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, 31 March 2014
Friday, 28 March 2014
Strapped and tagged we are ready to go.
Monday, 24 March 2014
Friday, 21 March 2014
I'd like you to let the words take centre stage.
You could use one of the many fantastic sentiment stamps, or ChitChat stickers, AlphaParts, Grungeboard lettering (either pre-cut, or using the fabulous WordPlay die), or any of the other word/alphabet stamps, papers or dies you can think of, or all of them together!
Whatever you pick, let the words be at the heart of your project.
Words have always been central to my life (work and play). I love them for their meanings, their sounds and also for how decorative they can be. So there's decorative script stamping here, a sentiment which means a great deal to me, and the three large AlphaParts words on the tags which are there for their meanings, but also want to be said out loud!
'Words' is such a fab theme for a challenge and we all know that between Tim's stamps, Paperie, Idea-olgy etc we have a wealth of products and options to draw from! For my triptych I decided to focus primarily on using his word stamps, dies and paints with some script backgrounds and 'zipper pull' wordy accoutrements! There's lots of blending and distressing on his journey.
I also love making little books and I thought this would be the perfect theme for showcasing the many stamp quotes and sayings I seem to have collected lately. I made this little book from a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper following Tim's tutorial for his Valentine's book. I used up a lot of scraps and inked tags to decorate it - inside and out and finished the front with Tattered Pinecone Flower. The link to Tim's tutorial is on my blog along with lots more pictures.
I have made a card today and used the wonderful Wallflower Stash as my main background, I have added the sentiment stamped onto kraft which has been inked, masked and stamped before given a coat of gloss matte medium. Can you spot an additional little feather? Guess where that came from? There are so many of Tim's 'words' that you can use for this challenge, I hope you will travel this stage of the journey with us.
I decided my word would be "Love" as there can never be enough of that to go around! The sentiment is from my new "Nature Walk" stamps and I also had an inky play with my new "Lattice" stencil and some new embellishments. The arch frame is painted with Distress Metallic paint and distress and a light sanding, don't want to remove all that metallic.
Monday, 17 March 2014
I am incredibly proud to be a Certified Ranger Educator and have created projects for Ranger ink, Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley. My work has been published in Somerset Gallery, Craft stamper and most recently I contributed projects for Tim's new book The Compendium of Curiosities 3. I design and create from my" Little Shabby Shed" which is my special creative place in my garden.
I would really recommend you read the Travelling Instructions so that you do not make your entry non-compliant and please turn off comment moderation if you would like a comment left on your project.