Monday, January 2, 2012

Something Old, Something New, Something Relaxing!

A big hello and warm welcome to both you and 2012! It's the first week of the new year which hopefully will hold many days of inspiration, happiness and discoveries. I'm still kind of in limbo... I haven't taken down my decorations yet, there's lots of Christmas pressies awaiting their new place of residence and I've got a backlog of housework and projects to make you wince! The first Monday of the year also means a brand new challenge over at Simon Says Stamp & Show! This week it's the very fitting theme of 'Something Old, Something New". After all the indulgence of the holidays with the full-on festive glittery glam stuff, I really fancied some bright Spring-like colours and some stress-free crafting.
 So I decided to revamp an old photo frame that was lying dormant in a cupboard. I started by covering the wooden frame with some lovely Design paper from My Mind's Eye. I used Matt Medium and then sanded the edges to get a good finish. I then inked the edges with Aged Mahogany.
I painted Art Part leaves with Claudine's Sky Blue paint and stamped two of Wendy's 'Just Fly' butterflies onto Clearly for Art.

I used a trio of scrap ribbons in matching colours and layered them up with fab words from this great set, also by Wendy.
To finish, three vintage buttons from my own stash and this oh so lovely photo of my Belgian niece. A model in the make methinks!
Colourful, simple and even useful! A good start indeed. Check out all my teamies great ideas on the Design Team blog and get your creative thinking caps on. The $50 prize is just the job after the festive splurge! Look at that... a fancy new logo too! Have a great week and thanks for the visit. Sarah.


Juls said...

this is just gorgeous!!! Loving all the bright colours you have used!!! Hugs Juls

Candy C said...

Hi Sarah. Your picture frame is so bright and cheery! I really really love the sentiment. It's absolutely perfect with that darling picture of your niece. Your bright My Minds Eye paper looks stunning with the Claudine Hellmuth blue "greenery" and Wendy's butterflies. And the little they tie everything together! <3 Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous start to the New Year Sarah. I love your brightly coloured frame, perfect for such a gorgeous picture and a great keepsake. Love the touches of ribbon and the leaves art part is gorgeous in the blue. Such a refreshing start to the new year, quite invigorating . Happy New Year. Tracy x

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful colors, and I love your sentiment!

Valerie said...

This is so bright & cheery!! Really caught my eye :)

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Absolutely gorgeous frame, Sarah! I love the fun bright colors and the sentiment is just perfect!

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