The Book I Illustrated is now on AMAZON! Woohoo!

Hi friends! I promised I would let you know when the book
Sea Glass and the Lighthouse was available for purchase on Amazon and here is it!!!

 

Sea Glass and the Lighthouse by Kelly Brooks Bay is a sweet story based in Maine with full color illustrations (by your’s truly!) and I think it would be a delightful gift for any child this holiday season. It is so nice to see a project you have been working on for months become a reality! I hope you like it! That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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More cute gift card holders!

Hi friends! Today I have some cute decorated gift card or gift certificate holders that you can make!

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I like to have a bunch of packaging options made ahead of time so that when the holidays arrive I can enjoy them. And I enjoy crafting these before the season gets too hectic. I don’t like to be rushed when I create. Watch the video to see how I made these and read on for more handy tips!

Video!

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Supplies:

  • Autumn Forest Clip Art Set (Storyblocks)
  • Cardstock and patterned paper
  • Brads (Jumbo and standard)
  • Glue
  • Fun foam (craft foam or old mouse pad you can cut up)
  • Needle tool or thumbtack/pushpin
  • Computer and electronic die cutter (optional-you can also print out the clip art onto white cardstock and cut it by hand)
  • Bakers twine/string

Project tips!

  • I used the EPS file of the clip art set as a die cut file. In your software go under file and import and select the eps file. If your die cutter does not support .eps files you can use a free online file converter such as zamzar. If you just want to print out the clip art download the JPG file from Storyblocks.
  • A simple way to make an envelope is to drag two rounded rectangles over each other laid out perpendicular to each other. Use the union or weld feature in your die cutting program to make them one shape and cut. Then fold in the flaps to make an envelope. Just make sure when you design the envelope that the flaps are long enough to overlap a bit.
  • You can add more dimension to your die cuts by chalking or inking the edges before gluing them up. You can add details with markers or colored pencils too!
  • If you are using the vector file as die cuts like i did you will notice that there are many details you will want to omit. Keep it simple!
  • To create a solid base for the fox and owl I made a copy of the clip art and welded (union) it so I had a sold shape to work on.

I hope you got a bit of inspiration from this project and til next time happy crafting!

A Fun Favor Box and FREE Cutting File!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun favor box that you can set out on your guest’s plate this Holiday! I did it in Christmas colors but you can whip these up in fall colors for Thanksgiving too!

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I was going to snap a photo of my hand-drawn template but it was pretty messy so I made a free downloadable SVG file so you can die cut it in your electronic die cutter. Alternately you can print the picture below any size you like but it is designed to fit a 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock. I included the mats on the templates too.

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Of course you can just watch the video below and follow along with your scoring board and scissors and do it that way too. I love to give you options!

Video!

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Supplies (From Rubber Stamp Tapestry)

Directions:

  1. Start with a piece of cardstock cut to 8″x7″. On the 8″ side score the cardstock at 2″ and 6″, this will give you a 2″, 4″ and 2″ section. Then on the 7″ side score at 2″ and 4″ to give you a 2″, 2″ and 3″ section. Cut out the corners leaving tabs attached to the two side pieces for assembly.
  2. From the scraps of cardstock cut two 1.5″ squares, a 1.5″x3.5″ rectangle and a 2.5″x3.5″ rectangle. Round all of these corners with a 1/4 corner rounder. Round the top back of the box with a 1/2″ corner rounder. I used a Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers
  3. Ink the box with a blending brush and red ink. Stamp holly and berries on the rounded panels and ink edges in green. Adhere side panels to the box and then assemble the box with strong double-sided tape. Lastly adhere the back panel.

I hope you found this tutorial useful and you enjoy the free template and SVG file. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

LIVE @ 12:20pm ET Northerm Lights in Watercolor 3 Ways!

Edit: I found my phone and snapped a pic of the finished live show paintings! I Think they turned out pretty well and my paint palette looks pretty cool too! I hope you give it a try! Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! Sorry for getting this blog post up so late, I was busy this morning painting samples for today’s live stream and then when I went to snap some pics I could not find my camera! I use my smart phone for taking pics so I can share online and it is nowhere to be found, I’m sure it will turn up after the livestream. No worries, I do have some reference photos for you so you can see what we will be aiming for in todays live painting tutorial. I’ll update this post with photos of my paintings as soon as I find my phone:)

Painting Aurora borealis in watercolor is a lot of fun but you have to be open to letting the paint do it’s thing and not overworking anything. That part is tough, that is why we will work on 3 paintings today (so we don’t fester on any one too long LOL!) You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today.

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 It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (M Graham) Quin red, Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine, Cerulean, Cadmium Lemon, Pthalo Green
  • 100% cotton Watercolor Paper cold press 140# (any brand)
  • Mimik Value set faux squirrel brushes *On sale for $24.99!
  • Bleed Proof White
  • Spray bottle with adjustable stream spray
  • Masking tape and a board to tape to *Pre tape your paper to cardboard before the live stream to save time!
  • Paper towels or a paint rag that is absorbent
  • *You might also want a plastic tub you can drip excess water/paint into.

Look at my friend Angela Fehr’s new winter scene watercolor workshop, only $30!

If you liked the northern lights paintings we did today you will love Angela’s take on the subject along with three other winter scene painting you can create step by step along with her. I first met Angela because we both taught workshops at Craftsy and she was so helpful to me in starting my teachable school. I think you will enjoy her class!

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These paintings would make beautiful Christmas cards as well and the best part about that is you get to practice your painting and make something practical too! Click here to find out more or enroll today! *By purchasing this class you help support the free tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel and Angela’s offering as well and we both thank you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I plan on having a live stream next week even though it will be “black friday” let me know in the comments if you will come by and watch live or if you will be shopping and have to catch the replay. I am too timid to go anywhere near a store on black friday LOL! Til next time happy crafting!

