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Friday, 23 June 2017

Guest Friday with the amazingly talented Claudia

Welcome everyone to our special guest spot for June and we have the ever amazing and talented Claudia with us today. I am sure many of you know Claudia and her fabulous art and we are blessed to have her here with an amazing project and fabulous post with process steps showing how she put it together. I'll let her introduce herself.


Hi, hello and a joyful "Servus!" from my wonderful hometown Vienna! Claudia here (some of my former pupils may well have recognised me from the baby photo above as it shows me - already raising my "famous and much feared eyebrow" and giving that "What is it you're doing there?"-look at that young age...giggle).

 I feel so blessed and proud to be able to share some creative fun with you today as a Guest Creative Guide for the wonderful "Canvas" challenge hosted by lovely Nikki! Being part of the amazing Creative Crew from A Vintage Journey - even if it is just for this veeery limited time - is an honour, great fun and such a pleasure!


A few words about myself: I am married to the most wonderful man in the world and I have the most wonderful son you can think of and we all live in a flat near the Danube in beautiful Vienna with our lovely dog girlie Bluna, two budgies and some fish in a tank. I have studied arts and have worked as an arts and wood works teacher before I became a stay at home mom and freelance artist, designer and writer for several manufacturers and creative magazines. I have done a little workshop in the UK two years ago and loved it!
I love nature and am endlessly inspired by its beauty. I enjoy ballroom dancing, writing poetry, watching movies, hiking, riding my kayak and spending the summer in the Austrian lake district where I try to escape the heat and noise of the city.
I have started my creative hobby and blogging about it on my blog Von Pappe II  back in 2012 and I am still amazed by where this has been taking me. I keep finding tons of awesome inspiration by other creative souls all around the globe and I really hope to be able to give back a little with my art and inspire others the way they inspire me.


I was so delighted to hear that the theme for June's challenge is "Canvas" - I LOVE working on canvases as a substrate - be it the ordinary way or flipped over to use them for creating shadow boxes. And I love the texture and feel of it! This time I decided to use a cut to size plain canvas strip alongside some gorgeous Calico Craft Parts on a small raw canvas.

My project was mainly inspired by our renovating and swapping rooms in our flat during the last weeks - after feeling quite sick and weak for years now (after being diagnosed with Hashimotos quite late) I had come to think that I couldn't do anything that exhausting anymore - but I was proven wrong! Totally wrong!
After over a week of painting walls, climbing up and down ladders, carrying heavy stuff, mounting and de-mounting furniture and such I found that I felt veeery exhausted of course - but in a good way! (I found muscles in places where I had almost forgotten I had some).
So I promised myself to have more faith in the future and not give in to chronic illness that easy anymore. Hence this little canvas with my new motto (and of course the loads of white paint I had used to paint the walls in our flat inspired the style of my project too).

So I started out with a cut to size canvas strip that I had distressed around the edges and then glued to my canvas using a heavy glue and creating folds. To find out where my folds needed to be I had first placed all my Calico Craft Parts I wanted to use on this piece in their right spots.

Once the canvas strip was stuck in place properly I glued the MDF parts on too and let everything dry.

Next I went in with some special glue to use with my gilding flakes and applied it randomly to the glued on wood shapes.  When the glue had dried to the touch I carefully stippled on the flakes using a soft brush (and trying not to breathe too hard).
Only after the glue had thoroughly dried I used a stipple brush to remove the excess flakes by gently scrubbing them off.

Using a small palette knife I added some DecoArt media Texture Sand Paste here and there - also partially on top of the gilded wood shapes!

After that had dried I scraped on some dark brown acrylic paint with the same palette knife.

Then I decided to be daring and generously applied some heavy body white Gesso in various spots with an old and worn bristle brush to create a lot of texture and a worn look.

Time to go in with another layer of gilding flakes and also some white DecoArt media Antiquing Cream to tone down some of the spots that I found were too dark or prominent.

Some tiny sprinkles of more brown acrylic paint were added with the splatter brush.

DecoArt Gold Rush Metallic Lustre was used to paint the edges of my canvas. I used my fingertip and smudged the metal paint on quite randomly - not aiming for perfect coverage.

