Wednesday, 29 August 2012

It's a Recycled Gift

Afternoon All
Well I seriously hope that this rain stops before this evening.
It is the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games in case you had forgotten. I hope that it is as awesome as the events organised for the Olympics.
It is such a shame that there doesn't seem to have been the same build up or coverage, even if in my humble opinion they have worked even harder than 'ablebodied' athletes to achieve their goals.
Anyway, I will get off my soapbox, and just wish Team GB the very best of luck.
The challenge this week over at Our Creative Corner is 'Recycle it with a POP of Green'
I decided that I would make an Engagement Gift for Vicky and Greg by recycling a couple of items........
The picture frame is another of the very cheap wooden ones that I bought, the oval frame that has been stamped and embossed onto the back of a piece of a cereal packet and the flowers are made from the foil dish that once held a meat pie!!!
I hope that the Guys at Our Creative Corner consider that to be a sufficiently good use of some recycled items.
I got the idea for the flowers from something that I saw on Buttons fabulous blog. Thanks Hun xx
The frame was covered with some die-cut Magnolia Swirls and Hearts (left overs from a DooHickey border) cut from card and stuck on using Pritt stick glue. After that Aluminium sticky backed tape from a car accessory shop was added. (See HERE for a previous blog post with more detailed instructions)
I used Alcohol inks - Oregano, Latte, Rust, Mushroom to colour the frame and flowers, and then Lettuce and Pesto for the leaves.
They were all cut using Nestie and Cheery Lynn dies.
The oval frame was cut from a piece of cereal box and then stamped and embossed using Versamark and Aged Ivory Frantage Embossing Enamel and sponged with Old Paper distress ink.
I made a box for my gift and wrapped it with tissue paper before I gave it to Vicky, as the flowers are a little delicate.
I added plenty of silicone to the underside of the flowers to help give them a bit of stability.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Allsorts Challenge - It's a Gift
Our Creative Corner - Recycle it with a POP of Green
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Floral Creations / Handmade flowers
Robyns Fetish - Anything but a Card
I'm going to try and get some crafting in now.
I've set the TV to tape the Opening Ceremony as I'm bound to fall asleep. Not, I hope from boredom, just plain tiredness lol.
Happy Crafting and have a great evening.
hugs Kimx


  1. A fabulous frame Kim - I love the flowers and leaves.
    I agree about the Paralympics - they don't seem to get the recognition they deserve.
    Kath x

  2. Wow, beautiful frame, stunning work. Thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish challenge anything but a card, cheers Sue x

  3. That is beautiful - who would have thought you could make such lovely flowers from an old pie dish??

    I'm recording the Paralympics opening ceremony too - I think the reason it is lower key is that it is a completely different set up and hasn't been going as long as the main Olympics... nearly all the tickets have been sold though, which is more than the main one could say!

  4. Kim, your frame is beautiful and I'm sure it will be treasured too. Hugs Rita xx

  5. OH MY WORD, Kim!!! This is gorgeous!!! LOVE the amazing foil flowers and the colors are wonderful! This is stunning! :)

  6. It's so gorgeous Kim i love it :)

  7. Hi Kim, I can't stop looking at those flowers, there is so much depth in the colour, and to think they were once a meat pie dish! The entire creation is just wonderful. Great work with the recycling challenge, and thanks for playing along with us again this week at Our Creative Corner.

  8. Your frames are just absolutely stunning, both this one and the prior post. I adore altering metals and I must get some of that metal tape to try. I love the way you overlaid it over the die cuts - what fabulous texture. Beautiful work making the flowers and the coloring with the alcohol inks is incredible too. Such an amazing gift! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for our recycling challenge over at Our Creative Corner.

  9. Very pretty frame Kim..Thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC..Esther xx

  10. Wow, that is just amazing! What a lovely engagement gift.
    I would love to invite you to join us at The Lollipop Ladies if you are looking for a new challenge blog -

  11. How clever Kim! What a thoughtful gift. Thanks for joining us at FSC! Best, Yvonne

  12. Oh Kim, once again your creation just takes my breath away. You are amazingly talented and have such a unique and beautiful style. I can't quite believe those flowers are made from a meat pie foil container! WOW! Absolutely amazing.

  13. This is awesome! Your flowers are so pretty! :)

  14. Good grief Kim. Must have missed this somehow first time round so it is lucky for me that you've won at OCC and now I get to see it. HUGE well deserved congrats and thank you so much for the mention. Glad to see I've been of some use:) Hugs, Buttons x

  15. Congrats! What a fabulous recycle job. Your frame is just beautiful. I also love the picture of the items you used. Very cute.

  16. Hi Kim, This is a fabulous frame, the texture and colours look wonderful. Love your 'metal' flowers.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC

  17. this is so beautiful and creative!!!

  18. Beautiful altered frame! Love the texture and colors! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.


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