Friday 7 September 2018

September Challenge : Back to Nature

Hello fellow travellers and welcome to another month and another challenge here at A Vintage Journey. Jennie here with you this month from Live The Dream as your host for a new challenge:


We want you to celebrate natural elements in your project. 
Think real nature in terms of twigs, dried flowers, shells or pebbles, or perhaps stamps 
and stencils depicting these wonderful elements. 

Immerse yourself in colours of the seasons whether they be bright or muted and 
create a project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, 
art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I hope you will love what the Creative Guides have created for your delight and inspiration and that you will enjoy playing along with us.


Despite no trees to speak of here in Shetland I have made a wooden hanging of three pieces of wood which I found in my husband's wood store. They have been decorated with some of my coffee stained textiles and altered floral metal. Do join me over on my blog if you would like to see more or later in the month when I will be sharing a tutorial on how it was created.

I decided to pull out some of my Tim Holtz goodies, (going back to our roots), 😘 and  created a large layered card. If you want to see more, please come and visit me.

I thought I might take one more stroll on the beach, now that the summer crowds are packing up and returning home. And since there's no one there to see me, I can wear this suit again tomorrow! I hope you'll take a few minutes to come see the details over at my blog.

I loved Jennie's theme.  I'm always happy to go Back to Nature - in fact, I'm never very far away crafting-wise!  I've used some real dried flowers, some Tim Holtz papers, and some of my favourite meadow grass stamps to create this trio of tags.  Do come over to Words and Pictures to see more.

I'm not ready to get into an Autumnal mode yet so I've kept my colours more summery in a vintage style. With the heatwave of a summer we've had I found some dried natural elements in the garden and added these with some worn wallpaper and embellishments that fit the theme. For more information on my project do pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies and catch all the details and more photos.

Hi everyone x If you would like to see what is behind the green shutters then do pop over to my blog by clicking HERE.  I had such a great time creating this project for Jennie's fabulous "Back to Nature" theme using stamps, dies, crackle, paint, punches and inks. 

How can you NOT be inspired by so many wonderfully different projects! So please do join us for this challenge and we all look forward to seeing your fabulous projects.

We are always bowled over by your creativity and interpretations of the theme each month. The Creative Guides select three Pinworthies at the end of each challenge which are featured in a post the following month. If you are one of our chosen entries you will receive a badge of honour and your projects are pinned to our Pinterest boards.

So ...... happy crafting!

Jennie x


  1. Beautiful and inspiring pieces from the Team, look forward to taking a closer look at everyone's creations.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  2. Ooooh what great collection of inspiring work! My blogger time is short but I must go and see the details on these beauties! Xx

  3. A fabulous theme and wonderful projects from my lovely teams xx Lots of inspiration and it has been a pleasure as always to visit and view the details/process

    Have a lovely weekend
    Annie xx

  4. Fabulous 'Back to Nature' projects , Ladies each offering inspiration aplenty. Looking forward to hopping around you all in the coming days
    Have a lovely weekend x

  5. It's been lovely visiting all these natural beauties - another wealth of inspiration for the journey.
    Alison x

  6. Amazing inspiration, learnt lots and thank you x

  7. What a lovely theme to work on. The team has excelled themselves with such beautifully designed ideas. Well Done Ladies. Hugs Rita xxx

  8. Gorgeous projects from everyone! I love the idea of nature bits in crafty creations, I should have collected and dried some grasses and leaves...

  9. Gorgeous creations one and all, off to take a closer look! Deb xo

  10. Such amazing inspiration from the Creative Guides! Thanks for another wonderful challenge 😁. Happy September! J 😊 x

  11. wonderful creations as always! Your Dt members create fabulous projects!!! I apologize for my absence!!!! I follow you also if I'm invisible!!!! Barbara