Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Craft-Room Challenge - Home decor

Hello...happy Tuesday, must be time for a new Craft-room challenge and this week Maria has chosen home decor as our theme. She says she loves seeing hand made items and altered bits and pieces as they seem to give a place lots of character and individuality.  Maria has told us our creations could be anything from something for your wall or around the home, to giving a new lease of life to old furniture, to absolutely anything at all for the home! Use whatever you like - ink, paint, fabric, etc.

I found this one tricky as I don't tend to do much crafting that isn't paper based - but ended up altering a plain wooden photo frame I'd had for ages.
I painted with Gesso to provide a base and then added old paper crackle paint, I only applied a thin layer so the crackles don't really show up much here. I rubbed some Walnut Stain distress ink over the dried paint and randomly stamped some dots. I then decorated with grunge paper flowers (Tim Holtz tattered florals die) and some flourishes. For the top corner I stamped a crafty individuals stamp onto tissue paper, glued it onto some card and then glued some white net behind on one side as a frill. I also added some crafty individuals birds and bees to the frame.

I'm going to indulge in a little sentiment now because there's a reason I used the net. It's from my very first ballet tutu  - I was about 5 ! The photo in the frame is of my grandma who encouraged my mum to dance and who as a result took me off to ballet classes as soon as I was old enough ! Apparently I cried all the way through my first lesson but carried on till I was into my late twenties and loved it - thanks Grandma.
I'm going to hang my picture frame in my lounge - I planned the colours to co-ordinate, now it's your turn - please share your home makes with us.  Remember, to be eligible for the Random draw and a chance to win £10 to spend at Craft-Room we ask you to display the shop logo with a  link to the shop site in your side bar.

I'm sharing my frame at these challenges -

Totally Papercraft - Not a card
Crafty individuals - Hanging about
Sir Stampalot - It's a Frame up
Just for fun  - Words
Moving along with times - Handmade Flowers
Have fun...look forward to seeing what you create! Esther xx

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful frame and wonderful story. Kim xx

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  2. Your frame is so beautiful Esther and as Kim said, a wonderful story.
    xxx Hazel.

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  3. lovely frame Esther beautifully decorated. XOXO Zoe

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  4. Oh Esther, what wonderful inspiration for your frame! It's gorgeous and beautifully altered. Maria x

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  5. This is a lovely framed photo and also very meaningful. Thanks for entering this month's CI Challenge Esther. Jean

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  6. Just beautiful and I love the words, perfect for the photo. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.
    Pinky

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  7. Absolutely delightful Esther and such a nice story behind it.

    My daughter still has her tutus which I made, so you are not alone in holding onto those memories, I think it's lovely.

    Thank you for joining in at Stampalot Challenge this month and hope to see you again next month.

    B x

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  8. What a super job you have made of this frame. Love the idea of the ballet material you used - a lovely sentiment to go with the photo. Thanks for joining us at JFF - Hugs, Neet x

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  9. Stunning frame what gorgeous colours

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  10. Great frame I love the colours you have used, thanks for playing on MAWTTs Handmade Flowers challenge this week Hazelxoxo

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  11. what a beautiful frame - gorgeous colours and the flowers are wonderful.
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
    Lisa x

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  12. That's just fab and a wonderful keepsake :)
    Thank you for shairng it with us at Just for Fun
    Von x

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  13. This is great, Esther. Can't believe it is your first home decor item! Thank you for joining in the Crafty Individuals' challenge,

    Lucy x

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  14. Gorgeous frame Esther and such a lovely story behind it :-) Not only a work of art but a piece of your history :-)

    Thanks for joining us on the TPC Challenge :-)
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  15. Stunning frame, Esther, with a lovely story to go with it! What a beautiful photo too. Thank you for sharing it with us at Sir Stampalot this month and goood luck.

    Lynne x

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  16. What a lovely frame. great picture of your grandma and how lovely to have used the net like that.
    Thanks for joining our challenge at Totally Papercrafts this week.
    xxx

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  17. A stunning frame with a wonderful story! Thanks so much for joining in our frame challenge at Sir stampalot this month and good luck!

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  18. Wow Esther I love this the colours and flowers are gorgeous

    Hugs
    NIKKI (blogger won't let me sign in!)

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  19. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  20. Hi there , another beautiful creation, you did a fantastic job just love your beautiful frame and those divine flowers.

    Marie

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  21. what a beautiful card,

    thanks for joining us at
    Sir Stampalot challenge this month and good luck!

    Hugs
    Francesca

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  22. A beautiful frame you have decorated.
    Gorgeous.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  23. Congrats you're in the top 3 at sir stampalot ch;-))m

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