Stamp Giveaway & Fun Shimmer Background!

Hi friends! Today we are going to get out the messy media and make some cards!

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Watch the video to see how to make a shimmer background that you can use to enhance several cards! Be sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the stamp I used!

Sponsored by Art Neko  *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

I will post a giveaway tomorrow on my blog!

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Spray and flick water onto watercolor paper. Shake on pigment powder. Spread with a brush if desired. Add metallic inks and Let dry.
  2. Stamp and emboss framed flower and color with inks or watercolors. Trim.
  3. Assemble card as shown embellish with sheep paper, thread, and a skeleton leaf.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the beautiful stamp I used from Art Neko! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Bird in Oils REAL TIME {free} Painting Class & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a peahen!

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I am using Lukas Berlin Water mixable oils but you can use traditional oils, pastels, gouache or acrylics with slow drying medium to paint along! We are going to be sketching and painting together in this real-time class with lots of beginner tips and tricks! Feel free to pause the video as you master a technique, this is not a race, take as much time and you need and most importantly, have fun!

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Video tutorial sponsored by Gloves in a Bottle! Save 20% on a 3.4oz tube on Gloves in a bottle with coupon code: CRAFTER1 (it is case-sensitive.) purchased on Amazon *Coupon good through January 31st 2017. If you want to find a store that sells Gloves in a Bottle near you visit their store locator.  *Thanks to our sponsors that keep these videos tutorials free on YouTube! They are also giving away some Gloves in a bottle, leave a comment for a chance to win, I will randomly draw a winner in one week!

Supplies:

  • Oil Paint (Vermilion Hue OR Cad red Hue, Primary/Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ocher, Cad Yellow Hue, Viridian Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Titanium White, Burnt Umber) I used Lukas Water Mixable Oils but you can also use traditional oils or even acrylics.
  • 9″x12″ Senseo Linen (canvas) Panel
  • Assortment of brushes, filberts and rounds are very handy!
  • Oil pastels for sketching on design. *If using acrylics or gouache use watercolor pencils to sketch.
  • Reference photo from ESP on Paint My Photo.

This was so enjoyable to paint. I want to thank you for encouraging me to keep my tutorials in real-time. I am so happy that you want to spend the time to learn and not just have the instant gratification of watching a painting that took an hour be boiled down to 5 minutes which seems to be the trend on YouTube. You guys are the best! Happy crafting!

Last Minute DIY Gift Idea & Rubber Stamp Giveaway!

Hi friends! Do you need a last minute gift for your coworkers or your kids scout troop or maybe your children’s school teachers? Here is a practical gift displayed in a pretty way! DIY Lip balm purses and suitcases!

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Everyone needs an extra tube of chapstick this time of year. It doesn’t cost much but it is useful and thoughtful. In today’s video I will show you how to make a display card for them that looks like a suitcase or purse and you could even hang then from the Christmas tree if you wanted too!

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Sponsored by Art Neko *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:
Cardstock
Stamps: Spring in Paris set
Scissors
Ribbon/trim
Postage edge punch or deco-scissors
lip balm
Double sided tape
Hot Glue

Directions:
Die cut a rectangle, oval or fancy label from cardstock. Stamp on it if desired. Fold up edges so you have a 1/2″ space in the center to adhere a lip balm tube to. Add handles and decorate if desired.

Giveaway!!!!

If you would like to win the stamps I used from ArtNeko then simply leave a comment! I will draw a winnter at random in one week. This giveaway is open worldwide. If you enjoyed this quick last minute gift idea please consider sharing it using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Thanks and til next time happy crafting!

Knitting Needle Set Giveaway & Free Adjustable Slipper Pattern!

Hi friends!  Today I am going to share an easy recipe for knitted slippers! This is a quick gift any knitter can whip up in time for Christmas AND a fun project for a new knitter to try! By the Way I have a 20% off coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ for the knitting needle set I used from Fabart (the coupon can be used on anything in the Fabart Amazon store too and they can ship in time for Christmas!)

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Watch the video to see how and then check out the pattern and diagram at the end of this post for written instruction. Rather than just giving you a pattern I want to teach you how to make these slippers to fit your foot and how to alter the pattern for different yarn you may want to use.

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Find the set of interchangeable knitting needles I used from our sponsor FABART and save 20% with coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ

Supplies:

  • Size 9 knitting needles
  • Super bulky yarn (look for a 6 on the label)
  • Contrasting ribbon or yarn to use as stitch markers
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches you need to know:
Knit stitch
Purl Stitch
Knit 2 together
*All of these stitches are demonstrated in the video, checkout this video if you need more instruction.

