Saturday, August 2, 2014

Vintage Travel Bag - My Summer Journey

Hello Everyone!

I'm back today with something completely new and different for me...a project just for the heck of it! Usually when I make a card or project, I have a use in mind...somebody's birthday, anniversary etc. This time, I really just wanted to do something with my Tim Holtz products that I'd never done before!

I was really inspired by some amazing artists at a couple of challenge blogs that I just love, and their most recent challenges really put my mind to work and put my skills to the test! I hope everyone will take a minute and visit both of them:

A Vintage Journey - Challenge #11 - Just Stain It and Frilly and Funkie - Vintage Travel Challenge

I've been anxious to try a technique that I just learned using Tim Holtz distress stains, so I pulled out some scrap pieces of paper and got to work. I spread some distress stain Gathered Twigs on my kraft sheet, then spritzed some water with my mini-mister and just for good measure, I flicked a little Vintage Photo with the end of my brush. I took my scrap bits of paper and swiped and dabbed and smooshed until they looked a million years old!! Oh the joy!

I included a couple of Tim Holtz products in the photograph so you can see how teeny tiny this bag is. Isn't miniature fun!  I hope you enjoy!!


The outside of the travel bag was embossed using the Sizzix Burlap embossing folder and coloured with Tim Holtz distress stain Walnut, as well as distress inks Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo. The straps are decorated with Ranger gold liquid pearls. The little fleur-de-lis was cut from Spellbinders Damask Motifs and antiqued using gold and green paints and Black Soot distress stain. Isn't it cutsie!



The lining for the bag was stamped using a Hero Arts plaid stamp with Ranger Archival ink Cornflower Blue and then distressed by flicking some Gathered Twigs distress stain with the end of my brush. As well, there is a coffee stain using a BoBunny texture stamp and Vintage Photo distress ink.


Memories from my trip include:
- a postcard from Paris
- a postcard from the Bahamas
- a postcard from London
- a postcard from Argentina
- a ticket stub
- a map
- a souvenir statue of the Eiffel Tower

OK, so not really, but isn't it super fun to pretend that you're 18 inches tall and this is really yours!!



All of the papers were stamped with Tim Holtz distress ink Vintage Photo and the edges were distressed with my Tim Holtz distresser tool. I coloured the edges by rubbing them directly against the Vintage Photo ink pad, it really gave them an aged look! All blobs and smudges are intentional! HA!




How cool is this map!! It was done using Impression Obsession's cover-a-card map. I stamped it using Vintage Photo then I crumpled it up and highlighted the folds and wrinkles with my blending tool.



I am also entering my Vintage Travel Bag into the following challenges. These are all absolutely wonderful challenge blogs that I'm honoured to be a part of!!

Card Mania - Challenge #52 - Vacation or Travel
Simon Monday Challenge Blog - J is For...(I chose Journey)
Alphabet Challenge Blog - M for Men Only
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - #270 - Wish You Were Here
Cardz 4 Guyz - Challenge #29 - Anything but a Card
Simply Create Too - Challenge #67 - Old/Vintage

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one!  If you have any questions, please let me know.


77 comments:

  1. Pamellia I love your vintage travel bag! Great postcards and maps inside too. This is so cute. Karen.x

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  2. This is really cute Pamellia. Love al the postcards too. Brilliant idea to put something into the bag aswell.
    Hugs, Veerle x

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  3. How adorable! Beautifully designed! It looks like you had fun with this one ;)
    Have a great weekend!
    Ingrid xx

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    1. Thank you so much Ingrid, and I really did have fun! It reminded me of when I was a kid, making miniature stuff for my doll-house! Good times :)

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    2. Oh I remember those times! I also used to make clothes for my Barbies :)
      I have a question for you.. Do you have an email address? There's a contact form on my blog.. Email me if you can. Thanks ;) I'd like to involve you in a bit of crafty fun and want to tell you more about it and see if you'd be up for it ;) x

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    3. Sounds intriguing, I will email you right now. :)

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  4. Absolutely stunning creation, beautiful bag and super postcards, thanks for joining in our challenge at Alphabet challenge.

