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!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

HIMCR #290 Any Holiday

Happy Saturday everyone. I'm excited to introduce you to a new source for cutting files.  This week's sponsor is The Cutting Cafe. They have some neat cutting files which come in many different formats including PDF so you can print them out if you do not have a cutting machine. One lucky person will get their choice of three cutting files of their choice.

I had asked for the card in a box but somehow ended up with the CD Folder file along with the St. Patrick file. You know the saying about lemons and lemonade. This is what I came up with .


I resized the file so that it can be used as a gift envelope. I wasn't paying attention when I glued the St. Patrick image inside the cutout so the flap is on the side which would be sealed. You could also use the CD folder to create a pocket card.


I sized this image from one of the St. Patrick image sets and printed it on a laser printer. Then I foiled it. The Shamrock is colored with a glitter gel pen.


I fell in love with the "subway art" image so decided to create a card where the art would peek through the front.

I had in my stash some 6 x 6 pattern paper so I cut it to fit the front. I then printed and cut out another image from the set. The shamrocks were painted with Liquid Metals and curved with my thumb. The pot was colored with a pencil and a glitter pen used for the trim and the margin.

I took scraps left from the front and glued them inside. I decided that I wanted to cover the seam where the subway art and pattern card met so took sequin trim.

I was going to add shamrocks inside which would be popped off the fold like the inspiration piece but thought it would be too much.

I hope you will join in the Any Holiday challenge this week. Thank you for stopping by and Wishing You Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

HIMCR #289 Embossing Challenge

Hi everyone I'm excited to be sharing with you another MHK Designs digital image as well as one I've used previously.  MHK Designs has so many wonderful digital images that I had a difficult time choosing one. I finally went with the Beachy Keen set. With all the snow and ice lately my thoughts were winging to warmer weather and Summer.

The challenge this week is embossing. You can do dry, wet, or even use an embossed paper. The winner at Hiding In My Craft will win their choice of three images. I hope you will join in the challenge as you are going to love MHK Designs even if you are normally a rubber stamper. You can find details about the challenge here:http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/2017/02/himcr-289-embossing.html





For the background I took a piece of adhesive cork and heat embossed. I used a stencil with VersaMark embossing ink. I forgot to shake up my antique gold embossing powder so places have black but I like the look. The sand dollars were embossed with clear embossing powder but doesn't really show. The flip flops were heat embossed on a scrap of a gelli print. Both sand dollar and flip flops are Just For Fun stamps.

I added the sentiment to the image in Silhouette Studio and then printed on matte photo paper using my inkjet. For some reason using photo paper there is less chance of the ink smearing when water is added. Most of the time if I know I'm going to be adding water I'll print with my laser printer.

The sky and sand was colored with Distress Ink using a blending tool. I used a Fantastix to color the waves with Salty Sea Distress ink and then brushed over the waves with a wet paintbrush.

The white breakers were heat embossed using Imagine Crafts Radiant Neon Amplify. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to heat emboss on the photo paper or not. I love the added texture. Now that I'm getting the hang of using the Amplify you may see it used more often in projects. After all I bought all the colors of it. 😉

The rest of the image was colored using Prismacolor pencils. I'm glad my sister told me about using Peach for  the skin. I was wishing I had a color picture to see while I colored as it took me awhile to realize it is a straw hat on the sand.


There is still snow and ice where I live in fact my dogs and I are still unable to walk to the Bay our favorite place because of ice on the path.

I had not been successful using a diffuser with embossing folders. Then I realized that I needed to put the diffuser under the embossing folder and on the bottom plate. The diffuser plate gave me a smooth circle to place my image.  The folder had left over Stazon ink on it which transferred when I embossed.  After embossing I brushed Liquitex Iridescent Medium over my piece giving a shimmery look.

I printed the image using the Sepia mode on my printer. Then cut it out in a circle and edged it with Vintage Photo ink.



Thank you for stopping by. I hope I have inspired you to emboss on a medium you might not normally emboss on. As well as to try out diffusers if you want a flat space for either stamping or for placing a cut out image.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Play Day Shapeability Card

Hi everyone I was walking away from the craft section at a thrift store when my eye saw something metallic in a pile. Of course I had to investigate to see what it was. I couldn't believe my eyes as I found a Spellbinders Spectacular Spin die set. I keep looking in craft sections of thrift stores but this is the first time I've found any dies. 😃 Of course today with it being cold and wet weather I had to play. It was so much fun folding and tucking. This is what I came up.


I used copy paper and typing paper which has been in my stash for years. As well as a food divider which I used my airbrush with a marker to color for my shapes.

The cute bee was a freebie at all free download dot com. If you are looking for free images this is a great place. After printing and cutting out I went ahead and hand cut the wings apart so I could bend one wing forward to make it look like the bee was in motion.

