Saturday, June 24, 2017

Think Pink Challnge

Hi everyone I did another Think Pink challenge piece for the Shopping Our Stash challenge for this week. You still have until Monday night to enter if you would like to challenge yourself. Details can be found here Think Pink Challenge.


I don't usually use pink so when I buy a pack of assorted card stock I usually have the pink gathering dust. Especially if it is not a soft pastel.

The border piece was created by cutting squares out of pink tissue wrapping paper and then after applying acrylic floor wax on a piece of plastic randomly placing assorted sizes of square and overlapping so that there is at least two layers of tissue paper. While still wet I sprinkled pink glitter. I did discover that the pattern shows more on the side which was against the plastic instead of the side I used for my border. Also the wrinkles are more subtle. It depends which side you use on what effect you are after. If you decide to ever try this technique make sure the paper is embedded in the floor wax. Also make sure the wax is totally dry before peeling your custom paper off the plastic.

I wasn't sure how my play was going to work with the oval for a previous project so I had printed out two of them. I airbrushed the background with a pink marker. Then colored my image with metallic color pencils which I found at Dollar Tree. I figured for a dollar I had nothing to lose and I could always donate them to my granddaughters.

That is all for now but do come back as I may be entering more challenges while waiting for images for the design team I'm on.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.

Any Holiday

Hi everyone where did June go. I can't believe it is the fourth Saturday. Which means it is time for the Any Holiday challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This week the challenge is being brought to you by Digital Delights. The prize is a $5 gift certificate.

Without further ado here is my card.

For the background I was playing with tissue paper and acrylic floor wax. For those who have been following me for awhile you know I would rather be crafting than doing housework. After embedding my pieces of white tissue wrapping paper into the wet floor wax I sprinkled hot pink fine glitter. A happy accident was that whatever was used to die the glitter reacted with the glitter bleeding pink color.  I then decided to see what Brusho powder pigments would do with the wet wax. I love the results.

I printed and cut out my tree. Then I brushed green glitter glue over my tree and of course the ink bled since I had not coated the tree with paste floor wax on both sides. To finish off the tree I glued a star sequin on top.

In Silhouette Studio I opened up a cutting file with the sentiment un-grouping and using just the sentiment.  I filled in the letters turning them into a print and cut. I also added my digital stamp from Digital Delights. For my Christmas bird I used Martha Stewart flocking on the rim of the hat and his boots as well as the mouth.. The pink I used for inside his mouth had never been opened. The rest of the image was colored using pencils. Alas my silver pencil ended up looking more gray than silver in the photo.

Because my custom tissue paper ripped when I was trimming it to size I ended up using foil holographic tape. For some reason my camera photographed the tape weird.

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

CAS Plus Pink Challenge

Hi everyone I normally don't do Clean and Simple otherwise known as CAS nor do I normally craft using pink although I seem to be doing it more often. I'm not sure I like how this card turned out but I'm going to enter it anyway in two challenges. The first is the Cas Mix Up Card Challenge. The challenge was to use paste or gel, stamping  plus something of your choice.  The other challenge is Shopping Our Stash Think Pink Challenge.

Here is what I created:
I mixed String Gel which had been sitting on the shelf with acrylic paint. I tried to use it for stenciling but alas when I lifted up my stencil the card stock stuck to it. tearing. I then decided to pour the leftover onto card stock. However, I didn't like how that turned out.  I took my wide house paint brush and brushed it over my mess and using the flat of the brush created texture. I then took a rose foam stamp and stamped into the wet mixture.  This left indentations and raised areas. Once it had dried I tried coloring with alcohol markers but the pink didn't really show up and I wasn't happy with the green. I decided to see what would happen with Ken Oliver Liquid Metal being painted on. The Liquid Metal caused the marker to bled but I like the effect it created on the petals.

By the way is you are interested in playing with paste or gel there are some good tutorial on the Cas Mix It Up blog. I will be definitely watching these and trying some of the techniques using paste.

Wishing You Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Feminine Challenge

Hi everyone it is the third Saturday and time for a theme challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This Saturday the challenge is to create a feminine project. The challenge this week is being provided by Graciellie Design. One lucky person will win a $10 gift certificate.

Gracie sent me the recent release of Lady and I have to say I love this digital stamp set. I couldn't quit playing with it. There are also three other new releases "Wonderful Things", "Sending Kindness" and "Simple Wisdom". Not only are the images awesome but the prices are reasonable.  In fact I may have to have the dogs tell me what they changed my PayPal Password to so I can buy these images also.

Now for the reveal. Ta Da!


My card base was actually the base for a Christmas card cutting file from the Silhouette store. I used Stazon Royal Purple with a lace stamp I have which had been gathering dust. I had forgotten how much fun it is to stamp a background.

My shape was a frame from the Silhouette store. I discarded the square. Then I filled my shape in with the Newspaper Grunge Pattern from the store. I edged the panel with a Sharpie which was really juicy.

