5 Cards & 10 Fun Techniques with 1 Stamp Set!

Hi friends! Have you ever bought a stamp set and made one card with it and then never inked it again? Maybe I am the only one guilty of this but I know I feel better when I find many ways to use one supply. The other benefit is that you end up with a whole bunch of cards from one crafty play session so if one technique fails you still can feel good about what you made. I find that trying new things, even if they fail, spark new ideas!


We will do the following techniques (in no particular order)

  1. Resist: Heat emboss resist
  2. Resist: Versamark on Glossy paper
  3. Rainbow Brayer technique
  4. Leftover ink brayer technique
  5. Coloring: White gouache on kraft paper plus colored pencil
  6. Coloring: Alcohol marker on cardstock
  7. Background Technique: Stamping with clear in and chalking
  8. Selective Glitter technique
  9. Background Technique: Using pigment powders
  10. DIY Domed paper dots

Here is the technique packed video!

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!


Here is a closer look at the cards:


I hope you try some of these techniques the next time you are crafting. If you don’t have the exact supplies I used try the technique with the most similar product you have before buying new. There are so many products that can do double duty in our stash and trying them out is half the fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Sketchbook Sunday: Blue Lotion Bottle

Heck yeah I’m fancy, I put my hand lotion in a chic glass bottle! LOL! Hi friends, in this weeks installment of sketchbook Sunday I am painting this pretty blue bottle I bought a few weeks ago to house hand lotion at my kitchen sink.


I wish I bought a second one for hand soap because the dingy plastic dollar store soap bottle I keep refilling looks really out-of-place next to this beauty! Who knew a $4 glass bottle from Christmas Tree Shop would class up the joint so much haha:) I have to admit I probably got too much happiness from this little blue bottle but that was what I was inspired to paint in my sketchbook this morning and that is what our sketchbooks are for. Painting what WE want without input or judgement of anyone else. Challenge yourself, make mistakes, play and enjoy it. That’s what it’s for! Watch the video for a time-lapse demonstration of this blue bottle in cheap gouache.

I just realized that the entire set of paints I used and the bottle combined cost less than $25, talk about a cheap date! Art doesn’t have to be expensive, supplies don’t have to be precious and you’re not going to “use up” all of your good ideas. The fact is that creativity is contagious. The more you create the more good ideas you will have. So, have you started using that sketchbook yet? What are you waiting for?


  • Gouache (or acrylic)  *Colors used: Prussian Blue, Cerulean blue, rose-red, yellow ochre, titanium white ***These Arteza paints are super cheap (less than a $1 a tube and work great!)
  • Brushes: (Mimik faux kolinsky rounds #1, #8)
  • Sketchbook: (6″x9″ Fabriano Venezia)  *This sketchbook is my absolute fave! It is pricey but so wonderful to work with!
  • For my palette I used a ceramic plate from Dollar tree and to hold my paint I used a small 24 box organizer from Harbor Freight

Save 50% on my new drawing class Learn to Draw with Lindsay!  *Use coupon code DRAWME if the discount does not show (Use coupon code DRAWMEX3 for 50% off a payment plan)

I wonder what I will be inspired to sketch next week… Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

5 Ways to Use Circle Stamps!

Hi friends! Sometimes it’s fun to see what you can make with a simple supply, in this case, circle stamps!


Circles are fun shapes. Think bubbles and beach balls, they just scream “playtime!” You can go bright with confetti colored circles or use a soft palette for a gentle friendly pastel card.


In today’s video I’ll give you 5 ideas and 4 finished cards using circle stamps.

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Get FREE USA (All 50 States, Puerto Rico & Guam) shipping on orders of $20+ throughout the month of March with Coupon Code: FRUGALFREESHIPPING  New to peg stamping? Become a Peg Stamp VIP here and you’ll get an instant coupon for 20% off Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Coupon only applies to new customers.



Experimenting with your supplies is a great way to learn what they can do and come up with new and unique ideas. Don’t expect everything to be perfect because you will learn just as much if not more from the attempts that are not successful. Give yourself permission to play! Happy crafting!



Class is OPEN! Drawing Supply GIVEAWAY! & Live Show Today {FRI-YAY!}

Edited to add giveaway winner: Congrats to Tara Chan who won the complete sketching set from Royal & Langnickel! Please check your email for details:)

Hi friends! The time has finally come! Learn to Draw with Lindsay is open for enrollment!  All the lessons are up in  the classroom and ready when you sign up! You can work through the lessons at your own pace and, as with all of my online classes, you get lifetime access!

This class contains nearly 8 hours of step by step video instruction to teach you the fundamentals of drawing. The first 10 lessons focus on charcoal and graphite and are designed to teach you to draw what you see.

