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Friday, 4 April 2014

A Little Bit French - A Vintage Journey

Hello and welcome!  Over at A VINTAGE JOURNEY it is the very talented Astrid's time to introduce a challenge and she has chosen 'A Little Bit French'.   In Astrid's own words:

The theme I have chosen is "A Little bit French". So whatever you decide to make, give your project that little bit of a French feel. Tim has so many products that can be used to create a Springtime in Paris make, or if that does not take your fancy, why not something grungy or vintage but with a bit of a French flair?  Think stamps, embossing folders, Distress products, dies, - the possibilities are endless. Whatever you do, enjoy the journey, but for this challenge, take it to France!

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Our wonderful sponsor is Country View Crafts who offer a £10 voucher to the winner who will be chosen by the Creative Guides (DT).

I went to Paris, once, in the Spring time and my lasting memory is that of the Eiffel Tower, so I used several dies and embossing folders, some Letterpress and  inked my Tim Holtz Paris Memoir stamp set to create a little hanging.


There is quite a bit to talk about in this because I added so many elements.  The base is heavyweight black card.  The next layer is white card which I embossed with Tim's French Script Embossing Folder, I had to do this twice to cover the whole piece of card.  The card was then coloured with Broken China and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.


The next layer is Tim's Picture wheel, to which I added some mini photos of Paris.  The frame was cut from the Postage Frame die and then painted with Black Soot Distress Paint, some Distress Crackle Paint and then 'grunged' up with some Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.

Behind the frame is white card, coloured with Broken China and Tea die Distress Ink and then overstamped with Tim's Paris Memoir stamp set.

The Eiffel tower was cut from the Eiffel Tower die and then embossed using the Eiffel Tower Embossing Folder.  Treasure Gold (Pewter)  was lightly rubbed over the surface to highlight the embossing.  The words Je t'aime were computer generated.  I wanted to reflect my love of Paris and they were they only words that sprang to mind....


I was so excited when Tim brought out the Letterpress alphabet!  I love them.... lots.  They are much chunkier than I had imagined and will be great for all sorts of projects.  I sanded down the top of the letters and then, with my finger, I dabbed some Peeled Paint  Distress Paint over the letters and wiped some off with a baby wipe to give a more weathered look.  I attached them to the frame with jump rings and little eyelets screwed into each of the blocks.

To finish off the piece I added some twisted rusty wire and an Idea-ology charm with the word 'journey' on it. 

I look forward to you joining us this time at A Vintage Journey, in our 'A Little Bit French' challenge.   I hope you will have a look over there and see what amazing creations the other Creative Guides have produced.  

I am rather belatedly joining in the Paris or French challenge over at The Kraft Journal where a random prize of $15 will be given away to spend at www.KraftOutlet.com and participants have a chance to be selected as a Featured Artist. 

Thanks so much for looking, hope to see you again soon.  Hugs, Anne xx

51 comments:

  1. Wow Anne, Your creation really has the French charm about it. Love the layout and of course the way you have added the letters at the bottom edge. Love it. Hugs Rita xxx

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  2. What a gorgeous piece Anne. Love your use of the picture wheel. Karen.x

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  3. Such a clever set of ideas to create a beautiful Parisian hanging Anne. The way you've miniaturised the photos to fit the wheel and distressed the postage frame is great. Jenny x

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  4. WOW! This is amazing Anne. Your attention to detailing is just wonderful and I love it all. I especially love how you have added mini photos of Paris behind the picture wheel.
    hugs Sue xx

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  5. Wow indeed Anne, - this is such a stunning project! Thanks also for the detailed description of how you put it together! Love the idea of the little Paris photos in the picture wheel and those letters at the bottom, they just finish it off to perfection, brilliant!!

