Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Experiment Of The Year

Hi everyone for some of you it is already the New Year. For me that ball has not descended down yet. Anyway I thought I would do one more experiment before the year ended so I would feel like I kept my goal of trying new things this year.

My friend gave me for Christmas this postcard stamp I fell in love with. In fact he bought me everything I had put on a wishlist for him. Unfortunately except for the  Stampendous Snow Postcard stamp his order did not arrive until after he had left home to visit me. Which means that my Christmas will be extended with more presents to open. :-)

It was hard to get a good photo of the full card since the stamp is stamped on plastic. I used plastic from a page protector and stamped on it with Stazon Rusty Brown ink. The instructions for this technique had you using printable transparencies and black Stazon ink. I did not want to use my printable transparencies as they are more expensive. I've found page protectors at a dollar store for something like 10 cents a piece. I have not yet broken down and bought black Stazon ink. The Rusty Brown I had bought at a craft yard sale. Wish this area had more of those.

It was unbelievable to me the detail that showed up when I stamped on the plastic. I cut my plastic larger than the stamped image so I would not mess it up with the next part of the technique. When the ink is dry turn over the plastic and brush liquid floor wax on the plastic. (I have to use that liquid floor wax up some way since I bought it to make ornaments and a lot is left. Who wants to be waxing floors when they can be crafting.) Then lightly sprinkle fine glitter. If you sprinkle the glitter too heavily the next step will not work. (I wish I would have had a clear or white fine glitter but I don't so I used a greenish gold.)
(Sorry about the shadow and glare. I was trying to show how beautiful this is with the glitter. It was impossible for me to get a picture to show you the beauty of this card.)

 Next place a crumpled sheet of tissue paper over the glittered plastic. (I was so excited to try this technique I forgot to crumple the tissue.) Then take a brush and stipple floor wax on to coat the tissue paper. The floor wax works as a glue. To make sure that the tissue paper was down tight I went ahead and carefully rubbed my brayer over being careful to not tear the tissue paper. If you do tear the paper you can patch with a piece of tissue paper and floor wax. If your patch shows it will add a vintage look.
I was going to leave my project at this point but after it had dried and I placed it on top of card stock to see how it was going to look I decided to add color. Normally this next step you would do before the wax was dried. If you decide to do it after you will need to coat with floor wax. Then color with inks or acrylic paints. I used Folk Art metallic Sapphire and green from my set of metallic paints. Dab the paint or ink randomly and then use a brush with more floor wax to blend your coloring media. Take another piece of tissue paper or a paper towel and blot. If you blot with another piece of tissue paper you can use that in another project. :-)

 I decided to paint a gold border on my card base before adhering my stamped image. Painting the border on the card base instead of on the plastic gives a softer look. The floor wax on the tissue paper makes it more transparent so anything under the image will show through.

I adhered my image using clear Zots by Therm O Web. You could use double sided tape or whatever you use to adhere vellum which doesn't show.

What do you think? Would you try this technique? I am pretty sure if you don't have floor wax that a thinned glue which dries clear would work.

Are you making any crafting goals for the New Year? I will make once again the goal to try new things. I want to grow not only as a crafter but also as an artist. The big goal will be to organize my supplies so I can easily find things. I will continue to use what I have on hand and try to not buy more crafting supplies unless it is glue or solid color card stock.

Wishing you a Blessed New Year and Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Favorite Saying Card

Hi everyone! I hope that you had a good holiday with friends and loved one. I shared mine with a good friend and we had lots of fun including one day of eagle watching.

While my friend was visiting he had to go into the big city so we of course stopped at a craft store while we were in the city. I found on sale a stamp with my favorite saying by Stampabilities. Of course I had to buy it as well as a wood-grain embossing folder which I wanted after I saw a card that my friend Alice Golden had made using a wood-grain embossing folder. While at the store Kraft cardstock was on sale. Believe it or not I did not have one piece of Kraft cardstock. This is the card I made today.

I wish the blank card was heavier. I had to glue another blank card base on the inside to make the card sturdier. I'm trying to use up these blank cards which I accidentally bought a few years ago.

The card base was embossed using an embossing folder by Paper Studio. I used a brown ink on the folder. In person it really does look more like wood grain.

