Friday, 1 March 2019

My Crafting Journey with A Vintage Journey

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Globe die and ephemera
Hi everyone. We have a new challenge today at A Vintage Journey - hosted by the blog owner Brenda. The topic is 'Let's Celebrate the Journey'. Here is her description:
Join the journey for our Birthday challenge. Include the word or any images that depict a journey or even something that shows a creative journey you are on. Please tell us how your project fits the theme in your blog post and remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Globe die and ephemera
I decided to celebrate my crafting journey by including lots of my favourite tecniques and products! So my tag includes lots of texture, lots of layers. It is blues and browns and mostly features Tim Holtz products - stencils, texture paste. ephemera, Distress Inks and paints, word chips!

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Globe die and ephemera

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Globe die and ephemera

I felt a little nostalgic so decided to go back and look at some of the other projects I had done for AVJ since I joined in May 2014 - nearly 5 years ago!!! Here are a few of the most popular:

All about Texture - tags featuring Tim Holtz stamps and stencils
2014 - a tag trio - original post here

Tim Holtz inspired tags for A Vintage Journey
2015 - more tags! - original post here

Abstract Journal Page
2017 - My abstract obsession and a bit of journalling - original post here

Tim Holtz inpspired canvas
2017 - layered canvas - original post here

I hope you like my tag and little bit of reflection! Do visit AVJ where there is heaps of inspiration for this challenge - we would love to see your interpretation on Celebrating the Journey.

As this is a bit of a reflective post and my tag has a vintage feel I would like to join in the challenge at Simon Says Stamp (Monday) where the theme is Past Times / Vintage.



  1. Oh my Nikki what a wonderful reflective post showcasing your amazing pieces of work and talent. Your tag is delightful in those gorgeous shades of blues and browns and the brilliant design reflects the journey you and we have been on. What an incredible five years we’ve had travelling together in more ways than one, sharing the creative journey as well as those we’ve had in the car lol. Thank you for all your help, support and thoughtfulness over the years and for being a creator, a mentor and brilliant techie advisor as well as the fabulous artist you are. Huge hugs xxx

  2. I absolutely love your tag Nikki and the amazing colours and textures xx As Brenda said this is a lovely post and its been great to share the journey and to have met you a few years ago in London xx Thank You for all your techy support too xx
    Happy Anniversary
    Annie xx

  3. Oh Nikki, I'll join in the chorus to say what a great post this is and how wonderful to see some of your fabulous earlier pieces again too! Your celebration tag looks absolutely fantastic with your striking style and amazing additions. The heart against the world die is such a clever touch and I am really intrigued by that wrapped element at the bottom of the tag....
    This has been an incredible journey. We have all grown in so many ways and I have loved every minute of having been part of your journey. I cannot imagine our team without you anymore and thank you so much for all your techie support and insites.Here is to many more years to come and I so hope that one day we will be able to meet in person!

  4. So lovely to see some past AVJ projects as well as your truly spectacular birthday celebration. The colours, of course, appeal to me hugely - and the layering of the heart over the globe is a perfect way to represent the joys of this Vintage Journey together. I lovely the textures in the background and it all just works beautifully as a whole. Happy AVJ Birthday! It's an honour and a delight to travel with you.
    Alison x

  5. Your tag is fabulous Nikki, I have always loved a winged heart and yours is simply wonderful. Always "Follow your heart." Hugs, S@ndy

  6. Your latest project is fabulous Nikki, I love the blues and the wrapped piece at the bottom particularly. It is always lovely to see past projects, they are all beautiful, I particularly love the layered canvas! So glad I got to meet you on this journey with AVJ. Hugs, Anne xx

  7. This is magnificent Nikki, a fabulous way to celebrate with all your favoured techniques and bits and bobs. An amazing piece of created art along with all those past creations.
    Happy Birthday to all at AVJ, here's to many more!
    Hugs Tracey x

  8. Gorgeous proje t's from years past, and love this stunning tag!!! The theme and the colors are really marvelous!!!

  9. What a wonderful collection of textures Nikki. Love the composition and the colours. good to look back too. Congratulations. xx

  10. What a gorgeous tag Nikki and I love that we both decided to use the same Quote Chip, following your heart is always the best way to go! And what a lovely idea to revisit some of your previous AVJ creations, they are all amazing just like you xo Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement as we've traveled this road together as Creative Guides, although we've never met in person I consider all of you my friends and it has been such a joy to be a part of this amazing group of women. Here's to many more years of creating together! Deb xo

  11. Wonderful tag, so much texture and beauty! Love all the past projects too. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  12. Such a stunning representation of your vintage journey, Nikki! I love the colors, the wonderful texture and layering! That heart is amazing and I wish I could have been a butterfly on your wall when you were creating this! Love seeing some of your past projects here in one place, too--all favorites! Sorry to be so late, but happy I'm here now! Hugs!

  13. What a wonderful tag in blues you created here Nikki! love all the textures with the fibers and beads and layering of ephemera - Your heart is beautiful with the stampings on it - and how lovely to review many of the projects you've created for AVJ over the years! xx

  14. Absolutely Fantastic Tag, Nikki. Design, creativity and overall execution 'spot on'! I'd say you've definitely 'nailed' your fave techniques and your 'all over' your fave products.

    Thanks you so much for being such a great teammate and lovely friend, Nikki. I feel honoured and humbled to have been able to share the AVJ journey with you since I joined the team.
    Heres to many more happy creative AVJ years together.
    Hugs x

  15. Had to pop back Nikki to say how I love each and everyone of your most popular AVJ projects from the last 5 years. Personally I could add a whole lot more but then I guess you would have needed a bigger blog , ;) x


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