Saturday, May 7, 2011

Goodwill Power of Work Blog Hop + an Altered Frame for YMH & Blog Candy!

Welcome to Goodwill “Power of Work” Blog Hop! You should've arrived here from Madison's blog, Funky Cards. If not, go to the first blog in the hop - Dalis at Stamper Girl! The first week of May is “the power of work” week for Goodwill, we want to end this week with a BANG. I want you ladies (and gents) to get inspired by items you find in a Goodwill store (or a store like it). Think of vintage clothing, laces, buttons, children’s table games, puzzles, old magazines or books. Goodwill has helped thousands of families and gave them the chance of a new beginning. To learn more about Goodwill and their efforts to help your community please visit them  HERE.

Our challenge to you is to use a Goodwill find in your project. Think of all the possibilities - it could be an altered item or some buttons or fabric from a vintage shirt. Through out the blog hop you will find fabulous inspiration from all those joining in the fun. What are the prizes you might ask? How about a $20 Gift Certificate from AND 2 Cutting files or Digital Stamps by Paper Crafting World AND Emma Aguilar from My Creative Time with Emma has donated the “Just a Little Note” stamp set!  In addition to that, some of the ladies along the hop have some giveaways too!  And that’s not all - use code CTAA-01 for a 10% off your purchases from

You have 2 ways to get your name into the winning pot:
1. Leave a comment at every stop of the blog hop (12 stops = 12 comments), then GO BACK to Stamper Girl's Blog HERE and leave your NAME in MR. LINKY.
2. Leave a comment at every stop of the blog hop (12 stops = 12 comments) AND play with us with our Goodwill challenge. GO BACK to Stamper Girl's Blog HERE and leave your NAME (and the word "PROJECT") in MR. Linky. If you don’t have a Goodwill store near you, then try another store like Goodwill. This gives YOU 2 CHANCES TO WIN & You have until MONDAY to join in by commenting, creating, or BOTH!

Now, onto my project, a fabulous Goodwill find that is also doubling as my Your Memories Here DT project this week! I discovered a plain, brand new, ready to alter frame at the store for 99 cents...yep, 99 cents compared to the the $4 bucks it is at the craft store. I also found a brand new, unopened package of Wilton wedding style silk leaves for 27 cents! Woo-hoo! All other items I had on hand so not only was this project super duper cheap, it was super duper easy & turned out really cute...I just love it!! However, if you want to get this yummy paper for yourself, check out the YMH Store HERE! But not only does the YMH Store carry all things Prima, but also Tattered Angels products (such as the mist I used), Imaginisce goodies and much, much more!! Ya know, like the Cosmo Cricket yummies I love so dearly...hehehe!!

After painting the edges of the frame with some black craft paint, I Mod Podged a gorgeous piece of Prima paper to the surface. While that dried I spritzed some white silk flowers with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Vintage Rose. I absolutely love how the flowers turned out. Now, my flowers were on hand but the Goodwill does carry silk flowers too so make sure to check there first!

After the flowers & frame were dry, I hot glued the roses & some leaves to the frame. I cut some of the green wire off the flower/leaves stems, curled them around the pencil & added them with hot glue for more dimension. I finished off by drawing some swirls on the frame & using my Imaginisce irock tool to adhere the pink glimmer studs. If you don't have one of these, you must get one! I absolutely love mine! I just recently got it & this was my first time using it but it was so easy & the result was fabulous. I cannot rave enough about this product!

I haven't yet added a photo to the frame since I am still deciding on one. However, the mat I threw in there for now is simply the backside of the same Prima paper. So you can use 1 full size sheet of a pretty 12x12 paper & that's all you'll need!! Now, I must admit that while I was at the Goodwill, I not only picked up my craft supplies but also some books & a cool retro desk fan for our kiddo. It is a great place to shop around for great finds...just think of it as upcycle heaven! Also, I would love to share with you that Goodwill shares a special place in my heart. Where I live, they have a training center & employ those with various physical & mental disabilities. My little sister, who passed away nearly 11 years ago, was both physically & mentally challenged, and the most wonderful, compassionate & beautiful human being you could ever hope to meet. They trained her, she worked there for years, and she loved it. It was a wonderful place that does wonderful things for people from all walks of life. So please, support your local Goodwill...not only are you supporting those in need, you are supporting jobs & your community!

Now, back to the hop!! The next gal on the list you need to visit is the wonderful Melin at PaperCrafting World! Hop over there to continue the journey & don't forget to leave a comment on everyone's blog. If you need a little help, or get lost along the way, here is the full Power of Work Blog Hop list to help you along!

Blog Hop Linky List
1. Dalis - Stamper Girl 
2. Gaby - Gaby Creates 
 3. Maria Elena - Maria Elena World 
 4. Madison - Funky Cards 
 5. Crystal (THAT'S ME!) 
6.  Melin - PaperCrafting World 
 7. Helen - Helen's Craft Haven 
 8. Christel - One Scrappin' Sista 
 9. Roberta - Texas Scrapper Mom 
10. Vicki - Validation of Vicki 
12. Michelle - Inspiration Blooms

And now for MY blog candy...yay! I am offering up a couple of mini scrap books/albums to be altered that are NIP Studio K &  Basic Grey! They are either ready for some fun photos or add your own personal charm to them with papers & fun embellishments. Either way, these two books are cuties! All you need to do in order to be eligible for my blog candy is become a follower (if you already are...yay me!) & leave me a comment. That's jumpin' through hoops on this gal's blog...LOL! I hope you decide to play along with the challenge (and visit the YMH Store or DT Inspiration Blog) so I can see what you create but first, let's get to hoppin' y'all!!


Scrappin' Sista said...

Your picture frame is simply BEAUTIFUL!!! I love what you did with it. I love my i-Rock too. It's sucha handy tool. TFS.


shersl84bed said...

Beautiful job.

Smiles Sher

Helen said...

Your frame is beautiful - so pretty!
Helen x

Texas JennyWren said...

Pretty project. Love all the BLING.

Anna said...

Beautiful frame. Just wonderful.
I'm a new follower.
Thanks for the chance to win.
http: // mamawann. blogspot. com/
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Vicki said...

Simply lovely picture frame! Love the details. Great find!

thekolbes said...

Awesome finds and project. Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower
krazykcrafters at msn dot com

bartlettpair said...

Great job and very inspiring!!!! Blessings!!!

Dot said...

Beautiful frame, the colours are gorgeous.
hugs Dorte

Carissa said...

This is gorgeous. Great find.

Samantha said...

WOW this is Fantastic! soooo pretty! love it! thanks for the chance at your candy too! hugs Samantha :0)

Elizabeth Hart said...

Your project looks like it cost a bunch - it is so pretty and would make a treasured gift for someone. I cannot believe how little it cost to make it - really incredible.

sweetlilscrapper said...

really pretty! :)
sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

Dalis said...

I didn't know that the goodwill had such a special place in your heart. I have a few friends that work there, one I met there. And he is one of the sweetest men I have ever met.

LOVE SUPER DUPER LOVE that frame!!!! Thanks for playing with me in this hop!
-- dalis

Delphine said...

Your frame is absolutely gorgeous, Crystal! I love the colours and your roses and leaves look fantastic! Hugs Delphine xx

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