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 30 September 2016

Tag Friday

Welcome everyone - it's TAG FRIDAY where the Creative Guides choose to create a tag of their own choice to share today. No theme or expectations other than we keep to the genres listed above and just have fun.

Just before we take a look at what everyone has made we are so pleased and excited to welcome home an AVJ family member I'm sure you know, it's our one and own Annie from Crafty & Curious Treasures back to share her amazing creative talents with us once again. It's so lovely to see you back amongst the fold Annie and thanks for stepping in with a tag for today.
Whilst we say hello to Annie we also say a sad farewell to Julie from Juliz Design Post, we will miss Julie tremendously with her wonderful shabby creations, luckily she will continue to blog but is stepping back from some DT work to have more time with her family and follow some new interests. Good luck Julie in all that you do and we hope you will be popping by to see us when you can.

Ok onto these wonderful tag creations from the truly talented Creative Guides today.


Tim Holtz Wildflower Tag
An earthy toned tag for me today started with some leftover paint on my craft sheet... lots of inkiness later and this is where I ended up! For all the details please pop over to Addicted to Art.

I love the colors of Fall & really enjoyed making this tag.  I got a chance to use my Distress Crayons and a few new techniques from the Creative Chemistry 103.   Hope you will stop by my blog for a visit My "Crafty" Life on the Internet.

I've inked up one of my mini Dina Wakley women for the first time, but otherwise this tag is pretty much lots of tried and tested favourites for me - blues & browns, lots of wild meadow grasses, and book page layers.  Do hop over to Words and Pictures to check out the details.


I am trying to get into the right mood for Halloween, and so I dug out this quirky stamp by Teesha Moore... not that she is a witch exactly, I just love her hat. If you want to see more about how this tag came together, just visit my blog by clicking HERE


Don't ask me where this came from!!! I was looking through my small tags box as I had it in my head I would add tags on tags for today's post, having found a couple I moved onto my rusty elements box, you know the place where you pop in anything left over or discarded from a previous project hoping it may come in useful another time. Well it worked for me as I found the Route 66 badge, the work 'explore' and the arrow all nicely rusted and worn looking. So I was off. If you would like to see the details and more photos of how I created the background and put it together, click my name above and you will be transported over to Bumblebees and Butterflies.

I have got rather hooked on using Distress Micro Glaze since I got back from my holiday experimenting with different types of background, including this resist technique I found whilst searching on Pinterest for some post holiday inspiration. Do join me over at Live The Dream if you would like to find out more about the technique.

Since Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year and I have got some new
Tim Holtz goodies to play with, I made a Halloween tag.  You can see more over at my blog.


Hi everyone............I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I am to be back here amongst my AVJ family and friends xxxx My tag was inspired by a recent Andy Skinner show on HOCHANDA. If you would like to view more details then please click on my name above, to be transported to my blog.

Looking forward to catching up with all of you over the next few weeks, when I am inspired by the amazing entries to the AVJ Challenges. Hugs Annie xx


Thanks everyone for your fabulous creations, such a fabulous range of styles and creative ideas.

As it's a five week month here at AVJ you will have another Destination Inspiration post on Monday before another new challenge begins next Friday - can't wait for you to see the inspiration projects for this one. Also you still have till Thursday night (BST) to get yourself into the current challenge
'Create within a Frame'. We have some amazing entries this month again and love looking at what you show us. So do pop over and join us.

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs Brenda and The Creative Guides. xxxx


  1. Wonderful tags everyone and a special mention to Annie! Welcome back, great to have you here xxx

  2. Such a fabulous array of tags with amazing inspiration on the CG's blogs xx I am thrilled to be back with my AVJ family and friends xx

    Hugs Annie x x

  3. Fantastic tags everyone and welcome back Annie!! So good to have you with us again!

  4. Fabulous tags, I love the variety. Feast for the eyes. Welcome back Annie. Tracy x

  5. A Wonderful gallery of tags everyone offering a variety of inspiration . You ladies are so talented .
    Welcome back/ home Annie - so glad you are back with us and a very sad farewell to Julie, you will be greatly missed. Take care and hope you will keep in touch . xxx
    Have a lovely weekend Everyone
    Amanda xx

  6. These are fabulous! I love them all. Great inspiration!
    Linda xxx

  7. I love Tag Friday - treats all round!
    Alison x

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  9. You all batted outta da park as usual! A huge welcome back to lovely Annie. Happy weekend. Nicola x

  10. What a fabulous line up of tags everyone! xx

  11. Wonderful tags from one and all, thank you for the inspiration! Welcome back Annie, so happy you are back and a fond farewell to Julie, we will miss you very much. Deb xo

  12. Fantastic tags from the team and welcome back Annie. Will miss you all but look forward to seeing all your wonderful creative projects.
    Hugs Julie x

    1. You are going to be missed Julie xx sending you my best wishes too and will continue to drop in to your blog
      Hugs Annie x

  13. This is my favorite scheduled post by the Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey...I always look forward to the tags,and this time you have outdone yourselves. It is with much sadness I say farewell to Julie, but a huge welcome back to Annie! Best wishes to Julie!

  14. Beautiful tags ladies. Each one has so many special details - you need to keep going back to see them all! Julia xx