Giveaway! Jerry’s Artarama Gift Cards!

Hi friends! I totally forgot to mention in yesterday’s blog post that Jerry’s Artarama is giving away $10 gift cards to 3 lucky viewers! All you have to do for a chance to win is visit Jerry’s Artarama to see what they have, then, come back here and leave a comment on this post and tell me what you would buy if you won a gift card! I will randomly pick 3 winners from the comments section on Friday and notify the winners via email (and probably on the live stream too:)

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Good luck and happy crafting!


Real Time Painting Lesson: Raspberry & Mint Macarons in Oils!

Hi friends! I hope you have a bit of time this Sunday to paint along with this fun beginner project (I think it would look darling hanging in your kitchen!)

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You can follow along with acrylics or gouache if you don’t want to use oils. You could use pastels as well as they are opaque mediums. Use what you have and enjoy!


Supplies can be purchased from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try Itā€™s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

  • Lukas 1862 Oil Paints (Aliz Crimson, Perm. Yellow Light, Viridian, Cobalt Blue, White, Burnt sienna the colors and mediums I used were from this set which includes a table easel storage box: V19545)
  • Mimik Hog Brushes (and random small synthetic ones for details) *I have the value set: 88991
  • 9″x12″ Canvas
  • Brush soap (use this AFTER you rinse the brushes in thinner as a final washing at the end of the day, then let them dry completely before using again so you don’t introduce water into your oils)
  • Oil pastels (for sketching)
  • Reference photo

I don’t think I ever get tired of painting desserts! I don’t have the patience to bake them (and they never stay made LOL!) but I do love to paint them. It’s kinda like flowers, I have a black thumb but at least I can capture one on paper and they won’t die. That is one of the most gratifying thing about spending time painting or crafting. You get to enjoy the fruits of your labor for a long time unlike the mundane chores of the day that will need to be redone tomorrow. Take some time to pursue your creativity this weekend (the dust will wait for you.) šŸ™‚ Happy crafting!

Loaded Bags for Crafty Friends on Halloween!

Howdy friends! The best thing about having crafty friends in sharing ideas. When my friends Tracey and Cindy started making cute decorated bags with crafty bits and bobs stuck in here and there I was intrigued and I asked them to tell me what they were up to. They said they were called loaded bags and loaded envelopes and today I will try my hand at making one!

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Watch the video to see how and then try it yourself with your supplies! These are great fun to give to crafty palls because they can recycle them on scrapbook layouts, art journals or cards!


This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry, use coupon code: FRUGALOCTOBER17 – 20% off ALL STAMPS!. Coupon expires October 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP here & get the deepest weekly discounts available


Other Supplies: (These are what I used but this project is great for raiding your stash and using up leftovers! That’s why many of the things I used are retired-they are old:)

1. Fold up the bottom of a paper lunch bag to make a pocket and tape, staple or glue the edges to secure.

2. To make the gatefold insert take any die you like and center on a piece of cardstock. Mark the inner walls of the die and fold in the paper wings (made sure the blades of the die won’t cut the folds) then die cut the folded paper for a shaped gate fold card.

3. Fill and decorate the bag as desired! Slip into a flat glassene bag or envelope to deliver.

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Have fun with this project and make it your own. Happy crafting!

Cool Crisp Days Means Thanksgiving is on the Way!

Hi friends! This week I had the pleasure to play with some beautiful new products from our sponsor A.C. Moore and make a Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) papercraft project!

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I am a big believer of my projects being pretty and practical so today I am going to show you how to make an easy shaker card invitation and a favor bag that doubles as a place card.

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These are the easiest shaker cards ever!

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These projects feature the new Love Nicoleā„¢ line exclusively at A.C. Moore. The products are affordable, high quality and on trend and can be found at your local A.C. Moore store. Don’t worry if you don’t have a store near you, you can use the ideas in this video to come up with projects using the supplies you already own! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies are from the Love Nicoleā„¢ line of products exclusively at A.C. Moore unless otherwise noted.

  • Love Nicoleā„¢ Die Cut/Embossing Machine
  • Love Nicoleā„¢ Stamps/Dies,
  • Love Nicoleā„¢ Embossing folders
  • Love Nicoleā„¢ Embellishments: Buttons, Clothespins, Shaker kits, Washi tape
  • Love Nicoleā„¢ Maple leaf punch
  • Love Nicoleā„¢ Autumn Splendor Paper pack

Other Supplies:Ā Zip Dry Glue, Foam Tape, Envelope and Gift Bag Punch Boards (We R Memory Keepers), Double sided Tape, Light blue marker, Brown Archival Ink, Kraft Cardstock, Calligraphy pen (2.0 Elegant Writer)

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Project tips!

  1. Save your scraps! You can die cut or punch embellishments from small paper scraps.
  2. Make paper goods ahead of time for a stress free holiday!
  3. Fill goodie bags with crayons and activity pads for kids or fresh-baked goods for adults! (pre-wrapped candy is a fun & easy option too!)
  4. Stick to one paper pack and a few embellishments/tools to keep crafting simple, coordinated and fun!

I hope you liked today’s project. It was a lot of fun to partner up with A.C. Moore to bring you this fun craft you can share with your friends and family this fall. Happy crafting!

Couch Art?

Hi friends! When I hear the term “couch art” it is usually referring to pretty paintings that you would hang above the couch but today I am going to share a sketch created from the couch.


Sometimes you just need to let go of perfection, take away the pressure to produce and just draw with no expectation. I think that is why adult coloring books are so popular nowadays.Ā  We just need some quiet time to create. Coloring, drawing and painting can be very meditative and soothing, in fact you might be hard pressed to worry about anything when you are being creative. šŸ™‚ So, if you are feeling restless, anxious, tired or down have a rest on the sofa, make a nice hot cup of tea, grab your supplies and create some beautiful couch art. Take care of yourself and happy crafting!

Quick & Loose Watercolor Bird!

Hi friends! Today I want to share a quick little painting I created a couple of months ago.


I love the way the paint reacts on the handmade paper. The key to success with working on this paper is to go with the flow and let the paper and paint behave how they want. Watch the video and paint along in real-time:)

Supplies I used:

Want more watercolor inspiration?

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Over the past few months I have been delighted to see hundreds of students create beautiful artwork (shared in the classroom) using the tried and true techniques in these courses. I hope you will consider enrolling or you can find out more here. Don’t forget to use the coupon TRYME if the discount does not show up automatically. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



Mixing Doodles with Stamps!

Hi friends! Today’s post is like going to burger King because you can :Have it YOUR way!” LOL šŸ˜€


I have really been enjoying #inktober2017 and I have been using my pens a lot and loving it. So I though why not mix up mt stamping with some doodles. When you mix hand drawing with your stamps you will have cards like no one elses! Watch the video to see how!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: FRUGALOCTOBER17 – 20% off ALL STAMPS!. Coupon expires October 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP here & get the deepest weekly discounts available


This project is a super stash buster! What a fun way to use up scraps and have loads of cards o hand or to give as card gift sets. Can you believe the cuteness of that prickly pear set, I think it just nudged Brambly Rose of my favorite peg stamp set pot LOL! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

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