Directions: Use this for a ladies slipper size 6-10 or narrow men’s slipper. Alteration tips below.
1. Cast on 22 stitches.
2.Row 1: Knit7 (place stitch marker) Purl 1, Knit 6 (place stitch marker) Purl 1, Knit 7
3. Row 2: Knit
*Repeat these 2 rows until you have a rectangle of fabric that is as long as the distance from your heel to the widest part of your foot (where the toe knuckles are) I knit this part 8 1/2″ to fit a size 8-9 ladies shoe size.
4. Decreasing for the toe:
Knit 1, Knit 2 together (repeat across row.)
Next row: Knit. Repeat these 2 rows.
5. Knit across as many rows as you need until you have 1/4″ of toe left to cover.
6. Repeat step 4.
7. Cut yarn leaving a 18″ tail, thread yarn into a yarn needle and draw yarn through stitches on the needle. Slide the stitches off the needle and pull tight to close the toe. Fold slipper fabric in half and sew up the toe. Fasten off and weave in ends.
8. Use the tail from the cast on end to sew up the heel, fasten off and weave in ends.

Alterations:
To make a wider slipper add a stitch or two in each knit column. So instead of casting on 22 stitches (k7, p1, k6, p1, k7) you might cast on 25 stitches and k8, p1, k7, p1, k8. Just add stitches evenly and follow the knitting instructions for the rest of the slipper.

To make smaller slippers you can decrease stitches from each column. Alternately you could use thinner yarn and smaller knitting needles so a smaller slipper would not be as bulky. I suggest making notes as you knit the first slipper so you can easily make the second one match. Here is a diagram of how the slipper is constructed and where you can alter the design to change the size.

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Giveaway Time!!!

I have an amazing giveaway for you this week from our sponsor Fabart AND a coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ to save 20% ANYTHING in their shop from brushes to knitting needles if you want to buy a set for someone on your Christmas list! Fabart is selling this set of needles for $40 (only $32 with coupon and if you are an amazon Prime member you can get free 2 day shipping so you will have them in time for Christmas!) I have seen sets of aluminum knitting needles from other companies starting at $65 and up! I have used many brands of aluminum knitting needles and these are just as good at a much lower price and the handsome faux leather case makes it an amazing gift for any knitter. Circular needles can be use the same way as straight needles or you can knit in the round with them to make seamless hats and sweaters. They are also wonderful for teaching kids to knit as they fit smaller hands better. You can connect the cords to make larger items like blankets and keep the weight off the needles. You can even use the cords and stoppers that come in the kit as stitch holders. When you get this set of interchangeable knitting needles you are essentially getting nine pairs of straight needles size 4-11, nine pairs of 15″, 25″ and 30″ circular needles. And you can connect three of the cords to make large seamless blankets and throws. It can get expensive when you first get started knitting but this set will see you through most of the patterns you will come across. Leave a comment and let me know if you would rather win the knitting needle set or another product from the Fabart shop (and tell me your pick) and I will draw a winner in one week! Good luck and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Scrapbook Calendars & Christmas Design Bundle Giveaway!

Winner Update! Congrats to Linda who won the Christmas Bundle from DesignBundles.net & FontBundles.net! You can still grab the Christmas bundle on sale for $34 and still have time to make something awesome with it!

If you are my mother do not read any further OR watch today’s video:)

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Hi friends! Today I am going to share my most requested gift, a DIY Scrapbook calendar! I started making these 15 years ago when my son was born. I saw a “scrapbook calendar” for sale when I went to pick up my photos at Wal-Mart one day and decided to make one for my mom, it was a simple project, you basically just glued your photos in the rectangles on the calendar pages. My mom LOVED it and requested another one. The next year the blank calendars were nowhere to be found! I had to come up with one from scratch or ruin Christmas! OK, Maybe I am being a bit dramatic, anyway, over the past 14 years I have got this process down to a science.

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Break the project into manageable chunks starting with printing the calendar, photos and any other digital supplies I want to use. I usually make a couple of digital scrapbook pages too (at one time I was making 4 calendars at Christmas and for those years I made 12 digital layout and printed 4 copies, easy peasy!) Then I bind the book and adhere the photos and finally I embellish the pages. You can work a page at a time if you prefer but if you are one of those 4-hour-page people you might want to relax your standards a bit. When it’s done you will feel so proud!

