Free Worldwide Shipping {and low prices} on Art & Craft Supplies!

Hi friends! I have a cold and am resting up my voice today so I don’t have a new video for you but I wanted to let you know that Blitsy just announced that they are offering free worldwide shipping!

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The free shipping threshold varies from country to country, I think in the US it is $29.99 but it should be displayed at the top of the homepage when you visit the site I think.  Blitsy offers thousands of products on sale daily and carries all the top and trendy brands in art and craft supplies. You might find your favorite brand way cheaper, it is worth a look anyway:) Please not that above links are affiliate links:) That is it for today, I am going to rest my voice so hopefully it will be in good shape for tomorrows live show. Til then happy crafting!

Stamp Giveaway & Sweet Sleepy Mouse Card!

Hi friends! Today I have another alcohol marker coloring tutorial and a chance to win the adorable stamp from Artneko that I used on this card!

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Just leave a comment below for a chance to win, I will draw a name in one week and notify the winner by email. Watch the video below to learn how to color the image and make this easy card!

Sponsored by Art Neko *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:

Tips!

  1. You can mix alcohol markers from many brands, they all work together!
  2. If your cardstock does not blend well first color an area with your lightest shade and then proceed dark to light as I showed in the video.
  3. Pick your papers before you choose your marker colors so everything will coordinate.

Have fun and don’t forget to leave a comment for a change to win the stamp I used today from Artneko! Happy crafting!

Sweet Limited Supply Bunny Card & $5 Marker Sets!

Hi friends! Grab your paper scraps and bunny stamps and let’s make a sweet card for spring or Easter!

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It is a fun and quick project, I made it in under 20 minutes real-time and that includes coloring with markers!

Supplies:

Above are affiliate links to Simon Says Stamp They have a great selection and ship internationally. *PS you can find the Spectrum Noir markers there as well but they are $12/pack vs $5 at Consumer Crafts. I also Linked to Consumer Crafts, they have the amazing $5 a pack marker sale this week and always free shipping over $75 USA only. *There are no duplication in any of the Spectrum Noir 6 or 24 sets so you can build your collection as your budget allows.

Directions:
1. Make a 5 1/2″x4 1/4″ card base from a pinky tan shade of cardstock. Trim patterned paper scraps to 4″ wide.

2. Stamp Bunny with Memento rich cocoa ink and color with Spectrum Noir (or your favorite) alcohol pens.

3. Teat strips of paper and adhere to card base.

4. Glue burlap ribbon over card.

5. Trim or die cut bunny image and adhere with foam tape.

6. Cut foam eggs in half and glue to card.

I hope this inspired you to use what you have and make some pretty spring cards! Happy crafting!

Finishing Something…

Hi friends! There is nothing as satisfying as finishing a daunting task. This week, I completed the illustrations for Kelly Brooks-Bay’s new Book Sea Glass and the Lighthouse two whole hours before the deadline! Some revisions may be needed as par for the course but I am really pleased to have it completed.

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I am also almost done decluttering my craft-room using the Konmari method. I have been filming as I worked on this monumental task of physically holding everything I owned and deciding whether to keep it or not. I am very happy with how it is going and I will be happy to give you a full report with an indexed video (so you can skip to subject you want to see) in a couple of weeks. Working on two big projects at once reminded me of some valuable lessons: 1. You can reach any goal if you are willing to work for it and 2. Persistence beats perfection. Basically, show up everyday, do YOUR best and keep at it until the job is done. There is nothing better than the feeling of finishing something. I want to know in the comments what you are working on or if you jut finished a daunting project recently. Let’s cheer each other on! Happy crafting!

Starburst Quilt-Look Card {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Here is another quilt inspired card!

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It doesn’t take a lot of supplies but it is really beautiful when it is done. Watch the video to see how!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets of orders of $10 or more. New stamps are being released soon, sign up for the Rubber Stamp Tapestry newsletter for bonus free projects and fun news!

Supplies:

  • Peg Stamp Sets: Brambly RoseStars & Stripes Forever, Summer’s End, Wisteria Frame
  • Sentiment stamp (Stampin up-retired)
  • Cardstock in white, kraft and black
  • Starburst Stencil (or any stencil with large holes, this one is by Heidi Swapp)
  • Sequins
  • Dye inks
  • Ink Brush
  • Stickles
  • Adhesive: Foam tape, double stick tape, clear glue
  • Embossing folder with an all over pattern
  • Circle/stitched dies or punches if desired
  • Black pen
  • Paper peircer and foam mat
  • Ruler
  • Other: Masking or washi tape for tacking dies and stencil down

Directions:
1. Place stencil over 5″x7″ piece of white cardstock and secure with tape.

