Thursday, July 7, 2011

Framing my life!

I have a large collection of stencils, most of them Dreamweaver, and I'm lucky enough to be on the Dreamweaver Design Team. One of my other hobbies is card making (here's that blog), so I've traditionally used stencils with papercrafts. Now that I have this delightful NEW obsession (lol), I'm rediscovering the joys of stencilling on other surfaces!

Here, I used cheapie dollar store frames. I sanded them a little, then painted the first coat with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Blue Ocean Breeze paint.


Then I overpainted with Rustoleum Heirloom White, glazed a first coat, and chipped them up a little.


Then I used this beautiful stencil (Dreamweaver Large Flourish, LJ 896) with Dreamweaver White Matte Embossing Paste...as easy as frosting a cake! Once they were dry, I overglazed with a simple mix of brown acrylic paint and water. YUM!!



VOILA! Three upcycled cheapie frames, worthy of my wee grandkidlets, who're spending the whole summer with me here in Nova Scotia...I am one LUCKY Grammie...and life is... so very GOOD!! They even like to help me PAINT!




Today is a free theme for the design team...you just never KNOW what they'll come up with...please take a look, right here, and watch this space...I think I'll be using stencils a LOT in future! Isn't this hobby we share just the BEST!?

Here's a link to Dreamweaver stencils and accessories. Have a look and just imagine how many ways they could add to your home decor repertoire!



Noe being the proud and lucky Grammie that I am, I just have to post this pic from a day at the oceanside here in Nova Scotia yesterday...the cousins frolicking in the surf.

Aaaahhhh, life is so very...GOOD!!





Shouting out a great big huge Nova Scotian THANK YOU to the following decor bloggers for featuring these this week!







Redoux



Thank you so VERY MUCH for visiting today, your comments mean so much to me.

Wishing you a day filled with the people and the hobbies you LOVE!

35 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I am looking for a new place to live. Once I find it, I'll be bugging you for ideas on decorating!!

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  2. OK, those frames are simply gorgeous. Love them. WANT them!

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  3. Wow Deborah!! That is great. I looks that flourish has always been there. Great job!! You are trying to make this "mixed media" look easy huh?? Have a great day!

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  4. Deborah these frames are beautiful Great Job. Your grandkidlets look fabulous in them and I'm sure they have been having a great time helping you.

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  5. How fun to be able to show the boys their pictures in your beautiful creations. I love this and am going to find some frames to take to CHA to show people how to do this? Thank you for the inspiration and have a fun summer with the grandkidlets!

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  6. I love these frames, they are just so elegant looking.

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  7. Genius! Embossing paste is a new one on me but definitely something I'm going to explore. What a wonderful way to turn plain flat frames into something unique and beautiful!

    I would love to have you link up to my party http://catonalimb.blogspot.com/2011/07/out-on-limb-no-8.html

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  8. UNBELIEVABLY COOL! I am so inspired by this--thank you! Now I need that stencil......

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  9. those are awesome! love the embossed stencil!

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  10. Your frames are amazing! It looks like aged carved wood. Oh, and cute kids, too, Grammie! I love doing dimensional pieces as well.

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  11. Beautiful job on the frames Deborah! Love the details and the chippy effect.

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  12. Oh my gosh. If you hadn't shown the before and after photos, I would have have asked what upscale home furnishing store they came from. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to give it a try.

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  13. That is a FANTASTIC Frame! I have to try that!

    I host a Pinkalicious Thursday Blog Party every week and would love for you to join the fun!

    http://www.frugaliciousme.com/2011/07/pinkalicious-thursday-blog-party-9.html

    XOXO,
    Tasha

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  14. I absolutely love the embossing technique. It really adds a richness to the plain-Jane frames.

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  15. Darling boys! Oh and great frames too!

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  16. How clever! What a change from cheap $Store frames. Love the nickname "grandkidlets"! So cute!

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  17. I'd never heard of embossing paste, but it gives the frame a simply elegant effect! Very pretty.

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  18. Stopping by from the link up and I am loving these frames! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. WOAH THIS IS SO COOL!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday :)

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  20. Oh my gosh, they're beautiful!! Thank you for linking up!

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  21. Those are awesome. They look like antiques! Thanks for the great idea!

    ~Kristi

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  22. Love these-I've never used these embossing stencil products but you've inspired me-Can't wait to try them-I'm your newest follower!

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  23. Ok, now I need to play with this embossing stencils! These turned out wonderful. Love it. Thank you for joining TTF and have a wonderful day!

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  24. Wow!these frames look amazing. Embossing stencils is totally new for me... thanks for sharing this. The effect it creates is so beautiful! Visiting from Debbie's Newbie Party. Loved your inspiring post!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  25. Wow...these turned out so great! I need to try the embossed thing ...it looks so cool.

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  26. I love this! never heard of the embossing, must try it! Thanks for linking!
    XO
    Kristin

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  27. Hello again, Deborah! Thanks for visiting me. I just recognized your black and white table that I think is so striking. Love these frames,too, and your grandkids are cuties!

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  28. I featured this on my blog today! Come grab a button :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/07/your-whims-wednesday-15-and-features.html

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  29. Nicely done. Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  30. Yet again another reason I really need to get some of this embossing paste! Thanks for sharing -- the frames are lovely!

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  31. The frames came out beautiful and you have some adorable subject art to showcase in them.

    Blessings

    MJ
    Lucky 7 Design

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  32. Your frames are awesome embossing sounds like fun I think I will try that
    Love the pictures too
    Thanks for linking for VTCF
    I am grateful
    Pam

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  33. How sweet! The kids will never forget this summer with you!
    Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

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