Crafting on the go!

Hi friends! Last year after I got back from the Heirloom stamp show I completely unpacked my travel art bag. So many things had been accumulated over the years and some stuff I never used. I always stick duplicates in that bag or things I wanted to use up but it was time for a thorough clean out and that’s what I did.


That bag set empty on my shelf until yesterday when I went to pack up stuff to bring this year. I told my friends that I would bring coloring tools to share with everyone so that’s why my marker selection is a bit excessive but I hope this helps you decide what you might want to bring on a craft retreat. Also, I totally forgot to open the flat skinny pocket on the front where I keep my portable paper trimmer and I added a roll of double-sided tape after I stopped filming. If you noticed I forgot an important item be sure to let me know in the comments. Thanks!

Stuff in my Bag (Affiliate links used)

OK, what did I forget? Let me know in the comments below! If you are going to the Heirloom Stamp Show this weekend please say “Hi” if you see me! The BEST thing about crafting conventions is the wonderful people you meet! I am so looking forward to this trip. Now I have to pack my non-crafty stuff LOL! I have my priorities. 🙂 Happy crafting!

Coffee ATCs & Stamp Show Ticket Giveaway!

Edit: the 6 tickets have been awarded for the Heirloom Stamp Show, thanks for playing! Discount presale tickets are still available if you are going and want to save a few bucks. I hope to see you there!

Hi friends! I am delighted again this year to be able to give away tickets to the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show & Paper Arts Festival happening in West Springfield MA May 31-June 1st. My only requirement is that I want to give the tickets to people who will use them so the first 6 people to leave a comment saying “I am definitely going to the Heirloom Show in MA and would love a ticket!” will get one.  So if you are going and want a tick comment now before reading the rest of the post so you don’t miss out! If you do want to go but missed the giveaway you can still preorder tickets at a discounted rate or sign up for classes on the Heirloom Productions website through May 28th. I’m not teaching this year, I am going to play and shop! I hope to see you there! Stamp shows are so much fun! I always meet good people and see interesting products that you don’t see in stores or online. I love the demos and being around energetic, creative people! Every year the folks at Heirloom have an Artist Trading Card contest and I always submit one. This year I made extra to trade! The theme is coffee:


These were a lot of fun to make! I’m a coffee drinker (I bet you couldn’t tell!) and I have collected quite a few coffee themed rubber stamps over the years! Many were too big for ATCs which must be 2 1/2″x3 1/2″ but that demure size had me stretch my creativity and it was fun! Watch the video to see how I made these and if you go to the Heirloom show and make ATCs find me so we can trade!

Stamps *If ordering from one of these awesome small companies please let them know where you heard about their products! Thanks:)

Other Supplies (affiliate links used)

Remember, the first 6 people to comment telling me that they are going to the show and want tickets will get them. After that, you can purchase advance discount tickets on the Heirloom Productions website through the 28th OR pay admission at the door (it’s cheaper to buy tickets ahead of time.) I am doing it this way instead of a random draw so that I can get the winners names to Heirloom soon and people won’t have to wait around for a name to be drawn and miss out ordering online. I hope that all makes sense LOL! Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Heirloom Winners!

Hi friends! I am telling you, I am such a ding-dong this month. With so much going on between my regular videos and blog posts, classes and the kids end of the school year stuff (my son started drivers ed, yikes!) I have been running in many directions! I completely forgot to announce the winners of the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show Tickets! They are: Karen Stevens, Debra Graham, Monika.Buzsy, Mary Nieb, Kris Storts, Betty Wlazlo, and Donna Birney. Please check your inbox for an email from Nikki at Heirloom containing your tickets! See you at the show! If you didn’t win you can purchase tickets to the show on the Heirloom Productions website for $6 through 5/27/18 which is cheaper than at the door ($8/day or $14 for both days) but if you are taking a glass you get your admission to the show free.

I love attending the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show in W. Springfield MA, there are so many good vendors and I love seeing folks in person that I chat with here and on YouTube. People are so friendly and it is so nice to meet online crafty friends in person. I do hope you will say hello if you see me at the show! Last week I was notified that the Loose Watercolor Bouquet (Lilacs) class was nearly full but I do have spots open in the Loose Watercolor Roses class if anyone is interested. The past years I have taught at Heirlooms my classes have sold out so if you want to paint with me on Friday June 1st be sure to reserve your spot here.


I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun cardmaking tutorial with a sneaky die cutting hack! Til then happy crafting!


Watercolor Classes @ the W. Springfield Stamp Show & Ticket Giveaway!

