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Friday, 31 October 2014

#18 Bountiful Harvest - A Vintage Journey

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Hello fellow blog friends, nice to have you visiting. Firstly I would like to thank everyone who visited my blog and left a comment on my first post with A Vintage Journey - Dare to Shop , I was overwhelmed with all your kindness and support.

Sandy is hosting the challenge this fortnight over at A Vintage Journey called Bountiful Harvest, where you will find all the details on how to enter this challenge and to see the outstanding inspiration from my fellow Creative Guides. You are certainly in for a real treat.

I initially gathered my inspiration from a photograph of a wagon filled with an abundance of fruit, vegetables and grains. I brought these aspects into my project adding several of Tim's techniques to get my desired effect.
You may want to grab yourself a cuppa at this point as this is a long post with many details for you to enjoy.


I purchased a few wooden bread boards from my local bargain stall to alter and thought this challenge was the perfect base to suit my project. I started by giving it a light sanding and a coat of Gesso to seal my board.


While my second coat of paint was still damp I picked up some Distress ink onto a baby wipe  and rubbed over my stencil. This lifted back the damp Gesso and also placed an outline of ink from my stencil. 


I love how Tim always creates real depth to a tag and I wanted to replicate this on my board so I applied several colours of ink through my stencil, heat setting.


So next, I gathered several Autumnal shades of ink that I had, ideally it  would have been all Archival inks I used at this point, for their vibrance and permanent effect. Anyway, I started off by second generation stamping various leaves and colours, heat setting as I built this up. Now with first generation ink,  I carried on stamping my leaves, which now gave me different tones from the same colour of inks. 


I added my crackle stamp and a little distress around the edges, finally heat setting my whole board for several minutes so it was now no longer reactive to water.


I die cut out Cheery Lynn's Burlap Border, applying a little Distress Paint to the edges. Next, grunge paste mixed with distress paint and applied with a palette knife, letting it dry. 




I sealed the back of it with Multi Medium. Next, I applied a thick layer of Prima's Clear Crackle Paste and again let it air dry for a few hours. 


Once dry I rubbed over Distress inks to highlight my crackles. I then mixed up some Scattered Straw Distress Paint into my Grunge paste and placed my Wheat Stencil back over my Burlap Border.


Once dry I replaced my stencil back on and rubbed some more Distress Ink onto the raised areas of my wheat.


Some of my leaves were left over from my Autumn Inspiration project. The technique on what I did is here. The bigger leaves I applied 2 colours of Distress stain, a little Gilding wax to the edges along with raindrops from Glossy Accents. My acorns I applied Tim's crackle technique with Clear Rock Candy painted on the surface and Distress ink added over the the top once dry. My little pine cone and stick I had saved from a winter walk last year.


My image is from La Blanche and was stamped onto Speciality Stamping paper. I sprayed a little water onto my craft sheet to dip my Distress Pens into, this way I could gradually built up my colour, as I wanted a shabby effect without my colour shades being too bold. I tore my paper around the edges rubbing in Distress inks to highlight the edge. I finally added some Crackles with my stamp and placed Tim's Splatter Stencil on to add more age and interest to my image.



Using a Cheery Lynn die, I cut out several Wagon Wheels from a Cereal Box. I glued them together, painted them, added a little Gilding Wax for a highlight. Adding Tim's Hitch Fasteners, don't they just add the perfect finishing touch. 

Now for my embellishments on this project I was really struggling, but by luck I had visited the Craft Fair in Glasgow with my daughter last week and managed to get my wheat and raffia. The photograph that had first given me my inspiration had Pumpkins and Breads on it and I felt this would just finish my project off. So it was time for a little salt dough modelling, something I haven't done in about 15 years.


The mix for salt dough is 2 parts plain flour to 1 part salt and a little splash of oil to help make it pliable, add water until you have a formed ball and knead for about 10 mins. Once you have the shapes you like dry in an oven at about 75 degrees Celsius until hard. These small pieces I made took about an hour to dry.

