Saturday, February 4, 2012

You had Me at Hello.

The title says it all.  For anyone who's never seen the film, "Jerry Maguire," it is the best Valentine's movie EVER. The phrase, "You had me at hello" is one of the more iconic phrases in my vocabulary, and it is the creative catalyst for this altered art project.  And best of all, I used materials from my stash! 
I started with these somewhat "cugly" striped coasters 
which I immediately painted with black acrylic paint.  Bye stripes!

While the coasters dried, I cut out three squares of beautiful vintage
scrapbook paper to fit the coasters, and rounded the paper at the corners.
Next, I adhered the paper to the coasters with matte Mod Podge. 
I usually use a glossy finish for my projects; however, this matte finish
lends itself nicely to a vintage, romantic feel.
One more coat of MP on the top.
I edged the coasters with a bit more black paint, giving it a distressed look.
Then I dug deep into the dark corners of my craft closet in search of love--
love-themed embellishments, that is. 
I hit it big when I found a set of large white chipboard hearts. 
The chipboard has great texture, so I decided instead of covering them,
to stamp a French script design using black ink.  Voila! 
I continued embellishing the coasters with love-ly charms, acrylic flowers, baker's twine, chipboard, washi tape, acrylic tag, and a rub-on.   Then I typed up the wonderful phrase, adhered it to red chipboard and finished all three coasters off with additional Podge.

Then I contemplated how to display these coasters.  For those who know me, you are probably thinking well, of course, she is going to use a lot of ribbon.  That's what I thought.  However, I decided to return to the dark depths of my craft closet to see what other crafty treasures await. 

Lo and behold, I found a distressed green wooden frame. It was one of my Home Goods clearance finds I bought a few years ago for $3.50.
Only problem:  the signage.  It reads:

That will never do.  Unless this project is a gift for my dog.
How nice that Coconut already taped up the sides of the frame, so all I had to do was paint the inside of the frame in a warm antique white hue.

Then I adhered the coasters to the inside edges of the frame.


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I kinda like it. 
And I know Tom C my husband will like it, too. 
Happy Valentine's Day!

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  1. Love it! That's one of my fav lines of all time! Have a great weekend.


  2. WOW! That is one of the most awesome and creative things I've seen in a long time!! I am sure Tom (oops! meant your hubby!) will love it. But I think you hurt the feelings of "Man's Best Friend"!!

  3. Love that phrase too. I often use it/alter it and for the ones that aren't familiar; they give me funny looks.
    Your project is wonderful !! I'm so happy to see a Valentine's project that isn't based on red and pinks. I'm sure you will display it year round instead of stashing it come March.

    Love to the pup!

  4. Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for participating in the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky Party xo

  5. Oh this is one of my favorite pieces of yours ever, and I featured this as part of my link party wrap up! Please feel free to grab a featured button from my sidebar if you like.

  6. That turned out really cute and no one would have believed that it started as those funky coasters!

  7. I'm featuring you this morning over on my blog. Loving your Valentine decor! :)

    Ginger @

  8. Doreen-- this is so super sweet. I love the distressed edges of the coasters that really makes it special! Thanks bunches for stopping by and following. I'm following you back! What a beautiful blog you have here!

  9. What a neat work of art! Thank you for linking up to the first "Cowgirl Up!" Linky Party!

  10. You created such a fun unique piece! I want to try washi tape on a future project. Any suggestions on where I should purchase it? Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower!

  11. Very, very cute! I love using things I have and turning them into something else!!

  12. I love Jerry McGuire! This is adorable! Thanks for linking up!

  13. Still loving this!! Thank you bunches for linking up with Mop It Up Mondays at ishouldbemoppingthefloor. So happy you could stop by!


  14. Awesome!! I saw you on Tater Tots and Jello. Would you please be willing to share this fabulous post with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?

  15. Hi Doreen, thanks so much for sharing your project at Project Queen this passed week. I love it and I'm sure your hubby will also.

    I will be featuring this tonight at the Valentine's Highlight Party.


  16. Great use of your creativity, turning one thing into another. Love it.

  17. AMAZING! This turned out FABULOUS! So creative! Thanks for sharing at my party!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! XO, Aimee

  18. This is so gorgeous!! Nice work. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime. Hope to see you tomorrow!

  19. So sweet! Thanks for sharing at the Upcycled Linky Party


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