Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mixed Media Tissue Challenge

Hi everyone  today I have a piece I'm entering in the Happy Little Stamper Mixed Media challenge this month using tissue. Details are here for this challenge over at Happy Little Stamper. There are also other challenges you might be interested in at  Happy Little Stamper. Details are here:

I started by adhering pieces of tissue gift wrap paper on card stock.  I then took an unused dryer sheet and with my air brush and a bronze and silver Sharpie  added color to the dryer sheet. Then I glued a part of  it with school glue over part of the tissue paper panel.

I saw in a book where Model Magic had been used on a card and decided to buy some and play with it. After I made my tile I stamped it. I let my tile dry and then painted it with water color paint along with a snow writer.

I had so much fun playing with the Model Magic by Crayola that I think I may make charms for a bracelet. Model Magic can be air dried and will remain flexible as well as light weight. It also can be cut with ordinary scissors.

That's all folks for now. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Super Scraps Halloween

Hi everyone this is the second Saturday meaning it is Super Scraps Saturday over at Hiding In My Craft  Room. The challenge is being sponsored by Scrap N' Dipity who graciously provided me with Little Witch and Kitty digital stamp. They will be giving away three digital images.

Since I had narrow strips of black and pattern orange paper I decided to place them on the diagonal for my background.   For my digital image I placed it on a black background and a orange frame on top. I used a glitter marker on the broom and a glitter pen for the hair along with a color pencils. Alas the sparkle in her hair doesn't show in the photo. The rest of image was colored with pencils. Halloween and the spiderweb with the small witch are Dover Sampler images which I've had in my stash for a few years. I used my glitter pen on the Boo.

If you have  narrow  scrap strips consider putting them on the diagonal.

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Christmas Challenges

Hi everyone I'm still in the creating cards for Christmas mood. I happened to come across the blog Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge  This is the link for their current challenge. They also right now have a call for guest DT members. :-)

The other challenge is the monthly Christmas challenge over at The Happy Little Stampers. Check out all of their challenges. Here is the link for their Christmas one.
Alas I discovered that I don't own a Poinsettia stamp nor did I find one at Michaels. :-(

I encourage you to check out both challenges and either get started on creating your Christmas cards or add to your stash. You know the holidays will be here before you know it and if you send cards wouldn't it be nice to have them all done. O.k. enough yakking! Here is the card I did this week.

For my background I used a retired Sizzix embossing folder. I thought of sanding after embossing but decided to leave it as it is.

I bought this Santa stamp from a friend a couple of years ago and oh the shame this is the first time I've inked it up.  The stamp is I believe called Christmas Wish. It is by Stamper's Anonymous and it looks like it is available as part of a clear stamp collection by Tim Holtz.

I inked the stamp up with Ranger Archival black ink and then colored using Tombow markers. I managed to score a couple of sets this week at Michaels on sale.

I hope you are finding time to craft as Summer quickly winds down. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Retro and Watercolor Challenge

Hi everyone I'm once again caught up with my obligations for the design team so while I wait for images I thought it would be fun to play and enter a couple of challenges.  While searching for challenges I found a site which has challenges using stamps which are a year or older. The challenge right now is colors.

Details can be found here:

The other challenge is Happy Little Stamper Watercolor challenge 

Details can be found here:

Here is my card.

I love playing. Both the window panel and behind the window was created using glossy photo paper which is waterproof. On a piece of plastic I dropped drops of moss green re-inker. Then I dropped water on the plastic causing the re-inker to spread and placed the photo paper in the ink. While still wet I quickly placed plastic wrap. For the window backing I used the Moss Green and Festive Berries ink.

I used a Spellbinder die to cut my window. Then used double sided foam to attach the red panel.

For my butterfly I used the first rubber stamp I bought back in the 80's. Although the copyright is 1981 I think it was more like 1982 or 1983 when I bought it. Alas as far as I can tell the company in Seattle Washington is no longer in business. I  stamped it with Ranger's Archival Ink. Then I painted it with  iridescent pan watercolor paints.

