Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Vintage Journey #18 - Bountiful Harvest

I'm excited to be participating in my second A Vintage Journey challenge as one of the newbie Creative Guides on the team. 
Here's the challenge in Host Sandie's words:  With Halloween's passing we step into fall.  For this challenge let's think about the harvest.  It seems that pumpkins, wheat, corn and even the Harvest Moon could be in order. For us in the US -  a Thanksgiving theme could work but not necessary.  
I decided to focus on the Thanksgiving aspect of fall and I used an Art Parts Create a Container to make this lovely box.
 Here are all the pieces that come in the Art Parts Create a Container Kit.  I inked the back piece with Wild Honey Distress Ink and then stamped it with Ornate Dots in Archival Jet Black.  I inked the square with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and then stamped it with From A-Z background stamp in Archival Watering Can Ink.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Say it With Art in Archival Jet Black.  I sponged the edges of both pieces with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  The stamps are all Wendy Vecchi.
I made some cards stamped with Bible Verses (described below) to tuck inside my container, clipping them together with an embossed Hinge Clip, looping a Swivel Clasp through the hole and attaching a Heart Charm to the end of the chain.  It says 'heart songs' inside the heart.
 I embossed the Keyhole with Tree Branch Embossing Powder - add the brads and glued it over the hole on the back piece of the container.
I embossed the Art Parts Leaf with Fern Green embossing powder - and then stamped it with a linear stamp from Large Collage in black.  I embossed the flower with Tree Branch embossing powder and  stamped over it with a dots stamp from Large Collage with Archival Potting Soil Ink.  I added a Blossom Bucket Button  to the center.  I embossed the scalloped edge with Tree Branch embossing powder and then stamped it with Ornate Dots using Archival Potting Soil Ink.  I drew on the faux stitching with fine black marker.
Although we certainly should be thankful all year long - celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday in the US - reminds me how much I have to be thankful for in my life - family, friends, a home to live in, a husband to share my life with, and the knowledge that it is God's grace that has given me all these things.   SO....  I filled my little container with cards - made from 2 1/2" x 4" pieces of Paper Stash Wallflower paper that I stamped with Bible Verses from Beautiful Blessings by Papertrey Ink..
 I love how they look stamped on this paper.  I sponged around all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
 I clipped the cards together with a Hinge Clip that I had embossed in Tree Branch Embossing Powder and slipped them right into the container.
 Here's a top view to see the little opening in the container
 And I couldn't let the back go bare-naked!  so I stamped this lovely lacey stamp from Say It With Art by Wendy Vecchi  twice.  The metal pieces come with the Art Parts container - they add strength to the box part.  Looking at this now  - I'm thinking I just might emboss them with Watering Can embossing powder to age them!  Don't know why I didn't think of that when I was putting it together!?!
 So - there it is - my fall/thanksgiving project.
As always, our sponsor is Country View Crafts who is 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 - as well as a multitude of glorious projects from my wonderfully talented fellow Creative Guides!

I'm also entering this in the Frilly and Funkie Challenge -  Gratitude

Stamps:  Ornate Dots Background, From A-Z Background, Large Collage Background, Say It with Art - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490; Beautiful Blessings - Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Paper Stash/Wallflower - Tim Holtz
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Fern Green, Tree Branch, Watering Can and Potting Soil: Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass, Wild Honey and Chipped Sapphire; Archival Jet Black.
Accessories:  Idea-ology - Keyholes, Hinge Clips, Heart Charm, Swivel Clasp; Art Parts Create a Container - Wendy Vecchi; Button - Wendy Vecchi Blossom Bucket; jump ring, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Bic Z4 Black Marker, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder Fern Green and Tree Branch.


Rupa Swaminathan said...

This is so pretty all around, Julia! I like the colors you have used and the stamps are fab too.Such a lovely box with quotes.Hugs.

Mary Marsh said...

WOW Julia this is quite an impressive vintage project-love how you incorporated the scripture verses

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Excellent work, Julia! You sound like me, almost not knowing when to stop! It looks fabulous as is, so don't feel like it needs more embossing.


Astrid Maclean said...

Beautifully done Julia, you have achieved such amazing effects! Love the Wallflower quote cards as well, they look fantastic and what you did with those embossing powders looks great too, love it!

Brenda Brown said...

Gorgeous Julia, the box is divine and wonderfully coloured and stamped. The cards are beautiful too and a great addition.
hugs Brenda xxx

Marjie Kemper said...

What a beautiful container! The quotes are lovely, too. I need to pull out my Art Parts and have a play.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome project! Your details are so perfect - the vintage appeal, along with the hanging metal is a great combination!

S@ndy Diller said...

You are such a lovely addition to our team and your work on this great project is proof of that!!
Really love all the details you have added.

Redanne said...

I agree with S@ndy, you are a lovely addition to the team and this Art Part piece is fantastic (I never knew what to do with those metal pieces so thank you!) and the little cards you made are such a good reminder of all that is good in life! Hugs, Anne xx

*Vicki* said...

Absolutely brilliant make here Julia! Love all of the details! HUGS

Jennie Atkinson said...

A brilliant make Julia and so wonderfully inspiring. The box itself is amazing - I love the lock at the top - but I love the cards too, such a lovely addition. Have a lovely weekend Jennie x

Jenny Marples said...

Beyond fantastic Julia!!!! A feast of Wendy Vecchi goodness that looks absolutely perfect. I love everything about it. Jenny x

Mona Pendleton said...

Happy Halloween Julia! What a fantastic project! Love how you showcased the artparts and for sharing your creative process!

Sue Lelli said...

Your box is BEAUTIFUL and the cards for the inside are really Special, Julia! LOVE this!

Jenny Marples said...

Back again to thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie! Jenny x

Nikki Acton said...

Wow Julia this is gorgeous, from start to finish - so imaginative and well composed. Nikki xx

Jools Robertson said...

What a beautiful Thankgiving box

Love all the beautiful pattern details and autumnal colours
Gorgeous patterns on the cards all distressed beautifully

Jools x

Juliz Design Post said...

Hi Julia, a stunning box and I love your design and the addition of your keyhole is a nice quirky touch. Your finishing touch of adding your cards is such a beautiful touch.
Enjoy your weekend, Julie x

sarascloset said...

What a great box! Love things that are useful, and I just think the Bible verses are great. What a great gift this will be! Love the metal finishing touches! Thank you, too, for having a look at my Halloween Haunt on Halloween!

Terry said...

Julia, love what you have done with this kit! Love the design and those little cards! Enjoy!

Loll said...

Amazing project Julia. Love all the special touches you add to give this a vintage look. Beautiful verses to read and reflect on during Thanksgiving. xx

Nancy Dynes said...

Julia, you have taken the art parts kit, ink, paper, and stamps and transformed them into such a lovely work of art! The way you've layered your backgrounds is gorgeous. I love the Papertrey Ink stamps you used for the verses. You have truly captured the spirit of the challenge. Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie!

Annie said...

This is fantastic Julia
I love the art parts and it looks amazing with the wonderful colours and stamping
TFS and hugs Annie x

Nicole Wright Designs said...

What a lovely little creation! I love that it oozes that Autumn feel! Super Vintage! Thanks for joining us over at Frilly and Funkie!

wendy vecchi said...

this is A W E S O M E!
LOVE LOVE LOVE all the details you added.