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).

Monday 21 July 2014

Welcome Sandra as Guest Creative Guide

Happy Monday Readers, so glad to have you along to see our next amazing Guest Creative Guide and today we welcome the lovely Sandra Mouwen who has a fabulous project to share with us and a visit to her blog will reveal even more wonderful art to admire.

Hi, I’m Sandra Mouwen from The Netherlands. I started with paper crafting a few years back, in 2011 to be exact. I fell in love with the products of Tim Holt and love watching tutorials of him on YouTube! He is such an enthusiast, and he really motivated me to try and experiment with products and techniques. I started my blog in that same year and I love the supporting blog community so much! Soon I started joining in with challenges, and took workshops with all kind of techniques. I’m on the DT of Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge since 2012 and it’s so much fun. I like all kinds of styles, but the messy, mixed media, grungy styles are my favorites.
I’m so thrilled to be a guest designer here at a Vintage Journey! Thanks for the invitation, Brenda! I like to share the folio I made for this challenge. Annie is the host of this challenge, which is ‘Dies and Distress’. Well two of my favorite things in crafting. I love steampunk, and I went for it with this folio. I went all nostalgic with this challenge, because I used the first Tim Holtz dies I bought, the Weathered Clock, the Gadget Gears and the Steampunk On Edge.
I distressed the gears by painting them black first and then sanding them with a Sanding Grip. The parts that were distressed I inked with Rusty Hinge or Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The clock I painted brown and while the paint was still wet in a few places I poured some Rust Embossing powder over it and melted it with my Heat tool.
My all-time favorite alphabet die is the Word Play set. I cut the letters BARCA out of Metal foil that I adhered to a piece of cardboard and ran it through my vagabond in the Riveted Metal Embossing folder. To distress the letters, I painted them black and when it was almost dry, I rubbed the excess paint off. For the full tutorial please visited my blog: Made by Sannie.
Wow Sandra, what a fabulous folio and great techniques and effects to give it that aged look. Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous work here at A Vintage Journey, we really appreciate the time and effort taken to create such a special and inspiring creation.
Just a quick reminder that the current challenge finishes this Thursday evening and a brand new challenge begins at midnight UK time Friday morning and it’s the amazing Jenny (Pushing the right Buttons) who will be hosting. We look forward to seeing you there.
Have a wonderful week.
hugs Brenda and the Team xxx


  1. Welcome Sandra and thank you so much for sharing this wonderful project with all of us. I just love all the details of your piece and the colors are so lovely. Your folio is a treasure, I need to try one of these. So happy to have you as our guest here at A Vintage Journey.

  2. As a huge fan of Sandra's work already I'm thrilled to see her here at A Vintage Journey and will be off to see more of this beautiful folio immediately. Jenny x

  3. Hi's wonderful to have you as Guest CG and your folio is fantastic both inside and out. Wonderful techniques and details that you have shared with us at AVJ.
    Best wishes
    Annie x

  4. Love that fantastic textured background, and the layered cogs create such a cool frame for the balloon - thanks so much for sharing this fab project with us on the journey, Sandra!
    Alison xx

  5. Fantastic project Sandra, wow, just love the cover you made, brilliant techniques with fantastic results! Thanks so much for guesting for us today! Off to your blog to see all the details!

  6. It is wonderful to have you as Guest Designer Sandra, with this fabulous folio! The texture you created is wonderful, those cogs look amazing and the hot air balloon stands out beautifully. A truly inspirational piece! Anne x

  7. Welcome Sandra! So happy to see my friend over here as a guest designer and sharing such a fabulous project! Love your folio and all the details so perfectly added and that great texture! Love this!

  8. I'm loving this folio. All that glorious tissue paper and grunge. Karen.x

  9. I love this original folio and the steampunk theme of course. Thanks for your step by step on your blog detailing the techniques!

  10. Really cool folio, great textures and colours
    Love the cogs and gears framing the balloon and the edge

    Jools x

  11. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments! Really appreciate it! It was so much fun! Hugs, Sandra