4 September 2015

Home Sweet Home for A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome. Today sees the launch of the latest challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Our host for this month is Jennie and she's picked the theme 'Home Sweet Home'. Here's what she has to say about it; "For most of us the summer holidays are over, schools are back and it is nice to be home and back in the usual routines. So for this challenge let's create a project which sums up "home" for each of us (either past or present), using Tim's fabulous array of products and techniques. Just make sure Tim's style is evident in what you make."

(click on each image for a closer look)

It was one of those rare occasions when I knew exactly how I wanted to tackle the theme, adding a heart to the centre of a 3D house, as for me 'home is where the heart is'. Then when the pages of my 'Compendium of Curiosities 3' fell open at the page showing Tim's Altered Burlap tutorial it seemed as if fate had intervened to show how to cover my little house. And as it progressed further many more of Tim's ideas came into play too.

I'll move on to the outside later; for now let's look inside this little home. As I planned to apply the Postale Tissue Wrap once the house had been constructed covering the inside with it would have been tricky but for the fact that Tim has shown previously how to wrinkle it for added texture. With a blend of Tumbled Glass and Frayed Burlap Distress Paints over the top it soon transformed into a 'grotto'.


I have a lovely crafty friend who, along with her husband, is taking a leap of faith and following a dream to relocate to the coast. They were both increasingly in my thoughts as this project developed and it occurred to me that we can survive without so many of our material possessions as long as we have special people to share our lives with. In one way that explains the saying 'home is where the heart is'.

With all this in mind I cut the loving couple from a Found Relatives card, added the Chit Chat stickers and covered it all in Glue n Seal to give a matt finish, mounting them inside the house. To emulate a coastal grotto I added small shells and created Tiny Tattered Florals with sanded kraft core cardstock. The heart was easy and effective; die cutting small heart shapes from acetate packaging I glued these together with Glossy Accents (sandwiching a piece of Idea-Ology Jute String between those layers from which to hang the finished heart). Once dry I followed Tim's Faux Cracked Glass tutorial to add texture and colour, finishing this centrepiece with a Heart Charm and suspending it through the chimney.



As mentioned previously I followed Tim's Altered Burlap tutorial for the outside of the house adding the burlap to the card before die cutting the box shapes which were used in the initial construction. The same Tumbled Glass and Frayed Burlap Distress Paints were daubed over coordinating Ephemera, used in this case to represent the everyday working life that my friend is leaving behind. Keeping the finishing touches (Industrious Borders, Small Talk stickers and Remnant Rubs) flat seemed essential in this case as I don't want to add too much complication to their packing!!! It also made the house even more tactile. Here it is shown from the other angles...




Now you've seen my 'Home Sweet Home' it's time to hop on over to A Vintage Journey where my fellow Creative Guides are sharing their own amazing projects. Then it's over to you - the challenge will remain open for a month so there's plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing and link up your entries to be in with a chance to win!

I'm back later this morning with a Friday Focus for Frilly and Funkie and hope you can join me for that.
For now though, take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


Distress Paints, Inks, and essentials, Idea-Ology, Sizzix Dies and Tim Holtz Stamps can all be purchased at Country View Crafts.

21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Jenny, love how,you applied the technique to your house. Beautifully decorated. I love the photo you included and your gorgeous heart. This is a beautiful gift . I am so pleased to be joining you on the team. Tracy x

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  2. I love this little house! Each element is just perfection.

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  3. Hi Jenny - love your project. It is so clever and unique with all the elements I love to look at. Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my project - I am just getting settled in and ready to visit everyone on their blogs.

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  4. What an adorable little house Jenny - with the happy couple inside - the lovely hanging heart and cluster of seashells - Love the chimney and the ephemera decorating the outside! Julia xx

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  5. A really beautiful idea and great interpretation of your quote. It all feels so cosy and warm inside the little home.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  6. I saw this for myself yesterday when our mutual friend visited, it is a truly stunning creation Jenny and is much loved... xx

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  7. An absolute knock-out, Jenny. I love the whole idea, and the dangling heart right at the centre of the home says it all. The white-washed weathered look of the collaged outer walls is so beautifully done - and what a perfect look for a couple heading to the coast! A brilliant, creative, thoughtful gift - I love it.
    Alison xx

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  8. Jenny, this is such an eye catching little house and the details you have managed to fit into it capturing the seaside are fab. I also am in love with your collage exterior reminding me of old beach huts. Beautiful.
    Julie x

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  9. Oh this is adorable, love how you have embellished your little home. Love your Craft Stamper projects too xxx

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  10. I absolutely LOVE this Jenny. Such an inspiring project for our theme, but I love the seaside feel to as well. Jennie x

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  11. Oh Jenny I just love your little house! So cleverly put together, each side is a delight, such a great idea too and the embellishments look fantastic!

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  12. What a stunning little house you have created Jenny and such a thoughtful gift . I love how you have decorated both the interior and exterior walls . Your dangling heart is a real beaut and your arrangement of seashells and foliage is wonderful. Looks to me that your loving couple are very happy in there new home and i hope too that your good friend and her hubby will be as happy too x

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  13. Oh Jenny this is such a sweet and utterly delightful little house depicting your feelings for what a home is really about. I love the grotto effect and all the decorations inside and out. I am sure your friends love it too.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  14. Such a lovely little house, Jenny! The beach theme is perfectly executed and I love all the seaside decorations! Happy Sunday!

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  15. Jenny, that is so lovely, what a beautiful and thoughtful gift for your friends! Love the colour palette, it evokes memories of the seaside and all of your wonderful words and images meld seamlessly to deliver your heart felt message. A wonderful creation, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

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  16. Stunning work! I love everything: color, design, details...Wonderful!BArbarayaya

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  17. This is so inventive and will make a lovely display piece! The heart, the texture, the gorgeous colors - yep! It's a stunner for sure!

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  18. It is a dream of ours to move to the coast too, I fear it will never happen due to family commitments here and other events too hard to talk about right now.

    Love the house, the shells, the words, all of it!

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  19. This is really quite a lovely and inspired project! Beautiful in every detail!

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  20. Sooo cute, LOVE it, pinned! Ruth x

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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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