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, 16 October 2020

Numbers Tutorial

Hi everyone, Annie here to share  the tutorial for my 'Numbers' Shadowbox, using Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Trays. I really did enjoy creating this home decor piece and as there are lots of pics you may wish to grab a cuppa of your choice x

Believe it or not my first thought was to create a project using Tim's Artful Dwellings, however, as often happens, another idea  came in to my head, taking me in a very different direction.

Below you can see many of Tim's products, including his Distressable Papers that I found whilst having a  craft room clean out several months ago !! These papers, together with Tim's Distressable books ,were purchased many years ago (possibly 16 years or more !)


The distressable paper was cut to fit the inside of the small vignette tray then stencilled using gold texture paste as seen below.

While the texture paste was drying I applied some colour to the chipboard doll using Distress Marker's.
The butterfly below is a Tim Holtz Sizzix die and once cut it was placed in a Bingo Ticket embossing folder prior to running it through my Bigshot.
Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks were applied to the butterfly and I just love the bold colour on the numbers.
Tim's Idea-ology pieces were covered with Speckled Egg paint, which I applied with my fingers
Crackling Campfire and Speckled Egg Distress Inks were applied to the background paper, together with  Vintage Photo. Water was spritzed on to my hand and then flicked on to the paper too.  Numbers were applied to Tim's  Idea-Ology Film Strip  and dominoes from my stash were adhered together, creating a platform for the Chipboard Doll.
Some close ups:
The die below enabled me to create  some bunting to which I applied rub ons.

The timepiece was given a wash of Speckled Egg and Picket Fence Distress Paints,  both paints applied with my fingers.
Below is the bunting and rub ons
Another pic of the finished make x

Thank You so much for dropping in and I hope that you have enjoyed the tutorial and maybe even be inspired to create something for the 'Numbers' challenge, which runs until 5th November @ 18:00 hrs. 

Would be lovely to have you hop on board with us x 

Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting

Annie xx

Friday, 9 October 2020

Cogs, Gears and Textures Pinworthies

Hi everyone, 
Ann here to announce our Pinworthy winners for September's 
Cogs, Gears and Textures challenge. As usual we had many fabulous entries and we want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to enter our challenge. It is so hard to narrow our winners down to just three, but needs must, so after due consideration, these are the entries the creative guides have chosen in no particular order:

So once again, thank you to all of you who entered our challenge and shared your creativity and congratulations to our winners. 

I will send you your pinworthy badges shortly. Our latest challenge Numbers is in full swing at the moment, so we hope you will all join us for that one too, and all the challenge details and an inspirational gallery of projects created by some of our talented Creative Guides can be located here. Can't wait to see what you create. Of course don't forget to come back next week to see Annie's tutorial for her entry to that challenge!

Meanwhile, happy crafting and thank you for joining us here today! 
Ann and the Creative Guides 

Friday, 2 October 2020


Hi everyone it's Annie here as host of October's challenge theme, which is "Numbers".
Here are the challenge details and I do hope you can hop on board with us:
"Numbers is our challenge theme for this month and we would like to see them being a focal point in your entries. 
You can use stencils, die cuts, fussy cuts or rub ons, rust them up, use texture paste or paint them, the decision is yours as long as the numbers are visible. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk."

 Without further ado here are the challenge projects created by myself and the team.



I am so missing time spent with my two old school friends I decided to make a tag to celebrate our times together and had fun experimenting with the new Crackling Campfire Distress Ink. Do join me over at Live The Dream if you would like to see how I got these wonderful inky effects.

I reached for my square black journal this month to create a numbers themed / layered journal page. Had great fun adding lots of collage , stamping and paint to the background. More photos and details at Addicted to Art.


I decided to alter a little file folder and fitted accordion pockets inside. I then created a few pockets and embellishments to fit inside, featuring numbers of course. Like usual, if you want to find out more, you can visit my blog


For the theme this month I have a card made for a good friend.  When it comes to friends it's always good to have a BINGO - I'm a winner.  The card is blank inside so I can write a personal note.


31 is the perfect number during Halloween time! I created a tag with one of my favorite Paper Dolls by Tim Holtz, The witches! I love so much to use this tiny mask to cover their face creating a spooky effect! If you want to see the tutorial check out my Blog Yayascrap & more!


The creative guides have provided amazing inspiration as always and you can view the step by step details on their own blogs by clicking their name or links provided and leaving some love.

This challenge runs until the 5th November @18:00. We do hope you will join in and if you are in the Top 3, chosen by the creative guides, you will receive a Pinworthy Badge for your blog and your projects will be pinned on our AVJ Pinterest Board. To enter use the Inklinkz link below.

