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:)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch 124

I've been playing along with the Card Pattern sketches over the last month or so and have really enjoyed having the inspiration!  It even inspired me to create a few sketches of my own (see recent posts below).

I've also had lots of fun with cards of different shapes, like the card sketch this week.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my "take" on it:

Now, you know me, I just had to twist and turn it a bit...then alter the sketch a bit before I got my final design in place, lol...hopefully, it still resembles the intended "loosely" as it is:)

I played with a Tim Holtz stamp, a Studio 490 stamp, a few buttons, some of my Bo-bunny 6 x 6 paper pack to complete this awesome card.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Frugal Sketch 102 Samples

I had so much FUN working on samples for my Frugal Sketch 102 today!  You see, I decided a while back that I wanted to start writing to my grandkids that live in PA...kind of a way to go back in time to when people used to write letters to each other...on paper, WITH A PENCIL no less, lol...

So I decided to use the Frugal Sketch introduced yesterday as my inspiration for these two cards:

For Alayna's card (the top card), I used some new paper and some REALLY OLD stamps!  You see, I've had this pkg of "chick" stamps for AT LEAST 5 years...and haven't even used them yet.  Since my granddaughter just LOVES animals, I knew she would think this chick was cute.

For Jayden, I used a Tim Holtz bike stamp (perfect for a little boy's card).  I also used a REALLY OLD stamp set for the "Superstar kid" sentiment as well as some REALLY OLD paper from my stash.  The birds on Jayden's card are also from a Tim Holtz set.  I first stamped the freshly inked stamp, then stamped a few more times without re-inking the stamp.  I love the way the re-inked birds just look further away.

Please see the post below for the sketch.  If the sketch inspires you, feel free to play along.  I hope to put a new sketch up once every two weeks or so.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Frugal Sketch 102

I'm back with my New Frugal Sketch 102:)

I'm having so much fun playing with In Design and I just know that my skills will evolve, but while I'm playin' I'm also having a GREAT time designing sketches.  WAHOO!

Here is my Frugal Sketch 102.

As you may be able to tell, I just LOVE layering!  I think this sketch really gives us all an opportunity to be really creative!  Furthermore, it gives us all a chance to dig through those scraps we have and USE them!

I hope you play along AND comment with a link to your creation.


Your friendly Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

Monday, July 4, 2011

My First Card Sketch

I've decided to "play" this weekend and opened my In Design program which I haven't used in a REALLY LONG TIME.  Once I played a bit, I decided the BEST way to practice would be by having SOMETHING to accomplish...and I ended up with my very first FRUGAL I know it's kind of basic AND I have to admit, I had way too much time playing with "fill" colors, but I'm REALLY PROUD of myself for remembering so much from a program I haven't used in over a year!

So if you are so inclined, feel free to use this 5 x 5 card sketch to design your very own card.  Since I don't have one of those fancy linking options, you'll have to leave a comment with a link to your card, but I'd LOVE to see what you've come up with....AND to all of you who prefer to make layouts, I'm sure you can incorporate this into an awesome layout!

Here you go.....the VERY FIRST "Frugal Sketch".

Remember, if you find this, my VERY FIRST Frugal Sketch inspiring, please feel free to leave a comment that includes a link to your project.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th of July

After being MIA on my blog for a few weeks, I'm happy to say I had time this morning to whip up a card that I will be sending to a dear friend's son for his 27th birthday.  You see, he is in Afghanistan serving in the ARMY and his Mom has requested that we all shower him with birthday cards for his birthday later this month.  What a great idea!  I was so happy to participate in this wonderful surprise for her son, Joe (or Joey as I know him) see, I haven't actually seen him since he was about 10 years old.

Now, I decided early on that I wanted to make a nice patriotic card and first found a great idea on Tim's site.  Then I saw a great sketch on the Card Pattern's blog that I thought would work out well. 

Among other things, I really liked the size of this card.  Now that I make my own envelopes, I can make card shapes I used avoid before.  Actually, a business size envelope also fits this size of card perfectly.

Putting all of my ideas together, I came up with this card which is sized 8 1/2 in. long by 3 3/4 in. wide:

So, Happy Birthday, Joe....AND Happy 4th of July EVERYONE!