Saturday, September 27, 2014

COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES III CHALLENGE ~ DISTRESS PHOTO TINTING

Happy Saturday everyone and Happy Fall. Welcome to my blog and another new challenge from Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over at Studio L3.

This is already our TWELFTH in the Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Challenges.  Can you believe it? Time flies so quickly and as the holidays are fast approaching, I fear that the ol' hands on the clock will spin even faster; counting down the days until Christmas.

The entries we received for our Effect Powders challenge were amazing! It is always so hard for the Curiosity Crew to pick one best project because there are SO MANY special ones. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and art with all of us and thank you for your continuing positive and uplifting comments.

** I would just like to take a second to remind everyone that there are a few simple rules to be followed for this challenge. If you have any questions about them, click here. There have been a few entries that have failed to link up to our sponsor and/or link to our Compendium of Curiosities Challenge on your individual blogs. We also respectfully request that everyone please participate in this challenge with how it is intended to be ... a community to share our "take" on Tim's techniques and products, not as a means to advertise and promote your own business or organization. 

We don't want ANYONE to miss out on the wonderful prizes that are awarded to TWO lucky winners each challenge. You guys work so hard to create such lovely and worthy projects. Please take the extra couple of minutes in your blog posts to be sure you're in compliance.

Now, time for the FUN!  Turn to page 41 in your Compendium of Curiosities Books and check out the technique for Distress Photo Tinting.  I love this technique because it can take any black and white photograph and through the magic of Tim's technique, it can be transformed into a vintage looking keepsake.

Because this technique really does lend itself to vintage work, I decided to start thinking about Christmas and create something that I can use long after this challenge as a home decor piece.  

Using an inexpensive wooden frame from a chain craft store, Tim's Merriment Paper Stash, some of his Woodlands Bottle Brush Christmas Trees and Wreaths, Tim's Mirrored Stars, some ephemera from Tim's new Christmas Ephemera Pack and a few other little "goodies" I had in my Christmas stash, this sweet little frame came to life.

I began by painting the edges and the peg stand of the 8 1/2" x 6 3/4" wooden frame with Tim's Barn Door Distress Paint. Once dry, I distressed it using Aged Mahogony Distress Ink to deepen the red and match the polka dot paper I used as my background from Tim's Merriment Paper Stash. 


I traced around the wooden frame, cut out the paper and glued it in place on the frame.  I sanded all of the edges so that the paper and the wood were better fused together.  Then I added Antique Linen to the paper front to soften the stark white to a more antiqued linen look. That was set to the side so that I could start working on my embellishments.

My inspiration for this vintage Christmas frame originated with a simple snow globe type of stamp that you will see in a moment. I thought it would be a wonderful way to showcase Tim's Distress Photo Tinting Technique by placing a vintage photograph in the globe.  For me, what makes this technique even more appealing is when you just pick out one or two things to emphasis through color, leaving the rest black and white. 


Look at this sweet little face!!! I found this sweet vintage photograph in one of my saved images on my computer and sized it to fit my snow globe. The expression on this little child's face is what Christmas morning is all about; wonder, surprise and the magic of Christmas! I will not divulge Tim's technique for photo tinting but I will share with you the colors I used: Milled Lavender on the cheeks and Tumbled Glass on the gown.

One thing I will say about this technique is I found that when using the Distress Markers, the color they give off is pretty vivid. I wanted my colors to be very soft.  So, I dipped the point of my Distress Marker in water to dilute the ink and then applied it.  I also had a Detailer Water Brush handy to also dilute and smooth out the colors.

 

Next I stamped the snow globe twice onto Specialty Stamping Paper using Coffee Archival Ink and then sprinkling just a little Queens Gold Embossing Powder over the ink while it was still wet.  I removed the excess powder and then heat set it and colored it using Pine Needles, Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks and a Detailer Water Brush. Once that was dry, I added some Texture Paste to represent snow on the pine cones and then sprinkled some fine glitter on top of the wet Texture Paste for even more of a freshly fallen snow look. (I would later add more snow to the top of the globe after I put it together). 


