Pretty Stamped Place Cards & Embossing With Markers!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a useful trick: Embossing with markers!


This technique gives a fancy effect with minimal time and supplies! Gotta love that especially as the busy holiday season nears! Watch the video to see how!

Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: EDEN to save 20% on all $10+ orders of mounted stamps! Coupon expires Sunday, October 23, 2016.

Eden peg stamp set
Sunny Day unmounted stamp set (for basket)
Dye inks: Memento
Juicy water based marker
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Label dies

1. Die cut labels from cardstock.
2. Stamp border using a variety of peg stamps and ink colors.
3. Write a name in the center with a wet water based marker and sprinkle with embossing powder, tap of excess powder and heat set.
4. Fold a strip of cardstock to make a stand and glue it to the back of the card.

Tip! If your markers dry to quickly you can draw over your lines with a clear embossing marker and add the powder to that. It is a great way to use Alcohol markers for color if that is what you have! You can make gift tags using this technique as well!

Stamp Giveaway & Fall Card Coloring Tutorial!

Hi friends! I am so excited to offer another giveaway this week and it’s only Tuesday! I will be giving away the stamps I used to make this card and all you have to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment. This is open worldwide! I will pick a winner and notify them via email in one week!


I used 6 stamps to create this image and I will teach you how to use masking to make your stamps more versatile. The wagon and pumpkins are separate stamps. Knowing this technique will allow you to fill this wagon with many other items so you can use it for more occasions. I bet you have stamps at home that would be more versatile if you tried masking. I will also show you how to color this scene.


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Stamps (art neko) Fall Images
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
White Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest
Kraft card base
Patterned paper (My Minds Eye)
Printed Ribbon (Offray)
Alcohol Markers (Blick)
Colored Pencils: Spectrum Noir Color Blend
Glue: Beacon 3-in-1

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win. Also I’d love to know if you have a stamp you are going to try the masking technique with, let me know that in the comments too. You guys have really great ideas!

In case you missed it I am giving away a spot in Angela Fehr’s Creative Watercolor Course and offering a 51% discount on it, please check out yesterday’s post for more info:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


I Created a Lesson for Angela’s Fehr’s New Watercolor Course & Giveaway!!!

UPDATE: The automatic discount code should be working perfectly now but if you click the link and it is not on sale then enter the coupon FIRSTDIBS for 50% off the Creative Watercolor Course.

Hi friends!Today I am so excited to announce that I have created a lesson for Angela’s Fehrs new Creative Watercolor Course! I met Angela Fehr because we both did Craftsy Classes this year. She is a lovely person and I think you will love what she has to offer.


The class retails for $59 but if you click this link before November 17th you and use Coupon Code FIRSTDIBS can purchase it for $29! You will get 4 1/2 hours of watercolor instruction in 12 thoughtful lessons (one of which it taught by your’s truly!)

You will learn:

  • basic techniques and an overview of watercolour terminology
  • tools and materials recommendations and how to use them
  • using watercolour with masks & resists
  • wet-in-wet techniques
  • watercolour special effects
  • product demonstrations: pigment markers, pigment powder, watercolour pans, masking fluid, pen & ink, watercolour pigment sheets & more

In my 38 minute portion of the course I will be showing you how to use watercolor to make the most of your stamping and papercrafting supplies with quick and effective techniques that won’t break the bank! Here is a sneak peek at what I did:


I also am blessed to be able to give away one spot in the Creative Watercolor Course! Leave a comment for a chance to win and I will draw a winner in one week. Don’t worry if you enroll and then win, in that case they will refund your purchase price or you can give the extra spot to a friend. So why wait! Use my special affiliate link which not only gives you a 50% savings (Using Coupon Code FIRSTDIBS if sale price does not show up) but makes it possible for me to provide the free tutorials I post regularly on my blog. Your support keeps the lights on and I thank you so much!

You can have other chances to win on these fine blogs:

So what are you waiting for? Enroll today in the Creative Watercolor Course, remember if you end up winning a spot in the class your fee will be refunded or you can give your spot to a friend and you both can can have fun! Either way you win with 4 1/2 hours of inspiration and new ways to use your watercolors! Winner will be picked on 10/23/16 and notified via email shortly thereafter. I also wanted to mention that the Creative watercolor Course is designed for crafters and hobbyists looking to make the most of watercolor in all of their crafting endeavors. You might also enjoy one of Angela Fehr’s other fine courses, there is even one to try for free! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Christmas Cookie Card And Scan & Cut Demo!

Hi friends! Why not make up a batch of Christmas cards featuring a batch of gingerbread cookies?


This is a one stamp wonder project and a lot of fun! Watch the video to see how I made it. The video also features a demo of my Scan ‘n Cut machine. I have felt badly that I haven’t gotten a tutorial up for you on that machine yet but honestly I am a novice with it, I seriously just use it to “scan & cut” and it does that easy as pie!


