My Mega August Crafty Haul!

My studio is full to bursting with crafty goodness for upcoming tutorials, have a look!

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If you want to see everything then watch the video and be sure to let me know what products you would like to see me demonstrate first.

Video!

Craft Supplies from the video:

I think that is everything from this haul, let me know if I missed any thing:)
Disclaimer: Some of these products came from sponsors or were sent by companies in exchange for promotional consideration. That said,I only use products that I love and you will always get my honest opinion about them as well as DIY alternative for things you already have. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sending “Mice” Wishes!

Hi friends! Oh I do love a good stamp pun, don’t you?

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I have to admit I am usually not a big user of cute stamps but I have loved the House Mouse stamps since my friend Tracey introduced me to them years ago, I stamped out a few of hers to color and I was hooked. Before you knew it I had my local stamp store (sadly, no longer in business) special ordering me stamps and one time I hit the mother lode at a yard sale and bought a bunch. Until recently you could only get House Mouse stamps mounted on wood, I have a lot of those and while they are beautiful sitting on my shelf they could be tricky to stamp because they were so detailed. I love that most of their designs are available in unmounted rubber now (and some even in clear sets with sentiments!) because I get the detail of the rubber but I can put them on my curved block (I am using a Mega Mount in my video but the Rock-a-blocks also work well and are much cheaper) and get a perfect impression every time. I have to say I wasted a lot of paper stamping those old wood mounted ones. Tip, if you have the wood mounted House Mouse Stamps you will get a great impression if you lay the stamp rubber side up on your table, ink it up and lay your trimmed cardstock on the rubber and rub the back of the paper. I had to mention that because I have lots of the wood mounted ones and they are too pretty to unmount LOL! Don’t you dare call Hoarders on me!

I will also share some fun coloring tips and tricks in today’s video!


Supplies:

Tips:

  1. Use a curved block for better detail (I used the Mega Mount from Impression Obsession, Rock-a-Blocks from Crafters Companion are also good)
  2. I used a thin strip of wood from a hand plane to stamp my sentiment on.
  3. Experiment layering your coloring media for rich colors!

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I hope you learned some cool tips and tricks that you can use on your next card! Please note that links to Hallmark Scrapbook are affiliate links and I earn a small percentage of sales made through the links, you do not pay more by clicking through the links but you help support these free video tutorials. Thanks so much for spending some time with me today and tl next time happy crafting!

Got Ugly Scrapbook Paper? This Project is For YOU!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun, quick and easy bookmaking project that only requires paper and adhesive! You can use any paper you want but it is perfect for the older scrapbook paper in your stash that you don’t care for because you can use the back side for the pages and the print will be hidden. Aren’t you glad you kept it now?

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Watch the video to see how fun and quick these little notebooks are!

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Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Adhesive
  • 20 minutes

I have seen some really cute notebooks that some of you guys made following my tutorial on Instagram, thanks for sharing! If you want share your pics you can post them on Thefrugalcrafter Facebook page of use #thefrugalcrafter when posting on Instagram, it might work on twitter too but honestly I’m not sure LOL! If you love this simple idea I would love it if you shared it on Pinterest or your favorite social media (handy links at the bottom of the post!) Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hey Chickadee!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a good weekend. We are taking it easy, I have one kid down with a cold+allergies so we spent today puttering around the house. I delved into the nooks and crannies of my craft room to try and unearth my extra brayers and lino-cutters (it had really been bugging me that I could not find them when I hosted my Gelli print party last week) to no avail but I did find some mosaic supplies, glass paint and about 200 unfinished resin pendants. Good grief, I am expecting a knock on the door from Hoarders any moment! We did have a little flood in the basement today but luckily it did not get to my craft room or hubby’s woodworking area. On the bright side the cellar floor got a good washing LOL! Tonight I have a fun little painting tutorial for you!

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It is geared for beginners so you might want to watch it at 2x speed if you are advanced. It is painted with #5 & #10 round brushes and only 3 colors of paint.  I hope you like it!

