Welcome to the latest A Vintage Journey challenge! Astrid is our host and she is challenging us to be inspired by Love is in the Air. Here's Astrid's description of her challenge:
It being nearly the end of January, it's not long until Valentines day. A flower cannot blossom without sunshine,
And man cannot live without love.
So the saying goes. For this challenge please share what moves your heart with us, be it a Valentine's card for a loved one, a heart themed project, or something else that expresses what true love means to you. Just make sure that Tim's style is evident in what you make.
I decided to use Tim's fun In the Bag die to create two vintage looking Valentine treat bags that I will give to two special people in my life, with a little gift tucked inside.
I die cut one bag out of Kraft Cardstock and one bag out of red Coredinations/Kraft Core. I used two different pieces of Valentine papers from Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash for the front and back panels of the bags.
I stenciled over the black and white Valentine advertising paper that I used for the kraft bag with Tim's Latticework Stencil and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink sponging the edges with Tea Dye.
I die cut the cupids and hearts using Tim's Mini Love Struck Mover's and Shapers die. I used Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold Embossing Paste on one set - and Art Anthology Stone Effects paint in red and stone on the other set. After they both dried - I put on a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. I put a coat of the Clear Rock Candy crackle on the Alpha Chips but it chipped right off after drying (I guess it needs some kind of basecoat in order to stick?!) so I just painted the edges of the letters with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
I die cut the XO using Tim's Stacked Words/Valentine's die out of a piece of black Coredinations Kraft Core and sanded it so the kraft showed through in some places.. I adhered some Industrious Stickers/Borders under the edges of the panel so they stick out beyond the edges of the little bag. I added a Remnant Rub/Words over the LOVE. I twisted tan and red Jute String together and knotted the ends through a hole in the side of the bag for a handle.
I rubbed Picket Fence Distress Paint and Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the crackle on the heart and cupid with my finger.
I did a simple back panel using the same paper, stencil, ink and Industrious Stickers.
I used a colorful piece of Seasonal Paper Stash of vintage Valentine post cards for the front and back panels. I inked the Industrious Stickers frame with Wendy Vecchi Archival Orange Blossom Ink. I painted Wendy Vecchi Mettalic Gold Embossing Paste on the cupid and heart. After it dried, I covered them with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.
I used some Remnant Rubs/Words on the heart, wing and bottom corner of the panel and a Chit Chat Sticker in the top right corner.
I used a piece of Linen Ribbon for this handle pulling apart the ends (love that look!). I used the same paper and inked Industrial Stickers on the back.
I think these make really 'sweet' Valentine Treat Bags!
I hope you will join us at A Vintage Journey by creating a project for Astrid's Love is in the Air challenge! 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.
You will find all the details of the challenge, all of the wonderful inspiration from the other Creative Guides participating this fortnight- and the link up over at
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Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I'm also linking my project to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - although I've had the In the Bag die for some time - I have never made a project with it!!