Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mask and Merry Card

This is the first Christmas card I have made for the 2018 holiday season.... It is the first time I have used liquid mask on a card.... It is first time I used Stampin Up inks for sponging a background on a card....  A big thanks to Bibi Cameron and her video on Youtube for inspiration and how-to's:

I choose one of her cards as inspiration for my card and here it is:

To begin with I used the masking fluid by Winsor & Newton that I bought at Hobby Lobby with a coupon. For the toothbrush I used to splatter the liquid mask I used a cheap one from the dollar store. The trees stamp set I used is Lovely As A Tree from Stampin Up. The card stock base is cut and scored at the top and it is Night Of Navy card stock from Stampin Up. The watercolour card paper I used is Canson.

To begin with I cut the watercolour paper 4" x 5 1/4". I wanted a 1/4" border around my piece so I used a ruler and made a light pencil line on the sides, top, and bottom of this piece. As suggested in the video I also used washi tape to keep my border free of masking fluid and inks. I used a craft mat to make this card on. With the washi tape on all sides of my card front I put this inside a card board box and then splattered the masking fluid all over it:

I put this in the box since splattering the fluid over it it will  get all over the place and the card board box contains that mess -- just like I do when using anything I spray or spritz. Dipped the toothbrush into the bottle of masking fluid and with my finger I splattered this over the card front piece. After the masking liquid was on this I removed this card front piece carefully from the box and laid it on the craft mat flat and let it dry. This is the key to using a masking fluid -- is letting it totally dry before continuing the project. While that was drying I cleaned the toothbrush under running water to get all the masking fluid off of it and set it aside to dry so I can use it again.

Once the fluid dried on the card stock I added two inks to my card front both from Stampin Up - Night of Navy and Pool Party. My card is much lighter than hers in the video but I only used the two inks. I also used a torn Post It Note for my hills and the circle piece for the moon as she suggests. This is not my first attempt and here is what I learned - be sure your circle for your moon is pressed down firmly so you will have a solid circle moon. Also when stamping the trees be sure to ink them well and press hard when you stamp them and do not lift them off right away as it helps to keep them pressed down for the watercolour paper to absorb the ink. When sponging over the torn Post It Note mask be sure to move it around so you do not have a "stripe" look for your hills.

Once again -- LET DRY. With my stamped trees and hills sponged I let this piece sit on the craft mat without moving it. I cut and scored the card base and set that aside. With the card front inks all dried I used my fingers -- after I washed all the inks off of them -- to gently remove the dried on masking fluid. Removing that reveals the snow effect on the card front. I also peeled off the circle for the moon. Made sure all fluid was off the card front.

Gently peeled off the washi tape from the card front.  As Bibi had I also wanted to use a word die from the Stampin Up Christmas Greeting Thinlits set and I decided to use "merry". Here is the card front and the SU die set - as with all my word dies I always die cut them out of scrap card stocks and put them on a piece of dark card stock using a glue pen. I keep this sample with the die set so I can easily read what words that die set has since trying to read them backwards is not always easy - haha:

I cut the word "merry" out of silver foil card stock backed with Stick It sheet for adhesive:

As Bibi had used I also used the Christmas stamp from the Stampin Up Holly Jolly Greetings for my stamped greeting on the card front. But I did not want this to be crooked and since it is a cling stamp I did not want to trust this job to the Stamp A Ma Jig... so using clear plastic sheet from stamp packaging I cut a piece larger than what I would need for the one word stamp.

For the card front I put it in the MISTI and held it in place with magnets. I put the packaging clear sheet over the bottom half of the card front and held that in place with a magnet. Using the Stampin Up Night of Navy ink I inked this word stamp and stamped it onto the clear sheet to be sure it would be straight for my card front and where it would stamp on the card front - The clear sheet allowed me to move the stamp for placement and the ink wipes off the clear sheet with a baby wipe. This is hard to see but this is the clear sheet once I had the stamp where I wanted it and I stamped it:

Happy with placement I removed the stamped clear sheet and inked the stamp again and stamped it onto the bottom of the card front. With that stamped I removed the card front from the MISTI. Peeled the backing off the die cut word "merry" and put this over the stamped word on the card front:

