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, 30 May 2014

Challenge 7 - Get Some Texture

Hi fellow travellers and welcome to the next challenge here at A Vintage Journey. Jenny here from Pushing The Right Buttons as your host for the next fortnight with a theme I hope will get your creative juices flowing.
I want you to 'Get Some Texture' into your projects, but not just any texture; Tim Holtz has shown us so many techniques for getting texture into our projects over the years. Use one (or more) of these on your piece - just remember to tell us which one(s) you've chosen!

At A Vintage Journey, we ask that the name of our current challenge theme and a direct link to that challenge be included in your blog post. There is so much beautiful art to be shared in our blogging world, but we are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog and we need to see a strong Tim Holtz influence using his techniques, projects, ideas or products. Please take a few minutes to look at our Traveling Instructions  and also visit Tim's Blog for further inspiration. For this challenge you may also want to refer to Tim's online classes, Creative Chemistry 101 and Creative Chemistry 102, and/or his three Compendium of Curiosities books (available at Country View Crafts).

The other Creative Guides (DT) have made some wonderful pieces to inspire you.  Click on their names and you'll be taken to each Guides blog to see even more and find out which techniques they've employed. Our sponsors, Country View Crafts are offering a £10 gift voucher to spend, to one winner who will be chosen by the team.

At first glance this doesn't look like your typical 'Tim style' project, but the truth is there are seven of his techniques pressed into action to create this card. Yes, you heard me right, SEVEN!!! And the texture paste through a stencil isn't one of them. So now you're wondering what they are... head over to my blog and I'll tell you all (including where you can find his instructions for them).

This challenge generates such a wealth of opportunities and creative thoughts it was difficult to decide what to do. I decided on a textured tag book which is an homage to Tim's Movers & Shapers dies, I adore them! There's a mix of inks, paints, stamps, Idea-ology and techniques as well as the dies - I salute you Tim!


I wanted to do so many things for this challenge I decided to produce three little tags with different Tim inspired textures techniques. One tag focusses on his stencils with embossing paste, one on texture fades and embossing powder and the other on Tim's new debossing folders. For a more detailed look at my texture tags please do hop over to my blog.

This is such a wonderful creative challenge and a great way to use up some little bits and pieces to create texture on a flat surface. I have used die cuts, scrim, netting and grunge paste to create the texture on my hanging and some more on the embellishments with that wonderful product - Distress Crackle Paint! There are more details and photographs on my blog - so do pop over for a look!

The moment I heard the theme for the next challenge was "Get some Texture", I was delighted, as there is nothing I like more than playing with textures! I made a tag booklet out of 2 DL sized envelopes, just the right size for two #10 manila tags. I played with paints, texture and crackle pastes embossing folders, stencils, inks and stamps. I also wanted to show that Tim Holtz style does not need to mean brown and grungy. I tried to follow the style of Tim's beautiful Wallflower paper collection. If you want a full step by step on how to recreate the look, head over to my blog.


I'm another texture-lover, so I was really happy when I saw this theme from Jenny.  For me, it inspired a pair of ATCs full of textural touches created using Tim techniques and products.  There are layers of papers, stencilling, stamping, dry and heat embossing, and a good old splatter to finish off with!  Come and see how the layers built up over at Words and Pictures.

Jenny's texture challenge is brilliant for me as I don't add texture often enough to my projects.  I have added texture by using dry embossing with Texture Fades onto Tim's Kraft Glassine (coloured with a very unusual colour of  Distress Stain) and Adhesive backed Foil along with a few other bits and pieces, details of which you can see over on my blog.

This canvas board is brimming with texture in the form of texture paste, fabrics and metal decorations.  
I love the dimension that texture brings to your projects whether in the form of embossing, stencilling, painting or just adding embellishments. The background above was stencilled, painted/sprayed with inks and then layered with fabric. The floral and butterfly embellishments were created using eclectic elements fabric. Heat embossing was used on the flower and though it did not quite turn out as planned it does add more texture. For more photographs/details you can check out my blog.

Such fabulous projects from our Creative Guides which I'm sure will inspire you to play along.  We are all looking forward to seeing what you make and remember one lucky person chosen by the team will be our winner and will receive a £10 token from Country View Crafts.

Before entering your project, please make sure you have followed the rules set out in the Travelling Instructions, as failure to do so will mean you will not be eligible for the prize (and you don't want that do you)?! And if you want the Creative Guides to leave a comment on your entry, please remember to switch off Word Verification.

