Saturday, December 14, 2013

Surf on Over to New Release Sunday

Happy Holidays...
Isn't this the cutest 'Christmas Surfer' critter. It is one of several new digi's in the DigiStamps4Joy Store. I also got to play with another new Digi called ' Martini - Supermodel'. I invite you to go  by the Blog and check out what my other Design Team members created.
And don't forget we have our current Challenge #82-Anything Goes going on through January 8, 2014.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Non Traditional Christmas Card

Happy Holidays...

Sharing with you one of my many favorite non-traditional Christmas cards I made this year using one of my favorite Wee Stamps for Whimsy Stamps called Amy. I consider her my little prissy Christmas cowgirl bearing gifts of love from the heart to brighten our Christmas season this year.  I love that she can be used to brighten someone's birthday, bring get well wishes, thinking of you, thank you and more.

I had fun using different dry embossing folders by Sizzix for the fuzzy cut layered Christmas tree and Cuttlebug/Anna Griffin'-Snow Flurry folder for the aqua blue core'dinations paper. Adding a fun double layer of Blooming Vine by Memory Box with decorative elements of Spellbinders Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Rectangles, Floral Doily Motifs and Circles. For coloring I used Spectrum Noir markers and Faber-Castell pencils.
I would like to take this time to enter this card into the following challenges.
Creative KnockOuts #15- Tis The Season
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Milk Coffee -Christmas in Non Traditional Colors
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything Goes Christmas
Oozak #27 - Let's Celebrate (Merry Christmas)
WordArt Wednesday #110 - Anything Goes
Scrappers Delight #13 - Christmas Time

Here is the inside of my card.
Have a happy and safe holiday...Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out...Hugs

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Let the Creativity Begin - Anything Goes Challenge #82

Hello Everyone,

It is time to start Challenge #82 with the recipe Anything Goes at DigiStamps4Joy going on for the
next four weeks. The theme was chosen by our own DigiStamps4Joy Leader and Owner Margy.  I don't know about you but "Anything Goes' is perfect timing with busy schedules during the holidays. Challenge #82 - Anything Goes begins Wednesday, December 11th and goes through Tuesday, January 8th.

I made my card especially for you my Friends and Followers. I wanted my card to send you Happy Thoughts and Well wishes for a Merry Christmas. I used two images from the DigiStamps4Joy Store one the sweet image of Mini Misteri  'Apple Basket' and the second is Christmas  Holly . I used a fun array of different Spellbinder Nestabilities: Radiant Rectangles, Labels One, Grand LF-168 and Timeless Rectangle.  To give my card some texture I also used a couple of Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug dry embossing folders called Circular Grid and Dancing Holly(on the red Dpaper). I also used three different Cuttlebug tag dies with the star, tree and gift. I just shortened and cut off the blank space to showcase the images. For coloring I used Spectrum Noir markers. Here is a savings tip I must share with you...if you are looking for the newer along with the other Spellbinder dies they have been 40% off at JoAnn Fabrics Online sometimes you can even catch at 50% off (sharing the savings) along with catching a special free shipping.

I thoroughly enjoyed showcasing traditional Christmas Colors of Red and Green with this card. I also enjoy using non-traditional colors...stores have so many pretty colors and patterned designs decorated on ornaments and trees. I would even love to do a cheetah or animal print next year. I might still be able to get one in this year if I stay focused.  There are so many ideas rolling in my heart to do. Well, I hope you enjoyed my card and you are inspired to jump in our Challenge this round. I would love to come by and visit you.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges where I am also a follower.
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything Goes - Christmas
Creatalicious #57 - Christmas Time
Twist of Faith #67 - Traditional Christmas
C is for Challenge#12 - Traditional Christmas
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Christmas
Crafty Boots Challenge - Christmas
Oozak #27 - Let's Celebrate
Paper Crafting Journey - It's Christmas Time
Here is the inside of the card.

Wishing you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season...Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out. Hugs