To finish up my piece I added my word sticker and some tiny letter cubes (that are normally used to create little bracelets with friends' names on them). I glued them to my canvas with matte Decou-Page. Done!

This close up shows how generously I applied the white heavy body Gesso and what a fantastic texture that gave! I even made sure I smudged some across the letter cubes to "fuse" them with the rest of the piece.

Sometimes art is about concealing and/or revealing precious things and thus give meaning to your piece. It isn't always necessary that everything and every step you took to create your piece is still visible in the end - the layers you've created are there and always will be and will give depth and life to your piece. So they are much needed steps on a creative journey (and mostly our creative journeys lead us to ourselves, right?). And sometimes the preciousness of things becomes even more visible and sensible when they are partially hidden away from sight, slightly "damaged" or stained.

I so hope that you like my little canvas and that it even may give a little faith to others too. Take care and have more faith!



On my Claudia this is one extraordinary project using canvas in a wonderful and unique way. I would never have thought of pleating it like this to create divisions to add your shapes and words and everything has been wonderfully textured, coloured and painted with all the mediums you added. I love the use of the gilding flakes to create such magnificent areas of depth and shiny colour that add such a regal touch to the finished piece. Thank you so much for being our Guest Creative Guide and for sharing something about you as well as this brilliant creation.


So there is still time to enter our Canvas challenge, there are not so many entries this month but the projects entered already are fabulous - if you would like to try your hand at winning a $25 voucher from
then please show us how you have used canvas on a project and share it on the challenge post here.
YOU STILL HAVE TWO WEEKS TO ENTER - because this is a five Friday month so on the 30th June we will have one of our Tag Friday posts for you too.

Have a fabulous weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs Brenda, Claudia and the team of Creative Guides. xxx

Monday, 19 June 2017

June Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #3

Welcome everyone to Terminal #3 of our June Destination Inspiration posts!  Julia here today with my project using the items packed in our travel bags this month:
1.  Product - Paint
2.  Technique - Any Resist
3.  Color - Orange
4.  Substrate - Coaster
And here's what I created with these supplies!
And now I'll take you through the steps I took to make this little panel.
I've been cleaning out and reorganizing my craft room for the last month and a half - and donated a lot of my excess to my church for their yard sale in June.   And one of the things I got rid of was all of my coasters that have been languishing in a drawer for years!  
(And as usually happens - as soon as you get rid of something you need it - right??!!)  
Never fear!   I just made my own coaster by cutting a piece of mat board 4" x 4" and curving the edges with my Zutter Corner Rounder!  So here's my substrate -  a coaster!
For my resist technique -  I stenciled over my coaster using 3 different Tim Holtz mini stencils applying white acrylic paint through the stencils using a foam applicator.  
Wash your stencils immediately after sponging with paint -  it dries really quickly!
Here you can see the result of the stenciling with the paint.
Now to add the orange color.    I rubbed 3 colors of Ranger Distress Oxide Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Walnut Stain onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.
I kept pressing the coaster into the inks until I was satisfied with the colors and the look of it.  The wetter it is, the more it blends - the less wet it is you get the look of droplets.
Then I got out some items I thought I'd like to put onto my project.  I added a Quote Chip along the top that I sponged in Ranger Distress Marmalade Ink.  I added butterflies and a vintage poster from Layers/Botanical.
I also added some Remnant Rubs/Botanical  and Small Talk Stickers
To finish off my project I added some orange rhinestones and propped it up on a little wooden easel!
Thank you for stopping by Terminal #3  at A Vintage Journey today - I hope I have inspired you with my creation using the contents of my travel bag.  We hope you are able to stop by again next Monday when there will be a new Destination Inspiration post by another of the Creative Guides using the same supplies!
I'd also like to remind you there is still time to join in on our June monthly challenge, "Use a Canvas" which will run until July 6th. You will find the link and all the challenge details  here.
Paper:  Cream Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix
Ink:  Ranger Distress Oxides - Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain and Fossilized Amber, Ranger Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade.
Accessories:  Idea-ology Layers/Botanical, Quote Chips, Remnant Rubs/Botanical, Small Talk Stickers,  rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, Zutter Corner Rounder, wooden easel - Joann, white acrylic paint, foam sponge, 3 mini stencils - Tim Holtz.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Time For More Pinworthy Inspiration

Hello everyone, we are pleased to have our three very talented March Pinworthies with us today; Irena from Irena's Art, Kerstin from Scrapbook Dreams and Nora from Creations By Nora.  They have all made some amazing projects for our current Canvas challenge so without further ado, here they are!


