Monday, November 7, 2011
Good morning, friends! Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you all had a great weekend. The weather here in Miami was beautiful and it's great to be able to be outside again! Unfortunately, I worked all day Sunday and part of Saturday on getting the church's Thanksgiving food drive kicked off so I didn't really have any leisure time. I did manage, however, to get my Simon Says Samp and Show project finished and photographed to share with you. This week, we want you to show us your Recycled or Upcycled Project. Here's what I did, which I believe is considered upcycling. I took some old family photos out of an old frame (not old enough to be considered vintage - LOL) and decided to cover it and use it with some sort of stamping project. Here's the result.
I took torn strips of homespun-type fabric and wrapped the frame with it. You probably recognize the crinoline chrysanthemum from a tutorial I did last week, so I already had it made as well as some of the leaves. I cut and stamped a couple more leaves with the Tattered Leaves die and a Tim Holtz Sheet Music stamp. Once the leaves are stamped and sponged with distress inks, I spritz them with water from a Mini Mister and crumple them slightly. Then I dry them with my heat tool and sponge some Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges. Some of the leaves were cut from acrylic packaging and colored with alcohol inks. The frame holds a background stamped with the Tim Holtz Book Covers stamp and embellished with the heart from Wendy Vecchi's Love to Make Art. I love the way it came out! I was so happy to actually be able to use the leaves on something so practical.
Hope you are planning to stop by the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog. We've got some great inspiration pieces on display. The designers are always giving us great eye candy to gaze at. And then go upcycle something and share it with us. You just might be the winner of the weekly random prize - a $50 shopping spree with our lovely sponsor SIMON SAYS STAMP. And believe me, that's a great prize. They have EVERYTHING a crafter could want, and more!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for your lovely comments. They really give me encouragement!