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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Fashionable Alterations!!

Hi Folks,, well as the title suggests, we're taking in Alterations at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight - but only the crafty ones!!!
I did a Workshop a couple of months ago with the very talented Jill of The Stamp Man where we altered a mirror using Moonshadow Inks & Fran-tage products.  We also used the Moonshadow Embossing Powders on some Stampboard.  I loved this technique, and have been thinking about altering a photo frame, however, I decided to take this one step further and altered 2 Beer Mats to make my frame, before commencing with the Moonshadow EPs.

I used a  Nestie to cut out my square in the centre of the mat.  I  inked with Versamark and heat embossed 2 layers of clear UTEE to give extra depth and a base to add the Moonshadow Inks, heating between colours, I love the way these change colour when heated, after a couple of layers of colour, I then started to add them randomly, heating each time.  I inked a Stampendous floral stamp with Gold Encore pigment ink, before heating the last layer, then quickly stamped into the hot  mixture.
I covered the second beer mat with black paper, cut to size, and added a little flap to make it stand.
The stamped image is Tim Holtz, stamped with Memento Sepia, and distressed with Vintage Photo DI.
I also cut a layer of Acetate which was attached to the frame before adding the image.

Sorry for all the similar photos, but it was a nightmare to photograph and the colours of the powders are really beautiful.

This challenge was 'different'  for me as most of my offerings are cards, but I really enjoyed making this frame.  My teamies have excelled themselves this time and have lots of inspiration for you, so do hop over and take a look, and we would love to see your 'alterations', so please join us this fortnight, but remember, we are a stamping challenge and there must be some 'real' stamping on your alteration!

I am entering this in
  Anything but a Card - Texture
  Gingerloft Challenges - Embossing
  That Craft Place - Bling
  Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes
  Shopping our Stash - Emboss It
  Recycle,Re-purpose & reinvent - Anything Goes
  Heck of a Challenge - Anything Goes

Have a great Sunday, and thanks for looking.



Claire said...

Oh I love this little frame Avril, you've created so much depth and texture with the embossing powders and stamps it looks amazing. I'll have to have a play with this technique
Claire xx

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous Avril,love the image and great technique.xxx

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous alteration Avril and great techniques.
Happy Sunday.
Hugs Brenda xox

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Avril...Wow!!! this is sooo creative. I love the richness of colour and depth that this technique has given...a wonderful job Avril. I'm glad that you put on the extra pics...it looks amazing
Dot x

Anonymous said...

Hi Avril
Amazing texture, shimmer and depth and most of all, a fabulous alteration.

butterfly said...

That's an amazing piece of altered art... the frame just sings with glorious texture and patina! Brilliant choice of image too in the centre...
Alison x

Mian said...

Woow, this is really a piece of art! Love that frame with all the different textures and colors.

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this fortnight at Gingerloft.
Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

Gingerloft Design Team Member

lisa said...

Who would have thought that beautiful frame started life as two beer mats, Avril. How clever. I love those embossing powders, what gorgeous colours. It really is a stunning project.
Hugs Lisax

Anonymous said...

What wonderful colors ant texture! Thanks a lot for the technique tip!

Lg siljan

Fliss said...

A really gorgeous little frame Avril and the texture and shimmer looks amazing. Beautiful image too and love the sepia contrast with the frame.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Violets Corner said...

This is a real stunner Avril, it's so beautiful!


toni said...

Great project its hard to imagine that this lovely frame started life as two beer mats ! X

Daniele said...

just had to pop over and take a closer look of your fabbie frame, love the texture and the miraid of jewel colours

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous frame, the textures look fantastic,
Yvonne x

Sue C said...

Fabulous frame Avril love the highlights of the embossing. Sue C x

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow Avril.. this is gorgeous .. i just love all the colours .. its like oil on water .. and who would have thought - 2 beer mats would look so fabulous
Thanks for joining us at Heck of a challenge this month
Lisa x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful altered frame, love the texture and the colors.

Linda said...

Beautiful frame Avril! A very good idea to use beer mats for the frame!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! What a gorgeous frame!! I love your clever idea here!! :) TFS!!

Beverly G said...

You did a beautiful job recycling these beer mats. The colors are gorgeous. Thanks for entering at Recycle, Re-Purpose, and Re-Invent.

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely stunning project Avril!! The colours and texture are just beautiful.

Terry said...

This frame is so rich and full of texture! I just love this effect and the colors you used! So you stamped the gold onto the hot embossed surface? What a fun class that had to be! This is gorgeous! Have a great week! Hugs!

Bonnie Irvine said...

This is so striking. I love the texture and depth of colour on this frame. The dimension is wonderful...it makes me want to touch :) So cool. Thanks for joining us this month at Recycle. Re-Purpose and Re-Invent. I hope we see you again next challenge.

Christy said...

WOW! Seriously, just WOW! I am so beyond impressed by this. :) Thanks for joining us at ABAC this week :) :)

Jules said...

Wow Avril!!!

Very creative, very beautiful and very inspirational!!

Fantastic work and I love the colours very much.

Oh .. there are just too many things I want to try LOL!!!

Love Jules xx

Susan Flynn said...

Wow this is fabulous and I would never have guessed they started off as beer mats!! x

Linda said...

How creative! I love the colours you chose to work with!

Thanks for joining us at SHopping our Stash!


Sandra's Spot said...

Amazing frame all that hard work you have put into it. Love it. Hugs Sandra x

Linda said...

WOW!! How have I missed this Avril. This is stunning. Love the look of those Moonshadow inks, what gorgeous colours. All the texture looks fab, and what a clever way to use beer mats. xx

Lori said...

What a gorgeous frame - just a wonderful technique - the texture and color are fabulous! So glad you linked up at Recycle, RePurpose & ReInvent!

Mandi said...

Great use of those mats. I would have never guessed. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.

Mandi said...

Great use of those mats. I would have never guessed. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.

Julie Short said...

Avril what a fabulous textury frame and from a beer mat! Who would guess. It is hard to photograph metallics and shimmer and shine but I can see that and all the gorgeous texture you have so well. Thank you for joining in at ABAC Texture Challenge.

Julia S-W said...

This is stunning Avril. I can't believe you did a whole frame with that technique when doing one small inchie drove me mad!! The TH central image is so perfect for this utterly beautiful frame. Can you tell I love it??!!
I recently bought a bag of vintage beer mats in Brighton and you have inspired me to get them out and do something!
I'm so glad you entered this at ABAC it fits the texture challenge perfectly.

Julia S-W said...

And I do mean it - I love it!!

Ellie said...

LOVE your frame, it sure looks shimmery!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What an amazing background Avril...it looks gorgeous!

greetings, Alie :-)

Nikki Byrne said...

What a STUNNING project and fab embossing! Thank you for joining us at gingerloft this fortnight and good luck. HUgs


DesignerDiva said...

Hello Avril I'm so sorry I have been such a bad follower lately, work got in my way this summer and I'm just getting back organised and I'm off on holiday next week!
Your mirror is stunning, but then all of your work is! Beautiful technique, while I'm here.... thanks for joining us at Heck of a Challenge for our very first challenge I hope you will join us again soon and good luck
Hugs Laurie xx

Chris / CS Designs said...

Avril, This is such a beautiful frame and it is hard to believe that started as a beer mats. Thank you for sharing this on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent.
:) Chris / CS Designs