Sunday, 4 November 2012

Altered Mirror for My Creative Mixed Media Team & the Lessology Challenge!

Hi there everyone!  Finally I am taking part in a Lessology 
challenge HERE !!  So often I see their challenges & want to play
 along but time gets the better of me and, with all my other 
commitments, I never get to it!

This month I just KNEW I could do it because I had this old but
 pretty mirror already waiting in the 'things to alter' cupboard.  
(Yup I really do have a 'things to alter' cupboard even though I 
don't go in there often enough!) & I was happy to be able to
bring it back to life with a makeover!!

I had the perfect stash to transform it too!  

After creating the canvas, 2 layouts and a card for My 
 I knew that I could use it here &  give this mirror to my 
eldest daughter for her new apartment next year.

First I smeared on white acrylic paint, using my fingers,
to tone the 'bubblegum pink' down some.  Then I got out
my hot glue gun & started adhering everything. 

 I used the Prima Packaging from the Vintage Trinkets (fussy-cut, 
gessoed over & inked around the edges).  After gluing those to the 
mirror I started layering up my embellishments of Prima flowers, 
Webster's Pages stickers (ribbon-cut into banners) & trinkets.

I opened up the Prima Soprano flowers that come as buds
but can be prized open to be flatter & reveal their yellow
centres.  I always cut off the green florist wire stems, after
untwisting them, then I curl them around a thin pencil
and add them back in to my bouquets as sprigs of greenery.

I used the beautiful big Maya Road Vintage Edge 'Mums'
& inked them up with dark brown, to add even more depth,
then applied white acrylic paint to them aswell.  

I added the dots using Ranger Liquid Pearls then sealed the 
entire frame (not the embellishment clusters) with a matt
varnish.  Lastly I tucked in the sticker sentiments & some 
misted gauze to fill in the gaps.  

I was amazed at how quick this was to create compared
to making a layout.  This took me less than an hour!

Supplies List for Altered Mirror

Mirror - Mr. Price Home Store
White Acrylic Paint - Dala
Liquid Pearls - Ranger - Rouge, Flamingo & Cantaloupe
Multi-Medium - Matte - Claudine Helmuth Studios
Sentiments - Websters Pages Park Drive Stickers
Gauze - pharmacy
Mists - Pink Bubblebum (Tattered Angels)
Inks - White, Old Rose & Vintage Pink - Prima
Dark Brown - Color Box
Flowers & trinkets - Prima & Maya Road - 
from My Creative Scrapbook Mixed Media & Limited Edition
 Kits available HERE.
Prima Packaging


Kerryn said...

This looks amazing Helen!!!! A wonderful transformation :).

Lizzy Hill said...

Soooo cute....lovely to see you doing 'Other' stuff...have to go check out Lessology myself now....

Lynette Jacobs said...


Bernadine said...

You rock my friend. You are really a inspiration.

Sandi Smith said...

So very pretty it!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! I love love love this Helen!!! Such a gorgeous make-over for that mirror!! Thanks for playing along with LESSology!!!!!

Keren Tamir said...

This turned out amazing so shabby chic love it and I also have a things to alter cupboard!,

Marilyn said...

Sooo Beautiful!!! love it!!! love the colors and the Victorian look!!!
Wonderful work my friend!!!

Alison said...

This turned out beautifully Helen!
Alison xx

Denise Price said...

Ooh, so pretty! I love your tip for cutting off the wires and curling them around a pencil.

Kind of different to see you doing an altered project, but it definitely turned out "Helen style." You should do more altered projects!

Unknown said...

this is Gorgeous my friend

Jan Hennings said...

Gorgeous! Love all the flowers, too :)

Eila Sandberg said...

Oh wow Helen! this is really really so pretty!! Chelsea is going to love it!! xoxo

Mitralee said...

ROCK STAR MIRROR!!!! I really love this! Altered stuff is so much fun and yes, I do have a cupboard full of stuff as well.

Right now have not been hitting it as much as before, got lots of Peru photos wanting layouts, LOL!

Love your flower treatment on this especially!

Lynnda said...

What can I say!!! absolutely beautiful Helen.... !! You are simply amazing!!! Thanks so much for playing along with US over @ LESSology!!! Hugs...xoxo

Valerie S said...

Hi Helen. You seem to be very lucky right now. Not only did you win one of the C'est Magnifique Kis Blog Hop prizes, you have also been selected as a winner of the October Sketch Challenge! Congratulations! You have won a $10 gift certificate to the C'est Magnifique Store. Leslie will be in contact with you to give you all the details. Thanks so much for participating in the challenge!

yyam said...

Oh wow! This is so pretty! What a fabulous transformation! :)

Thank you so much for playing along with us at LESSology! :)

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh my goodness, Helen, the texture and dimension is incredible! So very glad I get your posts via email... I have a lot to catch up on!

FiKenward said...

What a beautiful little keepsake.

Denise van Deventer said...

Oh stunning! Love it!

Desire Fourie said...

What can I say - just stunning!
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Bellaidea said...

Looks great!

Anonymous said...

It's amazing that you made this in less then an hour. I love it! Susy (my wife) and I have always stuck to scrapbooking and cards only, but seeing something so cute it's hard not to be inspired. It looks 10 times better then before you started. I'm sure your eldest daughter loved it.

Unknown said...

absolutely stunning!

Sabrina Scrapbook said...

Helen, oh my! This is incredibly beautiful! Love love this. You don't usually do this but this is precious!

Rachael Funnell said...

Holy Moly! Love what you have done with the mirror.... STUNNING!


You ROCK at altered items too, Helen :)))

Marjie Kemper said...

Bam! You waved your magic wand and transformed that plain fame into a knockout, Helen.

Linda said...

Very pretty . Thanks for joining the LESSology challenge with your wonderful creation.