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 2 September 2016

A Vintage Journey - September Challenge - Create Within a Frame!

Welcome to the September A Vintage Journey Challenge everyone!  Julia Aston here - I am excited to be your hostess this month - and to share with you my challenge!   I would like everyone to Create within a Frame!

For this month's challenge we would like you to create something inside a frame. Whatever you use show us how you have incorporated a frame on your vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk project. We can't wait to see all of your creative framing ideas!

Just look below at all of the wonderful ways the Creative Guides have taken on the challenge! We look forward to seeing what YOU create within a frame!

After thinking about many different kinds of frames I might use - I settled on using a Cabinet Card to create this dimensional Graveyard scene using many of Tim's dies, including his brand new Lost Zombie! You can get a better idea of the 3 dimensional look of my creation over at my blog post here.

This theme really had me challenged, not because it was difficult to get ideas, no rather the opposite my head was bursting with different ways to create a frame, but unusually for me I opted for the easiest way - a bought frame. I think it was because I have been playing with resin plaster and moulds and now have a small boxful to choose from, all thanks to Andy Skinner who used one on his workshop project at the Dare to Create retreat (remember the skull on the box?). But if you'd like to see the process steps for the frame please click my name above and you will be transported over to Bumblebees and Butterflies for all the details.

I have just received the new IndigoBlu products and this seemed the perfect opportunity to put them to the test. I combined a laser cut tag with Luscious Pigment Powders and a fabulous new stamp to create my opulent design. Pop by my Blog for step by steps.

This started off as an experiment using the new Distress Grit Paste by Tim Holtz and comparing it to Ranger's Texture Paste.  I created a frame from a single 12" x 12" piece of card and I just love the fabulous new Crazy Dog stamps.  If you would like to see how I did this, please visit my blog HERE

I rather indulged myself with Julia's fabulous challenge theme using some of my favourite textures, embellishments and colours to firstly alter an old shabby wooden frame and then decorate inside it. 
If you would like to see more then please do hop on over to Live The Dream for the details.

I had some fun with this great challenge from Julia. I went industrial with this mixed media piece using one of the resist techniques learned in Creative Chemistry 103. If you would like to see more photos and details please stop by my blog My "Crafty" Life on the Internet.

I think I must have had the last three AVJ Challenges in mind when I created my project for Julia's challenge. I have been creative inside the framed area of a mirror using texture paste and a selection of Tim Holtz layering stencils keeping it all very monochrome! You are more than welcome to stop by my blog to see and read more.

My canvas for this challenge focused on the two key words in the title - frame and create - Seth Apter's fabulous die designs were perfect for creating interlocking frames and I embellished them with representations of some of the many hobbies/crafts we use to create art. Find out more about how it came together on my blog.

Awesome inspiration don't you agree??!!!

Thank you to all who joined us for our August challenge, we just loved all your stenciled creations - and we look forward to seeing how you are inspired by this month's Create Within a Frame Challenge!

Our challenge is a monthly one and a randomly chosen winner will receive a prize of fabulous DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints with tinting base which is a premium, all purpose white base that can be tinted with any of the fluid acrylic colours.

   We also award Pinworthy badges to the Top 3, chosen by the Creative Guides, who are then invited to join us on the blog as guest designers -  it could be you!!!  So get those projects linked up here!

This challenge runs through October 6, 2016 -  6 pm British Summer Time.


  1. I always love the start of a new challenge and seeing how we all interpret the same theme. I have really enjoyed my visit to each and everyone of the blogs to really see all the detail in each design. Fantastic creations ladies. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Tracy x

  2. What great inspiration from the team this month. These projects are so differently wonderful with the same theme.
    Great job ladies. I look forward to seeing what the rest of you enter this month. S@ndy xx

  3. My goodness ladies - so many creative ideas for creating within a frame! Like Sandy - I can't wait to see what all our AVJ friends link up here for this challenge! Happy Labor Day weekend to those of us in the US! Julia xx

  4. An inspired challenge which clearly (from the design team) stimulates creativity. You don't have to think out of the box for this one - you think in the box. Very nice.

  5. Amazing Inspiration !! Beautiful love love!

  6. Some amazing stuff to see and learn here! Great challenge and very inspiring!

  7. Amazing projects from you all and as always such a wide variety of styles and designs, fabulous inspiration for me as well as all the readers, thank you so much. xxx

  8. A fantastic challenge Julia with so many amazing and inspiring projects from this wonderful team!! xx

  9. Amazing creations from you all ladies, you have rocked this challenge once again!! I look forward to doing the round later!

  10. A wonderful gallery of fabulous projects offering lots of inspiration Ladies . Looking forward to visiting you all to delight in your work . Thanks Julia for a great challenge theme .
    Have a lovely weekend everyone and Happy Labour day weekend to my U'S teamies .

  11. These are fabulous projects! I love the different style and thank you so much for the inspiration. Enjoy your weekend.
    Linda xxx

  12. What a majorly talented bunch you are ladies. Terrific inspiration thanku! Lovely prize too! Nicola x

  13. Brilliant projects yet again... looking forward to hopping round for a closer look.
    Alison x

  14. Fabulous creative projects you amazing teamies! Have a great weekend. Jennie x

  15. Gorgeous makes by the design team!

  16. Gorgeous, love them all. Brilliant projects from the DT. Happy crafting, Angela x

  17. Superb creativity from everyone, stunning projects oozing inspiration.
    Julie x

  18. What a talented team! Great makes from everyone and an interesting theme for this month's challenge!

  19. Such a fabulous challenge theme by Julia and you have all rocked it with your amazing and inspirational makes.

    Sending you all my best wishes

    Annie xx

  20. Love the challenge and love your inspiration! Thanks everyone!

  21. Wow! such amazing work by the Creative Guides! Each piece so unique and truly inspiring! I can't wait to get some time to see each one of these up close and in detail! So much to learn from you ladies! Hugs!

  22. Amazing inspiration from the oh so talented Creative Guides as always, off to take a closer look at all of these beauties! Deb xo