Let’s Make a Tri Shutter Card! Stamp School {Easy Limited Supply Project!}

Hi friends! Tonight I have a fun interactive card to share with you:

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It is easy to make, all you need is a sheet of white cardstock, stamps and some patterned paper scraps. Watch the video to see how.

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Today I am using stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko!   *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:
white cardstock
patterned paper
Framed Flowers stamp set
Happy Birthday stamps
Paper trimmer
Scoring Board/envelopee maker
Markers (alcohol based)
Stamping ink (Memento)

Here is the rough diagram/template if you want it:

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Directions:
1. Trim cardstock to 6″x9″ (save the rest for stamping) and score it at the 3″ and 6″ mark, then score 1″ from the tip and the bottom at 1 1/2″ and 7 1/2″. Cut a slit 1″ from the top and bottom edges of the cardstock (in between the short score marks) Fold on the score marks like I did in the video.
2. Stamp the framed flowers on the remaining pieces of cardstock and color with markers.
3. Trim pattern paper to cover the card base and adhere the stamped images and sentiment.
4. Make an envelope with leftover pattern paper if desired.

I hope you enjoyed this card idea. It is a nice one that will wow your friends and it is really pretty quick and easy to Make. Feel free to share this idea on Pinterest or Facebook (handy sharing buttons below this post) if you think your crafty friends might like it. Sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Paint a Ballet Dancer with me LIVE! Free pattern download here!

Hi friends! Today at 2pm Eastern Time I will have another live painting tutorial. We will paint this ballet dancer with a $10 box of pastels. This is another Craft-mas Collaboration, I think by now time you could use a little relaxing painting time right? I have teamed up this week with Cinnamon Cooney-The Art Sherpa, she will be doing an acrylic painting or a ballet dress AFTER my live show on her channel! This painting reminds me of the Nutcracker ballet:

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You can watch it live here (the replay will be available right after the broadcast so don’t worry if you can’t watch live) but if you want to join in the chat and ask me questions as we go be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies:

  • Chalk pastels (use what you have, my cost me $10 at Jerry’s)
  • Pastel pencils (if you have them, they make the details on the face easier)
  • Black Paper (I am using Canson MiTintes rough side but contraction paper is fine)
  • Other handy accessories: Sandpaper & knife for sharpening pastels, kneaded eraser or poster putty. Also have a trash bin handy to tap off excess dust from you paper.
  • Reference photo
  • Pattern (see below)

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To transfer the pattern to back paper simply rub the back of the pattern with white chalk, then place the pattern on your black paper and trace. Your sketch will be white on the black paper. Works like a charm!

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How About a Giveaway?

I will be giving this painting away after the live show, to enter all you need to do is leave a comment after the show! Also for more artsy-fartsy fun make sure to visit my friend The Art Sherpa, she is doing a ballet dress in acrylics live at 4pm ET (after my show) and I will be hanging out in the live chat during her broadcast and I’d love it if you joined me!

If you missed any of the past 12 Days of CRAFTmas videos you can see them all here! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Adult Coloring Book GIVEAWAY!!!!

Hi friends! I’ve finally done it! I jumped on the coloring book bandwagon. I did not have far to jump, I’ve been eyeballing these for months. I loved the idea of detailed designs for adults to color (heck, yeah, I’m a stamper after all) but I also wanted to be able to “do” something with the images after I colored them. So today I came up with a couple of ideas for you to make with coloring book pages!

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I made a bookmark, greeting card and glittered pen. Watch the video to find out about these beautiful Color It coloring books and to see how to use pages to make fun crafts!

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Would you try an adult coloring book? They are so much fun and I love how you can use the colored designs just as you would patterned paper or a rubber stamp. Or you can just color the images and leave them in the book, or tear out the pages and frame them.  If you want to try before you buy you can download 4 free sample pages from Color It here! You can purchase the coloring books I used today on the Color It website or on Amazon. I was really impressed with the quality of these books, my kids like these detailed books and they have books from many from different publishers and I can say hands down the paper in these books are nicer than others and something I really enjoy spending my time on. Honestly, I would LOVE it if they came out with a blank marker pad with this paper, it is beautiful!

Oh, did I mention I am giving 3 of these books away?

For a chance to win one of these books simply leave a comment and tell me what one is your favorite. This giveaway is open to USA residents only so be sure to tell me what state you live in (I’m a bit nosey LOL!) I will pick a winner next Tuesday so make sure to get your comment in before then!

I want to thank Color It for sponsoring this video. These books would make an amazing gift for anyone you know who likes to be creative and needs to unwind, heck who doesn’t like to color? Thanks to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Spectrum Aqua Marker Giveaway!!!

Contest Closed: Winners announced here:) Thanks for Entering!

Hi friends! I am super excited because the folks at Hallmark Scrapbook are letting me give away four sets of Spectrum Aqua markers! There is Floral, Essentials, Nature and Primary sets to choose from and they are all exquisite color combinations. The thing that really impresses me about these sets is that there are no doubles between sets so you can try sets here and there without worrying that you are buying duplicates. We are giving away 4 sets in all, 3 will go to readers in the USA and 1 will go to someone outside of the US. The cool thing about Hallmark scrapbook is that they have low prices on the newest products and they also ship to Canada, most European countries, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and South Africa. To enter the contest just look at the spectrum Aqua color sets and tell me in the comments what set you want to win and what country you are from. Now, for today’s project we will be making an expressive marker drawing using Spectrum Aquas and water but you can use whatever watercolor type marker you have!

I think this would be a really fun technique to teach your kids and grand-kids! Good luck in the giveaway, I will pick 4 winners in one week (3/21/15) so make sure to get your entry in! Don’t forget to tell me in your comment what country you are from and what set you would like:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Freebie for Easter! {let’s make cards!}

Hi friends! I love looking through stacks of vintage postcards at antique shops. People used to send cards all the time, especially on holidays such as Easter. Today I have a free template (printable PDF and SVG cutting files) for you to create four cute cards that won’t cost a lot to make or send!

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We will also be using washi tape and baker’s twine, two of my favorite supplies, from our sponsor Papermart. Watch the video to see how it’s done:

Supplies:

  • White Cardstock
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Washi Tape
  • Stamps and Ink
  • Sponges or color dusters
  • Embossing folder (I used a Damask pattern from Darice)
  • Foam Tape
  • Scissors
  • Free Template
  • Also a craft knife or die cutter for cutting the templates.

Directions:

  1.  Die cut the SVG template on a full sheet of white cardstock OR print the PDF template. If hand cutting I recommend using a craft knife to cut out the windows on the cards and then cutting the scalloped frame with scissors. You will have 4 scalloped papers with windows.
  2. Emboss the papers with an embossing folder if desired. You can also stamp a sentiment on the paper if you want to keep it flat (unembossed.)
  3. Center the window on a card base and trace the window with a light-colored pencil.
  4. Apply washi tape over the traced image.
  5. Apply foam tape to the back of the window.
  6. Wrap the panel with baker’s twine and adhere to card base.
  7. Stamp an Easter sentiment on a label die cut (not included) and adhere over twine with foam tape.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Free French Fry Favor Box Template!

Hi Friends! Today I have a fun french fry favor box that you can craft and fill with goodies for someone! You can snag my free template here. You can print it right from my website (select landscape to print the same size I used) or download it and save it!

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I printed mine on green cardstock but you can also print it on sturdy double-sided patterned paper too, just make sure to print on the side that will be the inside of the box to hide the scoring lines. Watch the video for instructions:

Supplies:

  • free fry box template 
  • green cardstock
  • hot glue
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • bone folder or butter knife
  • stamps and ink
  • die cuts or other embellishments
  • Mardi Gras Beads
  • snacks to put in the box

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I want to thank our sponsor Love With Food for their commitment to feeding hungry children in America. They have a special offer for my blog readers: Get your first Tasting box free here and get $20 off any 6 and 12 month plans with code YTFEB15SAVE20!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Prairie Painting Tutorial with a FREE Pattern!

Hi Folks! Today I have a viewer request! A prairie painting for Sarah Hoffman.

finalprairieYou can find the reference photo I used by Rachelle Eversole at Paint My Photo. Since I did not go over drawing the scene in the video I made a pattern for you, you can print it for free here.  I hope you enjoy this tutorial and try it too, it was fun to paint!

Supplies: (Feel free to substitute for what you have on hand.)

140# 9″x12″ Strathmore 400 series watercolor block

3/4″  Angular brush, 1/4″ flat, #4 round

Cotman colors: English Red, Sap Green, Raw Sienna, Payne’s Grey, Ultramarine Blue

Other: Credit card scraper, paper towel, 2 buckets of water.

 

Paint along and have fun! If you would like more painting tutorials click here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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