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 29 August 2014

Welcome Bonnie as guest and who are the new challenge winners?

It is always such a pleasure to introduce a new guest here at A Vintage Journey and today we have the lovely Bonnie McLain joining us. Bonnie was the winner of the Dies and Distress challenge and she is sharing some amazing ATCs with us.

My Name is Bonnie McLain… and at times I am referred to as Love, Light and Peace…Bonnie.. (that is the way I have signed my name for a long long time now).
I have been in the art field for over 50 years… and have done a lot of different professional art such as; Fashion design, fabric design in New York City Garment district…. art therapy in psychiatric hospitals; designed and manufactured a line of country gifts that my husband and I produced from Aromatic Red Cedar and created a cottage industry for over 40 people. I have designed and also manufactured a line of hand wrapped jewelry. So I have been in the art business and field for a lovingly long time. I love it now more than ever, as it is all fun and games. I presently teach and have a nice studio in my home. What could be more perfect. Doing challenges is a fun and learning experience for me in so many ways… and also meeting people from around the world. I have been on Design Teams, and also had web sites and blogs for over 12 years now… all very exciting… I personally feel that once we stop learning and meeting others, our life will stop pretty soon… so I keep active in that area as much as possible… I do many different kinds of art even now, from knitting, spinning, felting, painting, metal wrapping, book making, Zentangling, sewing, quilting, making our clothes, basket making, journaling, all kinds of health situations, and cooking, along with canning and preserving our foods for the year.
On a more personal note, I have been married to my sweet and adoring soulmate for 45 years now.. and we have a daughter (who is a potter) and a son who is a chain saw carver… and between them we have two grandsons also. My Husband has always been an artist also… but it was never really been developed until he was in his 40’s… now he uses his art in many ways… from building to also sculpting pieces of wood and logs. We presently have an organic farm in the western mountains of North Carolina…. and live a very ‘clean’ life (chemically free) as much as possible.
Okay… now you know a little bit about me… I am very prolific in my art making and love to create also in the kitchen… if you have ever been to my blog ( you will know what I am saying is the truth. So please go after you see these ATC’s and you will see all kinds of ATC’s that I have just created for this challenge… but also that have been created over the years to trade with others… as I use to trade with over 75 gals on a monthly basis… so I have seen many and traded way too many ATC’s… ATC’s are like tags to me… (a little smaller, but the same) in that you can add an ATC or a tag to a card and send it to someone special… so CREATE AWAY and enjoy making these…

Wow Bonnie, thank you so much for making all these wonderful ATCs, there is just so much to see and so many wonderful details to take in, they really are the most amazing collection.


Well, who is going to be the winner of our last challenge? Chris was our host and along with the other Creative Guides she has chosen a fabulous winner and three new Pinworthy mentions.

Without further ado ……………….
the winner of our Time Flies challenge is
Janna's beautiful piece of art is a creative and original piece of home decor depicting her granddaughter. The passage of time has been demonstrated by the two photo's, from baby to 4 years old. Original, well executed,  personal and creative, who wouldn't love a piece of art like this in their home?
Thanks Janna for sharing your fabulous project with us and for taking the time to make it specific to the challenge and congratulations on gaining a Winner’s badge. You will soon receive notification of your prize which is a £10 voucher to spend in-store at Country View Crafts. We hope you will join us for an upcoming challenge as a Guest Designer and create something to share and telling us a bit about yourself and your crafting talents.

So here are the Pinworthies too -
In numerical order they are -

Ingrid has shown clearly how Tim has inspired her and she has used the butterfly wings sprinkled with cogs from various timepieces to convey the theme which I thought was a fab take on it. Another wonderful piece of art.
So much has inspired Sara to create her canvas and she has conveyed the theme in many ways. The use of the (Dr Seuss) poem is was a brilliant addition to emphasize the theme even more.
We have all been in that place without our mojo so I was even more impressed at what came out of Ruth's two old wooden stamp mounts. We've all heard of up-cycling but this is pretty impressive! Grunge, distressing, faux rust and a very creative imagination  makes me think that Mr Mojo is back in bucket loads!

Thank you for stopping by to see our blog today of the journey and if you enter our challenges it is such a pleasure to come and visit your blogs and look at your art work in more detail. Don’t forget you have one more week to join in Alison’s ATC’s challenge and we look forward to seeing you hop aboard and share some little bits of Tim with us.

