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Monday, 22 August 2016

Destination Inspiration, Terminal 3 - Alison

Hello all, it's Alison here arriving at Terminal 3 of Destination Inspiration.  We've already stopped for wonderful projects at Terminal 1 with Anne and at Terminal 2 with Deb, and now it's my turn to create with the contents of the travel bag this month.
Just as a reminder, this is what's in the suitcase:

Product - Paint
Substrate - Tag
Colour - Smoky Grey Blue (think Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood)
Technique - Resist (paint, embossing or mediums)

And here's the tag I came up with...

I started by putting a coat of PaperArtsy Chalk Fresco Paint onto a plain manila tag, and then stamping Tim Holtz's Cracks background in Versamark and clear-embossing it.

So that was my paint and my resist - now for something for it to resist!  I used Distress Stains in Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood and Hickory Smoke to create the almost stained glass look.

Having the coat of paint underneath means the Stains don't soak into the tag in the same way - they sit on the surface a little and create lovely effects as you dry them.  You can see the grain of the paint brush strokes too, which I really like.

By now I'd covered all the travel bag contents requirements, so I was free to go in any direction with what to put over my background.  Whatever I did next, I would still have my lovely light-catching resist mosaic.

The gorgeous Bird Silhouette is a favourite die of mine so I cut him from some Tim Holtz paper and inked the edges with Ground Espresso DI.

Some more paper scraps provide the "ground" for him to stand on.  He's mounted on padded tape, by the way, to give that extra touch of dimension.

I was in a gentle frame of mind, so I cut some soft off-white Wildflower die-cuts to go behind him (also inked with Ground Espresso)...

... and I added some actual dried Wildflower stems to the mix.  I love the fragile dimensionality - not one for sending through the post, this!

Adding the lower parts of the stems was an afterthought.  They're just tucked in, but I think they're positioned about right to create the illusion that they're all attached somewhere behind his back.

Obviously I needed some words - Small Talk stickers to the rescue, as so often.  I can't think what I did before these little phrases were released.

So that's my Destination Inspiration tag for you.  I hope you like it.

Do drop in next Monday to see who's at Terminal 4 and, in the meantime, we'd love you to come and play in Amanda's fantastic Stencil It challenge - there's still plenty of time.  Thanks so much for stopping at Destination Inspiration with me today.  See you again soon.

Alison x

Friday, 19 August 2016

Pinworthy Inspiration Day

Hi everyone, Nikki here to introduce our guest designers who were selected from a previous challenge as the Creative Guide favourites - our Pinworthies! Today we welcome Mo and Hazel to share a project on this month's challenge theme - Stencil It.

Hi Everyone, My name is Mo and I live in a beautiful part of Norfolk, England near the coast with my hubby Alan and our gorgeous rescue dog 'Georgie'. I have always enjoyed making things since I was a little girl, my style tends to lean towards the Vintage/Shabby Chic side of things and I love experimenting with mixed media. I don't usually plan my projects in advance, I just like to go with the flow and see where my imagination takes me.

I am so excited and honoured to be asked by the team at AVJ once again to do a guest design piece for their latest challenge 'Stencil It' hosted by Amanda

My Wanderlust Journal cover was in desperate need of some tlc as it was just a rather drab Kraft cover, far from inspiring so I thought this was a perfect opportunity get out my stencils paint and texture pastes to brighten it up.
I lost count of quite how many stencils I used on my cover, but there were quite a few. I just took a paint colour and stencil, then changed the paint colour and used a different stencil building up the layers. Next came texture paste, again I used different stencils and different colours of paste. As you can see I kept the back cover a little less decorative but still matching the front up to the finishing touches.
To make Mr Umbrella Man pop and also to ground him, I used contrasting paint colours brayered onto card and then used texture paste through a stencil. You can still see all the layers of stencilled paint under the texture paste
I used a wash of paint colours over the crackle paste and as you can see it settled nicely into the cracks. I used Distress Rock Candy crackle paste all over the Journal to seal the Artwork and to give it a good hard protective coat.
Here also you can see some of the inked and stamped vintage ribbon on the spine along with organza ribbon used off the peg.

To see how my Journal cover came together step by step, please visit my blog post

Mo xx

Hi, I'm Hazel Agnew, and I am thrilled to be asked to add my contribution as a guest designer here on  "A Vintage Journey".
I have been crafting since I retired from work around 8 years ago, and have wandered through just about every medium on the planet. I love to draw and have grown in confidence with lots of practice.
I particularly enjoy messy crafting and work spontaneously...never quite knowing where my creations will take me.

Here is my piece for the project entitled 'Stencil It".
I confess to this being my second effort as I tried too hard on the first one!

