Welcome to November! This month's A Vintage Journey Challenge has just been posted. (AVJ is based in Great Britain so it is 5 hours ahead of us here on the East Coast of the USA)
Deb is our fearless leader this month and her challenge is "Window on Your World".
Here's her description of the challenge:
This month we would like to see some kind of window or tunneled element in your creations. Think hollowed out books, multiple layers with openings to see what has gone before, hidden flaps or windows that when opened reveal a secret element. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
For my project, I created a window into a magical snowy white forest - complete with a little deer and several cardinals!
I used the largest Vignette Box to house my layered dimensional scene.
I tucked a couple of battery operated tea lights inside to help illuminate the scene inside.
Here it is with the lights shut off - hard to get a good photo of it being lit up, but you get the idea, right?
The Vignette Box was not deep enough for the tea lights - so I started gluing coffee stirrers on all the edges to build it out.
When I got to 10 layers - it was deep enough to hold the tea lights within the scene!
All the dies are from the Holiday Shadow Box set from Sizzix.
(accept for the lacey edge die that I didn't end up using anyway!)
I embossed everything in Eileen Hull's White Wonder Molten Dimensions Embossing powder from Emerald Creek - it leaves a wonderful thick bumpy layer. I did not emboss the snowflakes, they are too small and detailed so I just left them as plain white card stock.
Then I started layering my scene inside. The die cut pieces all have tabs on the bottom (to be able to create a dimensional scene) so I adhered some of them into the middle of the box using the tabs. Some I cut down and attached to the back with foam dots. I had to cut down the outside die cut frame piece to fit the smaller height of the box and so adhered one of the hillsides directly to the front to cover the bottom edge.
The sweet little cardinals stamps and dies are from the Fence Line Winter sets from Papertrey Ink.
I adhered Tim Holtz Natural Red/Cream Trimmings to cover the layers of coffee stirrers on the front edge of the box!
A pretty window scene decoration for Christmas!
(although I can't display it until after Thanksgiviing - per my mother's rules!!)
You'll find lots of inspiration from the other Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey. Please show us your window on the world! You have all month to enter!
I'm also linking my project to:
Paper: White cardstock - Papertrey Ink, Red Kraft Core Core-dinations.
Ink: Versamark, True Black, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink
Accessories: Holiday Shadow Box Dies - Sizzix, Largest Vignette Box - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology, coffee stirrers - Starbucks, battery Tea Lights - Amazon, White Wonder Molten Dimensions Embossing Powder - Eileen Hull/Emerald Creek, Trimmings/Natural Red/Cream - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology, ScorTape Tombow Glue