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Monday, 26 May 2014

A fabulous guest today - Linda Ledbetter

It's our day to feature a Guest Creative Guide with their project, inspired by our theme. When we invite our guests we look around for designers, educators, those leading the way in our crafting world but, most importantly, those that inspire us. Today we're thrilled to have a fabulous guest whom many of you will know and someone who has motivated so many of us with her creativity...




Linda Ledbetter is a mixed media crafter, photographer and blogger living in Boise, Idaho. She's Mom to three sweet kitties and one polka-dotted micro-mini pig, and makes her living as a barista and organic juice mixologist at her local food co-op. Her style is all over the map, from whimsical to girly to down-and-dirty grunge, and she's renowned for leaving a trail of destruction in her wake with each and every crafting session. She usually listens to 80s pop tunes and sips Very Strong Coffee when she creates, and is an admitted and unrepentant social media junkie. Currently, Linda's hosting "A Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge" based on Tim Holtz's latest book, and she really hopes you'll join in! She lives on the internet at lindaledbetter.com.



Hi everyone! I'm absolutely thrilled to be included as a Guest Designer here at A Vintage Journey, and so appreciate the opportunity to spend time with you guys here among all these amazing artists! My project for the "All About Him" challenge was inspired by a couple of things: First and foremost, by Tim Holtz, who I credit for opening the crafting world to an entirely new way of approaching our art. There's such beauty and inspiration in the distressed, imperfect, DO-ABLE projects he shares, and for those of us who are somewhat cute-impaired, it's incredibly freeing to let loose and-- quite literally-- color outside the lines. I love his grungy, badass aesthetic. 

The second inspiration for this challenge was Fathers Day, which will be here in the blink of an eye. Tim's imagery and techniques have always been my "go-to" for any guy-related project I want to do, so this challenge was a delight for me! I used Tim's "Time Travelers" and "Simple Sayings" stamp sets for this card, along with lots of Distress Ink and some of Tim's Idea-ology goodies. There'a a full tutorial on my blog at: lindaledbetter.com/2014/05/a-vintage-journey.html




A gorgeous project Linda, colourful, creative, appealing and such a fabulously 'Tim' inspired piece. Thank you!

We hope you'll join in with us in thanking Linda by visiting her at her home blog and sharing some blogster love with her!

Our current challenge closes at 6pm on Thursday (Londom time) so you have until then to join in. Let us see what YOU can create!

See you again on Friday - have a great week.

The Vintage Journey Creative Guides xxx

26 comments:

  1. Who knew blue and orange would work so well together on a masculine card - I guess Linda did! love this!

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  2. LOVE the colors! NICE work, Linda = )

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  3. Most awesome, Miss Linda. Very cool vibe on this man card. Love it!

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  4. Looks GREAT Linda... keep those ideas and colors flowing girl... lovin it all... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  5. Wow, I absolutely LOVE this card, Linda! What a terrific image to work with too! The colors are fabulous!

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  6. Really awesome write up, Linda. I think you captured your personality and artistic style perfectly! Your card is so cool! Love your use of the bright colors and the dapper gentleman stamp. Congrats on your guest designer spot! <3 Candy

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  7. Perfect card for Father's Day! You are rockin it!!

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  8. Linda's piece is SO eye catching indeed!TFS

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  9. Love your card Linda - I always look forward to seeing what you create. You are always so inspiring and fun. Keep blogging and challenging us.

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  10. Great card Linda! It reminds me that I need to be thinking of getting Father's Day cards done!

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  11. WOW! Love this massive hit of colour which works perfectly with the whole grungy feel to your masculine themed card. Such an honour to have you joining us here. Jenny x

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  12. One talented lady! Do hop over to Linda's blog, lots of technique help over there. Here' s to 'badass aesthetics' !! Nikki xx

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  13. Oh Linda, first of all I loved reading about you!! "Cute-impaired", now that's a phrase I will have to remember, as it's one I can so identify with!! Your project is fabulous, love the glow of colour around the guy and the monocle is a brilliant touch!!

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  14. Love, love, love your fabulous project Linda, the colours are amazing. I am so pleased you liked the theme and I loved reading all about you. Thanks so much for joining us and for the wonderful step by step over on your blog. Anne x

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  15. Whoo-hooo! Vibrant colours and fab composition combine to make this a gorgeous card for a guy and, as you say, terrific for Fathers' Day. A great project Linda! Thank you for supporting us and guesting with us today! Chris xxx

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  16. Fabulous card Linda - I just love those wonderful vibrant colours. Thank you for joining us. Jennie x

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  17. Love this fabulous, vintage-grunge card Linda, beautiful mixed colours that complement each other perfectly and a great card for a dad for Father's Day. Thank you so much for sharing your piece with us and for a great post and inspiration.. Thanks also for inspiring us yet more at CoC lll, now I'm back off holiday I am desperate to join in. Hugs xxxx

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  18. Brilliant mans card Linda, love the blue and orange tones, great write up, I feel like I know you a little better after reading it. Off now for a visit to your blog to read the tutorial. Mo x

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  19. Linda, this is absolutely grunge at its best! I so love how cool that traveler looks standing against that fabulous background! How wonderful that you and Miss Violet could join us for a guest appearance! :-)

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  20. What a Wonderful Guest Creative Guide you have in Linda! And I'm not just saying that because she's from Idaho, too :) ;) Another fabulous inspiration creation for us to create up to :) XOXO-Shari

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  21. I found your blog through Linda's blog. I love her card! (I love that dude!) I'm gonna take a peak around. :)

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  22. Linda I love your card! Grunge style is my fav and your project is perfect! BArbarayaya

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  23. What a treat having Linda as guest today! Linda....l LOVE this card! Karen.x

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  24. What a fantastic project - those colours seem to actually glow... the fiery orange is amazing in the background, and I love his Readybrek halo! Wonderful to have you on board for this leg of the journey, Linda!
    Alison x

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  25. Isn't this card amazing? I follow Linda's blog and agree she is fabulous. When I saw she was a guest designer on your blog I decided to drop by and say hi and I'm glad I did! Your blog is amazing and love all the beautiful inspired by Tim projects.I'm in the US so won't be entering any challenges but I'll be sure to stop back by for the inspiration.

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