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  6. Hi Anne this is a lovely creation. Love the little pictures in the wheel idea, very sweet and cute. The colours are great too, and the explanation of how it all goes together. Stunning piece, thank you for sharing. X

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  7. Hi Anne, this is trull inspired! I love the way you have used the photo wheel die with the mini photos and wow!!! the embossed background is amazing, love it all!!! I've only been to Paris once, thirty years ago(ouch!), we keep saying we must go back, after all it isn't far now is it? One day! Hugs Carole Z X

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  8. Ooh La La! This is fabulous Anne ..... I love Paris, haven't been for a while though (sigh).
    I love everything about your wall hanging .... the embossed background, the postage stamp frame, the Eiffel Tower, and the colours .....Tres Chic!
    The letterpress blocks hanging from the bottom are the perfect finishing touch too. Thanks for sharing ..... have a fab weekend. Hugs Linda xx

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  9. A beautiful creation and there's no mistaking it's french!! Love the letter dangling off the bottom. I'm going to have to think about this one!! Elaine x

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  10. what a fabulous and clever creation Anne - its so good that you've got your own memories to work from for this project - its just stunning. I love the little wheel and the dangling letters are awesome - something else to add to the list of needs lol!!!! Brilliant. Hope you are well Anne. Big Hugs to you - my dad is fine so I can think about a crafty playdate now!!! Let me know if there's a Friday you can do some time in the next month or so! Hugs rachel xx

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  11. ooh la la....tres magnifique as they say in Parlez Vous Francais...love all the lovely texture and how you used the "yes they are chunkier than I thought" letterpress letters...hugs kath xxx

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  12. This is absolutely beautiful Anne! Great composition, love the colour palette, the quirky coiled handle is fun and the addition of the letterpress letters for 'Paris' is a stroke of genius - brilliant! Chris xxx

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  13. Beautiful hanging Anne , love your combination of dies and the embossed background. The hanging letters is a lovely touch. Tracy x

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  14. Boah, Anne, das ist so schön geworden.
    Ein herrliches Stück, und mit diesen hängenden Buchstaben ist das perfekt.
    Wunderbar!

    Herzlichst Sophie xx

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  15. Anne...your french piece is gorgeous! I am so jealous...I have never been to France. But all of these projects are making me feel like I have! :) I love your background done with Tim's french embossing folders. The black cardstock mounting is a very effective "frame" for your fabulous piece. The picture wheel with all of the little french pictures and the Eiffel tower framed by Tim's postage stamp die cut is such a great collage in the center of your piece. I also love the dangling "PARIS" letters. Those really finish off your piece perfectly! <3 Candy

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  16. Anne, Je t'aime, Je t'aime.Perfect choice of words, its gorgeous. I love the picture wheel tucked in the background. Flashback to childhood memories. The Eiffel tower looks fabulous too.
    Julie x

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  17. Gorgeous I haven't seen the Letterpress Alphabet before, corrrrr need it! Elizabeth xxx

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  18. Ooh, how cool are those dangling letterpress blocks - brilliant! I love the picture wheel - and, oh my, that Paris memoir stamp is stunning. I thought I didn't need that set - aaaagh!! Fabulous Parisian creation, Anne.
    Alison xx

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  19. Anne, your hanging is gorgeous! Love what have done with the photo wheel and placing the Eiffel Tower in front of postage frame! The Letterpress "Paris" is an eye catching finishing touch! Love this and all the layers of perfection! Have a fabulous weekend. Hugs!

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  20. First of all, second of all, and last of all, I love this, Annie! The first thing that pops out is all that brilliant blue. One imagines the lovely spring day with the Eiffel Tower taking center stage, as well it should. Once again, it's all about the details. You never leave a single one out and you never put a single one too many in. Each is in it's "found" place like the piece spoke to you and told you where. That's innate talent!! MWAH! MWAH! MWAH!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  21. fantstic Anne...love all those wonderful details and of course the Letterpress Alphabet. How have I missed that !!! You and I have to be the biggest Tim fans ever and I dont have it!!!

    The background is fabulous Anne and the embossing folder textures really add some depth.totally fabulous my friend

    Have a fab weekend. Just having a toast to David !

    Take care Annie x

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  22. This is an amazing creation, I especially love the letters along the bottom.
    Rebecca.

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  23. What a beautiful creation Anne - I love everything French! The colours and the gorgeous layers are scrumptious. I would love to join in this challenge if I get the time - it sounds such a good one. Margie x

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  24. I love that letterpress spelling out Paris and also the placement of the small images within the wheel - Anne, this is packed with wonderful elements to absorb.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  25. I love anything with a "French" theme Ann, so your French themed hanging is so up my "Rue". Seriously though, I love all your elements and how you have put them together to make this gorgeous piece. C'est tres magnifique.
    Hugs Lottie x

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  26. What a wonderful piece Anne and what a great idea to use the letterpress letters, i have to admit to still stroking mine in the pack! A really great piece and full of French flavour x thanks so much for all your kindness to me it is really appreciated huge hugs x and thanks againx trace x

