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 11 April 2014

Our latest winner, Pinworthy mentions and welcome Nicola

Welcome everyone to our winner's post which is packed full of information for you. First up is our first winner guest designer project and what a stunner it is. But when you've had a good look at that please continue scrolling down to find our latest challenge winner and a new introduction of special awards.


Our guest today has the most wonderful vintage style and creates the most amazing projects so it is with great pleasure I introduce to you -

Nicola from Paper Profusion 
who was our Challenge 1 winner and who also has a worthy place on our Pinterest Winner’s Board.

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I’m Nicola a.k.a. ‘Paper Profusion’ living in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve loved handicrafts for as long as I can remember, probably inspired by my Mum who excelled at every single crafting technique out there. From very young I was an avid knitter and always enjoyed learning crafts especially ones involving paper. I’m now medically retired however during my ‘career / good health years’ my main creative hobby was photography especially travel/wildlife related. During a time of serious illness, I became hooked on paper crafting as it gave me an outlet to a home based hobby that I could dabble in, at my own pace. I’m particularly drawn to the vintage / shabby chic genres usually adding lots of embellishments and ribbon.

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I’ve visited Paris 4 times and absolutely love it as a city, most especially for its architecture. On my first visit to Paris (many moons ago) my friend and I took a day trip to the stunning Palace of Versailles with its incredible gilded opulence.
With these memories in mind, I’ve altered a Prima ornate metal frame using abundant gilding and including some of the main Parisian sights. I’ve tried to recreate the decadence that would have been on show to Parisians centuries ago.
I’ve used all my French themed Tim Holtz goodies (as well as other brands) in terms of stamps and embossing folders (and even cheated with one Tim stamp I didn't have and used a printout instead –  which ‘stamp’ is the fake do you think?).  Lots of stamping and stencilling (gilded of course) is in the background.
. I love the way Mona Lisa turned out (she is stamped on muslin) and the little chipboard carriage painted up a treat. 
Thank-you so much to all at A Vintage Journey for allowing me to feature as Guest Designer today. It is such a thrill to be the winner of your inaugural challenge and I’ve loved making up this little French scene.

Thank you Nicola, we have been transported back to another time and place with this stunning project and I am sure everyone is going to sit looking at these wonderful photos and the amazing details for quite some time, I know I did.


This week Alison and the Creative Guides had the most difficult job of choosing a winner for the second challenge ‘Say it with Words’.

Here is what Alison has to say -
Thank you all so much for your fantastic entries to the Say It With Words challenge.  It was a delight to see what you came up with, and there were so many inventive, creative and beautiful projects.   Choosing just one winner was no easy task, but it had to be done so, 
without more ado...
the winner is…….

#12 "Mots" de Lys from ImpressionScrap.

From the artfully Distress Inked Kraft Resist paper forming the background, to all the Idea-ology bits and bobs and stickers, this is full of touches of Tim, and has a glorious vintage look.  Added to that, the whole project is composed around words.  There are words used as a decorative feature - both script and typescript - and things related to words - the glorious vintage books in the photograph, the shabby book pages, typewriter and pen nibs.  Not to mention that it's beautifully put together...  Do pay her a visit to see some great close-ups of the details, and thank you all again for playing along so brilliantly.

Thank you for sharing your fabulous project with us and for taking the time to make it specific to the challenge and congratulations on being the second 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 telling us a bit about yourself and your crafting talents.


We have our own Pinterest page and have decided as we don’t do a Top 3 we would like to acknowledge other wonderful projects and artists who are joining us on our journey and will do this on a special Pinworthy Board and the special mentions are chosen by the host of that challenge.

From Challenge 1 my (Brenda) Pinworthy Mentions are -
#8 Minxy (Nicky) from The Altered Inker

#81 Sandy Diller from My Crafty Life

From Challenge 2 Alison’s Pinworthy Mentions are -
#50 Jayne from Sooner Scrapper

#8 Rosie from Rosie’s Bastelwelt


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 Astrid’s ‘A Little bit French’ challenge and we look forward to seeing you.


