Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Altered Playing Card Week 20

Hi everyone yesterday was another challenge for creating altered playing cards. The theme for this week is hearts/love. Claudine used some non traditional colors for her cards. I did sneak some pink in my one card because I couldn't remember what colors she used. I usually try to use the colors she uses as it gets me out of a rut of using the same colors or the same combination of colors.

Without further ado here are my two:
I had gessoed using a stencil during the prep of my cards. So I decided to go ahead and use that card. I decided to use my Distress Paints instead of regular acrylic paints. I daubed the paints out on a piece of wax paper and used my mister. Then laid the card down in the mixture. I did place the card more than once down overlapping it a little bit to make sure the card was completely covered.. I love the resulting background. Of course since I got too much of the marmalade on the paper as well as the other colors I had to mop up the excess paint on some small pieces of card I have for future projects. I love how this background turned out.

I stamped my image with white embossing ink onto pattern paper from DCWV Black Currant collection. The paper I used has a subtle gray pattern. I used  Ranger Archival ink and white pearl fine detail embossing powder. I colored in the heart and then thought it looked too blah so took my black glaze pen and drew a heart. I then used the clear glaze pen but it doesn't show in the photo.

I found this pretty black filigree tape at Dollar Tree.  I didn't realize that the tape was actually cut out. Now tomorrow when I go back I hope they have more of it. I also found some neat postcard tape there. After placing the tape on the card I took my white gel pen and colored in the flowers. I didn't realize that the paint was not completely dry in a few places the paint color mixed in with the ink.

I need to work on my decorative printing. It has been a long time since I've done any decorative printing. I used a white gel pen on electrical tape.

For this card I used Daffodil Apple Barrel acrylic paint onto my card back. Since the bottle said it could be used on metal I didn't think I would need to coat the card with gesso.  The paint allowed the border to show through. I get messy doing paint splattering so I put a red Sharpie in my air brush and set the tip so I would get splatters instead of a flow.I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do my splattering while the paint was wet or not but no problems.

I decided instead of drawing to use a Karen Foster Valentine stamp set which a good friend gave me. I stamped my hearts on the same pattern paper using blue ink. When I cut out the middle heart I cut off the flourish at the bottom. For some reason I've never stamped on pattern paper. Probably because I'm too afraid of messing things up and wasting paper.

For some reason my dots look green to me in this photo. I used a blue Glaze pen to make my dot border.

I was going to use the love stamp on electrical tape but discovered that my ink smeared and the white pearl embossing powder was too fine so covered the whole tape not just where it was stamped. I ended up stamping and embossing on black paper and tearing it.

I'm not as happy with my stamped image on the first card. I think I should have stamped and embossed it with a different color. Perhaps not colored the heart. However, on the whole I'm happy the way the cards turned out.

It is back to rearranging my pantry and getting the food out of the living room. It took maintenance longer for the job which required access to the pantry than I was initially told. The pantry needed organization any way so having to take everything out has motivated me.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Don't Regret What Made You Laugh

Hi everyone it is Monday and the start of a new altered card challenge, I thought while I'm waiting for the paint to dry that I would post a card I made yesterday in between sorting.  Yes, I'm still sorting through boxes and containers. I'm not sure what my original idea was when I painted and stamped the sentiment panel but this is what I came up with.

The sentiment was stamped on card stock I had painted. Then stamped with a lace background. I think I didn't use it because the lace was stamped on crooked.  In the same box was the frame which was cut with my Silhouette and the card stock painted. The butterfly is one I bought at Dollar Tree many years ago. I noticed yesterday that at least my Dollar Tree still has them. I did cut the wire and twist the two wires together at the bottom of the butterfly. The flower is a combination of a piece of gold ribbon I cut with a Sizzix die and a flower I had cut with my Cameo. I had used my home made glitter sprays on the flower.to color it. It is really glittery and shimmery but hard to photograph.

I love this sentiment. It just happened to be in a set by Inkadinkado. I don't know if it is still available or not.