Always hard to photograph foil card stocks.... With the die cut word on the card front I used the ATG and put this piece onto the card base. Added small sequins to the card front for some sparkle as you can see in the above photo. Bibi also made a small banner/flag for the top of her card, adding gold twine to that. I used the Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamped a stamp onto scrap Canson watercolour card stock using the Night of Navy ink. Used the trimmer to cut that to the width I wanted and used the Stampin Up banner punch on one end. I put the banner piece on the card front using the ATG and added silver twine I had looped and tied into a bow and I put that on the banner using clear TomBow glue. Here is another photo to show the snowy effect the liquid mask gave this card front:

This was much easier than I thought it would be and IRL this card has dimension with the hills and the moon. Thanks to Bibi for making the unknown technique easy and fun. One holiday card down... so many more to go! :0)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Once upon a time . . .

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Stampin Up sold the Envelope Liners Framelits die set of three dies for $27.00. Too high for this crafter to pay for three dies so I did not buy them. . . But then, as time passed, more and more projects were featured on "internet world" here and there using this die set. Cute projects other than just envelope liners but still I did not buy this die set . . .   Which is not so good because they no longer sell it in their catalog. So another die set I missed out on.... Until...

A couple of weeks ago my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) and I shopped a sale where crafters sold items they no longer wanted or needed (is that possible??) in their craft rooms. Great items, great prices, great finds. . .  Here is a photo of the Stampin Up Envelope Liners Framelits die set that I picked up for $4.00:

When I saw this die set for sale I remembered two of the projects I had seen made with them and always wanted to make them for myself and for the sale price I knew these would be projects I could make for the upcoming holiday season. The first project I wanted to make, and just finished, is a snowman. I had seen this Snowman Pouch/Giftcard Holder by Cindee Wilkinson on her blog:

Here is my version of Cindee's cute snowman and I made my snowman into a treat holder rather than just a pouch:

For my snowman I used 110# white card stock from Mikes - both for the front, back, and box insert piece. I used the middle sized die in the die set for the two snowman pieces I needed for the front and back of my treat holder - here is a photo of the die set:

In this photo is the clear bin I keep my Stampin Up die sets in - I made tabs as dividers using the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board and I keep the die sets in alpha order by title. The die set I am using at the current time I keep in the front of the bin, rather than loose on the work table top, so I do not loose any die pieces.

After my two middle sized snowman pieces were cut out with the Big Shot I set those aside. Using 65# black card stock from Mikes I trimmed two pieces to 2 1/8" x 5". Cut those out using the middle envelope liner die piece with the die at the top of the stacked black pieces to cut a hat for the snowman. Like Cindee did I used a stripped embossing folder for the hat pieces. I used a folder I had on hand by Sizzix. With the two black hat pieces embossed I used Stampin Up white craft ink and sponged the longer straight edge of the hat pieces. Used the ATG and put these hat pieces onto the two die cut white snowman pieces. Again used the SU white craft ink to sponge the top and sides of the embossed black pieces. For the sides and bottom of the snowman face pieces I used Stampin Up Going Gray ink to sponge those.

With die cutting and sponging done I used red sticky tape and put a piece of red striped ribbon across the hat on the front of the snowman hat. (This piece will be the front/face of my snowman treat holder).  Here is a photo to show the plain hat on the back of the treat holder:

I wanted this treat holder to be free standing and I also wanted to be able to put larger candy treats in it so here is a photo of my box insert cut, scored, and clipped to make the box rather than a pouch:

For the box insert piece I cut a piece of 110# white card stock from Mikes 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Scored it with the short side at the top of the score board at 2" and again at 3 1/5". Turn with the longer side at the top of the score board and score it at 2" and again at 6 1/2". Use the bone folder to crease all scored lines. Use scissors to clip for your box ends and make a wedge on each clipped part so the box will have a crisper look. Used tear and tape to put the box together. Put tear and tape on each long side of my box piece (front and back on the outside of them) and set this aside.

For the snowman face I used the 1/2" circle punch for the eyes and the 1/4" circle punch for the circles for the mouth. Put all of the black circles on the snowman face using TomBow glue. Used a dauber and put Stampin Up Pink Pirouette ink on the snowman face for cheeks. Used scissors and cut a long triangle for the carrot nose. Put his nose on again using the TomBow glue. Using a white Signo pen I made lines on the snowman eyes:

Used scrap green card stock and an old Fiskars squeeze punch for the holly leaves. Sponged the edges of those using green ink. Added a red foil berry cluster to the holly leaves using glue dots. Now for the wire -- my wire is 24 gauge wire (from big box home improvement store) and I used a pencil to wrap the wire around and then opened it up to made a random pattern. I used an awl and poked a hole on each end of the ribbon on the hat piece and put the wire through that and twisted the end around the wire to keep it in place.

