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).

Friday, 21 April 2017

Inspiration From Our Pinworthies

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  We are excited to have our three very talented Pinworthy winners from February back with us today; Iolia from JulD Handmade, Drea from Drea's Scraps of Inspiration and Hazel from Melliflous Meanderings.  They have all made wonderful projects to share with us for our current 'The Magic of 3' challenge, enjoy!

Hello, I am Ioulia from Greece and I am so happy to be a Guest Designer 
once again at “A Vintage Journey”. It is such an honour to be here today. Thank you so much.

I loved painting and crafting from my early years, but instead of becoming an artist 
I became an engineer who loves to create things in her free time. 
So, crafting is my hobby. My passion is clay and texture in paintings.
 I am impressed by new techniques and altered materials. 

This month's theme “The magic of three” inspired me to create a mixed media painting with three poppies. This year the winter was so long and cold and everybody was looking forward spring.

The background is an mdf board which was painted with gesso, acrylics and inks.
I used stencils, stamps and tissue paper.

The poppies are made of air dry clay.
The stemps are made of copper wire and the leaves are made of used tea bags.

I hope you like it. 
For more details and pictures, I would be glad if you visit my blog, julD handmade
Also you can find me here:
Facebook: julD handmade
Pinterest: julD handmade


     Hello, Drea Slee here from Southern CA, currently living in Reno, NV with my husband and our 15 year old son! I have a background in fashion design, but have been into arts and crafts my whole life, with a huge passion for color. I've recently been exploring with mixed media, and love trying new products and techniques. Please visit my blog to see more of my work.

     For me the "Magic of Three" represents my family, so I had my son choose three Dylusions Paints to create this page in my art journal.

     I love what he picked, and started by blending the paints in three different areas of my page. Then I used three different stencils to create the numbers, diamonds, and woodgrain, using an old Tim Holtz mask to create the large 3 on top.  The three small and large butterflies were stamped three times each before re-inking to give the illusion of movement. 

     The Magic of Three can also be found in the flowers that have three petals in the center, and were the only purple ones in the bunch.

Thanks for having me!


Hi everyone, Hazel Agnew here, delighted to be asked to be a Pinworthy Guest.

I am a very messy and very impulsive mixed media arty type. Love to try out new methods and love to soak up all the wonderful art that is around us!
My garden is a source of joy, as are my two lovely small grandchildren.
I am very lucky to have my own craft room where I spend most evenings and many a day.

Here is my piece for the topic "The Magic Of Three".

I began with a piece of Acrylic Paint board and covered it with texture. Grungepaste, lace, doilies etc. Which I attached with Gesso.

My magical Threes were Hearts and flowers, which are encrusted with Frantage Embossing Enamels.
It is inspired by my Beautiful Auntie Joan, who sits happily amongst the arrangement. 
For more details about this, please visit my blog. Mellifluous Meanderings.

Thankyou to the "A Vintage Journey " Team for inviting me and for continuing to provide us all with wonderful inspiration.


Wow what gorgeous creations, thank you so much for sharing them with us today!  I hope that all of you will also feel inspired to join in our 'The Magic of Three' challenge, there is a wonderful prize to be won from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies plus you may be chosen as one of our three Pinworthies and join us as a guest Creative Guide!  Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to pop back on Monday for the next stop on our Destination Inspiration journey.  Hope to see you then,

Deb xo

Monday, 17 April 2017

April Destination Inspiration - Pulling Into Terminal 2

Hello and thank you for stopping by, it's Deb here today to welcome you as we pull into terminal #2 on our April Destination Inspiration journey.  If you remember from Tracy's post last Monday, our travel bags this month are packed with the following ingredients:

Product - Distress Inks/Paints
Technique - Stencil Monoprinting
Colour - Green
Substrate - MDF

And here's my 'A Very Wonderful Place' altered wood panel that I created with the contents of my travel bag.

I've a few step out photos on how I created it, hope you will enjoy seeing them.

I unfortunately didn't have any MDF in my stash so I substituted this free standing wood canvas from Southern Ridge Trading Company for the MDF surface, necessity is the mother of invention!

For my background, I used the stencil monoprint technique on 110 lb white cardstock through Tim Holtz's Blossom stencil with Old Paper Distress paint.

I then reapplied the stencil to the monoprint, bumping it slightly so it wasn't lined up exactly, and inked through the stencil with Twisted Citron and a touch of Mowed Lawn Distress inks.

A bit of stamping with a script stamp and Leaf Green Archival ink came next and then I sprinkled the background with water, applied some clear UTEE and heated the embossing powder from the back to activate it.  I unfortunately used a bit too much water to hold the UTEE in place in spots and ended up with some translucent areas once the powder melted but decided to embrace imperfection and just went with it!  Spattering with diluted white acrylic paint completed my background panel.