Next I colored just the globe portion of the second image I had stamped out and cut it out. I fussy cut around the globe and colored it with a Scattered Straw Distress Marker. Next I cut out a piece of clear transparency film and glued it to the underside of my top globe to represent "glass". I glued the vintage colorized photograph underneath the original globe. Then I pop dotted the "glass" globe on top of the entire image. 

 
 The snow globe all put together with snow added to the top.

I also added a piece of kraft cardstock to what would be the exposed half of the back of the snow globe. Then it was time to add the snow on top, the glitter and set it to the side to dry.  I think the snow on top is cute and I carried the freshly fallen snow theme throughout the entire frame ... because it was on top of the pine cones on the original stamp.

The trees have snow on them in later pictures.

I have not received my new packages of Tim's Bottle Brush Christmas Trees yet, so I pulled out the smaller one and two wreaths from a couple of my Woodlands packages that I had on hand. The trees and wreaths are an ivory color, allowing you to spray them whatever color you want them to be.  I chose to use Peeled Paint Distress Spray as my base and a light top coat of Pine Needles to vary the green color of the needles. I cut the back sides of the trees off as I knew they would be glued onto my frame and I needed them to be flat. Then I hot glued some little "glass" ornaments ( beads from some old Christmas garlands I had) into the trees and wreaths. I also hot glued two Mirrored Stars that had been lightly painted with a Silver Paint Dabber on the tops of the trees. 



Finally, I added some more Texture Paste and glitter to the trees and wreaths let them dry. 
I love ALL of Tim's ephemera from his new Christmas Ephemera Pack. So many nostalgic images!  It was hard to decided which ones would be perfect for my frame but I managed to narrow it down to the red "Icicles for decorating Christmas Trees" banner going across the top of the frame, the "Shiny Brite" ornament box end underneath the Icicles banner, the "25" tag that I added jingles bells and candy canes behind, the sweet little gift tag (that I added Patina, Eucalyptus and Candy Cane Stickles accents to) attached to the right wreath, and MY FAVORITE PIECE FOR THIS FRAME ... the wonderful Tinsel Rain Icicles box lid.


This was so stinkin' cute that I just had to make it more of a dimensional piece and made a box for it, complete with "tinsel" inside.  To do this, I simply laid down the image, drew around it, added 1/2" all the way around it, cut it out and folded it on the pencil lines.  Then I just clipped the ends and made two box lids. One would be the bottom, the other would be the top.  


I cut out the green Christmas tree on the image because I wanted the top to be a see through box lid, showing the silver tinsel inside. I also cut away the kraft top underneath the cut out Christmas tree on the image.  Then I placed a piece of transparency film on the underside of Tim's image and glued it in place. Then I glued the ensemble on top of the kraft box lid and inked the edges first with Gathered Twigs and then Black Soot. 


I created the "tinsel" out of the silver Foil Tape Sheets cut into thin strips long enough to attach to the top and bottom of a piece of kraft paper cut to fit inside of the box.  I left the backing on the strips except for the two ends that were joined to the backside of the kraft paper insert. Then I added a little Glossy Accents to the interior ends of the box and glued the lid onto the bottom.  


Now it was time to put everything together, mainly using hot glue to attach everything. I found a cute little string of lights and wound it through the weaths and across the top of the frame.  Here you see the Icicles and Shiny Brite Christmas Ephemera. I also added a thin line of Platinum Stickles around the Shiny Brite strip.


I added more Texture Paste and glitter to carry on with the snow theme on the top of the frame and on top of the Tinsel Rain Icicles box.  Then I set the frame aside to try. Here you can also see the sweet little vintage gift tag highlighted in Stickles from Tim's Christmas Ephemera Pack.

Now for more of Tim's Distressed Photo Tinting on another very sweet picture that I will put in the frame.  This is a 4" x 6" photograph that will probably be replaced with a photograph of my grandchildren each Christmas ... but I may make their photo black and white and do this photo tinting technique on it!!


The colors I used to colorize the clothes are Tattered Rose and Tumbled Glass.  But, you will need to check the technique on page 41 of the Compendium Of Curiosities book because there is more to the technique than this!  One more thing that I added to this photo which is NOT a part of Tim's technique is the silver "tinsel" I added to the Christmas tree branches in the foreground of the picture.  I lightly dabbed the photograph with Silver Stickles in areas where garland or tinsel was hanging. I love the little bit of "glitz" it adds without being overpowering.


