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Sunday, April 5, 2009

The First Ever Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is Here!

Good Morning and Congratulations if you managed to get up at 6AM for the start of this Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

If this is your first time visiting my blog....Welcome! I hope you like what you see and stop back often.

Priscilla has come up with some wonderful challenges over the next several months. I hope you can join in today and each week for a creative jump start. The challenge for today is to make something for a "New Beginning." This can be a variety of things. I chose to make a baby frame. I know several people right now who are pregnant. I hope this is a gift they can cherish for awhile.

This started out as a simple frame that I found on clearance for $2 at Hobby Lobby.

It's cute, but it had some scratches and was missing the ribbon. So I simply modge podged on some designer paper to start. Here are a few tips I learned along the way.

1. Trace the image on the wrong side of the paper and then cut in just inside the trace line.

2. Apply Modge Podge to the paper. This seems to prevent bubbles that can show up more if you apply directly to the frame.

3. Try to smooth out all the air bubbles as gently as possibly immediately after applying the paper.

4. Let the glue dry COMPLETELY before trimming away any excess.

5. Use a fine grit sandpaper or sanding block to smooth out any rough edges.

6. Remember...this is not a quick project. Allow the modge podge to dry overnight. Patience, though difficult, is your friend in this case")

I'd like to point out a few details on this project.

This is a close up of the bow and the stamping on the corner. I used White Embossing Enamel and versamark for the image. ANOTHER TIP: You should work quickly when stamping on a 3D project like this. Another thing I did was to emboss the image on a scrap of vellum and hold it on the frame in various places. That way I could get a feel for what the image would look like before I actually stamped.

This is a close up of the chipboard piece. My original idea didn't turn out like I wanted so I ended up covering the chipboard with a piece of white cardstock that was embossed with the Swiss Dots Embossing Folders and my cuttlebug. I layered the sentiment panel over it after faux stitching the edges. How did I get that ruffled edge??? The wonderful Jan Tink gave a great tutorial on this technique HERE. She used regular designer paper,but I used a colored vellum that I had in my stash.

Here is a list of supplies that I used:

Stamps: Clear Impressions (oh baby set), Barogue Motifs Ink: Pretty In Pink, Versamark Paper: Bella Rose (SU DP), Whisper White, Pink Vellum (retired SU) Other: White Satin Ribbon, Pink organdy ribbon, Embroidery thread, Buttons (the Paper Studio), White EP, embossing buddy, Scallop Edge Punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, cuttlebug, swiss dots EF, trim, modge podge, fabric glue, sanding block, glue dots, chipboard circle

WOW! That was a long post. Don't worry. They shouldn't all be that long. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other design teams' blogs. You can conveniently find them on the left side of my blog. Just click on their names and it will take you to all their great creations. I hope you can play along with the challenge. Would love to see what you all come up with as well.

Thanks for stopping by today!


joey said...

Hiya Nikki, I love this, it is so elegant and so soft. Joey.x

Donna said...

Wow Nikki, what a great idea, though it sounds like it was a lot of work, but you did a fabulous job on it, and any new parent would love it.

kathie said...

sophie says "awesome. she's just so good!" and i do too! very sweet project.

lilacanglia said...

oh my,
what a gorgeous frame,
thank you for the tips,

Nicola said...

Fantastic project and such a stunning piece of work - thank you for tutorial. -x-

Lorraine A said...

Beautiful frame, it has given me an idea of what to do for the challenge :-)

clare said...

aww..what a cutie..so love the frame and what a great idea..love the soft tone colours TFS hugs clarex

Liza said...

This is beautiful Nikki, I love the delicate colour and all the detail.

Liza x

helen said...

oh my word!!!! this is stunning i love it
helen x

Pascale said...

Amazing altered frame I love the paper you chose hugs pascale

Craftyanny said...

Gorgeous work.
I'm looking forward to joining the new challenges
Anne x

Carly Robertson said...

Hi Nikki, very sweet frame. Love the soft colors!

Liz, said...

I'm joining in the fun, great make!

Liz x

NormaJean said...

Nikki, that is so pretty

pinky said...

Wow, beautiful! Love the way you explained the making of it.

Donna said...

wow this is adorable. Donna x

Melisa Waldorf Angel #4405 said...

This is gorgeous!! I love it girl!
Congrats on making the DT for the Stamptacular Challenge Blog DT!

JanJ said...

Hi Nikki, your frame is really beautiful.

I'm hopping around the DT's blogs at the mo for the bonus challenge # 2

All the best

Jan x

Skraptacular Designs said...

What an awesome start for our new Stamptacular Challenge Blog! Thanks for being a part of our fabulous Design Team! You guys are all so wonderful and I am grateful to have you all!

I am thrilled to be beginning this journey with you!


Carisa said...

Ooooh, I love altered frames and yours is SO elegant!

Alisha said...

This day has been so exciting! Thanks for providing all the fun for my Sunday! I'm looking forward to your challenges each week.


kespcs said...

Nikki, you made that $2 Frame look like a million bucks!


Sue said...

aww beautiful piece of work, luv the papers, stunning work, sue,x

Rachel Bleich said...

I am enjoying my blog hop, but this is my second time through since I started with yours. This frame is absolutely adorable. What a wonderful baby gift. It really helps me see the possibilities in the not so pretty clearance section! I can't wait to see what you have in future weeks!

Sprytebyrd said...

Hiya Nikki! This is just a prefect little frame! I'm inspired to make a few for my kiddums! I love the soft colors and quiet elegance! Beautiful!

Janneke said...

I love it ;0)

Hugs, Janneke

Jerusha said...

I love your picture frame, what a sweet idea. And a fabulous gift!

Deb Hoekstra said...

What a great idea to make a cute frame. Thanks for all the tips. I really like the ruffle flower.


Danielle Richard said...

Great Frame!! What a great way to use those Clearance items!!

Anonymous said...

Is it the frame that has the new beginning ... or the baby? Great idea!


Teresa aka Laxmom111 said...

Sweet frame, what a wonderful gift that makes.

Lisa said...

Hi Nikki, Gorgeous frame ~ I love the soft colours. Also thanks for the great tutorial. x

Callie said...

This is really beautiful! I love finding frames at our dollar store and altering them into something beautiful. You did a great job with this!

Ceal said...

I love this you did a Fab job. It is adorable! such a nice baby gift

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