One Sheet Money Holders!

Hi friends! I have to admit that I am a horrible gift giver. I hate to give something that will just become clutter for someone to deal with and sometimes the perfect gift just doesn’t exist. Gift cards are nice but they have to be used at a specific place and some can even expire. Sometimes the most practical thing to give is cold hard cash. Today I will show you how to craft a beautiful money holder out of one sheet of card-stock so you can put a handmade touch on the gift of money.

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Watch the video for full instructions. Written directions and measurements are below the video if needed:)

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Take 10% off your mounted stamp order with coupon code: THANK YOU
Coupon expires, Monday, December 31st, 2016

Supplies:

  • 1 sheet of cream cardstock (Recollections #110)
  • Stamp sets Brambly Rose and Between the Paving Stones
  • Dye inks in reds, greens, browns
  • Ink Blender brushes
  • Dies (photo corner, heart)
  • Embossing folder (borders work great)
  • Shape Cutter or craft knife
  • Foam squares, double sided tape and liquid glue
  • Painters tape or post it notes for masking.

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock: 6 1/2″x8 1/2″ and 2 3/4″x6 1/4″. Save scraps.
2. Score the large panel at 3″ and 6″ so that when you fold it up you have a 3″x6 1/2″ trifold. Cut an oval window from the small flap and round one of the edges (as shown in video)
3. Mask the top and bottom edges of the 2 3/4″x6 1/4″ panel so you have a 1″ strip down the center and stamp and ink the bare strip.
4. Remove the masking tape and emboss the plain edges. Ink the embossed edges if desired.
5. Stamp happy birthday and die cut, then stamp flowers around the edges.
6. Stamp around window in the center and glue down the non rounded edge to make a pocket for money yo go in.
7. Adhere the embossed panel on the front of the card, then use foam tape to add the happy birthday die cut.
8. Die cut embellishments from scraps, ink and glue to card front.

I hope you enjoyed this project! Please feel free to share this post using one of the handy sharing buttons below! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Snowy Rural Road Landscape in Watercolor 12:30pm Eastern Time

Hi friends! I hope you can join me for a free live painting class today!This is what we are going to paint.

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Snowy rural landscape with road at sunset

A high res version of this photo is available at Graphicstock if interested. We will sketch this scene together during today’s live stream so all you need to do is show up with your supplies! You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat and ask questios while we are live you need to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET.

I am using the same color palette as the Frosty Fall Landscape from a  few weeks ago so if you painted that one it will be a lovely companion piece.

Supplies available from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

20% off LifeBook 2017!!! Use coupon code: FIREWORKS2017 here to save 20% on this awesome star studded year long mixed media extravaganza!

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I hope to see you today at 12:30pm ET for a fun free painting class! Happy crafting!

Christmas Cupcakes To Paint {You didn’t think I was gonna bake them did you?}

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint some yummy Christmas cupcakes!

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I thought about speeding this video up but you always tell me keep the painting tutorials in real time so I took your advice, I hope you find it useful:) Here is a pattern you can trace if you don’t want to draw it freehand.

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Paint along with me in this video tutorial. Feel free to take a break anytime you need too, that’s the great thing about a video class, you can paint at your own pace!

Do you want to find gorgeous reference photos like the ones I use? Check out our sponsor Graphicstock and save $50 off an annual subscription using this special discount link.

Supplies:
9″x12″ watercolor paper
Watercolors (Mission Gold)
Round brushes in sizes #30, #8, #4, #1
2 buckets of water& paper towel.
Reference photo

Thanks for stopping by! I will have a free live painting class tomorrow at 12:30pm ET and I hope you will take some time to paint with me then too. Until then, happy crafting!

AQYLA Giveaway! {waterbased alkyd-resin paint)

Hi friends! I wanted to let you know that you KUSAKABE Enogu is giving away a set of AQYLA paint just in time for the holidays! Watch how artists are inspired by Aqyla all over the world and follow the directions at the end of the video to enter! All of the links can be found on the YouTube watch page of their video. You must follow the directions on the video to qualify and this giveaway is open internationally!

Here are a couple of examples I painted with Aqyla. I love that this paint can be used like oils, acrylics, watercolor or gouache. It has more open time than acrylics but dries quicker than oils and is pigmented enough to thin down and use as watercolors. The paint also contains tried and true pigments so there is little worry about fading down the road.

