Sunday 26 June 2011

Altered Mirror Frame

This is my entry for Simon Says Stamp and Show this week which is to use metal on your project.

I had started this frame by sanding it and priming it a few weeks ago but just hadn't got round to using it, but this week I have had great fun making the embellishments and covering the frame itself.

Supplies used -
10 Second Studio - metal sheets and tools
TH dies - tattered florals, tattered leaves, caged bird
TH Embossing folder - damask
Grungeboard letters - alphabet soup
PaperArtsy dies - grunge flower large and small
Marianne die - small flower
alcohol inks, fresco finish paint,
Distress Inks - spun sugar stormy sky, milled lavender, dusty concord, bundled sage
Distress Stains - spun sugar, weathered wood, peeled paint
Cosmic Shimmer - mallow blush
TH stamps - nature's moments, fairytale frenzy
Graphics Fairy download butterflies
TH paper stash - shabby vintage
Crafters Workshop mask - Mini Birds of a Featherr

Hardware - ideaology, chain and other bits from my collection
Texture paint, fabric

The flowers are made from the 10 second studio metal and I followed Lyn Brown's tutorial at Yours Artfully. (Next week my sister and I are going to one of her workshops at LBCrafts which is a frame with small canvases - sooooo looking forward to it.) The leaves have been die cut then run through an embossing folder, inked and also some paint lightly rubbed over.

Tim's bird cage was also made from metal and I stuck it to card to give it some strength. I added some alcohol inks and also used blender to take off some of the colour on the edges to give it a more shabby look. I made the butterflies by downloading the image from the Graphics Fairy, changing it to a ping file, extracting some of the colour and then printing it onto the pink paper from Tim's shabby vintage stash.  The bird is a TH stamp - this and the butterflies have been heat embossed. Originally I was going to add a mini canvas but that is ready now to use on another project. Instead I have added grungeboard letters painted with crackle paint and inked and added distress stickles over the top.

Have a fabulous Sunday, as predicted the weather is looking very good, so it's a BBQ in the garden with family and friends today. So see you later.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Other challenges to have fun with -
Sugar Creek Hollow - glitter, flowers, pearls (stickles for the glitter, metal flowers and a pearl added in the centre of the pink flower)
Bloggers challenge - Things with wings
Simply Create - Things with wings
Art Impressions - handmade flowers
CCEE Stampers - use pink
Ruby's Rainbow - Flowers
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Things with wings



Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh Brenda this is stunning. I love it. Hope all is well, Im kinda busy just now so haven't been blog hopping much so sorry Ive not visited. Love Hazelxox

Fliss said...

Wow Brenda! An absolutely stunning creation and love just everything about it.
Hope you have a lovely BBQ. the weather has just gone sunny here too after earlier mist. Will be off to the garden shortly.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Hugs, Fliss xxx

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Wow fabulous piece!

Sue West said...

Wow, Brenda. This is so beautiful, love the colours, so soft and pretty.
Have a good day.
Sue xxx

Lisa Jane said...

Oh wow Brenda - the flowers are gorgeous
Lisa x

Zoechaos said...

Stunning so pretty with all those lovely colours and textures just everything makes this a very special frame.

Have a great time next week-end lucky you. XOXO Zoe

Joan said...

This is so beautiful, love the colours and the metal flowers are just stunning !


Gram's Treasures said...

Wow! I love it! This is so beautiful...the colours and the metal. I've not seen this metal anywhere. Is it sharp? Have yourself a wonderful weekend. We're going to see Billy Elliot today. We saw it in London 5 years it's Toronto's turn.
Joyce xx

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous Brenda, your flowers are stunning ! Are you at LB Crafts on Friday 1 July, as I am too ! Sue C x

lisbeth said...

This is gorgeous:) thanks for joining us at Simply Create

cheryl said...

oh hun this is simply stunning,the detail on this is just amazing,love that bird cage hun its perfect,hugs cheryl xxxxxx

Junibears said...

My Goodness, you have such patience Brenda and the finished result is awesome. beautiful work my friend. xx

Pami said...

Hi Brenda, this is simply gorgeous, I love the colours and the flowers are amazing, hope all is well with you and you are having a great weekend! Pami x

Netty said...

Gorgeous work Brenda and love the fab flowers.

Gem said...

Brenda I love this, it's so gorgeous and the word reflect is perfect :) X

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely glorious! Would love to see it IRL. Hope you are ok,

Lucy x

PetraB said...

A stunning project. Love every single bit of it. Thank you for joining the Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge.

My name is Erika. said...

This is soooo pretty. Glad you shared it with us all.

Patti P. said...

Your blog is filled with beautiful vintage creations, I had so much fun visiting. Thanks for playing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week. Your frame is so lovely. I love the use of all the metals, that is something I haven't done. Your flowers were stunning. Tfs

Patti DT/SCH

Dan said...

Great idea, and I love the subtly blended colours you've used on the mirror surround! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

Gerri Herbst said...

Gorgeous mirror especially the flowers!

donna said...


debby4000 said...

Oh this is gorgeous and so beautiful Brenda.

Lisa Somerville said...

Stunning altered frame! Love all your wonderful flowers and bird cage embellie! Thanks for playing at the Bloggers Challenge!

Val said...

Fabulous piece of work Brenda. I just love everything about it.

I did a workshop with Lin earlier this year with the metal flowers - they are so effective.


Renee Matarese said...

Your frame is gorgeous!! I love the crackle effect and those flowers are stunning!! The colors you chose are so much fun and are perfect together. Beautiful project. Thanks for playing our vintage Tic Tac Toe challenge! Hope to see you again soon!

Anonymous said...

Your frame is just gorgeous!!!

Thanks for joining us at RRC,

Huggies Angel

Juls said...

this is just so beautiful!! you are so talented!!! Hugs Juls

Ida said...

Stunning! Thanks for joining the BC Things with Wings challenge.

Crafty Lynz said...

I love this, its gorgeous. love the blend of colours on the frame.

Thanks for joining us at RRC

Hugs, Lynsey xx

Sharon Basel said...

What a gorgeous project! I love your beautiful details and textures of this frame. Thanks so much for playing in the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge. I hope you'll return to our challenges again soon.
Sharon, SCH-DT