DIY Notepad // Great Gift for Teacher!

Hi friends! School is almost back in session in Maine and kids have already gone back to school in other parts of the country. Why not make this cute notepad for your teacher this year!


No teacher? That’s OK use your favorite colors and images and make one for yourself, it is fast, frugal and fun!


Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: TEACHER to get a free Mini Apple Peg Stamp, OR any mini peg stamp of your choice, when you spend $25 or more. Coupon expires on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

White copy paper (Cut 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″)
Cardboard 4″ x 8 1/2″
Grossgrain ribbon (Offray)
Stamps (Rubber Stamp TapestryFruit WreathCherry Blossoms (big branch), Bittersweet (little branch)
Hot glue
Paper trimmer
Cardstock/Patterned paper
Dies or Punches
Clothespins or binder clips
Die inks
Silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard
Buttons & twine (optional)

1. Trim copy paper and clip stack together, apply glue to short edge and smooth with a silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard.
2. Stamp apple and branch motif on white cardstock, punch out and set aside. Die cut any other elements you might want from cardstock or patterned paper.
3. Fold an 8 1/2″ x 11″ patterned cardstock in half and warp around the pad of paper to determine fit and score and crease to make a neat spine.
4. Cut a notch on the cover and feed ribbon through if desired, glue both layers of cover together.
5. Glue the other piece of ribbon for the tie closure to the cardboard backing. Also glue on a loop of ribbon for a pen/pencil holder. Glue the paper pad on top.
6. Attach the cover to the back of the pad (cardboard side) so it wraps around and the ribbon closures meet at the open side.
7. Embellish as desired.

The options with this litte notebook are endless, you can make stocking stuffers, party favors or even handly list pads to keep in your pocketbook. Add a magnet to the back and you can even put it on your fridge and best of all you can use up some of your pretty paper and ribbon scraps:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School! Embellishing with scraps of mesh and tulle!

Hi friends! I think the title of this post perfectly explains why my craft room is full to bursting, I mean, why toss a scrap of pretty metallic deco mesh if it can be used on  card, right?


I love that it adds texture and sparkle without bulk and weight and since it is a leftover from a project you would otherwise throw away it’s free! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! This tip really comes in handy when you are planing around a theme like an under the sea birthday party (Jellyfish pull-style piniata project coming in a week or two!) because you can use the same materials to creat decorations, party favors and invitations to not only create a cohesive look but also save money on supplies and have fewer leftovers when you are done. I always say the supplies you use are the best bargains!



Clear Bags (I find 6″x9″ to be the most versatile for mailing and craft fair packaging)
Deco Mesh in pink, turquoise and lime green (we will be using more of this in the future!)
Stamps of your choise (mine are from hero arts) SeahorseAnchorGoldfish
Dye ink pads
White cardstock
Kraft paper (or a brown bag)
Sequins if desired

This idea is not limited to birthday parties. Are you using deco mesh, tulle or burlap to make a Christmas wreath? Why not use your scraps to embellish your cards, gift tags and wrappings. Thinking dual purpose when you purchase will help you get the most bang for your buck and keep your craft room from looking like a museum of unused craft supplies. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

BTW there will be a live painting tutorial tomorrow at 12:30m ET! See you there!

Sponsored by Papermart

Stamp Giveaway & Fabric Stamping Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to stamp on fabric! This technique is handy if you are looking to gussy up premade t-shirts, tote bags or baby onesies (how cute!) or if you want to make your own fabric for quilting and other crafts. Today we will use inexpensive cotton muslin fabric to make a scarf. This way you can try out these techniques without it costing you an arm and a leg:)


Also the fine folks at Art Neko are giving away a set of the stamps I used, all you have to do is leave a comment and I will draw a name at random in one week! This contest is open to everyone world-wide. Thanks Art Neko!


I want to mention that the dye I am using is Dr Ph Martin radiance watercolor. It is kinda pricey as far as dye goes but it also can be used as watercolor paint BUT it is not lightfast on paper, it is like using a marker as far as how quickly it would fade, but many paper crafters like this watercolor and use it. It is a wonderful, high quality dual purpose product.

Watch the video to learn how!

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!


  • Lightweight cotton muslin fabric (white)
  • Mordant (I used Soda Ash aka washing soda)
  • Fabric Dyes (I am using Dr. Ph Martin Radiance which can be used as fabric dies or watercolors)
  • Stamps (ArtNeko)
  • Ink: Ranger Archival (if using another ink test it first on washed fabric)
  • Inktense pencils or blocks
  • Stiff brushes
  • Textile medium (optional)
  • Lumiere paint by Jaquard for accents (optional)

1. Prewash fabric and trim to size, I used a 10″ wide strip as it comes off the bolt.
2. Mix a tablespoon of soda ash with 2 cups of very hot water. Soak fabric in this mix and ring out the excess.
3. Protect your table with plastic bags and spread out your fabric.
4. Apply dies. Pick colors near each other on the color wheel to avoid mud.
5. Let dry and press the fabric with a hot iron.
6. Hem the raw edges (I did not hem the short edges as they were the bound edges off the bolt of fabric)
7. Using firm pressure and a well inked stamp add images to the fabric. Heat set.
8. Color with inktense pencils or blocks.
9. Apply water to the images to liquefy the inktense and add more pigment from the block if desired.
10. Spatter more inktense if desired.
11. Accent with fabric paint, let dry and press again with a hot iron to set.

