Hello everyone! I am thrilled to have you visit with me and I hope you enjoy your stay. I absolutely love company, sharing, and making new friends so I hope you find something here that inspires, motivates, or just pleases you in some way.

Of course, I love to visit and be inspired also. So if I don't already drop in on you, please let me know where I can find you and I'll hop on over to see what you're doing or to just say "hi".

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In the meantime, relax and make yourselves at home... you're family here!!!

I'll be seeing you!

Friday, December 23, 2011


Hello, everyone!  I hope all's well!  It's a slow go but I'm finally working at getting around to visiting with you and seeing all your wonderful creativity that I've missed!

As I said yesterday, I was honored to be a guest designer for Lessology and did project of an altered frame.  Unfortunately, as I've MIA for quite some time I missed getting the opportunity to post it on Monday when it was presented so I'd like to share it with you now:

This was such a fun, quick, and inexpensive project to put together!  In gathering my materials I found an old 5"x 7" pressboard frame around the house and along with the following scraps I began preparing my altered frame:

5" x 7" sheet of foam board (cut to size for the frame back)
1.50" x 4" piece of foam board (cut for the frame stand)
4" strip ribbon (frame stand hinge)
4.50" x 6" sheet of transparency (for the frame window)
Tulip Permanent Puffy Paint

For the frame corners, I cut a strip of 1/2"x4" ArtEmboss Brass Metal (light weight) which I ran through a Cuttlebug embossing folder; then cut the metal lenthwise in half and evenly into fourths across the width:

Next I formed my clay flowers as outlined on the pictures below and baked according to the manufacturers instructions:

With everything assembled I was ready to start!  To give the frame some dimension, using the Tulip Puffy Paint to paint them on,  I miminicked branches and leaves onto the pressboard frame and then allowed it to dry.  Once the paint was dry, I arranged and glued on my flowers to my liking, and painted the entire frame twice with Gesso (letting each coat dry in between):

When the last coat of Gesso was dry, I created the brass corners by folding the metal strips around the corner edges on the front of the frame to the back; next I glued the transparency on the back to cover the window opening, and then glued on the frame back.  For the stand, I folded the strip of ribbon in half lengthwise and glued only one-half of the ribbon to the frame back aligning the bottom of the ribbon to the bottom of the frame.  The remaining half of the ribbon that was not glued down to the frame back is where the stand was glued by laying and gluing an edge (lengthwise)  along the top-side edge of the ribbon (being very careful not to glue down the ribbon to the frame on the side where the stand is attached); this allows the stand to lay flat when not in a standing position.  To finish the back of the frame, I covered it with kraft paper to hide any flaws and painted all the edges.  The pictures below illustrate these steps:

To complete the frame, I painted the flowers using Viva Inka-Gold colors; next,  to age and color the brass corners I used Cranberry color Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink, and finished with Crystal color Stickles to highlight the frame:

All that was left was to pop in the picture!!!  I hope you enjoyed my altered frame, I most certainly enjoyed doing it for you!

Again, many thanks to Lessology for having me as a guest designer on their wonderful blog (love you guys!) and I hope I'll be invited to come back again.
Well, I'll be off to do more visiting -- can't wait to see more of what you've all been up to!
In the meantime, the winner of the last blog hop, "Kards by Karla", did not acknowledge her winning prize and so I'll be putting it back up for grabs within the next couple of days, so be on the watch for it -- it could end up being yours!!!

Thanks too to all of  you for taking the time to stop by!!!  Hugs, and...

I'll be seeing you!


Vicky Alberto said...

really gorgeous idea - Merry Christmas!

Angi said...

Your frame is super duper gorgeous Audrey! We are so honored to have you guest design with us at Lessology. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. And I'm wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas. Hugs!!!

Beebeebabs said...

Love it and wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Lisa said...

Wow, Audrey, this is so creative and absolutely beautiful!! What a gorgeous frame!! You are so talented!! And your instructions are awesome!!

I hope you and your family have a very safe, happy holiday season filled with much love and happiness!! :)

Hugs, Lisa

Jean said...

How pretty!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

I can't believe you said that was easy to do.. it sure looks complicated to me.. i am so impressed that you can do this, it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I pray God showers you with so many blessings you just can't hold all of them.. Merry Christmas my friend. hugs

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

You are such an inspiration. I love your projects and all the detail you put in them.

I'm sorry things have been so hectic for you. Glad to see you post and glad you are alright.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. I've been missing you!

"Um Buggin" said...

Oh Audrey, this came out beautiful my friend! You are so talented with all these fantastic creations. Love the clay roses and the awesome photo. I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, have a good one and enjoy!

Hugz, xoxo

jen said...

Audrey this came out gorgeous! Merry Christmas!!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great frame! Love all the details on this! Merry Christmas my friend!

Kel said...

OMG WOW! That frame is ammmmazing!! What a project! Beautiful. Thanks for comenting over at Serenity Scrappers.. you won a little something.. woohoo!!! Have a great holiday!!

scrappin sista said...

You are just amazing,when i visit, you never disappoint! That frame is beautiful!
Merry Christmas Audrey, I hope you and your family have continued blessings in 2012!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Just popping in to say MERRY CHRISTMAS... Hugs

Sandi Cl~ said...

What an amazing frame! I will have to come back and write these steps down when I have a moment! just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas .. I am readying the house today and whew .. I'm tired! Hugs! Sandi

lovemypaper said...

Super cute project!

Treva said...

This is beautiful, as easy as it looks I don't think I could do it. TFS!

The Archiving Angel said...

Elegantly divine!
Such workmanship!!!!