Monday, July 30, 2012

Frenchy cards with frames

As I mentioned in my first post I am adding more french style decor to our home. I decided my next project would be french style frames with stamped cards. I have quite a few rubber stamps in my collection . I started stamping in the 90's and kind of lost interest and stopped doing it  several  years ago.  Luckily, I have kept my stamps because I knew I would want to start stamping again later. There are so many papercraft items in the stores and I thought about putting decorated papers together or print something off the internet, but I have so many stamps and still enjoy stamping, so I decided to make my cards that way. Sometimes you just want to do a simple project and hope it will give you the unique results you are looking for. This was a fun project for me because it gave me a reason to start stamping again and decorate our home at the same time. I like that!

 I added the frames to my antique table with a little birdhouse and lace bird after I finished the project.

I started with some frames I already had. They were a gilded gold and pink, but they looked frenchy.
I added some light blue craft paint to the frame intself and some espresso metallic to the floral part of the frame.

These are the card images after they were stamped and I decided on my design. I made these cards with stamps I already had except for the frenchy word background on this card. I'll share more about the stamps that I have in a later post.

This one looks much prettier in person, but it is a little too busy for me so I'll redo it. 

I  really like how this card came out, it has that frenchy feel I was looking for. I have it on the mantel in this picture.

I enhanced this one a little bit to soften it. The floral part of the frame is really darker than it shows. It is more of a shimmery metallic brown.  

This pic is taken on my table again with my faux flowers. Hopefully I will have a garden next year. I think certain types of faux flowers can be really pretty. I will use them a lot in my autumn displays. 

It was evening by the time I got all my pics taken so I included these that I took with the evening sun setting and  reflecting through our patio door.

I love the shadows that evening pictures create.

I always attempt to create projects that give me a special feeling, kind of like I am lit up from within.  I guess I look at design and a lot of things in  life that way. Thanks for joining my little tour. I will be linking up to
  Marty @ table top tuesdays
 Stephanie @ under the table and dreaming Sunday Showcase

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Stepping into Blogland

I have been enjoying viewing all the decor blogs for quite some time and I finally decided to join all of you. Although our new house has a small floor plan, your decorating ideas and creativity have shown me there are no limits to what you can do with a small space. The design ideas in blogland are unlike anything I have seen and I am continually inspired by all of  your projects. There is a lot of beauty in simplicity and I  will be creating craft projects that will reflect that and help me achieve that frenchy farmhouse look that I love.  I will also be sharing my design dilemmas as well as I attempt to decorate and achieve a balance in our new home. Because we live in the PNW I will also be sharing the  beauty of our scenic region. I'm not a big DIYer right now, but I do have an interest in papercrafts, vintage finds and small projects that I can transform into the french farmhouse style.

Since I have been admiring the blogs for awhile now I have learned so much. When I first saw the word cloche on a  design blog I thought they were talking about hats. Well now I know better and since this is my first post I am taking small steps. I have admired Marty's cloches and blog for some time so I have decided to join Marty @ for her cloche party.

Shells are one of my favorite things to put in cloches

Even though this pic is rather dark I really like the shadows on the cloches and from the fence reflected on the grass

I really enjoy the mini cloches

This image is a little dark but I wanted to add my bird cloche

Cloches on the windowsill. Can you tell I really like cloches?

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