Friday, 7 March 2014

A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, wonderful to have you drop by here and today I have some super exciting news to share with you! Today is the day of the official launch of a brand new challenge blog, A Vintage Journey
The blog is dedicated to all things Tim Holtz and will have challenges every two weeks, sponsored by Country View Crafts..
The idea behind this blog came from Brenda Brown from Bumblebees and Butterflies and when she invited me to become part of her design team, I was super excited of course.
The first challenge is simply "Anything Tim Holtz". So here is my first project:

When I think Tim, I immediately think tags, and so for my first project I created a booklet made of two tags connected with Tissue Tape.

Both tags were cut with my Sizzix tag and bookplates die.This die cuts tags that are pretty much exactly like the Ranger size 8 tags. The cover tag was cut from Kraft card, the second one from Manila Card stock.
For the cover I cut out the word dream with the dream movers and shapers die. I coloured the tag with a mix of Distress Stains and Inks in the colours Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Bundled Sage and Aged Mahogany and then embellished with a stamped ticket from the Going Somewhere stamp set, an image from the French Industrial paper pad and various bits of Tissue tape and Washi tape from my stash.
I added shadows to the letters with my black Distress Marker, to highlight them some more. Behind the openings you can just see the paper that covers the other side of the tag. I stamped a script stamp with Picket Fence Distress Paint, to add a bit more interest.

The butterfly was stamped and fussy cut from the small butterflies from the Haberdashery set, I also added a type charm with the letter V for Vintage and some hand died seam binding.
Here you can see the inside. The hinge was strengthened with more Tissue Tape
The back was covered with papers and images from the French Industrial and Crowded Attic paper collections, a part of the Weathered Clock die,cut from Kraft card and coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Paint, a gentleman cut from the papers, a stamp from the Steampunk set and some chit chat stickers.
The other side, wrinkle free distress on the main tag,  a second tag, cut shorter and layered on top, some stencilling with the Dot Fade, Measured and Rays stencils, an adage ticket, another butterfly stamp from the Haberdashery set. The Globe is from the Tiny Things set and I also added some more Tissue Tape. The stars and arrows are Grungeboard shapes, coloured with Brushed Pewter Distress Paints.
Finally the back was created with layering elements from the French Industrial paper stack.

This little banner is one of the stamps from the Way with Words set.

Well, that's it. I had great fun using some of the many Tim Holtz stamps and dies etc that I have collected over the years and using some of his wonderful techniques. Almost all of the products are available from Country View Crafts. They have a wonderful collection and no postage!!

I hope you will visit the Challenge Blog and see the wonderful projects the other talented design team members have created, I assure you, you won't want to miss them! And of course we all hope that you will play along with our very first challenge Anything Tim!!
Have a great creative day and Enjoy the Journey!!

52 comments:

Redanne said...

Your booklet is fabulous Astrid, aged beautifully and I love all the elements you have added. So thrilled to be part of this amazing journey with you! Hugs, Anne xx

Candy C said...

Astrid...I could not wait to see ALL of your project and you certainly did not disappoint! It's just gorgeous! Your ability to blend colors is just amazing to me. I could just look at all sides of your tags forever. So much is packed into such a small area. These are really works of art! <3 Candy

steffi said...

Ooh - this is lovely! I've been excited to find out what the first challenge would be :o) Looking forward to seeing what everyone creates for this!

Brenda Brown said...

Oh wow Astrid this is a visual dream of vintage elements and your fabulous techniques that keep bringing me back to look again at all the details of your two tags. I just love how you have brought everything together to create a wonderful Tim project. Thank you so much for being part of the team and for all your support in getting things off the ground ready for today. Now we wait to see where this incredible journey will take us. xx

Terry said...

And I did enjoy the journey you just took me on! Astrid, I love all the lovely details and the vintage colors. Each tag page is as gorgeous as the next! Love this tag booklet and am so delighted to share this adventure with you. Hugs!

Marisa Job said...

Just beautiful as always!! I absolutely love it!!

Karen Garrard said...

What a beautiful piece Astrid. I really love the old car too. Karen.x

Rita said...

Wonderful Tag Book Astrid. The details on such a small space is amazing. Enjoy your Vintage Journey. Hugs Rita xxx

Susan said...

This is awesome! Love it.

Heather Jacob said...

wow such a gorgeous arty creation, loving all the colors and details, super duper awesome x

Buttons said...

I love the way you've collaged and blended the colours over this clever tag book Astrid. As ever this is gorgeous. So pleased to be sharing this journey with you. Jenny x

Valerie-Jael said...

Your tag book is beautiful, love how you have combined the colours. Have fun with the challenge blog.
Hugs, Valerie

Sunshine Girl said...

its lovely

Shirley Chillman said...

