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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


  1. Some gorgeous inspiration from you all. I love autumn for it's rich colours.

  2. Ah Autumn has arrived at AVJ with all it's colourful splendour! Lovely creations ladies. Xx

  3. A fabulous Gallery of Creativity rich with the feel and colours of Autumn offering so much Inspiration. Great job ladies you never disappoint .
    Off to pin these beauties
    Have a lovely weekend Everyone

  4. Stunning makes on display for Jennie's Fabulous challenge theme xx I adore the colours of Autumn and you have certainly showcased them well here xx
    Look forward to visiting you over the weekend to view the step by step details xx

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  5. I've had a wonderful time hopping round to see all the glorious autumnal inspiration... another team triumph, I'd say.
    Alison x

  6. I have just been to see all your wonderful pieces, - great inspiration from you all!

  7. Superb array of Autumnal makes!

  8. What a fabulous array of autumn splendor, off to take a closer look at them all! Deb xo

  9. Such great display of vintage and distressed projects. Love the inspiration

  10. Fabulous colourful inspiration from everyone on the team ! Looking forward to seeing everyone's colourful entries too!

  11. Magnifique prestation de l'équipe merci à vous , à bientôt Nate

  12. I looooove these amazing inspiration pieces. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year simply because of the color palette I see everyday outside my window. I love our mountains in the fall. The textures and colors in the design team pieces send my creative soul spinning with possibilities. Can't wait to play along! Cheers -- Mary Elizabeth

  13. Loving the DT samples. Thanks for another great challenge, Angela xXx

  14. Love, love, love DT projects! A fabulous challenge ladies, I love autumn/fall colours.
    Thank you for the challenge and fabulous inspirations Karen

  15. Stunning inspiration and fabulous creations and how wonderful does the gallery inspirational x

  16. Love all the work , Fall is the new Colour :) Thanks to the team for this awesome challenge

  17. So many wonderful versions of fall displayed here!