2. For each open area in the stencil stamp a design repeatedly, then use an ink brush to add more of the same color. Alternate colors in each opening until you have filled all open areas of the stencil.

3. Add stitching lines around each stencil shape. Leave the stencil in place while you do this.

4. Remove stencil and trim panel to 6 3/4″x4 3/4″ then pierce stitching lines along each edge of the panel and draw stitching lines over the dots. Adhere this panel to a 5″x7″ kraft card base.

5. Stamp sentiment and cut it out with circle dies. Adhere to card with foam tape.

6. Embellish card with sequins.

I love quilt themed cards and I had a blast designing this one, I hope you give it a try! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE Castle Paint-a-thon!

Edit! The live stream was so fun today! Here is the final painting. The replay is available below!

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Hi friends! This week I am in a castle collaboration with talented painters Angela Anderson and Cinnamon Cooney-The Art Sherpa! We are all painting castles! Here is a color study for the one I will be painting:

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The colors I am using are: Quin Red, Cobalt Blue, Cad. Yellow Lt., Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Yellow Ocher but you can pick whatever you have that is closest. If you are new to watercolor you can thin down acrylic paints to a watery consistency and work on paper. You do not have to worry about under-binding on paper;) Here is the reference photo for the castle but please refer to the printable pattern because I am adding more landscape area to this.

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You can watch the live stream or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters live or ask me questions during the show be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Today’s Live Stream Castle Collaboration Schedule:

  1. 10am ET Angela Anderson with a lovely Fairytale Castle in acrylics
  2. 12:30pm ET Me, the Frugalcrafter with a lovely watercolor castle
  3. 2pm ET The Art Sherpa paints Hogwarts Castle in Acrylics

All the supplies for this tutorial can be found from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

I hope to see you today at 12:30pm ET on YouTube! Maybe I’ll see you in the chat on Angela’s or Cinnamon’s live stream too! Til then Happy Crafting!

Sketch Everyday! A Fluffy Ducking!

Hi friends! The best habit you can do to improve your art is to sketch a bit everyday. Taking just 20 minutes a day to practice will serve you better than on 2 hour session on the weekend. Think of it this way, would it be better to lift light weights for 20 minutes 5 days a week or carry a piano up a flight of stairs once a week? Daily exercise of course! Hey, if you can draw or paint for an hour a day that’s even better but for now just aim for 15-20 minutes. If you are afraid that you won’t have anything to sketch just draw what you see. I also recommend making a personalized reference file folder where you can keep photos you might want to paint or draw. I use an expandable file folder and I collect clippings from magazines, seed catalogs, computer print-outs and photographs I have taken. I have been collecting these snippets for years and I learned to do this from my art teacher who had a filing cabinet full of folders of images. I learned to draw in the pre-internet days of the 1980s so if you needed a reference image you went to your folders or the library! I find that the internet can be a massive distraction so if you can access the visual info without getting sucked into the rabbit hole all the better. So if you are wondering how you will ever find 20 minutes to sketch each day might I suggest turning off the computer or smart phone. At least that is where my time seems to get sucked away. Present blogs excluded, this is not a waste of time LOL:)

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I have decided to film some of my morning warm up sketches to share my process. Feel free to sketch along! One more thing, I want to stress that drawing from life is probably the best way to understand light and form so be sure to sketch your cat or the fruit on your table or anything else you see in real life. It will make the work you do from reference photos look more authentic. Here is the reference photo I used and I chose to only sketch the duckling that was fully visible.

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I added a vague puddle and stones to complete the sketch. Please not that I did not get the feet right at the start and notice what I did to adjust them during the sketch. Watercolor pencils are nice for this rework-ability but feel free to use a regular pencil if you prefer!

Video!

Supplies

*Above are affiliate links to Consumer Crafts. They had the best prices on the supplies I used today!

Coming up tomorrow!

It ‘a day of live painting classes on YouTube, I have teamed up with Angela Anderson and Cinnamon Cooney to bring you a day of live painting! Angela will be live with an acrylic castle tutorial at 11am, I will follow at 12:30pm and Cinnamon Cooney (the Art Sherpa) will paint after me in acrylics! It will be a lot of fun and don’t worry, we will record our classes so you can watch them later if you can’t make it live! I am so excited to be a part of this collab. I will have more info in this tomorrow morning,til then, happy crafting!

 

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