I hate to say  it but the card base has been in my stash as long as the copy paper and typing paper. It came in an assortment of card bases and is one of the few colors I don't often use.

If you get the chance check out yard sales and thrift stores. You never know what you might find.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

HIMCR Super Scraps Saturday

Hi everyone it is time for the Hiding In My Craft Room Super Scraps Saturday. The sponsor this week is Sami Stamps and one lucky person will win a $12 gift certificate.

I was allowed to pick one stamp for this challenge to use. It was difficult to pick one stamp since Sami Stamps has incredible digital stamps. I finally decided on "I Love The Rain" I love this image and had so much fun playing. Even if you are not a digital stamper check out the incredible stamps as you just might be converted to use one. 😉


While cleaning my playroom I found the scrap which I used for my background. This is a piece I played with acrylic paints and a brush


The dotted piece is a scrap of frosted plastic which curled when I sprayed frost paint on it. So I took it and ran it through my embossing machine. The embossing machine helped to flatten the piece a bit.

I printed my image twice on card stock. I was going to use a piece of  a scrap of gelli  print but the printing didn't show on it. So since I had already picked out a scrap of sheer fabric to use for the umbrella I went ahead and printed on the fabric the whole image. Then glued the gelli print on the girl. After that the fabric was glued on the image I cut the girl out and cut the fabric off the umbrella handle.

I love the texture from both the fabric and the frosted plastic which I embossed.


I had so much doing this piece. For my background I used a sheet of acrylic paper which is textured. Then I tried something I had never done before by wetting the paper and then taking a wet stipple brush applying different colors of metallic acrylic paint and allowing the paint to run. I used FolkArt but I think any brand of metallic paint would do.

The dotted is a scrap from my embossing the frosted plastic. My "Bring On The Rain" printed on deli paper.

The focal point is a transfer I made using a laser print of the "I Love The Rain" image. I did this transfer using caulk.  Now to go buy clear caulk to do more image transferring.

I printed and cut out the umbrella and then used a scrap of lace from the dress of a broken angel. The girl was colored with pencils.

Because it is difficult to adhere plastic without it showing I placed the embossed panel a little under the focal point. Then used glitter hearts from Dollar Tree at the corner. Then I went ahead and used those same hearts with the image transfer.

There you have it my two fun projects for Super Scraps Saturday. I hope you will join in this challenge as it is a good way to use both paper and fabric scraps.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

HIMCR Red,Pink Plus One Color Challenge

Hi everyone new week and a new challenge. This week the challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room is to use the colors of red and pink plus a color of your choice. The challenge is being sponsored by Pickled Potpourri. The winner will win a $7 gift certificate.

Pickled Potpourri very generously supplied the design team images to use and it was fun picking out three sets and seeing what I could do. Of course with Valentine's Day quickly approaching one of the cards I did was for that. I did two cards this time and although my inkjet printer was not cooperating I still have my hair and now lots of scrap cardstock to play with. LOL! As if I didn't have enough.


I printed my base with the red border. For some reason it printed out larger so part of the border is folded over to the back. At least I finally got the border to print red.

I was asked to use one of the border files from Pickled Potpourri so after doing some playing in Silhouette Studio I went with this background as it sort of looked like a paw print. In the background set there is three different images. The cute dog and sentiment is from the "Fluffy Friends" set. By the way many of these sets come with several different words or sentiments so are very versatile and the price is right. 😃

After I printed out my focal image I used red crochet thread to stitch the stem, leaf, and flower to give more definition since everything was printed in purple ink.( My camera for some reason always sees this color as black.) Also for some reason my printer didn't print the stem as a solid stem which it is.

The cute fluffy dog was colored with a pink coloring pencil.  My pink glaze pen for some reason decided to leak all over the place. But fortunately before I used it to go over the letters of smile. So I used a clear glitter pen.

I love how this turned out. It turned out totally different from what I imagined when I first picked out the "Loving Thoughts" set.  And decided to use the Rose corner and this sentiment from the set.

I duplicated and flipped one of the rose corners. Then using Silhouette Studio I centered my sentiment between them. I then added a shape I had in the studio library and did an offset to place the images on. Lines set to print and I was good to go. I did make the lines a little thicker in studio in order to get good foiling. Just so you know if a printed image is too light or the lines too thin you will not get good results foiling. For foiling I print on a laser printer.

Although it doesn't show in the picture I went ahead and used Stazon Cherry Blossom ink on the edges as I don't always get as clean a cut as I would like. Yes, you can change the color of foil including household foil with Stazon ink. You just need to remember to seal in between colors if using more than one color.