Well a friend had to go into the next town so offered to take me to Jo Ann's.  I got a photo storage container for 40% off. In fact I ended up saving what  one storage container cost.  I will probably buy more containers later either on sale or with a coupon. I only have 50 plus years of  photos to go through.I used a 50% off coupon for a butterfly stamp set I have wanted for a couple of years. I decided to buy only a single glitter fabric marker instead of the whole set. I'm not sure if it will work in my air brush. I can always buy the set at a later date with a coupon. Anyway the paint should be dry by now so I'm off to put things away and work on my altered cards.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DIY Organizing Project Friday And Craft Room Update

Hi everyone I know it is Saturday and not Friday. I thought I would share with you the project I started yesterday and how my "playroom" is beginning to look. Along with some tips. Sorry this is a long post so grab yourself a cup sit back and relax.

I finished sorting through today a large storage container which I'm giving to a friend. I found stencils and all kinds of things. Still though have not found my Gelly Roll pens. Yesterday while sorting through the bin I found a lid to a cassette case. I had previously used the case for some of my ink pads but the lid never stayed on the case. Which explains why there was glue residue on the lid. from tape. I bought the case at a thrift store. I was looking at the lid which has a crack on the side and is scratched up and just before I tossed it the light bulb turned on. I saw an article where a frame was used to hold small containers.
I covered the edge of the lid with duct tape to cover the scratches and cracks. On the inside there was a gap after folding the tape over so I used electrical tape.

On the inside I used contact paper which I've had for seven years if not longer.  The small containers were bought at Dollar Tree a few years back but never used.( For some reason until recently I never could get around to organizing. Ten come in a package. The instructions say to use double sided tape to fasten the containers down. However I'm going to use either Velcro circles or squares. This way I can pull a container up  if I wish. Hopefully I'll find my Velcro circles as I sort through more containers and boxes. As I put things in the containers I'll label the tops.

This is the view of my "playroom" from the door. I will probably delegate the hanging shoe holder somewhere else after I find places for what is inside the pockets. It is not working for me.. I love that I can see a holder with some cards I've made as well as a shadow box  as I walk in. It puts a smile on my face and gets me in the mood to play. The painted wooden piece was done by my mom who is now gone. Although she didn't think so she was a very creative person. It reminds me that we are all creative. The armoire stores my computer and printer. (Alas some crafting things have gotten hidden in it. But that is another day's chore.) On one door hangs my apron and the other has cards people have sent me as well as postcards.

I have been clearing out the cubes and reorganizing them. (I only have two bottom ones left to go. :-) )The pink container on the far left was another thrift store find. It houses all my acrylic paints. My gelli plate sits on top of the drawer along with the brayer. Originally I used the drawer for cosmetics but since I don't wear a lot of makeup anymore it works for this. I was pleased to discover that it fits in the cube.

I have some unusual things in my craft room. That funny orange thing is actually a condiment dispenser I found on clearance. It is perfect for using with String gel. A cupcake decorator set is in the same cube as it works with gesso and some of the other mediums. A office folder holder is perfect for putting the pads of paper used for painting.A bowl which my late husband had a bouquet of flowers sent to me in now houses paint brushes and sea sponges. I put a favorite mug in the center of it for the bristle brushes.

I could not get my chair under the table with my Cameo in a cube so it on top and easy to move to have access to the things behind it. Originally I had my air brush in a cube with the markers but I decided to put in that cube a clear pocket holder with the essentials like tape runners, foam adhesive, scissors, etc. It kept falling off the side of my work desk and I had to get up to get them. Now they are close at hand. The air brush doesn't take up that much space on the desk and since it is getting used a lot I decided to not place it on a shelf across the room. The butterfly box was a gift and holds all the adapters for the air brush. Lol! I hope they don't come out with more as it holds five adapters with the sixth one on the machine.

As you can see I'm more and more going towards clear containers. I do have a photo box holding embossing folders and dies but since it is on top of the eBosser  I know what is in the box. In the past I loved using vintage and decorative containers but now I prefer to see at a glance what is what even if I don't have things labeled.

