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Friday 20 May 2016

Pinworthy Guest Day - what a treat!

Hi everyone, Nikki here with my monthly post where I get to introduce Guest Creative Guides who were previous pinworthies at A Vintage Journey. The ladies today were our selected winners back in February for our Industrial themed challenged. 
This month we have quite a different theme - Sew Special - but wow have they showed their versatility - we are in for a treat - here goes......

Hi! Suzz here! I live in the midwest in the United States. I have a wonderful family consisting of my hubby, three children and two dogs.
I am thrilled to be able to share again here on the Vintage Journey! The Design Team and their art is always inspiring and fabulous!
I have always loved art! The smell of fresh crayons, blank sheets of paper, and freshly sharpened pencils have always inspired me to create even in grade school. I evolved from my art in school into crafting and continue to explore and try new artistic adventures.

Today I am sharing a tag inspired by the Sew Special challenge.
I had picked up this totally awesome printers block with a stylish outfit at a local flea market. I have been wanting to use the image in one of my artsy endeavours and this challenge was the perfect opportunity to use it! 
To create my fun tag I used Distress Stain Sprays and Stencils on pieces of linen cloth. These are the remnants left after my tag was finished. 
I stamped the print block image by inking it up with Ranger Archival Ink and stamping it on a spare piece of the linen that wasn't stencilled but did get a mix of the sprays. 
Next I layered the sprayed linen pieces on top of each other. I used a glue stick to layer the fabric. I don't have a sewing machine and wanted to add a little bit of stitching. I hand stitched a few stitches along the side and sewed the buttons on the bottom.
Then I had the fun of looking through my embellishments for a variety of sewing inspired embellishments. I had plenty to choose from in my stash. Thank you to the fabulous Vintage Journey Team for letting me share with you today.


This is Vicki (aka- that crazy chick) and I am thrilled to be back as a “sew special” guest at A Vintage Journey. The only thing I like better than word play is to break bend a few rules. I can’t wait to show you what I've made with fabric and paper and paper fabric. This year has been one of great changes; pressing forward, each day, one step at a time, stronger than yesterday.
Paper fabric is an amazing material, it behaves both like paper and fabric. You can buy it by the yard as Kraft-tex, Sizzix sells it as Paper Leather and Tim has it packaged in his ideaology line as Substrate Sheets. The more you work the surface the more leathery it becomes (I cheat, a little, and let another process make the leathery look for me – you can see this in the step-by-step on my blog). And, optional a ‘must’ in my world.

I used this challenge to try Sizzix ink sheets for the first time and on the linen textile sheet. This transfer ink worked better than I anticipated on the textured surface (Paula gave me the idea, when she used remnant rubs on linen in a vignette box awhile back).
I matted images from the Dapper Paperstash with some inked chambray (also) from the textile surfaces package. I like how this softens the edges and still feels masculine.
And lastly, created my own ribbon award using crinkle ribbon, plain tissue wrap and an old snap cap. *interesting side note, depending on where you are in the world, my blue ribbon will represent a different finish standing. Tell me, how well am I doing?


My name is Lys and I live in a village in south west of France. Ten years ago I started with scrapbooking, then I discovered Mixed Media and now every bit of paper, fabric, plastic or any material I can watch with a different eye can be part of a new creation in my hands. I love experiments and I always try to find new paths, but I also take a huge inspiration in blogland so I don’t think I have a definite style. My first idea is expressing something, telling a story… and my fingers go on!

I’m very happy today to show the dress I made for this “Sew Special” challenge: I love the wide range of styles opened now at AVJ and I think I borrowed a bit of several of them here.
I wished a “Special” dress, for a celebration, with a French touch too, so it’s a strange mixture of a shabby dress with a steampunk style, colours and textures… I have “sewn” everything, you can see a step by step on my blog.
Everything came from this old small perfume bottle I altered to make a dress form. For my mysterious lady I wished a flimsy dress, so if the chest is draped, the rest is floating around the crinoline.
The stiffness of the corset and its stripes is softened by the lace, the thread and the ribbon bow, for a feminine touch.
The lady won't go out without her gems: her free heart...
her cameo which reminds the world is opened to her...
And her rose necklace.
Thanks so much Nikki and AVJ team for your invitation, I’m very honoured to be at your sides today!

Well I don't know about you - but I am in awe of these wonderful creations! Thank you Suzz, Vicki and Lys for sharing these amazing projects with us at A Vintage Journey - they really are stunning.
Feeling inspired? Our Sew Special challenge runs until June 2nd!

Until next time...


  1. Wow, wow, and wow again, brilliant inspiration from our three guests, what amazing projects you have made! Each so unique and so different, - it just gives to show how one theme can inspire so many different possibilities.... Thank you so much for joining us here ladies and sharing your talents with us!!

  2. I am sew excited (sorry!) by the amazing creations from our three fabulous Guests this month!!! LOVE that stamp blocking Suzz and your circle linen, Vicki, that leather stitching and ink sheets on fabric (who knew!) are inspiring and Lys, your mannequin is ooh la la perfect! Thank you ladies for sharing your creativity, tips, tricks and techniques with us xx

  3. Welcome Suzz, Vicki and Lys and thank you for sharing your fabulous creations with us today. Each one is a credit to yourselves and your creative talent. x

  4. Thanks for the honor of Guest Designing with the team! Vicki and Lys your projects are beautiful and inspiring! The design team is always over the top talented and inspiring!

  5. Beautiful projects! Congrats to Suzanne, Vicki and Lys! Suzanne - what a cool find and you used it so beautifully!!!

  6. WOWSERS!!! Stunning projects!
    Linda xxx

  7. wow - amazing work!!! Must get my thinking cap on! Big hugs rachel x

  8. Nikki is right, it is indeed a treat to see these wonderful creations. Thanks to our guests for sharing their wonderful talents us.

  9. Wow Suzz, that printer block sure was a great find and I LOVE how you used it on your beautiful creation! Vicki, you certainly deserve the ribbon award for your wonderful piece. Lys, your dress form is so very chic, I love it!! Lovely to see the three of you being featured here too. Hugs, Anne xx

  10. [Sew] very proud to be sharing this post with such amazing and talented ladies. Beautiful work Lys and Suzanne!

  11. So happy to be at your sides, Suzanne and Vicki, and sharing here at AVJ our creativity!

  12. What super terrific Sew Special projects from Suzz, Vicki and Lys! So many wonderful details to look at and savor - thank you SO much for joining us today at AVJ and sharing your creativity with us all!!! I'm off to see all the details on your blogs!! Julia xx

  13. Such a fantastic trio of projects - so much inspiration and creativity. Bravo to the Pinworthies - hope to be able to hop round and see the details soon.
    Alison x

  14. Wonderful trio of inspiration, each one perfectly showcasing the theme perfectly. I really enjoyed reading the process for each one . Thank you for sharing your talents. Tracy x

  15. Amazing creations from our three supremely talented Pinworthies, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful projects with us all! Deb xo