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  27. Anne, This is stunning... Beautiful creation full of wonderful layers...I adore the letterpress letters...the detail is outstanding...Love it all... Hugs May x x

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  28. C'est magnifique Anne! This is such a gorgeous piece and fit to be displayed in any gallery :o) x

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  29. Whatever they pay you is not enough!!! Anne you are so gorgeously talented and I love your wall hanging more than you will ever know. How did you make the little holes in the frame to attach the rings to? It seems like everything you do just gets better and better and better!!!
    Sandy xx

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  30. Fabulous Anne! Love the combination of items you've used here , gorgeous Eiffel Tower, picture wheel and the lovely letter press, all beautifully put together xx

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  31. I completely echo all the compliments above Anne. It is absolutely beautiful, such wonderful composition, colours and elements. The dangling letters are brilliant. Very chic and evocative. Nicola x

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  32. There are so many fabulous elements here that make this a stunning wall hanging! I really love the picture wheel! xx

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  33. I love your hanging and, as usual, got the balance, colours and detail perfect.
    Thanks for your comment and Neet has spoken to me about a bag for you. I am willing to make one for you from my new yummy Tim Holtz stash of fabric so if you email me I will plan exactly what you would like. Stuart Hillard has an affinity with TH and uses TH products! He admired my bag and had a good look at it.
    Jo x

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  34. Brilliant Anne, done with your usual pezaze and style! Love it. Bigs hugs barb x

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  35. Anne - you are so talented. I love how you used the Viewmaster Wheel. I bought that die but could never think of anything to do with it. My favourite part on this piece of yours was the hanging letterpress letters, but I loved all the overall layering too. I love how clean but detailed everything is. I envy anyone who can keep it clean - I have tried many time to clean up my cards and tags - I have failed everytime!

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  36. Gorgeous Anne, a great hanging done in your usual stylish manner. Love the way you have used the Wheel to include so many views. Love it!
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  37. Ooooooh fabulous French charm Anne - I love the wheel and the views of Paris and those letters are just FAB!!!! Just love it xxxx

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  38. The pictures in the wheel are FANTABULOUSA!!!!Love that! Great piece!

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  39. amazing! love the picture wheel!

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  40. This is just fabulous Ann, I love it. Never would have thought the Eiffel Tower was made from an embossing folder, it makes such an cool element.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

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  41. What a a beautiful and unique hanging Anne, I just love your use of the stamp and picture wheel dies and the very French/Parisienne feel you have achieved. I just love the Eiffel Tower (now on my wish list) and the amazing letterpress blocks, what a clever way to use them. Love it all xx

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  42. I'm so in love with the Printer's blocks Anne! So clever :)

    Amy*

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  43. You are so clever, Anne! Love how you used the picture wheel ~ what a super idea! And your dangling Paris letters are a crowning touch.

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  44. Wow! Oh! Wow! this is truly amazing.
    I just LOVE everything you have done on the wonderful creation.
    Happy Crafting

    Patricia xx

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  45. Superb work AGAIN! Love the Letterpress letters and the picture wheel so much I think I NEED them! Anne, you are such an inspiring person - and lovely with it.
    Loadsa hugs, Neet xxx

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  46. Wonderful. LOve every bit of it. Thanks for showing us Anneke.

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  47. This is absolutely STUNNING, Anne. I love everything about it, and I have some GREAT NEWS for you. There's still time (about one day or so) to stop by The Kraft Journal to link up this fabulous project in our Paris/France Challenge this week. We would LOVE having you play along with us, and I hope you will stop by to link up.
    Blessings,
    Karen
    The Kraft Journal
    www.thekraftjournal.blogspot.com

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  48. What a beautiful piece! I adore all of the details! Thanks for joining us this week at The Kraft Journal!♥

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  49. What a completely fabulous piece! I've never been to Paris, but this made me want to hop on a plane and go there! I love the textured background you created and the pictures in the picture wheel were so clever. I am also dying to get my hands on some of those letterpress alphabet letters and thought your use of them was perfect! Thanks for sharing this, which really gave me some great ideas and inspiration, even if I haven't made it to Paris yet!

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  50. This is gorgeous Anne, particularly like your idea of adding all those little pictures behind the wheel & those letterpress letters just finish it all so nicely.
    Amy x

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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