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Friday, 11 July 2014

Dies and Distress for A Vintage Journey

This fortnight at A Vintage Journey the wonderful and very talented Annie is the host and the challenge is Dies and Distress.  In Annie's own words:

"You can create any type of project i.e tags, canvas, cards, altered art.....as long as you include dies and distress products such as inks, paints, stains, embossing powders and markers.
Dies can be distressed, embossed, stamped.................the creativity is yours.


We are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge, however, its about Tim's style so the dies you use do not have to be from Tim's Sizzix range. Please check out our Travelling Instructions for more details."

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Those of you who have followed me for a while know how much I love using the Accordion Die by Sizzix, together with Tim Holtz's fabulous Butterfly Frenzy Die, which if you love butterflies as much as I do, is a must have!



I started by cutting the base using quite thick acetate and the Sizzix Accordion die.  I cut covers for the base from some beautiful Maja Design papers for the front and I cut the front mat and butterflies using the same papers.

I used Broken China Distress Marker to go around the edge of every butterfly to get rid of those white edges.  I edged all of the accordion pieces with Broken China Distress Ink and glued them over the acetate.  The sentiment is from Tim's Good Thoughts stamp set.  I added a few spare butterflies to the frame and sentiment and I still have plenty left over - it really is a wonderful die with lots of different sizes and shapes of butterfly.


I tried to get a close-up of the front but it is not easy to photograph acetate.  I hope you can see how the butterflies appear to be flying.  I think this is one of those things that looks better in real life.......  I went around he edges of the whole frame with just a touch of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint.




For the back I used plain white card which I embossed with an embossing folder and then coloured the card with Broken China Distress Ink.  The sentiment is from Tim's Random Quotes stamp set.  To secure the butterflies I used a tiny dab of Ranger Glossy Accents which does not show at all on the back, so the card looks OK front or the back.

I hope you will head over to A Vintage Journey to see the fabulous projects that my Creative Guide Sisters have made, you will not be disappointed.  I also hope you will feel inspired to join in this fortnight with your Tim inspired projects.

Our wonderful sponsors, Country View Crafts are offering a £10 voucher to spend in store, to one winner, chosen by the Creative Guides (DT).  Please do read the the rules (Travelling Instructions) to be sure that you will be considered for the prize.

As always, thanks so much for looking and huge thanks to my latest followers, it is a pleasure to have you along on my creative journey.   I hope to see you all again soon.  Big hugs, Anne xx






47 comments:

  1. Gracious me, how did I get to leave the 1st comment? Whoo EEE! Anne, this is so lovely and your beautiful butterflies do indeed give the appearance of inflight! How you come up with all these wonderful ideas is so amazing. This one is simply stunning, and I love the blue. The piece is beautifully finished - front & back, and I bet inking all the tiny white edges took a time. Well worth it though. Glad to see a new creation & hope you are all rested up from your time away having crafty fun. TFS & Hugs

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  2. I know how much you love your little butterflies Anne and this accordian card has had a lot of love (and time) poured into it. The Maja papers are beautiful, I just love the double butterfly on the sentiment and thanks to the glossys, the back looks as good as the front. Mo x

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  3. Anne, I too love to use those great Accordion Card Dies. You, however, have taken it to a new height. Just love the entire thing with the butterflies truly in flight as well as the colors and stamping. Just beautiful!

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  4. Anne, there is nothing ordinary about your creations! I always enjoy your Accordion Cards and this one with the butterflies is right up there being a favorite. Love how they ware just floating around, so beautifully! Fabulous artwork! Hugs!

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  5. wow Anne this is truly beautiful...love the papers and wow never thought of using acetate...it's perfect for showcasing the butterflies...hugs kath xxx

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  6. Fantastic!! I think I need that accordion die!! the butterflies are gorgeous flying through your creation.

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  7. Love this! Adore all those butterflies xx

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  8. An amazing project Anne.....the butterfly frenzy is stunning on the acetate and I love the sentiments and wonderful colours too. TFS and crafty hugs
    Annie x x

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  9. WOW! This is stunning Anne. I really love the design and the way you have arranged all those beautiful blue butterflies on the acetate looks amazing. Such beautiful sentiments too.
    Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog recently, it means so much!
    hugs Sue xx

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  10. Love, love this Anne, such a creative way to get your butterflies flying through your card. I love the colours and design and the way you have added texture to the back of the card. Great minds think alike with a kaleidoscope of butterflies today. Xx

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  11. What a beautiful card. Lovely colours and so much texture & interest - just fabulous.

    Toni xx

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  12. This looks amazing. So much to see. Lovely Colors.
    I really love butterflies too. Thanks for showing Anneke.
    www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

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  13. Accordion cards are lovely and your butterfly one is beautiful, they look to be fluttering.
    Lynn xx
    Ps. Watch out for mr postie

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  14. Anne to me you use this die in such beautiful and creative ways and this piece is no exception! Love all those gorgeous butterflies...its gorgeous x

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  15. Another wonderful creation. Those butterflies are definitely dancing.
    Beautiful.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  16. How wonderful it is! Those butterflies are popping out of the card.
    I love that your cards always "do" something!
    Jo x

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  17. A combination made in heaven (well actually England but you know what I mean!) This is wonderful Anne and must have taken you forever to put together. Love it. Jenny x

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  18. Wowser! Amazing to see all these butterflies fluttering and they look as if they are hanging mid-air. A gorgeous and creative make Anne, simply beautiful! Chris xxx

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  19. oh Anne - this is so stunning - that butterfly die has worked so well - your card is gorgeous! With the acetate they really do seem to be flying - brilliant! You are so clever! Big hugs to you! Rachel xx

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  20. Wow Anne, this looks fantastic! The butterflies seem to really flutter in the air on this beautiful card, - such clever design and a great concept too, love it!!

