80th Birthday Project

I am working on a piece for my wonderful hairdresser and friend, Jennifer. Her father, whom she loves very much,  is turning 80 this year. She asked me to make him something for this special celebration. What I have done is alter playing cards with photos of her father and family.  I bought a great wooden cigar box that will hold the cards. The outside lid will be adorned with empty pocket watches that will contain more close up photos. This isn’t completed yet, but I thought I would post where I am at with it. Any comments woulds be appreciated!


026From his military days.

027Josie, the real queen of the house! 🙂           Childhood holiday.

028Every man has his favorite chair!                        Clint Eastwood at Halloween.029The love of camping…                                  Isn’t this image sweet?

030More camping , a favorite hobby.


12 Responses to “80th Birthday Project”

  1. Parknslide Says:

    How very special! Super photos and great collage work with wonderful embellies and definite vintage, heirloom feel. What a treasure! Please post the box top too when it’s finished.

  2. NormaJ Says:

    These are amazing. What a wonderful gift for him. You did an excellent
    job with the cards. He will truly enjoy going back through old photos.
    We made up an album for my mum and dad on their 50th anniversary
    and got hold of wartime buddies. My dad actually cried and was very
    touched by it.

  3. jennifer black Says:

    dena……..you are amazing! this brought tears to my eyes……i will get you some more pics if you need them! amazing my friend! much love to you!!

  4. Sharon Says:

    You make me so proud. These are exquisite and this is from a person who doesn’t even do this

  5. Lara Says:

    these are fab-u-lous dena! i’m sure he’s gonna be blown away by this~you go, girl!

  6. Christy Says:

    These are incredible!!! What a nice idea, and they will for certain be displayed and considered priceless treasures. Thanks for sharing your work, and I trust all is well with your family.

    If you get a chance join my swap on SCS—would love to swap with you again……


  7. Plain Jane Says:

    Dena — these are absolutely lovely. Not only will they be a wonderful if somewhat bittersweet gift for him now, they will also be a treasured heirloom for Jennifer in years to come (hopefully many, many years from now!).

  8. Robin Says:

    Wonderful idea. These are perfect. You did a wonderful job Dena.

  9. Suji Says:

    Wow, you are the queen of collage! These are fun and fabulous. Especially love how the playing card bits still show. The cigar box is just too cool.

  10. Phyllis Says:

    You take my breath away, this is so wonderful in both concept and execution. Your embellishments are so clever. This will be treasured forever. I can only imagine how tough it must be to find creative time with the new job. Hang in there. Can’t wait to see the top when it’s finished.

  11. Jan Says:

    Wow! These are so special and will be treasured!
    Nicely done, lady!

  12. Phyllis in Elgin Says:

    Wow, wow, wow! Wish I could see the expressions on the faces of the family when they see this for the first time, magical!

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