time gabbing and catching up as we navigated the course. I figured there was no point overdoing it and being sore for a week…I wasn’t “in it to win it” as they say but it does give you a respect for the kids who run this every day. My daughters ran the race too (and did far better than their old lady) so I think I will have 3 runners in the family next season when they are old enough to join the team. OK, today I have a quick Halloween postcard for you, this can also be adapted to make a 1 layer card or tag. I used stamps from About Art Accents and if you have not entered the prize draw on last Fridays post be sure you do so you have a chance to win some of their stamps!
I filmed 3 videos yesterday and I have to say it was quantity over quality, really I think I was a bit off my game because I was nervous about the race. With that in mind here is the video:
Remember you can use my coupon code: Lindsay10% whenever you shop at About Art Accents, I think you put it in the paypal comment box and they refund the savings. That’s it for me today, I still have to walk the dog (she does not understand that I did a race last night so I am all set with exercise today LOL!) and get ready to film this weeks Ask-a-Crafter episode with Lorraine. I guess I better get cracking! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 25, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Friday folks! Well, the fine folks at About Art Accents/Art Neko was so happy with the amount of comments on last weeks givaway that they have given me more stamps to give out! First thinks first, the winner of last weeks drawing is: Patti! Patti, I will send you an email:) Today I am going to show you how to make a spiderweb background for your stamping or painting projects:
All you need is cardstock or watercolor paper, wax paper (AKA cooking paper, greaseproof paper, paraffin paper depending on where you are from) and ink or watercolor paint. Watch the video to see how:
I love the effect!
You can win the stamps I used on this card plus a few others by leaving a comment. I’ll pick a winner next Friday! If you want to snag some of these Halloween stamps before Halloween you can visit the Art Neko website and use my coupon: Lindsay10% to save 10% on your order. Thanks for stopping by, good luck and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 18, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
I love Fridays! First of all I get the announce the winner from Last weeks About Art Accents/Art Neko rubber stamp giveaway! (drum-roll please) it’s Sheila Graff! Check your email Sheila because I have sent you instructions. That’s not all because you can win the pile of rubber pictured with this card today! To have a better look at the stamp set please visit the Art Neko Website.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and next Friday I will pick another winner. Who knows, if I get enough comments I might have another bonus giveaway next week so make sure you check every day or subscribe to my blog (There is a subscription sign up box in the left hand side of the screen) so you don’t miss out! To be honest I am not finished with this card, I need to decorate it more, probably with photos but I wanted to share the card and how to make the waterfall element. It is a great addition to a scrapbook page where you want to add extra pictures and journaling and it only takes a few minutes. Have a look:
The waterfall card template and the Kreate-a-lope template I used to make the envelope are from Green Sneakers. They really take the guesswork out of making movable cards!
I hope you all have a great weekend! Don’t forget to leave a comment to win these great stamps from About Art Accents/Art Neko and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 11, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Well, hey, that is a pretty good way to start a Friday, Huh? After the wonderful response from the last stamp giveaway the fine folks at About Art Accents asked if my readers would want to win some of their new Halloween stamps…well duh? Of course they would! So, you know the drill, just leave a comment and you might win this set of 2 stamps from About Art Accents that I used in these cards. Hey, if you want to shop at About Art Accents or Art Neko use my coupon code: Lindsay10%
Bonus! I just got permission to add another discount! Free shipping on RUBBER STAMP orders over $50! In the PayPal shopping cart, there is a Customer Comments box where they can ask for the free shipping and mention Lindsay Weirich or The Frugal Crafter. Your shipping will then be refunded. They just put all of the Halloween stamps on sale too!
I used the chalkboard technique for two of the cards, I love the white on black look but I wanted to spice it up with color. Watch the video to see how.
Here is a closer look:
I am all about making sure my supplies are versatile long after certain trends are past their prime so when chalkboard goes out of fashion the text stamp will still be a fantastic background and I could totally see the medallion stamp as a cute cupcake topper!
So, that’s about it. Leave a comment to win, the more comments I get the more stamps I get to give away…wow, I love my job! I’ll pick a winner at random next week and this contest is open to everybody! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on September 30, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! We went to my 4 year old nephews birthday party Sunday and had a great time! He had a bounce house and it looked fun, the kids were having a ball in there when my sister says to me “go ahead and try it, the guy from the rental place said that it is safe for adults!” Well, I had to try it! Somewhere between the toe-touches and the somersaults (I was having a grand old time!) I pulled something in my back because an hour later when I reached down to pick something off the floor I felt it. I’m gonna feel this tomorrow I think, better keep the Advil handy:) Before this nonsense I made a card and earring set using a Victorian style stamp from About Art Accents and I am giving this stamp away, just leave a comment and I will draw a name in a week! Well, that’s easier than a cartwheel in a bounce house, aint it?
I had to make a thick envelope-box to hold the card and tag so I used my envelobox creator by crafter’s companion, boy it is slick! The earrings I made (I stamped the image at the end of a paper strip, colored it and rolled it up before adding two coats of UTEE for shine) are about 3/4″ thick and 2″ high, they are lightweight but bulky!
