Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Perfect Ensemble

A heartfelt handmade gift means so much, both to the giver and receiver.  You know how much love goes into making something special, so it is equally important to know who your recipient is as you create it.  

I decided it would be fun to create an entire coordinated ensemble of altered artwork to mix and match for a good friend or two.

Finding vintage-style coordinating scrapbook paper online a few years ago,  I loved it so much that I bought all that was available.  It's a subtle Valentine mix of dark red, soft yellow, sage and black -not a hint of pink or bright red in the bunch. 
Since I just altered a wooden plaque (see February 2 post), I decided to create coordinating items, addeding a small notebook, pillar candle, clothespin clips, a large spiral notebook, a note holder, and of course, a glass jar filled with chocolate.

Here is the beginning of my embellished mini notebook.  I found these small spiral notepads (with pens) on our recent visit to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- in the college bookstore for less than $2 each.  Here are the before and after notepads.
And here is it is shown with thematching pen and altered clothespin clip.  Embellishments include ribbons, chipboard circle stamped with "Friendship is a work of heart," a wooden bead and metal heart charm, and of course, the coordinated scrapbook paper.
And a surprise envelope inside for love notes or perhaps a sweet gift card?
And a few stamped images throughout the pages.
...the large spiral notebook
...matching tile coasters embellished pillar candle

and this altered glass hinged jar full of kisses--chocolate kisses!

And a photo of the complete ensemble:
Now it's time to steal a few of those kisses...xoxo

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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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