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Friday, 16 May 2014

All About Him - A Vintage Journey

I am delighted that it is my turn to host the next challenge at A Vintage Journey.  I have chosen 'All About Him' as my theme.  Men are usually difficult to make things for but with Tim Holtz's rang of stamps, dies and accessories it does make life so much easier! So with Father's Day coming up this is a great time to make something for a man.  This challenge is to make a card/tag/3D or any other type of project specifically for a man, using Tim's techniques or products wherever possible.

The other Creative Guides (DT) have made some wonderful pieces to inspire you and I hope you will pop over THERE for a look.  Do please take a few minutes to look at our Travelling Instructions  and also visit Tim's Blog for further inspiration.  Our sponsors, Country View Crafts are offering a £10 gift voucher to spend, to one winner who will be chosen by the team.

I have made a little memento for my DH who is mad about cycling and he has done his fair share both here and abroad (in his younger days).  This year we are very excited as the Tour de France (the biggest cycling event in the world) will be starting here in the UK.  It has only happened on two occasions before, in 1994 and 2007.  We will be travelling to London to see the final leg of the UK part of the Tour, in July.



I started out with two 8" square (20 cm) canvases and turned them around so that I could use the back as my base.


To cover up the staples and uneven back, I cut some thick card to fit the outer frame and insides.


Now there is a nice even base to work on.  I am not too worried if there are small gaps at this stage because it is going to be covered up.


I painted all sides of both of the frames and added two hinges to join the two together.  I did not like the hinges showing so I used some of Tim's French Industrial paper pad to cover the frames.



On the left hand side, I took one of the 6 inch pieces of paper from the French Industrial pad and placed it in the frame as my background.  I stamped the Beefeater Soldier and Big Ben from Tim's London Sights stamp set (the soldier has been stamped twice, once in black and once in red, the red part was overlaid  onto the black layer.  Both have been fussy cut and added to the background with sticky pads to raise them up.

The letters are from Tim's latest (and fabulous!) Letterpress, they have been sanded lightly and coloured with Festive Berries and Picket Fence Distress Paint.  I took Tim's Harlequin stencil and stencilled on the top and side of the frame with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. London has been stamped with Tim's Worn Text stamp set.



The right hand side of the frame also has one of the 6 inch pieces of paper from the French Industrial pad, I though it was appropriate to represent the Tour de France.  The Eiffel tower and Fleur de Lys were cut using Tim's die and then embossed using the Eiffel Tower Embossing Folder.  I touched them up with Treasure Silver to highlight the embossed areas.  Paris has been stamped with Tim's Worn Text stamp set, in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Finally, I added 2014 from Tim's Label Letters.


This is a view of the back, which has been covered in more of the French Industrial papers and stamped, again with the Worn Text stamp set.



Finally, I added a clasp to hold the canvases closed so that they can neatly be held on a bookshelf.

Thanks for looking, I do hope you will have fun creating something and join us at A Vintage Journey.  Please remember to read the rules.  We all look forward to seeing your Tim Holtz inspired makes!  Hugs, Anne xx

45 comments:

  1. Anne what a lovely momento you have created. I love how you joined the two together. Karen.x

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  2. Good Morning Anne. What a wonderful creation you have made with this special piece. Lots of interesting things to see on both front and back. Love it and I'm pretty sure your DH will love it too. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  3. This is fantastic Anne, David is sure to love it. What a wonderful and unusual use of canvas.
    Lynn x x x

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  4. So beautiful, so clever. I love to see how your style has changed over time with different products etc. Just love what you do. xx

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  5. This is fantastic Anne - it's as though Tim had you in mind when he put this collection together as everything fits together beautifully. I'm sure this will be displayed with pride and admired by all who see it. Jenny x

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  6. Hi Anne, I love what you have created here. The soldiers outfit looks perfect with double stamping him and the combination of the emboss and treasure silver on the Eiffel Tower and Fleur de Lys give them a superb 3d metal look. The letterpress look made to measure sat in the frame and I love the way they bring the two cities of London & Paris together. I bet David loves this and I hope you will have fun watching the race in London. Mo x

