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:)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Card Kits for Sale at Ever After:)

So, a few months back, I made a few card kits to sell at Ever After scrapbooks using some of my favorite Graphic 45 paper...Curiosity Shoppe.  I wanted the cards to be easy to put together, and they sold like "hotcakes"...yay:)
Well, I'm back with a few more card kits for sale, and I just changed it up a bit and created kits that make a 5 x 5 don't despair, because each card comes with it's own envelope:)  I know that envelopes for 5 x 5 cards can be hard to come by, so I wanted to make sure I had the envelopes included:)  The card kits are very reasonably priced at $4.49 each.  You can barely even touch a card of this quality without spending at least $5 - $8.  What a bargain!
Ever After Scrapbooks is located at:
1954 Hacienda Blvd.
Vista, CA 92081
Each card package also comes with a photo of what the card should look like when it is completed.  So...what are the many uses of these cards, you might ask?
Well here's the list:)
  1. The kits are PERFECT for when you need a card, but don't have time to create one from scratch.  Since you've still put it together, it's an original homemade card by you:)
  2. The kits are made using colors that are very popular these days...remember the 70's?  That's the last time I saw these colors and boy do they bring back fond memories...
  3. What a great "sketch"...and MUCH easier to measure each piece (before you put the card together, of course:).  Feel free to use your own scraps to recreate the same card.  This gives you the ability to use any color palette you heart desires.
  4. A few of them are gender neutral.  The color palette can be used for male or female recipients.
  5. You can mix and match between cards since all paper is from the same paper line.
  6. The cards are blank inside and are perfect for adding your own personal message.
  7. Since the cards are square, you can easily incorporate the "sketch" into a scrapbook page.

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Stop on by Ever After today and pick up a few:)  You'll be glad you did!

Monday, December 24, 2012

HOME is where our STORY begins...

I can't believe that tomorrow is Christmas day already!  
 I hope you all have a most WONDERFUL Christmas Day tomorrow!
Since most of my family is back east, I've had some "quiet" time to work on some new art these last few days.  I've been getting my hands dirty again and have created a great FUN piece that I hope to be teaching a my local Scrapbooking store.
I am always inspired to create ART from WORDS.  I get a phrase, quote, poem, music lyric (or some other thought I can't shake) and from it, I create ART...beautiful, thought provoking ART...well, at least that's how I see it, lol...
So a few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to create a piece that focused on the home...and I just thought, and thought, and thought about all of the things HOME means to me...from the memories created there, to traditions, and everything in between...when my next ARTFUL quote suddenly came to me... where our STORY begins...
Now, I'm not saying that I haven't seen this quote somewhere...but I don't recall, if I did...what I CAN SAY, it "speaks" to me...for what are we without the stories from our HOMES?
This is what I "SEE" when I think of this quote:
First of all, I just love this Graphic 45 paper line...Curiosity I have ALWAYS been filled with curiosity...and have many "STORIES" to tell about my curiosity as a child.  The font on the title is also from the same paper line and I just LOVE the medieval feel. Kind of like a castle...and isn't the home like a CASTLE to those who live in it?
I used multiple acrylic paints in this project along with some of my favorite inks, stamps, rub-ons and such.  I also used mod podge, light modeling paste, and a few masks.
My canvases have become quite popular over at Ever After Scrapbooks and I had a blast teaching my first canvas class a few weeks back.  I look forward to teaching this one as well.
Let me know what you think:)  I just love to hear your comments!
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

On the 1st day of Christmas...and SURPRISE!

Frosted Designs blog told me...
Use 1 bird on your project, link and share... 

