Sunday, February 13, 2011

Altered Ancestors

No, I realize you can't go back in time and change your forebearers (is that even a word?), the title refers to a page swap going on at ATT

We had to use photos from the 1950's or earlier and alter them in some way and remembering the group we're in, making them Tim-like in materials and/or style.  And no, the photos don't have to be of our actual ancestors.  Oh, and the pages are only 4x4!

Well, I came across a photo online of five of the grimmest, most constipated looking women I've ever seen, and I just had to use it.  Because these old girls were the polar opposite of happy go lucky, of course I felt compelled to invite them to a party.  So, I hope everyone in the swap is OK with me going whimsical instead of vintage, romantic or otherwise serious.  I couldn't help myself!

Here's the front:


Do these ladies like to party, or what?  Anyway.....the background is lettuce color wash on watercolor paper, and on the top half, one of Tim's script stamps, embossed with peeled paint distress embossing powder. 

Party girls #1 and 3 are wearing hats made from paper embossed with two of Tim's folders and colored with several different sprays.

Party girls #2 and 4 are wearing headgear made from foliage pieces treated with the chipped enamel technique.

Party girl #5 is wearing goggles made from two brads, and her headdress is a Maya Road rub-on.

The sentiment is courtesy of Cyndi Lauper.

The back of the page just had to be finished and contain our information.  I used the same photo, printing it right over some of Tim's paper.  The letters are Jenni Bowlin.


I had a blast with this; hope it made you smile too.



28 comments:

Nancy Lynn said...

All the participants in the swap will be thrilled to get your page. It is great and you did a stellar job as usual.

Carol P said...

I love these! Found your post on ATT so I had to check them out. Thanks for sharing. Will have to did out some old family pictures and have some fun with them myself.

Barbara Mason said...

Even with those great hats & festive background it might take a lot of Ex Lax...Great contribution--hope I get one of your pages!

TwoHeartsPath said...

Eileen~~ You are too funny!! Constipation meets Happy Hour!!! I so enjoy your posts...you never cease to amaze me!!
Hugs Patti

jonaks said...

wow!!!

Vic said...

They're a hoot! TFS

Diann said...

Oh yes, this put a smile on my face and Eileen, I could just picture you having a blast creating this! Everyone will love your page! Diann

Helen said...

It certainly DID make me smile - just the thing for a damp Monday morning; so thank you for your whimsy!

Helena said...

This is soooooo FUNNY, Eileen. Love the goggles!!!!!

Karen said...

Brilliant! So funny.

Kathy Eddy said...

This is just so fun Eileen! They are going to love it!

papillon said...

love the twist you gave to this! and those ladies on the pic would too i'm sure ;) who ever gets this at att is a lucky bird!

Dorothy said...

Awesome Eileen!!! Too funny!

Celeste said...

Soooo pretty I love it

Angie Hall Haviland said...

Love it, Eileen!! now that is one FUN groups of ladies...your Aunts I assume?? HEE HEE

LindaCCC said...

This made me laugh and I needed this today. Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy reading your blogs.

Patzee said...

It is clear from the lipstick on sister #3 that these gals know how to party! There is something quite altered about these ancestors.

Lori said...

This is hilarious! I love it, and what a great page for a swap! Totally fun!

SusanK said...

What a hoot!!!!

Marjie K said...

This is so funny and creative! Your fellow swappers will definitely be thrilled.

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Chuckle?! You got a loud belly laugh outta me! Too funny! Love it!

Debs Doodles and More said...

these are great!! You have a good eye when it comes to this stuff. Sure hope mine are close to being as good
Deb

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Tooo FUNNY Eileen!!!!! Loved the description of these ladies!!! ROFL

Pam Austin said...

I carefully studied all their hats and extra touches and the contrast to their old-maid pruny faces and when I finally read the caption I just had such a good laugh. A really fun and fantastic page and I am certain had I been in that swap - this would surely be my favorite!!!

Kathy2eggs said...

What a great idea...they all look more festive now....Love your work, sorry I don't comment more.

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

I had to laugh when I read your description of these women in the photo....

I like it that you showed them the colorful side of life !
I bet that when they saw what you did with their photo they would definitely look different into the camera next time !

greetings from Belgium
Inge

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Eileen they are too funny! I *love* the whimsical and would be tickled (much more than this crew!) to have on of your pages land in my book. :)

Cheers,
Susan

Candy C said...

Oh my gosh, Eileen! These ladies are a stitch! You did a great job on this! So whimsical and fun!