Doctor Who & Twin Peaks Inspired Greeting Cards!

Hi friends! I totally realize that these specific cards are for a very limited audience but you can use the techniques and ideas to make other cards too!

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I didn’t know what I was going to create when I set out my supplies but I sure did have a good time playing! It takes longer to create in this manner but that’s how you learn, grow and discover techniques that you will able to efficiently use on your future cards. Feel free to binge watch your favorite TV show while you create for inspiration!

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On the inside of this card you could write: “Geronimo! Now off to your next adventure!” and use it for a retirement or graduation card. I dipped into some older stash to mix in with my new supplies for this card, namely gel pens and Paper Artsy acrylic paints. I really enjoyed using the matte acrylics because it allowed me to stamp and use gel pens on top. I think it is the glossy plastic-like surface that I don’t care for in other acrylics but I really like the matte finish ones. I need to make a not of that. I wonder if there is anything I can add to the other acrylics I have to degloss them. If you know of such a thing let me know in the comments! We can learn together! Now, without further ado let’s watch the tutorial!

Video!

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Supplies (from Top Flight Stamps)

Other Supplies:

Directions:
1. Make backgrounds by spraying bristol/watercolor paper with water through a stencil and then sprinkling on pigment powder. Let dry.

2. Stamp images with black ink.

3. Stencil time tunnel with acrylic paint.

4. Accent with gel pens, and markers. *Heat embossing can also be used.

5. Punch 2 edges of a matting panel with a small square punch so it looks like film and mount that and the art panel to a white card.

I hope you break out some of your underused supplies and try something new today!Happy crafting!

Well, this is different…

Hi friends! Have you ever gotten an art or craft supply and wondered “what in the heck am I going to do with this?” That’s kinda how I felt when I opened the October Smart Art Box. The project was abstract art using acrylics. Two topics that I am not particularly experienced in, however I decided to dive right in and make…well…something!

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I honestly had no idea what was going to come of this project as I started smearing paint but in the end I kinda liked it and I really enjoyed the texture the finished painting had. You can see the supplies in the box as well as the process to create the painting in today’s video!

Find out more about our sponsor Smart Art here. All of the supplies I used were included in the October Smart Art Box

  • Sennelier Abstract Acrylic paints in Vermillion, Purple and White
  • Set of 8 painting tips
  • 2 Raphael brushes
  • 8″x10″ stretched canvas

The Sennelier paint tips and bags of paint felt much like piping frosting, it was a lot of fun to experiment but very messy. I recommend putting your canvas on a scrap of cardboard while working. The tips can also be used to scrape paint away. This was a project I liked much more than I thought I would. Don’t be shy, give it a try! The painting took 2 days to fully dry, I ended up setting it in the box my supplies came in and propped the lid open a bit to let air in and keep dust out. The color choices seemed odd to me but it is good sometimes to break out of your comfort zone and do something different I think! I hope you enjoyed today’s creative play and til next time happy crafting!

You know what? I am really excited for Christmas this year!

Hi friends! I have a confession to make, I usually approach Christmas with a bit of dread and anxiety. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting together and spending time with friends and family, watching Christmas specials with my hubby and kids and attending the kids Christmas concerts at school. But then I have the shopping/gift anxiety, the clutter of too many decorations added on top of an over cluttered house and cooking anxiety. I actually declined an invitation EVERY YEAR from a sweet friend to a fun cookie swap because I was embarrassed about my cooking ability, instead I would just lurk on Facebook the day of the event and feel sorry for myself as they shared pics of all the fun they were having. I was so lame. I would live in a state of overwhelm from November 1-December 25th. But this year I am looking forward to the holiday, why you might ask? Because of the decluttering process I started in February. I have room for decorations. I spend less time cleaning on a daily basis and if we are having people over I can have the house presentable in 1 hour (vs the 8 hour cleaning marathon two days before Christmas last year!) I finally feel like I can relax and enjoy the season.

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I am also looking at my gift giving with new eyes, this is something I have been leaning towards for the past few years but now I am not going to feel badly about it. I have received gifts that I couldn’t use before but the guilt of getting rid of something I did not need make me keep the item. I don’t want others to feel that guilt either so I am changing some of my gift giving tactics. The following are my gift giving guidlines:

  • Give a gift that is consumable: A bottle of wine, coffee, fine vanilla etc.
  • Give a gift card to a restaurant, grocery store of the recipients favorite store
  • Make it reusable: Craft cute handmade gift card packaging that can have a label removed and it can be reused.
  • Make it handmade AND useful: Hand knit hats, mittens, cowls, socks, cutting boards etc.

I used to feel bad picking up a gift card and then I’d go into panic shopping mode. I didn’t want someone to think I didn’t care about them enough to select a perfect gift. Ironically that meant I would buy completely random stuff that did not hit the mark. How did a holiday of love and togetherness come to this? I say “no more!” We will have joy and abundance this Christmas, the question is will you be too stressed out to enjoy it?

I know some people gripe about my random konmari posts but I have to say for me The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo was life changing. I can’t guarantee results for everyone but I am looking forward to all aspects of the holidays and that makes me happy.  One thing I love is sending handmade cards, I will attack that with gusto and enjoy every minute of making them, addressing them and sending them off. And I will go to that cookie swap this year. If my cookies are a disaster I know of a few good bakeries. 🙂 I hope that regardless of what you celebrate that you enjoy the season without stress and anxiety. Happy crafting!

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