Finally, I added the photo tinted vintage photograph to the frame. I love how the two little Distress Photo Tinted photographs compliment each other. And ...

 
I love how they look in the vintage frame!

Now it's YOUR turn to find the Distress Photo Tinting Technique on page 41 of your Compendium of Curiosities Book and then create something vintage-ly wonderful. Link it up to our challenge and you could be the lucky winner of one of our two very generous prize packages.

Our sponsor for this challenge is the the lovely Linda Coughlin of the ...


She is offering a $25.00 gift certificate.  She has an incredible store with GREAT prices!

We also have a mountain of prizes donated by Tim and Mario especially for our challenge participants. You won't believe the wonderful prize packages Linda send out each challenge.

So, good luck!  I can't wait to see the photographs you choose and your tinting techniques.

70 comments:

  1. *THUD* That is my jaw dropping onto the desk... WOW Candy... just WOW... all those details and .. WOW!!!! AWESOME!!! did I ever tell you.... YOU ROCK!!!! Mwah x

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  2. Omg this is flippin adorable! I love everything about it and want it. You did a phenomenal job. I had to stop participating in the challenges to move but I'm ready to start again. (Other than being intimidated by the talent 😕) Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring.

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  3. Oh Candy! This is fabulous! I remember the tinsel and how my mother wanted every piece to be perfect and just so. Thanks for the memory!

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  4. OMGoodness, Candy! When I first saw this I felt like I had stepped into a sweet Christmas scene from the '50s and it just kept getting better and better as I read through your descriptions. The snow globe is incredible, but what really blew me away was the box of tinsel. Fantastic project as always and SO inspiring!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  5. Candy can I just say, This is over the top in cuteness!!! Love the snowglobe with the photo in it....Very clever and the photo's you used are so adorable...always love all the details that pull this piece together for the holidays!!! Love it!!!

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  6. This is too stinking cute! What lovely memories this invokes of Christmases past.

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  7. SO AWESOME!! I love the whole thing! TFS

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  8. This is so cute! It reminds me of our Christmases growing up in the 50's. I wish they still made that heavy tinsel that hung so perfectly! Thanks for sharing an adorable project!

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  9. Oh my goodness Candy - this frame is wonderful! I remember all of these packagings from my childhood - in our Christmas Decorations boxes - I love the snowglobe - the wonderful photos - your clever tinsel box (SO cute!) well done!

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  10. Wowww Candy this is stupendous an amazing project a truly wonderful work of art full of so much nostalgia
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  11. Every detail of your frame is fantastic!

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  12. Your mind knows no limits, Miss Candy! Holy mackerel. I fell in love with the snowglobe and the sweet colored image inside, and then I saw more and more and more... the tinsel tree cutout is my second favorite of all these wonderful details. I bet your grandkids feel like they're in a wonderland when they come to your house at Christmas!

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  13. That is just fantastic project! Love the pictures you used.

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  14. I love your project Candy. I love how you can use this technique with other B&W picture...

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  15. Oooooh so cute! It reminds me of me and my brother in the 1950's. The photo tinting and the ephemera look so vintage. I loved the icicle box, such a clever idea. x

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  16. Gorgeous as ever Candy! So much detail, love your globe and the tinsel tree is just amazing! Stunning! Sue C x

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  17. Hi Candy
    you really have captured vintage with this project it looks totally amazing I love all the little details that you used.
    Hugs Ria xx

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  18. The little child's face in the globe is just so adorable, I love the expression and the children looking up the chimney is so sweet too. I think my favourite part is the tinsel box though, that brings back lots of memories for me! Superb work, as always. Anne xx

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  19. OMG - what an amazing job. This is my favorite of all your projects so far. I love each and every detail - from the photo tinting to the snowglobe to the Christmas lights along the top.