I am so excited to be the 1st artist to share my project on the Frosted Designs Blog during our 12 days of Christmas challenge.  At the bottom of this post, I also have an exciting SURPRISE for all of you that live in SO CAL and want to learn how to create your own Mixed Media canvas!
In true 12 days of Christmas fashion, for the 1st day of Christmas, please use 1 bird on your project. This can be a layout, a card, or an off the paper project.  It will be FUN to have it be a winter/holiday themed project, but any project is welcome.
I can't wait to see what you all create:)
On to my project:
I have been obsessed recently with mixed media and had so much fun making this canvas:)
Are you ready for the awesome surprise?????
I will be teaching a workshop at Ever After Scrapbooks where you can make this mixed media canvas!  How cool is that?????
Class Location: Ever After Scrapbooks, 1954 Hacienda Drive, Vista, CA
Date:  December 15, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:  $45
Supply list:
  • HEAT GUN - it is VERY important that each student has their own
  • Red Permanent archival ink pad (like Ranger Archival Ink)
  • Embossing ink pad
  • Black fine point Sharpie
  • Red fine point Sharpie
  • Black ultra fine point Sharpie
  • Glue dots or strong, quick drying liquid adhesive
  • Pop does or foam adhesive (little squares or circles)
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Apron or old shirt to protect your clothes
  • Roll of Paper Towels


Friday, November 30, 2012

Fabulous Friday FD Challenge

Good morning fellow crafters!  I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!  Here is So Cal, it is sometimes hard to realize it is the holiday season since the weather is still so warm!  I've been living in Sunny So Cal for almost 8 years now and still LOVE the mild weather, but do miss those "white" holidays of years past when I was in the North East.

I am definitely in the holiday spirit when it comes to crafting, though:)  I have small project to share today:

I used some of my favorite Christmas paper this year from the Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage line.  I added a really cute reindeer stamp from one of my Dylusions stamp sets, some sentiments from a Unity Stamp Set, a scalloped edge made with a TH die, some ribbon, and 5 buttons (yes, using at LEAST 5 buttons is our challenge this week at Frosted Designs).
I stamped my reindeer 3 times. Once each on red, beige, and brown paper.  I fussy cut the brown and beige papers and cut the nose out of the red paper.  You may notice a bit of texture on the antlers...I used some vintage photo distress embossing powder to add texture without too much shine.  I just LOVE the way the antlers turned out!  A little bit of stickles on the nose, and "Rudolph" is ready to wish everyone Season's Greetings!

Now, go on and crack open some of your "old" favorite supplies, mix them with a few of your new supplies and whip us up a great project using at least 5 buttons.  Hop on over and share it with us all over at Frosted Designs:)
Happy Creating!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Testing...the Pin it button:)

Hello all...testing, see if the Pin it button works on my blog post...

and to post one of my favorite pictures of my granddaughter who is now 10 years old!

Hope you are having a great day!!!!

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Frosted Designs Card Box Tutorial

I have posted the following tutorial over at the Frosted Designs Blog, but also want to share it here with you.  I get so many compliments on them and think it is the perfect project to share:)

I actually found this idea on-line a long time ago and wish I could remember where I found it since it is such a great project to make, especially this time of year.

I have given this as a gift to teachers, my hairdresser, friends and family.  It makes a great hostess gift, too!

This project does requiring some measuring, so if you have a Scor-Pal or a Martha Stewart Score tool, that would be best.  If you have a paper trimmer with a scoring blade, that should also work.


1 - 12" x 12" cardstock sheet for the main section of the box
1 - 3" x 6" cardstock sheet (to match that above) for the sides of the box
1 - thin magnet set (I used a Basic Grey magnet set)
1 - 12" x 12" coordinating sheet of cardstock
1 - 12" x 12" coordinating patterned paper
Additional sheets of paper for inside of box, if desired
Embellishments for box, if desired

Start with a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock and cut it in have (you will end up with 2 6 x 12 pieces).  I've decided to use a Teresa Collins line called "Christmas Cottage".  All of her lines are just beautiful, but since I want to give this as a Christmas gift, I wanted to use a Christmas line.

Lay one of the 6 x 12 pieces across your scoring tool (12" width along the length of the ruler).

Score the first piece at 3", then at 5", then at 10".  You should have 4 sections.  The first should be 3", the second section should be 2", the third section should be 5" and the last section should be 2" (for a total of 12").

