July 5, 2011

Live, Laugh, Love - Shabby Chic Wall Hangings

Hi ya everyone - Melissa here from MelissaMade coming to share a little project with you!  I'm going to be at She's A Sassy Lady and The Bug Bytes today!  So I have to take time out to thank Sheila and Pam for letting me share with you all today!
I started my project with these three little plaques I bought for $1 a piece at my local craft store that's going out of business!  First, I painted the edges with white acrylic paint.  Once it dried I sanded the edges up a bit for a more distressed look.
Next, I chose these FABULOUS papers from the Butterfly Garden Collection and measured my plaque to be 5 1/4 inch across.  I cut the papers on my paper cutter to this size.
I needed to punch wholes in my paper before adhereing.  The easiest way to do this is to place my paper where I want it flip the plaque over and draw the circles through the wholes with a pencil.  Then I remove the paper and use my crop-o-dile to punch the holes.  I used my ATG to adhere the paper making sure the edges of the paper were COVERED with adhesive so no edges would peel up.
I grabbed my Tim Holtz weathered wood distress ink, my clear acrylic block, and my Tim Holtz clear stamps from the Visual Artistry collection.  I coated my stamps and placed the swirls in different places on the paper.
I then chose the bird and stamped the same in the bottom corner of each plaque.
I placed my plaques to the side and picked up my Gypsy!  I used the Mothers Day Bouquet cartridge and the Gypsy font cart to make flowers and the lettering for Live Laugh and Love.  I chose more papers from the same collection as above.  I glued the letters together with some Tombo glue and allowed them to dry.
I then made flowers by using the little ball tool to slightly curl the flowers downward.  I layered two flowers using my Glossy Accents and sliced a small whole in some for a tiny brad.  For others I used pearls to make the center - placing a large one in the middle and little ones along the outside.
I added a few pearl accents to the plaques and a shear ribbon through each set of wholes for hanging.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I love comments and encourage you to ask questions if you have them!  Please stop by my blog, MelissaMade for more fun projects!


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Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Melissa these plaques are just GORGEOUS! Love the colors you chose and the detail.... I hope others do what I did and clicked on the photo so I could see the beautiful detail. Thanks for the tutorial, this is a great project and we appreciate you sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Look how pretty these wall hangings are. Thanks for the step by step instructions.

Granny said...

These plaques are just beautiful, they would go great in my bedroom. TFS

Anonymous said...

These wall hangings are just adorable. I like the detail and the paper you chose. TFS

Cheryl Boglioli said...

These are beautiful. Love that paper and your little details. Wonderful tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Sandi Clarkson said...

Adorable wall placques! Always love coming here for inspiration.

GabyCreates.com said...

Great job!! Melissa!! These are so pretty and what a great detailed tutorial!!