Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

For those of you who have been following my blog, THANK YOU, I'm still here and as FRUGAL as ever. I'm just expanding my blog title to further reflect my "altered" muse. I'm still the same (sometimes goofy) FRUGAL SCRAPPER that I've always been and will continue to focus on FRUGAL papercrafting projects:)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Another Counterfeit Kit Challenge Project:)

O.k....I have to say, I just LOVE Gloria's sketches.  Again today, I just had to use one of her awesome sketches to complete yet another card using my March kit inspired by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.

Check Gloria's sketch out here.  Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for the me, it's worth "scrollin'" for!

I'll also post her sketch here, but DEFINITELY visit her blog, too!

Here's my take on it:

I did twist the sketch just a bit, but was very happy to use the items from my kit to complete this card.  The only other thing I added was a piece of coredinations paper that I embossed using one of my cuttlebug folders.  I love the way it matches the paper on the top of the card...but in reverse!

enJOY your day!

Gloria's CPC Sketch #99 many of you out there are old enough to remember "99"? you remember what show that is from?....Think back to the 1960's or so....since there was also a movie made recently based on this show, some of you younger peeps may also know....

Anyway, I'm not gonna tell ya what I'm referring to (although I'd LOVE comments with guesses, lol) prizes, sirreeeee, but just some plain 'ole trivia fun...

Sooooo, I was "lurkin'" over at one of my favorite creative peeps blogs today, and fell in love with this sketch she recently did.  Her name is Gloria and since it is her CPC Sketch 99, I thought I'd play along...well kinda, anyway...I'm using Gloria's sketch for my card below. 

I liked the sketch so much, I didn't even change anything. Go visit her blog if you want to see the sketch.  Trust me, you'll be AMAZED at her talent!

I did use my March Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit to make this card.  I just LOVE the way one of my patterned papers (the one with the words) lined up perfectly to show the words SWEET DAUGHTER.  Since my daughter just had a birthday AND I didn't send her a card...I know, I know...what a terrible Mom, right?...I did call her AND I did send a gift, so it's all good:)

And now?  Since I have this beautiful card all made up and ready to go, I'm going to send it to her with a very nice note about how much she means to me...kinda like a bonus birthday wish...because she DEFINITELY deserves it!

enJOY your day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tulle Daisy:)

Well, I'm really making some progress today and I'm really HAPPY about that!  I've completed another card using some of the techniques found over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.

They have this really cool link for making daisies out of tulle (and fabric).  Since I've been looking at my tulle supply lately (yes, I do have alot of it), I had planned on surfing the 'net for some ideas...then low and behold...the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog posts a link to a tutorial...I'm tellin' ya...this blog is DEFINITELY right up my alley!

Here is the link: Click here for tulle daisy link.  Just scroll down a bit and you'll find the link directly to the tutorial.

Now here is my take on it:
Since the most important part of this card is the tulle daisy, here is a close-up of it.

Now, I have to be honest and say that while I think my very first tulle daisy turned out o.k., I have to also admit, this wasn't my "favorite" project...Will you be seeing alot of tulle daisies in future frugal projects?...Uh...I don't think so...but one never knows for sure, right?

Give this flower a try and stop back and let me know what you ALL my awesome sewing peeps, this just may be right up your alley, 'k?

As always, have an amazingly CREATIVE and BEAUTIFUL day!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thinking of you Counterfeit Kit Project

Knowing that I'm going to be really busy at my "day job" again this week, I thought I'd at least get a few small projects completed so I could participate in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge for March.

I didn't try any of the specific challenges yet, but did finish this cool card that I want to send out this week:

I just randomly selected some of the pieces I chose from my kit and made this card.  You may notice that I did use Sunset Orange alcohol ink to color the white Thickers I chose for my kit.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Counterfeit Kit March Challenge:)

Well,'s ALREADY March 13th and this is the FIRST opportunity for me to really take a look at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month!  My "day" job has come with lots of demands this last week (and it's all good), but I've come home every night simply EXHAUSTED, and definitely NOT in the mood to sit in front of a computer for EVEN one MINUTE longer:(

...then...came the weekend, whoo hoo!  I started the day out by going to the beach with my son and two of my grandsons, only to find out that the camera I brought with me had NO memory card (because I'd left it attached to my computer, lol)...well, luckily we LIVE near the BEACH, and can go again for foto ops...AND my dear Sis is visiting next weekend, so I hope to have some awesome foto ops next weekend, too!

