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:)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Card Patterns Blog Entry

I haven't had time to play along with the sketches on the Card Patterns blog recently, so I'm really glad I had time to work on this sketch over the weekend.  I love the way my card turned out!

I used some Teresa Collins pp that I had in my stash.  I really LOVE the way this card turned out.  A bonus was getting a chance to "play" with my nestabilities!


Havin' a "BLAST" with Cosmo Cricket:)

The card I made to share with you all today was SO much fun to make!  I had a "BLAST" with it:)  I started with a piece of Cosmo Cricket "circa 1934" pp and used my limited supplies (of cardstock, buttons, "some" ribbon, etc) to make yet another 5 x 5 card that I'm THRILLED with!

I just love the fact that my stepmother's neighbor (after seeing some of my cards) went over to her house and brought back some "embellishments" from her home to let me use on my cards:)  The "snaps" and button were courtesy of her kindness.  THANKS, Theresa!

My stepmother also had some scrap material that I used for two strips and a button tie.  I think it blended well with this card, don't you?

Here is a close-up of the snaps I used.  they were the perfect addition to this card!

I decided to leave the inside of this card "blank" so there would be room for a nice personal note.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

She who listens sees...

So....I've FINALLY had a chance to view some of the She Art videos for the on-line class I signed up for...well...almost 3 months ago, lol! Christy from Scarlet Lime teaches these classes.  Make sure you visit her site.  And prepare to be AMAZED!

AND....I have to SAY...I'm a HUGE fan!

Take a look at my first SHE ART creation...I'm AMAZED...and THRILLED...and HUMBLED...and all around, over the top in LOVE with this new venture in ALTERED ART...WAHOO!

I started out using a 6 x 8 canvas for my first attempt.  I also decided to use my current TNT kit from the TNT club at Ever After Scrapbooks.  Our monthly meeting is this Tuesday and I can't wait to share my new creation!

As I was creating, this piece "SPOKE" to me and the quote just came to me...

I just LOVE this color combination that was inspired by this month's TNT kit.  I was also thrilled to be able to use some of what my dear friend, Teresa gave me...pages from an old GERMAN...Thanks, Teresa!

I used some "found items" in this project...specifically:
  • bubble wrap
  • rubber shelf liner
  • paper filling from who knows where (see hair)
I also used the following from my TNT kit:
  • burgandy flower
  • letter stickers
  • two pieces of the patterned paper (one of which is mostly covered)
From my stash:
  • rub-ons
  • acrylic paint
  • filmstrip stamp (stamped on to flimsy packaging)
  • bling from Prima
  • Mod Podge
  • canvas from Blick Arts
  • Studio 490 stamp
  • sharpie (black)

Friday, June 3, 2011

One "October Afternoon"...

I have to say it again...I'm just THRILLED at all of the creations I've been able to complete while on my visit to PA this week!  I probably helps that it's been sooooooo hot AND humid out, that it's too uncomfortable to spend any time what's a girl to do?...WELL...stay INSIDE and CREATE!

I really feel like my "frugal" side is getting some much needed attention, too...Did you ever consider the fact that MAYBE, just MAYBE some of the creative block we sometimes experience is from TOO MANY choices?

This takes me back to being a young mom...I used to say that when kids have TOO MANY choices in toys to play with, they cannot concentrate and just be happy playing with one toy at a time...WELL, I think this same "rule" applies to paper crafting!  I used to put some of my kids toys "away" in a closet and would rotate them out every 3 months or so...THEN they always thought they had NEW toys to play with (or old FAVORITES that came back into play).  Since we didn't have much disposable income back then, I felt we got alot more out of what we DID have, but rotating it in and out of "PLAY".

Soooooo, since I brought just a FEW pieces of pp with me (about 12 sheets), I've been able to zero in and just get down to business.

Today, I played with my October Afternoon sheets again.  Since there were 2 sheets of pp that I brought, both double sided, so it was like bringing 4 sheets.  WAHOO!

Here's what I created today:

I did use a few embellies that my stepmom has had FOREVER...those would be the little aqua flower brads...remember them?  The ribbon is also from her stash...

I just LOVE IT when a FRUGAL creation comes together!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Just paper and a great "sketch":)

I'm still working with limited supplies while visiting family in PA and I have to say, this is REALLY fun!  Today I completed another BD card using JUST PAPER (well, and stamps for the sentiment).  I used an awesome card a friend of mine made for some "sketch" inspiration.  You can find her blog post here.  All of Melody's cards are AMAZING, so you should definitely visit her blog if you haven't already been there:)

Here is my card using primarily scraps left over from other cards I've made.  I used cardstock and pp from the Little Yellow Bicycle Twig line.  I have to say these are some of my favorite colors to work with!

Since I used primarily scraps of pp for this card, I thought I could also use this as an entry for the Two Peas in a Bucket Challenge to produce a card that you can then "mass produce".  Feel free to go on over to Two Peas and "play" along:)


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

On a "roll" with Little Yellow Bicycle

I have yet another birthday card to share today.  It's rather simple in design, and it takes me back to a technique I used to use long ago...paper tearing...I'm also using an embellishment I haven't used in a while...embroidery floss.

I'm still having a great time using the Little Yellow Bicycle "Twig" line along with my stamp set I bought recently (but STILL can't remember who makes it, lol).  I have also incluced my Cloud Nine Design sentiment stamps.