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

Monday, 26 May 2014

A fabulous guest today - Linda Ledbetter

It's our day to feature a Guest Creative Guide with their project, inspired by our theme. When we invite our guests we look around for designers, educators, those leading the way in our crafting world but, most importantly, those that inspire us. Today we're thrilled to have a fabulous guest whom many of you will know and someone who has motivated so many of us with her creativity...

Linda Ledbetter is a mixed media crafter, photographer and blogger living in Boise, Idaho. She's Mom to three sweet kitties and one polka-dotted micro-mini pig, and makes her living as a barista and organic juice mixologist at her local food co-op. Her style is all over the map, from whimsical to girly to down-and-dirty grunge, and she's renowned for leaving a trail of destruction in her wake with each and every crafting session. She usually listens to 80s pop tunes and sips Very Strong Coffee when she creates, and is an admitted and unrepentant social media junkie. Currently, Linda's hosting "A Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge" based on Tim Holtz's latest book, and she really hopes you'll join in! She lives on the internet at

Hi everyone! I'm absolutely thrilled to be included as a Guest Designer here at A Vintage Journey, and so appreciate the opportunity to spend time with you guys here among all these amazing artists! My project for the "All About Him" challenge was inspired by a couple of things: First and foremost, by Tim Holtz, who I credit for opening the crafting world to an entirely new way of approaching our art. There's such beauty and inspiration in the distressed, imperfect, DO-ABLE projects he shares, and for those of us who are somewhat cute-impaired, it's incredibly freeing to let loose and-- quite literally-- color outside the lines. I love his grungy, badass aesthetic. 

The second inspiration for this challenge was Fathers Day, which will be here in the blink of an eye. Tim's imagery and techniques have always been my "go-to" for any guy-related project I want to do, so this challenge was a delight for me! I used Tim's "Time Travelers" and "Simple Sayings" stamp sets for this card, along with lots of Distress Ink and some of Tim's Idea-ology goodies. There'a a full tutorial on my blog at:

A gorgeous project Linda, colourful, creative, appealing and such a fabulously 'Tim' inspired piece. Thank you!

We hope you'll join in with us in thanking Linda by visiting her at her home blog and sharing some blogster love with her!

Our current challenge closes at 6pm on Thursday (Londom time) so you have until then to join in. Let us see what YOU can create!

See you again on Friday - have a great week.

The Vintage Journey Creative Guides xxx

Friday, 23 May 2014

It's Mo's journey today + winner

It's that time of the challenge where we have the pleasure of a guest spotlight from a previous winner and announce our last challenge winners. Today we are delighted to feature an awesome project from the very talented Mo from almo craft who was the winner of our 'Spring flowers' challenge...

I started crafting when I was a young girl, I loved taking old packaging boxes, jam jars and empty sweet tins etc. and decorating them with old wallpaper and gems to store bits and pieces in. I took up dancing in my teenage years which was my main hobby for a long time, I picked up my crafting again to fill a void when I retired from dancing about 10 years ago. I live with my hubby Alan who is my biggest critic, but is also very supportive of everything I do. I have always admired work of Tim Holtz who I have had the honour of meeting twice now. My style tends to be Vintage/Shabby Chicand as I love all things botanical, animals, birds and the seaside these themes show up a lot in my work. I don't really plan my projects in advance, I just go with the flow and see where my imagination takes me.

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was to be asked by the amazingly talented team to be a Guest Designer for A Vintage Journey. When I looked at the standard of work from previous designers my first thought was how do I follow that! It was indeed a great honour to have been given the opportunity. I put my thinking cap on and thought about a project that would fit the theme for this months challenge hosted by the lovely Anne  who chose 'All about Him'. I looked at the untidy pile of bits and pieces, my hubby Alan creates on the table whilst emptying his pockets every evening and decided that I would make him a box for his stuff.

 This started life as a plain old wooden book box with a hidden drawer, and I decided to go with the metallic theme as he was a metal worker for over 30 years. I used Tim's Painted Industrial technique throughout, using different embossing folders and tools to create the various different patterns

The photograph on the box is one of my favourite childhood photo's of Alan, he was about 8 years old here. I have backed it onto Kraft resist papers cut with the cabinet die. The old money on the bottom left is his, kept for a rainy day! the ideology pin has the wording stuff on it, and miscellaneous seemed to be a good word to describe what he collects, he is like a magpie! the admit one ticket stamped onto the back of an adage ticket is there because if we have been to a show or anywhere where you get admission tickets, he carries them around for months (I think its a man thing).

