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!

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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!

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Another Cheap Marker Review:)

Hi friends! Today I am going to review and show you how to color with Ohuhu alcohol markers.

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I have seen them online and was curious if they would perform well because they were so inexpensive and the company sent me a set for review purposes. Here is a swatch of the colors in the set:

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Here is a link to the set I am reviewing and a coupon code good for 15% off this set: 15Frugal Offer good through 11/15/17 11:59pm PDT. Want tosee how they preform? Watch the video!

Supplies:

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Review: These double ended art markers feature a fine tip bullet nib and a chisel tip and are filled with alcohol ink*. They have an oval barrel much like a Copic marker. *3 markers are fluorescent water-based markers/highlighters.
(Pros)

  • Low Price-Around 50 cents a marker.
  • Great selection of colors (77 alcohol pens)
  • Good blending ability.
  • Gray identification band on the end with bullet tip to make finding the fine tip end easier.
  • Markers provided crisp lines on the paper I used with no feathering.
  • Good layering ability (you can layer up colors to get darker shades.)

(cons)

  • There is no brush nib so blending over a large area or palette blending is limited.
  • One marker arrives with a loose cap but it was easily fixed with a few drops of denatured alcohol-Just make sure you cap them tightly as with ANY alcohol pen.
  • This set could use a medium light violet and medium light brown to round out the colors but you could add those colors in from other brands is you like as long as they are alcohol based.
  • The 3 waterbased highlighters were an odd choice, I’d rather have 3 more alcohol pens (a clear blender, mid violet and light brown) instead of those.

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Bottom line these pens are a steal, I have never tried alcohol pens that were this inexpensive, they are half the price of a Sharpie! I think this is the perfect set for someone starting out or someone who want’s an extra set for travel or for a teen who is getting into markers on a budget. This set is NOT for someone who must have a brush tip marker. I think they are a great buy. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. Til next time happy crafting!

 

Nifty Gift Ideas!

Hi friends! The holiday’s will be here before you know it! I love the time spent with family and friends but I don’t like feeling stressed out or rushed so I decided to do some things today that will make the holidays easier. One of these things is pre making gift packaging.

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I have also had a big mindset shift this year. I had minimized so much excess clutter from my life that I really want to be mindful of what I give to others this Christmas. That is what I am giving consumable gifts like wine, coffee, fine tea or gift cards because they are small and hopefully will bring joy to the recipient. I am also striving to make my packaging reusable. The wine tag I am sharing today can be easily used over and over again to give a bottle of wine or homemade vanilla extract or other bottled homemade gifts. I hope you find this tutorial useful. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, or you need a gift for another occasion, you can switch up the stamps and paper to a more appropriate gift topper.

Video! (If reading this in your email click here to see the video)

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: FRUGALNOVEMBER17 – 20% off ALL STAMPS! Coupon expires November 30, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP here & get the deepest weekly discounts available

Supplies:

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Follow the step by step directions in the video for complete instructions on how to make a wine bottle gift tag and gift bag toppers. Happy crafting!

Chalk Talk! Top Tips for Using Your Chalks in Cardmaking & Papercrafts

Hi friends! There are so many cool supplies coming out every day that we can easily be distracted from the gems we already have in our stash. Today I am going to share my top tips and techniques for using chalk. When I say “chalks” I am talking about soft chalky pastels, decorator chalks or even eyeshadow. I bet you have something in your house that will work for these techniques!

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I will share techniques using inexpensive supplies from pencils, to pastels to eyeshadow and the neat thing is that for many techniques you can use any of them. I hope this helps you get more use out of what you have or choose the right product if you are looking to add chalk to your stash.  Please note that colored chalkboard chalk is not pigmented enough for good results.

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I love the “photo tinting” feeling I get using chalk to color these vintage stamped images from our sponsor Top Flight Stamps (Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order, also USA orders over $50 ship free!) Speaking of photo tinting you can print out photos in grayscale and use the dry techniques to tint them with chalks. It was one of my favorite Scrapbook techniques…I really need to do that again!

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So, Are you ready to rock your chalk? Watch the video and get started!

Stamps from our sponsor Top Flight Stamps: Rememer save 10% with coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 at top Flight Stamps and USA orders over $50 ship free!

Pastel/Chalk Supplies:

Blenders *Note: Cosmetic sponges and pointed cotton swabs are way cheaper at Dollar Tree

Other:

In praise of vegetable glycerin! As you know from this very silly video I love to make my own supplies using glycerin. I use it to re-ink my embossing ink pads and to make homemade pigment ink. I also use it with water to rejuice my waterbased blending pens. It is useful in cake decorating and candy making as well as DIY beauty products. Also a little goes a long way and it is so useful! I had a viewer on YouTube ask if they could use a waterbrush instead of a waterbased blending pen for the brush technique. You can, however I recommend working on watercolor paper if you do as a waterbrush is going to give you more of a watercolor look at the extra water will pill ordinary cardstock. It is the glycerin in the blender marker that lubricates the tip of the marker and lets the media glide across the cardstock and that is why I recommend that method. If you don’t want to get a waterbased blending marker simply dip a pointed q-tip in the water/glycerin mix and use that, it will work the same. 😀

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I hope you enjoyed this video. I worked really hard on it and I’d like to make more overlooked supply focus videos in the future so if you have any ideas on what supply to feature next let me know in the comments below. If you like this video I’d love it if you shared it on social media using one of the handy sharing links below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS Want more chalk ideas? Here is a DIY chalk ink made from chalk pastels and how to ink up your stamps with chalk pastels. Man, are chalks useful or what?

