Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's A Frame Up!

I popped by our local Salvation Army Thrift Store recently and found a tabletop frame that I thought could use a re-purposing; a metal frame with pawprints! Only one problem: is was for a dog and I wanted to frame one of my cats photos.

So I started by getting out my Krylon Silver spray paint and repainted the whole frame. I have a matching Krylon Silver Leafing Pen, so I used that for all the accents (except the flowers which were spray painted too).

I had a pawprint charm in my stash that had a broken connector and two missing pink gems. So after giving it a whole new coat of silver, I glued new gems (the same ones used on the swirls) onto it.

A silver thread attaches it to my bow; the ribbon is a "Celebrate It" sheer ribbon from Michael's.

Approval Cat supervising bow creation

As I mentioned earlier, the roses from Wild Orchid Crafts were spray painted silver with black leaves made with my Martha Stewart punch.

The gem swirls are from the Dollar Store. The "Furry Friend" charm is actually a brad I adhered to a brass plate using ScorTape. Two brads with clear gems were added on either side.

The Laying Cat Maggie stamp is coloured with Copics C0, C3, C4 and C6. Since it would be near impossible to cut out the whiskers, I decided to replace them with silver wire. After colouring, I used a needle to punch holes in the cat image and inserted wires, taping them into place on the reverse side.

Looks like Approval Cat approves...


  1. Wow! I LOVE this Maureen! I love how your repurposed and refinished your frame. So many great ideas that has gotten me thinking! Totally awesome project and I love your kitty (looks just like our cat Midnite)! ;) hugs, Angela

  2. This is just beautiful! You would never know it started out as a thrift store find. I love everything about it! How did you get your cat to sit still? Mine would be chewing the ribbon or batting at the charm:)


  3. How very clever you are Maureen! I am a cat person too and this project is wonderful and so creative - as are you! Congratulations on a very pretty, usable and creative project!!

  4. How creative, clever and gorgeous. Now if I just had a pet I'd CASE this!
    Sue S.

  5. Love the last photo with your little fur baby and framed photo! You did a wonderful job! Lots of lovely details!

    Chris Christensen

  6. Oh my goodness Maureen, this is fabulous!! Love that you spray painted the frame and the flowers...great idea!! This frame is so elegant and perfect for your kitty! Hugs, Rosemary

  7. Fantastic job repurposing your frame Maureen.
    Great job with all the silver accents and paint. Love how you used wire for the cats whiskers - it makes them look so real. Great embellishments too.
    Wonderful work!
    Hugs, Candy

  8. Very, very cool!!! Love the painted frame and even though I am not a cat person (gasp!) I do have two golden retrievers, so this would really work well! Awesome job!!!

  9. Awww, this is just soooo cute Maureen... I love this little cheapie find.. they make the best ones!! Just beautiful and love how your put the wiskers through laying cat!!! Very smart and love all your embellishments and love your cat's picture in the middle.. very thoughtful project..
    Hugs, Jean

  10. I'm loving everything about your card! Such a sweet image on a fabulously designed cat frame! Love it.

  11. This is just beautiful, I love your black cat, smile.
    Hugs Renate

  12. Approval cat seems to approve! The frame is gorgeous -- and so is the cat, of course!

  13. Beautiful! You cat is too cute! Where did you get your Copic marker storage unit?


  14. Maureen, this is soooo gorgeous! What an awesome way to take a thrift store find and turn it into something you would pay a fortune for! I love the ribbon, the charm, the flowers, everything! Awesome!!!!
    hugs, Sharon

  15. Hi Maureen, this is just fabulous! I love how your completely transformed that frame into such a gorgeous monochromatic piece of art. LOL I love the picture of the cat sitting with the frame - now THAT'S approval! Well done on your first DT challenge!

  16. What a great altered picture frame you did Maureen. Very fresh and awesome looking :o)

  17. Great frame...good to take something old a turn it into something beautiful TFS
    Hugs Linda

  18. Oh, Maureen, this is a great piece of work! I don't even know what I like most. Your cat is just adorable. I'm a great cat lover and that sweetie of yours make me wish I had one too:(. The frame is spectacular and love all the silver touches.
    Great work!
    Hugs, Iulia

  19. WOW! What a clever design! I just adore this!! Beautiful details and colors!! WOW!

  20. As fantastic as your project is, I think my favorite picture is the last one! Look at how proud your kitty looks, "Oh yay, this is for me!" Ha!
    Rene :D

  21. Oh my Maureen! What a creative mind to come up with all the fantastic details you put into this frame! Beautiful!!!.... and love the perfect picture at the end too!!!

  22. WOW, your frame is amazing!!! And your cat is pretty snazzy! Thanks for sharing


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