I opened Lady 2 in PhotoShop Elements and changed her from black and white to color. Then saved her. Since Lady 2 is a JPG it is not transparent and alas I could not figure out how to make the background transparent and not the rest of the white. I resized her to fit on my panel. I colored with a color pencil the lady. Then added one of the sentiments in the set which has a transparent background.


I was playing with my Soft Pastels and a stencil. I rubbed a few different colors over the stencil. Then used a cloth to rub the color into the stencil openings. I lifted the stencil and then took a soft brush and brush the excess powder over filling in the background with a subtle color.

The great thing about using a program like Silhouette Studio which by the way you don't need a cutting machine to use is it is easy to change images and sentiments.

I used pan chalks and a cotton swab to color lady 1 and the background.

I hand sewed lace on the stenciled panel before adhering it to the card base.

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

Challenging Myself With Stencils

Hi everyone on Facebook the eBrush group is having a challenge to create a background using two stencils. I decided since I'm caught up once again for my design team to play. Also the Mixed Media blog has a challenge of putting a spin on one of the past challenges. I saw their past "Put A Stencil On It" and thought it would be fun to join. Details can be found here
https://mixedmediamc.blogspot.com/2017/06/mixed-media-monthly-challenge-37-year.html


Here is my card using two stencils for my background. .I love how it turned out.


I started by taking a chipboard photo mat and drawing around the oval and cutting it out to use as a mask. After I placed the mask where I wanted it I placed the dot stencil over and used my eBrush with Spectrum Noir markers.  Then I removed the mask and placed a Waverly stencil down and the chipboard mat on top. And once again used my eBrush. Then I took my card front with the mat still taped on and ran it through my embossing machine using an embossing mat to emboss the oval.

I opened the bird and sentiment from Graciellie Design Believe digital set into Silhouette Studio. After I had it like I wanted I grouped them and drew an oval around. I then printed and cut out the oval. I once again took the eBrush and taking a big breath as I had never eBrushed the background of a digital image before eBrushed with a light grey marker. I colored with pencils and pop dotted onto my card front.

It was a little nerve wracking to get out of my comfort zone and do something with more than one stencil. As well as to see if I could emboss using a chipboard cutout.

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


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MHK Designs June Challenge

Hi everyone since I was caught up with my design team obligations for June and waiting for images for July I thought it would be fun to do some challenges. When I saw MHK Designs challenge for this month I knew I had to do a project and enter. Details are here: http://mhkdesignsbymynn.blogspot.com/2017/06/june-challenge.html
Here is the inspiration piece.
I decided to use Beachy Keen digital set and Serene Seaside. Serene Seaside along with the digital papers that go along are the giveaways.

For my card base I used an eBrush and Spectrum Noir marker to color my white card stock. Then I used VersaMark ink through a stencil. Then I brushed Cappuccino and Aged Gold Perfect Pearls over the ink.

I took the Beachy Keen image and using the erasure in Silhouette Studio to erase the little girl. I then added the poem from Serene Seaside. I printed out separately the girl and one of the shells.

I used chalk and a cosmetic wedge for the sky. I colored with pencils the waves, snail, sand, shell and girl. I used Radiant Neon Amplify for the breakers. The girl's feet are adhered down and the rest of her is pop dotted.

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Happy Little Stamper Glitter Challenge

Hi everyone the only challenges I've been doing lately is for the challenge blog that I'm a design team member. Since I'm caught up on my obligations for this month I thought it would be fun to see what I could do for a challenge. Gracie from Graciellie Designs sent me the Lady Set which is a new release. There are also three other releases of digital stamps which had me drooling. Luckily my dogs have hidden my credit cards somewhere and changed my PayPal password.

 You can see and order the stamps sets here and while you are at it check out her blog where she has all kinds of tutorials:
Graciellie Design Stamps

Next Saturday I will have on my blog here projects using the Lady Set but thought it would be fun to do a card with a collage of the images and some of the sentiments. I'm so in love with this set that I can't stop playing with it.

As the title says I'm entering this card in the Happy Little Stamper Mixed Media Challenge.
I would love it if you would join me in this challenge. Details can be found here:
http://www.happylittlestampers.com/2017/06/hls-june-mixed-media-challenge.html

O.K. I know you don't want to read all of my babbling like a brook so without further ado here is my card. Which like usual as the mad scientist I am I did experimenting.


My first experiment was creating my background. I've read about making marks in wet acrylic paint but have never done it. I probably should have use my mixed media paper but since I couldn't find it I used a piece of 110# Georgia Pacific card stock.

I knew that Folk Art metallic paints dry super fast so I decided to see what would happen if I added matte medium which I happened to recently find on clearance and had not played with. I went ahead and squirted directly on my card stock both the paint and medium. Then used a sponge brush to blend the paint and medium over the card. While still wet I took a round plastic canvas and randomly stamped into the wet paint. I discovered you have to be quick doing this and preferably do a small piece instead of a letter size piece.

