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 5 June 2020

Rustic Charm

Hello everyone and welcome! Happy June to you all and I hope you get to enjoy lots of Sunshine, even if you happen to live in the Southern Hemisphere.
This is Astrid, your host for this our 90th challenge, just where has the time gone....

But here we are, and I hope that you are all happy and healthy.

So our theme this month is Rustic Charm, and this is what we would like you to do with it:

Rustic describes a design that is natural, rough, aged and casual. We would love to see you create a project using these elements: think nature inspired textures and simple and earthy colours. Rust and textures, or indeed anything related that your imagination can come up with. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
Well, I hope you like what we have in store for you, and there is certainly plenty of inspiration here


Some of you may remember the tag I made for our tag challenge last week. For our June challenge I made a matching pocket and folder to hold the tag. It will be a gift for a penfriend. I will do a tutorial here on the blog of how it all came together soon, meanwhile, if you want to see more photos, just visit my blog

I had so much fun creating this rustic page for Astrid's challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed making the wood effect background and also this happy bear from my new Tim Holtz Theodore Thinlet set really makes me smile! To find out how it came together please pop over to my blog Let's Art Journal.

I'd created a decoration for Astrid's fabulous theme. I use natural colors and materials to show the "Rustic Charm". Please join me for a brief tutorial on my blog.

For this great challenge I decided to do something a little different. I made some cute and fun vintage vignettes using projector slides. I hope to see you over at my blog where I have a video showing just how I made them.

Thanks to Astrid for this wonderful theme! I made a tiny birdhouse by creating faux wood with stencils and colors. If you want to read the tutorial I will wait for you on my Blog Yayascrap & more.

I've been doing some altering for Astrid's lovely theme, converting some cheap shiny plastic plant pots into weathered rustic stonewear.  Do come over to Words and Pictures if you'd like to see how I did it... and also to see them with their plants happily in place.

For Astrid's fabulous challenge, I've constructed a little rustic notebook, filled with coffee dyed paper. If you'd like to see how it came together, please hop over to my Artistic Craft Dabbler blog, with this link

Well, I hope you agree with me that the sheer variation of styles and projects here is inspiring, and of course we all hope you will join us for the challenge this month. We would love to see what you create.
Thanks for coming by and happy creating!
Astrid and the creative team

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  1. Fabulous projects everyone - just loving all these rustic ideas! Jennie x

  2. a fabulous collection of beautiful rustic projects! thank you for a great challenge Astrid! Toni x

  3. Fabulous array of projects for Astrid's challenge theme x I look forward to visiting over the weekend x

    Keep safe everyone x
    Annie xx

  4. The wow factor is all these lovely makes is amazing. I could not pick a favourite! Thank you for all the lovely posts and now I have some new people to follow! Enjoy your day everybody.

  5. What wonderful rustic projects ladies! I've been to check them all out and I have so many wonderful new ideas from your creations!

  6. So many amazing projects! Thanks for the inspiration and I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs to see how they came together 😀. Happy June everyone! Stay safe and well! Hugs, Jo x

  7. Had a lovely time hopping round to all these projects - fabulous! Looking forward to seeing what all our fellow travellers come up with this month.
    Alison x

  8. Beautiful work from the team. Congratulations on your 90th challenge and sharing so much love and inspiration with us all.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  9. Yet again a fabulous selection. 😀

  10. Huge congratulations on the 90th challenge, the time seems to have flown by! Each creation is beautiful and a wonderful way to celebrate! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. Fabulous Projects ( as always) everyone . Each one offers its own fabulous touch of rustic charm and what an equally fabulous gallery they make altogether. Inspiration a plenty.
    Big Congratulations and Thanks yous to AVJ for 90 challenges. An amazing achievement.
    hugs to all
    A x

  12. Absolutely gorgeous projects, the Creative Guides have outdone themselves! Deb xo