Friday, July 1, 2011

Young Crafters Unite Blog Hop!

Hello and Welcome to Fur and Green Feathers!

 If you are participating in the Young Crafter Unite Blog Hop you've just visited Joy's blog Less Is More.  If you need want to start at the beginning click here
(Don't forget to comment to be eligible for some awesome prizes!)

If this is your first time here you may be wondering about the title of my blog.  It is named after my "babies", Luigi (an Eclectus parrot) and Stormy (a Russian Blue Cat)! :o)

First things first:  What makes me a young crafter?  I am nearly 26 years old and I am a lifetime crafter.  I have always enjoyed doodling, scrapbooking and creating in general, and just recently found the craft of card making when making my wedding invitations.  Once I found this card/paper crafting community I knew I had found my type of people!  I started this blog so I had a place to chronical my crafting adventures to share with the world and hopefully inspire others the way so many of you have inspired me.  
(I'm especially talking to you Britta!  You rock!)

I don't know what I was thinking!  I made this card for this blog hop, but posted it the day I finished it (which was Wednesday) instead of saving it for today.  
DUH!  Oh well - this card is in two posts in a row!!  

Here is my card project: 

My favorite thing to do is cut SVG files with my digital cutter. (Right now I am using a Cricut, but I am saving up to purchase a Black Cat Lynx!)  So that brings me to my favorite company, which is... SVGCUTS.COM The bride image in my card is from's svg set called "Kate's Silhouettes", which happens to be my favorite set of svg's ever!  Another favorite thing included in this card: Tim Holtz's Distress Inks.  If you have never used these inks, or you simply want to learn about different ways to use them, watch Britta's "No Stress Distress Inks" tutorials on YouTube!  If you'd like to learn more about how I made this card, please scroll down or click here to read my previous post about this card. 

But Wait!  There's MORE!!

 I was inspired by this blog hop to tackle a craft project I have been putting off for over a year!  When we purchased our home this ugly light fixture (in my opinion!) was hanging in the dining room.  I have been looking around for a new one, but I never found what I wanted.  So I decided to totally renovate the existing fixture.  
Here is what it looked like before:

And this is what it looks like now:

I spray painted the fixture in "Cherry Red" Kylon paint.  After much searching I found the chandelier shades at Lowe's.  I love the fabric - which I bought at Walmart for less than $5 yd.  I adhered the fabric using spray adhesive.  The ribbon and trim I purchased at JoAnn Fabrics, and I simply used my hot glue gun to adhere it.  

I am very proud of the transformation... and I can't believe I have lived with that dated chandelier for a year now! It took me a few hours to make something beautiful and that completely transformed my dinning room!

So glad you stopped by to check out my blog!  Please come back! :D
Comments are always welcome and appreciated! And you are eligible for some awesome prizes when you comment during this blog hop!  Let me know what you think!

The next blog in the hop is: Wendy's blog Happy Stamping Designs


Kristy Smith

Hi Lauren! WOW this card is fabulous! I love the way you used the distress inks (and yes Britta's no-stress distress videos are amazing!) What a great card! I also love your other project, fixing things in your home is such a lovely way to craft productively! =) Thanks for sharing!

Marie / Legojenta

What a beautiful card, Lauren! I love the hearts in the sky =) And that lamp turned out totally fabulous! Love the red =) Thank you so much for joining our bloghop!

Priya Mohan

Loved the distress inking on your card!...the lamp project just amazed me...the bright red adds real beauty to it..I love how crafting helps decor the house and thanks for sharing this fab project!


The card is lovely and I enjoy using distress inks too.

And the light fixture turned out beautiful!


That light fixture is amazing. I just adore it, its exactly what we would hang in our dining area. Thanks for the inspiration.


great projects!

Mad Crafter

Love the card but the light fixture is amazing!!!! When I first saw it as you bought it I thought yuk, then I saw what you did to it and I thought I want that! Awesome job. Having fun hopping with you today!! I'm #58


WOW Lauren, your card is just beautiful! What a great use of all those elements, I love it all :) TFS!

Melissa Shea

That card rocks! I love the clouds and hearts! And wow-the chandlier is gorgeous!


Very cute card!

Jan Hunnicutt

Wow great projects! I love the photo of your kitty and bird together!


Terrific projects! I love the chandelier! So bright and beautiful! TFS!


Cute card and pets!! I love how you colored the card with distress inks and the patterned dress... it's gorgeous!

Karen B.

A really great shower card, such a fabulous idea!


