Friday, 4 December 2015

Vintage Christmas at A Vintage Journey

Hi sees the start of a new challenge theme over at A Vintage Journey challenge blog. I am the host  this month and have chosen "Vintage Christmas" as the theme.

I do hope you will be able to join in with us as there is the chance to win a £20 voucher from the lovely Susan at Country View Crafts, who is our regular sponsor. The Creative Guides choose three Pin Worthy projects too, with a badge available for your blog and the chance to debut as a Guest Creative Guide. 

We are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge, but that does not mean that you have to use all of his products, in fact you will see that my own project uses a variety of items, which are not all promoted by Tim.

For this challenge you can use your dies, stamps, rub ons, embellishments, ephemera- anything you choose to create a Vintage Christmas card, home decor piece, altered art or gift for someone special.

This is quite a picture heavy post so be warned !!  you might want to grab a cuppa........I certainly had a few cups of coffee whilst writing !! xx

 The box frame below is made of card. I don't know where the box came from as it was purchased from my fellow teamie, Tracy Evans, who was selling it within her Craft De-Clutter Group on Facebook.
 The front of the frame was suitably altered with a white and grey aged look. The inside was white and so I painted it all, even the shadow frame, with Decoart Chalk Paint in Whisper.
A  Christmas napkin from my stash was torn and adhered to the back of the shadow box with Ranger Multi-Medium.
Taking Tim Holtz Snowflake Stencil I applied Prima Snowflake Paste, which once dry, gives off a lovely glistening effect.
Whilst the paint and paste were drying I cut some dies using my  Sizzix Big Shot. You can see Tim Holtz Poinsettia Bigz die below and some of the tools from Susan Tierney Cockburn's Garden set   that I used to shape it. My lovely teamie, Jennie, has made the most gorgeous flower using Tim's poinsettia view it click HERE
For the interior I took some of Tim Holtz Festive Paper Stash as I wanted wallpaper effect. I then took a piece of red card, cut it to fit inside the shadow part, then die cut it with Tim Holtz Doilly die.

 Some die cut snowflakes were adhered with glue and then covered in Ranger Glitter, its a shame that you cannot see the glitter and sparkle within my's really so festive.

Once the Snowflake paste dried I decided to add some Decoart Snowtex creating some extra texture, whilst adding to the overall Christmas feeling.
Once I was satisfied with the amount of snow applied I sprinkled some Ranger Glitter, creating that cold and crisp appeal. The Snow Tex takes a few hours to dry, depending on the thickness applied, so be aware of that if you are needing something in a hurry.
Tim Holtz Thinlit Die - Holiday Greens were  cut then inked with Vintage Photo to age them and make them look more realistic in colour.
 The poinsettia was also edged with Vintage Photo, which darkened the red of the card.  Star Dust Stickles were then applied to the edges and centre.............lots more sparkle to dance in the evening lamp light!!
I absolutely love this  die cut Noel, which is another Bigz Die by Tim Holtz. Once die cut I  applied glue and Ranger Glitter. Once dry  I edged  some areas with Vintage Photo DI. 
Tim Holtz  Flagpole and Lantern Framelits die was used to make some bunting, which was adhered to Bakers Twine
I also applied some  Decoart Snow Tex around the base of the tree, child and Carollers, which are from Tim Holtz Carollers Die for Sizzix. The child is an Idea-Ology doll.
 Tim Holtz Victorian Carollers were layered up using some foam and a  folded piece of card to which the female Caroller was adhered. This created some space between her and the fiddle playing Caroller.
Some ribbon from my stash and some of the glistening snowflakes decorate the edges.
One of Tim Holtz Christmas trees was decorated with some festive lights from my stash and an Idea-ology star was placed at the top.
A little vintage Rocking Horse was adhered and just finished off the look as did an application of Treasure Gold wax, highlighting all edges.
 You can see how the Poinsettia and foliage come together below, just finishing off my Home Decor piece.

Thank You so much for sticking with me and I hope the step by step has been helpful or maybe even provided an introduction to some new products x

For more inspirational projects, created by my fellow Creative Guides please visit the AVJ blog HERE............there are so many wonderful Christmas projects to share you will be blown away.

