6 March 2015

Anything Tim at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome to a special post celebrating the 1st birthday of A Vintage Journey. Can you believe it's been going for a whole year already! And there's lots to celebrate - for a start we are excited to announce that Trace 'Inkypinkycraft' is back with us, hurrah! and we have a new Creative Guide joining us, Shari Trumbull from 'Ain't That Artsy Fartsy', brilliant!

More news, the challenge schedule is being changed quite significantly; there will now be ONE challenge per month with the winner chosen by random.org so ANYONE who enters could win. The prize is being doubled by our generous sponsor, Country View Crafts, to a £20 voucher! The Creative Guides will continue to pick a top 3 'Pinworthies' and they, along with our challenge winner, will be invited to join us as Guest Creative Guides. A special guest will join us each month and even the Destination Inspiration posts are getting a makeover (more on that to come... )

To celebrate our 1st birthday the theme is 'Anything Tim' and there are some VERY SPECIAL PRIZES up for grabs, but you'll need to go over to the AVJ blog to find out about those. 'Anything Tim'... means vintage, shabby chic, mixed media and journalling projects that have a Tim Holtz influence. Will it be his techniques, his products, his tags, books or videos that you choose to inspire you? Whatever does it for you remember to link up to the challenge blog to be in with a chance to win!


Now for my Tim thing... this is a bit of a different colour scheme for me isn't it! It looks kinda complicated but in reality it's quite simple to achieve, making use of the new 'Flower Garden' stamps, 'Mixed Media' Thinlits dies and Tim's 'Distress Watercolouring' technique from the Compendium of Curiosities III. So how did I do it... (remember, just click on the photos for a closer look)...



For a long time I've been mentally willing Tim to release flower stamps and this year he seriously came up trumps - these 'Flower Garden' ones are simply perfect - thank you Tim! I stamped the leaves, stems, and flowers in Distress Ink and then watercoloured them following Tim's instructions. You'll notice there are no black lines as I wanted them to be softer and more realistic, and do you like the Abandoned Coral ones? This colour has quickly become one of my new favourites. With the floral bouquet 'painted' and fussy cut I picked out a section from the Wallflower paper stash but it looked a bit too detailed and I realised it was only the flower part that needed to be seen. Bring on the Mixed Media Thinlits. It was great to partially remove sections without simply tearing them away as it allowed me to add a coordinating Distress Coredinations background that wasn't just a matting layer. Of course as it is a birthday celebration a Simple Saying was totally appropriate.



Told you there wasn't much to it! You could of course go mad and add extra embellishments, but for me this felt balanced and complete. Thank you Tim for lots of inspiration, education, great products and sharing your passion for creating. Now it's time to let Tim inspire you. Head on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have been up to then you'll need to enter to be in with a chance to win one of the very special prizes up for grabs this month.

I'll be back tomorrow with my regular IndigoBlu spot and hope you can join me for that. In the meantime take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful card Jenny!! Love the rich colors and design.

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  2. Jenny, the rich and warm colors really make those flowers pop! What a burst of spring and your fussy cutting really paid off. Love the lattice in the background as well. Beautiful! Hugs!

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  3. WOW, Jenny - this is gorgeous!! Your work is always so, but this is especially bright and cheery with a great grunge touch which I appreciate. I LOVE the details on the flowers. And good on you for sending those thoughts to Mr. Holtz - it worked :-) Thank you! xx Lynn

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  4. The bright coral blooms just POP off the screen Jenny! what wonderful coloring and layering of greenery - got to go back up and look more closely at how you did that!!

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  5. you have rocked those flowers Jenny and such gorgeous composition as always x trace x

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  6. Good morning Jenny,
    Wow!! a beautiful "bright" card. Brings a happy glow to the morning though. My love the stunning flowers, fantastic colours and great design.
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Hugs

    Patricia x

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  7. Your card is stunning Jenny! I love the warmth of the colours, they just shout Spring is here (I can dream). Your design is perfection and I love how you used Tim's magnificent flower stamps - gorgeous all the way...

    It has been a wonderful 12 months working alongside you at AVJ my wonderfully talented friend! Hugs, Anne xx

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  8. A terrific card with stand out colours against the beautiful background

    Love Chrissie xx

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  9. The yellow coneflower just draws you in and highlights the rest of the card. ( I was so happy about the TH flower stamps, too.) Wonderful card!

