Posted on August 20, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
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!
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White copy paper (Cut 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″)
Cardboard 4″ x 8 1/2″
Grossgrain ribbon (Offray)
Stamps (Rubber Stamp Tapestry) Fruit Wreath, Cherry Blossoms (big branch), Bittersweet (little branch)
Dies or Punches
Clothespins or binder clips
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!
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Posted on August 18, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
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) Seahorse, Anchor, Goldfish
Dye ink pads
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
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Posted on August 10, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
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 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)
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!
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Posted on August 3, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
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!
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Posted on July 23, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
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 Tapestry, Seahorse Garden, Sea Turtle Mama, Sea Turtle Hatchling, Sand dollar and Starfish Border, Shell 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)
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!
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Posted on July 19, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
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″
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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