June 3, 2008

Vintage Cottage Charm Inspiration

My dear friend HB (Carol) sent me a birthday card with such a nice hand written letter inside. She asked me what my summer theme was going to be this year.....last year it was strawberries and she sent me the most wonderful vintage teapot with strawberries on it. So it got me thinking and I have to say that my decorating theme right now is what I would call Vintage Cottage Charm.

For my birthday, I purchased this old kitchen cupboard at an antique store. I just love the layers of old, white paint...the kitschy red strip and scallop cut outs. I wasn't sure it would fit where I wanted it in my kitchen/dining room but it does! I'll have to take photos of some of my other vintage treasures I've found too!

Then, Jordan picked out this bedspread(yes, all this pattern is on one bedspread) from Land of Nod. The girls get to redo their bedrooms this summer. Josey picked a more modern fuzzy bedspread. Jordan decided (with a little help) to do her room in the Vintage Cottage theme. Everything in her room will be inspired by the patterns in the bed spread. Her new furniture will be thrift store/garage sale/antique store finds. We've already found an old shutter headboard, a door panel we're going to make into a cork board, some old white shelves, etc. After we oohed and aahed over the girls' new bedding, I got inspired by all the fun patterns in Jordan's bedspread. So I challenged myself to recreate each pattern in the bedspread and make my own patterned paper. Below are the six patterns I created. These are 1/4 sheets of cardstock and I'll use them like little quilt pieces on cards. I'll be sure to post my creations!
I wanted to show you how I made each pattern. These are all just representations, not exact replications. It was fun to dig through my stamp stash to find just the perfect stamps. For the first samples, I made a plaid pattern that resembles the pink gingham pattern of the quilt. I used the Ticking CHF backgrounder....stamped it both vertical and horitzontal with Papertrey Berry Sorbet ink. Here's the stamped patterned paper up next to the fabric sample. Gingham and Ticking just screams Cottage Charm to me.
Next I used the Karen Lockhart Millinery Rose stamp to create an overall floral pattern. I used a polka dot from Papertrey Ink to add some fun. Ink color was PT Berry Sorbet.
Here's the patterned paper sample next to the fabric.
Then I used another CHF background called Victorian Pattern to stamp a paisley-like pattern.
Here's the patterned paper sample next to the fabric piece.
Here's one of my favorites, these giant polka dots! I used the big ones from the PT set called Polka Dot Basics and PT Berry Sorbet ink.
And here's the patterned paper next to the quilt. I love how polka dots add a touch of whimsey to everything.Here's another Cottage Charm basic......stripes. I used the PT Faux Ribbon set and PT Spring Moss to create stripe after stripe.
Here's the finished piece next to the striped portion of the bedspread.
And here's another one of my favorite the cottage rose. I use one of the flowers from the PT set called Garden of Life. Ink colors were PT Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush and Spring Moss.
Here's the two pieces side by side. To create this look, I inked the flower in Sweet Blush then tapped the edges of the flower onto the Berry Sorbet ink pad..then stamped the image. I added a few more polka dots just for fun.
Sooooooo, now I have my very own collection of patterned paper......just like when you see a rack of coordinating papers and you MUST have it all. It's fun to make your own though too. So I hope you give it a try. Be sure to link me up if you create your own! I'll be posting samples soon with my new paper. Have a great day everyone!! I'm off to pick paint colors for the girls' rooms.


Supplies: All CHF backgrounds can be found at Ellen's STORE. Papertrey products can be found at the link HERE.

25 comments:

Marie said...

VERY neat!!! TFS

mkayteem on scs said...

Mish -
I love this idea and your recreations of the fabric are awesome! So inspiring.... I see your Longaberger baskets. Ya know, I think there is a guy in Ohio that might like those baskets! LOL! LOL! LOL!

PS - You are such a nice mommy!

Hugs from your diet coke with lime friend. (Yep, had one this morning!)

~Mary

Stefanie Staniak said...

Oh I love your cupboard! It is so charming. I can't wait to see all your holiday displays on it too ! :)

Tricia said...

Love that cupboard and all your Longaberger baskets!!! I can't wait to see what you create with your backgrounds,too.

Janet said...

I want you to be my mommy and re-do my room :) Love it all. That cupboard is a STEAL!

stampinc said...

WOW you are so creative! Do you travel to decorate? I sure could use all the help I can get! Your family is so lucky to have such a special person like you. It's so much fun to find old things and fix them up! TFS
Have a great and creative week.

Laurie in MN said...

Happy Belated Birthday.

I love the kitchen cupboard. You found a treasure.

Raquites said...

I love that kitchen cupboard and wish there was room in my kitchen for something like that.
You patteren paper turned out great, and I can't wait to see what you do with it.

DeeDee said...

Well, isn't that the most FUN project....how cool to make your own little set of papers to create with....I love this idea Mish...TFS!!!

2stampis2b said...

Once again, I absolutely love your work! If I had more time...

Cris A said...

I love how you find inspiration from anything! Beautiful!

Kerry Davis said...

You are my absolute favorite blog! If I could only look at one for here on out, it'd be yours! I am gaga for everything you do. I made a set of notecards that were inspired sorta by the set you did for your daughters friend, Brittney. Here's the link if you want to see them...
www.glittergirl.typepad.com/

MichelleY said...

Mish...these papers are WONDERFUL! I LOVE making my own pattern paper, too. Its like getting back to the basics of stamping.

Sherrie said...

What a wonderful idea! Looking forward to see your creations with the papers!

Jessica said...

Gorgeous papers! I love the patterns and I'm really into the Vintage Cottage style, too. I spend hours looking at all the bloggers who find amazing deals at flea markets, etc. Your cupboard is so adorable!

Karen said...

I adore the cupboard. What a lucky find. Your girls must know they have the best mom around!

Dottie K. said...

What fabulous way to create your own paper. I can't wait to see what projects you create with this gorgeous paper. Your daughters room is going to adorable with those colors. :)

happiness blooms said...

Well knock my socks off and throw me to the floor! Mishie, your pattern paper is amazing! What a cool idea!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Love your use of the ticking backgrounder to make the plaid! Just bought that and would never have thought to use it that way, but now that I see your sample, it seems so obvious. Is this what they call a "duh" moment? LOL

What a wonderful way to have a coordinated set of papers, whenever and wherever you need it. Thanks once again for the inspiration. You're amazing!

Stamped In Ink said...

Your work is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Julia Aston said...

What a fun way to get inspiration! nicely done! And I love the cupboard that you found!

Belas Creating Place said...

This post is absolutely beautiful and inspiring. I can't wait to see what you will come up with using your patterned papers. The girls are so lucky to have an inspiring and creative mom. I am sure they know that too.
Bela
P.S. you have been tagged, tag you're it. Pls. go to my blogger.

Jen said...

Never seem to surprise, I love all of your creations and how you can mass produce them...it's amazing. I love to visit your blog often...thank you for the continued inspiration! Jen

KT said...

what an awesome idea! - I completely forget about using my stamps to create my own background papers, so thanks-a-million for the inspiration to get out of my box!

Tessa (shastess on SCS) said...

Great inspiration! I was wondering about your dots on your pallet ink pads - how did you do that? What did you use?

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