Home Improvement #3 – Live well, Laugh much, Love enough..

Heya crafters!

This is Shruti here and I am going to share with you my inspiration for PPS’s November Challenge – Use punches and Die cuts in your projects.

This is my first attempt at making an altered frame. Infact, I made not one but three such frames. I love words, texts, quotes and some of my favorite poems framed and hung on the walls of my home… so that I can look at them everyday and get inspired. If I could, I would want to fill every wall of my house with such quotes.. 🙂

You can ether get them printed and framed or do what i did.. add your personal touch and jazz it up..

So, I decided to go for a very simple yet very positive set of words for my living room.. I believe one word quotes are more powerful and effective to motivate and inspire you..

My first frame says.. “Live well”! The best part of the frame are the three Pink Paislee Artisan Resistable Butterflies. They are mistables and look gorgeous when misted. But I wanted to use them naked here. How cute are they?!!

The letters were hand written on a white foam and then hand cut.. later I went ahead and colored it with Jenni Bowlin Lemon Drops Paint Dabber. The blue diagonal stripes on the corners of the inside of the frame is MME’s The Sweetest Thing Reasons Why Decorative Tape.

If you look closely you can see that I’ve sprayed some Blue Skies Glimmer Mist through a Crafters’ Workshop 6×6″ Brick Template. Right now its one of my  favorite stencils.. They actually look best when used with Gesso! I’ve also used Rangers Baby Blue Stickles around the pattern paper.. In person they look even more sparkly!! I just love it.. I think it adds that special something to your projects.. 🙂

The flowers are a mix of die cuts, punched flowers and stickers.

I wanted to maintain some consistency in all the three frames so I made the inside corners of all the frames some what similar to each other.

This one is my favorite from all the three mostly cause this one is the most sparkly from the rest.. If you look closely you can see I’ve dipped the corners of the pattern papers in pink glitter..

The Hydrangeas were punched using Martha Stewart Medium 3 in 1 Hydrangea Punch and stuck together. Pretty, aren’t they?!

Now to see how they look on my walls?!

Lets have a before and after again..

Before: Plain and boring..


After: Open-mouthed smile


The Scotch’s Double sided strong adhesive blocks are the best if you do not want to nail down your frames. These frames were light weight ones that I bought from Ikea. I plan to have more frames on this wall and and build a story.. hmmm.. I already have some ideas.. will surely share with you’ll once I am done executing them..

So, which of these three frames did you like the best?! Do let me know in the comments below.. 🙂

Supplies used:

Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic 6×6″ Paper Pad

Martha Stewart Punches Medium 3 in 1 Hydrangea

Martha Stewart Punches Medium Hydrangea

Martha Stewart Tools Simple Circle Cutter

My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Reasons Why Decorative Tape

Crafters Workshop Scrapbooking Template 6×6 Bricks

Dear Lizzy 5Th & Frolic Chipboard Shapes

Pink Paislee Artisan Resistable Butterflies

Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist 2oz Blue Skies

JBS Lemon Drops Paint Dabber

Ranger Stickles™ Glitter Glue .5oz Baby Blue

Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Fabric Stickers

Hero Arts Light Green Accent Pearls

Hero Arts Midnight Black Accent Pearls

American Crafts Wow! Glitter: Extra Fine: Bubblegum

Until next time..



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  1. These are lovely, love the pastel colors, I love the idea of putting the three words of the phrase on three different frames and also how you stuck the frames with double sided tape.

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