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You can see my full review on these paint here and the tutorials for the brush pot here and flower here if you want to see the paint in action. You can also visit kusakabe-enogu.com to purchase and save 10% using the coupon code: thefrugalcrafter. But if you want a chance to win some Aqyla paint be sure to visit this YouTube video and follow the directions at the end for your chance to win! Happy Crafting!

Sponsored by AQYLA

Build a Bauble Wreath {Christmas Ball/Ornament Wreath}

Hi friends! First off today I want to announce the winner of the stamps from last weeks ArtNeko giveaway! The wnner is: Ruby Guitard! Ruby, check your email to claim your prize! Now on to today’s project!

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I have always wanted to make a Christmas Bauble Wreath and now I have satisfied that desire:) I think these wreaths turned out pretty cute but I have to say I had some struggles. Hopefully my tips and tricks will help your Christmas ornament wreath project go more smoothly than mine did!

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First let me say that I recommend the Styrofoam (on left) wreath form and hot glue method if you only need a single sided wreath and you want to pick the way your baubles are arranged. I am not remotely “Type A” but I really liked being able to decide the layout of the ornaments. I think for anyone who is particular about that sort of thing would like this method. Watch the video to see how they are made and decide for yourself:)

Here is what I used for the Styrofoam wreath, cost $13:
10″ Styrofoam wreath form (Dollar Tree)
1 large drum of blue/silver large balls (Nicole-AC Moore)
2 sleeves of small and medium balls in red and silver (Dollar Tree)
Hot glue (lots)
Satin Ribbon for bow (optional)

For the wire form method:
1 large drum or ornaments (glue the caps on the ornaments before you begin!)
*You can also add smaller ornaments, you can either alternate them when you slide on the big ornaments or hot glue them on later (which I did to add stability to the wreath)
heavy duty wire, a wire wreath form or a coat hanger bent into a circle
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*The advantage of the slide on wire form method is that you get a double sided wreath and theoretically it is quicker unless you have to chase all the ornaments that fell off the hangers and re glue them on. Just save yourself the trouble and glue them on first.

So, would you attempt this Christmas craft project? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

 

Interchangeable Brushes Back in Stock & Winner Announced!

Hi friends! I am so happy to let EVERYONE know that the FABART set of 12 (15 pc) interchangable brushes are now back in stock. I shared them with you last week and they sold out in a couple of hours. I have been getting emails, comments and messages from viewers all week wanting to know how to get a set, hopefully there is enough in stock this time to satisfy you guys:) They have also extended the coupon code through 12/7/16, save 20% with coupon code: 7XOWSQJ9 that code is good for everything in the Fabart store as well (and I have projects coming up using the knitting needle sets and kids brushes if you want to plan ahead or grab some gifts.)

The folks at Fabart also let me give a set away to a lucky winner: Janet Okelley!!! Janet, check your email shortly for directions on claiming your prize:)

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If you were thinking about grabbing some sets of these interchangeable brush sets for gifts I really would not wait, they just popped up back in the shop seconds ago and they will ship out December 3rd. I would hate for any of my viewers to miss out. I just wanted to make sure you knew in time to get some and use the coupon code.

If you missed the video I did on these brushes you can find it here, I went through 12 different brush types and what they are used for and as a bonus all of these brushes are included in this travel set in a compact case that keeps the brushes safe and secure. The brush set retails for $24.95 and shipping is free if you have Amazon Prime. Don’t forget to use the coupon code for: 7XOWSQJ9 for 20% off through 12/7/16. Happy crafting!

A Christmas Craft Haul & Sales!

Hi friends!  I spent the day making stuff with the things I will show you in tonight’s haul! I was so excited to start some holiday crafting that I had to film this haul quickly so I could use this stuff! Have a look at the bargains I picked up at AcMoore and The Dollar Tree! (yes, I realize I got the year wrong LOL!)

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Video!

Just a reminder, today is the last day to enter a for a chance to win the FABART brushes and tomorrow is the last day to enter to win the Art Neko stamps so make sure to leave a comment on those posts if you have not already;)

Also I wanted to let you know you have until 11:59pm tonight to get 25% off and free USA shipping at Rubber Stamp Tapestry! I have never seen a sale this big, don’t miss out on that big peg stamp discount, peg stamps are a great gift for someone just starting out in stamping!

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Also the big sale at Craftsy is over at midnight so be sure to use my special discount link to snag any class for under $17.99 (many are $13.99) it’s the lowest prices of the year and I would hate for you to miss out!

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Did you find any awesome bargains this weekend? Let me know in the comments below and I will be back tomorrow with a super fun craft project! Happy crafting!

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