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  20. Wow, Candy. You always set the bar so high and then you just jump right over it! The photographs you've chosen are just right, perfectly paired with the vintage Christmas ephemera. Love, love, love, love, love it!! <3 <3 <3 and love YOU, friend. ;-)

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  21. OMGoodness Candy. This is such a fun, detailed, LOVELY vintage piece. Your photo selections are perfect, colored perfectly, and showcased cleverly. Love that snow globe! And you are a genius with that box of Christmas tinsel. Inspiration galore today, girl! Thank you!!

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  22. OMG, Candy!! This is too stinkin' cute!!! This décor piece looks like you've saved this from Christmas celebrations of yore!! I love all of your itty bitty little details--the bulbs on the trees and wreath, the string of mini-lights, the box of tinsel!! FABULOUS!!!! That little baby in the snow globe is the epitome of the Joy of Christmas!! Just Wonderful--it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas....you know the song!! :) XOXO-Shari T.

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  23. This is just too cute Candy! So fun and so sweet. Great technique with distress photo tinting. Always love your work.

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  24. Candy, I am always in such AWE when I come to visit your blog and see what you have for us! This is another gorgeously details project with such great inspiration. I love your tinted photos and putting that sweet face in the globe, priceless! Beautiful frame and a great home décor piece for Christmas! Love it!

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  25. Ummmm....WOW! Oh I love this...FABULOUS job on the tinting and the piece is so flippin' fun! You have given life to the pictures and made it to where i feel as though I could step into the fun and excitement of Christmas morning! Oh girly...this is lovely!

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  26. You never cease to amaze me, Candy! Your attention to detail blows me away! The embellishments are so incredible and your photo tinting technique perfection! Both of the photos are priceless! I always love to learn from you!

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  27. Fiendishly creative on the box of icicles. One of the cleverest things I've seen in a long time!
    Great job!

    Mary

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  28. Hello Miss Candy, well reading the comments you have blow every away as you do, and always so generous to share how you created this Heirloom, it truly Spectacular bowing to you my dear that globe is **** THE BOMB **** then one outstanding embellishment after another what a treasure you have created for your family to enjoy for ever, how kool it that, thanks a bunch for sharing it all, hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))... I'm sure you make Mister Tim real proud of how you showcase his products....

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  29. Love the vintage feel and look

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  30. You certainly have had an absolute ball making this and gone to town with every little detail. A real work of art. Love it.
    Julie x

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  31. OMG too cute love the photos; the snow globe is fabulous such great "details", absolutely love ALL the vintage embellishments; especially the fun tinsel box ( brings back fond memories... fireplace even looks like the one from my childhood) !

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  32. A fabulous project Candy and the attention to detail is amazing. Love the globe and the wonderful decorations and papers

    Best wishes
    Annie x

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  33. WOW!!! If all this ephemera and dies weren't enough, those photos rock! TOTALLY adore this Candy and would love to touch it! Just a fabulous layout of layers! So special!!!

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  34. Candy, this like a time machine...you took me right back to my childhood! My auntie had wonderful snow globes, and I would spend hours shaking them and watching the snow fall, pondering what magic potion was inside that caused it to drift down so softly. Your snow globe is nothing short of amazing! I love the whole retro vibe of this wonderful assemblage...and all the details and layers and embellies just make me feel warm and nostalgic. You created a mood of wonder....magic....anticipation. I just love this!

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  35. Candy!!! This is amazing! I love the photos, the tinsel you made, and most especially the tip on using the embossing past for snow! This is a real treasure.

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  36. This is amazing .. the tinsel pack is so cool, the snow globe .. the photo in the snow globe is so cute !! It is beyong amazing !! I didn't nail the technique near as well as you, but it was my first attempt at it so hopefully we get points for trying :) I'm ready for Christmas now !!

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  37. The tinsel on the tree is inspired. What a sweet holiday decor item...

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  38. WOW an amazing breathtaking art work, inspiring as always, dear Candy.
    I wish you a wonderful weekend,
    big hugs Anja

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  39. Another great creation Candy, those mini wreaths are addictive - I must get me some!

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  40. Seriously, how do you keep making so much awesome stuff?! I want all of your projects in my house! The snowglobe is awesome. I'm a sucker for bottle brush trees too.

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  41. Just WOW! The snow globe and the tinsel box are simply amazing!

