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Friday 15 August 2014

It's tags and winners today!

Good morning everyone and a big welcome to winners' Friday. We have no winner's guest post today so we are having a Creative Guide's 'Tag you like' day instead. Some of our team have put together a tag (on whatever theme they like) especially to show you! But, before we see them, we have the very important task of announcing the winner and Pinworthies from our last challenge, Jenny's 'Just stain it'.

The CGs have pondered and pontificated, oooh'd and aaarh'd and Jenny even cogitated and ruminated!! LOL  After the team's input, Jenny's final decisions are........

Winner of the Country View Crafts' Voucher

Jenny said:
"One of the hardest things as a DT member is voting for challenge winners when you know some of those entering. There's always that worry that people might think you are favouring someone for that reason when actually it can be the complete opposite! However, I have no qualms in choosing Mo's picture as the winner of the 'Just Stain It' challenge because it makes full use of a range of techniques for using Distress Stains and looks absolutely incredible."

Our three pinworthies

Congratulations to Mo, Pamelia, Mona and Jackie, all very worthy winners. A big thank you too to all who joined in and entered their beautiful projects, great work everyone!

And now to our tags...

Most definitely influenced by Tim using his techniques, dies and paperie but with the addition of some decayed work too in the flourish. There are more details here if you want them.

Well what can I say, I love blueprints, I love Distress and all of Tim's lovely goodies and here is the result.. a manly thank you created with lots of my favourite things! All of the details can be found here.

A distress stained tag with bleaching through the doily stencil was the start point for this Tim inspired tag. Add some hearts,stars, frameworks and butterflies - all my favourite things. Lots more detail and piccies over at A2A - Addicted to Art.

I started with Tim's bubbles embossing folder and went from there. The seaweed was made using the wave embossing folder and both the seahorse and starfish have been given a dose of crackle paint, I seem to be using it so much at the moment, it gives such great effects.

A triple layered, over the top tag experimenting with bleach stamping. Sometimes I just wished I could do Clean and Simple.... Details can be found on my blog

The busy busy bee seemed an appropriate image for me at the moment... there's so much going on! I didn't get around to making my July Tim tag, but the bee I'd started to play with for it needed a home. You can see the details of where he's living now over at Words and Pictures.

Keeping in with the current challenge theme of Time Flies, I started with the words 'time traveler' and developed my tag from there. I have used fabric from Tim's latest release of Eclectic Elements for my base tag, added some stitching and then built it up from there. Further details can be found on my blog.

I love dragonflies and have just acquired the fabulous Layered Dragonfly die & embossing folder so my tag is inspired by their beautiful colours. To see more details on the techniques used please visit my blog

For my tag I decided to use up some of my gorgeous Tim Paper scraps ( French Industrial ) and some Kraft Glassine from a previous project. I layered two tags ( size 8 & 5 ), however, you cant see that in my photograph, which is a shame. Having recently purchased the new French Flight Alterations Stamps and Dies I just had to play with them too. Happy Friday xx

Tim style and my Tim's August Tag of 2014, but with butterflies. Stamping, texture stenciling and staining is all going on here. For more details, please visit my blog! Enjoy the day!

So there we go Ladies and Gentlemen, your winners and we're at the beginning of week 2 of our challenge!  We'd love to see some more of what you're all up to so get out your time pieces, anything you'd like to do to express the passing of time as long as you can demonstrate a strong influence from Tim.

We will be back on Monday with another special guest and a gorgeous project for you to look at.

Thanks everyone, have a fabulous weekend!

Chris xxx
For Brenda and the AVJ Creative Guides


  1. Beautiful tags ladies!!! Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Mo for her stunning butterfly. Also congratulations to Pamelia, Mona & Jackie, such wonderful pieces. Well done. Karen.x

  2. Congrats to all! Thanks so very much for featuring my layout! So honored and tickled pink :) Gorgeous collection of tags! Thanks for all the inspiration and for hosting such a fun and creative place to play!

  3. Huge congratulations to Mo on her win for her gorgeous butterfly and to Pamelia, Mona and Jackie for being well deserved Pinworthies. Love the wonderful inspiration from my team mates too. Hugs, Anne x

  4. Many congratulations to Mo for that gorgeous butterfly and also to the well deserved Pinworthies. And what fabulous tags from my fellow team mates - gorgeous colour combinations from you all and so many technique ideas. Just wonderful ! Have a lovely weekend everyone x

  5. Congratulations Mo, Pamellia, Jackie and Mona. Great tags from everyone, so much to look at. - going for a closer look at them all now. Nikki x

  6. I am so honoured and blown away to have my Vintage Travel Bag as one of your PinWorthy choices! Congrats also to Mo, Mona and Jackie, well deserved! These tags are just soooo amazing, I'm in awe of all the talent here at Vintage Journey!! :)

  7. Thank you so much for having my project as one of your pin worthies for this challenge. I was so surprised and delighted, especially when I had seen the level of talent from all of the other entries into the challenge. congratulations to Mo, Mona and Pamellia, Your work is amazing. Love all the tags too! :)

  8. Well done everyone. You are all such deserving winners. And what fantastic tags on display today! Is there no end to the talent of this team? Jenny x

  9. Congrats to the worthy winners. Stunning work as always from this most amazing design team, thanks for some inspiration.
    Julie x

  10. Big congrats to all the winners, stunning projects!!! Fab tags from everyone, off to see all the details!

  11. Huge congratulations to Mo for her stunning butterfly canvas. Well done too to Pamellia, Mona and Jackie! As for all those tags! - WOw they are totally terrific! Brilliant work ladies! Enjoy your weekends. Nicola x

  12. Congratulations Almo so well deserved on your beautiful artwork
    Congratulation to all of the Pinworthies too

    Jools x

  13. Wow! I have just come back from a week camping in a field with no internet connection to find I have won! I am so honoured once again what a wonderful surprise - Thank you for all your lovely comments on my gothic butterfly. Congratulations to pinworthies Pamelia, Jackie and Mona all fabulous projects. As always stunning inpirational tags from the team.

    Mo x

  14. No doubt in my mind that all these winners are so deserving!! Fabulous work from our wonderful winners and simply terrific tags from the team. A job well done by all.

  15. Congratulations Mo for this beautiful butterfly! and congratulations too to the pinworthies! Huge talents to follow again!