Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ears to You

I want to share a little spring home decor project with y'all today.  I live in south Georgia, where we've been having massive amounts of rain, but I know that many places are still dealing with snow and ice and crazy cold temperatures.  So today, I'm going to share a little bit of spring with you (unfortunately, I can't share our 70-degree temperatures through the internet as well).

Lately, I've been so busy with work and homeschool and house stuff (we're in escrow to buy the house we've been leasing for a year-and-a-half), that my craft room has been neglected.  I haven't figured out a way to add more hours to the day, so my craft time has been scarce.  I know that there are a lot of folks just as busy (if not more so) than I am, and I'm hoping this quick - but quite adorable - project will inspire you to get crafting too.

I used just a few supplies:

-stampin' write markers from Stampin' Up!
-white cardstock
-a clear mount stamp, also from Stampin' Up! + acrylic block
-some patterned paper (I ended up only using 2 sheets, but pulled out several choices)
-a Virserum frame from Ikea (they're only $1.99 - I buy these in bulk!)


Here's a better picture of the stamp's image...how cute is that?


First, I got to work coloring the image.  I used the brush tip of the markers to color the bunnies and sentiment, but you could use ink pads (though you'd probably want to use post-it notes to mask the different portions of the image...I'm just not neat enough to master this).


After the image was thoroughly colored, I blew on it a couple times to re-moisten any ink that may have dried, and stamped it on the white cardstock (and it came out perfect the first time - I surprised myself!).


I then trimmed the cardstock to a 2 1/4" by 3 1/4" rectangle.  I cut a 1/4 inch mat with Jillibean Soup's Creme Fraiche patterned paper (from the Dutch Mustard line):


 Finally, I cut a sheet of October Afternoon's Gooseberry Falls paper (from their Woodland Park line) down to 5" x 7".  At first I was afraid the floral pattern would be too busy:


...so I also tried the chevron-print on the b-side of the paper:


But ultimately I went back to the floral.  I love the way it matches the colors in the stamped image.  Once it was matted, I think the busy-ness got toned down quite a bit too.

Now, this happy little spring frame is sitting on my fireplace mantle.  And I'll be honest, I smile every time I walk past it.  :)


Are you still in winter mode, or are you ready for spring?  If you've been working on any seasonal decor, I'd love to see it!  You can share in our facebook group, or link in the comments.

3 comments:

  1. So simple and adorable! I love the colors! And I think the floral paper is perfect!

    I actually did just complete an Easter decor object, but I can't share until after the new issue of Crafting Ireland magazine comes out on March 1st. I'll share then!

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  2. Love this cute image...The floral paper is perfect with it!

    Great idea to place it in a frame.

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  3. Very beautiful!
    Love the stamp!
    I'm working on one of these for St. Patricks day. I 'm using a clip art I found online.
    Love all the colors!

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