Saturday, August 25, 2018

Luv Cat Birthday

Hi everyone today I am guest designer over at Hiding In My Craft Room my previous design team. I have a cute birthday card to share with you using an image from Ike's Art the sponsor for this week's challenge. One lucky person will win a $15 gift certificate.
Here is my card using thee sweet Luv Cat image. Since the theme is any occasion I did a birthday card since I will soon be in need of several of them. Without further ado here is my card.

After I printed my image out I went ahead and rubbed paste wax over the image and buffed before coloring with Tombow Dual Markers. After coloring the heart I outlined it with a glitter pen.

For some reason my trimmer doesn't like the blue cardstock and shreds it. Although I do need a new blade. I decided to use that to my advantage and have a distress look on the edges. Naughty kitty! Lol!

Happy Birthday is printed on a wax food divider as I didn't think to add it to the image. I used photo corners to attach my printed panel.

Now it is back to finding and apprehending all the missing craft supplies. Do come back as I have more projects in the works to share.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Hi everyone it is me again! My neighbor's mom brought me over a bunch of plants so I decided to create a card for her.

I air brushed glossy photo paper and then placed a stencil on it, On top the stencil I placed a coffee filter. Sprinkled Brusho on top and then misted the coffee filter. I got a little heavy handed with the turquoise powder. On the whole though I like how my print turned out.

In Studio I welded the word Thanks together. I filled it with a pattern. Then I drew a oval. After my machine cut it out I outlined the letters with a gel glitter pen.

I had left over printed flowers I colored these two with chalk.. 

I used my sewing machine to poke holes.. Then I did the back stitch with crotchet thread.

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Hi everyone today I have my Joy card to share with you. I was thinking of what things bring me joy and I was thinking of swinging with my feet trying to touch the sky and tree branches.

Last week I was playing with creating photo prints and had an happy accident. I had placed my coffee filter on parchment paper and when I misted it to dissolve the color powder the paper wrinkled creating this pattern.  I thought  the resulting print looked like trees and thought this silhouette image would be perfect!

Oh you want to see the card. Silly me! Ta Da

My circle image is from a Dover sampler. I printed it out with my laser printer and did a packing tape transfer since I wanted the background to be clear.  Once I removed the paper backing the tape was still sticky so I adhered it to my photo print and cut out the circle. I didn't like how it looked on a plain background so went ahead and used the rest of the print blending as best I could my image. Next time I'll cut out the image before removing the paper.

Although a few people have done packing tape transfer with inkjet prints I have not had any luck. So I'm limited to black and white prints. I do want to experiment and see if markers would transfer to the tape.

I don't remember what font I used for "Joy" All I know my cutting machine is happy to be set up and used once again.

I'm off to do more playing, unpacking and organizing. Perhaps eventually I'll find my gelli plate and other crafting goodies. I did find the extra tape for my tape gun.😀

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting Till We Meet Again!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Scrap Challenge Time

Hi everyone it has been a long time since I've entered any challenges. I thought it would be fun to enter a Hiding In My Craft Room scrap challenge. I will be entering this card in the Super Scraps Saturday challenge. Details can be found here:Super Scraps Saturday

I will confess I'm a negative die cut hoarder. I often think I bet I can find a way to use the negative.  Yesterday when I remembered that Saturday was the beginning of the Super Scraps challenge I decided to use the negative from the card I just created.

When I saw that the challenge is sponsored by Oddball Art! I remembered that I had an extra copy of an image from when I was on the design team. I colored the image with chalk then dry brushed the wings with glitter paint. Unfortunately the photo does not do the glitter justice.

I used leftover cardstock for my card base.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Flower With Photo Paper Print

Hi everyone another post from me. I'm making up for being gone so long.

Today I have a card using one of the photo prints I made using coffee filters and Brusho. This photo print is more subtle but I love how it turned out using the yellow and red powder. There was a little green and turquoise left on the parchment paper so my coffee filter picked that up.

