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Friday 1 January 2016

A Vintage Happy New Year and new challenge

Here we are at the start of 2016 and wishing you all
which we hope will be full of love, peace and happiness plus a touch of creativity of course.

The lovely Julie originally chose this theme but it is my turn to host and to start 2016 with -


 " Let your imagination carry you back to the bygone eras setting off on an exciting journey for the New Year. Keeping it in Tim's style, we would love to see what item of luggage or mode of transport you would use on your journey, eg - think hand luggage, travel trunks, hat boxes, hot air balloons, ships and trains". 

The Creative Guides have had great fun with this one and are showing how diverse you can be in interpeting the theme. So without further ado let's see what they have for your inspiration.

I loved creating this easel card for Brenda's "Vintage Travel and Luggage" theme.
You can see that I have used several of Tim Holtz stamp sets and a die by Marianne........the card was for a 60th birthday celebration and after photographing was personalised. I look forward to viewing your entries x

Happy New Year............. xx

I would love to have lived in a bygone era and perhaps traveled on the original Orient Express but since the Tim Holtz stamp I used features a North American steam engine, I will have to settle for a trip I did a few years back, up the western seaboard of Canada, on one of these beautiful trains.  You can see more here on my blog.

I have had this little paper mache trunk for absolutely ages and decided that now was the time to alter it for our fabulous vintage travel challenge. I've used a lot of different techniques to create the vintage crackled look on the trunk and the grungeboard embellishments, so if you would like to know more then please join me over on my blog.

For this theme I have created a shadow box with an Andy Warhol influence - repeating imagery with varying colours. Purely an aesthetic influence however, I have lost all his cultural references. I have distressed my imagery and frame to add to the vintage feel. There is more detail today over at Addicted to Art.

For Brenda's challenge - I made a travel satchel for the lady traveling on her own to keep those special items she might need with her at all times apart from her stored trunks - to hold perhaps some change for tipping the luggage handlers, some blush for her cheeks, her ever present embroidered handkerchief and a journal to record the details of her trip!  I used two prints of Tim's Eclectic Element fabrics for my satchel and added a luggage tag decorated with Remnant Rubs, Chit Chat Stickers and a Pocket Card.  My satchel is reversible with 6 pockets on one of the sides.
If  you would like to see the details of my travel satchel including the reversible side with pockets, please stop by my blog!

Christmas cards completed for another year, and now it's already time to start on creating another year's worth of birthday cards for family and friends. Travel is always a great theme for male cards and for this one I was inspired by the adventures of UK astronaut Tim Peake, now circling above us in the International Space Station. It took a bit of messing around with Distress Paints and other stuff to get a real vintage look into space; find out more about it on my blog.

What a perfect theme for this challenge as we are planning a big trip later this year.  I made this travel notebook, using lots if Tim goodies, for keeping all those important things such as tickets, photos and small keepsakes. It is filled with pockets to keep everything in one place while traveling and once we return home.  Hope you will stop by my blog My "Crafty" Life on the Internet to see all the details.


For me one of the essential items that this lovely lady would pack for her journey would be a diary in which to note down where she visits and to collect small items and photos to stick in as a memento of her trip. I used the folded note book technique using one 12 x 12 sheet of Tim's paper to make the mini book and added some stamped items and small tags in pockets so there is plenty of room on which to write and stick.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the previous challenge it was lovely to see so many entries and to spend some time visiting your blogs. We hope you will join us for our new challenge theme and we look forward to your comments and projects to come.

Once more have a wonderful new year ahead.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides. xxxx


  1. Happy New Year ladies. What a fabulous selection of projects. I love how,you have all interpreted the theme. Great inspiration. Tracy x

  2. What a wonderful array of vintage travel inspiration from the team! Wishing everyone lovely travels in 2016 whether real or in our creative imaginations!! Julia xx

  3. Great interpretations of the theme and so different! Happy New Year everyone xxx

  4. Happy New Year to all my fellow Creative Guides and to everyone who visits! This is such a great theme to start off a brand new year and it is wonderful to see all the great interpretations... xx

  5. Happy New Year to all! I'd take any and every one of these brilliant projects with me on my travels this year... what a fantastic array of inspiration.
    Alison xx

  6. Happy New Year Everyone! Yet another collection of terrific projects for this month theme . You ladies never fail to do yourselves proud no matter what the challenge and provide copious amounts of inspiration .
    If these creations are anything to go by we are in for a Vintage Journey to truly remember !

  7. Fabulous projects by the very talented design team. Excited to see what you bring us in 2016. Happy New Year
    Crafty Hugs
    Linda xxx

  8. Happy New Year! Gorgeous vintage travel makes by the Creative Guides! You've got my creative gears moving already! I hope to be around to see all the details on your blogs real soon!

  9. Happy New Year all.... love all the inspiration for this theme and can't wait to get playing!

  10. Absolutely amazing creations on this wonderful theme from all of the Creative Guides, such a wonderful diversity of projects and they all encapsulate the theme of Vintage Travel perfectly! Wishing everyone a very happy and creative New Year, thanks so mush for all of your inspiration. Deb xo

  11. Such FUN ideas! Love the "outside the box" thinking and all the great samples . . .thanks for sharing!

  12. What amazing creations all so beautifully made and bursting with inspiration. Happy New Year to all Teamies and our followers.
    Happy Crafting, Julie x

  13. Great job from the team as always - some wonderful inspiration. Happy New Year to all the team and followers. May your year be filled with all the things you wish for. S@ndy xx

  14. Absolutely amazing creativity from all the team (as always!). Wishing you all a very creative 2016. Jennie xxx

  15. Happy New Year to everyone. I can't find the linky tool so am giving you the link to my entry here. Hope that works. NanaConnie

  16. As always great inspirations from thecreative difficult not to be inspired! I shall make time to visit you all soon. Wishing the entire team and all followers a very Happy New Year.

  17. Awesome DT pieces, thanks for the great challenge theme, the inspiration has added a fab element to my travel scrapbook!

  18. Wonderful DT VIntage Travel & Luggage themed creations. I'm a new follower and have made a Tag using mostly Tim Holtz items.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  19. It's nice to find a challenge that is just a little different than the others....and I love Tim Holtz and his style :) Hugs...Janie

  20. I'm a bit late to the party, but HAPPY NEW YEAR all! What amazing projects. You've inspired me to play along, I might just have time. :)

  21. Happy New Year to you all. Gorgeous DT creations!