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Friday, 18 April 2014

Spring Flowers - A Vintage Journey

The new challenge over at A Vintage Journey is 'Spring Flowers' and has been chosen by the Queen of handmade flowers - Jennie.  When I saw Jennie's challenge I was filled with trepidation because she really does make the most fantastic handmade flowers.  Jennie says:

We want to see your makes adorned with spring flowers.
You might want to use stamps,  handmade flowers from dies, ideology blooms 
or bought blooms as long as they have been stamped, made or altered 
using a Tim technique or product.

They don't have to be actual spring flowers but let's see the colours of spring!


Our Sponsor, Country View Crafts are offering a £10 gift voucher to the winner of the challenge, who will be chosen by the Creative Guides (DT).

I wanted to use some pretty blue cornflowers, one of my favourite Spring flowers, on my project. 





I started off with a basic 5" x 7" stretched canvas which I turned around and used the back as the frame for my project.  I covered the frame with paper from my Tim Holtz's Vintage Shabby paper pad and then distressed the paper with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.






I measured the space inside the frame and cut some white card to size and stamped the beautiful butterfly and background from the Classic #17 stamp set.  The background was distressed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to tone in with the frame.  The butterfly was stamped again, coloured with Distress Marker in Broken China and decoupaged up to give it some dimension.  An Idea-ology word band was added, coloured with Broken China Distress paint.





Now for the flowers, these have been cut from the Tattered Florals strip die using just the spiky petals in all of the sizes.  I simply pinched the petals between my fingers and layered them up, adding a white centre from my stash.  You can see the finished result below.






For the trellis I cut two pieces from grungeboard using the Honeycomb Frameworks die and gave these the same treatment as Tim describes in his April tag, first coating it in Distress Paint (Peacock Feathers), sanding it off and then covering it with a darker Distress Paint (Gathered Twigs) to give it a weathered look.  I added some greenery, cut from the Bigz greenery die. 

The majority of the products I have used are available from Country View Crafts, where postage and packing in the UK is free and service is always first class.

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

I am linking this up to a fun challenge - Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog where Challenge #5 is Pick a Stamp, Any Stamp.

Hope to see you again soon.  Hugs, Anne xx

62 comments:

  1. Oh goody, I get to make the first comment! I smiled at the idea of you feeling 'trepidation', as I think you are the Queen of TH. As usual, you didn't disappoint. These bright blue flowers are so pretty, and thanks for showing how you created the dimension on them. The idea of covering a canvas frame, using the back part of it as a shadowbox, would never occur to me. Then you decorated it so well, adding that gorgeous butterfly ready to spring off into the spring air. I am liking this new trellis die. Watched a youtube at Scrap Made Simple where the lady did covered cardboard with double side tape, ran this over the trellis die, used it with glitter & then removed the back of the sticky & applied the glittered trellis as a sticker. This looks to be a very versatile die, and I really am liking the way you've used it with the flowers & leaves, and the butterfly background paper peeking through. TFS & hugs.

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  2. Awesome project. Your flowers turned out wonderful -they are so beautiful!i like that you turned the canvas and used the empty space!

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  3. Love this canvas Anne, beautifully created with some fabulous embellishments and your flowers are so bright and attractive they really draw the eyes in xx

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  4. Oh my those cornflowers are a triumph Anne and I adore the way you've used that new Classic stamp set. It wasn't on the list... until now! I love how the largest butterfly looks as though it is about to fly from the canvas. Jenny x

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  5. Hi Anne well this is certainly thinking out of the box, what a clever idea to turn the canvas around, think that's great. Love butterflies and he is gorgeous, and the flowers so pretty. I have seen this trellis die a few times and it looks very versatile. Enjoy your Easter and thank you for sharing all your inspiration x

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  6. This is gorgeous Anne! I love the blue with the brown and the design is fab. Excellent flowers btw! Chris xxx

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  7. Anne your cornflowers are stunning! And they work so well on your wonderful canvas, I love the bright colours. The large butterfly is also wonderful and really looks as though he is ready to fly. Jennie x

    PS Thank your for your lovely comment x

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  8. wow Anne - these flowers are amazing - I haven't seen anything made like that using a Tim die - stunning - another one for the list of needs lol!!! Your whole piece is just beautiful and I'm going to love joining is with this challenge - fabulous!!! Big Hugs to you and yours and I hope you have a wonderful Easter! Hugs rachel xx

