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, 15 January 2018

Destination Inspiration - Terminal 2 with Autumn

Hi there!  Autumn here, arriving at Destination Inspiration with a lovely travel bag of goodies to play with.  Here's what we've packed:

Product: Sprays
Technique: Stamping
Colour: Blue & Brown
Substrate: Wood or Chipboard

I went to my favorite substrate, this altered address book to which I added chipboard pages to make into an art journal.  

I must confess, I was right at home with these colors and products.  Stamping is my favorite thing and I tend to lean towards a blue/green palette - always with the addition of browns.

I removed my pages from the binder gave a rough brushing of gesso.  I stenciled the Small Wildflowers stencil by Darkroom Door onto my pages, with Liquitex light modeling paste.  I love this paste for working with sprays because it soaks up the color and leaves such beautiful contrast.  I was anxious to see how Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio sprays would work over sponged Distress Oxides, so I sponged on some color roughly.  I sprayed over the blue DOX with Lindy's Danny Zuko's Denim and spritzed with a little water to let the color bleed down the page.  I turned the pages upside down and spritzed the bottom with Lindy's Sandra Dee Sepia and let it bleed into the blue.  

Because my stenciling wasn't dry, I accidentally scraped off a portion of one of the flowers.  I decided to scrape off each other flower to make highlights and really liked this look - happy accidents!  :)

I perched a the house stamp from the Darkroom Door Home Sweet Home set atop the tallest flower.  I added two die cut Prima leaves and a die cut Tim Holtz Wildflower die cut.

I blended the wildflower die cut with the stenciling.  Here you can see where the spray colors meet.

The Tim Holtz paper dolls, layered over Tim Holtz doily die, remind me of my Grandma and her oldest sister.  There were 13 children in the family living on a farm.  When Pearl, the oldest child, went to work at the local mill they were able to buy flour for bread and shoes for the first times in their lives.  When they were much older, they loved fashion, after being raised so poor.  But their hearts were always humble and grounded.

I stamped the Gazette texture stamp in the background in DOX and spritzed it to get that faded look.  I used one of the $1 alphabet stamp sets to add the text.  I really like how the DOX changed the properties of the sprays and I was able to get the beautiful "spritz and fleck" look.  

I hope you're getting inspired by Terminal One with Alison and today's stop.  Join us next Monday for even more ideas with this month's travel bag contents.  And don't forget our current challenge, Think Inside or Outside the Box.  One lucky participant will win a $25 gift certificate to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  We truly hope you will play along.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Winter Wonderland Winner and Pinworthies

Hi Vintage Journey Travelers,

Thank you everyone who entered. We had a fabulous array of talent this month. 
Our winner chosen by random org is:

That's #70 Aimeslee Winans of Paper-Paisley's Art Adventures with this lovely Artist Post Card featuring vintage German scrap images.

Congratulations Aimeslee!  We'll be in touch shortly with your winner's badge and details of your sponsor prize from the fabulous Andy Skinner.

We had so many wonderful entries this month that it was very difficult for the team to decide on our Pinworthy winners but here are the results. 

Our talented winners are:

Toni of Artistic Craft Dabbler

Nicola of Paper Profusion

Christine of Crafty Endeavours

Huge congratulations to our three Pinworthies this month, you really did create the most wonderful Winter Wonderlands. We will contact you shortly regarding your Pinworthy badge. 

We hope you will visit again on Monday for our regular Destination Inspiration post, using the contents of the monthly travel bag, and we hope too, that you will join in our current challenge - Think Inside Or Outside The Box, details of which can be found HERE.

Wishing you a creative weekend,

S@ndy and the Creative Guides 

Monday, 8 January 2018

Destination Inspiration - Terminal 1 with Alison

Hello all, Alison here, arriving at Destination Inspiration with a travel bag of goodies to play with.  Let's take a look inside and see what we have:

Product: Sprays
Technique: Stamping
Colour: Blue & Brown
Substrate: Wood or Chipboard

And here's what I've created with some of my favourite things...

It was a lucky travel bag for me!

I hope I'll be allowed my slight variation on the substrate - it's actually an MDF ATC from Calico Craft Parts - so it's somewhere between Wood and Chipboard, I suppose.

I stuck down some book pages scraps and an ivy die-cut, added some DecoArt One-Step Crackle and lightly gesso'd over it all once the crackle was dry.  I then added a few spritzes of Distress Stain Sprays in blues and browns and sprayed with water to soften them.  Next, I took the spray nozzle out of the bottle and added some inky spray directly to the edges, softening again with water; and then flicked a few droplets of Ground Espresso from the end of the tube onto the ATC.

So that all that would stay in place as I added more layers, I covered it with a layer of DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish before going any further.  The next step was a layer of Antiquing Cream in White, knocked back to give this lovely misty effect.

