Let’s Paint Clouds in Watercolor!

Howdy friends! By request here is a watercolor cloud painting tutorial, I hope you like it!

This week is super busy for me. Please excuse me if I do not respond right away to emails and comments, I’ll be trying though:D Have a great day and as always happy crafting!

Deli Paper Washi Tape!

Here is another great use for deli paper! Homemade washi tape. Watch the video to see how I made it:

So grab your stamps, stencils (the star stencils I used were from Oriental Trading Co.), paint and imagination and make some unique tape today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s Not Easy Being Green…And a Stamp Winner!

Howdy friends! It is 11pm on a Friday night as I am writing this. I am so excited because tomorrow I can sleep in!!! Woohoo! For those of you who suffered my silly sleep deprived craft videos this week on YouTube I want to thank you again, so much, for watching. I had been up early every day to get kids to camp, andyet could not manage to get myself to bed any earlier and, well, wackiness ensued is it usually does if I do not get my 8 hours of beauty sleep a night :D First up tonight I want to announce the winner of the stamps I used in last Friday’s post and a gift certificate to Art Neko…drumrolll…Sheilla!!! Congrats! Check your email for all the details;) Tonight I have a tag made with the large frog stamp from the Garden Friends stamp set from Art Neko. BTW that stamp set is on sale for $12, regularly $20! Use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on non-sale rubber if you shop:)

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And a step by step video tutorial to go with it! Lots of tips on copic coloring and background stamping AND Mr. Frugal makes an accidental cameo…

I hope you enjoyed that sill bit of crafty fun! Now I am off to sleep! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Colored Pencil Blending & How To Make Any Size Easel Card!

It’s 2 for 1 tutorial day today on The Frugal Crafter! First up I’ll show you how to blend thick and vibrant colored pencils on colored paper:

Next up, how to make any size easel card:

Wasn’t that easy? I hope you enjoyed this 2 for 1 special today and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Punchenella and a Crafty Card {2 Videos!}

Hey there, Lindsay here posting a little later than usual today. That’s because I wanted to get a video, 2 actually, done for you today. I wanted to make a card for Halloween with my Vintage Pumpkin Stamps from Pink Persimmon because they are having a great sale, 30% off  all of their stamps and a free stamp set (the Specail Delivery stamp set ) with a purchase of $25 or more. You have to use the coupon code: SuperSale2013 to get the savings. They are making room for more stamps and I adore their stuff so I thought I would share! If you shop tell ‘um Lindsay sent ya!

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A YouTube viewer asked me if I knew where to buy punchenella and I thought I would do one better and show you how to make it!

It’s easy, all you need is paper drywall tape with holes, Lowes has a 2″x100′ roll for $6, and something to color it with like an inkpad or paint. You can even glitter it like I did here:

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And now for the card. I designed this on the fly with the camera rolling (I feel like it needs a disclaimer LOL!) but you might get a new tip or trick to make it worth your while…

Well, I better get moving, I am running in the parent race for my son’s Cross Country team this afternoon, I don’t know what possessed me to agree to this 1.6 miles of torture, I think when the season started and I was so proud of my son for running every day I thought it would be fun (kinda like how snowshoeing sounds like fun when it is summer and when it is winter you think next summer it will be fun to go camping then when the time comes you come to your senses) so if I am not back tomorrow please send a paramedic into the woods after me to haul my sorry butt out, will ya? :D I did start training for the race about 2 months ago but I realized about 3 weeks in that a hate running, really hate running so my new plan is to save my strength for the race. I;ll let you know how that turns out. But if you don’t hear from me remember to send the paramedic, OK? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pandora Style Paper Beads!

Howdy folks! I have been playing with the idea of making Pandora style paper beads. I had bought some metal bead cores (you can get a pack of 500 for less than $5 with free shipping on Ebay) and made some glass beads but when you get many of them on a bracelet it can get quite heavy.  So why not paper? Here is a bracelet I made with the beads I made:

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It was a joy to wear too, I love the sound the beads make with they move and the bracelet is so light! The beads don’t really take all that long to make either. I do the assembly line style: roll a bunch, glaze a bunch and glue in the bead cores. Here is a video to show you how:

