Fall Fireplace

This card combines lots of stamps and techniques in a new way to create a cozy Thanksgiving card.


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Directions:

  1. Stamp fireplace in a very light ink so you will know where to stamp your other elements.
  2. Stamp fire, pumpkins, garland and wreath over fireplace. *Use the compass and pencil to draw a circle for the wreath before stamping. Use fall colored inks for solid designs and brown for designs you have to color.
  3. Color and mask pumpkins.
  4. Stamp fireplace again with brown Versafine Clair ink over the image. Use a stamp positioner if you can’t line it up well by sight.
  5. Ink and stencil background if desired,
  6. Heat emboss “Happy Thanksgiving on a scrap of cardstock and mat with peach cardstock and assemble card as shown. Decorate with eyelets or other embellishments if desired.

Happy Crafting!

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Back to Basics: Easy Brushstroke Sunflower

Hi friends! Got 1o minutes? Well, then you can learn this fun flower with a triple load paint technique!

If you don’t have a pointed filbert as I used here you can use a dagger, triangle brush or a round will work well too! This is the kind of tutorial that will teach you how your brush moves and flows and improves brush control. Let’s paint!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

If you liked this tutorial you might also enjoy my Watercolor Flower Workshop where you can learn easy ways to paint dozens of flowers and arrange them in beautiful bouquets, wreaths and designs. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy painting!

Are you starting Inktober today? Watch this first!

Hi friends! Today is October first and if you are active in art groups on the internet you are probably hearing about Inktober. Inktober is a month long drawing challenge created by Jake Parker to encourage people to draw more. It’s a great way to level up your skills because small things done daily can really add up. There are also downsides to these challenges and in today’s video I will give you my advise before starting this or any other art challenge so you can be set up for success!

My tips!

  1. Pick a theme or use challenge prompts! It takes away one obstacle, the “what should I draw?” problem:)
  2. Be realistic. If you have an hour to draw each day great but if you only have 15 minutes use that! Keep in mind that certain techniques take time and you can’t do as much in 15 minutes as you can in an hour but those 15 minutes a day sessions add up and 15 (or even 5 minutes) is a whole lot better than nothing!
  3. You don’t have to share anything you don’t want to. The Inktober community is awesome and it is fun to see what others make and get feedback on your work too but it is optional. I know all to well that one negative comment can outweigh 10 positive ones so take feedback with a grain of salt if you decide to share and don’t let any bad comments keep you from drawing. If you feel shy you don’t need to share. Learning art can be like building a house of cards and learning in the public eye can be like building a house of cards in a hurricane. Share if it motivates you but don’t feel obligated to.
  4. It’s OK to fail, we all do! Every artist you admire makes some really crappy drawings now and again. If you made an ugly drawing you are part of this club:)
  5. Be kind to yourself. Nobody is perfect. We are not robots and life can throw us curve-balls. You might miss a day (or a few) but get right back on that horse and start again. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good:)
  6. Enjoy the results! At the end of the month, you will get to look back at the sketches and progress you made. If you only had a chance to do daily 10 minute sketches you will find your speed has improved vastly over the month. If you chose a single subject to draw all month you will notice your knowledge of the subject has increased. It’s all good!

YOU GOT THIS!

Sketchbook Sunday Strawberry Ice Cream!

Hi friends! Today I decided to sketch something summery! I am always a bit sad when summer comes to an end. I love the hot weather, long days and carefree feeling of the summer season.

We can keep summer going a bit longer in our sketchbooks at least!

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That’s it for today! I hope you are having a lovely weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Don’t Buy Copics Until You See these Markers (Art-n-Fly Brush Marker Review)

Hi friends! Everyone is looking for an alcohol brush marker that is the same quality os Copics, refillable and with replaceable nibs. Often you can find a cheaper one but you can’t refill them or the tips fray. Today I am going to share a marker that is affordable (around $2 each in sets) refillable (refills are $4.99 for 25 cc of ink) and has replaceable nibs should you damage your marker or wear it out. Sounds pretty great huh? What are these markers you ask? Art-n-Fly and I will go over them in depth in today’s marker review video!


The full selection of Art-n-Fly markers, replacement nibs and refill inks can be purchased on the Art-n-Fly website. Sets can be purchased on Amazon as well ranging in 6 count to 48 count packs. *Affiliate links used

Art-n-fly markers are currently available in 90 colors and they are planning to expand to 200 colors in the next year or two. All of the colors available can be obtained by buying the multipacks where they run about $2 each. You can also purchase individual colors for $4.99 each (the same price as a refill) by contacting customer service.

*note the 24 colors in the 24 pack are duplicated in the 48 pack. Other than that there are 3 colors duplicated if you were to purchase all of the packs as told in their FAQ section:


Q: Do any sets have duplicate colors?

A: Yes, the pastels do have overlap with two sets. The 107BR and 29YR are in both skin tones and pastels (the 107BR is a different shade in the two) and 77PB is also in the 48 marker set. We are working to make that no longer the case!
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Pros:

  • High quality flexible Japanese brush style nib (very similar to Copic)
  • Price: Around $2 in sets
  • Refills available for all colors at $4.99 each
  • Individually colors available by contacting customer service
  • Vivid smooth ink
  • Blends well
  • Replacement nibs available
  • Great customer service
  • Few duplication in color (except for the 24 set is in the 48 set) so you could try a 6 pack of colors to see if you liked them and add packs as your budget allows.
  • Comfortable to hold (rounded octagon shape) and attractive to display.

Potential Cons:

  • As with any alcohol marker, the color chip at the end is not a perfect match for the ink color so swatching is a good idea (this is the case for all alcohol markers tho)
  • Currently the range is only 90 colors and they plan to expand to 200 (which seems like a lot to me but Copic has around 350) *Keep in mind that these marker will blend with Copic or any other brand of alcohol marker you already have.

Bottom line: I like the price of these and the fact that they are refillable and a lifetime marker. With so many disposable markers out now for budget-conscious consumer, it is refreshing to see a company come out with a low price point and a sustainable product. I also like the look of these markers and having the longer color chip make it easy to tell the color no matter how it is laid on the table. I think these are a great alternative to copic markers. You can see all of then Art-n-Fly markers here. I want to thank Art-n-Fly for sending me these products to review as well as thank the viewers who made me aware of this company and requested the review. Happy crafting!

Practice Your Sky Painting!

Hi friends! Need help with skies? This tutorial is for you!

If you want an in-depth class on painting landscapes please consider my Watercolor Landscape Workshop! I’ll walk you through skies, trees, rocks and more and then show you how to put the elements together to create 4 unique landscapes. You can learn more about that here. Now on to today’s free tutorial!

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That’s it for today! Thanks for watching and if you like it share it with a friend!

Whoo’s Ready for Fall!

Hi friends! Today we are making a stamped card with alcohol marker coloring and rub-on transfers.

There are lots of techniques and ideas in this seemingly simple card, watch the video to see!


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

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Thanks for stamping with me today and til next time happy crafting!

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