Monday, September 1, 2014

Kaleidoscope Christmas Card

Hi readers well the long three day weekend is almost over. I spent a quiet weekend playing with software and created one card with another in the works.

With September here the holidays will soon be upon us. I won't be creating a lot of Christmas cards as I have some left over from last year but thought it would be fun to make one different from most cards. Here is my kaleidoscope Christmas card. I love how it turned out even though it took me the whole weekend. Some of it was waiting for paint to dry and waiting for the power to come back on.

The background that the flower and sentiment are on is embossed plastic. Alas the Sizzix ornament embossing folder has been retired but you could probably find a Christmas folder that would work. After I embossed the plastic I painted it with watered down Extreme Glitter paint and a sponge brush on the debossed side. That is also the side I decided to use. Once the paint was dry I coated the embossed side with Shimmer Creative Medium using a cosmetic sponge wedge and adhered it to my card base.

The sentiment is from the same vintage image I used for my kaleidoscope flower. It was easy to open the image in Studio and draw my rectangle and then crop. I inked the edges of the sentiment as well as the mat I adhered the sentiment to.

For the flower I started by opening Kaleidoscope Kreator. I used to use a plug in for Photoshop which allowed me to create Kaleidoscope images. Alas my version was too outdated to use with my new laptop and I didn't use Photoshop that much to justify the expensive. I will be honest Kaleidoscope Kreator is a little expensive but so much can be done with it. Also it is really easy to use. In my old age that is a plus.  I will be making some ornaments using it and it is something my grandchildren can have fun playing with.

I decided to use a vintage image from a Victorian postcard with Santa emptying his bag of toys and a flower along with the sentiment that I used on this card. If you were to look carefully at the flower you might be able to see the toys that were spilling out of Santa's sack.

The program comes with several different templates and I decided to use one of the lotus ones. After I got my lotus petal like I wanted it I saved the image and took it into Studio. If you don't have a cutting machine of course you could hand cut the printed images. I could have easily resized my petals in Kaleidoscope and  then printed it. But then I would have had to scan that into Studio. So instead I replicated the petals and sized them to the sizes I wanted in Studio. After the petals were printed and Cameron my Cameo cut them out I used "stickles" on the edges. After the "stickles" was dry I used glue only in the center of the petals to form my flower and using my fingers carefully shaped the petals so they would be curled upwards. Then I adhered my flower with adhesive foam squares to the front of the card.

Now on another note Claudine has started an altered playing card challenge. Click on the  button on the right for details. There will prizes and all you need to do to be entered in the running for the finale prize is to comment twice a month. Of course if you want you could play along. I think the altered cards would be fun to use on cards or even a scrapbook layout. O.K. I'm off to find a deck of playing cards to alter. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Floral Birthday Card

Hi my faithful readers. I don't know where the month has gone but it is already the end of August and next week begins September to seduce us. I just looked at the calendar and realized that there are September birthdays so time to make cards.

I made this card for someone special who is feminine but not over the top girly girl. So I left off the ribbon and lace.
I first cut out my card base from pink cardstock. For those who know me I normally don't craft with pink. Then I cut my panel out of textured core cardstock. I used a Cuddlebug embossing folder but I don't know the name of it. I think it is part of a set. I normally don't make 5 x 7 cards so it has pretty much been gathering dust.  After embossing I sanded the raised embossing so that the white would show. The sentiment was stamped on cardstock which I had sprayed homemade color mist on and then applied Creative Medium Shimmer with a damp sponge while the cardstock was still damp. The ink I used for stamping was actually pink. I did not realize that the stamp was last used with a water base ink and not cleaned so of course when I stamped it became purple.(Opps! I better teach my granddaughter to clean stamps when she is done with them before she puts them away.) I used a spellbinder die for the scallop oval and also sprayed homemade color mist and used the Creative Medium Shimmer on that also. After cutting out the intricate floral die/stencil which was a freebie from the August UK Cardmaking and Paper Crafting magazine I adhered it with the Creative Medium and then using a cosmetic sponge which was damp rubbed over it. Because my cosmetic wedge had been used with red ink it turned the cut out piece pink.  I didn't think about that when I grabbed the used wedge instead of getting out a new one to use. Using gelatos and my small tip water brush I painted in the flower. Then pop dotted the panel onto the card. I really wish you could see the shimmer on this card. I will have to keep in mind using the Shimmer Creative Medium on a damp cosmetic sponge when I want to give a project some shimmer but not necessarily wait a long time for something to dry.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Time To Knit Old Man Winter Is On The Way

Hi everyone I know I have been absent lately but what can I say the sunny weather, a hammock and good books have been beckoning me lately. Old Man winter will be here before I know it and I have to be storing up that sunshine and warmth before his arrival. Too bad I can't bottle all that sunshine up.

