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Monday, 16 October 2017

October Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 2

Hello all! It's Alison here from Words and Pictures, ready to share what I've created with this month's travel bag contents. In case you need a reminder, here's what we packed this month:

Substrate - Corrugated Cardboard
Colour - Any Fall Colours You Fancy
Product - Crackle Paint/Paste
Technique - Die-cutting

And here's what arrived at my Destination Inspiration...

... a rustic hanging full of texture, autumnal colour and dimensional embellishing.

I started with corrugated cardboard torn from leftover packaging, and roughly applied some DecoArt crackle paint with a palette knife, after which I brushed gesso into the ridges.

I let that dry and crackle thoroughly before applying some colour to it with Distress Sprays and Infusions powders.

While it was drying, I took a piece of A4 kraft card and spritzed it with some more Distress Sprays - Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs are certainly all involved, and maybe some others. I sprayed and flicked some water droplets at it as I dried it to get a nice mottled effect.

From that kraft card, I cut all my leaves - some with the Layered Leaf and some with the small Movers and Shapers Mini Tattered Leaves.

All of them then went back through the BigShot inside the embossing folder which comes as part of the Texture Fades Layered Leaf set, giving them that textured veining.

I grabbed some pinecones to add to my autumn gatherings, and started playing around with the arrangement on the corrugated cardboard panel.

As you can see, I decided it needed another layer, so I inserted some book page tags, carved from one of my altered book projects ages ago. I'm still working my way through the pile of leftover pieces.

With all these autumn leaves, it wasn't long before I reached for my Autumn Edition quote stamps (PaperArtsy EAB04).

I stamped the quote on some separate cardstock, tore it out and inked it with Distress Inks (Antique Linen and Vintage Photo mainly), and positioned it in the centre of the panel. It then became much simpler to work out the composition of the other elements around it.

Some berries add extra autumnal colour to the clusters of pinecones.

Natural fibres create extra movement and catch the light.

A good inking of the edges of the corrugated cardboard gives it an extra weathered look.

You can still just about see those book pages in the layers of falling leaves...

... and all that crackle is still tucked away underneath.

There's some rusty wire at the top to hang the panel up by...

... and plenty of white spatter gives the whole thing a dusting of extra life...

... like a frosty autumnal morning.

This was one of those projects which I really didn't think much about - it just seemed to take shape on the table in front of me, and I love the end result.

I hope you like it too. Be sure to drop by again next Monday to see who's at Terminal 3 (and check out Anne's brilliant project at Terminal 1 while you're at it).

Before that, on Friday, there are some amazing projects on display from this month's Pinworthy guests - extra inspiration for Jennie's wonderful Crazy For Autumn Colour challenge... which I suppose all our Destination Inspiration posts are this month, since we're also playing with autumn colours. Given all that inspiration, we hope you'll come and play along!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week.

Alison x

Friday, 13 October 2017

September Altered Art Winner and Pinworthies

Hello all!  Well, you made our lives very difficult again by sharing so much amazing Altered Art for last month's challenge.  Thank you all for joining us on the journey.  The Creative Guides enjoyed visiting each and every one of your creations, and it was a hard task to whittle our choice down to just three officially Pinworthy projects.
You're all worthy of pinning!

First of all, the easier - and very pleasurable - task of announcing our randomly drawn winner of last month's prize sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  The Random Generator gets to do this job, and here's the selected number:

That's Remya at Curls'n'Twirls who shared this fabulous spread from
her recycled cardboard art journal.

Beautiful work, Remya, and congratulations.  We'll be in touch shortly with your winner's badge and the details of how to collect your prize.


Now on to our three Pinworthy choices.  Since the challenge was Altered Art, I'm sharing some "before" photos as well as the finished projects, so that you can see how impressive the altering was!  In order of entry number, but otherwise in no particular order, they are...

#33 Lula at u Luli

Just look at the extraordinary transformation of this unassuming alarm clock into a steampunk masterpiece.  Lula took a really imaginative leap with this one, and it's full of brilliant details from every angle.

Do hop over to Lula's blog to see the full details.

#34 Pooja at Let's Get Crafty

Not only did Pooja use a pizza box as the substrate and lots of clothes labels and tags to build the layers, but she took apart a metal candle-holder to build the structure at the heart of her mixed media creation.

It's well worth visiting Pooja's blog to see the altering in action.

#36 Hélène a.k.a. 2amScrapper at Lotsa Scrap

A fantastic substrate here - Hélène has altered a specially chosen licence plate which has information related to her own life already on it, and created a rusty masterpiece full of personal meaning.

Take a trip over to Hélène's blog to find out more.


Congratulations to all our Pinworthies this month - fantastic projects all round.  We'll be in touch shortly with your badges and an invitation to join us here at A Vintage Journey as a Guest Creative Guide in the future.

Once again, thank you to everybody who joined in with the challenge, and we hope you'll be inspired to come and play along this month in Jennie's wonderful Crazy For Autumn Colour theme, sponsored by the amazing Calico Craft Parts.

Join us on Monday to see who's arriving next at Destination Inspiration but, for now, have a great weekend and happy crafting all!

