Stamp School: Cardmaking Mistakes & How to Fix Them!

Hi friends! First up let me apologize for not having a live show today, we were hit by a ‘Noreaster with high winds and our electricity and internet were down today. I spent the day watching Harry Potter movies with the kids and painting watercolors in the living room. I can’t complain about a power outage because we have a generator and a wood stove, we are very lucky:) Several neighbors had large trees come down and rip electric wires off their homes and cause lots of damage. We fared quite well. I hope everyone who is digging out from this storm does so safely and if needed reach out to a neighbor for help or offer your home up to a neighbor in need. Take care of each other:)


I wanted to share this video tonight for a couple of reasons, first off I wanted to give you some hope and inspiration for your weekend crafting, no matter how badly a craft seems to be going you CAN salvage it and secondly because I mentioned the 40% off selected peg stamp sets and accessories sale going on at Rubber Stamp Tapestry and I wanted you to have a chance to grab some deals before the sale ends tomorrow night.

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry BIG sale – 40% off 90 sets AND 35% off crafting goodies + free shipping on orders of $75 shipped within the USA (use coupon code: FREESHIP75) Sale Ends 12/31/16


1. Stamp window box with black memento ink on Neenah white cardstock and color with chameleon markers. Use the mixing chamber if you want a blended image and start coloring in the lightest area. Practice on a scrap piece of cardstock if you are new to these markers.

2. Stamp on flowers with peg stamps and dye inks.

3. Accent image with white and black pens. Add more color and shading with alcohol pens if desired.

4. Run a scrap of cream cardstock through a embossing machine with a wood-grain embossing folder. Color with distress inks, gelatos and gesso. Repeat steps if desired until you get the look you want. Fold up top and bottom of that panel to make a contrasting border on the panel. Attach panel to frat cardstock with grommets and thread twine through he holes to make a frame.

5. Stamp Thank you with black pigment ink an heat emboss.

6. Make a 5″x7″ side fold card with cream card stock. Ink edges and stamp border is desired and attach all card elements.


I hope it goes without saying, use what you have, you do not need to have the exact same brand of ink, pastel, marker, pen etc to make a fabulous card. The best supplies to use are the ones you have. Have fun working through those mistakes and til next time happy crafting!

After Christmas Craft & Art Supply Haul & Winners Announced!

Hi friends! The week of lazy continues for me, I have been puttering around, accomplishing next to nothing and enjoying the downtime with the kids! Today we watched Netflix while putting together puzzles and doodling in my new watercolor sketchbook.


I actually went in my office and tried to do an acrylic project, my heart was not in it and I scraped the paint off the canvas about 15 minutes in. I may return to that painting, or not, currently I am not feeling it LOL! I did post an after Christmas haul on YouTube yesterday, some things I got for Christmas and other things I ordered before Christmas for upcoming classes and tutorials that just arrived. If you are curious have a look:

I hit the overstock and closeout dale at Jerry’s Artarama pretty hard, I bought:
20 of the 24  half pan Daler Rowney Aquafine palettes for $10 each (regular $50) for upcoming workshops & classes
LUKAS Design Gouache set of 12 ($12)
Cachet watercolor sketchbook ($12) *used in photo above!
Lukas half pans ($2.49 each)
Strathmore watercolor greeting cards

Empty metal watercolor tin that holds 48 half pans, brand Meeden $12

Assorted fun foam items from Mardens

Nail polish dispenser and shammy from Dollar Tree

Scent diffuser & oils
Hot glue gun stand

I also wanted to remind you that LifeBook 2017 starts in just a few days! I am one of the teachers! If you are interested in a year full of weekly mixed media classes for one low price click here for more info, be sure to use the coupon code FIREWORKS2017 to save 20% if you decide to enroll. I would love for you to join me on this year of inspiration!


Also I wanted to announce the winners of last weeks giveaways! The winner of the FABART knitting needles is Barbara Sabo and the winner of stamps from ArtNeko is Deborah Ward. Congratulations! Please check your email shortly for instructions on claiming your prize and thanks everyone for playing. Til next time Happy crafting!

Cheap Watercolor Poppy Painting!

Hi friends! I have taken a few days off for Christmas but I wanted to share the painting I did with the $5 set of watercolors I reviewed the other day.


I hope you use what you have and paint along!

I got this set of watercolors under the Phoenix Art label at Ocean State Job Lot for $5 recently. I was surprised at the quality of these and I want to use them for some gouache type paintings. I have heard they are the same as the LUKAS opaque set of watercolors at Jerry’s or the Artist Loft brand. I have also seen them compared to the Pelican watercolors but since I have not tried any of those brands I can’t say for sure. They remind me of the Grumbacher Deluxe set of opaque watercolors but honestly I liked these $5 paints better than the $47 Grumbachers but they were similar. They are a lot like a tempera cakes and I like how easily I can take out the pans, I plan on using this set in my children’s art classes, there is a lot of product in the pans as well and they seem to be very slow wearing. For $5 I am very pleased with them! If you see this set in your travels I recommend trying them out!