After the paint was pretty much dry I looked at it and decided to see what would happen if I brushed on Folk Art Extreme Glitter. I brushed my glitter paint on and realized that my design was being covered up. So once again I took my canvas plastic and randomly stamped.

I let the paint completely dry and then brushed Precious Metal over the piece. Wet a brush since Precious Metal is sort of thick and brushed over my panel and with a paper towel removed some of the gold. A paint glaze could be used, antiquing glaze, Liquid Metal, etc.

I bought at a thrift store water resistant photo paper so decided to print on that and see what would work to color it. This was Glossy and I've only used the matte before. I printed out my images and on a scrap tried different things. Gelatos used as paint only worked for a small area like the face.  I could not get a good coverage on the dress. So I ended up reprinting the lady wearing the dress. Since I had only done the faces I decided to color lady 1 and 2 using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Normally the markers seem to only get used with my airbrush.

If you look carefully you may be able to see the sparkle on the feathers. I used a Sakura Gelly Roll to accent the feathers.

I should have used my guillotine trimmer as my trimmer for some reason mangled my piece on one edge. Luckily I just happened to have the plain gold tape in my stash.

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


Super Scraps Saturday

Hi everyone today is Super Scraps Saturday over at Hiding In My Craft Room. Time to get out those scraps and use them. I don't know about you but I have a hard time throwing out scraps even if it is a narrow piece. However there comes a time when it is either use the scraps or toss them or you will be drowning in scraps overtaking your play space.

This week Star Stampz is the sponsor. They generously provided the Sunday Best image I used for my inspiration piece. One person will win 3 digital images.


The top strip was a stamped piece that didn't turn out right so I cut it down but the rest were scraps which I adhered down horizontally after cutting to size as they were too long.

The girl was colored with pencils. Although you can't really see it in the photo her earring and the beads on the flower are glitter glue. I used photo corners

This was a quick card to put together. Scraps depending on their size could be placed diagonally or vertically.

Thank you for stopping by and do check out the images at StarStampz if you are into digital stamps as there are some cute ones their.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Summer Colors Challenge

Hi everyone it is the first Saturday of the month which means it is the color challenge over
at Hiding In My Craft Room. Here are the colors:
This week's challenge is being sponsored by Oddball Art. The give away is two digital images. Here is what I did with the image I was provided with this bathtub buddy image.



The dark blue background was created by brushing liquid acrylic floor wax on a sheet of plastic and then placing strips of torn blue and white tissue paper in the wax. Once the wax was dry peeling my custom paper from the plastic. The image was colored with pencils, gel pens, and glitter glue. I especially like how the glitter glue worked with the bubbles and suds.

I generated on my computer the word "Soak!" I have in my bathroom a picture of an old tub with the word. That was my inspiration piece.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!



Saturday, May 27, 2017

4th of July Any Holiday Challenge

Hi everyone it is now the 4th Saturday of the month. Where did May go? That means it is time for the Any Holiday challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room.Hiding In My Craft Room This week the challenge is being sponsored by MelonHeadz Illustrating. One lucky person will win either a black and white or colored bundle of images of their choice.

Drum roll please!


The flag background is from the Silhouette Store. I used black gesso I thinned using water and with a sewing tracing wheel did my faux stitching. The faux stitching is not perfect but does look like what my sewing machine has been doing lately. LOL! 

The image on the bear's suitcase and the children are images from Graphic Fairy. I colored the image with the children using color penils.

After printing and cutting out the bear I used black Radiance Neon Amplify for the nose and paws.  I used ribbon from Walmart along with a toothpick to create the flag for the bear to wave.

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

  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Splat Felt Flower Card

Hi everyone I will be honest I'm not really into splats and really messy looking art. However my goal this year is to try new things and stretch myself more using mixed media. When I saw the mixed media challenge over at Happy Little Stamper (challenge details can be found here: http://www.happylittlestampers.com/2017/05/hls-may-mixed-media-challenge.html) I decided to see what I could do. I'm also entering this in the water color challenge at Happy Little Stamper. Details for that challenge are here:
 http://www.happylittlestampers.com/2017/04/hls-april-watercolour-challenge.html

My other inspiration was seeing cards created using felt. Since I have a ton of felt squares bought at a yard sale years ago I thought it was time I did something. I'm really pleased the way this card turned out.


I decided to see what I could do using my air brush without markers or paint inserted. I didn't have gold paint but do have Precious Metal. However, I quickly discovered it was too thick to fling onto my card stock. I then thinned it with water but discovered it was drying too quickly. One hand with the paint brush the other with the air brush I quickly flung paint and moved it along with the air brush. Good thing I'm ambidextrous,  Then my mind got to thinking to see what would happen if I sprinkled Brusho powdered pigment and dropped water on it and used the airbrush. I love the results I got on my white card stock and will definitely be doing the sprinkling and dropping water then moving the color around with my airbrush again. If you don't have an airbrush canned air would probably work.

