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

Friday, November 22, 2013

Love, Hope & Joy to You Always

Hello Everyone,
Sharing a special Christmas card I made. Sending you good tidings for a joyful holiday season filled with hope and joy.  Reminding you...YOU are loved by the one who created all things, God the Father.
 This sweet stamped image was created by Sylvia Zet who has her images available in her store called Wee Stamps. During the next few weeks as I share some of my cards with images created by my favorite designers I also want to take special time with you sharing nuggets from God's word that have encouraged my spirit, strengthened my mind and filled my soul and heart overflowing with God's love and I know they will do the same for you if you are ready to receive with an open heart. 
Ephesians 3:14-19
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges.
Charisma Cardz Challenges - #46 - Christmas
Hanna 7 Friends #185 - Little Presents
Stampin for the Weekend - Feeling Festive
Bearly Mine #113 - Christmas Traditional colors(Red&green)using diecuts(Spellbinders & Sizzix)

Supplies Used:
Image: Wee Suzie/Wee Stamp by Sylvia Zet
Spectrum Noir - alcohol pens
Spellbinders - Fleur De Lis Rectangles, Sizzix - Framelits Square
K& Company Design paper
Ribbon & pearls from stash
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out.

Jesus knocks at the door...(NOTE) the door only opens from our end. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Let's Spread Joy

Hello Everyone...

I am having so much fun this year working on my Christmas cards. I shared with you previously I was going to be using some of my favorite stamps and making them unique for each person/family that receives them.  Here is one from my favorite Digital Designer Melissa with her Shop being called Meljen's Design which is also having a Holiday Sale in her Store with her entire digi's 50% off until November 30th.  I have such a long wish list and will be getting a few more. I bought the 'Gift bow Christmas Fairy' on her last sale and bought this 'Joy Garland' this round to try something new I am learning. I forgot the proper technique name but it is merging the two digital stamps together using the png digital image to look like one...and I thought these two were perfect.
I used my new Spectrum Noir markers to color with added touches of glitter glue by Recollections and Martha Stewart glue pens. My pretty poinsettia made with K & Company Design paper using Spellbinders dies also for the frame.

Let's spread Joy...this season.   A smile, a gentle and sweet hello or how are you to the person in line at the store in front or behind you can make a world of difference in a person's life. You may be saving that person's life.
I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Flutter By Wednesday#261 - Anything Goes
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out...Hugs
Hug someone you love today...and tell them you love them and have a special place in your heart...for we are not promised tomorrow.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bearing Gifts...Happy Holidays

Hello Everyone, Happy Holidays...
Here today sharing a couple of new digital releases at the DigiStamps4Joy Store I got to have fun creating this Christmas card. One of the digital images is Mini Misteri-Bearing Gifts and the other Bottle Cap inserts/Christmas1 (this is actually a set of two but I only used one. I actually had bottle caps to put them in but I preferred creating this pretty glittered mini-medallion. That is what is so awesome about using digital images you can change the size to your fitting and use.
I invite you to go by the DigiStamps4Joy Store and Blog and check out the others images as well as inspiration by our Design Team.
On this project I had fun using my mini-Christmas Tree Sizzix embossing folder and cut out the tree shape, layered three to look like one taller dimensional Christmas Tree and then placed two more to add scenery. I embellished them with Ranger white Liquid pearls. My poinsettia's are Spellbinders along with the greenery. I enlarged the bottle cap sentiment to 2 inches..diecut and manually cut a ribbon tail, glittered edge of bottle cap and the ribbon.
I am entering this card into the following Challenges where I am also a follower.
Jingle Belles - Holiday Traditions(Bearing Gifts)
Creatalicious Challenges#57 - Christmas Time
Challenge PartyX #14 - Christmas Cards
One Crazy Stamper-Christmas(November)
Tokbobok - Christmas(November)
Whimsie Doodles-Any Holiday Card
WordArt Wednesday - Anything Goes
I love this time of year with the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have so much to be thankful for in reference to coming through some ill life choices and challenges. I am grateful to God for his Loving-Kindness and Grace.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Stitching Fun...

Hello Everyone,
Digi Image: Sharon/DigiStamps4Joy
It is the time to start the new bi-weekly Challenge#80 at DigiStamps4Joy Blog.  This round the theme is 'Stitching' it can be faux, real, long as it stitching of any kind.
Here is my card with faux stitching showcasing the precious digi image 'Sharon' available in the DigiStamps4Joy Store. I hope I have inspired and tickled your creativity to join in the fun.  I invite you to go by the DS4J Blog and check out the inspiration by the Design Team.
I also invite you to go by the Store to check out all the new Digital images that have been added to the DS4J Store the past couple of weeks. They are fun and whimsical.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges where I am also a follower.
Party Time Challenges#146 - Use Twine or Hemp
Oh La-La Creations - Stitching(Faux)
SquigglyFly#4513 - Polka Dots
Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out...Hugs

