Friday, 31 October 2014

Recycle It over at Polkadoodles....

Hello again,

It's a new challenge over on the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog and so I'm here with my DT inspiration....

The theme this time is Recycle It!
Oh boy did I have a little panic about this one!  I've not really adventured far away from card making on my blog yet and spent a long time trying to figure out what and how I was going to rise to this challenge using Nikky Hall's fabulous products from Polkadoodles.

After much dithering, here's what I came up with.....

Recycled frame countdown chalk board!
My children were over the moon when they realised what I was making and we are still trying to convince them that we have to put it away until December lol!

Don't those Polkadoodles papers look amazing!

Here's how I made it:

Old photo frame:  This one I'd picked up in a cheapy shop and had in a bag for a while, it had two frames so I just took a knife (carefully) to the back to unstick the inner frame so I could decorate them seperately.

Inner frame: 
Totally awesome Christmas papers from Work and Play Festive Hollybobs Collection CD (which is also available as a download HERE and is totally packed with awesome digi's, embellies, pre-coloured images, papers, design sheets, bags and boxes, paper bows and so much more).
The papers were torn in to strips of approx 2cms wide and measured to the width of my inner frame.
I then used a mix of cheap PVA glue and water to decoupage the strips around the frame.
When I'd finished and it had dried I then covered it again in a layer of PVA glue, let it dry and repeated to create a seal.
Outer Frame:
I sanded the original frame so it would grip the paint and then put on two coats of Gesso.  Once dry I put on a full coat of red acrylic paint and then once dry two coats of white acrylic paint.
Once dry the frame was sanded back in places to create the distressed look. 
Tip: make sure you sand a little at a time, then stand back to have a look so you don't over sand it...remember you can always add more but can't take it back once you've done it, you'd have to start again!

Once both layers were fully dry I put them back together.
The chalk board in the centre was another cheat!  I found some sticky backed chalking sheets in our local Pound shop!  All I did was trim it to fit over a piece of card for the centre and then put the back back on!  How easy was that!

I added some ribbon and bells that I got from a local store and then of course I wanted to use some of the fabulous embellishments from Festive Hollybobs so I printed out the North Pole sign, heart and candy canes in the desired size, all pre-coloured options used, and then covered them in glossy accents so they were totally protected when the frame is displayed :D

Here's the close-up pics:

Thank you for visiting today and don't forget to leave me a comment as I'd love to know what you think of my Recyle It project :D

I totally look forward to seeing your makes over at the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog

Happy Crafting :D

Sandie xx

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  1. I'm speechless over this one!! Amazing, awesome, fab!!!! So different, so well designed and such an inspiration..... hope to persuade the children that it should be donated to their Auntie!!! xx xx xx xx

  2. Stunning project for of wonderful things Ginny x

  3. Love the gorgeous details and a fab

  4. This is a great project and I'm not surprised the children don't want to put it away until December, a project I may just have to borrow!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous hun I love all the detail ~ apart from how many sleeps until Christmas THAT I don't need to know lol x

  6. I love all this detail, you're project is just lovley. Now is it 54 sleeps from today or form when you made it? Gorgeous hun x

  7. You might have dithered over this but it came out beautifully great idea for the kids too. Xxx

  8. wow totally stunning, i need one of these for my girls!
    have a great weekend!
    Hugs xx Cara xx

  9. Wonderful project and an awesome idea for Christmas gift, Sandie.
    hugs, Asha

  10. Absolutely fantastic project.. Love it!! Px

  11. great job Sandie :) I love the details :) xx hugs :)

  12. That turned out beautifully. Great work.

  13. This is fabulous Sandie, I bet the children are so excited about Christmas. Love the embellishments and Nikky's CD's always have the best papers.
    Linda xxx

  14. Fabulous project. .. I'd keep it out from now until Christmas if it was me! I got some of those sheets too but have popped them in my stash so I hope I don't forget them! X

  15. Wow Sandie this is an amazing project. Hugs jackie

  16. Fabulous design and detail and such a clever idea Sandie.

  17. I love this! Such a great idea...shall have to make one with my little lad so that I can count the sleeps! Lol. Great bit of crafting.

  18. Hello Sandie, Wow love this altered frame, looks amazing. Great colours and love all the embellishments and those papers are lush. Have a great weekend.


  19. Very nice frame, with great colors.
    Thanks Sandie, for joining us over at Not Just Cards Challenge Blog.
    Hugs, Kati DT 

  20. Sandie - this is stunning!!! Beautiful creation and love those papers and embellishments. TFS

  21. This is so cute and I love the idea. I'm not sure if my kids are too old to enjoy it but if I can find the time I would love to make one of these. I love love the Hollybobs collection, so much fun squeezed in! Thank you for playing along with us at 613 Avenue Create. I hope you join us again. ~ Lizzy DT

  22. A fabulous project Sandie and a brilliant idea. I love all the embellishments you've added x

  23. Thank you for joining this week at Not Just Cards Challenges Good luck and We hope you'll join us again soon.
    Zoe x
    Handmade with lots of Love

  24. This is lovely, Thank you for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty. Good luck.

    Caz xx PPC DT

  25. This is such a great idea and it looks absolutely gorgeous - thank you for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

  26. Fabulous creation, thanks for sharing your creation with us at CRAFTY CATZ X carol

  27. What a fun count down project! I need one of those I loooove X-mas!

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Crafty Catz. Good luck and hope to see you back soon again!

  28. Back to say still love it. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.


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