So, can you think of a project that this technique would be good on? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget, I will pick one lucky commenter to receive the stamps I used! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Seeds of Friendship Envelope/ATC/Pocket Letter

Hi friends! These adorable seed packets are fun to make! You can use them to save seeds or as ATC (Artist Trading Cards) or in pocket letter swaps!


Stamps are from Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: SEEDS to save 20% on all $10+ orders of mounted stamps! Offer expires Sunday, August 14, 2016

Watercolor Paper
Watercolor paints
Black pen
watercolor paint brushes (small flat and round)
Stamps: Dogwood Forest
Scoring tool (I am using a Scor-pal but you can also use a ruler and butter knife)
Corner rounder

Directions for Envelope:
Start with a 6″x5″ piece of watercolor paper. Perpendicular to the 6″ side score at 1 3/4″ and 4 1/4″ to make the side flaps. Then score at 1/2″ from one end (to make the bottom flap) and 1″ from the other side to make the top flap. Cut away the rectangles at the corners. You will use a corner rounder to round the corners later.

I hope you give this a try! Happy crafting!

Stamp School: Color Blocking with Colored Pencils!

Hi friends! I want to assure everyone that I have not changed my blog over to a painting only one. In fact today I have a new episode of Stamp School!


This card uses limited supplies but is so fun to make! No kraft cardstock? No problem, you can use a brown paper grocery bag! Watch the video for a full tutorial!


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!


  • Nautical stamps from Art Neko, most of the stamps came from this set except for the sand dollar, it is from the mermaid set.
  • Colored pencils (derwent coloursoft) c570, c530, c330, c720, c640, c340, c080, c300, c590, c130, c550, c050
  • Kraft cardstock (or a brown bag) and blue pearl card (The Paper Cut) for a base

You can use any combination of rectangles to make a color blocked card, you could even cut them out and mat them with contrasting color cardstock. Take the idea and run with it! Size of the boxes on the card: 3 squares were 2″x 2″ and the rectangle on the bottom was 2″x7″ with a 1/4″ border all round:) I hope you enjoyed this weeks stamp school and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor & Alcohol and a Cute Origami Box!

Let’s have fun mixing up our supplies to make cute undersea gift boxes!


There are lot of fun techniques in this video, I hope you try one or more in your next stamping of painting project! Watch the video to see how!

Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry: Use coupon code: ORIGAMI to get 20% off orders of $10+ of mounted stamps. Expires Sunday, July 31, 2016

Watercolor paper or heavy cardstock cut 9″ square
Watercolors (or dye ink pads pressed to a block to make paintable ink)
Dye ink pads in bright colors
Stamps by Rubber Stamp TapestrySeahorse GardenSea Turtle MamaSea Turtle HatchlingSand dollar and Starfish BorderShell Border
*Stamps are available individually as well as in the above sets.
Circle template and ruler
Scrapbook paper 8.5″ square
Rubbing alcohol (I used 70% from a drugstore)

origami1thumb These boxes are quick and fun to make and when you use your paint and stamps you can customize them however you like! The alcohol technique can be used in your watercolor painting as well when you want that bubbly look, just make sure you drop in the alcohol while the paint is still damp or it will not work. I hope you enjoyed this project! Thank for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Limited Supply Double Gatefold Card & a Giveaway! Stamp School!

Hello friends! Tonight I wanted to do a simple card because I know that many folks that tune in for the Stamp School tutorials are beginners and it takes a long time to build up a stash of supplies. So tonight we are using 1 stamp (it is really 3 stamps but sold as one at Art neko) 2 ink pads and one sheet of watercolor paper or cardstock to make this:


Also I will draw a name from the comments in one week to win the stamps I used so just leave a comment and it could be you! This giveaway is open worldwide:) Yay!


Stamps 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!

White watercolor paper or cardstock cut to 5.5″x12″
Dye ink
Washi tape if desired
Stamp: Sakura stamp and 2 blossoms *The entire stamp sheet “Spring in Paris” is on sale for $19.99 (Regular $29.99)
Silk flowers (dollar store)
Round brush and water

1. Score watercolor paper 2″ and 4″ from each edge. Make a notch 2.5″ from top and cut a diagonal line from the nothe to the 4″ score line on each side. This is your card base.

2. Stamp flowers randomly over one side of the paper keeping the center open for writing. Use a wet brush to move stamping ink around. You can also press the inkpad to an acrylic block and use that ink to color the designs. Repeat with another color on the back of the paper.

3. Apply washi tape around the perimeter of the card if desired.

4. Fold in the gatefold sides as shown.

5. Decorate a 1″ strip of paper to use as a “belly band”. You can also write your sentiment on the band.

I must admit, I get a bit carried away with colors and patterns but you can use softer colors and a plain washi tape if you prefer:) Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the stamps I used from our sponsor Artneko and if you place an order with them be sure to mention “thefrugalcrafter” for 10% off. Thank for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



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