Thursday, April 17, 2014

Give Away And A Blog Worth Checking Out

As many of you who follow me know I do not usually highlight any one blog or even post give aways. However, this is one give away you are not going to want to miss. In fact this is one blog that is on a must read list. You will not only find tons of inspiration but also learn how to do some cool techniques. Also Roni so generously shares templates and card sketches. All of this for free and you know how I love free. Here is the link for the give away.
http://inkstainswithroni.blogspot.com/2014/04/25-million-give-way.html

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vintage Handbag

Roni at Ink Stains posted a cute vintage handbag along with a template and I decided that I wanted to make one. Here is the link if you wish to download the template:
 http://inkstainswithroni.blogspot.com/2014/04/vintage-handbag-card-template.html

Although the template was easy to trace in Silhouette Studio Version 3 it was not that easy to cut. For some reason after I had cut it out with heavy grey cardstock to make sure it would cut out correctly and went to cut it out of fancy cardstock the program decided to cut the fold line instead of perforating it even though I didn't even have the color of the fold line checked for cutting since I was going to score it manually. I will be happy when Silhouette fixes the bugs in this version and I know they are working overtime on that. For that reason I ended up using copy paper as I didn't want to waste all my pretty cardstock. I'll be able to salvage most of the piece of the cardstock but it still did not make me too happy.



I decided to cut the clasp off of the copy paper as well as off of my wood trim pieces. With the knife tool it was easy to cut the clasp off. As well as to make my wood trim. I drew an oval and used the  subtract option in the modify menu for my wood piece to modify it so that it wasn't a straight line across.

The clasp was colored with gold Inka Gold on both the front and back. I went ahead and clip a small section on each side and slipped the clasp in to close.  For durability sake I think it would be better to just tuck one ball behind the other.
I embossed my blue copy paper handbag using a Teresa Collin's embossing folder. I don't know the name of  the folder. I then glued the copy paper down on the gray cardstock. The inside of the purse is gray color. 


Using this stripe paper I found at a thrift store and a wood-grain embossing folder it really looks like wood. As you can tell from the photo a little bit of the white of the paper shows through but I think it gives the trim more of a vintage look. The trim is on both the front and the back. 

I didn't have eyelets nor did I have chain for the handle. I would have loved to have used them on this project. I guess those are two products I need to put on my list of things to buy. You would think with all of my crafting supplies I would have such things. I did however have this ribbon which is the perfect color. :-)

This was a fun project and I plan to add a sentiment on the inside. I may even add a gift card for my granddaughter to buy a book at a bookstore. 

Looking at the template I don't think it would be too difficult to turn this into a cute bag to fill with some goodies. It definitely would make a cute Mother's Day card which would be quick and easy if someone needed to make one.
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Where has time gone? I can't believe that Sunday will be Easter and that April is already halfway over. Wishing you a Happy Easter if you celebrate Easter and Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bunny Shaped Card

Silhouette offers a free file every week. Sometimes I don't know what I'm going to do with the file when I download it. Often I'll just use a part of it or use it in a totally different way. That is the case with this week's file. It originally was designed to be sewn as  a bag but I decided to make it into a card.
After welding the head to make a card I cut everything out of white cardstock. The inside ears and mouth is colored with chalk. The pupil of the eyes and nose is colored with a marker. I used buttons for the eyes and Scrap Floss for the whiskers. I curled the ears forward to give him a little bit of character.  I think this would be cute if a person had flocking to add.

I don't know what I'll be working on next although I have a file I would like to cut out and turn into a card. In the meantime I will be helping a friend move.  Then after that is over hopefully I can get back to my crafting.

Wishing you  Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Egg Card

Yesterday was a beautiful day. After finishing this card I went for a long walk with my dogs.  Spring is here and before I know it Easter will be here. A friend sent me a image that I used as an inspiration for this card.

I downloaded Version 3 of Studio and it did not want to play nice. I was going to cut the flower flourish in the middle of an oval shape but it didn't cut where it was suppose to. Not being one to waste I decided to go ahead and use the flower flourish. Since it was cut out of gray cardstock I went and colored it with Inka Gold.

I had previously cut out the Kraft card base and after figuring out how to cut a card base like this out of white using version 3 I decided to go with the Kraft. It just looked better to me. The embossing folder I used is a Sizzix retired folder. I now wish I would have used a little narrower ribbon I have in this same color at the top where there is a line or even tied twine there.

The oval shapes are cut out of scrap card stock. I love how the tulip in the pattern cardstock ended up on the oval. If you look at the pattern oval you will see a little bit of yellow which is why when I saw the scrap of yellow on my desk I thought it would be perfect.

I have an Easter card I want to make if I can get a file to cut right. There are some things I like about Version 3 of the Studio software but if you have not installed it I would wait until some of the bugs are ironed out. Right now if I cut perforated lines I then have to go back and click on a function like draw and then click on the selection icon so I can change to the cut lines.For some reason the program freezes so I can't just select the lines I want to cut. I do not like that perforated and cut lines can't be cut out in one pass. Or that every time I do one thing I have to click on an unrelated icon before I can do what I want. It will be nice once the bugs are out and things work the way they are suppose to work.

Not tank top weather yet but warmer so I can have doors and windows open to air out the place. Over the weekend a friend brought back my carpet cleaner so I will be busy cleaning the carpets this week. Of course the boys and I will also take advantage of this warm weather to do more exploring. How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tulip Frame Card

Hi everyone I had company last week and then my Internet went down. I thought of trying to post using my Smartphone but I don't think I'm that smart.

