Llama Love Notes!

Hi friends! I really enjoyed making these cards. I think they would be sweet Valentines cards or lunchbox notes.

I have lots of tips to share in this simple card making video. I hope it sparks some inspiration!

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I hope you have a safe and happy New Year! Happy crafting!

Sweet Last Minute Gifts!

Hi friends, today I am going to share a quick inexpensive gift to make!

I love little gifts like these cute lip balms because they are useful and show someone that you are thinking of them during the holiday season. I don’t know about you but I can always use an extra lip balm this time of year! Watch the video so see how I made these!

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Supplies:

  • Peg Stamp Set Country Christmas
  • Peg Stamp Set Snowstorm
  • Unmounted stamp set Winter Wishes
  • Cardstock in various colors
  • Pigment ink pads (Versafine Clair)
  • Double sided tape
  • Hot Glue
  • Mini tinsel garland
  • Christmas embellishments, bells, google eyes
  • Lip balm
  • Lip balm clear holder (Or purchase a lip balm and save the clear packaging.
  • Basic shape dies or templates
  • Red embossing powder

Directions for lip balm purse: Cut an oval from cardstock large enough to wrap around the lip balm like a taco. Stamp a sentiment on one end. Apply double sided tape down the center to hold the lip balm. Apply double-sided tape near one end. Glue a piece of garland under the tape to make a handle and flof the cardstock in half to seal it. Decorate the outside of the purse with embellishments and sentiment.

Directions for Rectangle lip balm holder: Cut a rectangle of red cardstock 3 ¼ x4 ¼” and a green rectangle 3”x4”. Score the red cardstock 1 ¾” from each end and fold ends up. Score the green 1 ½” from each end and cut a slit between the score marks 1” from each edge. Slide capstick in the slot make in the green cardstock. Place double sided tape on each end of the green card and secure inside the red cover. Punch holes at the corners and add string, ribbon or twine if desired. Decorate front of cover.

Directions for deer lip balm ornament: Cut arch shape from wood grain paper and white cardstock. Cut a hole the size of chapstick packaging on wood grain side. If desired cut a pull tap on the white piece. Stamp antlers in brown at the tip of the hole on wood grain side. Stamp Sentiment in red and heat emboss. Flip over wood grain piece and add double-sided tape all over the back. Add a loop of ribbon the top. Place chapstick in clear packaging inside and press on the white cardstock. Glue google eyes, red pom-pom nose and ears to a brown oval or heart and glue on chapstick. Add a scrap of gold tinsel and a gold jingle bell.

Happy holiday crafting!

DIY Swingers and Sliders for Your Handmade Cards!

Hi friends! Today I have a technique that you can use to add movement to your cards!

These are really fun for kids cards. Just a warning it will add a bit of weight to your cards so plan on using an extra stamp if mailing. Watch the video to see how it’s done!

Wanna slide into the world or making interactive cards? Well the technique I show you are fun, fast and frugal and you can use what you have or these cute stamps from our sponsor Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies (contains sponsor and affiliate links)

  • Les Quilles Stamp Set from Katzelkraft *The just added new Katzelkraft stamps at topFlight! I’ll be using the Llama stamp set soon!
  • Random letter stamps (or cut letters from a magazine)
  • Pennies
  • Aleenes Tack it glue *I mix this with water and brush it on the back of my bare rubber unmounted stamps. I use it full strength on the brads and pennies as adhesive. Let it dry till it is clear before using it. It makes a super strong glue dot basically.
  • Paper fastener aka brad *it will be hidden so use any oddballs you have LOL!
  • Craft knife hole punch I used my big bite punch but if you are close to an edge any punch will be fine. You can also use one of these.
  • Dye ink (black, green, blue)
  • Alcohol markers (you want 3 shades of light cool grey, 3 shades or brownish yellow, 3 shades of brown, yellow, lime green, peach and pink)
  • White cardstock-I use Neenah Classic crest for coloring: and heavyweight cardstock for the cardbase and layer I inked
  • Ink blending brushes
  • Foam tape and dot *you can cut a circle from the tape if you don’t have dots.

You can make wiggly or curved channels for the sliders to travel as well. Think of how cute it would be to make a sledder or polar bear sliding down a hill. I bet if you look through your stamp stash you will find great options for images to swing and slide! Have fun and happy crafting!

Peaceful Winter Card

Hi friends! I love versitile designand this card can be used for Christmas, Winter or New Year. You can also substitute what I used for what you have! Win win!

There are lots of fun techniques and money saving tips in this video!


This is a “Use what you have” type of project if I ever saw one (cuz who has time to run out for supplies this close to Christmas?)

Here is an example of how I arranged the card elements for slightly different looks.