My pumpkin I painted with some PaperArtsy Paints Butternut and Brown Shed. I then pressed Rusty Hinge Distress Stain on the top and lit it drip down the sides, finally heat setting it. I pleated a loaf, scored a loaf into sections and added poppy seeds onto the other one. They were all sealed with several coats of Mod Podge Gloss on my pumpkin and Mod Podge Matte on my bread. You normally seal salt dough items with varnish but I didn't have any.


I arranged everything on my board and added some computer generated words to finish.

I hope you are now feeling inspired to join in the Challenge at A Vintage Journey, it would be lovely to see your creation. You could be the lucky winner of a £10 shopping spree voucher from our sponsors Country View Crafts where you will find lots of Tim's goodies, with free P & P.

Take care, thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween !

Julie x

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Ornate Vintage Card


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Hi Everyone, hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

For my Cheery Lynn DT card this week I decided to showcase the versatility of one of my latest favourite dies from the newly released Cheery Lynn Designs Doily Collection called Alpine Flourish Doily. 

This die comes as a set of 2. You have the option to have a solid centre or use the ornate centre in the middle of your doily. For my card this time, I opted to have the solid centre as I wanted to stamp and mount a verse to place on it using the card maker die, this also fits perfectly as a mount to the back of my Alpine Flourish.


You will notice the ornate sides on my card are die cut using the centrepiece from my doily. I then mounted onto my plain card stock to make my design pop forward.


My flower and leaves were shaded with distress inks and mounted onto the Italian Flourish Mini Doily. I die cut out 2 doilies and made a cut into the centre on both of them. Next folding back and forward in a concertina style, I glued them together at the edges to form the full circle again.

I added a little stickles and distress around the edge and pearls to finish.

Cheery Lynn New Release:


Other Cheery Lynn Dies Used :


Thanks for stopping by to see my card today. 

Julie x


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Wish You Were Here


Hi Everyone, Can you believe it's the weekend once again and only another week until the clocks change here in the UK and the dark winter nights are upon us.

For my Cheery Lynn Designs DT card I have used some more of the new release dies. I stamped my postcard stamp, shaded it with Distress added some crackles and mounted onto the Alpine Flourish Doily die. I totally love all the detail on this die and shaded it also with distress. It gives a stunning Vintage look. The clever thing with this die is you have the option of having a solid centre to stamp on, add a sentiment to or place your centre coordinating die piece into it for a lace look.


My binoculars I die cut out in Grey and Black cardstock slightly off setting for a shadow effect. I then put some Glossy Accents onto the lens area and rubbed a little distress over to highlight.


A pretty Vintage style flower and some black gems were added to finish my Parisian themed card.

Hope you all have a Crafty Weekend.


Julie x


Cheery Lynn New Release Dies Used:

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Dare to Shop !! - A Vintage Journey

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Hi Everyone, lovely to have you stop by my blog today to see my very first post with A Vintage Journey and if you are new to my blog .... welcome.

This fortnight Anne (Redanne) has chosen the challenge Halloween - To Die for. This was no surprise to me as I know it is her favourite time of the year and having never made anything Halloween before I was super excited to get started.

Ideas and techniques of Tim's have been flying around my head quicker than a Witch on a Broomstick. 

My Inspiration for this piece came from thinking about all the different textures around at Halloween. Pumpkins, Broomsticks, Skulls, Ghosts and Scaredy Cats to name a few. I now knew I wanted to use Tim's techniques for texture through stencils, altering metal and glass embellishments and his inking techniques we all adore to bring my inspiration to life. So grab yourself a Witches Brew and I will take you through my Spooky Journey.


I picked up a black frame at my local Bargain Shop, sanded it around the edges adding distress inks and reversed it to use as a shadow box. I cut out a piece of White Cardstock to fit and stamped and embossed my Skeletons with clear embossing powder for a resist technique. I then added distress over my page.


I sprayed water onto my stamp and stamped onto my page letting it absorb on the page for a few seconds, I then blotted to reveal a lighter ghosting effect. I now re-stamped onto these areas using the same stamp and added some Black Soot through my Shatter stencil.


I stamped my Spider and Happy Halloween in Archival ink adding a little Glossy accents onto my Spider. I placed it into my frame and added Gun Metal Stickles right around the perimeter.



