Monday, June 27, 2016

Gate Card

Hi two posts in just one day. Unreal I know. I thought this project was going to be posted at a later date on the Craftwell blog so imagine my surprise to discover it was posted today

I was asked to do a project using either the embossing machine or their eBrush. Since I have both of their products which are my go to tools I used them. :-)

I sprinkled Brusho Colour Crystals which are powdered pigment colors on my embossing folder I then wet my card stock.  Embossed like normal. Depending on the paper and how wet it is you will get different results. Those who know me know I like shimmer so I preceded to brush "Liquitex Iridescent" medium. Because the crystals are water soluble it blended the colors more.

If you have been following me for any length of time you know I'm a frugal crafter. I have tons of thin corrugated cardboard which was used for packing material.  Using my embossing machine and dies I cut them out. I have also cut the thin corrugated material with my cutting machine making sure I have a sharp blade. Next step was to take my eBrush and two Spectrum Noir markers. After I air brushed with the colors  I then went and placed the blender marker in my air brush brushing over the pieces. I used my iridescent medium to give me the look of metal. I used the same two colors but got different looks depending on which color I used first and how heavy I sprayed. The center was done with Liquid Pearl.

I used a sentiment from one of the Just For Fun unmounted sentiment sheets. After stamping I cut the words apart so they would fit on my die cut out.

Sheer ribbon was adhered to keep the card closed.

My tip for today is to not throw out that thin corrugated cardboard but to use it.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Button Flower Garden

Hi everyone I've been mainly doing projects for the design team but I thought it would be fun to do something different. When I saw that Stampotique had a butterflies flowers and all challenge going I knew I had to enter. Each week there is a new challenge but if I read the rules correctly you have all month to enter a challenge. Details can be found here on the challenge I'm entering.

I love how this card turned out. Drum roll please!

The double sided  brush stem stamps by Just For Fun Rubber Stamps have been nagging at me ever since I received them a few months back. Originally I was going to do something else for the flowers but saw the buttons I bought at a thrift store on the table while doing some much needed cleaning. Don't tell anyone but I'm like a kid who finds a toy to play with when they are suppose to be cleaning their room. As I was putting the card together I decided instead of using embroidery thread for stamens to use adhesive gems instead.

I started with a scrap piece of vellum  which I had been experimenting with embossing using my embossing machine and a stencil.  I adhered the vellum to vanilla card stock.  Since my piece of vellum wasn't wide enough I had to do something to cover the gap.  I looked through my stash and found an unopened roll of vinyl adhesive with cut out butterflies. Whenever I can find the tape at a Dollar Tree I buy it.

The stems were stamped on white scrap card stock with Stazon Cactus Green ink. Then I took chalk to color my leaves.  I adhered my buttons with their gem center and this is the result.

I hope I've inspired you to look at things in your stash with new eyes and to try something that may be a little different for you. Also I encourage you if you don't already to enter challenges. Not only can they be fun but I've found that as an artist a challenge can often jump start creativity when I thought it took a hike.

Before I go a shameless plug here. You still have time to join in the 50's Flashback challenge. Details can be found here:

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rock Around The Clock

Hi everyone over at the Just For Fun Rubber Stamp blog we are having a 50's Flashback challenge going on.

While looking through the stamps I knew I had to have the Saddle shoe stamp. I also had to have the record adapter background stamp. I remember bugging my parents to buy me a pair of Saddle shoes. I just had to have them. Why I'm not sure because I've never been that fashion conscious. I also remember coming home to find a record player with a radio in my bedroom along with the red adapters to play 45's. Lol! I think my parents were tired of me playing records in the living room. I decided to combine the two stamps and this is what I came up with.

For the adapter panel I inked the unmounted rubber stamp and placed the stamp along with my piece of card stock into my embossing machine and embossed.

The music sheet was part of the card I did the adapter panel on and had red ink on it. When I wet the paper to put in the embossing folder which I had sprinkled and brushed Perfect Pearl on the ink faded to a pinkish color.

I was experimenting once again to see how Perfect Pearl would work embossing. This was my first attempt and being frugal I decided to go ahead and use it even though it was not perfect.

The shoes were stamped and colored with a color pencil.

