I’m back today with a new project inspired by the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, Elegant Jewels. I am a vintage jewelry junkie…I’ve been collecting costume jewelry for as far back as I can remember. As a child, I would go to visit my grandmother every summer. One of my favorite days of the yearly tradition was to go to garage sales, or as she call it.. bummin’ around. I was given $20 to spend on whatever I wanted and my little pocket-book always came home loaded with vintage gems and treasures.
I decided that I wanted to feature a photo of my Grandma when she was a toddler and tuck it into one of the new Idea-ology Tim Holtz Trinket Tins… they are so cute!
…and perfect to make into a little shadow box or wall hanging. This one I made into both. It can be set on a table for display or hung on the wall. I attached an old piece of pearl chain with some brads and jump rings, and that seemed to do the trick!
I also featured the new Worn Wallpaper and Faucet Knobs…
So, on to the challenge…
First, I started by distressing the Trinket Tin (a great way to take out any frustration you may have)…I did this by tapping it with my hammer, and then sanding some of the finish off with my Sanding Grip. Then I brushed on some Picket Fence, Broken China and Antique Bronze Distress Paint, and dried with my heat tool in-between each color. I did this very lightly on the inside and outside of the tin. Then I added a bit of Mushroom Alcohol Ink.
Next, the inside of the tin…
I made a copy of a photo of my Grandma, trimmed it down to fit into my tin, and found some old clip-earrings to use for the embellishments. (Aren’t her shoes the cutest??)
I trimmed down a couple pieces of cotton batting with pinking sheers to fit inside the tin. I also trimmed down a couple sheets from the Worn Wallpaper pack but before matting them to the batting, I blended them with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and a blending tool, distressed the edges of the papers with a Paper Distresser tool and then sewed the papers onto the cotton batting. I typed out a verse from Proverbs, that I thought fit well with my theme. The verse was blended with a bit of Vintage Photo Oxide Ink as well.
I found some pieces of lace, ribbon, and buttons and figured out which earrings and embellishments that I was going to use..
Next, I decided to make the tin into a hanging display. With a hammer and awl, I punched a hole into both sides of the tin, approximately 3/4″ down from the top of the tin.
My scrap of pearl chain was approximately 6″ long, I added a jump ring to both ends and laced them onto a brad, stuck it into the hole and opened the brad on the inside of the tin, and lickity split…a hanging tin!! (please ignore my dirty fingers…they are picket fence painted and mushroom stained as well 😉
I then embellished the front of the tin…
I used a scrap of lace and a couple pieces of ephemera from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Snippets Ephemera Pack. Both the lace and the ephemera were blended with Vintage Photo Oxide Ink. I attached the lace with some Distress Collage Matte Medium and added a piece of Rose Design Tape that had been blended with Coffee Archival Ink…the tape and ephemera were both adhered with a bit of Matte Medium.
I painted my Idea-ology Faucet Knob with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then added a bit of Rose Gold Mixative and Mushroom Alcohol Ink to it. I adhered my vintage jewelry piece with collage medium and let it sit overnight to dry.
It worked perfectly to hold the flower to the knob!
I used my hammer and awl and punched a hole into the front of the tin and attached the knob with the included screw.
I then finished off my tin by adding the sewn pieces to the inside the tin. I used a piece of foam to pop the background up…the tin is pretty deep and I didn’t want Grandma getting lost in there… I also added all of the embellishments…
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! It was such a sweet one to make…I know I’ll be buying more of the Trinket Tins! Thank you so much for stopping by!
