This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).
Monday, 28 December 2015
Friday, 25 December 2015
I love Scrapbooking, crafting with stamps and inks, I paint - watercolour, acrylic, fabric and glass. I love to draw. I do crochet, knitting, woodwork, pyrography, candle making, servietten technique, sewing, cross stitch, tapestry. I love doing patchwork, pottery and cake decorating. I love making dolls house miniatures...the list goes on and on.
Yes, I was a bit to eager...Image transfer requires patience. As you can see the image is barely there - a little too rustic I think!
I cut out a template for the Christmas stocking.
I cut out another stocking shape from plain cotton
Now there are the two pieces of the stockings ready for sewing
I turned the tops of the stockings over and ironed them flat which makes it easier to sew. The stitches here don't have to be perfect as they will be hidden by the lace
I cut two strips of crochet lace and glued them to the top of the stockings
When the glue had dried I joined both stockings together (images on the inside) and hand stitched around the edge to hold them in place
Then I machine stitched around the stocking
And turned the stocking the right way round and hey presto - A photograph decorated stocking! Now just to add some final vintage decoration...
....and here it is!
Sadly, despite all my best efforts to have a pristine, clear image transfer - some of the image rubbed off slightly during the struggle to turn the stocking the right way. The matte medium doesn't leave the cotton very pliable and it isn't easy to work with - but Tim always says "Embrace imperfection"..and while the images are no longer 'perfect' they do have that lovely rustic shabby chic look...which can actually be hard to recreate....happy accidents!
It certainly was worth the effort and will be a lovely vintage element to our Christmas decorations this year!
I cut holly and embroidered leaves out of material and used a burgundy button and a twine bow as part of the stocking decoration
Here I used a strip of tartan material and lace along with more holly and twine.
Thank you so much to the Vintage Journey team for having me here....It is so lovely to be sharing Christmas Day with all of you! I have really enjoyed making this and I hope my Vintage Photograph Decoration adds some inspiration to your current challenge.
Wishing you all the very best for a very happy New Year in 2016!
Monday, 21 December 2015
Friday, 18 December 2015
Welcome everyone! It's an honour again to be invited here and I'm very happy about this.
My name is Kerstin-Inga Peters, aka Kerstin F. and I have been creating for many years now, always in search of new techniques and yet unexplored territory in craft land. I'm a modern 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 and textures. With Scrap-booking, Mixed Media Style and Art Journaling I have found 'my' perfect favourite genre - as it combines words and pictures, thoughts and feelings, and the application of various innovative techniques and the idea of telling stories.
This month the challenge theme is Vintage Christmas which was really perfect for me, because I love the romantic old Christmas and winter impressions.
I decided to make an ATB with nostalgic images, crackle and snow effects.
Joy to you this Christmas!
Did you see our special post last Sunday? The creative guides took part in a Secret Santa gift exchange - do take a look if you missed it.
Before we finish it's Brenda here hijacking the Pinworthy day to announce the winner of our Wendy Vecchi give away ..............
Drum roll please .............
Mamablitger aka Monica
Congratulations Monica please contact me with your address and I will get the prize out to you as soonas possible.
We will be back on Monday with the next stop in December's Destination Inspiration.
Have a great weekend
Nikki, Brenda and the AVJ Creative Guides