Step One:- I selected a page in my ancient Girls Annual and gessoed the page. I added some Deco Art crackle paste through a small stencil by Thats Crafty and pasted a little manuscript.
Step two:- Next, I applied some Paperatsy frescos, Sky and Taupe, using my fingers, and before they were dry I rubbed off some circles of paint through the same circles stencil. I then added some contrast circles by stencilling the same circles with a foam pad and archival inks in Coffee and Cornflower Blue. 
Step three:- I darkened the crackle paste circles by rubbing over with a vintage photo ink pad and added more interest by adding Treasure Gold in Sapphire and White Fire. 
Step four:- My last injection of the circular stencil was to draw circles through it onto patterned paper. I cut them out and arranged them onto my composition. I also added a photo chosen from Tim Holtz Photo Booth and a poem selected from a poetry book bought at the local charity shop.

In my story, the girl is very young and flirtatious and she dabbles in waters that are dangerous for her. A young man is smitten and is tormented by the fact that she is beautiful and too young for him.....he is noble and gallant and decides that sense will prevail over his feelings, hence, the photo and poem about "Love without hope". 
A little love token just finishes off the sad love story that never was!
I hope that you have enjoyed my post and seen that there are many ways to use a stencil. Thanks to A Vintage Journey for asking me to contribute and if you want to see more, my blog is "Mellifluous Meanderings". 
And just for the record, here is my first effort that was overworked. Thanks for looking! 

Thank you Mo and Hazel for creating these fabulous projects for us today.

Our Stencil It challenge is open until the end of August - do come and join in.


Monday, 15 August 2016

Destination Inspiration August: Arriving At Terminal Two

Hello everyone, it's Deb here today to guide you through the second stop on our Destination Inspiration journey for August (click here to see Anne's lovely creation from last week!)  Our carry on bags are packed with some fun products and techniques this month, here's a review of the contents.

Product: Paint
Technique: Resist (paint, embossing or mediums)
Colour: Smoky grey/blue (think Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood Distress)
Substrate: Tag

I'm taking Tim Holtz's Summer of Creative Chemistry online course and we have just revisited Tim's Shabby Chic paint resist technique. It was the perfect technique to incorporate into my Destination Inspiration project so that became the starting point for my Papillon mixed media tag.

I coloured a piece of manila cardstock with Walnut Stain Distress paint and then stamped the script stamp from Tim Holtz's Papillon stamp set with Distress embossing ink and clear embossed it.

The tag was die cut and then coloured entirely with Weathered Wood Distress paint.  I waited until the paint was slightly tacky and then gently rubbed it off the embossed areas with a slightly dampened cloth.  The embossed areas resisted the top coat of paint and easily wiped away to reveal that lovely script!

A piece of cold press watercolour paper was torn into a strip about 2 1/2" x 5".  I coloured the stacked butterflies stamp from the Papillon set with several shades of yellow and grey/blue Distress inks and markers, spritzed the stamp slightly with water and stamped it onto the watercolour paper.

For a second resist technique, I covered the watercolour stamped butterflies with Distress Micro Glaze and, after buffing off the excess, gave the watercolour paper strip a wash of diluted Weathered Wood Distress ink.  The glaze resisted the Weathered Wood wash and kept the butterflies colours bright and beautiful.  Before adding this strip to my tag, I spattered it with some diluted black acrylic paint and aged the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink.

A Stitched Oval frame was die cut from brown Neutral Coredinations cardstock and gently sanded to reveal the kraft core.

At the same time, I die cut the frame from black fun foam and adhered it behind the Coredinations frame to give it some dimension as you can see in the photo above.

A small scalloped tag was die cut from manila cardstock with a Tag Collection die and stamped with the 'make art' sentiment and a couple of hearts from Wendy Vecchi's Just Say It Background stamp.  The sentiment was stamped with Black Soot Distress Archival ink and clear embossed.

The small tag was then coloured with Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood Distress inks using the wrinkle free distress technique and edged with more Walnut Stain DI.  I attached it to a small rusty safety pin with a jump ring.

Butterflies were added to the top left and bottom right corners of the #8 tag from Tim Holtz's Elements Remnant Rubs.  It was only after I started to add them that I realized that they were the same butterflies as the stamps!

More manila card was coloured with Distress inks in two colour ways, one piece in shades of yellow and one piece in shades of grey/blue.  The grey/blue card was then stamped with a fine script stamp and Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink and clear embossed to echo the shabby chic paint resist background on the tag.

The EK Success Layered Butterfly punch was then used to cut two butterflies from the coloured card and they were layered and adhered to the stitched oval frame.  I wanted just a peek of yellow and orange through the grey/blue butterfly's wings to reflect the colouring of the stamped watercolour butterflies beside it.

The strip of watercolour paper was adhered to the tag background and the stitched oval frame was centered on top.

I added a brad to each corner of the watercolour paper.

It's difficult to see but I also added just a touch of Stardust Stickles glitter glue along the top edges of each of the watercoloured butterfly's wings.

And as a finishing touch, I coloured some Crinkle Ribbon with Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Walnut Stain DI's and tied it to the top of the tag, along with a bit of black and brown yarn, with a piece of jute twine.  The small scalloped tag was then pinned in place.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how I utilized the contents of my carry on bag to make my Papillon mixed media tag.