Monday, November 11, 2013

Time for Anything but a Card

Hello Everyone,

I have been missing playing with my House-Mouse stamps. And finally got some fun playtime coloring this adorable 'The Thinker' with Amanda mouse. My creativity got tickled as I was inspired by one of my favorite Challenge Blog's House-Mouse & Friends to join in their challenge.  I had bought a packet of 3 natural plain gift bags at the dollar store awhile back knowing I wanted to decorate them so this gave me the nudge to start...on at least one as a Thank you gift bag. I went ahead and left off a sentiment  so they could reuse how they wanted.  I decorated the other side also with this pretty design paper by K & Company along with a cardboard lining on the inside bottom. I also fuzzy cut the top of the bag with scallops edges.
It was quite easy and fun once I found the design paper and decided on a fall like neutral color theme. I gave it a special touch of tender loving care by tying some yellow string with double loop knots every few centimeters on each handle to give it a pop of color and special look.
Supplies Used:
Spellbinders: Timeless Rectangles,  Grand Ovals, Grand Rectangles
Martha Stewart: Aster punch/flower
Design Paper: K & Company
Spectrum Noir, Faber Castell pencils
Here is the other side of the gift bag.

I am entering this decorated gift bag into the following Challenges where I am also a Follower.
House-Mouse & Friends #157 - Anything but a Card
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything but a Card
The Squirrel and the Fox - Animal Antics
4 Crafty Chicks#167 - Anything but a Card
Craft my Life/November - Anything but a Card

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


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wishing you Joy and Peace


Hello Everyone,

It is new Digi Release Sunday over at the DigiStamps4Joy Store and I also 'Wish you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the Year'(also available in the DS4J Store). The new image I am sharing is called Misteri and her BFF created by JenLee. I went ahead and made this as a Christmas Card for one of my Cousins who loves pink. We are...starting to have some cold evenings here in south Texas...cold is anything lower than 65 to me. I know...that is summer for some...We rarely have snow but we dress cute in our sweaters and boots so I loving this girly wintry image. I invite you to go by the DigiStamps4Joy Store to see the other fun images. And be sure to visit the DigiStamps4Joy Blog to see some cards made by the Design Team with these new images for fun and inspiration.

Supplies Used:
Digi Images: Misteri & BFF, Sentiment Joy n Peace - DigiStamps4Joy
Inside Card: Sentiment-Christmas Paper - DigiStamps4Joy
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug/Anna Griffin
McGill - Snowflake
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Faber-Castell pencils
Bling/Recollections, Hemp/Twine, Charm
Ranger Liquid Pearls
I am entering this card in the following Challenges and am also a Follower.
Alphabet Challenge Blog - T for Twine
Craftitude#52 - Anything Goes use Twine or String
Sweet Stampin - Christmas is Coming
Saturday Fortnightly Challenges - Girly Creations
Crazy 4 Challenges#211 - Let's Frame It

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

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thankful Blessings...

Digi Image: Mini Misteri-Apple Basket - Digistamps4Joy

Hello Everyone,

Sharing with you today a Thanksgiving card I made for a special friend. I am so glad I think out of the box...sometimes...because this precious image of Mini Misteri-Apple Basket is going to work wonderfully for a friend I am thankful to have...I know you see my apples are is because the friend I am sending this card to was so kind to have brought me a wonderful bunch of her deliciously sweet home grown oranges.  I am so grateful for her friendship for so many reasons. I enjoy her visits and calls just to see how I am.

 I just love the way this card came out...I can't wait to share with you the Christmas card I am going to also make with this precious image Mini Misteri who has a series of images in the DigiStamps4Joy Store...all sweet different poses and fun dress-up styles wonderfully created by JenLee.

I finally caved in and purchased some alcohol markers as an early Christmas gift to myself. I got them last week JoAnn Fabrics had the Spectrum Noir markers 40% off online so I went for it. I still enjoy and feel more comfortable using my Faber-Castell, Anna Griffin, Derwent and Primacolor pencils.  I don't mind saying I am still learning how to blend my color pencils much less now excited to learn and check out Youtube videos on how to use these Spectrum Noir markers.
I plan on entering this card into the following challenges and am also a Follower.
Cuttin and Stampin #44 - Giving Thanks
Cuttlebug Mania - Autumn is Here (Cuttlebug Embossing folder,tag diecut, Spellbinders/Decorative Labels eight, Memory Box/vine
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #8- Anything Goes w/Fibres (I used Twine, textured yarn ribbon)
Scrap Creations - Give Thanks
Party Time Tuesdays#145 - I made a Thank you Note
Shopping Our Stash#126 - Thanks
Simply Challenged Challenges - Fall colors
Used: Cuttlebug Embossing folder,Cuttlebug tag diecut, Spellbinders/Decorative Labels eight, Memory Box/Blooming vine, Fiskars paper cutters
Twine, Yarn wired ribbon

Until next time this Frugal Grannie is out.