I used my Fiskar edging ruler to tear the edge on the Kraft cardstock. Because the cardstock is so heavy I got a distressed look to the edges. I stamped with my Caterpillar/butterfly saying stamp with black tuxedo ink by Memento. Then I colored the butterflies with some cheap washable fine tip markers I bought at a dollar store.

For those who are interested here is a movie I made while watching eagles with my cheap camera. I lost the eagle while recording when he flew right over me.  It was a thrilling experience to see the Bald Eagles so close. I learned that the area where we saw the eagles also has other birds in the area. I can't wait to go exploring next year.  It is moments like this which brings a richness to life.

Another year is almost over. I wish for you and yours a Happy New Year. May it be filled with all the best that life has to offer. 

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

Sunday, December 22, 2013

It Is Beginning To Look Like Christmas

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here. I hope you are getting done everything you want to get done. This is the last of my Christmas crafts. Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and relax for a few minutes.
After making a bunch of the circle paper ornaments I decided to try the same technique with different shapes. I'm thinking it might be fun to make a heart shaped ornament this way for Valentine's.

 Shhh! Don't tell anyone but when I resized I made the lid too small so it fits inside the box. I think though I like the clean looks of it.  Cut my tree out and painted and added gems for an embellishment. Just happened to find the star shape gem in my stash in pink.
Star shaped ornament painted and trimmed with glitter. Even glittered the ribbon. Card behind was in my stash from last year.

The last card of the season. The stamp is Hero Arts Joy To The World Angel stamp. Not sure it is still being made but was fun to bring out a stamp from the 90's. Image colored with pencils.

The inside of the card. I believe the cutting file is by Debbie from Paper Pulse. For some reason it did not cut out correctly twice so the star got lost. I believe she might have a corrected file on her site. I actually think I like it better with the use of a gem star.

I just finished putting the star on this today The lid shown here is shimmery paper I misted a long time ago while playing. The star is from the Silhouette store. I painted the star with Folk Art Sapphire and glittered the frame to make my embellishment.

This is the last of my Christmas crafting for the year. I have company coming today. I did color a coupon I designed online also but I can't show it here just in case someone should check out my blog.

I will be making Krumkake this week with a good friend. I will try to get pictures and may even take a video. I have never made Krumkake gluten free so I hope they turn out as they are my son's favorite Christmas cookie.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays whatever holiday you may celebrate. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

More Gift Bags

Can you believe it is almost Christmas. I'm so far behind it is not funny. LOL! Perhaps if I didn't spend so much time making gift bags I would get more done. Since Christmas is not technically over until the 6th of January I still have time to get things done. ;-)

Here are two more gift bags I made using the SVG Cuts gift bag files.

I took the snowman which came with the file and turned him into a print and cut. I then added mistletoe from a Silhouette file on his hat. After he was cut out I brushed glue and sprinkled Martha Stewart crystal coarse glitter. I used green glitter for the ear muffs and scarf. I filled in the mouth with red glitter glue. I decided to use gems for his eyes. I also cut out the free snowflake file in Studio and brushed on glue and sprinkled with the coarse  glitter. The glue and glitter caused the scarf to curl and I decided when I glued the snowman down to let the scarf curl. Lol! It would not surprise me if Bug decides to carry this around as a purse.

This is the medium bag. I added the decorative strip on this one using shimmery paper. I was going to place the bell image on a paper doily but did not find them until I finished this. I had the cut out scallop circle in my stash along with another bird. I painted red Extreme Glitter on the circle. I finished the paint  so better remember to buy more before next Christmas. Once again I colored the leaves with peridot Extreme Glitter and used red glitter glue for the berries.

Yesterday I finally started decorating outside. My patio faces the parking lot and the entrance into the building so I thought it would be nice to greet people with some Holiday cheer. Besides both my neighbors above me decorated.

This was taken before I draped my Christmas flag over the air conditioner. I took my fountain and filled it full of flowers near the top and added candle lights. Wished I would have had more flowers to fill the rest of it. In front of the air conditioner is my tomato cage tree. I turned a tomato cage upside down and the plastic star keeps the wires together. I wired some of the candles on the cage and then wired a string of led lights.