You will learn how to:

  • Break a complex picture up to basic shapes
  • Turn basic shapes into three-dimensional forms by shading
  • See the difference between tonal values
  • Use linework to help your drawing
  • Draw scenes in correct perspective
  • Use negative space to accurately place your subject.
  • Start drawing today by employing techniques to turn off the inner critic and start creating!


Then we branch out into other drawing mediums that can help you make the leap from drawing to painting!


I have taught students of all ages to draw and you do not need “natural talent” to be successful. I created this class so anyone can learn to draw on their own schedule from the comfort of their home at a much lower price than my in-person classes. The regular price for this course is $79 but I want my faithful viewers to get the best price so I am offering it for half off this month. Use the coupon code DRAWME if the discounted price doesn’t show up. If you have painted for years but have struggled with the drawing or had to rely on patterns to get started this class is for you! If you are a homeschooling family wanting to broaden your art curriculum this class is for you! If you have a curious mind and want to experience the rewarding feeling of joy and satisfaction when you learn to draw what you see this class is for you to! Everyone is welcome in my classroom! Click here to find out more or enroll at 50% off today!

EDIT: If you are buying a payment plan use the coupon code DRAWMEX3 to get the discount on each payment.

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To celebrate the launch of my new class I thought it would be fun to draw and paint with inexpensive chalk pastels. We will be painting an orchid on toded paper, you can use any shade of paper or cardstock you like but grey of soft blue would be especailly lovely for this. You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30 ET today!


Giveaway time!!!

You only need a few basic supplies to take my new class. This set from Royal & Langnickel has everything you need for the first 10 lessons and they are giving a set away to one lucky reader! I will choose a winner at random from a comment left on this blog post! Due to shipping restrictions this giveaway is only open to USA and Canada residents. Thanks to Royal & Langnickel for providing the prize!


Lastly I want to thank you for your support as I was building Learn to Draw with Lindsay, your kind comments on Instagram and emails asking after the class made my day. I hope it meets your expectations because I know that you can learn to draw and create whatever wonderful artwork you put your mind to! Thanks for sharing in my excitement today and as always, happy crafting!

Easy Metal Stamped Jewelry!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun tutorial that might help keep you inspired and motivated!


There is a big trend for women to choose a word to represent their goals for the year. Challenges like “one little word” have helped people live more intentionally and today’s project can help remind you of your significant word. When Chico’s reached out to me with their goals of empowering women of all ages I was excited and came up with this project.

Thanks to Chico’s for sponsoring this video!



  1. Tape metal stamping blank to anvil and use metal stamps and a hammer to stamp your work onto the blank. If desired shape your blank using a dapping block.
  2. Add permanent ink or acrylic paint to the letters and wipe of the excess.
  3. Use jump rings to attach the metal pieces to chain, earring wires or other metal blanks to create jewelry.

I hope you enjoy this project and til next time happy crafting!


Fun Kids Birthday Cards You Can Make in Batches!

Hi friends! If you have children you have probably had to rush out to the store to pick up a card for one of their friends last-minute birthday parties. The cards I am going to share today are so fun and easy to make in batches that you may never need to go to the card store at the last-minute again!


In all honesty I think these would be pretty nifty for adults too, I mean, look at those pandas!


The great thing about making cards in batches is that you can explore several ideas with one set f supplies. It is a great way to make the most out of limited supplies or get to really know a new product.


I stamped all of the images from this set out and then colored them with the new Stampin Blends markers. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to cut them out with my Scan n Cut2 because I stamped them fairly close together but it worked like a charm! I used a .08″ border to get a white outline.


In today’s video I will show you how I made these cards. Enjoy!

I’m using supplies from Stampin Up including some free Sale-A-Bration products. With Sale-a-bration you earn a free product with ever $50 you spend making it a nice time to stock up! You can order from your local demonstrator or my friend Wendy Cranford. *If ordering less than $150 be sure to use the host code on her website, orders over $50 get extra goodies!

*Orders placed before March 31 qualify for Sale-a-bration freebies!


Other supplies:
Black pigment ink (Versafine)
Black embossing powder
Smooth watercolor paper
Pre Folded card bases
Sewing machine and thread
*Also I used my Scan n Cut 2 Machine to cut out the stamped images:

One more tip to make these cards more useful: Put a pocket inside to hold a gift card! I have a hard time choosing gifts for kids I don’t really know and kids I do know are tricky as they get older. This way they will surely get something they like. 😀 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The Old Coat…

Last weekend I did a bit of sewing that I didn’t share. Honestly, it wasn’t that interesting to anyone by me but I thought I’d share the story as it might motivate you.


