I had this brilliant idea to use the topic of coffee for our frugal finds feature this month. I even had an idea of what I was going to do. I planned to use coffee beans and shape them into a pretty heart on a card. I have news for you....first off coffee beans do not like adhesive much (even super strong fast drying glue). I ended up going to the hot glue gun for help. Second a bunch of coffee beans lumped together in a shape is not really very pretty...insert silly potty jokes here. So alas, my idea was a bust! But the good news for you is these other gals did an awesome job! And I am going to share a few old coffee filter ideas with you from our very first ever frugal finds feature back in 2011!
Practical Scrapper Julie uses some coffee filters and distress stains to make her roses.
Practical Scrapper Alison used her regular morning coffee mug and some of her actual morning coffee (what a sacrifice!) to create these stains and drips. The bonus? The layout smells like coffee too!
Practical Scrapper Kim doesn't like to drink coffee, but crafting with it is another story. She used part of her hubby's morning coffee to create the background of her card. And don't forget her new coffee stamp set from Papertrey Ink!
Practical Scrapper Jennifer used spray inks to color her coffee filters and made them into background embellishments. (FYI, she's a Diet Coke girl)
Practical Scrapper Erin
folded basket filters into ( 3 times) a wedge as if making a snowflake, trimmed them into the shapes you see, misted them, and once dry, stamped them using Staz On inks.
Practical Scrapper Kerri
On this crisp fall layout, Kerri misted her filters with Tattered Angels Sugar Maple Glimmer Mist, inked with Distress Ink, then embossed all 4 layers while wet using her Cuttlebug. Once dry, she applied ink again and then cut into a circle to make her flower center.
Cone filters also offer great creative opportunities! Check out the card Kerri created:
Practical Scrapper Kerri
Why stop there? here are a couple of examples of effects Erin got while playing with the basket filters:
Misted, folded and hand cut. she used both punches on her crop-a-dile to make the holes.
More examples of the lace edges using a crop-a-dile. using a mask to create the white area on the pink one.
Playing around with pigment and permanent inks with Glimmer mists. Each has it's own look.
Practical Scrapper Christine created this card using coffee filters to create her ruffles.
And here's just a fun old layout from Practical Scrapper Audrey Yeager