Friday, 1 May 2015

Spring Colours for A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, welcome and Happy Mayday to you all!!
This being the first of the month, it's going to be a busy day here on my blog, so I am trying my best to keep my post short lol....
It's my turn this month to host a challenge at A Vintage Journey, which as you will know is a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog. This being the month of May I chose Spring colours as my theme (with apologies to those of you who live in the Southern Hemisphere).
Tim has so many wonderful Spring colours in his Distress range, I chose to use Blues and Yellows mostly mixing them to create green and adding a touch of Rusty Hinge.
The colours I used were Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed. I also used tiny touches of Peacock Feathers. The Distress products I used were just the Distress Inks and the Rusty Hinge Distress Marker.

I decided to alter a small canvas, it's just a bit smaller than 5 x 7" and started to layer on some colour using my blending tools.. Next I added some stenciling and background stamping using the Blossom Layering stencil and the text stamp from the Papillion stamp set.
I was having so much fun that I totally forgot to take step by step photos, so I can only show you some little corners.
For the focal point of my canvas I used one of the flowers from the Flower Garden set and one of the butterflies from the Water Colour set.
I stamped them on smooth card, fussy cut them and then coloured them with Distress inks.
I layered them up over the honey comb die from the Mixed Media Thinlets dies, which I had cut from Kraft Card and adhered to the center of my Canvas with Ranger Matte Medium. I rubbed over this whole arrangement with Glue 'N Seal and when that had dried used my Rusty Hinge Distress Marker to add some shadow and make it all pop a bit more. Using the Glue'N Seal helps to blend the marker much easier.

The sentiment is from the Perspectives set, I stamped it on lightly gessoed book paper and then cut it apart so I could use it in two different places, and that is about it.

I hope you'll hop over to A Vintage Journey to see all the inspiration my talented teamies have created, and hopefully you'll decide to play along. You have a whole month now and of course there is a wonderful prize to be won donated by our sponsor Countryview Crafts.

Well, that's it for now, I'll be back later in the day with two further projects, so hopefully see you again, thanks so much for dropping by and have a great month!!

40 comments:

  1. Absolutely love this little gem! I am inspired to go play with my inks now!

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  2. Beautiful colours and subject Astrid - thanks so much for a great challenge.

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  3. Fab theme Astrid, loving all your textures and colour choices. Love the kraft card die how it raises your flower & creates such dimension:-) xxx

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  4. Your layering is wonderful on this Astrid! the honeycomb bit, the stenciling, the colors, the flowers - the torn sentiment strips and butterfly are the perfect final touches! such a great theme for this month's challenge - sure to lift all of our spirits!

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  5. Absolut stunning work again Astrid. I love the texture in this and I´m sure this would look awesome on a male card too. It´s just amazing and sooo fabulous.

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  6. Wonderful colours on your canvas Astrid and a beautiful flower stamp

    Love Chrissie xx

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  7. Thank you so much for such a great theme for this month's challenge! Your canvas is absolutely fabulous! Amazing texture and color combination with a perfect touch of beautifully colored butterfly and the thorn stripes! Fantastic!
    Hugs :)
    Branka xxx

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  8. Gorgeous! Love the challenge and can't wait to play along. The canvas glows!

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  9. OUTSTANDING! I totally love this Astrid. At first I thought you'd stencilled the honeycomb but can now see the die cutting beautifully blended with the inks. Leading from the front again! Jenny x

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  10. Simply beautiful Astrid,I absolutely adore that cone flower it's my favourite from the set and it looks so real here ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

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  11. Gorgeous canvas, Astrid! I love those colors and the cutout stamps.

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  12. Astrid, this is simply gorgeous. I love the simplicity of this canvas! The colors are lucious. I adore the stamp sets you used. Your design is just lovely.,

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  13. So stunning Astrid! This is my favourite flower from that set and you have really showcased it with beauty and style!! Love the honeycomb background and your butterfly is the perfect addition to this bright and cheery spring make! hugs :)

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  14. such a wonderful piece and a wonderful theme too Astrid - thankyou! Big hugs rachel x

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  15. Gorgeous piece, I love everything about it, the designs, colours and texture. Thanks for your kind words at my blog. Sometimes change is good for the soul (at least for me). Take care, Shirleyxx

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  16. Another beautiful creation! Love the spring colors!! Have a great weekend!