 

FUN! Inky techniques for Distress Oxide inks (OR whatever you have!)

Hello friends! I hope you are having a good weekend! The sun is shining here in Maine and I have a list of home projects that I want to tackle but I think I will sneak down to my studio to get a bit of crafting in before the house wakes up:) There is no “perfect” time to create. You need to grab that time when you can get it so I hope you carve out a bit of creative play time today and if you need some inspiration try this tutorial and get a  batch of Christmas cards done while you are at it!

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You can use this design for any occasion though so make the kind of cards you want! What I like about this project is that it only uses 3 ink pads so if you have been on the fence about trying Distress oxide you can pick these three colors and see what you think. If you love them you can get more and if they are not your favorite you can use them up and move on. BTW this will also look very pretty with original distress ink too or you can use any dye ink and I have a tutorial here on how to make it look like distress oxide.

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This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Use coupon code: FRUGALNOVEMBER17 – 20% off ALL STAMPS! Coupon expires November 30, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP here, & get the deepest weekly discounts available

Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

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Follow along with the video to make these fun cards! Try this technique in other projects too. It’s fun and the more time you spend working with ink the better you get at it! Happy crafting!

Loaded Bags for Crafty Friends on Halloween!

Howdy friends! The best thing about having crafty friends in sharing ideas. When my friends Tracey and Cindy started making cute decorated bags with crafty bits and bobs stuck in here and there I was intrigued and I asked them to tell me what they were up to. They said they were called loaded bags and loaded envelopes and today I will try my hand at making one!

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Watch the video to see how and then try it yourself with your supplies! These are great fun to give to crafty palls because they can recycle them on scrapbook layouts, art journals or cards!

Video!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry, use coupon code: FRUGALOCTOBER17 – 20% off ALL STAMPS!. Coupon expires October 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP here & get the deepest weekly discounts available

Supplies:

Other Supplies: (These are what I used but this project is great for raiding your stash and using up leftovers! That’s why many of the things I used are retired-they are old:)

Directions:
1. Fold up the bottom of a paper lunch bag to make a pocket and tape, staple or glue the edges to secure.

2. To make the gatefold insert take any die you like and center on a piece of cardstock. Mark the inner walls of the die and fold in the paper wings (made sure the blades of the die won’t cut the folds) then die cut the folded paper for a shaped gate fold card.

3. Fill and decorate the bag as desired! Slip into a flat glassene bag or envelope to deliver.

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Have fun with this project and make it your own. Happy crafting!

Cool Crisp Days Means Thanksgiving is on the Way!

Hi friends! This week I had the pleasure to play with some beautiful new products from our sponsor A.C. Moore and make a Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) papercraft project!

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I am a big believer of my projects being pretty and practical so today I am going to show you how to make an easy shaker card invitation and a favor bag that doubles as a place card.

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These are the easiest shaker cards ever!

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These projects feature the new Love Nicole™ line exclusively at A.C. Moore. The products are affordable, high quality and on trend and can be found at your local A.C. Moore store. Don’t worry if you don’t have a store near you, you can use the ideas in this video to come up with projects using the supplies you already own! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies are from the Love Nicole™ line of products exclusively at A.C. Moore unless otherwise noted.

  • Love Nicole™ Die Cut/Embossing Machine
  • Love Nicole™ Stamps/Dies,
  • Love Nicole™ Embossing folders
  • Love Nicole™ Embellishments: Buttons, Clothespins, Shaker kits, Washi tape
  • Love Nicole™ Maple leaf punch
  • Love Nicole™ Autumn Splendor Paper pack

Other Supplies: Zip Dry Glue, Foam Tape, Envelope and Gift Bag Punch Boards (We R Memory Keepers), Double sided Tape, Light blue marker, Brown Archival Ink, Kraft Cardstock, Calligraphy pen (2.0 Elegant Writer)

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Project tips!

  1. Save your scraps! You can die cut or punch embellishments from small paper scraps.
  2. Make paper goods ahead of time for a stress free holiday!
  3. Fill goodie bags with crayons and activity pads for kids or fresh-baked goods for adults! (pre-wrapped candy is a fun & easy option too!)
  4. Stick to one paper pack and a few embellishments/tools to keep crafting simple, coordinated and fun!

I hope you liked today’s project. It was a lot of fun to partner up with A.C. Moore to bring you this fun craft you can share with your friends and family this fall. Happy crafting!

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