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Friday, 1 April 2016

Spring is in the Air at A Vintage Journey!

Hello Friends

Spring is in the Air at A Vintage Journey, the lovely Sandy has chosen
the theme this month.  Here is what Sandy has to say:

'Leave those winter blues behind.  Make anything that says SPRING, using pastel
colours.  It is your choice, a card, canvas, 3D or a tag etc., but remember it should
be in one of our vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial or 
steampunk styles that we favour'.

I really needed to make some cards for my birthday box and since most of my
friends don't always appreciate really shabby, mixed media type cards, this challenge is just
perfect for me to create some softer toned cards that celebrate Spring!

I started by colouring an A4 (letter size) piece of card with Distress Ink in Broken China and Worn Lipstick and cut a 6" square for the base.  I stamped onto the remaining piece and cut it into strips and laid these on the card.  I used Tim Holtz's Flourish Stencil and DecoArt Crackle paste to create some interest in the corners.  I die cut the gorgeous Doily by Tim Holtz (a gift from a lovely friend) and lightly coloured it with Distress Ink.  The seed packet is from the internet and the butterflies are Prima stamps. To finish off, I flicked some Broken China, Picket Fence and Worn Lipstick Distress Paint over the background.
Here is a close-up of the focal point(s).  The wire is silver wire that I coated with Gesso to tone down the shine, I quite like how it turned out.  

I thought it needed a 'lift' as the colours were so pale, so I painted another piece of card in Broken China Distress Paint and made a mat.  Both edges were distressed and then lightly coloured with Broken China Distress Ink.

I ended up making four cards, but this is the only one that photographed reasonably well, but at least I have plenty of cards in my birthday box now!

Our sponsor this month is Country View Crafts who have a £20 voucher for one randomly drawn winner and as always the team will choose three Pinworthies to feature on our Pinterest board.

I hope you will join us at A Vintage Journey, it would be lovely to see your Spring themed mixed media/shabby or vintage creations!  Do please have a look to see what my talented team-mates have made, you won't be disappointed!

Thanks, as always, for looking, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx

39 comments:

  1. I can't imagine anyone not appreciating one of your cards. This one is especially nice and I love all the colors you used. It says spring in every way. Sandy xx

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  2. Lovely Spring card Anne, love the Delphiniums in the backdrop and I love how you added panel layers in the background. The butterflies add wonderful movement and I love the added texture of the doily and twine. Have a lovely weekend Anne. Tracy x

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  3. The looped wire and butterflies give such a light and airy feel to this pretty card Anne - love your layers and distressed edges! Julia xx

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  4. This is so pretty Anne. The colours are beautiful and I love all the texture.
    Toni xx

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  5. Oh, Anne, it's a treat for the eyes! What a beautifuly designed spring card with fabulous soft colours and awesome layering! That looped wire is such a perfect detail and I love every single inch of this stunning card! Big hugs! Branka xx

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  6. This is just gorgeous,love the image and details.xxx

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  7. STUNNING!!! Love the soft tones you used in the background! The collaged elements are put together to perfection! The seed packet makes for the perfect focal point and I love those butterflies!! Don't think I've ever seen that stamp before, off to google....

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  8. WOW! Love this ..... the soft colours are so pretty and I love all the layers. Great texture too. Xx

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  9. Wow, just gorgeous Anne!! I am loving your fresh pastel colour palette, totally dreamy!! Gorgeous butterflies and that seed packet image in the background is such an amazing spring addition!! LOVE IT!! hugs :)

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  10. Gorgeous Anne, you have given me ideas for using some Masterboards that have been sitting around. Those Prima butterflies look very familiar! Might just have to pop over and take a look at the challenge. Have a great weekend and happy crafting, Angela x

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  11. Loving this anne ... its so very pretty. The blue and yellow are fabulous together .. so soft and gentle and i love the wire. Very nice touch. Big hugs my lovely friend....rachel xx

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  12. Such a beautiful card in perfect springtime pastels. The little group focal piece is fabulous and the background is amazing! Hugs, Autumn

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  13. Such fabulous colours Anne - you have mixed them all together so beautifully and with those gorgeous embellishments too. A stunning card! See you soon! Jennie x

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  14. Another beautiful make xxx

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  15. Yes, indeed, Annie, this card is like a breath of fresh spring air! The colors are magnificent and that seed packet design element is genius! You can do any style and make it look so fun and easy!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  16. This is absolutely stunning, Anne!! I love the beautiful colors!! The butterflies and packet of seeds are so awesome!! Each detail is perfect!! I love, love this!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  17. Beautiful card. The colours are gorgeous, must dig out my worn lipstick inkpad, it's one I've had a long time and never use.
    Regards
    Dorianne

