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Friday, 20 January 2017

Pinworthy Guests - Going Round in Circles

Hi everyone, Nikki here to welcome and introduce our Pinworthy guests this month. Today we welcome our October winners to share a creation on our current theme - Going Round in Circles. Please welcome Leslie and Nicole! 

Hello everyone, I am Leslie Lineberry from the state of Montana in the USA. I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have this opportunity to be a Pinworthy Guest for Vintage Journey.

I am fairly new to Mixed Media, but not to creating. I would described myself as a 'Hobby Hoarder' because over the years, I have painted in oil, acrylic and watercolor; done batik, quilling, beadwork and polymer clay - just to name a few. With Mixed Media/Assemblage Art, I've been able to put it all together and I feel like I've finally arrived where my artistic soul was trying to take me!

I love this month's challenge theme, Going Round in Circles. My contribution, Space Junk Galaxy, is an assemblage canvas featuring a spinning circle in space of all the little things that come up missing in our everyday lives, like a sock in the dryer, keys, buttons and all sorts of other odds and ends.
After covering the canvas with black gesso, texture paste and crackle medium, I cut a spiral out of paper to use as reference for adding my 'space junk'. Before adding color, the entire assemblage was coated again in black gesso.
Each corner of the canvas has a different 'gauge' such as a Lost & Found and a compass. I created these from wood circles which I stencilled, textured and embellished.
Adding all the 'goodies' took ages, but I do love picking through all my random bits and pieces and organising them on a canvas. Caught is this interstellar circle, you will find nuts and bolts; flowers, shells and screws; stars, wire, beads and buttons.

If you would like to see detailed information on how I created this canvas, please visit my blog at


Nicole here from Nicole Wright Designs, hello travellers... I'm back! I am thrilled the AVJ Team is having me back as a guest. I have been around the blogger merry go round for awhile and I love to make a mess. Currently I design for Sizzix, Eileen Hull and Creative Scrapbooker Magazine in Canada. I love long walks in the snow and living in a very cold snowy part of the world. 

Thrilled to create for the Going Round in Circles for this month. I created this masculine canvas using Magenta Nuance Powder Dyes, Distress Paint, Gesso and Embossing Powders.
I created a focal point painting a large circle with gesso and stamping! 
Check it out, I used my cap from my distress paint to make some circles. The eraser on a pencil is another great circle option too.
Want to see more detail for this project? Stop by Nicole Wright Designs for a full tutorial on how I created this canvas, what products I used and Sizzix dies.
Always a pleasure AVJ Travellers.


Wow! I will be heading over to both Leslie and Nicole's blogs for more details on these fabulous projects - love all Leslie's details and wonderful design and Nicole's clever arrangement and grungy feel.

We love to welcome guests here at A Vintage Journey - so do enter this month's challenge for a chance to be a future guest and to win our random winner prize.


Monday, 16 January 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #2

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year to you all 

Its Amanda here and I'd like to invite you to travel with me on the 2nd leg of this months Destination Inspiration. Before we set off lets take a quick look inside the travel bag to remind ourselves of the contents
Product: Crackle
Technique: Wrinkle Free distress
Colour: Hues of Blue
Substrate: Wood .
As always, there's only a few supplies but I'm a big fan of travelling light so lets hop on board and continue the journey....

Here's what I have created

and how I created it...
The Wooden Frame
I primed the wooden frame with a couple of coats of Black Gesso which would serve not only as the preparatory coat on the wood but also as the colour to show through the cracks once they had formed. I then applied crackle paste with a palette knife and left to dry, after which I enhance the cracks using media fluid acrylic paint.

a close up

Wrinkle Free distress Technique
I inked up a panel of mixed media card stock using Tim Holtz Wrinkle free distress Technique. I prefer to use mixed media or watercolour cardstock for this technique as I find it can 'take' the water far better than regular card stock.
My ink selection

I used the top three inks for the first stage of the technique

and all the inks for subsequent smooshing, swishing, dipping and dabbing.
I then added more detail with some stamping using a couple of stamps with Archival inks

and stencilling using a layering stencil with both distress ink and Distress Grit paste

finishing the panel with a a few paint splatters and scratches before adhering in the window of the crackled frame .