The rose corners are colored with color pencils. The leaves were actually colored with a gold pencil but I was wishing I could find one with a brighter gold color.

I did not have the stencil I used for the background until last week. A friend dragged me into a thrift store and there was the Dreamweaver metal stencil. I looked at it and knew the x's and o's would be perfect. I did have to cover up the Kisses and Hugs in the center with my focal piece. By chance last month I also found Dreamweaver gold paste at Goodwill. 😀 LOL! Going to thrift stores is like a treasure hunt as I never know if I might find something which has been on my wish-list.

The red card stock for the background and the pink for the mat has been in my stash for years so this challenge was the perfect opportunity to use them.

There you have it red, pink plus purple and red, pink plus gold. I really hope you will join in this challenge it would an excellent way to get some Valentine's made. Who knows you may also be the lucky winner of the gift certificate.

Thank you for stopping by. Also thank you Pickled Potpourri for providing these fun images to use.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!





Saturday, January 28, 2017

HIMCR #286 Any Holiday Challenge

Hi everyone I'm back with another challenge starting today. Can you believe this is the last challenge of the month.

This week the challenge is Any Holiday. Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner today's card has a cute bear digital stamp by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. One lucky person who joins in the challenge will get the chance to pick out three images of their choice.


As sometimes happens I ended up changing my mind about which background to use. I did a double embossing with a heart stamp but felt like the background was too busy. In my stash I found a scrap of card stock which I had created years ago. I scraped small pieces of cheap chalk which I had bought at a dollar store in water and then placed my card stock in the water. I don't remember how long I left the card stock in the water but this is the result I got.

The heart mat is a heart I stamped with a Just For Fun stamp. I colored it with water color paint but in the process the heart buckled and in places wrinkled.  I was cleaning and was going to toss it and then decided to see if it would work as a mat. I'm the queen of frugal for a reason.😉

I printed out the main heart with Be Mine text and colored it with Soft Pastels. Then after I cut it out I edged it with  ink.

I printed out my Sweet N' Sassy image of the teddy bear. Then colored him with Soft Pastels. You can't really tell in the photo but I used Neon Amplify for the ears. It puffs up when heated and adds texture.

I used thread and a backstitch on the bear's mouth. I also used thread on the feet of the bear for the claws but forgot to do it for the hands. It doesn't really show up in the photo. 😞 I also  hand stitched  the center seam trying to be careful to not tear the card stock in the process.

It doesn't really show in the photo but I used a gelly pen to color the safety pin at the top of the stitching. I also used one to color the ribbon. For the nose I used a black glaze pen. The heart and patch are colored with pencils. I was going to use a sheer fabric for the patch but then noticed the detail of the patch was not showing through. I didn't think of printing on fabric and cutting  the patch out until I was all done. LOL! It seems some of my best ideas come when I'm all done.

I'm entering this in the Just For Fun Anything Goes Challenge. Come and join in the fun.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again! 


Saturday, January 21, 2017

HIMCR Coloring Challenge

HI everyone can you believe we are already into the third week of January. This week the challenge is to color. My Besties is sponsoring the challenging and will be giving away to one lucky winner all three of the images that the design team uses.


For my background I used water color pencils. Then instead of using water I used thinned down gesso giving me this soft look.

Sorry I don't know the name of the Digital stamp by My Besties. I colored her with soft pastels and color pencils. I was glad that I had printed out an extra as I tried to color with markers but when I went to do the lips the color bled making a mess. 😒 Normally I don't do pastel colors but I thought that since my background was soft to also go that route with the image. After the image was colored I used one of my few SpellBinder dies to cut it out.

Love was cut out using a cutting machine from a scrap. I then used a Sharper to go around the letters to give them more definition as well as around the heart.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will consider joining in the challenge.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Embossing Plus Liquid Metals = Elegance

Hi everyone today I'm excited to not only be a guest designer over at Craftwell but also to show you how you can create an elegant embossed panel with Liquid Metals. Oh and if you click guest posts on Craftwell blog you can see a couple of projects I did for the blog in past years. 😄

  First off I have a short minute and a half video. I hope it doesn't take too long to load in your browser.
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Here is the card I made with my embossed panel.


For my butterfly I used glitter glue on the base. I eBrushed the top layer with a purple Spectrum Noir marker and then sprayed using a mister of rubbing alcohol. Flocking by Martha Stewart on the antennae completed the butterfly.

"Believe" was cut using my electric cutting machine and a scrap of shimmer card. I use pretty much every single piece of paper I have.😉

Thank you for stopping by. Remember Saturday will be my regularly scheduled post for Hiding In My Craft Room. You won't want to miss this post if you are wanting to find a way to use water color pencils you may have in a different way.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!