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  21. This is just so gorgeous Anne, I love all the butterflies flying between the frames it's beautiful. Elizabeth xxx

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  22. I didn't realise at first how your butterflies were suspended! Beautiful Anne, really is. Nikki x

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  23. Amazing Anne! The 'flying' butterflies are fabulous and the colour theme is so soft and pretty. I love it. Your pieces always show how much care and attention you put into them, proving that it's the little details that make your art so Beautiful! :D

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  24. Love your accordion card! I have tried the floating butterflies and I could not coordinate them to look this nice. You did a awesome job Anne! Gorgeous!!
    Hugs to you,
    Kelly

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  25. Absolutely stunning card Anne!!! its breathtaking..have a great weekend lots of huggles Sue xx

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  26. Oh Anne! This is SO beautiful! What a brilliant idea to use the acetate for your butterflies. With inspiration like this I hope I get time to join in....it's coming up to Summer holidays..,..! Hugs, Chrisx

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  27. Your swarm of butterflies looks so enchanting, Anne - a wonderful idea, brilliantly executed. Loveliest use I've ever seen of the accordion card, and inspired deployment of the acetate to create an ethereal, beautiful card full of movement and light - amazing!
    Alison xx

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  28. Such a great project as ever. Love how you've used the acetate and how you've positioned the butterflies - they really do look like they are fluttering through the frames. Broken China has to be my favourite distress!! Elaine x

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  29. Oh wow Anne this is amazing..stunningly beautiful! I needed this die for the card I made yesterday didn't I!!! It is now on my ever increasing wish list...going over to look at Vintage Journey now, big hugs Carole Z XX

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  30. Wow!! I love this Anne ...... you're creations using this accordion die are always stunning but this has to be my favourite. I love butterflies too and they look amazing on the acetate ..... great job!!! Hugs from Vegas .... have a great weekend Linda xx

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  31. Beautiful! Very clever construction with the acetate, butterflies are so beautifully arranged and the colours are just exquisite

    Jools x

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  32. Oh my goodness, it's so beautiful!!

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  33. You have outdone yourself and worked very hard on this incredible card, Annie! All the outlining is the kind of attention to detail that makes your creations stand out in a crowd! Your butterflies floating in space through the accordion design are absolutely breathtaking!! Love it!! Hugs, Darnell

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  34. Hi Anne you never fail to bring something beautiful, this is so pretty and butterflies are my favourite. Love how they are just floating by. Take care x

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  35. ooooh that's fabulous Anne. what a great way to use that die.

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  36. I think this is the nicest use of the accordion die I have seen. I love the use of acetate to give an invisible look to hang your butterflies. A truly magical card.
    Julie x

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  37. Hey Anne! No one makes this kind of card better than you - no one!! You have just the right touch - not to little and not too much! Hey, I am a poet and didn't know it!!!! Seriously Anne- your make is fabulous - delightful.
    Hope all is well - my daughter comes in today with her four and Art and I leave Tuesday with her oldest two kids - will be back in about two weeks. Busy, busy summer.
    Love to you -
    Sandy xx

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  38. Hi Anne! This is soooo cool! I love the design so much! The beautiful blue is great and the floating butterflies are just beautiful. What a clever design! Big thumbs up!

    Thank you for your sweet comment too. I'm glad I'm not the only one. Layering in a neat way and pattern papers are not my cup of tea. I think I'll stick to what I know, but it's good to experiment and venture into the unknown now and then, I guess :) My card reader arrived today too so I added some nicer photos of my tag, if you want to check it out. I hope you're having a lovely weekend!
    Ingrid xx

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  39. Love the elegance of this piece and the use of one colour overall. Thinking I need this butterfly die now too :) xx

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  40. Lovely card Anne , love how the butterflies look like they are floating. Lovely design. Tracy x

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  41. You do this so well! WOW!!! This is gorgeous! I love the 'floating and flying' butterflies! Just superb!!!

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  42. Hello Miss Anne, 41 well deserved comments, you create these cards so beautifully, this one is magical, the butterflies floating, love the colors, the texture, am amazing piece of art, thanks for all this inspiration...

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  43. My goodness Anne! I can feel the breeze from all those fluttering butterflies! how beautiful they are all in blue - what a wonderful fold card with the acetate panels - which makes it really look like the butterflies are just flying by!

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  44. Gorgeous use of the butterflies and the accordion card.
    Hope you have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x

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  45. Hi Anne, I know I really admired this on friday night and thought I commented but can't see comment now. Perhaps I was sleepy! Anyway, it's a beauty. Always love your work with the accordian die and this one is no exception. The butterflies look fabulous - love that die too! Nicola x

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  46. Oh wow! This is incredibly beautiful. The butterflies look stunning and I love the beautiful blue colour scheme.
    Rebecca.

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  47. Anne this is a FANTASTIC card. Those butterflies fit in beautifully! Love it! Karen.x

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