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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Link Up Love Party w/ K Andrew 6/21-6/28

Come join me and get LINKY! 
This is a great way to see the amazing creative bloggers out there and share the love for creating BEAUTIFUL THINGS! Sometimes when I feel like I need motivation, I will look at others blogs
 to inspire me to create so hopefully this will help you too :) A huge THANK YOU TO K Andrew (KRISTAL) at! What an awesome way to create new friends and inspiration! Be sure to look at everyone's blog and LEAVE A COMMENT! We love to hear feed back and when you leave comments  it warms our heart. Thanks to all of you and your wonderful feed back.. I have commented and followed all of you thus far and will do so for all that join in the awesome LOVE LINK UP PARTY :) Enjoy your week and
thank you for going on A CREATIVE JOURNEY with me :)

Link Up Love Party and How it Works
*Link Up Party runs from Tuesday 6/21 to Tuesday 6/28.
Winners announced 6/29
*Grab my blinkie and post on your blog's sidebar
*Be a follower of this blog
*Create a new blog post that is titled Link Up Love Party with K Andrew. In your post, you must mention that the link up love party is a way to get to know each other and find new blog inspiration, mention my blog, with a link back to my blog .
*Post your favorite project that you've done in your blog post WITH ONE thing you are grateful for!
*Copy and paste the link up code into your blog post so the Inlinkz will show up on your blog
*Spread the word so everyone can join in!
*You must visit, follow, and comment on the 5 people before you AND the 5 people after you in the Inlinkz. It would be fantastic if you would visit as many as you can--maybe everyone? If you are one of the first 5 then you will need to blog the ones before you and a few more after--as long as it's a minimum of 10 near you in the link up tool/gadget)
If you do not do the above your link will be deleted, because it's just not fair to those who work so hard linking up and showing love to the ones on the list. I have two moderators who will be checking this out to keep it awesome and fun!

Link Up Party: Giveaway! A FULL year subscription to the best scrappy magazine out there: Creating Keepsakes for TWO lucky followers who Link up and play correctly. Winner will be announced June 29'th so make sure you come back to see if you won!!!! Remember, if you dont' claim your prize within ONE week, it goes back in to the pot!

I am thankful for my awesome kids and husband. We ended up moving from the Mid West to California due to my husband's work. What was supposed to be a temporary 3-5  year run turned out to be a permanent situation. Because of this, it encouraged us to get closer, enjoy each other, have deeper relationships with one another and really connect as a family. Although my kids have missed out on some things that I wish they hadn't, we try to visit family as often as time and our budget will allow. Ultimately, my children and hubby call California home and wherever they are - THAT'S WHAT I CONSIDER HOME :)

Now....onto my project! This started with the metal sign
you see in the picture 
"Because two people fell in love"
and the rest came from my crafty head-LOL - 

I created this with blank canvases, metal key, flowers, mod podge, ribbon, keys, four picture frames, ink, paint, crackle medium and the metal sign. I used various papers, ripped them, used mod podge on the canvas, placed the paper pieces on the canvas, used mod podge again on top of the paper and created the lower canvas and the two upper canvases. I took ink and inked the two small square canvases in the middle as well as the flowers. I added a nail head in the center of both for the flower for decoration and put the flowers on the canvases. I took four cheap wooden frames and put crackle medium on them-a relatively thick layer. I let it dry and then painted over it with the paint which gives the aged look as seen below. You can also see the lines from the mod podge which I actually wanted to add to the texture. If you don't like the look of distinct lines, use a foam brush. It will be more appealing to you.

I mounted all four of the painted picture frames to the canvases. 
I then cut out 4 pieces of paper and used a corner punch so
that I can switch out the pictures in the future if I choose to.
The ribbon is stapled to the back of the canvas and the key at the
top is mounted with the ribbon woven through the key hole.


Don't for get to get LINKY and thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day :D


DIANA L. said...

I love your Project great frame. I see why it is your favorite

Anita Braddock said...

you did a great job love the pic and the way you did great. keep up the good work.

Lori said...

Well this is just awesome! So beautiful! You did a great job!

Lisa said...

Your project is so awesome! Love the design! I'm stopping by from K Andrew's Link Up Love Party...I'm a new follower :)

Amy said...

Hi, Melissa!!

