Sat Chat (only 3 Weeks to Christmas, what?)

Hi friends! Don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me but I feel compelled to inform you that it is only 3 weeks until Christmas? When did this happen? I felt like I was ahead of the game when I purchased a gift in October and I rode that wave of just preparedness until now LOL! I have done some online shopping but I am feeling the need to wrap this up so I can enjoy the next few weeks stress-free. I plan of hitting a couple stores today to hopefully finish up as it is a nice sunny day and the roads are clear and who knows what mother nature will have in store over the next couple of weeks. I hope you have a fun and or productive day as well and with that, I will give you this week’s Sat Chat. Feel free to put this on in the background as you do your thing:)

Stuff I mentioned!

  • Mark your calendars for free classes! On Thursday, December 16th at 9am eastern time I will have a class on the Craft Stash Facebook page (and probably YouTube channel) and on January 6th at 8pm ET I will have a free class using Derwent Chromaflow pencils on Michaels.com/classes. I will have details as we get closer to those dates.

Independent shops I mentioned:

I hope you have an amazing ay and til next time happy crafting!

Trash to treasure…or something…

Hi friends! The other day when I did my Scan n Cut demo I said I was going to toss the leftover waste scrap from my mat. Never have I said something in a video that sparked so much horror from my viewers so I thought I would try and make something useful from the scrap. You can see what I made in today’s video. I hope it inspired you to create!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

So, what do you think? Should I have kept with my plan to toss the scrap or was the scrap-saving effort worth it? Let me know in the comments and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Feather Bookmarks! Watercolor fun!

Hi, friends! In today’s fun watercolor workshop we will paint a bunch of pretty freehand feathers that can be used as bookmarks, gift tags or be made into a mobile!

Grab your supplies, relax and paint with me!

Supplies: Affiliate links used.

Here are some close-up photos of the feathers to give you some ideas for painting your own! Happy crafting!

Make this beautiful craft from glass jars!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a gorgeous craft project that you can make inexpensively with your family and friends to decorate your homes this holiday season!

You can put battery-operated tea lights or fairy lights in these sweet glistening jars for a glowing frosted effect. You can even make coasters to match. I’ll show you how in today’s video!

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

  • Glass jars (Save and reuse any glass jars)
  • 4″ glazed white tiles (if making coasters) they are about 14 cents at a big box home improvement store
  • Clear Glitter or Epsom Salt (it’s less sparkly but more earth-friendly, cheaper and it looks like snow) I used fine glitter for the inside of the jar and chunky glitter on the rim.
  • Folk art enamels *you can also get these open stock at most big box craft stores.
  • Brushes: #1 liner, #4-6 flat
  • Q tip
  • Burlap or ribbon
  • Red buttons or jinglebells *or any embellishments you like)
  • Jute twine
  • White glue or mod podge
  • Hot Glue
  • White latex caulking or snow tex or embossing paste.

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

PS I am planning on going live on YouTube at 2pm Eastern Time with a watercolor tutorial if you want to check it out!

The BEST Investment in my paper crafting hobby!

Hi, friends! About 5 years ago on Black Friday, I bought myself a Brother Scan n Cut machine. I love the look of cleanly cut stamped images but I didn’t like the cost of the metal dies. Plus metal dies only cut 1 thing and took up space. Also, I had been stamping for about 15 years and I had thousands of stamps already. I figured that with die sets running around $25 the machine would pay for itself in no time! FYI Amazon has a Cyber Monday deal on the newer Scan ‘n Cut if you want to check it out. I am an Amazon affiliate but I didn’t plan this LOL!

I had a few questions after I posted this video on YouTube about cutting the images with a border. That is really easy to do. After scanning and clicking OK you click on the icon that looks like a donut on the screen and you can select how large of a border you want. I usually do a .04 margin (it looks the most like what a die with a border does) if I want one or I cut directly on the outline like we did today. You can do many other things with this machine, like hooking it to a computer and using their software to create your own designs, but in all honestly, all I use it for is cutting out my stamped images. It has saved me thousands of dollars on dies and honestly it is quicker than using my crank-style machine especially if I have a full sheet of stamped images. I recommend this machine if you have a place to leave it out and set up and you are not afraid of electronics. It’s really easy to use but often I hear of crafters being afraid of these machines. If you own one but it has never been opened now you know what to do and how easy it is to use. This has been the best investment in my paper crafting hobby. I hope you found this video useful and informative. Happy crafting!

