Monday, 13 May 2013

A few of my favorite things

I hope all of you had an amazing Mother's Day whether you were spending it with your mother, thinking of your mother or being thanked for being a mother or in a mother role.  I did so with my mom on Saturday and had a lovely afternoon! I am thankful every day that I have the mother I do, love you mom!

Have you ever found yourself buying that certain something that you will keep for that perfect place in a project just because it calls to you? Over the years I have done that and even though I try to use them, I have to admit I have a little stash of things that were just waiting for that perfect home.  When thinking of my next project I thought what better way then to have these pieces all together in a piece I call 'A few of my favorite things'.  I was given a shadowbox frame a while ago and was told, not sure what you can do with this but you might find something.  It has just been sitting there for a while and my thoughts kept going back to it knowing it was going to take some serious altering (I know you all have those pieces)!

So, this is how this whole project started...


After some black gesso, various distress paints, and distress embossing powders this frame looks a whole lot different. 


There, that's better!

For the next step, I wanted to decide on the frame orientation and just how I wanted to place my extra configuration boxes in it.  I didn't necessarily need to do this but I wanted to know so when I covered the individual boxes in the next step , I wouldn't have all the tissue wrap upside down or on its side. 




In the next couple of steps you just let things go and do with little thinking.  All of the configuration boxes are covered using Tim Holtz's ideology tissue wrap and Ranger's glue n' seal and painted with various distress paints.  I wanted my paint to be an accent to the tissue wrap and not just an all over colour so I just played with the paints, my water mister and waterbrush. Once these were dry the fun of assembling came next.  A little trick to making this step a bit easier...take a photo of how you decided you wanted your boxes in the frame.  Once you are ready to attach your found treasures, have this on hand.  I attached everything in the boxes with multi medium and let set overnight before finally adding them to my shadowbox. 





Added dimension can be added by propping certain boxes up to various heights while leaving others flat to the frame.





Supplies: configuration boxes, shadowbox frame, black gesso, distress paints, distress embossing powders, glue n' seal, multi medium, foam brush, waterbrush, water mister, and found treasures. Remember if you are need of any of these supplies or others, stop on over to Inspiration Emporium and mention ink&flour to receive 10% off your purchases.
 
There you have it...a few of my favorite things.  I hope you are able to take some time and be creative this week.  Thank you to everyone for your sweet comments left on my last tag post and stopping by. h

31 comments:

  1. Very nice Heather,love the frame.Your boxes are nicely done and placement in the frame is awesome.
    Project---- a few of my favorite things----well done as usual.

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  2. love it!! i did the same thing a while back... a few of my favorite things that is! love your finished project!

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    1. Thanks Diana, i love how it came together.

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  3. love this Heather...I'll be sending you my address shortly. Paula

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    1. Thanks Paula! Send it along because you never know what you might get back!

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  4. I had a sneak peak at this project on Saturday while I spent a wonderful afternoon with my dear daughter, Heather . She took me for lunch first and then we just chilled. Love the shadow box and all the time we spend together, Love Mom

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  5. This is such a fabulous project Heather! Love, love, love!!

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  6. Wow, a great alteration with fabulous bits and pieces. They would be a few of my favourite things too.
    hugs {Brenda} x0x

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  7. This is so wonderful. I am so glad Tammy Tutterow shared it on FB.

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  8. Wonderful project with so many lovely parts and pieces!!! ♥ Sue Kment

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  9. very cool!! I love how you grunged the frame up. All those little bits would be my favorite things too! (In fact, I have a similar stash, lol ;-) )

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  10. L.O.V.E. this project!!! What a perfect way to display found treasures...thank you for sharing the inspiration!!!!

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  11. Fantastic project. Would love to have one like it on my wall. Something for me to think about.

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  12. Love this project! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  13. Looks great Heather !!! Love the finish you put on the frame !

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  14. It's brilliant, Heather! What a treasure!

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  15. Fabulous job Heather! I love everything about this project, from how you did the frame to the treasures inside the boxes, and even the placement of your boxes! Love it!

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  16. FANTASTIC!!!! I love the shadow box alteration...gorgeous faux oxidation and rust!

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    1. Thanks Anita, I had a lot of fun with this project and loved how it turned out.

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  17. This is absolutely fabulous and very inspiring!

    Thanks for sharing.

    I'm pinning for future reference!

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    1. Thank you Kathi, I hope you are able to make one of your own.

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  18. WOW! I am so glad Mario and IS added a link on facebook! I laid in bed today wondering what I could do with some treasures I have! Thanks for the inspiration! Love the finish on your box!

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  19. Fantabulous!!! Saw the link Mario posted, so I had to come visit to check it out. It's really wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Caroline for stopping in and your kind words. I Hope you come back often.

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  20. Great work Heather. Glad you enjoyed putting it all together and then sharing! ��

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  21. Brilliant texture, layout and inspiring me to get on with one of my own :)

    Neil

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  22. This is amazing. I love the floating box look.

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  23. Completely fabulous... love the subtlety of the paint effects on the tissue wrap, and the clocks hanging behind the floating boxes look so cool! Big WOW!
    Alison x

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