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Monday, 21 August 2017

August Destination Inspiration Arriving at Terminal 3

Hi everyone...Annie here with the 3rd stop on this month's journey DI post. I hope you are enjoying the fabulous inspiration provided by Nikki and Alison, which can be viewed by clicking HERE and HERE.
It never ceases to amaze me how we can take 4 of the same products and end up with a totally different outcome and I certainly enjoyed creating my home decor piece. Sorry for mentioning Christmas but I guess it will be here before we know it !!!!
The contents of our  August Travel bag are as follows:

Product - Texture Paste
Technique - Layers
Colour - Neutrals
Substrate - Glass

And here is my finished make, though I hope you forgive the pop of red from my lovely Robin X
I had intended to use a more Neutral napkin but when he popped through the letterbox I just had to add him to my bottle xx
 As you can see I started off with an empty bottle...having enjoyed the contents !!!
 Yesteryear Chalk Paint by Decoart was applied straight on to the clean glass ( no need to prime)
 Once dry I applied some grunge paste and you can see that where I was pressing with my fingers some of the paint came away...but thats okay as once dry it will be covered with another coat of Yesteryear Chalk Paint
 Second coat of paint applied as mentioned above x
 Lots of texture as you can see below
 I then applied Decoart Weathered Wood around the shoulders of the bottle and then randomly on the main bottle/sides.
 When almost fully dry I applied my second colour of Chalk Paint by Decoart called Whisper. A  lovely cream coloured paint.
 I so love the way the Weathered Word reacts and the amazing crackles.
 A closer up of the random cracks below.
 More crackles.
 I also applied some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age the textures/crackles then I applied Decoart Matte Varnish
 Some stardust sparkle was sprinkled on to the mate varnish for that added Christmas feel.
 I then adhered the napkin with gel medium applying the medium to the bottle before laying the napkin on top. Then some more gel medium was applied over the napkin, taking care not to tear it.
I applied the same gel medium to the neck of the bottle and then wound some string around. 
A little snowflake gem was attached to some silver thread.
 And here is the bottle sitting on my windowsill

I hope you have been inspired and if I have missed anything just ask xx
Our monthly challenge is being hosted by the lovely Amanda and her theme is Watercolour. The challenge is open until 31st August so why don't you join in with us. This month's sponsor is Craft Obsessions who are offering a prize to be spent at their online store. 
One of the Creative Guides will be back next Monday with the 4th leg of our journey so I hope to see you there....until then....Happy Crafting !

Huge hugs Annie xx

Friday, 18 August 2017

More Pinworthy Inspiration

Hello and thank you for stopping by, we have more wonderful Pinworthy inspiration to share with you today complements of our Pinworthy winners from May; Jannet of Enchanted Place, Maria of My Hobby Scrap and Susi of Froebelsternchen. They have all created wonderful projects for our current Watercolour challenge, enjoy!



Hi I am Jannet from London, UK. I was surprised and delighted to have been included in the pinworthy choices, thank you so much. I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have many early memories of cutting up cornflakes boxes to make furniture for my Sindy doll. I am still guilty of collecting “useful” boxes.

I enjoy a variety of crafts, and whenever possible I love to incorporate elements from nature into my projects.

One of my favourite colouring mediums is watercolours, so I was thrilled to discover that this month Amanda has chosen “Watercolour Wonder” for her theme.

After creating my watercolour background, I stamped the girl blowing a dandelion and used pressed gypsophila for the dandelion clock. I wound twine and cords at the base of the picture and slotted pressed gypsophila between them.

May all your wishes come true xx

My Blog is called Enchanted Place and I hope you will pop by for a visit.


Hello everyone! I’m very glad to be a guest designer in such a wonderful blog, it’s an honor for me! My name is Maria Loginova, I’m from Russia, from city called Saratov. I’m a wife and mother. I become acquainted with scrapbooking about 2.5 years ago, and since that time we are inseparable. I like that due to my favorite hobby I could be engaged in creativity and communicate with like-minded people all over the world.

I have made a canvas on a hoop for this task.

This work is based on old child photo of my husband and his mother. My idea was to emphasize sensitivity and tenderness of this photo.

I have used watercolor paints and distress ink pad for background as well as other mixed-media techniques.

I have prepared a detailed step-by-step tutorial for you for this project.


Thank you!


Hi, I'm Susi (aka froebelsternchen) living in the North of Austria. I started my journey in Mixed Media wonderland in 2003 with rubber stamping. Since this time I've become addicted to Mixed Media Art. My main focus - Art Journaling - gives me the freedom and all kinds of possibilities, playing and breaking the rules, in fact making my own. I am so excited to show you my Art –Journal spread , created for the ‘Watercolour Wonder’ Challenge here at A Vintage Journey.

