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Monday 12 February 2018

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #2

Hi Everyone.....Hope you are all well and are looking forward to your journey. Annie  here as your hostess today and I am taking you on a  long journey so please grab a cuppa as there's lots to see before we reach the end of this post !!!  
The contents of February's Travel Bag are as follows:
Product -Paint
Technique - Crackle
Colour - Black

Below is the finished project where you can see lots of crackles and painted layers of deliciousness :-)
I really was not sure where I was going with this project and although I did have some kind of idea...I did go totally off piste from my original thoughts !! 
 Hence I painted 3  #8 Manila Tags  in Black Soot Distress Paint !!! ( always handy for future creations)
 The three Pediments from Tim Holtz Sizzix Die were cut then painted in Black Soot Distress Paint
 Once the paint dried Decoart Crackle medium was applied
 Whilst the crackle medium was drying I applied Finnabair's 3D Matte Gel to an Idea-Ology Glass Bottle, using my fingers.
 When the Crackle medium was almost dry Decoart Chalk Paint was applied and you can see the amazing crackles appearing almost immediately.
 Similarly, Chalk Paint in Rustic was applied to the Pendants die cuts.
 Whilst the tags/pediments were drying I took a piece of cardboard from packaging, tearing it around the edges before placing a small square die on top. You can see below that the die did not cut right through, which was great as it gave me a lovely frame and backdrop for my UTEE heart.
 Some Decoart Vintage Wash Paint was applied to the cardboard, followed by a wash of Lace chalk paint and some splatters of the same paint
 Apologies that the photograph below is a bit fuzzy, but you can just make out that a layer of Tim Holtz Crazing Medium was applied over the 3D Matte Gel as I wanted to see if it would work on the glass.
 Once the crazing medium was dry Lace  Chalk paint was applied then some Decoart antiquing cream was applied using a brush.
 Once the Antiquing cream was dry I wiped with a slightly damp cloth it looked amazing and yes ...there are very subtle cracks...YAY!!!
Some of Tim Holtz Wild Flowers were die cut and coloured with various DI's using finger daubers.
 To go with my framed Heart I decided to create a very wee (small) journal of "Love"
after all it is Valentine's Day on the 14th February !!!  Where is time will soon be Christmas  again!!!  How many Weeks ???? Okay I'll stop!!
Taking a piece of Kraft card I rubbed in a mix of Glycerin and water  on both sides. This technique creates a faux leather appearance (details  of this technique can be found on You Tube) 
 I then placed the kraft piece in an embossing folder, which I ran through my Big Shot
 Once embossed the journal was inked with Vintage Photo DI and then sprayed with Crafter's Companion Spray & really does look amazing :-)
 Taking a piece of card to fit inside my wee journal I folded it like you would a fan, creating mountain and valley folds. Scrap papers were adhered along with some die cut heart and stars/washi tape. I will write a personal message later. 
 Both sides of the journal pages
 Journal all tied up with Bakers Twine
 The edges of the tag were inked with Black Soot DI then the pediments were adhered with foam take to create dimension. UTEE heart taking centre stage within the frame ( I made this when creating my project for the current Melt It challenge, which can be found HERE)
Some lace from my stash, a chit chat sticker and a little button with twine now complete the piece, which is now ready for My Valentine x
Thank You so much for joining in with me on this amazing journey. I certainly had lots of fun and I hope you have  enjoyed this Destination post too x One of my fellow Creative Guides will be starting a new journey next Monday19th February and I hope you can join in x
I mentioned Julia's "Melt It" challenge earlier , which remains open until Thursday 1st March  (St Davids Day in the UK) there's still lots of time to join in and we always enjoy visiting your blogs to view your amazing entries. (Link is on the sidebar)

Take Care & Happy Crafting
Annie xx


  1. What a fantastic journey you took with this month's travel bag contents, Annie! I love all the fabulous crackle, chunky on the tags and subtle on the glass, and those flowers look so good in their altered vase. The little recessed alcove in the cardboard is just perfect to showcase the heart - what a happy accident that it didn't cut all the way through!
    Alison x

  2. Who would think that so many individual grungy parts could build to create something so pretty :D XXX

  3. So many wonderful elements to this piece Annie and all brilliantly working together! The crackle looks fantasti and I just adore the addition of that wee journal!! Together with the bottle this will make for such a wonderful display piece! Fabulous take on this month's travel ingredients!!

  4. What a great tutorial for this wonderful creation Anni. Loved reading how it was done and the little bottle with those Fabulous little flowers make for a stunning creative piece. Hugs Rita xxx

  5. Oh, my gosh, Annie! This is an amazing tutorial and fabulous use of all those travel bag contents! I love the little 'leather' journal, that crackled pediment and OH! SQUEAL!!!! The happy accident frame! That was the first thing that caught my attention! What a great project FILLED with inspiration! Hugs!

  6. An absolutely stunning project Annie! I love all the gorgeous crackle and the beautiful album that you created (great faux leather) and the little bottle is just fabulous!! You really made wonderful use of the contents of the travel bag!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. You really took your simple tag on a big journey with it's pediments, wonderful crackle - framed heart and marvelous little book! AND there's a sweet crackled bottle of flowers next to it! What more could a tag want!! such lovely projects using the contents of your travel bag Annie! Julia xx

  8. I could NOT believe this started from just a tag! Awesome. So many products that I am unfamiliar with, and such pretty colors - what a beautiful project at the end. Certainly enjoyed all the progress pictures. I especially loved the leather journal. First glance I thought of a 'tiny trunk' had to read the post, see all the pictures to realize it was a journal. I've never been able to get this wonderful crackle effect that you have and of course the glass vase of pretty. What a special touch to open the leather covered journal to find sweet messages you will write later. This truly was an inspiring journal. I liked the end destination of this particular journey! TFS & Hugs

  9. This is 3 projects in one, and I adore them all!!! Love your mini vase of flowers and the little journal - wonderful. The tag look amazing with it's gorgeous framed heart! Way to go Annie!! xx

  10. More things to try - which I always love. Your piece is so amazing and how it all comes together, just wow. thanks as always for sharing.

  11. Wow Annie, this is amazing! Love all the fabulous crackle techniques that you used and that little embossed booklet is gorgeous not to mention the corrugated card window, UTEE heart and that fab crackled bottle! An inspired use of the travel bag contents, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

  12. I agree wholeheartedly with the other comments on this amazing project Annie! You've wowed us all with your incredible textures and details here. Simply amazing work! Hugs, Autumn

  13. You really have spoilt us Annie with so much inspiration. Loved reading about how you created your fabulous, fabulous projects. You had me fooled initially when I had only seen your main photo . I was thinking 'but wheres the tag' and then I scrolled down and saw how you transformed your tags appearance with your brilliant use of the pediments - inspired! Your crackling throughout is fantastic and your little faux leather 'love' journal is a little beauty as is your little crazed vase of flowers. Really super creativity with the contents of the travel bag . Thanks for sharing x