Friday, January 20, 2012

JAI 101 - just add a sketch

Hello there,
welcome back for a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have sketch challenge for you and here it is - a nice square one.
 I just happened to be browsing the local craft store and saw some scrapbook frames that were just perfect for making some wall art for my kids rooms and they were square - perfect. Here is what I made for my Miss.
A close up of the gold shimmer
And a close up of one of my favourite bits - I tried stamping on the frame and wrapping it around
I really started from scratch with this, as the frame was a raw pine one and I've got to say it was quite fun! So first I painted it with hot pink acrylic paint (which not surprisingly we had in the house) then once that layer had dried I coated it a couple of times with white acrylic paint. Then once that dried (being summer it didn't take all that long for each layer to dry) I sanded the frame, trying to get a gentle distressed look and also aiming to get some of the pink to show through. Once that was all done I stamped the swirl onto the frame, wrapping it around the sides. Then I sprayed the frame with gold shimmer - liberally ;) After that was all dry then sprayed the frame with sealer, and as the final touch added some rhinestones. Now for the inside. I knew I wanted a big butterfly to be centre element of the sketch and I wanted a substantial one. So I die cut a chipboard one and also one in DSP, glued them together and then embossed. I then sponged the edges of the butterfly with Pretty in Pink and just a touch of Melon Mambo to accent the edges. Made some antenna out of jewelery wire and added some buttons and then more gold shimmer for the butterfly! Underneath the butterfly I have a scalloped square of text DSP (the only bit my daughter did not like but I was equally adamant that it would stay). That was layered over more patterned DSP, I sponged the edges of both layers with PIP and MM again. Ok last thing was to add a sentiment - my little Miss and I both agreed that "follow your dreams" was a good one. Now I just need to make one for my little boyo - I thinking a space theme for his I think.

Right I was up wayyyyy too late last night so I need get to bed - and I have certainly babbled on enough ;0 so many thanks for visiting!! and if you can give the sketch a try. Oh and don't forget the JAI scrapbooking challenge that runs till the last Friday of the month.


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Elements of Style, Fillable Frames #3
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, Scallop square duo Bigz die, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Flirtaceous DSP, First Edition DSP, Designer Label, Modern Label punches, 1" circle punch, Jewels - rhinestones, Gold smooch spray, chipboard, Razeberry Fizz vintage buttons (PaperTrey Inc), jewelery wire, Acrylic paint, Tombow multi, daubers, Dimensionals, Double sided tape.


  1. This is darling. I love how you've altered the frame and stamped around the sides. Well worth all the effort, and both you and little Miss agreed on THE perfect sentiment. Love this my friend.


  2. Great work on the frame Kim. Love the colours and the way you've wrapped around the edge. Very clever!
    It's very pretty. I bet your daughter loves it!

  3. This is really really cool! I want to do one for my daughter now! And I love the scalloped square - really sets the butterfly off I reckon!

  4. Beautiful project Kim. Love the butterfly, and love the way you've stamped on and around the frame. Wow!


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