The sentiment, flowers and bee is from Simply Defined Aviary Blossom,Floral Corner Set which I found this week at a thrift store. After stamping and cutting with the dies I once again painted with the pan water colors.

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

Pocket Full Of Posies Color Challenge

Hi everyone can you believe it is already the first Saturday of August. With it being the first Saturday that means it is a color challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This week the challenge is being sponsored by The Cutting Cafe who generously supplied me with the Pocket Shaped card file which I created my inspiration piece with. Even if you don't have a cutting machine you can use the files from The Cutting Cafe. One lucky person will win three cutting files.

Here is this week's colors:
I had to use a lighter blue as the navy blue was too dark and covered the print lines but I tried to come close to the rest of the  colors For some reason my camera wouldn't photograph the red as dark as it is on my card.. Here is my inspiration piece.

There are so many pieces in the Pocket Shaped card file that it was difficult for me to decide which to use. I finally decided on the back pocket shaped card base along with the printed pocket topper. I used two different blue Spectrum Noir markers along with the blender marker in my eBrush in order to create my pocket with the look of being denim. After airbrushing I happened to spy a scrap of rickrack which was perfect both in the length and width. Sometimes it pays to hoard small scraps of trim. LOL! As well as to shop for trim from your stash like I did with the lace for the heart.

Adhesive was adhered everywhere but at the top of the topper leaving an opening near the fold of the card base forming the pocket when placed on the card base.

The file comes with the flowers and stems all as one as well as with separate pieces. I decided to piece my flowers together. After the pieces were cut out I airbrushed the stems trying to get as close as possible  the green for this challenge.  I decided to use a muted pattern paper for the flowers. I glued squares of the paper over my cutout flowers and trimmed the paper. I didn't get the paper down tight in places so in places the white of the card stock shows but I decided that it is time I stop being such a perfectionist. I used a dark red marker to color the dots for the center. I placed the flowers in the pocket but decided I either needed to do more flowers or add something. I opened up the misc file which comes in the set and there was the heart. After cutting the  heart out I doodled with my airbrush and a dark red marker. Then after placing it in the pocket to see how it looked decided to add  narrow lace around the heart.

I normally don't use these colors and to be honest I probably would not use this combination. Sometimes though it is good to get out of your comfort zone and use different colors and combinations. I encourage you to try creating with colors you might not normally use.

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Freestyle Saturday Christmas

Hi everyone today is the fifth Saturday which means it is Freestyle challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. The design team all month have been creating projects using Christmas in July as the theme. I've had a lot of fun and now am ahead doing my Christmas cards.

This week the challenge is sponsored by MHK Designs who will be giving away three products to one lucky winner. If you have not checked out MHK Designs digital stamps check them out as not only are the stamps and digital papers reasonably priced but they are gorgeous. Especially if you love vintage images like I do. :-)

For this challenge I was given Season Greetings which was just released last month. I've had so much fun with this set and I think this is going to one of my go to sets to use for creating Christmas cards.

I had fun doing the background. I wish you could see all the silver lines and shimmer from using Liquid Metal as water color paint and crumpled tissue paper.

I used a scallop circle from my library in Silhouette Studio. At one time the nested scallop circles was a freebie. There is no rule that you can't by stretching turn a circle into an oval. I then filled my oval with gradient colors.

I resized my image in Silhouette Studio to fit into the oval. Then using the image effects option I turned my black and white image into a green one.  Then after printing  and sealing my print the fun began. I used Peeled Paint distress ink as paint and a tiny brush to add more color to the tree .  I used Dollar Tree watercolor pencils for the bird and the burlap fabric around the tree wetting the tip first. I hate to admit it but I like these inexpensive watercolor pencils better than some more expensive ones I have.. The ornaments and star were painted with Inkadinkado iridescent watercolor paints. Wish the photo showed the beautiful sheen.

For my next card I decided to use the vintage looking Santa along with the NOEL sentiment. At first I was going to leave the Santa uncolored but decided to go ahead and color.

