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:

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.

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! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

HIMCR #284 Super Scrap Saturday Challenge

Hi everyone it is time once again for a challenge over at Hiding In My Craft Room. This week the challenge is being sponsored by A Day For Daisies. One winner will receive a $12 gift certificate.

Sami at A Day For Daisies generously e-mailed me Love Angel to use for this challenge. I love this angel and had so much fun coloring her with Spectrum Noir markers.

Originally I was going to create a Bargello background. However when I finished I realized I didn't align the strips in a Bargello pattern. Still it was a good way to use up scraps and I still have leftover my paper with some of the vertical strips as I didn't need to cut the whole sheet horizontally to go on my card base.

For my focal panel I opened the Love Angel in Silhouette Studio along with the poodle clipart I downloaded as part of plan B for last week and then didn't use. I mirrored the poodle so they would be facing each other. I then modified the speech bubble with the heart in the middle which was in Studio library. I then added the first line of "What The World Needs Now Is Love". I drew a rectangle and changed the lines to dotted lines to mimic stitching. Then selected everything and select the line print option. I printed out on photo paper. I also printed just the love angel on a piece of deli paper.

By the way Silhouette Studio is free to download and you can print out your design without having to have a cutting machine. It is an inexpensive way to combine images and you know me I'm frugal.

I painted the wings on the deli paper copy on both sides with Amethyst Liquid Metals.  Painting on both sides keeps the paper from curling.

I traced around the halo using a gold Sharpie. I used a Spectrum Noir marker for the rest of the image.

I hope you will check out the digital stamps from A Day For Daisies as well as join in the super scrap challenge. While you are at you may want to spread a little love around yourself. I'm getting ready to make Valentines for volunteers.  Without men and women donating their time a lot of nonprofit organizations could not keep providing some much needed services.

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


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Another HIMCR Freestyle Challenge

Hi everyone due to not getting images in time Hiding In My Craft Room is having another Freestyle Challenge. Hiding In My Room is sponsoring the challenge and the prize for one lucky winner will be bundle of crafting goodies..

I decided to do a card I've been wanting to do for awhile using my Chinese Wishes stamps by Hero Arts and a Darice bamboo embossing folder which had never been used.

I used Liquid Metal on the embossed piece. I'll be doing a photo tutorial now that I know that it works later on this month.

The focal image is by Dover it is a sample which is in my stash. I think you can still get samples by e-mail. Originally I was going to cut her out but decided to leave the piece as it is.

I used Japanese Calligraphy paper for my wishes stamps. It is a thin paper and easily wrinkles but takes ink nicely. Also I love the little bit of texture it adds. After gluing my focal piece on the paper I used adhesive trim I found at Dollar Tree on the corners to adhere the panel to the card. I wish I could find more of this trim. That is the only thing about buying Washi tape and trims for crafts at the Dollar Tree it is difficult to find something again that you really like.

I'm off to start on next week's challenge. Hopefully there won't be a problem with those images.

Wishing you Health, Longevity, Love and Good Luck this year. Also wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Anything Goes Challenge

Hi everyone I had two experimental pieces on my desk since before Christmas and when I saw that Just For Fun has an Anything Goes Challenge I decided to put a card together with them and adding a stamped quote. Shhh! Don't tell anyone but I didn't use a Just For Fun rubber stamp. Thank goodness you don't need to use their stamps to enter the challenge.

The background is water color paper which I got wet and then put drops of Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals on the paper. Then used a wet bristle brush. While the Liquid Metal was still wet I sprinkled coarse salt. That is the spots you see. Although I tried this on smooth card stock I did not get the same effect. I think what happened is the texture of the paper trapped puddles of colors. I love how it turned out as I was not expecting this effect.

My focal piece and quote are stamps by "I Brake For Stamps" Neither stamp had been used as I forgot that I bought them.

I decided I wanted a vintage stamp to experiment with gesso transfers. If you decide to try this technique remember that the image is going to be reversed. In this case it didn't bother me that the text in the background was reversed.

The only thing I didn't like was after the gesso was totally dry and I was rubbing off the paper the ink bled on the paper and puddled on my transfer. I was able to mop most of the puddles up but there still ended up being some staining. I think it would better with an ink like Ranger Archival (I need to either buy a refill or a new ink pad). I used Colorbox pigment ink.

