I’m so glad that you stopped by! This is my final week in the Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I just want to take a moment and thank Lols, the Monday Challenge Design Team, Simon Says Stamp and all of you for making my time participating a GREAT one! It was such a pleasure to play along and be welcomed so kindly. It has truly touched my heart to read all the wonderful comments…they mean so much to me! Thank you for that!
Now on to the challenge…
This weeks Challenge theme is “In My Garden”…as soon as I found out the challenge I knew that my grandma, Mabel, would be the perfect subject for a vignette. She had a true love for flowers, sewing and quilting. She was a avid gardener and spent countless hours keeping her gardens planned and pruned. Along with gardening she had a love for sewing, was a seamstress for many years, and quilted from the time that she could hold a needle. As a child, I remember sorting through her button tin which kept me busy while she sat quilting. I knew I wanted to combine all of her favorite things along with a photo of her. I hope that you enjoy my interpretation of the challenge.
Lets get started!
First, I began by prepping my vignette box.. I sanded all the edges a bit and then painted it with a wash of white gesso and water, just to give it a good tooth to adhere the background paper to. I used the large size vignette box that is approximately 5 1/2″x12″… this was the perfect size to add a photo at the top and then add embellishments below.
I then selected a paper from the Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Stash to use for my background, cut it to size to fit on the back of the box, and added a bit of texture paste through the Tim Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil with some Crackle Texture Paste and a Palette Knife. I sprinkled a bit of Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder onto it and set it aside to dry…(this sometimes feels like it takes forever) ….when it was dry and crackled, I heat embossed the powder.
With a blending tool, I added a bit of Ranger Archival Coffee Ink to the edges and background of both the background and the side pieces. Just to give it a more grungy feel.
I then trimmed a photo of my Grandma that I had copied, sanded a bit around the edges to distress them as well. Then I blended a bit of the Coffee Archival ink to give it a tattered and aged look.
I matted my photo onto an old vintage postcard that had a really cute frame around its edges. (The actual postcard wasn’t that pretty, so I didn’t feel bad covering it up)…I trimmed a piece of cotton batting with a pair of pinking sheers, inked the edges with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and then decided to sew the pieces together on my sewing machine with cream thread.
After my photo was sewn onto the background I sewed a couple of grungy vintage buttons on with some cream thread.
Next, it was time to finish the inside and outside of the vignette box…
I adhered all my strips of Wallflower paper into the inside and inner sides of the tray with Distress Collage Matte Medium. The tops of all the strips of paper were finished with collage medium as well.
I decided that I wanted to make the outside of the box to look like that of an old vintage valentine candy box…kind of like this one.
To do that…I embossed a piece of Gold 12×12 Kraft-Core Metallic Paper with the Tim Holtz Flourish Texture Fade. It took 3 passes through the Vagabond to get a whole strip embossed but it was so worth it. It turned out beautifully…I hope that you can see this in the photo, it’s so hard to photograph it with the reflection.
Then I cut the paper down into strips to fit on the outside sides of the tray. I painted each strip with a light touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint, sanded it a bit with my sanding block and inked it up with some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.
Then I decided to stamp the background font stamp from the Entomology Stamp set with some Coffee Archival Ink.
After they were complete, I adhered them again onto the tray with Collage Matte Medium and set it aside to dry.
Next, I stamped a couple strips of watercolor paper with a border from the Ornate Trims stamp set (CMS326) with Antique Linen Distress ink, embossed it with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, blended a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide onto them and adhered the strips to the outside trim/edge of the tray.
Next, I stamped a flower from the Illustrated Garden (CMS295) with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide, embossed it with clear embossing powder and watercolor painted the flowers with a combination of oxide inks. (Worn Lipstick, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss). I fussy cut around it and then added some old seed beads to the centers of the flowers with Glossy Accents. After the beads were dried and adhered I added a bit of Antique Linen Oxide with a blending tool to give the flower a more aged look.
Then, I made a tiny “pin cushion” inside an old thimble and added some flowers from the Idea-ology Bouquet. The flowers were smooshed into some Antique Linen Distress Oxide and then I added some color with a couple Distress Markers. Then Glossy Accents was added to the tops of the flowers and they were dipped into Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter. The “pin cushion” was a scrap of fabric that I inked with some Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and stuffed with a piece of cotton batting …then I squished it into the thimble and added a couple of old needles inside.
I gathered all my vintage knickknacks and began arranging them inside my tray. The photo I decided to back with an old distressed postcard and a Tim Holtz Ideaology Christmas Baseboard. The baseboard was distressed by sanding and then by blending with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink. I also added a small butterfly from the Tim Holtz Vellum Thrift Shop Ephemera Pack. I emphasized the body of the butterfly with a Ranger Clear Embossing Marker and some Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder and a tiny seed bead was added for the head. A Small Talk sticker was inked with a bit of Vintage Photo and adhered to the top of the photo.
All of the vintage items were adhered with a hot glue gun and distress collage matte medium and placed within the tray.
The vintage knickknacks I have been collecting over the years at various, estate sales, Goodwill stores, garage sales and the like. (My grandma was a “keeper of things” as well…hmm, I wonder where that love came from <3.)
Thank you so much for joining me today! I can’t wait to hang the vignettes that I’ve created this month…it’s the beginning of a family collage wall in my home.
I have had the best time creating things during my visit at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and I hope that you’ve enjoyed your time with me as well.
Have a wonderful day and be sure to stop back again soon!
Gather Your Supplies:
Tim Holtz/Sizzix – Floral Texture Fade
Tim Holtz/Ranger- Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Crackled Texture Paste, Clear Embossing Pen, Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter, Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, Multi Matte Medium, Sanding Grip, Dina Wakley White Gesso, Palette Knife, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat It Heat Tool,
Archival Ink- Coffee
Distress Paint- Picket Fence
Distress Markers- Various Colors
Vintage items: Postcards, Scissors, Thimble, Seed beads, Sewing Notions, scrap piece of fabric, button card, needles, cotton darning and mending cotton thread box, etc…(I’m a bit of a pack rat and have picked these items up at estate sales, garage sales and junk shops throughout the years.)