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Friday 9 May 2014

Winner's spotlight - It's Jools! Plus our new winner!

Hi everyone,

We've reached our second Friday which means only one thing, well, two actually, our winner's guest spotlight and announcing the winner and Pinworthies from our previous challenge.

Firstly, for those of you who didn't see last month's winner's post - here is Jools - Jools is our Guest Creative Guide today...

I work full time as a Textile Design & Development Manager working on commercial projects and developing product collections, so I’m constantly being creative working with textures, design and colour which I love. In my spare time, I enjoy all types of arts and crafts and working with multimedia particularly altered art using paint, die cutting, stamps, using lots of colour, texture and experimenting with new techniques. I’m currently on the DecoArt International Design Team, so I love using paints on my projects particularly with the Gelli Plate and Stencils.

A few years ago I discovered this amazing guy called Tim Holtz, I was so inspired and it got me back into crafting but in a different way, I loved this kind of mixed up grungy style, amazing products, variety and attention to detail, and easy to alter.  I’m so pleased to have been selected as the winner ‘A little Bit French’ Challenge and asked to be a Guest Designer for the ‘Fond Memories’ Challenge. A Vintage Journey is a fabulous concept and I look forward to travelling along with future Challenges. Such wonderful themes which are always inspiring and I look forward to seeing everyone’s amazing creations.

My memory box and album is inspired by a special place with fond memories. We frequently stayed in a village in the Yorkshire Dales when I was growing up, a beautiful place, fresh air, green rolling hills and a group of peacocks! They inhabited the village and ruled the roost constantly calling and parading around displaying their beautiful feathers.

All of the images are from the surrounding area and places we visited, one very fond memory is the St Michael and all Angels, a place I loved to go into and count the wooden mice. The pews were made by Robert Thompson known as the Mouseman due to his famous carvings and trademark.

I started my memory box with an image transfer technique using DecoArt Faux Medium on the lid using a peacock feather image, I aged this with one step crackle and a wash of DecoArt Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Umber and Carbon Black.

The outside of the box was painted with black and burnt umber acrylic and decorated with Tim’s Vintage lace die cuts in black card and then dry brushed with Metallic Rich Espresso. Once dry I applied the various decorative metal fixings.

The memory album is based on Tim’s W book format but left just as a concertina only sticking the sides that form the pockets the ends fixed to the inside of the box. The great thing about the concertina book is the it allows for any depth of embellishments and you can add more pages.

I Coloured the Curio knob, Foundations box feet, trim, Word keys, heart and oval charms with Alcohol inks to add a more vintage effect.

The heart was cut from Tim Holtz die covered in modelling paste and painted with Acrylics and metallic shimmer, the smaller hearts were chipboard and painted. I also made some of the embellishments using UTEE & Ranger texture treads and edged the micro slides too.

Details of some of the feature pages and tags, I made 16 in total which was two of W books put together. The remainder are made up of photo pages.

Tim Holtz: Lost and found papers, Destinations, Kraft Resist, Kraft Glassine, Texture fades Harlequin, Nature walk stamps, Mini muse stamps, Mini Heart die, Vintage lace die, Tag & Bookplates, Curio Knobs. Heart Charms, Cash keys, Locket keys, Word keys, Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks & Stains, Glossy Accents

DecoArt: One Step Crackle, Metallics Perfect Pearl  Peacock and Purple, Rich Espresso and Glorious Gold, Traditions Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black, Burnt Umber, Modelling Paste

Other: Cricut Cartridges - Paper lace, Fancy Frames, Art Nouveau, Fiskars Plumage, QuicKutz Feather Die, Prima Vintage Trinkets

Wow Jools, what an awesome and inspirational work of art, fabulous! Thank you so much for guesting for us today and sharing this exciting project with us! We hope you'll visit Jools and show your appreciation for her work.

And now for the winner of our last challenge, Spring flowers, which was hosted by Jennie so over to her...

Thank you all so much for all the wonderful entries for the Spring Flowers Challenge. I was totally bowled over by your creative and inspirational entries, but in particular the amazing array of  different ways you all had for creating flowers!

Choosing a winner from so many fabulous entries was difficult but the most votes from the Design Team went to:

No. 57 Mo from Almo Craft
Mo created a fabulous card using Tim Holtz Wallflower papers and wonderful over stamping and made her own gorgeous pink cherry blossoms and daisies.

Pinworthy badges go to:
No. 50 Rita

No. 24 Vada

No. 30 Elly

A BIG thank you to all of you who took part and good luck in our future challenges!