I decided to go with a blank background only wrapping decorative ribbon around the card base. The ribbon was a lucky find at a thrift store recently.

In Silhouette Studio I drew my rounded corner shape. Then I did an internal offset to create a smaller shape. The large shape I filled in with a pattern instead of cutting it out of corrugated cardboard since it would be flatter for mailing. The smaller shape was filled in with color. The two shapes were grouped together and the Santa which came in png format layered on top. Although I had played with doing the lines of Santa different colors I decided to stick with black lines for this card.

After printing and cutting out I lightly rubbed paste wax over my image. When dried I buffed and started coloring with .Spectrum Noir markers. One advantage I discovered of using the paste wax was the markers easily glided on and there was no bleeding through to the back. I brushed on Faber Castell white water color with a fine brush for the fur and facial hair. I had to paint several layers using an almost dry brush to try to cover the background without losing the details. Now that I've learned how to color inkjet prints with water color paint I'm having fun.

I left NOEL the size it originally was. After printing out I used a clear glitter Gellyroll pen by Sakura to add detail.  I cut it to size and inked around the edge with distress ink. I think either matting or edging with ink adds a little bit of a professional look to things like sentiments.

I'm entering these cards in the MHK Designs challenge. You can find the details here:

As well as the July Happy Little Stampers  Christmas Challenge details here:

Thank you for stopping by I hope I have inspired you to create some Christmas cards. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Christmas In July

Hi everyone as hot as it I wouldn't mind if it was cooler. I was really thinking when I finished the first card that maybe I should have done one with snow. Lol! So I did.

With this being the fourth Saturday it is the Any Holiday challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. Those of us on the team have been asked to do Christmas or whatever Winter Holiday we celebrate for our inspiration piece. Laurie from Hiding In My Craft Room will be offering the prize for this challenge.

Here is my first inspiration piece:
I went and embossed with a Darice embossing folder my white card base. Then I applied two different colors of Soft Pastels. I blended with a soft cloth. Then I went and applied two coats of Paste Wax. Buffing in between. The first coat blended the Soft Pastels even more. Buffing the second coat added a subtle sheen.  If I wasn't so lazy I would have added more coats of the Paste to create more of a patina.

I opened in Silhouette Studio two images from Dover. I was fascinated with the star shape but it had a different circle image. When I saw this sweet girl with the holly I decided to use her. I drew a circle and filled it with black. After tracing and detaching the girl from the background I added her to the black circle. I decided to make the circle larger than the one on the star shape as well as to have the holly overlapping the circle. I took the star shape and in the effect mode tinted it green. After printing and cutting I applied a layer of paste wax before brushing on aqua Extreme Glitter. I wish you could see the jewel look of the star. The circle was printed and cut out and adhered in the center.


When I saw this vintage bird image at Graphic Fairy I knew I wanted to use it.  I've been wanting to do a half circle card and knew with the image detached from the background this would be perfect.

After drawing my circle and detaching the partial circle bird image in Silhouette Studio printing and cutting them out I started having fun.

I wet the circle and brushed Ken Oliver Liquid Metal on the front. Then I wrinkled tissue paper and covered my circle letting it dry. The tissue paper lifted some of the medium giving me a really soft look. I wish you could see the sheen I got from the liquid metal. When dry I folded my circle in half. The I realized I would have to have a section of the bottom trimmed off so my card would stand up.

Not wanting the ink to bleed I went and applied paste wax over the image after cutting it out. Once the wax was dry I buffed it. I managed to find my DecoArt Snow Writer but it would not come out of the nozzle even after I cleaned the nozzle. I unscrewed the nozzle and with a toothpick and my finger applied snow where there was snow in the image. I love the realistic texture it gave. After my snow dried I went and brushed Liquidtex Iridescent Medium over the snow and where the shadows are on the ground giving a nice sparkle and sheen. You can sort of tell in this closeup.

Using my new toy the typography plate from the Precision Press Plus I lined up the letters and stamped my sentiment using the letters that came with my press. Since it was my first time I didn't want to stamp directly on my card. 