I bought a bunch of felt squares at a yard sale I won't say how many years ago but have never been able to get rid of them. I decided to see if my flower layer die would cut it. Using variegated craft thread I hand stitched. Then sewed a button on. The back has a paper clip which goes through a slit in the panel so the recipient can take it off the card.

After printing my butterfly with the sentiment on patty paper. I took my air brush and a Sharpie and held the machine higher than normal to get speckles. Lol! Not as messy as flinging paint and the speckles are more uniform. I then colored the black with a Sharpie. I used a clear dot to adhere the butterfly since the patty paper is not as opaque as copy paper.

There you have it. You still have time to join in either of these challenges and stretch your creative muscles.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!




Saturday, May 20, 2017

Masculine Challenge #301

Hi everyone today is a masculine challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room.This challenge is sponsored by The Cutting Cafe. One lucky person will win three cutting files. These cutting files are in zip format with a lot of cutting files.

 When I was sent the file to use from The Cutting Cafe I started pulling out my hair trying to figure out how to use them for this challenge. Don't worry I'm not bald as I still have a lot of hair. I have a difficult time doing masculine projects in the first place. I"m pleased the way the background turned out but I will also tell you what I learned NOT to do. I'm still trying to salvage my embossing folder.


I airbrushed my card stock and this is where I made my mistake. I brushed melted wax over it and then embossed. The wax stuck to the folder and lifted off in places. I then went and ebrushed again with Spectrum Noir markers. I would either melt the wax after embossing or ebrush the card stock and then glue wax paper on top before embossing.

Except for the sentiment the images are from the Cute Critters #3 set. I created my collage of images together using Silhouette Studio. After printing I colored with Sakura clear glitter pen and color pencils. For some reason my cutting machine has been cutting wonky so I had to go back and do some hand trimming.

Hope all is well in your world. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!





Friday, May 19, 2017

Thinking Of You

Hi everyone today I played with creating this card as a sympathy card but depending on what it written on the inside it could be used for letting someone know who may be miles away that you are thinking of them. *Sigh* The photo doesn't do the card justice.


When I used this folder previously ink transferred to the folder. I went ahead and took a wet paper towel with alcohol ink to wipe a lot of the ink off. Then I took an almost dried out pad of Stazon Teal Blue and swiped it over the folder on the recessed side. Then after I embossed my piece I took Gelly Roll gel pens to color. I decided that there were places I didn't want to color some of the embossed places completely.

I decided to add the sentiment on an image of the sun.

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Masculine Sympathy Card

Hi everyone I have a difficult time making sympathy cards much less one for a man. I didn't want anything flowery yet I wanted my good friend to know I'm thinking of him. His mom died last night after having a stroke just before Mother's Day. 😢 After much struggling this is the card I finally came up with.


I took a green piece of foil card stock and wiped Forest Green Stazon Ink over it to tone down the green. Then I ran it through my embossing machine with a Darice embossing folder.  I then used Versamark embossing ink  over the embossing and heat embossed using antique gold embossing powder. Then I rubbed Teal Stazon Ink over the embossing. I cut the embossed part out.

I made my tag a little too large but decided to go ahead and use it by tucking under the embossed piece.

I'm entering this in the Mixed It Up Challenge Anything Goes plus Embossing

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

HIMCR Challenge #300 Super Scraps

I was so happy to be given Pickled Potpourri digital images to use for this challenge that I had to create three cards from three of the sets. Pickled Potpourri is sponsoring this challenge and one lucky person will win a $7 gift certificate.


My background is pattern card which has been taking up space for ten years because I thought the pattern was too large for a card.  The circle and hello are Silhouette cutting files which were freebies at one time. 

I decided to add a border from a pigment powder piece I did where the card stock I used rippled when it dried.  Instead of throwing it out I decided to
see how I could use pieces of it.

The flower is flower #1 from Botanical Mini  set. It is printd on patty paper. Colored with pencils and cut out.


I misread the directions for the card base but decided to go ahead and use it anyway. The background the owl is on is one of my photos. I added the moon and stars image to it before printing. I also under objects used the effects to change my photo of trees so it was more gray. After it was printed I rubbed two different cakes of blue chalk over it.  Then scribbled over it a black Pastel stick and blended to turn a daytime photo into a night time one. Mr. Owl was printed on a scrap of photo paper. Hint to print on scraps of photo paper make sure you tape it to card stock instead of copy paper as copy paper is too flimsy and will jam in your machine. After printing owl #2 I painted with Faber Castell pan water colors which are vibrant colors and require little water. To finish off my card I tied a scrap of raffia ribbon. The digital set used is You Who


My last card is from the Water Lily set. I was going to use a scrap of Monet Water Lily paper but I couldn't find it so maybe I used for another card. I found the scrap the water lily is on and thought it would work. Alas I don't know how I created the background on photo paper. The water lily is printed on a scrap of vanilla card stock. Then I used gelatos as paint to color it. The gem ribbon a scrap which I cut apart so there was a single line of gems.

