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 14 February 2020

We're All Getting Older Pinworthy Winners

Hello all, and a huge thank you for sharing your aged, weathered, distressed, antiqued projects in last month's We're All Getting Older challenge.

The Creative Guides had a great time visiting all your new-made-old creations and it was really hard to whittle the selection down to three Pinworthies.  It was a very close run thing!  But a team's gotta do what a team's gotta do, so here, without more ado and in no particular order, are our Pinworthy choices.

What a great mixed media technique to create that background, which looks like aged, mottled mercury glass - like a mirror which Marie Antoinette herself might have looked in!  And the gilding is perfect for the historical period look too.  You can see how it was done over at the Empire of the Cat blog.

A real labour of love this one - there's such attention to detail with the parchment scrolls, each of the glass bottles and jars aged and weathered in different ways, and every individual label distressed for an antique look.  There are lots of close-ups at Henriette's blog... it's well worth a visit to see all the effects.

Again, there are so many ageing effects and techniques here, but we particularly liked the scratched "metal" lettering and the crackled edging added to so many elements, really making them look as though they're being eaten away by time.  See how it was done over at Susanne's blog.


Congratulations to all three Pinworthies.  You'll be receiving your badges shortly, and your projects will appear on our Pinterest board.

We're so grateful for all the amazing entries... honestly, there were so many which were entirely worthy of pinning, and I'm sure more than one of us has pinned them independently!  Thank you to everyone who played along.

We hope you'll be inspired to come and join us on the Vintage Journey again this month, with Sara Emily's Against The Grain theme.  Check out all the inspiration from the Creative Guides, and then let the woody creativity begin.  Happy crafting all!

Alison and the Creative Guides xx


  1. Congratulaions! Elle, Henriette and Susanne on being our 3 Pinworthy Winners . All your projects are fabulous . Thanks for sharing your creativity with us . I will pin your projects to our pinterest board right away .

    Have a lovely weekend Everyone and if you re in the UK stay safe from Storm Dennis .

    A x

    1. thank you and I'm still trying to recover from storm Ciara! Yikes!

  2. Fabulous entries for last month, congrats to all three lovely ladies here and to those who took part, thank you xxx

  3. Wow thank you so much for choosing my card and saying such nice things about it! It was my sister's birthday card so she will be thrilled also. Congratulations to all the Pinworthy Winners! <3

  4. Congratulations to all of our very talented Pinworthies, love each and every one of your creations! Deb xo

  5. Thank you so much! Congrats to the other pinworthy winners.

  6. These are absolutely awesome. I adore the inspiration. Congrats to the pinworthy winners!! -- Mary Elizabeth

  7. Many congratulations to all the Pinworthy winners, your makes are amazing! Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the fun too, it was so difficult to chose from all the beautiful entries that we had 😁. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs Jo x