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Friday, 1 May 2015

A Vintage Journey - Spring Colours

It is time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and it is the turn of the uber talented Astrid this month and she has chosen Spring Colours as her challenge theme.

I always know that Spring has arrived, in our part of the world, when the beautiful Star Magnolia in our garden bursts open it's buds into the most glorious display of flowers.  I have tried to emulate the Magnolia flower using Tim's Tattered Florals die and using the beautiful Spring colours of Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral to transform a plain wooden box.


The base of the box was coated with Abandoned Coral Distress Paint and then given a coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium.


Once the Crackle Medium was dry a coat of Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint was added and all the lovely crackles appear as if by magic!  The keyhole is from Tim Holtz Idea-ology range.


Time to create the flowers - these were die cut using Tim's Tattered Floral die, using just the spiky flower.  Each flower has two layers.  Heavyweight white card was used so that the petals could be 'shaped'.  The flower centres are from my stash, they were originally white and they were coated with Spun Sugar Distress Paint.  The branch and leaves were cut from Tim's Movers and Shapers Mini Branch & Leaf set.


I thought I would show you a picture of the real Star Magnolia - and yes, I have used some artistic licence in creating my version!


A final view from the side which shows the crackle off nicely.  I think I am slightly addicted to crackle at the moment!

As always, our wonderful sponsor, Country View Crafts have a £20 voucher for one randomly chosen individual to spend in their on-line shop.  Nearly all of the items I used today came from Country View Crafts, where Susan keeps a fantastic range of Tim Holtz products (and lots of other makes too).  Susan gives the most amazing service and postage and packing in the UK is free.

The Creative Guides (DT) will also choose three people to receive a Pinworthy Badge and I don't mind telling you, it is always a very touch decision to make!

We hope you will join us at A Vintage Journey, you have a whole month to do so and we would love to see how you interpret Astrid's 'Spring Colours' theme.

As always, thanks for looking and I hope to see you again soon.  Hugs, Anne xxx

55 comments:

  1. Whoaa!! That is so very lovely Anne. The pink stamens are a very pretty idea on a beautiful flower. I bet the real one smells fabulous too. I've never seen that flower before. So very nice. The crackle on your box is fabulous and what a fab colour it is too. Another huge WoW from me {{Hugs}} xo

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  2. Your magnolias are so beautiful Anne. Combined with the crackle and green, it is delightful.

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  3. How delicate is your flower Anne, have you ever pressed one i can imagine how wonderful it will look preserved for ever.

    Not much license using the petals from the TF die, i think it looks very real.

    LOVING your crackled box and choice of colour, a beautiful projectfull of inspiration:-) xxx

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  4. Your flower is gorgeous sitting a top of your wonderful crackled green box Anne! It looks very much like your beautiful real blossom! what a lovely bush that must be in bloom!! hugs, Julia xx

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  5. BEAUTIFUL...I hope you heard me scream. I just love the simplicity of this box. No fuss and that flower is a show stopper!

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  6. Beautiful Anne. The box in simple colours added crackle feature and topped by beautiful flowers x

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  7. WOW! This is stunning Anne. I love the crackled design on your box and such a gorgeous colour. Your Magnolia flowers are amazing, they look so beautiful and realistic.
    hugs Sue xx

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  8. This is wonderful Anne and your flowers are gorgeous.
    Toni xx

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  9. Oh Anne, your box just looks amazing!! I love the stunning flowers on the top too! Such a stunning Spring inspired piece!!

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  10. What a beautiful altered box Anne ...... I think your magnolias are gorgeous btw and I love the crackle too. Have a fab weekend .... wonder what this months new Distress colour will be ..... another sure favourite no doubt!!

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  11. Love your box,wow that flower is beautiful.xxx

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  12. I love your box and the fact that it is spring for you guys...we are raking up leaves as fast as they fall at the moment...polar oposites!

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  13. Such a wonderful way to transform this box and those magnolias are outstanding!!! So incredibly lifelike and delicate. Love this Anne. Jenny xxx

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  14. A wonderful crackled box with that striking flower. I like the clarity of your design.

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  15. Anne...your crackled box is amazing! I love the colors you chose to use as your first and second layers. The crackling is fabulous! Your star magnolias are such a clever idea and beautifully crafted!

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  16. I love magnolia trees - as you say the first sign of Spring. That box looks fab with all its crackles too. Gorgeously inspirational as ever!! Elaine xx

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  17. Wow and wow your flower is totally awesome Anne it adorns your box with such splendour.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  18. oh my Anne - this is so very beautiful - we hve a magnolia tree in the front garden that is more lobate around the petals than this one - but this looks like one of those stellate magnolias - just beautfiul and the crackle on the box if awesome - gorgeous xx

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  19. Gorgeous! Anne Love how you have contrasted the grungey crackle with the delicate beauty of the magnolia! oh yeh those magnolias they really are fabulous - I would have never thought they were created using the tattered floral die ! As always you apply a real professionalism to your crafting that is so clear to see .

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  20. You are creating faster than I can keep up! I wish I were next to you with all the versatility you are showing us. Everything is so perfect and I love it!! Look at this flower wow gorgeous and the crackle box is gorgeous as well. I love the canvases before this, I have enjoyed your work Anne, love it!!
    Hugs Kelly

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  21. Brilliant Anne!! Your crackle background is just stunning, I love the deep aqua!! Your magnolia flowers are really spectacular too...wow, almost an exact match!! Such a gorgeous spring make, so full of life! hugs :)

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  22. Oh wow!! This is such a beautiful piece and I'm going to need to get hold of that crackle... I love crackle! Plus the flowers are amazing, what a genius idea and great further use of the tattered florals die.
    Hugs,
    Georgie xx

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  23. I've never seen a Star Magnolia, so thank you for sharing that, Annie! It's amazing and so is your artistic-license version! Your blossoms are stunning sitting proudly on top of your brilliant crackled box! It looks spectacular and just sings of spring!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  24. A beautiful box! I love the crackle background and the flower is just perfect on the top!

