Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pilin' on the Shine - Homemade Frames

This week at the Pile It On Challenge our theme is Shiny and we're sponsored by Add a Little Dazzle. They were very generous, and provided our DT with samples of their colorful metal sheets. It embosses and cuts beautifully on my BigShot.

You might remember my "illness to wellness" card featuring Add a Little Dazzle metal, which I made for the doctors who performed my husband's recent kidney transplant (he's doing quite well!) ... Well, his living donor recently celebrated her birthday and she requested some frames for hand-print paintings her two young sons made. Their art definitely inspired me!

This frame was made for the 2-year-old's "Crab Hands" painting:
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I used seashell dies (two sets; I think both are Spellbinders?) and cut/embossed them with different shiny papers, metals, and plastics. The lighter-colored shells are cut from a blue metal Add a Little Dazzle from and heat-embossed with a fluorescent orange. The little crab (from a Recollections set) is stamped & embossed the same way, but I fussy-cut it. I also added some actual shells and fishing net.

To make it easy to add the painting to the frame, I made a pocket for the back:

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  3. All Crafts Challenge: Anything but a Card
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Here's the second frame I made for 4th of July theme-themed handprints by our 2- and 1-year-old nephews. I used teal metal from Add a Little Dazzle for some of the stars.

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us this week at Pile It On,


  1. Nice frame!! Love it!
    Thank you for sharing with us at Divas by Design this week.

  2. These are so brilliant - what a wonderful idea and they just look so good - great work - thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty this week and good luck - Michelle x

  3. Love your frames reminders of summer time. Thank you for sharing them with us at Divas by Design this week.Hugs, Justyna xx

  4. This is lovely..Thank you for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty. And good luck.

    Caz xx PPC DT

  5. What a gorgeous frame - love the little critters

    Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

  6. Super fab frames! Love them both. :D
    Thank you for sharing and joining us at All Craft Challenge.
    Deborah DT

  7. Fabulous make,love your frame, thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Countryview Challenges!


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