There you have it my three cards using what was on hand. Of course while I was looking for the Monet scrap I found more scraps so will probably be using more on them even if it is not a Super Scraps Saturday.

I encourage you to get out your scraps and play along. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Challenge #3 Thankful

Hi everyone this is the last challenge. The theme is Thankful. Although I did a mini scrapbook page you don't have to do a scrapbook page. The sponsor for this challenge is Di's Digital. One lucky person will win a $15 gift certificate.

Since today would have been my dad's birthday I did my page in his memory.

Since I didn't have photos of my dad and I doing things together I used clip art images.

For my background I rubbed black Stazon on gold foil poster board. Then I embossed it with a cog embossing folder. After it was embossed I heat embossed with antique gold embossing enamel. Then rubbed Rusty Brown Stazon Ink over the panel. This was an experiment and I love the results even though I couldn't find my bronze embossing powder.

That is all for this week. I hope you have enjoyed reading my three blog posts today. Do come back next week for Super Scraps Saturday. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Challenge #2 May Flowers

Hi everyone I'm back with the second challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room which begins now. The challenge is May Flower and doesn't have to be a scrapbook page. This challenge is sponsored by Scrap N' Dippity.  The winner will receive three digital images. I had so much with Abigail Sunflower Fae image which I was given to play with.



My background for this piece is a photo I took of Arrowroot  Balsam Leaf which is part of the sunflower family. Alas this variety is quickly disappearing due to over grazing by the wildlife where I took this picture. I took Kaleidoscope software to create the background using my photo of a single flower.



I printed Abigail out and then colored with Spectrum Noir markers as well as a gold glitter marker for the wings. *Sigh* The glitter marker was really juicy and got outside the lines so I cut her out by hand. I then used a Spellbinder die to cut out my circle. I adhered Abigail with Mod Podge gold glitter Dimensional Magic and then brushed over the circle trying to not obscure details with pieces of glitter. I love my faux enamel sticker look. As well as the fact that the glitter will not be coming off.

Thank you for stopping by. Do come back at 3 to see what the last challenge is. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Scrapbook Challenge #1

Hi everyone what an exciting day today is. Today is National Scrapbook day and Hiding In My Craft Room will have three challenges today starting at 1 p.m. central time. One lucky participant will get to pick out their choice of three digital stamp sets from MHK Designs for this first challenge.

MHK Designs sent me Serene Seaside for this challenge and I already had their Beachy Keen set so used both of them for my two ocean scrapbook pages.

I decided to go digital for my pages instead of doing hybrid pages. After playing with my seashell stencil in my embossing machine and using paint while the stencil was still on the page I took a photo. Now I have that piece for another project.



 For not doing scrapbook pages I think I did alright. Now that I found an album which I won't say how long has been gathering dust I'll make more pages for a friend of our trips together. It is fun looking at my ton of photos many of them which I've taken over the years and deciding which ones to use.

I've mentioned it before but I'll mention it again. Silhouette Studio a free software program for use with the Silhouette cutting machines. The software is a great way to do digital work even if you don't own a cutting machine. You can arrange your page and print directly from the program.

A tip I learned from a mixed media collage artist is to take photos of your play to use in other projects.  Even after I've used my stencil piece I'll still have the digital image to use as often as I wish.

I hope you will be able to craft on this day and join in the fun. Do come back and check out the next challenge at 2. You don't have to do a scrapbook page for that challenge. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!




Monday, May 1, 2017

Join In The Fun :-)

Hi everyone first off I want to say Happy May Day! I can't believe that it is already May where has the time gone. I'm excited to announce that instead of the regularly scheduled challenge on Saturday there will be three fun challenges with giveaways.

Saturday is National Scrapbook day.  For those who don't do scrapbook pages don't worry as you can still join in. I only had to do one scrapbook page for my inspiration piece. The other two could be cards if I wished.


I hope you will join in the fun. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Freestyle Saturday Playful Pup

Yeah! It is Freestyle Saturday challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. I love the 5th Saturday as although I have to use an image if provided I can do my thing. When I saw the Playful Pup image from Sweet N Sassy I knew I wanted to do a mixed media canvas with it. One lucky person will win three digital images from Sweet N Sassy . Sweet N Sassy also carries clear stamps and dies.


For the canvas board I placed adhesive letters to form the word and then sponged on acrylic paint. When the paint was dry I removed the letters and outlined with a gel pen. I used a stencil with gold paste on part of the board.

I decided to experiment so the brown panel was created using gesso and white tissue paper.  After I embedded crumpled tissue paper into the gesso I applied more gesso over the tissue paper. After it was dry  I painted it with acrylic paint. The tissue paper extended over the scrap of card stock so I tore the tissue paper off leaving a ragged edge.

I took a scrap of muslin and  coated it with a mixture of gesso and blue acrylic paint. I didn't mix the paint thoroughly with the gesso giving me the variations of colors.

