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, 7 March 2014

Challenge 1 - Anything Tim and DT call


Hello Everyone, Brenda here, I am hosting today and am so happy to welcome you to the inaugural challenge for 'A Vintage Journey'. This marks the beginning of a new venture currently with 11 Creative Guides to offer help and support along the way and to provide the creative sustenance we might need. With our mentor, the amazing Tim Holtz, in mind we are tasked to design, devise, invent, imagine and construct to inspire and encourage you to take this path with us. Who knows where it will lead and what we will find on the way, but one thing is for sure everybody's journey will be individual and personal, so I hope you will kit up and share this adventure with us

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What better way than to begin with an "Anything Tim" challenge. 

To focus and think about what you could create I can only suggest - do whatever you like as long as Tim is the strongest theme here. Re-visit one of his techniques or tags, use his stamps and / or products, use one of his videos for inspiration, take the colours/ images/ embellishments that he has used on a project and use them to make something completely different. It really is an anything goes Tim challenge to start us all off. When you write your post please tell us what the link to Tim is and show us your vintage/shabby style. (please see other instructions for taking part in the side-bar).

We are proud to say that Country View Crafts will be our regular sponsor and there will be a £10 voucher for the winning Traveller at the end of the challenge, chosen by the Creative Guides.
Have fun.




Here are our creative makes -


I have had fun with the outside of a large configurations book for our first challenge, not a lot of technique on this one but loads of products. Don't you just love what Tim brings us? This is the outside front cover which tells it's own story of the world being our oyster in our creative ventures and about Tim's travels teaching his techniques and projects, sharing his love for all things vintage.


In starting out on this Vintage Journey, and in conjunction with Tim and alongside the amazing team members, I wanted to create something that would always remind me of taking these first steps and the idea of the configurations book was born, the inside boxes will come alive as the challenges unfold.

This inside page is about the 11 of us preparing to travel together sharing this voyage of discovery and the camaraderie and fun that has already begun. What routes will we take? What diversions will there be?
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and we are on our way.






Being a fan of Tim's from his first releases of stamps and dies, the shelves and drawers of my craft room are creaking. What better way to start off our challenges than with this theme? My pastel floral canvas uses Distress Paints, Distress Stains, Distress Glitter, a Tim stamp and an abundance of his dies.




Pure delight to play with Pure Tim Holtz!!  It was Distress that got me into this whole game, so there are Distress Inks, Stains, Paints and Markers all involved on this large canvas... and Tim Holtz stamps, which were my first crafty purchase along with Distress Inks.  I also wanted to play with my bargain Sizzix dies, and this is where I ended up!  




Just like Tim, my favorite color for creating vintage pieces is brown, brown and more brown! I also love lots of detail, texture and dimension. This nostalgic canvas is a combination of many of the Tim Holtz things that I love so much; Ranger's Distress Inks and Pastes, Tim's new Burlap Stencil, his Sizzix die cuts and Stamps. Who needs to go to flea markets when you have all of Tim's wonderful Ideaology pieces sized perfectly to work in conjunction with all of his other wonderful products!





I have an all consuming passion for anything Tim Holtz but his Blueprint stamps and his more colourful paints, inks and stains are the ones I seem to reach for first.  This card has inks, stains, Ideaology parts,  Remnant Rubs and Alpha parts and a little decoupage to raise the game wheel up for some dimension.




What a delight to use anything Tim! Many of my favourites are in this piece - wrinkle free distress and spritz and flick, Distress Inks Victorian Velvet, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and Vintage Photo, the fabulous dress form die, and of course my hand made shabby roses using the Tattered Florals die.


When I think "Tim", I inevitably think tags.... I love Tim's tags and I love creating my own inspired by him. So for this first challenge I created not just one but two tags and adhered them together with tissue tape to make them into a tag booklet or card, whatever you want to call it. Four sides to play with all my favourite products. A dream journey for sure!




A vintage journey could only be about "Tim" and all the inspiration he shares all over the world and some really amazing products! This project started with a stencil that I made using Tim's movers and shapers dies and because I could not cover it, an old decorative picture frame was altered using a variety of techniques and mediums!  What a ride it was!


Jenny

I couldn't wait to get my mucky paws on Tim's new stamps and had such fun creating a 'collage on a card', combining as many textures and media as I could possibly manage. For me one of the most exciting things about new releases is finding out how they combine with those old favourites. And it was good to be inspired by the first glimmers of springtime in the garden, including a blackbird busily constructing a nest on the fence.

Trace


I love making tags and for me Tim Holtz goodies and inspiration and tags are a match made in crafty heaven! So what better way to start this vintage journey than indulging my love of the new stencils, lots of yummy distress, one of my favourite dies, some of the fab rub-ons and some cogs...I do love a few cogs....
All these amazing things work so well together to create layers of texture and interest..so much fun!
I am so looking forward to being part of this amazing vintage journey !


Annie



I had such fun with this 12 by 12 page for  Brenda's 'Anything Tim' challenge. You can clearly see the TH vintage style that we know and love.  I used various techniques in this keepsake project, including stencilling, splatting, distressing and ageing and of course I had to use some of  Tim's NEW Ephemera, idea-ology pieces, Tissue Tape and TH Sizzix Dies too. They just happened to drop through my letterbox.....amazing!!!!!   Don't you just adore the Postman :-)
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in this our first challenge at AVJ x



Thanks to everyone who has become a follower, the numbers rose so rapidly we were amazed and incredibly excited that so many of you wanted to be part of this new experience. Thank you also for your wonderful and encouraging comments. We hope you are inspired by these creative makes and that you will want to be a Traveller and join in this challenge and all the others to come.

We are looking to add a 12th person to the team.  If you would like to join us as a Creative Guide, we have just one opening, please email me at brenda@vintagejourney.com and I will send you the details.

Have a wonderful weekend and we hope to see you hop aboard and share the adventure with us.

Please read the Travelling Instructions to check you will be eligible to win the £10 voucher from Country View Crafts.

hugs Brenda xx

46 comments:

  1. Yipee!!! We are LIVE! This is so exciting! Brenda, the blog looks fantastic. I hope that everyone can feel the excitement that the Creative Guides have been feeling ... especially this last week. We are PASSIONATE about this challenge and all that it can be. Enjoy everyone! Welcome to our collective Vintage Journey as we explore and embrace the vintage world of Tim. <3 Candy

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  2. Yay I've been counting the days! LOVE all the DT projects. When you craft this way it's just lovely to see this much vintage goodies in one spot! So exciting.

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    1. Thanks Nicole, so glad you have enjoyed the first steps. xx

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    2. I'm tempted to submit. I'm such a Timmy girl and I'm a huge fan of a lot of the DT. Looking forward to getting to know the rest. What a great challenge blog.

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    3. SUBMIT NICOLE!!!! Your work is amazing!!! <3 Candy

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    4. Lol OK I will. When crafty royalty such as yourself says I need too I will. I don't want my butt kicked;).

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  3. Wow, can't believe we have got there and thanks to all you wonderful Creative Guides for these amazing projects, they look brilliant all together. We are off, this is our first step and I am so excited that this is happening. Yes Candy, passionate is the perfect word, I am also looking forward to seeing what Travellers step aboard and what you share with us as you also join in this wonderful creative vintage journey. xx

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  4. What a fabulous start to the Vintage Journey Brenda. The projects by the DT are absolutely stunning. I'd like to wish you and your team all the best for the future. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. I love starting a new adventure an this vintage journey sounds like just the ticket! The inspiration from the dt is absolutely fabulous!

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  6. I loved todays journey and can't wait to see where the rest of the journey goes!
    Love all the tim inspiration and vintage creativity!

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  7. Yay, the Journey has began and what a start .....looking forward to meeting all of our Travellers along the way. Have fun with the challenge x

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  8. How wonderful to have a dedicated place to share our love for all things Tim! So pleased to be a part of this wonderful journey. Jenny xxx

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  9. Great start ladies ! Tim will be very proud ! Fabulous DT examples to launch the journey xx

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  10. Congrats for the new challenge. I love every pieces from the DT, just gorgous.

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  11. What a wonderful first stop on a vintage journey.....your pieces are all outstanding. I shall be joining in with the first challenge and have just the right Tim project to share,I just need to finish it off over the weekend. I am delighted to be a part of this journey and where it will take me. Thank you all so much and bon voyage. I just need to go to work now!! LOLOL xx

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  12. So excited and honoured to be part of this awesome DT! Well done Brenda for heading the journey and well done everyone on the DT, the projects are amazing and I know how hard you've all worked getting to our first destination. This promises to be such a wonderful and creative journey! Luv & hugs to all, Chris xxx

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  13. awesome projects from the team...looking forward to travelling along on the vintage journey with you all...hugs kath xxx

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  14. I am beyond thrilled and excited to be part of this wonderful journey. Huge thanks to Brenda and Chris for taking us on this journey and well done to the DT for their superb projects. Hugs, Anne xx

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  15. Wonderful DT inspiration - good luck with this new challenge blog x

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  16. I would wholeheartedly echo Paula! This is a wonderful new challenge with a 'dream team' and so much inspiration I need to sit down quietly for a minute and get my breath back! Julie Ann xxx

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  17. There are some gorgeous projects here and I am thrilled to be part of this Tim inspired vintage journey! may the journey be a long and happy one filled with creative pleasures for us all ...guides and travellers alike! trace x

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  18. At last it's the 7th March!!!!! I've been waiting for this since you announced the new challenge blog. Fabulous projects here and can't wait to see what everyone's created. Great theme for the first challenge. Love it all. Jean.x

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  19. There's such talent on this team you've put together Brenda - how wonderful to see all this beautiful work in one place. And a fabulous choice for the first challenge too. If I thought I stood a chance I'd apply for the DT call but I'm way out of my league here - however I will enjoy joining in the challenges very much! Hugs Rachel xx

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  20. Good Morning Ladies, well you most certainly have all more than come up trumps for debut challenge. Every project is just wonderful! Rushing out now but will be popping around later to see deets on your own blogs. Thanks so much for challenge and inspiration. Nicola x

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  21. WELL WELL WELL What a fantastic start to the new challenge, Such talent all in one place. AMAZING projects ladies...Now to crack on and make something! i'll be back!

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  22. What amazing DT projects! Such a wealth of inspiration, thank you xx

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  23. Hi to you all, well it's here at last and the DT projects look great, thanks for the inspiration.
    Happy crafting to you all, Angela x

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  24. A fabulous start to our wonderful journey! I am so thrilled and honoured to be part of this stunning team and can't wait to see where the journey takes us all - creative guides and travellers. Congratulations Brenda! xxx

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  25. I could not wait until morning to see all the activity and excitement! Like the rest of my lovely DT, I am thrilled and honored to be here and travel this wonderful journey together! Brenda, I know this will be amazing and thank you for including me as one of the "Creative Guides." Super Big Hugs!

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  26. Sorry I'm late to the party (work - bah!!), but just to say how thrilled I am to be on the journey alongside all these amazing crafters, and I'm so looking forward to seeing who joins us on the journey - three fellow travellers already - fantastic!
    Alison xx

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  27. I am so excited - a site just for Tim inspiration - what could be better than that!!! Love it!!!!

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  28. Hello Ladies of A Vintage Journey! What a wonderful challenge blog! I think I'll pack my bags and hop on board!! It's hard to resist the pull of anything Tim Holtz! Thanks for the link to this site, Alison :) Looking forward to lots of inspiration from all of the Creative Guides!! TOOT TOOT--All Aboard!! XOXO-Shari

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  29. Wow! I'm so happy to see you all together in this fabulous challenge blog! Your projects are all amazing and inspire all your followers! I will try to take part to your challenges!!!! Tim for me is "The Master"!!!!! BArbarayaya

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  30. Wow! What an amazing inspirational start, so much diverse beautiful art
    I'm so looking forward to see what you and your team create on this art adventure

    Jools x

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  31. Great work by the DT a fantastically talented team! I can see I'm going to enjoy hopping over to this blog, x

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  32. Wow! fabulous DT work so much inspiration, congratulations on the start of this new challenge journey which I'm going to enjoy playing along with and a great start....... all things Tim!! yeah.......see you later :)

    MaggieH

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  33. Stunning and inspirational. Congratulations DT on starting this fantastic new challenge blog.
    Yvonne

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  34. Fantastic new Blog Challenge, can't wait to see the wonderful entries that i know will be on here. Can't tell you how mind blowing it is to have so many wonderful people on your DT, so much fantastic inspiration.

    Won't be joining in as i don't own a lot of TH's items and struggle with his style but i will be joining the journey as a bystander:-) xxx

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  35. Congratulations ladies! thank you for bring us this challenge blog.
    I really hope I am able to play along. I haven't done a challenge in ages because I work full time & am away 11 hours each day:(
    The weekend is my craft friend!

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  36. You are most amazing team, thank you for the challenge! Hugs

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  37. This is a great challenge, thank you for hosting it and great great ideas from the design team!

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  38. What a sensational start to an exciting journey. So much inspiration and eye candy here to drool over. Congratulations to all the Creative Guides. Hoping I'll get a chance to play along.

    Hugs to all,
    Linda

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  39. What an exciting new challenge. I think of Tim Holtz nearly every day (no kidding) as I distress something or alter something. He's a brilliant mind and the crafty world wouldn't be the same without him. So excited to play along and participate in this first (of many) exciting challenges. Thanks also for the amazing inspiration here!!!

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    1. I made it, just linked my tag up. Thanks again for the great challenge site!

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  40. phew, just made it in, New there was something I meant to do this last week ;) xx love the new blog x

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  41. well what a great first journey! i have loved looking at the beautiful work of my fellow travellers and the guides have really excelled. looking forward to the next one now :)
    congratulations on a very successful launch.

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