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 19 February 2016

Pinworthy Inspiration

Hello and welcome to Pinworthy Inspiration Day here at A Vintage Journey. Today we welcome back our pinworthies from a previous challenge to share some inspiration on our current theme - Industrial. We welcome four guests this month; Jane, Chris, Sara Emily and Maggie.

Hello, Jane from Jane's Journal here and I am delighted to have been invited to share a guest designer post with you today. I am sure a lot of you know me from blog land but I use my cat Billy's photo for my avatar.... so here I am in the flesh. This photo was snapped by my Hb last September on holiday on our beloved Rhodes.
Since I could hold a pencil and scissors I have enjoyed being a real all round crafter and just love being a jack of all trades. I am a silversmith, jewellery maker, card maker, paper crafter and cake decorator. I also love my garden and get lots of inspiration from there. I love how my crafts can cross over and I often combine ideas and even techniques. Until April I also work part time as a physiotherapist for the NHS. I had been advised the theme for this month was Industrial and I must admit initially I thought.....omgoodness what on earth was I going to make? I am not a hugely "industrial grungy" girl but after some research over the Christmas break and idea bashing I decided to get out the one "industrial" style Tim Bigz die I own. I also decided to work with foil as it was something different.......little did I know that Professor Holtz would also use a foil technique for his January remix tag! I also thought that I would twist things slightly and as it was February that I would make a Valentine card for my Hb. I am sure that most of us struggle with male cards, don't we.

You can see I used the weathered clock die to cut embossed foil covered grunge paper (try saying that in a hurry!)
 I used lots of distressing and tarnishing techniques to made a faux metal riveted background.
I added a pop of red using alcohol inked and embossed hearts and some heat embossed Valentine words.
I have a step by step over at my blog here if you would like to see how I created my card. Do pop on over, a warm welcome awaits you.


Hello, my name is Christine Smith and I am so lucky to have been asked to be Guest Designer by
A Vintage Journey for this fab challenge. Thank you!
I have been crafting for a number of years - it was my daughter, Sarah who got me into it when I became ill with ME/CFS and needed something to occupy my mind when I could no longer work - crafting has proved a wonderful therapy, I love it! Also it is so cool to have met so many lovely people in Blogland.  I can't manage as much crafting as I would like but I love stamping and anything inky.  I try lots of different things too and am still learning all the time.

The theme was very much out of my comfort zone and I have to confess, I did struggle!
The background is DIY silver sticky tape stuck on card then embossed with a ball tool and ruler along the joins then detail added freehand and with a stencil.  Alcohol inks were also dabbed over followed by black paint which was then partially rubbed away so it looks 'dirty'.  The butterfly is by Sizzix and is cut using silver card, embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder, again coloured with alcohol inks then brads added for detail.  The sentiment is stamped on card inked with Distress inks.  Here is a close up photo so you can see the detail a bit more as this was really hard to photograph!
Further details can be found on my blog here.

Once again, thank you so much all at Vintage Journey - I really enjoyed having a go at something so different even it was very scary!  Thank you for having a look and I hope you join in with this awesome challenge!


Sara Emily
Hello, everybody!  It's an honor to be invited back as Guest Designer here at A Vintage Journey today.  My name is Sara Emily, and I'm known in blogland as sarascloset. I live in the US with my husband, 17 year old boy/girl twins, and my twin kitties. I have been crafting in some way or another practically all my life. I love to try different styles, but my real love is Vintage Grunge.
I was excited but perhaps a little intimidated by Tracey's theme "Industrial", thinking cold steel, but once I got started I felt I could meld industrial quite well with my beloved grunge.  My wall hanging was influenced by Tim's Industrial technique and also inspired by Nikki's "I Imagine, I Believe, I Create" wall hanging. I am thrilled to have her gorgeous, motivating work of art in my home to inspire me every day!
I've used metallic paints, custom blended embossing powders, and Ranger Embossing Puffs to give both a modern and vintage/grungy industrial feel to my backgrounds.
I used Tim's Steampunk Texture Fades, his Industrial technique, more compounded embossing powders, Small Talk stickers and one of  Tim's stamps to make my tags.
If you would like to see more photos and details on how this was made, please stop by my blog.  I would like to thank the lovely and talented Creative Guides for allowing me to join them today!
 Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


