Saturday, September 27, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #12


Another great Saturday with another great challenge from the fantastic technique book A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III by non-other than Tim Holtz. We're already on the 12th challenge and it's called Distress Photo Tinting which can be found on page 41 of the Compendium book. Have you been playing along? Even if you haven't, it's okay. You can jump in at any time! Just grab your book, try out the technique on a project, and upload it to the challenge here.

Remember there are specific rules you must follow in order to be entered in the challenge for a chance to win some fabulous goodies, so take a few minutes to read the rules here before you post. Either way, it's a great way to learn and try out new techniques.

For more info about the challenge, keep reading to the end of my post today.


Okay, on to my project for this challenge... 

I have been in the Christmas mood with my crafting lately, so I decided on a framed display piece to remember my sweet mother-in-law, Saiko, who passed away a few years ago during the holiday season.



It started with this 5" x 7" frame I found at my local Goodwill store for only 69 cents.



I first painted the frame with two coats of Picket Fence Distress Paint.



Then I rubbed Antique Linen Distress Paint over the raised surfaces of the frame's details.



To give it a bit of sparkle and shine, I spritzed it with a few shots of Perfect Pearls spray.



Now it has a little shabby chic feel with a bit of sheen.



After cleaning the glass I brushed a thin coat of Matte Multi-Medium on the outer edges to prepare it for crackle paint in the next step.



The crackle should go on medium thick like this for best results. I blob it on, rather than brush it.



For the inside my frame I created a background by stenciling Fired Brick and Peeled Paint Distress Inks onto cream card stock using the Holiday Knit stencil.



After distressing the Holiday Knit background with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks, I stamped some starbursts from the Vintage Nostalgia stamp set by Stampers Anonymous. Then I adhered my tinted photo to the lower right area of the background piece, and after putting the glass on top, inserted everything into my frame.



The photo was taken a long time ago when my in-laws lived in New Hampshire and my daughter Jamie was only a year old. I love this photo of my mother-in-law because she rarely let me take her photo, always trying to hide her face or look away. This photo reminds me how sweet and shy she was and how much she loved Jamie. It was only a few years after this photo that she developed Parkinson's Disease. She had a rough handful of years before she passed away, but this photo is how I will always remember her in my mind and in my heart. Jamie is so much like her in so many ways. I always thought they shared a special bond. 



To adorn my frame I chose pretty holiday flowers from Petaloo, plus some sparkly ribbon from May Arts, and a couple of vintage style buttons from Tim Holtz.



Onto a card stock tag I stamped Merry Christmas (also from the Vintage Nostalgia set) and added some green Stickles as accents.



More flowers, ribbon and buttons adorn the frame around the tag.



Here's another look at my finished frame. I love that I have this keepsake to remember Saiko during the holidays. Who knows? Maybe I'll keep it out year-round.


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at The Funkie Junkie Boutique who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!

And don't forget, you can find these great products I've used today at The Funkie Junkie online store. 



55 comments:

  1. What a beautiful photo frame to keep your special memory photo in... all that gorgeous alteration, you would never know how it started life... I would be keeping it out all year round too :O) Mwah x

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  2. Saiko-san reminds me of my own mother-in-law. You can see the love in her eyes as she looks at Jamie. You may have inspired me to do something similar with an old pic of mom.

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  3. What a lovely way to remember special loved ones!

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  4. My first thought was look how cute Jamie is!! Oh that must be her Grandmother!
    Such a lovely photo.
    TFS Annette :D

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  5. Beautiful, Beautiful, Annette!! Such a lovely family heirloom to remember your MIL by. You've turned your memories into something definitely priceless :) Wonderful step-x-step!! Happy CC3 #12!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  6. What a lovely frame you created for this beautiful photo of your MIL and daughter - what a wonderful way to remember her by - love this photo coloring technique!

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  7. I love your precious frame and the beautiful florals on the side. Endearing is this photo and the memory! Really a beautiful tribute....

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  8. Your frame makeover is so beautiful, Annette, and the picture is definitely worth a thousand words. So any of us have used special photos for this challenge. Your beautiful framed pictures is sure to be treasured by your family.

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  9. Precious. Picture. The frame is beautiful.

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  10. I love your project, the amazing picture with so much meaning. Very significant...

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  11. So beautiful, what a lovely memory to take out every year x

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  12. Beautiful frame Annette, and what a fabulous keepsake too. Sue C x

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  13. Annette...your sentimental Christmas frame is so amazing! I love it! Your sweet story about your mother in law is so heartfelt. I loved reading your creative process for this touching piece. Love the crackle around the glass. That is such a cool idea. Love your stenciling on the background. Love the altered frame and how you finished it out. Beautiful project that you SHOULD leave out all year! <3 Candy

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  14. I would definitely keep this out all year long, it is such a lovely photo and holds such special memories, how could you not! I love the treatment you gave to the frame and the stenciled background looks gorgeous! Anne x

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  15. Such a beautiful project - a wonderful tribute to your loved ones.