I originally thought I would put the full stamped image on the card with an earring on each side for embellishments but it did not work well so I opted for simple and made the big image into a bookmark.
To get the vintage enamel look I coated the design with utee and let it cool then I bent the paper to crack the embossing. I rubbed it with a brown inkpad and wiped off the excess so the cracks would show. Oh, and The coloring was done with Gelatos. If you want a better look at the stamp you could win by simply leaving a comment (hint, hint) you can see it here. Good luck and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on August 22, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! This week at Oriental stamp Art there was a sketch challenge. The challenge was to make a card with strips of cardstock in various shades of the same color. I hit my scrap bin but could not come up with the colors I wanted so I did what any self-respecting crafter does (no, I did not go the the store) I figured out another way!
I love the look. All you need is ink, masking tape (I used painter’s tape because it is less sticky) and a stipple brush (I used a color duster by Judikins but any hog bristle brush will work). Watch the video to see how I made this card!
In the video I mentioned 2 companies i have loved for years. I find Asian paper and embellishments hard to come by and when I find some I like I am afraid to waste it. I was looking around at Lettering Delights yesterday and found beautiful Asian papers, clip art and svg die cuts. They have a nice feature on their site called the “Try Me Now” tool and you can see all of the items in a set up close and if you purchase the set you can easily print them right from the site. You should download anything you purchase just in case but you can print your stuff with a click of a button! No opening software and knowing how to use it just click on the image, paper or what have you, type the size you want and click print, easy as pie! and in the case of paper you save a lot of room on your hard drive! Did I mention easy? If you have purchased anything from lettering delights in the past you can log in at the site and it is all there! You can even type out titles and just print that, it is amazing I tell you! You can go play with the try me tool even if you have never bought anything, be sure to checkout the monthly freebies while you are there and sign up for the newsletter because thy have coupons sometimes! They are have a dollar sale on some of their stuff right now too.
The other company I love is About Art Accents, I love their Asian stamps from the delicate nature stamps to their bold paper-cut stamps they offer a great stamp for whatever theme Asian card I want to make!
If you have any questions on the techniques I shared today just leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on August 20, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! It’s time to draw a winner from last weeks About Art Accents stamp giveaway! And the winner is Emilie Boyd! Congrats! I’m sure you will find many ways to use that beautiful Kokopelli stamp set! Well, we made it to the beach yesterday, it was a glorious 85 degree day and the kids played and had a ball. I met one of my best friends who also has 9 year old twin girls (our twin sets have been friends since they were a few months old!) and my son brought a friend he has had since kindergarten and they were all so good. No whining, no injuries, it was a great day! I drove my kids and the boys and I loved overhearing their conversation about the recent Red Sox game and which players were best. I’m so glad they are into other things besides tv and video games. We stayed at the beach until dinner and when we came home I was exhausted, boy that lying around in a beach chair, watching the kids swim really takes it outta me! LOL! I did however, eek out enough energy to make this card:
I stamped the geisha on purple and embossed it then painted it with metallic watercolors. I used up some backgrounds I made recently (I seem to love making background papers but never use them, must correct that!) and I also used one of those Making Memories metal tag curler tool thingies that I have had for years! I win the day!
The stamp is by About Art Accents. I wanted to try a stamp I have never inked before (shameful I know, I hat the think how many stamps I have in the “uninked” category, one time I said I was not going to buy another stamp until I had used everyone I had at least once…ok…you can stop laughing now…really, stop.)
I have another busy end of summer day today, the dog has her yearly checkup (and shots!) and we are going to visit my parents. Wow summer is ending fast! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on August 16, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Let’s get a little more use out of out supplies today and use something we already have in a new way. If you use clear or unmounted stamps you have acrylic blocks around (if not look around for a scrap of plexiglass or a plastic block to use) and while they get a lot of use as stamp mounts you can use them on their own to stamp too! Look at the squares on this card, they were stamped with distress ink and stamp mounts. The dragonfly stamps are from About Art Accents.
This is a fun and easy technique. Experiment with different papers to see what you like best! Watch the video for the how-to and more ideas!
I stamped my samples on glossy photo paper then I stamped a postcard background on green paper and glued it to the back of my stamped photo paper. Post cards are fun and I don’t send them nearly enough!
The other sample was done on watercolor paper, a different look, try different paper for different results! Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on August 6, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Good morning friends. The other day while digging through a drawer I cam across a box of old office labels. I remembered a technique one when I painted across a bunch of them and used them on a card. It just so happened that they would be perfect for this weeks challenge at Oriental Stamp Art:
It is a really fun technique and easier than it looks too. You can use any stamp you like but I used this Panda motif from About Art Accents (it’s on sale for $4 too!) to make mine. Watch the video for full instructions on making the card:
Easy huh? I think I have a package of small rectangle yard sale labels around here somewhere, If I can find them I will try this technique on a “window pane” looking card. Of course I’ll probably get distracted by something else (probably something shiny) while I am on the hunt.
Let me know what you think and if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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