Happy Valentines Day (A Snarky Card)

Hi friends! I wanted to pop in and wish you a happy Valentines Day and since I know not everyone one loves this holiday I thought I’d make a funny card. Honestly I about died laughing when I saw these stamps at the Lost Coast Designs booth at the last stamp show I went to. Remember the “before times” when we could go places and do things…

This is not a sponsored post, I just love these stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda! BTW Use coupon code QUARANTINE to get 25% off any purchase of stamps at Lost Coast excluding Katzelkraft and Stencil girl products. *Carmen’s Veranda and Lost Coast Designs are owned by the same person, Linda will combine orders if made on the same day to save you a shipping charge or to meet shipping minimums and refund the difference.

Supplies:

  • American Gothic Couple Steampunk style (Lost coast designs)
  • Funny saying (Carmen’s Veranda) There are loads of funny sentiments here, some are a bit raunchy but they are pretty hilarious!
  • Cardstock & patterned paper (unknown, probably American Crafts)
  • Mini playing cards from a bubble gum machine
  • Memento black ink
  • Alcohol markers (random assortment)

That’s all from me! I hope you are enjoying this day however you wish! I’ll be spending it with my hubby:) Love and happy crafting to you!

Cute little gift box!

Hi friends! Many of us are in the countdown the Christmas and you might be in need of a last minute gift or a cute DIY packaging idea and I have got you covered with today’s project!

You can follow the steps in the video below or head over the the Ohuhu Blog for written instructions!

This video is sponsored by Ohuhu, they just released a brand new set of super-light pastel tone alcohol brush markers. See them here. Also available on Amazon.

Supplies:

  • Cardstock in White, lavender, mint green, pastel blue and pastel pink
  • Stamping ink in black and Turquoise
  • Stamp (House Mouse Designs: Marshmallow Bounce)
  • Ohuhu Pastel Alcohol Brush Markers
  • Ribbon
  • Double sided tape
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scoring Board
  • Snowflake punch or die-cut (optional)
  • Rhinestones (optional)

You can use the cute gift box to wrap other things too such as a notecard set or baked goods. The sky’s the limit! I hope you found this project useful and til next time happy crafting!

Brush Markers VS Bullet/Chisel Markers

Hi friends, today we are going to compare alcohol based brush markers to bullet/chisel markers by drawing an iridescent beetle. I’ll draw one half with brush markers and the other half with chisel/bullet markers.

Good brush markers are really a treat to work with but they typically cost more due to the price of the nibs but no matter what kind of markers you have you can get enjoyment and success using the techniques I’ll share in today’s video!

Supplies (Video sponsored by Bianyo, affiliate links used)

What’s the differnce?

Brush markers have flexible tips for more nuanced strokes and color control so you can get more line and color variation per marker. Most brush markers have a chisel tip at the other end (like Bianyo) but some brands offer a bullet tip. The downside to brush markers is the price as the brush nibs are more expensive to produce, Bianyo is running some good deals currently bring the price per marker under $1 in sets.

Chisel/bullet tip markers are another option. They contain the same ink as their brush counterparts but you often need more shades of a color to get good blending as you can’t vary the pressure on the hard tips. These markers take more practice but you can get the same results. The big plus is the price, at around .50 cents a marker in sets.

I spent today comparing nearly 30 brands of alcohol markers and am working on a comparison spreadsheet and video about each brand and style I have that are currently available on the market. Look for that video in a day or two. Til then, Happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday a Day Late! Tree Frog

Hi friends! I got so busy on projects this weekend that I forgot the share my sketchbook Sunday project with you. I have had so many little projects I had been neglecting around the house and last week they were really bothering me so over the weekend I tackled a bunch of them such as washing the drapes and repainting the big bay windowsill which leads to touching up the paint on the trim and wiping down the grimy baseboards. Speaking of grime my kitchen floor was disgusting, I had just vacuumed and spray mopped it but there was just so much ground in dirt that my Libman (like a reusable Swiffer) was no match for. I saw a hack online where a woman used scrubbing bubbles on her kitchen floor and I tried it, I still had to scrub but now it looks brand new. It’s a black and white checkered floor which I “had to have” and it shows every speck of dirt. I’ll be able to enjoy a gleaming floor for a few hours anyway:) My son had friends over so I had them help me move furniture around the house too. It was a productive weekend! Thre is always more to do but those were my big annoyances and I am so glad they are done!