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  17. I'm in love with this piece of work Astrid! Love everything about it. I've just got the flower garden stamps and I'm struggling with them, I just keep coming back and looking at this and wonder if I can achieve anything half as beautiful !

    Joan

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  18. WOW dear Astrid, what a grandiose composition, I love it!!
    Big hugs Anja

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  19. Your colours are so attractive on this canvas. A beautiful layout and gorgeous piece.
    Julie x

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  20. I really am stuck for words, the flowers are stunning and the honeycomb background is beautiful - and the colours of spring are wonderful - this is a fabulous canvas! Hugs, Anne xx

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  21. Dear me Astrid - you are a busy gal today... and hehehehe - you are keeping me busy too!! Love it though because you are one person on my list of favs that I could just look at creations you made all day every day. NOW... for this one - I have to say.... I have never seen MUSTARD looking so incredible. This is just fabulous. So BRIGHT but still you managed to make it so YOU with a vintage swag! Super fine. j.

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  22. Beautiful, Astrid! And I love the tip about using Glue N Seal before coloring. How on earth do you fussy ut that slender stem so cleanly?!! Kudos to you for design and technique! xxx Lynn

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  23. The placement of flowers on the honey comb is stunning. Love the bright colors and thanks for the lovely challenge. ..The colors make you happy. Hugs.

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  24. The placement of flowers on the honey comb is stunning. Love the bright colors and thanks for the lovely challenge. ..The colors make you happy. Hugs.

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  25. My goodness, you have been crafting up a storm!! This is stunning .. I love the brighter colours and once again the stamping and stenciling are perfection!! Love the way you create the shading around your images, it makes such a difference to the whole piece. Absolutely divine Astrid!! xx

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  26. This is stunning! Beautiful colours and layers. X

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  27. Oh beautiful! (We were clearly channelling similar vibes with the background!). I love the flowers and the wonderful honeyed honeycomb texture. Lovely challenge theme too, thank you!
    Alison xx

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  28. Beautiful canvas Astrid ! Love the honeycomb layer and the flowers are gorgeous ! Sue C x

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  29. This is breathtaking!! I adore the colours!!

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  30. Astrid your work is always a delight and creative but this is just breathtakingly beautiful! The colours, the textures, the design and how they all act as a wonderful backdrop for those gorgeous flowers. An absolute stunner of a piece. And thank you for such a lovely challenge. Jennie x

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  31. Great Spring colours! I really am going to have to get that flower set!! Chrisx

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  32. Beautiful canvas, Astrid :) You are using all of my favorite Colors of Spring-Especially yellow! ;) :) You're using one of my new fav Tim Holtz images, too--Love those coneflowers :)
    A Fabulous challenge theme this month! I'm so sorry I had to sit this one out :( But I'm enjoying the view of all of these creations :) XOXO-Shari

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  33. a really great spring inspired project x

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  34. Stunning altered canvas, Astrid! I just loved the "Spring Color" theme and your colors are worked so beautifully! The cornflowers look wonderful against that honeycomb background!

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  35. Absolutely love everything about your canvas Astrid! It's beautiful!!!

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  36. Gorgeous canvas Astrid, love your beautiful flowers and butterfly and the sentiment is perfect. Thanks for a great prompt at AVJ this month, I had so much fun creating with your inspiration!

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  37. Fabulous canvas, and so hard to believe your supply list of Distress is so short in making this! You have really done those inks justice, and worked them for all their beauty! I'm loving your composition, and really get such a clean breath of fresh spring time air just by looking at this marvel! Well done, as always! Hugs! PS thanks so much for the inspiring theme, too!

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  38. Astrid this is a masterpiece! I love every lttle detail of your work! fantastic colours and design! Barbarayaya

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  39. Such a beautiful canvas, adore the spring colours, perfect! Ruth x

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  40. This is so beautiful! I love the colors! You've inspired me to purchase this awesome stamp set and play to see what I come up with! Thank you so much for the inspiration and for sharing your art!

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