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Monday, 20 March 2017

Destination Inspiration - Terminal 3

Hello everyone.  Alison here, arriving at Terminal 3 of Destination Inspiration.  Just to remind you, here are the contents of the travel bag for this month:
Substrate - canvas
Colour - teals/turquoises
Product - acrylic paint
Technique - layering stencils

And here's the 7 x 5 inch canvas board which I produced using those contents...

Generally, the projects which the Creative Guides come up with are all really different - amazingly so, given we're all working with the same basic contents - but this time there is some surprising overlap with one of my team-mates.

I was surprised and amused when I saw Julia's beautiful project last week.  In essence it's not anything like my project, but not only did we pick the same main stencil to work with (what are the chances, with so many to choose from?)...

... but there are also those three points of visual stimulation - small circles in dark brown.  Hers are buttons and mine are screw heads, but still!

I guess somewhere we were sharing a wavelength!  But back to the matter in hand.  I used some of Seth Apter's Wood Chips for this piece - the long, elegant frame and panel, layered to create dimension.

As you can see, the basic layout was simple, but then I went through a number of versions of the stencilled background before I was happy to continue.  Thankfully, there's still plenty of canvas texture even though I painted over it all multiple times!

I ended up liking the scumbled look on the right, to which I added some Broken China DI through Tim Holtz's Nordic stencil.  I clear embossed it in places for a touch of light-reflectivity.

Over that I layered Tando's mini clock stencil...

... and added some detail stamping with one of Andy Skinner's industrial stamps as well as some splatter, and finally I had a background I was happy to go ahead with!

After that it was all lots of fun.  I layered up plenty of paint on Seth's Wood Chips, some in his own Fresco paint colours, some not.

And I added some stamping too - more of Andy's stamps, some stamped in Aquamarine Archival and some in Snowflake Fresco paint.

There's some Rose Quartz Treasure Gold in there somewhere too, just adding a little glint to those fantastic rugged edges.

The frame and panel support the photo of the boy and his dog - for some reason it's often little boys who trigger the "Lost and Found" words for me... it's why I tried so hard to get that particular stencil into the mix originally, I think.  There's clearly some sort of connection in my brain.

But in the absence of the stencil, I found a great substitute in the form of the Idea-ology Quote Chips.  I've inked them and added just a touch of the Rose Quartz around the edges.

I really love this new way of adding words to projects - they have great presence and solidity, which gives the words weight and power within whatever you are making.

I added some extra stamping to the background with the same industrial stamp, but this time in Aquamarine Archival ink to echo the stamping on the Wood Chips.

I used some of the new Idea-ology Design Tapes to add background detail.

And the rusty wire around the Photobooth photo gives a grungy dimensional finale to the framing structures.

Then it was about final touches...  I added some turquoise glass crystals at various points around the frames.

They're from a certain Swedish furniture store, and I think they're actually intended to go in vases with dried flowers or something.  They catch the light beautifully.

The trio of screw heads (Calico Craft Parts lightly altered with some ink and Treasure Gold for a slightly metallic look) allow the eye to travel around the canvas spotting extra details.

So from a slightly sticky start, I ended up really enjoying myself with this, and shopping my stash too (those glass crystals have been awaiting an appearance for at least three years!).

Thanks so much for pausing with me at Destination Inspiration.  Another of the Creative Guides will be along next Monday so come and see what they create with their travel bag contents.

I hope you're inspired to come and play along in our birthday challenge this month.  Brenda's inviting us "All Aboard!" for an anything goes theme, and we'd love you to come and join us on the journey.  Happy crafting all!

Alison x 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Welcome To Our Pinworthy Guests

Hello everyone, it's the third Friday of the month and time to welcome our Pinworthy winners from December's Winter Magic challenge, Lisa Hoel of Creative Juice Fresh Squeezed and Georgie Connolly from the Little Blue Craft Box.  They have created wonderful projects for our All Aboard challenge this month to help us celebrate our third birthday here at A Vintage Journey, enjoy!


  Hello, my name is Lisa Hoel and I’m a lifelong craft lover. I’ve been ‘arting’ ever since I first picked up a crayon! Paper crafts have been my main focus for the past fifteen years or so and I love to make detailed, layered, textured, mixed-media type projects. I am not usually a clean and simple type artist. ;-) My background is in graphic design and I'm blessed to be married to the greatest guy in the world and have two dynamic boys. You can find me here:

I'm honored to be a guest here on the blog today and help A Vintage Journey to celebrate its 3rd birthday! With thoughts of an upcoming spring and parties in my head, I thought it would be appropriate to make a wee little fairy cottage in the woods. Maybe she's about ready to have guests over for a celebration... the welcome mat is out and everything is spick and span!

