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Sunday, 15 December 2013

A Very Vintage Christmas

This month, over at Our Creative Corner, the lovely Laura has chosen the challenge theme which is 'A Very Vintage Christmas'.  In Laura's own words:

For this challenge we are abandoning traditional Christmas colours and are giving Christmas a Vintage tone.  No reds, no greens, just neutrals.

Quite the challenge for me, I don't do either neutral or vintage very well but once I started I actually loved it!  I was able to use my new (and current favourite) ice skate die by Tim Holtz to make a Christmas card.  I liked it so much I made a few.  For a closer view just click on the photos.


The base is a 6" x 6" square white card which I coloured with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  I then matted two layers, one in Frayed Burlap core'dinations card and one in a rustic map design paper from my stash.  The edges were roughed up and coloured with Tea Dye DI.  I added some Frantage to the bottom corner to give the appearance of snow or ice.  The sentiment is from Tim's Seasonal chit chat stickers, part of a huge parcel of Tim goodies that I won from Richele Christensen for my Halloween Configurations Box.  She knows me well and my obsession with Mr Holtz's products, it seems!


I inked the edges of the skates to give them a vintage feel.  The beauty of this skate die is that it has little holes in it where you can actually add laces.  The laces are made from some twine and the blades have been coloured using Treasure Gold in Pewter.  I dabbed this on with a paint brush, again to give a mottled and aged appearance.


At the top I added some vintage ribbon which was coloured quite randomly with Tea Dye DI and the fabulous rusty jingle bells.

We would love you to join in the challenge at Our Creative Corner, there is still time, the challenge closes on 28 December 2013.  Please have a look over HERE for full details of the challenge.  I hope you will go over here and visit to see what my other teamies have made - I promise you will not be disappointed!

I would like to say a huge thank you to my long standing followers and also to my new ones, it is so lovely to have you along on my creative journey.  I really do appreciate all of you!  As some of you know I have recently been a bit indisposed and Mr Mojo went on his holidays around the same time, but I hope to get back to creating and blogging a little more often in the new year.  I will be back soon though with my Tim Tag for December, I could not end the year without completing the last one. Hope to see you then.

Edited:  I intended to link this up to Country View Crafts challenge blog where the theme is Bah Humbug and there is a fabulous prize of £20 to spend in the shop or a place on Brenda Brown's workshop!

Big hugs,  Anne x x

39 comments:

  1. This is just wonderful, Anne, I love it
    Rosie x

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  2. This is stunning Anne. The colour and detail on the ice skates looks wonderful. I love the papers and rusty jingle bells too.
    hugs Sue xx

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  3. One of my favourite Christmas cards ever Anne. The skates look even more gorgeous irl and the rusty bell bow is the perfect accompaniment. You would never know to look at this that your mojo has gone walkabout. Looks like you can do without it! Thinking of you and hoping you are continuing to take it steady. Jenny xxx

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  4. A stunning make and I am very fortunate to have one x the die is amazing and the lace, TG add even more dimension. I certainly understand why this die is a favourite.

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

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  5. Stunning Christmas card Anne, I need that die... I Love how you have used it... Fabulous vintage creation... Hugs May x x x

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  6. Gorgeous card Anne, you do vintage very well, looks fantastic. Imlove the skates. I keep telling myself I don't need this die then I see another card and think oh yes I do, oh deaf , I am losing the battle lol. Love your card. Tracy x

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  7. What a Fabulous card Anne. I love the Skates and the way you have gilded the blades. I can honestly say you have achieved a wonderful vintage look card. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  8. Stunning! The skates are perfectly vintage.

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  9. An absolute beauty Anne and so wonderfully vintage Christmas. The background papers are perfect and I love your frantaging and waxing. I hope that you are mending steadily and surviving the frustration. Nicola x

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  10. fabulous as always....love that die...perfect for a vintage christmas card and of course a little bit of Frantage to finish it off beautifully....hugs kath xxx

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  11. I think your card is just beautiful, Anne - you'd never know that you find neutrals or vintage a challenge!! And I don't think I knew that you'd won over at Richele's, but I'm so thrilled - it was such a brilliant make... congratulations!! I know you'll have loads of fun playing with the TH goodies.
    Alison xx

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  12. Lovely card Anne, you have captured vintage beautifully! Glad you are having fun with your fabulous win! Thinking of you and hope you are knitting together well! Barb xx

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  13. Anne , this is gorgeous ..that die is on my wish list...love what you have made with it and hope that you are continuing to improve..thanks also for the kind words on my blog xx hugs x trace x

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  14. This is gorgeous Anne and you have really got the vintage look going on here! Glad to hear your improving lots of huggles Sue xx

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  15. Hi Anne, I am so honoured to have seen this beautiful creation in the flesh on my visit last week and it is gorgeous. I love everything about this card, especially the care taken to lace the skates, get the authentic look of the silver blades, slightly scuffed white leather and the fresh spray of ice from the skates given with the frantage. The little jingle bells in the corner are a great addition and so you this time of year. Hugs Mo x

