This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Monday, 20 November 2017

Destination Inspiration - Terminal 3 - Alcohol Ink Christmas Card

Hello and welcome to our third stop of this month's Destination Inspiration. Nikki here to share my creation with our selection of product, technique, colour and substrate. 
Product : Distress Oxide
Technique : Faded Layers
Colour : Blues
Substrate : White Card
We have seen some fabulous designs from Anne and Sara Emily and now it is my turn! I think we have all struggled a little bit with the Faded Layers technique!

Faded Layers and Distress Oxide Christmas Card - by Nikki Acton
I began with my Faded Layers panel, at this point I wasn't sure where I was going but just wanted to make sure I could get an effect! It is subtle but hopefully you can see it.
I added a few blue toned alcohol inks onto glossy card - I added a tiny bit of a rusty colour after this photo for a bit of contrast. Next I selected a stencil and worked on removing to reveal the 'fade'!
I then moved onto my distress oxides - I now had a plan to create a layered Christmas card.
A little bit of background stamping in archival before some oxide was added to my craft mat and spritzed. I lay my card into it to get lots of lovely splodges!
Next I added a some pumice stone DI all over the card and spritzed with water and threw droplets on the card to remove some of both inks.
I then stamped with distress oxide ink and spritzed again to soften the stamped images.
I needed blue layers for matt and layering so took the same DO and sponged around the edge of the cut to size card. I later added a little sponged paint too - as I needed a slightly darker blue to tone with the Faded Layers alcohol ink panel.
Faded Layers and Distress Oxide Christmas Card - by Nikki Acton
I die cut a tree and reindeer from kraftcore card and embossed with a dots folder. I then sponged paint over to tone down the colour and highlight the raised surface.
I stamped my greeting on a scrap of the alcohol ink panel in Versamark and embossed in white.
Faded Layers and Distress Oxide Christmas Card - by Nikki Acton

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to come back on Friday for our Guest Designer this month - I have seen who it is and the project and you won't want to miss this Mini Marvel creation!

Our latest challenge runs for another couple of weeks so do join in with your own Mini Marvel creation!


Friday, 17 November 2017

Pinworthy Inspiration For November

Hello and thank you for stopping by, we have some wonderful Pinworthy Inspiration to share with you today. Cec from CW Card Creations and Iris from Whimsytouches have created some wonderful tiny projects for our current Mini Marvels challenge, enjoy!


I am a retired Director of Finance and live with my wonderful husband of 42 years just outside Toronto, Canada. We have one daughter who is married and has blessed us with two fabulous grandchildren. I love jazz, reading crime mysteries, cooking, walking and travel.

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, have done many different ones over the years and still do some counted cross-stitch and some sewing. I started card making around 2006 but really just dabbled at it until 2009 when my job disappeared and then I had lots of time on my hands. As time went on I started to make more vintage and shabby chic cards and was hooked. In the past couple of years I have added more mixed media to my repertoire. I have been blessed to be a member of some fabulous design teams over the years and show my creations on my blog, CW Creations.

Thank you to the team here at A Vintage Journey for the opportunity to visit and share one of my creations.

When I read that the theme for this month set by Anne would be Mini Marvels I was thrilled because I love working in small spaces. I decided to make a micro album and a box to fit it in.

I started with the album and as usual I got really carried away so there are a lot of pages, which means way too many photos for here. I hope you will pop over to my blog where I will give details on each page.

The album itself is 3 3/4" long x 2 1/4" wide x 2" thick and all the pages are tied together with a strip of sari silk and opens like a tag album.

The album is built with some pocket pages that hold photo mats sized to fit those little photos that came in the school package. There are lots of pages that have tuck spots with journaling cards added and a few pages that are for interest only with stamping or embossing.

This was a great way to use up paper scraps or in my case pads that were feeling unloved so there is a variety of manufacturers represented but I tried to tie everything together with lots of black and cream as well as Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The box was built from chipboard and it measures 4" long x 3" deep x 3" high. I used lace, flowers, ribbon and gems to decorate the box top.

