Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cigar Box Altered with Masculine Touch

Hello Everyone

Antoinette here sharing this cigar box I altered for my adult Son. I bought a few cigar boxes from my local liquor store for 35cents each...what a great buy. I use some of them as storage boxes.

The hardest part was measuring the sides and cutting.

I edged the cut pieces with a black marker to give a cleaner edge. 
I  put some Washi Tape on the black strips on put on each side.
I let my Son pick the him four design papers to chose from. He is a minimalist so I knew I was going to have to stay simple but classy knowing it was something he would use everyday throwing his pocket change in .

I put black paper in front with a keyhole from Spare Parts by Paper Studios.
I placed the two chipboard Antique Car dies from Estate Collections by 3 Birds.
What encouraged me to make this for my Son was I had altered a cigar box that was his Dads when he was living.  My Son loved what I did with it as I converted it to be for me giving it a crackle effect, adding pearls, buttons, bling.  It became new special keepsake. You can take a look at it on this Post on my Blog. Hope you check it out for the awesome crackle formula I used with Elmer's glue.
Please come visit me at 'Twist of Faith" Card Challenge for each weeks challenge where I am blessed to be on the Design Team. There are some great prizes by wonderful whimsical Artist.

Until next time this Shabby Chic Grannie is out.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Old Toy New Fun...Let's Wing It

Hello Everyone,

Antoinette here wanting to share with you some new fun I have been having with my McGill Embossing tools. I have used them to make my flower petals fancier and now I am using them to give my leafs and swirls more dimension. Everything seems to be given more life.

I mainly wanted to share with you these beautiful wings. I made them with the Big Sizzix Angel Wings diecut. I cut two out, embossed both with one of Anna Griffins new embossing folders called Bit of Paislee. She is now collaborating with Provocraft/Cuttlebug company.  What I did different to the top layer of the wing after Cuttlebug embossing...I gently McGill tool embossed the top layer wing. I think it looks gorgeous the way it lays with a sweet uplifted format. It looks like it is fixing to take off in flight. I don't see many cards using the Wing cut design...or maybe I have not looked I have been trying to use it many different ways. I hope you look at my Blog post 'Wings of a Diva' where I used corrugated cardboard, USArtQuest Mica Chips to fancy up and frame for myself.
I did use three different Cuttlebug Embossing folders on this card.
I took an easier way to share the tools I used  by taking a picture. I did some ink distressing, Martha Stewart glitter pen touches, petal crushing and shaping, On those pretty glitter blue swirl stickers by Pink Paislee I used 'baby powder' to take away the sticky and just added glue where I need to make them work how I wanted.
I hope you like my card and you are inspired to adventure on your take of it.  These are...some of my favorite might have guessed checking out my cards that I put a lot of turquoise and blue in my cards.
I hope you come back and visit me...I have some other old toys with new uses I want to share.
And don't forget to come visit me at 'Twist of Faith" Card Challenge for each weeks challenge where I am blessed to be on the Design Team. There are some great prizes by wonderful Artist who transform their whimsical creations for us into Digi's.
Until next time this Shabby Chic Grannie is out. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Special Birthday Wishes

Hello Everyone,

I had to take time today from my schedule to make a special birthday card for Melissa the Designer for Meljen Designs .   I love her whimsical and precious designs.  I wished her Happy Birthday on Facebook and it did not feel like enough. And on her special day she gives us a Digital freebie. Melissa is truly talented and a blessing to allow us to pick up these freebies she offers on a lot of occasions. So when I found out her Blog was having a Birthday card challenge to create a birthday card  'Pretty in Pink' Melissa's favorite color I had to jump in. I wish I could mail it to her because it truly was made with her in heart.
I am submitting this card to:
 Meljen's Design Challenge #165 "Pretty in Pink"
In the Pink Challenge #22 "Pink with Flowers"
The ABC Challenge "P for Pretty in Pink"
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #49 "Flowers Galore"

I used :
Meljen's Design - Bunny Love Digi
Watercolored with USArtquest  Mica Color - Pastelle pallet
Anna Griffin- Peyton Collection Paper design
Spellbinders Grand Calibur Scalloped Oval dies
Embellishments: Pink Paislee No. 11, Martha Stewart air dry Clay & Mold flower, Estate Collections by 3 Birds/tickets. silk flowers from my stash
Little white Cabochon flower by Peachy these).


I hope you enjoyed my card I love making cards for special people. Happy Belated Melissa.  Thank you for being you.
Also come by and join in on the weekly challenge at 'Twist of Faith' a family friendly blog, where I am on the Design Team.

