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 6 March 2020


YAY, let's celebrate our 6th Birthday. Is it really 6 years since we started this challenge blog?

Do you remember the words from the Kool and the Gang song? It reached #1 in February 1981.

There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you.
Come on now (Celebration) Let's all celebrate and have a good time
(Celebration) We gonna' celebrate and have a good time

To get you into the mood we started our celebrations early and have some fabulous inspirational projects to hopefully whet your appetite.


For our special sixth birthday party I am celebrating all things vintage shabby as well as my family. I have used an Ikea frame but turned it back to front to create a shadowbox and used some collage paper, crackle paste and a special heart I made for my daughter's wedding the year before last.
If you'd like to see more details there is always a warm welcome at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

Happy birthday A Vintage Journey, I can't believe it's been 6 years already, time flies when you are having fun!  To celebrate our 6th birthday I made a tag journal from windowed junk mail envelopes and recycled file folders to celebrate my love of making art journals and recycling/upcycling.  Hope you can pop by my blog for the how to and a quick flip through video of the finished journal and can't wait to see what our wonderful followers are celebrating in their art!

I decided to celebrate my absolute LoVE of mixed media assemblage for our sixth birthday celebration. I never tire of this wonderful mixed media art form. Do please join me over on my blog for more details of how this canvas came together.

Happy candle-blowing, wish-making, cake-eating day! I have a very special card to share with you today that I created for our 6th birthday celebration. I hope you can pop on over to my blog to see how it came together.

I'm so excited about our Birthday Celebration this month; I hope you'll join us! I was enjoying the party atmosphere whilst art journaling using Tim Holtz products to create this Happy 6th Birthday page. Please find how it all came together over at my blog Let's Art Journal.

Mixed Media birthday card with Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly die

I thought I would combine our anniversary celebration with a birthday card for a lovely craft friend. So here's to celebrating crafty friends! For more details on my textured, layered card please pop over to Addicted to Art.


Six years... unbelievable!  After a long absence owing to work, I'm celebrating this milestone simply by being back at the craft desk and playing with some of my favourite things - tiny houses, crackle, rusty wire and, of course, some lovely words to go with it all.  Do come over to Words and Pictures to see all the details.

I recently had a crafty day with our lovely teamie Annie and her mum Rita. The project I am sharing here was inspired by that get together. To see more detail of what was involved, just hop over to my blog

I have long admired collages such as the one I've created today, but never had the courage to actually sit down and create one.   So I am celebrating moving into unknown territory in my art journey with my canvas for AVJ's 6th birthday!   Please stop by my blog here to see how I created my mixed media project!

I am really happy to take part in AVJ's sixth birthday as a Creative Guide and celebrate this date with all of you!
I dedicated my project to AVJ and I chose the sentiment "Happy together" because I believe that this is exactly what keeps the blog alive: the link between all the Creative Guides and you who follow us! Happy Birthday, AVJ! If you are interested in seeing the details closely and reading how I made the project check out my Blog Yayascrap & more.


Happy 6th Birthday AVJ! In order to celebrate the birthday of this fabulous blog. I've returned to the beginning of my paper crafting journey and made this tag, influenced by the wonderful Tim Holtz. If I hadn't stumbled upon his Twelve Tags challenges, all those years ago, I wouldn't, be part of this great team !


When AVJ started out 6 years ago it focused on the style, techniques, products and ideas of Tim Holtz and as it was my discovery of Tims distress inks that got me back creating after a long time away I thought I would celebrate AVJ's roots and indeed my own creative blogging roots with a 'Tim Holtz' inspired project. To find out more just hop on over to my blog ink-a-pink where the birthday celebrations are in full swing! 


Ok ... so over to you to show us what you are celebrating in your art and craft work at the moment. Don't forget to link us into your blog post and if it's not really obvious share with us how your project relates to the challenge theme. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

Before we go we'd just like to share that Sara Emily and Autumn are leaving the team to give themselves more time to other commitments that they have both in the crafting and real world. As life changes for us there are times when we need to concentrate on new horizons and time for family and so these two amazing ladies are going to be greatly missed in our monthly line-ups and creative posts. We wish them the very best for the future and every success in whatever they have planned and thank them both for sharing their talents, ideas and fantastic projects with everyone.

Thanks also to you for sharing your wonderful art with us, we always look forward to see the wonderfully creative and gorgeous ideas you have when creating and making.

Good luck in the challenge, don't forget the Creative Guides choose their Top 3 for our Pinterest Board where your post will be linked to if you're successful.
So come on join the party and have fun.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides xxx

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  1. Beautiful projects by all of the team, celebrating the exciting 6th birthday of AVJ!

  2. 6?? Happy Birthday! The guides have certainly produced some gorgeous projects to celebrate.

  3. Wow Happy 6th Birthday! I'm so glad to join in the birthday celebrations with you. I love all your amazing projects!

  4. Happy BIrthday! AVJ :) 6 Years is definitely worth celebrating and you have all done it in style with your fabulous projects . All pinned to our pinterest board . Having problems with editting though so will try again later using a different browser .
    Have a lovely weekend Everyone
    A x

  5. What fantastic celebrations of the creative journeys we are all on - it's been such a joy hopping round to see each of them in detail. Thanks to all the Creative guides, and to our followers and participants for six brilliant years of creative inspiration. Happy Vintage Journey all!
    Alison x

  6. Unreal - All Of These Are Beyond Dynamic - All The Best Over The Next 6 Creative Years


  7. I am wowed and inspired by this collection of whimsical, beautiful and brilliant creations! Happy 6th birthday and best wishes for many happy, creative returns!

  8. A fabulous milestone with absolutely amazing projects from the team, as always. Thank you, each and every one of you, Creative Guides, Readers and Participants in the challenges for being part of the amazing creative journey we are on together.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  9. Congratulations on your 6th Birthday! The talent and creativity of the DT is second to none and today's creations don't disappoint.
    So sorry Sara and Autumn had to step down, they will be missed!

  10. Congratulations on 6 wonderful years ladies, I miss you all! All of the projects by the DT are fabulous and here's to another 6 great years! So sad to hear that Autumn and Sara have stepped down. Hugs, Anne xx

  11. Happy 6th Birthday and thank you for the stunning creations from your amazing and creative design team. Sara and Alison will be so missed x.

  12. 🎉🎈🎉Happy 6th Birthday 🎂 🎉 Fabulous creations to celebrate 🎈🎉 Huge hugs Annie 😘🦋

  13. *Happy 6th Birthday A Vintage Journey* The past year has passed by so quickly. Hope I get chance to join in the party celebrations with you all. Wishing you many more creative years to come. Hugs Tracey xx