Sat Chat (A Day Late)

Hi friends! I hope your weekend is going well! I updated my address book yesterday so I am ready to address Christmas cards today! Mr. Frugal and I got the porch decorated and we started on decorating the garage but I realized that I wanted to replace the plaid bows I made last year on the wreaths for red ones as the red and green plaid just looks like yuck at a distance. It’s a shame as the bows are still in good shape and the ribbon is pretty. I think I will use those bows elsewhere so they don’t go to waste. I did find (or I should say my mom and sister found for me, thanks guys!) red velvet ribbon which is what I prefer for wreath bows and wrapping the posts on my porch, you can see my porch decorations here. I’m just taking a break to have lunch and I remembered that I forgot to post my Sat Chat on my blog so here you go!

Stuff I mentioned:

  • Last Chance to save 50% on Handpainted Holiday! *use coupon code XMAS50 if the discount doesn’t appear. Regular price $39, with XMAS50 discount $19.60. Offer ends 12/1/21
  • Peach Painting tutorial is up now in Critique Club
  • Cute kids palette (I bought it for the palette, not the paint)
  • Movie Recommendation: Queenpins: a classmate from college (and coworker/friend of mine at a low-budget TV station in the ’90s) wrote and directed this movie with his wife. Aron and Gita are a super talented team and I think you will love this movie, it’s rated R but I’m not sure why I think it would be fine to watch with teens.

This morning I saw some Cyber Monday ads and there were a few small art and stamp stores that have good prices every day offering good sales on top so I thought I’d share. I don’t know the exact end times of these sales.

  • A Little Creative Me (my freind April) is the North American distrubter of Renesans handmade Polish watercolors and they are normally a steal but she is offering 10% off! also I have a coupon code that might work on top of that for another 10% off: FRUGAL10
  • Hallmark Scrapbook has an extra 10% off (making their prices 20-90% of list!) and they are offering a free stamping foam block on orders over $50. Sale ends tonight.
  • Impression Obsession has 25% off their entire store and a free gift valued at $20 in each order with promo code THANKS21 (check out their cover a card background stamps!)
  • Topflight Stamps has 25% off all orers, no coupon code needed through Tuesday.
  • Blick Art Supplies has many Derwent products 50% off: Derwent Coloursoft, Inktense pencils and blocks, XL Graphite and XL charcoal sets and pastel pencils. If you were looking to purchase or add to and of those collections it might be the best time to buy. They are also offering E-Coupons (a gift card to spend in the futurer if you oder a certain amount: Spend $75 get $10, spend $150, get $20 spend $300, get $50) with coupon code WKD2021 and free shipping over $39.
  • Amazon has a version of the Scan ‘n Cut for $75 off on a Cyber Monday Deal now. I just posted a video on youTube on how I use mine here if you want to see it in action. My model is about 5 years old but it is still going strong!

That’s all for today. My tummy is growling and those bows are not going to tie themselves so I will wish you a happy Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

I feel “Peachy” about this painting!

Hi friends! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday (or a lovely week if you don’t celebrate it.) We had a wonderful day vising family and feasting on good food! One of my all-time favorite foods is actually peaches and nectarines. Maybe that’s why I liked painting this so much?

I have a real-time lesson of this painting up now in Critique Club. The real-time lesson is over 2 hours long but it is broken up into 10 smaller parts so you can fit in the project as you have snippets of time. It also makes it more manageable I think so you don’t get overwhelmed. Critique Club is a membership group where you have access to 70 in-depth art lessons (with 2 additional lessons added each month!) creative prompts and the ability to upload your artwork for feedback from me. It’s only $5 a month and you can cancel anytime. Learn more or enroll here.