My Crows Skull I added Grunge Paste to it for texture, once dry and a little paint had been added I then highlighted the bumps with Black soot.


My Cockroaches were painted with Black Gesso, I then sprayed with some mica spray and added a little gilding wax to highlight. I love how creepy they look. My other metal embellishments had a little paint rubbed on and off the way Tim demos his Faux Metal Technique. My spiders had a little stickles added onto their bodies.


My bottles all had crackle paint, alcohol inks and remnant rubs added, along with another product which is key to this effect, but out of respect for Tim's new book you will need to check it out on Page 54 of CC3C how to do it.



My dust over the bottles and scene was made by mixing up Grunge Paste with Pumice Stone Distress paints. I let this dry overnight on a card and sanded off my dust in the morning and applied to areas with a little Multi Medium. I love the effect it gave on my bottles and webs. 


My webs were white cheesecloth which I teased out of shaped and added Black Soot Distress Paint, dried with my heat gun which then gave it a firm feel.



My Witches Spell book I took inspiration from the front covers of Tim's Books.They are great fun and only take about fifteen mins to make. The link is Here on how to make them.


My Pumpkin skeleton head was a metal embellishment which I painted and Glossy accents were added along with a little ribbon.


My light was made using Tim's Light bulbs. I used the same technique as on my bottles, glued it into a cabochon and added a little ribbon and my skull head.


My pharmacist was stamped in Black Archival ink and clear embossing ink added. I find this an easier way to cut out something intricate as the paper stays more rigid. I coloured him with Copics and using Red Geranium Archival Ink and PaperArtsy MN72 I applied his blood marks. Do you see the skeleton's hand. BOO !! ....sorry I couldn't resist Lol.


Hope you are still managing to stay with me....My Pharmacists sign, I glued coffee stirrers on to a piece of card stamped in black ink and embossed with clear powders, distressing the edges and adding my dust. 


My broomstick was made from a barbecue skewer and twigs.


Now my cupboard. My bottles were stamped, coloured, glossy accents and crackle paint applied.


Can you see the Skeleton and the Spiders web in the corners ?



My shelves were made from Balsa Wood.


My doors are from heavy card stock. All had Grungepaste added through the Woodgrain Stencil and painted. 


I then replaced my Stencil back on and used Prima Clear Crackle paste. once dry I highlighted with some more distress inks.


My hinges are a Cheery Lynn die cut to which I swiped through Distress stains. Once dry I sprinkle a little Distress Powders along with some clear and Verdigris for an aged look. 

Hope you have enjoyed my post and sorry it is so long.

Are you now feeling totally inspired to join in this Challenge ? I hope so. Why don't you check out the rest of the Creative Guides Posts Here and just remember when writing up your blog to let us know how Tim has influenced your project. You can win a  £10 Shopping Spree Voucher from our generous sponsor Countryview Crafts and there will also be three Pinworthies badges to proudly display on your blog.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend and enjoy some craft time.


Julie x



Wednesday, 15 October 2014

New Release at Cheery Lynn Designs


Hi Everyone. Today is a very exciting day over at CheeryLynn Designs as their latest release of dies are showcased. They have many new wonderful Themed Dies and an amazing new collection of Doily Dies in squares, circles and rectangles called their Diamond Doily collection. These dies are going to become a staple in many of our collections of dies. There versatility to mix and match with stacker dies, we will now all have a lot more possibilities of different designs and patterns.


For my card I used 3 of the New Release dies on this card. The centre of the doilies comes out and is able to be placed anywhere on a piece of paper or in to a decorative stacker frame. You will notice in the background that I cut using the centre part of my doily on all four corners and layered dark card behind to make it pop. I thought I had taken a photo of this stage but I think with the excitement on using these new dies I forgot, but will take one the next time I do this technique, so it becomes clearer.


I did the same technique on my fishtail banner with the Alpine Flourish Doilies centre. I also mixed and match my doily layers for different designs.


Bling, Butterflies and a Flower were all placed on my card to finish. Please pop over to the blog here to see all the other cards made from our Talented Team at Cheery Lynn Designs.


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Enjoy your week,


Julie x

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