I wanted to remind you that you still have time to enter to win a set of knitting needles or brushes from Fab Art (winner drawn tomorrow) and stamps from ArtNeko (winner drawn Wednesday) so make sure you leave a comment on those blog posts for a chance to win! I hope you had a happy, safe and relaxing weekend. I had a wonderful Christmas with good food, folks and fun and today was a big ol’ hang around in jammies day. However you spent the weekend I hope it was lovely. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Poinsettia in Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm Eastern time today!

Hi friends! I hope you can paint the poinsettia with me live in 30 minutes on YouTube!


Today we are going to use some different pigments than usual, 2 are simple pigments and 3 are mixed pigments. I will tell you all about the benefits to each kind of paint and I will also give alternatives so bring whatever paint you have to follow along, we will get you through it! Here is a color study and swatch, use whatever you have that is closest!


You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with us live be sure to view on the YouTube watch page!

Supplies can be found at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Don’t miss Craftsy’s last BIG sale! Grab a last-minute class to give as a gift (or for yourself) for $19.99 or less!

*Any class you purchase after clicking my special discount link helps support the free tutorials I post on YouTube, thank you as always for your support:) I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET for festive and fun painting! Happy crafting!

Gotta love cheap paint (if it’s good!)

Hi friends! I hope you are all having a stress free time if you are preparing for the holidays, I spent yesterday shopping which was fun and today cleaning (which was not) and I am so tired tonight! But it will be totally worth it when we host Christmas eve this year. We will have the live show tomorrow at 12:30pm Eastern time if you want to mark your calendar or “click the bell” on YouTube to be reminded of it and I am really looking forward to that! For now though, I want to share some wicked cheap paint I found! I bought this set of 24 watercolor tablets (plus one tube of white gouache and brush) for $5 at Ocean State Job Lot in Bangor last week. Let’s see how they perform!


I really liked this set and for $5 there is not a thing I can complain about, well, the brush was bad but the paint and palette was awesome! Here is what I like about the Phoenix Arts watercolor set:

  • Vivid colors
  • Semi opaque *you can make them more opaque by using the white)
  • Lifts well
  • Layers nicely
  • Great flow
  • Blends well

Watch for a poppy flower painting tutorial coming up in a day or two with these paints, they were so fun to use and a steal of a deal, I think I will snag some more up to give as gifts! Oh speaking of gifts the last HUGE sale of the year just went live on Craftsy, all classes are $19.99 or less so it is a great inexpensive last-minute gift for someone on your list (or yourself!)


Thank you for your support of Craftsy classes, I earn a  commission of any class you buy after clicking my special discount link and that keeps my Blog and YouTube tutorials free and I think you for your kind support!See you tomorrow for the LIVE Frugal Crafter holiday special, til then happy crafting!

Iris in Watercolor Pencil Tutorial!

Today we are going to make a mixed media painting using the supplies that came in this month’s Smart Art Box.


Learn to draw and paint this iris flower in watercolor pencils by following along with today’s video!


This project is perfect for a beginner to watercolor pencils. Feel free to use the supplies you have on hand and even add watercolor paint to the mix if you want! If you would like to receive a box of supplies delivered to your door every month check out the subscription boxes from our sponsor Smart Art Box. A subscription also makes a great last-minute holiday gift! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Last Minute DIY Gift Idea & Rubber Stamp Giveaway!

Hi friends! Do you need a last minute gift for your coworkers or your kids scout troop or maybe your children’s school teachers? Here is a practical gift displayed in a pretty way! DIY Lip balm purses and suitcases!


Everyone needs an extra tube of chapstick this time of year. It doesn’t cost much but it is useful and thoughtful. In today’s video I will show you how to make a display card for them that looks like a suitcase or purse and you could even hang then from the Christmas tree if you wanted too!


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!

Stamps: Spring in Paris set
Postage edge punch or deco-scissors
lip balm
Double sided tape
Hot Glue

Die cut a rectangle, oval or fancy label from cardstock. Stamp on it if desired. Fold up edges so you have a 1/2″ space in the center to adhere a lip balm tube to. Add handles and decorate if desired.


If you would like to win the stamps I used from ArtNeko then simply leave a comment! I will draw a winnter at random in one week. This giveaway is open worldwide. If you enjoyed this quick last minute gift idea please consider sharing it using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Thanks and til next time happy crafting!

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