Thursday, 8 November 2012

Alter It...

... as you know, one thing that I lurves to do is alter old photo frames.  And I also lurves to make 3d paper flowers (there are very few things that make me happier than making 3d paper flowers)  So, I combined the two for one of my show samples from last Sunday.  Grim's Aunty was having a clear out a few months ago and donated a bag full of frames, bless her, they are all perfect for my altering addiction.... and as a thank you I gave her one of the frames I altered recently (well, my house is getting over-run with framed pieces!)



This one was covered with some Retro Grunge paper and sanded at the edges to make it a bit shabby.  The very edges were coloured with Pitch Black Dabber just so they toned in a bit.  The middle bit is a piece of sand coloured card that I overstamped with the script stamp from Stampers Anonymous Classics #009 stamp set, I stamped with Sienna and Jet Black Archival to make a nice background.  I then used Dark Spice Cosmic Misting Ink to lightly colour the background and splatted a few... splats (!) by taking the nozzle off the bottle and flicking the little clear pipey bit at the card.  The sentiment was made in the same way, this time adding in some Black Night Misting Ink splats too and the sentiment is from Art Phrases stamp set. 



The finishing touches are the Blossom Three flower - using the Retro Grunge paper, adding in some butterflies and scrolls from Jewel Flowers and Flourishes Spellbinders' set.  A really simple but effective way of altering an unloved frame.  As promised, here's a photo of the tag folder that I also made as a sample.  The paper folder is also Retro Grunge paper, folded, sanded to shabby up a bit and then four tags made from more of the paper, overstamped with Sienna and Jet Black and a combo of the Classics #007 & 008  The flowers are cut from the 2"x2" squares on the Retro Grunge stack, sanded and then the second flower had the petals scrunched and glued so they have some more dimension; I was trying for a chrysanthymum look but...erm... failed lol  




Right, I shall away.  I have been busy-busy-busy with samples for Tuesday and Wednesday's shows next week... ooooooohhhhhhaaaaaaaa, you will LOVE what stashly goodies I have on the shows... another sneaky hit, you din't hear it here (again) right?  As well as signature lines from that person who's name begins with T and ends in M and has I in the middle... I also have.... *whispers* brand.new.stamps!!!     I am off to my bed now, I have got a fabby day planned, I am heading over to the NEC in Birmingham for a day of stashly shopping.  Tis a yonk and a half since I went to the NEC to be a customer and I am so excited that I will be going and meeting up with lots of crafty friends.  I have dusted off my hat too... HERE are the deets if you missed that post... I shall be sporting it all day...and I have been wearing  in my new Birki's too... they are killing me slowly with the tightness, the are a narrow fitting and I have feet like flippers... eeeek! So, you will recognise me by my waddling gait and daft hat on my head!  Thanks for looking.... TTFN!

Hels x

23 comments:

Caz said...

Loved this frame - those butterflies are so sweet and the flower's beautiful....and the colours....guess I just love it all!!!
See ya at NEC
xxxx

Anita Houston said...

I LOVE this!!! The sentiment is wonderful and the warm grunge tones are yummy! The inside just really makes this spectacular!!! Fab make!

Neil said...

Lovely work as always. Brilliant colour palette and I love the sentiment.

Kathryn said...

Oh fabby x I love to do frames but I'm running out of space to put them ha ha x

Buttons said...

Two absolute gems of projects using one of my fav sentiments. Great splats and flowers as ever:)
Hope you have a fab day at the NEC with your hat - it deserves another day out. Hugs, Buttons x

Sarah A said...

Another Hels magic masterpieces!!Love it! Lucky you having T's new stuff in your stash haha

Helen said...

Both gorgeous projects, but especially the frame!! Have a great time at NEC today wish I could be there...

Marleine said...

Hi Hels,
What a lovely project/gift to do. Smashing idea.
Enjoy your day and come back with lots of news and ideas. X

Aquarius said...

Amazing bit of altering - love the splats!

Lottie said...

Gosh you are sure on a roll - your talent is just pouring out of you - I'm off to get a bucket to catch some of it.

TonyR said...

stunning piece hels.
just amazing!!
xxx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, now you've given me an idea as i have a stash of frames sitting doing nothing! I love this frame and just a fab sentiment. Emma

val jones said...

Hi Hels. I just love the sentiment. The tags are real cute as is the frame. Fantastic again.
Looking forward to the T shows next week.

Val in Spain xxx

rachel said...

stunning work Hels - beautiful xx

Carole Z said...

Thanks for sharing this stunning frame on your blog...I loved it when I saw it on TV Sunday :) Carole Z X

Krisha said...

What a great frame and sentiment. Have fun at NEC. wishing I live a continent closer.

Planetsusie said...

This frame has been altered beautifully Hels and I love the sentiment. You always pick such great colours. Can't wait for the shows. I had to laugh at the story about your Birki's - I had some and they were soooo tight I had to send them back - I hadn't realised that they would eventually stretch!!!!! lol!

Hugs to you and a virtual hug to Alfie - hope he is well.

Sue Pxxx

Shazza said...

luv this x

Candy C said...

Hels, I love your frame! It's so wonderfully done! Love your gorgeous signature rose! I also love the tags that you've done out of the same colors! That sentiment....LOVE IT, too! <3 Candy

Gillian .... said...

Oooooooooooo I so can't wait to see what's coming next week. Loving this altered frame, looked beautiful on the tv hun. Hope you had a fabby day at the NEC. xxx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, Fantastic projects, beautiful colours, love the 'splats', I can't wait until next week, you are such a tease ha ha.
It was great meeting up with you today at the NEC, know you got some bargain embellies. Hope your feet have recovered, great birki's though.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

butterfly said...

It's a really great frame... but that tag book is the absolute winner for me - completely gorgeous! And what a truly wonderful sentiment!
Alison x

Gerrina said...

Love this quote! The colours are so great together... Hugs, Gerrina

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