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You know how you have an idea but never get round to doing it,well this was one of those times.For  a few years (yes!Years!!) I’d been thinking about making a hanging photo frame from one of these :

It’s a toddlers board book with puzzles inside.My SIL gave my DD1 a set of two depicting The Story of the Nativity  when shes was about two.She’s now 19 and my three other children enjoyed playing with them when there were younger.So much so the that they ended up quite tatty and some of the shiny coated paper had come away from the chipboard inside so they were no good to pass on to anyone else 😦 I hadn’t the heart to get rid of them so they’ve sat in a box in a cupboard for a looooong time.I saw the potential to make photo frames with them but never quite made the time to do it…until now…

I sliced off the portion I wanted to use with my trusty guillotine.Must admit I felt a little mean chopping this up at first but then realised that at least it would stay with us,just in a different form 🙂

I started by giving sanding it lightly to give a key to the shiny surface then covered it in dries white glue mixed with some white acrylic paint to cover up the bright colours.Once dry I lightly sanded it again to create a smooth surface then applied a tacky PVA glue.I then adhered some papers that I’d already prepared to fit.Next I painted around the edges allowing some of the paint to go onto the papers then dry brushing it out a little then coated it in watery PVA to make it a little more durable.Whilst I was waiting for it dry I layered up some paper flowers and added glitter glue to the ends of the petals and a gem to the centers.I then printed out two images,Rudis – hound dog style  and Rudis – refusal style both from Just Some Lines (I’m sure any dog owners will recognise those looks!),and coloured them with Copic Ciao Markers to make him look a little like our dog, including her white wonky upside down Y that runs down her chest.I also tried to recreate they way the light reflects on her shiny black coat.I lined the recesses where the puzzles once were with some card and punched two holes with my Crop-A-Dile and put some book rings through and tied on some ribbon which I recycled from the waistband on a pair of my old pyjamas.I cut some acetate to fit the frames then added some metal photo anchors,the flowers and the cute little dogs.These all secure the acetate into place.

I haven’t put any photo’s in yet as this is for my DD2 who absolutely adores our beautiful dog,Socks.I thought I’d let her choose her own favourites.I think if it was down to me this would definitely be one of them :

If you look closely yes,she is actually cuddling her duck (donated by DD2 as it is impossible to find soft dog toys without a squeaker – our dog is a squeakaphobic!) with her paws wrapped around him.She does that with us too.So sweet ♥

Supplies :

Images : Rudis – hound dog style,Rudis – refusal style from Just Some Lines
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Various acrylic paints,Lilac glitter glue,Various PVA glues
Card & Paper : DP K & Co,Cardstock Bazill Basics,Anita’s Acetate
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,X-Cut Craft Knife,X-Cut Steel Ruler,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Large Ball Tool,Crop-A-Dile,Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Paper flowers from stash,Crafts Too Acrylic Stones Wheel Cool Series,Crafts Too 3/4″ Binder Rings,Photo anchors and brads from an embellishment kit by The Paper Company Studio

Some challenges this is for :

Brown Sugar : Bingo (top line)
Crafty Ann’s : Tic Tac Toe (top line)
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes 
Simply Create Too : Use your stash
Totally Papercrafts : Cute & Girly
Forever Friends : Anything Goes
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge : Anything cute
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything goes
Digistamps 4 Joy : Bingo with a difference (No Orange,No Leaves,Flowers,No Sentiment,No Halloween)
Divas by Design : Cute
Little Red Wagon: Coloring
Anything Goes Challenge : Anything Goes at Anything Goes
Bearly Mine : Anything Goes 
Can You Digi It : Favourite Animal (our dog!)
Papertake Weekly :  Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy : Anything But A Card
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything Goes
Anything But A Card Challenge : Incorporate the color BLACK into your project (the dogs)
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes 
The Crafty Pad : Anything Goes
Allsorts : Young at Heart
Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room : You Pick (your 3 favourite colours) – Lilac,pink,green
One Stop Craft : Anything Goes

Ooops  sorry this was a bit of a long one….

Thanks for looking Lisa x