Hello my creative friends. I am so excited to share my canvas with you. 
My name is Irena Stefanova and I am living in a small town in North-East Bulgaria. I started crafting about spring of 2014 with cards, but very soon after that, I was hooked on mixеd media. It gives me pure joy and delight. I love recycling, altered stuff, gelli printing and art journaling.

I have made a canvas (25/31 cm) that brings melancholy mood .

I have used 4 of my new Distress Oxide, black gesso and crackle paint.

For more details please visit my blog irena-s-art
Thank you to AVJ for this opportunity to join in the June Challenge.

Hi everyone, Kerstin here and I was so pleased and honoured to be asked once again to join you all as a Guest Creative Guide here at A Vintage Journey.

I have been creating for many years now, always in search of new techniques and yet unexplored territory, because my great passion is to try out new and sometimes crazy ideas.
  All my mixed media projects are a little bit magical, grungy, romantic, sometimes funny,
 but always made with heart and mind.

This month the challenge theme is "Canvas", what a wide field on creative possibilities. 
I decided to make a canvas in industrial grunge style.

I created the background with a photo from an old magazine, 
some rusty colors, stamps and a brick stencil.
I used some products from DecoArt - Matte Medium, texture paste, fluid acrylics.

The new puffy stickers were a birthday gift and  I immediately had to try out
 it was a great fun, because you can cut this pieces very easily
and you can build your own piping system.

 Chipboards were embossed with my favourite powder from Emerald Creek Dares 
'Burnt Copper Leaves', I love this mixture black/copper metallic look.

 More details can you see on my blog

Many thanks for your visit!
Have a nice crafting time!


I am Nora from Uruguay, South America. After a few years of getting my law degree, I met an Italian guy, who would become my husband. Therefore, I moved to Italy in 2007. Massi and I live in a very small town, in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region, with our doggie Lucky. I love photography, traveling and reading. Two years ago, I found a new passion of crafting, and I have been learning techniques and experimenting since then. I love mixed media and altered art.

This is the canvas I created for Vintage Journey Challenge Blog. I reproduced some masks and glued them down, to the canvas surface, that I had previously stenciled and painted.

I used pieces of metal embellishments and embroidery lace.

I added Scrapmatts letter's chipboards.

Please visit my blog


Wow, think you will agree that our Pinworthy guests have outdone themselves for our Canvas challenge, thank you so much for sharing your talents with us all.  We hope that all of you have also been inspired to enter our Canvas challenge after seeing these amazing projects, you have a chance to win a generous voucher from our sponsor Shimmerz Paints or to be one of our Pinworthy guest Creative Guides.  Happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, 12 June 2017

June Destination Inspiration - Arriving At Terminal Two

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  It's Deb here with you today as we pull into terminal number two on our Destination Inspiration journey for June.  If you recall from Annie's post last Monday, our travel bags have been packed with the following supplies this month.

Product - Paint
Technique - Any Resist Technique
Colour - Shades of Orange
Substrate - Beer Mat or Coaster

I couldn't decide which resist technique to use for my project so finally decided to make a little resist techniques book out of coasters using as many shades of orange as I could.

I pulled out my Creative Chemistry books volumes I & III by Tim Holtz and revisited some tried and true resist techniques, come along for the ride!

I started with beer coasters courtesy of my local pub and decided to use 5 of them for my mini book.  I was afraid the advertising would still show up through any gesso that I covered them with so decided to use some scrapbook and mixed media papers to cover them instead.  I pulled a piece of unloved scrapbook paper from my stash to create a masterboard for the covers, painting it with gesso and then randomly adding Distress Oxides in Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade.

Sprays with Distress Spray stain followed in Dried Marigold and Fossilized Amber, love how the DOX migrates up through the stain!