Put the snowman front face piece onto one side of the box piece and put the back piece of the snowman on the other side of the box piece. As you can see in this photo my box insert piece does not go to the edges of the snowman face and back pieces. I wanted the box not as wide as the snowman pieces:

Filled the box with white shred and this will be ready for holiday treats! Like that it is free standing and this is sizable so a small gift and gift card would also fit inside with candy treats.  A cute snowman by Cindee W. and thanks to her for sharing her project on her blog. Have seen cute scarecrows made using this die set and am sure there are other ideas for more than just envelope liners. Will have to see what else I can make using this new-to-me at a great price die set !! TFL

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday Sale

My PIC (stamping Partner In Crime)  and I left early this morning to drive to a sale that a Stampin Up demonstrator was holding at her house. She has this stamping yard sale every June and we have shopped it a couple of times in the past and it is well worth the drive for us.

Having just shopped the outside sale last weekend at Enchanted Cottage in Lewisville there was nothing really the two of us were looking for.... but usually when we have that mindset.... somehow we always manage to find something we did not know we needed!! ;0)   Happy to say this sale my PIC "won" since she bought more than I did - but we both are certainly happy with our new to us stamping items!

This first photo:

These are wood mounted stamps marked 25 cents each -- three baskets full of wood stamps for a quarter a piece. I picked up two Penny Black stamps and one Inkadinkado stamp. I try not to buy more wood mounted stamps but the Penny Black Christmas cat stamp was too hard to resist. .  Then:

the Think Happy Thoughts stamp set from Stampin Up for $1.00. It is missing the dotted circle stamp but I bought it for tags on my treat holders so for $1.00 I am fine with it missing one stamp.... Then:

a square die set from Spellbinders for $2.50 for the full set. Then:

The Stampin Up Kind Koala stamp. Then a cling stamp set and a clear stamp set, both brand new:

Love & Sympathy and the Ready to Pop stamp set. I have the Stampin Up Popcorn thinlits but did not have the matching stamp set for that bundle until now. Also picked up two Stampin Up markers, new, for $2.00 each:

Fun things to bring home to the craft room..... Lots of great items were for sale there -- storage items, ink pads for $2 each, markers, chalks, reinkers, etc. Lots and lots of Stampin Up stamp sets, wheel stamps with cases -- even two of the Stampin Up cases to hold their clear blocks -- those were selling for $3 each case so a good deal for whoever bought those -- but I keep my clear blocks in the silverware tray from Ikea for 99 cents. A bin of Stampin Up punches, ink cartridges for the wheel stamps, kits, bling, etc... Always fun to shop these sales that is for sure.

On our way home we went to a Hobby Lobby we rarely get to shop at due to the distance from our houses. This week the sale at Hobby Lobby was 50% off their brand Paper Studios and Stampabilities in the paper crafting department. More times than not when I am working on cards or treat holders I print out directions or measurements and take it to the work island... not long after I get things started I can not find my instruction sheet.... somehow it gets buried in the mess.... ;0(  ..... So today at Hobby Lobby I came across this clip board on clearance for $1.99 and happy me it was the last one:

It is from their Petals & Blooms collection and the clip board is clear with the flowers scattered all over it. This should help to keep my instruction sheets visible and easy to find in a pile of stuffs... then I bought a tube of the same collection washi tape - 9 rolls - for 50% off:

also from this collection was a jar of 6 small floral punches:

So happy us that we stopped at this Hobby Lobby. After that we headed home -- DH was at an auction and he was gone all day so I was able to get things put away in the craft room without interruption and that is always a good thing... LOVE the used stamping sales -- you never know what you will find! Very happy I brought the print out of all the Stampin Up stamp sets I have so I did not buy any duplicates today!  So may stamp sets for sale....  Another fun day for sure for me and my PIC.  TFL

Friday, June 8, 2018

You never know. . .

