Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Vintage Journey #22 - Ring Out the Old - Ring In the New

I hope everyone celebrating had a joyous Christmas Day!  At A Vintage Journey - we are looking forward to the new year with this fortnight's challenge -  Brenda is our host today and this is the challenge in her words: 
“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.” Alfred Tennyson
Focus on these key words from the poem - old, new, bells, snow, year and interpret one or more of them in anyway you like. So for instance use something old/new on a project; include bells or snow on a card; design a new year card/project/invitation etc. Just tell us what your links are to the key words from the poem.
I focused on a couple of things -  a bell, and letting the old year go and embracing a shiny clean new one.  For me, this means striving to be a better person, to live the way God wishes us to live.  I copied a portion of The Prayer of St. Francis and placed it front and center on my creation.

 I have a few pictures of how I started putting this together.  First I die cut the Arch Frame, Crescent Moon and Stars out of grungeboard.  Then I painted the arch and the moon with Distress Paints using my finger. I sanded the edges and inked them with Ranger Distress Walnut Stain Ink.
I inked the stars with Versamark and then poured Frantage Aged Gold Embossing Powder over them.  Here you can see how the powder looks before and after heating.  I love the bubbly thick look of it when it's melted.
Then I sort of got carried away in putting it together and didn't take photos.  I covered the arch with Tim's adhesive backed Frosted Film after adhering a photo copy of a portion of The Prayer of St. Francis to the front.  I cut panels of 2 different Kraft pieces of Paper Stash Motif - one with rows of numbers and one with dots - I sponged all over the papers which made the image part show up (it's clear embossed on the kraft paper so you don't see it much until you sponge over it).  I framed the pieces with Brushed Gold card stock. The largest piece is 7" x 7".  I covered the moon with Glue N Seal and sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Glitter over it.  I punched a hole in the top of the moon and knotted a piece of Tinsel Twine  through it.  Then I added the rusted bell with a Jump Ring.  You can see the foam tape I put on the back of the Arch - I used it double thick on the moon - so they both are popped up.
I added some Industrious Stickers/Frames and Trims to the corners and around the prayer.  There's a little Calendar Page 1 image inside the circle on the File Tab.  I used Label Letters and Chit Chat Stickers for RING IN THE NEW.
  I knotted Linen Ribbon through a Philosophy Tag that I rubbed Distress Paint on with my finger,  and adhered it with foam tape.  I added a Mini Gear with a Mini Fastener as an eye for the moon.
The Remnant Rubs are from Words and Botanicals.  I was surprised it would adhere to the embossed star - gotta love those Remnant Rubs!
And since my project is a panel and not a card - I needed to use my Small Easel Die to cut out a stand from Grungeboard so I could stand it up and display it!  I should have inked or papered the back but at least it's clean and not all inky!! 
 We hope you will join us by creating a project showing what Ring Out the Old - Ring In the New means to you!  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 week -  and the link up over at A Vintage Journey.  Brenda is also announcing the winner of our Secret Santa Blog hop so be sure to check it out to see if you won!
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Here's what I used:
Paper:  Grunge Board, Frosted Film with Adhesive, Paper Stash Motif - Ranger,  Brushed Gold - SU.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Walnut Stain, Versamark.
Accessories:  Alteration Dies - Arch Frame, Crescent Moon and Stars, Small Easel; Ranger Distress Paint Scattered Straw, Weathered Wood and Brushed Pewter; Idea-ology - Mini Fasteners, Mini Gears, Philosophy Tags, Label Letters, Chit Chat Stickers, Industrious Stickers/Frames and Tim, File Tabs, Tinsel Twine, Linen Ribbon, Remnant Rubs Words and Botanicals; Ranger - Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter, Glue N Seal, Glossy Accents;  Frantage Aged Gold Embossing Powder- Stampendous, ScorTape, foam tape, bell; portion of Prayer of St Francis - photocopied from a book of quotes.


Jennie Atkinson said...

I absolutely love this Julia! Some of my favourite words and such wonderful embellishments. Fabulous! Happy Boxing Day! Jennie x

Brenda Brown said...

Wow Julia, what a fabulous plaque with wonderful ideas and techniques. Love the whole concept and interpretation of the theme.
Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas.
Big hugs Brenda xxx

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful project Julia! Love how you incorporated the prayer. The shimmery embossed stars look fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration!

Deepti said...

Oh wow! What a fabulous design and details :)

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful! Love the colours and gorgeous moon and stars

Wishing you a very Happy New Year
All the very best for 2015

Jools x

Terry said...

Julia, love how you used the arch die for the frame. Beautiful colors and love the embossing. Happy 2015!

Redanne said...

This is such a beautiful panel to have displayed Julia, I love the muted tones and the moon looks wonderful - I love the whole project. Hope you have a wonderful New Year! Hugs, Anne xx

S@ndy Diller said...

Love the panel, so nice to have the easel on the back so you can see and enjoy it. The way you embossed the stars is one of my favorite techniques, lovely. Wishing you much happiness in 2015.

S@ndy xx

butterfly said...

What a wonderful prayer of hope for a troubled world, and a beautiful serene setting for it. Your moon and stars are just lovely - a great take on the theme!
Alison xx

Jenny Marples said...

A perfect and poignant sentiment surrounded by beautiful elements. I love those textured stars. Jenny x

Juliz Design Post said...

Some great techniques used on your panel Julia, I especially love your stars. Hope you have a wonderful New Year, Julie x

Anonymous said...

Beautifully done Julia! Wonderful embossing on the stars too. Karen.x

Unknown said...

So cute, I really like the soft sleepy colours :)

Deb Riddell said...

Beautiful panel and a lovely message, love your interpretation of the AVJ challenge! Thanks for sharing.