I put a lighted garland around the post and filled a planter with fake flowers. The deciduous shrub provides nice privacy in the Summer but for now made it more difficult to decorate so that people could see. I placed snowflake lights near the concrete wall. The wreath on the door is strung with battery operated lights.

This was taken while I was coming in from a walk with the dogs. It is taken from the parking lot.

Opps! I was going to include some cards in with gifts and discovered that I never did the inside. I'm off to finish cards. At least these won't need to be mailed.

Just in case I don't post before Christmas I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Although I want to make a couple of cards for the New Year I will have company so I don't know if I'll have time.

Thank you for taking time during this busy season to stop by. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Couple Of Gift Bags

Hi everyone! It is getting down to the wire so I will keep this short. I'm making gift bags these days. Now that I have the hang of it is going faster. I figure the gift bags may get reused while the wrapping paper will end up in the trash. The files I've used for these are from SVG Cuts. I made the large and the medium bag. The medium bag is the perfect size for ornaments and I actually was able to put a book in the large bag. I haven't yet made the snowman bag but that is on my ever growing to do list.
Sorry about the air conditioning cord down the middle of the blue bag. It keeps falling off the top of the air conditioner.

The large bag takes four sheets of 12 x 12 and one sheet for the trim. I don't really have a lot of 12 x 12 in bulk so I have to do with what I have. It works out because blue is Ali's favorite color. Plus the bird I found in my stash has blue. The trim is called Men's tie and I bought the paper pack with it a long time ago at Big Lots.

 I painted Extreme Glitter Peridot on the leaves and used red glitter paint on the berries. The photo doesn't do it justice. Then I pop dotted it on the bag.

I was going to use this bag for a book for my Bug but it is too small. However, it is perfect for putting an ornament in. I embossed my card stock with a Teresa Collins letter size embossing folder. I don't know the name but it came with my electric machine. I was going to use a Sizzix embossing folder but it was too small. I have to admit that I do love the letter size embossing folders and hope to pick more up. Maybe if I'm a good girl Santa will bring me some.

The angel was also a left over. I used Extreme Glitter Hologram on the wings and the butterfly. I brushed gold glitter glue on her hair. I didn't want to cover the detail and have found that brushing glitter glue gives you a hint of glitter without covering up a lot of detail.

Gift bags are great for anytime of the year and there is so many ways you can decorate them.. My next medium bag I'll fold a doily over the top and put another bird print and cut on it.

Thank you for stopping by and looking. I'm off to hand deliver my paper circle ornaments. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Memorial Ornament

My late husband's nephew called and wanted to know what my plans are for the 24th. Since moving I am now on his way when he visits family. He is going over to spend Christmas with family and will have with him his mom and dad.  The plan is for them to stop by and visit. I thought it would be nice to give Bill's sister an ornament with a picture of him on it. Sorry about the glare from overhead lights. No matter where I tried to take a picture there was glare and outside has been dark and dreary.

I sponge painted on a plastic ornament Peridot and Hologram Extreme Glitter Paint. While the paint was drying I went ahead and designed my image in Studio.  

I drew a circle and filled it with a graphic I created while Bill was still alive. The tutorial called it aged parchment. I then took the sketch music file which was a  weekly free one from Silhouette and turned it into to a print and cut. I added the text I'll Be Home For Christmas. (I had wanted the lettering to be green but no matter what color of green I picked out my printer printed it a really light color.. My woes with the printer is another story though. Let's just say I have plenty of scratch paper.)

 I took a heart shape from  the Studio library and modified it so that I only had the outline.  I filled the heart with the last photo ever taken of Bill and layered it on top. I placed the heart down under the music line with the text and aligned horizontally. I had already aligned the sheet music and circle and grouped them. 

After I carefully adhered the image with glue I coated it with two coats of Mod Podge. Then I painted a thick layer of Mod Podge around the edge of the circle to add the leftover beaded chain from a previous jewelry project. I first made my circle out of the chain before embedding  into the Mod Podge. I used a chisel edge sponge brush to carefully wipe off any errant Mod Podge on the ball and on the image itself.

All that was left was to tie a piece of ribbon on top to hang the ornament with.  I could have used an earring wire but I felt like the shimmery ribbon would be the perfect touch. Normally I would add a bow but in this case I felt like it would be too much.

