Oh my goodness. Do you guys ever have those weeks where you have maybe 47 balls in the air? And then you get a snow day and a few other little hiccups and boom. Nothing’s done, but everything’s in progress?! Well… that’s been my week. After the excitement of #SwapItLikeItsHot, I went into a little blogging mini-depression for an afternoon and then had to regroup and organize all the fun things I have on my agenda! Today, I’m going to share a tutorial I actually posted over on Classy Clutter a while ago, but at the end of this post, I’ll let you in on a few of the things I have coming soon! Also? It’s ABOVE FREEZING HERE IN CONNECTICUT. WHAT?! Thought that was worth mentioning…
Do you all know my love for embossing? I shared a little bit of that here… but it all started when I stumbled into a Paper Source. I love writing thank you notes and cards by hand and always love the simplest designs on my stationery. The Paper Source sells beautiful blank stationery and envelopes so I wanted to play around with some DIY stationery options.
Enter embossing and washi tape and twine stamps and watercolors!
For the embossing, I used a pencil eraser to make polka dots with the embossing glue (just a stamp pad with adhesive ‘ink’). I sprinkled the embossing powder over the dots and shook off the excess. I used a heat gun intended for furniture, etc. but they make smaller ones just for embossing! The embossing powder melts under the heat (you can actually see it melting) and boom. Embossing.
The washi cards were easy peasy. Just a few stripes of my favorite colors. Love.
I love how the twine stamp turned out. I just wrapped this heavy baker’s twine around a block of scrap wood. I dipped it gently in craft paint and stamped an alternating pattern.
Lastly, the watercolor was equally basic. I just played around with a few color washes.
Done. I got to play with my heat gun, AND make a pile of great hand-made stationery in an hour!
Now for what’s coming up later in the spring!
One word. Headboard. A million years ago I asked which of these two amazing Lacefield fabrics you’d choose. Well I chose, and I’m FINALLY redoing our headboard.
I also have a couple of coffee table makeovers I’m excited about. Mysterious much? This is the state of our current coffee table (WARNING: OLD post alert…) Aside from having a sheet metal topper made, I’ve never done anything else to it.
You remember this little picture I’ve plastered all over the online universe? Well thanks to those green clogs, I have a nice little treat for all of you.
Lastly, so much has happened over at the Restaurant Redesign. Lots and lots of behind the scenes planning (which is code for narrowing down the BUDGET), but I’ve partnered with a slew of KILLER brands so I can’t wait to show you some of the finishes and colors we’ve selected in addition to a few hands-on DIY contributions I have tucked up my sleeve.
Phew. I think that might be about it. Maybe. Who am I kidding. I thought it was Friday for 2 days last week and Mark and I have had cereal 3 nights in a row, so clearly I’m registering high on the addled scale these days.
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