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Saturday, June 08, 2013


I bought myself a TwiddleyBitz shadow box in the local craft shop and after umming and ahing  between grungy, vintage or bright, I settled for vintage and fairly feminine (I think lol). They're a really good size to work on, 10 inches square and with a good depth too.

 Important to me to fit with it was that the photo looked aged too.  I put the photo into Photoshop, desaturated it and then turned it sepia. Then I put an old film texture over it and blended it, so that the photo looked dirty (Mia and Aidan were actually clean).  A few dark edges were added with a 'burnt paper' brush and finally I tore and curled parts of it and edged it with vintage photo distress ink.  It's perhaps a tad sharp for an old photo (I forgot to blur it) but it looks better than the brightly coloured original.

My paper is from a large K & Co pad and the paints I used are Decoart Americana vintage white and buttermilk.  The two chipboard embellies are also TwiddleyBitz I think, wouldn't swear to it though.

I used a number of dies.  Cheery Lynn fence, butterflies and leaves.  Memory Box corner die, Marianne Design clock and a Spellbinders sentiment tag. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Marianne Design.

I only wanted a very subtle crackle finish  so I used a one step crackle varnish (although this is a bit too subtle, lol) and I rubbed a bit of brushed corduroy distress ink into them, but that doesn't show much either. The last thing I did was add a few pearls just to finish it off.

 So that's it.  Now I just have to decide whether to use the stand and put it on a shelf somewhere or hang it on my craft room wall.  I have a feeling the wall will win.  Finally, I'd like to say hi to Valya, my latest follower.  Welcome hun.

Entering into:
CRAFTY FRIENDS #2 - Bingo (first line down).
CRAFTY CALENDAR #June - Things with wings.
HOBBY HOUSE #1 - Anything goes.
INSPIRE ME FRIDAYS #106 - Anything goes.
TOTALLY PAPERCRAFTS #170 - More than 3 dies or punches.
CRAFTS AND ME #136 - Something old.
FLUTTERBY WEDNESDAY #243 - Anything goes with a butterfly or fairy.


Michaela said...

Hi Lorraine
Oh WOW, adoring your shadow box masterpiece! Absolutely stunning! Loving all your elements! Very inspiring!
Michaela xx

Danni said...

This is gorgeous! What a work of love!Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Lorraine this is awesome what a wonderful frame, the colours and detail look amazing and I love the techniques you have used to age the photo it is brilliant.
lorraine x

inkypinkycraft said...

this is absolutely gorgeous xhugs xtrace x

Sarah said...

Your creation is wonderful Lorraine, sure to be a family heirloom!! x

Esther said...

Wow!!! Gorgeous shadow box!!! You did an amazing job!!!!
Thanks for joining us at Whimsical Designs this week!!

Kate at the Hobby House said...

gorgeous piece, thank you for joining us for the Hobby House first challenge
Hugs Kate xx

Tanya said...

This is so beautiful Lorraine, I love it! The vintage effect is fab and I love the little splashes of pink and green, gorgeous :)

Thanks for joining our challenge at Crafty Friends, good luck and hope to see you again soon :)

Tanya xx

Tracey Boley said...

Wow Lorraine this is outstanding.

It is so pretty and such great attention to detail.

Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Friends.

Good luck

Tracey DTxxx

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous...Thanks for joining us at totally Papercrafts this week.
Wendy x

Molecraft said...

A true work of art, beautiful!
Helen x

coops said...

oh wow this is fantastic Lorraine.gorgeous pic and I love all your beautiful vintage details :D

xx coops xx

Andy Llewelyn-Brinsley said...

It most definitely belongs on your wall of fame Sis, it's a real work of art, love it to bit
perfectly aged photo and your bits and pieces all look perfect on it (P.S. they are all twiddlybits bits, I have them too!)
Love ya,

Nana said...

Beautiful. Thanks for joining us over at Whimsical Designs.

Have a great day.
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Anita said...

Oh my goodness! Just HOW beautiful is this!!!! Stunning work xx

Elly said...

I have the same illnes about umming and ahing *lol* even with a simply mini pizza box. 1 box but 1000 possibilitys. Your shadow frame is utterly beautiful (:o)

Helen said...

Just gorgeous - so well put together and I love all the little details. You see something different every time you look at it!

Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Calendar Challenge.

Helen x

Distressed Miss said...

Shame on me! How did I miss this? It is absolutely stunning Lorraine. I adore everything about it especially how you have aged the photo, it looks perfect.
Big Hugs

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