Monday, January 4, 2021

Celebrating The New Year In Style

 Hi everyone,

I spent a fun weekend putting together this card for the New Year. I love this image which showed up in my inbox from Graphic Fairy Friday. It is a black and which image so I didn't have to convert it. 

I decided to make a Dutch Door card but didn't take into account that the image printed on photo paper would be too flimsy. I ended up having to cut out a piece of card stock the same size and round the corners to adhere to the back of my image.

It was fun coloring the image with color pencils and chalk. Then using Dimensional Magic with gold glitter for the champagne bubbles. She is celebrating the New Year in style but perhaps had a little too much of the bubbly.

For a Dutch Door card you will need one panel the size of the card you are making. For my card I cut my card stock to 4 1/4 " by 5 1/2". I thought it looked too plain so went ahead and embossed  a piece and after swiping ink over it glued it on top. I cut a scrap of glitter card stock to 3 1/2" by 8 1/5. Scored it at 4 1/4" and glued it to the embossed panel. You will want your image to be larger than the folded card stock. I printed mine out as a 3 x 5.

Happy Frugal Crafting until we meet again!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Never More Than A Loving Thought Away

 HI Everyone I am back to crafting again. I am slowly turning the spare bedroom into a craft room now that my friend has moved out. The converted garage was too cold and I want to convert it back to a garage so that my car is out of the weather.

Here is a card I created for my friend for Christmas. I used photos from out favorite hiking place. Of course the dogs had to be included. I actually think he misses the dogs more than me.

Ignore the crappy counter the card is sitting one. I haven't set up a spot yet to take pictures. I also have not found where my good camera went. It is in the house somewhere.

The photo doesn't do this card justice as it is really sparkly. I used plastic coated glittered card stock for the card base and a scrap of a different color for the frame. It has been so long since I have used my cutting machine it took me a minute to remember how.

The photo the dogs are on was taken one winter in black and white mode. I always liked Ansel Adam's black and white photography so was playing around one day. 

With a stiff brush I pounced on heavy matt gel where the snow is in the picture. Then while still wet I sprinkled white coarse glitter over it. I gave the tree trunks definition using a brown marker. I loved how it turned out coloring on photo paper with a marker. The boys were sitting on a wall and the photo was in color. Alas my color printers have all died so I had to convert the photo to black and white. Which is alright as the boys are black and Buddy has a lot of white fur. I cut them out and then adhered to the back side of the frame before adhering the frame to the background. 

My friend loved his Christmas card and I purposely did not do a holiday sentiment on the outside so he could display it all year long if he wished.

I am busy working on New Year's card. Right now waiting for Dimensional Magic to dry so I can finish one.  Stay tuned as I will probably be posting it this week. 

Wishing you a Happy New Year as well as Happy Frugal Crafting! 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Butterflies Are Everywhere

 Hi everyone. I totally forgot last month to post my butterfly wall. Butterflies are just about everywhere in my house. I even found curtains for my kitchen and dining room which have embroidered butterflies. 

My butterfly wall in my living room though is my favorite. The different butterfly images and butterflies themselves have been collected over decades. My most recent butterfly though is a wooden one I found at Dollar Tree and painted. I used a photo of a butterfly that is found in the rain forest for the colors. Since the butterfly did not have an antennae  I used black wire I had on hand. In the second picture I haven't done a couple of pictures using die cut butterflies yet to go on the plate rack.