Fireworks!

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I love fireworks! When I retired all the children at school sang Katy Perrys song “Baby you’re a firework’ in the leaving assembly.
When I saw the challenge at A Vintage Journey with the song title I was so excited. However RL got in the way for a while but eventually I created a small canvas. I am always inspired by Tim Holtz products and techniques and have used them in this project.
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I began by using TH layering stencils with texture paste to create stars and bursts of light. The foreground was collaged book pages. The blue wasn’t working so out came the black gesso! I highlighted the texture paste with Treasure Gold, sorry I got carried away and forgot to take photos.

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The layering stencils I used were stars and snowflakes.

 

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The foreground was inked with these colours to reflect the glow of the fireworks. The Styled Label was inked and spritzed with the same colours. I wired it around the canvas through eyelets.

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The Thinlet dies were the perfect shapes for the firework bursts. I used my new Metallic Kraft Core paper in gold.

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I edged the canvas with Bronze Distress Paint which made the colours pop. The stamps were inked with black archival then clear heat embossed. I cut out and then coloured the children with distress markers. A touch of gold mica flakes across the ground gave an extra sparkle.

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I enjoyed making the canvas, the song title brings happy memories!

wish me luck in the challenge, check out the inspiration from the Design Team at A Vintage Journey.

hugs

Jan X



Road Trip

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Hi everyone, I have been busy creating a folio of our Road Trip around California, Arizona and Nevada. I made this pocket from Tim’s Jalopy die and used Layering Stencils technique for the background.

I am joining the lovely Linda Ledbetter‘s challenge 31, using the Layering Stencil technique on page 47 of Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3. Sorry you need your own copy to find the instructions!

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These are the stencils I used.

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These are the paint and DI used.

I was inspired by Anita Houston, on the DT, she has made a great piece using the Jalopy die.

The challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium plus prizes from Tim and Mario! Wish me luck,

Hugs
Jan x




Ladies Day at Ascot

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CSI case 130

I really enjoyed scrapping these photos. I went to Ascot with Marilyn in June. We went on a coach organised from the gym we attend. We had bought an exotic picnic to take with use plus wine. However, we ended up buying jugs of Pimms! We lost some money on bets on each race but had fun choosing our horses. We saw the Royal carriages doing a circuit of the track over the heads of the crowd but saw the Queen, Prince Phillip and Princess Beatrice on the screens. We had a great day out, very English.
I stamped a Paperartsy flag I got in a goody bag and stencilled and sprayed the splatters with D I ink. The letters are die cut and the de bossed words from Tim using core’dinations.



Song Bird

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Song Bird

We have a pair of blackbirds nesting in our wisteria and they are fun to watch flying in and out.
I was inspired to have a play at Tim’s distress paint marbling techniques after reading Sandy’s excellent demo on A Vintage Journey blog. I tried them all but sample 4 looked most like the sky effect I was trying to achieve.
Distress Paint Marbling technique
I used it for a background on gessoed,grey board to join in the Challenge 9 at A Vintage Journey, Use Every Stamp in the Set. I used Paperartsy Hotpicks HP1005 because of the bird stamp.
Paperartsy stamps HP1005
I used the plant and swirl stamps around the edges, some in Peeled Paint DI, some embossed with Olive Wow powder and black Archival Ink.The words, take flight, were repeatedly stamped in the same colours from the background, plus black Archival and white embossing powder. The grasses were stamped in Archival Potting Soil but I didn’t like the effect so overstamped in black.The small stamps are in the grasses if you look carefully. I also spritzed distress markers in picket fence and pumice stone to blend the edges.
I clear embossed Secret Garden on some marbled backing paper then inked over to reveal the letters, to give the effect of secret writing.

Clear embossing and inking reveals the words

Clear embossing and inking reveals the words

I have the PA die of the film strip so die cut and stamped the image into kraft card. The blackbird was stamped in Archival over some more of the background paper and then clear heat embossed.I tied brown string to use as a hanger to link to the kraft card.
Overall, I am pleased with the effect and used 9 stamps. Hope you like it too!


Dragonfly

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DragonflyWe visited a National Trust property, Lyvedon New Build in Northamptonshire last Friday. It is such a peaceful place, no sounds of traffic or aircraft, bird song and breeze fills the air. (It did help that it was a hot, sunny day!) The moats were full of different dragonfly darting about, skimming the surface of the water and darting after fish shadows. Their colours were beautiful. I was inspired to make this tag for the Wings and Things challenge on A Vintage Journey Blog.
The colours of Tim’s Distress inks blend together so well to create the watery atmosphere I was trying to create, always an inspiration.
I clear embossed a JOFY bullrush stencil and then inked over a sun circle with Bundled Sage and Stormy Sky. I inked the circle mask with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey. I wanted to make the words look as if they were floating on the water. I inked the stamp with distress markers in various colours before stamping. The dragonfly was stamped on smooth card, painted with distress markers then stickled. I made separate wings from stamped and stickled acetate. I tied a bundle of irridescent ribbon to the tag top. It was mounted on blue corrugated card then stamped kraft card. I am pleased with the effect, I wanted a misty dawn over the water. Hope you like it too x


Little Rose

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Faux RosesI had some inspiration to finish this canvas. It has had several coats of paint in various different colours. Only the photo has remained the same! I enjoyed creating all the textures, mainly with TH die cuts, stencils with paste, paper doilies and lace. Then came Dylusions sprays to get the colours to complement the photo. I needed finishing touches, that’s when I saw the new challenge at CC3challenge.com (Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 3). Making faux roses from TH Tattered Pinecone die. I was so pleased how the roses turned out using core’dinations paper.
I hope to win something from their sponsor, Inspiration Emporium too!