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GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES –
Distress Oxide Ink- Vintage Photo
Distress Paint- Picket Fence, Broken China, Antique Bronze
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Collage Medium, Distress Sprayer, Craft Mat, Heat it Heat tool, Blending Tools, Sanding Grip, Paper Distresser, Coffee Archival Ink
Tim Holtz/Idea-ology- Trinket Tins, Faucet Knobs, Worn Wallpaper, Snippits Ephemera pack, Crinkle Ribbon, Chit Chat Words, Hex Fasteners, Rose Design Tape
Other- Cotton Batting, Pinking Sheers, Sewing Machine and Thread, Typewriter, Hammer and Awl
Vintage- Lace, Buttons, Costume Jewelry, Onion Skin Typewriter Paper
Ann Barnes says
I love the back story for this piece as much as I adore the piece and by saying adore, I feel like I am understating. This is such an incredible piece Stacy, I love the inside layers of batting and wallpaper and all those precious jewels are the crowning glory! Thank you so much for sharing your incredible creativity and talent with us! xx
Thank you, Ann!! ♥️ it’s so good to know that you like my little stories…I’m hoping that I’m not boring people with them… and thank you again for the wonderful words! I’m so happy that you like what I create! Your comments always make me smile…♥️♥️♥️ Hugs!! ~Stacy
Christine Maynard says
Stacy, u r so creative. I’m 77 in a wheelchair in a senior center. I’ve always been crafty but now I have little room. I live on my iPad. I discovered all these junk art, glue journals. I have some magazines and glue. A few paints and stamps. It gives me something to focus on besides being old, could I just be wise? Lol 👍🦋👵🏻
Thank you so much, Christine! I’m so glad that you have found me out here in blogland and am so glad that you are still staying creative, in whatever way you can!!! ♥️♥️♥️ thank you for your kind words… and yes, you are wise and are only as old as you imagine to be! Hugs!! ♥️♥️♥️ ~Stacy
eileen hull says
This is just gorgeous Stacy- I love your style!
Thank you so much, Eileen!! That’s so sweet of you to say! I’m so happy that you like it. Thank you also for stopping by to check it out! Hugs! ~Stacy ♥️
Absolutely stunning!! I love this xx
Thank you so much my friend!! I’m so glad that you stopped by to check it out…it was a project of the heart ❤️ Hugs!! ~Stacy ♥️
Tracy Evans says
Absolutely gorgeous, adore the stitching and the proverb. Love how,you added the holes to add your embellishments and I adore the touches of lace. Fantastic piece. Tracy ❤️
Thank you so much for your kind words, Tracy! Yes, the hammer and awl worked great to punch the holes but my husband wondered what I was doing up in my room… all the clattering around! LOL! Thank you for stopping by to take a close look!! ~Stacy ♥️
Stacy, this is so creative AND beautiful. I too love the back story. What a treasure. It sure beats the photo stored in a box in the closet! Have I mentioned lately I wish we were neighbors?! 😉 Thank you for sharing your creative talent with us! All the best, Tracy
Haha, Tracy!! Yes, it would be fun to be neighbors…Florida sounds like a great place to be right now, plus I know we’d have a fun time!! Thank you for all of your kind words, I’m so happy that you love the project and my stories…it’s fun to make projects and reminisce while creating! That’s what it’s all about, right? Hugs!! ~Stacy ♥️
Thinking I MUST try a project like this!!! I love all the different elements you used! I have a LOT of trinkets and lace…. so much fun!! Thank you for sharing your work!!
Thank you, Vicky!!! Yes, absolutely!! Give it a try, it was so much fun…using the old and new together makes magic happen! ~Stacy ♥️
1. STUNNING WORK – just the type of project I love…a bit of old and a bit of new combined to make magic.
2. whatever that paper is you typed the verse on – its perfection. Looks like true vintage paper.
3. Holding the pearl chain on with a Hex Fastener is brilliant! Love that you were not afraid to punch holes right through the tin!
Thanks, Paula!!! I love that you numbered your comments!!! So cute! I love ❤️ combining the old and new…you’re totally right…✨MAGIC!! ✨ and the paper, yes, it’s old onion skin typing paper that I found at a resale shop, in all its wavy, crinkley goodness! I about fell over when I saw an entire box of it, It had about 200 sheets in it, hopefully I find more plus I got it for 50 cents!!!!!!! If I find more I’ll be sure to send you some! 😊 I’m so happy you liked the hex fasteners with a chain, I’m glad it worked! It was fun to punch the holes into the tin, although I did hesitate for a moment, had to eyeball it a few times before I hammered!! 😉 Thank you for all the kind words! It really means a lot to me as you are SUPER AMAZING and one of my heros!! Hugs!!! ~ Stacy ♥️♥️♥️♥️
Be still my heart!!! I just love everything you create. Your work just inspires me. Thank you for posting this beautiful piece.
