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 13 April 2018

Treasure Winners

Wow what an amazing array of incredible projects you entered for our Birthday Treasure challenge. We have all been extremely challenged ourselves in trying to wheedle down a very long suggestion list to just three people to receive pinworthy mentions and badges. So without further ado lets see who ended up top of the list. These are listed in order of entry not in preference.

#26 Lys from Impression Scrap

#30 Evelyn from Evelyn´s bunte welt - Stempeln und mehr

Congratulations ladies on being chosen as our Top 3 Pinworthy mentions for our Birthday Treasure Challenge. Your fabulous projects will be pinned to our Vintage Journey Pinterest Board.
Thank you for taking the time to share your talents and creativity in our challenges, we hope everyone who entered will join us again for our current theme and challenge hosted by the lovely Autumn which is called 'Rusty and Crusty'. You can see the details and fabulous inspiration from the Creative Guides - here.

We also threw open the challenge for you to join our Tag Friday link up party and nine fabulous tags appeared. This is the first time we've done this so we really appreciate those of you who came over to support. Tag Fridays seem to happen about four times a year and the next one will be in June so keep your eyes peeled for that one as you never know you could be spotlighted in the following winners post. Today though we are going to showcase this set of gorgeous tags entered by 

Congratulations on your Pinworthy Mention Preeti, your beautiful tags will also be pinned to our AVJ Pinterest Board.

And last but certainly not least, we have our three January Pinworthies joining us today to share their wonderful projects that they made for our current Rusty and Crusty challenge.  Please join us in welcoming Gina of Daydream Believer, Iris of Whimsytouches and Nate of The Scrap of Nate!

Hello everyone :)  My name is Gina, and I am thrilled to be invited to join the wonderfully creative crew at A Vintage Journey for this challenge.

I am a 50+ housewife who spends more time making a mess than cleaning up.  I have/will have a go at just about anything artsy and crafty, including fabric craft such as doll making and quilting.  In fact I resisted making a doll for this challenge...a "Rusty Crusty" clown doll sounded more suitable for Halloween lol 

Instead I turned to Mixed Media and created this Rusty Autumnal Panel.

I started with a dark background and a tree mask...

layers of acrylic paint and crackle glaze gave it a wonderfully textured surface.

I have posted a step by step on my own blog Daydream Believer if you would like to see more :D

Hello makers! I am so excited to be a Guest Creative Guide at Vintage Journey and share my collage piece. A little about me; I live in the Washington DC metro area and I am an Arts and Crafts Enthusiast. I have never met an art medium I did not like. I enjoy creating with clay, acrylic paint, inks, metallic waxes, texture medium, paper, and metal. I like sculpting, creating assemblages, collaging, altering bottles, and making jewelry. My style ranges from modern, vintage to Steampunk/Industrial.

I found this month's Rusty theme fun. It's always neat to create special effects on alternative surfaces, like metal effect on paper. For my project I wanted to go minimalist and made a sort of abstract vintage collage piece. I did not want to alter the ephemera, I just love everything original about it and wanted to preserve it, so I decided to collage it with rusty paper and metal embellishments. 

I used original court warrants/complaints papers from the 1920s. I got a bag full of these paper at an antique store a while back. I read them all; it was like reading the police blotter report on the town's folks, ooh! salacious. Why would people steal railroad spikes? Lol! Sorry, back to the project.

I glued the papers to an 8 x 8 inch canvas. I rusted pieces of chipboard, corrugated cardboard, meal embellishments using Modern Masters Iron paint and Patina oxidation process.

I glued the ephemera with Uhu glue stick, I like it because it's dry paste like nature will not lift the ink. For the rusty bits, I used wet glue because they are heavier. I darkened the edges of the canvas with Vintage Sepia Versafine ink.

I sealed the entire piece with Workable Fixative. It protects the rust and inks from rubbing off and won't alter your pieces. Quick tip, if you are going to paint over the collaged papers, use a gel medium instead. Painting over paper that's been adhered with a glue stick will greatly wrinkle the paper and possibly come off. I hope you like my project and happy rusting.

*** I have translated Nates original post from French to English with the help of on-line translators and my very poor high school French, hope that I have done it correctly Nate! ***

Bonjour à toutes, merci à vous merveilleuses équipe de A Vintage Journey de me recevoir une fois de plus a participer en tant qu' invitée pour ce défi d'avril .