I played with paint and glue and even took some pictures of the process yesterday but then when I woke up this morning and saw the dried panel I decided to do something else today.  That panel and another panel I did with paint and glue will just have to wait until the muse comes and whispers in my ear what to do with them. ;-)

I found on my hard drive where my external drive had copied several files which I thought were lost for ever. Among them is a charming Tulip Frame by Pamela A Conner which she made using dingbat fonts. I also found at Hobby Lobby Inka Gold  on sale so you know me I had to play.

Last week  at My Creative Classroom the emphasis was on stickers. I've been hoarding these dimensional stickers I found at a dollar store for a couple of years. If I ever find more I definitely will buy the store out.

Oh you want to see the finished card. O.K drum-roll please.

While straightening up my file drawer I found some yellow cardstock. I thought that would be perfect for the card base.  I decided to use the scallop card base which I created a couple of years ago. Sure better than trying to use decorative scissors to get the same look. I edged the scallops with Red Gold ink using a cotton swab.

As I said the frame is a file by Pamela A. Conner. I cut the file out with some confetti cardstock which I've had for a long time. While cleaning I found a piece which had been printed on one side when I forgot to take the cardstock out of the printer and went to print something else. I decided to cut this file out with that first as a trial. Figured if it didn't cut right I wasn't out anything.  Of course like usual when I do something like that I end up using the trial piece in the finished project. LOL!

Using a cotton swab I colored the frame with Lava Red and Gold Inka Gold. When the Inka Gold was dry I buffed it to bring out the shine. I decided to go ahead and use the inside piece from the frame. I inked the edges with Red Gold ink and then placed the dimensional sticker. I pop dotted the panel then on the card.

The weather is once again beautiful. Of course the joke here is if you don't like the weather wait fifteen minutes and it will change. The boys and I walked to the park on Sunday when it was clear only to get hailed on while there. Of course by the time we got home the sun had come out and the hail had stopped. So if you don't see me around for awhile I'll probably  be enjoying the weather with my dogs outdoors taking photos.


Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.




Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dryer Sheet Spring Card

Hi everyone! Today was a gorgeous Spring day. The weather was a little warmer today and suppose to be nice all week. For once there is good weather for those on Spring break. :-). To celebrate I had to make another Spring card. I love this butterfly image. I think of all the butterfly images I have this is my favorite. While looking for images to use with my used dryer sheet background I thought this would be perfect.
First I mounted a used dryer sheet on a piece of cardstock. Then brushed three different metallic watercolor paints on randomly. Then spritzed with water to blend the colors. If you do this technique you will want to use a soft brush to brush the paint on so you don't tear the dryer sheet.  When my panel was dry I stamped with Vintage Photo distress ink and a Recollection stamp. The name of the stamp was not listed on the wood mounting. I did find one listed for sale on e-bay. If you like to stamp this is a stamp to have if you can find it. Not only does it work for on cards but you can also stamp on tissue and use it on a candle for birthdays,holidays,etc.

The butterfly image is a Dover clipart free sample. It was worth the time it took me last year to trace the image in Silhouette Studio and then to trace the butterfly so it could be cut out separately. The image and butterfly are edged with Vintage Photo ink to give definition. The butterfly is pop dotted on the card for dimension.

So there you have it one less used dryer sheet in the landfill. I don't use dryer sheets all that often in my dryer but it is nice to know that when I do I can use them in a project.

My crackle project crackled a little bit but it looks like I needed to have used a heavier layer of glue. I did get an interesting background and plan to take some pictures of the process when I do it again and then finish a card using the background I made yesterday. The fun thing about this is that no two pieces turn out exactly the same. In the meantime I plan to take advantage of this week of gorgeous weather that is in the forecast. Who knows I may get out and take more photos.

Thank you for stopping by and do come back. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vintage Label Card With Used Tea Bag

Today was a beautiful day with a little warmer weather. It actually felt like a Spring day. I decided to finish this card  to allow the weather to get warmer before walking my dogs.

I'm working on a Spring card but while I had my watercolor paints out to paint on a used dryer  sheet I decided to also paint on some used tea bags. Originally I was going to use the vintage label on one of the tea bags but realized that so much of the detail would be lost making it smaller.
The card base is a blank card. Alas it is the last one in the assorted pack of card bases which I accidentally bought thinking it was  cardstock cut A 2 size of this color. The doily was one in my stash and for some reason I don't use them much. The tea bag held Kirkland green tea. The only thing I noticed is that where the string was glued on the bag it pretty much resisted the paint. Also the paint puddled on the bag. In fact the paint created what looked like a scallop on the bag. I decided to go and use that to decide how to place the bag on the card. It worked out that the bag extends over the base. I think I like that. The image is from Dover clipart. I fell in love with this image when I first downloaded it as a sample. Never though knew how I was going to use it. I did ink the edges with gold edge of the print and cut image to give it more of a finished look. It took longer for the paint to dry on the tea bag than to make the card.

Right now I'm undecided about whether  to stamp on the dryer sheet panel or not. I'm so afraid of messing the panel up and I love so far how it turned out with the metallic watercolor paints. Of course there are those who say that there is no such thing as a messed up stamped image.

I tried yesterday a crackle paint technique but it did not work out. I ended up using some Tim Holtz Crackling glaze which was all globby. I think it was a bad container in the sampler as the others appear to more fluid. Anyway my white pearl paint ended up looking more silver so I don't know yet how I'll use this panel.  I'm now this evening trying using PVC glue under acrylic paint but so far it looks like that won't crackle the paint either. Will have to wait and see.

That is all for now. Hope you are having Spring weather where you live. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!