Sunday, November 6, 2011

Welcome Gypsies to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!


Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!
To sweeten to Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! How does one of the 6x6 Bundles from EACH of Authentique Paper's current 7 collections sound?
For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you'’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors (including the fabulous prize pack from Authentique Paper)!
Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM {PST}. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from! 
You've probably just visited the amazing Karen Clark. Be sure to visit the blogs of some more design team members from all over the industry. What a privilege to see my name on this list of fabulous artists!

Clearsnap
Spellbinders
Hampton Art
Zutter
Graphic45
Donna Salazar Designs
The Twinery
Authentique Paper
Glue Arts
Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap
Laura Denison – Graphic 45
Karen Taylor – Donna Salazar Designs
Beverly Sizemore – Hampton Art
Kazan Clark – Spellbinders
Janeen Shember – Authentique Paper
Charlotte Jenkins – Clearsnap
Grace Hester – The Twinery
Nicole Eccles – Graphic45
Audrey Pettit – Donna Salazar Designs
Nan Paturzo – Zutter
Jeannie DeGruccio – Authentique Paper
Tamara Tripodi – Glue Arts

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!
Happy Hopping and now for my handmade holiday madness! 

Part 1 - the great frame-up!
We're starting with a simple pine frame from the local craft supply store, Authentique Paper's "Gathering" collection, and some Glue n Seal.
First I cut the paper into thin strips - less than 1/4" is best. Starting in the top corner, I applied a thin layer of Glue n Seal to a small section, and place strips in random order, side by side. I left the edges hanging over both sides of the frame.
After allowing a little dry time for the front, I applied Glue n Seal to the sides, wrapped the strips and trimmed to fit.
Keep going until the entire frame is covered. Go for randomness, don't try to create a repeating pattern. The charm is in the spontaneity.
Part 2 - And now it's time for flowers
I started by hand cutting 5 circles, each about 2". It's easiest if you cut 2" squares with a trimmer, then hand cut the circles from them.
Next, I misted 4 circles and crumpled them into balls. Then I pulled them open and folded them each in half, and in half again. Then I scrunched and shaped each piece into a flower bud shape.
Finally, I glued the 4 flower bud shapes onto that fifth circle, scrunching and shaping to achieve a carnation-style flower. I also made additional buds by misting, scrunching and folding circles, but not gluing them into a flower form.
Part 3 - time to get it all together!
I like edginess. So I used a Ranger Ink Acrylic Paint Dabber and dabbed Espresso around the inside and outside edges of the frame. Then I hot glue gunned the flower and buds onto the frame. 
And finally I added some special touches. Prima's "Say it in crystals", trinkets from Maya Road, Authentique "Elements" and some felt leaves from my special drawer combined quite nicely, giving the frame the look of a page layout.
Thank you for stopping by the gypsy caravan. I hope you join the caravan and become a gypsy yourself! Make sure you keep hopping along to get more inspiration for a handmade holidays!

Materials:
Authentique Paper "Gathering" collection papers and elements
Pine frame from Michael's craft store
Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in "Espresso"
Glue n Seal
Prima "Say It In Crystals"
Maya Road lace doilies and cameo roses

And if you're just joining the hop today, take a look at what's been going on all weekend!
November 5th:

November 4th:

192 comments:

  1. Such a great frame!This blog hop is so much fun! Love all the inspiration and great projects I am seeing!

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  2. This has been a very creative hop. I enjoy these types of project filled hops. Thank you so much for sharing. G45 & Clearsnap sent me. Good luck everyone.

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  3. This frame is stunning!! Love it! Shafts hop jt has been!

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  4. Great frame! Love all the inking!!

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  5. LOVE YOUR FRAME... so much detail... I keep looking and see more and more... really like your flower!!! THANKS FOR SHARING... Great HOP!

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  6. What a great job did you do!!!! Gorgeous frame with beautiful flowers!!! Love . Larisa

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  7. What a coincidence, I have just found a frame and was wondering what to do with it. Thanks for the fabulous idea, you are an inspiration. x

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  8. Such a great gift idea and a clever way to use up all those strips of unused papers. TFS :)

    Loving this hop and all the inspiration along the way.

