Don’t Waste Your Paint!

Hi friends! If you paint with acrylics you know how quickly it dries and how much can go to waste on your palette. Tonight I will show you how to make a paint saving palette out of a take-out food box. Watch the video to see how!

I find if you use palette paper you need the marble weights but if using wax paper it stays flat. Let me know if you would like more art room hacks and if you liked this tip please share it on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Warning: You might think this craft is gross!

Hi Friends! When I spied this empty feed bag in the garage I knew I wanted to try to make a reusable grocery shopping bag with it!


It is a strong tarp like woven material that will be better as a bag than rotting in a landfill and best of all you can make it in 15 minutes, no sewing required! All you need is grain bag and duct tape for this project!


Now, you might get some funny looks when you go shopping with your chicken bag but you can hold you head high knowing that you are saving a few trees…on the other hand, if you are the type of person who raises backyard chickens and turns their feed-bags into shopping bags you are probably shopping at the health food store and there is no judgment there. I’m letting my freak flag fly, how about you? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make a stunning bracelet using bead caps!

Hi friends! The other day I cleared off my big table, spread out my trays of beads and made this:


I framed each of the lovely faceted beads in my design with copper bead caps. They were not expensive but they really added a punch to this bracelet design. This is an easy bracelet to make and I have step by step instructions in today’s video!


Green faceted rondelle beads about 1/2″ wide
Gold/amber bicone beads 1/4″ wide
Copper Bead Caps (Blue Moon Beads)
Green glass foal bead about 5/8″ wide
copper crimp beads #1
Beadalon 7 strand copper finish bead wire (AKA Tigertail)
Copper finish toggle clasp
Bead board or towel for work surface and measuring tape.

Needle nose pliers
Flush cutters
Crimp pliers
*You can also use a 3-in-1 plier if that is all you have. You simply squash the crimp bead on the flat part of the tool. This is a weaker connection but it will do in a pinch.

I hope you give this a try and til next time happy crafting!

I can’t say “bye” to summer yet!

Hi friends! While I love Fall and the upcoming holidays, wood fires and crisp air I still feel the pull of hot summer days and salty air. I had to give summer one last hurrah and make some cards with the By The Tide stamp set I just got from Stampin Up!


I used my watercolor crayons to stamp with. I will show you how in today’s video. You can also use watercolor paints (ink the stamps up with a flat brush and not too much water) or watercolor pencils. I recommend experimenting on inexpensive cardstock until you get the hang of it. You can cut your practice up into matching tags too!

9″x12″ 140# Canson Watercolor paper (Cut into thirds to make 3 cards!)
Watercolor crayons or pencils
spray bottle of water and a water bucket
Stamps by Stampin Up!
By The Tide #129120
Perpetual Birthday Calendar (ink splotches) # 137167
Watercolor Wishes (the sentiment was from the card kit) #140406

Feel free to try this technique with any stamps you like! I want to thank Wendy from for sending me these fun stamps to try. She has lots of fun ideas on her website Luvin’ Stampin’ too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Sheep! Long Painting Tutorial for Beginners!

Hi friends! Thanks for encouraging me to post this long tutorial, it was one of the photos I took at the common ground fair last week. It was really fun to paint!


Here is the reference photo:


And here is the video! Get comfy, make a hot cup of tea or pour a glass of wine and let’s paint!

8″x10″ DaVinci Pro Panel
Turner Arcryl Gouache (or the acrylic colors you prefer)
12 Shades of Gray Acrylic Set (or you can mix your grays)
Black Swan Brushes
Hog fan brushes
Watercolor pencils (any brand is fine)
palate and water bucket

1. Sketch the sheep on the panel with watercolor pencils.
2. Paint the background shades of green (mixes of green, cobalt blue, burnt sienna, lemon yellow) and let dry. Try not to cover your sketch as much as I did to save time later!
3. Start painting the sheep using a small filbert and tapping strokes. Start with white in the highlight area and pick up gray and add it is as you move to the shadowed areas.
4. Add details with a mix of black and greyed brown.
5. Use a combination of fan brushes and yellow-green paint to paint the foreground grass and then add detail grass with a liner brush.

I hope you spend some time painting this weekend! BTW, if you hear the gentle sounds of rain in the video it is because I filmed it Wednesday and we got 5″ of rain LOL! I am lucky I wasn’t swimming in my basement studio! Thanks to Jerry’s Artarama for sponsoring this video, that to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wicked Easy Halloween Trick-o-Treat Bags!

Hi friends! Here is a fun way to get some use out of your Halloween themed stamps, use up some paper scraps and get a head start on Halloween!


If you don’t celebrate Halloween you can change-up the stamps and prepare these little bags for another event! I am using tin tie coffee bags from our sponsor Papermart, they are sturdy and plastic lined so you can actually gift food items in them, they are sturdy bags that you can decorate and stamp on too. I think they are a wonderful item to have on hand, they come in kraft, white and other colors but I like the kraft best. FYI The other colors are a bit glossy so you would need a specialty ink to stamp on those.


Tin-Tie Coffee Bags
Mini Clothes Pins
Colored Pencils
Colored paper (scraps can be used!)
Halloween stamps and dies & ink (optional-mine are from Stampendous)

1. Layer green and blue paper to make grass and sky and fold in half to make a bag topper. You can cut it into a fancy shape if you like (as I did in the video) or leave it as a rectangle.
2. Stamp a pumpkin on orange paper, add details with colored pencils, cut out and glue to topper. You can add a stem or witches hat to the pumpkin if you like. Stamp “Happy Halloween” on the backside.
3. Place over the bag and secure with a mini clothes pin.

Consider making a few of your treat bags with a teal pumpkin or teal hat like I did and having non-food Halloween treats in them like crayons, pencils, puzzles so you can give them to kids with food allergies. You can let parents know that you have non-food treats by placing a teal painted pumpkin on your porch. I am not sure who started the teal pumpkin project but I think it is a great idea! Let’s make Halloween fun for everyone! Happy Crafting!

Stamp School 15: Colored Pencil and Triple Time Stamping Techniques!

Hi friends! Today I will share the techniques to make this card:


I will show you some colored pencil techniques and also show you how to cut your design (use whatever cutting tools you have) to make the layered panels. It’s a lot of fun! I am using Fall themed stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko. Mention thefrugalcrafter when you order to save 10% on any order or free shipping on orders over $50, you get whatever deal is better:)

Now on to the video!

1 sheet kraft cardstock
1/4 sheet of yellow, green and coral cardstock
Colored Pencils (I used Coloursoft by Derwent)
Foil leaf charm
Wooden buttons and ribbon
Dies or stencils to trace for the shapes
Trimmer, scissors or craft knife.

1. Stamp leaves on kraft panel and color with pencils.
2. Using nesting dies or a stencil cut the stamped panel in different sizes of the same shape as shown in the video.
3. Mat the die cut panels on green cardstock (or color of your choice.)
4. Reassemble the stack of panels and adhere to the card.
5. Embellish as desired.

I hope you try these techniques, you can use any shape to make your layers, circles and squares are simple but look terrific too! Til next time happy crafting!




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