Friday, January 4, 2013

Some Exciting News and Something New (PPC98)

Hello everyone!

First, let me send a big welcome to my new followers; I'm very glad to have you along!

Did everyone have a wonderful holiday season?  Did you get lots of new crafting toys?  I hope Santa was really good to you :o).

Today I finally get to share some news!  I am soooooo super excited to have joined the talented Playing in Paradise Challenge team at Scrapbooker's Paradise!!!!  For those not familiar, this is a weekly challenge that  begins each Friday.  It is open to everyone and you can use any products you like to create any papercrafting item that your heart desires; just follow the theme.  Each week, you play for a fun prize and a chance to guest design - but only if you want to :).

I get to play host this week for my first challenge - no pressure at all :)!  With the start of a new year and the holidays being just behind us, I thought it would be fun to use something new on your creation.  Whether it be something you received as a Christmas gift, a Boxing Day find or something you just had to have before Christmas but the hustle and bustle of the season prevented you from using it, dig it out of its pretty packaging and put it to use!

For this challenge, I decided to alter a frame.  I had a hard time capturing this one with the camera; it looks so much better in real life.

I started with an unfinished frame and gave it a coat of white paint.  I used Bo Bunny DP from the beautiful Gabrielle line.  I purchased this paper the day it arrived in stores, and have been hoarding it ever since.  It was just too beautiful to cut into.  

For my something new, I tried out some Stampendous Embossing Enamel in shabby blue.  I love the blend of colour and texture it adds with just a hint of sparkle.  It is very easy to use too - just swipe on some embossing ink, pour on the enamel and heat (from the underside of your paper) to melt.  I missed that little detail and when I started heating it, all the coarse chunks of enamel flew everywhere.  Of course, reading all of the directions usually helps :). 


Misc - Unfinished wood frame, magnets (so it can be placed on the refrigerator)
Paper - Bo Bunny Gabrielle, edges where distressed with distressing tool and inked with DI walnut stain and antique linen
Stamps - Kaisercraft Texture Flutter stamped in brown, CTMH sentiment and TH flourish embossed in white
Dies - Spellbinders Wonderful Wings (for the larger butterflies) and Cheery Lynn small Exotic Butterflies
Other - lace from my stash, Stampendous Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel, Picket Fence crackle paint (applied under the torn bit), paper doily, self-adhesive pearls

If you haven't already, pop over to the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog and check out the gorgeous creations the team has made for your inspiration.  Then dig into those new supplies and join in our challenge.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Hugs & Happy Crafting!



Sue - bearhouse said...

Happy New Year Dawn!
Big congratulations on your new DT place and it is definitely well deserved.
I love the frame you have altered. The design and colours are gorgeous and the detailing is so pretty
Sue xx

Il Gufo e La Mucca said...

The frame is just so adorable... I love the emobossed details!
Take care,

Allison said...

Wonderful! I love the little touches you added here...I wish I had the skills to make something like this (every time I try it goes into the trash!). Welcome to the team!

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful frame Dawn, I love the soft colours and all the fantastic details. Welcome to the team :)

Donna Ellis said...

Dawn, our framed project is beautiful! Congratulations on not only being accepted to the Playing in Paradise Challenge Team, but also in hosting your first challenge! Nothing like jumping in with both feet, right? The embossing enamel looks really awesome on the frame. What I especially like is the cute "pink" left side, and the artsy brown and blue tones on the other side. Looks fabulous together! Thanks for sharing your remarkable project AND your happy news.

Jessi Fogan said...

Welcome, Dawn :) I can't wait to play along with you! I am loving the Gabrielle line too - and I had to laugh at your enamel experience.....mainly because that's how I used it the first time too. Reading the directions FIRST is for people who don't know what they're doing, lol :)

fairyrocks said...

Hello Dawn,
Thank You so much for joining our SBP team. Love teh things you do.
Happy New Year, Keep smiling and creating..

Faye said...

Fabulous news :) Superdoop project too. X

fairyrocks said...

Dawn, I am so happy you are on our team. Gorgeous work, fun prompt. I hope all your friends can come and play. We have the big 100th Anniversary challenge coming up. Lot of fun prizes up for grabs then.

Cindy C. said...

Hi Dawn congrats on your new assignment! This frame is so beautiful, thanks for the inspiration!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on your new DT spot!

Your frame is gorgeous! I love the soft colors and the butterfly diecuts.

Linda Pekrul said...

Congratulations Dawn! Love the photo frame. There's so many beautiful details, like the crackle paint under the peek-a-boo, the stamping, and of course that wonderful embossing! Just BEAUTIFUL!