Fun Kids Birthday Cards You Can Make in Batches!

Hi friends! If you have children you have probably had to rush out to the store to pick up a card for one of their friends last-minute birthday parties. The cards I am going to share today are so fun and easy to make in batches that you may never need to go to the card store at the last-minute again!


In all honesty I think these would be pretty nifty for adults too, I mean, look at those pandas!


The great thing about making cards in batches is that you can explore several ideas with one set f supplies. It is a great way to make the most out of limited supplies or get to really know a new product.


I stamped all of the images from this set out and then colored them with the new Stampin Blends markers. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to cut them out with my Scan n Cut2 because I stamped them fairly close together but it worked like a charm! I used a .08″ border to get a white outline.


In today’s video I will show you how I made these cards. Enjoy!

I’m using supplies from Stampin Up including some free Sale-A-Bration products. With Sale-a-bration you earn a free product with ever $50 you spend making it a nice time to stock up! You can order from your local demonstrator or my friend Wendy Cranford. *If ordering less than $150 be sure to use the host code on her website, orders over $50 get extra goodies!

*Orders placed before March 31 qualify for Sale-a-bration freebies!


Other supplies:
Black pigment ink (Versafine)
Black embossing powder
Smooth watercolor paper
Pre Folded card bases
Sewing machine and thread
*Also I used my Scan n Cut 2 Machine to cut out the stamped images:

One more tip to make these cards more useful: Put a pocket inside to hold a gift card! I have a hard time choosing gifts for kids I don’t really know and kids I do know are tricky as they get older. This way they will surely get something they like. ūüėÄ Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Easy & Elegant card Design for Friendship, Thinking of You or Sympathy Cards

Hi friends! Today’s card project is one you can make up in batches to have on hand when you want a gentle thoughtful card to give. The design is simple and adaptable and if you don’t have the same supplies I have you can use the ink pads or watercolors you do have on hand.


You can see how to make this card as well as supply saving and storage tips in today’s video tutorial!

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: FRUGALFREESHIPPING to get FREE USA (All 50 States, Puerto Rico & Guam) shipping on orders of
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Storage tips:
I laminated the index cards that came with my stamp and slid them into cd/dvd sleeves.¬†For the peg stamp cards I trimmed them small and laminated them with badge size laminating pouches because I had a bunch that came in a variety packs and I wanted to use them up:) You could also use clear packing tape to laminate the cards if you don’t have a laminator. I hope you found some of these tips useful and if you liked this project please consider sharing it using one of the nifty sharing button below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make stamp sets more useful by swapping colors!

Hi friends! Colors can effect moods. You can take the same image and color it with pastels for a new baby card or jewel tones for a birthday. You can also take the same stamp set and swap out colors and accent images to apply to different seasons like I did today! These cards feature the Woodland Harvest Stamp set, one of the 5 stamp sets I designed for Rubber Stamp Tapestry!

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Here he have the fall version…


…and here is the spring!

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Watch the video to see how to make the fall card while picking up some tips for coloring and die cutting. The spring card is made in the same way just using the tree stamp (branches only) for a frame.

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Get FREE USA (All 50 States, Puerto Rico & Guam) shipping on orders of $20+ throughout the month of February with¬†Coupon Code: FRUGALFREESHIPPING New to peg stamping? Become a Peg Stamp VIP here and you’ll get an instant coupon for 20% off Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Coupon only applies to new customers.

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Other supplies:

I hope you had fun trying the following techniques!
*Coloring with alcohol inks
*Accenting with colored pencils
*How color choices affect the overall look of a card
*Making wood accents
*Border die cutting tips

Before you go I have a quick question for you

Now that I have hubby editing my videos I can have him edit more out and make them shorter. I realize that 30 minutes is a lot to ask of you to watch a video. So please honestly let me know if you prefer the longer videos like today or an under 10 minute video or if you would like me to alternate long and short tutorials. You won’t hurt my feelings. I just want to make the most useful lessons I can for you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Mystical Backgrounds! 3 Fun Cards with Pizzazz!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make some really fun cards with glitzy backgrounds and textured effects!


