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 15 September 2014

Welcome Elly as a Guest Designer

If you are someone who knows Elly’s work then you know we are in for a treat, if you don’t then please pop over to ‘Mixed Media and More’ for a treat. You might like to take a cuppa with you whilst you rattle along getting more and more engrossed in the posts and projects.


My name is Elly and I joined the crafting world via YouTube with my first creations of mini books in 2010. I started as a paper crafter and discovered the the world of mixed media as I found Michael DeMeng and Andy Skinner. After my first online workshop with Andy Skinner, I was infected creating art with acrylic paints and all the unlimited possibilities with upcycling and altered art. I love to create art any style with whatever I can get my hands on.



Well, the first time I stumbled across Master Tim happened nearly 4 years ago, as I was trying to create a wedding album for a friend. Searching the world wide web for ideas, I ended up on YouTube and never left it since. At the beginning I wasn't focused on Master Tim's techniques, just because it wasn't that easy to buy his stuff and the first paperline I've bought was lying around for weeks because I wouldn't waste it. Now, looking at my first project again, where I used the Lost and Found paperline but also acrylic paint and a gloss medium, I guess I already started on a mixed media path.


According to my first steps in blogland I've created a little mini album from corrugated cardboard. The best part of *all things Tim* is....that it doesn't matter what you're using, you can never fail to create something with a vintage - grunge look. Everything mixes and matches somehow. You only have to start 


The pages are roughly distressed and sprayed with my favorite colours of inks in blue and brown.


As a lover of acrylic paint, I'm an old fashioned user of the acrylic paint dabbers and I used gold, pitch black and aqua. The butterflies from acetate had a treatment with alcohol inks in pool and caramel. The grungeboard flourish is coloured with the dabbers and Distress Crackle Paint clear rock candy. I love the new Sizzix Alterations *French Flights* which fits my favorite stamp sets Stampers Anonymous *Papillion* and *Paris to London*


As I mentioned before, everything mixes and matches. Burlap, Sizzix Alterations *Frameworks* and some cool Idea - ology *Alpha Parts - framed* If you're interested, you'll find more details and a step by step of *the tag on the cover* on my blog:

Wow Elly how lovely that you have re-visited your first steps in blogland and made this amazing little album, complete with flourishes. It’s full of wonderful vintage distressed images, fabulous layers and lots of techniques and grungy goodness. This is one of those inspirational projects that people love to look at and we are so pleased you have shared it with us today. I am also fascinated with the first project you made with Tim’s papers, the box is perfect for keeping that fabulous album in. They both look so tactile and interesting.
Thanks everyone for popping in today on this leg of our journey with Elly. If you haven’t see our latest challenge you can find it here and it will be great to see you there with your own project if you haven’t already jumped aboard.
Enjoy the week and hopefully some creative time.
hugs Brenda and the team xxx


  1. OH wow Elly! This is such a a lover of corrugated cardboard and this just is perfect. The natural texture of it, rogged and grungy...just WOW!

  2. Welcome Elly, so nice to have you with us and your book is simply unbelievable, just love it. I am on my way to your blog for a visit.

  3. Elly I adore your style and absolutely love what you created for us here! Great to have you with us, this book looks simply fantastic!!

  4. This looks gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration Anneke.

  5. A fabulous book - I love all the textures and amazing colours. Great to have you with us x

  6. WOW Elly! I'd be really proud to display a first project if it looked that good and as for your album, well it's a joy to behold. Talk about embracing texture and taking it to the next level! Stunning work. Jenny x

  7. I feel so lucky and very proud to own a piece of your work Elly, your work is always so inspirational. Your first piece of work is beautiful and your book is out of this world gorgeous! Lovely to have you with us here. Anne x

  8. Fabulous mini album, love all the gorgeous textures and amazing detail and lovely colours

    What an beautiful first project too
    Fabulous as always

    Jools x

  9. Fabulous mini book, just love the blending of colours, gorgeous! Ruth x

  10. Great job. I love all of it.

  11. It's lovely to have you here at AVJ Elly :-) Your projects are stunning and I love your album.

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  12. I am a huge fan of Elly's art- and these pieces are exactly why I am such a fan! Every element Elly uses makes you want to look closer and touch it-to feel the textures! Bravo Elly!!! xoxo

  13. Elly, your album is wonderful and packed full with so many techniques and awesomeness. Love your mixed media project you shared and so happy to see you hear at AVJ!

  14. YAY Elly!!! It's a joy to see you here at AVJ as a Guest Designer! Your mix media creations are a fav of mine and your advice "You only have to start" is soooo true!! Brenda, thanks for sharing Elly with us! I know I'm a fan & follower of hers :) XOXO-Shari T.

  15. Absolutely beautiful work from Elly - wow! What glorious colours and textures... lovely to have you with us!
    Alison xx

  16. Fabulous project Elly love all those painty grungy layers and textures on your album, popping over to your blog now to see more. Mo x

  17. wonderful post Elly. as always. good to see you here my friend. x