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 25 April 2014

New Winners and a new Guest winner project

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Lys who won the last challenge and joins us as a Guest Designer this week. She also has a worthy place on our Pinterest Winner’s Board.
“I’m very happy and so honoured to be the guest designer for the 4th Challenge on A Vintage Journey, such delighted and thankful to the so inspiring team! My name in blogland is Lys, and I live in a village in France.
As far back as I can remember, I have always loved creating. Any recovered object could become something else. Then I started with the world of miniature: display cases, 1900’s dollhouse, never finished ... I always decorated my photo albums but it became scrapbooking ten years ago.
My full-time job leaves me little free time, but since last year my children leave one after another the family nest, and after having scrapped many of their portraits, I refocused on what myself wish to express. I am a psychologist, and meeting children everyday, I am never far from creative, intensive and full of possibilities that is their world, feeling so lucky when they allow me to enter for a while.
Story, deepness, meaning and expression are what guide my crafting.
When I saw the theme of this new challenge, I immediately thought “shabby”, and light colours as pink and cream. I also had a look on the Japanese cherry-tree we planted in our garden, which gives us a fabulous white and pink blooming in April.
I always wished to make an altered book, so I thought it was the opportunity… and a real challenge for me! I wished an old book but the kind I will never read again, not a precious and antique one… I used gesso to make the writing lighter, and to thicken the pages that I folded and tore here and there to give them life.
I also wanted to make my own flowers, inspired by Tim Holtz’s videos … I tried and tried again… until it looked like flowers!
I used distress inks, mostly “tattered rose”, “antique linen” and “peeled paint”. The picture is from our cherry-tree, based on a piece of fabric. Other pictures and papers are gathered from my drawers (I especially love “Maja Design” papers and “Madame Payraud’s” collection).
The medallion is a rub-on on a piece of fabric, circled by a ring and covered with “crackle accents”.
I wanted movement. That’s why most of the things are on one side. The page strangely crumpled was a lucky accident, as I found it stuck with gesso, and left it like that… I hope you can imagine that move, as if the flowers, no matter the story told in the book, were strongly following their own way, towards the Spring sun.”

This week Astrid and the Creative Guides had the most difficult job of choosing a winner for the third challenge ‘A Little Bit French’ here is what Astrid had to say -
“Thank you all so much for your amazing contributions to our third challenge with the theme " A little bit French"! What a talented group of travellers you are! From the streets of Paris to the countryside of Provence, all of your contributions were amazing and we want to thank you for sharing them with us. It was the hardest task to choose an overall winner and a top 3 who will all be "pinworthies" and will be added to our Pinterest boards, which at the moment of writing have nearly 3000 followers!
But needs must, so here goes:
Our overall winner for this round was:  no: 26 Jools Robertson, with an amazing altered box and set of playing cards!
Jools used many products that were not Tim Holtz, but yet the overall effect was totally Tim Holtz inspired and all the Creative Guides just loved it!!
And now for the 3 pinworthies, in no particular order:
no 2 Kerstin F

Thanks Jools for sharing your fabulous projects with us and congratulations on being our next Traveller to gain the Winner’s badge. You will soon receive notification of your prize which is a £10 voucher to spend in-store at Country View Crafts. We hope you will join us for the next challenge as a Guest Designer and create something to share and tell us a bit about yourself and your crafting talents.

A big thank you to everyone else who joined us for this leg of the journey, as always it is such a pleasure to come and visit your blogs and look at your art work in more detail. Don’t forget you have one more week to join in Jennie’s ‘Spring Flowers’ challenge and we look forward to seeing you aboard.

Enjoy the journey.

hugs Brenda



  1. So much talent and gorgeous art each of you have shared with AVJ! Congratulations to all of you.

  2. Lys's altered book is just gorgeous - I have long wanted to try one of these, but fear I could never achieve such beauty. Well done to your winners.

  3. congrats to all winners !!!

