Stamp School 16: Cardmaking with Paper Napkins!

Hi friends! There are so many lovely designs on paper napping, wouldn’t it be fun to use them on cards? Well tonight I’ll show you how! This is not a new technique but it was new to me. Is it new to you?


Watch the video to see how easy it is to fuse napkins to paper to use in your card, I bet you have everything you need to do this already!


Paper napkin
Plastic wrap
Stamps, ink, patterned paper, glitter pen
Silicone mat as a work surface (or a stack of newsprint.)
Foam tape: Simon Says Stamp

1. Cut panel from Napkin.
2. Cut cardstock slightly bigger than napkin.
3. Place plastic wrap on cardstock, then place the napkin on top.
4. Place a sheet of thin paper on top and iron using a high dry setting.
5. Trim and use on your card.

Try this with pretty holiday napkins of leftover ones from parties! A viewer suggested saving a napkin from a wedding to make a keepsake with and I think that is a wonderful idea, don’t you? Another viewer asked if there was a smell when I ironed the plastic wrap and there was none.  Let me know what you think of this technique and if you plan to try it, also if there is anything else you want to learn on Stamp school in the future let me know! Please share this post with your crafty friends and til next time happy crafting!

I can’t say “bye” to summer yet!

Hi friends! While I love Fall and the upcoming holidays, wood fires and crisp air I still feel the pull of hot summer days and salty air. I had to give summer one last hurrah and make some cards with the By The Tide stamp set I just got from Stampin Up!


I used my watercolor crayons to stamp with. I will show you how in today’s video. You can also use watercolor paints (ink the stamps up with a flat brush and not too much water) or watercolor pencils. I recommend experimenting on inexpensive cardstock until you get the hang of it. You can cut your practice up into matching tags too!

9″x12″ 140# Canson Watercolor paper (Cut into thirds to make 3 cards!)
Watercolor crayons or pencils
spray bottle of water and a water bucket
Stamps by Stampin Up!
By The Tide #129120
Perpetual Birthday Calendar (ink splotches) # 137167
Watercolor Wishes (the sentiment was from the card kit) #140406

Feel free to try this technique with any stamps you like! I want to thank Wendy from for sending me these fun stamps to try. She has lots of fun ideas on her website Luvin’ Stampin’ too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wicked Easy Halloween Trick-o-Treat Bags!

Hi friends! Here is a fun way to get some use out of your Halloween themed stamps, use up some paper scraps and get a head start on Halloween!


If you don’t celebrate Halloween you can change-up the stamps and prepare these little bags for another event! I am using tin tie coffee bags from our sponsor Papermart, they are sturdy and plastic lined so you can actually gift food items in them, they are sturdy bags that you can decorate and stamp on too. I think they are a wonderful item to have on hand, they come in kraft, white and other colors but I like the kraft best. FYI The other colors are a bit glossy so you would need a specialty ink to stamp on those.


Tin-Tie Coffee Bags
Mini Clothes Pins
Colored Pencils
Colored paper (scraps can be used!)
Halloween stamps and dies & ink (optional-mine are from Stampendous)

1. Layer green and blue paper to make grass and sky and fold in half to make a bag topper. You can cut it into a fancy shape if you like (as I did in the video) or leave it as a rectangle.
2. Stamp a pumpkin on orange paper, add details with colored pencils, cut out and glue to topper. You can add a stem or witches hat to the pumpkin if you like. Stamp “Happy Halloween” on the backside.
3. Place over the bag and secure with a mini clothes pin.

Consider making a few of your treat bags with a teal pumpkin or teal hat like I did and having non-food Halloween treats in them like crayons, pencils, puzzles so you can give them to kids with food allergies. You can let parents know that you have non-food treats by placing a teal painted pumpkin on your porch. I am not sure who started the teal pumpkin project but I think it is a great idea! Let’s make Halloween fun for everyone! Happy Crafting!

Stamp School 15: Colored Pencil and Triple Time Stamping Techniques!

Hi friends! Today I will share the techniques to make this card:


I will show you some colored pencil techniques and also show you how to cut your design (use whatever cutting tools you have) to make the layered panels. It’s a lot of fun! I am using Fall themed stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko. Mention thefrugalcrafter when you order to save 10% on any order or free shipping on orders over $50, you get whatever deal is better:)

Now on to the video!

