Let’s paint an icy cold landscape!

Hi friends! This week has been so cold in Maine, we have had sub-zero temps every night this week and I have to say that I am looking forward to spring. Ah, well, if you can’t escape it then you might as well paint it! This project uses only 3 colors of paint, a 9″x12″ sheet of 140# watercolor paper and whatever brushes you like.

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I used this photo by Robyn “Ro” Lovelock on Paint my Photo for a reference. Watch and see how easy it is to paint!

If you liked the lesson, you may also enjoy the Mixed Media Watercolor 101 course from Curious.com. And they are offering a special deal to my subscribers: If you buy the course, Curious will give you $5 towards future learning when you email support@curious.com and mention “thefrugalcrafter”. While you are there be sure to sign up for Curious to keep up to date with current specials and daily free classes! I hope you enjoyed today’s project, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

 

Layered Ribbon Season’s Greetings!

Hi Friends! I love the color combo turquoise and crimson. There is something about the crisp contrast and cool undertones that make me think of winter. I used single faced satin ribbon in red and turquoise from Offray.com, white cardstock and stamps to create the chic season’s greeting card:

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I like to have large spools of ribbon on hand for holiday crafting. Now is the time to stock up at Offray.com because you can use this coupon code FRUGAL15 to save 15% on your first order through 12/31/14!

Here is how to make this card:

You will need:

Directions:

  1. Cut a sheet of 8 1/2″x11″ cardstock in half the long way (you will have two 11″x4 1/4″ pieces.) Fold one piece in half to make a top fold card. Trim the other panel to 5 1/4″ x 4″. Reserve the rest of the sheet for stamping.
  2. Use an embossing folder to emboss the 5 1/4″x4″ panel. Accent the edges of the panel with an ink pad.
  3. Stamp Snowflake, label and sentiment and cut them out neatly.
  4. Wrap the 3″ red ribbon around the embossed panel and adhere to the back with tape. Tie a turquoise bow around the panel over the red ribbon then adhere the panel to the card base with foam squares.
  5. Layer the stamped & cut out images on the card as shown with foam tape for dimension.

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I hope you enjoyed this chic seasons greeting card. Thanks to Offray for sponsoring this post. Don’t forget to use my coupon code FRUGAL15 if you go shopping at Offray.com. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

*Details: Use FRUGAL15 during checkout on Offray.com to receive 15% off one order. Offer expires 11:59 PM eastern time on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Discount excludes applicable tax and shipping costs. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount cannot be applied to previous purchases. Subject to change or cancellation without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

Let’s Paint a Winter Pond {free watercolor tutorial!}

Brrr folks! I am really feeling the winter chill now! The best part of winter is observing it from the warm toasty indoors, preferably with a cup of hot coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. This is an easy watercolor lesson anyone can paint. We will use 4 colors: ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, lemon yellow and alizarin crimson (see note below the video about substitutions.) You will need a #6 round and #12 (1/2″) flat brush. I am painting on a Canson Watercolor card. This is a perfect first painting to try, ready? Let’s paint!

See, that was easy! Feel free to substitute colors:

Instead of this…    Use this…

Alizarin Crimson         Any pinkish/purplish red AKA a cool red

Ultramarine Blue         Any purplish blue AKA a warm blue

Lemon Yellow               Any green leaning yellow AKA a cool yellow

Burnt Sienna                 Any warm brown

By substituting and looking at the characteristics of a primary color you will become a better painter because it will develop your color instinct. You might prefer cadmium yellow light to lemon yellow or rose madder to alizarin crimson and that’s OK. Learn to substitute by identifying  the color bias (is that red cool-more like purple or warm-more like orange) and you will develop your own unique palette and style and most of all enjoy playing with color! You will also learn how to mix vibrant shades with a limited amount of colors! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Snow! {better late than never..}

Wait, did I say better?!? The kids were disappointed that we did not have snow for Christmas (I secretly was glad the roads were clear for those traveling!) but boy, mother nature made up for it this week! We got about a foot on Thursday and I awoke to what looks like another 6″ this morning! I’m thinking this would be a good day to stay in my jammies, bake some bread and pick away and my annual craft room reorganizing project. Here is a watercolor sketch I did a few weeks ago of lobster buoys pulled in for the winter:

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Time for another cup of coffee, fist I think I will visit my chickens (who, by the way, do NOT like the snow) and see if I have any goodies to bring them…I think I should make them some chicken booties so their feet won’t get cold in the snow. We put more savings down in their covered run yesterday to keep them off the snow but it must have been windy because it looks like there is more snow in there today, poor chickens. Has anyone ever knit for a chicken before…wow, I am Turning into “crazy chicken lady!”

