Friday, April 24, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #96 - Alter It!


I have a confession to make - this project is 3 years old. I had zero time this week to make a new altered project - although I had many ideas floating in my brain - so I reverted to this piece of artwork that resides in my studio.

I created this in early 2006 with what was then new SU! product - Looks Like Spring stamp set (still one of my all time favs!, now retired), Spring Flowers Designer Series Paper (the first double sided paper - you would be amazed to know how much of this I hoarded, ok, am STILL hoarding!) and Hodgepodge Hardware in Pewter.

This piece has been on display in my studio ever since I made it and when I took it out to photograph, I realized that I love it even more now than when I created it. I began with a black wood framed picture from everyone's favorite store - Tar-jeay. (Target. Really, don't you read French!) I sanded down the $$ spot find with some fine grit sandpaper which brought out a brown undercoat and then painted it with some soft pink acrylic paint. After it dried I applied crackle medium to the surface and that created the aged look on the frame.

I think the original picture was of an elephant or something jungle themed, so I just covered it with a piece of my DSP and built the collage from there. I stamped the large flower twice on Naturals Ivory cardstock, once in So Saffron and once in Blush Blossom then trimmed them out. Yes, it was a pain - don't you remember doing that? But the results were SO worth it! I then curled my petals upward with my Bone Folder and tipped a few of the edges with a Stampin' Sponge and Always Artichoke ink. I added a punched out Artichoke flower to the middle and held this focal piece together with a Hodgepodge brad. It's mounted on another piece of the DSP and then again on Always Artichoke cardstock, also aged a bit with some more Artichoke ink.

All the other little flowers were punched out of the DSP or stamped and punched out of co-ordinating cardstock. A bunch of dimensionals were used to get the height differences there and then I added a couple of Hodgepodge pieces and some ribbon bits to finish it off.

So, yes, this is an oldy, but a goody! I hope you like it and will enjoy the look back at one of my all time favorite stamp sets and dsp combos. Maybe it will even inspire you to dust off your Looks Like Spring set ( I KNOW you kept it!) and cut out a few of those flowers again! Leave me a comment and tell me what you think - I love to hear from you! And thanks to those of you who have signed up to follow my blog - I really appreciate that you want to keep up with me!

Be sure to check out all the other Blogger's Challenge players by clicking on the link in my sidebar - they are a great source of inspiration!

Happy Friday, ya'll! I'll try and be back with a new post tomorrow. My hubby gave me an idea to try and if it works out, I'll be posting that! Now you're really curious, eh? :)
~~Robin

20 comments:

  1. Great way to alter those frames from the $ spot. I had those too (what haven't I bought to alter), yep they had some elepphants in them! Love the colors and of course LLS was one of my favorite sets!

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  2. This is so cool...thanks for sharing this...I still have two paks of this paper...
    The frame is wonderfull...love the distressing.
    connie paxman

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  3. What a great project! Yes, some things grow even better with age! Isn't it great that it is still just as lovely as when you first made it?! Thanks for sharing it!

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  4. I miss that paper! Although with my stash, who would know it?

    Lovely job! congrats again on the showcase today!

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  5. Super altering of the frame Robin. The distressing is wonderful. I still have some of that DSP and the stamp set! I'm glad you pulled it off the shelf and shared it with us.

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  6. What a lovely frame!! You did a great job on it even if you made it several years ago!! And I too have been saving this paper!!!LOL!!

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  7. It's and "oldy but goodie". Looks Like Spring was one of my faves too!

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  8. So shabby chic! Love it! {SMILES}

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  9. So pretty! I can certainly see why you enjoy looking at it each day in your studio!!
    Like you, this was a favorite as well....and again, like you, I have a lot of that DSP left!! Sigh!

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  10. That was such a great stamp set and matching paper! Miss it! Great job on the challenge!

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  11. What a fabulous frame Robin! I just love Tar-jeay's Dollar Spot!! They have the best things to alter! Beautifully done! :D

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  12. You aced the challenge! Great job!

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  13. Robin, I love the pink distressing on the frame. We all had lots of inspiration from the dollar spots this week. Beautiful project!!

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  14. I can see why this one is still floating around - it was a sad day when those SU items were retired.

    Pretty.

    :) Marcia P

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  15. Love what you did with your dollar spot find! Looks Like Spring is a classic, isn't it?

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  16. We had the same idea, Robin! I just took out my old project and made a new one...lol! Love it!

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  17. This is beautiful! Isn't it great when even after years we still love something!? I look at some of my old projects and wonder: what on earth was I thinking!? LOL!

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  18. Well, it don't matter when you made it it is still beautiful. I still have some of those papers, I loved them. Great artwork.

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  19. Beautiful. The frame is lovely and it's so neat that you are still enjoying your handywork. Nicely done.

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