Good evening everyone!
Tonight I have this card to share with you, which I made tonight for A Vintage Journey’s current challenge – Rustic Charm – which ends tomorrow. Here’s the challenge description:

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.

It’s funny because I really didn’t have anything in mind for this card until I started cleaning up my desk and then the bones of an idea started to form.

So first of all, here’s what my desk looked like today:

At least, this is the only bit of it that I can show you as it has super secret DT projects on the rest of it.  So all I was left with was this little corner on the left where a large pile of leftovers was beginning to form.  I started to tidy it up and then realised how many of them were in this same neutral colour palette, so I started to play around with a few bits and pieces as you can see on the right of the photo.

I gave all the pieces a coat of gesso and then started to try out some layering ideas and decided that I could quite possibly make a card out of all these bits and bobs.

This isn’t a tutorial post so I don’t have a bunch of step by step photos this time, but I thought I would mention a few things – most obvious is probably the Felix box lol.  These boxes come in handy for so many projects and here I am even using leftover bits of Felix boxes – it’s the other side of the corrugated card down the centre!  I painted all the pieces using Paperartsy Fresco paint in Nougat and then I attached the clothes peg to the mannequin using wire. There’s a few things in the above photo that I didn’t end up using so they have gone into another pile for another time!

Here’s the finished card.  Everything is attached to the kraft card which is a piece of A4 folded in half to make an A5 card.  I know it looks really heavy but believe it or not, the card can still stand up on it’s own!

Here’s a closer look at the top of the card.  The wings are made with a Prima mould and I can’t remember why I didn’t use them when I made them but they have been lying around for a good few months.  However, that’s not even the oldest bit of stuff on the card – the kraft paper with the white plaid stamping was leftover from Christmas and those coconut buttons I’ve had for about 100 years! LOL

Here’s a closer look at the bottom of the card and there is some packaging there, a foiled paper scrap and when it came to finding something for my girl to stand on, an empty bobbin seemed appropriate! That’s a Finnabair word sticker telling you to find yourself.

Did you spot the crocheted flower tucked behind her waist?  Well here’s some more of them, all made from recycled cotton; I really need to do something with these now.  I used to make little brooches with them but I’m not feeling a brooch vibe from these.  I could make a few hundred more and turn them into a blanket – suggestions are welcome as I really don’t want to make a blanket! 🙂

So there we have it, a rustic style mixed media card made from random things that were lying around on my table.  It was a fun project to do and I like that this stuff has finally been given a purpose.  It only goes to show that you should never throw anything out and if you really need to make a card and have zero supplies, you can totally make one out of nothing!

And that’s it!  Thanks for reading, let me know what you think in the comments below.  I’m off to make a cuppa!


A Vintage JourneyRustic Charm my girl has rustic charm in spaces lol I went with natural colours and lots of textures and practically everything is recycled or leftover, and that seems very rustic to me – using what you have.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeAnything Goes – I love their weekly challenges and my card fits in the anything goes theme that started today, so I’m entering it there too


A4 Kraft card
Paperartsy Fresco paint
Cassart gesso
Finnabair word sticker, gold paint, fluid acrylics
Distress Archival ground espresso
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
From stash: practically everything!

I started something new for April and continuing . . .

Since we are all stuck inside and can’t leave the house, I thought I would try and do two things:
1. use this time to finish any unfinished projects
2. use as much recycled materials as possible (I do this a lot anyway) but also not to buy new stuff!
So, with that in mind, I will note the above on any posts, if applicable.
RECYCLED MATERIALS – YES! practically everything has been recycled or repurposed


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July 7, 2020 11:18 am

Absolutely lovely neutrals and textures and great composition of the elements to create your rustic angel – a treat! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison x

July 7, 2020 10:44 am

Fabulous work ! I love the natural colour palette and the way you have used so many recycled materials. I don’t know if you have already discovered the joys of a cut open tomato paste tube. One of my go tos for upcycling. Thank you for joining us over at the A Vintage Journey blog . Toni x

Astrid Maclean
June 26, 2020 10:06 pm

A fabulous make with so many wonderful elements, all coming together beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing it with us for the Rustic Charm challenge at A Vintage Journey!

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