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 7 July 2014

Welcome Tammy as a Guest Creative Guide today

Today we have another exciting Guest Creative Guide to A Vintage Journey and we are so pleased to welcome the lovely Tammy Tutterow.

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I love everything that is vintage and shabby, chippy and well loved.  When I first started scrapbooking I thought I made ok projects but there was just something missing in them.  I still remember the very first moment I saw someone inking the edge of a project, it was in a class at a CKC and I knew instantly that ink on the edge of paper was the key to creating projects that felt like me.  I wasn't a stamper so I had no clue about inks and what you could do with them.  Crafting and learning more about stamping and inking and finding what types of papercrafts I really loved to make was a creative journey for me.  What an amazing journey it has been too!  Being able to take a blank piece of paper and add inks and images to capture what is in my heart is such an amazing thing!  

I am passionate about sharing what I learn along the way.  If you would like to follow along and learn with me, you can find me on my blog at

Tammy Tutterow  True Friendship Card 1a

For the challenge, I was inspired to go way back into the Tim Holtz stamp library to stamp number 18.  The peacock feathers on the border stamp in this set has been a long time favorite of mine.  I thought it would be fun to use it to create a background using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to go along with the feather image.  
To create the background I combined stamping and clear embossing along with blending and spritzing to achieve different intensities of the same color.  I added a blended edge of Vintage Photo to add some definition to the edge of the card.

Tammy Tutterow  True Friendship Card 24a

To embellish the card I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set in the frame.  I added Crinkle Ribbon dyed with Peacock Feathers and several mini paper flowers with beaded centers and velvet leaves.

Tammy Tutterow  True Friendship Card 21a

We are really proud to have Tammy with us today as I am sure you will know she has recently been named as ‘Media Specialist’ for Tim. Please join us in wishing her the very best of luck for this new venture and thank you so much Tammy her for taking time out to create something so special for our guest spot. This is such a beautiful card and I think so many of us will resonate with the inking the edges experience you talk of.

Don’t forget you have another four days to join in with the current challenge which is to use every stamp in a set hosted by our great CG Nikki. We have some wonderful projects that have been entered, you are all so very creative, thanks so much for sharing your work with us.

Thanks again to Tammy and to all of you who come jump aboard to share this amazing journey.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides. xx


  1. Absolutely Love Tammy's style and flair with all things Tim!! Tammy is a Great Guest Creative Guide! XOXO-Shari

  2. Great post from Tammy. Love her creations and her inspiration. Hugs Rita xxx

  3. Gorgeous card from Tammy and of course what a fantastic next step on her creative journey!

  4. Outstanding Tammy as ever! LOVE the intensity you've achieved with your mix of inking and embossing and of course those trims work perfectly alongside the central sentiment panel. What an honour to see you here at A Vintage Journey.
    Huge congratulations on your new role with Tim. I hope it's everything you dream of. Jenny x

  5. Gorgeous project from Tammy and congratulations on her exciting news, so deserved.

  6. So thrilled that you could join us at A Vintage Journey Tammy. Congratulations again on becoming Media Specialist for Tim, it must be the ultimate dream job! Your card is beautiful, I love that feather stamp and it works so well in your chosen colours. Anne x

  7. How lovely to have a feature on Tammy. I love her work and find her blog and tutorials Very inspiring. I'm not surprised that Tim has snapped Tammy up to be on his team. That man knows a good thing when he sees it ! congratulations Tammy x

  8. A beautiful project from the very talented Tammy, the colours are lovely and the stamp has been used with great effect and fabulous ink effects too, very pretty❤️

    Jools x

  9. Wonderful to have Tammy join us. What a great make, the fantastic variety of tones with the one colour! Nikki xx

  10. Beautiful card Tammy and thank you so much for being with us here at A Vintage Journey, we are thrilled that you could join us. Congrats on your new position with Tim. I can only imagine how thrilling that must be for you.

  11. Fabulous tag card Tammy and it's great to have you here at AVJ. Huge congratulations on your new position with Sandy says you must be so thrilled . I would have to keep pinching myself !!!!

    Hugs Annie x

  12. A beautiful card Tammy, great use of that stamp set, that's another I have to put on my 'wish list', lol. Thanks for sharing and supporting us here at AVJ. Congrat's too on your exciting new appointment. Chris xxx

  13. Such a lovely card in some of my favourite colours. Great to have you with us this week, Tammy, and once again huge congrats on your fantastic new position with Tim!
    Alison xx