Saturday, December 7, 2013

New Release Sunday with a touch of Steampunk

Hello Everyone...
It is New Release Sunday at the DigiStamps4Joy Store.  Today I am playing with one of several images being released called 'Steampunk Tree' created by Margy. I was so excited when I saw Margy's design of this 'Steampunk Tree'.  The 'Happy Holiday' round sentiment is also a creation by Margy available in the Store called 'Bottle Cap Inserts'.  It was fun pulling out my sprocket dies and embossing folders. I hope you go by the Store to see all the new images released today and the Blog to check out what the DigiStamps4Joy Design Team did with their creativity with these. The girls did a fabulous job with the 'Steampunk Tree'.
I want to take this time of sharing with you some of the techniques, where froms and embellishments I used. I finally broke down and bought me some Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection ColorCore cardstock paper. Lately, I seem to be hooked on JoAnn Fabrics wonderful Online sales... taking advantage of their no shipping fee and 40 and 50% Online Only sales. They had all Tim Holtz items 50% off so I took advantage of the deal since I have been wanting this paper because I love to use my embossing folders.  On this particular card this beautiful blue is the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core paper where I used my Cuttlebug embossing folder. It is actually a 12 by 3 folder I just worked it to emboss as a whole by just flipping the paper. I also ink embossed the design with clear embossing powder to give it a sheen and the edge of the tree diecut with Bronze Zink embossing powder. The funny looking sprinkes on the background of the Steampunk Tree is a new type embossing powder I found by Stampendous called Frantage. This Frantage embossing powder is fabulous...and came in a package of Shabby Blue, Aged Silver which is what I used , Shabby Pink and Shabby white. I bought it at JoAnn Fabrics store with a 40% coupon. (FYI...I have also seen it 40% off on their Online store.  The diecut sprockets are Sizzix Big and I love that I learned how to use these dies on my Cuttlebug. I added a metal sprocket onto the blue string from Hobby Lobby a string of jewelry charms that were 50% at one time. The bling and brads are by Recollection.
I had to come back with a tweak to my card. My physical being gets exhausted when I over exert myself with outdoor activities so I did not get to finish this touch I really wanted to add to my card before submitting to my DigiStamps4Joy Team. So here goes take a new look...I wanted to add more Sizzix gears to the top edge of my card.
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out...Hugs

Thursday, December 5, 2013

FREEBIE Friday - First Friday of the Month

Freebie Friday Digi and it can be all yours...
Hello Everyone...
It is the first Friday of the month and DigiStamps4Joy Store is having their Freebie Friday Digi-image gift to you (from 6-8 December).  This month "Sunflower Pixie" is our Freebie Friday for December in the Store. Click on the Freebies category in the left menu, add her to your cart, and when you checkout this digi will be free!
IMPORTANT NOTE...... The freebie is only in the Shop in the new Freebies category. This means that you will have to set up an account in the shop (free and very easy!) and then add the image to your cart. At checkout it will be FREE. The freebie will be available for 3 days.

Here is what I did with the precious digi image 'Sunflower Pixie'. I also invite you to go by the Digistamps4Joy Blog and see the works the other Design Team did.  Also...if you have not joined in on our Challenge#81 - Distressing you can use this image to join in the fun. The challenge runs from Wednesday Nov. 26th November until 11 December. The randomly drawn winner will win THREE images of your choice from the store, and 2 runners up 1 image each.  Of course, if you use a Digistamps4Joy image, you could win the big prize of $10 of images
Here is the inside of my card.

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

Monday, December 2, 2013

In the Hustle and Bustle

Image: Faythe Flies by Tiddly Inks
Happy Holidays Everyone,

The months and days seem to be passing quickly it is already December 2nd with Christmas coming around the corner. I love this time of year...I enjoy the idea and pleasure of decorations to be placed, stockings to be hung and gifts to be bought for loved ones.  But the real truth of the season can get one side tracked of the real reason for celebrating this season--the birth of Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving and Christmas mean so much more to me now that I can look back and recognize God through his Son Jesus Christ getting me through rough times. In my case some have been financially, feeling rejected by family or so-called friends or just feeling unloved and lonely. I am so grateful God has kept his hand and angels around me. His loving-kindness and grace draw me closer as I see more and more how his Love for me (and you) is unconditional. He still loves me through my wrong choices, selfish ways when I get caught up in the things of this world.  I have come to long to share his unconditional love he has shown and given me as I walk in my life journey wanting to be a shining light for Him. He is the Reason for the Season and is there all along in our life longing for us to recognize he is there for us, with us longing to get us through with His nuggets of love and wisdom left in his Holy Word-the Bible.
Jeremiah 29: 11-14
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord," plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity . I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."
I hope you enjoyed my Christmas card from another one of my favorite Designer/Illustrators Christy Croll of Tiddly Inks Acyrlic and Digital Stamps.
I would like to submit this card to the following Challenges where I am also a Follower.
Robyn's Fetish#188 - Christmas Cards
Sentimental Sundays#183 -Traditional Christmas Colors
Feeling Crafty#23 - Christmas 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes(used Ranger Liquid Pearls/Gold)
The Stamping Boutique - 1 Digi,3 Embellies, Glitter/Stickles(Faythe Flies-Digi, Pearls, Flower, Ranger Liquid pearls, & Martha Stewart Glitter & Ice Stickles)

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

Sunday, December 1, 2013

New Release at DigiStamps4Joy- December 1
Hello Everybody,

It's Sunday and there are some new digi's added to the Digistamps4Joy Store. Here is a peak. I also invite you to go by the DigiStamps4Joy Blog and check out what the Design Team have created.
Here  they are: 
Note: The artists' name is in brackets. Click on the category link to take you directly to the shop. 
November birthday page (Margy) (Sets)
December birthday page (Margy) (Sets)
Ms Popup (Margy) (Party Tiime)
Bunny magic (Margy) (Party Tiime)

