6 February 2015

Playing Tic Tac Toe at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday post. It's the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and here's what our host Annie has to say; "With so many Tim Holtz/Ranger and any other similar products we would like you to choose at least three items from the grid below and incorporate them in your projects. You can choose items horizontally/vertically or diagonally, it's your decision. Please, please include the name of the items you are using within your post, not just in the link to the challenge."

Idea-ology or any metal embellishmentSpraysRibbon/twine
PaintEphemeraDie cuts
Foil TapeTexture FadesStains

Remember, we need to see Tim Holtz' style evident in your finished projects. As always, our winner will receive a £10 shop voucher from our wonderful sponsor, Country View Crafts as well as a blog badge and the opportunity to join us here as a guest for a future month's challenge. We also award 'Pinworthy' badges to three runners up.

If you are a regular contributor to the A Vintage Journey challenges or haven't yet taken the plunge you'll need to keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks; there are major changes afoot! For further details see the new challenge post over at A Vintage Journey.

Sometimes fate plays a hand in what you end up creating and this time was definitely one of those occasions. I'd already made my selection from the Tic Tac Toe grid - Sprays, Ephemera, Texture Fades - and then Tim produced his February 2015 Tag challenge HERE... based on ephemera and my favourite faux quilt look! Well it had to be done, so how did I incorporate Sprays and Texture Fades?

I love Tim's ephemera packs and grabbed a few travel themed ones to start with. They gave me a basic blue, brown, red colour scheme. Next, texture was needed to add some dimension to the 'quilt'. To make a good colour matched card I used spritzes of Weathered Wood, Iced Spruce and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains, finishing it by mopping up the excess to add blotches of extra colour. Having run three separate pieces through different Texture Fades it was time to assemble the background.

Tim brushed Picket Fence Distress Paint across his tag - I went for the Frayed Burlap version and then used a Frayed Burlap Distress Marker and fine nib water brush to add the shading around each section. To finish the background I machine stitched around the edge a couple of times.

 Rather than use felt I layered some Mulberry fabric and die cut the globe. All the metal portions were die cut, edged with Jet Black Archival Ink and 'rusted' with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint (wiped away after being semi-dried). I used the same technique on the Idea-Ology Word Band, which really helped to age it, and added a line of Film Strip Ribbon.

So there you have it, my Tic Tac Toe project and this month's entry to Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 February Tag challenge. Now I encourage you to pop on over to A Vintage Journey to take a look at the amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides.

I'll be back tomorrow with a new offering for you over at IndigoBlu.
In the meantime have a great end to your week and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. A wonderful mulberry paper globe Jenny! and the aging on the continents, arrows and word band look wonderful - your quilt background gives it all so much great texture!

  2. Love this creation Jenny, wonderful background and great faux quilting.
    The globe looks amazing. Lots of layers and textures, which really are pleasing to the eye.

    Looking forward to viewing you on the network tomorrow

    Huge hugs and have a fab weekend

    Annie x

  3. What a fabulous card Jenny. Love the design and the pieces you have chosen for this one. TFS your work with us. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Great layers for this background xx

  5. Gorgeous card, Jenny! Love the grungy style! Love the embossed pieces in the background! Hugs, Sandra

  6. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, love everything you have done on your stunning "work of art"
    Have a good day

    Patricia xxx

  7. Fabulous card Jenny! Love the quilting effect and the pop of red is wonderful! Sue C x

  8. Love the quilt look and the red as a contrast on this beautiful card

    Love Chrissie

  9. Fabulous card !Jenny Definitely my kinda style . love it when fate comes a calling ! A great name for the challenge too - had me wondering for awhile till I hopped on over .

  10. A fabulous textured "quilt", Jenny - with immaculate detailiing and a great air of faded glamour.
    Alison xx

  11. Gorgeous project Jenny love your patchwork background I know what you mean about fate only the other way round for me made my tag and my challenge project came from the left over stash on my desk.


  12. Such a fabulous take on Tim's tag for this month Jenny. You are so wonderfully clever at this type of collage and this shows in this wonderful card. The touch of red in the form of the globe is just wonderful. Have a lovely weekend - don't work too hard! Jennie x

  13. Wonderful Jenny! So many fabulous textures, I just love the patchwork style background! hugs :)

  14. Jenny, you are so clever in how you combined the two challenges! I love what you have done with the world and your background absolutely rocks! Love this! Hugs!

  15. YES!!! That's fabulous! It's like a warm hug from your favorite blanket, but on a card and the directions of your arrows seize the day! The enjoy the journey and their encouragement to go this way or that had a sort of Dr. Seuss appeal to me. I love your vintage, quilted, inspiration Jenny. Thanks so much for sharing and thank you also for the warm wishes back into blog land. :D
    hugs to you and have a great weekend,
    Lisa x

  16. I always love the way you take Tim's tags and 'make them your own' with your (always) clever designs - and this one is no exception - it is brilliant! Anne xx

  17. I don't think I've seen that globe die look so good! LOVE what you've done with it! Gorgeous patchwork background too!

  18. The mix of ephemera and textured panels work wonderfully well together and with a red globe adding that pop of colour it all came together beautifully. A great interpretation for Tim's tag.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  19. Amazing textures! Your layering of the globe was inspired, love it!

  20. Wonderful paneled card Jenny, great mix of colours too! And what a creative interpretation of Tim's tag!

  21. How fun is this card, Jenny!! The moves you made to create this card are fantastic!! Love your layers and colors and the pieces of ephemera you used--Oh, I just love Everything!! Good luck over at Tim's!! XOXO-Shari

  22. Fanatic vintage piece Jenny. I love the globe! !! Xx

  23. Fabulous Tim tag interpretation - you are a genius. The faux quilting is great and love how you have including your tic tac toe elements. Nxx

  24. Your globe looks amazing and as always you have managed to make Tim's Tag perfectly your own. Great interpretation.
    Julie x

  25. Fabulous color and technique! Love the globe and how you have used all the elements here.
    Love it.
    S@ndy xx

  26. I love how you pieced all of this together! The globe with the 3 dimensional continents was the first thing that grabbed me! Great job, Jenny!

  27. Great work Annie -- I too love this months technique and have used it on my piece


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