Hi friends! I have some fun news to share today! Firstly I will be teaching two watercolor classes at the Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp Show and Paper Arts Festival on June 1st 2018 (yikes! That’s less than a month away!) You can sign up for them here.  There are other fun classes running from 5/31-6/2 for card makers and paper crafters too and you can also rent a table to create while you are there. This year if you purchase a class in advance you get a free 2-day admission to the show. You can see the details on the Heirloom website.

Here are my classes available this year! Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the show, these classes will also be in my next online course: Loose Watercolor Flowers. You can take both of my classes if you want (most students do) as there is no overlap in content. I try to design diverse classes so people can learn as much as they can!


Loose Watercolor Bouquet: Lilacs (above) 6/1/2018 12:30-2:30pm *You will learn how to let the water do the work and end up with a gorgeous painting of lilacs in a mason jar. Finished painting size is 11″x14″ and the cost for this class is $50. Materials are provided for use in class but if you have a small spray bottle of water it would be helpful to bring it.

Loose Watercolor Roses for Beginners (below) 6/1/18 3-5pm *you will learn the rose stroke technique and my “wet into spatter” techniques to help you loosen up and create 3 small paintings. We will start off with a rosebud bookmark to warm up and then paint a floral swag and wreath. You will learn techniques for front facing roses, side facing roses, rosebuds, foliage and filler flowers.  The cost for this class is $50 and all materials are provided for use in class. All you need to bring is yourself and an open mind and willingness to learn! Space is limited to 20 students per class, visit the Heirloom productions website to sign up.



Want to win a pass to the show?

I have 6 tickets for admission to the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show in W. Springfield June 1st and 2nd 2018. If you are going to go (because I want to give tickets to people who can use them) please comment below “I’m definitely going to the show and I’d love a ticket!” I will pick 6 winners from people who say they can make it to the show. I will draw the winners in one week and reply to your comment if you won. The tickets I am giving away are admission to the show and do not include any classes. If you are purchasing a class you will receive a free 2 day admission to the show that is non transferable. If you bought a class but wanted to win a ticket for a friend that’s fine with me:) I will give the winner’s emails to the folks at Heirloom and they will email you tickets with whatever name you want printed on them. *You do not need to provide your email in the comment, I can see the email you used to comment with and that is where you will recive the prize. This stamp show is so fun to attend, I save my pennies so I can splurge a bit because it is so fun to see all of the new products and goodies and be inspired by all of the cards and crafts on display.

If you have any questions regarding my classes you can leave them below and I will be happy to help you out, and if you want to win tickets just make sure to let me know you will attend the show so they don’t go to waste:) I think that’s about it! Oh and if you do go to the show and see me shopping please say “Howdy!” I’d love to meet you! I’ll be there both Friday and Saturday:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

What I bought at the Stamp Show!!! HAUL!

Hi friends! Today I have a show & tell of what I bought at the stamp convention. I will also tell you what I got each item for since so many people have told me how helpful that is to know, it might even give you some ideas for similar items you might own! Also I’d love to know what you would like to see me use first:)

Haul video! (Email subscribers will need to click through to the website to view)

FYI the Show I went to was a Heirloom Productions show and Rubber Stamp Madness keeps a schedule of conventions throughout the country.
Below are links to the stamp companies I bought from with some discount codes! You can go to a virtual stamp convention! 🙂 Please mention you heard about their products from The Frugal Crafter so they will know going to stamp shows matter.

Lost Coast Designs and Carmens Veranda: 2 companies with the same owner, save 15% if you mention the frugalcrafter and free shipping in USA (and 50% off shipping internationally) on orders over $100 and they can be combined between both websites if ordered in the same day, again let her know in the comments and she will refund shipping cost and the 15% discount. Feel free to email her anytime with questions, she is awesome!
Lost Coast Designs  (bird stamps)
Carmens Veranda  (Alfred Hitchcock, keyhole, Dick & Jane Characters, Wizard of OZ stuff)

Rubbernecker Deal: 10% off with code: Frugal10 (through 7/6/16) & Free shipping in USA over $35 and Free shipping to Canada over $75
(Watercolor flower stamps, frame stamps, Color Burst powder and Liquid Metals)

Close to My Heart Denise Sanner (cute stamps sets in the frosted envelopes-the lady I almost walked off without paying LOL!)

Eyelet Outlet (Cute shaped brads)

Technique Junkies Free USA shipping over $75 ($3.50 up to $75) and reasonable international shipping too!
(Grungy distressed backgrounds like bridge, ferris wheel and Union Jack flag and script dragonfly montage)

Our Daily Bread/Artistic Outpost (bottlecaps backgound, sand dollar, lighthouse, seed packet, clock face)

DRS Designs (plaid maker stamps, also it is where I got my stained glass stamps a few years ago)

Craft Fantastic Free USA shipping over $100 (jewelry stuff)

Local King Rubber Stamps (orchids, chickens, Cuckoo clock, fish stamp sets)

Creative Vision (seahorse)

Gel Press: They sent a fantastic demonstrator (Sally Lynn McDonald) to demo these in the Marco’s Paper booth.
*that is also where I won the wink of stella pens!

