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 July 2014

A Guest Excursion and Winner's Announcement

Hi everyone!

It's second Friday so it's time for an excursion from a Guest Creative Guide and to announce our Winner of the last challenge.

We're starting with our excursion and delighted that today we're being joined by Mary Elizabeth of ME and My Walk on the Creative Side, winner of challenge #6 'All about him'.

"I remember the first time I ran into the Tim Holtz line at my local craft store.  I loved everything about it.  The vintage aesthetic just called to me.  However, I did not run to the counter with one of each item in hand.  I was used to buying “new” and “amazing” craft products that never gave me the advertised effects that I saw on the packaging.   I was very wary and skeptical.  I finally broke down and bought Vintage Photo Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool.  I went home and checked out some of Tim’s online videos.  My first attempt worked exactly like it did for Tim.  I was thrilled.  I actually felt like an artist!  From that moment on, I was hooked and I’ve been distressing everything I can get my hands on."

"I was so excited when I saw Nikki’s “Use every stamp in a set” challenge.  One of my favorite Tim Holtz stamp sets is Floral Tattoo.  It’s not one that I see used very often.  I’ve used individual stamps off of it occasionally.  I knew that this challenge was the time to let this set shine.  My inspiration for this project came from my other addiction … home and garden television.  I had a major surgery last month and I have watched way too much TV while recuperating.  I love shows that use reclaimed and vintage finds to decorate homes.  I saw a show that used some vintage tin and copper ceiling tiles as wall art.  I wondered if I could make a faux vintage ceiling tile.  Here is my attempt:

I wanted to use my "vintage ceiling tile” as the cover of a scrapbook.   I had a 12 x 12 chipboard album in my craft stash.  I started by giving the front cover a good coat of gesso.  After that dried, I painted it with copper acrylic paint.  Then came a coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint.  Now here is the fun part. I started designing my cover by using my Tim Holtz Floral Tattoo stamps.  I used some 12 x 12 white paper and stamped various designs on it with black ink until I had a design I liked.  I then recreated that design on the cover with Pirate Gold embossing powder.  I used Distress Embossing Ink for the stamping.  After the entire cover design was stamped and embossed, I painted the entire cover with another coat of  Antique Linen Distress Paint.  

I was really pleased with the overall look of this cover.  I’m looking forward to filling this scrapbook with some wonderful memories."

This is beautiful Mary Elizabeth, fabulous use of these stamps and a wonderfully original and creative idea - thank you for joining our journey this week.

And now we move to the winner and Pinworthies of our last challenge, #8 'Wings & things'...

Winner of the £10 shop voucher from our sponsor, Country View Crafts is.... 

Sandy was host for this challenge and she says:
"For the Wings and Things challenge, the entire team was taken by the passion shown by our winner Meggymay #5.  Her  journal page is filled with wonderful color, fabulous texture and of course those winged things.  Congratulations Meggymay and thank you for sharing your beautiful art with us."
Meggymay's winning project will be pinned to our winner's Pinterest board and will be invited to join us on an excursion shortly. A blog badge is also on it's way.

Our 3 Pinworthies (who win blog badges) will be pinned to our Pinworthies Pinterest board and receive blog badges. Sandy says:
"Congratulations to the following ladies who showed us their amazing talents!"

Congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to ALL of our entrants who demonstrated their creativity and passion for Tim's crafting style.

We will be back after the weekend with another excursion so please be sure to mark it in your diary. Wishing everyone a happy and creative weekend,

Chris xxx
For Brenda and the Creative Guides


  1. Mary Elizabeth has done a fantastic job of showing how versatile those Distress Paints are with this superb 'tile' cover. I love that hint of aged copper showing through and the sheen from the embossing and paint.
    Huge congratulations to Meggymay and the three Pinworthies for their amazing entries too. Jenny x

  2. Wonderful artwork here.
    Thank you so much for chosen my blog for pinworthy.

    Congrats to the other participants.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Wonderful piece Mary Elizebeth. I love your vintage tile. It turned out brilliantly. A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Meggymay! Such a beautiful piece with great wings and texture. Well done pinworthies too!!! Karen.x

  4. Oh wow what a brilliant project from Mary Elizabeth! Great set of stamps to use and the Distress Paint over the embossed design gives a fantastic shabby effect!! Will definitely give that a try! Huge congrats to Yvonne for her beautiful winged piece and to our 3 pin worthies! Way to go ladies!!

  5. Superb worn vintage tile Mary Eilizabeth your scrapbook is going to look great with this cover.
    Huge Congratulations to Meggymay for your winning the challenge with your gorgeous journal page so well deserved. Congratulations go to Pinworthies Rosie, Bonnie & Jan too for your wonderful entries. Mo x

  6. Your faux tile cover is stunning Mary Elizabeth, well thought out and beautifully executed!

    Congratulations to Meggymay on your win with your beautiful piece of art, it is stunning. Congratulations to Pinworthies Rosie, Bonnie and Jan for your wonderful creative entries to our challenge. Anne x

  7. What a stunning creation from Mary Elizabeth with a real sense of antiquity about it. Love the effect of the DP over the gilded embossing (Pirate Gold sounds cool!) - fabulous!

    And congratulations to Meggymay and our three Pinworthies - great work from the whole field!
    Alison x

  8. Love your cover Mary Elizabeth - it looks absolutely wonderful. Congratulations to Yvonne on her stunning win and well done to all the other pinworthies. Nicola x

  9. This is such an original and creative idea Mary Elizabeth, I love it. Many thanks for supporting and joining us as a guest today, especially as I know that this will have been hard for you to do as you're still recovering from surgery. Great work! Chris xxx

    Congrat's to Meggymay on winning the voucher and well done too, to our 3 Pinworthies - Rosie, Bonnie and Jan, you are ALL worthy winners. Chris xxx

  10. Such a lovely way to use that set Mary Elizabeth! Congratulations to the winners! Meggymay's journal page was stunning! Chris:-)

  11. Mary Elizabeth that is such a creative make - thank you! Congratulations to Meggymay, Rosie, Jan and Bonnie - all fantastic projects and well deserved. Nikki x

  12. Your "tin ceiling tile" looks just like old, many times painted, rusted ones that I have seen at flea markets. Fantastic! Congrats to the winners!

  13. Gorgeous inspiration Mary Elizabeth.
    Thank you for for liking my my Journal page, I enjoyed making it. Congratulations to Rosie, Jan and Bonnie as well

  14. Mary Elizabeth, this is such a beautiful and very original project
    Such pretty colours and design, along with the vintage ageing which is fantastic

    A big congratulations to Meggymay
    For such a wonderful journal page, gorgeous colours and textures
    and congratulations to the Pinworthies too!

    Jools x

  15. Congratulations to all our winners. It is so difficult for the team to come up with only one winner. We always have such wonderful entries. Each fortnight is a feast for the eyes.

    Great job Mary Elizabeth - love your album cover and hope to see some of the lovely things that you add.