Anyway, on to the video!

Supplies:

Birthday SALE!!! Save 44% off any class with coupon code LINDSAY44 at my online school (click “Add coupon” on the checkout page and enter LINDSAY44 offer good through 10/17/2020)

44% off coupon included in links to Learnt to Draw with Lindsay Class.

If you liked today’s video you might enjoy Learn to Draw with Lindsay. In this class, you will learn to draw what you see without gimmicks or complicated grids. You will be drawing what you see with confidence in no time! Learn more here or enroll today!

That’s all for today and til next time happy crafting!

Spaceman Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! The weather in Maine was beautiful today! I started the day off with a long walk with the dog then we all did some much needed yard work. It was nice to be out in the sun with temps in the 50’s, it felt like spring finally! I saw other neighbors taking advantage of the day too. We had a few big storms this month and so neighbors were clearing fallen trees and branches and taking them to the dump or burning them. I saw neighbors toting canoes to the lake to enjoy the day. It was nice. I’m hoping to get out kayaks out soon. I hope we don’t get any more snow LOL!

Today for sketchbook Sunday I am drawing a spaceman in marker. Watch the video for a time-lapse and learn more about markers!

Supplies I used & Options (affiliate links used)

That’s it for me today! I am quite tired from all the fresh air and physical labor. It’s a good tired tho, happy crafting!

Refreshing Sketchbook Sunday!

I have a new sketchbook and I’m ready to rock!…or draw…

I really love drawing food and drink. My dream assignment is to illustrate a gorgeous cookbook or at least a recipe in a magazine. I love that I can draw whatever I like in my sketchbook with no pressure tho. If you like it too watch the time lapse and see how I drew it. I hope you try something similar!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I just realized that starting a new sketchbook probably brings my number or working sketchbooks to about 15 but I like different papers, sizes and colors depending to what I am drawing. 15 is a total guess, I really should go count them but I have them stashed in so many places it would be a challenge to get them all in one place. Any other serial sketchbook users out there? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Peony Sketchbook Sunday

Hi Friends! Here is a quick little drawing with a springtime mood…

It didn’t take long to sketch and color. I hope you can make some time for art today!

This video is sponsored by Bianyo! They are offering 20% off discount on their 72 count classic marker sets here and a 20% off discount on their 36 count marker sets as well as their wonderful marker pads here. *Their marker paper is bleedproof and slightly translucent so if you want to trace an image to color you can with that paper.

Other Supplies:

It’s a beautiful day in Maine today, I took the dog to walk on the cross country trails and I got so warm I had to remove my hat and mittens! Spring is on the way (at least it will feel like it for the next couple of days LOL!) Enjoy your day and til next time happy crafting!

Fan Art: Drawing June from The Handmaids Tale {Sketchbook Sunday}

Hi friends! Last night I finished watching season 3 of The Handmaids Tale. This Hulu series was based on a book by Margaret Atwood and I can’t wait to read the sequel The Testaments.

I loved the acting by Elizabeth Moss so much that I decided to draw her portrait for sketchbook Sunday. You can see the time lapse below. A real-time version of this tutorial will be available in Critique Club in a couple of days.

Supplies (May contain affiliate links)

If you are new to drawing and would like an in-depth beginner drawing class consider my online course Learn to Draw with Lindsay where I teach you how to draw what you see without gimmicks. You can learn more about it here. Have a creative week!

You have time to make these cards before you need them!

Hi friends! Today we are making some fun alcohol marker colored cards. You can adapt the technique for any theme card you want but I am getting a start on my Christmas Cards.

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

Supplies (Affiliate links may be used)

If you plan on any time consuming coloring on your holiday cards try and pick away at it early so you can spend your time enjoying the holidays and not stressing over your cards. Happy crafting!