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 13 March 2015

Happy Friday Everyone.

So how did you like Alison's first DI post with the new changes, good eh? And there are still three more of them to come, all with the same ingredients but I can guarantee the projects will all be very different and you are bound to pick up some tips, tricks and inspiration along the way. Watch out on  Monday to see the next one ....... and I wonder who it will be?????

Onto our second Friday post of the month where we continue with the Winners theme. Here we are showcasing a project from one of the previous challenge winners and we announce the next winner and pinworthies from the last challenge too. My Special Numbers theme was up last up so if you entered it you might like to take a  scroll down. It might be you mentioned in the list.

So today I am very pleased to introduce you to Ruth who has joined us with a very special make. Ruth has joined us from A Love To Create and I would recommend a visit to see her lovely work. Lets see what she has made us.


Hi everyone, my name is Ruth and I was just delighted to be asked to design something Tim inspired following my recent win and had absolutely no hesitation in saying YES to such an honour, this is such an inspirational team and blog. Then when I found out it was their first birthday I felt so lucky and twice as so thrilled …and twice as scared… no pressure then! 
There are very few photos of me as a child but in keeping with the DT guides photos I found this one of me as a bridesmaid.

I just love creating (hence my blog title) and have done so since a child. My mum had a haberdashery shop which we lived behind and I have very fond memories of firstly having a real shop to play ‘shop’ in and secondly just spending ages in the shop once closed  just looking at all the colours and textures, drawer upon drawer of velvet ribbons, silks, threads, wool etc….oh happy days! I’m sure this started my lifelong love of colour and texture and of course my mum taught me all sorts of skills, so the 2 combined.
I started stamping about 25 years ago and then later discovered Tim’s distress inks. Vintage is definitely my favourite genre although I will dabble in most styles…and vintage is definitely Tim inspired. When I found out what the topic was I decided to try and do it all on a small scale, so this is my Tim Technique Tin!

I’ve used favourite and probably iconic stamp images and my favourite techniques, though I feel I’ve only just scratched the surface.

It started life as a tea caddy about 3.5” x 3”.

I aged it by heating it on the hob/ stove…outside on a barbecue might be safer! It takes on a gorgeous patina.

I stuck to a brown and blue colour scheme so the piece would look more cohesive. For the lid I’ve used alcohol inks and metal.

The front has a steampunk winged heart, the large cracks weren’t deliberate but I embraced the imperfection and like it. Some stamping and distress glitter is going on as well.

Moving to the right around the tin, the background’s are distress inks…of course..clear embossing paste through stencils, diecut tattered florals out of clearly for art ( had to include a flower somewhere) and the blue stamping is my new favourite cobalt blue.

The back of the tin is the type of mixed media, journaling style of page I like doing. We have some rusting, ephemera going on and for the background I’ve used an embossing  folder .

Lastly and probably my favourite, we have the shabby chic technique on the diecut and I've used perfect pearls, rock candy stickles and crackle paint. I've also used my favourite stamps, that text and those butterflies!  Hope you enjoyed and I want to take this opportunity to  thank Brenda and the team so much for inviting me….ooh and Happy Birthday! 
Ruth x

And a huge thank you too you too Ruth, what a fantastic altered tin you have made with each side so beautifully decorated and embellished and with a wonderful rust and blue colour palette. We are so pleased you joined us and that you made this wonderful creation with our initials on. That is so very special.


Onto the winner and pinworthies from the last challenge. The Creative Guides have given me their preferences and I have had a very difficult job pulling their choices together, but here they are -

Our winner for the Special Numbers challenge is -

I love this very vintage shabby card full of wonderful textures and techniques.
Congratulations Pamellia your badge and voucher from Country View Crafts will be on their way soon.

Next up are the Pinworthy mentions and in no particular order we have....

#11 Suzz

#13 Nicole

#22 Deb

Thanks ladies for your wonderful contributions and sharing your amazing talent with us. Your badges will be on their way soon too.

Thank you for all the amazing comments we have received on the challenge blog for our fist birthday, we are so thrilled and amazed at how many of you have been so encouraging and supportive about the challenges and about our projects. We love what we do and feel so buoyed up with all the incredible things you have said.  If you haven't seen the new changes and haven't seen the theme and prizes that are up for grabs then you must pop over and take a look. It's now a whole month you get to create something and to join in and the winner now gets a £20 voucher from Country View Crafts.

