Friday, 19 September 2014

The colours of Autumn challenge 15 at A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome on this lovely Friday. It is my turn to host a challenge at A Vintage Journey, the wonderful Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog sponsored by Country View Crafts.

Autumn is well and truly here in the northern hemisphere and as it is my favourite time of year I chose "The Colours of Autumn" as my theme.
I created a mini book using the wonderful Eileen Hull  mini book Cherished die, which makes making a mini so quick and easy.
As I am the challenge host, I decided to use all of my favourite Tim techniques, they are pretty basic, probably the simplest of all, but I just love them, - blending colours with Distress Inks, steciling, stamping and embossing, all Autumn themed of course.

For the cover I ran my diecut piece through the Sizzix/ Tim Holtz Alterations Thankful embossing folder.

I then coloured to my heart's content with various autumnal coloured Distress Inks :Dried Marigold, Ripe Permission, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves and a bit of Dusty Concord and some  Walnut Stain around the edges.

I then layered it up with a piece of crumpled Kraftcard, coloured with the same colours, giving a kind of leather effect, and the Tim Holtz  Pumpkin from the Halloween Blueprint 2 set.

Some die cuts (the leaves were triple embossed to give them a glossy sheen) and an ornate plate, with a sentiment stamped on old book paper finished it all off.

The inside pages were all made with the die too. Here is a link to a video where Eileen shows how to do this: LINK, it was passed on to me by my lovely teamy Jenny from Pushing the Right Buttons.

I used pretty much the same technique for all of the inside pages, blending Distress Inks and stamping with Archival and stenciling in the background for more interest. This is the front page:

For this one I used the Spiderweb Layering stencil, some background stamps, some bleach stamping for the text and the Classics 1 set.
This scene was built up with a lot of Remnant Rubs and some background stamping with the Classics 19 set. I also added some splatters with the white Dylusions spray.
For the facing pages I used bits from the Walflower Paper stash, added some ink and stenciling and a sentiment only. This sentiment is from Indigo Blue.
More stenciling and stamping in the background. The vocal stamp is a Chapel Road Art stamp. I loved the fact that I could use both an apple and a pear stamp, such autumnal fruits....
The facing page, this sentiment is from The Artistic Stamper. I ran the bottom through a texture fade strip and coloured it  with H2Os.
The next double page, the sentiment is Indigo Blue, the wild flowers are Stampendous.

the last page:
The final page with a sentiment from the Classics 11 set. I covered in inside of the cover with more of the Wallflower papers and tied the pages with twine into the cover. (Eileen shows how to do this in the video, only she uses elastics, but I felt twine fitted the rustic autumnal theme better). This makes it quick and easy to add further pages as time allows.
Well, hope you like this mini. I've tried to keep the descriptions brief as we all have a lot of blogs to visit. And of course I hope you will check out the challenge, play along and see the really amazing projects my team mates have created.

Thank you so much for visiting and even if you are in the southern hemisphere, where it is now spring, you are of course very welcome to play along!!!


massofhair said...

BEAUTIFUL colours and textures, loving the die can see it makes making mini books so much easier. Can see you enjoyed yourself creating the pages, choosing the colours and assembling it.
Fantastic share and a wonderful challenge :-) xxx

froebelsternchen said...

Oh my gosh ... an AMZING BOOK... wow!

chrissie said...

Such an amazing little book with lots of inspiration. The colours are stunning

Love Chrissie xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful book, Autumn is always my fave season. Have fun. Valerie

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous album Astrid and love those rich autumnal colours a stunning creation


Jane said...

Just fabulous. ..the colours on the outside of your wonderful book are amazing. are so talented thanks for sharing it here x

Dagmar said...

Liebe Astrid- mir fehlen in englisch die Worte :-)
Dein Mini Album strahlt so mit den wundervollen warmen Herbstfarben! Ich liebe den Herbst auch mit seiner Farbenpracht und gehe gern durch die Natur um alles aufzunehmen. Du hast dieses Gefühl so perfekt eingefangen- ein Traum! Du hast wieder einmal ganz hervorragend gearbeitet.

Ganz herzlichen Dank für deine lieben Worte auf meinem Blog- morgen Mittag ist die Prüfung dann hoffentlich bestanden :-)
Liebe/Grüße Dagmar

Maryann Laursen said...

An absolut outstanding project here Astrid, sooooooooooo beautiful and well made as always hun. I really love the warmth in this project and every page show sooo much warm and joy through everything, that it automaticly put a smile on ones face, when you look through this. Gorgeous work.
Hope you´re all having a wonderful week-end ahead here now.

Gaby Bee said...

This little book is absolutely stunning, Astrid. The detail and colors are totally amazing. LOVE it!

Have a great day!
Gaby xo

Deborah said...

Such an inspirational project, Astrid. I love how you added purple to the autumnal mix on the front cover. Brilliant!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

A real keep sake...a nice ode to autumn Astrid!
greetings, Alie

Jenny Marples said...

Leading from the front with the most beautiful mini album Astrid. I love the embossed front with it's autumnal arrangement and then each page filled with colour and clever design. There will be so many more projects inspired by this Astrid (as there have been by your previous creations). Thank you for continuing to share so much. Jenny x

Unknown said...

Another BEAUTIFUL Astrid Book... I love each and every page here Astrid... it is delightful and so full of the Autumn spirits... I love it... the colors are rich and delightfully FALL... we have a very rich fall where we are presently living... there are LEAF LOOKERS that will be coming soon... generally the month of October brings millions of people to the mountains to see all the rich colors of all the leaves. I too love the Fall and Spring of the year... never can really decide which is the best... but since it is now fall.. it is my favorite too... love the look you have given with each and every page of this book... great work as always Astrid.. I always look forward to your treasures. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Redanne said...