The Wooden Hearts
I altered two wooden hearts the larger base heart by simply painting with gesso and paints

The smaller heart I covered with scrunched up tissue paper for a first layer of texture

 and then built up the texture further using both Distress Grit paste and Crackle paste allowing to dry between each application. Once dry I then 'worked' the texture with paints.

Here it is mid process....

and here it is finished, mounted in position and embellished with a Distress Grit paste circle and a Tim Holtz Ideology ring fastener.

adding not only texture but dimension too .

The finishing touches came in the way of Tim Holtz remnant rubs and a few pieces of ideology to embellish the frame

and a Tim Holtz small talk sticker provided an ideal title for my altered frame
'Listen to your heart it will show you the way '.

Thank you for accompanying me on the 2nd leg of this month Destination Inspiration. I hope both I and my fellow Creative guide Alison (terminal 1) have inspired you so far but be sure to stop back next Monday when a fellow Creative Guide picks up the travel bag of goodies and meets you at Terminal #3 to continue the journey. 
 We welcome you to join in our current challenge theme 'Going round in Circles'. 
We always love to see what you create and appreciate each and every one of your entries.
There's still plenty of time to enter as the challenge is open until the 2nd February.
Hope you all have a great week
Happy Crafting
Amanda x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Winner And Pinworthies For Our Winter Magic Challenge

Hello everyone, thanks so much for stopping by today.  It's time to announce our winner and Pinworthies for the Winter Magic challenge and let me tell you, you did not make it easy!  Such a wonderful and varied selection of beautiful projects, we were overwhelmed with your response to our December challenge.  Thank you so much to all who entered, we enjoyed seeing each and every one.

But before we announce our selections, we'd like to welcome one of our previous winners who is joining us today as a guest Creative Guide.  Nate of Le Scrap de Nate was the winner of our October Make It Spooky challenge, and she's here to share some inspiration for the current Going Round In Circles theme.  She's introducing herself in her native language, French, and I (Alison) am offering up the translation in italics - with a little assistance from Google Translate where I got stuck - so my apologies if I've misinterpreted anything.  Welcome, Nate!

Je vous présente à toutes mes meilleurs vœux et vous souhaites pleins de bonne choses pour cette belle année 2017 remplie de créativités.
I offer you my best greetings and wishes full of good thoughts for this beautiful year of 2017, and hope that it will be filled with creativity. 

 Merci à toute l'équipe de A Vintage Journey   d'avoir  apprécier mes réalisations proposé aux challenges  est de me recevoir comme invité.
Thanks to the whole team at A Vintage Journey for honouring my project for the challenge and inviting me to appear here.

Je suis NATE, j' habite la FRANCE et mon hobby est le scrap.
J'aime avoir les mains sale par la patouille , le bidouillage; j'affectionne particulièrement tout ce qui est objets de récupérations, rien ne ce jette tous ce recycle
j'aime le steampunk cette période d'art me fascine d'ou je suis actuellement
 DT chez Sandee & Amelie's.

I am Nate, I live in France and my hobby is crafting/scrapping.
I like to get my hands messy playing around, and altered art.  I particularly enjoy repurposing objects - nothing is thrown away, everything is recycled.  I love steampunk and vintage styles of art, which fascinate me, and I'm actually on the DT at Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge.

Je vous présente mon projet...
I present to you my project
Going Round in Circles
   un Cadre MUCHA
a Mucha Frame

Quelques explications du montage pour le cadre.
A few explanations about the making of the frame...

J'ai utilisé un canvas  11.cm5 x 11.cm5 , coupé un papier aux dimensions que j'ai patiné aux encres
pour lui donné un aspect vieillie, embossé  et tamponné a la poudre doré . Coupé une bande de papier métal puis  renforcé avec du cardox ,j'ai utilisé les ronds de couvercles boites conserve pour entouré l'image de Mucha.
I used a canvas 11.5 x 11.5cm, and cut some paper to those dimensions which I altered with inks to give it an aged look; then stamped and embossed with gilding powder.  I cut a band of metal paper, reinforced with cardboard, and I used rings from old tin cans to frame the image by Mucha.

