Create Without Fear

Hi friends! I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. It never occurred me to be afraid to try a new art or craft. (OK, using my bead torch give me a healthy dose of fear if I am completely honest LOL!)

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I mean really, what’s the worst that can happen? You waste a bit of time and materials. So what? I can waste gobs of time watching TV or scrolling on social media. The art supplies are already bought and paid for and if you are looking at stuff like stamps and stencils and brushes then can be used over and over again indefinitely. You might be out a few cents in paper, paint or ink but that’s about it. In most cases, you can give it a coat of gesso and carry on. The REAL waste is your paint or markers or inkpads going unused on your shelf to dry up or go bad. Now that’s what I’m afraid of, not making a mess, unspent potential. I think a lot of fear comes from shame. Are you worried about embarrassing yourself or someone judging what you make? Simple, make your art just for you, there is no law saying that we have to share everything. If you are going to let some random on social media keep you from creating because you are afraid what they will think you need to either not share it or think about why they have so much power over your actions.  There is so much pressure on our lives today we need a space where we can learn, stumble, make a mess and grow without worrying what anyone else thinks. Right now, right where you are, is the perfect place to start. You will not get better without practice. You are not obliged to share your work. You ARE allowed to share it if you want to. This is YOUR journey, you decide. Remember, what you see online is people’s highlight reel. Give yourself a chance to succeed, I’m rooting for you!

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Now, let me be completely honest with you. I am a weenie. I am afraid of so many things. But art, it ain’t one of them, in fact, I think it is the only place I am actually brave. I don’t know what my life would be like if I didn’t have that one space where I could be fearless. Everyone deserves a fearless space of their own. Happy crafting!

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Best Fishes!

Hi friends! Today we will make a sweet little card you can send anytime!

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Watch the video to see how!

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Directions:

  1. Make a 4 1/4” Square top fold card. Cut marble paper to 4” square and a panel of white at 3” square. Cut a banner shape from white and set aside.
  2. Stamp the globe from “let it snow” upside down on the 3” white panel. Stamp fish inside the globe. Add accents with markers.
  3. Place a post-it note across the scene to represent a table top and ink below.
  4. Apply a glue pen here and there when you want glitter accents. Sprinkle on glitter.
  5. Adhere the marble panel to the card base and wrap novelty yarn around 3-5 times. Adhere stamped panel with foam tape.
  6. Stamp or write “best fishes” on banner and accent with little fish stamps, Ink edges and add to card with foam tape. Add pearls to corners.

That’s all there is to it! Try any of these techniques on your next card for a friendly greeting! Happy crafting!

Steampunk Fancy Fold Cards!

Hi friends, today we are going to make 3 fun fold cards, a z-fold, easel and twisted easel!

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Lets get started!

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Remember, you can use what you have and make these types of cards too! You can also use any size card you want. Here’s how!

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For the Z card cut and fold a card as normal and then score between the center fold and edge of the card and fold it back. Then cut a 1.5″ strip the length of the open card and score at the same interval but adhere it so the folds are opposite as shown in the video. Embellish as desired.

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For the easel card you will again score and fold between the center score and front edge. Decorate as desired.

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For the twisted easel score and fold diagonally from the edge of the card at the crease to the opposite front corner. Decorate as desired.

Try these fun folds on your next card! Til next time happy crafting!

 

So Many Flamingos! Mirror Stamping & Bleeding Tissue Paper Backgrounds!

Hi friends! Back in December when I did my year-end craft room declutter I came across 4 flamingo stamp sets I have purchased over the past year and a half that I had not used! I bought them and couldn’t wait to use them so why do they sit uninked in their packaging?

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I also found a pack of bleeding tissue paper that I had-to-have last year and only used once so that had to get used, as well as washi tape because honestly I went a bit off the rails with washi tape over the past few years but it all “sparks joy” so I better use it! I’ll also show you how to mirror a stamp like I did with the flamingo below!

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I decided it was time to use it or lose it and so I decided to make big fun tropical colorful batch of cards! Watch the video to see how!

Don’t feel shame if you have supplies you bought and have not used, just use them! Supplies are made to be used. I’ll be honest, it is easier to collect supplies than to use them but the joy you get from creating will far outlive the high you might get from finding and buying them. I can’t wait to use these stamps again!

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Some of the products are from Simon Says Stamp, they have a great selection but rarely ever have a sale BUT they are having their 17th anniversary sale and offering 17% off sitewide with coupon code SANV783 through 2/17/19. They also ship worldwide!

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I hope this inspires you to ink up an unloved stamp and have fun!

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It always makes me feel good to play with my supplies! Happy crafting!

