"Dare to Dream"- Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     I've been framed! Yes, it is time for another Stamptacular Sundays Challenge, and this time our theme is "ANYTHING BUT A CARD."   Honestly, it is a theme that makes me nervous but, once again, it moved me a bit outside my comfort zone and I learned a few things in the process!
    For this week's challenge, you will create anything you want EXCEPT a CARD! Create something FABULOUS and inspire us, but you must include a stamp somewhere on your project!
    You will have from now until midnight (EST) September 15th to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission in our INLINKZ in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's prize donated by:
     For my project, I created a picture frame! I used an unfinished wood frame from Michael's and embellished it with paint, paper, and tons of bling! Of course, I colored up a stamped image, "Water Lily" from Sugar Nellie stamps, with copics for my focal point! I just love these images, and I do have a special connection to the lotus flower- if you have visited my blog, you will understand!
   I began by painting the frame with Tim Holtz Paint Dabbers in Pearl and White.  Then I coated the frame with Modge Podge and attached my design paper (from an old kit I had).  I sanded off the edges on the outside and inside the frame cutout.  See tutorial here.  Then I distressed the edges with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy and Tea Dye. From there, I fussy cut my image and placed her inside the frame opening. I painted the chipboard frame (from Make it Crafty) with the dabbers and distress ink above and attached to wood frame with Glossy Accents. Throughout the whole process, I added Deco Art Glamour Dust to whatever it would stick to- love that stuff! I added pearl flourishes, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash, crystals, white netting, gold glitter,beachy buttons and burlap netting to embellish the image. I lightly brushed some Tim Holtz white Crackle Paint in some places and even added a bit of Snow-Tex here and there. Last, I attached my sentiment - a chipboard sentiment from DCWV Far East collection- with pop dots (oldie but goodie). Here is a close up of my image... these little mermaids are so adorable!

   Why not hop on over to see what the DESIGN TEAM has created to inspire you?  We are looking forward to seeing what you create! Have a great day, and thanks for leaving your kind comments!
So Artful Challenge - Picture Inspiration
Poodles Parlour - Here Come the Girls
Peachy Keen Challenge - Color Inspiration
Avadares- Make it Sparkle
Paper Crafting Journey- Anything Goes
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
SJ Crafts- Summertime
Unique Crafters Challenge Blog- Anything Goes
Southern Girls- It's all about the Flora
My Time Made Easy- Color Challenge
Bearly Mine Challenge- Anything but a Card
Cupcake Craftroom - Pastels
Oozak- Bling
Tuesday Alechemy - Anything Goes
The Craft Garden- Water
Ladybug Crafts- Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund- Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun- Anything but a Card
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Blog- Summer
Just Some Lines- Two coloring mediums
Addicted to Stamps- Lots of Bling
Amusing Challenges- Anything but a Card
Corrosive Challenges- Myth and Magic
Crafty-Embellies- Picture Perfect
Pan Pastel UK Challenge- By the Sea

Alyce said...

Wow stunning!!! Absolutely love this..gorgeous details and the little net with the starfish is such a cute touch! Love it all! :)

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

This is lovely Ann Marie great colours and I love the way you've coloured your image

jacqui x

Teresa Arsenault said...

This is so very beautiful. I love your net with star fish in the corner. So many lovely, gorgeous elements here. Thanks for joining us at Avadares Challenge Blog.
Blessing hugs,

Elizabeth Hart said...

Ann Marie - this is SO gorgeous and would look so cute in a little girls room!!

Electra said...

This is so precious, truly a Magic Garden! Thank you for being Soartful with us this week!

Penny said...

Fantastic frame, Ann Marie! I love the design and all those marvelous details! Your image is darling, and looks beautiful in this frame! :^)

PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

Thank you so much for joining in our second challenge theme 'picture perfect' over on the Crafty-Emblies page/blog.

What an absolutely gorgeous project! I love the sea theme and the mermaid is wonderful. I love the colour tones you have used and all the beautiful nautical embellishments.
This really is 'picture Perfect'...

I hope you will pop over again for our future challenges over at Crafty-Emblies.

Hugs Lisa xxxxx DT

Tracie Dean said...

I love the frame. A bit whimsical and just magical. You did an amazing job!!!

Marianne said...

So sweet and the colours are perfect.
Thank you for joining us at Shelly's images.
Hugs, Marianne

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Oh wow this is so sweet! LOVE the net embellishment in the corner ... very clever and creative! Thanks so much for joining our "ANYTHING GOES" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
Shelly's Images DT

Brenda Brown said...

What a beautifully framed image and so beautifully adorned.
Thanks for linking to PanPastel UK this week.
hugs {brenda} xox

Anonymous said...

Such a sweet project! You've done such a lovely job colouring your image and adding all the cute little details to the frame. Thanks for joining the My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge this week!

