We Are Ringing In the New at A Vintage Journey

Well I hope everyone has had a fabulous Christmas Day and the more relaxed (?) feeling of Boxing Day is upon you all. Today sees us launching a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and Brenda has chosen a fabulous theme based on Tennyson's wonderful words:

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.

The challenge is to focus on these key words - 
old, new, bells, snow, year and interpret one or more of them in any way you like. 
Just tell us what your links are to 
the key words of the poem.

Here in Scotland the last day of the year, Hogmanay, is very important to the New Year celebrations and much used to be made of getting everything in order for the New Year on that last day - it used to mean cleaning the house and clearing up all the old debts! But for those few minutes before the ringing of the Midnight Bells it is the time to wish for health and happiness for the year to come. As soon as the bells have rung, the visiting and partying starts!

I decided to interpret those few moments before midnight by making a New Years Card using one of my favourite Tim dies - the weathered clock - and the lovely sentiment Make A Wish from the Simple Sayings Stamp Set.

In order to make the clock stand out on the card I used a centre step design. There are lots of tutorials on the internet for these cards - I used this one from Split Coast Stampers.

I used papers from the French Industrial Stack and Texture Paste with a text stencil. The clock was made for a previous project and seems to have been distressed and crackled to the inch of its life! No idea what I used but probably Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I am afraid I used the usual flowers, butterflies, scrim and pins for the decoration (New Year note to self - try something different !! ).

I really love this stepped card design as it does ensure the focus of the card is indeed the focus. My apologies for the dark photographs - we have had nearly a month of awful weather and given the daylight hours here in the North it IS dark nearly all day!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you will find time over the next couple of weeks to celebrate the New Year and join us in our challenge. Hop on over to the blog as well to see the amazing inspirational pieces created by my design teamies - so many wonderful and individual pieces.

Don't forget too there is a great prize each challenge from our sponsor Country View Crafts and of course the winner has the opportunity to come back and join us as a Guest Designer.

Enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season!

Jennie x


Julia Aston said…
Wonderful center step design Jennie - your flowers and butterfly are so pretty tucked in the corner - and your crackle is beautiful on the clock!
Brenda Brown said…
What a glorious new year card Jennie, lots of wonderful texture and a fabulous design. Love your interpretation of the theme too.
Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas.
Big hugs Brenda xxx
S@ndy Diller said…
Beautiful card - it is so nice to hear of traditions in other parts of the world. Thanks for sharing that with us. Hope you have much happiness in 2015.
Jools Robertson said…
Beautiful New Years Card

I love the colour scheme and papers you have used
Gorgeous distressing and crackle texture on your weathered clock

Wishing you a very Happy New Year
All the very best for 2015

Jools x
Hettie said…
Beautiful ...Just Beautiful.
Happy Hogmanay to you and yours.
Terry said…
Stunning card to Ring In the new year, Jennie! I love the soft colors and crackle on the clock! Beautiful! Happy 2015!
Marci said…
Beautiful card, very harmonious. It is nice hearing about your traditions.
Redanne said…
Just one word - STUNNING!

Wishing you all the very best for the New Year Jennie. Anne xx
By all means try something different too in the New Year, Jennie, but please never apologise for sharing your gorgeous shabby chic floral creations!! This is a real treat, so delicate and elegant, amazing crackle on the clock and textured text and as ever - and always I hope - glorious flowers!!
Alison xx
Jenny Marples said…
A beautifully soft and delicate design with that perfect stencilling. I love it! Jenny x
Stunning, delicate feminine shades. A real beauty Jennie. Hope you have a wonderful New Year.
Julie x
Anonymous said…
Beeeeeeeeutiful card Jennie! Lovely background with all the script and the texture on the clock is wonderful! Love It! Karen.x
Margaret said…
Your card is perfect for anticipating the start of a new year! Your 'usual' is gorgeous so don't completely change!
Unknown said…
So so elegant and beautiful ya ken, could a been a wee bit peelie wallie wi them colours but its just pure dead brill lol
I absolutely love your design so much :)
sarascloset said…
What a beautiful card, Jennie! It's fun to try something new, and that is one of my "resolutions", too! But why fix what's not broke? You create the most amazing flowers, so why shouldn't they be included on a large portion of your work? It's a trademark, of sorts, and shows you have style! And I LOVE your style!

Thank you for your inspirational comment on my blog, too! Happy New Year!
Deb said…
What a beautiful stepped card and a wonderful interpretation of the AVJ prompt! Thanks so much for sharing (and keep using those lovely flowers!)