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:)

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!!!!

Pin It

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!