Sunday, April 15, 2007

My first frame!

So I was able to make a couple things yesterday afternoon while the baby was napping (it is rare for me to stamp/papercraft when the sun is out! LOL). And I only used one sheet of 12x12 patterned paper and even had enough scraps left over that I am sure that I could probably get another card out of it. The sheet is from Chatterbox and it is called Summer Dots (I usually never remember to check out the name of the design, but actually remembered to this time!) I love polka dots and it was just too summery to resist.

I had been wanting to alter a picture frame for a pic of my kids to bring into work. Is that horrible that I haven't had a pic of my kids on my desk at work for the first few weeks? I just haven't been able to find a frame or a pic of all 3 of them to bring in. That was why I impulsively picked up this frame out of the scrapping section of Target, when I was there last weekend. It is a Prima frame (as in the flowers - they have a specially branded Target line now of lots of stuff) and it was only $3.99. How could I pass that up? :) I figured that even if I did screw it up, no biggie.

It wasn't too hard of a project, I have to say. I covered the frame with the Chatterbox paper (it was double-sided, so I knew that both side would match each other). I sanded the corners, added ribbon with glue dots and stamped the words "wonderful, " "adorable," and "cherish" (all from the SU set, Warm Words) all around the bottom part of the frame to add that little bit to it. I wanted to make a fun frame, but not too over the top with lots of ribbon and such since it will be at work and will hold a pic of 3 boys!

The only thing that I had a hard time with was with sticking the PP paper to the frame... I used ModPodge b/c that is what I read you should used - but it came out for bubbly. It dried pretty well, but it is not perfect. I'm thinking that I might have to post a question regarding ModPodge tips or other adhesive alternatives on SCS and see if I can get some input.

Stamps Used: SU - Doodle This, Little Hellos (sentiment)
CS used: Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Chatterbox - Summer Dots
Inks Used - Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy (craft)
Accessories Used: Navy grosgrain, CB - Happy Birthday folder

I also whipped up a quick card for my cousin, whose birthday is on Earth Day. I thought that I would use the same paper, since I already had it out and it is so bright and sunny. I used my CB again for the Happy Birthday folder. I really like the way the embossed pp looks - really makes the card, I think. And since the pp was so colorful already, I went with an image on colored cs and didn't color it in. I thought that it made it actually stand out more by not coloring it in (at least I thought so!!) I am so used to stamping my main image on whisper white - but I really like how this turned out. Clean and simple...


geekgirl415 said...

Wow! Both your projects are so good- the frame is perfect for boys! I haven't tried to use the modge podge yet, so if you started a post on SCS, i'll be sure to look there first. Your bday card turned out great- the stamped flower on the green looks great!

Julie B said...

Cute frame and super cute card! I have enjoyed looking around your blog!