I rubbed Fantastix over the sticks of Soft Pastels I used for the coloring. (Fantastix by Imagine Craft is a handy tool to have on hand for coloring with chalk, pastels, and inks. They make coloring as easy as coloring with a crayon.) I decided to just color the skin, hair and violin. Sometimes I'm not totally sure how much to color.

I don't know if it was the stamp or my transfer but I didn't like the spot on the bottom of the dress. My freeform cut out quotations for the most part covers it. I don't know why the quote was giving me so much trouble stamping but I finally gave up after half a dozen tries to get it perfect.

If you wish to try stamp image transfer using gesso you will want to use an ink that is pretty much waterproof.  Spread your gesso on card stock or whatever you wish to use. I used 110# Georgia Pacific card stock. Stamp your image on thin paper like copy paper. Then place your stamped image stamped side down. I adhered it by pressing from the center out to try to keep my paper from wrinkling. I used a bone folder to make sure the print was embedded completely in the gesso. Then comes the hard part waiting for the gesso to completely dry. When it is dry spritzed the paper with water and rub off the paper backing like you would do in regular photo transfers. Although you can't tell in the photo gesso transfers whether using a printed image or stamped have a softer look than if plain paper or card stock is used.

There you have it my anything goes entry. I hope if you have time you will join in the challenge.

I'm waiting for images for Saturday's project but if I don't get them by tomorrow I'll have to go to plan B. Good thing I'm flexible. Besides my weekly commitments  I've been asked to do a guest designer post for Craftwell this month. 😄  Given the frigid temperatures this is a good time to be hiding in my playroom.

What do you like to do when it is too cold to spend much time outside?

Thank you for stopping by. Do come back Saturday for another Hiding In My Craft Room challenge inspiration piece. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Another New Year's Card

Hi everyone already we are into the third day of the New Year. If you read my last post you will know that I was making up small playing card size cards to give to people.  After making over a hundred cards I had some extra prints left over but was tired of making cards so decided to make a card for the director of a charity organization. This is the quick card I created yesterday to give to her today.

I embossed the front of my card base using a Teresa Collins embossing folder. Then used a yellow and  a green soft pastel stick. to color the white card. I wasn't sure how I wanted to do the clocks but felt like they needed something to make them pop. I used a Champagne color gelato to apply the color and my finger to blend it.

I rounded the corner of my print and used Stazon Forest Green ink to edge it.

Between using the soft pastels and the gelato it was messy as far as my fingers went. But hey I have to live up to my nickname of Messie Bessie. 😉

Do you do New Year's card? What art products have you used for things other than art?

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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Wishing You The Best

Wow! I can't believe it today is the first day of  2017.

Over this weekend I've been busy creating these small playing card size to give to volunteers at the local food bank. So far I've created 61 of them. I want to make 39 more of them today. Creating these small cards have used my goal of trying new things that I made in 2016.. I played with Soft Pastels to create my backgrounds.

I used the text to path in Silhouette Studio to create my arched "Wishing You The Best".  Using print and cut as well as mass production has allowed me to create so many of them at one time. I'm able to get nine cards out of  letter size white card stock.  And print nine images. 😀

For my background I scribbled with two or three colors of Soft Pastels. Then took a paper towel to wipe the card stock. If there are a lot of crumbs on the card stock you can first tap it onto another piece of card stock.  A spray sealer will help the pastels from rubbing off when you are done.

Time to make crafting goals:

Although I'm enjoying being on the Design Team I'm on I would like to do something more with mixed media and perhaps old fashioned stamps. So one goal is to get on another design team.

To play and learn more about mixed media. Especially to learn what things play well together. As well as learning techniques which are new to me at least.

My "playroom" is in desperate need not only to be cleaned but also organized. So once again that is on my list.

Along with the organizing is getting into the closet of the "playroom" and starting to sort through photos as my sister wants some copies of some of them. Also perhaps I'll finish an altered board book I started which I had planned to add photos. Getting out of my comfort zone is not always easy for me but if I'm going to grow as an artist and designer it is a must.

What are your crafting goals this year?

Wishing you the best in 2017.  As well as wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting!