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 4 April 2014

Challenge 3 - A Little bit French

Hello everyone, this is Astrid from Astrid's Artistic Efforts. I am super excited to host the third challenge and very much hope you will feel inspired to join us again. The theme I have chosen is "A Little bit French". So whatever you decide to make, give your project that little bit of a French feel. Tim has so many products that can be used to create a Springtime in Paris make, or if that does not take your fancy, why not something grungy or vintage but with a bit of a French flair?  Think stamps, embossing folders, Distress products, dies, - the possibilities are endless. Whatever you do, enjoy the journey, but for this challenge, take it to France!

The moment I saw Tim's new Collection Folios I fell in love, but I have not yet been able to get hold of one. So instead, I created my own mini version, albeit without the elastic band. If you want to know how and follow the love story of the dashing young Florence Du Pré as he meets la belle Rose Delieu, just visit my blog...

I had a fabulous time making this card with Astrid's French theme!  Tim's inks, paints, tissue tape, dies and stamps together with lace, feathers and even an old fashioned fleur-de-lys envelope seal all wrapped into Tim's techniques - what fun!


Bonjour! Are you ready for a trip to France? This week's challenge theme is "A Little Bit French".  My very dimensional and vintage/shabby tissue box cover was so much fun to make...and useful! Every side employes different techniques, images, products and textures.


Oooh La La! What a fun French theme this fortnight. DT team mate Anne was kind enough to gift me some papers from the new Tim Holtz Wallflower collection and I just couldn't resist working with them for this card. It's definitely got that 'Springtime in Paris' feel, with a twist on the bleu/blanc/rouge colour scheme.


A Little Bit French makes me think of blowsy flowers, birdcages and the colour pink!  I have no idea why! but here it all is brought together in a tag in a pocket.  I had great fun using Tim's French embossing folders and gesso helped to tone down the Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.  The flower was made using the Tattered Florals Die, moulding the paper while it was still wet.


I went to Paris, once, in the Spring time and my lasting memory is that of the Eiffel Tower, so I used several dies and embossing folders, some Letterpress and  inked my Tim Holtz Paris Memoir stamp set to create a little hanging.


"A Little Bit French" inspired me to create a canvas hanging using various papers, stamps, dies, etc., from Mr. Holtz! Having never been to Paris, a girl can travel the world in her dreams and so I did.


This lovely lady lives in Paris and spends her life writing letters and poetry and dreaming of the day when her fine beau comes back from war, she's hoping it could be any time soon. She loves her fine clothes, beautiful French perfume and buys lots of creams and lotions to help her keep looking good. C'est la vie.

Well for me springtime in Paris evokes feelings of romance and what better excuse that to have a play with some new goodies to create a collage style piece, using soft colours and hopefully a hint of vintage romance


Love this challenge theme and it gave me the opportunity to use some of my treasured Tim Holtz French Industrial Papers. I also used Tim's Embossing folders , Sizzix Dies, New Ephemera pieces, Rub Ons and Idea-Ology. Have fun and I look forward to viewing your projects. xx

Well, I hope you like all the project from the creative guides and feel inspired to play along. We hugely look forward to see what you will make, and remember one lucky person chosen by the team will be our winner and will receive £10 token from Countryview Crafts.
Before entering your project, please make sure you have read the Traveling Instructions, for if you don't you will not be eligible for the prize!! And if you want us to come and see your project and leave a comment, we will really appreciate it if you switch off word verification!!
Au revoir and stay inky!!


  1. Fabulous theme. Stunning DT work. I have so many "French" goodies must decide what to do while I'm at work!!

  2. OOh la la! Fab creations! Carole Z X

  3. Great creations from the DT. Need to get my mind into gear for this one. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Another great challenge and fabulous inspiration from the DT x

  5. Wow! I'm so proud to be journeying alongside my DT sisters - fabulous projects Ladies! Chris xxx

  6. My goodness what an amazing DT.... a feast for the eyes! thank you all. I am unable to join in this time around but i will be wandering in to have a look at all the wonderful projects every now and then.
    very inspirational examples :)

  7. Superbes réalisations! And thanks Astrid for this theme, a very good chance for me to give my French touch to a new project! Lys

  8. Your creations look truly fantastic ladies! Will check out your blogs tomorrow for more details. Au revoir! Nicola x

  9. Gorgeous projects from the DT.

  10. Lovely inspirations, Ladies! Your designs truly do inspire and help knock down creative blocks! XOXO-Shari

  11. A great theme and fantastic inspiration.

  12. Wow! A wonderful challenge and the makes are fantastic!

  13. I've just entered this challenge - it's my first ever entry into a challenge. Wow - the line-up is fantastic. Jean.x

    1. Welcome Jean, glad to see you managed to join us! Good luck! Chris xxx

  14. Thanks for the inspiration, been a bit 'lost' so this topic, along with the design teams pieces helped me find myself again - in France!!! Chrisx

  15. The DT inspiration is outstanding!!! Love this challenge blog and the current challenge (thanks Astrid) as well. Hugs, Lisa