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Friday 28 November 2014

Challenge #20 - Birds of a feather

Good morning everyone and welcome to a new challenge here at  A Vintage Journey!

In the last couple of years we have seen an abundance of paper designs, dies and embossing folders all depicting birds and bird themes. So, in order to give everyone the widest opportunity of joining in our challenge the theme I've chosen for the next two weeks is....


We'd like to see what you can create. We don't mind whether it's a card, a tag, a scrapbook layout, a journal page, altered art, home decor or anything else as long as (a) it meets our THEME and (b) you follow our RULES.

Our winner receives a £10 shop voucher from our wonderful sponsor, Country View Crafts as well as a blog badge and the opportunity to join us here as a guest for a future month's challenge. We also award 'Pinworthy' badges to 3 runners up.

As usual, our fabulous team of Creative Guides have put together their selection for you to see to get you fired up and raring to go...

 I adore anything to do with birds so I guess there's no surprise in my choosing this theme. I've used several Tim techniques and products on my matching birthday set but I've mixed in some B-Line stamps and Sizzix die cuts too! More details HERE.

What a fun theme from Chris for this fortnight.  My block is jam packed with Tim's goodies and techniques from the cage to the letter press blocks.  I hope you will stop by my blog here to see photos of all four sides.

Chris's challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to make this sweet needle felted owl from a kit I purchased several years ago.  I placed him on a tree branch from my backyard inside a Configuration Box decorated with many of Tim's Idea-ology pieces.
You can see just how I created my woods hollow scene on my blog post here

 I just had to use the gorgeous birdcage die and lots of distress crackle paste for my contribution this month. I love a neutral pallet so kept it in blacks, greys and whites. If you would like to see some more details, please hop over to Addicted to Art.

With very little in the way of birdie stash other than those wonderful Wallflower Stack papers I used a tutorial by Aida (one of Tim's Mixed Media Team) as inspiration for my canvas and making my little bird house from the Artful Dwellings Die.  If you want to see the fun I had creating this then hop on over to my blog for more pictures and details (and a link to Aida's tutorial of course!)

With Christmas coming ever closer, I decided to use this challenge theme to create a Christmas gift for a crafty friend. It's not just a card, but a tag and/or  gift card holder. For a step by step and more photos of course, visit my blog.

I was inspired to use cardboard on this project after Tim used this on his inspirational November tag. I also recently purchased some of the new Distress Spray Stains, so how could I resist having a play with them. If you would like to see how I made my wall hanging please pop over to Juliz Design Post.
I've gone simple for this one... a couple of very wintry tags featuring birds and bare branches.  There are lots of Tim Holtz products involved - Distress Inks, Idea-ology, Layered Stencils, most of the stamps and more - but more than anything else, these pay tribute to the initial inspiration that got me hooked on this whole business - Tim's stamped and inked tags.  Come and see some close-ups at Words and Pictures.

Oh how I love birds and was so thrilled when Chris chose this challenge theme. I have had birds most of my life, so it is always such fun to work these into challenges and DT work. Keeping in true Tim style, I have used his Distress inks, designer paper, stencil and some other fun stuff along with my stamps of choice! For all the details please click HERE.

I've really come back to collage work at the moment and combined it with mixed media and made a wall hanging inspired by Tim’s papers, images and ephemera and the fact that he has a fabulous mixed-media team who create some wonderful pieces to share with us. 

Now you've seen our line up it's time for YOU to get busy. Get out your inks, paints, chalks, Gelatos etc and grab your bird dies, stencils, masks, stamps, whatever avian stash you have and conjure up something that sings of our feathered friends. Whatever you create, we want to see Tim's influence clearly identified. Let's see your magic folks!  >:o)

We hope you have lots of fun with this and join in with us, we can't wait to see all your fabulous entries - good luck!

Chris xxx



  1. Great Birds used for this challenge. Love coming here!!!!

  2. Wonderful inspiration here ladies. I Hope to join you on this one. Karen.x

  3. Great varied inspiration from the team this go round. Wonderful theme Chris. Can't wait to see what everyone makes.

  4. This is fantastic. ..loved all the projects. .so much to see!

  5. I don't want to single any one of the projects because they are all amazing, (so I'll pick two!) but I love Nikki's birdcage die card, and Alison's tags. You are all incredible!

  6. Always such wonderful inspiration over here. I love them all, so different and so creative xx

  7. Great projects everyone - such an array of techniques and styles. Nikki x

  8. This is such a great theme Chris and I love all the inspiration from the team! Anne xx

  9. What a variety of gorgeous projects - something for everyone! Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with...
    Alison xx

  10. WOW!! What a wonderful challenge theme and the Creative Guide's creations are AMAZING!! There's a bird of every season being represented here!! Sooo FUN!! XOXO-Shari

  11. Fantastic projects and all so unique. Looking forward to seeing how everyone else interprets this challenge.
    Julie x

  12. Pretty theme and all your projects are beautiful, ladies! Makes me want to play with you :-)

  13. What a theme! Love my birdies! You all did a great job with your inspiration pieces, ladies! I hope I can get some time to play along this time.

  14. What a fantastic and inspiring collection of projects! Thanks for the inspiration and for the fun challenge!

  15. Amazing work from the DT I have visited them all and picked up loads of tips - thank you all

  16. Wow! So much fabulous inspiration!!! Thanks to this incredibly talented DT and for the fun challenge!!! :)

  17. I'm sorry, but I can't seem to locate the link to join in this challenge. I've looked but I don't see how to link up to the challenge. I must be missing it, but here is a direct link to my project: Sorry to be a pain! :/

    1. Hi Linsey, the link is at the bottom of the post before the comments. Nikki xx

  18. Yep, there it is! It wasn't showing up on my end, then I restarted my computer and it was there! My bad! Thanks so much for the speedy response and for your sweet message on my blog NIKKI! xoxo