I used dried plant material that I collected at one of my walks in our beautiful region and my trusty old Watercolour paint box.

Thank you to the "A Vintage Journey " Team for inviting me and for continuing to provide us all with wonderful inspiration.

For more details please visit my blog.


Amazing inspiration from our Pinworthies, thank you so much to Jannet, Maria and Susi for joining us this month and sharing their talents with us all!  And we hope that all of you will also join us for our August Watercolour challenge, you have until September 1st to join in the fun so break out those watercolours and get creating!  Can't wait to see what you link up and thank you again for stopping by today.

Deb xo

Monday, 14 August 2017

August Destination Inspiration - arriving at Terminal 2

Hello all, Alison here from Words and Pictures, arriving at Terminal 2 of Destination Inspiration.  As a reminder, here's what's in the travel bag this month:

Product - texture paste
Technique - layers
Colour - neutrals
Substrate - glass

I have to confess I really enjoyed this one, so this is one of my long posts.  Cups of coffee at the ready?  Then off we go... here are my foliage lanterns.

And here they are when they are candlelit from within.

Since the technique element this month is all about layers, I have to share at least some of them with you.  I started with my plain glass jars (always happy to recycle a glass jar).

First layer for jar one was some Transparent Gloss Texture Paste applied through a harlequin stencil.  Of course the paste goes on opaque, and then dries to transparency.

I was hoping that I'd be left with some clear "windows" for the candle to shine through.  It didn't go quite according to plan in the end, but I like what I ended up with maybe even more so not to worry.  Jar two had a layer even before the texture paste - some strips of tissue tape, which I thought would show through nicely.

And then the texture paste went over the top of the strips.

Jar one has its tissue tape around the neck instead.  I quite like both looks!

At this point, I was enjoying the transparent texture over the transparent glass especially with the tissue tape strips showing through.

Next layer was some spritzing with the DecoArt Media Mister in White.

It's a shimmer mist, so you get a lovely soft mother-of-pearl effect.  It didn't leave entirely clear windows (well, the gloss paste is no more of a resist than the glass underneath, of course) but I do like that the texture still shows.

And when the sunlight hits it... wow!

I mopped up the excess shimmering white liquid onto some spare card - and that's going to come in handy very soon.  The grid pattern you can see is from the internal structure of the cardboard I was using as my spray area - the texture printed as I was mopping up the spray.

Next I did a couple of spritzes with Pumice Stone and Old Paper Distress Sprays.  It adds just a little extra depth to the texture, but it looked a bit grubby in places, so I finished off with another spritz of the Shimmer White.

While that was all drying thoroughly, I started inking up my mop-up card with subtle neutral tones of both Distress Ink and Distress Oxide.  There's Pumice Stone and Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo.

Later on I blended on some Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs, I think, with maybe some Black Soot thrown in for good measure in places.  From that I started cutting lots of foliage using the Tim Holtz thinlits.  I loved these, even before I'd done anything with them!

And I preserved the paler card for cutting some wildflowers.

I started layering the foliage onto the jars from dark to light.  Darker fronds and branches in the background...

... to the pale off-white wildflowers for the top layer.

(I always like to check out how things are going from the inside.)

At least, I thought it was the top layer... until I decided that I needed some words.

So the actual top layer is formed by some of my quote stamps from EAB02 Darkness and Light.

They're stamped in Ground Espresso (Archival version) on some more of the inky card which gives a lovely soft effect.

And I mounted them on padded tape, so that they stand a little way proud of the foliage, giving that top layer a touch more dimension.

Some simple twine around the grooves at the tops of the jars finishes them off.

It's another tricky photography challenge... these change so much in different lights.

In full daylight, with the light falling on them, they look almost like stone.

When they were on my desk, with the daylight falling inside, they were already glowing beautifully.

And when you put the candles in and light them in the dark, the foliage turns into glorious silhouettes.

If you want an altogether simpler look, you can turn them around and just have the mottled harlequin texture and subtle tissue tape text.

Also pretty by candlelight...

And when they're lit both within and without, then you get pretty much the best of both worlds...

as seen in the candlelit photo near the start of the post.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Check out what Nikki got up to last week with these same travel bag contents, and pop back next Monday to see who's up next to play with them.  And in the meantime we'd love you to come along and play in our Watercolour challenge this month.  Hope to see you somewhere along the road.

Alison x