I altered a candle lantern to hold my little scene. The metal of the lantern itself I 'grunged up' with paint and crackle paste to make it look mossy and worn.

A little bird friend has made its nest up on the top! Do you believe in fairies? ;-) The ribbon is dyed seam binding and I made the nest out of spanish moss and small twings.

For guests that can't fly in, our fairy has a mushroom staircase leading up to the front door.  The house is made with several of Tim Holtz's Village Dwelling dies and roofed with Prima paper leaves dyed green.


Hi there!

I'm Georgie C, from LittleBlue blog. I live on the south coast of England in Dorset, with my hubs, little boy, three dogs and two rats - yep we're a handful ;) But wouldn't have it any other way! 

I love exploring and trying everything in our wonderful arty, crafty, creative world. From bold, contemporary and modern, to vintage/olde-world and shabby chic. However, I love colour most of all, it's always the part that grabs my attention in any project, it doesn't have to be completely 'out there', even the subtle flow of colours blending can be mesmerizing.

I'm so happy to be here today as a guest for A Vintage Journey, and for their birthday month I thought I step out of my normal comfort zones and try something a little different. Something I have wanted to try for ages - an assemblage piece using Tim Holtz Idea-ology.

This was so awesome to make, I loved going for a old, steampunk, another world-style mysterious pendant. The biggest trick was in the layering of pieces to get the word band level

I chose the word band 'expedition' to match the compass at the top, so it has the mark of a traveller about it, like it belonged to some explorer of olden times. The 'expedition', compass and spinner with brad were both given coats of paint from Ten Second Studio, with a spritz of the Patina spray to start the rusting and patina process. I absolutely love how natural this is and those colour that have come through, especially in the rust. Those patches of earthy greens, orange and yellow, so subtle but super cool and very authentic.

Here you can see what I mean about the layering. I used mini gears to help build up from the compass and the swivel clasp is a substitute for a pendant bail. I go in to more detail with the products and layers over on my blog. I finally finished up with touches of Archival, Jet Black ink.

I really hope you have enjoyed my post and a huge thank you to AVJ for having me here.


Wow, what fabulous projects, thank you so much Lisa and Georgie for joining us here at A Vintage Journey for our 3rd birthday celebrations!  And we hope that all of you will join us for our All Aboard Anything Goes challenge this month as well, we always love to see what you create.  Thank you again for stopping by today and be sure to come back on Monday for our next stop on our Destination Inspiration journey for March, see you then!


Monday, 13 March 2017

March Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #2

Hello fellow A Vintage Journey travelers!   Julia here today welcoming you to Terminal #2 of our March Destination Inspiration  posts.  
This month we have the following supplies in our travel bags:
Product:  Acrylic Paint
Technique:  Layered Stencils
Color:  Turquoise and Teal
Substrate: Canvas
I didn't have a framed canvas hanging around in my craft room but I did have some Natural Sticky Back Canvas so I used that for my substrate.  
For my first layer of color, I rubbed Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink on my craft mat, spritzed with water and pressed the canvas panel into it.
For my second color I used one of my brandy-new Distress Oxide Inks - Broken China - again rubbing the ink onto my craft mat and pressing the canvas into it.
I let this dry and then randomly sponged over Tim's grid stencil using Distress Cracked Pistachio.
I used Tim's floral stencil with white acrylic paint for my second layer of stenciling. 
 (be sure to wash off your stencil right after using when you use paint!)  The canvas curls with the wet ink but lays flat once you adhere it to a piece of card.
While I let this dry -  I die cut Tim's Bird Branch and colored it with Oxide and Distress inks.
(I actually cut one out of white card stock and one out of a manila tag - and I show inking the white one but then ended up using the manila tag one on my card.)
First I pressed the branch part into Vintage Photo Distress Oxide that I had sponged on my mat and spritzed with water.
Then I colored the bird using the same technique with Distress Oxide Broken China - you can see I didn't try to completely cover the piece.  I let the colors drip and dried with my heat tool.
And finally, I inked some of the white spaces on tree and bird with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink from the mat.
Once the paint was dry, I removed the backing from the canvas and adhered it to a slightly larger piece of kraft card.  I sponged the edges of the canvas and the bird with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  Then I layered the bird branch over the canvas with foam tape. 
I added Idea-ology Clippings Stickers and 3 tiny brown buttons from my stash.  I love the way the coloring on the branch looks like layers of bark with the different colors 
(totally unplanned but happily appreciated!)

