Thursday, March 5, 2015

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to AVJ and how much fun we have in store for you and with prizes! Brenda and Chris work so hard keeping A Vintage Journey the amazing challenge blog that it is and you could not ask for a better and more supportive DT group and I am honored to be a part of and so excited to start year #2! To start off our second year with our new monthly challenge, we are looking for ANYTHING TIM and to make it easier on us, please let us know what your Tim influence might be. Now my fabulous and totally talented DT Sisters also have some incredible art to share and you will find all the details of our challenge and information on all the prizes, along with our sponsor Country View Crafts. So you know a prize package was sent to AVJ from Tim and Mario! Aren't they just so sweet and generous?? And not only is AVJ celebrating an anniversary, but this is my 5th year of blogging as well as something very special. So here we go with what my little deal is!
 

Happy Anniversary to my hubby of 32 years and as it would be, today when the post goes live in Europe, it is our anniversary! To celebrate three special occasions, I would like to offer a little BLOG CANDY to one of my followers as well and that includes my lovely AVJ DT Sisters, who many have been with me from my first days of blogging! Details to follow. "Gear It Up" is the challenge at SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge blog, so we are taking our celebration over there to share.


Oh I love that man and I wanted to make him something a little different than the usual card or tag and so Tim's Pocket Watch came to the rescue along with many other Tim elements and products.


Tim's Pocket Watch die was cut from three layers 2 grungeboard and 1 chipboard in the center for stability. Applied a coat of gesso and then using a gel medium, I added texture using various bits and trims, modeling paste through a couple of stencils and then this was all covered up with gesso, before I applied crackle over the entire piece. Once that dried I added all of my metal pieces, mostly Idea-ology and a few I just had to add and again covered these with gesso.


Color Wash sprays used, Espresso, Denim, Stream, Butterscotch and Meadow, which are all colors my DH enjoys. These were sprayed on and dried a little using a heat gun and then with a paper towel I blotted off the excess color. Once I was happy with the colors, I did give a quick spray with sealer.

Next step is adding touches of gesso (and or Treasure Gold) lightly brushed on. Using a black marker, I added a few shadows. This was a little on the dark side to begin with, so I was careful to not add to many shadows. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is looking for a "Just A Hint Of Clover" and with a green heart (and other hints of green), we are good to go.


The grunge wings was just my thinking about how time flies and boy does it ever!


The magic of the gesso really makes everything pop! You can see some of the extra little watch gears and bits I added if you look closely. 


I did flick on some more Color Wash just for a little more interest using a toothbrush and let me tell you about stained fingers and fingernails. Oh so lovely! Truly I have so much fun when I work with mixed medias like this. I think this is about my 4th piece going this style and I love the end result.


Now for the reverse side, I wanted it to be a little softer and distress inked some of Tim's paper and where the face of the woman writing the love letter was stamped, I gave a little wash of white paint. A little more stenciling and a few fun elements and all is wonderful!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed it from start to finish. Now for a chance to win my BLOG CANDY in celebration of March and all the anniversaries, a $50 gift certificate to Inspiration Emporium, just leave a comment by April 1st, 2015. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter and good luck and mostly thank you for being a part of my journey.

55 comments:

Beth said...

Okay GF you need to pick # 1 as it looks like I am first....I know that Steve loved your gift it is stunning my friend and now I know what you where talking about last week with the stained fingers...congrats on all of your anniversary's and I have enjoyed your journey.
Hugs

Julia Aston said...

What a grand pocket watch Terry! love all the layering, inking, spraying, and crackling going on here! a wonderful gift for your dear husband to celebrate your anniversary along with the AVJ B'day!

Theresa said...

How grand that you chose to make a two sided card for your anniversaries. Great ways to add texture. So fun. thanks as always for sharing.

Linda R said...

Happy Anniversary my friend. YOU TWO do seem perfect together. and you project here is so darn amazing. I LOVE it.

Hugs~

Michele said...

this is just beyond fantastic! you are so talented. awesome. xo

Inkypinkycraft said...

happy anniversary to you .xxx this is a wonderful piece and such gorgeous textures x trace x

Buttons said...

Happy Anniversaries Terry!!! What a way to celebrate the convergence of so many amazing milestones - this is a truly superb piece of altered art. Layer upon layer of texture and detail all coloured in that fabulous vintage fashion, with every side/angle covered to perfection. You've nailed it here my friend! Happy Birthday! Jenny x

Valerie-Jael said...

Your watch is wonderful love all the details, have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

Redanne said...

