Friday 2 February 2018

Melt It at A Vintage Journey

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our wonderful Julia is hosting the challenge.  Here is what Julia has to say:

This month we're asking everyone to MELT IT! Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style!

 I had the pleasure of attending Creativation in Phoenix, Arizona this year and I attended a couple of classes with Seth Apter and watched his many demos with his new Baked Textures Embossing Powders by Kim Evans of Emerald Creek - they are fantastic!  This fitted so well into Julia's theme too!

I didn't take step by step photos as I did this at nightime and really, I was just playing.  Seth used a collage of vintage papers in his demos, I used some beautiful vintage music paper for mine, gluing it to a 5" x 7" piece of grey board and leaving it to dry thoroughly.

Now for the fun bit!  I applied three coats of the gorgeous Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture embossing powder - it is truly amazing how much this looks like Encaustic work, I almost didn't want to cover it up!

Next, I applied embossing ink randomly around the edges and then applied Rocky Road Baked Texture, it has a wonderful chunky feel to it, with a lovely mix of ingredients and it dries to a quite glossy finish.
Seth's Maze die is one of my favourites, I die cut two pieces and embossed the first one with Chunky Rust Baked Texture - this is so different to any other EP I have ever used, it has lots of 'fuzzy' bits in it and once melted, these fuzzy bits create a wonderful soft feel and gives a wonderful textural look.  It is hard to describe but wonderful to feel!

I cut down the second Maze and embossed this with the amazing Patina Oxide Baked Texture, the photograph does not do it justice, it has a wonderful mix of colours from green through to gold - it is quite delicious!

It needed something in the centre so I found some rusty Prima trinkets and stacked them along with one of Kim Evans of Emerald Creek's fancy brads, which I also covered with the Patina Oxide EP.

To finish off I used one of Tim Holtz Idea-ology drawer pulls, which I also coated with the Patina Oxide EP and added the chit chat sticker 'Grateful' because I have a lot to be grateful for this year already!

  I do hope you will visit us over at  A Vintage Journey where you will find some fantastic makes from my talented teamies.  We all hope that you will join in the fun with us this month.  Our wonderful sponsor for the month is:

who are offering a £20 voucher to one lucky winner!

I want to be slightly indulgent here, to say that I am grateful to my Son, Michael who treated me to a very special trip of a lifetime, to Creativation 2018; to Eileen Hull for making me feel so welcome in the team, allowing me to demo for a couple of sessions on the Sizzix stand, on the Gel Press stand and assisting her to run two of her amazing classes - I learned so much too.  And, not forgetting the shopping trip to Joann's! There were others on the team and elsewhere, who I had not met before that made me feel very special too, some dear long standing blog friends who invited me to dinner and unwittingly saved me from being  'Billy no-mates' in my hotel room that night.  Thanks to Jenny Marples too, for assisting me on the trip there and back which sadly, was more than a little bit eventful - sorry Jenny!  I am also grateful to the many people who gave me such wonderful products to bring home and try, it was like Christmas all over!  Thank you Eileen, Seth Apter, Kim Evans, Ann Butler and so many others, I really did have an amazing time!
I didn't take many pictures at Creativation but this one taken by Eileen says it all about our trip to Joann's, I am excitedly clutching a bolt of Tim Holtz fabric.... and yes, I did buy (ahem) a few other bits and pieces!

Thanks so much for your visit, it really does mean a lot!

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Wow, Anne, this is absolutely amazing!! The maze die looks so spectacular!! The rust and the patina are stunning!! The music background is fabulous and I love the edges!! It's so creative and gorgeous!!

    I'm so glad you had a wonderful time at Creativation!! It sounds like such a fun time!! And I love that picture of you!! Have a fabulous day, dear friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. First - I am so proud of you making that long trip to Las Vegas Anne (braver than me!) and so totally pleased about what a great time you had and how wonderfully you did there (no surprise on that!) Your Melt It project is beautiful and I'm so glad you were able to complete it an post it for my challenge - those new powders are so cool - I have them on order - love the beeswax background and the grainy edges, the wonderful textures on the die cuts and pretty center piece - as well as the drawer pull and the 'grateful". I am grateful to call you friend! Thanks so much for joining in on my challenge! Julia xx

  3. Love all that created texture Anne, reminds me of areas of my garden and how the damp wet areas have corroded areas over winter time.
    So glad you had a fabulous time at Creativation, what a wonderful Son. I did try and keep up with your antics whilst you were away. You really did look very contented with the whole experience. Wishing you a creative weekend.
    Hugs Tracey xx