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  18. An absolutely charming springtime card, Anne - the gentle blues and pinks are so pretty and feminine. Great to have a stock of cards ready to go - but I think you should train your friends to enjoy the mixed media look too!
    Alison x

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  19. Just gorgeous Anne, love your soft and delicate colour palette and those beautiful collaged layers are set off against it perfectly. The crackled flourishes and gessoed wire are fabulous, someone is going to be very lucky to receive this beauty! Deb xo

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  20. So very pretty. I just found your blog and I love your art. Thank you for sharing your talent!

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  21. This is a delightful card Anne with s gorgeous soft palette and pretty images. I love the layers you have put together and I would never have known it was gessoed wire creating a fabulous contract with the doily, such a great idea.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  22. Your card is so beautiful Anne . I love how you have used those gorgeous colours so gently- your background is so dreamy . Such a clever idea too to use the off cuts as the grounding for your focal arrangement which in itself is put together perfectly. Totally love your card and how you have chosen to represent Spring .
    Hope you have a lovely weekend
    big hugs xx

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  23. Gorgeous card Anne with beautiful colors!
    sandy xx

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  24. Gorrrrrrrgeous! I think it is so cool that you have a Birthday Box! I am always so impressed with anyone that can design a card and this is fantabulous. So soft and beautiful with rich dimension and the purples are stunning! Spring is definitely in this design! Those scraps of paper for the background are genius! Awesome sauce and Wowzers dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  25. Ooh this is so gorgeous! Really pretty colours and I love the layers and the texture paste topped off with the seed packet and fabulous butterflies. There are some very lucky people who will receive cards from your box! xxx

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  26. Loved the softer shades & gentle treatments on this pretty spring card. Absolutely beautiful with the cutout doily & the wonderfully blue butterfly. Liked the placement of the rectangular strips...clever yet simple design layout and the wire wreath. Thought it was a soft twine until I read your post. So many clever & unique & so very effective details on this one. Your recipient will love it, from distressed edges, colors, all the added pretties..it's gorgeous!TFS & Hugs

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  27. I'm sure there will be only compliments when this card is sent to a lucky recipient! A beautiful welcome to Spring with those swirls and delicate blue hues to match the vintage seed packet. Gorgeous xx

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  28. It's beautiful Anne. I was really taken with the close up
    Lynn xx

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  29. Oh Anne - you really do make the most beautiful cards and this is no exception. Such wonderful soft colours and lovely layout. x

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  30. This is a beautiful Spring card Anne, gorgeous colours. I love the crackled flourish, the gessoed wire, and the depth given tho the card with the extra layers and doiley. The pretty butterflies are a perfect finish to this lovely card, I bet there will be a few very happy receipiants for this and the other three. Mo x

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  31. A gorgeous card, with soft colours but all expressing Spring at its best.

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  32. What a fun idea - love that gorgeous seed packet - just perfect Anne. I particularly enjoy how your colors are so "earthy" - trying to find the right word! They are not TOOO pink or TOOO blue but they blend into a more vintage or earthy tone with lots of different hues. You highlighted that packet just soooo wonderfully. SMILING - this is just so fun - light, airy, filled with hope and the promise of the seed coming up with spring!!! XXj.

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  33. Such a pretty card. I'm not too keen on pastels but think you have just enough colour in this. Great design too!! Elaine xx

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  34. So soft and gorgeous! Perfect Spring scene!

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  35. A beautiful card - am with you re the grunge versus pretty. Thanks for the walk through how you did it - very interesting and such a lovely result.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  36. Stunning card Anne! Gorgeous design - those splattered and flourished corner look fabulous and your centre piece is truly Spring! Nicola x

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  37. Beautiful Anne, love the soft tones and shabby feel against these beautiful butterflies and stencilling. I'm sure whoever is the lucky recipient of this card is will love it.
    Julie x

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  38. Anne, when this challenge first opened and I saw your beauty of a spring time card, I couldn't wait to hop over to see it up close. Alas, my computer is moving at the speed of sludge, and it's taken me this long to get back! So happy I did--this is so delightful, from the delicate colors to the amazing design! Just love your card! Hugs!

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    1. PS-My computer is moving MUCH faster now, but just finished loading by the time I was done reading and commenting; now I can go back and see ALL these beautiful pictures! Hugs!

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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