Thursday, December 14, 2017

Deck The Halls

Hi everyone sorry I've been MIA. Alas my playroom is an icebox so I've not been trying to organize the chaos. Much less doing any crafting.  I've been working on painting, hanging pictures and decorating for the holidays. Trying to turn the house into a home and making it guest ready as long as they don't plan to spend the night. LOL!

I wanted to do more than just have a wreath on the door and lights and garland on the railing. I saw an idea for decorating the porch lantern light and decided to try it. I already had a wire hanger. Although those are getting more difficult to find. I may have to see if a dry cleaner will either sell me some or give me a couple. I bought floral foam at Dollar Tree and at a thrift store picked up artificial flowers. Not that I didn't have any but I'm clueless where they are. In less than an hour I ended up with this Christmas decoration to provide cheer to those passing by or knocking on the door.

Good thing I tried hanging it before adding the flowers as I had to cut the foam in half.  I realized later that I should have cut the foam so it was not so thick. Also I should have left the hanger a little longer. I'll do that next time when I create a Spring one.  I went ahead and put flowers on the sides as well as the top since I wasn't sure what was going to show or not show. It was too cold to work on this outside and constantly putting it up to see how it was going to look. I think it turned out well and I have an attractive decoration for under two dollars.

Off to do more unpacking and maybe even baking some cookies. Nothing turns a house into a home faster than wonderful scents.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Hi everyone today over at Hiding In My Craft Room the challenge is the color challenge. This week the challenge is to use Christmas colors. I know most of us think of red and green as being Christmas colors. I also though think of the color purple which is the color of advent which heralds the Christmas season. Of course purple is also my favorite color and I needed an excuse to use the purple glitter paper I've been hoarding.

This week the challenge is being sponsored by The Paper Shelter who graciously provided me with the gingerbread image which is a black and white image. My printer did a weird thing when I was printing and I am totally clueless about where my ink cartridges are. I know they are in a box but which box which is marked "Craft Room".  *Sigh* I also don't know where my pencil sharpener is and some of my color pencils need to be sharpened.

I started my card by adhering down two squares to my base of glitter card which I've been hoarding for a few years now. I printed my image with a red border. I went ahead and also ran my Stazon ink pad of  Blazing Red along the edge to define the edges more. I colored my images.

I've been busy decorating outside and inside. Haven't though had time to create decorations. Although I started one to go on the porch light. My big find was this carriage and horse at a thrift store. It is pretty when lit up.

Thank you for stopping by and do come back next week. In the meantime I'm off to try to find my crafting toys.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Holiday Wishes!

Greetings everyone I hope things are going well with you. The holidays are just around the corner and I'm excited to be spending my first Christmas in my own place which means I can decorate how I wish. I also am looking forward to getting my cards in the mail. I think I pretty much have the cards all created. I did take the opportunity to use a cute image by My Besties to make one more card for the Any Holiday challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. My Besties is the sponsor and one lucky person will win all three images used by the design team members.

Since I still have things packed up I used my printer to print out my background after combining two winter snowy backgrounds into one. Alas my printer ran out of the cyan and my printer did weird things down at the bottom so I printed my sentiment onto a piece of card stock to cover that up. While I was at it I printed out my image.

After adhering my background and sentiment down on my card base I inked the edges of the card base with a dye ink pad. I used my tape runner just across the girl's boots. This way she is not totally flat on the card but no bulk for mailing purposes like a foam dot. 

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you Happy Frugal crafting till we meet again!