*** For everyone that has left a comment about this die set here is the link to the seller I bought my die set from on Ebay. Hoping this helps if you are wanting to buy a die set for yourself. The seller packed them well and does fast shipping and I received them a day sooner than the projected delivery date.  Thanks for your blog visit too!

Ebay link:

Now to the original post:

Stampin Up has a stamp set "Lovely As A Tree" which is a 6 piece stamp set that has been around for many years. It was first available in wood mount stamps and now they also offer this set in cling to be used with clear blocks. This is a very popular stamp set but no dies/framelits are available for it... or are they?

More times than once this stamper sees a project somewhere on "internet world" and now wants to make one herself... only to find the stamps or products used are no longer available from Stampin Up.  In comes Ebay . . .  So awhile back, while looking for another framelits set for a project, I came across some one on Ebay that sells the Stampin Up Lovely As A Tree stamp set with matching dies..... WHAT?? How did I miss that???? Off to the Stampin Up website I go to find there are no dies/framelits available for this popular stamp set. Back to Ebay to check the price the seller wanted and it was around $100.00 for the stamp and matching die set. Already have the stamp set but did not want to pay that just for a dies/framelits set. . . 

Fast forward to this week.... again looking for an old framelits set and once again the Lovely As A Tree dies/framelits set pops up with my Stampin Up search. This is another seller from South Carolina that was selling just the dies/framelits for this stamp set. Her price was reasonable and around the price I would expect to pay for this dies/framelits set from Stampin Up if they sold it so I bought a set. Happy me it arrived one day sooner than USPS said it would and here is this dies/framelits set on my magnet sheet for storage:

This is not by Stampin Up, or Sizzix, or Spellbinders or a known to me brand so was not sure how clean a cut I would get with these. I got out the stamp set and randomly stamped it onto white/GP card stock just so I could try each die out:

Once stamped I put the die pieces over the stamped images and used washi tape to hold them in place:

Ran them through the Big Shot with one pass to see if they could cut the card stock easily. Much to my happiness one pass did the trick and here is the cut images still in the card stock and then after I picked up the card stock to show the pieces:

This is a favorite Stampin Up stamp set for me and now having the dies/framelits that cut all the images easily and with clean cuts will help with many cards and projects in the future. So although I did not find the framelits set I was searching for on Ebay I was certainly happy to find this dies/framelits set at a good price and even happier they cut well!! 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

But there's a catch . . .

Another fun Saturday for me and my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime).  Enchanted Cottage, a paper crafting store in Lewisville, NC was having their first  "Paper Crafters Yard Sale" today in their parking lot along with some specials in their store. My PIC and I have shopped at the store in the past but it is a 2 hour drive for us so we do not get to shop there often. But she and I love to stretch our crafting dollars so we planned our trip for today a few weeks back . . . .  DH was happy to drive us so we left this morning around 5:30AM for our trip.

Stopped for an on the go breakfast on our way and DH had found a place along the route for car parts so we made a quick stop there for him before we arrived in Lewisville. Enchanted Cottage rented out spots in the parking lot for the sellers and we were happy it was cloudy this morning and the rains held off:

This photo shows some of the sellers set up in the parking lot for selling. DH dropped us off and off he went to the local flea market while we two stampers shopped our monies away --;0).  This photo:

two stamp sets I bought for $2 each -- one is A Muse snowflakes and the other is a Hero Arts Christmas stamp set. Also bought Halloween season twine for $2 and a Fall stamp (new) from Great Impressions for $2. That is the only wood stamp I bought. This photo:

is the Stampin Up Flower Patch stamp set with matching framelits for $15. This photo:

is two Spellbinder die sets -- one square frame dies and a Halloween set. Each was $5. This photo:

has three die sets -- Halloween set by Poppy, Impression Obsession snowflakes, and the Stampin Up  Envelope Liners die set. This photo:

Stampin Up stamp sets -- two never used - $4 and $5 each. This photo:

is Stampin Up card stocks I bought... but there's a catch. The seller had all the SU card stocks in folders and as a buyer you had to buy whatever sheets were in that folder plus take the ink pads and re inkers in that colour. Some folders had opened packs and sealed packs of card stock. All the ink pads are the new foam pad style and the Chocolate Chip ink pad is still sealed.... When I went to pay her for these she gave me a marker for each colour I bought for free -- the Pumpkin Pie card stock is missing a couple of sheets as is the Chocolate Chip but the Crumb Cake had an opened pack of card stock and also a sealed pack of card stock -- total I paid for ALL of that was $17.00 !!!

