Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I'm not a professional.

But I still enjoy card making.
I usually keep them simple and a bit rustic.

I will share my favorite tip -
See that section in the center? It's wall paper.
Yeah, really!

You can get huge books of retired wall paper samples from home decorating stores.
Just go in and ask. They're free.
They're discontinued so the business can't use them anymore.
The one I have is an "Old World" theme.
But they had loads of options for me to choose from.

Then when I'm making cards, I just tear a piece and glue it down.
They have great texture to them.
I'm not a scrapbooker but this would also make a great addition to a scrapbooking page!

Layer in some stamps, flowers, ribbon, Swarovski crystals, buttons, or whatever.

So, don't be intimidated.
It doesn't have to be perfect.
Get out there and create something!


Kellie Collis said...

How lovely and inspirational!

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

Very pretty, and a great tip!


Charlotte said...

Your card is sweet. Just as a fyi- I'm really not sure just who, maybe it was Decor 8 or City Sage, that featured a bedroom that was used scrapes of different shapes, size and colors of wallpaper pasted to the wall like a large collage that actually looked stunning in a bedroom.

Jessica said...

GREAT idea! I will have to try that!

Live, Love, Laugh, Write! said...

That's a really cute idea!

Michelle said...

What a clever and frugal idea! Thanks for sharing!

Danyele Easterhaus said...

ur one smart cookie! nice.

Amy said...

Never have thanked you for the Bare Minerals... THANK YOU!!! Honestly, I haven't tried it yet. It was in one of my bags of stuff I brought home from school and just pulled it out yesterday. I'm waiting for a little time to play with it. I do think I'm really going to like it, though. (I haven't heard of anyone who doesn't love it!) Thinking I'm definitely going to need some of the Bisque, though. Too many red spots to cover up right now. Ugh. But thank you, thank you, thank you for picking me! :)

p.s. Funny... it occured to me just the other day that I only know your youngest as The Baby. I know your other two kids' real names, but have no idea about him. Just struck me as odd. And I'm curious since I need to come up with some boy names that aren't "gay." :)

Rhonda said...

Cool beans! Love that idea! You are a vey creative person Beki! Feel free to share ideas anytime!

Wendy said...

I used to work in a design center, and yes, we were happy to give away the old wallpaper books! I hated to just throw them away, so I'd keep them for people who asked for them or I'd donate them to schools. Lots of fun things you can do with them!

Brenda said...

What a great tip! I have been making my own card for a few years now (everyone expects them now), but my problem is I make them and they end up a little heavy so they requier extra postage to send them lol. Lately I have been addicted to the tattered angel glitter mist, I don't know when to stop with that stuff :)

Erica said...

i never knew about those books of old wallpaper.... what a fabulous idea!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, great idea!
I'll send that to my mom right away - she loves making cards.

Laura said...

I'm off to create some butter cream....would honestly rather create SLEEP!

(love the radiant necklace picture!!! I give it to my girl tomorrow night!)

Forty Two East said...

Those look great!!! I love the "old" look.

Beadin By The Sea said...

Great job Beki, very shabby chic! I love to make cards also, especially at Christmas- everyone seems to love handmade cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Christina said...

You make it sound so easy! I would end up gluing my bottom to my chair, and no one would get dinner because I was stuck!
They're very cute. That is a great tip about the wallpaper!

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Monkey Giggles said...

Very sweet card. Great tips.

Now I'm going to go make something.

Have a wonderful creative day

Sara said...

that's so cool!

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Anonymous said...

Oh love those cards and what a great tip! Never thought to go ask for old swatches! Yay for good tips ;-)

Jamie :)

Anonymous said...

*Gasp* Seriously? You can just go in and ask for them? Like, from Home Depot? AND they're free? I might cry... Thank you!