A Red, White and Blue Bouquet for You! (and 40% off classes!)

Hi friends!  Today I have a loose and free bouquet to paint.

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I went with a red white and blue colorway in honor of Memorial Day. A day to remember fallen soldiers who served our country. I love seeing the flags on display in small Maine towns. There are many elder veterans who put these out every year prior to memorial day and leave them out through July 4th for the parades. This painting can be a reminder of what we have to be thankful for. I hope you enjoy a few peaceful moments of reflection while you paint along.

Supplies available at sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!  Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

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***Memorial Day Sale: Take 40% off any class in my online school with coupon code: MEM2019 through 5/28/19. *Click the orange “add coupon” on the checkout page to enter your coupon code. If you enjoyed today’s tutorial you can learn more about this style of floral painting in my Watercolor Flower Workshop! You will learn how to paint a variety of flowers and how to arrange them so you can paint beautiful bouquets from your imagination! If flowers aren’t your thing I offer other classes too which you can grab for 40% off through Memorial day with coupon code MEM2019.

In case you wanted to see close up of my practice arrangement or demonstration version of today’s painting I have posted them below. There is no reference photo because I made up the arrangement. I hope you give it a try!

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Happy crafting!

 

 

Quick and Easy Cookout Caddy!

Hi friends! Tis the season of weekend Bar-B-Ques so why not craft up some useful table decorations that double as organization!

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Best of all you can customize the design for whatever type of party you are having! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies from our sponsor Papermart:
Bin boxes
Burlap
American Flag Ribbon
Raffia Baskets

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Tip! Stencil the bin box before assembling! I hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend! Just a programming note we WILL have a live painting class tomorrow at 12:30pm Eastern Time. I will post all the info here tomorrow morning and on facebook so stay tuned! Til then Happy crafting!

Let’s Emboss! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! This week I will show you a few ways to dry emboss for texture on your cards:

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One way with a machine and two ways without! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:
Red, Blue and brown ink
sponge
embossing folders
texture plates
stencils and ball end stylus
gelatos (gold)
Stamps by Technique Junkies

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I also wanted to congratulate my friend Glenna who is now a full-fledged American! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Party in the USA! {Banner!}

Hi Friends! I love making fun banners for parties. In today’s video I will show you how to make a pennant style banner for 4th of July but feel free to change up to colors for a baby shower, birthday or whatever you want to celebrate.

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Supplies:
Star Garland
Cardstock in Red and Blue
6″ paper doilies
Mini clothes pins (Great for cards too!)
Gold Glitter (99 cents a tube in LOTS of colors!)
Double sided tape, hot glue and star/circle templates

Directions:
1. Cut 3 7″ circled from red cardstock and glue a white doily in the center of each.
2. Cut a 4″ star from blue cardstock and glue on the doily.
3. Cut “USA” from double stick tape and place in the center of stars (or draw the letters with wet glue) and sprinkle with glitter.
4. Attach the decorated circles to a stand of star garland using mini clothespins.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Classic Americana & Versatile Kraft!

Hi Friends! One of the most versatile supplies in my craft room is Kraft paper. One minute it is covering my work surface to protect it from ink and paint spills and the next moment is it being used to beautifully wrap a gift. Kraft doesn’t just stop at paper, you can get so many products from Papermart made from sturdy kraft paper and cardboard and with just a few supplies tun them in to beautiful custom party decor and gift packaging.

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The big reason I like kraft is that it goes with everything! It is may favorite neutral. Sure black is elegant and white is a pure blank canvas but kraft is comfortable and since it is a mid value color already you don’t have to do much to it to make it look done. Watch the video and see what I mean.

Here is a list of supplies I used:

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Directions: Distress the kraft paper products with gesso and ink. Layer on paper and stamp. Embellish with jute cord and star garland.

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Try dressing up your kraft paper products with pastel shades of acrylic paint for Easter, bridal and baby showers, try mint and gold for weddings and try stamping polka-dots with a wine cork and any color acrylic paint on kraft paper to make a cheerful birthday wrap! The more you use kraft paper the more ideas you will come up with! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

 

Happy Memorial Day!

The sun is shining! The floor solvent fumes have dissipated, the kitchen floor is not done but I did manage to de-sticky the original floor that was exposed, I’ll wait til the kids are back in school to remove the remaining tiles and adhesive, no need for all of our lungs and brain cells to suffer LOL! P.U.! I plan to get outside and enjoy this sunny day! Before I do I want to share a simple necklace I made last month but never got around to posting:

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I used 3 strands of tiger tail. I put the large glass beads on first then strung on e beads in red, clear and blue and loosely braided them before securing the ends with crimps and a toggle clasp. Very summery. Very Maine.

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That all for me today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

USA Birthday Card!

Here is an easy card you can make for an enlisted friend or family member or for Operation Write Home:

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I made this card for my niece’s husband who is leaving for basic training, it was also his birthday. I built it on a kraft cardbase, tore a book page and sprayed it with my homemade shimmer spray and layered an embossed blue panel that I glided a white Gel Stick on top to bring out the design. I stamped a never before inked Statue of Liberty and colored it with Gel Sticks. Added a few eyelets and a Happy Birthday sentiment and that was it! Easy peasy! Have a great Monday everyone and til next time happy crafting!

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