Hello everyone Maggie here with my interpretation of February's  challenge Industrial.  I was very pleased and honoured to be asked after my Pinworthy mention for the Fireworks challenge  in November. Here is a little bit about myself:
I have always crafted can't remember a time when I wasn't making something.  I was introduced to rubber stamps approximately 23 years ago and very quickly an obsession with stamps, inks, papers took over my life, and the rest they say is history.  I Love to blog my makes and join challenges which really stretch the imagination.  I am happiest when I can get inky and messy, love to learn new techniques and of course anything Tim Holtz gets my attention!
Industrial is one of my favourite Tim techniques and I was really pleased to revisit this one, my hardest decision was what to make, after a rummage I found a very neglected "M" in my stash.
I used foil tape and several sizzix texture fades, the foil was firstly added to card before embossing otherwise I find it rips. This was then cut into pieces to fit my "M" as you can see they varied in size.
After sticking these down I applied acrylic paint Adirondack Sail Boat Blue and Espresso. I covered all sides of the "M" just forgot to take photos!
Lastly I gathered together some flowers which I dyed with distress inks, I also die cut tattered flower pieces and caged bird from the foil and applied same paint and a little bit of black acrylic paint, added Idea-ology tag and metal brads to flowers and Chit Chat stickers.
I hope you like my interpretation of this challenge and thank you so much for asking me it has been  great fun and a pleasure to be travelling here.


Thank you ladies, so much wonderful creativity! I love the fact they are all so different.
If you would like to join in with our Industrial theme challenge there is still plenty of time to play along - it would be great to see you!

Nikki on behalf of the AVJ Creative Guides


  1. My goodness what wonderful Industrial projects here from all of the pinworthy ladies - each so differently creative and inspiring! Thank you all for sharing your talents with us at AVJ! Julia xx

  2. fabulous projects from everyone!

  3. Thanks so much for inviting me over today. I had great fun making my Industrial Valentine's and you will be pleased to hear that my Hb loved it. Gorgeous work from the other Pinworthy's...I shall pop on over to their blogs. Happy Friday and happy crafting xx

  4. Four amazing projects ladies !!! Lovely to have you here with us at AVJ sharing your wonderful talents. Jennie x

  5. Oh wow ladies, you have all out done ourself with these amazing projects, - so much talent and so inspiring!! It was also wonderful to find out a bit more about each of you! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us here at AVJ!

  6. What a fantastic array of stunning industrial projects ladies, they are all fabulous and so inspiring!! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Fabulous Industrial creations! Ladies Thank you so much for sharing not only your creativity but also your mini biogs- Lovely to get to know you x

  8. Thank you for the opportunity to travel with you,I had great fun giving my neglected "M" a make over, this now stands in my craft room as a lovely reminder of my journey with AVJ.

  9. Ladies, you all have blown me away with your awesomeness! Your projects are each so cool and inspiring! This challenge has been so hard for me and I think this gives me the boost I need to give it a go! TFS and congrats on your awesome features!

  10. Wow, what amazing industrial creations from all of you talented ladies, so very glad you joined us here at AVJ to share your wonderful work, thank you so much! Deb xo

  11. Wow ladies, what a stunning line up of industrial projects, with fantastic attention to details in them all. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
    Julie x

  12. My goodness! Four amazing projects from Jane, Chris, Sara Emily and Maggie! All such different styles and different projects and each beautiful in their own right. Thank you so much ladies for creating industrial magic here at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  13. Thank you to the talented Creative Guides for inviting us here today to play alongside you and for all these encouraging comments! I had so much fun making my rusty industrial wall hanging! Maggie, Jane, and Chris -- your projects rock, and I'm so humbled to be sharing this post with you! Hugs!

  14. Fantastic inspiration from the Pinworthies - what amazing projects all round!
    Alison x

  15. Brilliant projects from you all this month with such fantastic creativity and a wealth of ideas, thank you all for your support and for sharing your amazing talent with us.
    hugs Brenda x

  16. Gorgeous makes by all the Pinworthies! Fantabulous. Such a varied and eclectic gallery here! Wowzers! Sara's designs sings to my heart-absolutely stunning! ~Niki