See you over there.

hugs Brenda and the Team xxx


  1. AWESOME project from Ruth, lots of Tim love being shared. All sides of your tin are so well thought out and merge together beautifully. A truly inspirational piece of ArT:-) xxx

  2. Truly wonderful work from Ruth covering so many favourite techniques I lost count! Each and every surface has so much to delight and excite - it's another of those projects that needs several visits to take it all in... and huge congratulations to Pamellia and the Pintworthies, Sue, Nicole and Deb. Amazing entries that fully deserve their spotlights and plaudits. Jenny x

  3. What a great tin Ruth made, so many techniques on one project. Well done to Pamellia and all the Pinworthies with your lovely numbers pieces. The next year for AJV looks even more exciting with so much inspiration. Have a crafty weekend everyone x

  4. Fabulous to find out more about Ruth, I can just imagine you in that haberdashery shop Ruth, and wow, what a project! How clever to age the tin just by heating it, and how I love each of the sides of your tin!!

    Big congrats also to all of our wonderful winners! Your work is so inspiring!

  5. Oh wow Ruth, as you already know, I love your work and this project is outstanding! I love the way you aged the tin, it looks superb and your decorating of it is so, so beautiful - especially the 'rusted' side. This is a wonderful celebration of all things Tim and a wonderful way to commemorate AVJ's birthday too! Thank you for being an amazing Guest Designer!

    Huge congratulations to Pamelia on your win and to Sue, Nicole and Deb on being our Pinworthies!!

  6. Such a fabulous project from Ruth - another long-time fan here! I just love the heating to age the tin, and then such delights on each side as you turn it around. And of course my favourite colours too...

    Congratulations to all our winners!
    Alison xx

  7. Lovely project Ruth. What an idea to heat up the tin to gets it's natural distress colors! The tin looks every bit Tim all around. Congrats to all the winners, awesome projects.Hugs.

  8. Huge congrats Pamellia and all the pinworthies...just fabulous work. Ruth x

  9. Wow! Loving all the inspiration in these projects.

  10. What a wonderful transformation on your tin Ruth! Each side is so creatively done - thanks for this lovely inspiration and for being Guest Creative Guide today! Big congrats to Pamellia for winning with your gorgeous card - and to Pinworthies Suzz, Nicole and Deb - such creative inspiration from all!

  11. A brilliant idea to transform this tin, for wonderful results!
    Congratulations to Pamellia and the pinworthies!

  12. Fabulous transformation Ruth - the heating is so effective and your metal and other embellishments are wonderful. Congratulations to Pamellia, Deb, Suzz and Nicole. Nikki x

  13. WOWIE!! What a wonderful transformation of that simple tea tin, Ruth!! Just LOVE it!! And what a clever idea to age the tin with heat!! Congratulations on your Guest Creative Guide spot here--My hat's off to you!! :) :)
    Also-congrats to Pamellia and the Pinworthy's Suzz, Deb & Nicole! Fabulous creations!! XOXO-Shari

  14. Just amazing Ruth! Such a gorgeous makeover project and what a wonderful recycle idea! Thank you so much for choosing my card as the winner, I had so much fun putting this one together. I am truly honoured! Congrats also to Deb, Suzz and Nicole for their Pinworthy projects, wonderful makes all around! hugs :)

  15. Love the altered tin! Amazing piece!!! HEHE...I just saw my ATB on Pinterest!!! Thanks so much and congrats to my fellow teamy Pamellia on your win and to Deb and Suzz!

  16. What a wonderful little Tin Ruth and a great idea heat distressing it. Love following your creative blog and don't you look so cute in your bridesmaid dress.
    Congrats to Pamellia and our Pinworthies with their stunning projects.
    Have a great weekend everyone, Julie xx

  17. Stunning alteration and transformation Ruth - this looks superb. Congrats to the lovely Pamellia and the pinworthies too. Nicola x

  18. Love your tin, Ruth; an amazing transformation with 4 little ATC's! Great work on the embossed lid! Huge congratulations to Pamellia--her card is truly a work of art! Congrats to the Pinworthies, too!

  19. What a gorgeous Tim transformation of your tea tin Ruth, each and every surface is beautifully altered with so many amazing techniques. Brilliant idea to age it naturally in the oven as well! Congrats on being chosen as a Guest Creative Guide and congratulations as well to Pamellia for her Special Numbers challenge win! I am excited beyond words on being chosen as one of AVJ's pinworthies, thank you so very much and congratulations to Suzz and Nicole as well for their pinworthy mentions, beautiful creations all around!

  20. A wonderful transformation! Love the way so many techniques are showcased too! Congratulations to Pamellia and the Pinworthies! Chrisx

  21. Gorgeous tea tin Upcycle! I love that you out it on the stove, I am so trying that! Congrats to Pamellia and the Pinworthies, yall Rock!