Friday 26 December 2014

A Vintage Journey- Ring out the old, ring in the new

Happy New Year
The latest A Vintage Journey Challenge is based on Alfred Tennyson's poem
 “Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

Focus on these key words from the poem - old, new, bells, snow, year and interpret one or more of them in anyway you like. So for instance use something old/new on a project; include bells or snow on a card; design a new year card/project/invitation etc. Just tell us what your links are to the key words from the poem.

My focus is the bells ringing in the New Year as the clock strikes midnight on my snowy wreath 

I covered a polystyrene ring with Matte Medium and applied tissue paper Sprayed with Distress Spray Stains, Brushed Pewter, Iced Spruce and Pumice Stone, gradually building the colours
I love the look of the Distress Sprays when they are mixed with the metallics

I cut the leaves from an assortment of dies including Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves and Winter Greens Embossed with Texture Fades Textured Leaves, Damask and Cracked I used Distress Inks on the edges, Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone and arranged on the ring base
once I was happy with the layout, I glued with Glossy accents

Cut Tims Weathered Clock and applied Embossing Antiquities Cement and a Silver embossing powder 
This was fixed onto Tim's Frosted Film, which was embossed with a snowflake pattern

I adapted a Christmas decoration, I dismantled it as it had an unwanted pine cone and Christmas ornament 
Painted the leaves with DecoArt Shimmering Silver Metallics and the distressed the braid on the bells Desert Turquoise and Burnt Umber Acrylics
I tied a white bow and coloured with Distress Spray Brushed Pewter and distress with Iced Spruce around the edges
I used the metal hoop as the hanger for the wreath these were all applied with Glossy accents and pinned onto the Polystyrene base

I hope you have enjoyed my project, please visit all the Creative Guides blogs for lot's of fabulous inspiration

Wishing you all very Happy New Year

Jools : )


  1. What a beautiful wreath you created here Jools! I can't believe how many leaves you cut and embossed to fill it! The bells and foliage pieces are wonderful accents!

  2. Oh My Jools - what a stunning wreath! Those leaves look absolutely wonderful in white with your fabulous choice of inks and what a great way to create the centre using frosted film! Just wonderful! Happy Boxing Day ! Jennie x

  3. This is a glorious wreath Jools, I love the metallics, the leaves and the other fabulous embellishments and what a great interpretation of the theme too. Brilliantly designed.
    Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas.
    Big hugs Brenda xxx

  4. What a glorious wreath, Jools! The leaves framing the clock with the pretty tied bow and hanging bells is gorgeous! Love this! Happy New Year!

  5. Your wreath is stunning Jools, thanks for showing us how you put it together too. Wishing you all the very best for 2015! Anne x

  6. Simply love the way you have created your project Jools. The embossed leaves are just beautiful and all so lovely around the clock. Hope you have a wonderful and happy 2015.

    S@ndy xx

  7. An absolutely stunning wreath, Jools - the leaves are jaw-droppingly fabulous! Can only imagine the patience required to cut, emboss and attach them all - but so worth it. A great way to ring in the New Year!
    Alison xx

  8. Now that's how to do a wreath properly Jools! Love the frosty leaves and bauble trim. Jenny x

  9. Jools, I adore your wreath in every way, the frosty leaves, your bells all so well thought out. A real WOW centrepiece. Hope you have a wonderful New Year, Julie x

  10. Jools you still blow me away with your creativity! Your work is 1st class! Absolutely love this wreath. Karen.x

  11. Finally able to have a look round everyones blogs again love this Jools. Dee x

  12. OMG, I just found your blog and this New Years clock piece you made is absolutely stunning!!! Wow, I'm blown away.

  13. This is so beautiful, I'm completely in awe of it xx

  14. Wow amazing, it's fantastic how versatile TH dies are when in the hands of inspirational people x

  15. What a beautiful wreath Jools, love your interpretation of the AVJ challenge! Thanks so much for sharing.