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Friday, 20 October 2017

Autumn Pinworthy Inspiration

Hello and thank you for stopping by, we have a wonderful treat to share with you today from three very talented Pinworthy artisans. These Crazy For Autumn Colour inspirations are coming to you from Julie of Art & Soul, Lucy of With Glue and Glitter and Marzena of Macarena-Creativa, enjoy!



Hello Everyone, I'm Julie and I'm very happy to be invited as a Pinworthy Guest to A Vintage Journey.


I've spent many years teaching both children, young people and adults alike. My training is in Art and textiles but my passion is for anything mixed media. I've found art and craft to be amazing tools to engage minds and hands, young and old, and I love sharing my techniques and ideas with others.
This is a special time of year to me so the brief ‘Autumn’ was music to my ears. I live quite high up in South Yorkshire. Driving in the early morning, I see the valley shrouded in mist and the Keats poem ‘To Autumn’ sprung to mind. As a child we were made to learn it by rote! Personally, Autumn is time for calmness and reflection, and invokes many happy childhood memories.
I planned several designs and ended up doing something completely different but the introductory line of the poem was my main inspiration - 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness'. Truth be told, I tend to work best when things develop naturally rather than working to a specific idea, I’m sure you know what I mean?
I have had an old board book which my son had thrown out from his first birthday. Well… it spoke to me on many levels; how could I get rid of it? I’ve had a plan for it from that day on and I felt it would be a great base to frame a verse or two from Keats and to frame an exploratory faux encaustic panel – an idea which has been buzzing around my head for a while.

Starting out with encaustics isn’t cheap so I decided to try soya wax, pastels and gelatos. I love the way pastels and wax combine to give a mellow and misty effect and felt they would work perfectly. There is a full tutorial on my blog ‘Art & Soul’ where my various experiments and their outcomes are detailed.

I also love the tactile feel of textiles and decided to create a fabric cover for the book using various mediums and techniques, vintage lace, trims and beads. Again, full instructions are on my blog here if you’d like to take a peep? Throw in a favourite set of stamps by Crafty Individuals, distress inked cardstock cut with Tim Holtz’s Fall Foliage dies plus rusty wire and a few choice accessories and here’s my completed project. I hope you like my contribution to Autumn?

Thanks for taking the time to read about my creative exploits and inviting me over to A Vintage Journey.

Have a wonderful day and keep creating.

Julie xx


My name is Lucy and I have been honored to make another post for A Vintage Journey. I have always loved making things, but in the past 2-3 years, I have turned into a paper crafter fanatic. Mostly I make little houses, but sometimes I branch out into other projects. This is one of them. 

This photo is a selfie from the Grand Canyon in June. My first visit to the Grand Canyon - amazing. 

Nothing says fall to me more than the leaves with their astounding array of colors. I knew when I was asked to be a Pinworthy guest for Crazy for Autumn Colour it had to incorporate leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. Making an owl in a tree was the perfect design element to cover in leaves. 

This little cabinet is box framed with Crackle Texture paste. The owl in the center is transparent so that an LED candle could be placed behind it to light up. 

The tree is simply a cylinder of cardboard with the base slightly larger than the top covered with paper mache. The limbs are twisted pieces of brown packing paper. The tree itself is painted with multiple layers of paint with the goal of mimicking bark. The background is supposed to show that the day is getting late. 

I stained watercolor paper and cardstock with various colors of Distress Inks and Stains and then punched out the leaves with an oak leaf punch. 

The opening in the tree was sized to fit the owl. The owl is a Tim Holtz Ornate Owl Thinlits die which I cut out twice - once with brown inked watercolor paper, once in black and then an outline on clear acetate. I colored the acetate with various inks - yellow and then some gold and white fixative. I tried to make the owl's throat lighter because if you read about the Great Horned Owl one of its distinguishing features is the "neat white patch on the throat". 

The frame of the cabinet is just cardboard cut to outline the box. It's painted with black gesso then a generous layer of crackle texture paste. 

There's more detail on my blog. Thank you again for having me as a guest. 


