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, 15 December 2017

Welcome To Our Pinworthy Guest Creative Guides

Hello everyone, we have three amazing projects to share with you today from our September Pinworthy Mentions - Lula of U Lili, Helene of Lotsa Scrap and Pooja of Let's Get Crafty. They have all made wonderful creations for our current Winter Wonderland challenge, enjoy!


Hi everyone! My name is Lucyna Marynowska aka Lula.  Let me tell you all at A Vintage Journey I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be a guest designer here, this is such a talented design team! 

A little about me:  I come from the north of Poland.  Fifty-eight, retired widow, mum of two grown up boys and a happy grandma.  I started my crafting journey 6 years ago as a card maker and immediately became an addicted paper-lover.  After my husband's death it was crafting what helped me to conquer the pain.  I enjoy creating anything from cards to altered art and love to experiment with various types of mediums.  I am keen on colour and texture and I always try to find new ways to
express myself.   I love challenges to spark my creativity and making crafty friends all over the world makes me very happy.  You can find my creative project on my blog:

For the current theme 'Winter Wonderland' I have prepared a canvas named 'Christmas Eve'.  I was inspired by my memories of this very special night when the whole family went to church about midnight to attend the unique Mass.   It is one of the most beautiful Polish customs.

I have used a 29.5 cm x 9.5 cm white canvas and lots and lots of mixed media stuff to make this piece.

You can follow the steps I am sharing on my blog.

I have used Lavinia stamps images to built the town and put a lot of snow - coarse structure paste on the roofs. 

The star is made of a birch-tree and I emphasized its texture by using heat embossing and some glitter.

Hope you like my project!

As a result of my Pinworthy Mention in September, I'm thrilled to be a guest designer at A Vintage Journey for this month's theme, Winter Wonderland.  I'm retired and live in a Victorian home built in 1894 in midwestern Illinois. My husband and I are retired and empty nesters, blessed with three grown children and their families. We love spending time with them. It's such fun to see my craft supplies through the eyes of my six-year-old granddaughter who is quite a budding artist. 

I started papercrafting in 2006, first making cards and then quickly transitioning to scrapbooking.  I've been honored to be on several design teams over the years.  I'm more commonly known by my childhood bonnet photo as 2amscrapper.  I have no particular style because I love to dabble in all forms of art.  Currently I'm part of a local mixed media group.  In my craft room, I'm concentrating on art journaling as well as digital composition. 

Having a tendency toward monochromatic and vintage design, I loved working with the current winter wonderland theme.

My substrate is peeled back corrugated cardboard painted with gesso and topped with the Tim Holtz Birch stencil using Prima Art Alchemy old silver Metallique wax. I liked it so much that I hated to cover it up.

I chose the Tim Holtz Snow Globe #2 thinlet die as my focal point, but used other products in my design.  I hope you'll visit my blog for the detailed list: LOTSA SCRAP from 2amscrapper.

Hello everyone this is Pooja from India, I am so excited to be here as guest designer. A little about me, I am a fashion designer but craft is my only passion.  I love experimenting with products and techniques and mixed media is my forte! Other than that I love altering things and making clay murals. You are invited to visit my blog Lets get craftyy with pooja

Today I am here to share my altered bottle which I have altered according to this months theme 'Winter Wonderland'. Have a look:

I used an old bottle, after cleaning it I've done some stencil work in front part and for side applied modeling paste. I have used corrugated sheet to make roof and pillars also pasted a piece of 4 x 4" card board to increase the width towards the lower end, using brown, white, yellow and a bit of green for base colors.

I used some small pieces of thin fabric (like cheese cloth) and dipped them in gesso and sprinkled some silver glitter fine dust and sugar dust to give it snow look.  I added some natural tree wood at the bottom and a frame with a vintage pic, added some moss, flowers and red cherry around the frame. 

Here are some more pics with different angles.

Thank you so much I hope you liked it and enjoy my work, please let me know in comment box how much you like it 😊

Thank you once again to A Vintage Journey team for this honor.


What beautiful Winter Wonderland creations from our Pinworthies, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us all!  And hope that seeing these beautiful projects has inspired all of you to join in our Winter Wonderland challenge, you have until January 4th to get your own wintery creations linked up, can't wait to see what you create!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone and happy creating!

Deb and the Creative Guides

Monday, 11 December 2017

Destination Inspiration - Welcome to Terminal 2

Hi Vintage Journey travelers and welcome to Terminal 2.  It's S@ndy here as your guide for this  creative stop.

Let's see what is in the travel bag -

Tissue paper
Silver or Gold

I've put together a large tag using these fun items so let's get started.

Beginning with one of the Tim Holtz Tags, coat with gesso.  Cover tag with Tissue Wrap using gel medium. 

For this project I'm trying out a new, to me, product from Aladine called Izink.  I put a drop on my craft matt and added some water (one spritz). 

