Finding Inspiration Everywhere

Grungy Butterflies


You never know where you’ll find inspiration for a project.  There’s a picture on the wall in one of the bedrooms in the condo where we’re staying.  The background is divided into sections, and it looks very “mixed media” – even though it’s just a picture.  I kept looking at it, thinking about how I could turn it into a mixed media piece.  I didn’t want to wait until I got home, though, because I know that when inspiration strikes, you should move immediately.  If I waited until I got home, I wouldn’t be as enthusiastic.  But I needed Gesso, and white ink, and black pens, and all I have with me is a small craft bag.  Mike is incredibly observant, and he would definitely notice if I replaced his suitcase with a Big Shot and second craft bag.

I decided to give it a shot, even with limited supplies.  I have to say, I was very surprised at how well it turned out.  I did a lot of masking, sponging, and stamping off.  Fortunately, I brought Gorgeous Grunge and Butterfly Basics with me, so this was pretty simple to pull off.

One of the things I really wanted was some white-ish splatters.  I don’t have spritzers with me, so I decided to just use a little Stampin’ Mist on a splatter stamp.  It worked great!  The only problem I had was when I trimmed the card a bit.  Being impatient, I didn’t wait for it to dry, so it ripped during the trimming process.  No problem – I just ripped a little more and sponged the edges.  I added a little strip of Venetian Crochet Trim to the side and layered it to a Coastal Cabana card.

Coastal Cabana is the only retiring In Color that I’m really going to miss.  One of the new colors – Mint Macaron – is close.  It’s a little greener, though.  I’m thinking there will probably be a color “refresh” in the next year or so, so perhaps it will come back!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.  Have a wonderful day!


About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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8 Responses to Finding Inspiration Everywhere

  1. Simply lovely. I especially like the way you improvised to make it happen!!!

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  2. Susan Horr says:

    You are the only person I know who can make something so beautiful out of a mistake. Gorgeous!


  3. Your card is lovely. I’ve heard the expression that when it comes to paper crafts there is no mistakes, just a chance to add some more embellishments LOL. Thankyou for the inspiration.


  4. Christine Giuda says:

    I would say you definitely caught the mixed media look. That is simply gorgeous.


    • buffycooper says:

      Wow – thanks, Christine – aka “Mixed Media Master!” I bought a Mixed Media magazine to read while we’re on vacation. Can’t wait to get home and try some of the ideas! That’s probably what made me want to try the card.


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