Coloring Practice with Alcohol Markers!

Hi friends! The other day I posted some pressed flower projects including a card that I colored with alcohol markers.

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May of you asked for the coloring tutorial, so here it is! There are no difficult techniques here so if you are a beginner this one’s for you! Also I did not speed up any of the coloring (I did clip out any repetitive bits) so you can see the techniques in real time. I hope you find it useful!

Products: (Affiliate links used-thank you for your support!)

I like to blend alcohol markers from dark to light, it is quick and works well on high quality cardstock like Neenah. Remember that Copic coloring takes practice, enjoy the journey! You can find more alcohol marker tutorials here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Yes, we are LIVE today! {12:30pm ET}

Howdy friends! We have another live show today at 12:30pm ET, same time as every Friday so you can mark it in your calendars if you want (although next week is school break so I am not planning on a live show but you never know with me…)

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As always you can watch the show live or catch the reply in the player below BUT if you want to chat live with us, ask questions or just hang out with other painters make sure to click over to the YouTube watch page and you will see the chat window on your screen.

As always this live stream is sponsored by our friends at Jerry’s Artarama where you will find all the best brands at the lowest prices!

Supplies:

I hope to chat with you live today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube! Some of you have mentioned that my Friday morning posts is too short notice to join live, I am sorry about that but if you subscribe to me on YouTube you will get notifications in your sub box a couple of days in advance or just write Friday 12:30pm Eastern Time on your calendar. Also unless something goes terribly wrong the replays will be available directly after the broadcast. I hope that helps! Happy Crafting!

DIY Satin Eye Mask! Beauty Sleep Anyone?

Hi friends! Nothing like a little luxury, am I right?

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Today I will show you how to make a lovely satin sleep mask using supplies from Papermart. They have an amazing closeout deal on high quality bolts of satin fabric (20 yards of 65″ wide for $30.64 OR less if you are ordering in bulk) With weddings and proms coming up it would be smart to stock up before they sell out. Satin is also nice for home decor.

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I must admit I was a little nervous about sewing a formal fabric like satin but with a few tips and tricks it can be sewn with ease and a small project like this will help you learn the ropes.

Disclaimer: I do not wake up like this. Actually it’s best you do not apporach me until I have consumed at least 2 cups of coffee. My husband actually LOLed when he saw the video intro. All I need now is some bluebirds fluttering through the window to help me with the housework haha:)

Supplies:

  • Satin Fabric
  • Satin Ribbon (for bow)
  • Paper and pencil (for template)
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Silk pins (they are thinner than normal pins and do not rust)
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine and thread and/or hand sewing supplies
  • 1/4″ sewing elastic (17″ give or take)
  • Bonus Supply: Tassels if you want to make matching curtains and pillowcases

Directions:
1. Using scrap paper make a template for the eyemask.
2. Place two pieces of fabric right sides together and pin template to it, cut out. Unpin the template.
3. Lay elastic between the layers of fabric having one end flush with one edge and the other end hanging out. Pin the flush elastic to the fabric and secure the fabric layers with a few more pins.
4. Starting on one side of the long elastic, backstitch and sew 1/4 seam allowance around the mask (going over the flush elastic) but stop before you get to the long elastic, backstitch.
5. Turn the project right side out and press with a hot dry iron.
6. Insert the loose elastic into the hold in the side of the mask and stitch closed. Embellish with a bow made from ribbon if you like.

Tips for sewing satin:

  • Use a new, thin, sharp needle (I used a #11 universal)
  • Use a short stitch length (to prevent puckering)
  • Go slow when using the sewing machine to sew satin.
  • Hold the fabric taut while stitching
  • If you make making something that will need to be washed like a garment or pillowcases, prewash the fabric then press and cut your pattern out, and, before washing un sewn fabric serge or overlock stitch on the edges to prevent fraying.

So, are you ready to tackle that prom dress yet? I think these eye masks would be really fun favors for a spa party or in a bridesmaid gift basket, heck you could even use the matching leftover fabric from dresses. There are so many ideas for the satin and at this price you can experiment without worrying to much, it works out to $1.53 a yard, you can’t buy muslin for that nowadays so don’t be shy, give it a try! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Stamp School: Distressed Foiling with Stamps!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to use foil and stamps together to make a lovely card:

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Watch the video to see how!