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I created something using the materials in our March Travel bag!  I'm really happy with how this came out - my first time trying the Distress Oxide Inks too!

Next Monday someone else will be arriving at Terminal #3 with another project using these supplies!   If you missed Terminal #1 - you'll find Astrid's beautiful project here.

I'd also like to invite you to join in the A Vintage Journey March Challenge - where we are celebrating our 3rd birthday!  You'll find the challenge and details here.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Winners and Pinworthies of the February Challenge : Words That Are Special

Hello everyone and welcome to our Winners and Pinworthies day here at A Vintage Journey for the February "Words That Are Special" Challenge.

There were so many wonderful entries showcasing your special words that selecting the winners has been very difficult but as always we really enjoy seeing your creative projects and every entry was special and a winner in its own way.


To start us off today, here is today's winner drawn by the Random Generator...

That's #70, Neha of Happiness Handcrafted, with this wonderful dimensional tag.

Congratulations, Neha!  You'll receive your prize shortly, and we hope you'll join us on the journey as a Guest Creative Guide in the future.


And now for the Pinworthies (in no particular order!) chosen by myself and my fellow
 Creative Guides

Kasia : Papierowy Wymiar

#54 Changes, Chances, Choices
I loved the simplicity of Kasia's chosen words on three fabulously
 vintage, textured mixed media tags.

Jan : Scrapbooking from the Attic

#84 Dreamer
Fabulous shabby vintage layers from Jan evoking the single
word "Dreamer"

Zelda  : Out of Africa Creations

#83 Africa Smiled
Amazingly creative use of a poem
very special to Zelda.

I do hope you will take the time to visit the individual blogs to see more details of
these wonderful projects.

Congratulations to all three of you! Your Pinworthy Badges will be on their way to you shortly and we hope you will join us here as Guest Creative Guides at some point in the future.

Many thanks again to all of you who joined in with the February challenge and for sharing your amazing creativity. I hope you are enjoying Brenda's All Aboard : Happy Birthday Challenge this month and of course don't forget our Destination Inspiration each Monday - there are some amazing goodies in the travel bag this month.

Happy crafting travels!
Jennie and the Creative Guides

Monday, 6 March 2017

Destination Inspiration Terminal 1

Hello dear friends and fellow travellers, - this is Astrid, delighted to start you off in this our birthday month with our first Destination Inspiration post.
Like always, we have some wonderful goodies in our travel bags this month:
Substrate: Canvas
Colour: Turquoises & Teals
Product: Acrylic Paint
Technique: Layered Stencils

So here is a little canvas I put together to share with you:
I started by choosing a selection of acrylic paints in the two colours, it's a mix of Paper Artsy and Distress Paints.
 I put  them down in pretty random fashion, just adding some yellow for a bit of contrast, drying carefully between colours to avoid mud.

Next I selected a few different stencils, a couple of Tim's Layering stencils, a stencil by Seth Apter and the word came from a Crafters Workshop stencil. As March is the month when Spring starts here in the Northern Hemisphere, I decided to give my canvas a Springtime feel.
I used a mix of products to stencil with. This is what I love about layered stencils, there are so many different options. I used paint, Archival Inks, Distress Crayons and even some Distress Inks for a subtle effect in the background.
Below some close ups of different corners:

Time to start working on the foreground. I decided to work with Tim's Wildflowers, both the stamps and the dies. I stamped the chosen stamps on tissue paper, always a good trick when you want to add more than a bit of background stamping to a canvas.
I went around the stamped images with a water brush, this helps to tear around the stamping and creates a feathery edge, which helps to merge the stamping in the background. I adhered them to the canvas with matte gel medium.
Next I die cut a selection of the flowers and painted them in a very dark teal (Paper Artsy Inky Pool)
Then all that was left was to put it all together.
I added a strip of tissue wrap around the bottom of the canvas, to anchor my flowers a bit. Wrapped some twine around, including a bow, a sentiment (cut from some scrapbook paper) and a few metal elements for a bit of additional interest.
A little fussy-cut butterfly to add to the Spring Time feel.

Some subtle background stamping, I never seem to be able to create a project without a little bit of that, usually using a text stamp or two.
And of course on a canvas, you cannot forget about the edges. I went around all the sides of the canvas with some Hydrangea Archival Ink, just to frame it a bit and add some subtle shadow effect, and that was pretty much it.

Well, that was the first stop of our Destination Inspiration this month. Hope you'll come back next Monday to see what one of my teamies has made, and of course we would all love you to play in our birthday challenge too!
Have a super crafty month and thanks so much for your visit today!