The sun and butterfly were cut out of a scrap. I painted the sun with glitter glue an did the dots on the butterfly with glitter glue.

The playful pup image was printed on patty paper. Then colored with pencils and cut out. I used my Creative Station machine to adhere adhesive.

I took a scrap of burlap and painted it with acrylic paint for the grass. When the paint was dry I stitched it on the fabric and then stitched on flower beads that were in my stash. The gesso mixture made the fabric stiff so it was difficult to sew on it.

I brushed mod podge with a brush over the brown panel and then attached the fabric panel. Mod podge since I don't have gel medium was also used to adhere the panel to the canvas.

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




Saturday, April 22, 2017

Any Holiday Challenge

Hi everyone it is the 4th Saturday of the month which means another Any Holiday challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This week the sponsor is The Paper Shelter. One lucky person will receive a $15 gift certificate.

I did two projects using one of the digital papers for a scrapbook page and the color gardener image. The gardener image also comes in black and white if you would like to color your own. I think she is so sweet.


When it gets close to Mother's day my thoughts turn to my Mother. This wedding picture of her is my favorite one.  Since I'm putting together a small 5 x 7 album for family I thought this would be the perfect time to put together a page. On the back I will place information about my mother before laminating the page.

Except for the coffee dyed copy paper lace everything was done in Silhouette Designer Studio. It was so easy to add the oval of my mother to the digital paper by Paper Shelter. As well as to design the banner and sentiment tag. Edging the elements after they were cut out with Distress ink and a quick scrapbook page was put together.



Yeah! I figured out how to use Sizzix texture plates with the Cut n' Boss embossing machine. Following the directions which came with the plates did not work at all. I'm not even sure the texture plates are sold anymore. But happy to know I can use the set I own with my embossing machine. Since the embossing was crisper with damp paper I went ahead and wet my card stock and sprinkled turquoise and red Brusho Crystal Colours before running through the embossing machine.

Using Silhouette Designer Edition I placed the Colored Gardener in a frame and filled the frame with color.  I then added a small external offset to give me a white border. I had the machine just cut around the shape instead of cutting out all the details.

By the way remember even if you don't have a Silhouette machine you can use the free software for putting things together and printing out.

For this card I'm putting a Mother's Day sentiment inside and a friend can mail it to his mother. She has a shoe box full of my cards which I've sent her over a decade now.

I hope you will join in this week's challenge. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hi everyone this week Hiding In My Craft Room has a fun challenge. It is to create your project using the items on a tic tac toe grid. Here is the grid.
The challenge is sponsored by .StarStampz They will be giving two images to the lucky winner Here are two of my cards using the Spring Bumblebee image they so generously provided the design team.


The striped embossed background is a retired Sizzix embossing folder. It was colored by sponging on Liquid Metal

The scallop border is from a die by Craftwell.


 The image is colored using Crayola and Tulip glitter markers.

I had a lot of fun with this card. The background is embossed photo paper. After embossing with my folder I got the photo paper wet and sprinkled yellow pigment powder and drops of Amber Fossil reinker.  After I got the look I liked I let it dry. Then I brushed on Walnut gel stain and then wiped part of it off.

I used a Sizzix die to cut my flowers out of an old dictionary page.

I brushed Stickles on the image background and colored with pencils the image.

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Another Super Scraps Saturday

Hi everyone here it is another Super Scraps Saturday challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This week the challenge is being brought to you by My Besties. The images used by the team is the prize for one lucky winner.


You may recognize the background since it is a scrap from the recent designer paper challenge. The mat is a scrap of paper marbled using chalk. The de-bossed panel was created by stamping Distress ink on plastic and then spraying water on the plastic and laying the card on the plastic in the ink. Then while the card was still wet running it through the embossing machine. I was given the punch several years ago and decided to create the lacy border with it.

The lady was colored with pencils. Then after cutting her out pop dotted and the one shoe glued down.

I encourage you to get out your scrap and to join in the fun over at Hiding In My Craft Room. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Get Well Card

Hi everyone I had to make a get well card this week. It took longer for the Dimensional Magic to dry than to make the card. You know me it is all in the details. I figured the pattern papers I was given was bright and cheery and since hospitals and even rehab places can be dreary to my way of thinking I thought using them would cheer the recipient up.I hope doctors can quickly find out what is wrong with the person and thankfully a family member was able to get their heart starting again.



The nurse is clip art I found a few years back when I had a graduation card to make for a nurse. While looking for other clip art I found the pill bottle. Since the print lines were so faint on the nurse I went ahead and had black cut lines print. This gives her more dimension For the pill bottle after it was cut out I went ahead and used an ink pad to color the edges.

Don't forget that Saturday will be a Super Scraps day. Wishing you Happy Frugal crafting till we meet again! 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Monochromatic HIMCR Challenge

Hi everyone can you believe that today is April 1st. Commonly called in my neck of the woods as April Fool's day. Yes, I was fooled as I went out of town thinking when I got back that there would be images for this challenge. Alas once again the sponsor has let us down so Laurie over at Hiding In My Craft Room is sponsoring this challenge. The prize is a Cricut Robot cartridge.