Here is the timelapse version:

Supplies:

  • M Graham Watercolors (or what you like) Quin Red (PR209) Cadmium Yellow (PY35) You can use Gamboge or Indian yellow (or any warm bright yellow) Yellow ochre or Raw Sienna Burnt Umber or Burnt Sienna (Pbr7) Ultramarine Blue (PB29) Hookers Green (PG7, PY110) *you can mix your own
  • Schminke Super granulating colors (You don’t need these, I am just having fun experimenting with them at the moment.) Galaxy black (Pbk11, PB29) also you can mix burnt umber and Ultramarine for a very similar look and texture Tundra Orange (PR233, Pbr7, PY43) You can use yellow ochre, burnt sienna and a touch of cad red or potters pink to create this.
  • Derwent Coloursoft Pencils: C720 white C640 brown black C600 mid brown C480 Lincoln Green C410 dark green C400 lime Green C450 yellow green C020 Acid Yellow C590 ochre C060 pale orange C080 bright orange C100 rose C120 red C180 blush pink C150 cranberry C250 purple Also a cool grey 50 and 90 from Prismacolor Reference photo: https://pixabay.com/photos/nectarines-peaches-fruits-6808372/

At the time of posting Blick has Derwent Colorsoft 50% off as well as the Derwent Inktense pencils, Inktense blocks, Pastel pencils, and XL Watersoluble Charcoal sets and XL Watersoluble Graphite sets! I haven’t really seen any other great Black Friday deals for art supplies (that are worth buying) but that sure is a good deal if you are looking for any of those products. Happy crafting!

Want some company as you craft, cook, or clean? Craft-along with me!

Hi friends! Yesterday I had a Christmas craft-along live stream on YouTube and it was so much fun! We made cards and tags and we used what we had on hand!

You can watch the replay below. If you want to know when the next live stream is going to happen please subscribe to me on YouTube and click the notification bell and select “All” so you don’t miss it!


Here are some techniques we will do in today’s video!

  • Making our own stencils and inking with them! I’ll use Distress ink and distress oxides.
  • I’ll use my homemade ink daubers (tutorial here)
  • The Deer stamps I used are very old and the company that made them, Pink Persimmon, sadly is no longer in business but I found this adorable set from My Favorite things.
  • I used these Alcohol pens to color the deer and I will do a demo.
  • I’ll show you how to use texture paste freehand and with a stencil
  • You will also need scissors, cardstock, and some embellishments if you like such as sequins.
  • You do you. Let’s have fun! *Some affiliate links were used above in the supply and techniques list. I may earn a small commission if you shop through my link at no additional cost to you, thanks!

Do you like painting cards too? 50% off Handpainted Holiday Class and new bonus lessons added! *use coupon code XMAS50 if the discount doesn’t appear. Regular price $39, with XMAS50 discount $19.60. Offer ends 12/1/21.

Thank you for spending part of your day with me today! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchmarker Brushpro REview

Hi friends! Today I have a review of a high-quality marker from Russia called Sketchmarker. This line of alcohol markers is available in 448 colors and has refills and replacement nibs available. They also offer papers and other accessories for the marker artist. You can see my full review and art in the video below.

These markers are available in alcohol versions with brush/chisel nibs or bullet chisel nibs and also water-based versions. They also have papers for the different markers they sell and fineliners that work with both types. Sketchmarker has been working on bringing their catalog of markers to Amazon where they can offer more affordable shipping and better prices in sets. You can see their Amazon storefront here. This is their website where you can select English or Russian language and see everything they have. Marker Universe also carries them (out of Oregon USA) and they have a handy conversion chart. The price ranges from around $3.50 per marker in sets on Amazon to $5.39 open stock at Marker Universe. Ellen Hutson also sells the markers and refills open stock. Some refills are available at Marker universe and they will be available on Amazon in sets next year. I could not find a place to buy the replacement nibs but Copics or Blick should fit.

Pros:

  • Flexible Japanese style brush nib
  • The biggest color selection available 400 now, 448 next year
  • Refillable Smooth consistent ink
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Works on many types of paper

Cons:

  • Since they are a Russian brand it’s hard to find all of the colors and refills open stock in America. Sets are easy to find on Amazon tho. *Correction: Open stock markers and refills are availabe from Ellen Hutson and Marker Universe.
  • There were a couple of “samey” colors in the Desert set I reviewed

Bottom line: These are great markers equivalent to Copic Sketch and others with the flexible foam rubber Japanese style nib. They are half the price of Copics but not a “budget” marker, they run about the same price as other brush markers with foam rubber nibs, those nibs are pricey! The refills are less per ML than Copic wich is nice as Copic recently had a price hike (or more specifically shrinkflation) which makes me prefer these and they have a larger color range is that’s important to you. If you like them and they are in your budget I recommend them! Happy crafting!

Disclaimer: I was sent these marker free for review, affilate links may be used.