Stamp School #2 How to Ink a Stamp

Hi friends! In this weeks Stamp School lesson we will make this card:


You will need:

  • 1 sheet of white cardstock
  • Inkpads in shades if red, green and black
  • Paper trimmer
  • Button and string (if desired)
  • Optional: Paint brush and water/waterbrush

The first technique you will need when learning how to stamp is how to apply ink to a stamp. I know it seems basic but many people get it wrong. Today I will show you a no-fail way and we will create a beautiful card. you will also learn how to make background paper which is a great way to practice and good for scrapbookers too plus you will always have paper to match your project! Interested yet? Watch the video to learn how!


I hope you are enjoying stamp school, I sure am! Next week we will be sing water-based markers, I will use the Spectrum Aqua markers (affiliate link) but you can use whatever water-based makers you have. The Spectrum Aquas are nice if you want to pick some up though. You can catch last weeks episode on basic supplies here if you missed it. Thanks for stopping by ad til next time happy crafting!


Pretty Peacock Stamped Card!

Howdy friends! Today I have a colorful card using lots of fun stamping techniques!


You can get the stamps I used from Carmen’s Veranda. You can get the Spectrum Aqua Markers at Hallmark Scrapbook (affiliate link, clicking the link and shopping supports me blog and YouTube channel, thanks!)

Other Supplies:

  • glossy photo paper
  • cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • Kaliedacolor (rainbow) ink-pad
  • chalk
  • color duster or brush for inking

I hope you see what fun you can have with your stamps, ink-pads, chalks and markers soon! If you liked this project please share it on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter :) Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School! A Free Stamping Class for Beginners! Episode 1-Basic Products

Hi friends, I have been wanting to create a beginner stamping series for a long time. Many of us got into stamping 10+ years ago and we built on techniques as new products became available. For new stampers entering the hobby it is overwhelming. This summer I am going to bring you a weekly class right here on my blog and YouTube Channel teaching you the basics of stamping using a limited palette of supplies so you can try it out without going broke. In this first lesson I will go over the basic supplies we will be learning in the class.


Of course there are many more supplies on the market for stampers and we will look at some of them later in the series but these I find to be the most versatile and useful to new stampers.

Stamps-your choice but I recommend versatile images you can use for many occasions as well as a few sentiments (greetings)
*If you are using clear or cling stamp you will also need a stamp mount (you can use a piece of plexiglass or clear plastic packaging if you want in a pinch)

Waterproof black or brown inkpad, I recommend Ranger Archival

Color media-I will be using these 3 items in the course but you do not need to have them all if you are just starting out, pick the one that you think fits your style more. Look for multi packs to keeps your costs down.

Waterbased markers: A few good brands are Spectrum Aqua, Tombow, Memento, Stampin Up, Letraset Aqua, Pitt or Distress. I will be using Spectrum Aqua

Dye ink pads: Memento, Hero arts, Distress, Lawn fawn, Stampin Up, Altenew or any brand dye inks, the smaller pad multipacks are great if you have little storage space and or budget

Watercolor pencils: Prima, Derwent, Faber Castell, Reeves and others are available. I’ll be using Prima

White cardstock: Any kind you can pick up from the office supply or craft store is fine.

This video is sponsored by Art Neko (Formally About Art Accents) and they have a special deal for Stamp School Students:
10% off merchandise (not shipping and handling) or FREE shipping on $50.00 orders. You get either the 10% or FREE shipping, whichever is more. All you have to do is mention The Frugal Crafter to get the deal.

This post also contains affiliate links to Hallmark Scrapbook, if you click one of the links and then shop I get a small % of the sales and it goes a long way to bring you free courses like this. Plus they have all the new stuff at low prices so it is a win-win! :D

Don’t worry if you are an advanced stamper, I’ll still have my regular stamping videos as here and there, but I will be posting the beginner classes Wednesday nights on my blog through the summer. I hope you liked the first installment and til next time happy crafting!

Thanks Coach! Softball Cards!

Hi Friends! Ahhhh, what a great day! My wonderful Niece Sarah invited my kids and dog over for a playdate so I could wrap up the big long term secret project I have been working on for 2 months (stop bugging me, I really can’t tell you what it is yet!) :D Then we all got to enjoy the beautiful day with a bike ride to the library, a campfire and other fun outside stuff. Thank you so much Sarah for the hours of stress you saved me this summer, You have no idea how much it helped! While I am in this mood of thanks I wanted to share the coach cards I made for my daughters softball coaches:


Watch this video to see how I made it along with some quick tips that add up to big impact on your card.





  1. Use patterns instead of plain paper to make a big impact.
  2. Make envelopes first and use scraps to decorate your cards.
  3. Stamp on colored cardstock to save time.

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

India Inspired!

Hi friends! Tonight I have a card to share. I was inspired by some ribbon and trims that my friend Shilpa from Artyshils Art World sent me (she painted my portrait on her channel, she is an amazing artist!) I also had the Pen Pattern Elephant stamp from Stampendous that I wanted to play with and I thought it was the perfect match!


Watch the video to see how it all came together-mistakes and all!


As I mentioned in the video I mixed new and old supplies, it’s a great way to inject new life into your stamping stash. My friend Cindi purposely buys new things to work with older product, that was such a great idea/advice that I thought I would share it with you. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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:

DCF 1.0

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!


Pretty Butterfly One Layer Card!

Hi friends! Let’s make a quick one layer card. I am using new Painted Butterflies and Halftone Hello stamps from Altenew and Lawn Fawn ink pads. You can use any type of dye ink and solid image stamp you like for this technique though. You will also need a pattern stencil of your choice, I used a quatrefoil design.



I made homemade sponge daubers I used in the video with bottle-caps and cosmetic sponges, you can find that tutorial here. The Rock ‘n Roll technique I showed you in the video is a great one for giving new life to a solid image stamp. Just make sure you ink the stamp up with the lightest shade of ink first so you don’t contaminate your ink pads. I hope you give this idea a try, and til next time happy crafting!


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