Wildflowers were die cut from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, overstamped with the same script stamp used on the background and Hickory Smoke Archival ink, and then watercoloured with several shades of Distress inks (Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn).  I've become rather enamoured of watercolouring Wildflowers with Distress inks lately!

The prepared background was trimmed and adhered to the free standing wood panel and the watercoloured Wildflowers afixed overtop.  A few of the wildflowers were bumped up slightly on tiny pieces of white fun foam.  A Quote Chip was adhered to the top right corner and some green Distress ink coloured cheesecloth was glued all around the base.

One of Tim's Salvaged Dolls was aged with Vintage Distress Collage medium and her dress was painted with Americana Green Tea acrylic paint.  Diluted Ground Espresso Distress Crayon was painted on to emphasize her features and colour her hair slightly.  The crown and star wand from the Treasures Adornments were coloured with Silver Mixative and then aged with Black Soot Distress crayon.  A teeny little flower from my stash was coloured with Spun Sugar Distress marker and adhered to the star wand and a couple of fussy cut butterfly wings were adhered to her back.

An 'x' and an 'o' Alpha Dice were coloured with Old Paper and Ground Espresso Distress crayons.

Mini Holiday Greens were die cut from cardstock coloured with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress inks.

And using inspiration from our own Brenda Brown, I punched a butterfly from the same green cardstock with an EK Success punch and overstamped it with a Dina Wakley Scribbly Insects stamp (click here to read Brenda's butterfly tutorial).

And then the wood panel was assembled.  I adhered the Mini Holiday Greens around the bottom and glued the Alpha Dice in place with the little Salvaged Doll fairy princess perched on top of them.

More flowers die cut with the Tiny Tattered Florals die, from card coloured with the same colours of pink and purple Distress inks as used on the Wildflowers, were adhered overtop of the greenery.  That fabulous phrase from Tim's new Clippings Stickers was placed overtop of the popped up Wildflowers.  I am finding those Clippings Stickers to be so inspiring, the stories you can tell with those wonderful words and phrases!  And finally, the butterfly was perched onto the top of the panel as if about to take flight.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my 'A Very Wonderful Place' altered wood panel came together, I had so much fun playing with the contents of the travel bag!

Be sure to stop by next Monday when Anne will be here with her Destination Inspiration project and I hope that you will also consider entering our current challenge, The Magic of Three.  Thank you again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, 14 April 2017

Winners and more winners.

A HUGE thanks to everyone who joined in the Birthday celebrations last month and what an amazing array of projects were entered - and what a job we had making decisions for the pinworthies too.

Before we make the big announcement, it's time to enjoy a project from one of our former winners.  Zelda of Out of Africa Creations won our January challenge, and she's here today with some inspiration for Annie's lovely Magic of Three theme.  Let's hand over to Zelda so that she can introduce herself and her fabulous creation.


Hello everyone! I'm thrilled to be here and a huge thank you to A Vintage Journey for the opportunity to share my Magic of Three project hosted by Annie.

I'm from South Africa (hence the name of my blog Out of Africa Creations) and moved to the great big US of A in 2012. I've always loved creating and have tried many different crafts over the years. I love learning new techniques and when my mojo tank is a little empty, I experiment and often find myself elbow deep in paints and inks .... it's food for my soul.

I decided to create a mixed media canvas for the Magic of Three theme and included a number of elements in three's, namely 3 floral arrangements, 3 leaves (in focal area), 3 wire thread embellishments and 3 lace flowers.

I first added some color with Color Bloom spray to my canvas. I always feel better once I have a bit of color on a blank canvas, it somehow seems less intimidating. Next I distressed the edges of my patterned paper and adhered it to the canvas. I then added some lace and modelling paste with a stencil. After arranging the flowers and embellishments I added color and texture to various areas and finished off with a few pearls.

Here are a few close ups:

For more details please head over to my blog.
Thanks again to A Vintage Journey for inviting me and have a wonderful day!


Thank you so much, Zelda - such lovely work.

Now it's time to find out who our Birthday winners are, so here goes -

Our out and out winner of the £20 voucher from Counttry View Crafts and chosen by Random Org is..............


and that's the lovely Rupa from Together for Arts with this fabulous Spring wall hanging.

Congratulations Rupa, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful art with us and for all the support you give us over the year. You should be receiving your voucher from Country View Crafts very soon.

To follow this we have three wonderful Pinworthy Mentions for you -

#40   Irena's Art

Well done ladies, it was a very tough job choosing these but they all three stand out for their ingenuity, inspiration and style. You all did a magnificent job.  You will be contacted soon to see if you would like to be a guest here at AVJ.