The other things I bought were at “store” booths and can be found at many of your favorite craft store (distress crayons, stencils, and other odds and ends.) I always urge you to support your local craft store if you have one but if you don’t Hallmark Scrapbook is one of my favorite online retailers (a family business and the best prices, fast shipping and Free shipping on orders over $100)  *They have the distress crayons for $11.25

I personally know the owner and she is a doll. Also that link and the following 2 links are affiliate links:)

These general products can also be found at :
Simon Says Stamp

I hope you enjoyed my stamp show and tell and let me know in the comments what you would like me to use first! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Flash Giveaway! Heirloom Stamp Show Tickets!

Hi friends! If you are going to be in the West Springfield Massachusetts Area the weekend of June 4-5 and want to go to the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show & Paper Arts Festival leave a comment to win tickets good for admission Saturday and Sunday. The first 10 people to comment will get free tickets so please only comment if you can make it to the show so the tickets don’t go to waste:) This is first come,first served. Good luck and I hope to see you at the show!

Also I still have a couple of spots open in More Mixed Media Layer-by-Layer happening June 3rd from 3-5pm, more details on the Heirloom Productions website! Happy Crafting!

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Polaroid Winner and There is still room to get into my watercolor techniques class!

Hi friends! Happy Friday! It just occurred to me that next week at this time I will be relaxing after teaching 2 classes at the Heirloom Stamp Show…more on that later, first I need to announce the winner of the Polaroid Zip Printer (drum roll….) Melissa Clodfelter! Yay! Please follow he instructions in the email I sent you so we can ship out your prize!

OK, stamp show housekeeping! I still have some room in my Watercolor Techniques for stampers class June 5th from 10am-12noon. In this class you will make 4 cards and learn how to expertly color a stamped image!

Of course I have goodies for you! You will get to keep the small reusable plastic palette and the paint that is in it (watercolor goes a long way so you should leave with enough to complete more projects at home) AND thanks to my friends over at Royal Brush you will take home a beautiful brush that will give you years of painting enjoyment. Plus the 4 lovely cards you will make. Not bad for the super low price at $35! You can register online here.

This is what we will be making:

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Meet Up Announcement!!!! I will be at the Lost Coast Designs Booth at 1pm during the convention Saturday and Sunday if you want to meet me (and you can’t even begin to imagine how foolish I feel typing this, I mean, do I sound like a diva or what?)

But wait there’s more! Kathy and Lorraine will be there too! (BTW Kathy and Lorraine, if you are reading this would you mind coming over to the LCD booth at 1pm next weekend?) I’m like 99% sure they will show up.

I filmed a video the other day when I was packing to go teach at the show. If you have ever wondered what that is like have a look:

Thanks to Creative Options for the cool tote and for sponsoring that video!

If you had your heart set on taking the Using Watercolors to Stamp class you might be able to get a spot, there were only 2 spots left early this week when I called but it is worth a try. That class goes from 12:30-2pm and Students will make 3 cards and get the palette and brush as well! Love the free swag! If interested call Heirloom at 541-574-8000 to check availability, who knows, someone may have cancelled.

I plan on reporting from the show, I ordered a smart phone (who am I? It is a crazy upside down world!) so I can post photos and video. I plan to be most active on Twitter and Instagram so follow me if you want some behind the scenes and also pics of stamp show goodness! I also want to try shooting video with my new Android phone for you tube. Those are my intentions anyway. Wish me luck:) That’s all for tonight! I’m off to watch the kids play ball. Thanks for stopping by 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!

Stamps a Stencil & a Stipple Brush = Awesome!

Happy Friday folks, it is the first day of Summer Vacation and I have started my kids on their pre-TV routine: 30 minutes of IXL Math (a school recommended math program) and I have also informed them that their rooms have to be tidy before the TV is turned on! I know, I’m awfully mean, they also have to read 30 minutes (at least) a day but they don’t mind that. I went down to my studio the other day to tidy up but was distracted by the bin of new stamp show stuff so after clearing a spot to work I played with my new stash, I liked my first try so much I simply turned on the camera (which is always set up) and filmed the process. You can use whatever stamps and stencils you have, stencils with bigger holes work best, and dye based ink, You can use any large brush you have too.

Pretty fun huh? Now between this and the gelli-prints I am going to have to actually use these backgrounds before my pile-o-backgrounds gets out of control. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!