Monday, April 16, 2012

Challenge time again . . .

. . . with my friend Lana Edwards (Blest With Stamps).

A while back, Lana and I decided to challenge each other to alter the same items that we purchased together at the Goodwill Store.  Well, we are at it again!  Here is the item we have chosen to alter this time around . . .
(more to come ... LOL)

It's a FLAT painted framed mirror that cost us $2.50.

I must admit Lana had hers done (and sold) before I even got around to thinking what to do with mine but with a little 'nudge' from Lana (thanks girlfriend), I got the old brain whirling and this is what I came up with.

SO ... What do you think???

Here are a couple close-ups to help showcase the details on this project.

 I'm not sure if you can see it in the photo, but I have used a 2nd sheet of the same designer paper ... cut out the roses and popped them up with pop dots to add dimension to the lower corner of the frame.
I've become addicted to making homemade flowers after attending a few workshops at Joan's Gardens.  One of these days (when I get much better at it) I will share the technique ... but in the meantime, be sure to pop over to Selma's blog (Joan's designer) where she can instruct you on how she makes the most GORGEOUS flowers ever!!!  And, before I forget, I wanted to point out that the 'mirror corner' of the Wilton's paper doily has actually been cut out and positioned directly on the mirror while the remainder of the doily is on the wooden frame.

Here's a list of items used on this creation:

Paper -  Colorbok 12x12 'Rosewood' pattern pack, forest green cs, rose cs
Ink - Memento 'cantaloupe' dye ink
Accessories - K&Co. Flora & Fauna Butterfly Adhesive Chipboard (code # 30-599635), Marianne dies (LR0156 & LR0157), Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish die (B117), Lime Green Stickles, PunchBunch Flower Making Kit, McGill Flower Forming Mat, PunchBunch Begonia punch, PunchBunch Snowflake punch (stamen of flower), 7Gypsies vintage tag, Wilton paper doily, pop dots

(items in RED were purchased through Joan's Gardens in North Liberty, Indiana)

 Other challenges this project qualifies for are:
365 Cards: Day 45 - I've Been Framed
Hiding in My Craft Room - Super Scraps Saturday (scraps were used for flower, leaves & flourishes)
Sugar Creek Hollow - Die Cuts and/or Punches
Ditzy-craftymess Challenge - Anything but a Card
Prairie Fairy Friday - Anything Goes
Fun with Shapes and More - Dies & Punches
Totally Paper Crafts - Things with Wings
Wags 'n Whiskers - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Things with Wings
Cute Card Thursday - Spring Flowers
Digi DoodleShop's Best - Paper Lace (lace doily behind homemade flower)
PaperPlay Challenge - Things with Wings
Rainbow Lady's Challenge - A Touch of Vintage
Inky Impressions - Make Your Own Embellishments (homemade flower)
Just Keep on Crafting - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Spring Colors
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - 2 or more designer papers (1 on the frame  - 2nd to make the rose)
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
 Truly Madly Crafty Challenge April - Homemade Flowers
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Anything Goes
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent - Anything Goes + Bonus Question
     What’s the strangest thing you have been hoarding for the purpose of using it in your art and how do you plan to use it?  Feathers from an old feather pillow which I hope to someday create a large bird wall hanging and use the feathers on his wings & body.

Well, there you have it!  Remember ... be sure to pop on over to my 'partner in crime's blog' ... BLEST WITH STAMPS ... and see what Lana did with her yellow painted framed mirror!  

This is always great fun and so inspiring!  Why not link up with one or two of your crafting friends and challenge each other to a fun time altering the same (or similar) item!  It can be amazing how different the same item can be!  AND, if you do this, PLEASE let me know ... I'd LOVE to see what you've created!!

Have a wonderful Monday!


Selma said...

Wow Darlene this is gorgeous. You look like a pro making those roses. I had a hard time telling which rose you made because they all look alike. Love to see the challenges you and Lana do.

sassy said...

