Wednesday, 16 September 2015

International Ambassadors are blog hopping!

Hello friends

The Spellbinders International Ambassadors are having an informal blog hop again
and this time we have chosen the theme of 'up-cycling'.
We've been rummaging in bins, skips...well,
not quite but it's definitely rewarding to repurpose an item.
 We've been having so much fun with these blog hops and delighted at how many 
of you visit, play along and leave such lovely comments.  
I hope you are getting to know us and seeing our different styles, 
each one of us is unique in our creative styles - so there is something for everyone!

For my up-cycling project I've chosen a frame.
It had been languishing in my drawer for a long time and I hadn't got around
to finding a photo to put inside (no, not even of Bella!)
so I thought I would change it into a home d├ęcor piece.

Using 5 x 7 Matting Basics, I cut a piece of patterned paper -
Studio Light - Botanic Garden.
I then stamped flowers and a sentiment - yes, me stamping!
The stamps are Lindsay Mason stamps - Blooms of Hope.
To decorate my frame, I used Ivy
I cut/embossed lots of the ivy leaves in varying colours of green and a few branches
in brown cardstock.
It was then a case of adding all the leaves - quite therapeutic.
Half way there...
Any stalks that showed I inserted further leaves.
I did discover half way through that it is easier to assemble the ivy branches by
placing the leaves on the reverse and then sticking them down!
We live and learn!
The finished frame.
Some close up pics.

For more inspirational up-cycling projects here is the list of blogs
to visit, have fun!
Christine Emberson (You are here)
 Christina Griffiths
Linda Lucas
Yvonne van de Grijp
Thanks so much for stopping by - we hope you enjoy your time with us.

We will be back with more!


  1. Hi Christine,
    Great inspiration - love the ivy die and must get it. Think it would look great on homemade crackers for Christmas.
    Love the blog hop
    Crafty wishes

  2. Hi Christine.
    A very big thank you for using some older Spellbinders dies on your new show, I really needed some inspiration and boy did you give it to me in abundance last night. I have the Big rose and all the tags and rosettes. Take care and Thank you again Kitty.

    1. You are welcome Kitty and delighted you felt inspired :) xx

  3. Christina, the frame is so cute I love it, thanks, will now hop, Ann

  4. Wow-you have transformed the frame, it's so pretty now.


  5. Hi Christine. Your comment about rummaging through skips etc. made me laugh. I have an image in my mind of you emerging from a skip covered in rubbish but with a bjg smile on your face while clutching some object to be upcycled and Elliott looking on shaking his head in dispair : )
    I love your frame, the Ivy looks beautiful and your stamping is great. Have a good day. Take care xx

  6. Beautiful upcycled project Christine, love the stamping and ivy dies xx hazel

  7. Hi, love this idea, will definitely give this a try.
    Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

  8. Great idea, it would make a good gift.

    di B.

  9. Morning Christine, This is gorgeoujs !! I'm loving the 'boarded' look to the backing paper, and the stamped blossoms and sentiment are fabulous, and the variegated ivy on the branches looks fabulous. A great up-cycle.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  10. Morning Christine, This is gorgeoujs !! I'm loving the 'boarded' look to the backing paper, and the stamped blossoms and sentiment are fabulous, and the variegated ivy on the branches looks fabulous. A great up-cycle.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  11. Morning Christine,
    A lovely project, just shows how you can change something with a bit of imagination.

  12. Hi Christine
    MRS B gave me a right chuckle , i could just picture it too lol.
    A lovely up cycle Christine love the little verse and the greenery .
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  13. What a lovely transformation! The ivy looks really natural with the varying colours and leaf sizes. I'm honoured that you used my flower stamps too! xx

  14. Hi Christine,
    Great blog hop. How you have done the ivy on your frame looks really good,
    Another great project.
    I am really enjoying watching you on TV.
    Take care. x.

  15. Beautiful creation Christine .I love the flowers .

  16. Love this upcycled frame Christine - that Ivy is spectacular - you are so patient with the Die Cutting! Well done! :)

  17. I do love your up cycling projects Christine, so clever of you! I really must give it a try some day.
    Janice x

  18. It' a great way of revamping a frame I have bought a few "pictures" from Jumble Sales (remember them!) to use the frames for cross stitch They're still buried in my wardrobe I think I'm going to have a go at your idea (well something similar)

  19. Great frame! Thanks for sharing this project.

  20. I just love what you did with this frame! It's beautiful!

  21. That's beautiful, Christine. I love the stamps (well done you for stamping again) and the ivy dies are fabulous...I notice you're out of stock of them right now :(. xx

  22. Hi Christine, I love this!! What a difference you can make to a frame eh! Love the dies they look so real.
    Regards Liz

  23. This would be lovely on any frame to brighten it. Thanks for the bright idea.

  24. Hi, just popped over from Christina's blog, your frame looks lovely. Your new shows on the craft channel have been great. Take Care Melody x

  25. Hi Christine, I love this ivy die and you've made wonderful use of it. Your frame looks fantastic! Janelle x

  26. Your frame looks beautiful and I love the various shades of green that you've used. Pat x

  27. Hi Christine a beautiful project what a great idea.
    Kind regards
    Anne Owens

  28. Lovely picture Christine. Have a few frames I should do something with. Thank you for inspiring me to do something with them.

  29. A beautiful keepsake, thanks for the inspiration....luv Ursula xx