Finally we have the special Tag Friday giveaway prize and although we had far fewer people join in (it seems a week isn't enough for you to get your entries in), we still have a winner
and that is -


and we have the fabulous Trace from 'inkypinkycraft' with a gorgeous vintage tag.

Congratulations Trace your little prize will be wending it's way to you soon. We are so happy you have been able to join in with us and pleased to see an ex Creative Guide sister taking the stage.


So there we have all our fabulous winners and pinworthies this week and many thanks to all of you who took part and who often find time to make and share something with us. As we now enter our fourth year of challenge making we look forward to seeing what comes our way and hope you will be there at some point joining in.

Don't forget to come back on Monday to see who has been in transit with the travel bag this week and what creation they have made with the contents.  And also we hope you have seen the new challenge 'The Magic of Three' and the inspiration projects from the amazing Creative Guides and hopefully you will be joining us for that one too.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend and enjoy whatever you have planned which hopefully will include some chocolate on the way.

hugs Brenda, Alison and the rest of the incredibly talented and hardworking Creative Guides. xxx

Monday, 10 April 2017

April Destination Inspiration - Arriving At Terminal 1

Welcome to the first leg of our journey for April. Tracy here arriving at Terminal 1 with a fabulous list of ingredients for our travel bag:

Product - Distress Inks/Paints
Technique - Stencil Monoprinting
Colour - Green
Substrate - MDF

I thought long and hard about this challenge and opted to alter one of Tim Holtz Etcetera thickboard tags, the smallest from the set of three. The thickboard is my faux MDF as I had not actually got any MDF anywhere in my stash, so artistic licence and all that!
I have quite a few step by steps for this tags as I added many layers during the process.
I began by painting the tag with Distress Paint Cracked Pistachio. I then cut three strips of card to add to the tag. My idea behind this was to add texture and interest in the background. I then painted the tag and the strips of paper with a second coat of paint.
I then painted Peacock Feathers Distress Paint onto a scrap of white card.
I then pressed the card onto the painted background. The reason I applied the paint this way was to give a more random feel to the background. I often apply inks this way and its a fabulous way to add delicate layers of paint.
I then dried the layers of paint and repeated the same process once more.
For my next layer I opted for some stencil monoprinting; applying Black Soot Distress Ink to Tim's numeric stencil. Remember to ink the reverse of the stencil so that the numbers appear the correct way when added to the tag.
Spritz the inked stencil with water.
Place the stencil, inked side down and then press with a piece of kitchen towel to ensure good contact.
I love the black inking against the green and blue background.
Repeat the same process and then dry the ink with a heat tool.
Next I played around with ideas for the focal image and I opted for a small embroidery hoop which I painted with a wash of Peacock Feathers Distress Paint and then dried with a heat tool.
At this stage I decided to hold fire on adding the focal point and added some shading to the edges of the strips of card and to the edges of the tag, scribbling Salty Ocean Distress Crayon around the edges and then smudging with my finger.
I applied DecoArt Media Titanium White Fluid Acrylic over Tim Holtz Mini Nordic Layering Stencil to add a further layer of interest.
I love adding layers to my designs and I continued with the layering process, adding some Design Tape from Tim's new release called Chatter.
I like to add my layers in odd numbers as much as possible as I love the look and feel of odd numbers in artwork.
 I then added my focal image, the embroidery hoop and opted to add a fabulous Paper Doll to the frame.
I inked Tim Holtz Cling Foam Stamps Block Lower Case with Peacock Feathers Distress Paint, applying with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam.
 I also added touches of Picket Fence Distress Paint.
This gave me tone on tone lettering which I could then highlight further with a black Pitt Pen later in the layering process.
I went back to the scrap of white card I added paint to earlier and then die cut some Mini Tattered Florals from the card.
At this stage I decided that I wanted three die cut flowers.
I added a small amount of Twisted Citron Distress Paint to my non-stick craft sheet and then dipped the rolled flowers into the paint to cover some of the petals lightly with paint to add texture.
I repeated the same process for all three flowers. Now that I was happy with all my layers I then began to add the finishing touches to my design.
I added the flowers to the side of my focal piece and I also added delicate splatters of white paint for further interest.
I added one of Tim's Quote Chips to the centre of my embroidery hoop.
From this picture you can clearly see all the layers I have added to my design.
I added some black pen markings to my lettering and to the edges of my tag and also included some delicate dots of white paint.
I love how the embroidery hoop has a woodgrain finish that is clearly visible under the wash of paint.
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed my step by steps. Please pop back next Monday for the next leg of our journey.

If you would like to join in our monthly challenge, please click on the link in the side bar.

Tracy Evans x x