Tuesday 8 April 2014

A Parisian tryst

As you all well know I really enjoy entering card challenges. I find they spark my creativity.My crafting time is limited and I love to have a project to work on.  One of my favourite card challenges is the recently started A Vintage Journey, run by my friend Brenda who I have met in real life at one of her workshops and I will be attending another one very soon.  This challenge blog is so inspiring and when I saw their latest challenge "A little bit French" I just had to join in the fun. When I think of France I immediately think of Paris and this was where my imagination lead me.

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.
They had such a happy sunny day celebrating surrounded by friends and family. Everyone loved dressing in their finest clothes. Florence look just beautiful in her satin suit and hat. Arthur stood  proudly by her side,wearing a flower in his button hole.

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.
They were alone for the first time, newly married and in love and on their way. It was the first time that Florence had been away from London, Arthur on the other hand had served in the war and knew of France as a soldier. Florence was so excited to be spending her honeymoon abroad and her packed her finest clothes for the occasion. She was still wearing her going away suit as they settled down into their cabin. The whistle blew and Florence gripped her husband's hand lovingly...they were off....destination Paris.

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!
 At time the sun was so strong that they needed to shield themselves with parasols.

Florence was excited to travel on the metro around this wonderful city
 They visited Versailles and after passing through the golden gates
their jaws dropped in astonishment at the opulence of the Palace and the Hall of Mirrors.
They wandered outside and saw the breathtaking gardens
  and they saw the fountains of Versailles sing.

At the end of their day at Versailles Arthur  turned to Florence and told her that he had one very special place to take her...to the summit of the Tour Eiffel. This would be on their last day before returning home to their new life in London.

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...............
 To eternal love....................

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)

My own grandparents Florence and Arthur sadly did not see 30 years of marriage as my granddad sadly passed away on 24 July 1946 just the day before their 18th Wedding Anniversary. My own dad was just 13.  One thing though which is totally true...they did have eternal love; my Nan never ceased loving my granddad until the day she died. She was a truly devoted wife.

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
I added some texture with a stencil

. I then got out my Lili of the Valley Pretty Vintage stamps as I have some lovely Parisian stamps and added some background stamping using Archival ink.

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.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. A stunning collage in my favourite vintage colours. Great way to lead up to your project. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey this fortnight
    Hugs Annie x

  2. Fantastic story based on you and your family's events and I love your tag inspired by it! Brilliant techniques and wonderful photographs make such a special creation! Hugs, Lisa x

  3. I was so captivated by your wonderful story and then by your equally wonderful tag. Such fabulous layering and great use of your photograph and vintage colours. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our A Little Bit French challenge. Jennie x

  4. beautiful tag Jane and a wonderful story too - love the layers on the tag and in the story! Brilliant. Big hugs rachel xx

  5. Jane...your tag is fabulous and I so enjoyed reading your story and the inspirational story of your Granddad and Nan. How sweet is their love story?! Your tag is gorgeous...each and every inch of it! Thank you so very much for sharing not only your art but your inspiration for this piece! THAT is what this vintage challenge blog is all about! <3 Candy

  6. your tag is gorgeous. i love the green tones in with the sepia... (your photos are fantastic too)
    Z x

  7. A brilliant post Jane. Your love story is a great introduction and that it included photos of your grandparents and your own visit to Paris makes it very special indeed. I love your vintage tag with the photo of your Nan and the mini tags and stamped images. The French lace is a great touch. Looking forward to seeing you at the next workshop, not long to go xx

  8. Your stamped/inked/stenciled/embossed tag is magnificent! I love the way you aged it, love the sepia photo, love the mini tags attached to the tag. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #5: Pick a Stamp, Any Stamp!

  9. What a nice story and introduction to your tag. Love the vintage look and all the details! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  10. Lovely Jane..the story and the tag!
    I actually remembered your photos from the first time around, where has that three years gone to!!
    Really nice to have a little story behind your creations. :)
    Have a good week,
    V xxx

  11. Jane, your story was wonderful! I enjoyed reading it as much as looking at your fabulous tag and how lovely to incorporate a photo of your beautiful grandmother. Your tag is beautifully aged - love it!Thank you so much for joining in at A Vintage Journey this time. Anne xx

  12. Fantastic tag! Thanks for joining in our Shabby Chic challenge at http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk/

  13. What a fabulous introduction to your tag, which by the lay is wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  14. Great tag! I know both Dulwich and Paris well, I feel Florence and Arthur should be friends of mine. :) Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  15. omgosh...this is fabulous!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Craft Hoarders!!

