A Little Bit French

Ooh la la! we have a lovely new challenge for you over at A Vintage Journey today.  Astrid is our host for this challenge and she has chosen the theme:

A Little Bit French

Give your project that little bit of a French feel. 
Think stamps, embossing folders, distress products ….. the possibilities are endless, but whatever you do enjoy the journey, make your project in a shabby vintage Tim Holtz style

…… and take it to France!

For some reason France makes me think of blousy flowers, birdcages and the colour pink! I have no idea why! however I did spend many years cycling the length and breadth of France (including the Alps) for my summer holidays, so something must have sunk in while pedalling up those steep hills!

For this challenge I have made a tag in a pocket and used Tim's wonderful French Embossing Folders with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. I toned down the colour a bit with some Gesso as I wanted to create a more "arty feel".

I have decided to leave the tag undecorated at the moment as I have an idea to send this to a friend instead of a birthday card, so I will personalise it for her nearer the time.

And so to the "blowsy" flowers! I made these from the Tattered Florals die using a combination of shapes and some of the very last of my pink papers from the Shabby Chic Paper Stack (oh how I have loved these papers!)

Pop back tomorrow and I will have a tutorial on how I made the flowers.

I do hope you will join us for our challenge and we all look forward to seeing your makes. There are some amazing projects from the rest of the Design Team, so do pop over HERE and have a look. Such fabulous inspiration from everyone and all the projects are so different.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x


Rita said…
Beautiful pocket tag Jenny. I love the shabby chic flowers and the pretty colours. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx
Jenny Marples said…
Love your 'blousy' take on this theme Jennie. The soft colours give a completely different take on this theme. Jenny x
Astrid Maclean said…
Oh wow Jennie, this is so, so gorgeous!! Love the effect of the toned down Victorian Velvet and that flower looks amazing!! Can't wait to see the tutorial tomorrow!!!
Love everything about this Jennie and will be back tomorrow for flower tutorial!
Redanne said…
Wow Jenny, this is stunning!! Gorgeous, delicate, feminine, exquisite are all words that spring to mind and not usually words associated with Tim but you show clearly how versatile his products are. I absolutely love this gorgeous creation. Hugs, Anne xx
rachel said…
wow Jennie - this absolutely screams french chic to me - I adore it - can't wait to see how you achieved that look with the flowers - they are awesome! Big hugs rachel xx
Unknown said…
One word Jennie - WOW! Another stunner and such a fab idea! Chris xxx
Maryanne said…
This is a fabulous pocket and tag, Jennie! I love your flowers and look forward to seeing how you made them. They do look very French! Beautiful project!
Candy C said…
Oh my goodness! Jennie...your pocket tag is gorgeous. How did you get so much beautiful detail onto such a small space!? :) The colors are gorgeous. I also love your big blousy flower! It's breathtaking. Great idea in using Tim's french embossing folder! I love how you've used it to create such lovely backgrounds. Beautifully done! <3 Candy
Utterly stunning, Jennie - the delicate feminine look is beautiful with all that shabby chic gesso... and you've outdone yourself with the flowers - big WOW from me!!
Alison xx
Dorthe said…
Jennie I almost just found your blog, and love visiting you.
Your creations are so gorgeous, and this lovely tag with the amazing flowers is more than beautiful.
Greetings from Dorthe

Terry said…
Jennie, I love the white embossing against the pink colors. The flower is so delicate and the arrangement of the birdcage and foliage is stunning! Love your pocket and tag grouping! Have a great weekend, hugs.
Inkypinkycraft said…
such a pretty and gorgeous shabby chic style to your beautiful piece Jennie x hugs x trace x
Truly scrumptious shabby chic piece, reminds me of sugared almonds. Love it.
Brenda Brown said…
I just love to sit and look at your awesome shabby chic pieces Jennie, this has me mesmerised looking at the amazing detail and wonderful mix of colours. Stunning xx
Wow! This tag is absolutely dripping with loveliness! If it was possible to jump into a craft project and hang out for a while, your tag is where I'd want to be! You created such an amazing sense of sophistication and beauty and serenity. I love your textures and techniques and really enjoyed looking at every detail of this! Thank you for inspiring me to use those beautiful soft hues more often!