Of course it stays in the cracks though, which I love.

For my stamping, I used some tiny brambly branches - I think they may be by Penny Black - stamped in either Coffee or Potting Soil Archival.

(It's a long time since I made this, I'm afraid, so I'm not quite sure any longer.)

I wanted to make the ivy leaves stand out a little more so I gave them a coat of DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.  I love the subtle gleam when it catches the light.

Some Clippings stickers provide the words...

... a good New Year thought to take me through the year ahead.

And of course there's plenty of white spatter...

It may be a tiny ATC, but I think it packs a punch.  I love all the layers, and the soft, smoky blues and browns.

I hope you're looking forward to seeing who arrives at Destination Inspiration next Monday - I know I can't wait to see what the other Creative Guides do with these travel bag contents.  And while you're waiting, why not come and join in with this month's Think Inside or Outside the Box challenge, hosted by the fabulous Deb?  We hope to see you there soon.

Alison xx

Friday, 5 January 2018

Think Inside Or Outside The Box

Hello and happy New Year everyone, Deb here with you today to present our January challenge at A Vintage Journey:

Think Inside Or Outside The Box

Here is the brief:

For our first challenge of 2018 we'd like you to create with a box. Any box of any size will do. It can be one you made yourself or one that you are recycling or even one that you have drawn. We'd like you to make your project either inside the box itself or do something imaginative on the outside or both if that's where your muse takes you. As always we like to see your projects in our preferred styles: vintage, shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk. So put on your thinking caps and re-imagine those boxes both inside and out!

As always, the Creative Guides have come together with some projects to inspire you and get your creativity going, enjoy!


Happy New Year everyone! For our January challenge, I decided to recycle a couple of small gift boxes from my craft stash, nesting one inside the other. And there is a sweet surprise to be found inside the box as well, hope you can pop by my blog to see what it might be.

There's a secret to my box and you can find out what it is on my blog post here!

For this challenge I decided to alter a small chocolate box. For all the details it would be lovely to see you at Addicted to Art today.

For our boxes challenge I decided to go fall back on a very old favorite and made a notecard gift box with Distress Inks and Tim Holtz stamps and dies. Find the box tutorial and more details at SewPaperPaint.

For this fun challenge I have decided to Think Outside of the Box. I used the outside of an unused Configuration Box from my leftovers. To see all the details please join me at my blog, My "Crafty" Life on the Internet.

I decided to use this lovely box frame for Deb's fabulous challenge as it gave me the chance to alter and decorate both inside and outside. Do join me over on my blog if you would like to see how this all came together and details of the paper mache texture on the front of the box.

For Deb's challenge, I decided to use some unmatched gift box lids and a few more recycled boxes. You can see how this rather large industrial 'canvas' was constructed entirely from boxes and embellished almost entirely with found objects and trash on my blog.


Amazing as always I think you will agree! Our sponsor this month is The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

and Linda is offering a generous $25.00 gift certificate to our lucky randomly chosen winner plus the Creative Guides will choose three Pinworthy winners who will have their projects pinned to our Pinterest board and who will be offered a guest spot here at A Vintage Journey for one of our future challenges. So get your thinking caps on and 'Think Inside Or Outside The Box' and link your projects up below, you have until February 1st, 2018 to enter, have fun!

Deb and The Creative Guides

Monday, 1 January 2018

Destination Inspiration - Terminal Five and a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Nikki here with our final stop on the December Destination Inspiration journey. Our new challenge begins on Friday so even though it is January and 2018 we have one final visit to this travel bag:

Product : Tissue Paper
Technique : Embossing (Dry or Heat)
Colour : Silver or Gold
Substrate : Acetate

I cheated a little bit - my original intention was to use the acetate as it is intended in this month's mix - as the substrate to work on, but it just wasn't working for me. Forgive me !

I began with a canvas board and gave it a coat of neutral paint before heat embossing Tim Holtz's background lattice stamp.
Next I took my tissue paper and built up a texture border and left to dry.
Once dry I added a watery wash of blue paint - mmmm not quite the result I was after!
Dry brushed in black around the border....
Still wasn't happy with this but continued and added random stamping to the centre of the panel masking off the area the die cut circle would be.
I die cut about 8 Seth Apter Drip Drop's and adhered 6 together and 2 together. I also cut a circle of acetate to fit the centre.
I embossed this with a folder.
Forgot some photos here - I painted the drip drop dies in black paint and heat embossed some frantage and gold embossing powder. Once dry I adhered the acetate between the 2 sections.
I then began placing it all together and realised it needed more gold - so reached for the gilding wax.
A few close ups to finish... The stars are below the acetate layer.
Before we leave this journey let's recap the stops along the way:

Friday see's the start of a new challenge here at A Vintage Journey. 
Once again, a happy New Year from us all - may it be a creative and happy one.