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Monday 9 June 2014

Welcome Anita Houston as Guest Creative Guide

It’s wonderful to have Anita travelling along as a Guest Creative Guide today and we welcome her along for this leg of our journey.

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I'm Anita Houston from Texas. In addition to being a craft blogger since October of 2011, I love to design projects as well as teach classes. I love everything about art, but mostly dabble in Mixed Media, Paper Crafting, and Painting. I love everything Tim Holtz and Ranger, and in 2012 I was fortunate enough to be accepted into Ranger U, and a membership into the CHA Designer section shortly followed. I've been on the road ever since, teaching and demoing in the Texas area. I truly love what I do, and get such a sense of fulfillment when participants in my classes radiate with the joy of creating something. You can see more about me on my website I'd like to thank Brenda and the ladies on the team for inviting me to guest design for you all today!!!

Here are some photos of Anita’s project that she has mmade for us today.
Full details of how she made it can be found at her blog ‘The Artful Maven Haven’.

Flying Pig 2

Flying Pig 4 (1)

Flying Pig 5

Project: Pigs Can Fly 9x11 Inch Wood Panel
Inspired by Tim for texture using Texture Fades and Dies, Embossing Paste and Layering Stencils, as well as Glossy Accents to add depth and shine.

Well I for one want to pop over to Anita’s blog to see how she made this fabulous panel and explore more of her work. I hope you too will take a visit and leave her some love.

Thank you Anita for sharing this project and some information about yourself, it sounds as though you are a very busy lady and I am not surprised with the fabulous projects you make.

Wishing everyone a lovely week and lots of creative time. We will see you again on Friday with the start of another new challenge and this time it is the lovely Sandy who is the host.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xx


  1. Love this project. I have been enjoying Anita's art for some time now and visit her blog often. This little piggy is so clever, I really like how she made the eye from part of one of the numbers. So happy that Anita is our guest today.

  2. Thank you all again for inviting me to participate! I'm so excited and love all the projects you ladies have made!

  3. Love this original piece of art, great way of using stencils and these numbers!! Wonderful to have you guesting for us Anita!!

  4. What a fantastic, quirky creation - pure Anita! Love those glossy numbers - the figure 2 creating the eye is inspired! - and fabulous metallic texture on the wings. Great to have you with us on the journey this time, Anita!
    Alison xx

  5. Your project is fabulous Anita (reminds me a little of Violet...). I have always loved the quirky way you use numbers and this piece is fantastic. So thrilled that you could travel along with us at A Vintage Journey!! Hugs, Anne xx

    1. It is Violet, and this will be given to Linda after I am through with! Thanks for noticing Anne!!! Hugs!

  6. Been, seen and ADORE IT!!!! Superb Anita. You da bomb! Jenny x

  7. Funky, quirky and a whole different way of doing things, love it! This is so kewl Anita, thanks for guesting with us today at AVJ. Chris xxx

  8. Fabulous! I just love how the letters fit ! Lovely to have you guesting here Anita x

  9. brilliant work Anita - I love visiting your blog every CC3 challenge - its full of inspiration and its so nice to see you here at AVJ too xx Hugs rachel xx

  10. Wonderful work Anita, I love it!!

  11. What a lovely quirky piece Anita, it made me smile as soon as I saw it. Very clever how the number 2 and 5 have given Mr Pig a lovely eye, mouth and expression. Love the background colour and his metallic wings. Mo x

  12. I love Anita's art! Thanks for sharing about her!! This pig is the Bomb with all his fab textures!

  13. I am new to your work Anita - this is fabulous - so original. Will be following you more. Nikki xx

  14. Yay Anita! Rockin in the creative world!