Score the second piece at 5", then at 7", then at 10".  You can then cut off that last two inches as you will only need this piece to be 10".   Your second piece should end up with 3 sections.  The first should be 5", the second should be 2" and the third should be 3".

Lay out the first section and put adhesive on the inside of the 3rd an 4th sections.  This is the 5" section and the 2" section.

Take your second piece (remember that the 1st and 2nd sections are 5" and 2" respectively?  Lay them over the section of the first piece that you just covered with adhesive.  If your last 3" section is hanging freely, you've positioned your sheets correctly, so press the 5" and 2" section together.

Now you should have one long 6" wide sheet with 5 sections.  The first section should be 3", then 2", then 5" (double enforced), then 2" (double enforced), then 3".

For going forward, remember that the 2" reinforced section as per above will be the bottom of your box.

The 5" reinforced section will be the back of your box.

For the next step, you will need another sheet (or scrap) of the same cardstock, at least 3" by 6".  Cut to 2 3" square pieces.

Score each piece at 1/2" and 2 1/2".  This should leave 3 sections, 1/2", 2", 1/2".  These will be your side pieces.

It is easier to decorate each section of your box BEFORE you put it together.  I decorate each section separately with a mat ad decorative paper on the inside and outside of each section.  Besides looking really nice, the multiple layers really add reinforcement to the box.

On what will be the outside of your box, you have the following sections:

2 - 3 x 6
1 - 2 x 6 (one od the 2 x 6 doesn't need to be decorated as this is the bottom of your box)
1 - 5 x 6

Cut your mats 1/4" shorter than the box sections (both height and width...example, 2 3/4" by 5 3/4" for the 3" x 6" section).

Reduce the size of each section by a 1/4" again for the decorative paper (both height and width...ex.  2 1/2" by 4 1/2" for the 3 x 6 section).

Before you place your decorative paper on the bottom front of your box (the lower 3" by 3" section), adhere one half of the magnet set on the middle/top of the outside of the lower front of your box about a 1/2" down from the top of the section.  Place the other half of the magnet on top of the magnet you just attached and position the upper front of your box on over the lower front section and once positioned, squeeze the pieces together so that the outer magnet attaches to the upper front section of your box.

Place adhesive on the outside of the 1/2" sections of each of your side pieces. 

Now, it's time to assemble the box. 

Hold up the 3" section and the 5" section of your box with the 2" reinforced bottom on the table.

Carefully position your 3x3 pieces in between each side of your box (adhesive on the inside edge of each 3" section and 5"section (first 3" up).

You should now end up with a 3" section on the lower front of your box, a 2" reinforced section on the bottom, the 5" reinforced section to the back, another 2" section on the top, and a 3" section that will become the upper front section (flap to close the box).

If you also want to decorate the inside of your box, you should do so now.

Once your decorating is completed, you can make coordinating cards (5 1/2" by 4 1/4" cards) and place them in the box along with some envelopes and you are ready for gift giving.

Happy creating!

Lori McCausland
Frugal Scrapper

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Blog Hop With Frosted Designs!

Welcome to the Frosted Designs RECIPE Blog Hop.  With the Holidays right around the corner, there is bound to be a lot of RECIPES made, whether it be cookies, pies, cakes, turkeys and all the fixins', what a great way to add another fun RECIPE to your day!
This is how the Blog Hop will go...visit each of the blogs listed below...and remember that if you started with me, please go back to the beginning (in order below) and visit all of our blogs for not only wonderful inspiration...but ALSO, to get your recipe!
My ingredient is "rhinestones" or gems or whatever you want to call them...just make them shiny:)
Each of us design team members has made you a most wonderful project, using at least 6 of the recipe items you will have to choose from.  Now we don't tell you which ones we used, but I'm sure you'll be able to pick them out once you visit all of our blogs, so go ahead and get started!  If you've started from the beginning, you should have come from Debbie's blog.  If you didn't come to this Blog from Debbie's blog, head on back there now by clicking here.
After you've visited my blog, you should head over to Anita's blog by clicking here.
Please see below for the entire list of awesome Frosted Designs design team members just waiting for your visit.

