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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July Masters of Forgery Blog Hop & Giveaway!!

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge DT blog hop!! I'm hoping you got here via Susanne's blog. If not, you can go back to the challenge blog to get your bearings.

Flower Power!! That is what our blog hop challenge is all about this month! If you are anything like me you have flowers. Many, many flowers! I am a complete sucker for those big jars of tiny little Primas "Got Flowers" that you can sometimes find on sale for $2 or $3 at the local crafts store. I buy them just because they are sooo cute! The problem is, I have several bottles of them now, and each bottle holds almost 200 flowers. Even if I used one on every layout I ever make, it's going to be years before they are all used up!

Here is one solution! Use a whole bunch of these little guys on a fun altered frame for summer! I started out with one of those $1 frames you can get at Michael's or similar store. This particular frame came in a pack from Ikea years ago, but you can find something similar anywhere. You can even use a chipboard frame, if that's what you have on hand.

I sanded the frame lightly to smooth any splinters, and then painted the edges with acrylic in a warm yellow color that matched my paper. I then covered the front of the frame with one of the papers from my kit. I managed to spill a bunch of matte medium on my cutting mat in the process, but we won't go into that! You can see in my photos that my mat is well used! Any liquid glue works for this. I cut around the edges with my exacto knife, and then sanded the edges for a smooth finish.

At this point, I went to town, with a bunch of flowers from my kit/stash! I also used a few stickers to go with my theme. I would suggest placing everything on your frame before gluing down. The bonus is I also used a bunch of brads from my stash! This is another item that will never seems to get used up.


The great thing about a frame like this is that you can change the photo if you want! And, since they are so inexpensive to make you can give it away to an admirer, or recycle (or donate) it when you are tired of it!

I am also doing a giveaway this month! I will choose one blog hop participant by random drawing to win my travel mini kit! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post.

Tomorrow, I'll post another idea on how to use those little paper flowers in your stash! The next stop on the DT blog hop is Meridy's. blog. Enjoy the hop, and don't forget to leave a comment!

12 comments:

Carol said...

Beautiful Summer frame!

Margie said...

What a fun fram, and a lovely giveaway kit also!

Emily said...

What a great idea for all those pretty flowers! I absolutely loved your mini travel kit - such a great giveaway.

helen said...

What a great idea - bonus points for using up brads!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Gabrielle I love your frame! I hardly ever use flowers but like you am drawn to them in the stores (I don't buy them often though) but I love this frame! It is so bright and fun! Great job!

S said...

That frame is just "stinkin' cute" as we say around here. Great job.

Lisa said...

great, fun idea for using up all those flowers - I have a gazillion of them too so I really might get going with a frame like this! I am picking up some great ideas on this blog hop! thanks for this!

Jimjams said...

Brilliant way to jazz up a plain frame.

Tricia said...

Such a pretty frame - so clever! You've made this a real treasure.

Jennybean said...

beautiful frame!!!

Glinda said...

Great idea.

Laurie Marmon said...

a great way to use up those flowers for the frame. I have the same problem...the flowers just keep coming home with me but I could never use them all!