Celebrating Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop – Inside The Lines Altered Photo Frame

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Celebrating Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop – Inside The Lines Altered Photo Frame


Hello, everyone! Welcome to another Pootlers Blog Hop. This time we are super excited to share with you a selection of products you can earn for free during the Sale-A-Bration. For every £45 you spend (before shipping and handling) between 4 January and 31 March, you get to choose one FREE Sale-A-Bration product. It’s the best promotion ever!

In my project today I decided to create altered photo frame with beautiful, Inside The Lines Designer Series Paper. With an ever-growing trend in adult colouring books, this paper is just spot on.


I don’t know about you, but I love these bold botanical designs. They coordinate with Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set & Dies, but you can use them on their own too. Colour them in with markers, inks or watercolour pencils – it’s fun and very therapeutic…or leave them black&white. Whatever tickle your fancy.


The frame is from Ikea and is called Virserum. It measures 7-1/2 x 9-1/2″ (19 x 24 cm) and comes with inside mount, hence I only needed 4″x 6″ (10 x 15 cm) piece of DSP to fit inside.

I’ve chosen this lovely, jungle-like design and cut it into 4″x 6″ rectangle. Because I was aiming for a subtle look I decided to watercolour my piece.

Bear in mind this is not watercolour paper so you can’t add too much water to it.

For the foliage, because it’s such a small area, I’ve used Stampin’ markers: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, Garden Green and Always Artichoke. First, I scribbled my markers on a craft mat. I also spritz some water on my craft mat, next to the markers. I did it deliberately, to have more control of how much water I use. Next, I took dry aqua painter, picked up some water with its brush, next picked up some colour from the mat and started colouring my foliage. I was adding more colour and more water to the mat when needed. There are 4-5 layers of colour on leaves, each layer added when the first one was dry.


To colour in the rest of the image, I’ve used ink pads as my palettes.

I’ve used Soft Sky for sky and dragonfly (with a little dab of Island Indigo marker). Mountains are coloured with Smoky Slate.

For the tree trunk, I’ve used Tip Top Taupe ink pad. To add some highlights I’ve used Whisper White Craft Ink (yes, I’ve used it with aqua painter too).


Polypores or conks (I’m not sure how they are called in the UK so forgive me if I’m wrong) are watercoloured with a mix of Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry and again some white craft ink for highlights.

For the final touch, I’ve added White Perfect Accents as dew drops (one on the sky is hiding a little boo-boo 😉). And as a must, I had to add some shimmer with clear of Wink of Stella to the dragonfly, mountain tops, and polypores. Sadly it’s really hard to capture this lovely shimmer on photos. But now to the frame.


Believe it or not, this is my first ever altered photo frame. I knew I want flowers, but for a long time, I couldn’t decide on colour. First, I wanted to go with quite a feminine look, so pinks and oranges. But once I had all my flowers ready I didn’t really like it. Typical haha. But no worries, I will use them to something else x And then I had this revelation: how about Very Vanilla?! Genius!

I die-cut oodles of flowers and leaves from Very Vanilla and Vellum cardstock. Arranged them around the frame and once I was happy with the placing, I adhered them with glue dots.


But as you may know me already, nothing can be too easy haha And when I looked at my frame something was missing, in my humble opinion. Oh right, it was too ‘clean’, too ‘white’. I needed some ‘controlled mess’ 😉

I pressed Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky ink pads next to each other on the craft mat and spritz it with water. I covered the glass with a piece of paper, and using a clean brush I added random and less random splatters to the flowers and leaves. And I have to say I love it now! And I hope you like my little project too.

Now please click little icons below to check other projects in this blog hop:


 16.Anna Krol at Anna’ Stampin’ Cave 


I also want to add this project to the #071 Theme Challenge over at Global Design Project Challenge Blog. This weeks theme is ‘3D Or Off The Page’


As always, if you wish to purchase any of products I have used, simply click the images below to go directly to my online store and don’t forget to enter the hostess code for the month of January QVAJSVTD to receive a gift from me.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!



Don’t forget to check:


The New Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration is LIVE and it’s AMAZING! For every £45 you spend either from Spring Summer Catalogue or Annual Catalogue, you will get to choose one FREE product from SAB brochure! Click here for more details–>



25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Taylor
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 14:53:16

    Stunning project, I love it!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. craftystamping
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 15:07:47

    Great project Anna – good luck with the GDP

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Shawn
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 16:56:25

    Wow! That is gorgeous. From the way you decorated the frame to the way you cropped the image and colored it. Simply amazing. Thanks for sharing with Global Design Project.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Laurie Jennings
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 21:36:24

    Fab project x

    Liked by 1 person


  5. flutterbyheidi
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 22:17:48

    Love this, I hVent used this DSP yet, but this has inspired me to.

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Jillian
    Jan 28, 2017 @ 22:25:19

    Wow, gorgeous Anna xx

    Liked by 1 person


  7. annaspaperbox
    Jan 29, 2017 @ 10:25:51

    Love it, love it, love it 😍Anna

    Liked by 1 person


  8. sallystampers
    Jan 29, 2017 @ 12:27:52

    Beautiful as ever Anna.xx

    Liked by 1 person


  9. littleowlcrafts
    Jan 29, 2017 @ 17:30:49

    Gorgeous project Anna

    Liked by 1 person


  10. Dee, Lady Dee Crafts
    Jan 29, 2017 @ 19:44:38

    Beautiful project Anna. xx

    Liked by 1 person


  11. Paula Dobson
    Jan 30, 2017 @ 00:22:44

    This just takes my breath away Anna. Beautiful ♥ Thanks for joining us at Global Design Project this week.

    Liked by 1 person


  12. bibicameron
    Jan 30, 2017 @ 02:44:59

    Breath taking . TFS x Bibi

    Liked by 1 person


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