Be sure to stop by again next Monday when Alison will be here to show us what she created for our Destination Inspiration journey and also don't forget to join in our August challenge Stencil It!  Thanks again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, 12 August 2016

Monochromatic Challenge - Winners and Pinworthies

Hello everybody Tracy here.  It's time to reveal the Winner and the Pinworthies for the Monochromatic Challenge (July 2016) hosted by me last month.  Thank you to all those who played along - as always there were so many fantastic entries, and we enjoyed visiting all of them.

Before we reveal our winners though, we're delighted to welcome our winning Guest, the wonderful Kerstin of Scrapbook Dreams.  She's created an amazing project for our Stencil It theme, so let's hand over to her to share all the details.


Welcome everyone! 
It's an honour to be invited here and I'm very happy about this.

Kerstin here and I have been creating for many years now, always in search of new techniques and yet unexplored territory. I'm a girl with a big vintage heart and love the things that are old and nobody wants anymore, because they have a history. My big passion are colours, textures and all the things which I find interesting and exciting to try it. I love to tell stories with all of my projects. 

 This month the challenge theme is Stencil it,  yes, I love it, because a theme with so many opportunities.

I decided to make a mixed media project in industrial style,  a new home decoration piece.

I used 3 several stencils - Rays, Children and the words.
Before it was a letter block set, made of cardboard.

On the basis of white gesso I used some acrylic paints diluted with water 
and crackle paste + texture paste for altered effects.

  For the children stencil black acrylic paint and added a script stamp with white inkpad over the stencils.

some details

I hope you like my inspiration for this beautiful month theme!
Thank you very much 
 Happy crafting!

Thank you so much, Kerstin - what a fantastic creation!

Now, without further ado, here is the randomly selected winner of the voucher sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique...
That's Sara Emily of 'sarascloset' with this fabulous monochromatic seahorse artwork.  Do follow the link to take a closer look.

Congratulations, Sara!  Your badge and voucher will be with you shortly, and we hope you will join us as a Guest Designer here in the months to come.
And now for the Pinworthies, selected by myself and the Creative Guides.  Here they are, in no particular order...

Remya Sreekanth
We all loved Remya's fantastic journal pages

Rupa S
Rupa created a lovely piece from a packaging box

Irena Stefanova
Irena created a fabulous Nautical Shadow Box


Fantastic work all round, congratulations.  Your badges will be on their way to you shortly, along with an invitation to join us as guests here at A Vintage Journey soon.
Thank you again to all who played along.  We hope you're enjoying Amanda's Stencil It Challenge this month and that you are inspired by our Travel Bag - there are already some amazing entries, and we're looking forward to seeing lots more.

See you somewhere along the road!
Tracy and the Creative Guides x

Monday, 8 August 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 1

Hello!  Anne here to welcome you to Terminal 1, our first stop on the August
Destination Inspiration journey.  This month in our Travel Bag we have:

#1 Product - Paint
#2 Technique - Resist (paint, embossing, mediums)
#3 Colour - Smokey Grey/Blue
#4 Substrate - Tag

Here is a look at my finished tag.  
I am on a mission to use some of my older stamps!
I gathered together some of the items I wanted to use - a white tag base (cut from Ranger Speciality Stamping paper), Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs and a Tim Holtz stamp set - Artful Tools.
I decided to use a paint resist technique.  I applied Black Soot Distress Paint, with a small
piece of Cut and Dry foam, to the stamp, working quickly as the paint does dry quite fast (you 
may want to practice this technique on a scrap piece of card first).  I stamped the impression 
onto the card and set this aside to dry naturally.  The paint creates a wonderful resist.

Make sure you wash your stamp straight away as dried paint and stamps are not
a great combination!

Next I added Remnant Rubs to the other side of the tag.  Remnant Rubs will also act as
a resist.
I created this layer of colour by smooshing the Stormy Sky Distress Ink onto my mat
and spritzed it with some water and then dragged my tag though the colour.  You may need
to do this a few times, drying between each layer, to build up a good cover.
I omitted to take a photograph of the next step but I used a paint brush, dipped in water to
remove some of the blue colour from the the brushes as I wanted to add some further colour.
You could leave the blue and paint over but the added colours will be less 'true' if you do that.

I also distressed the edges of the tag with a distressing tool and applied Story Sky
Distress Ink to the edges.

Once the tag was dry, I added some colour with several colours of Distress Ink (Stormy Sky, Fired Brick and Brushed Corduroy), watered down, to the stamped brushes, to give them a bit of 
a lift.  You could use brighter colours but I wanted an 'aged' look.
Next, I stamped the brushes onto some masking paper, cut out each brush and placed
these over the brushes so that I could add some splattering to body of the tag only.
To finish off I added some more Remnant Rubs to the bottom and a bow at the top,
made from vintage seam binding coloured with Fired Brick Distress Spray Stain. 

I do love using resist techniques, it just adds another dimension to your crafting!

I hope you have enjoyed your Terminal 1 stop today and that you will check in again next Monday
to see what my next team mate comes up with, using the contents of the travel bag.

In the meantime, our lovely Amanda has kicked off another challenge theme - Stencil It
and one lucky entrant will win a £20 voucher from the fabulous Country View Crafts.

Take care and happy crafting!  Hugs, Anne xx