In January we were going to do a monochromatic color challenge but did not get the images. Laurie decided that we would go ahead and do monochromatic this month. Whether we used images or what we did was up to us as long as we went with the monochromatic theme. I was happy as I already had the glitter background and stamped image done as well as my card base made up. I was quickly able to resize and use clipart images from a previous challenge. Then decided that the area where the images are standing needed something. All that required was quickly embossing a strip of scrap and painting it.

I'm not really a pink girl but it seems pink has been cropping up more often. The reason I originally went with pink here was because the images I was suppose to get were black and pink. O.K. I know you are holding your breath so here is my card.


First was figuring out how to create my card base as I knew I wanted my images to stand upright but still be able to mail the card. I'm sure there are templates and probably directions online but you know me I like to exercise my brain. Not only will this nicely sit up if someone wants to display it but it will fold flat for mailing. I just need to use a larger envelope than I normally would. And the bonus is I can write something personal on the inside for the person who receives this.

The background was an experiment mixing Liquid Metals with gesso. I learned that  the metallic look disappears so better to use inexpensive acrylic paint. While the gesso was still wet I sprinkled hot pink fine glitter. The glitter doesn't seem to come off as easily as when I've sprinkled it into glue.

I had planned to originally cut out the Eiffel Tower but since I didn't get the images I left my stamped image as I stamped it. For those who are wondering this is a Tim Holtz stamp.

I embossed a scrap to cover the white fold where I wanted to place my poodles. I used a Darice border folder. Then sponged on Rose Liquid Metal.

After printing out the poodles and speech bubble I hand cut them. Normally I would have cut them out using my cutting machine but this was quicker for me. I added tabs at the poodles feet which I glued under my embossed panel before adhering it.  Then adhered the speech bubble to the back of the poodles. I had cut extra space around the speech bubble at the bottom so I could do that.

I hope you will join in the challenge or at least challenge yourself to do a project in a monochromatic color scheme.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!






Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hiding In My Craft Room Any Holiday

Hi everyone it is Saturday once again and time for another challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. Since this is the 4th Saturday of the month the challenge is any holiday.

Graciellie Design is the sponsor and one lucky person will win a $15 gift certificate..




 Since I was able to purchase three digital images set with the voucher I was given  today I have multiple cards to share. Of course I had to purchase a fourth set as I totally fell in love with her images. Luckily the dog grabbed my credit card before I could do too much damage to the pocketbook.

 Go grab a cup of hot and come back to feast your eyes on these gorgeous image I used for four cards..


Background was airbrushed as I felt like the machine had been gathering dust long enough.  I need more practice with using more than one color with a stencil but like how the border turned out. The bird is from the "Believe" set. I used soft pastels to color. I also used the Happy Easter set for the sentiment. I figured it was time to dust off a pair of decorative scissors to cut it out. Then I adhered it to a scrap of card stock which I had rounded the corners.

I decided to play with using Liquid Metals and Brusho together.  The colors were darker than I wanted so while my paper was still wet I pulled a print by placing a piece of card stock which picked up some of the color. I dusted off  one of my photo corner punches.

I printed out the image from the "Just Because" set on photo paper after adding another sentiment from the "Happy Easter" set. I colored with Tulip Fabric markers. I love the brush tips for coloring.


I airbrushed my background and then used a stencil with the air brush and a stencil.  The paper I printed my image on is paper which I recycled used coffee grounds. I added the black lines to the image before printing.  I used a gel pen to color the stamen on the Words Of Hope image. The leaves were colored with color pencils. The sentiment is also from the Happy Easter set.

This card was so fun to do. The background was created with torn tissue paper and acrylic floor wax. Then embossed after the floor wax had dried. I cut my shaped frame out of pattern paper I've been hoarding as I have been clueless on how to use it.  I printed on the sentiment from the Happy Easter set. For grass I painted on Radiant Neon Amplify. After resizing the chick and printing out I used Radiant Neon Amplify brushing it on so that the lines of the image would show. Then using my heat gun. The beak and feet are colored with a pencil.

Are you doing Easter cards? I don't do a lot but there are a few people I'll be giving cards to and this challenge was the perfect one to motivate me to create some.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

3 X Designer Paper Hiding In My Craft Room Challenge

Hi everyone today I have two cards using three different designer papers. I just happened to have a pad which I won't admit to how long I've had and never used any of the papers. Then just this month a friend gave me a couple of designer papers.

This week the challenge is being sponsored by Oddball Art which provided the image I used.


One lucky person will get 2 images. I encourage you to get out your designer papers or create your own and join in the challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room.