O.k., enough with the small talk...I've put a kit together based on this month's inspiration from Studio Calico.  I reviewed the base kit and the add on kits and decided to start with the 1st add on kit since it "spoke" to me.  Studio Calico put together a main kit and 5 add on kits this month.  Whew!  I definitely don't have enough time in my day to produce that much "art" so I've decided to just start with the add on...I'm not surprised that this is sold out on their site because it really rocks!

Here is the inspiration for my kit:

and here is my "take" on it:
Now, I've had MOST of these supplies in my arsenal for AT LEAST 2 years (some actually more like 5 years, I'm sure).

Here's a quick overview of what is in my counterfeit kit:

Patterned Paper:
My Minds Eye - Ooh La La "Simply Sweet"
Making Memories - Animal Crackers "Jack Varnished Dot"
K & Company, LLC - SK Beige Words Flat Paper
K & Company, LLC - Studio K Orange Plaid Flat Paper

My Mind's Eye - Laundry Line, Natural "My Boy" Rub-ons
Thickers - Shoe Box (I plan to use my alcohol inks on these to match them to my project(s)

Other embellies:
My Mind's Eye - Bohemia various chipboard quotes
SEI - some left over rub-ons
Dimensional stickers (not sure what company)
SEI - sticker frames and tabs - Paisley & Petals line
Pink Paislee - 365 degrees borderlines
Ribbon - some SEI, other from my stash (not sure what brand)
Kaiser Kraft - Crystal flowers

I'm looking forward to using these Spring colors that I think can be made feminine AND masculine, making way for some AWESOME projects!

I hope you have time to play along this month!  Make sure to visit the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for all of the luscious additional information, links to free downloads and tutorials, and for some well...just ALL AROUND amazing inspiration!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Color me Resistible...Frugal Scrappin' Style:)

Can I just say WOW, WOW, WOW?

My Frugal Scrappin' partner, Karen Thede, has REALLY outdone herself this month!  She has made 4 absolutely BEAUTIFUL cards for our March Frugal Scrappin' class that are going to have EVERYONE leaving class as an ARTIST!

Please join us on Thursday, March 24th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Ever After Scrapbooks for our monthly Frugal Scrappin' class where you will make:

This month you're going to get to try your hand at some great coloring techniques featuring white on white resist paper, watercolor paper and glossy paper, while using Ranger Distress and Alcohol inks. I'll also show you how to make your own resist papers by stamping and embossing images in white.

So pull out your paint brushes, and be prepared to be amazed at your own artistic talents as we complete 4 cards featuring your new found color talents.
  • 12" Trimmer
  • scissors
  • adhesives, tape runner, pop-dots, glue dots
  • Water color brush or simple round paintbrush
  • sponge applicator
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Any spring colors - I used: Rusty hinge, Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Black Soot, Weathered Wood, Dusty Concord, Spun Sugar, Broken China
  • Alcohol Inks: Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange, Purple Twilight, Pink sherbert
  • Alcohol Ink Blending solution

 This class fills up fast, so sign up soon!  Remember, this class is frugally priced at only $15

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Beautiful Card:)

I went to Michael's the other day with my very good friend, Karen, and she TOTALLY enabled me!  They had some pretty cool stuff on sale, and part if what I picked up was some butterflies on a who knows what I was planning to do with them, BUT they were cute...they were 40% off...AND they were cute {hee hee}.

Anyway, then I came home and decided it was time to start playin' with my February TNT (Tips 'n Techniques) kit since our next meeting is only a week away.  I just LOVE the papers that were part of this month's kit.

Since I forgot to take a picture of my kit before I started chopping it up, I grabbed it from over at the TNT Blog.

Jacquie, our fearless TNT leader always does such a GREAT job with these kits.  She's really outdone herself this month, too.

Our main "challenge" (see, there I go again...using MY word of the YEAR...CHALLENGE)...was to use altered stick pins on our projects.  If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I've been really goin' to town on these VERY cute embellies:)

Well my card is no exception.  Here is my take on this bonus?...I got to use one of the butterflies I just bought!  Whoo hoo!

Notice the antenna's on the butterfly?  I pulled out the boring antenna's that came on the butterfly and replaced them with my own version of altered stick pins.   The papers in this project are all from the kit.

I used:

Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Collection - Pixie Post
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Market Street "Happy Birthday" Tapestry Paper
Quick Quotes Instant Journaling - touch your heart & make you smile rub-ons
Bazzill Card Stock
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Stickles Gold
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks Sunset Orange

I also used one of my new butterflies, and OLD flower from my stash, some stick pins and beads, and some lace from my stash.  I finished it off with the stickles and then added a few clear crystals that I colored with the alcohol ink.

Here is a close-up of the butterfly: