Friday 20 February 2015

Special Numbers

A warm welcome to my new followers and regular visitors to my blog. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments left on my first Destination Inspiration post at A Vintage Journey it was a pleasure to read them all and to find out which one was your favourite. 

Today we start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey called Special Numbers, which Brenda is hosting.  

My eldest Daughter adored Tim's tag for February and wanted to make one for her boyfriend, so we sat together both making one, which was lovely. She recently relocated to London to follow her dream working as Long Haul Cabin Crew so time together is precious. With this in mind I decided to make her Birthday card incorporating the style of background from Tim's tag along with techniques she admires when I make something. 

You will see in this group of photos I used Tim's Painted Industrial technique, adding some Distress Powders in areas for a Faux Rust effect.

Collaging my background and sealing.

Once dry I gave a quick sand....SCREAM, I realised I used the coarse side of my sanding pad and it removed part of my map. The air was Blue....LOL, but I heard Tim's voice saying 'Embrace Imperfection' so rather than it going in the bin I carried on, adding my paint into the cracks, drying and resealing.

I went around my collage with my Distress Pen and then added some stitching to the side along with Sizzix Torn Notebook edge which I distressed with Black Soot and embossed to curl it.

The plane is from Tim's new Ephemera Pack. Thanks Susan for the speed you got this to me. I covered it in a layer of Glossy Accents.

My metal embellishments I rubbed a little Black Soot paint onto. Can you guess my Daughter's age !

My edges were distressed and a little Black Soot added and a few number Remnant rubs.

My metal leaf I added Pumice Stone and Peeled Paint Distress powders. Finishing with a little Black Soot Paint and bending the metal to add movement to my leaf.

My flower was made using the 2 sizes of  Sizzix Tattered Florals, with a mix of colours and Mica Spray.

Please pop over HERE to A Vintage Journey to see all the other talented Creative Guides inspiring projects and the details on how to enter. CountryView Crafts is our generous Sponsor of a £10 Shopping Spree for the winner.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Julie xx


  1. Simply love the colors you used on this and the great texture on the tower.
    I'm sure your daughter will love it.

  2. Oh my goodness Julie! This is gorgeous :) So your daughter is 26 huh? Love every single little detail on this crafting gem!! Thank you for the inspiration, I'll be sure to join in on this fun challenge! Also I would like to thank you for always making a point to stop by my little blog and leave me such heartwarming comments. I truly and greatly appreciate you! Take care :)

  3. A beautiful card for your daughter's birthday Julie, my son is 26 next Tuesday! It's lovely that she admires your work and will know all the effort and love you have put into this. The collage is gorgeous and we've all had those blue moments...glad you could cleverly cover it up. Happy Friday xx

  4. Stunning Julie, another wonderful make! Love how you put this together and the flower is just gorgeous! As is all the rest of course!

  5. This is gorgeous,fab design and

  6. I just adore this card Julie as I too fell in love with the collaged backgrounds and this one is magnificent. Your daughter certainly has a great taste in Tim techniques and you always put them together so wonderfully adding the perfect embellishments. I bet your daughter loves this card, I sure do. xxx

  7. What a fantastic card, Julie - it has such a great grungy look (the metallic Eiffel Tower is so cool!), but with the lovely feminine touch of the gorgeous flower and those fab red accents really bring it to life. Love the finish on your metal leaf.
    Alison xx

  8. Wow,absolute perfection Julie,the textures are absolutely amazing on this ;)
    Hope you are well,
    Have a great weekend
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  9. Great collage Julie with so many wonderful techniques. I love the 'over sanding' ! Eiffel tower looks amazing too. Nikki xx

  10. Wow Julie, this is spectacular! I just love how you did the Eiffel tower with the embossing and rusted metallic finish! So many wonderful elements! hugs :)

  11. So many lovely pieces on this wonderful travel card for your daughter, Julie! love the metal Eiffel Tower - the pretty bloom and the red airplane!

  12. This is just such a wonderful card Julie in so many ways. Fabulous in terms of the significance but I love the metal Eiffel Tower and the wonderful collage which supports it. So glad you continued after the energetic sanding! We've all been there! Jennie x

  13. Julie, this is quite simply gorgeous, I love all the elements you added, the Eiffel Tower looks amazing and I love the airplane and globe to signify your DD's job. Everything about this creation is just wonderful and the big flower is gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xx

  14. Fantastic card Julie. Love the way you incorporated the numbers too. Hugs Rita xxx

  15. Such a beautiful card Julie......I am sure your daughter will treasure it. Love the wonderful details and layers you have incorporated in this amazing design. TFS and nest wishes
    Habe a lovely weekend
    Annie x

  16. Love Love Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  17. What a fun project for your daughter and you to work on together and not to mention totally fabulous! Love the card you made for her and what a great surprise! Happy Weekend!

  18. Stunning card Julie. You have many elements 'goin on' but the end result looks beautifully balanced. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

  19. A seriously fabulous collage card Julie! Love the rusted tower. Jenny x

  20. Beautiful Julie and I think the map turned out wonderful, just a little added (di)stress!

  21. Hi Julie, sorry for missing so many posts from you these last times.. I become a bad follower, hard for me to do all and follow every blog I love and people I appreciate much because of life and commitments, hope you will understand.
    This card is absolutely GORGEOUS, thanks for all the details and the step-by-step. Until the next time, have a lovely day Coco xx

  22. Wonderful card Julie so many lovely Tim details your rusting is fab must give this another go didn't like my first effort!


  23. A beautifully collaged card and love that glossy plane, works so well with the rusty tower. Gorgeous Julie! Hugs Ruth x

  24. Wooow, Julia, this is stunning! I love the rusty tower, the flower is awesome! Actually, I love everything on this beautiful card!
    Branka xxx

  25. Oh this is gorgeous Julie - so clever - wishing your daughter all the luck in the world on her travels

  26. Stunning card Julie so cleverly constructed


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Julie x


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