Misteri - gardener (Jen) (Teenz)
Misteri as Snow White (Jen) (Fantasy)
Misteri - mermaid (Jen) (Fantasy)
Angelique (Jen) (Teenz)
Angelique (coloured) (Jen) (Coloured digis)
Misteri -gardener (coloured) (Jen) (Coloured digis)
Misteri as Snow White (coloured) (Jen) (Coloured digis)

Misteri - mermaid (coloured) (Jen) (Coloured digis)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jingle Bells...Noel...Seasons Greetings

Hello  Everyone,
Sharing a Christmas card made with some of my favorite digital images. I wish I could say I came up with the ornament and design idea myself but I saw it done on Pinterest and tweaked it  giving it dimension and using what I had. The greenery is a die from Spellbinders/Foilage. The ornament digital image is called Christmas Bauble and was designed by Janlee available in the DigiStamps4Joy Store. The background called  Christmas Paper was created by Margy also from DigiStamps4Joy.
 I fell in love with the 'Christmas Bauble' because the design reminds me of zentangle/doodle art and the 'Christmas paper' has a lot of great sentiments tickling those enjoyable Christmas pastimes. I remember when my Son was about 5 years old I made him a Christmas stocking using the hook loop technique but what makes it even more special is my Dad did the stocking backing. I still have it and fill it for him when he comes over for Christmas and he is 34 years old...what can I say..he is my only child and still enjoys it...of course I fill one for his wife too.  I love playing Christmas songs like Noel and Silent Night filling the house with joyous Christmas spirit celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
John 1:1-4
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made: without him nothing was made that has been made. I him was life, and that life was the light of men.
On creating my card using the Christmas Paper I new I wanted to glitter it and dry emboss it with one of  Anna Griffin Holly Christmas folders. After fuzzy cutting the Christmas Bauble out I went ahead and used my embossing tools to give it dimension. I love the way it pops out of the card nicely adding the greenery and hemp string. I distressed the card edges with scissors and inked. I colored the bauble with Spectrum Noir.
As a Design Team Member of DigiStamps4Joy...I would also like to personally invite you to join in
the bi-weekly challenge#81 -Distressing. The Challenge runs from November 26 to December 11, 2013. Come on and join the fun....time to share and show off those distressing techniques.

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:
Pattie's Creations #81 - Christmas Card
4 Crafty Chicks #170- {Christmas}
Charisma Cards #46 - Christmas
Here is the inside of the card
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out...Hugs

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Challenge Week #81-Distressing

Distressing Paper and flowers with scissors. (distressed flower tutorial info.)
Hello Everyone,
It is a that time to start a new fun Challenge #81 at DigiStamps4Joy. And it is hosted by one of our own Design Team Members Berni. The THEME Berni has chosen for us to play with is : 'Distressing' Create a card or paper creation and add distressing somewhere on your creation.
I get so inspired by visiting your Blogs when you enter our DigiStamps4Joy Challenges. It tickles my creativity to see how we each interpret and create our pieces of art. In my card I chose to distress by paper with scissors and now that we have this challenge it has encouraged me to take out my special inks, crackled paint, coredinations papers and even my gesso for other distressing paper/card projects. We have so many options. I hope you join in the fun this challenge. I invite you to go by the DigiStamps4Joy Blog and see the inspiration the Design Team has shared. The Challenge #82-Distressing starts Wednesday, November 27th through Tuesday, December 11, 2013. I can't wait to visit you.

Here is my card with DigiStamps4Joy image 'Retail Therapy' and  'Sisters Sentiment '.

Just in case you would like to see how I made my distressed flowers made of recyclable materials and flower die cuts and/or punches. I have a picture tutorial on my Blog posting Here. I hope you enjoy and tweak it to your liking.  There are so many fun ways and looks to making these flowers.
 Until next time...this Frugal Grannie is out.  Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday...Hugs

Monday, November 25, 2013

Take a Look at New Digi's at DigiStamps4Joy

Hello Everyone,

There are some new Digital stamps in the Digistamps4Joy Store. And here is one called Agent Alexis I got to play with. I decided to go monochromatic with a twist of glitter and bling.
 I invite you to go by the store and check them all out.
Here are our new digistamp releases 
Note: The artists' name is in brackets. Click on the category link to take you directly to the shop. 
Messy Meg (Jen) (Teenz)
Messy Meg (coloured) (Jen) (Coloured digis)

Agent Alexia (Jen) (Teenz)
Agent Alexia (coloured) (Jen) (Coloured digis)
Misteri - vocalist (Jen) (Teenz)

Misteri - vocalist (coloured) (Jen) (Coloured digis)
Misteri as Cleopatra (coloured) (Jen) (Coloured digis)

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