Oh Astrid, what a stunning mini album echoing the fabulous colours of Autumn so beautifully. I love the gorgeous pumpkin and wheat sheaves on the front cover - and everything else in the album too! Hugs, Anne xx

Brenda Brown said...

This is just divine Astrid, such fabulous textures and images for your autumn booklet.
hugs Brenda xxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous ook Astrid, adore the blend of colours, the embossed element, wonderful use of imagery and design. Great piece. Tracy x

Maryanne said...

Oh, WOW, Astrid!! I just love this book. Fall and all it's beautiful colors are here in the book! The colors of fall are some of my favorites and you've used all the best DI colors. I love all the imagery and backgrounds on all the pages, too. Just fantastic!

Dianne said...

Outstanding Miss Astrid, page after page of gorgeousness LOVE IT.....

Dorthe said...

Oh ,your book is stunning dear Astrid,
fantastic colours, and stamps, and the wonderful bleach stamping on some of the pages, gives a special feeling.
Also the texture fade strip of leaves looks amazing. What a gorgeous project you created.

Paula Cheney said...

beautiful work Astrid - so much detail and thought - I love how you figured how to make the texture fade work for a front cover!

Rita said...

Fabulous album Astrid. Love everything about it. Hugs Rita xxx

Jennie Atkinson said...

An absolute stunner Astrid - the colours, the textures, the wonderful pages. Just fabulous x

pam said...

OMW Astrid, this is a stunner... what a handy die the book is..think I need this.
your colours, stamps and embellishments are totally fabulous.

Annie said...

Your album is fabulous Astrid and I adore the wonderful array of Distress Inks you have incorporated.
The embossing and stamped pumpkin really add to this piece. Wonderful details on the inside pages too...a stunning autumn project

TFS and huge hugs
Annie x

S@ndy Diller said...

Astrid - this mini is simply beautiful. I love the colors you used as well as all the techniques. Great theme for your challenge.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW what a beautiful tribute to autumn and a great inspiration, thanks for sharing.
Hugs Anja

Meggymay said...

Fantastic autumn project, wonderful textures on the outside and awesome details on each page.

Terry said...

So lovely, Astrid! The album cover is so delightful and bursting with Autumn colors. Each page filled with wonderful colors and techniques. Love this!

butterfly said...

Oh, my word, Astrid - what a beautiful bookful of autumn gorgeousness! I love the word embossing and the fabulous shading and glowing colours. Just lovely!
Alison xx

Jackie PN said...

Astrid!! You have hit every color combo that I love!! And the way you fade the colors- I really need to learn from you! heehee
I especially love the blue flower page, but have to say the front and cover are my favorites!! Gorgeous my friend! xxoo

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

WOW!!! FANTASTIC album! LOVE the colors...every page a wonder! Gorgeous cover too!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid what a gorgious Automn project , I really love the cover very much , but the other pages are very pretty too, I love AUtomn so much because of all those great colours, it's really my favorite season to work with!!


Anonymous said...

Fabulous album Astrid! Love the colours and each page is a delight! Sue C x

Evelyn Walter said...

Only WOOOOOWWWWWW! What a great project again! Love all those colors and texture you made. Every single page is a stunner, great!
xxx Evelyn

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, it's another breathtaking project, you kept the autumn as its best.

Ros Crawford said...

Absolutely amazing!! Who would have thought this started as just plain cardstock!

Unknown said...

Completely Amazing, Astrid!! OMG!! Each page of your Awesome mini album is full of all of warm, rich colors of Autumn and simply Spectacular!! WOW!! OMG!! I'm blown away looking at each page!! WOW!! That's what I keep saying!! WOW!! Oh gosh, anything that I may create for AVJ won't even come close to this masterpiece!! Beautiful AVJ creation, Astrid! You Are Soooo AWESOME!!! XOXO-Shari T.

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Astrid! What a fantastic project! I love the beautiful cover! The color palette looks amazing! Every page is a work of art! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jools Robertson said...

Fabulous mini book for your brilliant challenge
Beautiful warm glow colours and with a hint of my favourite purple too
Fantastic textures and techniques on the autumnal fruit pages, love this idea

Jools x

Mary Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous mini book. Love this die. Amazing color as usual Astrid. Oh ... I so love fall! -- Mary Elizabeth

barbarayaya62 said...

Amazing work Astrid! I'm in love with this!!!! BArbarayaya!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Once again a simply stunning piece Astrid!! You make it all sound so easy to do and yet I know it's not. Gorgeous rich autumnal colour and each page is a mini masterpiece in itself!! Love, love, love this booklet!!! ox

Anonymous said...

Such a clever idea to create a die which allows a book to be made in a speedier fashion and without any measuring.
The colours are spot on, I especially like your use of the purple/plum colour and that pumpkin is a wonderful focal for the front cover.
A beautiful keepsake.

Nicole Wright Designs said...

This are amazing Astrid. I adore the depth in colour. It's so nice just to see distressinks used this boldly. I miss my bloggy buddies. Time to get back I to the swing of crafting. As winter nears. Well at least in my part of Canada. Candy for the eye my friend.

sarascloset said...

Astrid, this is such a fabulous tribute to fall. Your cover is just gorgeous, but what a treat as I "turn every page"! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

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