Have fun in the snow (if you have some) and til next time happy crafting!

Gift Bag Cuties! {video tutorial}

As I have mentioned a zillion times before I am getting ready for a craft fair on Saturday. I wanted a way to package some surprise grab bags of jewelry and I came up with this using the coffee bags from Papermart:

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You can do this with plain brown and white lunch sacks too but the coffee bags are thicker and more durable. It would also be an inexpensive way to package a gift!

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Check out the video to see how I made them. These are easy enough to make with the kids!

I was pretty mellow in the video huh? I think it is because I am exhausted trying to get ready for this dang craft fair, I think I will sleep until noon on Sunday LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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40% off & Painted Presents {you can do it!}

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the USA, today I will spend Thanksgiving with the in-laws, I am looking forward to it, although sad that I will be missing dinner with my folks. I will contribute vegan garlic bread, stuffing and lasagna to the mix…I have never made lasagna (vegan or otherwise) before so this should be interesting. :)

I joined a group of painters last month and last week decided to paint some slates using designs from my Natures Christmas and Warm Winter Digital Stamp Sets:

 

This slate I painted for my Mother in Law, she does not use a computer so no worries there:)

You can make the wording generic like I did here and sell these at craft fairs too!

 

I wanted to let you know that everything at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff will be 40% off today only so when Hubby is watching football you can sneak over to the computer and grab some great deals!

Here is how to paint a slate:

Supplies: Slate (get them at craft stores or demolished buildings/worksites-you can sometimes get loads of these for free if you keep your eyes peeled-my SIL gave me these {and many more LOL} and I have a theory that if you leave them alone in a dark room they multiply LOL), Acrylic paint, Brushes, spray varnish, white transfer paper and a design.

Step 1. Print out {or sketch} a design on paper, I printed images for Warm Winter and Natures Christmas at about 5″ high-measure your slate to see what will fit well-then I used white transfer paper to trace my design on the slate.

Step 2. Paint it, no biggie, if you can color a digital stamp with markers or pencils than you can paint it with acrylics. Don’t worry if you are not a painter, imperfection adds to the charm {Mine is brimming with charm LOL!}

Step 3. Spray a coat of clear varnish over the slate and add twine or ribbon to hang it. Twine or wire id best for outdoor use but ribbon is pretty if it will be hung inside, I added buttons and ribbon to the one for my MIL because she lives in an apartment and it will not be outside. Little details make all the difference:

that’s all there is to it! Here is a look at the sets I used:

Don’t forget everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 40% off in the mygrafico shop today only so don’t miss out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Holiday Sweets!

Oh boy, I can’t wait for holiday parties in the kids classes, cookie swaps and all of the chances to get together and celebrate coming up in the next two months. I made this Holiday Sweets Party kit of printables to make holiday hosting a breeze! Are you ready to party?

You will be ready with this new Holiday Sweets Party Printables set. You can use this for classroom holiday and winter parties, birthday parties and more! You get:

1 sheet of 3 cupcake wrappers PDF

1 sheet of Pennats PDF (2 per sheet, print 2x for noel banner))

1 sheet with the four rosettes and “noel” letters for the pennants (PDF)

1 sheet of drink flags (PDF) 15 flags on one sheet

1 sheet of cupcake toppers (PDF) 12 toppers on one sheet

1 sheet with a party cracker favor box (PDF)

1 printable 5″x7″ invitation (full bleed-5.5″x7.5″ in JPG format for easy addition of text)

Print each sheet as many times as you want to accommodate your guests! It is fun, cute and super easy!Check out the Sweet Holiday Party Printables here, only $4.

Hey party planners, this kit is commercial use, as are all of the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff products available at MyGrafico. please see my terms of use :)

This project qualifies for the following challenges: ABC Christmas & OSSAT (winter), Challenge up Your Life (Blue & Green), Cute Card Thursday & Lexi’s Creations (anything goes), Scrapcreations (Christmas) and Moving Along With the Times (Nice & Bright.)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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