Hoo-Ray (It’s your Birthday!)

Hi friends! Here is a fun card and gift card holder you can stamp for a friends birthday!

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Watch the video to see how to make it!

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Supplies

Card size: A2 (4.25″x5.5″)

I hope you give this fun card a try! Til next time happy crafting!

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5 Ways to Use Circle Stamps!

Hi friends! Sometimes it’s fun to see what you can make with a simple supply, in this case, circle stamps!

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Circles are fun shapes. Think bubbles and beach balls, they just scream “playtime!” You can go bright with confetti colored circles or use a soft palette for a gentle friendly pastel card.

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In today’s video I’ll give you 5 ideas and 4 finished cards using circle stamps.

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Supplies:

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Experimenting with your supplies is a great way to learn what they can do and come up with new and unique ideas. Don’t expect everything to be perfect because you will learn just as much if not more from the attempts that are not successful. Give yourself permission to play! Happy crafting!

 

 

Coffee Cards Made with Shaving Cream Marbled Paper!

Hi friends! The other day I showed you how to marble paper with a kit from the Dollar Tree and water. Today I’ll show you how to marbleize paper with shaving cream!

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The benefits to shaving cream marbling is you get a bold color that does not lighten when dry and it dries very quickly! Watch the video to see how!

The products I am using are by Stampin’ Up! If you don’t have a Stampin Up Demonstrator you can order from my friend Wendy Cranford. She also had lots of fun free tutorials on her blog and YouTube channel!  Use the host code to get extra goodies: YRN7G7UW *unless you are placing an order over $150, in that case you will do better ordering on your own as you will get hostess benefits:)

Supplies:

Shaving cream marbling directions: Apply a layer of shaving foam to a shallow tray or plate. Drop in reinker and swirl with a stick. Place cardstock on top and press down. Scrape off excess foam with an old gift card or scrap of cardboard. Let dry or heat set before using.

*Note, shaving foam leaves a waxy residue on the paper so use strong adhesive if gluing things on top of the marbled paper.

 

I think that this technique is best when you want a bold design and you want it now and that is why I personally prefer it to the water marble technique.  I will admit that the water marbelization can look more elegant though:) What do you like best? Will you, or have you tried this technique? Let me know in the comments and if you enjoyed this tutorial please consider sharing it with your friends in social media using one of the hand sharing buttons below! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Birthday Cupcake Watercolor Tutorial! {It’s my Birthday!}

Hi friends! Today I hit the big 4-1 and honestly I don’t feel bad about it! I feel so good in fact that I put my Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor class on sale for $41 this week! *If you click the link above it should show the discount but if not use the coupon code: BIRTHDAY41 to get the discount:) I think turning 40 was harder. Since 40 is a milestone birthday I think we put greater expectations on ourselves and set goals we should have reached by that age. Non milestone years is where it’s at folks. I thought it would be fun today to make a hand painted cupcake birthday card. You can paint this card in less time than it would take you to drive to the drugstore and buy one!

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Feel free to switch up the colors, add sprinkles and do whatever you like. It’s your cupcake after all! 🙂

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This is the reference photo I used, as you can see my painting is nothing like the reference but it did give me a subject to draw from and I could see where the shadows fell on the icing. A reference photo does not need to be copied exactly and often it is better if you don’t. Use it as a reference and go on from there with your own ideas. It’s your painting, have fun with it! And if it doesn’t work out try again, after all it’s only a piece of paper.  Watch the video and paint along, paint a few if you like, they are nice to have on hand and you can play with color choices too!

Please feel free to use whatever paint and paper you like for this project. I like to paint on watercolor cards for practice because they are cheaper than making my own from watercolor paper and they come with an envelope but you certainly can make your own card with the paper you have.

Supplies:

  • Surface: Strathmore watercolor card #140 CP
  • Watercolors (I am using M Graham but you can use any kind)  Colors: Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna, Cad Yellow medium, pthalo blue, Quin. Magenta
  • #10 round synthetic brush (Grumbacher) *If you want to use a smaller brush you can, use what is comfortable but a big brush that comes to a fine point is most useful:)

I hope you give this easy beginner project a try, and if you feel like you want more in-depth watercolor training please consider checking out my course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting on sale for $41 (Regular $79) this week only!

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Join hundreds of happy students who are building their skills and confidence with watercolor! See what some of them have to say:

Hello Lindsay, Thanks for a wonderful class. Wow, it is packed with so much information, and such fun to follow you! I am 74 and still enjoy learning. You are an awesome teacher!! -Linda Pasmore

Thanks for the tutorial. I am glad that it is in more depth than the YouTube videos, although I love them as well. I am brand new to both painting and drawing so even the iris was a challenge. When I started watching your YouTube videos I found that I had some watercolor supplies I had purchased about 15 years ago and never had the nerve to try. Thanks for giving me the idea that it is possible for me to learn to paint! -Helanna Andres

Lindsay U R an amazing painter. I’m truly enjoying practicing these techniques. I’ve learned so much from this class. Watercoloring is a lot of fun. I’ve always loved detailing, so I know I’ll enjoy doing this iris..it’s just so pretty. -Kathleen Geisel

How to hold the brush is the best information you could have imparted! loving all these videos; can’t wait to start painting the iris. -Judith Taylor

In this course I show you the essential techniques to make your paintings more powerful. You will learn to mix colors from a limited palette. We will also go over the tools and supplies and how to use them. You will complete these paintings in class.