One of the books I just finished  reading is "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs. I wish I could say it inspired me to get out my knitting needles and the shawl I started a few years ago. Last time I looked at it I had no idea where I was in the pattern. Nor whether the pin side was the wrong or right side. No,I have a feeling my days of knitting with needles are over. Especially since I've discovered how easy it is to use a knitting loom.

O.K. I will confess that I originally bought the set of knitting looms thinking I could learn how to use them and then teach my granddaughters. They sat untouched for six months until I went and visited my sister. She got me going making my first hat. I made my hat longer only because I like my hats to cover my ears and neck.

 With one hat under my belt I decided to try to make a beaded hat for my "diva" granddaughter. It was great as I could take the loom with me camping and not worry about stitches getting accidentally dropped off of needles. I had forgotten to take the flower loom with me so had to wait until I got home to make the flower for on top. I decided to add some pony beads in the center of the flower. I wish now I had used the purple yarn for the flower middle but I'm sure my "Diva" will love her new hat.

My sister asked me how to do the beads on the hat brim. It is really simple. You thread the beads on your yarn before you start. How many rows you want beaded will determine how many beads to thread on. I decided to just use three rows on the brim of the hat. When you get to the row where you want beads instead of wrapping that row you place the yarn on the outside of the pegs with the beads in between the pegs and then knit as you normally would. If you should get too many beads on like I did you can just keep pushing them down the yarn until it is time to cut the yarn at which time you can slide them off the yarn.

 I used a 36 peg large gauge loom to make these hats. I think most of the Knifty Knitter loom sets are large gauge so I doubled the stitches knitting over two rows instead of one giving a tighter stitch. I am ordering by Knifty Knitter their purple loom which has 48 pegs closer together and is slightly larger for making adult hats. The men in my life have asked for hats with closer knitting so they will be warmer. Also dare I say it they have bigger heads because their brains are like the computers back in the 60's which took up a whole room. ;-).Of course if you have a better explanation of why their heads are larger I would love to hear it.

By the way a round knitting loom can be used for more than knitting hats. It can be used to knit cords,knitting flat panel scarfs,etc. So if you only have the money to buy one loom instead of a set buy a round knitting loom. Of course you just might luck out and find a set at a thrift store. :-)

I just picked up at the library the sequel "Knit Two" by Kate Jacobs so I'm off to go sit in the hammock and read until the sun sets. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

There is a new blog hop going around and I was tagged by my good  friend Beth Norman of  Sunflowers and Dragonflies to join in. Beth is the queen of card making and creates whimsical cards which are sure to bring a smile to your face. Also her coloring of stamped images is so fabulous it is sure to bring on a bout of coloring envy if you are like me and your coloring looks like a toddler did it.

My sincere apology for being late posting this as I was suppose to post this Monday. Alas when Beth asked me I did not realize I would be in the midst of vacation somewhere with no internet, no cell phone service, and limited electricity. I just got home this afternoon and am trying to get this up as soon as possible.

When Beth asked me to join the hop I was excited as I have never participated in a blog hop and thought it would be fun. Also since this is a "Creative" hop it is not just about paper crafting.By the way everyone is creative whether they realize it or not. It might be in the way a meal is presented that you cooked, The colors you use where you live, even the way you put together an outfit to wear.

This blog hop is a little different as there is no list to click through. It is an ongoing blog hop and so far doing a search for Creative Blog Hop I've found an entry Here from June. It is a great way to introduce readers to other bloggers who are creative in different ways as well as introduces to how other people approach the creative process.

Now for the question and answer part of this post. What am I working on? Well like usual I have several irons in the fire but some things I'm not too sure how I want to go with them right now. The ideas are going to have to percolate a little longer. Right now they are really weak coffee.

 Lately I've been playing with my gelli plate. Since I like creating my own papers and backgrounds for me it was a good investment. For someone else it might not be. They are a little expensive but if you take care of one it will last a long time. Definitely longer than the three months the gelatin plate I had made with Vodka lasted. It eventually went moldy on me.

Lately I've been playing with using dye ink pads,stencils, and stamps. In fact I spent an interesting day after this picture was taken later playing with my granddaughters and index cards. Their mother loved that we played with dye ink instead of paint. The girls had fun applying the ink pad directly to the plate and stamps.