After we shopped the outdoor sale we shopped at Enchanted Cottage and I bought a few of the Memory Box dies that were 25% off. My PIC also found some great deals on scrapbooking items and dies and such outdoors as well as dies from the store. Another fun day for two stampers and to top it off we stopped at Mario's in Greensboro for a yummy lunch and then headed home. Well worth our drive to Lewisville... Our next big trip is in three weeks when we head to the stamp show in Chantilly, VA.... but for now?? Thinking I have enough new-to-me items to keep me busy.... hahaha!! Thanks to DH for driving us!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Don't Box Me In . . .

Stampin Up sells a box die set called Lots To Love Box Framelits.  I had seen many projects made online using this die set and decided to buy the die set. Stampin Up offers this die set with a matching stamp set for a "bundle" reduced price if you buy both the stamp set and the die set together. I did not think I would get much use from the stamp set as I have many heart stamps already so I decided to just buy the die set. The 'bundle' pricing is a good thing if you think you will use both products but how much money would I save if I did not use the stamp set that comes with this die? So bought just the die set and it arrived last week....

This is a photo of this 10 piece die set:

The first thing I made was the standard box this die set makes using patterned double sided card stock:

Here is a photo of the card stock 12 x 12 sheet I used for my box:

For this standard box I cut out two die pieces for the front and back of my box:

Using tear tape I put the box together. Stamped a greeting stamp onto scrap white card stock and used a circle punch to punch that out. Used a scalloped circle punch for the scalloped piece behind that. On both straight ends of the box I used a 3/4" circle punch and punched out a half circle to make it easier to open the box tabs. Using pink twine from Close To My Heart I tied a bow around the box and tied on the stamp tag I made to the box front. Very easy box to put together and this is a box that can hold a gift card or small gift or larger candy treats.

With all the ideas out there using this box die I next made these two holders that hold two of the Ghirardelli candies:

The purse is free standing so will make a cute favor or treat at a table place setting:

Both those holders are made using one of the box die cut pieces so you can make a lot of them using your card stocks. The aqua one is solid card stock with a printed piece put on the front and back of the box and the purse is made using double sided card stock and I cut out an oval from white/GP card stock using a scalloped oval die for the purse flap. I have made other purse treat holders in the past and they are always popular so a new purse that holds 2 Ghirardelli's will probably be the same....

Now for these two boxes -- these both use four of the box die cut pieces and the cream one uses the curved flaps on the die cut piece to close the box and the polka dot box with the orange curved flaps is taller and you can drop in your candy treats since this box does not close or have a top:

These two boxes use the same size die pieces but one I scored at 2 1/4" from the straight edge and the taller one I scored at 1" from the straight edge. For the cream box I cut printed card stock pieces to put on the box sides:

Some box die sets make one size box or variation only but this box die set will certainly get a lot of use in my craft room. Always looking for new treat holder ideas and this one die set was used for these 5 treat holders alone! Always a good thing when a die set can be used for more than the one item it was designed for.... TFL

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Reuse, Recycle, Re DONE!

This post has nothing to do with paper crafting or card making but it is what I have been busy doing lately that has kept me out of the craft room -- :0(   This has been my follow up project to my kitchen island that I had bought on Craigs List:

Quite the "looker" I know... but after I refinished it and new stainless steel top:

This island has doors on both sides so it is perfect as my "baking station" and it gets lots of use. . .  Happy to have this new-to-me kitchen island but the project I just finished is our guest room - - this all began with DH buying and laying real oak flooring in that room. With the floor installed and sealed now it was up to me to "design and decorate it". . .  Had to decide the wall colour and paint the room. Then to decorate which brings my niece and her family who live out of state and visit us every August to mind . . .

She has little girls and last year the girls took turns putting soda cans and card board items in the recycle bin DH had built a stand for in the kitchen during their visit.  They do not have a recycle bin at their house and this was a big deal to them. So keeping them in mind I decided the guest room would be a "Reuse and Recycle" room to show the girls everything does not have to be new and "matchy, matchy".

Where to start??? Awhile back DH was going to an auction at an auction house and asked me if I wanted to go along with him. I had never gone to an auction before and this auction had his car parts and tools as well as household items for sale. DH shopped outside and I shopped inside. I bought an armoire for $35.00 thinking I could eventually refinish it and use it in the guest room once the floors were installed and finished. But that was the only piece of furniture I had for that room.