Until next time this Shabby Chic Grannie is out.

Splish, Splash...A Citrus Bath

Hello Everyone,

Having some fun....with House-Mouse Design Stamps.  Thought this would be great fun for the summer the stamp called 'Splish, Splash...A Citrus Bath/HMUR1060'.  How about a nice cold iced glass of Mudpie's case a citrus bath...heeeee
This cute stamp also brought some memories of my lemonade(alcohol) drinks that were not so good. I have enjoy a new season in my life journey with wonderful Splish, Splash drinks in the Holy Word of God. I have found those daily splishes and splashes into the word and fellowship with God make me natural high, give me joy beyond my understanding, drink that quenches my desire for those ungodly things as I draw closer to him and his grace and loving-kindness. He keeps my head above water. And the scripture that blesses me and causes me to praise God is:
Psalm 86:7 (NIV)In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.

Hope you enjoy my card and turn your lemons in life to lemonade.  God has to continually put the sugar in mine...heeee and its getting sweeter.

I am submitting this to:
Stamp and Create - Summer Fun
Melonheadz Friends - Summer
2Sisters Challenge #149 - Summer Fun

Hope you got some inspiration out of my card and join me on the weekly challenges at 'Twist of Faith' a family friendly blog, where I am on the Design Team.

Until next time this Shabby Chic Grannie is out.


A 'Twist of Faith'

Hello Everyone,

This is a new day...starting a new weekly showing of my Designs for 'Twist of Faith' and their weekly card challenges. It is a family friendly blog, that invites you to share your uplifting, healing, inspirational and scripture cards. I am so happy to have been accepted to be a part of their Design Team.  I hope you all join in the fun of  sharing your beautiful creative encouraging cards with us. We have great prizes from awesome Sponsors.

The Challenge this week - Tuesday, June 25th -
Challenge #43-Scene/Scenic Card or use a Scenic Image With all challenges to include a scripture, uplifting quote/sentiment, or positive words of encouragement.

This weeks prize Sponsor is StampArt Design by Kathryne!  And the winner will receive their choice of FIVE IMAGES from the SADK collection available at Whimsy Stamps ...How awesome is this! 
Here is a little something about Kathryne straight from her Blog. 
StampArt Design by Kathryne© is a digital stamp collection created especially for you and sold exclusively through Whimsy Stamps, showcasing a range of styles from delightful animated drawings including a collection of teddy bears, sweet raggedies, children, flowers, captivating wildlife portrayals, sentiment and more. Join me as I display my new releases so you can choose the perfect image for your projects! There are regular freebies for you, too!m her Blog.

So let the show begin!  I chose to play with Lulu on my design. I hope this gives you inspiration to jump in the challenge.
I found Lulu to be an adorable thinker and loved her from the top of her head to the tips of her sweetly created cute little toes so I gave them a 3D paper piecing effect with my embossing tool along with the flower and grass.
I had so much fun and inspiration with Lulu I made another card.
 I would like to submit this card to:
I hope my cards inspired you and you come by and join in on the weekly challenge at 'Twist of Faith' a family friendly blog, where I am on the Design Team.
Until next time this Shabby Chic Grannie is out.  Be Blessed and know you are loved.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Angels Watching Over You...

Hello Everyone,

I am here today sharing a very special card I made for one of my Cousin's. She is going through some faith shaking times as she and the doctors try to clear her body from breast cancer. We got good news this past Wednesday that she is clear of cancer through surgery but will still have to take radiation.

Sometimes it is so hard when we see people or someone you love go through physical or any type of trying time. It's been a heartache for me I can't imagine her husband and children. It soothes my spirit to know she trusts God to get her through.  And I am glad we have found prayer, faith and God's word to  be our greatest anchors on keeping sane, hanging strong and knowing when we are weak God will be our strength.

Psalm 91:11
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways

I used Sizzix Bigz Die - Angel Wings , one of Anna Griffins new Cricut Cuttlebug Treillage embossing folders to emboss the wings, Martha Stewarts Glow in the Dark Glitter on the first layer of embossed wings. I made it a 3D feathered layering effect on the wings. For the center bodice I placed the wings on the design paper to get the desired size woman's figure and manually cut it out.
It was all quite easy. The fun part would be making many of these with different beautiful design papers.  The stamp 'God Loves You' was ordered on-line from JoAnn Fabrics which I stamped on the Design Paper Collection by Martha Stewart.

