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Monday 27 October 2014

A warm welcome back to Lynn Stevens

I am so pleased to welcome Lynn back to A Vintage Journey as a Guest Creative Guide. If you have visited Lynn’s blog at all, you will surely know about her love of all things Halloween and when Lynn guested earlier in the year she specifically mentioned that she would love to be involved for our Halloween theme. So here she is ………

Lynn Stevens has been involved with Art through out her life. She has had her own Mural and Faux Painting business for 15 Years. In her spare time she enjoys making altered art, stamping and designing jewelry often incorporating vintage or found objects into her art. She has been on many design teams. A Gilded Life, Retro Cafe Arts, Artistic Outpost, Alpha Stamps, I Brake For Stamps, Oxford Impressions, Gingersnap Creations and has been a guest designer for Technique Junkies and Scrolls work and Firecracker Designs By Pamela. She's been published in many issues of Stampington magazines and Altered Arts magazines. When she's not in her studio you can find her combing through junk shops, antique stores or yard sales looking for undiscovered treasures. Her blog address is.
I adore Tim's Halloween dies and knew I wanted to create something extra special.
I had a Christmas tree advent calendar that was just waiting for a makeover.
The inspiration comes from Tim's configuration boxes.
but I wanted to fill them with Halloween goodies so I opted for the tree re-purposed to do the trick
Center stage is set using Tim's dies.  Distress inks and some idea-ology.

Now isn’t his such a cool way to upcycle something using it in a similar way and with the same purpose but giving it a new theme and redesigning all the box front and embellishments. I love how the little scene has been created to look like a haunted house surrounded by the graveyard and all the ghosties and ghouls have come visiting.

Thank you Lynn for sharing your creativity with us and for making such a gorgeous configuration goodie box.

I know there will be further details of this fabulous make on Lynn’s blog so please take a visit to Trash to Treasure and see.

We are looking forward to seeing more of your entries this week for the Halloween To Die For theme. You have till Thursday at 6 pm (BST) and then we will be back again on Friday morning to start the next wonderful challenge which will be hosted by our lovely S@ndy.

Have a fabulous week filled with good moments and hopefully some creative time for you.

hugs Brenda xxx


  1. Perfectly creepy! Wonderful project :)

  2. What a great repurposing of an advent calendar - love the house with the kids outside and the open fence - so spooky and creative!

  3. So nice to have you back with us Lynn, what a great take on the theme. Very clever and inventive. A great way to see things in a wonderfully different way.

  4. Love the new twist on the advent calendar boxes! they look great.

  5. What a wonderful make over! Fabulous make, and what a great idea, it looks fantastic!

  6. What a fabulous piece of home decor for Halloweeen. I love the moss around your gravestones, gives a real spooky age to your project. Brilliant job.
    Julie x

  7. Absolutely splendid! Lynn always comes up with the most amazing creations.

  8. Genius design with those boxes Lynn! This looks amazing and I love all your little spooktacular scenes. Fantastic!! Nicola x

  9. Fabulous Lynn! A really spooky and creative Halloween piece. Jennie x

  10. Lynn's makeover is absolutely brilliant and love how she used all those wonderful dies to create this wickedly spooky scene! It is wonderful to have Lynn back as our Halloween Guest too. Anne xx

  11. Thank so much ladies for all your sweet comments.
    Happy Halloween !!!


  12. Fantastic project, love the colours on the boxes and how it created a spooky garden scene with the fabulous gravestones

    Jools x

  13. What an imaginative twist on the whole advent calendar concept! Love the multi layer graveyard and pumpkins Lynn. Jenny x

  14. your house is gorgeous, what good idea piling all these boxes and I love kisses pretty deco

  15. Totally cool! What a fabulous idea and beautifully executed.

  16. Wow Lynn.....this is fantastic and can be adapted for Christmas too...lovely to have you join us here at AVJ
    Sending huge hugs
    Annie x