Tuesday, November 27, 2018

"Take A Mini Vacation Read Fiction" Bookmarks

Hi everyone I belong to a fiction book club and when last week in my Dover Sampler e-mail a vintage ad image showed up I thought it would be fun to turn it into a bookmark.  I decided in the blank space to put the words "Take a mini vacation read fiction".  Since some people are not talented enough to read upside down to have the book in the woman's lap upside down. Here are a few of the bookmarks which after I chalked the background and colored with pencils the image I laminated. I had so much fun with my pan chalks and pencils doing different color combinations.


Time to head out to the book club and deliver these. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Thanksgiving Quick Napkin Cards

Hi everyone I'm busy clearing off my sewing table and getting ready to create some Christmas gifts. I thought I would share with you quick cards you can create using napkins.

Originally Carol Duvall on the television show in the 80's " Home" shared this technique using napkins to make note cards. It was fun to watch her craft segment.  At your public library you may be able to pick up her book. Sorry I don't remember the title.

There are all kinds of inexpensive napkins available. After a napkin is ironed on card stock you could even cut out a portion.. Enough jabbering.


After you have picked out your napkin you will want to carefully remove layers until you have single ply. Save the pieces you pull off as you can use those in another project. Then cut a piece of inexpensive plastic wrap to size. (I'm still using plastic wrap given to me years ago when I did Press N Seal demos to show how superior it was to generic plastic wrap. LOL!) First place parchement paper or copy paper on your ironing surface  then your card stock. On top of that the plastic wrap. Then position your napkin. Place parchment paper or copy paper on top. Using no steam iron by placing down the iron and let it sit and move to another area. Do not iron like you would normally do in the beginning or you will have a mess. Once you have checked and the napkin seems to be fairly secure you can iron like normal. At this point I like to turn my card stock over and iron like normal to make sure the plastic has welded the napkin onto the card stock. 

The card on the left is a panel. I edged with ink and the ink bleed some but I like that look. The card on the right the right corner wrinkled so I decided to be frugal and do some creative cutting and use  a scrap of burlap on my base. 

Have  fun and if you decide to do this technique share a link in the comment section so I can admire your creation.

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!





Sunday, October 28, 2018

Here We Come A Caroling

Hi dear readers as much as I love to get inky and stamp there are times I need to use digital images since I either don't have an image of what I want to use or it is the wrong size. In this case it was the fact that the only caroler stamp I have is of snow people which right now I am not sure which box the majority of my wood mount stamps are in.

Sometimes I don't like how a card looks when I photograph it which is why I now use re-positional adhesive so I can change things if I don't like the arrangement. In this case though I basically ended up adding more detail.


Except for the stars and tree the images are from the Melonheadz Christmas Caroler set. I wrapped gift ribbon around the lamppost and crotchet thread around my tree. My sidewalk was card stock airbrushed since I don't have gray card stock and then a stencil used.

I was experimenting with rubbing alcohol and paint again for my background. I had bought Prussian Blue paint at a thrift store and when I opened it the paint was really liquidity which no amount of shaking changed. I painted my canvas paper and then while the paint was wet splattered rubbing alcohol over it. I didn't like how it looked so misted my paper and took a house painting brush and swiped over it. I love my result. I can see a lot of potential using thin paint and rubbing alcohol.

What techniques have you tried lately?

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!