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."

Just joined.
Welcome to my new sorority sisters!

Linking to:  Rook No. 17

Thrilling Thursday at Paisley Passions


  1. Doreen, this is delightful! How pretty!

  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!

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

  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!

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

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

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


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