Alison and the Creative Guides x

Monday, 9 October 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 1

Hello, Anne here to welcome you to Destination Inspiration #1 for October!  The contents of the travel bag for this month are:

Product - Crackle Paint/Paste
Technique - Die Cutting
Colour - Any Fall colours you fancy
Substrate - Corrugated Card

Now I will admit, up front, I read the details wrong and went on to create my project, using the corrugated card for my die cutting.... oops, not a great start, but with no time to create another project I hope you will forgive my misdemeanor... I created a little wall hanging.
Since Calico Craft Parts are our Sponsors for this month I wanted to use one of their Printers Trays to create my project.
I die cut two ATCs from chipboard and the Steering Wheel by Seth Apter (a gift from a lovely friend) from corrugated card.
I painted the printers tray in Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Mahogany Chalk Acrylic Paint (part of Seth Apter's Limited Edition range).  I painted the little frame with Buff and then added a good coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Paint.  
Once the Crackle Paint was dry I applied a coat of the Mahogany to create these lovely crackles.
To create my autumnal colours for the base of the ATCs I used Seth Apter's monoprint technique, you can see the layers as I built them up.  It doesn't look very pretty to start with but if you persevere and keep adding layers until you like it, it really does work and it also creates some lovely texture.

To create the layers, you need two pieces of cardstock.  Apply paint to your first piece of card, in this case I used Paper Artsy Midnight Fresco paint, I added Key Lime Fresco paint to the second piece and quickly laid the second piece of card over the first, pressed lightly (as you would with a Gelli Plate).  I like to start with a dark and light colour for the first layers but you can start with light colours, or any colours that takes your fancy.

You can see from the above, that layer 2 is still quite dark, I used Mahogany and Green Patina before moving on to more autumnal tones - Smoked Paprika, Terracota and some Buff to tone it all down. 
I chose the parts of the finished cardstock that I liked the best and die cut two ATCs.  These were attached to the chipboard ATCs and I used a brown marker to go all around the edges.
To colour the steering wheel parts I used Imagination Crafts Rusty Patina Texture Paste in the rusty colour and also the turquoise colour.
I assembled the die cuts on top of the ATCs and added some Prima hardware to the centres just to add some interest.  I hope you can see a little of the turquoise patina colour on top of the brown.

To finish off I added some of Tim Holtz's chit chat stickers.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to Terminal 1 and I also hope you will join in Jennie's wonderful challenge this month - Crazy for Autumn Colour which you can find HERE.

Take care and enjoy your crafting!  Hugs, Anne xx

Friday, 6 October 2017

Crazy for Autumn Colour!

Hello everyone and welcome to another new month and another new challenge here at A Vintage Journey. Jennie here with you this month as your host and you will be pleased to hear that our challenge for this wonderful colourful month is


We want to see you choose a bold, colourful, autumn palette this month for your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk project. Let's just see those wonderful autumn colours in all their glory!

We have a new sponsor this month


and you will find their details and those for the challenge at the bottom of this post.

And so without further ado let's see what the Creative Guides have been making with those wonderful autumn colours.



We have had a wonderful Autumn here in the north with flowering shrub roses, grasses and rosehips gracing the garden with their fabulous colours. I tried to replicate these colours (and the fact that the wooden fence and shed need painting!) in a Calico Craft Parts Shadow Box. Do please join me over on my blog Live the Dream to see how this all came together and a step by step for the little background painting.

Autumn is my favourite time of year, with the stunning colour of the beautiful falling leaves and the time we celebrate the harvest.  If you would like to see more, please visit my blog here.

I went crazy playing with my mediums and a beautiful autumn palette!  My piece was inspired by the rusty colors of fall and deep moody feelings of the changing seasons.  See how I transformed this Scrabble board game on my blog, SewPaperPaint.


For our October challenge I decided to make a mixed media canvas filled with autumn leaves in all the glorious colours of fall.  I also wanted to include the touches of frost and ice that we often experience on cool October mornings here in Canada so used lots of metallic foils, embossing powders and mica sprays to represent that frosty component.  I have some step out photos on my blog on how I created it, hope you can stop by for my how to.

An autumnal tag from me, with burnt oranges and earthy browns on a misty morning... and I'm afraid there's another of my word stamps too.  I suppose I shouldn't apologise for being inspired by them - that's kind of the point!  Do come over to Words and Pictures to see the details.

There's nothing better than taking a walk on a crisp, sunny autumn afternoon. I wanted my card to reflect the colors and textures of the season. You can learn how my colorful background and crunchy leaves came together on my blog-sarascloset.

Oh how I love the colors of Autumn with the lovely oranges, browns and greens with the golden leaves turning for the season. I hope you will stop by my blog HERE to see a little tutorial of how I made this home décor item.

It's that time of the year when we see less and less of the sun in the northern hemisphere as Autumn delivers a blanket of wonderful rich colours and the days get shorter. I am also trying to use up some bits and pieces in my supplies box as I will be having a big move around with all my supplies soon, but at the moment let's just enjoy those gorgeous hues outside.

