As my chicks grow...

And as I find more time to get creative, I thought I would share some of my creations, as well as my time with others. Hopefully I will make new friendships and create lasting bonds over paper, adhesive, and embellishments. So sit back, relax, and let's share...have a cup of coffee, or tea, or in my case a and let's just have a blast creating, finding new projects to make together, and gathering our supplies for future endeavors!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Altered Word

Hello there!
Just wanted to pop in and show you what I have been working on the last few days.
This was a set of letters from Oriental Trading.
They include a bunch of wooden flowers and bells and ribbons to decorate with, but I wanted something a little different. So....I painted the letters with acrylic paint. I have to say, I used Apple Barrel (Plaid), Folk Art, and Adirondack Acrylic Pain Dabber which I poured out onto a styrofoam plate and used a sponge brush to apply). Out of the three of them, the Adirondack is the BEST by far! I didn't need more than one coat to cover. It didn't use a lot of the paint. And, It looks great!

For the first letter, F, I sanded and then painted the letter with Red Apple. This one required a second coat. After I let it dry overnight, I used ModPodge to apply the patterned paper. This is from Anna Griffin but I am not sure of the name of the line.
I used flowers from Recollections Boutiqe Fleur, Prima Island Pastel (the yellow one, more about that later!), a few unknown flowers, and the smallest orange flowers are also Primas (Got daisies?). I also used rhinestoness from the dollar spot at Target.

The A is painted with the Adirondack Brights Acrylic Pain dabber (Sunset Orange). The flowers are the same as above. 
The M is painted with Folk Art acrylic paint. It is a shade of pink, but I cannot remember the name, sorry. If I find it later I will add it! The flowers are the same.

The I is painted with the Adirondack Acrylic paint (Sunset Orange). I used ModPodge, once again, to attach the patterned paper (Anna Griffin). I also coated all the letters with a coat of Modpodge as a topcoat. I used the same flowers.

The L has Anna Griffin paper attached to it as well, with ModPodge, same line. The flowers are the same. I painted the L with the pink acrylic paint before doing anything else.

The Y is painted with the red acrylic paint. I used the most flowers on it, as I wanted a cascade of flowers to help pull the word "FAMILY" together. I used all the colors in the flowers that are on the other letters.

Now, about the flowers. I used Scarlet Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels to spray the pastel yellow flowers from Primas Island Pastel collection. It made the flower a beautiful red orange and totally helped pull all the colors together. I used Ranger's Glossy Accents to adhere the flowers to the letters and to adhere them together.

The flowers that were from the Recollections Boutique Fleur were a beautiful shade of pink (which I didn't need to alter at all) and also a cream flower that I sprayed with the Scarlet Glimmer Mist. I also sprayed a few of the smallest orange flowers (from the Prima Got Daisies collection) with the Scarlet as well.

Thank you so much for looking, see you again real soon!
Mama Hen


  1. Wow! Thanks for the inspiration. I have these letters also (for well over a year now) and have had no idea what to do with them. I want to hang them on my wall and redo the family pics. I now know what I want to do with them. Love it! :) TFS!

  2. I love your project. I always wanted to try something like this, but never did. You have inspired me. Thanks for following my blog, and if you visit me again, you'll find an award waiting for you.

  3. Love this! They turned out super cute! Stop by my blog I have a blog award for you!!

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    I love your work! :0)

  5. Beautiful project!!!!! I'm finally getting around to following all of my new followers (just did an update as to why I've been MIA)! Thanks for following me and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your blog!

  6. Hi Kris....Thanks so much for your kind words and for following me. Love your letters. Looking forward to see what your next project is, Kathy

  7. Love, love your project. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your birthday wishes. I apologize for not responding earlier...I've had an overwhelming month but I can't complian God's love and mercy carries me thru each day. I'm a new follower of your blog.

  8. This is so creative! I love it.

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