Inspired by a Table

A few weeks ago, my brother who is both talented and skilled in the art of wood-working, built this table by request of a friend.

As rustic, farm tables go, this one is a fabulous one. It's beautiful and sturdy and just waiting for a hundred years of family dinners and deep discussions. 

I love the table's design and I also happen to love the guy who built it and the friend who now has the pleasure of owning of course, it inspired a little card-making.

I have about three more cards waiting on my desk for assembly. I think this is going to be a go-to design for a while.

For the stampers amongst us, here are the details:
Hardwood Background Stamp and Fall Flair by Stampin' Up!
Card stock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake (all by Stampin' Up!)
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon (I think)
Washi: Tim Holtz
Inks: Soft Suede by Stampin' Up and Momento Tixedo Black 
Twine: Darice

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Three cards for Father's Day

The fathers in my life are all coffee-lovers so I chose this as theme for this year's Father's Day! 

Have you tried the painter's tape ink transfer method? How very fun (and remarkably inexpensive, as techniques go) is this!!

I couldn't stop at just one incarnation of here's a similar birthday style.

I can't wait to play with Stampin' Up! Hardwood background stamp some's awesome!

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Inspired by a chair and a rug

So I participate in a Facebook page called HGTV Fixer Upper Show Followers. It has many thousands of people who love Fixer Upper and Joanna Gaines lovely sense of style. We talk decor and re-do quite often. Farmhouse chic is the major theme.

A member named Wilson Jasna posted this photo and it immediately jumped out at me as a fabulous use of that new Stampin' Up! In Color Delightful Dijon, which, until now, I have absolutely detested.

The rug (from Target) is awesome and I love the mix of patterns between the chair and the rug. The table and chairs were picked up at the Goodwill and refinished and reupholstered. What an awesome bit of renewal!  

Alone, Delightful Dijon just reminds of cleaning up after the cat had an intestinal mishap, but paired with gray and black, I definitely love it.

Who knew?

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Scrapbook Easy

So many people think of Scrapbooking as a huge, overwhelming task that takes forever and costs a fortune. While it can be all those things, it certainly doesn't have to be. 

After 19 years, I know a little bit about scrapbooking and paper-crafting in general. Sometimes not having more than a handful of option allows one to be creative without inducing an overwhelming bout with indecision. 

With my current pages, I'm going for a single thought, expressed boldly, illustrated by a single photo, on a kraft paper 8.5x11 base.

Confession: for many many many years I have collected and hoarded these black chipboard letter from Heidi Swapp. I adore these. I've held on to them for so long that the adhesive has long-since given up it's stickiness. In order to get them to stick, I peel off a layer of the backing and paint on matte Gel Medium with a tiny paintbrush. It's tedious but I love them.

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Sweet Pearls Bakery

The Scrapbooking continues.

So a while back I ran across these sweet to/from tags w jute ties in the dollar bin at Michaels. 

Love these. 

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Best day ever

No real explanation needed. Stampin' Up! set "best Day Ever" --just retired. Basic design copied from the old catalog.  Little tiny simple flowers always make my day.

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