Tuesday, July 22, 2014



I hope all of you are enjoying the projects being offered in the Spellbinders A Gilded Life Summer Showcase.  I know I have been!  I can't wait to get the chance to make a few of the projects from SueLynn, and Kim.  I love to see the different ways everyone is using their dies, bezels, relics and all the other goodies the line has to offer.  

Today I get to share with you a little Vintage Memo Board project.  As I love to scour thrift stores and flea markets, I decided to use some of those finds along with Spellbinders A Gilded Life products.
All you need is an old picture frame, little bits of lace and trim (which we all have and wonder what to do with), and your favorite picture to go in the bezel.

Let's get started!

Spellbinder A Gilded Life Supplies

Relics A - GLR-001 (Found Here)
Shield Bezel Die Cut- GLD-006 (Found Here)
Shield Bezel 0 GLLB-006 (Found Here)
Quatrefoil Band Die - GLD-003 (Found Here)

 Other Supplies

Vintaj Metal Paint - I used Quartz
Lace and Muslin - to cover the cork board
1 yard May Art Velvet Ribbon
2 yards Seam Binding
4 or 5 Lace/Trim Scraps
Spray Adhesive
Fabric Adhesive
Paper Adhesive
Jewelry Wire and Pearl
Novacan Black Patina (optional)

First off, we are going to paint the bezel with the Vintaj metal paint.  Let it dry.  It may take a couple coats.  Once it's dry, lightly sand for a vintage effect.  If you would like the edges more pronounced, antique with Novacan Black Patina.  Using the Spellbinder A Gilded Life shield bezel die cut, cut out your desired picture for your bezel.  Glue in place with paper adhesive.  Set aside.

Make a pattern for your cork and foundation pieces to fit the frame you have selected.  Cut out your cork, muslin and lace.  Using spray adhesive, spray the cork and adhere the muslin.  Smooth out any ripples.  Repeat the step for the lace.  

Determine the lengths you need for your velvet ribbon and cut 3 pieces.  Using the velvet ribbon and the Spellbinders A Gilded Life Quatrefoil Band Die, emboss your velvet.  With fabric adhesive, attach the ribbon at the top and bottom edge.  Leave the middle section free so you will be able to slide envelopes or paper underneath.  

Mount the cork piece into the frame.  Using fabric adhesive, attach buttons in your desired place.

Now comes the fun part of using all of those scraps.  Cut 5 pieces about 3" wide and varying lengths (3 to 5" long).  Layer in random ways to make your fabric badge.  I like to stitch a couple of them for fullness around the bezel.  Be creative and do what your heart desires!  

Wire wrap a pearl and your Spellbinder A Gilded Life Relic to the bottom of the bezel.
With a simple stitch, attach the bezel to the fabric badge.  Tie a bow with your seam binding and add it under the bezel.

Hot glue the badge to your cork board frame.  Attach buttons and Spellbinder A Gilded Life Relics to tacks with adhesive.

Voila!  Finished!!
I hope you enjoyed this fun, little project.  And if you are like me, once you get started it just doesn't stop!
The badges are addicting to make.   I decided I needed one for my sewing room.  

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Anita Braddock said...

Beautiful love the vintage look the layering and the dies are amazing.

Mrs B said...

Hi Lonnie. What a great idea, I love how you have decorated this frame too : ) Take care.

Karen said...

What a great idea to personalize a message board for someone. Love the vintage look too. Thank you for sharing your artwork and the tutorial.

Maryann Laursen said...

WOUW this is soo gorgeous and what an awesome idea. This is definitely one I´m goig to give a try very soon, it´ll be a perfect gift for my oldest granddaughter, who just love things like this, and it´s so beautiful too, so maybe I should go for two, when I´m on it?? Hmm we´ll see about that he he.

Gitte said...

This looks awesome.

SuzieJ said...

Really do love this idea

eyes2theocean said...

This hop has been exceptional. I love how you re-purposed this frame, what a wonderful and beautiful idea.

Thank you!
Sar Tann

TracyM #6773 said...

SO ELEGANT - THANK YOU for sharing your BEAUTIFUL & CREATIVE INSPIRATION Lonnie - this would be perfect for my Grandparent's wedding photo!!!
Embossed velvet - how DELIGHTFUL - I NEED to try it too!!!

Pandora said...

What a wonderful way to re purpose a frame in a beautifully vintage manner!

Heather Thompson said...

That is beautiful, Love the vintage look, very pretty.

Colleen Howell said...

This is my favorite of all the projects so far, I think I will be making me one for my scraproom. Thanks, awesome tutorial

barbara macaskill said...

This is such a pretty piece!! I definitely need one in my craft room to keep me in the know for appointments and such. This is such a beautiful way to do just that! I love vintage anything and this certainly qualifies!!! MUST HAVE the goodies to make this!! CHARGE!!!!! LOL

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow! So very elegant and beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creative process!

Karien said...


Ruthie said...

Wow! Your frame and badge are just BEAUTIFUL!! Love how you used the gilded life products and the yummy vintage scraps of lace and fabric. Can't wait to give this a try myself! Thank you for sharing. Loves, Ruthie

Craftychris said...

fabulous idea with a truly wonderful result! xx

MCH said...

Very beautiful! Good job!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I wish I had thought of this when my Mom was in the nursing home. That would have been so neat for a memo board for her.

Sandy_in_MD said...

Wonderful memo board - thanks so much for the detailed tutorial.

Linda said...

I love this memo board and the picture is darling. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

D- said...

This is very pretty. Thanks for sharing.
My parents used to live in Garibaldi.
Crafty hugs,

Robin B. said...

What a beautiful memo board! I love the vintage look.

Barbara Patrick said...

Love each project more and more. Lots of Christmas ideas for friends.

Stephanie said...

This is gorgeous! It's really a piece of art.

Hlora said...

wow!! veautiful project!! Fantastic job!

Laura Strack said...

What a fabulous idea! I love this little memo board and want to make one for my sisters and all my crafty friends. They will adore it, too! Thanks for sharing!

Crafty Auntie said...

I love the vintage look. Very pretty.

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

Gorgeous. What a fabulous idea.

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, love the vintage look!