Wednesday, June 15, 2011

fun in the sun

College Graduation - check!  So both girls have now graduated, one from high school, and one from college.  It's been a busy week full of smiles and photo ops.  What now you ask?  SUMMERTIME!

What better way to kick off summer than with May Arts' Back to the Beach contest.  [This is a re-post from June 2011.]

May Arts provided the ribbon, and I chose an aqua, yellow and tan color combination as the basis of my project.  Here is the finished plaque:

Summertime art projects

And here are photos of the creative process with a brief tutorial.

Paint outside edge of the plaque with "Bahama Blue" acrylic paint [by  Americana].
Let dry.  Cover area with painter's tape. 

Paint inner edge with "Bleached Sand", creating a picture mat effect.

While paint is still wet, CAREFULLY remove painter's tape. 
[Ignore the messy center because that will be covered with paper.]
Mod Podge paper to inside portion of the plaque.  [photo not available] 

My favorite part:  Embellishments!
flowers using ribbon
 Ruched flower using two different May Arts ribbon

Looped ribbon, adhered to back of acrylic photo frame; 
Chipboard letters, ribbon

 More ribbon tied to hanging wire

 Ribbon and sand dollar attached to letter "n"

photo frame transformations
 Close-up of ribbon combo

 A lot more ribbon, flip flops,
suntan lotion and seahorse charms pocketed in loops

 Flowers made with ribbon and buttons

transforming photo frames
Insert photo and Voila!

Now grab your towel and meet us at the beach
so you can create your own beach memories.

Sharing here:
Someday Crafts


  1. Hi Doreen! Thanks for your sweet comment on my flower planter! Your frame turned out awesome! it makes me want to go jump in the pool! Following you now as well!

  2. I'm a new follower. What an adorable frame.

  3. I'm so glad you stopped by! I am your newest follower.

  4. I featured this over at Sassy Sites! Thanks so much for linking up to our Sassy Summer party!! I love this!

    Don't forget to grab a button!

  5. What a great picture frame! Very summery indeed. I'm now following you from the 36th Avenue Hop!

  6. Your picture frame is so very cute! I love all the fun summery embellishments. I came over from The 36th Avenue.

  7. Very sweet frame redo! Colourful and full of life, just the way I like things!

  8. What a great frame! It is perfect for summer. Would love to have you link this to our link up party tomorrow!! Hope to see you there ;)

  9. this is super cute! that bahama blue color! thanks for the nice comment over at my blog! :) have a great day!! :)

  10. This is adorable!!! So summery and fresh! Thanks for stopping by my blog and complimenting my pantry makeover;)



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