How can you NOT be inspired!! All those wonderful autumnal colours and fabulous projects!

And now a little more about our challenge details.

Our sponsor this month is Calico Craft Parts who make wonderful wood and MDF Shapes, Plaques and Craft Blanks. The randomly chosen winner will receive a wonderful autumnul bundle of Calico Craft Parts MDF products.

The Creative Guides will also choose their top three Pinworthies from all your entries and these projects will be pinned on our Pinterest page and the pinworthies invited to join us here at A Vintage Journey as a Guest Creative Guide. Just check out our Travelling Instructions (on the sidebar) before entering to make sure your entry qualifies.

So now you have all the details and inspiration let's see what you share with us.

Do visit again on Monday where we will have another Creative Guide will be sharing the Travel Bag contents with you in another Destinations Inspiration.

Happy crafting!

Jennie x

Monday, 2 October 2017

September Destination Inspiration - Arriving At Terminal #5

Hello Everyone and Welcome

Amanda here today to greet you at Terminal #5, the final leg of this months Destination Inspiration. As September is a 5 week month we not only have a tag Friday but we have 5 Terminals to call at on our Inspiration Journey so I hope you will join me and enjoy our extra stop today.
Lets begin with a quick recap of the contents of the travel bag
Product: Gesso
Technique:  Any form of Resist
            Colour: Olive Green
Substrate: Chipboard
Limited supplies maybe, but if you have been journeying with us this month Jennie (Terminal #1), Tracy (Terminal #2), Autumn (Terminal #3), and Sara Emily (Terminal #4) have not let the lack of supplies limit their creativity. If you have been delayed and are just arriving be sure to check out their projects and all the details by clicking on the relevant links provided. 

Here's the project I have made - it wasn't pre-designed or pre-planned, it just developed throughout the creative process. I'm calling it an Art Scroll 

One of my favourite resist techniques is 'Gesso' resist and given that the product in my travel bag is gesso it seemed the ideal resist technique to use.
I used Tim Holtz distress inks throughout my project.

Using a piece of cut and dry foam I applied gesso to my stamp of choice - one of the stamps from Seth Apters Impression Obsession 'Border lines'stamp set

and stamped it repeatedly to cover a piece of mixed media paper - not so easy to see the stamping when working white on white . 

Once dry I applied Tim Holtz Distress ink over the gesso stamping using a blending tool, Crushed Olive being the first application - now the gesso stamping is clearer to see

Though I do like this Olive tone I had a deeper, darker Olive hue in mind so continued building up the colour with Distress inks. Once happy with the colour I used a damp wet wipe to reveal the gesso stamping. I always love seeing how the gesso resists the ink. I distressed the edges of the panel with both Gathered Twigs and Black Soot distress inks..With a black Micron pen I added some drop shadows to the stamp pattern and mounted the panel onto black cardstock 

At this point I gathered up a few of my chipboard pieces and played around with them to get some idea of how to move forward with my project .... A quick fast forward and I had a finished design in mind .
I adhered old book pages to the back and front of a chipboard ATC using collage medium

distressing the edges lightly with distress ink and a touch of gilding wax when dry. The gesso resist panel was then adhered on top of this.

I punched two holes along the bottom and top edges of the resist panel ,and fixed eyelets over the holes. These would hold the loop pins which in turn would hold the two pieces of remnant rubbed dowel .

Now for the focal feature....
I used two of the wood chips from Seth Apters 'Wood Chips'- the circle and the square frame. 

To alter the circle I experimented with a wax resist technique. 
I grated wax crayons to create wax shavings, sprinkled the shavings (only a light sprinkling) onto the wood chip circle

 and covered with a piece of wax paper. I placed a hot iron onto the wax paper and held still for a few seconds to melt the wax shavings. 

I then removed the iron and wax paper to reveal a wonderful amalgamation of colour. I blended Crushed Olive distress ink over the waxed wood chip surface- the wax resisted the ink. Unfortunately I was so caught up in the creative process that I failed to capture a shot of this but I did repeat the process using mixed media paper as my substrate to show you. To the left is a photo of the melted wax crayon shavings, to the right is a photo of the wax resisting the ink . 

Back to the circle wood chip ... I applied gesso to another Seth Apter stamp, this one is from Seth's Pathways IO stamp set and stamped it onto the waxed resist circle 

before adhering in place inside the crackled wood chip square frame.

I embellished the circle with a few pieces of metal - 2 Ideology gears, an old foreign coin and a Tim Holtz Ideology hitch fastener

-to give some dimension

and to finish off my Art Scroll Project

Thank you for your company today. I hope you have enjoyed your time here at Terminal #5 and leave with some inspiration.
 Pop back on Monday when a fellow Creative Guide will be picking up a whole new travel bag of ingredients ready to embark on our October Destination Inspiration Journey. 

There are just a few days left if you fancy joining in our current challenge 'Altered Art'. It is open until Thursday this week and details of the challenge can be found here  
We always love to see what you create and appreciate each and every one of your entries . 

Wishing you all a great week
Take Care