     J'ai exploité  l’intérieur du canvas pour récupéré la profondeur,
en suite j'ai collé l'image,puis colorisé l'ensemble à la peinture métallic bronze.
I used the reverse of the canvas to make the most of the depth, and glued the image inside; then I coloured the whole piece with metallic bronze paint.

Merci à vous NATE .
Thank you.  Nate.

And huge thanks to you, Nate - what a stunning piece of vintage art, such amazing inspiration for this month's Going Round In Circles challenge.

Now, without further ado,
let's reveal the December winner chosen by Random Generator.
That's Vinita Jain of New Creations with this clever wreath, created out of wrapped yarn and with some yarn Christmas trees into the bargain!

Congratulations, Vinita.  Your badge and details of your prize will be with you shortly, and we hope you'll join us as a Guest Creative Guide some time in the future.


And now onto our Pinworthies, as usual it was an incredibly difficult choice for myself and the Creative Guides to choose just three from all of your amazing projects but after much deliberation here are our choices in no particular order.

#49 Georgie C.

#63 Lisa H.

#85 Paper Profusion

Amazing creations one and all that I think perfectly capture the magic of winter.  Thank you for sharing your art with us and we will contact you shortly with your Pinworthy badges and an invitation to join us sometime in the near future as Guest Creative Guides.

Thanks again to all who entered our December challenge and we hope that you will enter Brenda's 'Going Round In Circles' January challenge, it's always exciting to see what you create.  And make sure to come back again on Monday when Amanda will be here with our next stop on the Destination Inspiration journey for January, hope to see you then!

Deb and all the Creative Guides

Monday, 9 January 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 1

Hello all, Alison here from Words and Pictures.  Thanks so much for joining me at the first stop at Destination Inspiration for 2017.  We're at Terminal 1 with a whole new bag full of goodies to play with, and here's what's in the luggage this month:

Substrate - Wood
Technique - Wrinkle Free Distress
Product - Crackle Paint/Paste/Glaze
Colour - Hues of Blue

And here's what I've cobbled together whilst waiting for the next stage of the journey...

I need to show you inside as well as out, though the contents of the travel bag are all involved in the exterior, as it happens.

I started with a small, simple, wooden diptych.

On the outside I used the DecoArt Chalky Finish paints and crackle.  Relic - a.k.a. dark grey...

... then Crackle Glaze - the one designed to work with the Chalky Finish paints, and eventually Everlasting - a.k.a. white - over the top.

On the inside I put just a coat of the Everlasting, and then blended Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the top to highlight the wood texture.

I left the crackling to do its business overnight so that it would be thoroughly dry, and then I put Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire onto my craft mat, with just a touch of Wilted Violet, and dipped and smooshed my diptych into the water-spritzed inks until I liked the look of it.

It's one of my all-time favourite techniques.  I love the random splotches and blotches...

... though of course it's not entirely random - you can encourage certain effects, just as you can manipulate where the colours go on the mat.

With the travel bag contents dealt with, I decided to keep the rest nice and simple.  I added some of the fabulous Tim Holtz wild grasses.

They're stamped in Versamark and embossed in Wow Bark powder.

And around the edges I blended on some Vintage Photo Distress Ink followed by a touch of the darker Ground Espresso.

Well, it wouldn't be very me to have blues without any browns, would it?

And on the inside it is, if anything, even simpler.  The grasses are there again, this time stamped in Potting Soil.

The texture of the wood means you get a roughness to the stamped image which gives it a nice rustic feel I think.

And the sentiment is one of my favourites too - a Tim Holtz stamp, taped so that I could stamp each half separately.

Again, I've used the Bark embossing powder to give it extra presence against the wooden background.

So that's my stop at Destination Inspiration.  I hope you'll come back next Monday to see who's waiting to meet you at Terminal 2.

And of course we'd love to see you Going Round In Circles for Brenda's challenge this month too.  Do come and play along if you can but, whatever you're up to, I hope you have fun.

Alison x