Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Flowers and Butterflies.

This project showcases
Wk 2 of my current Butterfly Challenge

So buy one 50p frame  from the local charity shop.

Give it a coat of paint  using  matchpots  in
'Violet White'.

 Distress using Liquid pearls 'Majestic Purple'
by rubbing in along the grain of the wood
and  sanding down to achieve a worn look .
Then have a good rummage in your stash
and go to town embellishing to your hearts desire.

I cut the butterflies from shrink plastic
using a couple of die cut butterfly frames.
Then coloured using my promarkers
before heating to shrink down in size.
Once I was happy with the colours
I allowed to dry and then gave each one
a good coating of glossy accents.
The photo in the frame is rather special
as it is the only known one  in existence of
The Doc's Grandmother.
His aunt showed it to us and we asked to borrow it 
to take copies of. 
The original is in a bit of a state but I managed to retake
a photo of it and then download into my computer.
It is only a small size 2'x3' so I cropped and resized to 
fit the frame and printed off onto good quality gsm card stock.
It is in black and white so I  used
my pearlescent chalks to enhance the grass
and her clothing.
This is a surprise for The Doc's Aunt for this Sunday.

Entering into the following challenges.
Electic Ellapu # Pink team Anything goes.
Lil Patch  Of  Crafty # 12 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. #181/182 use up your snippets.(flowers were larger ones I dismantled)
Craft Your Passion #267 Anything goes.
Use your Stuff #189 Wood.
Papertake Weekly # Trio- tastic. Use 3 of something. (3 flowers).
Through the Craft Room Door #  Anything goes.
Crafty Gales Corner #25 Anything goes.
Decorate To Celebrate #103 Anything goes no cards.
Inspiration Destination #39 Anything goes.


  1. Hi Mrs A,
    oh this is gorgeous.
    Wonderful work on that fab frame.
    I love it.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  2. Gosh what a teriffic job you've done with this frame Valery, it is gorgeous, all the little embellishments are sp pretty, especially the butterfly. Wonderful gift for your aunt, hugs Kate x

  3. A fab job done there. I have just sent 3 frames like that in my red cross bag - now i am thinking I should have upcycled them!! x Jo

  4. What a gorgeous transformation Mrs A, the colours are gorgeous. Carol x

  5. Brilliant creation, great use of the frame and at only 50p and I have to wonder now if I should bite the bullet and have a few more photo's taken for my Grandson's future so they will be able to remember me in years to come.

    Kath x

  6. What a transformation of a plain frame! Just beautiful, Mrs A. xx

  7. This is really neat! I love how it turned out! I think his aunt will be thrilled!

  8. Wow this is so beautiful. Love the lavender and purple colours as well as the ribbon and lace.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  9. Absolutely great work Mrs A! The frame is fabulous and also the way you enhanced the copy of a very precious photo works beautifully.


    Di xx

  10. Wonderful project! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  11. This is so gorgous Mrs A. I love how you've transformed the frame into something so beautiful and I'm sure the Doc's aunt will be over the moon xx

  12. Wow Mrs A this is one awesome project I love how you have decorated the frame it looks amazing so does the picture, thank you for sharing this with us at LIL PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS
    lorraine x

  13. This is just amazing Mrs A, I love how you transformed this frame into something so stunning. Thank you for sharing with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends this time. Good luck and hope to see you again soon. Andree (DT) x

  14. An absolute treasure, Mrs. A! Wonderful frame for a very special photo!

  15. What a fabulous memento, Mrs A! The frame is lovely, so pretty, and it emphasises that very special photo.

    Thanks for your kind comment on my post, I hope you enjoy your Isaac Asimov book!

    love Mags B x

  16. Beautiful makeover on that frame with the lovely colors and detail. I do love how you have the ribbon hanging:) TFS and thank you for joining us over at Decorate to Celebrate.

  17. Some of these old photos are so valuable to us, not financially but just as part of our family history. By the way, glad to hear you have fallen for the new Groovi system from Clarity. I love it and cannot put it down. It is good for beginners and experienced parchers alike. Have lots of fun when it arrives, and show us what you create with it. xxx Maggie

  18. What you've accomplished with this plain frame is outstanding and incredible! What a fabulous gift to present a vintage photo so beautifully! Nice work!!

  19. Your project is really awesome !
    Thanks for sharing it with us and hope to see you again in our next challenge as well,
    DT Through The Craft Room Door

  20. what a beautiful gift and such a nostalgic picture. Those butterflies look pretty amongst the flowers.
    hugs, annie x

  21. Hi Val
    Thanks for your comment of yesterday.....I just noticed it.
    I am in a good place now thanks, though I can't be bothered blogging these days.
    The bees! I can tell you where zone of them are; they are in our bedroom, in the wall. We can hear them buzzing and fussing all night. Last year they were in a bird box in our front garden, now they are that bit closer. They have white bums, I have forgotten their name. They are small and cute and don't bother people.
    I have seen less butterflies this year....strange, I wonder where they have gone.
    I love your frame, by the way.
    Keep busy, keep safe
    Sue xxxxx

  22. The word 'zone' should be the word 'some' ....but I think you could have worked that out.

  23. so beautiful thank you for joining challenge at dtc. hugs

  24. Lovely project, thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination and good luck. Wendy DT x

  25. I think this is FAB and I know Aunty Eileen will love it. The added chalk really lifts the photo x

  26. I think this is FAB and I know Aunty Eileen will love it. The added chalk really lifts the photo x

  27. You did a fabulous job on this project! The frame is very pretty!

  28. What a loving thing you did making this stunning frame and making granny's photo so pretty. I'm in awe, Mrs. A. Auntie will be, too, and I suspect there might be tears of happiness and gratitude!! Hugs, Darnell

  29. This is a beautiful frame and great story about the photo! Thanks for joining our wood challenge this week at Use Your Stuff!
    Lori - UYSDT

  30. Brilliant altered frame & I love the photo you've placed in it!
    Dawn xx

  31. What a thoughtful gift you made for auntie. She will be so touched and this will be something she will treasure. I love the frame and the lace you added. It's always nice to make a personal gift for someone and you sure did.

  32. Great creation! Lovely take of WOOD challenge!
    THanks for sharing at Use Your Stuff!

  33. What a lovely and thoughtful gift. She will treasure it, I'm sure.
    Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner. I hope to see you again soon. Good luck!
    ♥ Lena - DT
    Lena’s Creations

  34. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Crafty Gals Corner ATG Challenge. Hope you join us tomorrow for our new challenge and blog hop.
    Lisa DT
    The Crafting Cave

  35. Lovely work retouching the photo and redoing the frame to match! Thanks for taking the Wood challenge at Use Your Stuff!

  36. What a treasure! Love how you've touched up the photo and that gorgeous frame!


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