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 1 June 2018

June Challenge - Stencil It

Hello all and welcome to our latest challenge! This is Astrid, your host this month and this time we would like you to pull out your stencils . Here is a full description of our challenge theme:

Create a project using at least one stencil, in a style that fits our challenge focus - vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk. There are so many possibilities to be creative with stencils on your cards, journals, layouts, ATCs or 3D projects. Stencils offer endless possibilities, be creative and have fun!

Well, I hope you will love what the Creative Guides have made for you and feel inspired to play along! So here goes:

I altered a file folder and made it into a booklet that has pockets for tags. Each tag shows a different stencil technique and if you want to see more please come and visit my blog

For this challenge I used lots of stencils on greyboard shapes to create a patchwork effect for my framed heart. As always lots more details over on my blog today.

I decided to make a card for Astrid's Challenge. I used 3 stencils - one sponged with Distress Ink and two rubbed with VersaMark and then one embossed with Ancient Amber and one embossed with Vintage Beeswax. My straight-on photo does not show the wonderful shiny gold and water drop look of the embossing powders - so please come to my blog post here to see the full effect!

For Astrid's lovely challenge I decided to work on a larger than usual (well to me!) canvas panel as I wanted to use quite a few larger stencils and incorporate this wonderful text embellishment which has been waiting for the right project for a long time. Things didn't go quite to plan as you can see on my blog! but I liked the final outcome.

With our last challenge 'words and music' still on my mind and having had U2 playing on a loop ever since, my project for this challenge was highly influenced by both factors. As you are now well aware I am a big U2 fan and I was super happy to have recently purchased a stencil of Bono which I have used to create a mixed media art panel for Astrid's 'Stencil It' challenge.
You are welcome to stop by my blog for more details . 

Wow! It's been so long since I've played along with a challenge! But I was excited that there was room for one more Creative Guide to play along with Astrid's Stencil It challenge. If you swing by my blog, you'll see my card started out quite differently than it appears. I had a lot of fun using mostly someone else's stash, but adding my own twist.

I'm definitely in summer mode and used several stencils to create the textured background for this 6x6 canvas. More details can be found at Bumblebees and Butterflies

I just had to play along with Astrid's fabulous challenge theme and had great fun stencilling and randomly stamping some new items in my crafty stash. For more details pop over to my blog HERE.


Well, that's it for now, - I am always amazed at how different artists interpret a given theme, and I can't wait to see what you may create!

Thank you for visiting today and have a wonderful and creative month of June!!
Astrid and all Creative Guides.


  1. Wow, ladies! You have made some beautiful inspiration using your stencils! I can't wait to visit to see all the details up close! Hugs!

  2. What a beautiful array of projects from my teamies and such inspiring designs to follow through on. Can’t wait to see the entries this month for this fabulous theme xxx

  3. A fabulous collection of Stenciled projects everyone. As always your creativity offers a wealth of inspiration and your talent shines through .
    Have a lovely weekend x

  4. Wow, what fantastic inspiration from the team!! Great theme too! xx

  5. Just been visiting everyone and I have to say that the projects are simply FABULOUS !!! This is a great challenge and I look forward to viewing the entries xx

    Huge hugs and best wishes to all
    Annie xx

  6. Fabulous work as always everyone! and such a fun challenge x

  7. Beautiful work! I've had a lovely time hopping round to you all.
    Alison x

  8. What fabulous inspiration for this month's challenge. Definitely going to get creating. xx

  9. Great inspiration, thanks ladies!

  10. Lovely visiting all the projects and seeing the different approaches to stencilling! xx

  11. Thank you for the challenge lovely ladies, as always many beautiful inspirations from this very talented DT xx

  12. Another excellent theme and fabulous works from the team!! Hoping to play along again this time!
    Jackie xx

  13. Gorgeous makes from everyone! Love the theme, an easy one for me...

  14. Lovely work and a great theme x Amanda

  15. Loving the DT makes and joining in. Happy crafting, Angela xXx