October 21, 2011

Altered Frame- Die cut challenge SOUS

Happy Friday Fellow crafters and scrappers.. 
Us ladies over at S.O.U.S are having our Friday Die Cut reveal today and we decided that this weeks die cut would be using a FENCE on your projects..
I have been wanting to alter these old photo frames I've been holding onto to forever and I found this cute idea while searching for inspiration on the web.. The original idea I found at Keiser Crafts blog, you can check it out by clicking HERE, but don't go just yet.. stick around for a few more mins and check out my interpretation of that idea..LOL

and so here it is:

the photo isn't the best in the world, but I'm sure you get the idea... I am redoing our bedroom and this will be placed on the shelf that is above our head board.. 
The frame measures about 4" x 11" and I first painted it brown, then added crackle medium (nice heavy coat) and finally painted white.. once dry, I took my paint dabbers (copper and black) and sponged a little bit here and there to make the frame look aged..

here are a few close ups:
There are lots of different elements on there..first of all, that paper I printed from the IMAGINE MORE cartridge for my Cricut Imagine and then sized it with my GEORGE AND BASIC SHAPES cartridge by cutting a long rectangle.. super easy !! I crinkled the paper in my hands and then rubbed them down with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink, using the ink applicator and used my edge distresser to tear up the edges.
The Flowers are by Prima and the leaves by I am roses..  
The fence and street lamp I cut using the HERITAGE cartridge, The street lamp I welded using my design studio software.. the fence is actually heat embossed using Tim Holtz Rust embossing powder.. I cut it a bit longer than the frame, so it actually is bent out a bit.. Then lastly added some white liquid pearl to give it some highlight and some green Distress Stickles to the leaves.. 

I found some Tim Holtz Stamps in my stash and stamped the quote and the word LOVE.  The quote I put on foam tape squares and placed in in the frame.. Left the glass out!!  and finally the butterflies are a MS punch, which I used the left over paper that I had printed with the Imagine.

well ladies.. I want to thank you all for stopping by today and checking out what I've been creating.. Hope it inspired you to grab your old unwanted frames and re-vamp them into something gorgeous.. I have a feeling this frame for me is just the tip of the iceberg..LOL
before you get creating, stop by S.O.U.S and check out what the other ladies of our DT have been creating using this same die cut challenge.. You will definitely find some inspiration there...
Happy Crafting everyone..


  1. geez now I want the Heritage cartride lol...just to find it around here LOL...this is sooo gorgeous love it to bits :)

  2. This is just fabulous! Love every detail in it. That cartridge is amazing, I ordered it last week, can't wait to play with it

  3. Stunningly Gorgeous Nanne! I love the "picture" you created! I keep buying old frames from Auctions and yard sales and have yet to use any (gasp) but I think you have inspired me to dig one out and give it a try! I just love the Shabby Chic Vintage style this has and love the pop from the color of the flowers!
    ((Hugs)) Theresa