Onto other information - I have had an email from some-one who says she can’t join in the challenges because she doesn’t have very many Tim Holtz products, please we do not ‘expect’ you to use all Tim's products for your projects – if you have them and you have used them so that they are your Tim focus then that’s great but there are other ways to join in too. Because we ask that your work is strongly influenced by Tim, then we want to see and read about his influence on your entry, that could be by ‘casing’ one of his projects but using other products that you own, using one of his techniques to create something similar to his makes or your own design or it could be that you’ve read his books, watched his videos/DVDs or completed Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 and have followed his processes to complete your design.
Just tell us what that strong influence is so that we can fully understand your thinking.
I have updated the Travelling Instructions with this info and I have also added a written guide for interpreting A Vintage Journey styles. I hope this makes it clearer as to what we are looking for.

Many thanks for all your support and wonderful comments on our posts and a big thank you to Alison who was the host of challenge 2.

See you Monday with another amazing Guest Creative Guide and a wonderful project for you to feast your eyes on.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading right down here to the bottom.

Enjoy the journey.


  1. A Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Lys on her WIN!!!. So stunning with the red and gold. Karen.x

  2. I'm thrilled to be a Pinworthy Mention, thanks so much Alison. Congratulations to Lys on her win and to the other Pinworthy Mentions.

  3. Congratulations to all of the winners mentioned in this post. All art is beautiful examples of a Tim influence in your lovely vintage pieces. Special congrats to Lys for being named as our Words challenge winner. Hugs, Candy

  4. Many Congratulations to all of the wonderful winners from Challenge 1 & Challenge 2! Gorgeous creations! So inspiring! What an honor to become a Guest Designer--and such a lovely piece, Nicola! XOXO-Shari

  5. I'm so happy and honoured to be the winner of this second challenge. Thanks Alison and the creative guides to choose my layout as so many fabulous artworks were seen in this challenge. Thanks for everyone who support me, and congratulations for the beautiful Nicola's French look piece. I love travelling along with this so inspiring journey! Thanks! Lys.

  6. What a fabulous piece by Nicola - having just come back from Paris makes it all the more meaningful. Well done to the winners for the latest challenge.

  7. An amazing project Nicola! You have crammed every inch of that Prima frame with Parisian chic gorgeousness. Mona Lisa never looked so good!
    Huge congratulations to Lys Scrap for a magnificent layout - can't wait to see your GD project soon.
    Well done to all our Pinworthy winners. How wonderful that we can share your creations with the rest of the pinning world.
    Jenny x

  8. Well done lys, looks amazing, must visit your blog to see the detail. Thanks Nicola, another detailed and intricate project, what do you do with them after you have made them! Congrats to the pinworthy mentions too, so much great work. Nikki x

  9. Brilliant project from Nicola and huge congrats to all of the pin worthies!!! They were stunning projects all of them!!

  10. Fabulous fabulous project Nicola! Just so very Parisian in every way and how you managed to cram all that in to such a tiny space is amazing! Congratulations to Lys Scrap and all the pin worthy - all fabulous projects.

  11. Wow, Nicola (or should I say, ooh la la!?)... what an amazing creation. I love the embossed text around the edge - so cool, and all the detailing is just brilliant - thank you for sharing such a glorious make as our first winner. And congratulations to Lys and to all the Pinworthies from both challenges!
    Alison xx

  12. Congratulations to Lys. Absolutely adore Nicolas project, the whole creation is fabulous. Hugs Rita xxx

  13. What a stunning project Nicola, it's beautiful! Thanks for guesting with us this week! Congratulations to our winner, Lys, and all our Pinworthy badge winners too - great projects! Chris xxx

  14. Huge congratulations to Lys on her worthy win for her stunning layout and to all the Pinworthy winners too for their beautiful creations! Thanks also to Nicola for her absolutely stunning project as Guest Designer. Hugs, Anne xx

  15. A mucho big thank you for my pin worthy title, hopefully when im back home I can join in again xo

  16. oo i have just been over commenting on that wonderful assemblage piece at paper profusion from a different link. makes lots of sense that its for here. :D it is FAB.
    and thank you for making me "pin worthy"
    congratulations to the other pinworthy peeps. (i agree about their worthiness.) ;)

  17. Congratulations to Lys, that's a beauty of a winner! Well done to all the pinworthys too! Thank-you for all the kind words re my Paris piece. Nicola x

  18. A stunning project from Nicola and Congratulations to the Winner of Alison's Challenge, Lys :-)

    Fabulous makes by the Pinworthies too have a great weekend xx

  19. félicitation, récompense bien méritée.... j'adoooore ta réalisation.... continues