 The card on the far right is what I used to clean off the brayer, The one in the middle was done using two different stencils. The one on the left and above were done using a square stencil. I inked the stencil and then placed the ink side down on the gelli plate. I found it worked great to place an index card under the plate to use as a guide for positioning. 

This is the front of an altered board book I'm working on. I keep changing my mind of how I'm going to use this. Right now I'm thinking of using it with some of my flower photos.

Here I've been sanding the inside pages to use. Before the book police come after me this was really a worn book with lots of stains on the pages. I bought it at a thrift store for a quarter.  If you have really worn board books you might want to consider using them as a mini album of some sort. 

This is what I worked on while on vacation. Although I used to knit all the time with needles I've come to love the idea of using a loom. This is a beaded hat I'm making for my "Diva" granddaughter. I'm thinking of putting a yarn flower with beads on the top. When I'm done on this hat I'll be making another one for the other granddaughter. 

I hope I have not bored you yet. Now to answer more of the questions.  For those who wonder how my work differs from others. I am an experimenter and love to use several different mediums when creating cards which is what I usually do. As well as using my tools in different ways..
This is one of my most favorite cards where I coated the inside of an embossing folder with colored glue. When the glue was dried I carefully took it off the folder and coated the crumpled foil with glue and glued my embossed glue panel to it. Then added a print and cut where I had cut out an extra butterfly and pop dotted it.

Some people ask me why I create. The answer is simple I create because it is fun and because I love to challenge myself. Also I love sending cards, or making gifts to give.

Now to answer the last question. What inspires me? Often I'm inspired by what I see around me. It may be a piece of fabric or an image. Often it is seeing random things scattered in the work area. In fact there may be an image I want to use but not sure how I'm going to use it until I see things on my work space and everything seems to come together. Of course a lot of my inspiration comes just from playing and seeing how different elements look together.

Although a couple of people who I invited to join this blog hop are not available to join this hop I encourage you to check out their blogs. Also if you would like to join in on this blog hop please leave a comment with a way to contact you and I'll send you the information.

First check out my dear friend Myrna's blog. Myrna is the queen of making simple but elegant cards using her Cameo cutting machine. Her blog is What was old is new again

The other blog is by Roni who plays with ink and mixed media. She does a lot of comparing different papers and media using them. She also is always experimenting with different medium and gives her honest opinion of them. As well as shows often different ways to use products.  Her blog is Inkstains with Roni.

Thank you for stopping by and do come again. Now I'm off to unpack and do laundry. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just Add Ink Round Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone! This is my first post from my new laptop. Alas my old laptop went to laptop heaven as it was beyond repair. Kind of sad when it costs more to repair something than to buy something brand new which is why we have become a throw away society. I can only hope that the repair center it was sent to took out the old parts which were still good to use on a refurbished system or at least recycled them in some way.

This week the challenge over at Just Add Ink is to use this sketch. As you know I don't often use sketches but I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone.
I decided to make a print and cut as I don't really like to paper piece. Alas the first design I saved on a SD card as I created it on my old desktop. However, I got an error message when I tried to open it on my laptop in Studio. Instead of Studio telling me there was not enough room to save it on the card it supposedly saved it. So it was back to the drawing board.

 I decided to use a photo of my favorite place to hike. I wanted it to look like you were perhaps looking out of a cabin window at the outdoors. This is what I ended up with.
I started by drawing a circle the size I wanted for my pieces. Then I did an external offset of the circle in Studio. Taking the larger circle I filled it in with black. The original circle I filled in with my photo and then cut into pieces using the knife tool. Then I placed the pieces onto the black circle where I wanted them and grouped everything together.

Then I took a circle frame which had been a free weekly offering from Silhouette and modified it so that I had my scalloped circle. I then filled it with green color. Then it was simply doing a print and cut.

After cutting out my circle card base I edged it with Versa Magic"Gingerbread" chalk ink. I also edged the photo circle.

To give the scallop circle a little bit of interest I used Creative Medium Shimmer over it. The Shimmer is really subtle but the color doesn't look so flat.

I  took a black 3d Glaze pen and used it on the black printed parts of the photo circle. Because it was used on matte card stock instead of glossy the ink did not flow as well in a large area. But in this case it was alright as I got more of a distressed paint look for my faux window frame. To distress it a little more on purpose I colored over some of the  chalk ink on the edge.

I stamped the sentiment from a bird set by Fiskars on clear plastic using Stazon Timber Brown ink.   Then when it was dry I used a cosmetic wedge to apply Stazon Matte Glaze over it so the plastic was not shiny as well as to give it a little bit of protection. Alas I do not have clear Creative Medium yet so I adhered my sentiment with Creative Medium Shimmer. It looks a little frosty but I don't think it detracts as much as if I had stamped the sentiment on tissue paper or card stock.