You could use any shape but I used the circle because to me it represents unending love. It also represents my belief that our lives are a continuation with no real beginning or ending. I decided to add the music because Bill loved to sing and listen to music. The text is because that was not only his favorite Christmas song but that was his wish that he would be in his heavenly home for Christmas.The heart represents how loving Bill was. He accepted people with an unconditional love. The beads reminded me of prayer beads he used to carry.

Making this ornament for my sister-in-law was a way for me to give a little bit of her brother back to her. As I worked on it sweet memories flooded over me. Memories of moments which you had to be there to understand. Memories which reaffirm the deep love that we shared which not even death could steal.

What are your thoughts on making a memorial ornament? Is it too much of a Victorian type obsession where they actually made jewelry from the deceased hair and had photos taken of the deceased in their coffin which were displayed in photo albums?

I can't believe that Christmas is almost here and I have tons of things to do. Thank you for stopping by during this busy time of the year. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Extreme Glitter Sponged Ornamnet

Hi everyone this post will be short and sweet. I promise. I had so much fun sponge painting on my last ornament that I decided to play with just the Extreme Glitter Paint by Plaid on an ornament. I love the effect it produces and just wish I could have gotten a better picture to really show the beauty. I used both the red and the hologram. The paints may seem a bit spendy but believe me a little bit goes a long way. I usually buy mine with a coupon at Michaels but Amazon also carries them with free shipping with a $35 order. Here is my ornament complete with a image on it.
I wish I would have printed my image a little darker and more vivid. Still on the whole I'm pleased with how it turned out.
I decided to take a picture holding it in front of a light so you can see how translucent it is. Also some of the Martha Stewart coarse glitter that I sprinkled on the image while still wet from the Mod Podge shows up in this photo.

I glued the image I had printed and cut in a circle on the ornament with white glue. Then coated it with two coats of Mod Podge. I love how snowy it looks with the addition of some glitter.

I debated about whether to use white or red Recollection Adhesive lace and decided to go with the red. I don't think this lace is still made as I bought this on clearance a few years back. The ribbon I found at a Big Lots store several years ago just after Christmas. As I've said before I'm trying to use up what I have in my stash before buying more stuff.

Ideas I had while doing this ornament is the Extreme Glitter Paint because it is translucent would be wonderful to use on a glass candle holder. The other idea is that you could run narrow lace through an adhesive machine like the Xyron. and make your own adhesive lace.

I'm excited as today my Silhouette Stamping kit is suppose to be here. I can't wait to get my hands on it and play.

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

Monday, December 9, 2013

More Ornaments

Over the weekend I played with trying to make ornaments but my ideas did not pan out. I did cut out a bunch of circles to make ornaments with the family but time together did not work out. Anyway this morning I had the bright idea to paint plastic ornaments with a sponge and acrylic paint. Here are the ornaments I made today.

 This is the sponge painted ornament. I used Folk Art Metallic Sapphire and Folk Art Extreme Glitter Peridot. I sponged on the paint with a snippet from a car wash sponge. The easiest way is to put the ornament in a cup like a Dixie bathroom cup and paint part of the ornament with the sponge. Let dry for about thirty minutes or longer if you are using a different brand of paint. You want the paint to be dry before turning over the ornament. Then turn ornament over and finish painting. If for some reason you do mess up the paint you can always touch up with sponge and paint.

Sorry I can't show you the front of the ornament as this is a gift and I know  the person sometimes reads my blog entries. I will however tell you my experience with putting images on an ornament. I discovered that smaller shapes work the best. Also you will probably need to snip all around the shape about 1/4" deep snips all around like you do before sewing a sleeve in a garment. You do want to make sure if it is a printed image that the ink you printed with doesn't bleed from the glue or sealer. I used two coats of Mod Podge over the image. While the second coat was still wet I carefully placed my cording around the circle printed image.

It would be fun to sponge paint an ornament like I did here and then glue sequins,rhinestones,strung beads,etc.

If I have time I'll do one with an image which I can show you on another blog post.

