Monday, 26 November 2012

An Attitude of Gratitude...

... a few months ago Bernice told me all about a blog that she was setting up, called An Attitude of Gratitude... and told me all about it, how art would be mixed with things that we are thankful for, with different quotations and themes for each day. In essence, a journal blog of gratitude... with a challenge for everyone to join in. So, would I like to be involved?  YOU BET!   Today, 26th November, is my day for my theme, which is Dreams.  Bernice asked a few questions about what I dream about... about what dreams I have had... have they been realised and what dreams I have for the future... to see what I said HERE is the blog that Bernice has set up... oh and she also has a Facebook Group too! Deets of that are at the bottom of the blog page.

Armed with a wonderful quote from Walt Disney, I set about making a little something for the challenge.  There was also the remit of making my own washi tape.  BUT.  I am a donut, as you all know, and I forgot to add in the washi tape that I had lovingly forgotten to make! Doh!  Anyways, Bernice has forgiven me for being said donut... bless her!   My entry is an altered photo frame that I covered with some gorgeous Kaisercraft papers and decorated.  Why did I chose to alter something?  Well, out of all the things that I do, altering stuff is by far my favourite. I love to take something old and plain and jazz it up, adding a touch of shabbiness to make it look like it isn't newly made.  Simple sanding of papers works so easily, a smidge of my favourite inks, Distress, add a subtle little something to tie the whole design together.

So my washi-tape-less creation was suitably altered with papers and ink and stuff and then I set about decorating it... with another thing that makes me smile biggly.. which is making a big old blousey rose using the Tattered Florals die and more of the Kaiser papers. A few bits of metal to finish off the design and of course, butterflies, I do love my butterflies!

Right, I shall away... I slept like a log last night (literally) and I have seized up, the perils of sleeping for too long, I am like an old lady this morning!  I had a FAB weekend up in Rochdale with the lovely ladies of the Jollie Stampers Craft Group... we had two full days of getting painty, inky, sticky, chocolatey... and lots of other things that end in "ey" lol   Again, a big, big thank you to the ladies for asking me to come and teach... and to Joan who organised the whole weekend and for being a great hostess and feeding me scrummy food!  I have all my boxes to drag in from Ferdy... and then drag upstairs and then unpack... worst bit is the putting away, same as when you come back from the supermarket and have to unpack... yak, no like that bit lol   Thanks for looking... have a great day!  TTFN

Hels x


Paper Profusion said...

Absolutely gorgeous Hels. Love everything about it. Nicola x

Stamping in Pink said...

absolutely stunning - this will look great when hung/stood up - really fab Hels xx

Marleine said...

Hi Hels,

Love the frame. Words are so true. X

Carole Z said...

Absolutely beautiful Hels, the words are so true and inspiring. Love it, Carole Z X

Joanie said...

Fab Hels. Love it!

And you were more than welcome (it was all worthwhile just for your comment about Louis' trousers!) Will do it all again in Feb yah!

THANK YOU for all your inspiration, great projects everyone suitably impressed.



Anonymous said...

Beautiful words Hels. Made me give a big sigh.

Val in Spain xxx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, Truly scrumptious, I love everything you alter and this is no exception, absolutely beautiful. The quotation is so true, and the 'discover' complements beautifully. Love the flower, leaves and twisted wires and the butterflies finish off this project 'to a tee'. I love it.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Cornish Emma said...

Hiya Hels, fabulous frame, love the colours and fab quote. Emma

Julia Dunnit said...

Super stuff you've had to re-think some of your dreams haven't you, what with how you're making lots of them come true!

Carol said...

Fab creation with this altered frame. loving everything about it and the oldie worldie look!Thanks for sharing
Carol x

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

This is wonderful! I love the colors you chose, and the dreamlike quality of the embellishments goes so well with the (awesome) sentiment. Gorgeous!

Ria Gall said...

Hi Hels
Sadly I have been laid up in bed for the past four days with bronchitis and a fever.
Knowing I can't get in my craft room is killing me so I turn to you for inspiration.
And you never fail on that front Hels you give so much inspiration and techniques that are wonderful.
Thank you so much this frame is beautiful.

nannapat said...

That is beautiful Hels - I love the flower. Pat x

craftimamma said...

Fabulous altered frame Hels. Love the flower and foliage arrangement. Beautiful stuff!

Lesley Vv

Buttons said...

With or without washi tape this is beautiful. You just can't get gorgeous frames like this anywhere else. So inspiring Hels. Hugs, Buttons x

Shazza said...

love this Hels, fab x

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