If you decide to go the clear container route you don't have to spend an arm and leg. I have found some of my containers at thrift stores. Just know your prices as I passed on some containers which Dollar Tree sells for a dollar and were marked more than that at the thrift store.. I discovered that most containers are cheaper in the regular household section of a store like WalMart or Target instead of in a craft section. Also don't forget to look in the office supply section. Remember you don't have to buy all of your containers or storage furniture at the same time. Not only is it easier on the budget to spread the expense over time but you may change some of your ideas. Also measure your space to make sure the container you have in mind will fit as well as what you plan to put in it. Nothing is more discouraging than to get home all ready to organize and realize something will not work.

Make a plan list what you use all the time those things should be within easy reach. For the things you don't use all the time they can be higher or lower. For example I don't use my blender and soap molds for paper making all the time so they are in the cube under my work table. Still accessible but not taking up prime space. Remember like in real estate location, location is the most important thing.

If your goal for this year is to get your craft area organized you don't have to do it all at once. It has surprised me how much I've gotten done in fifteen to thirty minutes. Also don't spend all your time organizing and not having fun crafting.  After all a little bit of chaos may actually inspire you to use things in a combination you might not have thought about before.

The most important tip I have for you today is to not take everything out at one time. If you have a piece of furniture with cubes like I do take it one cube at a time. One shelf at a time or one drawer at a time. If you are not going to put something back in the space and don't have a place for it yet than find a place to make a pile putting like things together. Nothing is more apt to deter you from organizing than to take everything out see the mess and get overwhelmed.

If you have stayed with me so far thank you for taking the time. Is an organized craft area important to you? Why or why not? What works for you having things visible or hidden?  I would love to hear any organizing tips you might have.

If there are tutorials, review of products, or other things you would like to read about here please leave me a comment. Thank you! Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quick Hydrangea Card

Hi everyone! Here we are almost at the weekend again. This year seems to already be flying by quickly. Today I have a quick card to share with you. It took longer for the water color paper to dry than to do the techniques and put the card together.

I must confess that I was given a nice set of Prismacolor colored pencils about fifteen years ago and many of them have not even been sharpened yet. :-( I've never had much confidence in my coloring ability but decided that it is time I take a deep breath and just do it. (My new mantra for the year is "just do it.") I have seen this technique done with water colors and a white color pencil used for the resist.. I decided to use Distress ink and color pencils which are non white. I wasn't sure if the Prismacolor ones would work but am happy to report that they do.

I started out by stamping my water color paper with a Hero Arts Hydrangea stamp.(product number  K5376 . It is still available on their website so I'm sure it is available.) I used Ranger Archival black ink because it is suppose to be waterproof but for some reason when I misted my paper some of the ink on the flower bled.Maybe the ink was not totally dry I don't know. Next time I'll heat set it first with my heat tool. I colored my image with a couple of different pinks and a couple of different greens. Then I took a cotton ball and using Concord Grape, Antique Linen, and Peeled Paint Distress ink rubbed the colors randomly with more of the green towards the bottom and more of the grape towards the top. I will be honest I never really work out ahead of time where I'm going to place color when using the different mediums.  However I did decide that I wanted  to use the Antique Linen around the top of the hydrangea to try to get it to look like the sun was shining..Then I took my mister and sprayed my water color paper letting the colors blend together. I couldn't believe when the paper dried how it turned out.To me it  looks like the sun  is shining through storm clouds.  I'm a loving how it turned out.

While my paper was drying I took a Spellbinder die and a piece of pattern card and cut and embossed my corner piece. I was using a scrap piece of the card and the first time it didn't cut through. :-(  I just bought this die  last week so it is my first time using it. I then remembered seeing on a video where a woman placed wax paper and then the card to cut intricate shapes. I wasn't thinking when I put my card stock down or I would have put the green down instead of up. My piece ended up being debossed instead of embossed as I wanted to use the green side and not the white. I used glue just on a few of the leaves to adhere the shape instead of the whole shape. then I went and curled some of the leaves up. I used my corner punch on only two corners of the stamped panel.  Then I edged it with Vintage Photo Distress ink. .I also rounded the corners on my card base.