Hello makers! I am so excited to be a Guest Creative Guide at Vintage Journey and share my Assemblage piece "Power Struggle". A little about me; I live in the Washington DC metro area and I am an Arts and Crafts Enthusiast. I have never met an art medium I did not like. I enjoy creating with clay, acrylic paint, sprays, metallic waxes, texture medium, paper, and metal. I like sculpting, creating mixed media canvasses, assemblage, altering bottles, making jewelry. My style ranges from modern, Shabby to Steampunk/Industrial.

The theme for this month is right up my alley. I like to create small and specially create assemblages. Just love small objects encased inside something, creating a small world where we get to peek inside and wonder what't going on.

For my project I created such a small world inside a Tim Holtz box. I wanted to add a little bit of layers and needed a way to attach the the little doll hands without looking like they were just glued to the box. I lined the inside edges with Amaco's Sculptamold, a modeling compound. It's a a combo of plaster and paper mache. Modelers use it to make scenery. You just add a little water. It sets fast and takes two days to air dry. Or you can stick in the oven to dry; 185 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 mins (depending on thickness) with the over door slight open (helps get moisture out). The heat will not harm the wood either. Don't heat over 200 degrees or more than half hour at time. Been using this product for other projects and tested it a few times.

The little container with words is made of Polymer Clay. The letters are made of chipboard. I have also added metal gears. Everything was painted with Teal and Brown Milk Paint to add a little color to the gears for a cohesive look. The hands are from a vintage porcelain doll kit, where I had used the other doll parts on other projects, and needed to do something with my hands (ha! ha! a little pun there). The hands have been attached with Apoxie Clay. Well, I hope you like my little assemblage and will visit me on my blog Whimsytouches.


Once again, our Pinworthy guest Creative Guides have wowed us with their projects, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us all!  Hope that they have inspired you to join in our Mini Marvel challenge too, you have until November 30th to create your tiny masterpieces, can't wait to see what you make.  Happy creating everyone!

Deb and the Creative Guides xo

Monday, 13 November 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #2

Hello friends and visitors! It's Sara Emily here with you today to guide you through the 2nd leg of this month's creative journey. Each Creative Guide is using the same four items in our travel bag. To review, we are using the following ingredients:

Product:  Distress Oxide
Technique:  Faded Layers
Colour:  Blue,/Teal/Green
Substrate:  White Card

You can see my talented teammate, Anne's fabulous Christmas tags here. While she says she is not a fan of alcohol inks, I can say I'm not a fan of the Faded Layers technique. But I'm always up for a challenge! I've never had success with the technique using the old alcohol ink papers, but I tried it this time on both the old glossy alcohol ink papers and on some Yupo paper Anne sent me last year. Thank you, Anne! This stuff is the ticket!

Substrate and color:

I chose Bottle, Stream, and Mermaid alcohol inks and Yupo white cardstock (yup, that's what the package says it is). The panel pictured above is not the one I ended up using. I tried this 4 times before I came up with a background I was satisfied with.

I applied my AI colors to my craft mat, squirted the colors with AI Blending Solution, and dipped and dragged my card into the puddle until I was pleased with the outcome.


 I made a puddle of Blending Solution and dipped my clean felt applicator into it, and then gently tapped that onto my surface through my tree stencil. You can see I masked off areas as needed, since I wanted to give the appearance of distance in a forest.

Here is what it looked like before I did the next two steps. 

I wanted it to look like the trees were dusted with snow, so I took a clean felt applicator and added Snow Cap Mixative to it. Having replaced my stencil, I tapped this through on just the right side of the trees in the foreground. Once this dried, I took my Speckles stencil and a new clean applicator with blending solution and repeated the Faded Layers technique around the trees. You might be able to see the speckles in the close up photo below.


Well, I kinda goofed on this, but it turned out all good. I could have sworn the product was alcohol inks, and was the reason I chose Faded Layers as the technique. ( Imagine my shock when I saw Anne's post listing Distress Oxide as the product! No time to start over!) I did happen to use a little Distress Oxide on my trees, so that keeps me honest about the product, I hope.