Never ever disappointed when I land here Astrid such a vintage dream.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Chris Warner said...

This is gorgeous Astrid, a journey in itself! So pleased to be travelling with you! Chris xxx

rachel said...

amazing work Astrid - the textures and details are amazing - love it all xx

Almo said...

Wow Astrid you have really gone to town with your Timmy stash with this amazing tag book. I see something different every time I look at it. Love it. Mo x

Stamps and Paper said...

Wow Astrid this is fabulous...you always amaze me with your talent...rich colours and wonderful textures

Anne

Netty said...

Beautiful tag book Astrid, enjoy your new adventures. Annette x

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Maryann Laursen said...

Oh Astrid, this is just as amazing as always hun. YOU truly ARE the master of this kind of tags, that´s for sure, and I would never dare to challenge you in anything like this, but boy do I wish, I had any of your skills for creating like this.

chrissies said...

A wonderful first piece for the new blog Astrid. You tags are always so amazing

Love Chrissie x

Inkypinkycraft said...

I love how you have created these tags with your gorgeous use of colour and fab details. so glad to be part of this creative vintage journey with you xx
trace x

Ros Crawford said...

Beautifully done and a wonderful piece of art for your new journey ... well done Astrid!

Maryanne said...

I love your tag book. It's a real homage to Tim!! The colors and the elements you chose for all the pages work so well. I love the "dream" cut out on the front. A wonderful introduction to the new challenge blog, Astrid!

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous Astrid! - I have been wanting to see the whole project for ages! You always use such a fabulous mix of colours and elements! I am so thrilled to be on this wonderful vintage journey with you x

Meggymay said...

Awesome tag book. this is great piece to tempt us to join the challenges.
Yvonne

Marianne said...

Super!! Great makes. You are a true artist!
xxx Marianne

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, your tag book is a stunning piece of art...just gorgeous! and so much to explore ,so many details, and your vintage colours are beautiful, yes a dream !
Hugs from Dorthe

froebelsternchen Susi said...

A MASTERPIECE ASTRID!
What an amazing first project for the challenge!
Breathtaking!

Happy weekend Astrid!

butterfly said...

Completely scrumptious (!)... I love this, inside and out. Fabulous use of the papers and a beautiful vintage glow to the inking and stencilling... and the little interactive flap is such fun. Fantastic make to start the journey with!
Alison xx

butterfly said...

Just went to check out Baltasar Gracian - marvellous!
Alison x

Paper Profusion said...

Immensely fabulous detailing and inking Astrid! Gorgeous work. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

Jools Robertson said...

Such a lovely ticket book for your vintage journey, I love colours and the fantastic detail, so much to keep you occupied during an exciting new journey

Jools x

craftytrog said...

Fabulous...very Tim!!! xxx

Meihsia Liu said...

Oh, this booklet is gorgeous! Astrid. Love how you used tissue tape connected two tags. Gorgeous project! :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

These are so gorgeous, your artwork is always so beautiful, full of amazing details. Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

Lys Scrap said...

A great idea to connect two tags. I love the warm colours, and every vintage detail has its place. Congratulations!

isisimaginings.com said...

Astrid, that is a gorgeous work of art, I've poured over every detail & I love every one of them.

massofhair said...

ALWAYS love your work Astrid, a STUNNING Tag Book and a great homage to TH, a great way to start your Journey :-) xxx

Ana K. said...

I am so happy to see you in VJ design team Astrid…most amazing group, you are all very talented and I admire you all! This booklet is stunning and perfect for the first challenge!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid this is again a masterpiece, you make a lot of them , your work is always amazing, love your colours and details , love it all!!

Greetings
Maria

May said...

Fabulous tag book Astrid... & What a great challenge...Love the whole design & blended colours...Brilliant work as always... Hugs May x x x

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

Gorgeous little book. So full of vintage goodness!

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous tag booklet, and beautifully aged. Love all the details. Enjoy your Vintage Journey
Avril x

Martina2801 said...

Your booklet is oustanding, dear Astrid!!! I love, love, love it!!!!

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Dianne said...

Oh my dear Miss Astrid you are the Queen of tags, this one is a Vintage Treasure, from the front to the back it spectacular, you girls are blowing up blog land with the Bombs being created, thanks for sharing, hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS)))..

Anita Houston said...

What a gorgeous book! Each page is vintage yummy! Love the cover and binding too!

Annie said...

A wonderful make Astrid and I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be on this journey with you. Your tag is brimming with TH style and totally scrumptious

TFS Annie x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

A triumph in stamping and you certainly created a piece of art that celebrates Tim Holtz.
Wishes
Lynne

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, a breathtaking project.

Heather Jacob said...

vintage perfection... swoon x

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