Sandie said...

Such a delightful card.I love how you have framed the image...loving the gorgeous sea themed embellishments.

Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Crafty-Emblies.

Sandie :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful image and the colours are stunning, just gorgeous my friend
hugs julie P

tiffany said...

what a lovely card, love the netting detail! Thanks for playing along with us at The Craft Garden =) Tiffany

Chris said...

What a gorgeous picture frame - perfect for that cute little mermaid tucked inside. This is wonderful! Thank you for joining my Amusing Challenges this week - I'm so happy that you shared your lovely work!

Melissa said...

Beautiful! Good luck with your challenges :)

Tracey Manderson said...

wow, so pretty! great job. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine, good luck and hope you will join us again.

Nicole said...

Wow, this is awesome!! You're a real artist. I just love it. Thanks so much for joining us at ATSC. Good luck and hope to see next time. Hugs, Nicole

Crafty_Fairie said...

Wow this is stunning work thanks for sharing it with us at PanPastel uk this week.

Kerry DT Leader

marion82 said...

wow beautiful card sweetie!! love th colors and the net you used!!!
Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy Challenges!!

you can visit
for my free digis!!

Jasmine said...

What a lovely project! Your coloring is fantastic. I love the way you treated the frame, and all the little touches of bling and flowers are just perfect. Beautiful creation! Thanks so much for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge!

Kathyk said...

THis is lovely and OH MY GOSH you managed to fit it to lots of challenges


Anne Fenton said...

Wow this is beautiful, thank youb for joining Avadares Challenge Blog.

GinaA said...

A glorious card, fabulous detail on the frame and your colouring is perfect.

Glora said...

What a sweet image and so cute with all the flowers and embellishments. Thanks for joining the Peachy Keen Color Challenge. Hugs- Glora

Kjersti said...

A stunning card Ann Marie! Love the way you have decorated - the net, the glitter & pearls, the lovely papers... and a beautiful image:)
Have a nice week!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Sue Nicholson said...

Beautiful design and layout, thanks for joining us at Poodles Parlour challenge. Good Luck cheers Sue x

Houses Built of Cards said...

Beautiful! Great job with the colors! SOOOO glad you joined us this week at Peachy Keen!!!


Dawn said...

So beautiful. The image is so lovely and I love all the details like the little net, the gems and the sparkle. Thanks for joining in the pretty palette challenge at My Time Made Easy. x

Louise said...

very very pretty. Thanks for joining in with SJ Crafts challenge

Soma said...

Very, Very nice.......... Enjoying all the bits to look at.............. Lovely coloring............... Thank u so much for entering Just Some Lines Challenge!!!!

Just Some Lines DT

Angela said...

Beautiful! Love the shades of blue and the under the sea feel to the back ground. The image is so sweet too.

thanks for taking part in the Crafty-Emblies Picture perfect challenge with us.

loulou said...

This is so pretty, I love your little flourishes framing your cute mermaid. cheers Linda

Lisa-Jane said...

So much to look at there, it must have taken you ages! We hope you had fun joining in with the Summer challenge at S J Crafts!

DoBea A. said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Great job!! Thank you so much for joining us over on the Peachy Challenge Blog this week!!!

Vicki Romaine said...

The background on this card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Just Some Lines.

fatmonica said...

It's a beautiful card.Thanks for sharing it with us at Sarah Hurley's Challenge Blog.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Absolutely stunning the image is beautiful and the die cut frame, pearl flourishes and netting are all gorgeous, love it. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Romaine said...

Love, love all the little details! So pretty! Thanks for sharing it with us at MTME pretty palette!

Cheryl said...

oh wow this is simply stunning love the image and the detail is just amazing love every,piece of lush detail bless you for playing at crafty-Emblies this month hugs Cherylxxxx

jaine the basement gal. said...

Oh this is so sweet, pretty and colourful. I love it. Thanks for entering the challenge with Sarah Hurley.

jackid said...

Beautiful creation thanks for playing along with us at poodles
Jacki xx

Beccalite said...

This is just so 'Picture Perfect'. It is so delicate, intricate and beautiful. I love all the colours and the pearls and image just all work so wonderfully together.

Thank you for joining in with us on our second challenge over at Crafty-Emblies.

Great Big Huge Hugs

Becca xxx

Lisa Kind said...

Wow! I love the image and all the embellishments you added to that plain frame! Just gorgeous! Thanks for playing our Pretty Palette challenge!

SuzeJo Murphy said...

Absolutely beautiful !! love all the details ! Thank You for joining us over at Crafy-Emblies xx

Tarnished Rose said...

Love your Magic Garden entry. Fabulous!


Helene said...

This is so cute! Thanks for playing along at The Craft Garden!

tiffany said...

what a sweet little mermaid! Thanks for playing along with us at The Craft Garden =) Tiffany

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