Some of the design team had made up little stories to go with their creations and I thought it would be really fun to create a little story of my own......so here we go, settle yourself down and I will create this little scene...
The year was 1928, the date was 25th July and Florence and Arthur had just married at their local church, in Dulwich, London.
At 7pm it was time to leave the garden reception to take the overnight train to the destination of their honeymoon............none other than the eternal city of love, Paris. Their friends and family showered them with rice as they gaily ran off to catch the local train to St. Pancras............
The clock at St Pancras was ticking towards 10pm as they reached their platform. They hurried along, with Arthur carrying their luggage, to board the train. At last they reached their carriage and climbed aboard.
Over the following days the newly weds took in all the sights that this glorious city has to offer. Their hotel was directly opposite Luxembourg Parc where they spent many happy hours strolling in the sunshine hand in hand. Arthur smiled lovingly at his young wife as she tried her schoolgirl French, not very successfully!
Florence was excited to travel on the metro around this wonderful city
their jaws dropped in astonishment at the opulence of the Palace and the Hall of Mirrors.
The next day they woke early and did indeed take that trip. The lift took them up each level and eventually they made it to the summit of the tower. Florence gasped at the view below them. Arthur took her hand and and there they made a toast and pledged a vow...............
I hope your enjoyed that little story as it does actually have some truth in it. The wedding photo is of my own grandparents who were indeed Florence and Arthur who did marry on 25 July 1928. They however did not travel to Paris for their honeymoon, in fact I have no idea where they went but I am sure it was wonderful. The photos of Paris are from my own trip there with my darling husband to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary....on 25 July 2011. Yes it is seriously true, we were married the same day as my Nan and Grandad...but we married in 1981. I just edited my photographs from our trip and with a sepia tone and if you don't believe me............... here we are 3 years ago in Paris ;0)
So my creation I have made for this challenge is a tag which has elements of "A Parisian tryst".
I own several wonderful photos of my grandparents and I have seen Tim Holtz introduce his "Found relatives" vintage photos.I realised that I could create my own ones using real photos of my own family. I even have some of my great grandmother and my great great grandmother. I just edited them and printed them out on photo paper.
I decided I really wanted a sepia colour for my tag to resemble a vintage postcard which Florence could have sent from Paris. I swished it through some antique linen and vintage photo distress inks
The photo I used is of my Nan and using some artistic licence and I have imagined this could have been Florence sitting in the sunshine of Luxembourg Parc in a deckchair. I made a frame to surround it with a spellbinders die..
I added a clock remnant rub to represent the clock at St. Pancras Railway station.
I made some vintage Parisian tags using my LOTV stamps and used a pearl brad to link them. I could imagine Florence wearing pearls as she explore the city hand in hand with Arthur.
The French words are most appropriate as they mean "Eternal love" and "A vintage journey".
To finish off my Parisian Tryst tag I decided that there was only one thing to use...............French lace.
I would like to enter my tag into the following challenges;
A Vintage Journey A little bit French
Pan Pastel Pretty shabby chic
Country View Challenges New beginnings the new beginning here is the married life of Florence and Arthur.
Stamping Sensations dies and punches
Vintage stamping challenges anything goes
Fashionable Stamping favourite technique mine is the one I have used here, the wrinkle free distress ink technique.
Simon says stamp Monday challenge Journey
Sentimental Sundays Vintage/steampunk
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Pick a stamp, any stamp my stamp is the Lili of the Valley Paris tag stamp which I have had since last June and has not seen ink until now ;0)
Fussy and Fancy All about Travel
The Artistic stamper embossing and texture I have embossed the little picture frame although a lot of it is covered. I also embossed the tags to give them some extra texture.
I hope you enjoyed my little creative journey. This really brought back wonderful memories of celebrating my own Pearl wedding anniversary in Paris in 2011. If you would like to read about it here is the post.
My own Nan would have been so delighted to see her photos used in this way, how technology has advanced in the 25 years since she passed away. It is so pleasant to remember your past and those people who have been so important in your life. When Daisy is old enough I will tell her all about my beloved Nan and I really hope that I can be as wonderful a Nanna to her as my Nan was to me.
Bye for now,