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  9. This has been such a FABULOUS hop! Thanks for the tutorial today-your frame is so pretty!!!!! and for the chance to win! kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  10. Georgeous frame. Love the colors of the paper. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. love the frame especially the handmade paper flower decorating it!

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  12. so cute and a great gift idea~ :) Lovin' this fun Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!

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  13. Thanks for the fun inspiration, Mary Werner

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  14. Beautiful frame...great directions.

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  15. Love this frame! Thanks for sharing!
    cdring@comcast.net

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  16. wow this is such a great idea, I am going to use the same technique for a brag book that I'm making, thanks for the inspiration

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  17. Love this picture frame, what a great gift idea for the teens on your list. Going to have to make a trip to the craft store for some frames. I love the flowers on this, I can think of lots of uses for these.

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  18. Wow, what a great project for paper scraps as well as coordinated paper packs! Love the idea, thanks for sharing, love the flowers too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. love how you used strips to create the base of the frame

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  20. Love this frame with the strips of dp!!

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  21. Lovely project - thanks for sharing!

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  22. Thanks for the tutorial love to find new ways to alter everyday things. TFS
    Debbie
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com

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  23. Thanks for sharing. I have lots of pictures of grand daughter, know I can decorate frames to match photos.

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  24. Great frame! This has been such a fun blog hop!

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  25. Gorgeous frame! So many wonderful details.

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  26. Thank you for the inspiration! Loved it!!!

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  27. colorful. lively and unique

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  28. Fun project. Thanks for the flower instructions. Another good one Janeen.

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  29. Beautiful frame. I love how it came together. Thanks for the tips and for sharing your talent with us.

    kim
    k1i2m3@cox.net

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  30. What a great hop here and so many awesome ideas, and so is your frame, I really love this one a lot. Thanks soo much for sharing your wonderful work with us here. Can´t wait to try this out soon.

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  31. Such a fun idea covering the frame with strips of paper! Love it, Super Cute!!

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  32. Very, very pretty! What a great gift idea!

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  33. Awesome frame. Love the strip idea - a great way to use some of those scraps and end up with an unique gift! This is going on my to-do list. I have to try those flowers as well! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  34. wow love your frame, and oh my goodness I would absolutely love to win these papers, they are so gorgeous each of them and if I was shopping I wouldn't be able to choose just one or two, I would have to have the set....I'm a "sets" kinda girl, ahhhh that explains why I'm broke! ty so much for the chance to win

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  35. I love the paper lines. Pick a page and it will match with the paper color and pattern you are working on. Like the idea that you can make a frame to your colors and patterns of your home or the picture. Thank You. Margaret Ann

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  36. Amazing project and it would be such a treasured gift to give!!! TFS your process!!!

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  37. Love this hop. Your frame is awesome...love the handmade flowers - great detail! TFS :)

    Shari
    slaw.3@hotmail.com

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  38. Wow! I love the rich colors and those flowers are awesome! Gorgeous frame!!

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  39. This is an amazing project. The strips on the frame are so different and the embelishments are perfect.

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  40. This reminds me of a crazy quilt. So beautiful and unique. I will absolutely be making some of these for gifts.

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  41. What an amazing project!! Love the papers you used on the frame and I learned a couple of new techniques. TFS!

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  42. I love the strips of paper and how awesome the frame looks with them. Your flowers are beautiful and I am looking forward to trying some myself.

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  43. wonderful tutorial! i love how you made those flowers! i just adore gathering!! tfs!

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  44. Oh, I love how you made the frame. TFS.

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  45. This project ROCKS!!! LOVE IT!!
    wyme98@yahoo.com

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  46. This is so cute and would make such a great gift! I especially love the little sentiments that are sticking off of the side. :) Thank you for sharing this wonderful project!

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  47. Thanks for the wonderful gift idea. Just found a box of old frames. I think this is a must try project.

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  49. Awesome, and what a great way to use up scraps!

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  50. Fun idea with this frame-great colors and details.
    Thanks for sharing

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  51. This is a fabulous frame . Thank you for sharing . France

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  52. love the flowers you created!!!

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  53. What a great way to use all those strips of paper I have. Love it...thanks for sharing

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  54. A great way to use your favorite paper scraps! I like the interesting way you made the flower.

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  55. So many fun ideas on this blog hop! Thanks!

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  56. Wow, very pretty, I love that paper!