There you have it my fun elegant vintage looking cards. Have you started making Christmas cards yet?

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Christmas In July Theme

Hi everyone it is now the third Saturday in July and that means either a theme or technique challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This week the theme is Christmas or any other holiday you may celebrate in the winter. The sponsor is The Paper Shelter who has provided the images for those of us on the design team.  One person will win a $15 gift certificate.

I decided to create two cards using the same image for both also adding a digital Christmas paper for one card. I love this image of the girl who fell asleep waiting for Santa.

I love how my background turned out. I wasn't sure if I was going to get a nice brown shade in places or a muddy looking brown. On a sheet of plastic I dropped Evergreen and Festive Berries reinker. Then misted the plastic and with a chopstick swirled the ink around.  Then I pressed my card stock which I had sprayed with water on both sides into my mix. (I've discovered if I get both sides of card stock wet there is less chance of buckling.) While still wet I put it in a retired Sizzix folder and embossed. I kept it in the folder until it was dry. Then colored the ornaments with gel pens. The silver hangers don't really show in the photo.

As long as I had my embossing machine out I decided to see if I could emboss ribbon. I found a spool of red ribbon which is stiff. I took another retired  Sizzix folder to emboss it with the Merry Christmas all over it. Now that I know it works I'll be looking for more stiff ribbon and perhaps using spray starch on some I have in my stash.

I found a small doily which I had played with coloring using distress ink and water. I then stamped and it didn't  work out.  However,  I didn't want to throw the doily out so was able to salvage part of it.

The bottom strip was from my mopping up the ink from the plastic from the previous card. I liked the way it turned out.

I took the color image and removed the white background. I then layered on top of a digital Christmas paper.

You can often trace in Silhouette Studio and detach to remove the background. You can also use a program like LunaPic online to turn the background transparent and save.

There you have it my two Christmas cards using a digital stamp and digital paper by The Paper Shelter.

Have you started creating your holiday cards yet?

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Super Scraps Saturday With A Twist

Hi everyone I hope you are staying cool. The weather gets hotter every day. My poor boys don't like it as our walking schedule is all messed up as I'll only take them out in the afternoon for a quick potty break. So far with thermal drapes my playroom has been staying cool but it was dark before and is darker more so now.

Getting down to business here. This week Hiding In My Craft Room Super Saturday Scraps is being sponsored by Sweet 'n Sassy. The prize for one lucky winner is 3 digital images. Get out those scraps and join us.

As my post titles mentioned with a twist. This month those of us on the design team will be featuring Christmas inspiration pieces. Lol! I'll actually be ahead of the game once holiday time rolls around. Especially since I created two cards for this week.

If you want to know how to water color on an ink jet print,apply glue etc. I'll have information at the bottom. I used water color paints on the Cardinal Sweet 'n Sassy  digital stamp image and I couldn't be more pleased.

To start out since this is a scraps challenge I looked through my scraps. I found a pink piece which I had debated about tossing after my dog decided to lay on top of it on the table where it was. Needless to say with his trying to nest with it on the table it was not a pretty sight. There was also a narrow strip of the green. I'm terrible about hoarding paper scraps but nothing goes to waste. I blame it on my Mom who would use envelopes to write her lists on or even sometimes to write a letter to a friend.

I wet the pink paper and the dye started bleeding like crazy. Luckily I did it over the kitchen sink. I went ahead since the paper already had creases to crumple it up. I then un-crumpled it carefully since wet paper is delicate. After smoothing it out on my counter I sprinkled Brusho  pigment powder and misted with water where the pigment had not dissolved. I then placed a piece of inexpensive plastic wrap over and piled books on top. I let it dry for 24 hours and when I removed the books and plastic wrap my piece was flat with beautiful veins throughout.

Next was the fun part of coloring my Cardinal image after printing on 110 Georgia Pacific white card and sealing. The side benefit of sealing was that the card did not buckle like what usually happens when paper gets wet.