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  9. WOW! This is truly stunning Anne. All your detailing is gorgeous, I LOVE your cornflowers and the good thing is that I have the die you used so following your fabulous instructions I will be able to attempt to make some!
    I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend.
    hugs Sue xx

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  10. Love Love it the colours are gorgeous.
    Becky x

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  11. Everyone above has said it all so well Anne. Another gorgeous masterpiece! :-D xx

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  12. Gorgeous Ann, I love your blue cornflowers, one of my favourites in the garden too. Lovely framed piece and I love the central panel too. Gorgeous. Happy Easter. Tracy x

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous work with the butterfly - looks so beautiful! - and my word the patience to create those glorious cornflowers. A wonderful creation, Anne!
    Alison xx

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  14. Oh Anne what a gorgeous make! That stunning butterfly stamp is on my wishlist and wow, those cornflowers are incredible, love them to bits, so original too! A great project all round!!

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  15. Hi Anne, I am running out of superlatives to describe your fantastic creations. If I said I love this I would be repeating myself, but I do!!! Stunning flowers, beautiful Butterfly, gorgeous paper and your ingenious idea to use the frame backwards. Perfection.
    Hugs Lottie x

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  16. This frame is so delightful I don't have words to express it. I love all the wonderful stamping and inking and die cutting found here. Those cornflowers are gorgeous, too. So glad you shared your stamping hoard with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #5!

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  17. Fabulous Anne, your flowers are beautiful, it will be a stunning piece to have up over the Easter break. A lovely idea to do cornflowers, I love them. X

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  18. Anne, I love the garden lattice you have built! Those cornflowers are so realistic and gorgeous! Love your spring flower frame and the stamped insert and butterfly just pop! Love this! Happy Easter!

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  19. Just beautiful, I love every detail! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  20. Wunderschön, liebe Anne.
    Das leuchtende Blau ist so faszinierend, ein Traum.

    Schöne Ostertage mit viel Sonnenschein
    wünscht dir Sophie xx

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  21. Gorgeous......You work is always so lovely......

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  22. How very clever to turn your frame around and make a shadow box Anne! AND love how you just pinched your petals to make a new flower! beautiful - I learned so much from you today!

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  23. This is GORGEOUS Miss Anne, the frame is beautiful and that butterfly is just stunning, love the trellis with those gorgeous flowers and I love the idea turning the frame to make a shadow box, I want to make one, thanks for the inspiration my dear, have a wonderful Easter weekend, filled with love, laughter, with family and friends. ((( BIG HGUS )))...

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  24. Another absolutely stunning work of art, Annie! I adore the colors and the design is divine!! Those flowers are genius! What an inspired idea to pinch them to give them even more dimension and the trellis backdrop is superb!! Mwah!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  25. Anne, this is beautiful. I love the colours and that butterfly is simply stunning. Your spring flowers are so pretty too ... they look fab with all those layers.
    Have a lovely Easter ..... hugs Linda xx

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  26. Good evening Anne, what a brilliant idea using the back of the canvas.
    I might just have to have a go at that some time.
    Your flowers and design are wonderful, I love it all.
    Happy and Blessed Easter
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  27. This is a fantastic canvas! Love how you used the back of it to make it more like a shadow box! Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!!

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  28. Your piece is just beautiful! Lovely stamping and coloring and all those yummy techniques you chose to use. Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  29. Stunning work Anne, I adore the butterfly & flowers....Fabulous design & colours...Love it all... Hugs May x x

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  30. I am not sure what I love most....the flowers or the stamping or the ink colors....or the chicken wire stuff....This is amazing!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  31. Wow Anne, what a fabulous piece of artwork. Great job.

