Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Only Men Allowed 2 – Country View Crafts

My frame today has been made for a very special man in my life (dear hubbie) and later this year we celebrate a very special wedding anniversary, so I made this just for him as my second contribution to the Country View Crafts challenge.
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The frame itself came from a well known supermarket earlier in the year and was reduced at the end of a sale and of course who can’t resist a bargain?
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I rubbed it down with a sanding pad and scratched it with the prima distresser to get the shine off of it and then simply rubbed over it with my blending tool and walnut stain distress inks and a dry paper towel ….  love that grungy, aged look to it now.
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I took the card frame from the inside and mixed three re-inkers with distress paint and using a plastic palette knife I daubed it ion and left it to dry – hoping for some cracks to appear.
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Whilst it was drying I cut a piece of Tim Holtz paper from the Wallflower stash as the main background and added one of the photos that Ken had taken while we were on holiday in Hawaii. He loves birds and took pictures of the different species there that we don’t see at home.
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I added a small birds nest, some floristry moss and some feathers as 3D embellishments and I also added some Tim Holtz remnant rubs. I hope he will like it.
hugs Brenda xx

30 comments:

Dots Dabbles said...

This is such a beautiful gift for your hubby Brenda! And so much more special with one of his photos in it. How could he not love it! It was made with love for the one you love.
Beautiful...
Dot x

Joanna said...

Beautiful gift.
I like all details.
Joanna

Nikki Acton said...

This is so tasteful Brenda - hope he loves it. Nikki xx

Nikki Acton said...

This is so tasteful Brenda - hope he loves it. Nikki xx

Terry said...

This is for the birds, Brenda! You know I could not resist that one! Ken will so love this and what a beautiful way you captured memories from Hawaii! Love the way you matted the photo and the bird nest embellishment! Hugs!

Valerie-Jael said...

The frame is gorgeous, and I am sure your husband will love it! Hugs, Valerie

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a wonderful altered frame, love all the details.

Julie Ann Lee said...

Love this! The bird's nest looks wonderful with the photo. He is sure to love such a thoughtful and lovingly crafted gift! Julie Ann xxx

Nan G said...

It'll knock his socks off! Subtle and gorgeous!

jasann said...

Such a beautiful gift, and so well done, hope he enjoys it and you have a great anniversary

massofhair said...

A very thoughtful make for your Husband, am sure he will be mega happy when he receives it.

Wonderful how you have matched. TH products with your husbands photography, a match made in heaven :-) xxx

Meggymay said...

A wonderful and special gift, your husband will love it.
Yvonne

Kathyk said...

This is simply superb Brenda and wishing you both the happiest of special anniversaries when that date rolls round

Kathyk

butterfly said...

How lovely to create a gift incorporating Ken's wonderful photograph... I love this - the frame' so delicate and ethereal, and the eggs and feathers are a perfect addition. Gorgeous!
Alison xx

Sue said...

Hello Brenda,
Having such a clean palette to work with one would be tempted to go all out, keeping it simple has the effect of an attractive alteration but not pulling the eye away from the main focus;the photo. The feathers are just perfect.
Smiles:)
Sue

Amanda said...

Love it that you turn a bargain into something priceless. I'm sure your husband will treasure it.
Love
Amanda x

Netty said...

Beautiful alteration Brenda and such a lovely gift for your husband. Hugs Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Pops Origami said...

Brenda this is Beautiful. what a wonderful memory. Congradulations. Stan

2amscrapper said...

I love that you added the photo. Great little touches like the birds stamped on the top left corner of the frame.

debby4000 said...

Oh this is brilliant and gorgeous too.
luv
Debby

Jane said...

How beautiful Brenda, he will love it. Such a unique gift x

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful Brenda!! Love the treatment on the frame and what you did with the inside looks fantastic too! Great photos by Ken (bet he will love this) and I really like the addition of the eggs etc, finishes it off to perfection. What a gorgeous anniversary gift!

Chris Warner said...

BLC - Such a lovely idea to include one of Ken's pic's. A beautiful frame and the birds' nest in the corner is a stroke of genius. Gorgeous! Chris xxx

cheryl Baker said...

oh wow hun he will love this to bits,know i would simply brilliant hun hugs cheryl xx

Buttons said...

I'm sure Ken will be thrilled to bits with this Brenda. It's fabulous and what a transformation of that frame! It's good to have seen a before and after for the full impact. Jenny x

Candy C said...

Brenda...your transformed frame is so beautiful. I absolutely adore the bird nest! This is such a sweet celebration of summer and of the circle of life. Thank you fir your very nice comments you left on my blog, too. <3 Candy

Anita Houston said...

LOVE the way you altered the frame...it totally looks like another one you've had for years! The bird scene is wonderful...oh the texture!

Annie said...

This is so beautiful Brenda....love the soft gentle colours and wonderful details/layout. Ken will treasure it for sure

Hugs Annie x

Mary Elizabeth said...

Such a great gift to your husband. This shadowbox really pays homage to his photography and the nature that he loves (hopefully we will see more of his photos ... I love looking at birds in different parts of the amazing world of ours). What a wonderful use of the remnant rubs on the frame. And that feathered nest in the corner ... perfect! Wishing you both a very happy anniversary! -- Mary Elizabeth

June Macfarlane said...

What an incredible piece. Beautifully arranged and designed. This is a very special gift and you are as always so talented in your creativity. Hugs June x