 I used Faber Castell pan water colors.  I love the bright highly pigment paints which blend so easily. I've used other pan watercolors over the decades but until now kept going back to the tube water colors.

I printed out the sentiment which was at one time a free Silhouette Studio file. I then filled in with a Gelly Roll blue pen.

I inked the cardinal panel, the green mat, and the sentiment panel with gold ink.

I had so much fun doing my second card here. Even though it was a little time consuming to do the hills. LOL! Not as time consuming though as making a picture out of the circles from a hole punch.

I found a scrap of blue which was perfect for my mat. I took my scissors and distressed the edges.

I printed the Shepherd Boy image twice. For the first print I took scraps of green tissue wrapping paper and glued for the grass. Tissue paper even colored is transparent for print lines to show. If you decide to do this don't worry if part of the tissue paper covers some of an image. As you are going to cut the image out of your second print. You can apply tissue paper for sky, grass or other things. Just make sure you seal the print first before brushing on glue. (See below for how to do that)

The sky was painted with water colors and a water brush. I added first a dark blue then after it dried I painted a metallic. The sheen doesn't really show in the photo. Nor does the glitter paint I used on the star.

I took my second print and colored with pencils. Then cut out and edged with a black marker to add dimension.

My sentiment was an extra print. After coloring with a gel pen I cut free style.

Are you ready to discover how you can use water techniques, glue etc. with ink jet prints?  Of course you are. Especially if this has been frustrating you for as many years as it has me.

It is really easy to do the hardest part may be to find the product to seal the ink jet print first if you don't have it. That product is Paste Wax. The wax used for waxing wood, leather, metal, etc. (I don't know if car wax or neutral color shoe wax will work.) The next hardest part will be opening the can. Several of my fingernails became causalities but that is the price you pay sometimes when you want to be crafty.

Taking a paper towel or piece of cheesecloth rub the Paste Wax over your printed image.(lightly apply the wax as too heavy an application will make the paint puddle more)  Let it sit for a few minutes and then go ahead and buff it. I went ahead and also did the back but that probably is not necessary. If you printed on copy paper your paper will be more transparent than if you printed on card stock. 

Now you can paint with your water colors like usual. I did have some puddles but they were easy to take care of  with a dry brush or edge of a paper towel. I even used the brush I had picked up color with and painted with in another area the color I picked up. I used water brushes for my painting. I don't know if the bristles on other brushes would make a difference or not. I find for myself I have more control getting the paint only where I want it with the water brushes. 

You can also use the wax when you want to apply glue like I did for the tissue wrapping paper., glitter glue, etc.

I am entering the Shepherd Card in the Happy Little Stamper July Christmas Challenge. Details can be found here:

I'm also entering the Cardinal in the Happy Little Stamper July Watercolor Challenge. Details can be found here:

Thank you for stopping by and do come back. I hope I've inspired you and if you wanted to know how to use water with ink jet prints I've enlightened you. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Beach/Ocean Color Challenge

Hi everyone today is a color challenge using beach colors over at Hiding In My Craft Room. I know Alice usually has blonde hair but going with the colors for the challenge she had a dye job. I had fun using both this image by My Besties and using the challenge colors from the photo on my card.

My Besties is the sponsor for this challenge and the winner will get all three of the images used by the Design Team.

Here is the photo colors for this week's challenge.

Here is my inspiration card:

After printing Alice out on 110# card stock I carefully taped with painter's tape a oval chipboard  photo mat where I wanted it. Using an embossing mat I then ran my card stock through my Cut N' Boss  embossing the oval.

Then I took chalk and chalked around the oval leaving a white shadow since the color inspiration piece has white in it. I also chalked blue chalk for the background of my Alice image.

Coloring was done with Gelly Roll gel pens and pencils.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Lazy Summer Challenge

Hi everyone can you believe that today is the last day of June. Will someone please slow down this year it will be holiday time at this rate before I know it.