    The altered book is such amazing, so many to see and find - love it
    CU hellerlittle

  4. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS..... Especially Jools what an amazing piece. Karen.x

  5. Absolutely breathtaking work from Lys - so many glorious details, beautiful dimension and such a romantic vintage feel - simply brilliant. And lovely to learn some more about you, Lys! Congratulations to all the winners - a really difficult choice from a great field of entrants, but each of these is wonderful!
    Alison xx

  6. Amazing altered book. The beautiful box with the cards inside is a wonderful idea and worthy winner.

    Congratulations to all of the winners.

    Chrissie x

  7. Thank you to all players in this challenge, your work was amazing and it was wonderful to have you with us on the journey! And of course huge congrats to Jools and our three pin-worthies.

    Lys's altered book is out of this world, I love the movement and incredible vintage beauty of each element, simply stunning!! It was wonderful to read a little more about you too Lys and thank you so much for being our guest designer!!

  8. stunning makes all round - well done to the winners too and thanks all for the inspiration xx

  9. stunning makes all round - well done to the winners too and thanks all for the inspiration xx

  10. What a beautiful Altered book Lys. Incredibly well done with lots of little nooks and crannies that hold special things. Congratulations to Jools on her winning project. Looks absolutely wonderful. Hugs Rita xxx

  11. Many congratulations to Jools and all the pinworthies! The altered book that Lys created is stunning, full of wonderful detail and movement, the soft colours are beautiful and the flowers are gorgeous. It is always lovely to learn a bit more about our Guest Designers too. Anne xx

  12. This weeks winner is a fabulous choice. i loved Jools' box full of mini art. (gorgeous)...

    and OMG that book by Lys!!!!!! I LOVE that. the details are amazing!....

    thank you for considering my project pin worthy :)

  13. Thank you very much, congratulations to all the winners and a beautiful altered book!! Kerstin

  14. Wow! What inspiration here! Lys' altered book is so amazing I'm lost for words to express my admiration; but all these projects are superb! Well done winners all! Julie Ann xxx

  15. Lys this is awesome - so creative and very different, a truly inspiring make! Well done to Jools, Kerstin, Louise and Ruth - all of you produced fabulous projects for your entries. Wow, so much inspiration! Chris xxx

  16. Huge Congratulations to Jool's for her fabulous entry... and Kerstin, Louise and Ruth x Absolutely stunning entries x

    Lys... I adore your wonderful vintage/romantic book. Amazing details that are so inspirational. Thank You for sharing your fabulous book with all of us here at AVJ

    CRafty Hugs Annie x

  17. What amazing projects,love them.

  18. Wow Lys! your altered book is absolutely amazing! There are so many wonderful details and such an inspirational make.

    Huge congratulations to Jools for the wonderful altered box and also Kerstin, Louise and Ruth. All fabulous projects!

    Jennie x

  19. I adore your altered book Lys. Congratulations to the winners.
    Julie x

  20. oh my!!! what a project! ^.^ seriously inspiring ^.^

  21. Jools a deserving winner, great project! Congrats to the Pinworthies ( I love that word). Lys, fantastic, such details. The overall composition just seems to flow. Nikki xx

  22. Lys book is incredible, just love the wonderful page turning revealing the exquisite flowers and butterflies
    Such an amazing piece of art
    I'm honoured to have been chosen as one of the winners, a big congratulations to all
    Thank you for all the lovely comments

    Jools x

  23. Lys, I am in awe of your creativity and imagination. Your altered book is positively gorgeous and it's fantastic that everyone gets to see how good you are. Huge congratulations to the latest winners too. What a standard! Jenny x

  24. Congratulations to Jools whom I already loved the fabulous box full of treasures! And congratulations also to the pinworthies!
    Thanks everyone for your warm and kind comments.

  25. Such a stunning guest design project from Lys - a beautiful alteration filled with gorgeous detailing and those flowers are sublime. Congratulations Jools - really brilliant make with incredible texturising. Well done too to Kerstin, Louise and Ruth - the entries are of an amazing standard and are all hugely inspirational. Nicola x