Thursday, February 10, 2011

Grammy's 87.....well darn close!

Hello All!
Did you think that I'd let a week go without a post for Phindy's Place Challenge Blog? Not likely!!! Well, it almost happened this week because my internet just randomly went out - not good! Luckily, it was just a momentary problem and we're up and running again!
Well, this week's challenge is "Embossing". My own personal challenge was to come up with a birthday present for my soon to be 87-year-old Grandmother "Grammy". Now, she's going to be 87 on Saturday, she has everything she needs/wants, and has a house full of "stuff". What do you buy for her? She also has 10 living children and several grandchildren. The majority of the kids will get her a sweatshirt, seriously, how many sweatshirts can a woman own? The rest of the kids will get her gift certificates to go out to lunch with. Again, how many gift cards can a woman who gave up driving use? So, I was stumped. Then I remembered a Christmas gift that I had made for my boyfriend's grandmother, a picture frame. I was on to something there especially since Grammy has been complaining that she only has one picture of my son (he's now 6 months old!).
So, to "make" (I should say alter) this picture frame, I needed an image. I decided to combine two Phindy Images "Reading Chair" and "Big Sister at Work". I deleted parts of the Reading Chair image and added the Big Sister and her Baby Brother. It was the perfect for my two kiddos. I paper pieced the chair and pop-dotted the kids on the chair to give it a little bit of dimension. I used a Stampin' Up punch to make the flowers in the top corner and added "pearls" to their centers. The pearls are from a bracelet of Trinity's that Alex destroyed. (While lecturing her about being careful of her big sisters things, I was secretly doing the happy dance about getting more "stash"). I then added some foliage using the MS Branches Punch. Here's where the challenge comes in, I "gilded" some of the branches by embossing them with a copper embossing powder (sneaky way to incorporate the challenge). It gives that corner some shiny interest.
Hopefully tomorrow I will get the kids to cooperate so I can take a picture of Alex "reading" to Johnny to add to the frame. Though, with digital cameras, I could even get it done Saturday morning! Gotta love technology!!
Hope you enjoy my project....have a great weekend and can't wait to see what those girls at Phindy's DT have in store for next week!


  1. Stunning project! Good luck with getting the right photo.

  2. This turned out fabulous Katie! Love the paper piecing and your gorgeous spray of flowers. I'm thinking Grandma will love this!
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Phindy's Place this week!

  3. What a wonderful project!
    Thanks for joining us at the Phindy's Place challenge and hope to see you back...
    xxx Anne-Marije

  4. So glad you made it in time to enter Katie and Grandma will love this, what a beautiful project. Funny how crafting gives a whole new approach to broken jewellery when it becomes more stash lol!
    Thank you for joining us and taking the Phindy’s Place Challenge, do hope you’ll join us again this Friday!