    Pat xx

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  5. Hi Pamellia, This is a stunning project. Beautiful case with lots of lovely details, love the lining. Love all those fabulous mementos of the trip all beautifully aged to perfection. Looks like an enjoyable make.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Alphabet Challenge.
    Avril xx

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    1. Thank you very much Avril! I had a lot of fun with this one! Hugs :)

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  6. This is a fabulous project Pamellia, you must have spent ages working on it. The little purse looks so real I hadn't realized it was just card until I read your blog.
    Thanks so much for sharing your project with us at Cardz4Guyz this week and hope to see back with another project in the near future. :)

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    1. lol, thanks Julie! My husband said the same thing about it looking real, that's why I decided to put the distress bottles in the photo, put it in perspective. Hugs :)

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  7. Hi Pamillia

    I have seen this faux leather look and have tried it myself and it really works very well. You spritz the Kraft card with a mix of glycerine and water and rub gently into Kraft card, then screw it up and spritz again and rub in and so on until you reach the leather look stage without making the card 'fluffy'. Let it dry and then apply tim holtz inks and run through with embossing folder allow to dry and then spray with shine spray. It really looks like leather. Sheena Douglass has a very good video on her blog showing this technique.
    I love your little bag and notes.( Hope I'm not telling you how to suck eggs)

    June x

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    1. Hi June, thanks for the tip, I will definitely see if I can find that video. I'm always looking for new techniques!

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  8. WOW...I LOVE THIS PROJECT Pamellia!!! It's so much fun to just do what we really want to do sometimes!! But now you have something you loved making to store all your wonderful keepsakes in!!! Your travel wallet looks SO REAL!!! I've never tried this but you have inspired me!!! If I get stuck and need advise I'll pop you a line!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration and wonderful tips!!!
    Take care,
    Beth

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    1. Thanks so much Beth! I think I am going to be doing more projects in the future 'just for the heck of it'. It was so much fun not to have to worry about how it will survive the postal trip! Is is too big, is it too thick, is it too heavy..blah blah blah! This one is just going up on my shelf to look at. Have a fab weekend :)

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  9. Ohhh wow, this is amazing! I love the letters, but the bag is absolutely gorgeous! It looks really real! Stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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    1. Thank you so much Sandra! When I was done making it, I thought...maaan, I wish I had a bag like this! What fun crafting can be! :)

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  10. That is truly fantastic Pamellia! LOVE everything about the little bag, including the embossed inky cover to the stamped lining, and that delightful pile of postcards, maps, tickets, etc. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

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    1. Thank you so much Jenny, truly appreciated! Have a great weekend! :)

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  11. Amazing work! Please, contact me at kiranska@abv.bg regarding your GDT application at Card Mania Challenges. Hugs, Ani

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  12. This is just amazing. I love the bag and I love the notes even more. Wonderful job with distressing. It truly looks aged. You really thought this out. I even love the coffee stain. I haven't tried aging like this yet. I'm going to PIN this so I can come back and read what you did again. Love it! Oh, and thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz!

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    1. WOW, thank you so much for that wonderful comment Diane! My first PIN, how exciting! Thank you for visiting and for following, I welcome you warmly to My Little Craft Things! Hugs :)

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  13. A stunning piece of craft, producing such amazing detailed work. I admire and enjoy every piece you have made. So thrilled you have also shared this with us at Cardz 4 Guyz, Caz

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  14. Oh my goodness, Pamellia, I can't begin to tell you how much I adore your mini travel satchel!! I'm so glad you included a size reference because it is even more amazing when you realize how tiny it is. I love miniatures of anything, and you've given so much attention to all the little details that I thought it was a much larger project! The stamping and distressing are perfection. Beautiful, gorgeous, vintage masterpiece!!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, thank you so very much! I'm so honoured that you are here on my little blog! I'm such a huge fan of your work and your style. You are a complete inspiration! It's a privilege to welcome you to My Little Craft Things! Many hugs :)

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  15. WOW Pamellia this project is absolutely stunning! Your travel bag looks real! I love the textures and all of the distressing, fabulous postcards and map too! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
    Tammy x

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  16. What an absolutely amazing vintage project. Lots of love went into this I can tell. Thanks for joining the fun at Simply Create Too!