This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: COOKIES to save 20% on all peg stamp & peg stamp set orders of $10 or more! Offer expires Sunday, October 16, 2016.

This is a one stamp wonder card using the jumbo gingerbread man from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.
You can get him on his own or as a part of Old Fashioned Gingerbread peg stamp set and it coordinates with the Gingerbread Wreath set which has the same design in smaller sizes.
There are no repeats from set to set but most stamp are available individually if you just want one:)

Other Supplies:
White, silver and tan cardstock
Plaid scrapbook paper
Dies or paper trimmer

Feel free to hand cut the cookies with scissors, it will work out just fine. I hope you find some crafty time this weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Colored Pencils & Gamsol AND Liquid Applique!

Hi friends! Today I have a bunch of fun techniques that will add a bit of dimension to your cards and get you using some old supplies!


Most of us have colored pencils in our stash but they get overlooked sometimes because we have fancy markers to use or maybe because the repeated coloring can be tiring. Tonight I am going to show you a technique for using colored pencils that is easy on your hands and give spectacular results! You can even apply this to your adult coloring books! Watch the video to see how!


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Snowman stamp from Country Christmas #2 set (lots of big images to color!)
Watercolor paper (any brand)
White 5″x7″ card
Blue patterned paper (DCWV) or cardstock
Colored Pencils (Colourblend-I reviewed these yesterday on my blog)
Solvent: Gamsol, Odorless mineral spirits, goo-gone or baby oil
Black sharpie
White gel pen
Blending stumps
White Liquid Applique

1. Stamp image on watercolor.
2. Gently shade design with colored pencils as shown.
3. Apply solvent (Gamsol) to the image using a blending stump to smooth out color.
4. Tear edges of panel then mount on blue paper and then on a 5″x7″ white greeting card. Handwrite in or stamp a sentiment if desired.

I know this looks like a very simple card but you can apply these techniques to more elaborate cards too! Have fun with this and let me know what you think in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

StampSchool: Colored Pencil Blending & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I will share some colored pencil blending techniques with you. I will also be giving away the stamp I used in today’s project. Just leave a comment below for a chance to win. I will contact the winner via email in one week:)


You can use any colored pencils you have for this but regular colored pencils will work much better than watercolor pencils because regular (wax) colored pencils are more opaque and will blend better in a dry fashion. I like to use colored pencils on colored paper because they show up well. Some people asked me about blending with solvents but I only do that on white paper because it makes my pencils more transparent.


Sponsored by Art Neko *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!

Stamps: (Dragonfly) (steampunk shown in video)
Kraft card stock
Black ink
Assorted pattered paper
Colored pencils (Spectrum Noir Colourblend)
Dragonfly brad (Eyelet Outlet)
Purple rhinestone

I am planning on a colored pencil drawing tutorial using these Colourblend pencils. I want to try them on several kinds of paper before I do a proper review of them but so far I like them! If you have a suggestion on what I should draw with the pencils let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a comment if you want a chance to win the dragonfly stamp I used today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Notepad // Great Gift for Teacher!

Hi friends! School is almost back in session in Maine and kids have already gone back to school in other parts of the country. Why not make this cute notepad for your teacher this year!


No teacher? That’s OK use your favorite colors and images and make one for yourself, it is fast, frugal and fun!


Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: TEACHER to get a free Mini Apple Peg Stamp, OR any mini peg stamp of your choice, when you spend $25 or more. Coupon expires on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

White copy paper (Cut 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″)
Cardboard 4″ x 8 1/2″
Grossgrain ribbon (Offray)
Stamps (Rubber Stamp TapestryFruit WreathCherry Blossoms (big branch), Bittersweet (little branch)
Hot glue
Paper trimmer
Cardstock/Patterned paper
Dies or Punches
Clothespins or binder clips
Die inks
Silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard
Buttons & twine (optional)

1. Trim copy paper and clip stack together, apply glue to short edge and smooth with a silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard.
2. Stamp apple and branch motif on white cardstock, punch out and set aside. Die cut any other elements you might want from cardstock or patterned paper.
3. Fold an 8 1/2″ x 11″ patterned cardstock in half and warp around the pad of paper to determine fit and score and crease to make a neat spine.
4. Cut a notch on the cover and feed ribbon through if desired, glue both layers of cover together.
5. Glue the other piece of ribbon for the tie closure to the cardboard backing. Also glue on a loop of ribbon for a pen/pencil holder. Glue the paper pad on top.
6. Attach the cover to the back of the pad (cardboard side) so it wraps around and the ribbon closures meet at the open side.
7. Embellish as desired.

The options with this litte notebook are endless, you can make stocking stuffers, party favors or even handly list pads to keep in your pocketbook. Add a magnet to the back and you can even put it on your fridge and best of all you can use up some of your pretty paper and ribbon scraps:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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