Monday, October 29, 2012

Paper Girls Blog Hop!!

 Welcome to another awesome Blog Hop with The Paper Girls Challenge Blog! I hope you have enjoyed seeing everyone's altered item projects so far! Everyone truly created some amazing pieces! You should be arriving here from Charissa's blog and her altered treasure box for her little one! If you're just joining in on the blog hop now, click here to start at the very beginning at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog and to get the scoop on how you can win this pretty sweet prize!

Don't forget, for one entry into the draw, make your way through the entire hop and leave a comment on each blog.
And with that, here is my altered project....

It all started earlier this summer when Dan, myself and my Sister in Law bought a cottage. When we arrived it was pretty clear that the previous owners had left everything for us which included some furniture, kitchen items....and their old decor. Enter old picture frame with equally as old postcard.
I couldn't help myself, I loved the solid wood frame and although it's a bit faded I do really enjoy the "art nouveau" style of this postcard (and le 30 Juillet just happens to be my birthday...) so I had to hang on to this knowing eventually I'd make something of it.
Before - The picutre frame and postcard as we found it at the cottage
When the blog hop idea was mentioned I thought it would be a perfect item to alter.  I wanted to keep the postcard and the frame but revamp it just a little bit so that we can return it to the cottage next summer. The whole idea being to keep something "old" from the cottage and make it new and just our own!
After - more colourful after adding scrapbooking paper and washi tape.
I started by cleaning all the dust and cobwebs off the frame and cleaning the glass. Then I sanded down the wood on the frame to smooth out some of the bumps and crevices. To return the wood to its darker colour I used a dropper full of Distress Ink Refill ink mixed with a little bit of water and smoothed it on with a paintbrush and left it to dry.
The inner portions of the frame I covered using some washi tape and to make it a bit more durable I sealed it with a couple layers of Mod Podge Matte.
Washi tape border and wood stained with Distress Ink
The postcard I was intrigued to find out more about.  On the back all that was printed was that it was from New York City. So I googled everything that was printed on the front. Turns out it is a print by the artist Marcel Vertes who was a well known artist in the 1920's and 1930's. He was known for his paintings of Paris street life, circuses and cabarets. He moved from Paris to New York during WWII and returned to Paris 10 years later. In the 30's he was commissioned to print a promotional booklet about Deauville which was a resort town outside of Paris where the wealthy would go to get away from it all and it boasted a grand circus!

Well with the history lesson over! LOL on with the project! I wanted to keep the postcard and pick colours to accent it.  Basically, wanted to dress it up a bit more than just a postcard in a frame. Using Mr. Huey's mist, paper, stamps and washi tape, I created a quick "layout", if you will. There's not too much dimension because it has to fit underneath the glass, but I think it works! 
With that we have a little piece of old cottage to go back and be hung up of the walls so we have a little "souvenir" from the past. Thank you so much for stopping by!!

From here, you're heading over to Amber's blog to check out her beautiful project using leaves and twine.

Blog Hop:
Kyla <-------You are Here
Amber<-----NEXT STOP
Supplies Used:
Paper - My Mind's Eye "Bohemia"
Washi - MME Indie Chic, Freckled Fawn "Gold Airmail"
Mists - Mr Huey's "Water Cooler"
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink - "Salty Ocean" "Tattered Rose" "Vintage Photo" (reinker)
Punch - American Crafts "Knock Outs"
Stamps - Market Street Stamps "Woodgrain"
Mask - Studio Calico "Hexagon"


Mistylynn said...

Wow, what a difference your papers make. It's amazing!!

Pia S said...

Almost unrecognizable! Love how you've used washi tape for the inner frames - what a great effect!

Deborah Johnson said...

Ohhhhh!!! That's adorable!!! I have a love for wood frames from my local thrift shop. Gonna get one done!

CarlyJo said...

You did a great job! I also love to work with found art. It is things like this though that make me wonder if this was important to them in some little way. Odd to frame a post card!

Kristina said...

Oh my pants! This is STUNNING!

Giddy Michelle said...

Love how you saw the potential in the frame and postcard...non-crafty people would have considered it junk and tossed it not realizing what a gem they had on their hands...this is a fabulous "before and after". I love it!

Lisa P said...

Very cool use of the frame. Great ideas.

Brett said...

What a cool idea! I love it!

Amber S said...

Well, that is certainly a much improved project!!

Michele Duffy said...

I love the story behind this project!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is so much fun! I Love the use of the washi on the frame! Thank you!

Angie said...

Wow! I love seeing how you changed this to add your own flair! This looks great!

Kathi Silvia said...

What an awesome project! It looks so much nicer! And I love a good history lesson...thanks for sharing it!


jengd said...

Love what you did with this, particularly the frame! Such a change!

Saskia said...

love the tape on the frame. I'll have to keep that idea in mind!

Patty Selah said...

How neat! and I love the Washi tape on the frame itself! I will have to try that!

Stephanie U said...

Wow! What a stunning transformation!

Kaagaz Quilling said...

Aww super nice Project. thanks for the chance to win!