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  57. wow, this is gorgeous! And that paper is just beautiful!

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  58. nice project. love the flower. thank you for sharing.

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  59. Your frame is gorgeous and your instructions are great and easy to follow. The most difficult part for me would be actually cutting those pretty papers up. Love the designs but they work well together and the flowers are sweet.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  60. Love the frame. The colors are great. Thanx for sharing and for the tutorial!

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcast.net

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  61. Simply adore your "holiday madness" project! Thanks for sharing!

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  62. Beautiful frame, looks like it should take ages to make but well worth the effort!

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  63. I love this frame what talent you have!!!

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  64. very nice frames. thanks for the instructions.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  65. This is awesome! But that's probably not that difficult to do because Gathering is to die for! Thanks for the project and making me drool over that fantastic line! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  66. I LOVE this frame!!!! I love the paper!!! What a great project idea!!!

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  67. So cute frame! Thabks a lot for the inspiration! Hugs.. Maggy :)

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  68. Love the frame and how you used all the strips. Really looks great!

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  69. beautiful frame. Love this blog hop. It is the greatest. Thank you!

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  70. Beautiful frame, thanks for the tutorial and sharing it.

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  71. I love the frame... The colors you used are awesome. Thanks so much for sharing.


    http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/ or
    racincrafts at aim dot com

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  72. Oh my goodness Janeen - this is absolutely breathtaking! Every time I see one of these frames dressed up, I kick myself for not buying a bunch of them :) I swear I am going to Michaels as soon as this hop is over! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful project!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

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  73. Beautiful frame love the colors and the flowers :)

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  74. Wow, what a great frame. Very pretty.

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  75. Stunning altered frame. Those flowers are beautiful, and the papers are stunning,,,

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  76. I've got some of the wood frames liked you used, so now I have an idea of how to decorate it. Thank you!

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  77. Wonderful tutorial. Thanks for creating such a beautiful frame!

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  78. love the flower - lovely frame - wonderful paper!
    Sandra ltb

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  79. This is so beautiful and I love the unique colors and patterns!

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  80. Thanks for the fabulous gift idea. This is terrific!!

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  81. Awesome project. Thanks for sharing.

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  82. such a fun way to get new ideas and discover new products

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  83. Love the colors and papers you used. Thanks for the tips on how to make the flowers.

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  84. It's all about the bling...fantastic frame

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  85. I need to try that glue seal stuff!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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    Kristina
    www.pearlgateway.com

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  86. Love the frame.... Great job!!

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  87. Love, love, love your fabulous frame. Stunning. Thanks for the great inspiration. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  88. The frame has such a retro look! I love all of these papers.

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  89. Great frame, I love how you used the paper strips! Thanks for sharing it!

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  90. What a great frame! Thanks for the tutorial too. I might be able to try this. : ) Thanks for sharing.

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  91. Great frame, love that you added the tutorial for the flowers. wonderful way to use little bits of papers you have in your scraps box. thank you for sharing.

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  92. this is a beautiful altered frame thanks for everything this has been such a wonderful 3 days i am thoroughly enjoying all the ideas, inspiration and tips

    upnurse at aol dot com

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  93. I love all the detail you used on the frame! I would have never thought of that.

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  94. Very cool frame. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Barb A
    stlbarb52@gmail.com

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  95. Great frame & I Love your flowers!

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  96. Learning so much from this blog hop. As someone who has so many photos (all in the family have the bug), a homemade frame would be a good gift and thank you for the directions. I am also glad to now know how to make flowers!

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  97. Janeen, this frame is so gorgeous!!! Thanks.

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  98. I love this frame - so beautiful! Btw your copyright message made me laugh a lot!!!

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  99. great frame and instructions. Thanks!

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  100. wow what a Beautiful frame love the papers you choes and how you arranged them the flowers and the Bling give that pop factor great job. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win,
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  101. Awesome frame. Looks easy to make yet so elegant

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  102. I have made frames before, but this is so much nicer than what I have made...thanks!

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  103. Love the frame, I love creative projects like this one. Luvin the blog hop!!!

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  104. What a cool frame! I love the edginess...I am so in love with Authentique papers :)

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  105. Great frame. Flowers look great but simple. TFS I LOVE the Christmas papers in that stack that is pictured!!!

