Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Shabby Chic with a Twist

Rope Player Ruth -Digi Image Created by JenLee- DigiStamps4Joy
Hello My Lovelies...
I am on a Shabby Chic roll with a fun twist well I guess you can call this Southwestern Chic as I use some of my recycled cardboard strip paper roses to showcase 'Rope Player Ruth' Digital image created by JenLee available in the DigiStamps4Joy Shop. I colored her with Faber-Castell Pencils and touches of white and blue gel pens. You can learn how to make my Paper Roses on my Blog post. I pulled out some of my hoarded stash of  crafty things of  blues some being my Martha Stewart air dry clay silicone mold designs. I love these and make so many in advance before the clay dries in my sealed containers(done that before)...also if you want a tip on changing the color of air dry clay you can check out my Tips Tricks and Techniques posting.  My beautiful blue butterflies are actually a border from K & Company that are wonderfully made so I could fuzzy cut individually without distorting the shapes.  My blue string and some of my multitude of various blues design papers and bling. 
I embossed the brown Core'dinations Design Paper with an Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug/Acanthus folder, sanded it...topped it with a couple of Spellbinders Nestabilities & Shapebilities Timeless Rectangle, Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight and the leafs from Bitty Blossoms. Extra embellishments are Joanna Sheen Curly Flourish and Spring Blossom, Recollections bling and blue string from my stash. Distressed with brown Staz On, Stampendous Embossing Powder/Shabby Blue, Ranger Liquid Pearls, Blue stickles.
I would like to take this time to personally invite you to come join DigiStamps4Joy current Challenge #86 - Use Dies or Punches going on now Feb. 19 - March 4, 2014
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Eureka Stamps #78 - Add a Butterfly 
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Wk#2 - Color Challenge w/twist (Hoard/blue butterflies) 
Feeling Crafty #25 - Dies and/or Punches
2 Sisters #173 - Embossing
Digi Galore - Things with Wings
Digi Designs - Tic Tac Toe(Digi/Diecuts/Flowers)
Challenges 4 Everybody#38 - Anything Goes
Quirky Challenges#4 - Pile it High, Layer it Up, 3D
Crafting From The Heart #4 - Anything Goes/Flowers
Love to Create #104 - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap #24 - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society #35 - Anything Goes+make your own Flowers
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is safe...Big Hugs

Saturday, February 22, 2014

DigiStamps4Joy New Release Sunday

Spring Time/Digital Image - Created by Margy - DigiStamps4Joy
Hello My Lovelies...

It is New Release Sunday time at the DigiStamps4Joy Shop. There are three new digi's being added to the Shop.  They are Spring Time, Hoppy Easter and Seeds of Greatness. I invite you to go by the DigiStamps4Joy Blog and see all the fun and creative inspiration the Design Team had on playing.
Spring Time
Seeds of Greatness
Hoppy Easter

Here is another picture of my card with a special invitation to come and join our current Challenge #86 with the Theme - Use Dies or Punches. It will be going on February 19 - March 4, 2014.  I hope you join in the fun.  Don't forget to go by the DS4J Blog for inspiration. 
 I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafting Musketeers#10 - Butterflies
Digi Galore - Wings
Feeling Crafty#25 - Using Die and/or Punches
Scribbles Designs#14 - Frame It!
Sister Act #35 - Anything Goes
Digi Designs - Tic Tac Toe- (Digi-Sentiment-Embossing)


Until next time this Frugal Grannie is Out...Be safe...Big Hugs


Friday, February 21, 2014

Girls with Swords

Spiritual Weapons(Bracelet) Digital Image - DigiStamps4Joy - Created by Margy
Hello My Lovelies...

I am here today this Friday sharing with you a couple of things one this special card made with this inspirational image called 'Spiritual Weapons'  created by Margy one of the Designers and Owner of DigiStamps4Joy Shop.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share why this image has a special impact on me as a  Christian. It tickled at my creativity...when I first saw this image and knew I wanted it because of the true meaning behind it. Also, because I have been trying to be more dedicated on putting on my armor of God  daily just like I put on my earrings each morning.

The sentiment 'Girls with Swords' is a title of a book and bible study by Lisa Bevere; Teaching: How to carry your cross like a Hero.  This study is being offered at my church right now. The thought of swords led my thoughts to violence which made me kind of hesitate at first...but Because God is my Hero I had to at least take a listen and/or look into.  Once I listened to the preview that I have attached above...I knew I wanted to look into the Study even more as a Woman with many hats I want to be able to stand strong, firm, bold and brave in God with his word as my sword against the evil one who keeps attacking me and my family. Insecurity shook me for a moment but...I did and have come to know that as I grow closer in trust and in faith through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior my stumbling blocks have...become stepping stones. I want to be a better person as a Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Daughter and Friend and let Jesus' light shine. 