The first two use glitter ink (I am using Brea Reese glitter ink but you can use any shimmer watercolors or inks you have) and heat embossing…


The third uses texture paste and pebbles. I got to thinking about how you could make DIY pebbles and I am thinking you can use a scrap of paper and glue water mix then roll it up spit-ball style. You can DIY your own texture paste with white paintable latex caulking (get the kind in the tube for ease of use) tinted with any color of acrylic paint. *Note in the example below the card on the right has wet glue holding the “stones” in place but the Aleenes Thick & Tacky glue dries completely clear as you can see from the card on the left. Go generous with the glue to keep those embedded items secure.


I think I might have crammed too much into one video here but I really wanted to explore these new Lavinia stamps I just got and I wanted to use all of them. Feel free to speed the video up or watch it in two parts if it’s too much crafty goodness for you to take in one sitting:)


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 from Top Flight Stamps:

Other Supplies:

Whoa, that was an exhaustive list! Please don’t think you need to go buy all of these things to make a card, the list is there as a courtesy in case you are looking for something specific I used. You can DIY most of your supplies except the embossing powder and stamps. Have a look in that crafty stash of yours and see what you can come up with! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!


Patina Look With Acrylics {Stamp School!}

Hi friends! Today’s technique is a teeny bit messy but the result you get is worth it. I’m going to show you how to use acrylic paint to get the look of old clay pots and metal. It’s quick, cheap and easy too…well quick not counting about 30 minutes of drying time. ūüėÄ


You can find the full instructions in the video below!

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****You can find all of the new RST stamps here!*****

Supplies: (Use coupon above for 20% off all stamps!)

1. Stamp containers on scraps of rust and silver cardstock. Stamp the images again on a 1/4 sheet of white cardstock.

2. Use a palette knife to scrape paint over the images on the colored scraps. Sponge on light green paint on the pots and let dry.

3. Stamp peg stamp designs in the containers on the white cardstock and die cut the images when done. *If you would like more detailed info on using peg stamps please check out this beginner video.

4. Use staz on ink to restamp the containers over the dry acrylic paint and trim out.

5. Ink the backgrounds of the die cut panels with blue and green in and a blender brush.

6. Trim pattern paper to fit card bases and assemble cards embellishing as desired.

I hope you enjoyed this acrylic paint patina technique using new peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Happy Bee-Day! Repeat a Pattern for cohesive Design!

Hi friends! How do you go about your card making process? Is it a scramble of sifting through everything you have hoping to find the perfect paper, embellishment or die cut only to make a chaotic card and have a complete mess of a craft table when you are done? If so I am going to share a tip that will streamline your process and help you create stylish cards (and you probably have everything you need already!)


I got the brand new¬†Bee-Utiful Day stamp set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry this week. RST is a wonderful company who sponsors a weekly tutorial on my blog and YouTube channel and as a bonus they don’t mind one bit that I encourage you to use what you have:) Love those guys! When you get a new stamp set it should make all of your other supplies more useful (not redundant as so often happens) so keeping that in mind I thought of a design element I could repeat in the card. Hexagons! I could replicate the look of honeycomb by gathering the various hexagon stencils, embossing folders, punches, dies or pattern paper I already had and give them new live with the new stamp set! See where I’m going here? I could repeat the hexagon shape with different tools and add variety with different colors and materials but still have cohesion because of the consistent design element of the hexagon shape. Repetition and variety equal good (and easy!) design!

Need more ideas? Watch today’s video!

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31, 2017

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I also employed the “make the envelopes first and die cut the scraps trick” that I have been using a lot mainly because I have lots of pattern paper I love to use and I am no longer buying the cheap blank card and envelope sets. I am really loving the look though because a patterned envelope is so much fun and special to receive. What tips do you have to improve your card design or mix old and new supplies? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to share this tutorial with friends who might like it. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS here is a link to my DIY Shimmer Spray and Ink Dauber tutorial from a few years ago if you want it:) Have fun with your DIY supplies!



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.


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


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!

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