I hope you love this card as much as I do and make your version of it to bless someone letting them know you are praying for them...or  that you Care.
Until next times this Shabby Chic Grannie is out.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fun Play with House-Mouse Critter

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited about sharing my finding of the Blog, House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge. I love those precious critters. And what better way to challenge my stamping creativity by receiving and sharing inspiration with fellow fans, followers of the House-Mouse & Friends Blog Challenge and their Design Team. Perfect timing because I just bought a few of their stamps to add to my collection. This being one of them.

With this card project I used what is called 3D Paper Piece Design a stamped image. I am delightfully learning this type of Paper Piecing design by a spectacular Women who has been doing this for several years.  I have fallen in love with the beautiful details it gives along with adding your own special touches. I am nowhere near perfect but and loving the process and the challenge.

Let me introduce Designer Mariska van de Veer  the inspiration to helping me take this new step to creativity. She is totally awesome in how she brings her work to life. I have attached her blog here so you can visit her amazing work. She also has tutorials to her creativity.  And that was all I needed to jump in and start my learning process.

Don't laugh at my work once your jaw drops after seeing Mariska's work. I am telling you her work are pieces of wonderful whimsical art. If I can only be a tenth of that I would be happy so here is my piece.

Stamp: Solo Flight_Monica_HMJR1105
 I am submitting this card to:
 House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge-Anything Goes plus a Charm #147
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Hot Hot Hot

I hope you are inspired by Mariska as I was. Until next time...this Shabby Chic Grannie is out....Believing in my Dreams...Its never too late....and away I go...weeeeeeeee

Monday, June 17, 2013

Pattern and Texture

Hi Everyone,
I love the mixture of patterns from embossing to the patterns on the paper.
Embellishments like bling, buttons and Martha Stewart Heirloom Clay Molds
I love making cards and some of my favorite things to give them is texture by using embossing folders to embossing tools to give the flower petals and leaves dimension, using different animal print patterns together, bling, buttons and fun embellishments that I get to make by hand like the Martha Stewart Heirloom clay mold forms/circle frame. I love making my own flowers I get pleasure in that I get to bend ,squash, use embossing tools to form its beautiful shape.
This card I am sharing will be for one of my dear friends. Also it finally hit me I have not shown you how I decorate the inside of my cards. And today this is how this one was decorated.
I love giving that extra special touch to the inside of my cards too.
These are some of the tools I used to make the embellishments. The ribbons are made of fabric one being burlap. As you can see on the card I glued the zebra pattern ribbon on top of the burlap. It gave such a prettier setting and texture on the card since I did not use any other paper for a background. I did emboss the card with one of Anna Griffins new Cuttlebug Embossing folders.
I am submitting this card to several Blog Challenges:
Until Next Time this Shabby Chic Grannie is out.
Be safe and have fun creating.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Washi Me Play

Hi Everyone...
Sharing this quick fun card I made for a Challenge I found that tickled my fancy in creating this card. I saw the wonderful inspiration the Just Us Girls Design Team shared for a Washi Tape Challenge they are having I had to make this card as it was tickling my hands to make and submit...Heeeeeee
I used We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape, Martha Stewart Hand die for the edges...embossed with one of Anna Griffin's new Cuttlebug embossing folder and pressed on that beautiful 3D flower sticker also by Anna Griffin.  I have a sweet friend I want to give this to who is always helping me out.  Thank you Just Us Girls for the inspiration.
Submitting this card to: Just Us Girls -Techniques Challenge #192

I hope you enjoyed and were inspired...that was quite fun and easy I will have to make more cards with this Washi Tape/Embossing technique I love the way it looks.

Until next time this Shabby Chic Grannie is out.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Template & Diecuts Fun

Hi Everyone...
I made this particular card to join challenge #40 Templates and Die cuts held by Twist of Faith. I used the wonderful Spellbinders Nestabilities-Majestic Elements-S5-161. They are so beautiful and come in a set of 7 templates. I used several from the same package to make this card. One to cut the special card shape, and three other templates to cut the different layers upon the card. The white leaf die pattern is from Sizzix which I then embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The flowers were made with a combination of Martha Stewart hand die cut punch along with Recollections small flower die cut punch for the center. I used white hemp as ribbon then fancied up the small buttons with pearls. I also distressed the edges of the card with pink ink.

