Wednesday, February 2, 2011

With all of my Heart

Ahh--another month, another project!   Although my plan is to post altered art projects more frequently,
until the dust settles (literally, as we are painting the house), I hope this project will inspire you.

This wood plaque caught my eye at Michael's, and because it has a nice wooden frame and a sturdy wire hanger for embellishing, I decided to give it a go, even though it was one more item I didn't need.  After this, I hope vow to create projects from my existing stash.  Is there an organization out there for us arts & crafts collectors hoarders, maybe with a 12-step program?  As long as I can embellish and mod podge the list, I promise I will try to follow it...maybe.  However, in all fairness to my art budget, I spend less on all my stash than my husband spends on one of his ski weekends. 

Starting with this mundane 7" x 9" wood frame,  I chose vintage scrapbook paper, and cut out a 5-1/2" x 7" piece for the frame center.  Before podging this, I picked out a beautiful buttery yellow paint for the outside frame edges, and a chocolaty brown color for the inset.  (Hmm, butter and chocolate--sounds like it's time to bake some cookies.)  After lining the inside frame with painter's tape to help me paint straight edges, I applied two coats of each color, allowing the first color to completely dry before applying the painter's tape for the next.  

And now for the really fun part: choosing embellishments. 

I picked out flowers, buttons, a heart clip, a metal "xoxo", L-O-V-E punch-out letters, a "with all my heart" sticker, clothespins, a metal tag, and coordinating ribbons. 

Here are photos of the finished frame.


 I modpodged the letters to slightly larger buttons
and used  a small button in place of the "O' sticker

 Because I love the idea of being able to interchange photos,
I adhered a 5" x 3-1/2" clear acrylic frame to the board. 
 and inserted pretty paper, which looks nice until a photo takes the spot.

 I mod podged complementary paper to the clothespins
and to one of them, I tied a metal tag that reads, "with love."

And the before and after, a project true to my tag line,

"Transforming  the mundane one embellishment at a time."


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Linking to:  Rook No. 17

Thrilling Thursday at Paisley Passions

7 comments:

  1. Doreen, this is delightful! How pretty!

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  2. Doreen, SUPER cute!!! I am going to feature this over on Thrilling Thursday tomorrow. Feel free to stop by and grab and "I Thrilled" featured button from my side bar if you want :) Thanks for linking up!

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  3. Visiting from the girl creative blog hop. you are so creative!! all of these look great :)

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  4. Love your projects, you're so crafty! Following you back. Come on over and link up one of your projects to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday link party, it's still open!

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  5. What a cool idea to add the frame in the center. I like.

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  6. hiya , love this transformation x all the embellies are great and the pegs are a lovely touch . tfs
    happy crafting
    xmaggiex

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  7. Doreen, I love all of your artful and loving embellishments, transforming the ordinary frame into a meaningful treasure!

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