Thursday, February 11, 2010

Finding crafty Inspiration in the things around you

Do you ever just look around and see inspiration in your everyday life? There are so many things that are in your home, work, magazines, books, stores, online, etc that you can get crafty inspiration from. Today I was inspired by my super cute new dishes from Pier 1. So while I drank my coffee, I also made a valentines card for my hubby. Here are the dishes, I just love them! I happen to have a stamp set that matches them almost perfectly. I gathered all of my supplies. Cardstock, inks, embossing powder, brayer, & stamps. The 1st step was to stamp the print on cream card stock with Versa mark ink. Sprinkle clear embossing powder over image, remove excess powder, and heat with heat gun until it is a nice shiny image.
Next ink up your brayer, I do this step 2-3 times to get a nice even look. Run your brayer over the image several times until it is the color you are looking for. Wipe off excess ink of embossed images with a paper towel to really make the images pop!
This step is done. Trim to desired shape to add to your card. The next step is to run a piece of cream cardstock through your paper crimper, and another strip through your crop-a-dile to get the raised dots.
Cut to fit card, and adhere with adhesive. Add any other embellishments you would like to finish your card. Now I have a really cute card to go with my dishes, and on Sunday my hubby will get a heart shaped breakfast on these dishes! What has inspired you to be crafty??

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