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 20 June 2014

Winner's Post and new Creative Guide

Yay it’s Friday and time to announce the new winners and Jenny, with the help of the Creative Guides, has chosen the winner and Pinworthy Mentions for her fabulous challenge ‘Get Some Texture’

Jennie says - I've chosen #29 Karen Garrard as my winner for her phenomenal Titanic memorial folio.
Karen has packed so many 'Tim' tricks and techniques into this incredible project and has definitely gone the extra mile to include lots of researched ephemera and altered trinkets. I loved her attention to detail and the quality of her workmanship, and would definitely want to see this in person given half a chance.

And the Pinworthies are (in numerical order);

Well Jennie, I think you have made some excellent choices there. Thanks Karen for sharing your amazing project with us and for taking the time to make it specific to the challenge and congratulations on winning our Winner’s Badge. You will soon receive notification of your prize which is a £10 voucher to spend in-store at Country View Crafts and your project will be pinned on our Winners Pinterest Board. We hope you will join us soon as a Guest Designer and tell us a bit about yourself and your crafting talents.

Congratulations also go to Kath, Tocoart and Mo for their fabulous contributions too and your projects will be pinned to our special Pinworthy Mentions Board on Pinterest in the very near future (and may well be there already). Your blog badges will be with you very soon too.

Thanks to all of you for sharing part of the vintage journey with us.


We have some fabulous news to share with you too today and I am really excited to introduce

Jools from Creative Journey

as a new addition to the Creative Guides team. If you haven’t seen her work I really urge you to pop over to her blog to see her amazing creations. You will see her first project here as a Creative Guide on Friday 27th June when the next new challenge gets announced. Looking forward to seeing you then.

In the meantime have a great weekend.

hugs Brenda xx

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”

Don Williams


  1. An magnificently worthy winner in Karen - and congrats to the fabulous Pinworthies too - great choices Jenny! And an official welcome to Jools - so thrilled to have you on board for the journey!
    Alison xx

  2. I second what Alison said - Karen's project is just outstanding and she is such a worthy winner. Congrats to the Pinworthies .
    Welcome Jools, look forward to seeing your project on the next challenge.

  3. I am super excited for my piece to have been chosen. Thanks so much to the AMAZING design team for your inspiration and to Jennie for choosing texture. I'm having such a great time entering your challenges it has certainly broadened my techniques. Thanks also to Country View Crafts! CONGRATULATIONS also goes to the pin worthy mentions.......Kath, Tocoaet and Mo and Jools for joining the design team. Awesome! Karen.x

  4. Congrats to Karen, an amazing project! Well done also to the pinworthy mentions.

  5. Big congrats to Karen, such a very well deserved win, your project was amazing! Big congrats of course also to our pinworthies for their fabulous entries, they were all wonderful! Like my other teamies, I am super excited that Jools is going to join us on the journey, her work is always outstanding! Welcome Jools!!!

  6. Well done to all the winners, fab textures and pieces. Welcome to Jools x

  7. Congrats to the pinworthies, fabulous entries. So pleased Karens entry won, if you haven't seen it, get comfortable and explore this work of art.....Stunning!

  8. I seriously wish I could have picked at least half a dozen entries from this challenge - you guys out there seriously rocked the texture theme and I'm so glad you felt inspired. Well done to all 'my' winners. You all went that extra mile and produced some incredible work.

    Welcome on board Jools!!! It's incredibly exciting to have you joining us too. Jenny xxx

  9. Wonderful project and congrats to all the winners!

  10. Congrats to all the winners - what inspirational projects - and welcome to Jools as a new creative guide - a wonderful addition to inspire us!

  11. Welcome Jools to the Creative Guides and so happy to share this journey with you! Congratulations to all the winners. All the entries were simply awesome! Happy Weekend!

  12. Huge Congratulations to Karen for your Titanic folio, it is an amazing project and so deserved to win this challenge. Congratulations also to Jools as AVJ's latest creative guide, how very exciting for you to be joining such a talented team.
    I am so Proud at being chosen as one of the pinworthies for challenge 7, Thank you to all the fabulous team at AVJ for the inspiration you give every month. Finally Congratulations to the other two pinworthies Kath & Tocoart with your superb entries. Have a lovely weekend everyone and enjoy the sun. Mo x

  13. Congratulations Karen!

    Absolutely amazing project, stunning textures and the attention to detail is incredible

    Thank you for all the lovely welcome messages, really looking forward to sharing future journeys with you

    Jools x

  14. Congratulations Karen! What a marvellous artwork on the theme of Titanic! congratulations too to the pinworthies, and I look forward to follow Jools on A vintage Journey!

  15. Huge Congratulations Karen...This is an outstanding make and very inspiring x Many congratulations to our Pinworthies too...:-)
    Jools its so fabulous to have you on board.................look forward to sharing the journey too xx

  16. Some amazing entries for this challenge; congratulations to Karen and the pinworthies too. A big welcome to Jools - amazing talent, am looking forward to seeing more of her work. Nikki xx

  17. Congratulations to Karen for her well deserved win. Well done too to the fabulous pinworthies. Looking forward to Jools creations... Nicola x

  18. Huge congratulations to Karen and to Kath, Tocoart and Mo on your pinworthies - all very worthy! A big welcome (again) to Jools, so looking forward to working alongside you. Anne xx