The clock, cog & spinner represents his watch which also ends up on the pile set at 6pm the time generally gets in from work, I have added an ideaology buckle and an old button to the box because for some strange reason if they break off his shirt, belt or bag, he forgets to let me know so I can fix it, again he just carries them around. The notepad and pen is to represent the pen that he keeps in his pockets and the notes written on bits of paper. The little clip board is inked mount board stamped with the Tim's wood stamp from wallpaper and wood set, I have just cut a few sheets of cream paper down to size, inked the edges and stamped the top one using a stamp from the Warehouse District set and watering can archival. I finished it off with a pen nib, clip and a little chit chat sticker. The bike stamp I will explain later.

The bulb relates to his metal working days, he used to make 1000's of lamp guards to protect the bulb of the lights in large factories. I found on one of the Wallflower papers it related to a brass guard which some of them were made of, so popped that in too, he is old school and still uses inches for measuring. The stamped hand on the old luggage label points to a key to represent his house keys,

The sweetie is a gem from old jewellery and the little star is a stud which broke off from somewhere and Alan picked it up!. On the bottom left we have Label letters in an Ornate frame and mounted on a journalling ticket.

On the base and the sides of the box you can see the metal embossed patterns much better. The feet were something else he picked up, they were studs off an old belt he found and he thought I could use them for my crafting, so use them I have.

The front of the drawer has builders shim under the foil, and I have got the pattern by running a ball tool over it. I did not have a handle that looked right, so I went hunting around in Alan's shed and found this old bike spanner and a couple of nuts and bolts. He used to ride his bike to work every day (thus the stamped bike I mentioned earlier on the top), he does not have it any more so the redundant spanner has found a new use.

Inside the box I have just lined it with the metal, and again used an emboss folder for the base.

Here you can see the pile of stuff that gets emptied out every night.

The stuff all neat and tidy in its new box.

This is such an inspirational project Mo with some fabulous ideas - the shim underlay, the spanner handle - fantastic!  (Dare we say, it's also such a practical solution to that irritating man thing, lol!) Thank you for supporting us and guesting with us today!

Thank you all very much for your entries to our last challenge which was Terry's 'Fond memories' theme - so many creative and clever projects! As usual, our Creative Guides have voted on their favourites and here are the results...

Winner of the £10 shop voucher from our sponsor, Country View Crafts, is:

#19 - Meggymay of Meggy's Way

The CGs have also decided upon the 3 projects they consider to be most 'Pinworthy'. These entrants will receive a 'Pinworthy' blog badge and their projects will be pinned to the appropriate Pinterest board:

#4 - Karen Garrard of  Winton Rose Paper Creations

#11 - Julia Sanders of My Altered Life

#20 - Sue Horsley of Vintage Efforts

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you, emails and badges are on their way!

Thank you to EVERYONE who took part in this challenge, it was really hard to choose, and good luck for our current and future challenges.

We have another fabulous guest post on Monday so please pop back and see us. Have a creative weekend all!

The Vintage Journey Creative Guides xxx

Monday, 19 May 2014

Destination Inspiration - Layering with stencils

Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of Destination Inspiration, a chance for the Creative Guides to provide you articles to inspire, motivate, provoke your thinking and enrich your creative experiences.

Having read so many comments from crafters out there in 'blogland' who feel a little intimidated by Distress Inks, stencils and such like I thought this was an ideal opportunity to take you through some of my ideas for creating a layered stencilled card background. I've used Tim Holtz Layering Stencils throughout this tutorial but you could grab the ones you have already and experiment before shopping for even more! So let's get started...

To create a visual 'guide' to the areas you are going to need to stencil start by sticking some ripped up book pages to a blank square of card. This 'trashy novel' was picked up from a charity shop in case you are worrying about me destroying a classic, and it gives you the opportunity to play with different shapes until you are happy with the design.

Brush the whole card base with white gesso; don't worry if you leave some streaks of card without gesso on as these will add to the look when you apply the ink.

When the gesso is dry you can start stencilling. I chose to stick with shades of green but you can mix your colours as you get more confident. By using gesso you are also going to 'tone down' the strength of the colours as they dry so don't panic when you first apply them! Use the lightest colour of Distress Ink and an 'open' design for the initial layer. You just want to leave a little of the white exposed.