Oh wow Terry, your love for your Steve really shines through in this magnificent piece of mixed media art! It is absolutely stunning and you have made it look positively vintage! Wow!! So many wonderful anniversaries to celebrate too - Happy Anniversary!

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

SanDee1899 said...

Oh my Gosh, absolutely Stunning, adorable Love it!
xoxo SanDee1899

Shirley Chillman said...

A gorgeous inspirational piece TT and what a lot to celebrate

33 years, you can tell the love is still so strong from this amazing piece you have made. Love the reverse as well.

AVJ one year old - where has the time gone sweets. Love all your inspirational makes.

What a fantastic blog candy, you are so generous and kind - as usual hunny.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

Cardgenie said...

Terry, just love your pocket watch! Bet you DH loves it too. Happy Anniversary to you both. Thanks for sharing. Jean.x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Terry, I am always so blown away when I visit your blog, this is just spectacular! I have been scrolling up and down forever here!! A genius idea and oh my, how I love all the amazing textures and colours! Your hubby must have been thrilled to bits when you gave it to him!! Happy Anniversary!! big hugs :)

stamping sue said...

Wowzer! well done pocket watch! congratulations with your anniversaries.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Nan G said...

Happy Anniversary! Love your two sided pocket watch!

Meggymay said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. This is a stunning time piece to celebrate the occasion, awesome altered art.
Yvonne xx

Brenda Brown said...

Yay Happy Anniversary my lovely friend, you have made the most amazing gift for Steve and I bet he loves it, please bring it to PS so I can see it for real. I am amazed at all the grungy pieces you have included inside it and all the texture you have achieved. It's a perfect birthday piece for our AVJ celebrations too. Thanks for everything you do.
hugs Brenda xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Terry, what can I say, - you know already how much I love this project of yours, and to read your step by step was just brilliant!! Thanks for that, - amazing results with those techniques!

Big congrats on all your special anniversaries, - wonderful how they just all came together like that, and what a generous Candy!!

Last but not least, it's been great to work together and alongside you on AVJ!!

Shari Trumbull said...

Absolutely Fabulous pocket watch creation for your Hubbie, Terry! Happy Anniversary to the both of you!! And look--here I am with you at AVJ as a CG, too!! :) I'm so lucky to have such wonderfully creative women as my teammates!!
Thank you so much for the warm welcome!! XOXO-Shari

Juliz Design Post said...

Hi Terry, what a fabulous project for your hubby to mark such a special occasion. Happy Anniversary to you both. Love all the details with your numbers and chit chat stickers and the grunge clock is superb.
What a generous blog candy. Have a lovely weekend.
Julie xx

die amelie said...

Wow, such a great piece, Terry!

Love the colours, crackle and texture! Thanks for sharing your project with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

Claudia x

Nikki Acton said...

A fabulous creation and wonderful gift. Congratulations on your anniversary too! Nikki xxx

Christine Kiehl said...

Wow. Like always, so impressed with your work. I am mostly a lurker; but I do comment from time to time on the Newsletter shares. You have been very busy as of late! Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing!

Joi at RR said...

Two anniversaries on the same day... well, almost any way!!! So fun. Your creation is just amazing Terry. I bet your hubby was very impressed when he received his very unique and wonderful "card". Happy Anniversary to you both and to AVJ too, of course. Thanks so much for the chance to win a celebration prize.j.

Mrs.B said...

Congratulations to you and Steve on your 32nd Anniversary - and also on 5yrs of Blogging.
The pocket watch is truly amazing, fabulous colour, texture and details. Great collection of images on the reverse.
Wonderful blog candy, you are very generous.
Have a great weekend.
Avril xx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Congratulations with all the anniversaries Terry.
Love the style of the pocketwatch for your husband...great details and colours!
Greetings, Alie

S@ndy Diller said...

So great to have you back playing with us again. Love the pocket watch full of Tim goodness.

Coco said...

Hahaha Terry, I come on your blog the good day!!! :D At first happy anniversary to you and your husband!! I wish you many other years together full of love anf happiness. Now regarding this fabulous clock, I would just say WOW!!!
Well, I think you get one more follower from now, I will try to visit you more than before, but not at each post probably as it becomes a bit stressful for me, I don't like to disappoint my friends or the idea that they could think I do no more like their makes if I can't leave a comment. :( Have a good week-end Terry Coco xx

Sharon said...

Wow that is stunning! Happy Anniversary!

Suzanne C said...

Terry this is gorgeous! I love the way you put together your gears and the layers of colors! Wow! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Lynn Price said...

