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Monday, 14 April 2014

Creative Guide Guest for Challenge 3

Today we have our third Guest Creative Guide to A Vintage Journey and we are so pleased to welcome the lovely ……….

Linda Coughlin from The Funkie Junkie
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Like most of us, Linda came to paper crafting after being involved in some sort of craft hobby most of her life.  She’s played around with pottery, sewing, cross stitching, home d├ęcor projects and was a Creative Memories consultant for over 10 years.  Then her best friend became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and her love of stamping began.  Her favourite crafting styles are shabby chic and Tim Holtz style vintage.  She started blogging in 2008 and has been on numerous design teams.  She is currently designing for Artistic Outpost and Our Creative Corner plus her own design team Frilly and Funkie.  Linda and her husband are both retired and moved from Miami to Gainesville, Florida last year.  Besides keeping busy with paper crafting, Linda is an avid bicyclist and has her own online craft supplies store. 

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What an honor it is to be a guest designer for this fantastic new Tim Holtz style blog and to join in The Vintage Journey with all the uber talented designers!  I’m so excited to be able to share my Springtime in Paris project with you today.  When I was given the challenge theme of Paris, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to really delve into a springtime in Paris motiff.  My design intent was to make a triptych but in the end, when I had all my embellishments made and laid out, I just couldn’t squeeze them into three panels and ended up with a quadriptych.  

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I started by cutting my panels with the Postage Stamp die.  The first panel is white card stock and was embossed with a brick wall texture fade.  I created a rusty trellis with chipboard embossed with Vintage Photo distress embossing powder.  The ivy was cut with the new Spring Greenery decorative strip die, colored with Bundled Sage and stamped with the postage seal stamp from the Paris to London set.  I created the Paris seal with a vintage download from the internet and covered it with a clear epoxy seal.  

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Panel two was also a piece of white card stock stamped with the new Distress Damask stamp set, embossed with Winter White embossing powder and sponged with Vintage Photo.  I used some wonderful vintage ephemera from the Thrift Shop pack and added a couple of lovely metal embellies from the Adornments - Nature collection.  I also downloaded the vintage rose image from the internet and created another epoxy seal.  

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Panel three was another piece of white card stock, this time stamped with the background stamp from Papillon.  Embossing was added using the Harlequin stencil and Wendy Vecchi’s black embossing paste.  A tag was created using a stamp from the Mini Classics set stamped in Vermillion archival ink and sponged with Frayed Burlap.  The crinkled seam binding bow was dyed with Stormy Sky and an Eiffel Tower charm was added.  

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Panel four is an aluminium sheet embossed with the a texture fade which was then painted with Pitch Black acrylic paint, partially dried and then the paint was wiped off.  I added a post card from the Thrift Shop pack and made a little envelope, sponged with Stormy Sky DI and stamped with the postage seal stamp from Paris to London.  
My flowers were all cut from white card stock using the Tattered Flowers decorative strip die.  The CS was colored with a mix of Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick distress stains.  They were then misted with water, scrunched up, dried and carefully unfurled.  Each petal was then sponged with Vintage Photo DI and I added self adhesive rhinestones as centres.
 
There you have it.  I had a wonderful time playing with all the wonderful Tim Holtz products while creating this piece. I hope you like my tribute to Paris in the springtime.   Thank so much to the design team of A Vintage Journey for inviting me to be their guest designer for ‘A Little bit French’ challenge!

To find out more about Linda’s fabulous work please pop over to her blog to see the amazing art she produces. She is a great inspiration to so many of us and at the end of the year she runs her 12 Tags of Christmas challenge which is a very popular place to be with so much inspiration from this lovely lady herself.
Thanks Linda for joining us for this challenge as a Guest Creative Guide and sharing this amazing project with us. Linda also has a special blog hop running today for a very special little girl who has just been diagnosed with Leukemia and is helping to fund raise for the her and her family. She is having a silent auction for the project she is showing here today, whatever it sells for she is going to match that amount and donate it to this worthy fund.

Don’t forget you have another four days to join in with the current challenge ‘A Little it French’ before the next new challenge starts at midnight, Friday morning.

Thanks again to Linda and to all of you who have jumped aboard to share this amazing journey with us.

Have a creative week and enjoy your own crafty journey.



38 comments:

  1. How exciting to see you here, Linda! Adore your Paris Quadriptych project! The bricked wall and lattice is a gorgeous background for the Eiffel Tower! The flowers and all the embellishments are pure bliss! Each panel has so much sweetness for the eyes to behold! Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Terry. I have so many friends here at A Vintage Journey. It was a pure delight to be able to join you all as a guest designer this week!

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  2. What a fabulous project, Linda - so much to look at and drool over.

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    1. Thanks so much, Helen. I'm glad you are enjoying all the details.

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  3. Oh Linda! As ever you have pulled out all the stops to create the most wonderful project. I love the way each panel holds to the theme yet has it's unique treatment. So many vintage ephemera pieces and of course some fantastic embossing. So incredibly pleased you could join us at A Vintage Journey to show off your immense creative talent. Jenny x

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenny. I had such a great time making this piece. I'm thrilled to be here as guest designer this week!