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  7. WOW! This is stunning Anne. I love your fabulous design using the canvas turned around. The papers, images and details you have added all work so well together.
    I am sure your husband is going to be thrilled to receive this. I hope you enjoy seeing the final leg of the UK part of the Tour, in July.
    hugs Sue xx

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  8. This is stunning Anne ... I love it!! Everything goes so well together and your attention to every detail is amazing. I'm sure hubby will love it too. Have a great time in London. Hugs ..... Linda xx
    PS Congrats to your boys in blue for last weekend .... nailbiting last day of the Premiership :)

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  9. you are such a clever lady Anne - this is brilliant - a great idea perfectly executed! Love it to bits and looking forward to joining in! Big Hugs rachel xx

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  10. Love your gorgeous creation.xxx

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  11. Wow, a lot of work for this beautiful artwork, love it

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  12. What a great use for unwanted canvases! Your finished project looks lovely. Thanks for sharing. Chris x

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  13. Love how you've put this together with London one side and france on the other. Its a great colour scheme too and I'm sure your DH will love it. Elaine x

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  14. I love your imagination and creativity Anne, such a clever project! Great imagery brought together to make this masculine make so appealing and to think that you can even close and clasp it and put it on the bookcase - fabulous! Chris xxx

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  15. Oh my word, this is amazing! So much detail - what a wonderful gift - your husband will treasure it! xx

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  16. Wow, wow, wow Anne, this is such a fabulous and inspiring piece! I totally love the construction of it (you are so clever with things like that, I will never forget that beach house you made...). The stamping and decorating is absolutely fabulous too! A stunning make from beginning to end!!

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  17. Fabulous Ann, love how you used two canvases and decorated the front and the back. Love the imagery and the lettering is fabulous. The papers work wonderfully and this makes a perfect Father's Day gift. Tracy x

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  18. Hi Anne, great idea for a man's gift, they are difficult to make for.
    If they don't like football or golf it seems like they've had it as regards bought gifts but making your own means it's so much more personal and this is something anyone would treasure.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  19. Wow! Anne this is such a great gift for your husband! The cycling theme has been executed so brilliantly and the use of papers all work so well! I love how you covered up all the edges and stenciled! The letterpress letters are a fabulous touch! Love this project and all the fabulous details! Hugs and Happy Weekend!

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  20. love love love it...great use of the letterpress letters as they are rather dimensional for a card...hubby will treasure it forever...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx

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  21. Your canvas book card for David is brilliant, Annie!! Oh, my, but he is going to love it! As always, I love your meticulous attention to detail and desing!!

    The fact that you have made it so personal for him is heartwarming. I'm also very happy for him and you that you will be going to London for this very special occasion!! Something wonderful to plan and look forward to doing!!

    Have a wonderful weekend! With love and hugs, Darnell

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  22. Hi Anne, I actually visited 'Vintage Journey' first today and left a comment..oh wow this is stunning, such a gorgeous design and fabulous details. David will be absolutely bowled over with this wonderful keep sake gift, hugs Carole Z X

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  23. Anne...this is gorgeous! I so love all of it...from the canvases to the closure. I can't believe this was not all one piece to begin with! I love how you turned them into shadow boxes with your design and then how you covered everything with such wonderful papers. Your bicycling them is very masculine and a perfect project for this challenge. <3 Candy

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  24. Un merveilleux mariage entre Londres et Paris! a male style for an ingenious box. Lys.

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  25. I can't decide what word fits this best, so I'm going to blast you with a whole bunch ~ Gosh, Great, Excellent, Cool, Wow, My Goodness, Fabulous, Amazing, Incredible, Fantastic, Wonderful, Magnificent, Sensational, Outstanding, Superb, Terrific, :D Mo xox

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  26. I really like this Anne and you've given me an idea to make something similar for my eldest son who's coming up to do a 100 mile charity cycle ride in our National Parks in July. I think he'd absolutely love the cycling images. Thanks for the inspiration. Margie x

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  27. This is superb Anne - love the way you turned those canvases back to front and made them so neat to begin with. Absolutely beautifully covered and decorated. I'm sure David is thrilled to be your inspiration (as well as Tim of course) - its a terrific masculine make. This will certainly remind you to look forward to your trip in July. Nicola xx