See it was easy! I used ultra thick embossing enamel (UTEE) to glaze mine but you can use clear embossing powder as well, it might take an extra coat or two but that’s no big deal. I found a size 9 (5.5mm) knitting needle is perfect if you are using cardstock or thicker scrapbook paper but if you are using book pages or magazines go up to a size 10 (6mm) knitting needle. Also if you are using thinner paper you will need 3-4 strips rather than the 2 I used. If you can’t find bead cores you can use sewing or scrapbooking eyelets. Bead cores are cheaper overseas through the seller 8 Seasons ebay though. If you have any questions on this project or just want to let me know what you think you can leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Werewolves & Watercolor

Hello friends! I just got back from running with my neighbor again (my second run..er, jog with bits of walking here and there of the day might I add) and it is beautiful out with the full moon lighting the way. Well, it was good until I thought about werewolves and I couldn’t get to her house quick enough and right before I got there a deer jumped out into the road.  Luckily I realized it was a deer (and not some scary werewolf) or I would have dropped dead of a heart attack that had nothing to do with my fitness level.  So now I am having a cup of decaf tea (instead of wine-go health!) and finishing up some computer stuff. I have been doing a lot of watercolor painting this week and I finished up this painting yesterday. I have this project as a PDF tutorial in my shop with step by step photos and instructions in case anyone wanted a more complex project than what I have been doing in the free videos.

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My tutorials for sale contain a PDF printable set of instructions (The beginner kits have lots of step by step photos) a printable pattern and a high-resolution picture of the finished painting (heck, you could print the painting on watercolor paper if you did not want to bother painting it LOL!) It only costs $3, what a deal!

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I had a few great questions in the comments after the last two free watercolor painting videos so I decided to answer them in a quick {ish} video tonight:

If you had a question that I did not think of just leave a comment and I will get back to you:) Well, that’s it for tonight, my runner’s high is wearing off…now I’m mostly hungry. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Paintin’, Cleanin’ & Curbside Shoppin’

Howdy crafty folks! It’s time for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday! I FINALLY managed to bring some order to my crafty chaos this week. I even vacuumed! I dug under the scary table where I cram stuff and purged and organized and I am not ashamed to show you my room. Even with my projects in progress out it still looks pretty good:)

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Doncha love this shelf? I found it on the side of the road with a “FREE” sign on it! Free! Can you believe what people get rid of? I had my husband hang up the shelf then I used ribbons, scrapbook papers and beaded tassel trim to change it from “blah” to “ohh la la!”

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I spent most of the day painting and working on a new beginner watercolor tutorial for my shop. I finished the BBC series Being Human so I decided to start on the American series…hmmm, tv is so much better with British accents….

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I also varnished some new paper beads, look at that clean table!

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And surprise, I got an advance copy of the December issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and my artwork is on the cover, the whole entire cover!!!

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A clean craft room, artwork on the cover of a major stamping magazine and a free shelf. It’s a pretty good day. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hey, Last Minute Sally! {quickest gift bags ever tutorial!}

It doesn’t seem to matter how much time I plan to get ready for a party, I always seem to be running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off two hours before it starts. Maybe it’s because I spent a day on the cakes (A WHOLE DAY folks!) or maybe I am too particular (nah, probably not) or maybe it’s because I leave the quick, mindless tasks for last. Well, this project is quick, mindless and easy! A great one to store away for when you need to make quick favors for a party or a classroom full of kids. They only take a minute (or less) to make when done assembly line style! Watch the video to see how:

OK, I know what you’re thinking “geez, Lindsay, you really knocked yourself out with this one” snore. But listen, you can easily dress up these bags but trimming the top edge of the bag with decorative edge scissors before assembling or adding ribbon handles. For Halloween you could make the bags from orange cardstock and draw on Jack-o-lantern features, or make a green bag with a Frankenstein face, or a pale purple faced vampire. I chose to use bold thick patterned scrapbook paper. This paper is gorgeous but too bold for cards and scrapbook pages but perfect for this plain bag. No, it’s not flashy, but it’s useful and it’s something we can realistically whip out an hour before a party and sometimes that’s just what we need. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Free Watercolor Video Tutorial: Eggs & Nest

Hello friends! Today I felt like painting…and sharing…and sharing my love of painting so I decided to make a video showing you how to paint this simple watercolor card:

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Anyone can do this, all you need is a piece of watercolor paper (or watercolor greeting card), a round brush (either a #8 brush and a jug or water or a water-brush) and watercolor paints or watercolor crayons. Ready? Here we go!

So, what did you think? Ready to give it a try? I am hoping to bring you more easy watercolor tutorial videos if you want them:)

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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