Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Vintage Journey #24 - Love is in the Air

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
A Vintage Journey
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!!
 

35 comments:

Annette Allen said...

wow awesome mix media.. so creative

Lynn Price said...

What a great concept and love your crackled effects!

xx Lynn

S@ndy Diller said...

So beautiful, wish I was on your gift list. These treat bags couldn't be more perfect.

Rupa S said...

Such lovely treat bags. I like what you did to the cupids...after all the makeover, it really doesn't matter what you put inside! I would love to have just the bag. Hugs, Rupa.

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Julia your two bags are adorable and such a great idea! Both the front and the back look wonderful and those cracked little cupids finish them off to perfection!! Great inspiration for Valentine gifts!!

Brenda Brown said...

Love, love, love these Julia. The bags look amazing and full of wonderful elements. xxx

Nikki Acton said...

Fabulous idea Julia and love the decoration. The crackle is amazing! Why cant I get it that good! LOL. Nikki x

Pamellia Johnson said...

What a wonderful Valentines project Julia! I love the amazing texture on your cupids and all the fabulous details! You even did the backs, wow! Love em! until next time, big hugs :)

*Vicki* said...

Such gorgeous projects here Julia!! Love your designs!!

Terry said...

That bag die has been on my list and now I have to have it! Oh I do love your beautifully decorated bags so full of love! Enjoy the weekend!

Deepti said...

Love the fabulous vintage details on these :)

Redanne said...

Oh my, your bags are just gorgeous, I really, really love the crackling on the cupids, it adds some wonderful dimension to your beautiful bags! Hugs, Anne xx

~amy~ said...

absolutely gorgeous Julia! Love the treat bags!

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such wonderful valentines bags Julia - both are stunning and full of so many wonderful details. I just love the crackled cupids! Jennie x

Donna B. said...

These are such cute bags. I really love that cupid and the techniques you used on him. That bag die is one of my favorites - glad you finally used it! Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

butterfly said...

Your textured Cupids are just fabulous, Julia - the golden one especially looks amazing... like a little piece of Louis XIIII decor! Gorgeous little Valentine treat bags!
Alison xx

Linsey said...

What marvelous and perfectly vintage Valentine treat bags Julia! I'm in love with the crackle effects on your cherubs and hearts! Whomever the 2 special people are who receive these little beauties, I'm sure they will cherish them and love them as much as I do, if not more! Thanks for sharing them and I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!! :)

Jools Robertson said...

Fabulous Valentine gift bags
Love the stencils pattern and Cupid crackle, beautiful decorative details and the metallic hearts are lovely

Jools x

Juliz Design Post said...

These little gift bags are totally adorable Julia and your crackles on your cupids are fab.
Julie x

Buttons said...

Oh wow these are both so wonderful Julia! I particularly love the way you've altered the background papers and cupids for each of them. Jenny x

Lynn K said...

Gorgeous treat bags! Love the crackle on the cupids and the hearts! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Sara Barker said...

Julia,
I love you Valentine's treat bags! The crackle you've done is just yummy and I'm so envious! I can never get my crackle to look this good! Just beautiful little packages right down to the frayed twine handles! Love that touch!

Rachel said...

these are really beautiful, julia! i especially adore the pink one... and the crackle on that cupid is perfection! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
-Rachel
rwkrafts.com

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

What a great idea to make treat bags! Love the cherubs.

gaylemontayostudio said...

So many wonderful layers! LOVE the crackle! So awesome!

Buttons said...

Huge congrats on your Blogworthy!!! Jenny x

Sara Barker said...

Wow, Julia! I'm so happy for your Blogworthy! I would be over the moon, so I am for YOU!

Redanne said...

Just came back to say huge congratulations on your very well deserved Blogworthy Links!! Hugs, Anne xx

Roxanne Pafundi said...

Wow! love the lil' treat bags! great use of these materials and dies! love them! thanks for sharing!

Ana K. said...

Dear Julia, congratulations on Blogworthy link...so well deserved!! Your bags are adorable!
Hugs from Slovenia

Ana K. said...

Dear Julia, congratulations on Blogworthy link...so well deserved!! Your bags are adorable!
Hugs from Slovenia

Shari Trumbull said...

Hi Julia!! OMG--So, there are 3 OCC Girls that are Tim's Valentine Blogworthy Links?? You, Me and Ana!! WOW!! That's gotta mean something, right?!!
Absolutely love these darling treat bags!! They're almost too awesome to give away! :) LOL!! Congratulations on your Blogworthy Link!! XOXO-Shari

CathyP said...

So many yummy details on your bags! I love, love, love that crackle! Wow! Congratulations on your Blogworthy Link!
Hugs,
cathy

Rea' said...

WOW !! These are so awesome, love all your details; the layers, the crackle paint, the industrial lace trims... just so very creative!
Congrats on being Blogworthy !

barbarayaya62 said...

So clever!I love so much this project! Amazing way to use this die! Wonderful! Congrats on your Blogworthy link mention from Tim! BArbarayaya