I challenge you to try something that you may not feel comfortable doing. when it comes to crafting. It can really be freeing when it comes to your crafting journey and open up new adventures for you.

After doing this technique today I've decided that I need more colors of Distress Ink.  I only have six Distress Ink pads and more room in the container that houses the Distress Ink pads. ;-) Maybe I'll be lucky and they will be on sale or I will have a really good coupon like one for off all of your purchases.

Wishing you a fun crafty weekend as well as Happy Frugal crafting till we meet again!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Crayon Background Valentine

Greetings everyone! I though I would share with you a Valentine card I made today while the boys and I were holed up in the "playroom" while a workman was doing some repair work. I wanted to try out the crayon technique in Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking February 2014 issue. Unfortunately if you don't have rubbing alcohol Vodka doesn't work. On the other hand drinking it can be fun. ;-)
Normally I would not use black card for a card base for a Valentine card. However, I thought the black would make pop the other colors. The scallop panel was air brushed using Gold Medal Crayola glitter marker. The panel the heart is on  was done with crayons and alcohol blending solution on a scrap of watercolor paper. I stamped the heart on a scrap of card stock and used white embossing ink and Recollection Raspberry Pearl embossing powder. The white embossing ink gave the powder a softer pink color. Then I air brushed with glitter blue and silver.  I used a pink Glaze pen drawing just on the edge of the heart  over a gold paint pen after I cut it out. I love the metallic look it gave to the edge. The sentiment is one I printed on my label maker playing around with the different functions. I couldn't figure out how to add the apostrophe and didn't think to add the s for Valentine's. 

I will have to keep this coloring technique in mind. I really like how it looks.  It  really softens the look of crayons. Later on I want to see if it is possible to stamp directly on a background done this way. I think this technique would be great using metallic crayons. I'm going to see if I can find some somewhere.

Now that I know that alcohol blending solution will work with crayons I want to see if it will work with oil pastels as well as with color pencils. You know me I always like to experiment.

Tomorrow the workman will be back so I will be back in my "playroom" playing and doing more sorting through and organizing things. I'm hoping I'll find my Gelly Roll pens which have gone AWOL. I probably threw them in a box which I put in the closet when I was trying to get the room straightened up enough to pass inspection. :-( At least I know where the clear glitter ones are. :-)

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Altered Playing Cards Week 19

Greetings from the banana belt. O.K. maybe not the banana belt but still it was above freezing today so I didn't freeze when I went and did errands today. Nor when I entered the car did I feel like I had just walked into my refrigerator.

Yesterday was the start of a new week and you know what that means. A new altered playing card challenge. This week Claudine picked the theme of Steam Punk. I love Steam Punk but really don't do it enough. Anyway this was a fun challenge for me.

Here is what Claudine did:

I started by covering my card with a black metallic piece of paper. Then I took my hexagon stencil and using liquid embossing ink did heat embossing with copper embossing powder.  Then I cut my cogs and gears off of a card base file I have and re-sized in Studio. After they were cut out  of Kraft card I heat embossed with Antique Gold embossing enamel. My embossing ink pad is dirty with eggplant embossing powder due to an accident. In this case it gave me this nice rusty look. In places the embossing ink did not take so the color of the card shows through. I think it gives it more of a distress aged look. I didn't get my paper on straight and part of the playing card was showing I decided to experiment and took a Fancy Pants antique text stamp and stamped on electrician tape using embossing ink. Then heat embossed with silver. Who knew you could heat emboss electrician tape. Now I'll have to see if I can heat emboss on duct tape or transparent tape. I used my label maker for my sentiment and tore a piece of  old typewriting paper to place it on. I decided to go with this sentiment because too often I don't think people see the beauty in old things and old people.

