Monday, November 7, 2011

I Love a Green Challenge!

 
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!

13 comments:

Sue said...

A very original piece of Art Linda,
Your flamboyancy always amazes me.
Smiles:)

Nancy Wethington said...

Linda, this is gorgeous! I love the background, the heart and the detail of the tiny butterflies. You didn't overlook a thing . . . even the teeny swirl on the one butterfly! This is a beautiful work of art.

MD said...

Toujours d'une grande beauté
brao

Candy C said...

Linda, this is absolutely beautiful! First of all, I love the color palette. Love the homespun fabric wrapped around the frame. That blue and white is perfect with the autumnal tones. Tim's book covers stamp as a background is perfect! Love the Wendy heart in the center with the butterflies. And then...your leaves and flowers....WOW! Perfection! This truly is a beautiful piece. <3 Candy

Nancy said...

I love what you did with an old frame. I must have the TH Book Cover stamp, my first time to see that one used. Nancy P.

Darlene G said...

How absolutely beautiful. You have such great ideas. Love the frame and all the butterflies.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous recycled piece Linda, Love love the homespun fabric wraped around the frame and the heart is a perfect addition. Love Tim's book cover stamp too in the background. Your flowers are truly stunning. Tracy x x

Beautiful Greetings said...

Gorgeous card Linda! I hope you are doing well, your style is still fabulous!

Sue C said...

Gorgeous project Linda ! I love how you've covered the frame and the colours are just perfect. Sue C x

MarcyK924 said...

GORGEOUS work of art, as always! I love how you covered the frame - what a clever idea! All the details make up one beautiful recycled project. Brava!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Wow, beautiful project, Linda! I love the fall foliage accents and the butterflies are beautiful :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Sarah said...

I really love all you colours and textures - they work together fabulously. The wrapped frame looks amazing and I'm loving all your intricate details and layering. Very creative and very refined too - so much to see! I'm also totally nuts about your male card - it rocks big time!

Lisa M said...

Oh my word! What's the word that means better than gorgeous and creative and unique? Whatever it is...insert it here...( )!
I love it.... :)

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