Hello everyone! I am Marzena aka Macarena and I am honored to have been chosen as a Pinworthy Mention and invited for Guest Designing today.

I live in Poland with my teenage son and a british shorthair fluffy and huge cat.

I have been crafting for about 6 years now getting each time more addicted to mixed media, textures, layers and rich projects. I love to get dirty with inks, sprays and paints watching how the project is being built and how it's in the end because I never have a vision of how it should finally look. I just let my imagination flow and spread my wings. The results are always a big surprise.

This is my CRAZY FOR AUTUMN COLORS card with a lot of embossing, inks, texture and layers. Hope you like it.

You can see more pics and products I used on my blog here.

Have a great day!



Fabulous autumnal creations one and all as I am sure you will agree! Thanks so much to our talented Pinworthies for sharing their art with us and hope that you've been inspired to join in our Crazy For Autumn Colours challenge, you have until November 2nd to get your entry in and we can't wait to see what you will create! Thanks again for stopping by today,

Deb and the Creative Guides xo

Monday, 16 October 2017

October Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 2

Hello all! It's Alison here from Words and Pictures, ready to share what I've created with this month's travel bag contents. In case you need a reminder, here's what we packed this month:

Substrate - Corrugated Cardboard
Colour - Any Fall Colours You Fancy
Product - Crackle Paint/Paste
Technique - Die-cutting

And here's what arrived at my Destination Inspiration...

... a rustic hanging full of texture, autumnal colour and dimensional embellishing.

I started with corrugated cardboard torn from leftover packaging, and roughly applied some DecoArt crackle paint with a palette knife, after which I brushed gesso into the ridges.

I let that dry and crackle thoroughly before applying some colour to it with Distress Sprays and Infusions powders.

While it was drying, I took a piece of A4 kraft card and spritzed it with some more Distress Sprays - Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs are certainly all involved, and maybe some others. I sprayed and flicked some water droplets at it as I dried it to get a nice mottled effect.

From that kraft card, I cut all my leaves - some with the Layered Leaf and some with the small Movers and Shapers Mini Tattered Leaves.

All of them then went back through the BigShot inside the embossing folder which comes as part of the Texture Fades Layered Leaf set, giving them that textured veining.

I grabbed some pinecones to add to my autumn gatherings, and started playing around with the arrangement on the corrugated cardboard panel.

As you can see, I decided it needed another layer, so I inserted some book page tags, carved from one of my altered book projects ages ago. I'm still working my way through the pile of leftover pieces.

With all these autumn leaves, it wasn't long before I reached for my Autumn Edition quote stamps (PaperArtsy EAB04).

I stamped the quote on some separate cardstock, tore it out and inked it with Distress Inks (Antique Linen and Vintage Photo mainly), and positioned it in the centre of the panel. It then became much simpler to work out the composition of the other elements around it.

Some berries add extra autumnal colour to the clusters of pinecones.

Natural fibres create extra movement and catch the light.

A good inking of the edges of the corrugated cardboard gives it an extra weathered look.

You can still just about see those book pages in the layers of falling leaves...

... and all that crackle is still tucked away underneath.

There's some rusty wire at the top to hang the panel up by...

... and plenty of white spatter gives the whole thing a dusting of extra life...

... like a frosty autumnal morning.

This was one of those projects which I really didn't think much about - it just seemed to take shape on the table in front of me, and I love the end result.

I hope you like it too. Be sure to drop by again next Monday to see who's at Terminal 3 (and check out Anne's brilliant project at Terminal 1 while you're at it).

Before that, on Friday, there are some amazing projects on display from this month's Pinworthy guests - extra inspiration for Jennie's wonderful Crazy For Autumn Colour challenge... which I suppose all our Destination Inspiration posts are this month, since we're also playing with autumn colours. Given all that inspiration, we hope you'll come and play along!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week.