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  17. Hi Pamellia
    What can I say, other than stunning! Good luck in your challenges, though I shouldn't think you will need it lol!
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

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  18. OMG, Pamellia!
    This is just spectacular! You have truly outdone yourself with this one! Every detail is just perfect! So well done! Hugs,
    Cathy

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  19. Just amazing - such a fantastic project.

    Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

    Helen x

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  20. This is so beautiful Pamellia...I have a leather photo frame and a box and have been wondering what to do with it! Thanks for the inspiration and the lovely idea with stencils and stains! Am trying this, if you don't mind.

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    1. Rupa, thank you so much! Heck no, I don't mind if you try it! That's the point, isn't it, to inspire one another to try new things! I would love to see what you come up with! Hugs :)

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  21. Holy moly, this is drop-dead amazing. I love the tiny travel bag - fantastic job on it! The parcel of postcards and the map are the perfect companions. Your attention to detail is perfect. I was totally transported back a hundred years or so - sensational vintage piece. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Frilly and Funkie

    Hugs,
    Linda

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    1. Linda, thank you so much for all your wonderful compliments!! I'm such a huge fan of your work and your blog and have gotten much inspiration from both! Hugs :)

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  22. I love this little satchel and the vintage papers! An amazing job! Sara Emily

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  23. Wow, this is an incredible project! The travel bag looks amazing (I love the lining inside) and the little bundle of memories is beautiful.
    Rebecca.

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  24. Pamellia, Your travel bag is beautiful and such an inspiration. I love the way the postcards are tied together with the Eiffel Tower statue. The texture and distressing on the bag looks so authentic. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. THIS IS ADORABLE... Love all the details, love all the embossing etc... what a FANTASTIC travel bag... Love it Pamellia... you really shine on this one... that is for sure... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  26. Wow Pamellia ! I love your travel bag ! The little postcards and the folded little map are just fabulous touches ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

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    1. Thank you Sue! I really had a lot of fun with this one!! :)

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  27. This is totally stunning. It's such a wonderful idea and so creatively presented. Jackie

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  28. I love this travel bag! Such a rich and vintage collection of postcards... I especially love this little map! Wonderful!

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  29. Absolutely amazing - so inspirational - thanks for sharing your process

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  30. Absolutely inspired! Completely in love with the tiny wallet and the vintage correspondence! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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  31. What a fabulous and inspiring make Pamellia :-) I adore this gorgeous wallet and the way you have aged the postcards is wonderful. Than k you so much for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey

    CRafty Hugs

    Annie x

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  32. OH MY GRACIOUS...this is gorgeous. You put a great amount of time and love into this beautiful art piece.
    Thanks for playing along with the Simply Create Too Design Team in our no. 67 challenge, Old/Vintage. Join us again soon.
    Erica (Simply Create Too DT Member)

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    1. Thank you Erica! This was one of my favourite projects to date and most fun!

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  33. This is so creative and very, very sharp! I just love it.

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  34. Congratulations on your win for this on A Vintage Journey. Absolutely well deserved! This is Beautiful and Extremely Creative with capitals B, E and C!

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  35. This is a gorgeous creation. thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie x

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  36. Congrats on your win at Frilly and Funkie!!!! This is an amazing little travel bag of vintage memorabilia! Love how your Distress experiment turned out. Your stamped bag lining is perfect as well. Just love this!!!! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  37. I saw this on a challenge blog where you'd won. I just had to come and say how amazing I think it is! Might even, do something similar since it's just so fab! Erin xx

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    1. Thank you so much Erin! If you do end up doing something similar, I would love to see it!! :)

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