Friday 7 December 2018

Star Light , Star Bright.... A Vintage Journey December 2018 Challenge

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Back again today but this time with my latest creativity for A Vintage Journey. We begin our new challenge today and our lovely Julia is our host this time with the challenge theme

Star light, Star Bright .
'This month we are asking you to create with Stars. Fill up the winter sky with them or use one really big one as your central focus. Stencil them, stamp them, emboss them or die cut them . Make a box- maybe a star box, make a canvas, create a journal page- remembering of course to create in our preferred vintage, shabby,mixed media, art journalling, industrial or steam punk styles.'

For the last couple of years, around this time I have enjoyed creating a project/ piece of art that has a wintery, snowy feel. There was my mixed media canvas I created in 2016 (it would have been ideal for this challenge theme given it has a star as the central focus) and then last year there was my altered advent calender ((its on display again this year) so I saw Julia's challenge as an opportunity to continue my trend by creating a snowy scene with a winter blue sky full of falling snowy stars.
The scene itself is created on a panel which I then adhered to an altered upright. The background of the panel is cut from an A4 gelli print.
I added some stencilling, stamping and a little bit of doodling - all of which add extra detail
and of course there's lots of 'added 'snow' around the panel as well as falling snowy stars in their plenty.
 'Let it Snow' sits on a snowy ledge created from a shortened birdhouse post.
The bird houses are designed by Kate Crane, one of her lovely new Carabelle Studio stamp sets and again they are stamped onto a gelli print and fuzzy cut. I altered the numbers to 25 for that subtle nod to Christmas day. To give them rigidity they are multi-layered. I also resized a couple of the bird houses (for design purposes) simply by trimming down their posts. They are adhered to the panel to create a sense of depth and distance. Some light shadowing helps with this too .
The upright is painted and weathered
and the sides are crackled in white
There's a blanket of snow covering the ground and it looks like those falling stars have turned into tiny sparkly snowballs
adding a glimmering touch of iridescence! 
I hope you have enjoyed your time here today and that maybe I have offered some creative inspiration for our challenge . 
If you haven't already be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey to see all the fabulous projects created by our Creative Guides. 

We hope you will be able to join us in this challenge as we always look forward to seeing your creativity. As always there will be 3 Pinworthy winners chosen at the end of the challenge with each winner being awarded a Pinworthy badge for their blog and  their work will be pinned to our Pinterest board .

I would like to enter this into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : B is For?
( B s for Birdhouses, B is for Blue) 
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today. I really do appreciate your visits, follows, subscriptions and comments. 
Wishing you all a wonderful time leading up to Christmas . 
Take care 
keep on the 'happy side' 


  1. beautiful Amanda, love all the snowy texture :)

  2. I just love your blue background with the stenciling, and great texture of your stars and snow! Such pretty little buildings (birdhouses?) on their poles with the snow building up on their roofs and gathering in little balls at the base! Julia xx

  3. Oh my gosh Amanda you have certainly captured a wonderful wintry feel in creating this beautiful scene. I love the blues in the background gelli print and all the brilliant textures you added. I can imagine this looks amazing on display with your other seasonal pieces of art. Love it xxx

  4. What an absolutely stunning wintry scene you have created Amanda. The blues give a lovely touch of chill and adding the snowballs at the bottom really do add to the chill factor. It would be wonderful to look out into the garden and see a wonderful scene like this! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Absolutely love this monochrome bluesy winter scene. The layered stars are magical, and the snowy textures and snowballs are gorgeous. A beauty!
    Alison x

  6. amazing textures and details Amanda x it really is a stunner x cleverly pieced together

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  7. LOVE birdhouses in the winter too! Snow much fun!

  8. Amanda, you are amazing! I love your snowy scene (the prettiest I've seen this season!) and I for one would display this throughout the winter season! So pretty, my friend--you are a creative genius! Thank you for all your inspiration through out the year! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with all things good!

  9. What a wonderful wintery scene, Amanda! These christmassy birdhouses are such a lovely idea and I like all the yummy texture on this panel.
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Challenges. I wish you a Merry Christmas!

  10. This is gorgeous Amanda, I love all of your texture and the Wintery feel to your piece. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Sue xx

  11. gorgeous texture on this piece and a super wintry feel - really lovely! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils! Hugs rachel x

  12. Such gorgeous texture! Love the cool blues and frosty twinkly effect...however my favourites are the snowballs, they are just fab!! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils for our final challenge xx


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