  4. Oh my goodness. This is incredible Anne!! The baked texture around the edge looks amazing and I love that maze die .. it looks wonderful on top of that lovely music paper!! Beautiful creating!!
    So glad you had such a wonderful time at Creativation and I love that photo of you! Can't wait to see what you do with that fabulous fabric!! Have a wonderful day! hugs xx

  5. Gorgeous artwork Anne, I can't wait to get these embossing powders, still waiting for mine. But you have showcased them beautifully. The encaustic look is perfect. I am so pleased that you had an amazing trip, you deserve it. Hugs. Tracy x

  6. WOW! This looks amazing, the texture looks fab and I love the die.
    Looks like you had a fab trip .... cant wait to see what you create with all your goodies xx

  7. Oh my Anne this has such an amazing look of encaustic layers and how lovely to be able to play with and experiment with Seth's new powders - I can't wait to get my hands on some. The music paper background is beautifully milky looking and the fabulous textured die cuts are wonderfully striking over the top. I am so glad you got to go to Creativation and had such a fabulous time there and I hope you are recovering well after the fall. Take care my friend - huge hugs xxx

  8. Love your use of Seth's baked textures , Anne. Each one complementing and enhancing the other and all coming together to make for a fabulous piece of art . Great choice of die - one of my faves too :) .
    Great to see you loving your time at Creativation. The 'captured moment' has made me smile each time I have seen it- that bolt was made for you!
    hugs x

  9. This is amazing! Love the texture of the fab baked textures and embossing powders and the vintage music paper as a background is perfect! Love the gorgeous happy picture of you - it says it all! You deserved such a wonderful time my friend! What a wonderful son you have! Hugs xxx

  10. Oh Anne, your heart overflowing with gratitude in that last bit almost made me teary! I loved seeing every exciting moment on FB and the photos of you are just priceless! Now, you must print them and make a little album for our next challenge - ;0 ha! Your melt it project is the coolest and how I envy you for seeing Seth demo in person! What fun! Your texture turned out wonderfully! Big hugs, Autumn

  11. Great project once again - I wish I hadn't read it as now I feel I need some of that chunky embossing powder!! Glad you had a good time at Creativation. Kath posted photos of you with a big trolley buying all that fabric. Elaine xx

  12. This is STUNNING Anne! I just love it. I love how the vintage music paper shines through the wonderful die cuts. The black edging is just the icing on the cake! A fabulous project for our Melt It Challenge. Jennie x

    PS LoVE that photo !!!!!

  13. Anne...this piece is beyond stunning! I am so jealous that you got to have classes with the amazing Seth. Isn't he just the best? I have not had the pleasure of trying out his new embossing things and I would LOVE to do so! I guess I'll just have to wait in line forever to get an order placed and filled. haha Your piece is breathtaking! I know Seth will love it!

  14. Oh Anne! I absolutely love that photo of you and the excitement on your face says it all!I am so happy for you that you were to come here, what a wonderful son you have!! And to experience Creativation first hand...I am so jealous- in a good way!

    I love what what you created her and you absolutely showcased Sth's new powders brilliantly!
    love & hugs,Jackie

  15. Oh you lucky, lucky lady!! Your piece here is absolutely wonderful, I can just see how much you enjoyed those classes with Seth, and wow, you have cerainly done those gorgeous powders justice! And good on you to be a bit indulgent, this is such a lovely photo!! And now ofcourse I can't wait to see what you will make with all those goodies!

  16. What a beautiful project Anne, your use of Seth's new Baked Texture embossing powders is fabulous, love the layer upon layer of texture and colours, it is gorgeous! And so thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful time at Creativation (apart from the last bit!!), in the pictures and videos I've seen you always seemed to be having so much fun, so glad you were able to be a part of it all. Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous project and hope you are on the road to recovery, Deb xo

  17. These textures are pretty amazing Anne. Thanks for sharing how you made this great project. Love your tutorial and your photos. Hugs, S@ndy xx

  18. Anne this is just gorgeous! You've really show Seth's powders off beautifully, and now I definitely want some! It sounds like your US trip was so much fun, and you can see your excitement in Joannes lol. Have a lovely weekend, Sue xx

  19. What a great, great photo of happy you, Annie, clutching that bolt!! I didn't even know Tim Holtz had a line of fabric, too! He doesn't miss anything and good for him! Your creation is amazing with its incredible texture and rusty metallics! Thanks for sharing about your trip and have a great weekend! Hope you are healing well!! xxoo Hugs, Darnell

  20. Wonderful Anne and so glad you had the best time! and SO jealous too of course - LOL! Still waiting for the new embossing powders here, not sure I am a fan of these pre orders / early launches - it is frustrating. But judging by your design I will have fun when they arrive xx

  21. This is one incredible piece Anne. Love how you layered the two dies and used 2 different powders for such a great effect. Yowza!