I really think the Creative Medium is the way to go when adhering things that regular adhesive would otherwise show through. I am so thankful that Roni at Inkstains with Roni introduced me to this product. It may look expensive but believe me a little bit goes a long way.

There you have my challenge to myself to try a sketch as well as my play using some products which are new to me.

That is all for now. Thank you for stopping by and if you are interested you still have time to create something for the Just Add Ink challenge this week.  Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gelli Print And Tissue Paper Experiment Butterfly Cards

Hi readers! I hope if you are living in a part of the country which is having a heat wave right now that you are staying cool. I can take the heat but right now it is the humidity which is killing me. Today also I noticed that the area is really smokey which means there must be fires burning somewhere near. Unfortunately because my craft room gets so hot and a fan blows everything around it is not conductive to crafting. However, this week I did turn the fan off long enough to do some experimenting with my gelli plate. Today I went ahead and turned it off long enough to make two cards.
First I decided to see if I could use wax paper on the gelli plate. I found out that although I cut out my shapes first with my Cameo that the butterflies curled when I took them off the plate. Next time I'll pull  the prints first on wax paper and then cut out with my Cameo. The frame panel the butterfly is on is wax paper and did not curl as bad. Unfortunately the photo does not show the shimmer on it from metallic paint.

The background is a print I pulled and used large bubble wrap on it.  The butterfly was one left over cut out of card stock. I used the grunge technique. The paint was dry on my plate so I brushed over it with acrylic ink then pulled the butterfly. I used 3d paint for the body and jute for the antennae. Then pop dotted it onto the wax paper panel.

I misted white tissue paper with color sprays I made using alcohol ink and water.  I let the paper air dry and then stamped with Ranger's Jet Black Archival ink. If you do this you will want to use a waterproof ink so your stamping doesn't smear when you glue the tissue paper down on your project. Also be aware that the color will dry lighter. Of course if it is too light you can always spray again like I did.

The trim was made by cleaning my plate with packing tape after the paint had dried on it. Then I brushed Mint Perfect Pearl on the back to fill in places where there wasn't paint. I cut it with decorative scissors.

This card was done basically the same way. However, this time I used corrugated cardboard to get the texture on the background paper. The wax paper panel blended in more but I think I like the softer look of this card.  Today I got in the mail Stazon Timber Brown ink so decided to use that on the tissue paper.  I turned my scissors over to cut the decorative trim which hides the seam.

If you don't have a cutting machine you can still download the Silhouette Studio software and set the cut lines to print so you can out by hand. You can also create your own labels,tags ect. in Studio. If you are going to do more than set the print lines there is a little bit of a learning curve but a lot of the process is the same as in some of the graphic programs on the market.

If you don't have a gelli plate you can either make your own using gelatin or pull prints on a piece of glass or acrylic. The advantage to using the piece of glass is you don't have to worry about damaging it with something sharp.

Packing tape can also be used to make trim using glitter, Perfect Pearls or other shimmer powders, or painting by hand.

I encourage you to look around your house and see what you might have on hand which you can modify with paint, color sprays,stamping, etc. 

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Just Add Ink Shaker Challenge

Hi everyone I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Over at Just Add Ink there is a "Shaker" challenge this week. I have seen shaker cards but have only made one as part of a Stamping Up get together never one from scratch.  So into Studio I went and designed a card base with a cut out butterfly. Because as you know I love butterflies.This is my entry in the challenge.
After I cut out my card base I stamped the front using an Inkadinkado butterfly background stamp.  I was going to emboss with a white pearl embossing powder but there was Stazon ink left on the stamp and the liquid embossing dauber picked that color up. So although I had not planned to go purple purple is what I got. Which is alright because it was perfect for using the purple ribbon down the side.

 I don't know how other people make Shaker cards but I decided to cut a piece of plastic just a little larger than my opening. I cut out of card stock a panel the same size as the front of the card and glued the plastic on three sides to that. Filled my plastic panel with a large and finer glitter and then glued the top. To be on the safe side I then used packing tape all the way around the edges of the plastic. Glued my glitter filled  panel inside the card and added ribbon and my card was done.

If you have never made a "Shaker" card or used a "Shaker" technique on a layout I encourage you to do so. It is a fun element whether used on a card or on a scrapbook layout. Don't be afraid to try something new. Who knows you just might have a bit of fun along the way. :-) And that is what crafting is for me having fun.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!