Claudine used drywall mesh for her card. Alas I have not seen mine since my last move. It is probably in a box which I have not gone through. I can't imagine I would get rid of it but it is a possibility. I improvised and cut some netting which garlic had come in. I applied gesso on my card and embedded the netting in the gesso. In a few places the netting is not down tight but I think it gives the card charm. When the gesso was dry I was going to drag my card through watered down paint. However it did not work and I had to use a brush. I mixed on my mat ivy green, copper, and ivory paint. Using a bristle brush which ended up with all those colors although the ivy green mixed more with the ivory I painted my card. The frame piece is one I turned into a cutting file from a jpg image. I heat embossed it with the antique gold embossing enamel. Normally when I use this file I print and cut a pocket watch to adhere where what looks like a watch is. The girl is a Dover clipart image that I converted to Sepia. I was going to use her on another project and changed my mind. I found her when sorting through a bunch of papers yesterday. I really need to get organized. The Live, Love, Laugh was printed once again with the label maker. In this case I wanted the background to show through.

There you have it my altered cards for this week. I can't wait to see what next week will bring.

I will have workmen the rest of the week so my boys and I will be holed up in my craft room. I will continue the organizing and rearranging I've been doing as well as playing. I bought some glitter markers on clearance and can't wait to play with my air brush. I also have some techniques I want to try.

Thank you for stopping by and do stop on by again to see what I am doing. :-) I also will be doing reviews of products . Right now I'm thinking the fourth Friday of the month. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bits And Pieces Card

Hi Everyone! I've been busy organizing my "playroom" the last couple of days. Today a friend helped me do some rearranging of the heavy file cabinet and my sewing machine table. I love now how so many of the things I use all the time are now close at hand. While doing the organizing and cleaning I keep coming across bits and pieces. I've decided that at least once a week I'll do a bits and pieces card. Here is my first one.

The aquamarine panel is a piece of scrap card stock which I used to mop up some extra paint on my crafting mat. No sense wasting perfectly good acrylic paint. ;-) The scallop panel was cut out of gray card stock. I had cut out a bunch of panels in different card stock for my sister and she decided she didn't want them.  I had also cut out a bunch of these flowers only to have my sister tell me she is not a flower person. Although she did color a few with gelatos. The butterfly is one I stamped on plastic but smeared the ink a little bit. It is backed with a scrap of card stock.

For the scallop panel I used a stencil and stamped my embossing pad over it. Then I sprinkled Eggplant Recollection embossing powder. I did not realize that I had  small flecks of embossing powder on the back of the stencil from previous play. That gave me the specks. After removing the stencil and heat embossing I put the stencil back down slightly off. This time I used my Raspberry Recollection embossing powder. Then I took my eBrush and airbrushed the background. I didn't like the edges of the scallops as they were too dark against the painted background so I took the blender marker and used it with the eBrush.

I had colored the flower with a gelato to show my sister how to do it. I took a silver Sharpie and holding it high in the air speckled my flower. Then I used Liquid Pearl for the center.

For the butterfly I used the eBrush with Spectrum Noir markers on the back. I also used the silver Sharpie like on the flower. I thought the butterfly was too dark so used the blender pen on the back. Then switched to the silver Sharpie and speckled the front., Adhered  to a scrap of card stock and cut it out. Both the flower and butterfly are adhered with foam adhesive.

Many years ago I bought at a dollar store alphabet stickers. When I went up to the check stand I thought the clerk was going to divide the packages but he did not. I got over twenty packages of alphabet stickers and although I shared many of them with people I still have a lot. Since pink is not a color I use a lot I took my Sharpie and colored it using my eBrush. 

Do you save bits and pieces thinking some day you will use them? How do you save them? I saw a neat idea where they are adhered using temporary adhesive inside a page protector. I will be doing that then I won't have to be looking through an envelope or accordion file folder.

Tomorrow is a new week in the Altered Playing Card challenge. Not sure what the theme will be but it will fun. Especially now that my "playroom" is more organized. Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!