Feel "Accomplished" & Brighten Up Your Life!

The "Accomplished" paper collection brings an old world charm to graduations, milestones, or in this case my living room!  When I first laid eyes on this paper, the first thing that came to mind was creating a home decor piece.  And since we've been searching for a small lamp for the side table in the living room, I did what any crafter would do – I went straight to the thrift store to pick up an inexpensive lamp, and I think that $4.99 was the perfect price!
After some quick disassembly of the lamp, I took the inner shade lining off of the wire frame to use as a template for creating the shade.  I covered this with black cardstock in sections (one side at a time), wrapping the black cardstock over the frame of the shade at the top and bottom of the shade.  Next I punched holes every ½˝ along the top and bottom of the shade and saddle stitched with waxed linen to create the border.  To finish the edges I added a coordinating ribbon on the edges of the shade.

To create the side of the shade, begin by cutting a piece of "Passkey" paper approximately ¾˝ smaller than the shade on all sides.  Die cut the Labels Thirty Six #5 die in the middle of the paper.  Use this same die as a template to cut a rectangle that is slightly larger from the "Timepiece" paper.  From black cardstock, die cut/emboss  the frame using the #5 and #6 dies, and one piece using the #2 die.  With Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle, add color to the embossed portions of these two die cuts and along the edges.

Adhere the "Timepiece" paper to the shade.  With dimensional tape, add the large "Passkey" piece over the "Timepiece" paper so that it shows through the window.  Add the black frame to the edge of the window, and with dimensional tape add the small die cut piece to the middle of the window.  Add your embellishment on top of this piece.  Repeat for the remaining three sides of the shade.

Here are the other sides of the frame featuring different embellishments:

And now to create the base of the lampshade:

The sides of the lampshade base was covered with the "Exemplary" paper.  The base mixes "Brilliant" and "Upward" papers – love the mix of patterns!  Mini ric-rac ribbon was used on the main part of the base, with the same wider ribbon that is on the shade to go around the bottom edge of the base to pull everything together.

Get creative with the "Accomplished" paper collection – and remember that this lamp proves just how great this paper looks with the lights on or off!

Authentique Paper "Accomplished" paper collection
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko  Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle
Spellbinders  Labels Thirty Six die set, Grand Calibur machine
May Arts  ribbon
Miscellaneous  lamp, antique findings, waxed linen


  1. Very Creative!!! What a great accomplishment.

  2. Amazing! you're lighting up the lives of crafters everywhere.

  3. Beautiful work, as always, John

  4. Really awesome and very unique project!

  5. Very clever project - love the neutrals of this collection.

  6. John, your talent and imagination never cease to amaze me! Simply fabulous!

  7. How did you ever think of doing this? It's just amazing!


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