Simple Sushi Cards!

Hi friends! Today I want to share the cards I made for my teen twin daughters birthday last week.

This is a pretty simple video, you probably know all of this stuff but if you want to visit for a bit and see how it went together here is the video!

*Note: Affiliate links to Hallmark Scrapbook are used. They have the lowest prices on popular stamps, check there first if you are looking for something, plus the owner is super nice!


Something that I wanted to mention about is that you do not have to make a card all at once. There is no race. You can stamp out a bunch of images and then color them as you want. You can get a lot done in 10 or 15 minutes while you are waiting for an appointment. Or maybe you are having a “lazy day” and you just want to cozy up on the couch and watch Netflix, well, grab your markers and color too! I love lazy days! You can save all of your colored images in an envelope and then knock out a bunch of cards all at once. This is really good if you send Christmas cards because you can pick away at the time consuming coloring at your leisure and ENJOY it rather than feeling rushed at the last minute. It’s something to think about anyway:) Happy crafting!


Best Places to Find Reference Photos for Artists!

Hi friends! Today I’m going to share my secrets to finding great photos you can use to inspire your next painting!

Here is a list of references from the video! Enjoy!

  1. Your own photos, get in the habit of taking photos when you see something inspiring during your day. It is the best way to create unique art meaningful to you. The phone on your camera will do a great job and is usually on you so it is a perfect option. You can always bring a nicer camera if you are going on a trip or plan to take a serious shot but often inspiration hit when we don’t have our fancy camera on us.
  2. Free commercial use, public domain or creative commons photo-sharing sites. These sites have beautiful professional photos for the taking. These websites are sponsored by the big paid stock photo sites so if you can’t find what you want for free you might consider paying for other options. These first two websites have a collection feature so you can organize the photos you like for future use. (if you like to paint food)

There are many other free stock photo sites online but the above have the best references useful to artists in my humble opinion:) The downside is that other artists may use the same exact photo you do so it’s a good idea to use a few photos to compose a painting so you have a new artwork in the end.

Another option is Wikipedia, not only can you find creative commons photos on nearly every post (check terms of use just in case, I often use a reverse image search if I am unsure of the source and if it is OK to use) and you can research your subject matter at the same time.

  1. Peer to Peer photo-sharing sites. Search facebook for “photos for artists” groups and request to join ones that share photos in a subject matter you like. Be mindful of the rules so you don’t break them and create drama in these groups. Another great option is Paint My Photo where you can share your reference photos as well. Just be sure to abide by the rules of the group. In most cases you need to create an account and join these peer to peer sharing groups and you are expected to share and contribute to the community wherein the stock photo sites you can remain more anonymous. These groups give you the benefit of an art community in addition to the free photos.

Another resource I want to mention (especially f you are not keen on using a computer) is a series of books called “Artist Photo Reference” from North Light Books. I have the complete series now but it took some filling in on amazon as they are all out of print now. They are a wonderful investment and organized by theme. If you get a change to pick these books up I highly recommend them. I hope this was helpful and if you know a great website with photos please share it in the comments!

Sketchbook Sunday: A little Something Fruity!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun fruity drink sketch to share:

I used markers, gouache and colored pencils on mixed media paper. Here is the video!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

That’s all for today! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and til next time happy crafting!

From White Cardstock to WOW!

Hi friends! It’s nice to go back to basics and what’s more basic than white cardstock. It’s a staple in every card-makers repertoire. Plus it’s not showy. If you are going to spend the time on fancy coloring of a stamped image you don’t want it to be upstaged by pattern paper, am I right?

Today we will use white card stock, some embossing folders and chalk to make these pretty Christmas cards. I did use scraps of red and green cardstock too but you could easily keep it all white and chalk it as well. For more info watch the video!

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!


Hey, if you are not ready to get your Christmas craft on I totally understand, use these techniques on a Halloween card or whatever you like. You do you. Happy crafting!

Random Supplies=Mixed Media Card!

Hi friends! Sometimes it’s fun to take seemingly unrelated supplies and make something:

These supplies came in the September Stamp Art Box (except stamps) and I was happy to play. Watch the video to learn some fun techniques you can apply to a card or painting!

Sponsored by Smart Art Box. Shipping to many countries worldwide, you can either subscribe and get a surprise box of art supplies every month or order the boxes you like while supplies are available. You can get the box I used today here. You can find the large butterfly stamp here, and smaller ones here.

Have a play with your supplies today! Happy crafting!

Rust can be Beautiful! Texture in Watercolor Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! I am so excited to share this painting with you today because I had so much fun painting it!

I filmed and narrated the entire 2+ hour duration of this painting and you can find that tutorial in Critique Club. The tutorial is broken up into 6 smaller segments so you can easily take breaks and not lose your place. There are so many techniques in this painting that can be applied to other watercolor paintings as well. Critique Club is a monthly membership that costs $5 a month and you can cancel anytime. While you are a member you can access any of the past real-time lessons that are longer and more advanced to what I post on YouTube. In addition each month you get a creative prompt and you can upload up to two paintings you are currently working on for feedback on so you can grow and improve as an artist. It is my hope that this customized feedback, or critique, can help you become the best artist you can be! This is a gentle community of artists wanting to learn. Click here to learn more about Critique Club or enroll today!

Now for the Sketchbook Sunday Time Lapse!

Supplies: (Affiliate links used)

I hope you enjoyed this painting and I hope it inspires you to draw or paint something with lots of texture soon! Remember you can find the real time tutorial in Critique Club if you are interested. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and til next time happy creating!

Hang it Where you Gather!

Hi friends! When we bought our home 20 years ago I had requirements, it mist have a bathtub and a fireplace! I have never regretted having a fireplace and we use it often and love to change up the decorations every few months. I saved the mirror from my childhood dresser and placed it on the mantle years ago and it doe a good job of enlarging the space and gives me a fun place to hang a wreath or banner.

FIY I use a slim wreath hanger when I want to hang a wreath over the mirror and I put two small eye hooks on the sides of the mirror frames for hanging banners. This makes it easy to change things up. Also you might recognize my bouquets on the ends of my mantle because I used one as a subject for this painting tutorial a couple weeks ago. Because we use our fireplace real plants and foliage would dry out too fast so I like to use faux greenery. I highly recommend checking out the better faux flowers and garlands available at a crafts store as you will get a much better quality compared to the dollar store or department store. Feel free to fill in with the Dollar Tree berries and such but if you need a full garland or bunch of flowers try the crafts store and use a coupon or wait for a sale because the good stuff is pricey!

Today I am going to show you how I made the banner on my mantle. It would be really cute hung on a door, archway or even a hutch so make it to fit your needs and decor. Put it where you like to gather! Also this would be a sweet housewarming gift if you did a couple last name or “welcome”. The options are endless!

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  1. Prep your wood slices. Sand if necessary, wipe off dust and paint the background a light color. I use a light sage green. I let a rim or raw wood exposed at the border for a rustic look. Let dry.
  2. Stamp wreath using peg stamps and pigment ink. Pigment ink will resist fading. Heat set.
  3. Use foam stamps and black acrylic paint to spell “gather” on the slices or another word you like. Alternatively you can use a letter stencil or freehand them.

As you could see from my mantle I removed the ribbon as I tend to favor a more simple decor these days but you can embellish your banner as much or as little as you like! That’s why DIY is so great, you get the perfect thing for you! You can find more mantle decorating ideas here. Happy crafting!

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