Move up to a more detailed stencil and a darker shade/colour. Use those wripped pages as your stencilling guide, covering just those areas with your Distress Ink.

Choose a stencil with more defined and dramatic shapes for the next layer; I find ones where shapes (or in this case lettering) are in distinct lines are perfect as they help to give you 'structure' to your finished design. Use a deeper shade/colour and add more stencilling over your book pages, missing out some areas for a more patchy look.

For the final layer choose a stencil with a larger shape or pattern and a brighter shade/colour of ink. I love this Tim Holtz 'Splatters' one is perfect for adding some very 'controlled' ink splats. Finish the base by using the remaining ink on your blending tool to add some colour to the edges of the card.

And there you have it (well in this case them as I couldn't resist showing you a variation using different colours and stencil designs!) Yes, they have deliberately been left at this stage for two reasons; you need to see how they look, and then you can start to imagine for yourselves what you could add to them to complete your cards. A bit of stamping maybe? I'd recommend using darker coloured Archival Inks to give you defined images which can stand out against the background. You could reach for some of your die cuts or even a coloured image. Play around with a few and don't be afraid to layer them up over your stencilling - it is a background after all.

I hope this has encouraged you to dip your toes into the world of stencilling with Distress Inks and look forward to seeing what you produce as a result.

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

Links to products used;
Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

Friday, 16 May 2014

Challenge 6 - All About Him

Hello and welcome fellow travellers, Anne here and I am delighted that it is my turn to host the next challenge at A Vintage Journey.  I have chosen 'All About Him' as my theme.  Men are usually difficult to make things for but with Tim Holtz's range of stamps, dies and accessories it does make life so much easier!  So with Father's Day just around the corner, this is a perfect chance to create something. This challenge is to make a card/tag/3D or any other type of project specifically for a man, using Tim's techniques or products wherever possible.

At A Vintage Journey, we ask that the name of our current challenge theme and a direct link to that challenge be included in your blog post. There is so much beautiful art to be shared in our blogging world, but we are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog and we need to see a strong Tim Holtz influence using his techniques, projects, ideas or products. Please take a few minutes to look at our Traveling Instructions  and also visit Tim's Blog for further inspiration.

The other Creative Guides (DT) have made some wonderful pieces to inspire you.  Our sponsors, Country View Crafts are offering a £10 gift voucher to spend, to one winner who will be chosen by the team.

My DH is cycling mad and he is thrilled that the Tour de France will be starting in Britain again this year. We will be travelling to London to see them at the finish of the British leg of the Tour.  I made this memento using Tim's dies, stamps, embossing folders and papers and the wonderful new Letterpress.  You can see it in more detail over on my blog.

I love making my own background paper for scrapbooking, so for this challenge I decided to scrap this photograph of my husband at the wheel of our boat and create a background taking the colours from the photograph - naturally Stormy Sky and Salty Ocean Distress Inks! the Harlequin Mask (representing tidal diamonds) and that wonderful Compass Stamp.  I have used loads of other Tim stamps, die cuts and products to finish the layout which I am sure you will recognise!

 For this challenge I've concentrated as much on Tim's techniques as his products. My tag base is made using his rusted enamel technique which has been stamped and a fragment feature using his tinted vision techniques - both can be found in his first Compendium of Curiosities book. The addition of an On the edge die, Chit chat stickers and ephemera completes this story.

Anne couldn't have chosen a better theme - this month we are celebrating my Dad's 90th birthday so this is "All About Him".  I used one of my favorite old photos showing my Dad as a child.  It just so happens that this photo was taken with an Old Jalopy (my Grandfather's first car).  I used lots of Tim things here starting with the Old Jalopy Die, scaling my photo to fit, and highlighting my Dad as a child with the Monocle. I used  the Mini Pocket Watch to show how he looks today.  You will also see the use of Texture Fades,  Gears, Alfa Parts and letters from the Wordplay Die. 
Happy Birthday Dad!


Making for men is never easy, so this one was quite a challenge. I have focussed entirely on Tim's products, with emphasis on his stamps. It took me a while to appreciate them, but now I love them and need lots more! Predominantly my stamps are from the 'Roadtrip' set, I adore that tyre track. I reckon many a guy (and me) dreams of the freedom of driving Route 66 in a classic car, stopping at diners and motels on route........