Fantastic make!! I love all the detail, and of course the backstory is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing that and the step outs!! WOW!! xx Lynn

Dee Adams said...

I love this and all the layers that you developed Brilliant! Dee x

Annie said...

Hi Terry x happy Anniversary to you and your DH, also Happy Birthday for our AVJ celebration. You have created a real treasure here for your DH, with so many wonderful details.....I love it. It has that fantastic Grungy appeal that I adore. Fabulous blog candy too.....you are sooooo kind

Have a great weekend
Annie x

Janice said...

I found you by accident today and it seems to be a happy one. Congratulations on your anniversaries and the pocket watch is quite lovely. Your husband will love it.

Krisha said...

I know I usually "like" or comment on FB, but this morning I was carowzing blogland, trying to catch up on what's going on.

First: Happy Anniversary.
Second: This is just a masterful piece of art and I am sure your Hubby loved it.

I think your giving Mr. Tim a run for his money....LOL

Pawsitively Creative said...

Happy Anniversary and Congrats! I sure bet your DH was thrilled with this wonderful piece! The textures and layering are superb and so fun! Thanks for joining us at SanDee&Amelie's Steampunk Challenge. Hugz! ~Niki DT

Karin said...

Wow this looks gorgeous!
Groetjes Karin

Ira Huberts said...

Happy anniversary and happy birthday t your DH, Terry! Isn't it wonderful to still love each other so much? It most definitely shows through your art, for your pocket watch is an amazing piece of work, gosh, there's so much beauty to behold, love love it!! Hugs, Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

klistersøster said...

What a amazing clock,I love it.Thank you for joining our challenge at SASPC with your beautiful gift.

Hugs Susan

crafty creations said...

An amazing transformation - all that wonderful texture love it and I'm sure hubby did too

I've just linked mine to this wonderful challenge

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Oh GF, Happy Anniversary! and Happy Blogaversary, 5 years!, seems like yesterday when we met. Amazing project! love.............

Candy C said...

Beautiful job, Terry. Your pocket watch has so much texture and distressed goodness! Love everything about it!

Maura said...

Stunning piece! Extraordinarily detail and a wonderful little story too...happy anniversary! Love how you have packed so much texture into the watch, and shared the details of making it. Thanks for joining us at SASPC for the gear it up challenge! Have a grand day!

Sandra said...

Ohh wow Terry! This is pocket watch is amazing! Love every bit of it! Happy anniversary on a bunch of occasions! It's so much fun celebrate all the good things! That's what life is all about! Big hugs, Sandra

sally said...

What an amazing creation! You have a very lucky man that he has inspired such creativity :-) I'm sure he shows his appreciation too!

Sally

Jennie Atkinson said...

Terry what a magnificent piece ! I love all the layering, inking, spraying and crackling you have created on this wonderful time piece. What a wonderful gift for your husband and a wonderful piece to share for our first anniversary. Love it! (Sorry to be late visiting - finally back from Ireland!) xxx

butterfly said...

Beyond stunning, Terry - this is a completely amazing piece of work. I love the layers of colour and the fabulous gesso dry-brushing to bring out all the delicious texture. Love, love, love it! Like Jennie, I'm offering apologies for my late visit - but so happy finally to be catching up with the birthday creations.
Alison xx

Lynn Stevens said...

Hey GF. I just LOVE all that texture on your pocket watch.No doubt Steve loved it too! I hope you and Steve had a wonderful Anniversary as well!
Has it really been 5 years of blogging already? wow how time flies, Congrats!!!!!!
Hugs Lynn

barbarayaya62 said...

such a wonderful pocket watch! love your work, so brilliant! barbarayaya

Belinda Basson said...

This is just so rich in texture and colour, I can't stop looking at my screen. I hope he really appreciates this and loves it just as much as 50 of us commenters have! Happy belated anniversary on all fronts!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Dear me- this is amazing! I LOVE the texture and perfect colors you added. WOW! Happy Anniversary- love seeing your fab creations!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Happy belated anniversary Terry and congratulations on 32 years of wedded bliss! Your piece you created for your hubby is stunning, so many layers and details and all that lovely texture. I especially love the reverse with your love letter, perfect! Thanks for sharing and thanks also for your very generous giveaway!

Meresanth said...

Oh my, I adore the shades of colour on your watch! The texture makes me want to run my fingers over it... exquisite! Thanks so much for joining us this month at SASPC! Hugs, Agnieszka

Glennis said...

What a fantastic project - I love it

Maura said...

WooHoo! Congrats on being chosen at SASPC for your great little steampunk project!

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