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Friday 25 September 2015

Welcome Annette to AVJ and new Creative Guide call

Happy Friday everyone. It's week 4 of our September schedule which means lots of inspiration and a magnificent tutorial from our Guest Creative Guide - I'll let her introduce herself and what she is sharing today.


Hello everyone, it's Annette Green from Melbourne, Florida, USA. I'm proud and honored to be your Guest Creative Guide today here at A Vintage Journey.

My creative journey began when I was very little when I realized I had a talent for drawing. I entered contest after contest and actually won quite a few! Although I graduated college with a degree in the business side of Advertising, I quickly adapted to graphic design instead, and spent 15 years doing so. When my daughter was born, I stayed home full time to be a mom and began scrapbooking, quilting, cross-stitching and stamping. I loved it all! Over time, I have evolved into a full time paper crafter, designer and instructor and love every single day that I get out of bed in the morning because I'm doing what I love!

I first heard about this Tim Holtz guy way back when he created his first series of his 12 Tags of Christmas. I was totally and completely in love with his style! His products are some of my all-time favorites. I absolutely love all things vintage and distressed, so his products really speak to me. I incorporate so much of his line into everything I make. To see more of my creations, please visit my blog aptly named Annette's Creative Journey.

For the current Home Sweet Home challenge theme, I chose to create a welcome frame/home decor piece for the table in our foyer. Something for everyone to see when they enter my home. Fall is my favorite time of year, so I gave it a warm, Autumn feel.

My creation started with this thrift store frame I found for less than a dollar.

I took out the glass and cleaned it well, then painted the frame with two coats of white gesso.

Once the gesso was completely dry, I painted two coats of the new Ground Espresso Distress Paint. I made sure to leave streaks so it resembled wood and had a distressed feel. Once the paint was dry, I sealed it with a coat of Glue & Seal.

For the background in my frame, I cut a 4 1/4" x 11" piece or Ranger Mixed Media Cardstock and used Tim's Distress Ink Blending/Spritz & Flick technique to blend warm earthly colors like Forest Moss, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge.

In addition to the Spritz & Flick, I misted some water onto the large stamp in the Papillon set (CMS106) by Stampers Anonymous and stamped it onto the Distress background, letting the water do its magic. Once this was heat set and completely dry, I added a few spritzes of Perfect Pearls Perfect Copper Mist.

With the glass for the frame now clean, I stamped the leaves from the Falling Leaves set (CMS097) with Timber Brown Staz-On ink and set that aside to dry.

With Forest Moss Distress Paint, I painted the Letterpress letters spelling out Welcome, having to cheat a bit for the first E, using the ampersand. I did two coats of paint for this too.

Next, I die cut Kraft Core cardstock pieces from the Tattered Pinecone and Tattered Leaves dies, and gave each piece a light sanding.

I used Tim's Faux Tea Roses technique to create small distressed flowers and starting assembling my frame, using hot glue.

I veined my leaves, inked them, and spritzed with more Perfect Pearls Mist, using various colors like Perfect Copper, Heirloom Gold, and Forever Green.

I wish you could see this detail in person. The stamped leaves seem to float above the background layer. The photo just doesn't do it justice.

Here's another look at my finished Fall Welcome Frame, which is now sitting on my foyer table. Thanks for taking the time to follow my tutorial. I hope you've enjoyed it. And thanks for having me here today!


This is utterly delightful Annette and we are so pleased you have shared this wonderful frame with us. The stamped flowers on the glass look stunning over the inked background - such a great idea. Thank you for taking the time to create such a special project to share with everyone.

One more week left folks to join in the current challenge 'Home Sweet Home' and a new challenge beginning next Friday at midnight (BST). We look forward to seeing you here again.

For anyone who may be interested we are looking for
  two new Creative Guides 
to join our talented team. If you would like more information and details please email me at by Monday 5th October. Many thanks.

Have a great weekend.

hugs Brenda and the AVJ Creative Guides. xxx


  1. What a beautiful fall decoration for your hall table Annette! A gorgeous transformation of a plain frame! Your background is so colorful - love the water spots - and the stamping on the glass was a brilliant idea - what a wonderful look overlaying the background - your die cut flowers and leaves are lovely on the corners too - thank you so much for joining and inspiring us as our Guest Creative Guide today!! Julia xx

  2. Such a stunning project Annette and thanks so much for the detailed tutorial! The background is just beautiful, and the idea of stamping the leaves on the glass is genius, - such a wonderful effect! Love how you have decorated the frame too. Thank you so much for joining us here at AVJ with this brilliant tutorial!

  3. How beautiful this is Annette great to see you here at AVJ. The background is stunning. Thanks for sharing the step by step too x

  4. Fabulous autumnal frame from the lovely Annette - the stamping on glass gives a wonderfully ethereal effect and I love that inky background. Great use of the wooden letters too - lovely to have you with us this month.
    Alison xx

  5. What a lovely warm way to welcome guests into your home . So creative ! Love the leaves stamped onto the glass and the gorgeous colour tones of the background . Your flowers and foliages arranged so beautiful rand those fab wooden letters are the perfect embellishments . Thank you for sharing and for your step by step - Inspiring !

  6. Gorgeous transformation of a plain frame, I love those warm autumnal tones. I love the stamping on glass, a lovely effect and another wonderful layer to your design, love the wooden letters. Lovely to have you joining us this month. Thank you. Tracy x

  7. How have I missed this great site??!! I'm a "vintage girl" and have finally just realized that my happiness lies in following my passion for vintage! Love Love Love this project Annette ... thank you sooo much for sharing your inspiration with us! I will be saving this for "future reference" so that I can make a similar project!

  8. Superb! Love the way you've altered that frame. Jenny x

  9. So good to see the talented Annette Green here as Guest Creative Guide! And what a beautiful piece of home decor! I love the idea of stamping on the glass--genius! the background is so rich in it's color and texture! Anyone who comes through your door is sure to feel cozy and welcome! Lovely!

  10. amazing work Annette - i adore this - beautiful work! Hugs rachel x

  11. Oh my Annette - this is just EXCEPTIONALLY GORGEOUS. Totally ingenious to stamp the leaves on the glass because it just made it perfect. Your background is gorgeous. Your flowers and leaves are beautiful. It's all just THE BEST of the BEST for Autumn. Definitely a FABULOUS WELCOME! j.

  12. Annette's project looks truly fabulous - gorgeously made and great tutorial and tips thank-you. Nicola x

  13. Love your home decor piece Annette and what a great step by step. Love the colour combination and stunning florals x

    Great to have you here at AVJ

    Annie x

  14. So happy to have you as our guest Annette - always enjoy seeing your work. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  15. Annette, wonderful to see you here and thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! Your frame is so beautiful and the way you combined the layers-well, I can see what you mean about the floating! Beautiful!
    Jackie ")

  16. Lovely to have you guesting with us Annette and sharing this beautiful Autumnal frame and tutorial.
    Julie x