The stamp set I am using is a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set from Stampin Up! If you want to order this or anything else from SU and you don’t have a Demo please contact my friend Wendy Cranford, You pay less if you order through a demonstrator and she is not pushy at all:) She also has free ideas and giveaways on her blog, as well as a stamp club you can join.

Supplies:
Stamps: Botanicals for You Saleabration set (Stampin Up) *Tip, this is a free set when you order $50, to get the free set click special offers at the bottom of your shopping cart and you will see all of the free items you can pick from. Fun! Saleabration runs through 3/31/16
Heat n Stick powder (Stampin Up)
White cardstock
Gold striped notecard
Deco Foil
Heat gun *Note, using an iron and parchment paper might work better!
Dye ink in red, orange, yellow and green
Versamark ink

How to foil with Heat n Stick powder:
1. Stamp image with Versamark ink.
2. Sprinkle on powder and heat with heat tool.
3. Press foil to melted powder.
4. Reheat and repress foil if needed.

This technique gives you a fun distressed elegant look that I love. I hope you try it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE Ask an Artist at 9:30pm Eastern Time Tonight!

Hi friends! I have a treat for you tonight. I have gathered up some of the finest (and funnest!) artists on YouTube for an evening of artist Q & A!

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If you want to take place in the chat make sure to watch at 9:30 Eastern Time tonight (Tuesday the 9th) on the YouTube watch page and you can type your questions in the chat. You can also leave your question in the comments below and we will get to as many as we can. You can watch the live show or the replay on this page but to hang out and chat you will need to watch it at 9:30ET tonight on YouTube.

You can ask Questions about art materials, art business, painting tips, anything art related!

Special Guests are:

My hope is that more of you can make a live show in the evening. Let me know if evenings are better than days for the live shows.  Here are the USA time zones when we are live tonight-9:30pm ET, 8:30pm CT, 7:30pm MT, 6:30pm PT, hope it helps! See you tonight and happy crafting!

I’m Gonna Save you Money Now {DIY Chalk Ink!}

Hi friends! Have you ever had an ink pad fall off the base or have your chalk in run dry? Today we will solve both problems!

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Watch the video to learn how to re-attach a loose ink pad and how to make chalk ink!

To fix the inkpad you will need: Gorilla Glue and a spray bottle of water.

Directions:
1. add a couple drops of glue to the plastic inkpad base and spread it with the tip of the glue spout.
2. spritz with water.
3. Replace the foam inkpad, tape gently into place and let dry 30 minutes and you are all se to use the inkpad.

To make chalk you will need colored chalk pastels, a like and the spray bottle again.

Directions:
1. Spay a puddle of water onto the tile (1 squirt)
2. Rub the pastel/chalk  into the water until you have made a nice thick puddle of ink.
3. Soak up the ink with the inkpad.

There! Now what will you do with all of that extra ink-pad buying money? If you liked this tip please share it on Facebook, Pinterst or Twitter! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pressed Flower Projects!

Hello friends! I was really in the mood for spring after the snowstorm we got Friday, luckily I had a package of beautiful pressed flowers from Greetings of Grace to play with!

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I wanted to try a few projects that would showcase the beauty of these expertly pressed flowers and also appeal to different skill levels. I decided to start off with a simple to make bookmark, then make an intermediate greeting card and then as a challenge use them on a slick surface like the ceramic mug and pitcher. Watch the video to learn how!

Let me know in the comments if you would like the full alcohol marker coloring tutorial for the flower fairy and I can upload that for you.

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HOT DEAL! 10% Off your entire order from our sponsor Greetings of Grace with code: FRUGALCRAFTER

Supplies: Pressed Flowers from Greetings of Grace of ones you have pressed
Cardstock
Stamp and Ink pad (Stamp is from Crafters Companion)
Markers
White ceramic mug/pitcher
White Glue (I used mod podge)
Tweezers
Acrylic sealer (I used Minwax Polycrylic)
Waxed paper

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Pressed flowers are beautiful on paper crafts like cards, bookmarks and scrapbook pages but also lovely on home décor items like frames and vases.  I encourage you to try pressing your own flowers but for variety and ease consider the beautiful pressed flowers available at Greeting of Grace too. It’s the best of both worlds! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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