Friday, 15 February 2013

Thrifting and another UPcycled card.

My girlfriend and I sometimes go out for a good peek around the thrift shops. We each seem to have a few items that we are always on the lookout for. I keep my eyes peeled for things on her list and she does the same for me.

Sometimes I go home empty handed but still have a day rich in smiles, family stories shared, a few giggles and at least one cup of really good coffee. She is really close to my daughter and also to my grandchildren.    They think of her like an extra Grandma. She even watches for jodhpurs, or horsey things  for Little Miss C!

Last weekend I hit the motherlode...I found everything on my list and more!
Ribbon, crocheted lace, lace, silver string, silver netting and some little packages of cards! Yay!  I paid $1.50 for a fairly large bag of ribbon and lace and 75 cents for another bag of crochet lace trim.
I always  look through the particular, the teesy invitation or thank you cards. There are often some vintage type cards and because they are small, the image is the right size oi UPcycle.

I found a packet of 10  tiny invitations. The image is a sweet bouquet of white flowers.  I checked to make were they were matte type card stock as I look for cards that look as if they are made from watercolour paper. 15 cents for a packet of ten can't beat that!

Here is the first card I made from my packet of ten.

 I cut the floral spray out and then re-cut it two more times so I could create a 3D image when I reassembled it.  I fussy cut 2/3 of the flowers for the second layer and then just a few individual blooms for the third layer...these blooms  were already sort of touching so it was easy to fussy cut them all in one piece. This photo shows the 3D  effect looking to the top of the card...
Here is one looking down the can really see the 3 layers now!

 I put a drop of Stardust stickles on the tips of each petal and used a fine tip paint brush to brush it out onto the side of the petal. I then added a pale green diamond bling to the center of each stamen . I decided it looked a wee bit bare so I  fussy cut and popped up the butterfly too.

All the card stock and patterned paper used in this card are from my snippets bins. This is a good one for Miss Di at Pixies Crafty Workshop.

This is the card that was half assembled, on my desk at had some crochet cotton lace and a little twine on it then...I decided I didn't like that trim on this card, so removed it and added the sentiment instead. I saved the trim for another just wasn't working on this one. I did use the DP that was with it that day!
Card Base - White 5 1/2  inch card and envelope
DP - from my stash, originally from Clipper Street Scrapbook Store,  the girl's paperie, paper girl vintage patchwork
Card stock - from my stash, the aqua and yellow originally were card stock cards from Michaels but were too flimsy to use so cut them up for mats
Image - thrift shop cards UPcycled
Bling - from my stash
Dies - Spellbinder Scalloped Circles and  Fancy Circles
Stickles - Star Dust
Stamp - Hero Arts sentiment

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1.Pixies Crafty Workshop - Other than the Thrift shop cards image, everything else is from my stash and from the snippets bin.
2. Shopping Our Stash - They say it's your Birthday


  1. Love the 3D effect you have given the lovely card! You are certainly brilliant at getting bargains! x

  2. Terrific finds Mo and it sounds like you had a great time searching.It is great to be able to share times with a friend like that! Your card is beautiful, love all the popped up flowers and your wonderful background!
    take care

  3. Crumbs Maureen - what a find those little cards were - and a fabulous piece of upcycling! Hugs, Di xx

  4. Fabulous card, love the 3d effect and a gorgeous card overall. Great bargain.

    Kath x

  5. I have to agree with Di, a fabulous piece of upcycling! Your card is gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Love the 3d effect you created with the fussy cutting, looks fantastic :)

  7. How nice to have a friend like that!
    And I love how you created the 3d image on your card. Very pretty!!

  8. That's great, Mo, the flowers have such nice dimension. What a difference, and a great find, too. I love to go to thrift shops, we don't have many around here, though, and rarely do I find any crafty type things. I have better luck at tag sales in the summer. Barb

  9. Your card is beautiful, I like the layers :)
    I know all that paper, as I have some myself :)

  10. Fab card Mo....and some great bargains you had too! Can't beat a wander round the shops & a coffee(and cake) break!
    Hugs Jo x

  11. Love the 3D effect on the image Mo!! you sound as though you had a fab day huggles hun Sue J xxx

  12. beautiful! looks like a painting on a card.

  13. Very nice. You did a great job on the 3-D. Your background layers are a perfect choice. Great use of snippets. I really like your card!c

  14. Bit late for WOYWW visiting I know - had a busy week. Looks like you have some lovely projects on the go. Your upcycling is amazing!x Jo

  15. What a great card! Love the background

  16. This looks really great. And don't we all love a bargain!! Thanks for welcoming me into "the club". Christine x

  17. Oh my goodness - your card is so very pretty - gorgeous in fact!

  18. Love this card. You're a great shopper to be able to 'see' what you can do with the found items. This card really popped with your 3D flowers, and the colors you used for the background papers fit perfectly. And you had a fun shopping trip with your friend. What more could one crafter ask? TFS a lovely card. Hugs

  19. Oh so pretty! Love all of the textures! You did well at the thrift store!!

  20. Hi Mo, great card and such bargains. Love the glitter that you've added to the flowers it really makes them stand out beautifully.
    Happy crafting, hugs Erika.

  21. Lovely card, Maureen, and such a clever upcycling of those bargain cards. I like the decoupaged flowers and the pretty blend of papers. Elizabeth xx

  22. awesome idea and the card is gorgeous!! I feel like I'm saving something from the land fill!!! awesome re-make!!

  23. what a lovely card you created! sounds like you had a great day at the Thrift shop!

  24. That's a great haul and I love what you've done with the image.

  25. Lovely card! Sounds like the search for ephemera is half the fun.

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  27. The 3D effect is such a fabulous detail on this card, the way the flowers pop out adds that "something, special extra" to your card. An elegant card, for sure!

  28. Super bargains Mo and love this beautiful 3D effect, great card..xx

  29. This is a super make at at such a snip of a price you can well afford to do a bit of fussy cutting which by the way looks absolutely fabby. Love the addition of the bling in the middle. It is those little bit of extra that lift a card from lovely to megga lovely.!!! Hugs mrs A.

  30. It looks like you were able to find some amazing deals on your shopping trips, and what a gorgeous card you've created with your goodies! Those 3D flowers look so lovely! Well done!


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