Friday 26 December 2014

Ring–ring, ring-ring…… new challenge at AVJ

Ring out the old – Ring in the new

It is my turn to choose the challenge at AVJ for the next fortnight and I thought it should be themed around the New Year but trying to keep it as ‘open’ as possible.

I found a short 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.”
Alfred Tennyson

This inspired me to think about using the bells die, I don’t have the big one just the mini movers and sharpers ones but even with Christmas looming I didn't get much of a feel for it. I also thought about using the Tim clock but some of my amazing teamies were posting their fantastic contributions with clocks on and I decided I needed to go in another different direction. It was after chatting to my sis about it that she took me off to ‘telephones’ – ringing friends and family to wish them a Happy New Year. So this is my contribution for ‘Ring out the old, ring in the new’.


The Tim telephone was cut in greyboard, daubed with black soot distress paint and a small amount of vintage photo, broken china and peeled paint distress embossing powders sprinkled in and heated. When cool I blended walnut stain distress ink over it.

The cover was made with a linen type fabric sponged with tarnished brass distress paint.
Over this I adhered some old telephone book pages and then I applied Wendy Vecchi's black embossing paste through the clockwork stencil and let dry then some black gesso through Tim's texture layering stencils.
When that was dry I stamped some images, words and numbers in black, brown and white acrylic paints and used black and white posca pens for outlining some of the numbers.
These became the covers. I added just a few collage pieces…..
… and another collage on the inside cover…
.. some tabs …
.. and left the back cover with just the textured background.
Tim’s label letters came in really useful for the index and the front cover. My inspiration this week was his telephone die and the layering stencils. By using other textures (book paper, hessian and sewing) and mixed media techniques I am really quite pleased with the outcome.
I hope you'll be inspired to translate the theme in your own way for this challenge.

Have fun.

Hugs Brenda xxx


Julia Aston said...

What a great idea for your theme Brenda! Love your cloth panels with the wonderful stenciling, stitching and die cut phone! AND it's SO useful! great for phone numbers or even all of those pesky passwords we need to keep track of!

Kathyk said...

FAB project, Brenda

Hope you had a great Christmas too

Seasons Greetings


Anonymous said...

Fabulous book Brenda! Love the panels and the texture you've created. The black on the fabric looks fantastic! Sue C x

Unknown said...

Fab choice of theme. I just love what you have made all the different textures and colours xx Happy New Year xxx

Daniele said...

what a great cover, hope you have had a wonderful Christmas
sending hugs x

Jennie Atkinson said...

An amazing take on the theme Brenda! I love love your background panels with all those wonderful papers and inky bits on the linen - just fabulous! And what a great collage on the inside too. Have fun "ringing" your friends and family next week! Jennie x

sally said...

Lovely idea, it's the way my mind jumped when I saw the title! Been busy on the phone speaking to grandchildren, stepchildren, dad & brother....


S@ndy Diller said...

Just love the way you have done this cover Brenda. Great take on the theme and so original. Hope you have a wonderful 2015 and can stay in touch with family and friends.

S@ndy xx

Jools Robertson said...

Such a beautiful and perfect project
for your challenge theme

Love the black embossing paste through the clock stencil on the covers
So striking with the Telephone and numbers
Gorgeous details and colours

Happy New Year

Jools x

Terry said...

Love your literally Ringing in the New! So clever the combination of time and the phone and all so beautifully arranged. Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas. Hugs!

Redanne said...

This is such a clever idea Brenda, I love your use of fabric on the cover, your beautiful collaged items and the fabulous telephone. Beautiful, just beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful New Year! Hugs, Anne xx

Von said...

Fab project Brenda ☺
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas
Luv Von ♥

Marjie Kemper said...

Super creative spin on the 'ringing' theme! Love the stenciling in the background... so rich!!

Words and Pictures said...

What a brilliant take on the theme (and what a great theme too), and useful too! Love the layers in the background and fab aged look on the phone. And the collage on the inside cover is so lovely.
Alison xx

Jenny Marples said...

Such beautiful collages Brenda and a perfect place to store all those important numbers. Jenny x

Juliz Design Post said...

What a fabulous Telephone Book and using old telephone book pages....genius ! Love how you have finished with alphabet tabs on side.
Happy New Year to you and your family, Julie x

Juls said...

Love it :-) xx

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful piece Brenda! I love the idea of a telephone book! All that wonderful texture and vintage goodness. FABULOUS! Karen.x

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Brenda! What a fabulous telephone book! Love all the stenciled detail and die cut goodies! Thanks for the inspiration! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

I love this project, a new crafty year well rang in by you, and such a original inspiring challenge :) said...

Wow I never thought of using black paste through stencils, looks great, lovely project x

Deb said...

How inventive to use the telephone die, love your new telephone book! Thanks for a fun challenge at AVJ.