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Friday 5 July 2019

Precious Metal , July Challenge

Hello Everyone

Amanda (ink-a-pink) here to welcome and introduce you to our new challenge here at A Vintage Journey. The theme this time is

'Precious Metal'
'For this challenge we would like to see some kind of precious metal feature in your project. Think gold, silver, brass, copper, aluminium, steel.... It could be in the form of embellishments, cardstock, paint, gilding wax, foil, gold leaf or rub ons. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk'.

So lets take a look at the 'Precious Metal' projects some of our talented Creative Guides have created. Be sure to click on the links each Guide has provided to find out more details about the creativity behind each project.

I have created a Grungy Mixed Media canvas for my hosting challenge that features precious metal in several forms - paints, wax, a very 'lucky find' and some ideology pieces - two of which provide the 'note to self' title -'Simplify Life'. You are very welcome to pop by my blog to see and read more.

For Amanda's wonderful Precious Metal challenge I created an art journal page using copper and silver embossing powders; I had lots of fun heat embossing them onto stencilled modelling paste, stamped letters, chipboard pieces and a die cut butterfly. Please pop over to my blog to see how it all came together.

I've created a pair of ATCs using all sorts of mediums. Much of the delight of these comes in the details of the rusty effects and patinas, and in catching the metallic gleam from different angles, so do come and join me at Words & Pictures for some cool close-ups as well as step-by-step pictures.

I was delighted when I saw Amanda's challenge for July because I just love all things metallic! For this project I've submitted to my obsession with tomato paste tubes. If you're curious to see how I've used them, hop over to my Artistic Craft Dabbler blog, and all will be revealed.

Well, for Amanda's fabulous challenge I have gone to town on the gold but I think the lovely sunshine and warm weather we have been having here in Surrey have influenced my colour scheme completely. and I could quite easily have gone for a seaside theme. In fact the focal pieces on the background have been changed several times until I was happy with it. There are just a couple of photos and a short explanation how this came together over at Bumblebees and Butterflies today. You'd be very welcome to pop over, I would love to see you there. xxx

I want to thank Amanda for her wonderful Precious Metal challenge! This theme is perfect for me and it works so well with some of my favorite crafty things! I adore metal! I created an Etcetera tag with a lot of hand made metal embellishments! Hope you join me on my blog Yayacrap & more, you can find the whole tutorial of this project!


For Amanda's wonderful Precious Metals challenge I decided to create a mixed media plaque that started with a base of metallic foil and then was built up from there using metallic cardstock, metallic embossing powder and metallic embellishments.  Hope you can pop by my blog for the how to!


I'm sure you will agree our Creative Guides have shared some fabulous inspirational projects featuring 'Precious Metal.'
We would love for you to join us in this challenge as we are really looking forward to seeing your 'Precious Metal' Creativity.
At the end of the challenge the Creative Guides will choose 3 Pinworthy Winners who will each be awarded a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog and their winning projects will be pinned to our Pinterest board.
The challenge begins today and remains open for entries until 1st August 2019.

Happy Crafting Everyone 
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  1. amazing projects from the team and all so different. Wonderful!

  2. Fabulous projects everyone! I look forward to visiting you all later. And a great challenge Amanda...... sorry to have missed this one x

  3. A fabulous challenge Amanda, the team have made some gorgeous projects. I look forward to visiting everyone later! xx

  4. Such amazing projects all round - it's been such a treat visiting to see them each in detail.
    Alison x

  5. Fabulous Gallery of Inspiring Precious Metal projects , Ladies . Looking forward to popping by you all in the coming days . First though lI'm off to pin these beauties to our pinterest board .
    Have a lovely weekend
    Amanda x

  6. It’s a great challenge Amanda! Amazing projects everyone! Looking forward to see them each in detail later.
    Have a happy weekend.
    Ann x

  7. Gorgeous projects, each project unique in its own right. A delightful array of artwork. ❤️❤️

  8. Fabulous projects from everyone, I look forward to doing the rounds in the days to come. It maybe a few days until I get round to everyone as I am away with family and grandchildren and there is not much time to spare :o)

  9. Amazing projects from everyone, can't wait to pop around and read the details and to see what our followers link up! Deb xo

  10. A wonderful gallery of metal projects! I'm looking forward to making some visits to your blogs over the next few days or so! I'm really sad I couldn't play along with this of my favorite themes! I can't wait to see what our lovely friends and followers make for this challenge, too!! Hugs! Sara Emily

  11. Such a great theme! I'm itching to make something… Fab makes from the DT, great inspiration!

  12. Stunning creations and the most amazing inspiration, thank you x.

  13. Cool projects by the DT members! I hope staples count as metal. Blessings!

  14. What a brilliant challenge! Amazing samples! X

  15. Beautiful creations from the Team. So happy to be able to play along this month x

  16. Totally fabulous creations for the challenge x Look forward to viewing the entries xx

    Hugs Annie x

  17. Fabulous inspiration by the DT. Thank you for a wonderful challenge.
    Linda xxx

  18. Such beautiful creations from the Creative Guides! I had fun with this fabulous challenge and the participants entries look amazing 😁. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x