Welcome, friends, to the first Heartfelt Creations Wednesday in June 2014! Today’s inspiration project is my Thank Heaven for Little Girls altered frame featuring the cuddly-wuddly Sweet Lullaby Collection. I was out “junkin'” when I found a very sturdy collage frame with a super ugly finish. I knew immediately that I wanted to “pretty it up” and make an altered frame. Lots of sanding, painting, and distressing later, and here’s the finished result:
It’s quite a transformation, wouldn’t you agree? I have a complete supply list and detailed tutorial below. In addition to the papers and dies from Heartfelt Creations, I also used loads of 1/4″ brignt pink gingham and iridescent white metallic string from Really Reasonable Ribbon to make my bow. I also used Chloe Natural Crochet Lace along the front of my frame to give it a real vintage/girly feel. The Bella Rose leaf flourish added just the right touch of greenery beneath my bow.
I just love the little booties in the Sweet Lullaby Die set. It’s hard to tell here, but they are actually embossed as well as die cut. You can run 1/8″ ribbon through the looped top for a super sweet finish.
Using the card fronts inside the frame made this very quick to put together. I also added Stamped Sentiment Circles as embellishments.
This might be my favorite element in the whole frame. I painted a vintage drawer pull with antique linen distress paint, rubbed off some of the paint to leave shabby finish, mounted it upside down on the frame and then filled it with these darling Sweet Lullaby flowers and a white filagree butterfly. To me, it looks for all the world like a fountain filled with posies and I just love it!
This project actually brought back a sweet childhood memory of mine. I can vividly recall eating my breakfast bowl of Cheerios while the radio played a local talk show. The host of the show used to allow his daughter to call in every morning and talk to him, and the theme music that played to cue her call was Maurice Chevalier singing, “Zank heavonz, for leetle girlz!” Now, I have just dated myself, but I don’t care one bit! I do thank heaven for little girls because our 2 daughters and two granddaughters make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!
Thank Heaven for Little Girls Altered Frame
Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
HCD 746 Sweet Lullaby Die
HCD 745 Luggage and Tag Die
HCD 744 Once Upon a Time Die
HCD 712 Bella Rose Die
HCDP1 243 Sweet Lullaby Collection
HCPC 3605 Sweet Lullaby Sentiments PreCut Set
452255 Grand Calibur
159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
Other Products: white cardstock, glossy white cardstock; Distress Ink: Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters; Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink; ribbon and embellishments; Antique Linen Distress Paint, Picket Fence Crackle Paint, Ranger Pink Sherbet Paint Dabber; Sakura Gelly Roll Pens (Glaze and Starlight); Diamond Stickles; foam tape; collage frame; Studio Matte Multi Medium Gel
Sand and paint the frame with two coats of pink paint, letting it dry between coats. Paint with Picket Fence Crackle Paint. Let dry. Seal with Studio Matte Multi Medium. When dry, use double stick adhesive to add crochet lace to the outside of the frame.
Cut a piece of designer paper to fit the back of the frame. Cut the card front from the collection and write the sentiment on it. Highlight areas of the image with Sakura pens. Stamp, die cut and color the Sweet Lullaby Sentiments. Use foam tape to add to the card front. Place in the frame when dry. Add ribbon to the booties and use foam tape to place in the frame. Die cut the ticket sentiment, ink the edges and glue down. Cut the border sentiment and glue below the booties. Fussy cut around the sleeping baby card front. Add Diamond Stickles to the ruffled pillow. Dry and glue onto paper. Add the Little Angel die cut above it. Secure the entire panel into the frame.
Die cut several sets of flowers from glossy white cardstock. Color 3 of the smallest flower with Spun Sugar DI and add a green pearl to the center. Color 3 sets of the flower with Bundled Sage DI, shape and stack adding a pink pearl to the center. Die cut 2 sets of the Bella Rose leaves and swirls. Color with green Distress Inks and add some Spun Sugar to accent. Glue on the right hand side of the frame. Add ribbon, string and bow. Add a stamped and colored sentiment to a memo pin and insert into the bow. Add the heart stick pin.