Saturday, August 17, 2013


I created a wall hanging with the August Gecko Galz Jane Austen images and focused on a brown, beige and pink color palette.

I started with a piece of cardboard and covered it with Melissa Frances Pearl paper. After using distress inks, I edged it with Ranger Antique Bronze distress stain

The Gecko Galz collage sheets I used are Book Covers and Jane's Story.

I  printed the Jane Eyre cover 2-1/2" x 4".  (Print a second time to cut and pop up Title plate and butterfly circle.) 
Archival coffee ink to stamp plain back side of cover.  I used a lace border Stampabilities rubber stamp.   Distress with Ranger tea dye Distress ink.  I was very sloppy with this as I knew almost all of it would be covered up.

I cut heavy quality card paper 14-1/4" x 3-3/4" and scored to make accordian folds.  I distressed with Ranger tattered rose Distress Ink.

After printing the Jane's Story collage pages, I fussy cut individual pages and distressed with Ranger tea dye or weathered wood Distress Inks.  Assemble book, gluing pages on both sides. 

Leave last panel on back side blank and attach a ribbon tie before adhering book to card. I used copper ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Bring ribbon ends to front and tie in bow.

Enlarge, alter color, print and fussy cut the collage image from the Jane's Story collage page. Distress with Ranger tea dye Distress ink.  I love that the collage was already done for me.  I only had to embellish it.

Layer vintage doily, collage sheet, crochet lace (from Really Reasonable Ribbon) and flowers.  Add die cut butterfly (Antique Bronze distress stain), gluing only down center. Add pearls to bracelet and ring. 

I added a vintage necklace for the hanger, draping it down into the composition.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

  I Made the Top RRR 3

The Crafty Bloggers Network August Challenge #14  :My Favorite Things--vintage and reading--still working on that reading theme for my 2nd entry this month. 

It's All About the Vintage and Beauty Challenge #50 Summer Flowers

The Craft Room ChallengeBINGO.  My second entry, this time I went straight down the right side:
brown, lace, and pearls

Our Creative Corner: Words, Words, Words.  My second entry here as well.  This time using Jane's words for my entry.

Emma's Crafty Challenge:  Floral


Valerie-Jael said...

This s beautiful! Valerie

Nicky Wilcox said...

Wow this is stunning love the theme and the detail of the little book xxx

Avril Ann said...

OMG, Helene, this is outstanding, and I hope you have a fabulous place to hang it (if not, my walls are bare), LOL....this would go well in our Floral challenge at Emma's Crafty Challenge, this month, would be fabulous to see you there with this fabulous project xxx

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is awesome! Love the gorgeous story book and the gorgeous embellishments.

Linda xxx

catherine said...

just absolutely stunning Helene and I love everything about it. Fabulous piece of work
x catherine

Von said...

Gorgeous hanging for the craft-room challenge with so much to admire and attention to detail :)
Von ☺

Dawn said...

Love what you came up with here hun, such a lovely colour pallet I agree. and an amazing way to show of these lovely stamps Dxx

Krisha said...

Being a Jane Eyre fan for years I am stunned with this piece of art, and absolutely love the little book.

Anonymous said...

How I love this creation. It is so elegant and brimming with beauty as it is but then when you opened the book and revealed the detail inside, oh well this is just something.
So special!

Tina said...

This is just a beautiful wall hanger with so mush detail,thank you for entering Emma’s crafty challenge
and good luck xx

Paper Profusion said...

Oh how decadent this is Helene - an absolutely stunning creation. The book itself is done to perfection and the entire collage is fabulous! LOVE the ring and bracelet! (Have just used tea dye di on a card yesterday and it's my new favourite). Nicola x

Michele said...

utter loveliness Helene, wow! so much to it, and all of it wonderful. xo

Merkkublogi said...

Aww, what a lovely creation!
Very elegant and beautiful.
Thank you for joining us at the It's All About the Vintage & Beauty- challenge!
Hugs Merkku

Brenda Brown said...

Wow Helene this is wonderful. I just love the book added to it and the gorgeous layers.
Hugs Brenda xxx

butterfly said...

Utterly enchanting, Helene! I adore that vintage book cover, and then broke out into a huge grin when I discovered it actually opens up to reveal all those wonderful images. Lovely inky distressing - altogether delicious! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
Alison x

Zoe Sanderson said...

Fantastic this dimensional hanging is magical thank you for joining us again at the Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

Andree said...

A lovely vintage wall hanging.
Thank you for joining in at Emma's Crafty Challenge this month and good luck x

Anita Houston said...

HOLY COW WOW!!!! I loved everything just seeing the front, BUT THEN the book opened up to reveal even more gorgeousness....WOW!!! I love it! The images are fabulous as is that cover!

Sophie said...

Mein Gott, wie wunderschön...

Sophie xx

Marlene Atkinson said...

This is a gorgeous project. Thank you for joining us at The CBN Challenge. Marlene DT

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Wow Helene this is so gorgeous creation, love it!
Beautiful details, fabulous gift to give someone who likes old romances ( as me).

Thank you playing bingo at the craft-room challenge, good luck
and welcome again;-))m

Heather said...

This is Gorgeous Helene!!

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow, what a gorgeous vintage project with so many amazing details!! Love how you tied your "book" closed with the copper ribbon!! Thanks for joining our Pink and Brown with Ribbon Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

MinnaL said...

OMG ! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS ! A real piece of art ! I'm a big Jane Austen fan, so everything in this is beautiful to my eye.

Margie said...

This is such a popular theme at the minute and you've used it to perfection here with your lovely wallhanging. I really like how the pages open. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Our Creative Corner. Margie x

Mandy Ashley said...

Beautiful & detailed - just gorgeous!

Thank you for joining in with us over at Emma's Crafty Challenge this month ~ Good luck!

Donemark v said...

Simply stunning.
Thank you for joining us at CBN
Kaz. CBN

Bonnie said...

Gorgeous wall hanging! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

HandmadebyTLC said...

Lovely little placque! Perfect for the Really Reasonable Challenge too! Thanks for joining us!
Tammy Louise

Gerri Herbst said...

This is many pretty things to look at. Love your composition too!

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