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Monday, 20 February 2017

February Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #3

Welcome everyone to Terminal #3!  Julia here with a Destination Inspiration Post.  
Every Monday one of the AVJ Creative Guides is here with a travel bag of supplies she must use to create something.  Here's what our travel bags contain for February.
1.  Product - Kraft Card
2.  Technique - Stenciling
3.  Color - Fired Brick/dark red
4.  Substrate - Burlap

 I found a package of 5"x7"burlap bags in my stash - and knew it would be the perfect base for my creation!
 Here's how I put this together.  First I put a piece of cardboard inside the bag to keep the spray stain from going through to the back.
I laid the Scribbles stencil over the bag and sprayed it with Fired Brick Distress Spray.
 (I did the same on the other side of the bag - but did not decorate the back further.)
I removed the stencil and here is the result.  I like the little edge of spray on the right that happened!  I didn't want the stencil centered - and this bit of outside spray gives interest without being too busy!
There was a lot of stain on the top of the stencil so I took a piece of Kraft cardstock and laid the inky side of the stencil down onto it and pressed over the stencil with a paper towel.  I removed the stencil and it left this great negative print!  I dried it with my heat tool.
I started gathering things I wanted to put on my bag.
I die cut the piece of stained kraft card I made in the photo above using the Artful Dwellings die and used one of the pieces to make a sort of tag for the bag. I die cut the Thinlits 'getaway' out of black card and adhered it to the tag and sponged the edges of the tag with Ground Espresso.  I used a Loop Pin to pin the key and tag to the bag.  I also adhered the tag and key with adhesive - I put the cardboard piece back into the bag so as not to have the glue go through to the back.
I attached the Word Band to the bag with a loop of Black Paper String on each end, tying a knot and trimming the ends - again being careful not to catch the back of the bag in the stitch.
I added Chit Chat and Small Talk Stickers, a wrinkled seam tape bow and stitched the key to the bag as it is heavy and flopped around without the stitch!
I rubbed Ranger Fired Brick Acrylic Distress Paint over the Word Band - heated it to dry - then sanded off the top - then I sponged Ranger Distress Ground Espresso ink over it.  It says "capture life's moments" and is tied onto the front of the bag with Black Paper String as described above.
 I hope I have inspired you with my Destination Inspiration project using the supplies in my travel bag today.  I think this burlap bag will make a nice place to put photos or mementos from a trip!
There will be one more Destination Inspiration for February next Monday.  If you missed the first two - you'll find Terminal #1 here and Terminal #2 here.

And a reminder - there's still time to join in in the February A Vintage Journey Challenge -  Jennie is our host and her challenge is 'Words that are Special'!.
Paper:  Kraft, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ground Espresso
Accessories:  5"x7" burlap bag,  Ranger Distress Spray Stain - Fired Brick, Ranger Distress Paint - Fired Brick, Scribbles Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Idea-ology: Black Paper String, Small Talk, Chit Chat, Word Keys, Word Bands, Loop Pins, Dies - Artful Dwellings - Tim Holtz/Alterations, Thinlits Handwritten Vacation, Black wrinkled seam tape.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Pinworthy Inspiration

Hi everyone - welcome to Pinworthy Friday - where we welcome our previously chosen Pinworthies to be our guest and share their fabulous creativity with us. Lula, Irina and Sara Emily were pinworthies from our November challenge - Cracking Up - but today they are creating on our current theme - Words that are so Special.

Hello, crafty visitors! It is a pleasure to have been invited back to A Vintage Journey as a Pinworthy Guest Designer. This challenge blog has been a favorite of mine before I even started blogging, so it is an honor to be able to create something especially for them.

My name is Sara Emily, and I live on the middle eastern coast of the United States. You can see our beautiful ocean in the background behind me. I am married and have 18 year old boy/girl twins. I am a retired Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I've enjoyed a variety of arts/crafts throughout the years starting with paper, dried macaroni and glue as a very young child. I have been trying a variety of styles lately from CAS to abstract, but my passion is with vintage grunge. 
I have an eye for seeing an object's ability to take on a second life. So for today I have an altered block of wood with a few of my favorite Tim Holtz quotes, which I hope will keep me motivated and focused in my crafty endeavours.
This started as just a block, and I've added the knob at the top and the feet on the bottom. Using DecoArt chalky paints and crackle medium as well as Prima Alchemy paints, I made a simple background for my choice of stamped and heat embossed words.
I rusted up some embellishments using paints, sand paste, glass bead gel, and art stones. If you would like to see what this looked like before and some close ups of the after, and you have time, please stop by my blog. I will also have a tutorial for you, explaining how I made the background, flowers and rust. Many thanks to the talented Creative Guides for having me join them today!


