Shocker! I’m Painting with Acrylics for Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! If you’re a regular around here you know I am typically not that fond of acrylics but I decided to give them a spin this week for sketchbook Sunday!

I had a lot of fun with this painting. The reason I enjoyed it was because I didn’t force myself to finish it in one go. I started it early in the morning then walked the dog, then did another layer, then went to the gym, then painted a big chunk of it, then made dinner and finally I added the finishing touches after I let my eyes have a break from it. I think we often have times when we don’t get more than 20 minutes at a time to paint and having something like this on your easel to come back to can be really encouraging because you don’t have to come up with something from scratch, you just keep adding to it! The real time version of this is up in Critique Club if you are interested:)


Feel free to use the stencils and stamps you have on hand to create your background, it will be totally yours that way! Happy painting!

Fine Tip Glue Applicator Art Journal Page {Glue’s not just for stickin’ stuff anymore!}

Howdy friends! Did you ever find a technique that is so much fun that you have to try it several times? How about when you find a tool that seems too good to be true but actually works? I love stuff like that! I used such a tool and technique on this page:

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And this one:

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And this one too.

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Want to see how I did it? Watch the video:

I used mod-podge in the fine tip applicator bottles from TillysBridge, the owner Barb has been a longtime fan of my channel and she must have gotten sick of hearing me complain about glue pens clogging up or tired of watching me wield a glue gun or mod-podge on a stick whenever I adhered a die cut because she mailed me a few bottles to try. I did not have high hopes. I read the directions and a light bulb went on! Keep the bottles pretty full and store them upside down so no air can get into the nozzle and clog it! What a difference it made. Also the bottles come with rust proof pins to keep ion the nozzle and before I’d use any pin and it would rust and turn my glue a nasty brown, oh well it is under stuff and you can’t see it I’d say LOL! Well obviously the glue bottle is great for applying glue to lacy die cuts but c’mon, the mod-podge resist drawing is pretty freaking awesome I think! The only drawback is that you have to wait for it to dry…we can’t have everything after all. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thanks to Barb at Tilly’s Bridge for thinking of me and sending me some bottles (and extra pins because, well, she knows the kind of operation I run around here.) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Deli Paper Washi Tape!

Here is another great use for deli paper! Homemade washi tape. Watch the video to see how I made it:

So grab your stamps, stencils (the star stencils I used were from Oriental Trading Co.), paint and imagination and make some unique tape today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Yes, I did stick it on backwards…{my latest art journaling adventure}

Howdy friends! After Kathy and I filmed Ask a Crafter Tuesday night we decided to hang out and craft for a bit. I have a hard time concentrating when chit-chatting so I grabbed my art journal and started doodling while we gabbed. I sketched a flower and then checked my Pintrest quote board for a fitting sentiment. I liked it so much that I thought it would be a nice card design:

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Don’t be afraid to try art journaling. I used to think that I did not have time for it. It seemed time consuming and then what would I do with all of the pages? What I have found is that an art journal is like a creative playground where you can make art without worry. It is like high quality scratch paper that ends up looking really wonderful but if not you gesso it and try again (not that it has happened to me…ahem, er that Bombay white India ink is really something though, it will cover a lot, ha ha!) My journal is the Canson XL Mixed Media pad 9″x12″ size and I am using Coloursoft Pencils by Derwent, these were provided by Oriental Trading Company where if you find a product they sell cheaper somewhere else they will beat the price by 10%, now that’s frugal! I also used letter stamps and inkpads from my stash. The large shrubbery stamp if from Lost Coast Designs. Watch the video to see how I made the card using the exact same techniques that I used on the journal page.

What do you think? Can an art journal be used as a testing ground for cards? How about paintings or scrapbook pages. I think it can! Here are close up shots of the card and page:

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In the video you might have noticed that I stuck the panel on the card backwards, luckily I was able to pull it off and flip it around before the adhesive set.  Nice save huh? 😀

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As for the quote, it really speaks to me. We spend so much of our time fretting and worrying about what we cannot change. It is so much better to focus on the good stuff. I think we attract what we put out, if we emit positive vibes and a good attitude it is returned to us. Just think about it, if you are in the grocery store and someone smiles at you for no reason you smile back, you reap what you sow. You might not be able to change a situation but you can change the way to look at it. Wow, that was deep…and all I wanted to show you today was how to make a card. Have a wonderful night, look for the joy, and til next time happy crafting!

Mixed Media Fun #1: India Ink

Howdy friends! I am so excited to share this new series of videos with you: Mixed Media Fun! Each lesson will focus on a different technique or supply. I will be working in a Canson Mixed Media pad for this series of videos. I chose this pad because it has 60 heavyweight 98#/160g heavily sized pages and I have been very happy with it. Today I am going to show you techniques using Bombay India Inks and Micron Pens. If you are in the market for any of these supplies please check out Oriental Trading Company, they provided me with many of the supplies I am using for this video series and they have a 110% lowest price guarantee so if you find a lower price on a product they sell they will beat their price by 10% so you will always pay less. And, if you do shop tell them Lindsay the frugal crafter sent you:) Here is the page we are going to make today.

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You will also want a bucket of water handy and a few paint brushes (try synthetic ones meant for acrylic) and old toothbrush, a hunk of wax or white crayon and a few basic pattern stencils. Here is the tutorial:

I did not have time to do the lettering in this tutorial so the next tutorial will be on hand lettering. Anything goes with mixed media art journaling but I know that a blank page can be scary so these videos are designed to break the ice. I’ll hold your hand and teach you some techniques and introduce you to supplies and each week we will build on what you already know so before you know it you will be composing interesting pages all on your own! Again I want to thank Oriental Trading Company for their donation of materials for this free video series. Please share this with anyone you know who wants to explore mixed media or art journaling. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Funky chess piece tags and pocket cards!

Howdy Friends!  yesterday was a nice relaxing Saturday. My Husband had a large woodworking project going on in his side (or meager corner) of the basement, my daughters worked on Pearler beads and scrapbooking while watching Once Upon A Time the basement TV and I made bookmarks! All of the stamps used on these tags are from Lost Coast Designs.

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I think having that show on in the background influenced my work, the creepy trees and full moon in the background…it is a little Big-Bad Wolf/Red Riding Hoodish…

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I spent a lot of time on these, they are so addicting! The tags are actually quick to make but man, they are like potato chips, you can’t stop at just one! Just be warned, after this video you might find yourself going on a tag making binge!

I decided that I should make a card to house my tags but these tags are big so I grabbed my new Business Envelope Kreate-a-Lope and made an envelope, then I took a piece of 8″x9″ paper, folded in half to make a card. I used a scrap of the paper leftover from the envie to make the pocket for the tag!

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I love these chess piece stamps from Lost Coast Designs, just when you think you have seen it all in stamping you find a company that has truly unique offerings.

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A couple of people on YouTube asked me what laminator I used to laminate the tags and it was a cheapie I bought for $18 at ABC Distributing and I got that one because the packs of 100 refill sheets are under $5 a set. You have to pay shipping so I bought 3 packs of the refill sheets when I got the laminator. It works great too, I’ve been using it about a year now.

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That’s it for me today! If you have any questions on this project of the supplies I used just leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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