With Father's Day not that far away, I decided to make a LO honouring dads everywhere in the world. I used a photo from the found relatives by the lovely Tim, but it could of course be easily replaced with a photo of your own dad. I had great fun playing with some of Tim's wonderful ephemera and there is a full description on my blog.


I was so thrilled that Anne chose "All About Him" for challenge #6 as not only is Father's Day fast approaching, but even faster is my husband's birthday. This wooden box has been hanging around collecting dust and I decided to alter it and this box will soon be used to contain those annoying TV remote controls! For this box, I used some of my new stamps, stencils, paints, dies and embellishments all by Tim! Stop on over for all the details.


I  really enjoyed making this male card, which includes masking, alcohol inks on fragments, Tim Holtz smudge stamping technique  and lots of stencilling in various DI's. Layering is such fun and makes the colours 'pop', especially when you define the edge with a dark Distress Ink.
Have fun x

I  hope you will enjoy creating something for this 'All about Him' Challenge after seeing the wonderful creations from my fellow Creative Guide team mates.  Please be sure to read our Travelling instructions (challenge guidelines).  We are all looking forward to seeing your entries.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Today's special guest is Marjie!

Hi everyone,

Today we're delighted to have a special guest with us - the very talented and creative Marjie Kemper! Marjie has been crafting for many years and has had a presence in blogland for a long time. She is well known to many of us for her particular flair, style and leadership in crafting...

Marjie Kemper has been playing with paper, ink, and paint for 15 years. She started blogging in 2011 after joining in with challenge blogs like ours, and hasn't stopped since. She is a Certified Ranger Educator and teaches mixed media classes at local stores and art retreats. This year she was one of the instructors in the online course, Creative Jumpstart 2014. Marjie's been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Studio Gallery, The Stamper's Sampler, and more. She loves having inky fingers and plays regularly in her art journal.

For the Fond Memories challenge, I've decided to use this photo of a very fond memory indeed, my Grandfather's 80th Birthday. That's my mom serving him cake, with a candle for each decade. I grew up less than a mile from my grandparents' home, and we saw them all the time. Granddaddy was famous for stretching out birthday celebrations... he'd often end up with several dinner celebrations and a few lunches over the course of several weeks, all revolving around his birthday. He'd encourage us to stretch these moments out, and make them last. He was never upset when someone couldn't visit on the actual day... he'd just say that's all the better for making it last. He had 94 birthdays, so he was pretty good at it!

I decided to make my scrapbook layout with a focus on time.... a theme Tim often embraces. I started with a sheet of 12X12 scrapbook paper from Tim's Laboratorie set. This is so my style.... it comes all grunged up and ready to go. I tore the edges off, being sure to tear towards me rather than away from me so that I'd expose the 'tooth' of the paper. That gives the ink something to grab onto when I distress the edges.

After adding Salty Ocean distress ink with my ink blending tool, I went ahead and did the same with Vintage Photo, being sure to vary the pressure and leave some blue still showing.

I don't scrapbook very much these days, but when I do I like to make customized photo mats. One of my favorite supplies is diecuts, and Tim has dozens of them (maybe hundreds at this point) with Sizzix. Here I used the Iron Gate die, and then the matching embossing folder strip to add texture to the top of the mat. I think I bought that die for a Halloween project, but I have used it this way and on tags numerous times as it's really quite versatile.

I used one of the torn strips on the mat, too. Notice since there's no 'tooth' exposed, the ink appears more muted. After diecutting Block Talk Alphabet letters, I embossed with the Papillon Texture Fade embossing folder.

I love the Sizzix Weathered Clock die and use it a lot. I embossed the clock hands and added a metal Ideaology gear here and on the photo mat. I also applied some of the Salty Ocean distress ink in random places on the paper.

The letters "Granddaddy said" and the number "94" are from Tim's Alpha Parts set, and the circle frame is a very old (red) Sizzix die.

I look forward to seeing what you do with the Fond Memories challenge!


This is a stunning project Marjie, thank you and how lovely of you to share with us your memories of your Grandad's 80th birthday - beautiful!

We hope you'll visit Marjie's blog and share some 'VJ love' with her.

The Vintage Journey Creative Guides xxx

Friday, 9 May 2014

Winner's spotlight - It's Jools! Plus our new winner!

Hi everyone,

We've reached our second Friday which means only one thing, well, two actually, our winner's guest spotlight and announcing the winner and Pinworthies from our previous challenge.

