Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thrifty Crafter

Look what I did with Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, coordinating cardstock, and a photo frame! I painted my laundry room "So Saffron", recently, and wanted to use the "Haiku" palette in the accessories. I found this frame at Gordman's today for $16 and I just cut my DSP to 3" X 5" and matted it on coordinating cardstock cut to 4" X 6". It looks GREAT against my "So Saffron" wall. Hope you like it, too!!

This photo has absolutely nothing to do with stamping and everything to do with being thrifty, which was one of my New Year's resolutions. Click on the photo to view a larger image. The bird prints on the wall and the crystal lamp on the nightstand were freebies. A friend of mine just bought a new house and got rid of some things, so I latched onto them since they fit in with my shabby chic bedroom decor. The nightstand was a Craigslist purchase and it's actually an antique sewing cabinet. The top is a lid and I have my sewing notions stored there. It also has two drawers, which is where my thread is stored. It matches the antique furniture that another friend of mine loaned to me. The furniture is an antique Waterfall set and Linda had it in storage. She was afraid that the humidity would ruin it in storage and said I'd be doing her a favor by using it. I absolutely LOVE this furniture and I've told her how much I appreciate it, but I hope she realizes just how much!! SHE'S the one doing ME a favor!!

Hope you're enjoying your week! It's been rainy and dreary here and the forecast isn't looking much better for the next seven days. Toodles!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Little Something...

A rainy Easter Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to head to my stamp room. I hadn't envisioned using the "Yummy" stamp set on a card as much as I had on gifts, but I like the way this turned out. This card could really be used for almost any occasion. The card base and main panel are Whisper White, of course. The main panel is mounted on a matte of Basic Black and the sentiment was stamped in Basic Black Classic Ink. The flower blossoms come from the "Eastern Blooms" stamp set. Each one was stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink on Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, and Rose Red card stock. They were then embossed using the (now retired) white detail embossing powder. I trimmed each blossom out using my paper snips and then used Stampin' Dimensionals on the largest of the blossoms. It isn't evident in this photo, but I used my glue pen to add some Dazzling Diamonds to the center of each blossom. I COULDN'T just leave it plain!!! :)

Hope you're all having a wonderful and blessed Easter Sunday!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Birthday Fishes

Ever since I saw the new Spring Mini Catalog, I knew I wanted to combine these two stamp sets to make a card. The bear comes from the "Under The Stars" set in the current catty. The fish come from the new Spring Mini in the "Just Beachy" stamp set. There was a lot of cutting and paper piecing to this one, but I love the way it turned out!

I took another photo just a tad closer so you can see the dimension that's added by using the Stampin' Dimensionals. The only color of ink used on this card is Basic Black. Can you believe that? I used my Signo White Gel Pen to whiten the bear's teeth and to give the spotted fish a little more character. The Designer Series Paper is the retired "East Coast Prep". This card could be made to work with just about any color combination, though.

So... here's my question... Do you think I should add anything else to the front of the card? Maybe some brads or a sentiment in the lower right-hand corner? I'll put something inside like "Hope all your birthday fishes come true", but can't make up my mind about anything else on the front. Post a comment and let me know what you think!