Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CC3C Challenge 3 - Faux Tea Rose Memory Box

I'm participating in the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge on the Studio L3 blog by Linda Ledbetter. This Challenge is sponsored by The Inspiration Emporium! Challenge 3 is all about the Faux Tea Rose technique found in the Tim Holtz book Compendium of Curiosities 3 on page 65.

It's been fun to finally learn how to make the tea roses. It's pretty easy once you learn the technique in Tim's book. I practiced a few weeks ago during the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 April tutorial.

My grand-daughter "Tessie" recently had her portrait taken in a fancy dress. Since she is a 21 month old toddler, the last thing she wanted to do was sit still for a portrait. Once I saw these photos I could not believe how cute they turned out, especially the serious poses where she really wanted to bolt out of there.

I had to make something vintage looking with tea roses and these portraits, after all, I have loads of scrapbook supplies and I hardly ever actually make scrapbook type art with my supplies. So I made this memory/treasure box in honor of adorable Tessie!

I wanted the photo to be the star so I didn't want to make it too gobby. I covered the paper mache box with scrapbook paper. The frame around the photo is grunge board embossed with the dot embossing folder and painted with distress paint. I sanded it a little and used distress ink to make it look old.
I decopauged over the photo and paper, but not the embossed frame.

Then I decorated the top of the box with tea roses and embellishments glued on with glossy accents.

For the inside of the box, I used a close up framed with the Tim Holtz ornate frame die. I wanted the box to be smooth, so I decorated it with a bunch of scrapbook stickers I had in my stash of supplies.

I spelled "Tessie" using letters cut with the Tim Holtz wordplay die.

It was fun making something with real photos, and also something with a purpose. Usually my creations are kinda of wacky, so this was a different project for me.

Now I will tell you about little Tessie. Tessie likes to enjoy every bit of the day to the fullest! She is very curious!!! She does not want to take naps for fear that she may miss something fun. Tessie loves rocks. She likes to kick a ball in the backyard. She likes to swim with her snazzy life jacket. She likes to point to all the birds that fly by and talks to the birds that come to sit on her fence.

Tessie is fiercely independent and likes to do everything herself. She thinks she's an adult and is insulted if you treat her like a baby. Tessie parade waves to passers by while in her stroller. She likes to hold her baby brothers hand or his foot while relaxing with the occasional bottle of juice. Tessie likes technology and is a button pusher. She will steal your iphone, or ipad when you are not looking and has been known to somehow purchase apps or take photos. She will always swipe your drink. She likes to clean, but she must do it herself. Tessie makes a mess everywhere she goes, but then she likes to clean it up if it involves washing with water, or sweeping with a broom, or using a scrub brush. Tessie likes to dump the trash. She likes to read books. She likes to share her food with you.

Most of all Tessie loves people and she loves to be happy! She loves to dance and help mommy and daddy direct plays at the theater. She dances along with the cast.
She loves the dances in Mary Poppins and likes to tap dance with her daddy. Her favorite song is "What Does the Fox Say". Tessie was in a "Harlem Shake" video when she was a few months old. She likes to color. She likes the 3 little pigs and Curious George. She loves to help. She likes to put on her "makeup" with mommy in the morning and knows how to use all the different makeup containers and brushes. Good thing the lids are on tight!!!

Tessie likes to tell stories using one word at a time, or with lots of words we can't understand. Once she was distraught about some people who came to trim the large branches off of some trees. She was worried about the birds. She worries about the big bad wolf and blames all construction messes in the city on him. She doesn't like the wind.

Most of all Tessie reminds me of all that is good in the world and I cherish the sticky handprints on my work jackets and the dirt on my pants from shared rock presents!

Thanks for the faux rose challenge and the opportunity to learn and share with all of you!

Thanks so much for all the nice comments about my balloon in the glitter challenge and to the Curiosity Crew!!! I have been inspired by all the amazing artwork and aspire to be as cool as you someday!



  1. Vic, first off, your memory box is lovely. No doubt you rocked those roses. But even more lovely is your little Tessie story which has touched my heart. I can tell already that she is going to be someone very special and successful in life. She's already showing all the signs of a very bright and independent young lady with a zest for life. Your love for her is clear and apparent, and it made me so happy this morning as I read about her. Thank you.

  2. Love your memory box! Your roses are beautiful and so are those photos...cute cute cute! Thanks so much for playing along in our rosy challenge at CC3Challenge!!!


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