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  25. This is a beautiful project. It is the nicest flower I have seen using that part of the TF die. I am inspired!

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  26. This is a beautiful project. It is the nicest flower I have seen using that part of the TF die. I am inspired!

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  27. Love your turquoise and crackle against this beautiful elegant flower which you have captured in such an exquisite way, stunning.
    Julie x

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  28. What a gorgeous make Anne. Your flower is so life like and will last a lot longer than the stellata magnolia do here....fragile divas in the wind!
    The combination of colours and textures is perfect.

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  29. Whoaaaaaaa - your flowers totally looks like that vintage chalky porcelain Anne - just lovely. And your box is the perfect accent to them. The color is perfect and the crackle looks amazing. True beauty. j.

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  30. Hey Sweet Pea! I knew you were a Southern Lady and this Magnolia proves it! Magnolia trees are really big, bold and beautiful here in the Southern United States and your box with the Star Magnolia is big, bold and beautiful as well. Beautiful box Anne - stunning to say the least.
    We are slowly but surely making this our home and I am loving it - really thrilled to be here and I think this home reflects my personality more than any other house I have ever lived in. I guess this is what they mean by bloom where you are planted!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  31. WOW oh WOW...those flowers look so real, so regal, so gorgeous! LOVE your box Anne!

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  32. This is absolutely beautiful Anne - your own flowers are just as fabulous as the real thing (must be a stunning tree!). Love those yummy crackles and elegant lock. Hope your weekend is going well. Lots of rain here. Nicola x

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  33. Oh my word, Anne - your box is wonderful! I love the weathered paint colours - how fabulous those two new colours look together - and the flowers are utterly stunning. Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
    Alison xx

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  34. Your box is fabulous Anne and your flowers are so realistic - beautiful!Hugs Carole Z X

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  35. Gorgeous box Anne - and I am so impressed with the flower. We have one of those Magnolias in the garden and it is just like your handmade one. Incredible!
    See you Saturday for coffee?
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  36. Gorgeous box Anne - and I am so impressed with the flower. We have one of those Magnolias in the garden and it is just like your handmade one. Incredible!
    See you Saturday for coffee?
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  37. Wow! such a fabulous box Anne. The crackle on the box is just wonderful in both colour and texture, but ….. ooooooh those flowers!!!! So realistic and just absolutely gorgeous. A stunning piece. Jennie x

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  38. Just nipped back to let you know that your link to Country View Crafts actually takes me to A Vintage Journey.
    I'm in need of new scissors, hence the search ;) xxx

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    1. Thanks for telling me Mo, I have corrected it! xxx

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  39. Hi Anne,
    Hope you are doing well. :)
    Wow your box is stunning! Those flowers are so realistic. Love it!

    Hugs

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  40. The crackle on your box is fabulous for sure but the stunning magnolias are just incredible! A wonderful project Anne! Chrisx

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  41. GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, Anne!! I LOVE your Star Magnolia flowers!! I knew that's what you adorned this box with even before I started reading, Anne! They are surely a pleasing early bloom of Spring--one of my favorites :) I just wished they lasted longer :) But, you'll have these gorgeous blooms year round on this beautiful crackly box! Just an amazing creation for Astrid's challenge this month!! XOXO-Shari

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  42. this is a beautiful make. i love the gorgeous soft bloom against the wonderfully coloured and textured box x

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  43. Love your crackled box Anne and the Magnolia is absolutely beautiful, so clever to use this die. Hope you've had a good weekend. Chris x

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  44. You won me over with the beautiful Magnolia flowers! Anne, The box and all that crackle goodness is simply gorgeous! Love your beautiful altered box! Hugs!

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  45. Wow Anne! I love those gorgeous blooms and the awesome crackle you achieved on this box is fantastic. I could kick myself right now because I had Tim's floral die in my hand yesterday and left it in the store...going back for it today. :)

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  46. It's amazing how you take 'plain' into creative artful beauty. Love the crackle surface on this box, and the pistachio DI is so lovely with the pale cream & pink flowers. The shaping of the c/s is so very realistic and I think your artistic license is even more wonderful than the real thing. Not sure if we have those pretty magnolias in the USA. TFS Annie and No, MoJo is definitely on hiatus. Hugs

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  47. Another WOW creation! Those flowers are incredibly beautiful and look so perfect against the gorgeous shade of green.
    Rebecca.
    x

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  48. Anne, this is absolutely stunning! I love it all, but I am especially taken with your oh-so-realistice flowers!! Wow! xx Lynn

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  49. Anne, that is stunning, your magnolia flowers are magnificent!

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  50. Beautiful crackle effect and really amazing choice of colours. Love you creations! :)

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  51. Wow! Oh! Wow! That's one stunning box, I just LOVE it.
    The flowers are brilliant, you know me and flowers!! I will have to have a go at something like that.
    Patricia x

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  52. Another stunning creation Anne, your flowers are fabulous, hugs Carole Z X

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  53. Great WOW!!!! The flowers are absolutely stunning! you're always an inspiration for me! Barbarayaya

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  54. Stunning, just STUNNING...those magnolias are amazing!!!...ooh and the crackled box is gorgeous too! Ruth x

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