Epicurean Tribute to Julia Child/Kathy by Design

Epicurean Altered Vintage Receipt Holder

7 Gypsies Epicurean Altered Vintage Receipt Holder: A Tribute to Julia Child
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Hello, Friends!

Or should I say, “Bonjour!” Today’s menu includes an Epicurean altered vintage receipt holder made with delicious Epicurean papers and a side of tasty embellishments from 7 Gypsies. I call it my Epicurean Tribute to Julia Child.

I’ve loved Julia ever since I was a little kid and watched her on public TV. She was outrageous…dropped chickens on the floor, sent chopped onions flying in all directions, threw exotic French phrases into her constant patter with the viewing audience and basically won all our hearts while teaching us that cooking should be approached with passion and a healthy dose of fun. When you think about the fact that she was introducing the US to fine French cuisine at the same time that TV dinners were taking the country by storm…well, it just makes you admire her all the more. I tried to capture her love of food, friends and France in this project, and I can’t wait to hang this Epicurean vintage altered receipt holder in my kitchen.

Epicurean Tribute to Julia Child/Kathy by Design

I wanted the receipt holder to have a finish like old baking trays, so I pulled out my Rusty Metal Bare Metal Paint Kit and the Maritime Paint System. I followed the simple directions that come with the paint system and my brand spanking new product achieved a fabulous, funky, well-loved patina that was just what I was aiming for.

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The Epicurean papers are a perfect choice for foodies, as they celebrate cuisines from around the world. I chose the Fromage 12″ x 12″ papers as they feature French images, and I also used the Pomodoro papers because the bold red check pattern made me think of a tablecloth in a sidewalk cafe. I cut 4 rectangles from the Fromage paper, each measuring 3.25″ x 5.25″ and then stitched these to either navy blue or burgundy cardstock. I used these to line the base of my tray.

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Next, I built my layers by combining fussy cut images from the paper collection with mini ephemera, 7 Gypsies Printed Recipe Cards, Gypsy Moments Recipe Tags and an assortment of charms.

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For my focal point, I printed out a black and white photo of Julia Child, embossed it with Ultra Thick Embossing Powder and framed it in a beautiful Antique Silver Gypsy Frame that had been sprayed with more of the Metal Paint system. I ran red and black gingham ribbon through the jump rings on either side of the frame and secured it to the center using foam tape and hot glue. The ribbons were topped with bingo chips whose numbers represent the year Julia Child was born. These vintage frames are such a great way showcase a photo! Behind the frame, I fussy cut a word from the Fromage papers and tucked it inside a little red metal index tab that I had in my stash. This along with the frame, ribbon and bingo chips helps draw the eye to the focal image.

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In the top left hand corner of the tray, I created a little 3″ x 5″ book using the small Paris book cover and the Pomodoro papers. The cover has been aged with Maritime sprays and decorated with more mini ephemera and a die cut Eiffel Tower that I painted with iron chalkboard paint.

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I created a hidden hinge binding system and then stuffed it full of Recipe Cards, fussy cut images, and quotes from Julia Child. The spine is wrapped with jute cording and tied with a jute cording bow.

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I added cutlery charms and kitchen charms to an Antique Brass Vintage pin, then ran it through my recipe cards and added a black gingham bow. The chocolat sign was fussy cut from the Fromage papers and held in place with a paper clip.

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Here’s a peek at the inside of the book. There are 6 double pages in all, each one containing a quote from Julia along with room to add a recipe or photo.

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In the top right hand corner of the tray, I layerd fussy cut images from the papers and topped them off with a large tattered flower that I made with Tim’s tattered florals die and Canvas Corp red canvas and natural burlap. If you use iron on interfacing on the burlap, it die cuts like a dream, and resists fraying. I spritzed my floral layers with water and then scrunched them to add texture and body. A large fancy button was hot glued into the flower center. The leaves are cut free hand from more burlap. Black waxed cotton cording is wrapped around the center post. I also added this great black clothespin to the center post of the receipt clip, using a white painty pen to write Julia’s catch phrase on the pin’s surface.

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In the lower left hand corner I wrapped the center post with red hemp rope, then added fussy cut images and ephemera to the tray base. I painted this nifty vintage spoon that I found at a flea market with the blue paint in the Maritime system, then added it to mix.

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The bottom right tray is filled with a fun little vignette that I created with doll house miniature food and perfectly sized Gypsy Moments Recipe Tags. These were aged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and sprays from the Rusted Metal Paint Kit. I also added some “coffee rings” by dipping a bottle cap into the TA spray and “stamped” the image onto the recipe tags. I strung the tags together with more red hemp rope and then used foam tape to hold it in place. Another fussy cut word phrase from the Fromage papers was glued into a metal label holder that I aged with the Rusty Metal Paint System.

Epicurean Tribute to Julia Child/Kathy by Design

This would make such a great gift for a kitchen bridal shower or a birthday present for a foodie. I chose the French papers, but you could easily use this same idea to make a Greek, Asian, Italian , Mexican, or American themed projects. I hope you were inspired to create beautiful things both from your kitchen and your craft room with today’s Epicurean Altered Vintage Receipt Holder.

Bon appetit!

kathy

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10 thoughts on “Epicurean Altered Vintage Receipt Holder

  1. thecobweboriumemporium

    WOW – what an amazing piece of artwork, Kathy!

    I’ve been M.I.A in blog land for a couple of weeks (I’ll email asap and tell you all) and so I’m now trying to catch up with posts which I’ve missed. I ADORE this fabulous creation which looks so stunningly complicated to make, and yet so incredibly pretty and breath-taking all at the same time.

    Well done Kathy, on such a truly wonderful make. Love it.
    Sending love, as always ~ Cobs. xxx

  2. carol

    Gosh Kathy this is truly outstanding. The work involved, the skill and the whole project is just wonderful. It’s unique just like you and you have put so much of you into this. Well done my friend x

  3. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, this is over the top with inspiration, an love . I wouldn’t know where to begin. i love the whole project. So well planned an so well done. love it.

  4. Anne H.

    Oh my word, I don’t even know what to say! Amazing. The details, the creativity, the assemblage, the design, the techniques – oh the glory of it all!! I am in awe! Bravo my friend!!

  5. jenscull

    just wow! love the photo of Julia Child in the center. she kinda is and was the center of the epicurean universe – true?! 😉 so many lovely things to gaze upon, I wouldn’t know where to start to name favorites. that spoon is certainly at the top of the list though.

    thanks for the gorgeous inspiration! my century home would surely love something like this in its kitchen. now to find the crafty mojo to actually do it and have it turn out half so lovely.

  6. Dawn Skene

    Wow, such a stunning project! Love all the embellishments, especially the cute, little food in the lower right corner.

  7. Diane H

    What a fabulous, fabulous piece!!!!! So much detail and once again fun, fun embellishments included!! I remember Julia Childs said “Burn those candles, use that silver, you can’t take it with you”!! I have never forgotten it, burn my candles and use my silver, all because of her..LOL!! Okay, my question is “Do you ever sleep?”….I know you were out of town, so how in the heck do you get these things done….I need you here today as I have about 1o projects that need to be done today…no kidding, before I leave tomorrow!! Well, anyhow, a marvelous piece!!

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