Christmas Cupcakes To Paint {You didn’t think I was gonna bake them did you?}

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint some yummy Christmas cupcakes!

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I thought about speeding this video up but you always tell me keep the painting tutorials in real time so I took your advice, I hope you find it useful:) Here is a pattern you can trace if you don’t want to draw it freehand.

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Paint along with me in this video tutorial. Feel free to take a break anytime you need too, that’s the great thing about a video class, you can paint at your own pace!

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Supplies:
9″x12″ watercolor paper
Watercolors (Mission Gold)
Round brushes in sizes #30, #8, #4, #1
2 buckets of water& paper towel.
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Thanks for stopping by! I will have a free live painting class tomorrow at 12:30pm ET and I hope you will take some time to paint with me then too. Until then, happy crafting!

AQYLA Giveaway! {waterbased alkyd-resin paint)

Hi friends! I wanted to let you know that you KUSAKABE Enogu is giving away a set of AQYLA paint just in time for the holidays! Watch how artists are inspired by Aqyla all over the world and follow the directions at the end of the video to enter! All of the links can be found on the YouTube watch page of their video. You must follow the directions on the video to qualify and this giveaway is open internationally!

Here are a couple of examples I painted with Aqyla. I love that this paint can be used like oils, acrylics, watercolor or gouache. It has more open time than acrylics but dries quicker than oils and is pigmented enough to thin down and use as watercolors. The paint also contains tried and true pigments so there is little worry about fading down the road.

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You can see my full review on these paint here and the tutorials for the brush pot here and flower here if you want to see the paint in action. You can also visit kusakabe-enogu.com to purchase and save 10% using the coupon code: thefrugalcrafter. But if you want a chance to win some Aqyla paint be sure to visit this YouTube video and follow the directions at the end for your chance to win! Happy Crafting!

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Build a Bauble Wreath {Christmas Ball/Ornament Wreath}

Hi friends! First off today I want to announce the winner of the stamps from last weeks ArtNeko giveaway! The wnner is: Ruby Guitard! Ruby, check your email to claim your prize! Now on to today’s project!

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I have always wanted to make a Christmas Bauble Wreath and now I have satisfied that desire:) I think these wreaths turned out pretty cute but I have to say I had some struggles. Hopefully my tips and tricks will help your Christmas ornament wreath project go more smoothly than mine did!

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First let me say that I recommend the Styrofoam (on left) wreath form and hot glue method if you only need a single sided wreath and you want to pick the way your baubles are arranged. I am not remotely “Type A” but I really liked being able to decide the layout of the ornaments. I think for anyone who is particular about that sort of thing would like this method. Watch the video to see how they are made and decide for yourself:)

Here is what I used for the Styrofoam wreath, cost $13:
10″ Styrofoam wreath form (Dollar Tree)
1 large drum of blue/silver large balls (Nicole-AC Moore)
2 sleeves of small and medium balls in red and silver (Dollar Tree)
Hot glue (lots)
Satin Ribbon for bow (optional)

For the wire form method:
1 large drum or ornaments (glue the caps on the ornaments before you begin!)
*You can also add smaller ornaments, you can either alternate them when you slide on the big ornaments or hot glue them on later (which I did to add stability to the wreath)
heavy duty wire, a wire wreath form or a coat hanger bent into a circle
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*The advantage of the slide on wire form method is that you get a double sided wreath and theoretically it is quicker unless you have to chase all the ornaments that fell off the hangers and re glue them on. Just save yourself the trouble and glue them on first.

So, would you attempt this Christmas craft project? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

 

Interchangeable Brushes Back in Stock & Winner Announced!

Hi friends! I am so happy to let EVERYONE know that the FABART set of 12 (15 pc) interchangable brushes are now back in stock. I shared them with you last week and they sold out in a couple of hours. I have been getting emails, comments and messages from viewers all week wanting to know how to get a set, hopefully there is enough in stock this time to satisfy you guys:) They have also extended the coupon code through 12/7/16, save 20% with coupon code: 7XOWSQJ9 that code is good for everything in the Fabart store as well (and I have projects coming up using the knitting needle sets and kids brushes if you want to plan ahead or grab some gifts.)