  16. What a beautiful tag. Love seeing how you created it. Also enjoyed seeing your Paris photos (one of my favorite places in the world)
    Thanks for playing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  17. Fabulous tag, love all the stamps and stencils. Thanks for joining us on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

  18. What an incredible story and photos. This tag is so amazing with such a heartfelt story behind it..love it!!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!!

  19. Let me begin by saying that I know you'll be a very inspirational and memorable grandmother to Daisy. You're creative and loving and generous. Your story and photos are simply fabulous.. and I was fooled that they were vintage.. but loved seeing that they were yours. I believe I remember that trip! I'm home now and catching up. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  20. Gorgeous tag & I love the colour choices.

  21. I love your vintage story and fabulous project too, love those stamps! Thanks for joining in with us at Stamping Sensations this month. Maddy x

  22. Kinda speechless! Wonderful story and wonderful tag! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Hoarders!

  23. Oh my Jane, this has to be one of my favorite posts of yours! That picture is magical and how happy and excited I felt when I read that it was YOUR family! I absolutely adore your tag/card and the journey you took us on. and may I say, what a darling couple the two of you are!

    du fond du coeur, merci ;)

  24. Hi Jane! This was a beautiful and very Special story! Thank you for sharing your unique photos! Old photos are adorable and your card gorgeus! x Teje

  25. oh my goodness do so love reading your posts and looking at your photo's and wowzer love your tag, so inspirational
    Hugs Kate xx

  26. What a lovely story with those fantastic images, Jane! And I really like these vintage-inspired crafts, your skills are truly endless... And Daisy will have the best Nanna ever telling her all great stories, taking her to places and teaching her how to craft!

    Wishing you a lovely, sunny weekend, and happy crafting!


  27. Such a wonderful and heart warming post lovely Jane...I've so enjoyed looking at your beautiful sepia pics this afternoon and reading your story...x
    I have no doubt that you will be the most wonderful Nanna to your dear Daisy...she's very lucky...x
    Love your tag too!
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x

  28. What an amazing blog post and a wonderful project. I love what you did with the vintage photo! Great job. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  29. Who knows where inspiration will come from?? Love this Parisian tag and your earlier U2 song tag, Jane.
    Thanks for sharing some of your grandparent's story. One of my grandmothers was named Florence.
    Very nice to see your Anniversary photos again.

    Vive l'amour!!
    Anne and all

  30. A gorgeous tag and a wonderful story for our Dies and punches theme at Stamping Sensations! Thanks for joining us this month and good luck!

  31. You have some gorgeous french stamps and this tag is so beautifully designed and balanced. I love all the techniques you have used so perfectly on this.
    Thank you for joining in the fun at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  32. Stunning as always Jane! Fabulous! Thanks for entering our shabby chic challenge at http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk/ - good luck!

  33. Love this tag!! It is so amazing with all of the texture and details! Thanks for stamping with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  34. Oh wow Jane, what an amazing post! Such a wonderful story (with an incredible collection of photos) and your tag is just gorgeous, so beautifully put together!! I adore it and thanks so much for adding it to A Vintage Journey!!

  35. Such a fun and creative project! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Hope you can come back to play along soon. Hugs Ginny from Polly's Paper Studio.

  36. A beautiful tag with lots of lovely details. Love the little stamped tags, they add great interest.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x

  37. So enjoyed your story, pictures and lovely tags. My grandparents were Florence and Arthur. Married in 1915 and went to Niagra Falls for their honeymoon. Cindy

  38. What a magnificent post... all those photos are amazing, and a gorgeous tag to top it off! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  39. It's a nice project. The style is beautiful

  40. Beautiful tag. Love the little tag stamps :)

  41. Congrats on being chosen as a favorite in Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #5! Your work is absolutely beautiful!

  42. Love the vintage feel and it's wonderfully romantic too! Thank you for joining in again with us at Country View Crafts Challenges. Please accept my apologies again for the delayed comment.

    I tried to comment on your lovely entry commemorating your start to craft in the garden but Blogger doesn't seem to like me commenting! I thought it was lovely!


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