For  this card I cut the fairy out leaving the top and bottom intact so that I could pop her out. Leaving the quote still attached to my print.  After cutting I decided I didn't like all the white showing. So I decided to cut a strip of the floral to put through the slit. I also made a slit on the top paper to cover all but the hair. I didn't have enough of the brown strip to go all the way across  But I think it works as it looks like there is a step. I used foam dots to help her look up. I colored her with pencils. The glitter paint I used on the wings didn't show up. Probably because it is so old. 

The three papers used are from Once Upon A Time by DCWV. I love how all three papers worked.


A friend gave me a fun pack of Light Bright by Colorbok designer paper. I had fun figuring how to create the background using two of the papers.  It reminded me of the fun I had playing with the wooden tangram pieces as a child. I had wanted to use all three papers in my background but couldn't figure out how to have it come out right so decided to use the third piece as a mat. Image was colored with pencils and Stickles. It was fun doing a different type of background.

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


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Super Scraps Saturday Challenge



Hi everyone today is another Super Scraps Saturday over at Hiding In My Craft room. The sponsor of this challenge is a company that is new to me Digital Delights. The winner of this challenge will receive a $5 gift certificate. Remember you can't win if you don't enter.










Drum roll please as here is my inspiration piece.



 I will confess that I have pattern card stock which for years has been gathering dust. This particular piece I felt like the pattern was too large for a card. However, I decided to pull it out and play to see how it would work cutting out a fold and tuck embellishment.  After I cut out my embellishment I decided to see if a piece would work for a background with the section with words cut off.

My bunny is an image from Digital Delights. I found a scrap of card stock which I had dyed with coffee playing around.  I also printed the image on a scrap of muslin.

I cut the baseball hat out of the muslin and then colored with a fabric marker. I then took a white gel pen and went over the print lines. For some reason the marker color bled into the white while I was tracing over the printed lines. I also used the white gel pen for the dot in the eyes and for the teeth.

For the nose and pads of the feet I used Black Imagine Craft Radiant Neon Amplify. I also used yellow for the center of the flower. Before heating the center of the flower I took a paint brush and pounced it up and down in the wet medium. The rest of the flower, stem and leaves were colored using Tulip fabric paint.

I cut out the bunny and pop dotted onto the fold and tuck piece. Then came the playing with scraps for using as a mat so that the focal piece didn't melt into the background. I felt like the black made the bunny pop and I am drowning in black scraps. Then it was a matter of deciding how the black scrap was going to be placed. I decided that I liked it best place on the diagonal.

For those who are wondering how to print on fabric or scraps. It is really easy. If I'm not sure where the image is going to print I'll print first on copy paper. Then it is a matter of either taking low tack tape and taping your scrap or fabric over the printed area on the copy paper. Or spraying with a re-positional adhesive your fabric or scrap. I use the re-positional adhesive when I'm printing text on ribbon or binding. If you are using tape just make sure it is not where the printer is going to print. For both my laser and my ink jet printer I load with fabric or scraps face down in the drawer. Your printer may work differently.

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





Saturday, March 4, 2017

Spring Colors Challenge

Hi everyone I wish I could say Spring is here but alas Winter has not released her hold yet. The challenge this week over at Hiding In My Craft Room is to use Spring Colors. When I think of Spring colors I think of the purples and yellows of crocuses. As well as the pink of tulips.

The sponsor this week is A Day For Daisies. One lucky winner will win a $12 gift certificate.

 I was allowed to pick one image so with thoughts of Spring I went with "Flowers In My Garden".  When I saw this image for a moment I was once again a young girl picking flowers from my own flower garden. I was allotted a small area by the garage to plant flowers in. It was my responsibility to keep it watered and weeded. For some reason it was different doing the weeding in my own plot.



Brusho Colour Crystals have been gathering dust lately so I thought it was time to use them. I sprayed wet my card stock and then sprinkled my pigment powders. then I sprinkled sea salt while the paper was still wet. I love how my background turned out. Although I brushed the salt off when it was dry I had some places where the salt was embedded into the paper. I like the texture it added.

My mat is a scrap of foil wrapping paper. If you look closely you may see the bumps from the salt which for some reason would not brush off.. It frustrates family and friends because I open packages so carefully so I can reuse the paper.


While re-organizing my paper sorter I found a pad of vellum tracing paper. I won't admit to how long I've had it. Let's just say my son was still in school and leave it at that. LOL! I decided to see if I could print on the transfer paper. I was pleased the way it turned out and the tracing paper was heavy enough I did not need to tape it down to copy paper.

My image was colored with color pencils. I did color the dress and the small purple flowers on the back in order to soften the colors. I love the way it turned out.

I found a couple of weeks ago at a thrift store some metallic photo corners so I bought the package. The white corners are actually pearl. Since adhesive would show and I decided to not use some small flower beads I have at the corner the photo corners work.

I like this image so well I decided to see about printing it on an unused dryer sheet. I bought a box but didn't like the scent so finding ways to use the sheets in crafts. Here is the image used on an altered board book I'm working on.

It was fun to experiment with the printing of a dryer sheet and coloring with pencils.

That is all for now. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting!