Dreamcatcher Mixed Media Tutorial

Hi friends! let’s have fun making this mixed media painting of a dreamcatcher!

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Watch the video to learn how!

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Supplies:
11″x15″ Canson Monteville Watercolor Paper
Stamps from Lost Coast Designs Feathers and Grunge Border 3″ 
Watercolors (Gansi Tambi & Holbein)
Colored Pencils (Spectrum Noir)
Black pen (Pitt)
White Pen (Uniball Signo)
Glitter brush pen (Wink of stella)
Watercolor brushes

Please take your time building up layers, it is a fun process and there are no rules. Grab your supplies ad have some artsy fun today! Happy crafting!

Stamp School: Intro to Mixed Media & Watercolor Powders!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week! I had a really fun time working on tonight’s project. It is a mixed media card and the thing I love about mixed media is that anything goes!

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I even used the scratch paper that protects my table to make the envelope! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:
Borders, flower and words stamps (Lost Coast Designs)
Waterprook black inkpad (Ranger Archival)
Gold pigment ink pad and gold embossing powder
Heat tool and iron (optional)
Nuance watercolor powders
Watercolor paper (hot press)
White Cardstock
Scrap paper to protect your work area (and will be used to make a matching envelope)
Washi tape
Deli Paper
Heart die cuts (or scissors to hand cut)
Lace trim or ribbon
Buttons
Stencils
***And anything you like! There are no rules, use what you have and most of all have fun!

As promised here is a swatch of the Nuance pigment watercolor powders, they are available in a set of by the pot. I have the set and the color names were not on the containers but you can tell the colors going by the chart on their website.

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Here is the link to the butterfly card tutorial, I used Mod-Podge as a resist instead of embossing powder on that one. Think of all of the supplies you have and how you can incorporate them into your next card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Cyber Monday Sale & Another Mystery Craft Challenge!

Hi friends! First up tonight I have a great sale to share that is exclusive to Frugal Crafter readers, Lost Coast Designs and Carmens Veranda are offering 20% off AND free shipping  if you buy 6 or more stamps now through tomorrow. To get the deal mention The Frugal Crafter in the comments of your order and the discount will be refunded:) Here is a new set they just released that I am excited to use:

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Make sure you check out all of their new and classic stamps, I bet you can’t stop at 6, it is a great time to shop for friends or secret stamping sisters this holiday season. Deals like this do not happen often at Lost Coast Design or Carmen’s Veranda so don’t miss out, the deal ends Monday 11/30/15 at Midnight.

Now, on to the challenge! Kim at Made by Mommy asked me back to do the #MBMCraftChallenge again this month, I got a random assortment of stuff, see what I made in today’s video!

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That was so much fun, the thing I love about this challenge is seeing what all of the other participants made with their boxes, you can see all of the November Craft Challenge videos here.

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Good luck if you are planning on doing any Cyber Monday shopping and don’t forget about the deals at Lost Cast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda (mention The frugal crafter for 20% off and free shipping when you order 6 or more stamps.) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How about a tiny book from leftover paper?

Hi friends! tonight I have another bookmaking project for you. It is the same idea as the books we made last week but you get double the pages and the book is half the size. You just need a few more folds and 2 more cuts.

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Watch the video to see how easy it is!

Find the stamps I used Lost coast Designs here.

Supplies:
Scrapbook paper 12″x12″
gold pigment ink
Gold embossing powder
heat tool
stamps adhesive
Colorbox blends in black

I hope you try this fun bookmaking idea! Think of all the old scrapbook papers you can use up! Happy Crafting!

…and then I gave up and cleaned the ‘fridge.

Hi friends! Is there something in the air the last couple of days? Is there some big Muse Convention stealing away my creativity? Full moon maybe? I love making bookmarks, I usually find them fun and carefree to make. Fun and carefree go right out the window when your laminator decides to eat them. The other title of this blog post was going to be “The Laminator Ate My Homework.” Mamma said there’d be days like this…well, not exactly like this but you get the point…

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I hope you learned something or at least got a laugh:) If I ever felt the need to apologies for a video, this would be the one.

Supplies:

  • Large Shipping tags
  • Wizard of OZ Stamps by Carmens Veranda and Lost Coast Designs
  • Tree background stamp
  • Stencil (A moldy oldie from Club Scrap)
  • Fibers (that’s just fancy yarn)
  • Hole punch
  • Laminator or contact paper or packing tape is desired
  • paper for backing the tag if you like

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In case you were wondering I did call it a day after this video and I went upstairs and cleaned the fridge, then I went to the grocery store and filled the clean fridge. After all I can’t be a slacker housewife and a slacker artist all in the same day:) If you were in a creative funk I hope it has passed! Thankfully mine did, til next time happy crafting!

Stamp with me in Springfield!

Hi friends! I just wanted to give you the heads up that I will {hopefully} be teaching 2 stamping and watercolor classes at the Heirloom Stamp Show in West Springfield  Massachusetts in June. Are you going? I’d love to meet you! I have so much fun there every year! I wanted to make sure my blog readers get first dibs on the class (only 16 students are allowed in each class) so if you want to be notified when sign ups are posted leave a comment on my class page and I will let you know. The classes will likely be on June 5th or they could be held on the 6th or 7th. Who knows, maybe they would let me repeat the class on Sunday if the Friday spots fill up…now that would be cool! Here is a preview of the two classes:

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Please visit my class page for more info and samples. If there is a good response I might teach at other conventions! If you are wondering if there is a Heirloom Stamp Show in your area you can visit their website  or Facebook page (you could also tell them how much you’d love to take my class! Just kidding….not kidding, tell them! Kidding…not.) I hope you are finding some time to be crafty this weekend. It is snowing again up here in Maine (shocking) so I think we will be inside and crafty tomorrow! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Limited Supply {artsy} Scrapbook Page!

Hi Friends! Today we will make a scrapbook page! You only need watercolor crayons, white cardstock or hot press watercolor paper, stamps (Bugz set and background) and a journal stencil. The stencil and stamps are from Lost Coast Designs. You will also want a black pen and colored pencils if desired. You can make this an art journal page too if you like but if you are making a scrapbook page you will also need photos and adhesive!

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Watch how easy it is to make this!

The video is a bit long, I almost feel compelled to apologize for it but I have had so many people tell me how much they enjoy the longer videos because it feels like they are crafting with a friend. Awww, thanks guys:) That makes me so happy! I guess it is nice to have a mix of both:) I hope you try some artsy limited supply scrapbook or journal pages. You will be surprised at what you can do with just a few things! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

An Ask a Crafter Confession and Other Cool Stuff!

Hi friends! It’s Wednesday and time for ask a crafter! I have a confession about this weeks (and the next 3 weeks episodes) they are in the can, as we used to say in the radio biz. This month has been super hectic with the ladies and I, there was an exploding car (don’t ask) and just general Christmas business but I anticipated this (well, not the car, that was a surprise!) and filmed a couple extra episodes at the beginning of the season for just this reason. That means if you asked a question early on and it was not answered it probably will be over the next 3 episodes! I know you all are busy this time of year too so feel free to wrap some presents, bake or craft as we answer your crafty questions!

Other cool stuff!!!

My friend Linda over at Lost Coast Designs bought the Carmen’s Veranda line of super quirky stamps and you can find her website here:

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This will be an awesome addition to her already quirky Lost Coast Designs stamps. I can’t wait to get mine! She has been selling these at stamp shows and now we can all get them! (Linda, you better not sell out before I have time to shop!)

And Voting is now open in the USA Today Holiday Lights contest! You could win a $1.5K gift card just for voting for your favorite pic! Who are you voting for? I saw someone there from my home state! So exciting:) I wonder if they are a reader….

And my workdesk today…a preview of something I am working on for next week… Look at me planning ahead!

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I had to look and make sure there were no Christmas gifts in the works on there, phew! I hope you are having a great week, hopefully no holiday stress. 8 days til Christmas, whoa! I better get on that wrapping myself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Learn to Stamp a Masterboard and a Freebie!

Hi friends! Today we are going to hop in the crafty time machine to when rubber stamping was in its hey-day. Scrapbooking was not a popular hobby yet so we did not have access to all of the gorgeous papers that we can get today so we had to make our own backgrounds. Well, everything old is new again and we are making backgrounds with gelli plates and other mediums but let’s not forget about our good old stamps! I am using stamps from the More Bugz set from Lost Coast Designs. Here is the journal page I made that inspired this tutorial:

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But I wondered if I might like it better without the stenciling and collage so I made this card:

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I just could not decide so I will show you the entire process and YOU can decide where you want to stop. This is known as creating a master-board:

I mentioned in the video that you might love your creation so much that you will want to photocopy it so you do not have to cut up the actual paper. I asked Linda, the owner of Lost Coast Designs if I could share a high-resolution photo of the master-boards I made for my blog readers to print and use and she said “Sure, why not!” so if you click on the photos below it will take you to a larger image you can save and print. Thanks Linda! It pays to do business with good companies like Lost Coast Designs!

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That’s it for today. I just ordered a new microphone and I have a project I want to try it out on! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

I have tickets to giveaway & a coupon code! Life is good!

Hi friends! I am absolutely giddy, the folks at Heirloom Productions have given me some tickets to give away for the Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp show in W. Springfield Massachusetts! I want to make sure the tickets go to folks who want them and live close enough to attend so if you want to win just leave a comment saying if I win tickets I will go! Also, because I am nosy, tell me what you want to see most at the show, a vendor, demos, your favorite crafter perhaps…just kidding! 😀 If you are not sure what to expect check out the Heirloom Productions website where they have a full list of vendors and classes that will be at the show. I will pick winners Sunday and post the winners names on my blog. You will receive your tickets via email. One of my favorite vendors that will be at the show is Lost Coast Designs, I bought my first stamps from them 3 years ago and have been a die hard fan ever since. Because I know everyone cannot get to the show I have a coupon to share with you if you buy more than 6 items, you get 20% off and free shipping! The prices at Lost Coast Designs are very reasonable so that is a really good deal! Use this code when shopping: RSCVC and don’t forget to tell them Lindsay sent you!

***how to use the coupon code: Use the Shopping Cart as usual and put “RSCVC” in the comments area to get your special pricing. If you use a credit card, she will calculate the discount before running your card; if you use PayPal, she will refund the discount back to your account.

Speaking of Lost Coast Designs, here is a fun card I made today with their Wizard of Oz stamps, watch the tutorial to see how!

The card was literally made from scraps near my paper cutter, don’t you love it when projects work out that way. I had just enough poppy paper left over from yesterdays project to use on this card. I only own 4 sets of label dies but they get quite a work out, I love cutting a label layer out of the center of a piece of card stock that is hidden because I can stretch that perfect color paper scrap and save weight on the card for mailing. It is two ways to save money! How about mixing and matching your markers? I recommend newbies to try out different brands in different colors so you can see what markers you prefer, they all work well together as long as they are the same type (alcohol or water-based) and they blend well together too. Why commit to one brand of markers when you are not sure it is the best for you? I love scrap cards, I always feel so good making something with leftovers, it’s like a free project, don’t you think? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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