Remembering that DH had made benches out of old wooden doors over a year ago and I liked that he used an old wooden door for that so why not ask him to build a headboard for a double bed out of a wooden door? He agreed and he bought this wooden door from Restore -- they had priced this door for $25.00 but it had not sold for a couple of months so DH picked it up for $10.00:

This was a swing door so it did not have a door knob on it so no hole:

Here is the bottom to show this was a swing door:

DH explained he would be cutting off this corner of the door so it would not change the layout he had for the head board. Here is a photo of the head board cut and framed out with molding at the top:

Now this is where I come in.... DH can build pretty much anything and it all looks so nice... but don't ask him to paint anything as he does not like to paint and he complains it takes too much time... . which I know since I have been painting since the week of Easter.... haha. With the floors installed and finished I asked him to put up crown molding so he did that for the room. I then painted the walls and the crown molding and the baseboards. With those done we moved the door headboard into the room for me to paint it.   Here is a photo of the backside of the headboard upside down right after I painted the first coat on it:

DH attached the metal bed frame to the headboard after it was all painted:

Now to the armoire. It was not in bad shape but just needed painting and I wanted to add a glass door knob and a wooden applique to the bottom front of it... Sanded it down and DH glued the wooden applique on the front of the armoire:

The armoire took time to paint as I painted the inside and out and it took a couple of coats of paint.  Here are the photos of before:

Here is that painted and finished:

With me being busy in the house with all my painting I had honestly not even given a thought to nightstands for this room but DH was working on those. He used a wooden door and built the nightstands and the tops to these nightstands are made up extra oak flooring pieces he was not using:

His nightstands are a simple design but again uses old doors for the sides and back with flooring for the top and shelves. I painted the inside and outsides of the nightstands and he did the tops and shelves.

Just when I thought my painting was over DH told me one day after work that he had seen a small dresser at Restore and it would make a perfect fit for the guest room. He knew I would paint it but he did not know if I wanted to have a small dresser in there or not. I told him with the size it was it would work on the one wall of the room so the next day he picked it up and brought it home. I was happy that he bought it but what a painting nightmare for me --- Tip Toe Through the Tulips or It Is Not Easy Being Green both come to mind:

This poor little dresser had a couple of coats on it with a painting faux finish as the top coat and hand painted tulips on the drawer fronts. The piece on the back of this dresser also had to be replaced but the stamped logo in the top drawer says it was made in New Hampshire and it is maple. It is well built as the drawers are all dovetailed and solid. So DH moved it outside and I began sanding to take off the tulips when I found the emerald green paint (from Dorothy's old room on the Wizard of Oz? haha):

After sanding was complete DH removed the old back on the dresser and he added a new piece of lauan cut to the size for the dresser back. Then we moved the dresser back into the room for the coats of paint I would have to put on it:

I was surprised this dresser had white porcelain knobs that all matched?  DH explained he found the porcelain knobs also at Restore for $1 each and I am happy he bought those.... They were dirty but remember Dawn is not just for ducks and dishes.... I filled up a small plastic bowl of warm water and added the knobs and a squirt of Dawn and in a half hour the knobs were all clean and shiny white again. A day after the final coat of paint dried I put the porcelain knobs on the dresser and here that is:

Picked up an eyelet dresser scarf for the top of the dresser at the Restore and a larger dresser scarf for the top of the armoire at a thrift store. Brought them home and they went for a water ride - washing machine. Air dried those and ironed them and they look nice on their new homes:

Here is a photo looking into the room at the entry door:

Wall and furniture paint from Sherwin Williams (on sale). Comforter set by Ralph Lauren from Macy's (on sale and coupon), rug on sale at Wayfair, drapes and sheers on sale at Table lamps on nightstands are from Ikea. Here is a better photo of the headboard which started this project:

A BIG thanks to DH for his building talents and for helping me put this room together with my "Reuse and Recycle" ideas. My PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) has seen this room and she wants to know when she can move in?  LOL -- Hoping the girls enjoy their stay when they visit with my niece in August in the "Reuse and Recycle" guest room.... I am certainly happy to be finished painting and hoping to spend some SERIOUS time in my craft room again!! TFL