 I'm still waiting for images to do projects for the design team so I thought I would do a card for Shopping Our Stash Lazy Summer Days challenge. The challenge is to create a project either of what you will be doing or would like to do this Summer. My first thought was go to the ocean. As some of you know I didn't leave my heart in San Francisco I left it at the ocean the very first time I saw it as a child.

O.K. be prepared to pick your jaw up off the floor after the curtain lifts. I know I'm biased but this card turned out better than the one in my head. In fact I managed to capture the sunset that is in a photo I took during my last beach trip. Lol! Now I don't want to give it away.

*Music plays as the curtain rises.* Ta Da!

I started by airbrushing two different shades of pink on my card stock for my sunset. I then air brushed a dark yellow on "patty paper". The paper which goes in between hamburgers. I glued it onto my card stock using white glue so it would be more transparent.

I airbrushed my sand. Then I took recycled coffee grounds and mixed them into Matte Medium which I brushed over my airbrushing.  The Matte Medium dries clear so  shows whatever color you use. I really need to buy some sand but a friend reminded me there are some beaches with dark sand.

I flunked 101 drawing so after doing some modifications to an ocean image I printed on patty paper.  I then applied white Radiant Neon Amplify and used my heat gun to puff it up. I then took two different blue color pencils and filled in the water. After I was done I cut around the top breakers and wrapped my image around to the back of my panel where I adhered it.

Then the only thing left was to stamp my sentiment. I used a Just For Fun stamp and Stazon Timber Brown ink. I cut around using fancy scissors which reminds me of waves. Adhered it to my card and I was done.

My days will be full of relaxing sunsets while I drink cool drinks on my patio. Who knows I may even go to the park and walk through the sand box barefoot. Lol! I may even put on a CD of ocean sounds and close my eyes opening up my mental scrapbook of days spent at the ocean and be there once again.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Seahorse card + Stencil Card

Hi everyone I'm still waiting for images for my Design Team so decided I would play with metallic pan watercolors. As well as experiment to see if a stencil could be used as a stamp and heat embossed before painting. It was a learning experience and next time I'll use a brayer to apply the ink to the stencil so I get better coverage of ink and embossing powder. The copper water color came to the rescue covering the white areas.

I will be entering this for the Happy Little Stampers watercolor challenge. Details can be found here:

I love how this turned out but wish I was not out of waterproof ink so I ended up having to use color pencils for my Seahorse. (Lol! My spending moratorium does not cover such things as buying waterproof ink pads so I can do that. Otherwise this year other than replacing my embossing machine which died I've not been buying crafts things unless I've found them at a thrift store or Dollar Tree and knew I would use them.)

I took my VersaMark embossing ink pad and stamped it all over the stencil. Then I took the stencil and turned it over to the ink side and laid it down on my card stock. I took a rubber brayer and rubbed the stencil down being careful to not move it. Then lifted my stencil up and heat embossed like usual. I have no idea who makes this copper embossing powder. I've had it now for several decades.

Since I had my metallic water colors out after touching up my embossing I went ahead and used the colors for my panes of glass.  I decided using one of my water brushes to not go for a complete coverage of  color in each open area.  Instead I wanted it to look like glass I used to have back in the days when I was making stain glass articles.

I adhered my panel to my base using black electrical tape on both long edges.  Remember you don't always had to use a tape runner or other adhesive. Different types of tape will work just as well. 😄

The Seahorse is a Just For Fun stamp. I used Stazon Timber Brown ink on Patty paper.. Using color pencils I colored some of the areas on the reverse side only and other areas on both the front and back.. Coloring on the back side only gives you a lighter more pastel look. Coloring on the front and back gives you not only darker but more vibrant while still allowing patterns to show through.

Since I didn't want this to be transparent and had not used a waterproof ink I ran my Seahorse after cutting out through Xyron Creative Station.  Tip: If you use waterproof ink and a glue which dries clear your image will be transparent.  Most tape runner adhesives will show through. I have not tried yet adhesive for vellum.

What do you think? Are you going to see about using a stencil as a stamp and heat embossing?

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

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

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:
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:

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: 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:

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!