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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Couch Art?

Hi friends! When I hear the term “couch art” it is usually referring to pretty paintings that you would hang above the couch but today I am going to share a sketch created from the couch.

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Sometimes you just need to let go of perfection, take away the pressure to produce and just draw with no expectation. I think that is why adult coloring books are so popular nowadays.  We just need some quiet time to create. Coloring, drawing and painting can be very meditative and soothing, in fact you might be hard pressed to worry about anything when you are being creative. 🙂 So, if you are feeling restless, anxious, tired or down have a rest on the sofa, make a nice hot cup of tea, grab your supplies and create some beautiful couch art. Take care of yourself and happy crafting!

Quick & Loose Watercolor Bird!

Hi friends! Today I want to share a quick little painting I created a couple of months ago.

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I love the way the paint reacts on the handmade paper. The key to success with working on this paper is to go with the flow and let the paper and paint behave how they want. Watch the video and paint along in real-time:)

Supplies I used:

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Mixing Doodles with Stamps!

Hi friends! Today’s post is like going to burger King because you can :Have it YOUR way!” LOL 😀

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I have really been enjoying #inktober2017 and I have been using my pens a lot and loving it. So I though why not mix up mt stamping with some doodles. When you mix hand drawing with your stamps you will have cards like no one elses! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:

This project is a super stash buster! What a fun way to use up scraps and have loads of cards o hand or to give as card gift sets. Can you believe the cuteness of that prickly pear set, I think it just nudged Brambly Rose of my favorite peg stamp set pot LOL! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

A Witchy Inktober Illustration!

Hi friends! Today I have a witch illustration by request! This is an #Inktober sketch that I uploaded to youtube the other day and I hope you enjoy it.

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Watch the video and give it a try if you like!

This is the book I recommended, I am really finding it helpful for getting better at fashion style figure sketches.

Supplies I used:

I hope you enjoyed this #inktober2017 project and til next time happy crafting.

Getting better at proportions…

Hi friends! One of my goals for inktober is to get better at drawing people. I want to improve my accuracy and skill and I can notice the progress already.

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I have been using a book I bought last winter as a guide and it is wonderful. It’s called Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators by Sha Thamasebi. I just love the fun and carefree vibe of these sassy fashion ladies and heck, can we all use a bit of carefree fun once in a while? In today’s video I will show you a croquis I made and explain the figure proportions (a bit longer than normal) for a fashion illustration. You can learn along with me:)

Video!

A Croquis is a “paper Doll” that fashion illustrators use to quickly draw their fashion sketches. It is based on the ideal proportions of the body. In today’s video I will show you one I made and how I use it as a reminder when I am sketching figures.

Supplies I used:

Tomorrow I’ll show you how to adapt the croquis to sketch a witch flying on a broom!

Programming note: Due to an appointment that I need to keep I will be unable to host a live show tomorrow. I am sorry for any inconvenience but I will post a new stamping/doodling video on my YouTube channel in case you are in need of inspiration. Thanks for understanding and til next time happy crafting! 🙂

“Owl” make a fun card for you today! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how you can stamps as pattern for painting with acrylics. This is really useful because you can extend an image to fit a shape or in this case a die.

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I had always loved this gothic arch die set that I got ages ago in the bargain bin at a stamp show but the challenge came in finding stamps that filled the space well. Nothing ever seemed to fit right and the shape looked awkward on a card. I thought this owl and castle stamp would be perfect with this theme so I decided to make it work and ll show you how in today’s video! BTW if you don’t have a gothic arch die simply fold a piece of paper in half and draw half an arch and cut it out, open it up and you have a template to trace. Easy peasy!

How fun would this be as an invitation to a Halloween or Harry Potter themed birthday party? Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order!

Supplies from Top Flight Stamps:

Other supplies (some may be substitutes as dies were discontinued):

A viewer on YouTube asked if he could use gouache instead of acrylics and yes, you sure can! When in doubt, try it out (it’s only a piece of paper after all!) I hope this project got you thinking about new ways to build cards and use your stamps! Let me know what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please share it with a friend or pin it on Pinterest, there are handy sharing buttons below this post:) Happy crafting!

Sponsored by Top Flight Stamps. Affilate links used.

 

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