I love Cameron my Cameo. I used to make these ornaments as a teenager and did not have a cutting machine. At the time I used a compass with a pencil to draw my circles and cut the circles out by hand. It was a great way to reuse greeting cards. Yes, I come by my frugal ways honestly. LOL! In fact one year my mom and I made a wreath using dry cleaner plastic bags. That is another story though.

I have pads of cardstock that have been gathering dust for a couple of years and I decided this was a good way to use that cardstock. Out of 12 x12 I got nine 3" circles. I decided to go with a pattern and solid. It doesn't really show in the photo but the green is shimmery.

I used 16 3" circles but you could make the circles any size you wanted. The circles are folded so the pattern is inside or if the color is just on one side the color is inside.The folded circles are glued to each other until you have a round shape.

In the photo you can see the ribbon is not centered. After taking this photo I noticed it. I carefully took that section apart and the ribbon for some reason had come lose from the spine and shifted on me. So make sure the ribbon is secure on the spine before gluing the last circles together.

I found this video just in case you want to make these ornaments and need visual instructions. I am always amazed to discover things I did as a teenager still being done when it comes to crafting.

I have wrapping paper to make and all kinds of things left to do. It always surprises me how Christmas sneaks up on me.

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

DIY Glitter Ornaments

Hi everyone! I hope you are having fun gearing up for the holidays.

I have books bought for my granddaughters. Both parents have said that they have way too many toys. Besides I used to buy books every Christmas for my son so I'm carrying on the tradition. I was fortunate this year to find reasonably priced at Amazon "A Dickens Christmas Carol" popup book. The popups designed by famous paper engineer Chuck Fischer are fabulous. It is really tempting to keep it myself. Although the book is for age nine and up Ali is an excellent reader and I'm sure she will delight in the popup illustrations.

I must confess I have not gotten my Christmas decorations out of storage and started decorating yet. I usually begin the first of December. Nor do I have my cards mailed yet but I do have them made. I did however spend a delightful Sunday afternoon crafting with my granddaughters. My son and daughter-in-law each made an ornament also. I wasn't sure they would but had taken over plastic ornaments for them also.

These are the ornaments that my son and his family made. I love how they used two different colors of glitter. Sorry about the glare from the overhead kitchen light. Even the three year old had fun shaking the plastic ornament with the glitter inside. A paint pen was used to write and draw on the ornaments. I love the design that Ali drew on hers. She also wrote Merry Christmas on the back.I suggested that the date be added because I know sometime down the road otherwise they are going to wonder what year that was. Also either a name or initials were added so that they would know who made which one. A permanent marker could be used instead of a paint pen.

Here is a link if you wish to make glitter ornaments. http://theornamentgirl.com/blog/being-crafty/how-to-make-glitter-christmas-ornaments-diy/

Ali the eight year old painted the wooden tree photo ornament and sprinkled sequins on the wet paint. Caitlyn the three year old used some markers and glitter glue on the snowman. I need now to print out photos which will fit in the frame so they can give the ornaments to their other set of grandparents.

Of course I'm invited over again as I brought marshmallow,caramel brownies. I had to move close to my son so I could bake goodies again. ;-) LOL! My son said I have not lost my touch making these. I didn't have the heart to tell him that although I used my own marshmallow creme and caramels that I used a boxed brownie mix for the base.

If our schedules work out next week we will make snow ornaments. I will cut out tree parts for them to make a tree to go in a clear plastic ornament. As well as perhaps a few other things. My son suggested that we use powder sugar for the snow instead of granulated sugar but I don't know how that will work.

Any ideas what I should bring over for dessert? I'm thinking perhaps making a batch of Krumkake and taking over some fruit and whip cream to put in them. Lol! This is one iron I did not get rid of when I moved. ;-) For those who don't know Krumkake is a Norwegian waffle which is shaped into a cone after being taken off the Krumkake iron. Because it is so much work to make them I used to only make them for Christmas or if it was a really special occasion.
*Frugal Tip*
If you do not have children or pets you can take old glass ornaments and soak them in warm water and bleach to remove the paint. You may need to use something like a baby wipe to get the rest of the paint out of the ornament. Of course if like me you browse for after Christmas sales you can pick up glass ornaments really cheap. It doesn't matter the color as you are removing the color. :-)

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