Barb Craft -
Brenda -
Teresa Fenstermacher -
Lori Apgar -
Melissa Johnson -
Lydia Wiley -
Diana Gonzalez -
Debbie Burns -
Lori McCausland - -- you are here:)
Anita Scroggins-
Channa Suitella -
Carol Theng -

And now my project:

This is a 12 x 12 mixed media canvas using lots of "stuff" from my stash...I am so excited to share that this REALLY is a FRUGAL project...I did not buy ANYTHING new t make this.
I just LOVE all of the fall colors and cannot wait to see what you have to share:).
Remember, once you have visited all of our blogs, use at least 6 of the recipe ingredients to make your project and post it on the Frosted Designs site found here.
You have until midnight Wednesday night, November 14th to link your project to the Frosted Designs site.
Happy Fall Blog Hopping!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Upcoming Blog Hop over at Frosted Designs!

I'm so excited to share with all of you that Frosted Designs is having an awesome blog hop starting this Friday, November 9, through Sunday, November 11.  It is bound to be loads of fun, so I hope you can "hop along" and get inspired to play along!  I hope to see you all on Friday!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday - WILD

When I saw the theme for this week's Fabulous Friday challenge over at the Frosted Designs Blog I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do.  I had just printed a few b/w photos of my youngest grandson, Alex and one photo in particular REALLY caught the essence of his PERSONALITY. 

I was also going through some old idea books I have and when I came across a page in an Ali Edwards idea book called "Life Artist", my idea REALLY came together.  I had just bought a few new stamps and wanted to use them, and Ali's inspiration allowed me to do just that.  I actually used this book for a Scrapbook club I used to lead...I love it when an idea book from 2007 can still inspire in this ever changing world of ART!  Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!!!

Alex is SOOO full of life and just loves to play "catch me if you can". Whenever I take my camera out, though, he is so patient and will wait for me to take as many pictures as I want before scurrying off.  Since this week's theme over at the Frosted Designs Blog, I wanted to use the word "WILD" in my project.

Since Alex really is our "Little Wild Man", the title fit right in with the project.

Here are a few close-ups:
I started by painted my entire canvas with acrylic paint.  I mixed a few colors together to get this great aqua color.  I applied the paint with a sponge brush and purposefully layed it on thick so the edges of the sponge brush would lay thicker paint along the edges of the paint strokes.

Then I used several of my new stamps to layer paint and ink to obtain the look above.  I also used some embossing powder on the edges and layered rub-ons from my stash.  I also made use of some old scrabble pieces that I embellished with some yellow paint.

I also wanted to make the photo stand out more, so I added a 5 x 7 flat canvas piece to give the photo some lift.

Now hop on over to the Frosted Designs Blog and see all the inspiration to help you create your "WILD" themed project.

Remember, there are always awesome sponsors just waiting to share some goodies with one lucky winner.  Make sure to hop over to their sites and leave them some love, too.


Canvas 12x12 and 5 x 7 - Blick Art
Paint - various colors of  Amsterdam acrylic paint mixed to custom colors; Ranger Paint Dabbers in Pitch Black, Snowcap, Red Chili Pepper
Rub-ons - various VERY OLD from my stash
Stamps - Dylusions by Ranger (Basic Backgrounds); Tim Holtz (Mixed Media); Jenni Bowlin (Harlequin Clear Stamp); Tim Holtz (Bitty Grunge)
Marker (Sharpy Black)
Letters:  pieces from an old scrabble game and chipboard letters from my stash

Friday, September 28, 2012

Frosted Designs - Embossing Challenge

When I saw that the next Frosted Designs challenge was focused on embossing, I was sooooo excited!  I just love embossing...heat embossing, dry embossing (with an embossing folder or template/stylus), as well as using dimensional materials that give the illusion or texture of embossing.

I had already started working on a Halloween project and I was a bit "stuck" for ideas, so the embossing focus really helped me along.

As you'll see, I've used a few different embossing techniques and I can't wait to share them with you!

Let's start with some of the details, kind of like a "sneak peek"...