After mixing the Izink and water, I applied the color to my tissue covered tag.
This color is Topaz - when dry, it leaves a lovely pearlized sheen on the surface.

Next I added some Izink Dye Ink around the edges.  I then wiped most of it off leaving me with that aged look that we all love.

Now for the embossing part - I dabbed embossing ink all around the edges of the tag and then added  silver embossing powder.  I worked in sections and heated it as I went along so it was easy to hold on to.

In the left corner of the tag I added some Geranium Izink and moved it around so that it faded into the background.  I stamped and embossed a flower from an Aladine clear stamp set and then glued in place.

Using the same stamp set I stamped and embossed three more flowers and five leaves on kraft cardstock and then cut them out.

Using the Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die and matching embossing folder I cut 2 butterflies from acetate.  They were then embossed.

Using some thin wire I created the top of the butterfly.  From my stash I got some rhinestones for the swirl.

Because these inks have some unusual properties, being acrylic inks, I was able to add a drop of alcohol on my matt and then mix the ink unto it creating my own alcohol ink.  I used more Geranium, then Mimosa and was able to come up with the color I wanted.  I then dabbed the ink on one of the acetate butterflies with a color blender and a felt pad.  It's important to use a felt tip on the blender for this process.

For the second butterfly I again mixed the ink with alcohol but this time I added each color separately.  Using the Topaz first and then the Geranium right on top which made the two colors mix creating the desired color.

When everything was dry, which didn't take long, I began adding the elements to the tag.

I have miles of ribbon but, for some reason, it seems that I never have the color I'm looking for.  To solve this problem I simply colored my own.  Using white ribbon - wet ribbon completely with water, add a dot of Izink Topaz to craft matt & spritz with water.  After mixing the ink and water simply dip ribbon into ink.  Dry with heat tool and you have perfectly matched ribbon.

The flowers and leaves were added with some foam tape to give demention.
The final touches are some Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs and Nuvo Drops.

Thanks for joining me at this stop on our travels,

Friday, 8 December 2017

November Mini Marvels Winner and Pinworthies

Hello and welcome A Vintage Journey Travellers, Anne here to announce the Winner and Pinworthies from our Mini Marvels Challenge.  A huge thank you to all of you who joined in, with your wonderful creations!  

First of all, our Winner, chosen by Random Org is:

That's #12 Elaine of Waves of Creativity who shared these wonderful collections of inchies and ATCs with us.

Congratulations Elaine!  We will be in touch shortly with your badge and also to arrange delivery of your prize from Southern Ridge Trading Company - a $50 varied selection of chipboard and wood veneer laser cut embellishments!  We hope you will enjoy playing with your prize!


And now for our Pinworthy choices.  As always there were so many beautiful entries, it was almost impossible for the Creative Guides to make their choices, you are all winners in our eyes!  In numerical order:

No. 6 - Jo

These beautiful co-ordinating white on white little ornaments were made from things Jo found in her stash, the finishing touches are wonderful and they will make an amazing wintry window display!

No. 13 - Maria

These very tiny (5cm by 7cm) books are actually necklaces and the detailing on each little book is just exquisite!  Maria shares others in her post which are equally beautiful!

No. 14 - Lys

It is so hard to imagine that this fabulous book is only 3cm tall!  Lys has packed it with Christmas Carols, Recipes and Christmas Cards - definitely a mini marvel!

Huge congratulations to our three Pinworthies this month, you really did create the most wonderful Mini Marvels, thank you so much!  We will be contact with you regarding your Pinworthy badge shortly, along with an invitation to be a Guest Creative Guide with us at A Vintage Journey at some point in the future.

We hope you will visit again on Monday for our regular Destination Inspiration post, using the contents of the monthly travel bag, and we hope too, that you will join in our current challenge - Winter Wonderland, details of which can be found HERE.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Anne and all the Creative Guides  xx

Monday, 4 December 2017

Destination Inspiration : December : Arriving At Terminal 1

Hello to you all and welcome to a new month and a new bag of travel goodies here at Destinations Inspirations. Jennie here with you kickstarting December at Terminal 1 with these wonderful things in my bag:

Product : Tissue Paper
Technique : Embossing (Dry or Heat)
Colour : Silver or Gold
Substrate : Acetate

My Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die is never far from my desk at this time of the year so I decided to use it with Acetate to create a focal point for a frosty Christmas tag.

I used Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art acetate modelling film to cut out three flower leaves. However, before I cut them I stuck (badly!) some Tim Holtz Frosting Film to the acetate to give it a bit more definition. I really love this effect but normally make a better job of smoothing out the bubbles which did not want to go this particular time!

I love how the leaves once heated can be moulded to shape. I shaped each individual leaf first, layered them and then added this glorious stamen.

As you can see the bubbles are still there under the frosting film, but at least it adds a little more texture .....

This is the reverse side of the acetate and you can see how shiny it is without the addition of the frosting film. I love how the moulding acetate gives so much depth to the flower whilst only using three leaves.