Hello everyone,I am thrilled to be here at A Vintage Journey as a Pinworthy Guest.
Thanks bunches ladies for this opportunity!

A little about me:
My name is Lucyna Marynowska, aka Lula. I come from the north of Poland. Nearly sixty, retired widow, mum of two grown up boys and a happy grandma. I started my crafting journey 5 years ago as a card maker and immediately became an addicted paper-lover.
After my husband's death it was crafting that helped me to conquer the pain and struggle with the feeling of loneliness.
I enjoy creating anything from cards to altered art. I love to experiment with various types of
mediums: playing with gesso, texture paste, spraying and inking.
I love challenges to spark my creativity and making crafty friends all over the world makes me very happy.
You can find my creative project on my blog:

This is a piece I prepared for Words That Are So Special Challenge.
I started with transferring the face image with gesso onto a cardboard (18x18 cm).
Next step was adding some texture and stenciling some texture paste. Then came the best part- inking, misting, painting! I also added some stamping, outlining with my Inktense pencil and some sequins to finish off.
I put the picture into wooden frame and added the words:
I am here
I am simply me
I am strong
I am dreaming big
I have been going through really hard times recently and had to face all sorts of problems ( I guess as we all do). These words remind me of greeting each day with a smile, of looking forward - not back and enjoying life in every minute. 
That is why they are so important to me.


Hello everybody!
Thank you very much for the invitation to join the challenge - Words That Are So Special by Jennie.
My name is Irina Rakovets. Many people know me under the name IrinaR (my blog is - Скрап-ХоббиМания).) I live with my family in a picturesque corner of the Gulf of Finland, near St. Petersburg. It is already more than four years since scrap came into my life and it is not going to leave. One can not say that I am adherent to any one style.
I love Vintage, Shabby, Steampunk and attracts me, the more that I love paint, so often my work can not do without the mix-media. You could say that I was "scrap omnivorous": I like to make albums and notebooks, canvases, pages and greeting cards, and even my last love - tags.
I love to experiment, to go beyond comfort - take the challenge and make ...
I would be very happy if my work will inspire you.

I took the canvas to the embroidery frame with an old photo of my children.
I used appropriate to the project and this photo words: memories\ be happy\ moment\ time is always a reason to smile.
A few words as I did this canvas.
I took a wooden hoop, pulled them tight cotton cloth, cut off the excess fabric.
Then I primed blank white acrylic primer.
With the help of masks and Color Wash Adirondack painted.
Slightly stamps. Another stencil and transparent modeling gel.
And the finishing touch Distress Ink / The background ready.
It remains to glue the photo and add a decoration.
a few photos with details nearer


Mixed media at it's best - with Sara Emily's fabulous altered art and rusty grunge, Lula's textured image and inspirational words and Irina's enchanting embroidery frame with gorgeous detail. Thank you all for creating these for us. 

There is still plenty of time to join in our February challenge - Words that are so Special.

Wishing you all a crafty and happy weekend.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Destination Inspiration - Terminal 2

Hi everyone and welcome to the second stop along our February journey. Nikki here to share a project based on this month's contents of our travel bag:
Product - Kraft Card
Colour - Fired Brick (or dark red)
Technique - Stenciling
Substrate -Burlap
I was a little short of ideas and for this and when I went to start realised I was also out of burlap! Not a great start.... but I found some already used mini burlap panels so decided to work over them - here is what I ended up with.
Having removed what I could off the used panels I added some gesso to cover previously painted areas. The great thing about recycling projects is you get all the additional texture from the original design.  Once the gesso was dry I added some Fired Brick Distress paint. I then stencilled buff paint over the surface through a circles stencil.

I took some Kraft card and painted some swirling circles and fussy cut them to adhere to my burlap panels. I added black gesso around the edges of circles and the panels.
I wasn't sure about showing this - but it is growing on me!
Addicted to Art

Friday, 10 February 2017

Winner Post for January's challenge

Welcome everyone, today sees us announce the winners for the January challenge  'Going round in Circles' but before we do have have a very special winning guest from back in November and that is the wonderful Cec Wintonyk.

I am a retired Director of Finance and live with my wonderful husband of 41 years just outside Toronto, Canada. We have one daughter who is married and has blessed us with two fabulous grandchildren. I love jazz, reading crime mysteries, cooking, walking and travel.

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, have done many different ones over the years and still do some counted cross-stitch and some sewing. I started card making around 2006 but really just dabbled at it until 2009 when my job disappeared and then I had lots of time on my hands. As time went on I started to make more vintage and shabby chic cards and was hooked. In the past couple of years I have added more mixed media to my repertoire. I have been blessed to be a member of some fabulous design teams over the years and show my creations on my blog, CW Card Creations.

