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Friday 4 December 2015

Vintage Christmas

Hi everyone.........Annie here as this month's challenge host xx and isn't it hard to believe that its the 4th December !!!!! If you celebrate Christmas then probably are extremely busy!!!! There's just not enough hours in the day and days of the week!!! ( Don't worry I am not going to remind you just how long it is still Christmas as you probably know...eeek!!!!

For this theme you may find that your Christmas projects might just meet the challenge long as they are 'vintage' and we can see that you have in some way been inspired by Tim Holtz. (The inspiration can be in the form of a product or technique from Tim's vast range of crafty items)
Remember to check out the Travelling Instructions too x

We are very fortunate to have the lovely Susan from Country View Crafts sponsor us every month and she is offering the random  org winner a £20 voucher to spend online. Susan does not charge for UK postage, however, international charges may apply.
As well as the randomly chosen winner the Creative Guides will choose three pin worthy projects created by our fellow travellers..........i.e YOU................. with the chance to debut a Guest Creative Guide spot here on AVJ.  So get creating as we would love to have you on board our Vintage Christmas Journey
Both myself and fellow Creative Guides have been busy creating projects to inspire you...for more details on how they achieved the outcome of their projects below please visit their individual blog by clicking the link on their name.............but don't forget to click back to AVJ !!! xx

Without further is my project : 

I have decorated a lovely window box using lots of goodies from  the Tim Holtz range of products as well as other  well known  brands. For more details and a step by step pop over to my blog HERE........but be warned it is a picture heavy post so you might want to grab a cuppa xx

I love Vintage Christmas themes and I really enjoyed creating this card. I was inspired to use Tim Holtz Retro Ornaments and Stacked Stars Dies set against a brayered backdrop using Distress Paints. I love the vintage tones with a touch of shimmer, understated but elegant. Vintage tones are one of my all time favourites to create with and I was inspired to create a batch of these cards!

I was so excited when I learned of Annie's fabulous Vintage Christmas theme!  I decided to make a Christmas folio album from a recycled manila file folder that I filled with pages and tags showcasing many different techniques that the wonderful Tim Holtz has shared with us.  It's designed to be used as a Christmas gift list before the holidays and then afterwards can be used as a photo album or journal to record the special memories of the season.  Come on over to my blog for a look inside.

I loved Annie's chosen theme and as Christmas is a time for giving I created a little gift set, - a card, matching envelope and a gift card holder. To get more details of how I put this together, just visit 

It's dollshouse time again at Words and Pictures - well, almost!  I started out with a simple idea for Annie's lovely seasonal challenge, and ended up with a very complicated creation.  You can hear the full story (with the swearing edited out) if you hop over to Words and Pictures.  Oh, and you'll get to see what happens at night too!

I was excited to use my Village Dwelling, Belltower and Winter dies for my Vintage Christmas project today.  I just LOVE minatures and these dies are so easy to cut and assemble.  I used colors to mimic my own church.
There are details of how I inked my walls and roof with photos of each side of my Vintage Church as well as a photo of the windows being lit up over at my blog post here if you'd like to take a peek!

I just had to share this Vintage Christmas folio made in a class with Tammy Tutterow.  It is full of all things Tim.
Please stop by my blog here to see all the details and what is on the inside.

 For Annies 'Vintage Christmas' theme I have taken inspiration from some of my own treasured Christmas decorations and created a piece of Home decor rich in texture and traditional Christmas colour .
 If you would like to find out more you are more than welcome to stop by my blog 

I love making these crusty looking poinsettias using the Poinsettia Die and combined one of them with papers from the Yuletide Paper Stash to create a hanging ornament. Hop on over to my blog if you would like more details and a link to my tutorial for making the poinsettias.

I've loved this fabulous challenge theme from Annie and collected a number of my smaller Tim dies together as well as some ideaolgy and other embellishments to create this vintage Christmas block which will be displayed on my sideboard over the festive period. I've lots more photos at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you'd like to see further details.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and some fun over the next few weeks as we all get everything prepared.
hugs Brenda xxx

We'll I am certainly inspired  by the wonderful creations from my fellow Creative Guides and I hope you are too x

Use your dies, stamps, rub ons, Idea-Ology along with paints, inks and stains- anything you choose to create a Vintage Christmas card, home decor piece, altered art or gift for someone special.
This challenge runs for 4 weeks and finishes on the 31st December at 18:00 hours UK time.
To enter please use the Inklinkz below

From everyone here at A Vintage Journey

Have a wonderful Christmas xxx


  1. My goodness what a plethora of Christmas Vintage inspiration here with my fellow Creative Guides - each project so beautiful and different - all so festive and ready to put us in the proper spirit for the holidays! Wonderful work everyone! and I cannot wait to see what all of our creative friends link up here to inspire us even more!! Julia xx

  2. AWESOME vintage projects from you all ladies!!! Love the diversity of ideas, media and styles as ever - so inspiring! Thank you for sharing. Jenny xxx

  3. Ladies, your projects are all incredibly beautiful! Annie chose such a wonderful theme and I look forward to seeing what our AVJ followers create for us too! Anne xx

  4. Ladies, your projects are all incredibly beautiful! Annie chose such a wonderful theme and I look forward to seeing what our AVJ followers create for us too! Anne xx

  5. A fabulous array of Christmassy projects in a real vintage style. How wonderful to see them altogther like this, now I'm looking forward to seeing what our amazingly talented readers share with us.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  6. What a lovely and practical theme in December, Annie! Thank you! And how fabulous creations from the AVJ team!

  7. A wonderful array of stunning vintage Christmas projects from everyone. Thank you for such a great challenge Annie. I have just been around to visit everyone and now really feel in the mood for Christmas! Have a great weekend everyone x

  8. Gorgeous Vintage Creations! Love seeing what the DT creates every challenge! Always full of inspiration!

  9. What a joyful time I've had hopping around to see these amazing projects in detail. As always, beaming with pride to be a part of this team.
    Alison xx

  10. WOW, I love everyone's beautiful projects! Very festive :)

  11. Oh wow it's my favourite theme and time of the year. Such lovely work from you all. Merry Christmas and I will have fun joining in xx

  12. What a fabulous collection of Christmas Projects from everyone . I'm so proud to be on board with all you talented ladies . Thank you Annie for your wonderful theme - perfect for the festive season . Looking forward to seeing all the challenge entries x

  13. I am delighted to be part of this team and love the vast array of vintage Christmas projects created for our followers. I love to view the entries, especially when we go that extra mile at Christmas and New Year x x
    Huge hugs to my wonderful Teamies your creativity is beyond belief S&S

    Have a great weekend crafting x

    Anyone know how to stretch 24 hours to 32 ????

    Annie x

  14. Oh my gosh, what amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides this month, you have all outdone yourselves! Off to take a closer look at your wonderful projects and can't wait to see what our fellow travelers link up for Annie's wonderful Vintage Christmas theme! Deb xo

  15. Hi ladies, I love this challenge Annie and I loved creating my card. The artwork on display here is so inspirational and it makes me feel so festive . I am so thrilled to be a part of this team . Happy weekend. Looking forward to seeing what the entrants create . Tracy x

  16. amazing work - I adore everything - hugs rachel x

  17. Truly gorgeous makes from you all. Nicola x

  18. Fun challenge and so much great inspiration from the DT! Can't wait to visit all the team and learn all the fabulous details! Hugs!

  19. Stunning Vintage creations DT!