Have a great weekend, see you on Monday with another Guest Creative Guide project.

hugs Brenda and the Team xxx



  1. Congratulations to Janna, Ingrid, Sara and Ruth. Wonderful pieces. Also gorgeous ATCs from Bonnie. It's always a pleasure to see your wonderful smile and lovely work. Karen.x

  2. Congratulations to all the winners, your time pieces were fantastic, all of them! And welcome to Bonnie, wonderful to find out a bit more about you!! Your Tim inspired ATCs are all stunning, such a creative way to use all those small papers and bits!

  3. Oh my Bonnie! So many super ATCs with lots of clever ideas for designs - love the eye peeping through the torn hole, the idea of adding pockets and that beautiful butterfly hat! So pleased you joined us here at A Vintage Journey. Huge congratulations to Janna and our Pinworthy winners. So well deserved. Jenny x

  4. It has been lovely to learn more about you Bonnie, what a creative lady you are! Your ATCs are fabulous.

    Huge congratulations to Janna on your well deserved win and to Ingrid, Sara and Ruth on being our latest pinworthies! Anne xx

  5. Good morning to you all! What a wonderful news to wake up to! Thank you very much for selecting my altered altered jar, I'm so very pleased that you like it! I'm very honoured!
    Congratulations to Janna, Sara and Ruth! They are all fabulous crafters and their wins are deserved! Hugs,
    Ingrid xx

    1. ... and in all the excitement I forgot to say what I wanted to say!
      It's so nice to find out a bit more about my dear blog buddy Bonnie! Her life seems idyllic and I'm happy for her! Her ATCs and pretty much anything she creates is stunning! Xx

  6. I agree , very excited about my win but you are all a hard act to follow !!

  7. Oh yes , I meant to agree in grid, it's lovely to read all about Bonnie and her art journey in life. Love those ATC's Bonnie , as I say hard act to follow !

  8. Thank You all for the lovely comments... I really love them all... and I wanted to wish Janna for her WIN and to my Blog Buddy Ingrid, Sara, and Ruth for their wins too... being up there is just the same in so many ways... all of your work/play is WONDERFUL... Anyway... I also wanted to say to Janna that nothing is a hard act to follow... follow your heart and love it and that is what art is all about... your work is GREAT... we are all on the path to being the best WE are... some are just a little bit ahead of us... LOL.. Again I thank the DT for giving me this opportunity... I have totally enjoyed it... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  9. Congratulations Bonnie on your awesome showcase of creativity. Amazing rang of techniques and ideas. So lovely to learn more about what sounds like an idyllic lifestyle - you are blessed. Congratulations also to Janna, Ingrid, Sara and Ruth for all their fantastic wins. Wishing all a happy weekend. Nicola x

  10. Yay for Bonnie,she is one fantastic lady,a time in the spotlight well deserved. She creates the most beautiful works of art.

    Congrats to the winners too,especially Ingrid and Ruth who are great blog buddies too :)

    Donna xxx

  11. Wonderful to hear about Bonnie - what a positive, uplifting read that was. Gorgeous and inspiring ATC's too. Congratulations to Janna, Sara, Ruth and Ingrid - all fabulous creators. Nikki xx

  12. I am so so pleased to be one of the pinworthies alongside such awesome talent, congrats to Janna, Sara and of course Ingrid! Thank you so much and loved reading a bit more about Bonnie, who I love visiting in blogland. She is super talented and such a lovely person. Ruth xx

  13. great Atc's from Bonnie and nice to read some more about you x Huge congrats also to the winner and pinworthies x

  14. Congratulations Janna, Sara, Ingrid & Ruth all worthy winners for your fabulous creations. Bonnie your tags are all beautiful, I love the little heart and its pocket tag, and of course the birdies and butterflies on the other tags have not gone unoticed either. It sounds like you live in a beautiful place with a very creative family. Mo x

  15. Congrats to all the winners! Bonnie-all of your stuff is just wonderful and flawless. TFS!

  16. What fabulous ATCs from Bonnie - wow! And huge and well-deserved congratulations to all the winners.
    Alison xx

  17. Fabulous ATCs, love them all such amazing details and gorgeous colours

    Congratulations to Janna, a beautiful creation
    and congratulations to the Pinworthies too

    Jools x

  18. Thank You all for all the lovely and wonderful comments... I enjoy creating and also have learned to type with Gesso, glossy accent and stain on all my messy inky fingers... love every minute of this journey... thanks again for all your love... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  19. Wow! Bonnie! I loved seeing your work here, again, as a guest designer and reading about you and your farm and family. You have a wonderful, warm, creative spirit, and it is always a treat to see your work/play. I am thrilled to be picked as Pinworthy on A Vintage Journey; what an honor!!! Sara Emily (now to get that badge on my blog--big sigh!)

  20. Beautiful ATCs Bonnie! Congrats to all of this month's winners, such super projects!