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  16. Oh Annette, this is very lovely. Your mother in law is so beautiful and I see her in your beautiful daughter. I think this challenge is a gift to all of us, isn't it. Thanks for sharing this. <3 cheryl

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  17. Annette, this is touching on so many levels! I love how you decorated the frame and all the embellishments, but that photo and love of your mother-in-law is the show stopper! What a beautiful tribute!

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  18. What a beautiful project and memory, Annette! You did a fabulous job with the photo tinting technique! I always love the fact that you alter so many wonderful things, especially those terrific thrift shop finds! Your mother-in-law is absolutely beautiful in the photo along with Jamie,,,what a special keepsake to create and cherish for many years to come!

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  19. This is such a sweet sentimental keepsake that can be handed down. Fabulous job on the tinting...and your frame is absolutely gorgeous! Such a great way to preserve a memory! love!

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  20. A beautiful memory frame to bring out each Christmas. I also like the idea of crackle paint onto the glass.
    Julie x

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  21. What a beautiful memory piece of your Mother-in-law. That frame technique is gorgeous; so rich looking! Love the embellishments too !

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  22. Fantastic frame! Your tinting is beautifully done. I just grabbed a frame this morning thinking I might alter it!

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  23. Gorgeous photo of your MIL!!! Love the coloration of it, and the flowers and altered frame show them off perfectly! Excellent project!

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  24. Such a lovely tribute. I would Definately keep it out all year!

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  25. Very cool project! Distress crackle added such a cool vintage look to the photo .. why didn't I think of that ??!! LOL

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  26. So pretty. That is sure to be a family heirloom.
    Jess

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  27. What a great memory to capture. Love the use of the crackle too!

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  28. Don't you just love a recycled bargain frame ! Beautifully done, love that crackle effect on the frame. Wonderful memories . Yes keep it out all year x

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  29. Beautiful tinting with your photo and such a special way to display it.

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  30. It is a beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law, loved the frame as well!

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  31. I think your photo is so beautiful and almost had a little tear in my eye. Such a wonderful way to remember a very special lady.

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  32. Hi Annette , love your altered frame , the photo looks very striking set against the knit background which in itself is a gorgeous touch. Lovely design too. Tracy x

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  33. Gorgeous frame! Love the sweet picture! Amazing for the holidays! Hugs, Sandra

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  34. What a sweet, sweet tribute to your mother-in-law! I love the photo, the tinting you did on it, and how you used the Crackle paint around the edges to tie it to the background. Great thrift store frame transformation! A big round of applause for this entire piece!

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  35. What a lovely family addition to the festive season. Such a lovely colour pallet.

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  36. I love how you totally transformed the frame and made the perfect background to showcase your grandma and her love for the baby! What a precious gift for the holidays! Thanks for sharing how to did it! Love all the floral sparkly goodies too!

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  37. Great transformation of your frame and wonderful background for your photo! Your story is so sweet! Beautiful project, thanks for sharing with us ! BArbarayaya

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  38. Beautiful tribute Annette! It is gorgeous! I would definitely have it out all year:) Thanks for sharing your how-to and story that inspired you!~kim

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  39. Aww that is so sweet. I would totally keep it up all year round. You gals have inspired me so much this time with your stories and sharing of special memories. Thank you from my big sentimental heart.

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  40. Beautiful project - the background looks great with the layering stencil.

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  41. Beautiful picture and beautiful story. Love how you used the photo distressing technique on the dress. I might be tempted to leave it out year-round too.

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  42. What a beautiful memento if your dear mother in-law Annette - stunning

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  43. Annette this is such a beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law! Love that added crackle!

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  44. What a wonderful project and remembrance of your MIL.

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  45. What a fabulous keepsake for Jamie! I love the paper and embellies you used but the photo is priceless.

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  46. This is fabulous. I love re-purposing thrift store items, and you did a beautiful job with this. The story made me a little weepy! What a wonderful keepsake to pass down to your daughter; she will treasure this the rest of her life.

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  47. My mother also hates photos and I too treasure the ones I have of her. This is a very special project.

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  48. This frame is heartwarmingly wonderful!

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  49. One of my favourite distressing techniques and you have done a wonderful job with it Annette... Great choice of photo to tint too! Such a cool festive frame...Jan x

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  50. What a beautiful keepsake Annette! You really scored a deal on that frame!

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  51. This is a beautiful and heart felt heirloom!! Always keep it out!! I love the way everything ties together.
    I now have to go buy that stencil

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  52. I am in a holiday mood too. I love what you did with this project. What a nice walk down memory lane.

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  53. Such a gorgeous and inspirational project. All these photos are making me nostalgic for my family

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