Here, I've started with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  Then I sanded the orange paper off a bit to show the white core.  After that, I decided to lightly rub an embossing ink pad over the embossed area and sprinkled some silver embossing powder on the areas that the embossing ink hit.  I then used my Heat It tool to complete the heat embossing.  I just LOVE the random effect of the silver embossing powder.  I added a few Graphic 45 stickers to the space to give it even more of a "halloweeny" feel.

Now on to the next "sneak peek":

Here, I used some star stamps from the Technique Tuesdays "Eek" stamp set.  I heat embossed the stars using silver embossing powder.  I also used the Tim Holtz "on the edge" scalloped die cut.

Using a piece of corregated cardboard and another Tim Holtz die cut (rickety house), I cut part of the house and went over the "embossed" or raised areas with black soot distress ink.  then I randomly covered the raised areas with embossing ink and covered with silver embossing powder and heat set.  I love the way this turned out!

Now let's take a look at the completed project:

As you can see, I used a few more stamps from the Technique Tuesday's "Eek" collection as well as a few more Tim Holtz die cuts (the tree and the hinges on the purple door).

I also heat embossed the trinket up in the upper right of the printers tray.  It is a MME "dog tag" that was a distressed coppery color and I brightened up the embossed areas with silver distress powder...yes, you can heat emboss metal, too!  I also added embossing ink/powder to the outside of the printer's tray and heat embossed.  I do have to say that it takes alot longer to get the "heat" to melt the embossing powder on wood...but it was definitely worth the wait!

I added quite a few Graphic 45 stickers and chipboard pieces to complete the project.

The last "surprise" is what is behind the door...

I love to use inspirational quotes and think that the font on this quote definitely goes with a Halloween theme.  The quote itself is also a good fit for a Halloween project, don't you think?

I want to show you how the stamp comes out so you can see how I altered it a bit to get it to fit in the printer tray section.

Hopefully, I've given you a few good tips that you can use in your crafting projects.

Now get on over to Frosted Designs and play along.  I'm sure you have an embossing idea or two that you can share with us all:)

Don't forget that for those of you who play along, you have the chance to win a most wonderful go on over and check things out.  I can't wait to see what you make!



Patterned Paper:  Authentique "Charmed"; Graphic 45 "Hallowe'en in Wonderland collection"; the girls' paperie "toil & trouble" line; the rest is ramdom pieces from my stash
Stamps:  Tim Holtz "Just Thoughts"; Technique Tuesdays "Eek"
Embossing Ink: Ranger distress embossing ink
Embossing Powder: PXS (probably have had this a REALLY long time)
Die cuts:  various Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Border Punch: I think it's a Martha Stewart border punch
Other:  aluminum foil over chipboard,, brads, silver leafing pen all from my stash

Friday, September 14, 2012

Frosted Designs - Fabulous Friday Challenge

This week's Fabulous Friday challenge will have you all digging through your stash for all those journaling cards you have.  You know you have them:)

I have a tendency to make my own journaling cards because, well...I'm the "Frugal Scrapper", right?  Over the past few years, crafting paper manufacturers have made it easier and easier to make homemade journaling cards!  There are many patterned papers that resemble either old ledger paper or graph paper.  With even lines going across the sheet in subtle colors, it is easy to use these papers for journaling or stamping.

Here are a few ways I've used my homemade journaling cards:
The card above actually has ALOT of awesomeness going on, but I want to focus on the "journaling card" I made using some graph paper and a paper edger punch.  By adding the border on my journaling card, this spot blossomed, huh?

Here are a few othe ways I used my homemade journaling cards:

What I really like about the card above is that I'm showing that you don't always have to use journaling cards for journalings.  I think this Unity Stamp is really cute and is a perfect fit for my journaling card.

This next card is a nice example of how both the patterened paper I used and the journaling card can be altered to fit different card layouts.

As you can see, it really isn't necessary to add too many embellishments to make a really cute homemade card.  As my skills develop as a "frugal scrapper", I find that I like my cards more when I concentrate on using paper and less "non paper" embellishments.  Using layers of paper and stamps adds dimension and interest to my cards without adding alot of bulk and expense.