I hope you will join in the challenge for a chance to win a gift card. It was fun to relive the 50's through stamps. Of course you don't have to have lived in the 50's to experience a flashback. :-)

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

Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Blast From The Past

Hi everyone today I have a fun card which is a blast from the past. The theme this month over at the Just For Fun blog is 50's Flashback. Having grown up in the 50's I've had a blast creating using this theme. Today I have a mixed media creation which would be perfect to make a masculine card.

I used paper designed for oil and acrylic paint for my base. I painted silver paint  for my parking area. Then when it was dry stamped the Drive In. I wasn't sure how well it was going to stamp but like the result. I colored with a color pencil. The sky was colored with chalk. I then stamped the 57 Chevy and although the photo doesn't show I applied Dimensional Magic for the windows and lights. I used a black Glaze pen for the tires and a yellow one for the parking lights. The rest of it was colored with pencils.

Whether you grew up in the 50's or not I encourage you to join into the fun. The details for the 50's Flashback are here.

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Challenge Anyone?

Hi everyone I had never heard of  Your Next Stamps and dies but it came up when I was looking for a challenge to enter. Several of the stamp challenges require that you use a stamp from the company but luckily this challenge doesn't. The challenge ends tomorrow but I still encourage you to check them out to see if there is a challenge in the future you might want to try. You can do a sketch, color combination or both if you really want to challenge yourself.

O.k I will admit I did not read the instructions for the color part of the challenge so added green to my project. But I did read somewhere that green is considered a neutral color ;-). I was also doing the sketch but had to do a little modifying of it but I think you can tell it is the sketch.

Here is the reveal let me know what you think.

The background my stamped bird is adhered to is actually a photo I took last week of irises by the water. I've been neglecting my Kaleidoscope software program so went ahead and made a kaleidscope image.

The bird is stamped on a used dryer sheet to give some texture and then mounted on blue card stock and hand cut out.

For those who have been following me for anytime you know I like to experiment. I decided to see if I could adhere torn pieces of tissue wrapping paper to a piece of acetate and then emboss with a stencil and my embossing machine. What I discovered is that once the acrylic floor wax which was used for glue is dry it can be peeled off the acetate if not adhered tight at a corner. I also learned it does not cut well using a paper trimmer. Either that or it is the case where I need to change the blade. So I ended up adding a frame.

The adhesive rick rack was in my stash and was just enough to frame my printed image. The gem trim is also from my stash and if I would have read the color instructions I would have used the clear trim but I tend to hoard the clear.

There you have it my challenge to challenge myself and do something different.

O.K. I'm adding a shameful plug here. Talking about challenges the Just For Fun 50's Flashback is in full swing until the end of the month. Please join in the fun if you can.  Not that I'm trying to twist your arm or anything. ;-) Details can be found here:

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

Friday, June 3, 2016

Summer Means Beach To Me

Hi everyone this group I belong to on facebook has a challenge this week for using a color which you associate Summer with. I was thinking about the blue of the water at the beach and the blue sky. So I decided to do a card I've been thinking of doing for awhile.

Curtain please!

I printed a photo I took on one of my trips to the ocean on card stock. I then heat embossed the sea gull.  The sand wasn't wide enough in the photo so I added a strip of adhesive cork. I then stamped with Stazon Timber Brown ink the sandcastle on adhesive cork. I hand cut out the sand castle and adhered it on the cork strip.

There you have it my beach card. I love how nicely the sand castle stamped on the cork. The cork adds a little bit of texture to the card and those who know me know I'm all about texture.

Just a reminder that the 50's flashback challenge has begun. Details can be found here: I would love to see your creations.

Hot weather is on its' way so not sure I'll be crafting much as my playroom gets hot. :-(

Thank you for stopping by and wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

See You Later Alligator

Hi everyone! Wow! It is already June and that means a new challenge. This month the challenge is 50's Flashback. I wasn't sure how I was going to use the "See you later" stamp but knew I had to add it to my stash. This was something my dad would say when I would leave for school. I was pleased how this card came together using clip art along with the stamp.

Using the search function you can find all kinds of clip art. I love having found the 50's background and I think that alligator or perhaps it is a crocodile is the cutest. After printing him off I decided to cut out leaving a white border. After stamping the sentiment I decided to cut it apart and using the circles doing free form cutting.

I hope you will join me in doing a 50's flashback over at the Just For Fun blog. Details can be found here: In the meantime wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!