Saturday, July 5, 2014

Altered Burlap Panel

Here we go with yet another wonderful challenge from the CC3C!  I don't know about you, but I am having a TON of fun with these challenges!  Here is my latest project:


Besides creating art, one of my favorite things to do is geneology.  The man in the photo is my grandfather.  I thought we knew quite a bit about him until I found his WW1 registration card online that said he was a fireman working for the railroad.  We had thought he was a auto mechanic his whole life!  So....I thought it would be fun to explore that part of his life.  Now the cap he is wearing makes perfect sense, even though he is also working on a car!

I started this piece by enlarging the photo of my grandfather and placing it inside one of Tim Holtz's cabinet cards (love those things!)  I  used Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress inks to add color to the edges and finished up with a bit of Aged Mahogany.

I stamped the train, railroad crossing and tracks along with the quote from Tim's clear set onto cream cardstock and colored and cut them all out.  I had stamped the tracks twice so that I could make a longer border.  I slipped the tracks inside the cabinet card on the left side, adhered them down and placed the railroad crossing sign over the place where the two sets of tracks met.  I then glued the train over the top of the tracks at the base of the photo.  The quote was the last piece adhered to the photo.

Boy, did I have fun with Ideology after that!  I adhered a Ring Fastener, Jump Ring and Word Key to the Cabinet Card and a Word Band that I wrapped around the card with one of Tim's Naturals Black and Cream Trimmings.  I used Aged Mahogany Distress Paint to color in the recesses of both metal pieces.  You just need to dab the whole metal piece with the paint and then wipe off the excess.  Cool!

Finally, I adhered the number 46 from one of the Plaquettes to the cabinet card.                    .
Here is that section of the panel finished:

To finish the burlap panel, I used Glue 'N Seal to adhere two pieces of red striped paper from Tim's French Industrial paper stack to the burlap along with a clock and rail ticket from his ephemera pack.  I wrapped ribbon around the top of the panel and added an Ideology Buckle.  The final additions were the metal Box
Corners and the  Number Brads that spell out 1895, the year he was born.

Hope you like this project!  Come join us and submit your Altered Burlap Creation!  This week's sponsor is The Funkie Junkie Boutique who will be providing a $25.00 to a random winner.  Tim and Mario will be providing lots of goodies to the winner of this challenge as well.

Get started and join us!  Don't forget to leave a comment on all of the Curiosity Crew's blogs.  Go to www.lindaledbetter.com for all the details!

Happy crafting!
Susan

68 comments :

  1. What a wonderful canvas to remember and display your grandfather - love the framing and the alternate metal corners - so many fun things to look at here!

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  2. When you start to do the family tree it is amazing what you find out.. especially when told something else... I love your whole piece Susan, but love the train chugging along the actual picture... so very nice... will have to remember to use that creation, thanks for sharing... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  3. HELLO! A new favorite for me! LOVE your canvas! The image, the belt, the layers, all awesome!

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  4. Love your canvas and the theme! Sweet sentiment and love
    the photo of your grandfather! Well done.

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  5. Your panel is a wonderful tribute to your grandfather.

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  6. Am a family history buff and we have a wonderful train museum here in town...super combo to illustrate on your burlap panel.

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  7. The fact that you had fun making this beautiful piece of art really does show! The picture of your grandfather is wonderful and adding the train and date really do tell the story. I really, really love this and what a wonderful keepsake it will make. Anne x

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  8. this is really fabulous and so personal too - thats what makes it even better - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

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  9. What a wonderful tribute to your Grandfather. My daughter is the genealogist in my family. She is always turning up things I didn't know. Your Altered Burlap Panel looks fantastic.

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  10. I love it and even more after reading it's your grandfather. The tracks are a super idea & the hanging key. Super !

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  11. OMG girl!!! I have been just staring at your panel and seeing all that it has to offer! It is amazing! I love that you used your grandfather's picture, it is such a fabulous tribute to him! Amazeballs girl! I am going to study it some more!!! hehehehe

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  12. WOW, I just love how you altered Tim's Burlap panel. So vintage and interesting.

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  13. Shhh...don't tell the other gals, but this is my very favorite piece! I love the homage to your ancestor; what a wonderful tribute. I especially adore the paper in the background that looks like pillow ticking fabric; it's absolutely perfect for the theme. Nice work, and so inspiring! I have some (blue) pillow ticking fabric in my stash and I may just have to bust it out for this challenge!

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  14. that is so special that you have a photo of your own grandpa to use this way. I love all the details in this.

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  15. Fab piece Susan. Love the photo of dad. My Great grandfather worked on the railroad so this is special in more ways than one.

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  16. beautiful and so sentimental since it's about your grandfather - lovely and sweet!

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  17. This is wonderful. A true treasure. What a special way to honor your grandfather.
    Jess

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  18. This is so cool! I love everything about it. I really like how you have the train going across the photo! Love it!

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  19. Susan...this is such a sweet canvas and tribute to your grandfather. I love your layout. Your finished design is perfection! It truly is inspired by love and it shows. Each piece you've placed on this was carefully thought out...you can just tell. It all works perfectly together, Susan. Beautiful job! <3 Candy

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  20. such a clever layout. Everything you used fits perfectly and would even make a fabulous birthday card. Love it

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  21. Love the train theme! This is a great way to preserve your grandfather's legacy :)

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  22. The cabinet card and key are so well-incorporated, but my favorite part is the buckle and ribbon around the top!

