Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Vintage Journey #21 - Let's Celebrate

Another two weeks have sped by - getting ever closer to Christmas (!) and it's time for another  A Vintage Journey Challenge -  this week Nikki is our host and here is her challenge:
#21 Nikki - Let's Celebrate - You can make something to celebrate Christmas if you wish but lets not forget about those December birthdays, anniversaries, Hanukkah and New Years. It may be fun to focus on celebrations other than Christmas, it's up to you.
Well, I decided to make a Christmas decoration using the boxes that come inside Tim's Configuration Box.  I used the box for my last AVJ project but not the little boxes inside.
Here's how I put this together.  First, I gathered some supplies that I thought I would use on my project.

I embossed the Letterpress letters using Wendy Vecchi Archival Fern Green ink and embossing powder.  After they cooled - I stamped them with Wendy's Spatter stamp using Snow Cap Ink.  Wendy has shown this technique on her blog.

First I painted the boxes with Fired Brick Distress Paint and then embossed them using Wendy's Red Geranium ink and embossing powder. I cut pieces of Merriment paper to line the inside of the boxes but you really can't see much of it after I filled the boxes!

I altered  a Woodland Tree by spraying it with Mowed Lawn Distress Stain and a Woodland Wreath sprayed with Iced Spruce. Then I dabbed  Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste all over to look like snow. using Tim's techniques so you can read about it there!   I can't reveal it as I'm also joining in on the CC3C with this project.

I painted the skates with Picket Fence Distress Paint, sanded them a bit when dry - and rubbed some Latte Alcohol Ink over them.  I died a piece of Crinkle Ribbon with Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain to make a bow to hang the skates on with an Jump ring.

I cut the village using Tim's Townscape Die from a piece of Merriment paper layered to white card stock to give it strength.  I layered some orange paper behind the windows to look like lights inside the houses. Then I sponged the edges with Ranger Distress Walnut Stain Ink.   I sponged the Mirrored Stars with Dandelion Archival Ink and added them to the box edges and the tree.

I adhered a Plaquette to the center of the wreath and tied a bow using Natural Red/Cream Trimmings.  I added red rhinestones and some 'snow'

Here you can see how I stamped Wendy's Spatter stamp on the sides of the boxes - but then I pretty much covered them up so you don't see much of it! 

I was going to adhere the boxes to each other but then decided I might want to keep changing the configuration so I left them unattached.

And here it is - sitting on a side table in my living room - saying "Let's Celebrate!"
What will you create to illustrate "Let's Celebrate"??  I can't wait to see what you link up!

Our challenge sponsor is Country View Crafts.  They are offering one winner, chosen by the Creative Guides, a £10 voucher to spend in their on-line shop.  

 I hope you will be inspired to play along with us -  you have 2 weeks - you will find all the details at the A Vintage Journey Blog - along with some wonderful "Let's Celebrate" inspiration by several of my very talented fellow Creative Guides!
 
 
I'm linking my creation to the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #17 - Woodlands and Tinsel Twine. Tim shows us some techniques on  Page 60 of his Compendium of Curiosities IIIInspiration Emporium is sponsoring this CC3C challenge.

I'm also linking my creation to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
I  covered 2 lines:   Star/Patterned Paper/Ribbon and Die/Stamps/Ribbon

Stamps:  Spatter Background - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous.
Paper:  Summer Sunrise - PTI, DP - Merriment Paper Stash - Tim Holtz.
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival - Fern Green, Red Geranium, Potting Sol and Dandelion; Ranger Distress Walnut Stain; Adirondack Snowcap.
Accessories:  Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, inside boxes from Configuration Box - Ranger, Idea-ology - Letter Press, Woodlands, Plaquettes, Mirrored Stars, Adornments/Skates, Trimmings/Natural Red/Cream, Jump Ring, Crinkle Ribbon, Thick Zotts, Ranger Distress Spray Stains - Iced Spruce, Mowed Lawn and Picked Raspberry, Ranger Distress Paint - Fired Bricked and Picket Fence, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powders - Fern Green and Red Geranium, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Townscape Die - Alterations, Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Latte. 

