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Friday 11 March 2016

Industrial Challenge Winner & Pinworthies

Hello everybody Tracy here.  It's time to reveal the Winner and the Pinworthies for the Industrial Challenge (February 2016) hosted by me last month.  Thank you to all those who played along - as always there were so many fantastic entries, and we enjoyed visiting all of them.

Before we reveal our winners though, we're delighted to welcome Sara Emily of Sara's Closet back as a Guest Designer.  She earned this spot with her win in December, and we know you're going to love what she's created for our Birthday Challenge with the contents of her travel bag... but she can tell you all about that in her own words.

Hello, everyone!  I'm delighted to be invited back again as Guest Designer here at A Vintage Journey! My name is Sara Emily, otherwise known as sarascloset.   I live in the US with my husband, 17 year old boy and girl twins and my twin kitties.  I have a been keeping my hands busy with arts and crafts as long as I can remember, and started blogging in 2014.  I love to try new things, and will give any style a whirl, but my true love is Vintage Grunge.

When Alison told me I would be using rust as the technique in our travel bags, I was thrilled!  I have been working in my Closet with my mixed media products to see which products work the best to create different types of rust.  Today I have created a tag using three of the techniques that I've come up with.  I call this my Rusted Porcelain technique, although I've included some rusted steel and chicken wire, too!

I started by using my Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate die to cut the cardboard (substrate) from a steno pad. I added some torn vintage book pages and gesso and colored it using Distress paints, Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet (color), as well as Rusty Hinge in areas where I wanted to build up some rust (technique). A little crackle, stamping, some glass bead gel, more paint, and some Ground Expresso Distress ink finish the background.

To balance out all those hard surfaces, I added a little hand dyed vintage trim and seam binding.  The originally silver toned metal flower (product) and the Butterfly Duo die cuts were given the same rust treatment as the tag.

The rusted chicken wire (Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlit) is a piece left over from another project, and is rusted using embossing puffs and my own concoction of powders. The rusty nail (authentic rust) is from my stash. (Better here than in my tire!)

The rusted "steel" backing  (substrate) balances out the dark rust of the nail and the chicken wire.  Wait 'til you see what I used on that--a little hint--you'll find it in your kitchen!

If you would like to see more photos and read details on how this was created, please stop by my  blog.  I would like to thank the lovely and talented Creative Guides for inviting me to join them today!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Thank you so much for sharing your brilliant work with us here, Sara Emily.

Now, without further ado, here is the randomly selected winner of the voucher sponsored by Country View Crafts...

That's Aisha of Enter into the Magic with this fabulous layout.  Do follow the link to take a closer look.

Congratulations, Aisha!  Your badge and voucher will be with you shortly, and we hope you will join us as a Guest Designer here in the months to come.


And now for the Pinworthies, selected by myself and the Creative Guides.  Here they are, in no particular order...

#1 Suzz Stamping Spot

#25 Lys Scrap

#28 That Crazy Chick


Fantastic work all round, congratulations.  Your badges will be on their way to you shortly, along with an invitation to join us as guests here at A Vintage Journey soon.

Thank you again to all who played along.  We hope you're enjoying our Birthday Celebration Challenge this month and that you are inspired by our Travel Bag - there are already some amazing entries, and we're looking forward to seeing lots more.
See you somewhere along the road!
Tracy and the Creative Guides x


  1. Sara Emily, you blew this challenge away with your awesome and inspiring tag! Every last detail is pure lusciousness! Biggest congrats to these ladies who did such amazing creations for the industrial theme. Congrats everyone!

  2. Welcome ! Sara Emily What an absolutely fabulous tag you have created using the contents of the travel bag .Love how you have used three different techniques to create a rust effect- all of them so effective . You've created so much interest in your tag with all the detail and the rusty nail just seals the deal for me . thank you for sharing a beautiful tag with us today .
    Congratulations to all the worthy winners! You all created some terrific projects .
    have a lovely weekend everyone
    Amanda x

  3. Beautiful tag Sara!!
    Congratulations to all winners, your projects are stunning!

  4. Sara Emily your tag is gorgeous! Love the negative space which makes the rust and purple even more beautiful. Congrats to all the winners! I am honored to be highlighted by this amazing DT! Thank you for selecting mine as pinworthy!

  5. Fabulous, fabulous tag Sara and great to have you with us again!! And of course big congrats to our pin worthies too, your projects were amazing and thank you so much for having shared them with us here!!

  6. As Astrid has already said, Sara, it is great to have you Guest for us again!! Your tag is amazing and very inspiring - I just love the addition of the rusty nail to the butterfly! Congratulations to Aisha on her win and also to our wonderful Pinworthies, Suzz, Lys and That Crazy Chick! Anne xx

  7. What a great tag Sara Emily! Wonderful rusty pieces along with the lighter parts - you really have an eye for color balance - thank you for Guesting with us today and sharing your techniques! Congrats to the Pinworthies - all of your projects are so creative and inspiring! Julia xx

  8. A fantastic tag, Sara Emily! you master the rust perfectly! Congratulations to the winners and thanks so much for choosing my creation among the pinworthies!

  9. Sara, I really like your rust technique...i'll have to test some concoctions of my own. Thank-you to the team for selecting me as a pinworthy, feels amazing.

  10. ohh woow thank you so much I'M SOO SOO HAPPY!! Congrats to all winners beautiful projects!!!

  11. Amazing tag by our guest designer Sara and congratulations to our winner and pinworthies for the Industrial challenge! Fabulous creations one and all,thank you for sharing your talents with us all! Deb xo

  12. Huge Congratulations to all the winners! They are ALL fabulous Industrial makes! Thank you for all your kind words about my rusty tag! Hugs!

  13. Huge Congratulations to all the winners! They are ALL fabulous Industrial makes! Thank you for all your kind words about my rusty tag! Hugs!

  14. Fabulous tag Sara, I adore the rusty nail for the butterfly body. Lovely use of the contents for this month. Huge congratulations to the winner and our amazing pinworthies. Tracy x

  15. Fabulous tag from Sara Emily - thanks so much for sharing here. Congrats to our winners and pinworthies - just off to pin your creations on our pinterest boards! Nikki xx

  16. Brilliant tag from Sara and congratulations to the wonderful winner and Pinworthies - fabulous projects! xxx

  17. Sara Emily, this is just a gorgeous tag! I adore the rust/purple combo!! Well done! xoxo

  18. What a fantastic tag, Sara Emily - great work with the contents of the travel bag. And congrats to the winner and pinworthies - fabulous work all round.
    Alison x