Stamp School: How to Stamp Plaid

Hi friends! First up I want to announce the stamp winner from the fabric stamping tutorial last week: Rosana! I have sent the winner an email on how she can get her prise so if it is you check your email:)

The other day I shared a cute stamped teachers notepad gift and many of you asked me to show you how I stamped the plaid background. It is easy and you can use any stripe or ribbon stamp you have if you don’t have the plaid stamp I am using.

Watch the video to see how!

I used this stamp from DRS designs, I recommend if you are thinking about buying it you get the unmounted or cling mounted option because if you get the wood mounted one you can’t cut it apart and it will not be as useful plus it will be more expensive.

I had a look around and found some clear sets that would also be good, I think you get more stamps for your money too plus it may help you position them since they are clear. remember you can always mix and match striped and ribbon stamps to get the look of plaid! I love this set: My Favorite Things Plaid background Builder.  *It has the fabric texture! And these: Simon Says Stamp Basic Stripes Set and Simon Says Stamp All Striped Up Bundle.

A YouTube viewer also suggested cutting strips of fun foam to make your own stripes too, clever! Have fun making plaid and til next time happy crafting!

 

Frugal Planner Update!

Hi friends! Just a quick post and video tonight. I just picked up my new planner insert at the dollar tree and I went with a different style this year and I will show/tell you all about it in tonight’s video!

They had 3 really nice styles to pick from at our local Dollar Tree and I don’t know how long they will last so I wanted to let you know:)

You can find my DIY cheap planner video here,and my plan with me 2016 video here.  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Tips for organizing and getting the most out of your tubes of paint!

Hi friends! Tonight I am going to show you how I am organising many of my tube watercolors that do not have a dedicated permanent palette. I was concerned about having too many small random homemade palettes to deal with so what I have done is taken the tin that my Qor paints came in and filled it with half pans (or you can use bottle caps, I am sticking to half pans so I can put them in one of my field palettes if I want to at any time) with magnets attached. You are probably wondering why I just don’t glue them to the tin and save money on magnets. Here’s why: I rarely use more than 5 colors in a painting and I wanted to be able to move the pans to the lid with the mixing wells when I am painting and since they have magnets on the bottom they wont slide around on me. As exciting as it is to listen to me talk about this process I’m sure you’d probably rather watch a video so here you go!

Video!

I know I covered a lot in this video, here are the references I mentioned.

The gadget I used to get the paint out of the tubes is a tube wringer, Jerry’s has them the cheapest. Don’t bother with the paint saver keys. The one I have is similar to $5.99 model but if you can swing it I’d go with a metal one.

I did find a source of affordable empty half-pans and full pans, I just ordered 40 half and 30 fulls from Jacksons Art Supply on amazon and no matter how many you order (and you can combine half and full pans) it is just one shipping charge of $3.50 from UK to USA. I am not affiliated with Jackson’s or Amazon but it was the best deal I could find (26 cents half/39 cents full.) There is another outfit called Half Pan PH which also has a good price on half pans, they ship out of the Philipines, I have never ordered from them but they just announced global shipping.

The tin came with the Qor set of watercolors. I got a big tin with each set of 6 paints I ordered. They have switched to smaller tins for the small sets because artist complained but i like the big tins. You might ask where you order if you can get a set in a large tin if they still have them. currently Jerry’s has the best price on these at $20.00 (which is a couple bucks less than what I paid sheesh!)

I got the magnets from Oriental Trading but there is nothing special about them, just look for a good price, I got 200 for $6  or you could use rubber cement to tack down your pans but i wanted to be able to move the colors I wanted over to my mixing side so I did not get confused:) and also be able to rearrange them.

I wrote the names on my pans with an ultra fine tip sharpie which I also use to do watercolor pen and ink with:) Someone suggested using a brother label maker to do that so if you have one it’s a great idea. I don’t have one or plan to get one, I can’t even imagine being that organized with life.😀

I hope you found this useful. I have lots of room to store and mix paint in this tin and I actually have 2 more of these from the other 2 Qor sets I bought, one is storing random tubes of paint ans the other one is sitting in my “empty box storage” please don’t call hoarders. Erma Bombeck was talking about me and her mother when she said “She never met a box she didn’t like.) LOL, Gosh, I miss Erma. I sure is nice to have your paint organized and ready to go, almost as good as painting with it which I hope you do. Remember it’s not the paint that makes the art, you do that bit:) Have a good night and as always happy crafting!

 

DIY Scratch Board! (Great for Kids!)

Hi friends! My kids love to do scratch board art and I have spent a pretty penny over the years on various scratch board project kits but today I’m going to show you how you can make them at home!

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All the supplies I am using came in this months Smart Art subscription box, you can get this box at a 10% discount here or check out their subscriptions if you would like to get your own surprise box of art supplies every month. Don’t worry if you don’t have this exact box though, you can still do this project with items from around your home:)

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Supplies-all in the August Smart Art kit or you can use what you have at home:
Clay coated board (Ampersand) or you can use a heavy white cardstock
Oil Pastels or crayons
Black Ink (Higgins waterproof)
Paintbrush
Scratch art tools (or you can use small pointy things like an un-bent paperclip)

Directions:
1. Apply a heavy coat of oil pastels to your paper or board.
2. Coat prepared board with an even layer of black ink and let dry (30 minutes to an hour)
3. Use your tools to scrape away a design.