31 comments:

S@ndy Diller said...

Love the little boxes, each one so original and festive. Great job!!

Pamellia Johnson said...

These are fantastic Julia! I love your snow, it looks so real and your colours are so festive! Amazing Christmas project! holiday hugs :)

Sara Barker said...

Hi Julia, I love your configurations assemblage! I really love the idea of keeping them separate so you can re-configure them! You and I must have been dreaming up the same ideas for this theme at AVJ! You'll see mine on Friday. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog about my match boxes, but I must clarify. These are real match boxes not the die cut. Very tiny! I hope you will give them a go!

Annette Allen said...

wow your amazing.. so creative and cute

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous Julia, such a clever way of using those left over boxes! A great decoration to help looking forward to the big day, love it!

Redanne said...

The whole piece is fabulous Julia, I love the dies you used, the little ice skates -- but most of all I love how you decorated the letterpress letters, they look amazing! This is such a lovely decoration! Hugs, Anne xx

Buttons said...

Awesome Julia! LOVE how you've added to each of these gorgeous little boxes (especially the lettering). Such a great idea to keep them separate too. A different look each year! Jenny x

~amy~ said...

Julia, your boxes are amazing!

Juliz Design Post said...

A beautiful piece of Festive home decor and a great idea to be able to change your arrangement around. Love all the snow and your letterpress words fit in the boxes beautifully, and your houses are soo cute x
Have a lovely weekend, Julie x

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Deepti said...

These are so stunning, I love the touch of Snow on these decorations

Nicole Wright said...

These wee boxes are crafty fun Julia! I love that the words are all snow splattered. Each box is darling! I pinned before I commented. Lovely addition to your holiday décor.

Terry said...

A Christmas delight! Love how you decked out those configurations boxes and love the tree! Happy Weekend!

Vicki Dutcher said...

So awesome! I look so forward to your projects - you are so creative!

Hels Sheridan said...

I can just see this on my mantlepiece... great art.... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge again x

*Vicki* said...

Amazing projects here Julia!! I love the texture of snow on your elements! :)

Mona Pendleton said...

Awesome Julia! I love all the little houses! What a great keepsake to treasure! Thanks for the inspiration!

Karen Garrard said...

Great project Julia! Love the use of the little boxesa nd all that snow on the pink ribbon. Beautifully done! Karen.x

Nikki Acton said...

Fabulous Christmas creation Julia! xx

butterfly said...

These are just fabulous, Julia - my favourites are the little houses in the box - so sweet!
Alison xx

Annette Green said...

Really great festive project! I'm so happy you joined us in the CC3 Challenge. This is so fun!

Candy C said...

Julia...this is so cute and what a clever way to use Tim's configurations compartments. I love the traditional red and green colors here. The "NOEL" using the letter blocks is darling and the die cut village is a creative way to fill up that long oblong space. The woodland tree atop the boxes stands proudly. :) Thanks so much for sharing your cute home decor piece with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

Jools Robertson said...

Lovely Christmas decorations, love how you used the configuration boxes and Letterpress letters

Jools x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such a fabulous idea to use the little boxes Julia and such a lovely table decoration which you can re-configure. Gorgeously decorated (of course!). Jennie x

Anita Houston said...

FABULOUS!!! Love the little village! Great decor! Thanks so much for playing along with us on the Woodlands and Tinsel Twine challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

crafty creations said...

Absolutely brilliant so much detail and creative

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy New Year

barbarayaya62 said...

Your little boxes are so beautiful! Christmas tree is adorable! love your project! BArbarayaya

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

OOO i would love these sitting on my windowsill. Make my room a lot more festive than it already it. Just love what you have created here. I will have to stretch my ability and try this out, thank you xx

Donna B. said...

Very fun decoration. I love all the little details, especially the snow on the houses. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Melanie said...

What a fun project. Great job with all the techniques. Thanks for joining the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Rachel said...

these are beautiful. i really love the box with the wreath and 25 inside. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! And Happy New year!
-Rachel
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