Friday, June 7, 2013

Make It Work

Sorry it's been a few days since my last post. I've been working on getting things ready for the move. I'm excited about it but it is a ton of work and I am sad that I won't get to craft and post on my blog for a bit while I'm "In Process". It shouldn't be long though, maybe a couple of weeks.
For now, I'm working on a project for my husband's boss as a going away gift. She is such an awesome person and she is so kind. My husband wanted to give her something nice as a gift. She loves Project Runway and since the motto of Tim Gunn is "Make it Work" we wanted to make sure to use that phrase in this project and we wanted to add a little Steampunk twist.

I am entering this project in the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - This week it's all about the letter "S", I'm using it for "Steampunk" this week.
Frilly and Funky - Sunday Share - My item from Frilly is the Wanted Tim Holtz Strip Alphabet Die, I just got this die and I love it!! It's just the right size for this project.

For starters I took the glass and backing out of the frame and sanded down the entire frame. The was just a basic wood frame 

I used Tim Holtz tissue tape and Claudine Hellmuth's Matt Medium. I applied the tissue tape to the inside window of the frame.

I used a piece of Paper House Productions paper, I love this paper for this because my husband and his boss both work at the Pentagon and how fitting this paper is. I just tore it into pieces and adhered that to the rest of the frame. Layering it along the way.

I went around the paper with Adirondak Espresso ink. I wanted to use permanent ink here so that when I seal the paper it won't smudge.
I made some flowers from a Stampin Up paper punch. I used Tim Holtz glassine and dark blue paper. I stamped onto the paper with a Wedny Vecchi stamp and silver ink. I wanted to use dark blue paper because my husband is in the Air Force.
I added a mini Tim Holtz gears to the center of each flower.

I then just added lots of gears and other embellishments around the frame to decorate.
I also added The Words to the top and the letter "A" and the number "9".. my husband works in A9 at the Pentagon, so there is a meaning behind everything here. 

Here are a few more photos and the finished product

I just need another two Findings Corners (I ran out) and then  put the glass and backing on and it's done! I hope that she likes it, I just love how it turned out. Loads of Tim Holtz goodness here. 
Have a super day!! Thanks for stopping by.


  1. This is so neat, Claudine. Surely she's going to love it! I'm lovin' that red butterfly.

  2. Awesome - I love the combinations of products :)

  3. Your steampunk frame is awesome!!! I love all the gear and elements you used on it...awesome transformation! Thank you so much for sharing your S inspiration with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  4. Thanks for your words in my blog! Your tutorial is fab, thanks for sharing! BArbarayaya

  5. Gorgeous frame! Stunningly altered! Love steampunk too! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  6. What a wonderful gift! I bet she loves it. Wishing you a smooth move - it's very stressful, I know - hope it goes as well as possible.