Random stenciling with Transparent Gloss texture paste through the Splash layering stencil was followed by more Distress sprays in shades of orange.  The Flourish layering stencil was then used with Antique White acrylic paint over the background; the wet paint pulled up even more colour from the orange inks and DOX underneath it, turning the Antique White acrylic paint a lovely shade of dark orange.

A further spray with Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray stain followed after the paint resist stenciling but it was way to intense for me so I wiped it back with a rag, added some stamping with the Papillon stamp and Ground Espresso Archival ink and then stenciled with Nuvo gold mousse here and there through a honeycomb stencil. With the masterboard complete, I cut it up and adhered it to the outside of my front and back covers.

On to the resist techniques from the Compendium of Curiosities books.  I typed out which volume and page I'd found each technique on and added it to the finished pages for a quick reference when I need some inspiration.

Perfect Distress was used for the front inside cover and Dabber Resist (or stamped paint resist) was used on the first page.

On the inside front cover, the Perspective butterfly was stamped with Barn Red Distress ink and covered with Perfect Pearls onto a background created with various shades of brown DI and then stamped with some Crafty Secrets stamps.  For the Dabber resist page, the Distress Damask stamp was stamped with Tattered Rose Distress paint onto mixed media paper and then inked with Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral DI and overstamped with a little bird from Crafty Secrets again.

Shield your eyes for this one, it's very orange!  Remnant Rub Resist on the left and Layered Stencil Embossing on the right.

For the Remnant Rub Resist page, Elements Remnant Rubs were applied onto mixed media paper and then covered with Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress stains and overstamped with my beloved Umbrella Man.  For the Layering Stencil page, the Grid Dot layering stencil was inked with Spiced Marmalade DI, clear embossed and the then whole page was inked with Carved Pumpkin DI and more stenciling followed through the Bubbles stencil with Barn Door DI.  Some circle stamps from Tim Holtz's Mixed Media 101 stamp set finished it off.

Blended Batik on the left and Shabby Chic on the right.

For the Bleneded Batik page, the numbers from the Perspective stamp set were stamped and embossed over Wild Honey DI and then inked with Spiced Marmalade DI and overstamped with stamps from AALL & Create.  I neglected to take an in process photo of the Shabby Chic technique but basecoated the page with Ground Espresso Distress paint, stamped and clear embossed the Rosette stamp and then covered it with Wild Honey Distress paint and overstamped it with some Wildflowers in Black Soot Archival ink.

And finally, the Rusted Enamel technique on the left and Perfect Distress again on the inside back cover.

Have to remember to use this Rusted Enamel technique more often, it's so effective!  Rusty Hinge DI was applied first, then clear embossing powder was followed by Ground Espresso DI and I overstamped the background with a gears stamp from my stash.

I bound all the pages together using a single sheet bookbinding stitch that I saw in a YouTube video by SeaLemon, love how all of the pages lie perfectly flat with this binding stitch despite the thickness of the coasters.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my resist techniques coaster book came together, it will be a useful reference tool for future projects.

Thanks again for stopping by and hope that you will pop by again on Friday to see the wonderful projects created by some of our previous Pinworthy winners for our current Canvas challenge.  Hope that you will enter our Canvas challenge yourselves for a chance to win a generous voucher from our sponsor Shimmerz Paints or a chance to be one of our Pinworthy guest Creative Guides in the future.  Happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, 9 June 2017

Winners and Pinworthies for May's Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to our Winners and Pinworthies day here at A Vintage Journey! We had so many amazing entries for May's 'Use A Quote' challenge - thank you to everyone who took the time to enter - and the Creative Guides really enjoyed selecting their favourites.

Let's start with today's winner drawn by the Random Generator...

And that is #38 Payal M Mittal, who shared this wonderful project reflecting her chosen quote;

Congratulations, Payal! Your voucher prize details from our generous sponsors for the challenge, That's Crafty! will be with you shortly.

Now on to our Pinworthy Creations who are as follows:

#1 Jannet Blay

#3 Froebelsternchen (Susi)

#26 My hobby scrap (Maria)

Please do visit our Pinworthies blogs to see more of
these fabulous projects - there's more to see than initially meets the eye with all of them.