Thank you to the team here at A Vintage Journey for the opportunity to visit and share one of my creations.

When I saw the theme that Jennie has set, Words That Are Special, a special word that came to mind was Change. I spent some time with the uber-talented and very lovely Jenny Marples a couple of months ago and she encouraged me to just play, which for me would involve change. Then I thought about a quote I heard at a conference a number of years ago about that very topic and I knew those would be my special words. This canvas came about by playing and trying not to over-think.

I started with an 7"x9" canvas that I coated with Liquitex Gesso and then covered with crumpled up tissue paper. Next I added some random stenciling with Golden Light Molding Paste through a Dylusions stencil called Dotted Flowers.

The next step was to add some paint and inks to the canvas and to a 3"x5" piece of wood (thick chipboard would work too). I started with a layer of Folk Art Country Twill acrylic paint and then spritzed on some Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain and some Lindy's Frozen Jack Frost. I dry brushed some Folk Art Tapioca acrylic paint onto the wood panel to make it a bit lighter than the canvas. I also spritzed some Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain on the canvas after the photos were taken.

I hand cut a heart and used my fingers to dab on some of the Light Molding Paste.

I painted the heart and a little circle of wood with some DecoArt Royal Ruby Metallic Acrylic paint . Then I made a little medallion from a Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay and mold that was covered in Classic Treasure Gold Wax Paste.

I used my computer to create the quote, cut each word out, distressed them and inked them with Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

To assemble the canvas, I added some gold wire to the heart, mounted it on the wood panel and then added the panel to the canvas. I painted some cream burlap with the Country Twill paint and added that along with some wire I stole from my husband's workshop. I tore the top off some corrugated cardboard, added some Tapioca paint and adhered it to the canvas. The medallion was mounted on top of the little circle and added to the corrugated strip. Finally I added my quote.

Thanks again for the invitation to visit and to share my creation.
The thanks are from us Cec for such a wonderful project to this months challenge line up for 'Words that are Special' and I love the sentiment of the words you have used.  Your canvas is wonderfully textured and looks so special with the gold tones and the gorgeous heart panel. We are so pleased you could join us.

Now to announce the winner and pinworthies for January's challenge.

Random Org always chooses the winning number and this month it was # 37

which is Zelda from Out of Africa Creations.

Zelda created this beautiful journal page using lots of circles, so it fitted the challenge theme perfectly.

Our three Pinworthies were very difficult to decide upon but in no particular order they are 

Thank you so much to all of you who entered I know everyone here had a ball looking through all the circle projects and giving me their favourites and we managed to whittle it down in the end. Your badges and invites to join us as a Guest Creative Guide will be wending their way to you soon and we look forward to you joining us on another challenge month.

See you Monday for anther Destination Inspiration post and if you haven't managed to share a project with us yet for Jennie's Special Words challenge we would love to see you over there too.
Have a wonderful weekend.
hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides. xxx

Monday, 6 February 2017

Destination Inspiration - Love Is The Key

Hi fellow travelers and welcome to Terminal 1.   It's Sandy here today to share our travel bag items for this month.  We have arrived with a full travel bag to work with so let's find out what's in there.  We have:

Product - Craft Card
Color - Fired Brick (dark red)
Technique - Stenciling
Substrate -Burlap

February is the month of "Love" - I made a mixed media canvas in honor of  Valentine's Day.

Here's how it came together -

Start by painting a 5" X 7" canvas with the dark red.

Cut a piece of burlap that is a little smaller than the canvas and fray all the edges.

Glue burlap to canvas, then add a corner piece using Tim Holtz (TH) Mixed Media die.
Next stencil some random hearts with the TH Hearts Stencil.

Cut 2 banners, 1 from craft and 1 from red, ECD Stitched Fishtail Banners. Rough up the edges with the TH Paper Distresser
Stamp the word "Love" and a small heart on the craft banner from the Love Sentiments Clear Stamp set from ECD.

Although the banners have stitch marks, I went to my sewing machine and added some sewing on the edges with red thread.

  To add that vintage feel, I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.
Add 2 hearts, 1 small one from ECD Entwined Hearts using craft.  1 large one from TH Scribbles & Splat using red.

Cut 1 heart from ECD Stitched Hearts that fits inside the entwined hearts and then add 2 smaller ones using craft.

   For the finishing touches, splat a little white on the entire thing by using watered down gesso and a fan brush.  A knob on top, and of course the key.  Poke hole in canvas - add a Hitch Fasener and hang a key.

Come back each Monday this month to see what the Creative Guides have made using the same items in a totally different way.

Have a crafty week,