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  • Embossing folders: The Christmas one is by Darice, the other Embossing folder (3-D) is here. *Tip, the 3-d folders are pricey so I only get generic pattern ones that can be used for multiple cards and occasions to get the most bang for my buck!
  • Silver gilding polish (Cosmic Shimmer)
  • Black, white and pastel purple and blue cardstock.
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Snowflake die (I used an old sizzix embosslets but this die set has a similar snowflake and this set has a nice variety too.
  • Organza ribbon
  • Gems
  • Acrylic mousse
  • Snowflake stencil (also the fist snowflake dies I linked to can be used as a stencil but I haven’t tried that with paste before.
  • Glitter

Before I go I want to relate a funny story. A few years ago I decided that life was too crazy and busy and I didn’t want to make Christmas cards that year. My kids were little and I was overwhelmed so I let that task go and enjoyed December with my family. I believe cards should be made with joy and love, I mean, who would want one made of fatigue and spite LOL! A couple of days after that Christmas I was feeling relaxed and really in the mood to make cards so I made Happy New Years cards and sent them instead! It was a surprise to my family and friends and I think that’s good because it’s nice to have a little perk when you think the festivities have ended and you are staring down the barrel of a long Maine winter. In other words, have fun and make stuff when you want to! Happy crafting!

Gifts You Can Make for Many! Sweet Wreath Ornament Treats!

Hi friends! Over the next 2 weeks I will be sharing quick, easy and inexpensive cards and gifts that you can make for friends, coworkers or your kids classmates this holiday season. These small favors can show that you care without breaking the bank. They are also quick and easy projects you can batch up in an evening. These candy wreath ornaments are great for folks with a sweet tooth but feel free to use glitter, beads or sequins to make a permanent shaker card with this method. You can also adapt this idea to make a keepsake photo ornament by placing a photo behind the window and omitting the treat cup. This would be a lovely project to do with a classroom as parent or grandparent gifts. As always you are encouraged to share these projects with your community and teach others as I am teaching you. You can even pass this along to any teacher or scout leader you know.

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Supplies:

Intro: These beautiful gift ornaments hold sweet treats! They can also be used as gift toppers.

Directions:

  1. Fold a piece of heavyweight cardstock in half the long way. Then take a 3 ½” circle die and cut circles allowing the edge of the die to hang over the fold so the circles stay hinged together. 
  2. Using a die the same size as your treat cup cut a window on one of the attached circles to make the from of the ornament.
  3. Stamp a greeting on the back (solid part)of the ornament and stamp a wreath around the hole in the front. Let ink dry and flip over the ornament.
  4. Attach a  loop of ribbon to the inside of the ornament using hot glue. Fill the treat cup with candy, remove adhesive liner and place in ornament hole. Add more hot glue the the ornament edges and press closed.

Let’s spread dome cheer friends! Happy crafting!

Snow Day & Santa Cards!

Hi friends! Today is out first “snow day” where school is canceled and we are all home. I have all my Christmas cards ready to be addressed and mailed out and I think we will decorate the inside of the house for Christmas. I think I will make some homemade pizza dough today too since we are all here and I love the smell of bread baking. It doesn’t get much more homey that that!

Today I am going to share one of this years Christmas card designs. I will warn you I am using some older product so if you want to make this card you can substitute it for stuff you have. I love using up older products and mixing older stamps with new papers and stuff. I don’t like how stamping has become so “fast fashion-like” with stamps being discontinued as soon as you buy them. You can use any frame or wreath stamp in lieu of the frame I used and stamp a Santa face if you don’t have this paper (although I just bought this sheet of paper so it should still be available LOL!) Watch the video and then make your own!

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  • Pattern Paper: the Paper Studio (25 cents a sheet on sale)
  • Kraft cardstock (lightweight)
  • Cream cardstock (#110 heavyweight)
  • Ink (versafine Clair ink Rainforest and Glamour)
  • Embossing folder (Botanical 3D folder by Sizzix/Tim Holtz)
  • Sentiment Stamp & Dies (from Poinsettia stamp set by Stampendous)
  • Stamps: Sorry, I can’t find these available anywhere:( Frame Stamp & Die (from Cameo stamp set I think was from Time Holtz/Sizzix)
  • Mini Bow Die (Waffle Flower)
  • Other: Gems/Pearls/Rhinestones

I’ll share some other quick and easy Christmas cards and favors over the next week or so. In addition to making something meaningful crafting can give you a relaxing break from the hectic holiday season. Happy crafting!

I get this stamp LOL!

Hi friends! Once upon a time I used to be a night owl…

…but not lately! I thought the sentiment in this stamp set was so fun and fitting for me. How about you, are you an owl or a lark? Or maybe a bear?

No matter what kind of animal you are I’ll show you how to make these two cards in today’s video!

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Well, it’s after 9pm as I type this and I’m about to turn into a pumpkin, see you tomorrow and til next time Happy crafting!

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