Twenty years ago I was fairly fresh out of college and working in my chosen field of radio broadcasting making about $5.50 an hour, working odd overnight and early morning airshifts and the odd DJ gig at various bars and roller skating rinks. If it sounds glamorous let me assure you it was! I was being paid in fun and for a 21-year-old you really couldn’t ask for more. I needed a nice winter coat and it had to look smart because working in radio in the 90’s with deregulation and small stations being bought up by larger companies you never knew when you came in for work each day if you would have a job or if your station would have new owners and would have fired everyone. Hence I had to look good for my constant hobby of interviewing for new jobs. I went into TJ Maxx on a mission and found the most beautiful burgundy wool coat that was tailor-made for me it seemed. It was double-breasted, knee-length with a fabulous weight and the perfect color. It was also $60 so I thought long and hard about buying it as it was easily half of my take home pay that week. I bought it and never once regretted that purchase. I rarely carry a purse so my keys would rip holes in the pockets which I mended. I replaced buttons after they gave out from getting caught in the holes of my laundry baskets from my pre house owning trips to the laundromat and later getting caught in shopping carts lifting my kids for cart to car seat. That coat saw me through many adventures.

About 2 years ago I had to face facts, the pockets could no longer be mended and the lining was in tatters. Mending might not be able to cut it this time. Feeling fairly competent I bought a couple of yards of burgundy satin (for $8 at Mardens-a local discoutn fabric store) and a matching spool of thread and decided I would sew a new lining for my coat. Now, I am the type of person who needs to jump in and do a project the moment I get inspired because If I spend to long thinking about it or researching different ways to do it I get overwhelmed. I read too many tutorials, I asked to many proper sewists how they would do it and ultimately I did nothing.  The coat sat in my closet unworn while I grabbed lesser coats to wear outside. Because I felt fat and dumpy in my other coats I didn’t want to go out often in the cold. I didn’t pop into the library to grab a book and chat with the librarian when I was out, I didn’t feel good about myself in those coats so I would simply wait in the car to pick up my kids, heaven forbid if anyone saw me. All that wasted time, even if it was just a few minutes it was wasted.


As you know over the past year I had held each of my possessions in my hand and asked if they “sparked joy” and my old red coat still made me happy yet I kept those other very “unsparky” coats because I needed something I could actually wear outside (and quite frankly if you are going to do any serious work or play outside in the snow you want a machine washable parka.) Because of undergoing the Konmari method from the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up I had fallen down the rabbit hole of other mindfulness and minimalism bloggers and last Saturday I happened to be reading an article about fast fashion. The article referenced a documentary on Netflix and I had a burst of motivation. I grabbed my sewing kit, beautiful coat and fabric and set to work on mending my coat as I watched the documentary. I started by cutting out the pockets and using them as templates to make new ones out of satin. I sewed them on my machine then hand stitched them in to my coat. I examined the lining which was the most overwhelming task and realized that most of the tears were on seams so I hand stitched the small awkward rips and machine sewed the rest. Turns out it was not as big of a project as I thought! By the end of the hour and a half documentary (which was not that great) I had a fully functional coat! I dug out my Dryell home dry cleaning kit that I haven’t used in over a decade and cleaned my coat (and I was super excited to see they still make Dryell! It is such a fantastic invention!) and it looked fabulous. I realized it had lost a button at some point but I had a matching one in my stash so I stitched that on and it was as good as new. Maybe better than new because the satin I made the pockets from was thicker and sturdier than the original. It also made me glad I didn’t rip out the lining because I think the satin might have been too stiff to work as a lining fabric. Here is my 22-year-old coat as good as new and still my favorite!


The old saying goes: “They don’t make them like they used to…” and in this case I agree. I had tried on other coats over the years thinking that I could just replace my old beloved red wool coat but the coats I found felt cheap, flimsy and just didn’t feel right or make me feel the way I wanted to in them. I think we often try to buy something because we think it will rekindle the feeling we had when we bought a similar thing. That’s why fast fashion has such popularity, you can buy something new and cheap to replace something old and dull but the novelty soon wears off. I think that the amount of thought you put into a purchase is related to the enjoyment you will get out of it.

I have grown a lot over the past year of decluttering. Two years ago when I bought the fabric and spool of thread to take on this project I thought I was being smart and thrifty. Turns out I already had a spool of thread in the exact color I needed and I only really needed enough fabric to make pockets and not replace the entire lining. I could have done this repair with 1/4 yard of fabric at $1 vs the 2 yards of fabric plus spool of thread for $10. Also I would have actually done the project quickly because I would not have been hung up on what I thought I needed to do instead of what I really needed to do.  Still its way less wasteful and less expensive than buying a new coat of that quality which would cost about $200. I hope this post inspires you to tackle a task you have been meaning to do but overwhelmed by. Do what needs to be done and enjoy life now. It’s usually less work than you think it will be and always worth it because even if you mess up a project you learn something new! What are you going to do today? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

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