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  10. Gorgeous Jenny, love how,you used Tim'a flowers set against the wallflower papers. The new co,our looks fantastic and the flowers are gorgeous. Great design. Tracy x

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  11. Gorgeous Jenny! I am so in love with those vibrant flowers, what a wonderful contrast against the rich background! Love it! hugs :)

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  12. I agree it is perfectly balanced and complete! Stunning card Jenny. Couldn't believe it was yours with these fab colours - they definitely suit you. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

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  13. This is really beautiful Jenny, a gorgeous card and I enjoyed reading how it all came together. Have a fab weekend xx

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  14. Jenny I really love this card with its vibrant colours and wonderful background. Really love the dimension you managed to achieve on the flowers! I have been sitting on the fence about that particular stamp set, but you have just convinced me, I "need" it!!
    Last but not least, it's been great to work together and alongside you on AVJ!!

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  15. Oh, oh, oh and wow, I just love this card Jenny with the vintage muted palette for the background contrasted so brilliantly with the bright vibrancy of those flowers. Your watercolouring is brilliant and I just love your creative mind. This is a perfect birthday piece for our AVJ celebrations. Thanks for everything you do.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  16. Beautiful Jenny! Sue C x

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  17. I cannot tell you how much I adore this card! Perfect composition, beautiful watercolouring... ok I do need abandoned coral after all! I hadnt thought of using the mixed media thinlets like this - I will definitely be taking inspiration (polite way of saying copying!) this idea. Thanks Jenny! Nikki xx

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  18. Simply beautiful. I love the flowers and how you have made them look so real. Great job and great way to celebrate our first year.

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  19. Love how you coloured those flowers, seriously will have to try that! Your card is beautiful, I adore the detail and could just keep staring at the pictures to only discover more yumminess (is that a word?)!!
    Hugs
    Georgie xx

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  20. My jaw dropped the moment I saw this stunning card Jenny and I am sure Mr Holtz will do the same should he see it at AVJ. Simply beautiful in every way.
    Have a lovely weekend, Julie xx

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  21. Hi There Jenny! First off, can I just tell you just how completely excited I am to be with you as a CG at AVJ!! I'm like, WOO HOO, happy excited!! You know how much I just love you and your style and OMG! I JUST got this set of stamps, too!! I love the images and they are perfect for Tim's water coloring technique! I can't wait to dive into mine :) What you've done here with them on this card is Phenomenal!! Your colors-Amazing! Some of my personal favorites-especially yellows!! Fabulous Birthday card for the occasion!! Happy Weekend to you!! XOXO-Shari

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  22. Happy Birthday wishes .....it's hard to believe that we are entering our second year at AVJ x it's lovely to be on a team with you too.
    Your card is stunning and I love those new think it's dies. Beautiful flowers and I hope to play with my stamps soon

    Hugs hugs Annie x

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  23. HI Jenny, this is a beautiful card, gorgeous colours and the flowers look wonderful.
    Avril xx

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  24. Absolutely stunning card the colours are gorgeous Jenny

    I've just linked mine to this wonderful challenge

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  25. Such a fabulous card Jenny with so many wonderful elements. I LOVE those flowers! Like you I have been willing Tim to design some flower stamps and mine have now arrived, so I am itching to play with them. I really love how you have used them with such vibrant colours - the coral and the yellow are just perfect together. And the die cuts ………… on my list !!! Thanks for so much inspiration. Jennie x (PS sorry to be so late visiting xx)

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  26. Beautiful work with your new Tim goodies, Jenny - I love the glow of the colours on the flowers, and the texture of the kraft core peeking through the thinlits - so cool cut out of the Wallflower papers. What a gorgeous card to celebrate with! Sorry for my late visit - but so happy finally to be catching up with the birthday creations.
    Alison xx

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  27. Such lush colours ! Jenny Whilst thiose beaut flowers give out a feeling of warmth they also shine so vibrantly. Love the depth you've created when painting the leaves too . Teamed with a nod to vintage, shabby chic - perfect !
    I wish AVJ a very Happy Birthday n thank all the team so much for creating so many incredible pieces for followers to admire . You guys rock ! x

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  28. Beautiful! LOVE the flower and the color of the bloom! So beautiful!

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  29. I comment always too little, and I apologize for that! your works are wonderful and always original! The colors are really vibrant and design is perfect as always! Barbarayaya

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  30. Totally speechless and blown away by this designer card Jenny. Everything about it just pops.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  31. Jenny, what a gorgeous card, your flowers look so real! Fabulous distress watercolour painting technique. And the addition of the MM die cuts in the background is the perfect embellishment to compliment your beautiful florals. Thanks for sharing your techniques and expertise (and for menatlly willing Tim to release these gorgeous flower stamps LOL!) Happy 1st birthday AVJ!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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