Fantastic projects! Love it!

Mubeena M.

great projects!


Fantastic tranformation of an old chandelier - your new one is gorgeous. Great picture of your bird and cat - how did you get them to stay still for the picture - they must be perfect pets:)

sharon g

It's hard to focus on anything else once you've shown your adorable cat and bird!!!!!!!! But I did like your projects.


cute card and gorgeous remake of the chandelier!

Aditya Gupta

lovely card and really a great work on chnadelier.


Love that card.


Lovely card and the lamp transformation is stunning!


Terrific projects both of them.. Loved them both... Especially the card... TFS...


victoria h

love the use of no-stress distress inks

Lillian Child

Fabulous! And LOVE your sweet sweet pets!

Bunny Vance

Love your card ~ embossing is the icing on the cake!
Thanks for sharing,


Your card is absolutely stunning! I love it so much! And WOW! What a transformation on that chandelier! Thanks for sharing two amazing projects!

Chari M.

Beautiful card, I love the embossed dress and the distress inks! I think it is great that your blog is named after your pets. Mine is as well! I am on the hop to so I hope you come visit. I think I was #10. Little Miss Littleness is what my husband calls our miniature dachshund sometimes. :) Thanks for sharing your projects!


fabulous projects! Love the sweet bride, I'm gonna have to check out that website with the cut files, sounds like fun! :)


Cute card! Love the colors and the textures :) Great altered doesn't look anything like it used to ;)

Neha Jain



Love your card! And I love the photo of your two "babies"!

Emily Keaton

Fun projects! Love your card AND your chandelier. Thanks for sharing! :)


These are awesome! Love your card... the textured dress looks perfect on the silhouette image. Great job with the lamp. Looks great!

Tania A

I Love your babies! I used to have two Siamese cats but they are back home with my parents. I will adopt a cat soon, as I miss having a furbaby to cuddle and love on <3

I also used to have an Indian Ringneck Parrot who I was absolutely head over heels in love with, poor thing died and I still miss him so much. Does yours talk?

Love your projects so much and I am in lurv with your altered chandelier! I am so pinning this! Thanks for sharing! :D

I' participating in the blog hop as well, I'm blog number 34!

Cathy P in AZ

Your card is original and beautiful! A real work of art! That chandelier took a HUGE leap from the '70s into 2011! And it's RED (I love love LOVE red)! FABULOUSNESS. LOVE your furry and feathered friends - I have a cat named Sophie who is Stormy's long lost twin! They look exactly alike! :)


Can't wait to share this idea with my daughter!!! Love it.


Love your card! And what you did with the light fixture is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

cards by cara

Very cool!!


Your light transformation is wonderful! Isn't it funny what we will live with when the fix is so easy? Thank you for sharing it.

Larissa Heskett

WOW!! One of my FAVORITE CARDS!! thanks for sharing, you are very talented!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)


LOVE this card, wish I would have seen it a couple weeks ago. I had need of a bridal shower idea and this would have been perfect.
But that chandelier is FANTASTIC! Amazing what a little pop of red can do to a room. Great job on both crafty projects!


first, I love the pic of Luigi & Stormy - too cute! Second, the card is gorgeous, love how you did her dress and third, you ROCKED the redo on that light fixture! Wow!


Super PETS and card and Chandelier. Are you sure you're not heading for an interior designer job?


Wow beautiful card! And the chandelier is gorgeous!

Nancy L.

very pretty card and i love your make over!!

Stephanie Y.

The way you repurposed that lamp is fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration


I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for taking the time to read my blog post and commenting! I know there was an incentive to comment, but many of them are so kind, insightful and encouraging! Thanks again! ~Lauren~

Britta Swiderski

Wow, that dress is so gorgeous with the embossing and inking! I also love how your talent translates into that beautiful chandelier as well. What a transformation! Thank you so much for joining us on the Young Crafters Unite blog hop!

In Love with a Bug

WOW!!! Both of your projects are amazing!!! I love the card and how you embossed and inked the dress and the spray painting you did on the chandlier is awesome! I have a altered furniture project that I need to get to. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am a new follower. Melanie

Rebecca T.

Love your work. I also really like your cat, it looks beautiful.

Sue D

Great card and fabulous lamp renovation.


Cute card, love the lamp.


Oh, I love both projects. So creative you are!! ;)
-Elaine Uhl

Emily Leiphart

Lauren, I love the photo of your pets. They are gorgeous!! Your card is beautiful and I'm in love with how you decorated the lampshades on the chandelier!


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