I die cut my trees for the background and dipped in Peeled Paint Distress Oxide and a touch of Evergreen Bough and Forest Moss (not shown) Distress inks.

For the cut Christmas tree on the car and bow, I colored my die cut white card with Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss (again not shown in my process photo). Before gluing the edges of the two trees and tying it up with string, I put some foam dots between the layers to give it dimension.

Other stuff:

Using the same die set (Home For the Holidays Thinlits) for the entire card, I cut Merry Christmas and the package from gold Metallic Kraft Core and the snowbanks from vellum. I edged the vellum with DecoArt Snowriter and Glamour Dust. The car was cut from Kraft Core Nostalgic, a scrap of Woodgrain card and bumper, tailpipe and hubcaps from a leftover altered scrap of silver Metallic Kraft Core. Lastly, I finished up with a light splatter of Picket Fence Distress paint and matted with white card and more Nostalgic Kraft Core.

Thank you for stopping by today! Our current challenge, Mini Marvels runs until the last of November! I hope you'll join us!

Please stop back next Monday when another Creative Guide will be taking you through yet another creative journey using the travel bag contents.

Sara Emily

Friday, 10 November 2017

October Crazy for Autumn Colour Winner and Pinworthies

Hello everyone! 

Well here we are already in November and about to announce the winner and pinworthies of our October challenge: Crazy for Autumn Colour. There were a fabulous number of entries and as usual you made it very difficult for us all to decide on our top three entries. 

Thank you again for travelling with us on our Creative Journey here at A Vintage Journey, we really appreciate each and every entry.

But first ...... a drum roll please .... for our randomly drawn winner of last month's prize sponsored by Calico Craft Parts. And Mr has chosen ......

That's #37 Jane of Jane's Journal who created this fabulous page spread full of light and shadow and autumnal colour.

Congratulations, Jane!  We'll be in touch shortly with your Winner's Badge, and to arrange delivery of your prize package from Calico Craft Parts.


And now we turn to our three Pinworthy choices. We challenged you to be Crazy for Autumn Colour and these three fabulous entries really shine through with colour! 

The fabulous use of Distress Oxides really shines through the darker colours and we loved the addition of textiles in this wonderful autumnal tag.

Maria has used many gorgeous layers of textures and stunning colours on her Autumnal page.

Bursting with colour and cogs! Swagatika has managed to create an amazing piece of art from an old computer mother board.

Congratulations to our three Pinworthies this month and thank you all for brightening our month with so much wonderful colour. We will be in touch shortly with your Pinworthy badges and invitations to be a Guest Creative Guide here at A Vintage Journey sometime in the future.

Don't forget to come back again on Monday for another Destination Inspiration using those wonderful travel bag goodies and we do hope you find time to join in our latest challenge which is Mini Marvels. All the details can be found HERE.

Have a great weekend!

Jennie and the Creative Guides

Monday, 6 November 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #1

Hello Fellow Travellers

Anne here, to welcome you to the first of our Destination Inspiration posts for November!  Let's have a look what is in the travel bag for this month:

Product  :  Distress Oxide
Technique  :  Faded Layers
Colour  :  Blue,/Teal/Green
Substrate  :  White Card

Hmm, quite the bag this month!  I am not a great fan of Alcohol Inks but I rose to the challenge, I hope - and I hope you will be inspired to have a go too!  I was definitely outside my comfort zone, but I actually enjoyed the process in the end!
I made two tags which I will use to decorate Christmas presents - Christmas is so worryingly close!
I chose Pesto (Green), Patina (Teal), Sailboat Blue and Stonewashed (Blue) and applied these with a Blender tool onto Alcohol Ink card (white card element).
Next up I took a Tim Holtz stencil and carefully applied Alcohol Ink Blending Solution, using a blending tool, this needs a gentle touch.  You will see various blue and green tones in my photos, because I did several before I was happy with the result!
Here is a close up of one of my backgrounds that I felt happy with!
I cut my card into tags with Tim's Thinlit tag die.
I mounted my two favourite backgrounds onto toning card and added a Remnant Rub to each.
I needed to use Distress Oxide and I took some watercolour card and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxiide and applied this to both sides of the card.
I die cut my poinsettias, leaves and pine cones to decorate my tags.
Finally, here is a close up of the decoration on the blueish tag, I added some Baby's Breath and gauze, the poinsettia centres are decorated with Tim's new Idea-ology stamens.

