Hello everyone! It's FINALLY stopped snowing here and we've managed to get ourselves dug out. We had an epic winter storm here in B.C. over the last few days, snowfall records were broken from as far back as the turn of the century. Everything was shut down for at least two days as the plow trucks just could not keep up with the snow as it fell. Here's a picture out our front door after the first day and night of snow:
We have a steep metal roof covering the front steps (whoever designed that was an idiot!) and as the snow falls, it slides off of the roof and right down in front of the house. Everywhere else there was about 14 - 16 inches of snow, which was bad enough, but in front of the door the drift had grown to about 3 feet by the time we were able to get outside and start shoveling. I was about half way through shoveling this side of the drift when I took this picture. Needless to say, my arms and back are a wee bit sore today! We then had a bout of freezing rain on top of all the snow, so where we shoveled is now a skating rink and when you walk through the snowy areas, the top is shattering like glass with each step you take. I think a few posts back I told you that I loved the snow? I've changed my mind!! Fortunately the snow has now stopped and the temperatures are quite mild so hopefully some of this will melt a bit before the next snow storm hits.
Since I was house bound for a few days, I decided to work on a mixed media piece for some new blog challenges. Over at A Vintage Journey, their latest challenge was 'Ring Out The Old - Ring In The New', while at Mixed Media Mojo the theme was 'New' with the twist of adding the number '15', at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog the challenge was 'Something New' and at Country View Challenges, their January challenge was to 'Use Something New To You'. So I incorporated all four challenges into my New Year mixed media plaque.
I had a lot of fun making this plaque and used a couple of items in it that were new to me; some Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste and Tim Holtz's 'Gothic' layering stencil. I applied the texture paste through the stencil on one side of the plaque and tried to use some 'Old Paper' distress paint through the stencil on the other side but used to much paint and it bled like crazy. So I quickly just smooshed the distress paint in streaks up and down the plaque to cover my boo-boo. After the paint and texture paste were dry, I cover the whole plaque with 'Broken China' and 'Salty Ocean' distress stain. It was looking much too blue for my liking so I dried it and added 'Vintage Photo' distress stain over top of everything and was much happier with the colour palette. I love the distressed, almost peeled paint look of the distress stain over top of the distress paint resist, Tim Holtz's distress products are so much fun to work with and so forgiving. Even a mistake can end up looking great!
I then started to add my elements on to the plaque background.
The father time image is from Vintage Image Crafts and the clock brad is from Tim Holtz's 'Custom Fasteners' brad set. The quarter to twelve clock image was perfect for this layout. I then added some word snippets that I made on the computer using a font called 'Old Printing Press' and used the words from A Vintage Journey's current challenge prompt. The film strip is an image from a Crafty Secrets 'Vintage Typography' CD and I aged it in PicMonkey with one of their background overlays.
The pocket watch image is from a collage sheet by Astrid Berends and I was going to use some metal clock hands on it but they were too long. So I added some 'hands' with some glitter glue instead and mounted the pocket watch on pop dots for a little dimension. The Admit One ticket was a blank ticket from Vectoria Designs that I added the 'Happy New Year 2015' wording to and it is also mounted on pop dots. The '15' brad is one of Tim Holtz's 'Number Brads' that I clipped the prongs off of and adhered with a pop dot.
The bells were added as one of the prompts over at A Vintage Journey was a poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson that talked of ringing bells. They are from a Crafty Secrets 'Vintage Christmas' CD. Another clock was added (did I go overboard on the clocks I am now wondering?!) and this one is from The Graphics Fairy. The typography 'in with the new' was added in front of a glass pebble that has a dictionary snippet of the word 'journey' glued underneath it, since every New Year is indeed the start of a new journey.
Don't you love that New Year's baby vintage post card? I do believe I got this cutie at The Graphics Fairy too, it's very sweet.
Here's a closer look at the glass pebble, sorry about the reflection. I found the technique on making these over at Alison Bomber's blog, Words and Pictures, I have to try and remember to use them more often.
And finally to display my plaque, I stained some Tim Holtz 'Crinkle Ribbon' with 'Broken China' and 'Vintage Photo' distress stain and strung it through some rivets I added to the top corners of the plaque.
I love this ribbon, I've tried to use seam binding that I've bought locally to use instead but it just isn't the same. Tim's ribbon gets so yummy and crinkly :O)
Thanks for stopping by today as always and thanks to A Vintage Journey, Mixed Media Mojo, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog and Country View Challenges for their prompts and challenges that inspired this plaque.
Hope your weather is much better than ours and that you are have had a wonderful first week in this, the New Year. Happy creating my friends!