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 16 September 2016

Pinworthy Inspiration Day

Hi everyone and welcome to our Pinworthy inspiration post, where we welcome previous Pinworthies as our Guest Creative Guides. These fabulous ladies were our chosen winners from our June challenge where we invited you to use Texture and Embossing pastes. Today they are sharing some projects for our current challenge theme - Create Inside a Frame. Welcome Angela, Adriana and Suman.

Hi all. My name is Angela Radford, aka Felix the Crafty Cat.
I was so pleased to be asked once again to join you all as a Guest Creative Guide here at A Vintage Journey. I live in Lincoln UK with my husband and our two Schnauzers, Maisie and Stan.
I have been involved in Arts and Crafts in some form or another for as long as I can remember and have always considered myself lucky to have had a career teaching Textiles and Art. 

I must have tried just about every craft going over the years so mixed media is something I just do. I cannot resist trying out new techniques and testing any new medium that becomes available and I will use anything I can get my hands on really! 

I enjoy working with many different styles, but my favourites are Steampunk, Vintage and Shabby Chic/Vintage. 

The theme for this challenge is 'Create within A Frame' and the first thing that came to mind was to use the reverse canvas technique and this is what I came up with.
To make it even more interesting I also added smaller reverse canvases to the inside section of the frame, making it frames within a frame!
The frames were completed using Calico Craft Parts MDF pipe work and my glue gun, before applying Finnabair Art Stones, Texture Pastes and then a coat of Gesso. 
I used a variety of Crafty Notions Colour sprays over this, drying between colours until I was happy with the coverage.
While waiting for this to dry fully I prepared the spiders with Gesso, Crackle Paste and Treasure Gold.
When everything was dry I finished the frame by adding Finnabair rust paint around the edge, some little dew drops and rubbed over with Classic Treasure Gold.
The little bottles are actually for nail art and come with the tiny glitter inside.
I completed the design by adding the metal sentiment and some Pebeo white ink which I splattered onto the canvas then added extra cobwebs around the large spider.

If you would like to know more about this project and how I constructed it just pop over to my blog at: Felix the Crafty Cat.
Many thanks to everyone at A Vintage Journey for inviting me over.
Happy crafting,
Angela x


Hello there everyone, my name is Adriana Bolzon. I was so pleased and super excited to be asked to join "A Vintage Journey" as a Guest Creative. Thanks so much for having me here.
I have been a devoted Card maker for many years and have been Scrapbooking and Paper Crafting for well over 16 years. I love creating, inspiring others and experimenting with different techniques. It is a hobby and creative outlet, which I am totally passionate about. I believe that preserving memories are important, and scrapbooking is a great way to create lasting treasures.

My style is classic with a distressed, shabby chic and vintage twist, with lots of attention to details. Another passion is creating altered art pieces, turning everyday items into works of art.

I live in beautiful Australia with my husband & daughter. I have been on many Design Teams including KaiserCraft, ArtDeco- Couture Creations, Imagainarium Designs & Meg’s Garden. 

I have been published in many magazines around the world. You can find my creations here on my blog:

For this month's challenge you have 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! 

So for my project - I found a frame with a canvas quote inside of it. It is quite a nice size to hang on the wall. I love recycling and altering items for displaying around the home or to give as gifts, so I am going to alter this framed canvas to look more vintage & shabby chic! 

Here is my finished project!!  - "Create your own DREAMS"
This is what it looked like before I altered it!  Nice quote but a very plain display frame.
I applied a couple of coats of "Anna Griffin" white gesso on the frame and inside on the canvas background. I applied some "Anna Griffin" texture paste inside the frame on to a Anna Griffin stencil "Ironwork", once dry - I applied some Distress spray stain and Distress inks over the texture paste design. With a touch of gold embossing on the top of the textured design.
I sprayed inks, embossed all over the Imaginarium Designs chipboards frames, vines words & butterflies. Adding some pretty flowers here and there.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my project for this challenge and I hope you can join in here in the fun. Thanks so much for having me here this month.