Firstly, for those of you who didn't see last month's winner's post - here is Jools - Jools is our Guest Creative Guide today...

I work full time as a Textile Design & Development Manager working on commercial projects and developing product collections, so I’m constantly being creative working with textures, design and colour which I love. In my spare time, I enjoy all types of arts and crafts and working with multimedia particularly altered art using paint, die cutting, stamps, using lots of colour, texture and experimenting with new techniques. I’m currently on the DecoArt International Design Team, so I love using paints on my projects particularly with the Gelli Plate and Stencils.

A few years ago I discovered this amazing guy called Tim Holtz, I was so inspired and it got me back into crafting but in a different way, I loved this kind of mixed up grungy style, amazing products, variety and attention to detail, and easy to alter.  I’m so pleased to have been selected as the winner ‘A little Bit French’ Challenge and asked to be a Guest Designer for the ‘Fond Memories’ Challenge. A Vintage Journey is a fabulous concept and I look forward to travelling along with future Challenges. Such wonderful themes which are always inspiring and I look forward to seeing everyone’s amazing creations.

My memory box and album is inspired by a special place with fond memories. We frequently stayed in a village in the Yorkshire Dales when I was growing up, a beautiful place, fresh air, green rolling hills and a group of peacocks! They inhabited the village and ruled the roost constantly calling and parading around displaying their beautiful feathers.

All of the images are from the surrounding area and places we visited, one very fond memory is the St Michael and all Angels, a place I loved to go into and count the wooden mice. The pews were made by Robert Thompson known as the Mouseman due to his famous carvings and trademark.

I started my memory box with an image transfer technique using DecoArt Faux Medium on the lid using a peacock feather image, I aged this with one step crackle and a wash of DecoArt Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Umber and Carbon Black.

The outside of the box was painted with black and burnt umber acrylic and decorated with Tim’s Vintage lace die cuts in black card and then dry brushed with Metallic Rich Espresso. Once dry I applied the various decorative metal fixings.

The memory album is based on Tim’s W book format but left just as a concertina only sticking the sides that form the pockets the ends fixed to the inside of the box. The great thing about the concertina book is the it allows for any depth of embellishments and you can add more pages.

I Coloured the Curio knob, Foundations box feet, trim, Word keys, heart and oval charms with Alcohol inks to add a more vintage effect.

The heart was cut from Tim Holtz die covered in modelling paste and painted with Acrylics and metallic shimmer, the smaller hearts were chipboard and painted. I also made some of the embellishments using UTEE & Ranger texture treads and edged the micro slides too.

Details of some of the feature pages and tags, I made 16 in total which was two of W books put together. The remainder are made up of photo pages.

Tim Holtz: Lost and found papers, Destinations, Kraft Resist, Kraft Glassine, Texture fades Harlequin, Nature walk stamps, Mini muse stamps, Mini Heart die, Vintage lace die, Tag & Bookplates, Curio Knobs. Heart Charms, Cash keys, Locket keys, Word keys, Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks & Stains, Glossy Accents

DecoArt: One Step Crackle, Metallics Perfect Pearl  Peacock and Purple, Rich Espresso and Glorious Gold, Traditions Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black, Burnt Umber, Modelling Paste

Other: Cricut Cartridges - Paper lace, Fancy Frames, Art Nouveau, Fiskars Plumage, QuicKutz Feather Die, Prima Vintage Trinkets

Wow Jools, what an awesome and inspirational work of art, fabulous! Thank you so much for guesting for us today and sharing this exciting project with us! We hope you'll visit Jools and show your appreciation for her work.

And now for the winner of our last challenge, Spring flowers, which was hosted by Jennie so over to her...

Thank you all so much for all the wonderful entries for the Spring Flowers Challenge. I was totally bowled over by your creative and inspirational entries, but in particular the amazing array of  different ways you all had for creating flowers!

Choosing a winner from so many fabulous entries was difficult but the most votes from the Design Team went to:

No. 57 Mo from Almo Craft
Mo created a fabulous card using Tim Holtz Wallflower papers and wonderful over stamping and made her own gorgeous pink cherry blossoms and daisies.

Pinworthy badges go to:
No. 50 Rita

No. 24 Vada

No. 30 Elly

A BIG thank you to all of you who took part and good luck in our future challenges!

The Vintage Journey Creative Guides xxx