Congratulations to all three of you! Your Pinworthy Badges will be on their way to you shortly and we hope you will join us here as Guest Creative Guides at some point in the future.

Many thanks again to everyone who joined in with the May challenge. To be in with a chance if winning make sure you enter this month's challenge 'Canvas' and of course don't forget our Destination Inspiration each Monday - as always there are some amazing goodies/techniques in the travel bag this month.

Take care of yourselves and get creating! Jenny xxx

Monday, 5 June 2017

Destination Inspiration Terminal 1

Annie here to welcome  you all to Terminal 1 for the start of your June Journey. Within this month's Travel bag we have the following contents:

Product - Paint
Technique - Resist
Colour - Orange
Substrate - Coaster/Beer Mat

I have had coaster's in my stash for many years and never got round to using them so I am thrilled to have been able to incorporate them into my project here at Terminal 1. Grab a cuppa as there are lots of photographs/details  to share along the way xx

Here is the finished project:
 First of all  the coaster was placed on some heavy card stock, enough to take paint and whatever else was applied to it. I drew around the coaster and then cut out a piece for the front and back.
 Taking a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil I applied some Decoart Americana Paint in Canyon Orange using a  firm tipped paint brush then dried it with my heat gun. 
Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint were applied with a Distress Ink Tool and then wiped back  from the paint using a paper towel. By wiping the paint you can see how it resists the ink. 
 Various stamps from Visible Images were then applied to the background. The little dragonflies were stamped in Ranger Archival  Inks Forget - Me - Not and Dandelion. Some gesso was applied through a Crafter's Workshop stencil and  then dried with my heat gun.
 For the inside covers I took a very large Ranger manila tag and again drew round the coaster.  
A couple of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps were inked using Ranger Perfect Medium (you could also use versamark). Transparent embossing powder was then applied to the medium and heat set. You can just make out the images  below, which were taken just prior to using the heat gun.
 Using Tim Holtz "wrinkle free distress" technique I applied Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint to my craft mat, spritzed with water and then smooshed the manila card through. I heat set each time enabling me to build up layers with the DIO's. You can see that the transparent embossing powder is very subtle against these colours, hence I decided to use white embossing powder for my tags/pockets 
 Another transparent image using the Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio DIO's.
 Now that the inner and out covers were almost complete I added some orange and white paint in fine lines, using my Ranger scraping tool.
 Lin Brown's new script stamp was inked with Ranger Archival Dandelion and applied to various areas. Black Soot Di  was then applied to the edges of the coasters making the colours pop.
 Some lace from my stash was coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink/lots of water and dried with my heat gun.
 The lace was then adhered using Ink Essentials Wonder Tape. (easily a favourite for this type of task as its so strong)
 Some ribbon from my stash also adhered with Ranger Wonder Tape.
To demonstrate the difference between embossing powders I applied  Cosmic Shimmer True White embossing powder to the Perfect Medium and you can see that its much more prominent.
Once heat set the tags, which were cut from Tim's Tiny Tags die, were smooshed through the same DIO's again using Tim's wrinkle free distress technique. (Think I have subjected you to enough photographs by now !!! )
 The covers were adhered with Cosmic Shimmer Glue, which allowed me some time to ensure they were correctly placed over the coaster. A small piece of card, which was inked, stamped and edged was then adhered around the back of the covers. 
 The inside of my project
 The back of the project
 Inside with tags removed and you can see the little tag holders that I made too.
Thank You so much for "Hopping on board" at Terminal 1. I do hope you have enjoyed this leg of the journey. As always there is another Destination Inspiration post next Monday, when one of our  amazingly talented Creative Guides will take you on yet another inspiring journey. 
Meanwhile, I hope you can join in with our new monthly challenge, "Use a Canvas" which began on Friday 2nd June and will run until 18:00 on the 6th July. (Click HERE for the challenge details)
Our challenge winner is always randomly chosen so everyone is in with the same chance of winning. The Creative Guides also choose three Pinworthy creations giving the artist the chance to guest here at A Vintage Journey.  Please make sure you check out the challenge description and rules, which can be found at the right hand side of the page under Travelling Instructions.

Have a lovely week

Annie xxx