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  4. What a gorgeous piece from Linda I am a great admirer of her work. She just oozes inspiration! I have so enjoyed this Little bit of French...such a fun theme x

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    1. Thank you, Jane, for your lovely compliment on m work. I'm so pleased that you can take some inspiration from it!

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  5. Oh Linda what an absolutely amazing project! Each panel is a complete delight in itself and oozes Springtime in Paris to me! But apart from being so beautifully put together it is full of creative ideas and inspiration, - such creative talent! Each element is just perfectly layered and it all adds up to an amazing piece of shabby chic art Tim style. It's wonderful to have you guesting with us!!

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    1. Sensational theme this month, Astrid. I had a ball putting this together. Thank you so much for your generous compliments and for having me as a guest designer - what an honor to be here amongst all this talent!

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  6. Wow Linda, you well and truly transported me off to Paris with this fabulous project! I love all the little details, the embossing, the embellishments, the gorgeous flowers.... everything. Thank you so much for bringing this beautiful piece to A Vintage Journey! xx

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    1. Thank you, Anne. What fun it was to play with all these French vintage details. I'm so glad you like what I made!

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  7. What an amazing project Linda! Just dripping with French shabby chic! I love all the details (the flowers are gorgeous) and will come back to look again and again - especially the fabulous embossing. Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey with this fabulous Little Bit of French ……. xxx

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    1. Thanks Jennie! It was truly a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this challenge. You always inspire me with your gorgeous flowers and I'm humbled to know that you like mine.

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  8. How magnificent, Linda - I love your "quadriptych" (and the word!)... Amazing textures and beautiful embellishing throughout, and just the right amount of frilly French froufrou!
    Alison xx

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    1. Thanks Alison, I had a blast with the frilly French froufrou! I'm so delighted to be a part of this wonderful team and terrific challenge theme...and I had to google quadriptych to see what it was I had made - LOL!

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  9. Sitting in the lobby of 'our' hotel in Marrakech but just had to log on to see what you guys are up to and spied this magnificent project by Linda, absolutely gorgeous, will be studying this in more detail later, got to hit the Medina today ! Xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Toni. Sounds like you have an exciting day ahead and I appreciate you taking the time out to leave me your lovely comment!

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  10. A beautiful tetraptych! Each panel is a work of art in its own right - they're all beautiful. Thanks for guesting with us on this challenge. Chris xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Chris. I'm so excited to be your GD this week. I loved the theme and am delighted to be rubbing elbows with your talented team!

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  11. Very, very beautiful, Linda! I love it and all the detail!

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    1. Glad you liked it, Maryanne! Thanks so much for letting me know. It was definitely a fun make!

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  12. A lovely project - brilliant! I was really pleased with the large close-ups of the individual panels - has given me some inspiration.

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    1. Thanks so much. I'm happy I was able to get some decent photos and pleased that you are able to take some inspiration from them! Hope you will make something fun too!

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  13. Wow, this is gorgeous Linda and each panel close-up is fabulous. :) Very inspiring, thanks!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I was very pleased with the way it turned out and delighted that you are inspired! Thanks for your lovely compliment!

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  14. Oh Linda, This is fabulous. Loving all the layers of details and wish I was now in Paris for Easter.....we can dream !
    Julie x

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    1. It really would be amazing to be in Paris for Easter in the springtime..thank you so much for your sweet compliment, Juliz! There are so many wonderful stamps and embellishments that lend themselves to a Paris theme. It was such fun to play with them all!

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  15. Fantastic Linda loving the texture and layers and being transported to Paris going back to have another look :). Lovely to see you hear have been a fan of your lovely work for a while thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.

    MaggieH

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    1. Thanks so much, Maggie. It's such a thrill to be the guest designer this week. And how cool that you are a "fan" - wow, I have a fan? That's impressive :)

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  16. Thank you Linda for designing and making this most wonderful work of art as a Guest Creative Guide. This is such a magnificent French inspired creation to share with us today and we are honoured you have joined us for part of our Vintage Journey. We hope you might be able to hop on board again sometime. xx

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    1. I was absolutely delighted to be asked to join this challenge as a guest creative guide, Brenda! It is I who am honored to be showcased here. I had such a great time playing around with so many fantastic stamps and wonderful new Tim Holtz embellishments. The springtime in Paris theme made my heart happy as this piece developed! Thank you so much for this opportunity to hang out with your amazing designers!

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  17. So much detail in these gorgeous projects what a fantastic piece of work.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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    1. Thanks so much, Angela. I had the greatest time building up each panel layer by layer and sifting through my stash to see what other lovely vintage ephemera would work on it. Such a great excuse for playtime in my craft cave.

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  18. Just Beautiful, Linda! Your attention to detail on each panel--Tre Magnifique! You blow me away!! :) XOXO-Shari

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    1. Oh Shari, you are too kind. I'm glad you like it - your work is always so inspiring too!

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  19. Wonderful work, Linda. It's beautiful and detailed, yet I feel I could have a go!! So, inspiring too. I like the way it ties together with the stamp die and the flowers. Thank you, Jan

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    1. Thanks so much, Jan. I'm so glad you were inspired. And yes, you could definitely make something similar. Hope you will play along!

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