    Hugs Diane

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  32. Ooh this is stunning! I love the colours and those flowers look wonderful! The butterfly is gorgeous too! Have a lovely Easter weekend xx

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  33. Your flowers are beautiful Anne and your make is wonderful - such a great idea too! I love it -- For my taste, not too little and not overdone. You knew just when to stop!
    Happy Easter!!
    Sandy xx

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  34. This is a lovely piece Anne. Great flowers. Karen.x

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  35. Absolutely gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

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  36. Comment on your work becomes difficult! For each new challenge creates a masterpiece! This with the butterfly is truly spectacular! The flowers are fantastic and the color so vibrant that you used makes them really unique! IBArbarayaya

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  37. Wow, your project is beautiful. Love the flowers. Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  38. Hi Anne, your last post left me speechless and this one is totally jaw dropping! Absolutely beautiful! I love your flowers and butterfly, such fabulous colours...Happy Easter to my lovely blog friend and thank you so much for your congrats about my Sam Poole DT..am still so excited to have been chosen! Hugs Carole Z XX

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  39. Gorgeous Anne, love the colour scheme you've chosen and the flowers are brilliant.
    I always think this is the best way to use a canvas as it gives so much depth to the composition. Happy Crafting, Angela xxx

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  40. Fantastic flowers along with another great piece of crafting Anne.
    Happy Easter, Julie x

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  41. This is gorgeous Anne and I love the papers and fab florals. The butterfly is wonderful too and links stamp set fell through my letterbox on Thursday......!!

    Have a lovely weekend
    Hugs Annie x

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  42. Hi Anne, well what a fabulous creation!! Love all the different elements you have used & the blues (my favourite colour) are gorgeous.
    Amy x

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  43. Anne,
    The cornflower blue flowers are sensational and what a stunning way to embellish a flipped over canvas. I also like the way you added more blue, on the butterfly and the trellis.
    A gorgeous piece. Your home must be brimming with beautiful art ... your beach hut has been in my mind since the moment I visited that post.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  44. Blue cornflowers are one of my favourites too and yours are so beautiful! Love the gorgeous butterfly and background too.
    Rebecca.

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  45. LOVE those flowers... how gorgeous they are! The creation is beautiful x

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  46. Magnificent!! Love, love, love this piece. . .from the base layer all the way up to the very top! Thanks for sharing your style with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  47. Amazing spring collage, love the whole composition.
    Hugs Anja

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  48. Anne your frame to show off the glorious flowers you made worked a treat. Don't be intimidated your make is beautiful!

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  49. Love how you reversed the canvas and used it that way for your project but I love, love those cornflowers you created...and I just happen to have that dies somewhere...going to go find it....Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  50. Those fabulous blues are brilliantly eyecatching and so gorgeous! The flowers must have taken a great deal of time but they are worth it Anne, and their little centres are fab too. Love the butterfly - about to tour the world and your honeycomb is wonderfully vintaged. A fantastic piece Anne. Hope you have had a lovely Easter and not eaten too many bunnies. Nicola x

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  51. Beautiful blues! Great butterfly and I love those cornflowers - they look so realistic! Elaine xx

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  52. Not feeling blue here, but seeing this gorgeous pop of blue is fantastical!!! What a gorgeous piece Anne!

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  53. Fabulous canvas - as always Anne. Love the cornflowers, you have captured them perfectly.
    Hope you are well - love how you used the Frameworks die.
    Love
    Neet xx

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  54. Hello Anne! I'm still trying to get caught up from being gone for a week! Yikes! Your flowers piece for A Vintage Journey is beautiful! I really love the touches of BLUE that you've done here. I would have never thought to do that...but it is very striking. Those Tim flowers are gorgeous! I also love the butterfly from the newer stamp set. <3 Candy

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  55. Anne, this is my first time on your blog...I just HAD to look at who made those flowers!!! They are really gorgeous and a bit different!!! I love them so much...You do beautiful work. I will be following you from now on.

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  56. Gorgeous frame - and I just love the flowers!

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  57. Wow, Anne,

    I admire your selfmade corn flowers (love these too)! Creating flowers is so difficult for me (not good at fiddling them into the shapes I want them to have) - and they fit with your gorgeous project perfectly!
    Thank you for the nice comment and the congrats on my being blogworthy! xx

    Claudia x

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  58. Hi Anne, I love your pretty blue cornflowers on this frame which compliment your layered butterfly so well. A beautiful collection. Mo x

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  60. I'm a huge fan of shadow boxes, Anne, but this one takes it well out of the ballpark. Those stunning blue flowers pop right off my screen and then draw my eye to the lovely b'fly. Gorgeous!

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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