Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The places we go !

Hello ! Today we are kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge. The lovely Zoe is our host for this challenge and this is what she has to say:

I will be taking a short break from the Design Team while I move from Switzerland to Denmark. With this in mind, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with travel as the central theme. Think planes, trains, auto-mobiles, ships, maps, globes.

It was only at this point that I realised I don't posess any planes, trains, automobiles, ships, maps or globes ! So, after the intial panic I remembered I had an Artistic Outpost set that had an image of a hot air balloon basket, so this had to do !

Journal pages, these days, seem to be my 'go to' so this is where I went for this challenge. The pages were gessoed first of all, something I do to all my journal pages as it gives me extra time to think what I'm going to do next ! I'd got a piece of the Wendy Vecchi Newsprint paper already stamped using a Tim Holtz scripty stamp, I tore  off a corner and then glued it into place.

I used a Prima stencil with some Ranger Texture paste, but just over the paper area. When it was dry I set to with the Prima Art Alchemy acrylic paints, Lime Peel and Deep Waters. I used a baby wipe to blend the colours together keep a darker border to frame the pages.

I brushed on Art Alchemy Brass Hardware over the embossed area then wiped it back with a baby wipe so it looked a little more aged. I then used white embossing powder with the Tim Holtz scripty stamp and heat embossed it. I discovered that heat embossing over the top of the Ranger Texture paste added more texture as it bubbled and puffed up.

This is the final page,  apologies I thought I'd got a couple more photos before this stage !

These wonderful cogs are from Linda's store and are by The Southern Ridge Trading Company. (Apologies for the glue that you can see I was up against the clock and didn't have time to let it dry before photographing!) The cogs have had Ranger Texture paste 'patted' over them, then I've used Golden acrylic paints to paint them. Once dry I used my finger and rubbed a little Art Alchemy Brass Hardware over the top. The little brass cogs are also from Linda's store and are just faulous for adding that extra little detail.

As the surface of the page isn't smooth I stamped my image onto tissue paper, I've masked off the main image so that I could make a collage of images on the tissue paper using the Artistic Outpost stamp set. The tissue paper has then been glued into place using Glue 'n' Seal. The little balloons in the distance have also been stamped onto tissue paper and glued down, then I used my finger to rub some Gesso and paint around it to blend it into the background. The text is stamped onto card and I've grunged it up a little with paint then when it was stuck down I used a black Stabilo pencil to add some shadow.

The dandelion flowers I've actually stamped directly onto the page, where the ink didn't take too well I used my Stabilo pencil again to shade in the areas and also add a shadow down the stems. The text is stamped onto tissue then glued into place.

So from starting from a place of panic, I quite like where I ended up !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.


  1. This is magnificent Sue! Great thinking on your feet and a fabulous result. Love the idea of the words with those balloons - a perfect fit! xx

  2. I love the dreamy blues and greens in this gorgeous journal page, Sue! You created so much lovely texture and so many beautiful layers. It's a shame you can't hang this on a wall somewhere as it's really lovely. The sentiment is fantastic!

  3. Beautiful pages! I love that image from AO! The gears are fabulous and that texture in the background is wow!

  4. Well, Sue, you've done it again! Absolutely brilliant design and rich color! The tissue stamping is so clever and you blended it in very well. Love this range of paints and have seen such amazing things done with them. Beautiful!

  5. Fabulous page Sue! Wonderful background with that stencil and great work with those AO stamps, they suit the theme to perfection!

    Good luck with your move, I had no idea you were in Switzerland, and now you are going to Denmark, - wow....

  6. Fabulous layers and design Sue and great quote. Xxx

  7. Fabulous, Fabulous spread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Gorgeous page Sue. I love all the added gears and the colours are gorgeous! hugs :)