This card is being submitted to: Twist of Faith Challenge #40 Templates & Die Cuts
I am having such a fun time joining these weekly challenges...they are so helpful in getting me out of my comfort zone and using some of my fun crafty tools  on new designs. --On another note Sometimes its the challenges in life that bring us to into better knowledge & exciting adventures.--After all...I claim God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ to be at my all things are possible who believe in Him.

Love & Hugs....This Shabby Chic Grannie is out...heeee did you notice I am Shabby Chic instead of Frugal Grannie...Today is my BIG 60 birthday I have been looking forward to celebrating since I was in my twenties...that story is for another time.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Let's Have Tea

Hi Everyone,
Antoinette here...your Frugal Grannie.
  I have been Blog hopping and found this fun and esquisite 'The Shabby Tea Room' weekly challenge. 
This week they are giving you a picture for color inspiration as shown here adding flowers and a tea theme.  It's the first time I try this type of challenge.  I love the shabby chic look of this setting so decided to join in for Tea as I am resting.  I put my creative heart to work.  I have been physically down this past weekend and now week but still try to sneak in a short playtime in my craftroom while screnging and screeching at moments trying to the  manage pain, discomfort and overcome by filling my heart with positive thoughts and creativity.
I used Martha Stewart-Vintage Doilie handheld die to fancy cut the edges. Spellbinder die to cut the shape once I used Hero Arts stamp/Tea Time Silhoutte. The pretty Tea TIME stamp is by Hot Off the Press. I used Ranger Distress Crackle paint/color Picket Fence on the white card stock edges. The pattern paper is K & Company which I distressed using my new found love distressing solution--white shoe polish. The flower under the white button is the Spellbinders Poinsettia die.
This card was created with the inspiration from 'The Shabby Tea Room' _Challenge #169_Lets Have Tea and It was also made with thoughtful loving care for a friend they brought to mind that I miss. I know she loves tea so I am going to be mailing it to her.
I also have to share...this Shabby Chic style came up at the right time. My Birthday is this Saturday and I am happy to say this Grannie is going to be the big 60 years old...and going to add to my repartee  Shabby Chic to describe this Frugal Grannie.  To top it off during my Blog Hopping and finding the Card Mania Blog they gave the definition of Shabby Chic from  Wikipedia - worn or bleached out pastel colours (white, light pink, sky blue, ecru, light grey, etc), anything with roses in the design, lace, pearls, basically anything that gives the feeling of antique, feminine and romantic.  And I have to say  I have bleached hair, wear those colors, love lace and pearls and according to my children I do give the feeling of antique...haaaaa as well as being told I am very feminine and a romantic. LOL.
Submitting this card to the following Challenges: 
I hope you enjoyed walking with me in this fun challenge.  What brings me a smile as...I type this is it really was to help overcome the challenge of my horrific pain.  I finally got updated medication Monday night from my Neurologist to calm the pain.
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Clean and Simple

I used the Big Sizzix  Wing Die and embossed it with one of Anna Griffin Cuttlebug folders. I tried something different with the wings. I make it look dimensional. On one end I put one layer of sticky circles and the other two so that it would look like it was in flight. The ribbon is actually from my stash of recycle from a when I can use them.
Hi Everyone,
I found a fun new Blog  called Twist of Faith Card Challenges it runs weekly and encourages you to
share your uplifting, healing, inspirational and scriptural card creations.  It is right up my alley. And I decided to jump in with both feet on this weeks challenge 'Clean and Simple'.  And to tell you the truth I found it to be a tough challenge on the part of making a clean card. I am not sure why more times than less I enjoy lots of pretties on my card but not everybody does and I need to take note and work on that because I have a few friends that I give note cards or a package of mixed occasion cards as gifts and they are not into all those added emblishments.  So if they are giving them away it is not really in their taste for giving.  This blue card is actually the second card. I am going to show you the other one which is what I consider clean but when I showed it to my Grand Daughter she said the blue one is considered clean and simple to her. Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks that is an old myth. This new challenge has and is going to help me learn how to monitor some of my card making. And perfect my way of doing clean and simple  which is a beautiful thing. Some things are meant to be learned through process and its turning out to be a good thing for me. 

Submitted to: Challenge #39 Clean and Simple/Twist of Faith Challenge
Here is the first card I made and what I considered Clean and simple and is Not I believe its considered monochromatic in the card crafting world.

This card was created with love and will be perfect to submit to the
Blog Created with Love Challenges. In creating I used one of Anna Griffins Cuttlebug embossing folders, put some lace ribbon then a line of bling. I really loved making this card it was so quick and simple.
Submitted to: Created with Love Challenges/You Lift me Up #43
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out.