You are too sweet, Betsy!! Thank you so much!! You are so very welcome!! Thank YOU for stopping by and enjoying what I do!! ~ Stacy ♥️
Sara Emily Barker says
Squeal! Stacy, I’m loving this trinket tin filled with memories of your Grandmother and your ‘shopping trips’ together. When I saw the photo of your lovely grandmother, the first thing I saw were those adorable shoes! Go figure! I am just in love with every single detail you’ve included in this vignette. What I wouldn’t give for an afternoon of crafting with you! I just found one of these tins in my treasures yesterday; it’s the real deal, and I swear I could tell no difference from the faux aging you have given yours! Wonderful work, and I’m thrilled you made it for Frilly and Funkie’s challenge, Elegant Jewels! Hugs! Sara Emily
Sara Emily Barker says
PS I love how you’ve included Proverbs 31:10!
Thank you, Sara Emily!!!! It really makes me happy that you love it and that you’d want to spend an afternoon with me!! That would be fun… 😘♥️ it’s so sweet of you to say…and how awesome that you have the real tin!!! So cool!! I haven’t really done many challenges so when I saw the subject of this one, the idea for this popped into my head!! THANK YOU for that as well!! Hugs!! ~Stacy ♥️
Anita Houston says
That photograph is a treasure, and the way you’ve showcased it is beyond fabulous…love every bit and detail! Shabby Chic gorgeousness!
Thank you, Anita!!! I think it is as well ♥️ I’m so lucky to have it, thank you so much for all your kind words and for stopping by!!! Hugs!! ~Stacy ♥️
Katie Baird says
This brought back so many wonderful memories of my Grandmama. She always wore clip earrings, the kind you screw in, like the ones in your photos. Such sweet memories of a true lady who taught me so much… Thank you for bringing all of these wonderful feelings to the surface with your amazing art.
Yay!!! I’m so happy to hear that!!! Grandmas are so special and I’m so happy that it brought back happy memories for you…my Grandma wore clip earrings too!!! ♥️ thank you again for stopping by to check out the details!! ~ Stacy ♥️♥️
Lyla Larimore says
I had a tough time saying this take was my second fave, only because it required more time & tiny work than the other chosen & I’m feeling a bit daunted while down right now (RA flare).
So saying- U are MY kinda style, girl!!!! The fact that this was my first chance to see those new tins in use AND u used ur own Grandma in this… has me saying THIS is ALSO my FAVE take on this Challenge!!!
I am named after my Grandma & she practically raised me, so this strikes close to home as I use her real photos in this very same way. Isn’t the work u can do with a computer, digital photos & a copy printer… just AMAZING?!?!
If anyone doesn’t think so; ur project proves them wrong!!
Way to craft, girl!!!
You are so fun and have a great personality, I can just tell!!! Thank you for your honesty and the love!! I appreciate that! Be sure to stop over again soon, Lyla! ♥️ PS- those tins are super fun to play with!
Jenny Marples says
Breathtakingly beautiful! This is a real gem of a project that shines with vintage charm. Spent an age marvelling at all the detail contained within your tutorial. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and for sharing your genius xx
i loved this when i saw it on your Instagram, but seeing up close is even better. I am still in love with the picture of
your Gram and I am drooling over your vintage jewels. Wonderful project, with so much detail and love. Thanks for sharing
Hi Cindy! Thank you so much, it’s actually one of my favorites as well, my grandma inside of it makes it so special to me, I’m so happy that you like it… I’m so happy to share! Thank you for the kind words, they mean so much!! ~ Stacy ❤️
Rosann Barnes says
Stacy I so love your beautiful creations; I could spend hours drooling over your details ( and I have 🙂 ), just beautiful. Especially love your tin … that is priceless !