Hello everyone, thank you to the you fine ladies of A Vintage Journey for asking me once again to participate as a guest for this April challenge.

Je suis NATE , j'aime scraper tout ce que je peux créer, je n'ai pas vraiment de styles déterminé une tendance pour le steampunk serait dominante.

I am NATE, I like scraping all that I can create, I really have no determined styles but a tendency to steampunk would be dominant.

Mon envie du moment pour le défi d'avril pour A Vintage Journey, mettre de la rouille! J'ai habillée ce vieux pinceau qui m'a bien servi j'ai décidée de lui donner une deuxième vie.

My desire at the moment for the April A Vintage Journey challenge is to apply some rust! I dressed this old brush which has served me well and decided to give it a second life.

J'ai commencée par coupé du carton qui me servira de support, j'ai passée du gesso puis de la pâte à structure pour le titre mémorie time , ensuite je me suis servie de poudre a embosser et de peinture décoArt pour avoir l'effet rouillé sur mes embellissements et sur le carton puis quelques tampons montres à la stazon .

I began by cutting cardboard which served as the support, then applied gesso and texture paste through a stencil for the title 'memorie time', then used embossing powder and DecoArt paint for the rusty effects on my embellishments and on the cardboard and then stamped some watches with Stazon.

Quelques détails.

Some details.

Un post détaillé est visible sur mon blog NATE , merci à vous.

A detailed post is visible on my NATE blog, thanks to you.

Fabulous projects one and all, thank you so much for sharing them with us.  Hope that all of you have also been inspired to join our Rusty And Crusty challenge, we can't wait to see what you create.

Brenda, Deb and the rest of the Creative Guides


  1. Thanks so much for choosing my little bag as pinworthy! Congratulations to the winners and thanks for sharing your creations, Nate, Iris and Gina.

  2. Now that's a post full of fabulous creativity if ever I saw one! I feel well n truly indulged!
    Congratulations to our 'Treasure' Pinworthies- Lys, Evelyn and Ann. Big Love for all your inspirational projects and amazing creativity.
    Congratulations Preeti on being our 1st tag pinworthy - your tags are absolutely gorgeous.

    Welcome Gina, Iris and Nate. Your'Rusty and Crusty' Projects are absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much for creating such inspiring projects and sharing them with us and our followers.

    Time to get pinning all these amazing projects .....

    Wishing everyone a lovely weekend
    Amanda x

  3. Wow, what a fabulous post, so much creativity and inspiration on display! Congratualtions to our three talented Pinworthies Lys, Evelyn and Ann and also to Preeti for her fabulous tag! Amazing 'Rusty and Crusty' inspiration from our January Pinworthies as well, thank you so much for joining us here at A Vintage Journey, Deb xo

  4. What a marvellous post x So full of inspiration and a delight to the eyes xx Huge congratulations to our three Pinworthies, Lys, Evelyn and Ann.....your projects were amazing. Pretty your tag is amazing and its lovely to have everyone join in with Tag Friday. Wonderful project details from our January Pinworthies, Gina, Iris and Nate.......lovely to have you share these fabulous Rusty and Crusty makes with us.

    Sending huge hugs to everyone
    Annie xx

  5. Wow! Such a cool surprise :) thanks so much for the feature ! I'm so thrilled & congrats to all the other beautiful artists. Gorgeous pieces.
    Hugs xoxo

  6. So much amazing inspiration! Congrats to our winners and thanks so much to our guests. Awesome inspiration! Hugs, Autumn

  7. Ohh, wow, what a surprise! Thank you so much for picking my work as one of the Pinwothies, I feel honored <3
    Congrats to the other two Pinworthies Lys and Ann, fabulous work! Also to Preeti.
    The work of the January Pinworthies are amazing, love them all!
    I hope to find some time to play with Autumns challenge, one of my favourite themes =)
    Hugs, Evelyn <3

  8. AMAZING inspiration from our special guests! Well done and thank you for all your hard work! Congratulations to all of the Pinworthy winners! Your projects are truly treasure! Hugs!

  9. Ladies you have absolutely outdone yourselves, each and everyone of these projects is just amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us, so inspirational, all of them!!