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 February 2019

Your Hearts Desire Challenge

Hi everyone x It's Annie here with our February challenge here at A Vintage Journey, which is "Your Hearts Desire".

Since February is the month of love, we would like you to include hearts as the 'main' focus of your project. Just be sure your design is in keeping with our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles that we prefer.
We can't wait to see what you create with your craft stash and our Linky tool at the bottom of the post will be open until the 28th February, so get creative and join in the fun. In the mean time, check out the projects below that the Creative Guides have made to inspire you, enjoy!

I have promised to create more mixed media projects this year so I have painted, sprayed and distressed the canvas you can see above. I will be back here in two weeks time to share the step by step details x


I think I've met the theme with four different types of hearts on my project today. This is a large wooden board with crackle, embossed textures, dimension, fabrics, a quote, patterned papers and of course those fabulous paper dolls. If you'd like to see details from different angles there are more photos over at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you've time to stop by. xx


It's that time of year when we are tempted with lot's of new products! I have used Tim Holtz's new Faceted Heart die along with the new large Funky Florals for this Valentines card. Do pop over to Addicted to Art to see the details.


With Valentine's Day just around the corner I decided to take inspiration from Annie's February challenge to make a little heart shaped mini album to gift to my sweetheart. I've some step out photos of how I constructed the album along with some close up pictures of the pages inside, hope you can pop by my blog for a little heartfelt inspiration!


Inspiration has been a bit thin on the ground here in the craft room since the New Year, so I decided to turn Annie's lovely challenge on it's head and created with all the things that in the past have been MY hearts desire! Please do join me over on my blog for more details.


I decided to alter one of Tim Holtz's ETC tags for Annie's fun challenge theme and like usual you can find more details on my blog here

Sara Emily

I made a little steampunk vignette to give to my husband for Valentine's Day. I have a mini tutorial on my blog if you would like to learn how I used the Kaleidoscope Texture Fade to add texture and color to the frame.

Lots of amazing insiration from the Creative Guides and we can't wait to see what you create. As mentioned above the challenge runs from 1st February until 28th February at 18:00 hours and you have a chance to receive one of our Blog Badges if you are chosen as one of our Top 3 Pinworthies.

Lots of Hugs and Happy Crafting
Annie and the Creative Guides xx


  1. They are all gorgeous. What talent you all have.

  2. Lovely designs everyone, look forward to seeing all the details!

  3. What amazing creations from the Design Team. Looking forward to seeing them all up close. Happy February to all xx

  4. Fabulous Projects , Ladies as always . Really sorry I wasn't able to contribute this time .
    Hope you all have a lovely weekend

  5. Fabulous inspiration! I can't wait to get around to all your blogs to see them up close!

  6. Fabulous makes from everyone. Love them All. Hugs Rita xx

  7. Such a wonderful theme for February Annie and all of the projects are gorgeous! I am enjoying visiting all of them. Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Fantastic inspiration for a lovely theme - looking forward to seeing them all in more detail.
    Alison x

  9. Great challenge and look forward to joining in. Happy crafting, Angela xxx

  10. Amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides, have just had a zip around to see the details and they are incredible (as always!). Can't wait to see what our followers link up, Deb xo

  11. Fabulous creations and thank you for the wonderful inspiration x.

  12. Such a fabulous challenge theme for February and I'm loving all the amazing inspiration from the Creative Guides too - perfect 😁. Thanks so much and wishing you all a Happy February! J 😊 x

  13. Loving the inspiring art from the team. Xx

  14. Wonderful inspiration from the guides for this month. x

  15. Fabulous makes from the DT, very shabby chic and Vintage and Mixed Media...

  16. Holy goodness guys!! Love them all! Totally up my ally! So glad I found this blog! Thank you for all the inspiration ladies!

  17. Gorgeous creations from the design team!
    Crafty Hugs, Sherry xx
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