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  42. Wowzers ! That is amazing you must love it ! It will be so loved year by year. All the work you put into it ! The children looking into the fireplace are adorable as is the little boy in the snow globe x

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  43. So cute! You've put so much detail into this piece - it's just wonderful!

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  44. Fantastic details on the frame, and your tinting, that photos are so cute, loved them!

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  45. I am mesmerised by this it is so wonderful

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  46. Hi Candy, this is gorgeous, I absolutely adore the snow globe and the photos are just so adorable. The little Christmas trees and mini wreaths are just a wonderful touch. This has a real country home spun feel to it and the touch of tinting is just perfect for such a wonderful vintage piece. Tracy x

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  47. Candy, it's going to be difficult to say anything about this that everyone else already hasn't said! But, I will tell you your work always pulls at my nostalgic heartstrings. You have captured the mood of that era to a tee! The photos are just precious, and your tinting is perfect! But all those wonderful, detailed embellishments!!!! Yum! I love the tinsel box and the tinsel in the tree is just the final touch-making this such a special piece!

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  48. This is so gorgeous, Candy! Love the snowglobe! So pretty! Hugs, Sandra

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  49. This is just as Christmas should be. That little girl in the snow globe has just the sweetest face. Lovely Piece.

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  50. Wow! Look at all the Christmas goodies. I would love to make a little snow globe like that! Such a fun and precious project full of Christmas Joy! I want to touch it. Makes me sing Jingle Bells! Thanks for sharing all of your techniques. I want to try the snow globe!

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  51. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...Your beautiful Christmas frame is certainly getting me in the mood for holidays. I love the little girl in the snow globe, so sweet.

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  52. Candy you know you're a great artist and in each of your work, I am struck by the details, beautiful, elegant and original! You're amazing, this project is probably one of my favorites, even if the choice is really hard! BArbarayaya

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  53. Candy! WOW! Each project is a bigger WOW! I love the details and the tiny tinsel box, adorable! That and the snow globe got me for sure! LOVE IT all! Such a fun technique with the photos!
    Thank so much as always for all the super inspiration!~kim

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  54. Candy, this is AWESOME. I's so glad you showed how to do the tinsel box. That is my favorite. i remember stringing that stuff on our Christmas trees. It usually just ended up in clumps hahaha. Perfect vintage/ retro project.

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  55. Globe is a special touch - really pretty.

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  56. The globe is a special touch - well done!

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  57. Candy this is just amazing - so much to see - love it

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  58. THUD!!! A-MA-ZING!!! Candy, I just can't even tell you how much I love every single thing about this piece!!!

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  59. wow!! I love the snow globe and all the amazing vintage Christmas details. =)

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  60. Holy Moly Candy, I love this and I'm such a fan (collector too) of Shiny Brite ornaments. Thank goodness Tim included this awesome paper in his seasonal paper collection. The snowglobe, tree, photo, well all of it is just brilliant. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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  61. Wow, and...WOW. I can't even find the words! Absolute perfection. Such incredible attention to detail and what an amazing result. I just want to hug you for how sweet and perfect this is!

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  62. That sweet face in the snow globe cracks me up, I wonder what was about to come out of their mouth? Great project full of lots of inspiration.

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  63. One of my favourite distressing techniques and you have done an awesome job with it Candy... Great choice of photos to tint too!.... soooooo cute!...So much festive detail to peek at...Love the globe, little fairy lights, teeny wreaths...well I just LOVE it all! Such a cool project!! Jan x

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  64. This is a wonderful vintage frame Candy! Love the tinsel box!

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  65. A complete delight, Candy - such perfect vintage nostalgia, and the tinted photos look wonderful. I love the bauble effect, and all the festive glint and glow - fantastic!
    Alison xx

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  66. Gosh this looks to be another tour de force Candy. Superb detailing as always. Just on a quick browse now and will return again to study all your always gorgeous details. Nicola x

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  67. Wow there are so many details that I love.!!! this is a great Christmas frame. The icicles box - amazing, the snow globe-awesome, the little trees- adorable,

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  68. Oh Candy, This vintage piece is just stunning. I can feel the anticipation for Christmas. I will be back to check it out again. Well done.

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  69. Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!!! Love it all.

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