Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Vintage Wallpaper as Inspiration...

Things have been a bit off schedule here on the blog due to my bout with the nasty spring cold.  I have had a few too many balls in the air and before I let too much time pass I wanted to get the next challenge up for those of you who are enjoying trying something different each week.  I will post my playing card project soon and I thank the few of you who took on the last challenge.

While we were in New Jersey for The Graduation we were lucky to be able to visit with old friends who still live in the area.  Our younger son was born in New Jersey but we moved away when he was less than a year old so this is a friendship that goes back quite a while.  If you are lucky, there are some people in life that are the kind of friends you can see after gaps of many years and you all just pick up right where you left off - these are that sort of friends for us.
For years we have visited them in the same house they lived in when we lived in the next town but they recently moved into a family home and sold the big house with an eye to retiring to their vacation home before too long.  The house is still decorated with some of the same items that have been there for years and has a very cozy time capsule feel!  I was particularly taken with some of the wallpapers.

The kitchen paper is definitely "of an era" - in both color and style.  I actually took a fair number of photos and I am working on making these into discrete digital elements for another project.  If you are of a "certain age" or have older family members who have kept their decorating constant some of these may look familiar.

This paper actually reminds me of some scrapbook paper that I used for a project a couple of years ago...

Just look at the envelope which was made with a double-sided American Crafts paper.  Of course the colors are different but it certainly has the same "feel."  (If you want to see the post about this card, you'll find it HERE).

I wonder if you have any similar crafting papers?

I really liked the dining room with the shimmery gold silk paper.  It was soft and welcoming but still very special and elegant.

If you look at the colors closely, you can see that they are a teal, green, tan and brown combination that is popular today.

The Challenge this week is to use any or all of these wallpapers to inspire your project.  It could be the shapes on the paper, the style, the color or even the kitchen implements that transfer over into your new project.

Just link your project and see how creative you can be - I know there is a little "retro" lurking in all of us!  Please use the linky - I will move the long explanation of how it works to a tab up top in a day or so but for now if you need directions please visit the last challenge post HERE.

One more note - A new and helpful Question and Answer document for the Gypsy is available from the experts at ProvoCraft - you can download it HERE.

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  1. Thanks for the link for the updated Gypsy FAQ info!

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [26 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  3. Love that dining room paper! Hmmmm....what should I make?

  4. wow! nice challenge! I'll be pretty busy this week - but I'd love to see what others come up with!

  5. LOVE all the pictures you include around your yard!!!


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