Tips!
If you make a mistake and scrape away too much you can touch it up with black ink using a small paintbrush.

If you desire more color you can go back in with oil pastel or ink (apply it over the light-colored scraped away areas)

Thanks to Smart Art for sponsoring todays post! Happy crafting!

DIY Notepad // Great Gift for Teacher!

Hi friends! School is almost back in session in Maine and kids have already gone back to school in other parts of the country. Why not make this cute notepad for your teacher this year!

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No teacher? That’s OK use your favorite colors and images and make one for yourself, it is fast, frugal and fun!

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Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: TEACHER to get a free Mini Apple Peg Stamp, OR any mini peg stamp of your choice, when you spend $25 or more. Coupon expires on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Supplies:
White copy paper (Cut 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″)
Cardboard 4″ x 8 1/2″
Grossgrain ribbon (Offray)
Stamps (Rubber Stamp TapestryFruit WreathCherry Blossoms (big branch), Bittersweet (little branch)
Hot glue
Scissors
Paper trimmer
Cardstock/Patterned paper
Dies or Punches
Clothespins or binder clips
Die inks
Silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard
Buttons & twine (optional)

Directions:
1. Trim copy paper and clip stack together, apply glue to short edge and smooth with a silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard.
2. Stamp apple and branch motif on white cardstock, punch out and set aside. Die cut any other elements you might want from cardstock or patterned paper.
3. Fold an 8 1/2″ x 11″ patterned cardstock in half and warp around the pad of paper to determine fit and score and crease to make a neat spine.
4. Cut a notch on the cover and feed ribbon through if desired, glue both layers of cover together.
5. Glue the other piece of ribbon for the tie closure to the cardboard backing. Also glue on a loop of ribbon for a pen/pencil holder. Glue the paper pad on top.
6. Attach the cover to the back of the pad (cardboard side) so it wraps around and the ribbon closures meet at the open side.
7. Embellish as desired.

The options with this litte notebook are endless, you can make stocking stuffers, party favors or even handly list pads to keep in your pocketbook. Add a magnet to the back and you can even put it on your fridge and best of all you can use up some of your pretty paper and ribbon scraps:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Rocks in Watercolor LIVE 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! I am so happy to be painting with you live today! I had a great vacation last week and today we are going to paint one of the Plein Air paintings I did while on vacation by YOUR request! We are going to paint rocks because many of you told me that rocks were a challenge for you so you will have me at your disposal to ask questions along the way if you get stuck. We will be live at 12:30pm Eastern Time today, I hope you can join us!

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You can watch the live class, or the replay in the video player below but if you want to chat with us be sure to watch it on the YouTube watch page.

Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama:

  • Cotman Watercolors *You can use any watercolors you have though:)
  • Fabriano Studio Watercolor Paper (the best “cheap” paper I have found *the 11″x14″ 50 or 100 sheet pads are a great buy and is what I made mt landscape watercolor block from, I cut each sheet into 3rds 4 1/2″ish x11″ pieces)
  • Brushes-Mimik 1/2″ filbert (under $5) OR try the Princeton Neptune 1/2″ oval wash (about $10) *you can also use a nice thirsty round brush:)
  • Waterbrush (I like this Koi one and it is under $5)
  • Black waterproof pen (sharpie, micron, pitt pen-your choise!)

Want more inspiring tutorials, try my Mixed it Up Mixed Media Step by Step Class for 50% off at Craftsy!

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I hope to paint with you live today on YouTube! Til then Happy crafting!

Stamp School! Embellishing with scraps of mesh and tulle!

Hi friends! I think the title of this post perfectly explains why my craft room is full to bursting, I mean, why toss a scrap of pretty metallic deco mesh if it can be used on  card, right?

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I love that it adds texture and sparkle without bulk and weight and since it is a leftover from a project you would otherwise throw away it’s free! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! This tip really comes in handy when you are planing around a theme like an under the sea birthday party (Jellyfish pull-style piniata project coming in a week or two!) because you can use the same materials to creat decorations, party favors and invitations to not only create a cohesive look but also save money on supplies and have fewer leftovers when you are done. I always say the supplies you use are the best bargains!

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Supplies:
Clear Bags (I find 6″x9″ to be the most versatile for mailing and craft fair packaging)
Deco Mesh in pink, turquoise and lime green (we will be using more of this in the future!)
Stamps of your choise (mine are from hero arts) SeahorseAnchorGoldfish
Dye ink pads
White cardstock
Kraft paper (or a brown bag)
Sequins if desired

This idea is not limited to birthday parties. Are you using deco mesh, tulle or burlap to make a Christmas wreath? Why not use your scraps to embellish your cards, gift tags and wrappings. Thinking dual purpose when you purchase will help you get the most bang for your buck and keep your craft room from looking like a museum of unused craft supplies. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

BTW there will be a live painting tutorial tomorrow at 12:30m ET! See you there!

Sponsored by Papermart

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