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Not sure what is going on in this photo, I thought hot rollers were a good idea today. You may question my hairstyle choices but I assure you my taste in gift giving is “on fleek” today! Watch the video to see exactly how to make this!

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The Digital supplies I used came from the Christmas Design Bundle from DesignBundles.net and Fontbundles.net You can get this package of over 900 design elements (individually priced at $557) for $34 ! I am also giving away one bundle to a lucky reader! This contest is open worldwide, leave a comment for a chance to win!

Here are the techniques you will learn today!

*How to format and print a calendar for free
*How to print digital scrapbook paper to use in craft projects
*How to create a digital scrapbook page you can print
*Ways yo use digital products in traditional scrapbooks
*How to bind the calendar
* How I create quick traditional pages (using up old stash)
*Tips for mass production scrapbooking
*Tips for using lots of photos

Feel free to pop ahead, pause or re-watch different parts of the video until you understand a technique. Have fun and enjoy the look on your recipients face when they open up their custom photo calendar. Also make sure you allow plenty of time to complete this project (ie don’t start this on Christmas eve after a couple of egg-nogs.)

Supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Photo paper (for printing photos and digital scrapbook pages)
  • Printer
  • Image editing software (I use Paint Shop Pro but Photoshop or GIMP will work the same)
  • If you want a free easy online software to print and collage your photos try ipiccy, image editing software and be tricky if you are not used to it. You can also use any scrapbooking software you may have.
  • Calendar to print, I use the free calendar generator PDF Calendar.
  • Digital papers & artwork, I used the Christmas Design Bundle.
  • Paper trimmer
  • Tan inkpad (optional)
  • Stickers and other light weight embellishments
  • Adhesive (wet and dry)
  • Binder clip & ribbon scraps
  • Binding machine and comb *if you do not have a binding machine I have a tutorial here for doing this with a crop-a-dial or a copy center will bind it for you inexpensively.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! I would also love to know if you have ever made a scrapbook gift for anyone. I think the thing I love most about this is that it is a gift for someone who has everything and it will be used everyday and not clutter up a house or collect dust. It is the perfect gift I think, and my mom agrees and she is the smartest woman I know so there you go:) Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win The Christmas Design Bundle, I will pick a winner on Friday December 16th 2016. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

Christmas Decorative Painting Project & Brush Giveaway!!! {Acrylic Painting and Free Pattern!}

Hi friends! I had a lot of fun designing this acrylic painting project for you. I thought it would be sweet to paint these motifs on a paper mache mailbox that my friend Kathy gave me last year but you can paint it on any surface you like such as a canvas, slate, cigar box or even a greeting card. Here is what the finished project will look like:

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You can download my free printable template here. I just realized that my scanner can scan something as a PDF so it will print out the correct size for you and hopefully be easier for you to print than a snapshot of a sketch. Today’s video includes step by step instructions for painting this “Letters to Santa” mailbox. Watch the video to see how!

You can win this bundle of brushes, or any set of your choice from our sponsor FABART!  Just let me know in the comments if you want to win the brushes I used or another set from the store. Also you can save 20% on ANY of the brushes or interchangeable knitting needles in the FABART store too by using coupon code: KZCPG9ZE  (Amazon Prime members get free 2 day shipping!) This is a great discount for buying holiday gifts or restocking your own brushes!

Supplies:

Skill level: Beginner
Time Needed: 1-2 hours
Skills learned: color mixing, brush strokes, brush care

Directions:
1. Base coat mailbox and let dry.
2. Cut apart the printable pattern and rub the back with a light-colored chalk. Place the image chalk side down on your surface and trace. This will transfer your design.
3. Using the chalk likes as a guide, paint your image.
4. Paint Santa’s Address on the flag side of the mailbox.
5. Freehand a candy cane stripe on the flag and lip of the front of the box.
6. Load a toothbrush with watery white paint and spatter it all over the mailbox if desired.
7. To protect the paint for years and years follow-up with your favorite water based sealer.

I hope you enjoyed this project and if you know anyone else who would like it please send them my way or share this project using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a set of brushes or knitting needles, I will draw a name at random in one week! If you plan on ordering these brushes or anything else from the Fabart store be sure to use the coupon KZCPG9ZE for 20% off and the interchangeable brushes are back in stock! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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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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