  22. This piece of work is stunning Anne. Love how you finished the sides of your piece too. It has all came together so well. Love the new fabrics too. First in line for your off cuts. XxHugs Rita xxxx

  23. Absolutely stunning Anne! Love how you've given that background and encaustic look and WOW! those die cuts at the front make such a strong statement with the other powders/colours. Another magnificent project Anne xx

  24. Hi Anne, I so love these dies and especially the way you've used them. Pleased you had a good time away. Happy creative weekend, Angela xXx

  25. Anne, I could not wait to come and see this beautiful and textural artwork up close, but was waiting to comment when I had plenty of time. You know I get wordy!

    Firstly, this is the most heartwarming post! I loved reading about your experience with Seth's new powders and how you got to see his demos. (Squeal!) And reading about your other experiences (shopping trip! Eek!) and seeing you with that bolt of TH fabric just tickles me pink. (and green with envy!) Michael is such a generous and thoughtful son to send you on this trip of a lifetime! And Jenny is such a sweet friend to provide assistance on the trip! I'm so happy for YOU!

    Now onto this artwork! What a fabulous choice of background! The Beeswax BT looks to be quite the powder of the decade, and I'm sure it's going to be hard to keep in stock. (Sadly, it doesn't come in a larger size!) The other powders look amazing on the edge and die cuts. I cannot wait until mine arrive! Brilliant way to finish this piece off with the drawer pull sentiment and trinkets. Perfect in every way! Sending hugs!

  26. Utterly fabulous - wow! I've got Seth's powders en route to join me here in New York and I'm looking forward to playing with them even more after seeing this brilliant piece. Love the waxy music manuscript and amazing patinas on the die-cut pieces. Glorious! I haven't been able to see you on FB (won't let me see the link for some reason), but it sounds as though you had an absolutely brilliant time. Looking forward to hearing/seeing more once you can share it.
    Alison x

  27. Such a beautiful beautiful project Anne and Thank you for sharing about your trip...the crafting world is filled with loving , generous souls!

    Dr Sonia

  28. What a fabulous piece Anne - I really love it - the die looks amazing and Seth's powders sound amazing! So lovely to her about your trip too - I really love that picture - it is fabulous!!! Big hugs my lovely friend! Rachel xx

  29. How fantastic! I was just watching an Apter video yesterday using the faux encaustic (bee wax) then I saw there is a patina shade as well. What a stunning project you've created and I love it! Also love how you tucked in some of the THoltz 'schtuff' too, as it looks wonderful on this. Thanks for sharing the fab picture of you at the show, I can see you were in craft heaven and had a grip on that fabric. I know you'll put it to great use. Can't wait to see your next projects with the new schtuff, and hope you've been able to get rested after your fun trip. TFS & Hugs

  30. Speaking of enabling, Anne....I think I am going to have to break down and buy some of Seth's new embossing things. They are just too cool to not have. YOU are the reason for this, my friend. This piece is just amazing!

  31. Wow Anne, this is just amazing!! The bees wax stuff really does look like an encaustic piece, what a fabulous effect and works so well with the vintage musical notes background. Your maze pieces are wonderful with all the rusted erosion techniques, and the Prima trinket element is fantastic! My favourite bit is the gilding effect around the outside, straight from a treasure chest for sure!

    So as I am writing this comment, I look outside and see that it is snowing like crazy! How excited am I!! I haven't been outside for almost 3 weeks, but I'm thinking I'm heading out there this afternoon and grabbing some more snowy photos, before this wintery season comes to an end! Hope you're having a great week my friend, sending hugs :)

  32. This is a wonderful project Anne and really shows off Seths new products and dies xx Wonderful details especially on the music sheet x I bet you had a blast at Joann's and I remember having been there for the first time when we were in California.........its quite magical to see such a variety of products......looking forward to seeing what you make with your fabric pieces

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie x

  33. Absolutely love this Anne! You clearly love the new Seth Apter products - I shall look out for them! Love the photo of you with your bargain! Chris x

  34. Anne this is lovely! Love the background, you have totally rocked those new powders xx

  35. Oh Anne - I am so sorry I am late to the party. This piece is extraordinary! You always seem to have the right stash to go with what you are making for that extra embellishment.
    I love that picture of you - you look like a kid in a candy factory. I know you were thrilled to find the TH fabric.
    Will have to look into some of those embossing powders.
    Sandy xx

  36. Beautiful project! I love all the texture you created with the heat embossing especially around the edges - amazing 😁. Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊


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