The folks at Fabart also let me give a set away to a lucky winner: Janet Okelley!!! Janet, check your email shortly for directions on claiming your prize:)

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If you were thinking about grabbing some sets of these interchangeable brush sets for gifts I really would not wait, they just popped up back in the shop seconds ago and they will ship out December 3rd. I would hate for any of my viewers to miss out. I just wanted to make sure you knew in time to get some and use the coupon code.

If you missed the video I did on these brushes you can find it here, I went through 12 different brush types and what they are used for and as a bonus all of these brushes are included in this travel set in a compact case that keeps the brushes safe and secure. The brush set retails for $24.95 and shipping is free if you have Amazon Prime. Don’t forget to use the coupon code for: 7XOWSQJ9 for 20% off through 12/7/16. Happy crafting!

A Christmas Craft Haul & Sales!

Hi friends!  I spent the day making stuff with the things I will show you in tonight’s haul! I was so excited to start some holiday crafting that I had to film this haul quickly so I could use this stuff! Have a look at the bargains I picked up at AcMoore and The Dollar Tree! (yes, I realize I got the year wrong LOL!)

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Video!

Just a reminder, today is the last day to enter a for a chance to win the FABART brushes and tomorrow is the last day to enter to win the Art Neko stamps so make sure to leave a comment on those posts if you have not already;)

Also I wanted to let you know you have until 11:59pm tonight to get 25% off and free USA shipping at Rubber Stamp Tapestry! I have never seen a sale this big, don’t miss out on that big peg stamp discount, peg stamps are a great gift for someone just starting out in stamping!

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Also the big sale at Craftsy is over at midnight so be sure to use my special discount link to snag any class for under $17.99 (many are $13.99) it’s the lowest prices of the year and I would hate for you to miss out!

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Did you find any awesome bargains this weekend? Let me know in the comments below and I will be back tomorrow with a super fun craft project! Happy crafting!

Five Seashell Painting by Request!

Hi friends! I got a very enthusiastic response earlier this week when I asked if you would like to have a tutorial of this painting, your wish is my command!

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I am using Mission Gold watercolors on Arches paper but feel free to use whatever paper and paint you prefer. Let’s Paint!

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Supplies:
Watercolor paper: Arches 140# CP 11″x4″
Watercolors (mission gold) Yellow ocher, burnt umber, peacock blue (you can use Prussian or Pthalo blue), magenta
Round watercolor brushes #2, #4, #8
Credit card scraper
Paper towel and water buckets

Did that tutorial make you want more in depth painting classes? Check out all of the fabulous painting and crafting classes on sale now at Craftsy, many for only $13.99 including my class Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step! All of the teachers at Craftsy are top-notch and I think it is nice to get many different perspectives when you are learning. You get lifetime access to your Craftsy classes and they make a great gifts so stock up now during their lowest prices of the year. Don’t wait because he sale ends tomorrow night! Remember ANY classes you purchase via my special discount link help keep my YouTube videos and blog tutorials frequent and free! I thank you for your support:)

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I hope you are having a fabulous weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Get Ready for Wrapping With DIY Tags, Tape & Labels!

Howdy friends! Today we are going to make some fun wrapping supplies in bulk. I like to keep these in a box on my pool table with wrapping paper, scissors and ribbon so anyone in my family can wrap a present quickly!

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I had an empty tissue box handy so I cut a diagonally on each edge and pushed the top into the box to make a holder for everything. I reinforced it with duct tape from the dollar tree and you can easily see everything in there. Try not to be jealous of my fanciness LOL!

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You can easily make a seasons worth of tags in  an afternoon and it make a nice way to relax during a hectic week! Learn these easy and fun techniques in today’s video!

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All directions to make these handmade gift tags, labels and tape are in the video! Feel free to substitute any supplies you want and make it extra unique! Happy crafting!

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