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 9 February 2018

January Think Inside Or Outside The Box Winner and Pinworthies

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by, Deb here to announce our lucky randomly chosen winner and three Pinworthies for our January Think Inside or Outside The Box challenge.  A huge thank you to everyone who entered our challenge, as always you did not make our choices easy!

First of all, we are pleased to announce our randomly chosen winner for the gift certificate generously provided by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

That's #16 Cathy of CMP Designs who shared this fun and fresh little trinket box with a notebook inside.

Congratulations, Cathy!  We'll be in touch soon with a winner's badge for your blog and details of how to claim your prize voucher from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

And now on to our three Pinworthy choices (in no particular order).

We loved how Gina upcycled her 'junk' as she called it into this beautiful assemblage box, finishing it off with that fab faux tarnished metal look.

An upcycled steampunk cigar box with a fabulous 'porthole' on the lid, what's not to love!

We couldn't resist how Nate combined those wonderful PaperArtsy stamps with her matchboxes to create this inventive 'push me pull you' box with a slightly scandalous secret inside!

Amazing creations one and all, we will be in touch shortly to present you with your Pinworthy badges and to invite you to join us as guest Creative Guides for one of our future challenges.

Thanks again to everyone who entered our January challenge and we hope that you will enter our current 'Melt It!' challenge, you have until March 1st to link up your projects, can't wait to see what you create!

Deb and the Creative Guides


  1. Congratulations to Cathy on winning the fabulous prize and to our Pinworthies, Gina, Iris and Nate - your projects were all wonderfully inspiring! Thanks to everyone who shared their talent with us!

  2. Huge congratulations Cathy x Enjoy your prize x Fabulous makes by our Pinworthies Gina, Iris and Nate x Thank you for sharing your amazing entries xx
    Annie x

  3. Congratulations Cathy on being our sponsored prize winner - happy spending!
    Congratulations Gina, Iris and Nate on your Pinworthy Wins.
    Fabulous creativity by you all- thank you so much for sharing with us .
    Have a lovely weekend Everyone

  4. Congratulations to Cathy! Enjoy your shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! And a well deserved round of applause to our Pinworthy picks! What amazing works of art inside and outside the box!

  5. Pinned Iris's artwork. Gorgeous!!!

  6. So happy for you Cathy! winning the lovely prize from The Funkie Junkie Boutique! and congrats to Gina, Iris and Nate for being chosen pinworthy with your lovely box creations! So much wonderful inspiration from you all!

  7. Big congrats to you all ladies, so much talent, so much inspiration, thank you all so much for being part of our journey here at AVJ!!

  8. What a complete honour to be seen as "pinworthy"!!! Thank you for inspiring me with your challenge :D Congratulations to everyone else for their amazing creations XXX

  9. Congratulations everyone!! Great makes!!
    Jackie xx

  10. Oh my word!! I am so excited!! Love the challenges here and I think we can all agree...we love Funkie Junkie!! Thanks so much for the congrats everyone! You don't even know how this just made my week! Thanks again so much and thank you Creative Guides for the inspiration!! And huge thank you to Linda from Funkie Junkie for being a sponsor! <3

  11. How rude of me!! I forgot to say congratulations to the Pin Worthy winners Gina, Iris and Nate!! Stunning projects everyone and once I get home from work tomorrow I'll be pinning them for sure!! :)

  12. Merci à vous et toutes mes félicitations aux gagnantes et participantes pour ces superbes créations à bientot Nate