Monday, August 19, 2013

Vintage Carousel

Hello everyone! One of my favourite things with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is the great variety in challenge themes, you really never know what you are going to get and this week is no exception. We have another super fun challenge for you, a Carnival challenge. There are lots of options with this theme, be inspired by the colours of carnivals, a specific detail, maybe scrap about a circus memory, etc.
I had photos taken in a vintage carousel and thought this was the perfect time to scrap them.
I love vintage and worn carousels and thought these photos were perfect for a carnival challenge. Carnivals are busy, full of colour and bling and I tried to make my layout in that same way. The watercolour paper background was misted with Dylusions mist and a little bit of Biscotti Perfect Pearls for shine. When dry, Wendy Vecchi's lovely gold embossing paste was applied through a Prima stencil. The embossing paste gives a  rich and ornate look which fits with the theme. The background was inked with Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs and stamped with a circle background stamp.

Tim Holtz Cirque Alphabet stamps were perfect for this layout. I stamped them on cream cardstock with Vermillion Archival Ink, cut them out and inked the edges. Love the look of these letters.

The only carousel stamp I found in my stash was one of the stamps on Tim's Tiny Things set. Since it is a small stamp, I needed a way to make it stand out on the layout. Tickets, which also fit with the theme, were die cut and the carousel was stamped on top. I coloured it with Distress Markers, which are perfect for such small details.

I wanted to mimic the ornate mirrors on the carousel and gold embossed a frame on cream paper. The centre was cut out and I inked the frame with Tumbled Glass. A mirror sheet was placed behind the frame, which looks like a real mirror (and is therefore hard to photograph).
A blue print game wheel stamp also fit the layout well. It was stamped on watercolour paper and watercoloured with Distress Markers. I reached for my favourite game spinners again too.

The heart stamps come from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Lots of Hearts set, and were stamped with Vermillion ink. The little heart border comes from Sunnier Days also by Simon Says Stamp.

You can see the shine from the gold paste a little bit better here.

I hope you will join us this week and it could be you who will win the $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp, as always drawn randomly.


Thank you for stopping by!


Surfaces: Ranger Mirrored Sheets, Watercolor paperNeenah Smooth Cream Cardstock
Dies: Sizzix: Mini Tickets
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Cirque Alphabet, Artful Silhouettes, Tiny Things, Mini Blueprints 4; Stampers Anonymous Wendy Vecchi; She Created Art, Collectible Art; Simon Says Stamp; Lots of Hearts, On Edge, Sunnier Days
Ink: Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Gathered Twigs; Archival Ink: Jet Black, Vermillion
Markers: Distress Markers: Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass, Barn Door, Pumice Stone
Mist: Dylusions London Blue; Perfect Pearls Mist: Biscotti
Embossing powder: Ranger Gold
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous: Gold Embossing Paste
Stencil: Prima Flourish 6 x 6
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Mini Paper Clips, Game Spinners, Long Fasteners


  1. This is just beautiful. So many wonderful details to take in.

  2. Fabulous layout Anna-Karin. You've really picked some great elements to embellish it and I love the title font. Hugs, Jenny x

  3. Your creation is gorgeous as always, Anna-Karin. I love how you created the beautiful background and all the stamped images and letters are so beautiful! :)

  4. I love carousels to Anna-Karin... I love your treatments on this layout so rich and yummy just like a carnival. Love it.

  5. Oh, I just LOVE this - all the details... perfection!

  6. Hi Anna-Karin
    this is a fantastic scrap page and as you say your photo's are right at home with this theme.
    Sorry to hear you have not been too well I hope you are on the mend now

  7. What a lovely visit to the carnival!

  8. Anna-Karin...your layout is absolutely beautiful. I so love your thought process when you got into a project. They make "sense". :) I love your carousel theme and the framed mirror in the center. That really adds some nice interest. Love your letters...perfect color to stretch across the page. Love how you used Tim's tiny carousel stamp on the ticket. Love your background that is sprayed, stenciled and inked. Just a gorgeous layout, Anna-Karin! <3 Candy

  9. Its FUNTABULOUS !! Loved the whole vintage look ,the colors and the ornate look with gold texture paste... everything ...!

  10. Beautiful layout! I adore all of the details. So creative!

  11. Wow Anna-Karin! I love this gorgeous vintage layout! The title letters are to die for and that beautiful gold framed mirror is the perfect touch! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  12. Hi Anna-Karin, I love your layout, the lettering is particularly striking and works so well for the challenge and works beautifully with your photo. Love the embossing and the stamped elements too. Gorgeous. Tracy x

  13. Oh my ... this is gorgeous Anna Karin. I love the gold embossing paste with the gold embossed frame. Wonderful texture and shine to the vintage paste. And I want the Cirque Alphabet stamps ... perfect for this page. What a great way to celebrate those photos. -- Mary Elizabeth

  14. Ohh Anna-Karin, what a stunning layout! Love the colors and what a cute picture of you and your son. Hugs, Sandra

  15. Wonderful layout! Love your photos...perfect for this theme!

  16. Anna Karin I am always in awe of how you pull the vintage images together with your family photos into a beautiful vintage layout! Fabulous!

  17. What a glorious layout - brilliant use of the stamps, and the photos are wonderful too.
    Alison x

  18. I absolutely adore everything about this piece and can't believe how many amazing techniques and patterns and elements you combine so flawlessly. I always look forward to your projects!


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