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  16. Gorgeous Anne. I am becoming more & more enamoured with the vintage/distressed look, so this appeals to me very much. I'm glad to hear you are on the mend. Do you still have to use the crutches or have you had the ok to be rid of them now? :o) xx

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  17. That is so beautiful Anne, I love the shape of the die and how you've used it. Really stunning creation which is perfectly neutral and vintage. I hope you are on the mend now huni, we were all worried about you for a while xx

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  18. You did vintage like a professional, Annie! I love the shading you've done on the skates, all in just the exact right places. The blades and laces, the ribbon, and even the background paper, are all the EXACT right touches for this card! We are all looking forward to you being back on a regular basis in the new year ~ and no more crutches!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  19. You neutral Christmas card is breathtaking! I love how you combined the vintage colors and elements and those skates are fabulous! I can't wait to see your December Tim tag! Take care an soon you will be back in full swing! Hugs!

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  20. Hey Sweet Lady - what a picture perfect card you made. I love neutral colors anytime of the year. Your skates look wonderful - they make me smile. And I have always loved jingle bells rusted or not! I will see you around the block kid - you have a wonderful holiday season!!!
    Sandy

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  21. Oh Anne, as much as I don't want to disagree with you, I just must on this one! You really DO vintage beautifully, and this one's no exception. Even your skates looked 'well used' with the shading you applied. The map background paper was so right with this diecut, and your distressing...really pretty. Even though no red & green (and that would be difficult for me as I think Christmas red & green!), your neutral ivories & metallic tones did sparkle very festively. This is just beautiful. Swell job, and good to see you felt up to doing a bit of crafting. Merry Christmas, Hugs & TFS

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  22. Anne
    This is so adorable, the way the skates are actually threaded and tied, oh that is a sweet touch and I love the colour palette and shabby bow - gorgeously vintage!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  23. Anne, you know already how much I love your skate cards and this one is another beauty!! Really stunning!! I knew you won over at Richelle's and it was so well deserved, - what I can't remember is whether I congratulated you or not, and if I didn't I do so now, - you are going to have so much fun with your new goodies! Can't wait to see your take on Tim's December tag!

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  24. I knew I would not be disappointed this is a gorgeous vintage card! I love those skates and how nice to have won all the TH stash too. See here how well you do with Vintage, it suits your style perfectly!! I hope you can squeeze another one in before Christmas!
    Hugs,
    Kelly

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  25. Hi Anne, your vintage card is stunning..love those skates and the vintage treatment you have given them.gorgeous! Carole Z X

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  26. Anne, this is gorgeous ...... you've captured the vintage look perfectly. I absolutely love this die (it's been a few years since I've had a pair of ice skates on my feet!) and the touch of fran-tage just perfect. In case I don't get chance to visit again before the big day ........ Have a fabulous Christmas with lots of love and best wishes for 2014 too. xx

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  27. Love following all that you do to get inspiration. Have a wonderful Christmas and every best wish for the new year. Hugs, Jacky xx

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  28. Anne...your vintage card with Tom's skate die cut is absolutely gorgeous! The sepia colors makecforcsuch a perfect vintage piece. I love what you have done with the skates... The colors and the lacing. Your distressed background is do pretty and the distressed ribbon and jingle bells are perfection up in the corner ! Hugs, Candy

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  29. This is so beautiful, Anne! I really love the soft way you've colored the skates and your added touch of the lacing.

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  30. Wow, just gorgeous, Anne. Your skates came out beautiful. The blades look wonderful colored with the Treasure Gold. You did a lovely job with the vintage neutral colors and it looks like you had fun with it too!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  31. That card is just so pretty!
    The skates look almost real!! :)

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  32. Well Anne if you were challenged you certainly achieved! Your card is lovely! Hope you continue to mend and 2014 is a fantastic year for you.

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  33. Hi Anne, the more I see this die the more I like it, I have some elderley Dutch friends who have some very old ice skates that are a dark brown, old leather and I could just imagine the die cut out in something similar.
    Take care and have a great Christmas. Crafty hugs, Angela x

    yl or something like that to give a similar effect, lovely.

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  34. So beautiful Redanne! Love the vintage ice skates with the laced up detail! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  35. Redanne this card is so soft and beautiful! Love the neutral palette and the ice sketes are wonderful! barbarayaya

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  36. Oh Anne...this is gorgeous! I really need to get some 6x6 flat cards made up. Mine are 5 x5 or a just slightly larger square. When I see how wonderful your square cards looks, I am determined to make up some 6x6 and give this a try.

    It is a wonderful die...just took some getting used to the size for me!
    I love the map paper you chose and the beautiful way you laced your skates. I had a finite amount of that silver cord so could not do the crossover lace.

    But like you say, it is hard to do just one...my mind has been racing thinking of other ways to use this die. Next time i will try my currently unused bottles of frantage! I have never cracked the lids...but now I sure want to!
    Wonderful card.

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  37. You do vintage exceptionally well Anne! Love the skates! Gorgeous card!

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  38. Beautiful Anne, the boots are fabulous !
    Thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts.
    Sue C
    x

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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