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 7 August 2015

Things With Wings

Hello to our A Vintage Journey travellers, Anne (Redanne) here with a brand 
new challenge for August - Things With Wings!

Tim Holtz has designed the most wonderful butterfly, dragonfly and bird
stamps, dies and papers.  We would like to see you create a project using 
one (or more if you wish) butterfly, dragonfly or bird.

Our challenge is monthly and our very generous sponsor, Country View Crafts 
offer one randomly selected winner a £20 voucher to spend in their 
fabulous on-line shop.

Just a gentle reminder, we are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge and when we 
choose our Top 3 we need to see Tim's influence in your project and if you 
describe that influence then so much the better!  You do not have to use
 Tim's products and you can make any kind of project you wish, but 
please do follow our rules which you can check out here.

Our wonderful Creative Guides have been busy making some 
 projects to inspire you to join in.

I absolutely adore Tim's Perspective Butterfly stamp and some of the latest colours of Distress Ink, Blueprint Sketch (with a wonderful lavender hue) and Cracked Pistachio and of course, the new Correspondence papers.  You can see more detail over on my blog.

I have always loved the large butterfly from the Papillon Stamp Set, so I decided to make a trio of ATCs using Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Inks and Sprays. I am just loving these little Correspondence Stamps and large Chit Chat stickers which are all just the perfect size for these little pieces of art. Please do join me on my blog if you would like to know more.

I love the elegance of wings on my craft projects be it from a Butterly, Bird or a Cherub for the perfect finishing touch. Please pop over HERE to my blog Juliz Design Post to see my tutorial and techniques used on my Butterfly.

What a wonderful challenge theme Anne has picked.......especially as I so love Tim's butterflies, dragonflies and birds dies/papers. For my project I chose to go with butterflies, applying perfect pearls to their gorgeous embossed wings. I just love the way the PP twinkles in the light. 
Take care and have fun with the challenge theme xx

From the moment I saw this Bird Silhouette die I fell in love... so Anne's Things With Wings theme was a wonderful chance to get him out to play for the first time.  I've used one of my favourite stencils and some texture paste to create a simple burlap canvas to show him off.  He's even perched on a real twig!  Come over to Words and Pictures if you'd like to see all the details.

Anne's Things With Wings Challenge was just the thing I needed to push me to finally color up a Bird Crazy bird!  I layered her to a stenciled brick Cabinet die over a burlap panel that was covered in Crackle Paste and Distress Spray Stains.  Please fly over to my blog if you'd like to see more photos and details! 

I took the opportunity to use Anne's great challenge theme to make my hubbie's birthday card. He loves watching and feeding the birds so Tim's new die is perfect. Find out on my blog how I used the new micro glaze to achieve the mottled effects and make him look more realistic.

A card from me today using the Butterfly Duo Bigz die, an attempted Tim technique and distress paints and inks. Hop over to Addicted to Art for more details.

Loving birds as I do I just had to use Tim's bird die for my make - that's my inspiration. You can see the details here.  Chris xxx

Are you feeling inspired?  We hope so and we are so looking forward to seeing all your projects for our Things With Wings challenge!


  1. What a wonderful array of winged things Teamies! Each so beautiful and unique in design! Julia xx

  2. FABULOUS projects from you all, wow, a true feast for the eyes! Stunning each and every one ladies, you all rock!! (And sir Tim should be proud to have you showcase his products)!

  3. Phenomenal Creations, Ladies!! WOW! Each and every project has something wonderful and fun that I'm going to end up copying!! LOL :) :) This is a Perfect Summertime challenge celebrating our buggy & feathery friends-Tim Holtz style!! XOXO-Shari

  4. What an amazing array of projects here ladies................absolutely gorgeous and very inspiring. This is a great theme Anne and I look forward to viewing the entries of our very talented followers too

    Have a great weekend
    Annie xx

  5. Thank you so much to my talented teamies for such wonderful projects, I love each and every one and cannot wait to see all the details - you ladies are just the best! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. A stunning collection ladies - I want them all!! Off to see the details. Nikki x

  7. What a wonderful lineup of talent and some gorgeous artwork! Love all the "Things With Wings" and can't wait to visit! Hugs!

  8. Such great work from you all.....I can "soar" with all that inspiration, thanks so much xx

  9. So many lovely creations and inspiration for Annes great theme . Hope to make a visit to all your blogs to leave some love xx

  10. Fabulous winged projects fellow Creative Guides! Just off to visit you all now the wifi is back !!!!

  11. Just made my visits around all my Teamies blogs, great inspiration and crafty tips. Fab challenge Anne and I am sure our followers will love joining in as much as we did making our projects.
    Julie x

  12. Gorgeous projects... looking forward to spreading my wings and flying round to visit them all in more detail on Sunday!
    Alison xx

  13. Muy buenas obras... Un beso desde Murcia... Muy bonito....

  14. A wonderful theme and fabulous inspiration from the Creative Guides, off to find my wings!

  15. Fabulous theme and what a wonderful line up of inspiration!! :)

  16. Hello :)What a lovely challenge Blog,it's my first time playing here today,but I have joined as a follower and will come back and play again-beautiful work,and fabulous inspiration here :)
    Best wishes,Nessa xxx

  17. Thanks for all the fabulous inspiration and for the fun challenge!

  18. Stunning creations DT!
    Tammy x

  19. So many amazing creations! Thank you for the inspiration, everyone!