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  23. Oh wow! I too am very into genealogy and before I even read the details of your post, I was thinking about the possibilities of creating a project just like this with a picture of my great-grandfather standing in front of the dairy store which he managed back in the 1930's. What a great combination of your interests. I love this!!

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  24. I love the canvas .. it's too cool that it is your Grand daddy! I'm loving this challenge :)

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  25. Wonderful burlap panel. Love the use of fabric and the added buckle! I just used that life key! So cool this is!

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  26. Just love all the details and how you have made all the elements work together in such a beautiful way

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  27. FAntastic burlap! Your tribute to your grandfather is wonderful! I love all details, especially the buckle on the top!!! BArbarayaya

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  28. I love the train theme of your panel! Great layering! Love!

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  29. WOW. That is so cool! Love the theme and all the ideology trinkets. I can't wait to go through my stash. I was already thinking of incorporating photo even before I saw yours! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. Susan... all I can say is WOW!! this is just awesome, and such beautiful way to remember your Grandfather.

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  31. How cool is this!?! Love your layered elements, especially the mix of fabric and metal. Superb!

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  32. I love the personalization of this fantastic canvas with your grandfather's photo and how you discovered more about his history. You've pulled this all together so wonderfully with the stamps and imagery collaged together. I love it!

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  33. Love how you have created a story on your burlap - adore this. N x

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  34. This is stunning. What a wonderful way to share a memory. I love the theme and the story and oh my all the details. This is an amazing piece of work. TFS😊

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  35. How cool to have a personal photograph on your fabulous canvas...what an awesome tribute to your grandfather...I adore all the details.. Love your altered panel x x

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  36. Amazing vintage look, it tell's a story and it's a lovely memory on your grandpa, fabulous! Kerstin

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  37. Susan I loved getting engrossed in the history behind your project. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  38. What a lovely tribute to your grandfather! All those little touches you used to embellish that wonderful photo are just the perfect framework for his "story"!

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  39. This is Absolutely Wonderful, Susan! What a nice backstory about your Grandfather :) It makes the overall significance of this lovely piece that much more special and loving--Such a great idea for displaying and sharing family history. Thanks for sharing a part of your story in this wonderful CC3 creation. XOXO-Shari T.

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  40. This is a great way to preserve memories, really inventive. The colour scheme really resonates with the vintage vibe. Fab

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  41. I love your steam train coming in along the bottom, your entry is fab, I am a little out of my comfort zone as I have never used burlap before. I am looking forward to it but a little scared :)

    Denise

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  42. Wow, I really love this burlap panel. Love the vintage feel, and the theme of trains. So cool! Hugs, Sandra

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  43. This is a fabulous panel. The theme is so cool and the way you embellished it is awesome.

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  44. What a fabulous vintage feel to this - love that stripe and the buckle is just too cool!
    Alison x

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  45. Love the train in the cabinet card, from one of my favourite set of stamps

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  46. I love how you'v e used your Grandfathers photo and created some of his past history on it too.

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  47. Love your style and it has so many great details.

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  48. I love this! It's funny, I had missed seeing yours when the challenge first opened and my panel ended up with a photo of my great-grandfather on it and mine has a hanging key on it too. Great minds think alike! ;-)

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  49. What a great tribute to your Grandfather!! Everything fits so nicely!

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  50. Terrific collage - you've combined so many fun elements along with your grandfather's photo. My grandfather also worked for the railroad - New York Central. It's always so much more fun to be able to use "real" relatives instead of found ones.

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  51. Love your burlap panel and the personal touches you added to it. I think keeping family heritage alive is so important.

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  52. I love everything about your panel. The family history makes it so interesting. Great job.

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  53. I love how you put everything together on this awesome altered panel. It's fantastic!

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  54. I love the train! Thanks so much for sharing a wonderful project! Have a great day!~kim

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  55. This is so cool Susan! Love the railroad tracks. Your Grandfather would be proud!

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  56. loving the detail with the picture, tracks, train and railway crossing. The vintage look of the finished project totally fits the picture and theme of burlap panel.

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  57. This is amazing. I'm sitting here crying, how cool is it to have this information. I love all the little details.

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  58. It's so amazing to have that photo and be able to create this memento. It's awesome.

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  59. Susan, I think I like the layout the best. I love how you use family photos too. Really gives it meaning and character all its own.
    Thanks for sharing and showing me how much love to put into these pieces to make them my own.

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  60. Love the picture of your Grandpa. This is a wonderful piece and atreasured piece of art. Love all the layers and dimension.

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  61. Wonderful panel so much Tim Goodness loaded on here, love it x

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  62. A wonderful tribute to your grandfather. I love all the techniques used.

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  63. Wonderful altered panel and tribute to your Grandfather. Love the train, tracks and the number brads.

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  64. Very nice! Love the strap idea with the buckle ties in with the period picture perfectly!

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  65. This panel is amazing. The composition and the color pallet work so well together.

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  66. Susan, this is an amazing panel- another great tribute- to your Grandfather this time! Fabulous art!

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  67. Your panel is great! It reminds me of a train trip I took with my family when I was 5 years old! So vintage and I love the tribute!

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