This last card is very basic, but I wanted to show that even the simplest designs can produce really cute cards.

Feel free to head on over to the Frosted Designs Blog and play along with our Fabulous Friday challenge this week.

We have a GREAT sponsor, Words or Whatever (WOW).  Hop on over and visit them:)  They will be giving away 20 pieces of chipboard pieces that you get to choose!  How cool is that?

EnJOY your day!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ariana Rose Mixed Media Canvas - Frosted Designs Challenge-Chipboard

I have been so inspired by all of the beautiful mixed media ART recently, and have put that inspiration togethter will my inspiration to also share the ART I create with others:)  Also, as part of the Design Team over at the Frosted Designs Blog, I was able to use this piece for our August 24 Fabulous Friday challenge...using Chipboard in our project.  What FUN!!!!!  Don't we ALL have chipboard in our stash's?

I don't usually talk about my personal life on my blog, but in order for me to share my latest work of ART, I thought I would share the "story" behind this piece.

For those of you who have known me for a while, you know that I am "emotional" crafter and artist.  I often say "the ART I create needs to "speak" to me"...and hopefully in creating ART this way, my ART will also "speak" to you, too.

Now for the background on this piece...we received some very sad news about 10 weeks ago, as we found out that our newest granddaughter, Ariana Rose would be stillborn.  I was with my DIL and Son through the entire process and was so impressed by their bravery.  Our dear Ariana Rose was delivered on June 3rd and although she had already left us, I felt comfort in the fact that I was able to be there for my DIL and Son.

As time has passed, I knew I wanted to create a piece of ART that my DIL and Son could hang in their home alongside the ART I had previously created showcasing each of their 3 sons.

Now on to this beautiful piece of ART inspired by and for Ariana Rose:

The quote that we all kept coming back to, which gave us comfort during such a difficult time was:

"An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth, then whispered as she closed the book, too beautiful for earth."

Therefore, I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate the appearance of a "book" on my canvas.  I did this by taking a 5 x 7 flat canvas piece, adhering it to the top side of the canvas (after, of course, I applied the background to the piece).  I wanted the "title" of the book to be a bit whimsical, so I used some rub-on letters that I had in my stash for the "title" of the book. 

I also created an image of a little girl, primarily using some of the techniques I learned when I took one of Christy Tomlinson's "She Art" classes.  I made the image a bit shorter and stockier, giving the appearance of a young child or baby and I really like the way it turned out.

Butterflies and dragonflies were also discussed, so I wanted to make sure I added some of them to this piece.  While shopping at a LSS last weekend, I found some Christine Adolph paper with purples, pinks, blues and dragonflies that I knew I just had to also use for inspiration in this piece.

I also worked in a few of my "frugal" style throughout this piece, drawing some scalloped edges around the piece using nothing more than a white-out pen.  Then I painted, and sprayed and painted and glazed (making my own glaze, of course) as I layered and layered this piece until I was happy with the results.

I hope you enjoy this piece of ART.

I appreciate and value your comments:)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Findin' my mojo...

I just want to leave a quick update to yesterday's post so I can show my completed canvas art project.
All I added was the "quote", a few more flowers at the bottom and some metal spinners for the clock.

Other than that, I decided I didn't need anything else.

The letters for my quote are from an alphabet grungeboard pack.  I covered some of the letters with a krylon silver leafing pen, and the other letters are layered as follows:
  1. Cover letters with silver metallic paint dabber
  2. Cover with Emboss It embossing ink
  3. Add WOW embossing powder
  4. Heat with Heat It heat tool until the embossing powder melts and the silver paint beneath bubbles through...VERY cool texture!!!!
  5. When the bubbles "cool", they get hard and leave a really neat textured effect
Here is a close up of the, I was also "practicing" my in focus/out of focus techniques...I love it when the middle of the picture is in focus and the forefront and background are blurry...