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  106. Great frame and tutorial; thanks for sharing! I think this is a project when you're not in a hurry and stressed, lol! Patience for gluing down each strip :)

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  107. Your frame is awesome! Love all the different papers done in strips like that!

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  108. I just purchased some of these frames to play with, great tutorial, love it & the 3-D items on it.

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  109. Love the tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration!

    davearmie at comcast dot net

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  110. Just hopping through on the Holiday Hop, love your creations!

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  111. great shabby chic style frame. the papers are lovely and the flower tutorial inventive for sure.
    thanks for sharing.

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  112. Cool frame! Love the flowers!
    DeniseB

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  113. What a neat idea! I love how you used the mini strips and interwove them! Just a beautiful frame!

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  114. love these embellished frames, beautiful~

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  115. Awesome frame, love the strips of papers and those flowers!

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  116. Beautiful frame, love all the detail.

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  117. Love the frame and the details for making it are fantastic.

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  118. Lots of work, great result. love the flowers. Thanks for sharing!

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  119. Love this! I have some frames that I want to decorate! Thanks for Sharing this! :0)

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  120. Great idea for decorating a frame! Thank you for sharing! Great Hop of inspirational ideas! http://www.bearheartbottomsetc.biz/ #Bear Luv and Bear Hugz!

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  121. I love that look. TFS and a great blog hop.

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  122. I have so many frames I need to alter and I really like this technique.What a great way to use up some of those scraps we all have lying around. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

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  123. This is the best altered frame I have seen in a while! It is fantastic, I love it! Thanks for sharing your time, technique and inspiration.

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  124. What a fun, colorful frame! Thanks for all the step by step photos- they really help to clearly explain the process. Love those flowers, too. Can't wait to try them.

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  125. What a great project. I love altering frames. You did a great job!

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  126. ooh, can't wait to try this one. I saw a frame similar to this a while back that I wanted to try but it used ribbons. Yours looks so much nicer with all the embellishments added to it! Great job!

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  127. I love making frames but I've never thought of using strips. Super cute. I'm trying it soon!

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  128. Great idea! Thanks for the tips!

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  129. Great frame! Another idea to try! TFS!

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  130. I have a bunch of paper strip scraps I can use for a project like this - thanks!

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  131. What a great frame!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  132. I love how you made the flower. Will be adding this to my list of things learned on this hop.

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  133. What a neat frame! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  134. I love this blog hop so many ideas and tips

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  135. Another beautiful project. Love this frame and the Authentic papers.

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  136. This is so fantastic - I just love it! TFS

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  137. THANKS For sharing all of the AWESOME INSPIRATION this weekend on the Blog Hop!! I have LOVED it all!!
    THANKS for the chances to win and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  138. just wonderful! this is a great hop!

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  139. Loved this frame - thanks for the inspiration!

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  140. The colors you used for the frame are beautiful.

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  141. Glue seal appears to have a smother look the MP. Can't wait to try it!

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  142. Fun project....Absolutely loving the blog hop...Thanks for sharing.

    Misha

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  143. WOW!!! Another great practical idea, thanks!!!

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  144. Love how this turned out! The flowers and the way you used all the strips of paper... fantastic!

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  145. bellissima cornice! i fiori sono deliziosi!

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  146. Very creative! Love the frame and that beautiful paper!

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  147. Very pretty frame!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  148. LOVE Gathering! What a great idea!

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  149. man i really like this frame, you realy did a great job. thanks for the tutorial.

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  150. WOW!!! The colors are wonderful!

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  151. WOW - gorgeous frame and great tutorial :)

    Thank you for being part of the Homemade Holidays Blog Hop - I am loving all the crafty inspiration!!!

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  152. very very pretty frame :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

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  153. What a great project. Love how you used strips of paper.

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  154. Love your altered frame! Such a pretty idea - and a great tutorial too!

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  155. this hop is fun! too many cool project ideas
    dilnazheckman @ hotmail . com

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  156. Amazing frame... I peeked at some older posts, love your style!

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  157. very gorgeous frame! love the color, the flowers and other embellishments. Really fun to hop as I've seen many great projects from everyone. TFS!

    Luanne
    myfootahead@gmail dot com
    http://craftersreference.blogspot.com/

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