Take care and thank you for visiting..I will certainly catch up with you soon
Huge Hugs

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  1. What a lovely project Annie! So many beautifully decorated sides to this - the colors are so festive and bright - love the poinsettia, all the snow and wonderful die cuts - a beautiful decoration for the holidays - and a wonderful challenge for us! Julia xx

  2. What a beautiful project Annie, love everything about it. Thanks for sharing the steps along the way. Such a lovely and timely challenge. S@ndy xx

  3. Oh wow Annie, the details on this project are amazing!! What an incredible stunning vintage piece! So much to love and admire! The effect of the snow tex is fantastic and I just love the little Christmas banner! Fantastic!!

  4. Annie that is the most darling Christmas box I have seen, full of wonderful techniques, textures and Christmassy adornments. I have just sat here and gone through your blog post twice to catch all the layers and steps you went through to create such a fabulous project for your perfect December theme at AVJ.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  5. Annie, it has been an absolute pleasure to read through your post to see how you brought this gorgeous piece of home decor together! The snow on the front looks so realistic and the addition of the little girl and the rocking horse was such a great idea, she looks like she is waiting for Father Christmas to arrive. I have not been feeling very Christmasy of late but you have really put me in the Christmas spirit now! I love this. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. What a fabulous Christmas box Annie - full of so many wonderful Christmas embellishments and created with so many fabulous techniques. Thank you for sharing all the steps - it was really lovely to see how it had all come together. Have a lovely weekend. Jennie x

    PS And thanks for a great theme for the challenge!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous, Annie... I love your "window box"!! So fabulous with the sparkly snow effects and the adorable little girl in her festive red dress. I really love the musician and his musical background (seems our minds were working together in more than one way!) and the lights on the tree look just wonderful - perfect retro decorations! There are so many delightful details - the word flags, the sparkly Noel and that amazing flower. Brilliant! And a lovely theme too...
    Alison xx

  8. I have tried to leave a glowing comment three times and for whatever reason, they keep getting erased. Let me just say that I LOVE this window scene. Such s well thought out, beautifully crafted Christmas treasure!

  9. Totally Amazing. I love the true vintage theme that runs throughout your beautiful window box. The snow looks so real and sparkly. Wonderful Creation. Hugs Mum xxxxx

  10. A fabulous vintage project, all the details look amazing.
    Yvonne xx

  11. Annie your Vintage Christmas Box frame is wonderful. Its overflowing with Christmas delight both inside and out . Love the snowy texture glistening round the window frame and your red poinsetta is so striking against the white snow . Such a heart warming scent you have created inside too .
    thank you so much for a great step by step and for such a fab theme . x

  12. Annie, this is absolutely spectacular! I adore this window box that lets you peek into your beautiful Christmas scene when closed and then opens to display this amazing tableau. So many beautiful layers and details from the snow on the window frame to the festive banner and the carolers serenading your beautiful Christmas tree and wee doll (to name just a few of the amazing details!). Thanks so much for sharing it with us, it is a treasure. Deb xo

  13. I need some SnowTex! WOW!!! A new favorite! LOVE the inside, but especially the front! The flower is gorgeous, and all the amazing texture is wonderful! LOVE all the details, like the banner! Merry Christmas!

  14. this is awesome - really love it annie and the theme it beautiful x

  15. Annie! Astonishing!! What a wonderful holiday scene- you rocked this out of the park! I love it!
    hugs,Jackie ")

  16. What a wonderful shadow box, Annie! The window opening looks so inviting and I just love all the details inside. All layered up so nicely and I do believe I remember those lights! Happy Weekend! Hugs!

  17. Annie, I adore your little Christmas box - so many fabulous details throughout....I feel like I am walking down the street and seeing a wonderful, happy scene inside. And I LOVE your window frame with the snow - fantastic! xx Lynn

  18. Wow Annie, your Christmas box is incredible!! I love the window on the front with the big luscious poinsettia and all the fabulous snow! So many wonderful details inside too! I hope all is going well for you with the holidays just around the corner. til next time, hugs :)

  19. The front cover on this was enough Annie, and then you opened it to reveal even more vintage festive yumminess!!! LOVE that poinsettia and the gorgeous textures you've added with all those wonderful festive elements. Jenny x

  20. Beautiful shadow box. Love that you peek through to the fantastic little scene inside.


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