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 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


  1. These are incredible. What a creative group you picked!

  2. Wow, wat amazing creations from you all!!! You have taken this canvas challenge to a whole new level! All three creations are just stunning!! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us here at AVJ!

  3. Thank you so much Irena, Kerstin and Nora, your canvases are all incredibly beautiful! I love the haunting face on Irena's canvas, the fabulous wall and piping on Kerstin's canvas and the masks on Nora's canvas are amazing! So much creativity! Anne xx

  4. Welcome, Irena, Kerstin and Nora . ALL of your canvases are absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and super talent with us. x

  5. Awesome makes by Irena, Kerstin and Nora! Love them all! x

  6. Three amazing and wonderful canvases Irena, Kerstin and Nora - what beautiful creative inspiration you have each given us today! Julia xx

  7. Wow! We have three amazing artists here for our Guest Designers, and what amazing canvases they have made! Thank you, so much Irena, Kerstin and Nora for your hard work and awesome inspiration!

  8. What amazing projects from the Pinworthies. Stunning textures, designs and ideas throughout. Thank you Irena, Kerstin and Nora - fabulous to have you on board for the Vintage Journey this month.
    Alison x

  9. All of the three projects are AMAZING! Fantastic work!

  10. I always enjoy reading a little about my favorite artists! Thank you girls so much for sharing about yourselves and for sharing these spectacular projects with us! Every project coming from your beautiful hands is pinworthy!!! Hugs, Autumn

  11. Wow, fabulous, love your amazing projects Irena and Nora! Thank you very much for all your kind words, I really appreciate your sweet comments! Happy weekend! Kerstin xx

  12. Lovely to see Kerstin, Nora and Irena here at AVJ showcasing their stunning canvas makes. Wonderful details and inspirational too x great work

    Annie x

  13. WOW these are all amazing works of art.
    Linda xxx

  14. Amazing creations by Irena and Kerstin!!! Thank you all for such lovely comments!!!

  15. Congrats on the GDT. Beautiful project and a well deserved spotlight