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, 4 September 2015

Home Sweet Home

Hello fellow travellers at A Vintage Journey! 

Jennie here as your host for the September challenge - however before I give you the details I want you to join me in welcoming a new Creative Guide to our fabulous family. We are so very pleased to have

Tracy Evans of Craft Addicts

joining us on our fabulous creative vintage journey. Tracy's mixed media style is truly eclectic and she will be a fabulous addition to our diverse team.
So now on to our challenge! which this month is 

Home Sweet Home 

For most of us the summer holidays are over, schools are back and it is nice to be home and back in the usual routines. So for this challenge we want to see you create a project which sums up "home" (either past or present) and using Tim's fabulous array of products and techniques.

Remember that this is a Tim Holtz inspired challenge so please make sure that Tim's style is clearly evident in what you make. You do not have to use Tim products, but we we do want to see that your project is inspired by one of of his wonderful techniques that he so freely shares.

You can make anything you want, as long as it clearly follows our Travelling Instructions. Just click HERE if you want to double check before entering.

Our challenge is a monthly one and a randomly chosen winner will receive a £20 gift voucher from our very generous sponsor, Country View Crafts. We also award our Pinworthy badges to the Top 3, chosen by the Creative Guides.

And now without further ado it is time to unveil the Home Sweet Home projects created by our Creative Guides far and wide.


Whilst I loved my summer holidays as a child I couldn't wait to get home to make a box to keep all those wonderful treasures I had collected. I had boxes all over my bedroom full of the most amazing bits and pieces of junk! So in memory of those cereal/wallpaper boxes I have made a box using many of Tim's products in my own vintage style and thought this photo booth picture looked a little like me when younger! There are more details on my blog if you want to see more.

My first piece for A Vintage Journey was inspired by one of Tim Holtz sentiments "Enjoy The Journey". I feel creating a piece of art should be about enjoying the process, the creative journey. I decided to alter an old embroidery hoop, giving my piece a real homespun feel, combining old and new products, highlighting just how versatile the products are and how well they all work together. You can see more detailed instructions and pictures on my blog. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the team for inviting me along for this exciting creative journey.

Jennie's lovely challenge couldn't be more fitting for me. I have just returned to "Home Sweet Home" and so happy to be here. I used lots of Tim's goodies on this page of my art journal - Distress Paints, Layering Stencils and Grunge Lettering. Please stop by my blog My "Crafty" Life on the Internet for more details and photos.

I love to have vintage touches around my home and decided to make a wall hanging with all my favourite things using different crackle techniques, paints, stitching and distressing. Love to have you pop over to my blog - Juliz Design Post to see my ongoing process x

It was one of those rare occasions when I knew exactly how I wanted to tackle the theme, adding a heart to the centre of a 3D house, as for me 'home is where the heart is'. Then when the pages of my 'Compendium of Curiosities 3' fell open at the page showing Tim's altered burlap techniques it seemed as if fate had intervened to show how to cover my little house. And as it progressed further many more of Tim's ideas came into play too. You can see more on my blog.

I decided to use a technique from Paula Cheney to create a canvas for this challenge. I also decided to use my new and what turned out to very bright distress paints! I love each one of them, but may not use them together next time! Do pop over to Addicted to Art to see the details today.

I have just received the new tea time die and just had to have a play with these gorgeous tea cups. I have created a shadow box and used Tim goodies and Wendy Vecchi's faux gilded technique that she taught us on her workshop I attended recently. Although I prefer coffee to tea I can see me having lots of sun with these cups.

With my dollhouse connections I love little houses, so as soon as I saw Jennie's theme I knew I wanted to create some with the Artful Dwellings die. As I played, I was thinking about what it is that makes a house a home. If you want to hear some of the thoughts I came up with, as well as see some close-ups (this one really is tricky to capture in one photo!), do come and visit me at Words and Pictures.


Well who could not be inspired by so many wonderful projects! So now it is over to you and we are all looking forward to seeing what you create.

Jennie x


  1. Lovely work from the team and welcome Tracey - you just jumped right in with a beautiful piece. I'm getting settled in and will be around to visit you on your blogs.

  2. What wonderful heart felt home projects here ladies! Each so different and personal and yet having the common theme of feeling safe, loved and happy! So much beautiful inspiration - I'm off to see all the close up details of each. Welcome Tracey to our team - it is a pleasure and honor to have you with us! Julia xx

  3. Lovely challenge theme with beautiful inspiring ideas!!!

  4. Fabulous work from ou all, can't wait to see the details on your blogs! Great work like always ladies!!

  5. A huge welcome to the very talented Tracy, a truly wonderful addition to the team. Ladies you have created the most fabulous and inspiring projects! Anne xx

  6. Just gorgeous samples from a most talented team, well done everyone. Welcome to Tracy it is so lovely to have you aboard AVJ and your talents and style complements and enriches our line up beautifully. Wow what a great start to September. xxx.

  7. Thanks so much for the warm welcome , I am thrilled to be a part of the team. Wonderful projects ladies, all so unique and wonderful details. It's lovely to see everyone's take on the theme. Tracy x

  8. Happy to see Tracy on the team, she is a fabulous addition to an already fabulous design team! Gorgeous Home projects by the Design Team!

  9. What an array of homes...lovely challenge and great inspirations.

  10. What I love about this collection is we have journals, 3D, Altered Art, canvasses and much much more! Great work. xx

  11. A fabulous array of inspiration which I'm sure will inspire all our followers in joining in Jennie's challenge. Warm welcome to you Tracy and great to have you sharing this journey with us all.
    Julie x

  12. Wonderful projects from you all! Nicola x

  13. It was so lovely hopping round to see all these fabulous projects... once again, I'm so proud to travel alongside all of you, and with the fabulous Tracy on board now too!
    Alison xx

  14. Welcome Tracy to AVJ and such a grand entrance! As always all the CG inspiration and projects are fabulous! Can't wait to catch up and visit all of you! Happy Sunday!

  15. Fabulous projects as always from the very talented Creative guides . Its been time well spent hopping on over to all your blogs to see and read more about your creations . Wonderful Challenge theme Jennie . x

  16. a fabulous array of inspiring projects...................its just wonderful the way everyone loves Tim and comes up with something totally different for the challenge themes

    TFS and hugs Annie xx

  17. Wonderful creative projects and a great theme, I think I have an idea :-) Many thanks!

  18. Yay, I got here! I love the team projects and this challenge blog!


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