Saturday, 2 April 2011

Sunshine, Daisies and an altered Mirror

Good morning to you all. We have great weather here today, warm and sunny, and you can almost watch the leaves growing bigger and greener from minute to minute. Spring is just lovely!
I woke up early after having a nasty dream that the whole room was buzzing with bees and wasps, and wanted to look for an insect spray, but it was just a dream, although a nasty one. Now I am sitting on my balcony, enjoying the sunshine and the song of the birds, and drinking a large latte, so I feel good.
Yesterday I altered one of the mirrors that I bought at IKEA. I am entering it into the *Try it on Tuesday* Challenge, which is to alter a frame. The challenge there is being sponsored by *The Craft Barn*
The frame has been painted with gesso & covered with strips of ancient magazines. After it was dry I added some TH Tissue Tape and stamped some motives with archival black on it. Then I added some Prima flowers and a butterfly with the heat gun. And I didn't burn myself this time, wonders will never cease! I was planning on making a present of the mirror, but I like it, so i have decided to put it onto the wall in my arty kitchen. Errr, this does not mean that I ususally only give away things I don't like! I think I had better not say anything more on this topic!
And yesterday I made a card, which I am entering into the *Sunday Stampers* over at Hels' lovely blog, and into the April challenge on Daring Cardmakers, which is Daisies and sweet peas as flowers of the month. The only peas I have are the green variety, deep-frozen, so I decided to stick to daisies.


Hels' challenge was to use texture fades or dry embossing, so I used my dotty folder, which I am going dotty over, to make the background. I distressed the edges with some spun sugar, and then cut some daisies out of white paper. Hels has also put a great tutorial on her blog about dipping flowers into molten Utee to give them a face lift, which I decided to try. Mine turned out to be a tiny, tiny bit different. In fact, at first they looked awful. I used tweezers to hold them into the melting pan, but the tweezers kept untweezing themselves and letting go of the flowers. Then the tweezers fell into the melting pot, and I had to dig them out with a spatula....Well, several blisters, stuck-together-with-utee-fingers and swear words later, I had managed half a dozen reasonable daisies, into which I stuck some mini lilac daisies. And one of them has found its way onto the card, together with a die cut fence from TH's alterations. I stuck the fence on so that it curves forwards. The sentiment is really original, I think the fight with the tweezers and the blisters addled my brains. And then I stuck a butterfly onto it, which I don't like, but the glue was dry and it refused to budge! Here it is:
Okay, enough said for today, except to wish you all a happy weekend. Take care of yourselves, and thanks for looking!

27 comments:

  1. So you survived the heat gun only to succumb to the molten lava in the melting pot! Sounds like dangerous work! But both projects are wonderful.

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  2. WOW the frame is deeeevine.. and the card... sooo pretty!! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday sTamper hun x

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  3. Very pretty, love them both. Glad you are enjoying the lovely weather! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. A very sweet card and your altered mirror is beautiful! Thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

    Lynda xxx

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  5. beautiful card! I just altered a mirror, too :) Love yours!

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  6. Thanks Ladies! Jan, great minds think alike, huh?

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  7. That mirror is stunning and I do like the card.
    Sparkles for your blisters.
    Hugs,
    Sue xx
    p.s. have a great weekend.

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  8. Lovely projects - that mirror is gorgeous.
    And that card is perfect for spring!
    Thanks for joining in with this week's DCM dare. :o)

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  9. Love both projects! Everything about the altered mirror is just beautiful. The picture you took is awesome the way the mirror is reflecting the barren tree in it!! Hugs Tee

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  10. So ... do you think you could squeeze that spendifilous frame into an 8 1/2 X 11 envelope? I fell in love with it ... no wonder you don't want to part. Your card story made me smile .. and the mention of latte made me want one. I'm off to the terrace to listen to the birdies sing. hugs from Mexico.

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  11. Both your pieces are gorgeous. But don't give that frame to anyone unless it's to me! Hugs, Barb

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  12. Sounds like you had a fab time at Ikea and congrats on the stint at GSC don't envy the orient theme though not my thing at all but I know you will be amazing as always. notice your really getting lots more visitors and now on DT I am really pleased things are going well keep up the good work hun

    Love Dawn xx

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  13. Oh I forgot to say poor you with the UTEE but you did make me laugh ;0) and love the mirror lots, they will make great gifts if there not all in the kitchen ha ha

    Love Dawn xx

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  14. Yeah, I laughed about it afterwards, but my fingers are really hurting with blisters and pulled off bits of skin!
    And I have a long kitchen with lots of wall space....

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  15. fab projects I do love the Ikea mirrors for altering and your is fab I do hope your finger recover sounds like dangerous crafting you were doing hugs alma xx

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  16. Valerie, I have this mental image of you in your creative kitchen, probably still in your nightie or pyjamas cos it's straight to work for you on waking (after the essential coffee, that is). In my image, you have a big apron on cos I know you like to use vast quantities of messy sticky stuff. You have your hands on hips, huffing and puffing and suffering for your art. Blisters, burns, stuck-together fingers, wild-haired and slightly red in the face, but very very happy! Pleeeeease don't tell me this isn't accurate, I rather enjoy this image of you, lol lol. LOVE LOVE LOVE the mirror, it is even better than I expected it would be. Agree about the butterfly on the card, but otherwise that is fab too. Oh, and don't tell Sara about that bee dream and the bug spray, she'll be scared to talk to you on KK. Fab work petal. CoB

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  17. How cute is this card?!!!!! love it.
    Thanks for joining in with DCM this week.

    Samm
    x

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  18. Cobbly, love your description, it's almost right. I mostly get dressed in some old trousers and sweats, but apart from that - all correct! Hands on hips is also difficult while crafting, but often huffing and puffing - yes!

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  19. Hi Val, wow what an amazing mirror that is so beautiful and arty. also love the pretty spring card, the butterfly looks ok but would have been great without it too :)
    thanks so much for being so supportive and for your lovely comments my friend
    hugs June xxxxx

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  20. Lovely frame. love how you added the magazine and tape layers. Thanks for joining in with us at Try it on Tuesday. Angela

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  21. Gorgeous frame, love the materials you used to get that effect, so clever. Love your card too, hope spring shows up here soon!

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  22. Every day you pop out more beautiful art!!

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  23. Gorgeous altered frame, Valerie! I love the daisy card too! I'll bet your arty kitchen wall is full of eye candy :)

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  24. Lovely frame, beautifull layering and colours look fab, I'd have kept it too! Thanks for joining us at Try it on Tuesday

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  25. What beautiful projects!
    Your daisy card is just right for April's Flowers of the Month challenge fromThe Daring Cardmakers

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  26. Gorgeous frame and what a beautiful and elegant card! Thank you to joining in with DCM.

    Zuzana x x

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  27. the frame is beautiful and I lvoe the embossing and the little fence on your card. Thanks for playing along with Daring Cardmakers this week :)

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