Take care and keep safe 

Annie & the Creative Guides


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Friday, 25 September 2020

Creative Card Making with S@ndy

 Hello fellow travelers, It's S@ndy here with you today to make a slimline card.  These cards are all the rage at the moment so thought I would share one with you.

This card has all the aged, tattered qualities that we love.  The woodgrain paper is actually called Worn Wood.  This card measures 9" X 3.75' and fits in a legal size envelope.

The inside is very simple, I added some Distress Oxide Ink, ground espresso, around the edges of the panel and then added some die cut words.  If you are interested in seeing the products I used please visit me at my blog here.  I have provided links to everything I used.

Distress Oxide Ink, candied apple and fired brick, was added to white paper.  To add the color I used a color blender and a heavy hand, placing lots of ink on the paper.  The postman just delivered some new dies today so I couldn't wait to use them.  This one is the Floral 1 from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Once the flowers were cut out - they were edged with some ground espresso Oxide Distress Ink.
I shaped the peddles with a flower making tool and then stacked them making sure that the peddles were staggered. I used some prills ( you could use small seed beads) in the center of each flower and then gently lifted each pedal.

A panel for the front was cut that measures 3.5" X 8.75", inked the edges with ground espresso Distress Ink and attached it to the card base.

This beautiful ornate die cut was added to the front of the card before adding the flowers.  I like to add the flower by placing glue only the center so the edges are loose.  That way the leaves can easily be added under the flower edges.

Leaves were cut out and edged with a darker green.

The leaves were added by putting a small dot of glue near the top of the leaf and placed around the flowers just under the edges.

The words "Thinking of You" were added to the inside panel and then "Hugs" on the front.

Have a creative weekend,

Friday, 18 September 2020

Cogs, Gears and Textures Tutorial

Hello, this is Ann, thank you for joining me today. I'm sharing a tutorial for my project made for this month's Cogs, Gears and Texture Challenge!

To begin, I sprayed the watercolor paper with Distress Oxide Sprays in Vintage Photo, Mermaid Lagoon and Iced Spruce and spritzed more water. When it dries, I adhered the old book paper and distress the edges, then stamped the numbers on the corners and titched around the panel.

I dry embossed the silver metallic cardstock by Mechanics 3-D Embossing Folder and Rub a Distress Black Soot Paint all over the surface of the foil, getting it down into the crevasses of the design. Using a paper towel and wipe away the excess black paint. You may repeat this process until you achieve the depth of black you desire. Heat dry.

To make more texture, I stamped the Splatter on the edges with VersaMark and sprinkled some Taos Sunset Baked Texture Powder. Hot embossing it with embossing heat gun.

I smeared some Crackle Texture Paste on the edges of linen board.

For the Faceted heart, I covered it with Distress Paint in Peacock Feathers. I adhered gears on the heart to make it look more industrial, then distressed with Walnut Stain Ink. I added some metal charms on the bottom of the heart. 

I die-cut gears from chipboard and used Distress Oxide in Rusty hinge to cover them, then I sprayed them with Clear Texture Spray. When they dry, I used Distress Crayons in different brown and black colors. 

To finish this deco, I adhered some gears and Quote Chips on the panel. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today. If you have not done so yet, there is still plenty of time to join in our Cogs, Gears and Textures challenge, we would love to see what you come up with for that.

Happy crafting and stay safe!

Ann xo

Friday, 11 September 2020

Tag You're It! Challenge Pinworthy Winners

Hi Everyone 

Amanda (ink-a-pink) here with you today to share news of our 3 chosen Pinworthy Winners for our 'Tag You're It!' challenge.

We had some wonderful submissions and would like to say a big 'Thank You' to everyone who joined us in the challenge.

The Creative Guides really enjoyed viewing your creations and selecting their favourites wasn't easy. We always have great difficulty narrowing our favourites down to just 3 but needs must so after much deliberation here are our choices....  

..... in no particular order our 3 Pinworthy Winners are: 

Congratulations to you all! 
I will be in touch shortly with your Pinworthy badges and I will be pinning your winning projects to our Pinworthy Winners Pinterest board sometime today. 

Thanks again to everyone who shared their Tag Creativity with us here at AVJ. 

We hope you will join us in our current challenge 'Cogs, Gears and Texture' hosted by our lovely Ann. All the challenge details and an inspirational gallery of projects created by some of our talented Creative Guides can be located here.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend 
Take Care, Stay Safe 
keep on creating!