Monday, 7 April 2014

A Vintage Journey - A Little Bit French!

Continuing with the Vintage Journey challenge which you can find if you press the link, the theme this week is 'A Little Bit French' and my word I didn't realise how many French stamps etc come from the Master of all things Inky - Tim Holtz! I was spoilt for choice and in the end decided to shabby chic a Charity shop frame I found.
Then I took a canvas board and proceeded to 'Timinise' it!
The background stamps are all stamped in Potting Soil Archival then then distressed with Frayed Burlap DI with the exception of the Metro and black cat stamp. Then I painted and distressed a piece of french script paper from one of Tim's collections and ran the French embossing folder through the old Vagabond and then inked over with Walnut Stain and Frayed Burlap DI. Then I die cut and seperately embossed the fleur-de-lys and inked them with Walnut stain and then gold Viva paste and layered them up with several layers on sticky fixers. The Moulin Rouge Can-Can dancers and elegant Parisian lady were in my stash and I made up some tickets to pop in the side of the main frame. The edge was made from Tissue tape with suitable French words on and then I painted and distressed the frame with white acrylic paint.
Do pop over and have a go if you aren't participating already, it's great fun and is sponsored by Country View Crafts, so one lucky person will win a voucher to spend in their fab shop. The design members have come up with some great French inspired art, do have a peep.
Thanks for looking, be back soon. x


  1. That frame is brilliant Barb and I love all the French inspired bits and pieces you have added to the canvas, especially the Eiffel Tower and Fleur-de-lis and the can can dancer is a great addition. Nice ageing too. Thanks so much for joining in at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Hi Barb, this is gorgeous, I love all the details and the little additions of colour really pop, beautiful, Carole Z X

  3. Gorgeous frame Barbara but the collage you have created within it is fabulous. Love all those French elements

    THank you for sharing at A VintageJourney this fortnight
    hugs Annie x

  4. Barb...your piece is truly beautiful and a wonderful example of how someone can take Tim's techniques and products and create such beautiful art that is all their own! I love your frame! The collage you have created on the canvas board is wonderful! From the Eiffel Towel to the Fleur De Lis, it's lovely! Thanks for sharing your art with us at A Vintage Journey. <3 Candy

  5. what a fantastic frame! and i love all the detail you have put in to your collage. very fitting as the main attraction to such a glorious frame!

  6. Oh so pretty is your framed Paris project! I love your collage and the edging with tissue tape! Lovely details. Thank you for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey.

  7. Gorgeous frame, love all the detail.

  8. Hi there, Barbara!
    Your project is FABULOUS! And I wanted to let you know about our Paris/France Challenge this week at The Kraft Journal. I hope you will stop by and share your project with us. Time is running out, but you have about one day left to link up and we would LOVE having you share your talents with us.
    Hope to see you there!
    The Kraft Journal

  9. This is a truly wonderful piece, love how you have put it together! The frame looks fantastic and the collage of wonderful French elements is put together brilliantly, the elegant lady looks just perfect in the corner and together with the flag just adds a great little patch of colour.

    We are happy you have added it to our challenge over at a Vintage Journey. However, for it to be eligible for a prize please add a direct link to our blog still, - see our "traveling instruction" 5: Please include a direct link to 'A Vintage Journey' in your post and mention the title of the challenge theme.

    All the best!