July 17, 2013

Wednesday Wacky-Butterfly Frame!

Do you find yourself always browsing items to "alter" anywhere you go shopping? I do. And that is what today's project is all about. I found a nice, cute wooden frame for 97¢ at the big "W". There was a pile of them just staring at me, willing me to pick it up. The frame also comes with a small wooden peg that fits in a pre-drilled hole in the back so it sits similar to an easel. This is what I did with my 97¢ frame:

Pretty neat huh? So neat that I'll show you how I did it!

Here is what the frame looks like after I removed the wrapping it came in. There is a small square hole in the center to add a photo and the small peg is what you see laying in the center:

I traced the frame on a piece of designer paper (on the reverse side). The one I am using is one of the patterns from the "Venetian Romance" package. Once it was traced with a pencil, I hand-cut with my Paper Snips and glued it to the front of the frame:

Once the designer paper was glued in place, I used my Stampin' Sanding Block to rough up the edges a little:

Using a Sponge and Tangerine Tango Ink, I ink all of the outside and inside edges:

Then I started stamping, punching and die-cutting:

Here is a list of what I cut:
  • (4) leaves stamped with the Wonderfall Stamp Set using Wild Wasabi Ink cut with the Autumn Accents Dies
  • (4) flowers stamped with the Flower Shop Stamp Set using Tangerine Tango Ink and cut with the Pansy Punch
  • (3) flowers stamped with the Flower Shop Stamp Set using Daffodil Delight Ink and cut with the Pansy Punch
  • (3) flowers stamped with the Flower Shop Stamp Set using Baked Brown Sugar Ink and cut with the Pansy Punch

First I cut a Whisper White Cardstock piece the size to fit in the hole of the frame. I used the Corner Rounder Punch to round all 4 corner to fit easily into the hole. I then stamped the swirl image from the Everything Eleanor Stamp Set in Baked Brown Sugar Ink. I added a little bit of grunge by using the stamp image from one of the My Paper Pumpkin kits in Tangerine Tango Ink. I stamped on scrap paper first and then without re-inking, stamped on my cardstock layer. Repeat.

My next  step was the stamp the butterfly image from The Best of Butterflies in Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight Inks. Hand-cut both of the butterflies:

Position the stamped background cardstock layer into the frame. Glue the 2 butterflies in place using Stampin' Dimensionals and add Rhinestone Jewels in the center of each butterfly:

Before gluing the leaves and flowers in place, use your bone folder to curl the petals and leaves. Glue in place starting in the bottom left-hand corner:

I glued the Tangerine Tango flowers using Stampin' Dimensionals and everything else with Tombow Multipurpose Glue. Once all of your pieces have been glued in place, add a few Rhinestone Jewels onto the frame to resemble teardrops:

I added Rhinestone Jewels to the center of each Tangerine Tango flower also!

You can use the photo above as a guide to placing your items or you can complete something a little different. I am definitely going to be making more variations of this easel frame. They make the most gorgeous pieces of art for any room or shelf to sit on and can start a nice discussion as a conversation piece!

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  1. Oh Debbie, I love what you did with this frame, what a magnificent way to elevate his humble beginnings!! It went from rags to riches in no time. Thank you for this wonderful project, I love repurposing things like this, the .99c pile at Michaels or Hobby Lobby has lots of hidden treasures for all of us but only if you see that pile with crafters eyes, this frame is a magnificent example of that.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  2. Wow....I am working on an idea for a frame with a different shape right now, so your project gave me hope that I can do it!!

  3. Wow....I so love your frame. You are so talented. Thank you so much for sharing. You have inspired me now to go thru a huge box of frame in my shed. Just a gorgeous, gorgeous and gorgeous project. Thank you so much for sharing!


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