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  28. Anne !!!! This is truly wonderful! I love how you have used the inside of the canvasses and built the frames around. Fabulous choice of stamping and papers, they work beautifully together. Then hinging them together and adding a catch ... BRILLIANT ! Thank you for your kind words and support for BringBackOurGirls. Have a lovely weekend Toni xx

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  29. This is fantastic, Anne... Like Toni, I adore the hingeing and then that beautiful clasp... and using the reverse of the canvases to create the wonderful shadow box effect on the interior. Wonderful use of the papers, and so beautifully made to appeal perfectly to your cycling-DH! Hope you have a wonderful trip to London to see the TdeF in July!
    Alison xx

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  30. Gorgeous creation Anne, I love how it tells a story. It blends itself beautifully to the shadow box effect having the countries on each side and the metal embellishments suit it so well. Your hubby is going to love this. Bet you can't wait for your trip now.
    Julie xx

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  31. Oh my goodness Anne!! your husband will absolutely love this..it really is amazing!!! have a great weekend huggles Sue xx

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  32. Hello Miss Anne SQUAWK this is BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, and better get a shout out from Mister Tim, you build the most amazing creations, I love, well all of it it's just THE BOMB, another one, it's jammed packed with inspiration, thanks so much, hope you have a wonderful weekend, ((( BIG HUGS ))). Thanks for stopping by my nest while I've been MIA...

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  33. Great project Anne - I too love Tour de France and have only had the chance to see it on TV. Have fun on you trip to London, I am so jealous! Love the way you put the two canvases together and all the details of the inside.

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  34. Stunning creation Anne, love the two canvases together, all the touches to detail are outstanding. You are a clever lady and so very inspiring. Enjoy your time in London, it sounds great and no doubt will inspire even more fab creations x

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  35. What a wonderful masculine project Anne! Love the look of the shadow box insides using the backs of the canvases - your papers and stampings are all perfect for this bike theme - how fun to be able to see one leg of the Tour up close and personal!!

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  36. Anne i'm in a terrible delay this week, but this has been a hard week for me! This piece is wonderful! I love especially your idea to use two canvas to create a shadow box ! Clever, absolutely clever! Amazing !!!! barbarayaya

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  37. Such a fabulous challenge theme Anne and I adore your project. Gorgeous papers and wonderful details. I am sure David will love it. sending you both huge hugs

    Annie xx

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  38. WOW...Anne what a fabulous creation... I adore it... the papers & colours... how you have used the frames is brilliant... your DH will adore this....I do.... Hugs May x x x

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  39. Fantastic Anne. What a great idea turning the canvasses over - will add that to my to do list! Such a clever theme too and I love the way you have combined the British and French elements together. Hope he likes it and enjoys the Tour too. Nikki xx

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  40. This is fantastic, such a wonderful male creation. I love the die-cuts and the clasp is fabulous!
    Rebecca.

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  41. Your project is wonderful Anne!, such a great idea to use 2 canvases & join them together like this. I love all the elements you have used & I'm sure your DH will too.
    Amy x

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  42. Anne, this is just beautiful front and back. Thanks for showing the how-to on the mechanics of it all. I am inspired!

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  43. Brilliant Anne, and I love the tour too, am going up north to see the start! this is a great tutorial and a fabulous piece. Love barb x

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  44. Detail, detail, details - Your details are fantastic. I see David and I have a lot in common - he used to cycle and I used to walk! Maybe I will get to see you on the television! I know I would recognize you!!
    What a wonderful gift and I know David will not only love it but appreciate it very much. You can tell him for me that I don't think I would like Kippers.
    What a wonderful idea to attach to canvases together with hinges. Great goggle paper and the clasp to hold it together when closed is not only beautiful but functional too. Thanks Sugar for sharing how you did this.
    Sandy xx
    Back to your make -

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  45. Hello! Every aspect of your project is fantastic, from your initial idea to use the framed canvas as shadow boxes and every technique and detail you added! A treasure. Thanks also for visiting my blog to comment on my card!

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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