In my young Christian walk I did read about the Armor of God...and as much as I hate to admit...It is now that I am finally soaking in and learning the full meaning in power and authority God gives us in his armor. I am so blessed to see now how God preps us as his soldiers with armor to fully downcast the evil we trust him with his holy word/sword of truth to do what he says as we stand firm in Him.

Here is the Biblical Scripture that pertains to our spiritual weapons God has given us.
Ephesians 6:10-18(New International Version)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

The Bible Study 'Girls with Swords' is stilling going on and it is enriching and empowering me to a better life's journey in the Lord tremendously. I hope you look into the book if a study is not available.
Here are the supplies I used to make this card: 
Designer Paper: Recollections/Pinks,  DCVW/Orange
Diecuts- JoAnna Sheen/Butterfly Flourish & Curly Flourish,
Memory Box/Flowering Vine, Marianne Designs/Heart Doily,
Spellbinders Nestabilities/
Embellishments: Pearls & Flowers/Recollections, Martha Stewart/Silver Glitter pens,
Stickles/Pink,  Ranger Liquid Pearls, Charm/Sword
Coloring: Spectrum Noir
Embossing Folders: Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug/Circular Grid,
Spellbinders Embossabilities/El-028
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Delightful Challenges(wk) - Add a Flourish( Butterfly & Curly Flourish)
4 Crafty Girls#12 - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter#146 - Dies & Punches
Penny's Paper-Crafty#165 - Lots of Layers
In the Pink#38 - Pink "Plus One"(Orange)
Word Art Wednesday#120 - Anything Goes
Card Makin Mamas#81 - Stack it Up
The Crafting Café(Feb) - Embossing(Dry/Anna Griffin & Spellbinders)
And here is a personal invitation to DigiStamps4Joy - Dies and/or Punches Bi-weekly Challenge going on right now February 19 - March 4th. Come in join the fun...
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out...Be Safe...Big Hugs

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fun Challenge with Dies and/or Punches

Faberge Egg-Digital image Created by Margy - DigiStamps4Joy

Hello Everyone,

It's time to start a new Challenge #86 - Dies and/or Punches at DigiStamps4Joy. It will run two weeks and begins today Wednesday, February 19th through March  4, 2014.

 IF YOU USE A DIGISTAMPS4JOY IMAGE, YOU COULD WIN THE BIG PRIZE OF $10 IN STORE CREDIT. The top randomly drawn winner will win TWO images of your choice from the store, and 2 runners up 1 image each.
And I can't wait to visit and see what you use as I enjoy all the creative styles.  
Here is my card for inspiration using several new dies.

Supplies Used:
Digital Image : Faberge Egg/DigiStamps4Joy
Design paper: Recollections, K & Company
Dies: JoAnna Sheen/Butterfly Flourish, Swirl Flourish, Memory Box/Blooming Vine,
Spellbinders Nestabilities/Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight,  Recollections/Circle Punch
Embellishments: Flowers/Pearls by Recollections,
Inks: Staz On/Timber Brown for distressing,
Faber-Castell pencils
I hope you enjoyed my card and it inspired you. I made it for a special Friend who always greets me with a caring heart, spirit and smile.  I wanted her to know her genuine kindness and smile lifts my spirits when I feel rejected and/or out of I designed this card with this beautiful Faberge Egg to show my gratitude of her sweet Friendship.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafting From the Heart#7 - Anything Goes/Use Flowers
The Crafters Café #51- Vintage or Shabby Chic
Created With Love #76 - Friends
Love to Scrap#24 - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society#35 - Anything Goes OPTION make your own flowers
WhoopsiDaisy - Use 2 or more diecuts
Lacy Sunshine#27 - Lots of Layers
Quirky Crafts#4 - Pile it High, Layer it Up
Feeling Crafty#25 - Dies and/or Punches
Crafting By Design-February/Anything Goes

Friendly Reminder to go by DigiStamps4Joy Blog and check out all the inspiration by my other Design Team mates. The Dies and/or Punches Challenge #86 goes on February 19 - March 4, 2014.
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out...Be Safe...Hugs


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Funtime with New Release Sunday-DigiStamps4Joy