1 sheet kraft cardstock
1/4 sheet of yellow, green and coral cardstock
Colored Pencils (I used Coloursoft by Derwent)
Foil leaf charm
Wooden buttons and ribbon
Dies or stencils to trace for the shapes
Trimmer, scissors or craft knife.

1. Stamp leaves on kraft panel and color with pencils.
2. Using nesting dies or a stencil cut the stamped panel in different sizes of the same shape as shown in the video.
3. Mat the die cut panels on green cardstock (or color of your choice.)
4. Reassemble the stack of panels and adhere to the card.
5. Embellish as desired.

I hope you try these techniques, you can use any shape to make your layers, circles and squares are simple but look terrific too! Til next time happy crafting!



Stamp School 14: How to Make a Shaker Card {for Halloween!}

Hi Friends! The other day I shared a quick shaker card but tonight I am going to go a bit more in-depth for my stamp school friends!

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Sorry if I still sound a bit stuffy, I’m not back to 100% yet and it is getting on my nerves, I like being productive darn it LOL! It was nice to chill out and make a relaxed card. I hope you enjoy tonight’s mellow tutorial.


Cardstock (purple and white)
Stamps from the Halloween Collection from Stampendous!
Ink: Black, lavender, purple
craft knife
Acetate or clear packaging
Foam Tape
double-sided tape
Embellishments and glue if desired

Directions for shaker card:
1. Stamp frame image on purple cardstock, tear away frame and cut out window. Save this center for the inside.
2. Place the frame on a folded card and trace the window. Stamp skeleton inside window and color the background orange.
3. Attach the acetate clear sheet over the backside of the frame to cover the hole you cut. Go around the opening with foam tape and fill with glitter, beads and sequins.
4. remove the liner from the foam tape and center the folded card over the frame so that the skeleton will show through the window.
5. Embellish as desired.

Tip! The dollar stores can be a treasure trove for embellishments, look at Halloween decorations, jewelry and party favors and see if you can repurpose them into card embellishments! Also look at your orange, purple, green and black supplies to see what you already have!

What kinds of cards and projects would YOU like to see me do in stamp school? Christmas cards? Scrapbook layouts? Let me know in the comments! Til next time happy crafting!

Make a Minecraft Shaker Card!

Hi friends! I always have a hard time thinking up gifts for teen boys but cash in a card is usually a safe bet, especially if the card reflects a favorite video game! The best part of this card is that it is simple and you can probably find the things you need to make it in your craft stash! Watch the video to see how easy it is!

Cardstock (one 5.5″x11″ piece folded in half and one 5.5″x5.5″ with a 3.5″ window cut out of the center
Green ink pads
Square stamps (foam, rubber or clear will work, mine are from Stampendous)
Happy birthday stamp
Black tape or paper
Duck tape or paper for inside pocket
Clear piece of plastic (mine was from an embossing folder package or use acetate)
Card fill: sequins, beads, glitter, etc.
Double sided tape
Foam tape

The inside of the card has a pocket to hold cash or a gift card.


Feel free to adapt this idea to suit other themes as well! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Make this Interactive “Cage” Card! (Use what you have!)

Hi Friends! I am still fighting this darn cold, the sinus pressure and headache is getting on my nerves, I did work in my studio a bit today but it is so hard to be inspired when you feel blah. I have been taking advantage of the fact I can’t get out of my own way to do a bit of binge watching on Netflix, I was thrilled to see that there were 2 seasons of Being Human that I had not seen. It is the US version and at first I was disappointed after seeing the UK version originally but now I am hooked, I mean with werewolves, vampires, ghosts and zombies what’s not to love? Well, enough of that nonsense, I do have a fun project for you and I bet you can make it with the supplies you already have!


I had seen cage card dies in a catalogue for $20 the other day and I thought there had to be a way to do this with regular nesting dies and after cutting many (many, many many) paper rings I realized a very easy way to do it. Watch the video to see how.


Other ways to do it!

  1. Use a circle cutter like a Creative Memories, Martha Stewart or even a Coluzzle (anyone still have those?) to cut the rings and tape and cut like I did. You can even cut concentric rings on an electronic die cutter but I would put the paper on the mat right side down so you can tape it before you remove the paper.
  2. Use a compass to draw the concentric rings and cut with an X-acto knife skipping the area that you would be taping so no tape is needed!

But wait! There’s more! You can use other shapes like ovals, squares and fancy shapes, see what you like best and have fun with it! Do you think you will try this? What shape would you do? Let me know in the comments below and if you liked this tutorial please share it on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter (handy links below) so others can try it too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



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