Sunday, July 19, 2009

Coffee, anyone?

It's time again for Rhoda's weekly link up over at Southern Hospitality. I am not finding a lot of good deals right now, but it is forcing me to be in "use up what you have" mode. I showed you the elephant cards I made last week. They came from this pack of cards I picked up at a garage sale for 50 cents! It was opened but there were only 2 cards missing!
This pack is going quick. This weekend I made up a bunch of these coffee cards. In "use up what you have", no money is spent. I only allow myself to use fabric and paper scraps that I already have.

Sorry about the picture quality. We had a terrible rainstorm today that forced me to take the pictures inside.
I think this one is my favorite.

And...
Here's a before and after I thought you might appreciate. A friend of mine dropped two of these palm tree paintings off for me to do whatever I wanted to with. The price tags on these were $25 a piece. She gave them to me for free! Here's the before:

And here is the after:

I am not gonna lie. This was a hard project. I ended up spraying the whole thing white, and then going back over it with acrylic paints. The rattan material inside is practically impossible to paint over. I do love how the frame turned out though.
I may scrap the coffee painting and just use the frame.
Just goes to show you that some ideas just don't turn out the way you thought they would. But it's always a learning experience!
Thanks for looking at my thrifty treasures.
Happy Monday:)

15 comments:

mysteryhistorymom said...

When are you going to put those cards in your shop, Sweets? I must have some!!!:) Lori

Cristi-2 If By Sea said...

Your "cafe cards" look great! I'm trying to get in the "use what you have" mode as well. Now if Hobby Lobby would just stop running half-off sales on scrapbook paper I think I could get there, lol!

JobandBrittany said...

so cute & crafy, love the coffee project in the frame, very cute!

sara's art house said...

I LOVE this stuff!!!! GREAT work :)

Beth Anderson said...

Really cute!
:-)

mysteryhistorymom said...

Chrissie- If you like, we can do a little swap! My Mermaid Dreams necklace for some of your sweet coffee cards... Just let me know!:) Lori

Blue Creek Home said...

Hi Chrissie,
I am glad that I followed you here from Rhoda's. I love your blog. You are so creative. I will be back often.
Rhonda

~~Carol~~ said...

Those cards are sweet, and I love that coffee painting, especially the saying! How adorable!

Mrs. E said...

I just stumbled across your blog and wow, I love your creations. Such great colors!

Helen Joy said...

I LOVE those coffee cup cards! Totally precious!

lori vliegen said...

all of your cards are fabulous! i really should follow your lead and start using what a i have....i could stay busy for years and years! :)

Jill said...

Oh! Love all the "coffee" goodies...I think I need a cup now!
Great job!!! and when I arrived home my new treasure from you was here!! I LOVE it!
Blessings!
Jill

Holly said...

I love your cards! Such a creative outcome to using what you have. . .thanks for sharing with us!

Ruth said...

I love the cafe cards. I love the way the frame came out, too. I have a project like that I need to get to. Now it needs to stop raining so I can spray paint outside.
Ruth

B.jane said...

Oh...I totally have a thing for coffee cups! Super cute!!!