Hello Everyone,

It is New Release Sunday over at DigiStamps4Joy.
 We have added an array of encouraging sentiments and fun images. Here is the 'Blessings Sentiment' bundle. I invite you to go by the DigiStamps4Joy Blog first and see the creative inspiration shared by the Design Team and then hop on over to the Store and order. I finally went ahead and created a WishList on Excel. It is so helpful. I move them over to the Have column and it helps when I am looking for one I want to play with.
Here is my fun with one. I used Spellbinders Shapebilities/Bird Sanctuary, Memory Box/Flowering Vine and handmade the flowers. Bird is made with Martha Stewart silicone molds and air dry clay. 
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
QKR Stampede #75 - Sentiment Only
Digi Galore - Things with Wings
A Creative Romance - Let's Get Sentimental
Crafty Creations#256 - For the birds
Word Art Wednesday#119 - Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper(Feb) - Anything Goes
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out...Be Safe...Hugs

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Shabby Chic/Vintage

Hello Everyone,

I am sharing my style and love for Shabby Chic/Vintage elegance. The showcased 'Faberge Egg' image I used was  created by Margy at DigiStamps4Joy Store. It screamed my name tickling my creativity to give it touches of my love for Shabby Chic/Vintage elegance.
I colored the Faberge Egg image with Faber-Castell pencils, fuzzy cut then layered it on Red design paper fuzzy cutting again then wet embossed the edges with Gold/Zing embossing powder. I used several Spellbinder Nestabilites-the Rectangle/Grand, Radiant Rectangle, Timeless Rectangle, Heart, Scallop Heart, Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page/leaf, Flower die from a stash I won and do not know the name of brand. Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug embossing folders, miscellaneous flowers by Recollections(paper) & Peachy Chic(resin).

I had so much fun making this card. And I have to give kuddo to Margy on her 'Faberge Egg' image. It is what totally inspired me and this is my second card the first one was made with all my favorite colors of turquoise and blues that I will share next week.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Hoarders Anonymous/Wk #1 - What's Your Style(Vintage/ Chic)
Time 4 scraps #33 - Be Mine
Open-Minded Crafting#3- Show Some Love
Sunflowerfield Designs(Feb) - Valentines Day/Hearts
The Crafters Café #50- Must Have Hearts
Creative Moments#36 - Anything Goes/Love
Cuttlebug Mania - A Touch of Red
Word Art Wednesday#119 - Anything Goes
I would also like to take this time to give you a personal invite to the current Challenge#85 - Hearts at DigiStamps4Joy. You still have time It goes through February 18, 2014.  Go by and get some inspiration by the Design Team.
Until next time...this Frugal Grannie is out...Be safe...Hugs

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sweet Hugs

Hello Everyone,

Sharing a Valentine card I made for my Niece who is 1 year old. Her first Valentine card and from her Auntie...wish I could be there to see her open her special package and have that happy heart memory.

 Isn't this adorable...I just love Meljen's XoXo Stitches Word Art/sentiment. I am using 'Tutu Sweet' and 'XoXo Stitches' images by Meljen's Designs.  I love and have my eye on so many of Meljen's images that I forget to look at her sweet Word Art/sentiments.  My brain finally clicked and now my Wishlist has grown...meanwhile I had to get this pretty Word Art XoXo stitches which I thought is so perfect for Valentines.  I cannot wait to use this one with so many Meljen images.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Meljen's Designs - I (heart) you!
Eclectic Ellapu - From the Heart
Glitter n Sparkle #71 - Valentines add some red
Lia Stampz#58 - Red/Pink/White
Catch the Bug (February Theme) - Love
Melonheadz Friends Challenge- Valentines/Love

Until next times...this Frugal Grannie is Out...Be Safe...Hugs

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Hello Everyone,

Sharing a sweet card I made for one of my little Nieces for Valentine's day with this sweet Melonheadz image. I find it so adorable especially since it reminded me of my little niece I am giving it to.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges.'
Melonheadz Friends - Valentine's / Love
Emerald Faeries #52 - Let's See a Banner
Doodle Pantry#43 - Any Digi Goes
Catch the Bug - February Theme
Cut it Up! #38 - Valentines(Use a diecut-used Spellbinders//circle scallop/heart)
Brown Sugar #80 - Valentine's
Digi Haven - Valentines/Cherish/Love/Adore
Totally Paper Crafts #205 - Hey Cutie!
4 Crafty Chicks #180 - Banners
Crafts 4 Eternity #162 - With Love
The Stamping Boutique#3 - CAS

Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out...Be Safe...Hugs

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sweet as Honey - Monthly Freebie Friday

Hello Everyone,
It is the first Friday of the Month and time for Freebie Digi-Friday at DigiStamps4Joy. It is a honey of a deal...heee.  The image is this 'Be My Honey' image. To get the image just go to the DigiStamps4Joy Shop and sign in/or register yourself and put it in your cart. It will be available as a Freebie February 7 - 9, 2014.
I had fun designing my card for this sweet image which I colored with Spectrum Noir pens. I stamped 'be mine' randomly on my  K & Company design paper, embossed with Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug Hearts folder then put clear embossing power to give it some sheen. I made my flowers out of the same design paper that I had stamped and used a Recollections Large and Small Flower punch and embellished with some bling.  And to give it a touch of Valentine love I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities - Scalloped heart. The heart charm was given a gold tone with Ranger yellow alcohol ink spray.
I invite you go by the DigiStamps4Joy Blog and see all the inspiration by the Design Team and once you get the Freebie you can get those creativity juices going and join in on the current DigiStamps4Joy - Heart-Challenge #85. It will be open from Feb. 4 - Feb. 18th.  Hope to see you there.
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is Out....Be Safe...Hugs

Sending Smiles...

Hello Everyone,

Sharing a card I made for a special friend for Valentine's Day.  This sweet Digital image is called 'Faythe' available at Tiddly Inks.  I merged it with another Freebie I got a while back from Tiddly Inks. They look so pretty together...don't you think. Merging digital images is something new I am learning to do and perfect.What is so awesome is these come in Digital or Rubber Stamps. I fell in love with these a while back and this was my first adorable image to get. I hope you go by and visit the many whimsical, fun and adorable images and sentiments to choose from. There are even some FREEBIES you can pick up.

I hope you enjoyed my fun with Faythe...I had fun coloring her with my Spectrum Noir pens. I am still perfecting my coloring skills. I love Clean and Simple cards (CAS) but have a hard time deciplining myself to stay that route. I consider this card to be CAS but does the bow make it NOT. I get confused on that part.  I used one of my Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug folders to emboss the background, Spellbinders Nestabilities Scallop hearts and ribbon from my stash.

 I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Tidddly Inks #126 - Love is in the Air
Artistic Inspirations #77 - Anything/Hearts
Cutie Pie Challenge #62 - Cutie Pie Valentie
Eureka Stamps #75 - Red & Pink & White
Imagination Crafts #8 - Love is in the Air
Stamp and Create(Feb) - Love is in the Air
I would also like to take this time to invite you to join the Hearts - Challenge#85- DigiStamps4Joy Challenge. It goes on Feb 4 through Feb. 18th.

Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out...Hugs

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hearts - DigiStamps4Joy- Challenge #85

Digi Images: Heart Bunting & Wings of Love - DigiStamps4Joy Store
Hello Everyone,

It is that time again woohoo...time to tickle your creativity and share with you DigiStamps4Joy new Challenge #85 - Hearts.  It starts today Wednesday, February 5 through Tuesday, February 18th. We would love you to use a DS4J image, but any stamped or digital image will be OK ... you will get an extra chance if you do use a Digistamps4Joy image.   The Design Teams Choice winner must use a DigiStamps4Joy image on the Challenge to win $10.00 worth of digi's from the DigiStamps4Joy Store.  And the Random Drawn winner will win two digi's of their choice from the store. The two runner's up will win 1 digi each. We look forward to seeing your creations.

 I decided to do anything but a card and go with making some corner bookmarks.  I knew I wanted to use the 'Heart Bunting' image. Then I had to get one of the January new release digi's a pair called  'Wings of Love'  created by Margy one of the Digi-Designers and Owner of DigiStamps4Joy. I knew they would be a great match and look great to have the wings stick out of my Bibles. They were so easy to make and here is the video with instructions I found on Youtube.
I hope this tickled your creativity.  I especially invite you to visit the DigiStamps4Joy Blog to see the awesome works my Design Team members did.
I would like to enter my anything but a card/corner bookmark project into the following challenges.
Stampin For the Weekend - Anything but a card
One Stitch at A Time#198 - Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge #126 - Anything Goes 
All Crafts Challenges Jan/Feb - Anything Other than a card
Make My Monday - Anything But a Card
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes/Hearts
Scribble and Scrap #11 - Anything Goes
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is safe...Hugs