I hope you will join us in our latest challenge Mini Marvels, which you can find HERE.  Thanks too, for stopping by.

Hugs, Anne  xx

Friday, 3 November 2017

Mini Marvels!

Hello and welcome to our November Challenge!  Anne here, I have the pleasure of hosting this month's challenge which is:

Mini Marvels

This month's challenge is to create something in miniature - it could be a little book, a tiny scene, a small canvas, a wall hanging or even a box.  It MUST be 4" or less in size and be created in your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.

Our wonderful Sponsor this month is Southern Ridge Trading Company who will be offering one randomly chosen winner a $50 varied selection of chipboard and wood veneer laser cut embellishments!

So, let's take a look at what our Creative Guides have created for your inspiration.


I love making 3D projects and I challenged myself to create a  miniature 3D project using one dimensional dies by Tim Holtz, along with a Christmas bauble and a plastic tub - and there is a special little twist too!  If you would like to see more please pop over to my blog - Redanne.

If you mention miniatures to me, my mind goes to dollshouses, so it was pretty inevitable that I would end up with some little houses as my inspiration offering for Anne's wonderful Mini Marvels theme.  The tallest is exactly four inches high, and the smallest is only half that!  Do come and see all the tiny details over at Words and Pictures.

Mini Book by Nikki Acton featuring PaperArtsy  quote stamps by Alison Bomber

Having recently been to Seth Apter's 'Book of Moments' workshop I was inspired to create a mini book for our Mini Marvels challenge.  My 3 inch square book contains Alison Bomber quote stamps and definitely has that handmade, vintage feel.  For all the details and the inside pages, please pop over to my blog - Addicted to Art.


For my Mini Marvel - I created a little reindeer stall for one of  Santa's reindeer - who is standing ready for Christmas Eve when Santa needs him to help pull his sleigh around the world!  I used a new Sizzix Heart Shrine Die along with some Idea-ology supplies, rusty stars and aged my stall with some rust paste.  Please come see how I put this together over at my blog - Create with Me!


Whilst travelling home from Switzerland last week I had a Gin and Tonic on the plane (as you do.....) and as soon as I saw the little miniature Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle I knew I wanted to alter it for Anne's challenge.  If you would like to see the details then please hop on over to my blog.  Cheers!


Each year we try to spice up the holiday fun in our home by giving the kids 12 small gifts each day leading up to Christmas.  I used this challenge as a way to get started on my presents and made little 4x4" matchbook gift card holders.  Each one is unique so that each child feels special.  I hope you will hop on over to SewPaperPaint for the tutorial and close ups.


With Christmas fast approaching we will all be in need of gift tags.  This challenge was the perfect prompt to get me going.  Please stop by my blog here to see more details and photos.


For Anne's Challenge I have had a great time using paints, texture, stamps and stencils to create 2 pieces of 'Mini Art' with a grungy feel.  There are more details on my blog if you fancy stopping by.

I'm having a complete reorganisation of my art and craft stuff and came across these little pocket watches by Wendy Vecchi. They have been tucked away for eons but appeared miraculously just at the right time to enter Anne's Mini Marvels challenge and of course with Christmas on the way I thought they'd make fabulous little tags for men pressies. There's a few more photos over at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you can make it.

Well I hope that you have been inspired by all the wonderful examples by the Creative Guides above.  We are looking forward to seeing your 'Mini Marvels' this month!  You could be selected as one of our Pinworthies, and of course, one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a wonderful package of goodies from Southern Ridge Trading Company!  Good Luck everyone!

Anne and the Creative Guides  xxx