Posted on July 23, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friend! Anyone else having a busy summer? I have already seen my friends counting down the days til school begins on Facebook so I am thinking yes. 🙂 I’ve been having a fantastic summer, the weather has been really nice after a long cold winter and spring so I want to be outside all the time! I had a chance to participate in an outdoor farmer’s market last weekend. Want to know how I did? Watch the video:
So…if no farmers attend a farmer’s Market is it still a farmer’s market? It kinda reminds me of the scrapbooking crop I went to a few months ago and nobody else showed up LOL! Speaking of scrapbooking I will be doing a week of scrapbook tutorials next month (August 4th-9th…maybe the 3rd-10th depending on how many tutorials I make LOL!) so if there is anything you would like me to cover let me know as I am filming the tutorials over the next few days. I am finding that keeping it simple is hard, I have too many doo-dads that would be just the perfect touch LOL! I hope people find the scrapbook tutorials encouraging and helpful and not overwhelming. We will see. I mean I don’t want to bore someone with just the basics, I want to share techniques and ideas too. I am going to try to start the pages off simple and build up and if someone does not want to see the fru-fru they can bail out on the video when they think it is done. What do you think? Leave your scrapbook wishes in the comments below and I will take them into consideration when I film the tutorials. Speaking of videos, did you know I put a new video tutorial up almost every day? If you want to see what you are missing check out my YouTube channel (and subscribe so you don’t miss any tutorials!) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Scrapbooking, video blog | Tagged: craft fair, farmer's market, Scrapbooking, scrapbooking tutorials, video blog, video tutorial, vlog | 29 Comments »
Posted on July 13, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! The other day while making lunch for the kids I snagged a handful of cherries, they were too pretty not to paint:
I used Prismacolor colored pencils to draw and paint these on a scrap of creamy yellow mat board. Watch the video tutorial for step by step instructions:
Will you give it a try? Be inspired by whatever surrounds you, whether it is a landscape, a flower, the people in your life or even your lunch. Make time for art everyday, even if it is just for a few minutes. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: berol, cherries, colored pencil tutorial, how to draw, how to draw cherries, how to get rich color with colored pencils, painting tutorial, prismacolor, prismacolor colored pencils, spectrum noir colored pencils, video tutorial | 8 Comments »
Posted on April 4, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends! Wow, I could have used an extra 8 hours in this week! I was right out strait it seemed. I am looking forward to some relaxing this weekend (between scouts and softball that is!) If you have some downtime this weekend why not try something new? Like sketching and coloring with your colored pencils. This is a viewer request of how to paint a lady slipper in traditional colored pencils. I used Prismacolors but try whatever you have before buying new:)
I really like the way it turned out plus pink and green is one of my favorite color combos. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: colored pencil tutorial, colored pencils, how to draw a lady slipper, how to use colored pencils, prismacolor colored pencils, prismacolors, video tutorial | 33 Comments »
Posted on March 29, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Saturday friends! I took my girls to a roller skating birthday party today and I decided to skate too! What a fun time, it makes you feel like a kid again (however after the roller-limbo game I was back to feeling like a middle-aged broad ha ha!) Creating also makes me feel like a kid again, especially in the no fear, playful arena of an art journal:
In today’s video I will offer some tips and ideas for hand lettering on you pages even if you don’t love your penmanship.
I love this quote because it reminds us that we are wrong sometimes. We might think that we can’t paint, draw, cook or garden. Maybe we can but have not taken the time to learn. We think things that are untrue all the time, but then you gain experience and learn more. That is life and life is like art. The next time you think you can’t do something try it anyway! I want to thank Oriental Trading Company for supplying the Canson XL Mixed Media Journal and Micron Pens I used in today’s tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: art journaling | Tagged: art journal, art journal tutorial, how to start an art journal, lettering, mixed media, oriental trading company, pan pastels, video tutorial | 7 Comments »
Posted on March 23, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi folks! Just popping in quick to share a quick and easy technique using supplies you probably have in your stash and if not I’ll tell you how to substitute!
Thanks for watching! Have a great Sunday and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: cardmaking, die cuts, resist, resist with rub-ons, rub on trasnfers, rub-ons, technique, twinkling h20s watercolor, video tutorial | 23 Comments »
Posted on December 9, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
C’mon, why not? I will be teaching the 4th graders at my kids school how to draw a reindeer as well as make a reindeer craft next week so I thought I’d practice with a video tutorial for you. I used a slightly textured lightweight paper, a vine of charcoal and a kneaded eraser but please feel free to substitute with pencil or chalk or crayon. Let’s draw!
If you want more drawing tutorials just let me know, this was fun to film, I don’t know why I never made one before. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, drawing | Tagged: drawing, drawing with charcoal, free drawing lesson, how to, how to draw a reindeer, how to draw tutorial, kids drawing leson, kneaded eraser, learn to draw, tutorial, video tutorial | 21 Comments »
Posted on December 3, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Wow, how did it get to be December 3rd already?!? My husband subtly hinted that we need to be getting out Christmas cards out soon. Well, this quick and easy design can be made in a flash with inexpensive supplies from Papermart and it is flat enough not to require extra postage! Watch the video to see how it is done!
I used the Tinsel Wire and Corrugated paper in Lime green. I love how when you buy from Papermart you get a large quantity for little cash, it is perfect for mass producing items such as Christmas cards or making stuff for craft fairs and it is even better for supplying classroom art projects. To save on shipping costs I suggest you plan ahead for other items you might want and if the quantity of an item is too great ask friends if they want to split it with you. That reminds me, I’m running low on the clear bags I display my handmade cards in at craft fairs! I don’t want to run out of those! I hope this project had inspired you to send handmade Christmas cards this year. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: cards, Christmas, Christmas cards, handmade cards, how to make a folded christmas tree from half circle, inexpensive supplies, papermart, quick handmade chriastmas card, tinsel ribbon, Tinsel Wire, video tutorial | 12 Comments »