The Vintage Journey Creative Guides xxx


  1. Absolutely gorgeous art, Jools. I so appreciate all of the time and talent that went into creating this beauty! <3 Candy

  2. Wow, Jools, what a treasure chest indeed - such a work of art, and how many hours went into making this I cannot imagine (well, I can, and am staggered!) Well done on your spotlight, much deserved.

  3. What a stunning memory box, such a lovely keepsake of treasured memories. Well done to all the Pinworthies too, such pretty flowers x

  4. Congratulations to Mo, such a very beautiful project
    The stamping and layers of detail, with those fabulous flowers just gorgeous!

    Congrats to the Pinworthies, so many beautiful flowers

    Jools x

  5. Stunning, stunning work from Jools, such an amazing box and the concertina book inside is stunning! Big congrats to all te winners too, amazing flowers and creations from you all!!

  6. stunning work from Jools and well done to Mo - a fabulous make - gorgeous! Hugs rachel xx

  7. What an amazing creation, sumptuously embellished :-)


  8. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous Jools!!!!!!!! It's one of those I REALLY want to see in person to take in every single beautiful detail. The peacock feather topped box is a treasure in itself and then you've added a plethora of delights and memories inside - outstanding work from a truly talented lady.

    Huge congratulations to Mo, Rita, Vada and Elly on your win and pinworthies.
    Jenny x

  9. A HUGE Congratulations to the Mo! Stunning memory box Jools! Love your style. Karen.x

  10. I am not sure I have the words to describe how utterly stunning your memory box is Jools! The little album inside is gorgeous, I just love everything about it....

    Many congratulations to Mo on your win and well done to Rita, Vada and Elly on being our pinworthies this time! You are all exceptionally talented crafters! Anne xx

  11. What an outstandingly beautiful project from Jools - I'm head over heels in love with every last detail! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful creation with us, Jools. Huge congrats to the Flowery winner, Mo, and the pinworthies too - great creations all round!
    Alison xx

  12. Wow Jools, simply stunning - I love it all, but that little metallic heart is just gorgeous. Congratulations to Mo - a beautiful make for Spring Flowers and well done to Rita, Vada and Elly. Nikki xx

  13. Jools I am blown away by your amazing memory box and concertina book. Every page is a stunning work of art and I love the peacock feather on the box lid. I am blown away also seeing my name at the top of this winners list, this is such an honour to have been chosen out of so many amazing entries thank you everyone so much for your very kind comments. Big congratulations also to the three pinworthies Rita, Vada and Elly.
    Mo x

  14. Applause, applause to all this lovely work. Jools - the memory box and album is just stunning, love all the colors and details. Congrats Mo - great job. To all the pinworthies - love all the flowery perfection.

  15. Jools, this project is totally droolworthy!! Creative, original and inspirational, fabulous! Thank you for guesting with us and sharing your talent.

    Congrat's to our winner, Mo, and our Pinworthies, Rita, Vada and Elly!

    Chris xxx

  16. Congratulations to Jools. I have fallen in love with your gorgeous box. It's absolutely stunning, but worth all the work that went in to creating it too. I was well chuffed to get to be one of the Pinworthy winners along with Vada and Elly. Well Done girls. Hugs Rita xxx

  17. Stunning make Jools......ta real work of art and a wonderful treasure/keepsake.
    Congratulations to Mo, Rita, Vada and Elly....beautiful Spring makes

    Huge hugs Annie x

  18. Wow!!! Jools, this is a stunning project full of detail, patience and creativity. I love it.

    and congratulations to everyone who won or got a "pin worthy"...

  19. What else can i say after all those nice comments, Jools? Well, i'm in looooove with your creation ♥ Thanks to the DT to make me one of the Pinworthy (:o)

  20. Jools, what a beautiful memory box, so antique like, and full of vintage details I love! Congratulations to Mo and the pinworthies who were so inspired. Lys.

  21. WOWSERS!!! this is incredible! I'm so glad you posted these pictures & fantastic tutorial, too....thank you for sharing your inspiration & I look forward to seeing more of your work!

  22. Jools, your memory box is totally spectacular and delivers such a "Wow" factor! I have scrolled up several times for more looks and all of your details are incredible. Love all the pages and tags and of course that gorgeous memory box! Thank you for sharing this lovely project and congratulations to all the winners!

  23. A great big thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments and feedback
    I really enjoyed doing this project, such a fabulous inspiring theme

    Jools x

  24. Oh my goodness I absolutely love this piece from Jools. It is exceptionally fabulous. Congratulations to Mo and the lovely pinworthies, very well deserved. Nicola x