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Posted in 2013-2014 BasicGrey Design Team, BasicGrey, Sizzix, tagged Alterations, altered frame, Best of BasicGrey 12x12 paper pad, chipboard monograms, home decor, snowman, Tim Holtz, winter on December 23, 2013 | 13 Comments »
No matter how much warning I have that the holidays are coming, it always seems like Christmas manages to sneak up on me so quickly. And even when I make my best effort to get ahead of the game early, I always find myself going right down to the wire with holiday preparations. This weekend I whipped up a batch of my famous peanut brittle, and I made a pretty big dent in my wrapping…but there’s still more to go. Always seems there’s more to go.
I still have a few holiday projects to share with you all, too. Today I have a holiday home decor altered frame up on the BasicGrey blog.
I have long been a fan of BasicGrey’s amazing paper collections, but did you know they also make these large wall frames and chipboard monograms? The two-piece monograms fit perfectly inside the frame opening, and can be dressed up with patterned paper and embellishments, or left as-is for a classic and clean look. I love the idea of highlighting a single letter, for perhaps your family name or the first letter of your child’s name. Or, you can mix and match the shapes, like I did here with this festive holiday frame. The possibilities are truly endless.
Isn’t that snowman fun? He is made from my Tim Holtz Alterations snowman die, paper pieced using papers from the Best of BasicGrey pad. I’ve got the full step-by-steps up on the blog, if you’d like to learn more.
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Hello, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. Things were very quiet here at our house, but that’s just how I like it. To me, the Thanksgiving holiday is all about the celebration of family and home, and I am so grateful to have both, thankful that my boy was home from college so that my little family could all be together for the day. So when the BasicGrey team was asked to create projects sharing what Thanksgiving means to us, I could think of nothing more fitting than documenting my two biggest blessings together on one of my favorite type of projects, a funky junk upcycled thrift store frame.
Little compartmentalized frames are a great way of adding a bit of festive cheer to your home décor, while documenting all the things you are most grateful for. This frame was the perfect fit for highlighting my two biggest blessings, my home and my sweet family.
I try to always keep my eye out for frames like this on my junk hunts. You can often find unusual pieces for a real bargain. Then just add photos and a few basic scrapbooking supplies for a unique and personal decor accent that’s super inexpensive to make.
I know you’ve seen this photo before, but it’s a real favorite of mine. Those two kiddos definitely hold the key to my heart.
All the papers and embellishments are from the Persimmon collection. I have to say I’ve got a major crush on this line! I used my most favorite paper in the upper left corner along with a beautiful die cut transparency sentiment label. Instant easy title block.
The little house was paper pieced using an adorable new house die from Sizzix and a variety of papers from the 6×6 pad. I added a fun chipboard bird and a couple of die cut banners and tiny alpha stickers. I like to remove the glass from the frame so that I can build upwards and add layers and depth. I think it adds a lot more interest that way.
The rest of the team has some truly amazing Thanksgiving projects to share with you on the BasicGrey blog that I know you will love. And anyone interested in some Black Friday deals? Now through Monday, you can save big on select Bundle Kits from BasicGrey, including 25th&Pine, Capture, Monograms, and more. You can find all the details here.
And speaking of Black Friday….are any of you out there Black Friday shoppers? Braving the crowds today? Not me! I try to stay as far away from any stores or shopping centers on this day as I can. Nope, I much prefer staying snug at home over Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe I’ll tackle some Christmas decorating instead. But whatever YOU do, I hope you have a very wonderful day. And thanks so much for stopping by!
It’s the end of the first week of school and the start of a long holiday weekend. What a wonderful combination, and what a very wonderful weekend this will be. Not only do we get an extra day off, but this weekend just so happens to be extra special, as it is Mr. Pete’s big 18th birthday! So of course that means I get to see my boy again this weekend. And that, in turn, makes this old momma happy, happy, happy.
One might could say I’m feeling rather joyous. A perfect day to share a bit of Authentique Joyous with all of you!
This cutie pie little frame is another project I created for Authentique’s CHA Create n’ Connect booth last month. It was just the right size to showcase that adorable Santa, which has got to be my most favorite image in the entire collection. I simply added one of the scalloped shapes from the Frames & Corners die cut sheet to the opening of the frame. Then the Santa cut from the Magical 12×12 paper fits perfectly behind.
The frame itself is another of my junk store finds. I removed the glass and lightly sanded the wood. A few swipes of white and brown ink give the project an instant sense of age. Tied the bottom of the frame with a big happy bow, dressed up with a few die cut leaves, brads, and decorative pins. The sentiment strip is from the top of the Santa image, which I cut off to fit the frame. Doesn’t get much easier than that, my friends.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a very joyous long, holiday weekend!
Authentique Joyous Collection
Magical 12×12 Paper
6×6 Paper Bundle
Frames & Corners Die Cuts
Details Sticker Sheet
Die: Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Decorative Pins: Little Yellow Bicycle
Round Brad Setting, Round Epoxy Cap: Epiphany Crafts
Trim: May Arts, American CraftsInk: Clearsnap
Not too long ago, Authentique sent me a few fun items to alter for a special trade show event they were doing with Sierra Pacific Crafts. SPC makes all sorts of very unique wooden items like frames, wall hangings, and notebooks. I was given a matching pair of little stands to alter. I’ve shared my patriotic Pride stand already. If you missed it, you can check it out here. And today, I get to share the second altered stand, this time a fun summery concoction dressed up with Authentique’s Seasons Summer collection.
These little stands are actually quite small, standing at only 3-4″ high, so once again I created a little extra height here. Inked wooden skewers attached to the side are an easy way to extend your project, and are a fun excuse to add a bit of twine and some banner flags. For some reason, this reminds me of a lifeguard stand at the beach, and that totally makes me smile. Perhaps I just have beach on the brain! ;)
Painted the base of the stand and covered the front and back sides with papers from the 6×6 Paper Bundle. The journaling card and sentiment banners are all cut from the Enhancements Sheet. I added a tab sticker and pretty trim and a couple of vintage buttons from my stash.
The sun was free cut from yellow 6×6 paper and then embossed with clear embossing powder and a distressed dots background stamp. Added it to my stand on pop dots for a bit of extra depth and dimension.
My two kiddos are going to the beach next week, the lucky ducks. I think that’s as close as I’m going to get this summer……
But a girl can dream!
Have you guys seen? Authentique has just released the first peek at their new Christmas collection Joyous! This is a full-line release and just one of five new collections being released at CHA next week. There’s lots and lots of details and photos on the blog, if you’d like to see more!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend, my friends!
Authentique Seasons: Summer Collection
Enhancements cut apart 12×12 paper
6×12 “components” sticker
Distressed Dots background stamp: Unity
Twine: The Twinery
Ink and Embossing Powder: Stampin’Up