Friday, August 7, 2009

Potluck Friday: Photo Focal Points

Today I have a simple project I created from "Inspiration Mosaic" and a black white photo I printed out of two of my favorite boys. :) I stamped it in Memento Black on Pure Luxury White and colored it with three cool grey Copic Shades (C-1, C-3, C-5), then Pure Luxury Black Onyx behind it to make the stamping pop. I ran a black marker around the edge of my photo to give it a border that would match the grid. I use black and white schemes on cards all the time, but I don't think I've ever added several grays like this, and I just love how this looks with the black and white pic! "Love" is from the Gina K set "Many Wishes". I decided to slip it into a $2 4x 6 acrylic frame, instead of leaving it as a card because I thought it would be a great everyday addition to our office at home.

For our Potluck Friday Challenge on Stamp TV this week, I would like you to incorporate a photo on your project! (I don't consider this a "scrapping challenge", because no journalling is required and there is no format for size. The intent is to think about how a great picture can be your focal point, (and perfect for cards you send, not just at the holidays!) Please upload your creation sometime this week to the STV gallery with the keyword STVPF25 for a chance to win!

NOW! Separate from THAT challenge, I also made a altered pencil can to match (so figured I 'd share it today!)...
...for Donna's August 3D Challenge on StampTV, this used to be can of beans! (Beans to be-autiful!) I don't how many cans we go through a week here, but I know I could always use more holders for my many stamping accessories, why go to the store for special containers when you have everything you need on hand?

I washed out the can (after taking the lid off with a can opener I got from Pampered Chef, it uncrimped the lid so you have a perfectly smooth, safe opening without a cut edge) and stamped the "Inspiration Mosaic" back to back on a piece of Pure Luxury, size will vary depending on your can. The bean can left room for the black mat (a Campbell's soup can is a perfect fit without the mat for the mosaic stamp leaving that nice 1/8 " border around.) TIP: Use a really "stay put" adhesive like Scor-Tape for the can rap and added photo so it doesn't peel up over time. I chose different sections for my gray shades, being sure to leave some white space, and then applied my photo in a spot where the different shapes would frame it nicely with an open space below it large enough to fit the "laughter" senitment (also from "Many Wishes").

I hope you enjoyed these projects and play our STV challenges! Have a GREAT weekend!


  1. Love the photo frame you made and the pencil container. Such a sweet picture of your loved ones. I have had an idea to use this stamp set on my altered pencil can for Donna's 3-D challenge....yours turned out fabulous!!! Love it!

  2. Nothing is sweeter than creating and seeing your loved ones while you do it! Both of these are truly awesome and inspiring!

  3. Well, Mel, you have done it again. Inspiration galore. For the first time I think I just may join your challenge using a photo; and the covered can......... You just gave me an idea for copic storage. Thanks!!! Shawna

  4. Well Mel, I have decided you are the Paula Dean of stamping! ;) Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! These projects are so adorable, as well as your guys! This stamp is the most versatile stamp ever made! AWESOME job! :)


  5. Your project is so sweet, just adorable! This would make such a great Father's day gift with the photos you have selected. But what a great gift idea for someone else as well!
    Thank you for sharing such cherished moments.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. I love all your work and your stamp sets always amaze me. I just need $$$ to enjoy them more!

  7. Wow! I LOVE this idea! You did an amazing job!! This post amkes me want this stamp set now....:)

  8. I am so in love with anything black & white! I just painted my bedroom in BW Toille, just printed out some cute pics of my kiddies when they were younger and of course, did them in BW - so it's just natural that I love the BW projects you have here! Thanks for such a great idea with the covered can!!! LOVE IT!

  9. Mel.. these are amazing.. Love those photos of your DH and the kids.. too stinkin cute girl!!! You are making me desperate for that set girl!


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