OH NO!!!! here we go again ill be out later looking for a flippin mirror lol!!!! well i must say this is divine and really unique what a fab project..i bet you two have a giggle or too with your challenges think of me today wearing out my size 8 feet scouring the whole of warwickshire on the look out. for something to alter .hahah such brilliant project and all the details are all just perfect hugs sassyxx

Terri's Cards N' More said...

Well aren't you two clever. This mirror is gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you girls do next.

Kerry said...

Your mirror is stunning. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

Sharon said...

It beautiful, love the colors, I'm fixing to redo my bedroom I may have to use this idea.

Rita said...

Wqw Darlene. Your frame is Absolutely Stunning. The contrast between the them is awesome. Take Care. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxx

Lana said...

Wow Darlene!! A true work of art!!!I bet its even more beautiful IRL! I love your colors and so much dimension!!! Way to go my friend and I remember you saying not too long ago "I don't do 3D!" Ha!!! Thanks for the fun times with this!! I too hope others try it. BUT hey then what would we have to work on if they took it all LOL!!!
Hugs friend!!

Rainbow Lady said...

Wow I think this is just perfect... love the colours, flowers oh all of it. Thanks for sharing my 200th
Love Cynthia x

Caroline Rawcliffe said...

Oh wow, Darlene...what a difference..lovely. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady.

Cheryl said...

oh wow Darlene this is simply stunning,love the papers,and all the embellishments really makes one stunning altered mirror,just perfection,hugs Cherylxxxxxx

coldwaters2 said...

Wowww this is awesome what a fantastic alteration, the finished article looks so beautiful thank you for joining our challenge this week at Digi Doodles Shop.
Lorraine x

Tammy said...

Truly beautiful! Love each part of the frame but especially how you created with the doily! Thanks for joining this week's challenge at the Digi Doodle Shop Challenge!

Berit Synnøve said...

Gorgeous work ! Love your creation in the right corner.
Thanks for joining Digi Doodle Shop Challenge !
Hugs Berit

Shirley-anne said...

Beautiful embellishing .Love the flowers and that doily . Thanks for sharing on Ditzy craftymess challenge Blog .

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous, love the flowers, beautifully decorated piece. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challemge. Tracy x

Craftyanny said...

Beautiful work
Thanks for playing along with Inky Impressions
Anne x

Ellis said...

Darlene, such a fabulous job you've done on the altered frame! =)
Thanks for joining us at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent!
Hugs, Elenor DT

Nan G said...

Oh my Dar! Fabulous transformation! I got my two friends hooked on making tag calendars next up - altered art! Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement.

Ren-Yi said...

Wow - what a transformation. I can't believe how beautiful this is and look at all the embellishments. Thanks for joining us at PaperPlay.

WeirdCat said...

Absolutely stunning piece of work, thank you for joining us at The Digi Doodle Shop Challenge this week
Ruth x

suzARTe said...

you have done an amazing job with this goodwill shop find. This mirror is just beautiful and I love all the little embellishments.

Thanks so much for sharing this project at Anything goes, Just keep on creating. I hope you will continue to play along :)

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Gorgeous upcycled project. Thank you for sharing and joining in at HIMCR. Hugs, Velma

DoBea A. said...

What a beautiful, upcycled frame! Thank you for sharing this with us over at 365 Cards!!

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Beautiful! I love the flowerss used. Thank you for sharing and joining in at HIMCR DT An'Jenic!

Carol said...

Gorgeous frame, thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy this time. Carol DT x

Jan said...

This is great thanks for joining us at WD xx Jan

Sharon said...

A wonderful altered frame!! Thanks for joining us at our new Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent Challenge Blog! I would love to see your creation when you make it from the "feathers" you have been saving!!

Chris / CS Designs said...

Darlene, What a great find and what a fabulous work of art you have turned it to. Your mirror is fantastic. I can't wait for the How-to for the flower technique, also look forward to seeing your bird hanging. Thank you for playing along in our Anything Goes challenge on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent, and I hope you will join us again.
:) Chris / CS Designs