Alison x

Friday, 13 October 2017

September Altered Art Winner and Pinworthies

Hello all!  Well, you made our lives very difficult again by sharing so much amazing Altered Art for last month's challenge.  Thank you all for joining us on the journey.  The Creative Guides enjoyed visiting each and every one of your creations, and it was a hard task to whittle our choice down to just three officially Pinworthy projects.
You're all worthy of pinning!

First of all, the easier - and very pleasurable - task of announcing our randomly drawn winner of last month's prize sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  The Random Generator gets to do this job, and here's the selected number:

That's Remya at Curls'n'Twirls who shared this fabulous spread from
her recycled cardboard art journal.

Beautiful work, Remya, and congratulations.  We'll be in touch shortly with your winner's badge and the details of how to collect your prize.


Now on to our three Pinworthy choices.  Since the challenge was Altered Art, I'm sharing some "before" photos as well as the finished projects, so that you can see how impressive the altering was!  In order of entry number, but otherwise in no particular order, they are...

#33 Lula at u Luli

Just look at the extraordinary transformation of this unassuming alarm clock into a steampunk masterpiece.  Lula took a really imaginative leap with this one, and it's full of brilliant details from every angle.

Do hop over to Lula's blog to see the full details.

#34 Pooja at Let's Get Crafty

Not only did Pooja use a pizza box as the substrate and lots of clothes labels and tags to build the layers, but she took apart a metal candle-holder to build the structure at the heart of her mixed media creation.

It's well worth visiting Pooja's blog to see the altering in action.

#36 Hélène a.k.a. 2amScrapper at Lotsa Scrap

A fantastic substrate here - Hélène has altered a specially chosen licence plate which has information related to her own life already on it, and created a rusty masterpiece full of personal meaning.

Take a trip over to Hélène's blog to find out more.


Congratulations to all our Pinworthies this month - fantastic projects all round.  We'll be in touch shortly with your badges and an invitation to join us here at A Vintage Journey as a Guest Creative Guide in the future.

Once again, thank you to everybody who joined in with the challenge, and we hope you'll be inspired to come and play along this month in Jennie's wonderful Crazy For Autumn Colour theme, sponsored by the amazing Calico Craft Parts.

Join us on Monday to see who's arriving next at Destination Inspiration but, for now, have a great weekend and happy crafting all!

Alison and the Creative Guides x

Monday, 9 October 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 1

Hello, Anne here to welcome you to Destination Inspiration #1 for October!  The contents of the travel bag for this month are:

Product - Crackle Paint/Paste
Technique - Die Cutting
Colour - Any Fall colours you fancy
Substrate - Corrugated Card

Now I will admit, up front, I read the details wrong and went on to create my project, using the corrugated card for my die cutting.... oops, not a great start, but with no time to create another project I hope you will forgive my misdemeanor... I created a little wall hanging.
Since Calico Craft Parts are our Sponsors for this month I wanted to use one of their Printers Trays to create my project.
I die cut two ATCs from chipboard and the Steering Wheel by Seth Apter (a gift from a lovely friend) from corrugated card.
I painted the printers tray in Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Mahogany Chalk Acrylic Paint (part of Seth Apter's Limited Edition range).  I painted the little frame with Buff and then added a good coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Paint.  
Once the Crackle Paint was dry I applied a coat of the Mahogany to create these lovely crackles.
To create my autumnal colours for the base of the ATCs I used Seth Apter's monoprint technique, you can see the layers as I built them up.  It doesn't look very pretty to start with but if you persevere and keep adding layers until you like it, it really does work and it also creates some lovely texture.

To create the layers, you need two pieces of cardstock.  Apply paint to your first piece of card, in this case I used Paper Artsy Midnight Fresco paint, I added Key Lime Fresco paint to the second piece and quickly laid the second piece of card over the first, pressed lightly (as you would with a Gelli Plate).  I like to start with a dark and light colour for the first layers but you can start with light colours, or any colours that takes your fancy.