Hello Friends - I am super excited to be on "The Vintage Journey" as a guest creative today !! Thank you so much team for having me here.
My name is Suman and I am thrilled to be here today. I am a self-taught artist and I love to learn new techniques and to share my latest experiments in art. My style is always growing/evolving. I believe art is for everybody. It gives out a purpose and satisfaction to life, a sense of fulfilment. Mixed media gives me freedom to explore and realise my creative potential. I love to use a variety of mediums like paints, texture pastes, inks and pens. I get fascinated by faces, nature and birds and love to have these as focal points. Another obsession is altered art and recycling is always big on my list !!
You can find my creations on my blog here

For this month's challenge, the theme is " Create within a Frame" and this is what I came up with......
Not exactly inside a frame.....but it celebrates the flow of vibrant colours exploding out of the tiny frame in glorious abandon !! This fluid movement of sparkling colours transcending the boundaries of the tiny frame is so joyful and liberating....and that is what all of us want to experience through our Art ..........isn't it !!! 

For my project I started with a 8"x10" canvas and started with adding some color with DecoArt Media Misters in Shimmer Turquoise, Shimmer Violet, Shimmer Yellow , Shimmer white and Primary Cyan. then I added some texture with the Memory Box -Radio waves stencil and DecoArt Crackle Paste. added some more texture paste with a triangle stencil and crackle paste.
Created the Angel wings by adding the Vivid Ultra Metallics in True Silver, Ginger Peach and Pink Azalea in a silicon mold directly and letting dry overnight. After drying this created the most awesome shiny, delicate and soft pair of colorful have to see the Vivid Metallics to believe the super gorgeous shiny true metallic effect they have !!

I have added the Vivid metallic colors directly from the bottle and added circles to add a halo kind of effect.........dropped color inside the frame and allowed the three colors to mix and drip naturally........dropped some silver micro beads in the wet paint........
 Hope you like this canvas and if you want to know more about this, visit my blog here..Kalasirjana
Many thanks to everyone at The Vintage Journey for inviting me over. 
Happy Creating 


Wow - such amazing creativity in these projects and so many fabulous details!
Thank you all for creating these and sharing them with us today.

We would love to see how you have 'Created inside a Frame' - do join in this month's challenge for the chance to win a fabulous prize or be selected as a pinworthy and join as a future guest.

Happy Crafting
Nikki and the AVJ Creative Guides


  1. Great collection of gorgeous projects. Happy crafting everyone, Angela x

  2. Thank you The Vintage Journey team, lovely creations by Angela and Adriana !!

  3. Amazing projects from you all ladies, wow, so much inspiration!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful work with us here!!

  4. What beautiful and diverse creations from Angela, Adriana and Suman - thank you SO MUCH for joining us today as Guest Creative Guides and sharing your wonderful talents with us! Julia xx

  5. Wow, what fabulous projects from our three guests Angela, Adriana and Suman! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us here at A Vintage Journey!!

  6. Welcome Angela, Adriana and Suman . Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic projects with us here at A Vintage Journey. You really have treated us to a wonderful mix of inspirational creativity .
    Have a lovely weekend everyone .

  7. Thanks so much for having me here this month, such wonderful and inspirational projects from Angela & Suman :) have a great weekend :)

  8. Amazing inspirational creations from all of these wonderfully talented artists, thank you so much for joining us here at A Vintage Journey Angela, Adriana and Suman! Deb xo

  9. WOW stunning works of art and so much inspiration. Thank you!
    Linda xxx

  10. Beautiful and inspiring projects from all three lovely Pinworthy projects today. Thank you ladies for your contributions and support xxx

  11. Incredible projects from our three Pinworthies here today! Love the way they've all taken this theme and approached it from different angles, using colour, texture and a whole variety of mediums to create such beautiful works of art xx

  12. Congrats to the three gals who have showcased some fabulous art!!! gorgeous makes everyone!!

  13. Such amazing projects from all the Pinworthies - incredible ideas and techniques. Beautiful work all round.
    Alison x