Supplies:
Strathmore watercolor cards
Cotman Watercolors
#10 & #6 Synthetic rounds
Cut up piece of credit card, water bucket, paper towel

Colors:
Ultramarine Blue
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna

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This tutorial is slow enough for beginners to paint along with me.

I want to thank Jerry’s Artarama for sponsoring this video and I thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Art on the Go!

Hi friends! Today we are making a cute little travel art kit that is perfect for creating art on vacation or keeping the kids busy during long car rides.

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It is inexpensive using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

Supplies:
Kraft Box 5″x6″
Washi Tape
Grossgrain Ribbon
Hook and Loop Tape (aka Velcro)

Supplies:
watercolor pencils (sawed in half)
watercolor paper
cardstock
watercolor paint
waterbrush mini

Those are some ideas to get you started but you can fill the box with whatever you like! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Stamp School 9: Branching out with heat embossing!

Hi friends! Wow, I thought I would only do 8 weeks of stamp school but I am having so much fun, I hope you are too! We really did a lot with a few basic supplies and today I want to add another helpful set of supplies to the mix: embossing powders. They are great for resist effects and adding a look of class and professionalism to a project like these bookmarks we will make today:

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This video is sponsored by ArtNeko, they have a cool bookmark kit that contains a gorgeous set of bookmark stamps, 10 bookmark sleeves and 10 tassels. I will also list all of the products I used a ‘la carte below. As a stamp school member you get 10% off any order or free shipping on orders over $50 if you mention “the frugal crafter” when ordering. I thank them for their support making this summer Stamp School series free for everyone!

Now, on to the video!

OK, that was a lot of info on embossing, it might bore the long time stampers but beginners need to know this stuff!

For heat embossing you will need:
Embossing powder
Clear embossing ink or pigment ink
Stamps
Bookmark stamps
Gingko Leaves stamps
Washi Paper
Bookmark plastic sleeves
Tassels

How to Heat Emboss:
1. Dust paper with embossing pouch (cornstarch, baby powder, or talc)
2. Stamp image with clear embossing ink, pigment ink or glycerin.
3. Sprinkle with embossing powder.
4. Heat with a heat gun.

I hope you liked this addition to stamp school, I think heat embossing gives you a lot of bang for your buck and makes all the stamps you have more versatile. Embossing powder can be found at any large craft store. Thanks to ArtNeko for sponsoring this post and thank you for reading it! Happy crafting!

Make Your Own Ombre ink pads!

Hi friends! We are still in a heat wave in the northeast. I spent the afternoon at the lake with my sister and our kids, it was much better than staying home and fighting with my computer (I want to render a fabulous new stamp school video for you and it wants to come up with exceedingly new and clever ways to make me have a nervous breakdown. Good times.) The beach won this afternoon but now I am back fighting with the computer. I have decided that I am getting new software (and probably a bottle of wine.) Anyway, yesterday I made an awesome video, you know, the kind that just turn out well and I don’t have to edit anything. about making ombre ink-pads.  It is cheap, you probably have the stuff you need and if not you can get the supplies to make about 12 for $10, roughly the price of one store-bought ink-pad. That’s cool! Watch the video to see how!

Video!

Supplies

  • Student grade watercolors ($5 for a box of 18 Maries brand)
  • Cut-n-Dry Foam (Ranger, $6 a 8″x10″ sheet regular price)
  • Plastic packaging
  • Tape
  • A flat container like a plastic Tupperware, clam-shell packaging or take out container, use what you have!
  • Old credit card or plastic spoon for spreading the paint.

DIY ink pad directions:
You can make the pads any size you want but I like to make mine 1 1/2″x4″, you can get about 12 from one sheet this way.

1. Glue foam to plastic packaging material.
2. Add tape handles.
3. Add paint on top and use a credit card to work the paint into the surface.
4. Stamp.
5. If the ink pad is to dry add a spritz of water and or more paint.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy DIY! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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