You can see from the above, that layer 2 is still quite dark, I used Mahogany and Green Patina before moving on to more autumnal tones - Smoked Paprika, Terracota and some Buff to tone it all down. 
I chose the parts of the finished cardstock that I liked the best and die cut two ATCs.  These were attached to the chipboard ATCs and I used a brown marker to go all around the edges.
To colour the steering wheel parts I used Imagination Crafts Rusty Patina Texture Paste in the rusty colour and also the turquoise colour.
I assembled the die cuts on top of the ATCs and added some Prima hardware to the centres just to add some interest.  I hope you can see a little of the turquoise patina colour on top of the brown.

To finish off I added some of Tim Holtz's chit chat stickers.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to Terminal 1 and I also hope you will join in Jennie's wonderful challenge this month - Crazy for Autumn Colour which you can find HERE.

Take care and enjoy your crafting!  Hugs, Anne xx

Friday, 6 October 2017

Crazy for Autumn Colour!

Hello everyone and welcome to another new month and another new challenge here at A Vintage Journey. Jennie here with you this month as your host and you will be pleased to hear that our challenge for this wonderful colourful month is


We want to see you choose a bold, colourful, autumn palette this month for your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk project. Let's just see those wonderful autumn colours in all their glory!

We have a new sponsor this month


and you will find their details and those for the challenge at the bottom of this post.

And so without further ado let's see what the Creative Guides have been making with those wonderful autumn colours.



We have had a wonderful Autumn here in the north with flowering shrub roses, grasses and rosehips gracing the garden with their fabulous colours. I tried to replicate these colours (and the fact that the wooden fence and shed need painting!) in a Calico Craft Parts Shadow Box. Do please join me over on my blog Live the Dream to see how this all came together and a step by step for the little background painting.

Autumn is my favourite time of year, with the stunning colour of the beautiful falling leaves and the time we celebrate the harvest.  If you would like to see more, please visit my blog here.

I went crazy playing with my mediums and a beautiful autumn palette!  My piece was inspired by the rusty colors of fall and deep moody feelings of the changing seasons.  See how I transformed this Scrabble board game on my blog, SewPaperPaint.


For our October challenge I decided to make a mixed media canvas filled with autumn leaves in all the glorious colours of fall.  I also wanted to include the touches of frost and ice that we often experience on cool October mornings here in Canada so used lots of metallic foils, embossing powders and mica sprays to represent that frosty component.  I have some step out photos on my blog on how I created it, hope you can stop by for my how to.

An autumnal tag from me, with burnt oranges and earthy browns on a misty morning... and I'm afraid there's another of my word stamps too.  I suppose I shouldn't apologise for being inspired by them - that's kind of the point!  Do come over to Words and Pictures to see the details.

There's nothing better than taking a walk on a crisp, sunny autumn afternoon. I wanted my card to reflect the colors and textures of the season. You can learn how my colorful background and crunchy leaves came together on my blog-sarascloset.

Oh how I love the colors of Autumn with the lovely oranges, browns and greens with the golden leaves turning for the season. I hope you will stop by my blog HERE to see a little tutorial of how I made this home décor item.

It's that time of the year when we see less and less of the sun in the northern hemisphere as Autumn delivers a blanket of wonderful rich colours and the days get shorter. I am also trying to use up some bits and pieces in my supplies box as I will be having a big move around with all my supplies soon, but at the moment let's just enjoy those gorgeous hues outside.

How can you NOT be inspired!! All those wonderful autumnal colours and fabulous projects!

And now a little more about our challenge details.

Our sponsor this month is Calico Craft Parts who make wonderful wood and MDF Shapes, Plaques and Craft Blanks. The randomly chosen winner will receive a wonderful autumnul bundle of Calico Craft Parts MDF products.

The Creative Guides will also choose their top three Pinworthies from all your entries and these projects will be pinned on our Pinterest page and the pinworthies invited to join us here at A Vintage Journey as a Guest Creative Guide. Just check out our Travelling Instructions (on the sidebar) before entering to make sure your entry qualifies.

So now you have all the details and inspiration let's see what you share with us.

Do visit again on Monday where we will have another Creative Guide will be sharing the Travel Bag contents with you in another Destinations Inspiration.

Happy crafting!

Jennie x