So that was my use of acetate and now to the rest of the goodies in the bag.

I have this wonderful DecoArt tissue paper which when added to a tag using Gel Medium appears more translucent and takes on the colour of the tag underneath. It appeared quite golden and so that inspired me to stick with gold rather than the silver I had thought to use.

I wanted to create some interesting layers under the flower but without losing the lovely tissue paper. I started with some die cut circles .....

....... then a small piece of muslin ......

..... a white ribbon bow and the flower. 

Once these elements were in place I was able to tuck my other embellishments in and around them.

Plenty of white frosty berries and gold string ....

.... and some white wooden snowflakes.

And now for my final product in the bag ..... a little bit of embossing. Now I am the absolute worst person in the world at embossing and even with my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform had to do this zillions of times before I got something half decent!

I love this set of Christmas and Winter stamps created by our fellow Creative Guide Alison Bomber and had this Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote in my head all the time I was creating the tag. My initial idea had been to use the gold embossing on kraft card but it didn't sit well against the  similar colour tissue on the tag. A shame really as this was my first attempt at embossing and it came out perfectly ... !

My Frosty Christmas Tag using all the lovely things in this month's travel bag. 

Thank you so much for joining me today and do be ready at Terminal 2 next Monday where another Creative Guide will be welcoming you with another inspiring project using these same products.

Also don't forget to join us in our current challenge Winter Wonderland - all the details can be found HERE.

Happy Crafting!

Jennie x

Friday, 1 December 2017

Winter Wonderland

Hi Vintage Journey Travelers,

It's S@ndy with you today as your guide for a new adventure - the theme is "Winter Wonderland".
The Creative guides have some fabulous art to share with you - they were given this description to work with:

For the month of December let's think of the season as well as the holiday with Winter Wonderland.  As the song goes, sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening! Let's see some snow, snowmen, bare trees would be nice or some snow covered pines in the meadow.  Whatever Winter Wonderland means to you in your vintage, shabby, mixed media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk style.

Our generous sponsor this month is:
Andy is in the process of designing some new kits for his workshops next year and someone will be the lucky recipient of one of these but at the moment they are all hush-hush.

So let's take a look at what is being shared from the Creative Guides for this challenge.


For my project this month I embraced the great outdoors and the beauty of nature.
Please come by my blog for more details on how I used a piece of packaging to get started.


For Sandy's Winter Wonderland challenge I decided to make a mixed media assemblage celebrating the season with snow covered trees, icicles and snowflakes, cool wintery colours and some sparkle and shine to mimic the dance of sunshine and moonlight on snow covered fields.  I have some step out photos on my blog, hope you can pop on by for my how to.


I made a reverse canvas for Sandy's wonderful theme this month and had great fun playing with crackle - and texture paste and some seasonal Calico Craft Parts. Do hop over to my blog if you would like to see a quick step out of how this came together.


There are times here in the north when it feels as though one is living in a sepia photograph and I had this in mind when creating this little Tim Holtz style Vignette box. I used Tim Holtz ephemera and a Poinsettia made using Tim's Tattered Poinsettia die to create this little winter wonderland scene.  Do hop on over to my blog if you would like to see more.


My winter wonderland scene is filled with my favorite elements and techniques, bursting the edges of a 12x16" reverse canvas.  I was determined to stretch my products to new dimension and make a panel large enough to grace the fireplace mantle.  I hope you'll pay my blog a visit for all the snowy, crackled details.

I've been loving making easel and stand up cards this year and have Di at Tando Creative cutting me boards to the exact size I want to use for selling in my rented shop space. This one came about because I made some Christmas cards called 'Snowflake Tinsel' last year and with too many deadlines and personal time needed at the moment I copied my own steps to create this one adding the backing to change it up and to fit the board. I hope you'll join me at Bumblebees and Butterflies to see a few more photos.


I'm a last minute addition to the roll call here this month, but I've finally managed to get started on my Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas and it so happened that Tag 1 was a perfect fit for S@ndy's Winter Wonderland theme.  So here I am!  I hope you'll be able to hop over to Words and Pictures to check out all the details.

For Sandy's challenge I have constructed and altered a Kaisercraft advent calender creating a 'Snowy Winter Wonderland' scene in the central window box. Why not wrap up warm and head on over to my blog for more details.

I just love Christmas and was so thrilled to see Sandy chose Winter Wonderland as I was able to fit in most of my new dies and stamps. I just wish you could see the amazing sparkle from the Snowtex and on the snowman hat as well as the roof of the cottage. To see more details please hop over to my blog HERE

I'm sure you have been inspired by these wonderful examples from the Creative Guides above.  We are looking forward to seeing your "Winter Wonderland" creations!  You could be selected as one of our Pinworthies and, of course, one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a wonderful prize  from the talented Andy Skinner.  Good Luck everyone!

S@ndy and the Creative Guides  xxx