Fun! Fairy Terrarium Cards, Tags & Bookmarks! It’s like a free mixed media workshop!

Hi friends!  I started in on this project first thing yesterday morning after sending my kids to school and finishing my coffee. I had so much fun working on this that I forgot to have breakfast and lunch, in fact I worked on these until it was almost time to start dinner!

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I am going to share some fun ways to use inks on a gel printing plate but I will also offer tips if you have other supplies because I don’t think you need to have exactly the same stuff as me or anyone else to make good art! I did some embossing with embossing tinsel which is basically an embossing powder with glitter mixed in. You can try making your own by mixing a tiny bit of glitter in a container with embossing powder (about equal parts) and test it on a scrap before adding it to your project. Or you can add some glitter glue over your project when you are done. I shy away from glitter glue as no matter where I put the projects to dry I always manage to smear it but you are probably more coordinated than me! Watch the video for a full tutorial and feel free to snag these ideas and make them your own!

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Tips!

  1. Make sure you paper is very dry before stamping or your powder will stick everywhere. I actually ironed my inked papers to flatten them and make sure they were really dry and flat prior to stamping.  Also if you are having trouble punching or cutting paper try drying it with a heat tool as it will wick away and moisture and make cutting cleaner.
  2. Use an “embossing buddy” and this is just a fine powder to dust on your paper to remove static and wick up any pesky moisture on your paper. I made my own by sewing a little cotton pouch and adding a table-spoon or 2 of cornstarch and stitching it shut ( you can also put corn starch in an old sock and secure it closed with a rubber band, it will work just as well!) then pounce or wipe it across your paper before stamping. You can also buy a premade one for about $6 at a craft store.
  3. Preheat and work fast! Embossing tinsel can scorch easily and it can be hard to tell if it is set because it is not really raised like a normal embossing powder. It’s an embossing powder & glitter mix and the embossing powder acts like a glue for the glitter so you just want to melt and move on. Glitter is a plastic and if you overheat it then it will burn so heat up the gun for a few seconds and quickly heat the image moving as soon as you see a subtle change in shimmer.
  4. Have fun and don’t fret a badly stamped image or a bit of wayward embossing powder, that’s just fate telling you to glue an embellishment there;)

Have fun with your supplies and til next time happy crafting!

Thoughts on Keeping Cards…

 

Hi friends! I like making cards. I see it as a positive hobby where the fruits of your labor can be enjoyed twice: You get enjoyment making it and then you get joy sending it and another person get’s joy receiving it. I guess that’s 3 times! Many of us have expectations for our cards beyond those 3 joys and that’s what I am talking about today. BTW if you ever get a card from me you have my blessing to discard it whenever you like;)

Don’t let your {or others) expectations dim your light or tarnish your hobby. Make and send cards because that’s why you bought the supplies to begin with and til next time happy crafting!

Inspired by Christmas Decorations!

Hi friends! I spent the morning teaching a workshop making DIY kissing balls, it was so fun! I wish I took a photo because you would not believe how lovely all of the Christmas kissing balls looked hanging in the greenhouse as my beginner students put the finishing touches on them. Now I am enjoying a hot cup of tea before climbing into the attic to fetch our Christmas decorations. We decorated the porch last weekend when the weather was nice and it has been so cheerful to come home to. I enjoyed the decorations on my porch so much that I thought it would be fun to create cards inspired by them!

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We still have a few finishing touches to add like icicle lights at the roof and greenery in the ice skates but all in all I really like it! We have a small ranch style home so I think it is enough to look nice, classic and cozy.

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Inspiration is all around you! If you feel a spark of creativity in your surroundings make a mental note and use it to fuel your next craft idea! Watch the video to see how I made my decor inspired cards!

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you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

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Tips!

  • Have a look at other stamps you own and ask if that can be combined with peg stamps for new looks.
  • Draw a line or circle if needed to help you placing your images. You can erase it later with a soft white eraser after your stamping ink is dry.
  • Peg stamps are great for adding little touches to tags and envelopes so leave a few holiday themed stamps and ink pads out when you are addressing Christmas cards or wrapping gifts so you can make tags and envelopes extra special!

I hope you have something fun and crafty planned this weekend. I’d love to know what your favorite holiday decoration is, let me know in the comments below! My favorite decoration from my childhood was a scene of ice skaters on a pond from the 1970s. There were white plastic snowbanks surrounding a mylar mirror-like pond and the ice skaters were brightly colored clear plastic. I used to skate those around the plastic pond all season long. I wonder if my parents still have that old decoration in their basement LOL! I am sure it is worse for wear with all of the skating I made those figurines do! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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