Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My cheap, er, inexpensive interpretation

Hello girls! Here's a project I've been planning for quite some time.

I was flipping through a catalog and saw this cute pair of art pieces.



Wow, I thought. I must have this for my house!

However, I was not willing to pay $89 for something I knew I could replicate easily myself (though I *do* want you to pay $89 for this because it is from my company and I want my company to have good sales so I can have a job and afford the luxuries in life, like food, my mortgage, you know).

I've been a rubber stamper for, oh, about 18 years. I knew I could make this on the cheap.

I went to the thrift store to find a pair of matching frames, and this is what I found.



Eek. U.G.L.Y.

But the frames were nice, solid wood frames, so I knew they'd work.

I tore two pages out of an old book, busted out my rubber stamps, and here's what I came up with.



I think they turned out ok, but I'm not totally in love with it. Maybe I should have paid the $89 afterall.

Maybe I need something other than butterflies. I have lots of butterfly stamps, but this was the only one I really liked for this project. It doesn't have enough "umph" though. Maybe I'll do some tweaking. We'll see.

16 comments:

Mojito Maven said...

WHAT??? they look awesome!!! great job!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I think you've done a good job! Honestly, put em up with pride girl!

Domestic Diva....NOT said...

I think they look great :) I personally like them just the way you did them & you should be proud. Because you said you weren't in love with them & thought they might need tweaking. I thought you could add black glitter over the stamped butterflies or you could add a 3 dimensional butterfly over the stamped ones.(not sure how to do that). But it might look really cool. Thank you for such a great blog :)

Gwen said...

I like yours better than "the company's". I like the way the leaves are the same whereas theirs has the trees and branches differing. Maybe the ink color of the leaves is what isn't striking your fancy? Could you stamp them in a different color and offset the already stamped ones?

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I think that they turned out wonderfully! You did a fantastic job on them~ and saved a lot of money in the process! :)

Just so you know, I absolutely LOVE your blog! I have read ALL of it! :)Make sure to stop by my blog when you have a moment~ I have something for you! :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I really love them! When I first saw the "before" frames I thought for a minute that that was your interpretation of the $89 version. Phew! Your version is much better...I think they are adorable!
Carrie

My home - My life said...

What a great idea - I think they look great - you did a wonderful job!!!

Sandy Toes said...

OH MY! Those are wonderful...you did such an amazing job..I like yours EVEN better!

What a cute comment on my blog...I love your "Front Teeth" story!!!!!
-Sandy Toes

The Pink Potpourri said...

wow! you're really creative. those look great!

Kacey Randolph said...

I think you did an awesome job!

Liz said...

Wow! I love love love this!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I love them..I think you did an awesome job! cherry

my thrifty victorian home said...

Oh, I just love this. It looks absolutely great!

La Donna Welter said...

I love how they look!
Beautiful!
La Donna

Cali Girl said...

What a great project, you did a GREAT job! And you found some great frames I must say.. love them in black!

ThriftyDecorChick said...

I think these look fantastic! You are a girl after my own heart! I love them.