Here is also a close-up of her, huh?
Here's to getting our mojo back and having a wonderfully creative day!!!!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Frosted Designs - Fabric

I have to tell you, I'm so bummed to say I've been in a creative funk for a few weeks now...I really WANT to create great ART, but my creativity brain is just not working right now...MAYBE it's because I've been so busy at my day job, huh?  My banker brain has just been squeezing the air out of my creativity brain...{BIG sigh...}

Anyway, I wanted to play around with some of my "new" toys and have been trying to incorporate these new items into my ART, so want to show you what I've come up with so far...
I do have to say, I'm really happy with the way it's turning out, but I know it has room to GROW and is not complete yet...I wanted to share it anyway since I do want to have my Fabulous Friday project available to share...I did have alot of fun incorporating fabric into my project which is our challenge for this week over at the Frosted Designs Blog.

I used a piece of fabric from an old pair of cream colored Docker shorts my husband was going to toss away.  I used some turquoise, green and lime dylusions sprays, some mod podge, some stamps and some rub-on's on it.  It turned into that really cool diagonally placed rectangle shape behind my artsy girl.  Isn't it really cool?

I used a second piece of fabric I've probably had in my stash for about 10 years...NO KIDDING!  I made my artsy girl's skirt out of it.

The mod podge really stiffened the fabric and made it very easy to work with.

I also used some of my new WOW embossing powders...just LOVE those bold colors.  I also added some awesome papers from old books, maps, etc that my dear friend Teresa Jaye sent me a while back to complete the background on this project.  Thank you, Teresa!

Now all I need is to get my mojo back and think of some really schnazzy quote for this piece...I'm trying to tell a story with this piece that says this artsy girl found her voice through her music...I'll post it again once I've decided on what to "say".

Now hop on over to Frosted Designs and get inspired with Fabric:)

And don't forget to give some love to our sponsor this week...!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Frosted Designs - One Word Title

Well fellow bloggers and Frosted Designs DT, followers, et al...Apparently I "wigged out" this week...and TOTALLY forgot to post my project for the Fabulous Friday challenge over at the Frosted Designs Blog...
Well, as I say, better late than never...I still want to share my that I've come back to earth and remembered about the challenge. Ya know, I just LOVE this project, too, and couldn't wait to share it with you all!

Without further delay...

This a 6 x 12 canvas and I'm very happy at about the way it turned out. I played, and played, and played with some of my "new" favorite products...WOW embossing powder, DYLUSIONS sprays, and a template...very cool!
The challenge this week is to use a one word title on your project, so I chose HOME.

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6 x 12 canvas: Blick Art
Dylusions sprays: Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, Vibrant Turquise, Black Marble
Template:  The crafter's workshop (chicken wire)
WOW embossing powders: Opaque Pastel Blue, Cotton Candy, Sour Lemon
Embossing Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing Ink
Metal embellishments...from my stash, mostly "Tim" products
HOME:  Tiles from an old Scrabble game
Buttons:  From my stash
Patterned Paper:  Scraps from my stash
Compass:  From my stash

Monday, July 16, 2012

Color Inspiration Monday:)

I just realized I did not post a project last Monday!  Oh my!!!!  Well, hopefully my project this week will make up for it:)

Now I know that many of you may have made this project as it is definitely not something new to paper crafters...but it IS new to me (well NEW from the perspective that this is the first time I've actually MADE it).

The pp I used in this is just the perfect combination of colors for my color inspiration this week.  I had bought the paper at my LSS about a week ago and couldn't wait to use it...then I noticed that it matches well with my color inspiration foto this week.  How cool is that?

So without further adieu, here is my color inspiration foto:

And here is my project:

I made a card box with a magnetic closure and 5 beautiful note cards, perfect for gift giving.  I haven't decided if I'm "done" decorating the cards and box yet, but wanted to at least show how I used the color inspiration above to create this awesome project.

Here is a picture of the box when it's closed.  I definitely think this needs a bit more pizazz.  I'll have to search for some additional inspiration and work on it more.

I hope you have time to make something inspired by color this week.  There are so many amazing color inspired blogs, I'm sure you are bound to find something you love!