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I am a 37 year old nurse who is currently not working due to medical issues. I have chosen to pass my time crafting, but because I am not working, I have little money to spend on supplies. I have a small stash from while  I was still working but am now using what I have access to around the house. I also use things I can find cheaply at the dollar store, in the dollar bins, on clearance, or buy with coupons at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I also like to shop thrift stores and garage sales for things to use in my crafting. You would be surprised with what you can find if you aren't afraid to prowl a little.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Grunge Note Card

Sorry I didn't get a chance to post yesterday. I went to my mom's and by the time I got home, I was exhausted and in pain. But, I did have a chance to check out the Saturday challenges that I like to participate in. The DT at My Time to Craft! posted a challenge of Gothic. HUH? Really? Then I read a little further. They went on to explain that anything dark or grungy would work.  OK, grunge I can do.

The DT at Retro Sketches posted this sketch:

So, bring on the grunge. I love the old grungy look, but haven't really done much with it. So, between the two challenges, this is what I have come up with. I'm sure that the team at My Time to Craft really wanted something more dark, but I just can't get into the goth thing.
This is a 5x7 card. I first found a paper in a new DCWV stack that I picked up at Michael's today. The stack is called The Four Seasons. I cut out the parts I likes the best and pasted them down on the card. Then I tea stained a dictionary page and grunged it up. The paper flowers in the lower right hand corner were hand made. I ripped the upper left corner and rolled the rips back and tucked in a metal flower that had been grunged up with gesso and spritzed with my home made tea glimmer mist. I ripped a cream piece of card stock and inked the edges. I did the same with the blue but added some stamping from stampin up. I then made the banner, grunged it up, adhered it to a Prima engravers chip board piece. It was then adhered to a handmade burlap fringe flower. The butterfly was cut from the page from the DCWV stack. Here are some closer looks:



I don't think it's too bad for my first attempt at grunge.  What do you think?

C&C welcome!



  1. I love this!!! I too am a not-working nurse, with four kids and too little money - I love hunting for crafty stuff on the cheap too!!!
    Best of luck for the challenges!!
    Mo xxx

  2. Fab design, thanks for sharing at MTTC, good luck with the challenge x

  3. WOW - love the fibers and the shabby chic look Miranda! Thank you so much for playing along at RetroSketches!

  4. Beautiful card! Love all the gorgeous embellishments and the design is gorgeous!
    Thanks so much for joining us at My Craft Spot!
    Sherrie K

  5. Gorgeous card! I love the grunge look you've created - and yet it's still so pretty!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Small Bits of Paper

  6. Wonderful creation. Thanks for joining us at My Time To Craft!

  7. Fabulous card! Loving the clock as a focal point. I am a new follower. Hope you will stop by when you get a chance.

    Carson's Creations

  8. This is fantastic! I love it and the colors are perfect!

  9. Great card, love all the old grungy vintage look. Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot ;)