I think the best feature of this class is that it teaches you how to paint, not just copy someone else. My goal is for my students, upon completing this course, is for them to paint whatever subject they wish because they will instinctively know how to mix colors, pick paper and paints and handle a brush well. If you have ever felt like you needed more guidance in learning how to watercolor please check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course today at 48% off! Enroll today for $41 (Regular price $79) and you have lifetime access so you can return to the class whenever you like! This offer Ends 7/18/17. Thank you so much for painting along with me today and til next time happy crafting!

 

Easy Coloring Botanical Birthday Card with Frugal Techniques!

Hi friends! Today we will make a slightly over-sized card where we can play with many techniques and dust off some supplies you may not have used in a while:) There are many substitutions you can make while creating this card so I urge you to use what you have! 18527328_10209162046873702_3468856644300664836_o.jpg

 

This card ended up bring 5.5″x7.5″ but you can make any size card you like.  I will share a few fun, fast and frugal techniques in the video and mention where you can substitute products, I will also post a specific supply list below. *Contains affiliate links.

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Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps  Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order!

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Let me restate that you can use what you have for this. I think the most interesting part of cardmaking and stamping it taking an idea and using it as a jumping off point to create something original. No harm will come if you try to make any card with the supplies you currently own and then only purchasing something new if you feel like it adds value and versatility to your supply stash. The fun with craft supplies is in the using, not the “having” I think:) Hmmm, Maybe I have been watching too many minimalist videos on YouTube hahaha:)

So, tell me in the comments below what supply you “made do” with instead of “buying new”, I am always looking for ways to breathe new life into old stuff like the glitter bookplate I had been hoarding for years LOL! I love to hear your insight. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Messy Mixed Media Birthday Card!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make a mess and make a card at the same time!

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I will also share ways to get a messy spattered background without actually spattering with paint! We will also give your supplies a workout. Watch the video then make a card!

Sponsored by Tupelo Designs! January is their birthday month and they have some amazing deals for you! For every order placed you get:
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b) Free desk calendar ( $15 value)
c) Free Ranger mini ink blending tool ($3) value
***For order over $20.17. Along with the above free gifts
d) A free stamp from my favorite things (MFT) ( $15-$18 value)

Check out their amazing selection, some of which was used on today’s project!

Supplies:

Tips:

  1. Choose pattern paper first then find coloring media to match. Working from a single collection can make mixing and matching easier!
  2. Hide mistakes by stamping or placing an embellishment over top!
  3. For mess free spattering place your card in a cardboard box before flinging paint or using spray mist.

I hope you try your hand at some messy mixed media cards soon! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

One Sheet Money Holders!

Hi friends! I have to admit that I am a horrible gift giver. I hate to give something that will just become clutter for someone to deal with and sometimes the perfect gift just doesn’t exist. Gift cards are nice but they have to be used at a specific place and some can even expire. Sometimes the most practical thing to give is cold hard cash. Today I will show you how to craft a beautiful money holder out of one sheet of card-stock so you can put a handmade touch on the gift of money.

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Watch the video for full instructions. Written directions and measurements are below the video if needed:)

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Take 10% off your mounted stamp order with coupon code: THANK YOU
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Supplies:

  • 1 sheet of cream cardstock (Recollections #110)
  • Stamp sets Brambly Rose and Between the Paving Stones
  • Dye inks in reds, greens, browns
  • Ink Blender brushes
  • Dies (photo corner, heart)
  • Embossing folder (borders work great)
  • Shape Cutter or craft knife
  • Foam squares, double sided tape and liquid glue
  • Painters tape or post it notes for masking.

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock: 6 1/2″x8 1/2″ and 2 3/4″x6 1/4″. Save scraps.
2. Score the large panel at 3″ and 6″ so that when you fold it up you have a 3″x6 1/2″ trifold. Cut an oval window from the small flap and round one of the edges (as shown in video)
3. Mask the top and bottom edges of the 2 3/4″x6 1/4″ panel so you have a 1″ strip down the center and stamp and ink the bare strip.
4. Remove the masking tape and emboss the plain edges. Ink the embossed edges if desired.
5. Stamp happy birthday and die cut, then stamp flowers around the edges.
6. Stamp around window in the center and glue down the non rounded edge to make a pocket for money yo go in.
7. Adhere the embossed panel on the front of the card, then use foam tape to add the happy birthday die cut.
8. Die cut embellishments from scraps, ink and glue to card front.

I hope you enjoyed this project! Please feel free to share this post using one of the handy sharing buttons below! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

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