Wow-- Your project is certainly a labor of love!! It is really WONDERFUL!! You did a GREAT job of describing how you made it too!! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your talent and your blog in the Link Up Love Party with K Andrew!!

Amy :) at

In Love with a Bug said...

WOW!!! Melissa, this is so so so cool! I am sure you will cherish this work of art for many years to come. Thanks for the reminder to mention something you are thankful for (I totally missed this in my post) - off to edit! Melanie
I am a new follower.

Julie said...

Amazing Missy!!


I am over from the link up party!! This picture frame is awesome!!!
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

Brenda said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I want to try something like this
I followed you over from the Link Up Love Party at Getting Cricky.

Amy said...

I love your project! The overall design is great! New follower and I am here from LULP! :)Amy

MyCuriousCrafts said...

OMGoodness, totally awesome it. I am now a follower, don't want to miss any of your creativity. Popping in from the LULP w/ K Andrew, showing some love. I too am going to follow everyone that links up. ~Shen

Annette_Marlow said...

This is just amazing! I am just in awe with this! Thank you for sharing this as well as how and what you used to make this!! What a great inspiration! ON a side note, I feel for you as far as your move to CA goes... We are about to move to Hawaii for my Husband's new Duty Station (he is in the US Army). I am originally from Texas, it's where all my family and friends are and my Husband is from Florida where all his family and friends are as well. So this move will be strenuous for all of us but ultimately we are excited to make Hawaii our home as we will ALL be together to make our house in Hawaii HOME. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of art and love with the Link Up Love Party with K. Andrew. I am now a new follower and can't wait to see what else you have to share!

Naomi said...

Oh my oh my oh my!!!! You must have the patience of Job himself to do a project like this, no wonder it is your favorite!!! It is a masterpiece!!! Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Naomi said...

oh and I am a new follower!

Donya/Okscrappinmama said...

Wow! That is just....beautimous!! :) Awesome job.
I'm a new follower & sent from K. Andrew LULP


Leanne said...

New follower from K.Andrew's LLUP. I love this project. It's fabulous!!!

Amy said...

Hi Melissa, I'm here for the LULP! I love your sign, and my favorite part is all the keys hanging on the bottom! I am now a new follower... :)

Dina said...

I am a new follower from the LULP<, just wanted too say your project is stunning! Hugs! Dina

Kelly S said...

Your project is incredible! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I am a new follower from the Link Up Love Party. I would love it if you stop by my blog as well.


scrapperbecka said...

Awesome project! I like love the paper you used and the keys are great touch.
Great job and thanks for playing along with us.
Getting Cricky DTM

Dee Burns said...

Very creative, especially with so much meaning. This is Art and is lasting and memorable. Good job. I am a new follower.

Pam said...

Wow! I love your project. The canvases are so cool! Babies are pretty special too. I am here from the LULP, and a new follower, please come visit me and maybe follow as well, Pam

Jessica said...

Awesome creativity! Mod Podge is so great. I love the baby pics in black and white against the red theme...great project.
Stopping over from LULP.
New follower too.

Letillia said...

AWESOME Frame that is just CREATIIVITY @ its best! I would have never thought to do that! Thank you for the kind words it really made me smile I am stopping by returning the love I love your blog already and I just got here lol!

Kim said...

What a Beautiful way to display your photos:)
I'm peeking in from LULP:)
new follower:)

Dr Sonia S V said...

Thank You for dropping by my blog earlier today. I am dropping by from the LULP and am delighted to browse through your creations. Have just become your new follower.

Anonymous said...

Hello Melissa!
I am popping over from Ms. K's LULP.
Your project is absolutely ADORABLE. LOVE it.

Happy Craftin'!

Teresa Kline said...

such a fun idea and a great way to find awesome talent...hope your weekend is fabby!

enjoy *~*

Charlotte said...

Hi, I am just so impressed with this wonderful project. I know that you will cherish this throughout the years. What a great treasure it is for you. I love the little keys hanging from the bottom. So glad that yoou shared this.

Anonymous said...

you have a wonderful project there. Great work. just love the touch of the keys hanging from the bottom.

Cheryl said...

What a gorgeous wall hanging!! I probably won't be able to join the linky party but I'm a follower!

Giselle said...

what a great idea to display those beautiful pictures :)

Pink Cricut said...

Love this project- especially the keys!