Friday, 9 May 2014

Guest Designer at A Vintage Journey

Fond Memories Challenge
I’m so pleased to have been selected as the winner of the ‘A little Bit French’ Challenge and asked to be a Guest Designer for the  current ‘Fond Memories’ Challenge

My memory box and album is inspired by a special place with fond memories, we frequently stayed in a village in the Yorkshire Dales when I was growing up
A beautiful place, fresh air, green rolling hills and a group of peacocks!
They inhabited the village and ruled the roost! constantly calling and parading around displaying their beautiful feathers

All of the images are from the surrounding area and places we visited, one very fond memory is the St Michael and all Angels Church, a place I loved to go into and count the wooden mice
The pews were made by a local craftsman Robert Thompson known as the Mouseman due to his famous carvings and trademark 

I started my memory box with an image transfer technique using DecoArt Faux Medium on the lid using a peacock feather image, I aged this with one step crackle and a wash of DecoArt Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Umber and Carbon Black

The outside of the box was painted with Carbon Black and Burnt Umber acrylic and decorated with Tim’s Vintage lace die cuts in black card and then dry brushed with Metallic Rich Espresso.
Once dry I applied the various decorative metal fixings

The memory album is based on Tim’s W book format but left just as a concertina only sticking the sides that form the pockets the first end fixed to the inside of the box lid
The great thing about the concertina book is the it allows for any depth of embellishments and you can add more pages

I Coloured the Curio knob, Foundations box feet, trim, Word keys, heart and oval charms with Alcohol inks to add a more vintage effect

The heart embellishments were cut from chipboard with the Tim Holtz die covered in modelling paste and painted with Acrylics and metallic shimmer, the smaller hearts were Tando chipboard mini hearts
I also made heart, discs and abstract embellishments using UTEE & Ranger peacock texture treads and edged the micro slides too

 Details of some of the feature pages and tags, I made 16 in total which was two of W books put together
The remainder are made up of photo pages

Such a wonderful challenge theme, I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone’s amazing creations.

Jools : )


Tim Holtz

Lost and found papers
Kraft Resist
Kraft Glassine

Texture fades Harlequin

Nature walk stamps
Mini muse stamps

Mini Heart die
Vintage lace die
Tag & Bookplates

Curio Knobs
Heart Charms
Cash keys
Locket keys
Word keys

Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks & Stains, Glossy Accents


One Step Crackle
Metallics Perfect Pearl  Peacock and Purple
Rich Espresso and Glorious Gold
Traditions Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black, Burnt Umber
Modelling Paste


Cricut Cartridges
Paper lace
Fancy Frames
Art Nouveau

Fiskars Plumage
QuicKutz Feather Die
Prima Vintage Trinkets


  1. Jools...your Fond Memories challenge showcased piece is absolutely brilliant! I love everything about it. The colors are stunning. The design is superb and your techniques and crafting of this piece is phenomenal! I so enjoyed seeing all of your lovely pieces that you made to complete this work of art. It must have taken hours to do...but so worth the effort! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful art with all of us at A Vintage Journey. <3 Candy

  2. OMG!!! (:o) How long have you been working on this stunning tresor box? The book inside is drop - dead gorgeous. A feast for the eyes (:o)

  3. Absolutely stunning! I love all of it especially the peacock feather you have transferred onto the lid with the crackle effect. Crafting at the highest level!!
    Amanda x

  4. Jaw-droppingly brilliant, Jools... you've crafted a work of art here. The exterior of the box is absolutely amazing - transfer, paint techniques, metallic die-cuts... and each and very page is stunning. A truly extraordinary piece of work.
    Alison xx

  5. It's a completely amazing project Jools, I am totally in love with it! You have just proven to me again that I made the right choice lol, to choose you as my winner!

  6. Hi, Jools! I just spent more time that I have this morning saving the photographs (and the narrative!) of this absolutely amazing memory project. I love vintage *everything* but this has to be the most wonderful thing I have every seen! I just can't find the right words to express to you how touching I find this artwork today! Mwah! Kay

  7. Jools, your project is totally stunning and is attracting some fab comments! Thank you so much for sharing your time and talents by guesting with us at A Vintage Journey! Chris xxx

  8. Oh my Jools,this is a stunning project. You have such a wonderful talent as an artist and create such stunning pieces and this is one of them. I love all the techniques and elements you have brought together here and the effects you have created. Every page of your book is a fabulous work of art in itself. Thank you so much for creating and sharing this for us as a guest at A Vintage Journey xx

  9. Sumptuously fabulous piece Jools, I love its jewelled like chunkiness. Nicola x