The flower was a black and white image I downloaded from Dover years ago. I went ahead and printed out two copies of the image to use. I airbrushed with markers the bottom layer and cut it out. I then cut out the top flower and air brushed it. Using my blender pen to soften the edges where I had used a marker to cover the white. I mixed glitter with Dimensional Magic for the center of my flower. While that was drying I airbrushed the leaves and outlined them. Then adhered them to bottom image. Once the Magic dried I rotated my flower and adhered it with a foam dot. This gave my flower more dimension.  Instead of using white cardstock like I usually do for my card base I decided to go in my stash and cut a piece of texture card stock which is a fairly heavy weight. I have misplaced the plates for my embossing machine so couldn't use a commercial die to cut out my photo paper. I knew where my cutting machine was and a friend just returned my rectangle folding table so I set that up and used it to cut my shape out of my pulled print on photo paper.

Thank you for stopping by. Do come back later as I just may have a post this week using the scrap of photo paper from cutting out my shape. First though I need to find the refill for my tape gun.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Coffee Filter Play

The weather was triple digits today so I hid in my sewing and craft room. I got a newsletter from Splitcoaststampers which had an interesting article about creating prints using coffee filters. In the article they suggested using the coffee filter as well as the prints. I had fun playing with coffee filters. color powders and glossy photo paper.

Here is the card I created with one of the coffee filters as the background. After all I'm the Queen of frugal wasting nothing.

After sewing the coffee filter on one side on the card base and adhering the other three sides down I adhered strips of designer paper. on the top and bottom. I printed out my image which was one time available as a Dover free sample on my inkjet printer. After cutting it out I applied paste wax over the image to make sure the ink would not smear. Then I buffed the image with a paper towel and then rubbed Distress Antique Linen over it to soften it and give it more of a vintage look.

Thank you for visiting. Do come back later as I will have more projects to share. Especially since I'm finding my crafting supplies.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Embroidered Butterfly Card

Hi everyone my air brush no longer worked right. It would work and a minute later just up and quit. I decided to replace it and it finally came yesterday. Alas my embroidery thread I ordered is lost somewhere so I was happy to get my eBrush. Especially since the metallic embroidery thread I bought at Walmart was too frustrating as the thread kept breaking. I should have remembered about the thread from years ago when I used it for sewing by hand.

I tried to embroider on paper and all went well until it got to the butterfly's antennae. :-( When the paper ripped. I bought at a thrift store black Sateen material so decided to use that.  Now that I've tried it I know if I embroider on it for pillows I will need to do adjustment so the fabric doesn't pucker. Being the frugal person I am I went ahead and cut the butterfly out.

Without further ado here is my finished card.

I used my airbrush with markers to color the butterfly and card base. I also colored the body of the butterfly by hand. I sewed  sheer fabric from a curtain sample book I bought at a thrift store. Then used glue dots for the butterfly.

The weather has warmed up to triple digits so I'll be staying inside working on my sewing area and craft area as well as doing some playing. :-) I've missed my play time.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Embroidery Card Hello

Hi everyone I have today an embroidery card to share with you. I bit the bullet and bought myself a sewing/embroidery machine. It has been decades since I have done any sewing. My old "demon" sewing machine just could not be exorcised. I was just going to buy a replacement sewing machine but have always wanted an embroidery machine. Anyway it came Friday and I had to play over the weekend.

After getting down the basics and watching a YouTube video after the installation CD was the wrong file format I tried my first embroidery design. Since I only had white embroidery thread which came with the machine I dug through my scrap pile. I decided to use a coffee filter since this was practice for the stabilizer.

I love the way it turned out. Although it is on a scrap  I think I will find a way to use it.

As some of you know I like to experiment. My next endeavor was to see about doing embroidery on card stock. After realizing that I needed to cut the card stock I started to play.

Here the card stock is still in the hoop. I first did the frame and then the center.

Here is my card. Drum roll please!

I decided to see if I could sew designer paper onto card stock. The pattern is really subtle.  My sewing is not perfect but this was my first time sewing on a card.

I love the heart embroidery panel. Just wish I would have left a little more room on the sides when I cut it down. I printed the Hello out and glued it down. I was going to stitch it down but changed my mind after I had adhered it to the card stock embroidered panel.

If you are going to embroider or sew on paper or card stock you will want to use a fine needle and you will want to go slow so you don't rip the paper. Also you will need to change the needle more often as stitching on paper will dull it sooner.

That is all for now. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.