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Friday 1 August 2014

Welcome Meggymay as a Guest today and the new winners.

Hello everyone, it’s a Winner’s Friday again and we have a fabulous project from our winner of the ‘Wings and Things’ challenge and a list of who the winner and pinworthy mentions are for Annie’s ‘Dies and Distress’ challenge.
So to start us off it’s over to you Yvonne.

Hi, I'm Yvonne, known to many folk in Blogland as Meggymay. I have been happily retired for a few years now and have time to enjoy my passion for crafting and during the summer months getting away in our caravan. Packing the stash in a limited space in a caravan is always a priority for me.
  I love to try out new techniques, ideas and styles, but have to admit that Vintage and Shabby Chic are my favourites. Tim Holtz's books and products, especially the distress inks are constantly in use on my work bench.

I was thrilled to be asked to be a Guest Designer for you at AVJ and when I read that the theme was, 'Just Stain It', well what can I say, getting inky and messy is one of the joys of crafting.


I decided to make a hanging for this theme, using a piece of recycled
corrugated card as a base, adding some pieces of embossed card to add texture.
Next up came the frame. Both base and frame were  embossed  using small
areas of Tim Holtz's and other stencils using grunge paste. When it
was all dry a coating of cream acrylics, then the Distress Staining fun could begin.
First of all  I splodged and swept over the surfaces with the
stains, no method just random. Distress Stains used were mainly Broken China, Vintage Photo and Antiqued Bronze.
I did use some crackle paint on the frame at this stage, but it nearly all disappeared. So I added more texture using  the stencil and lightly stained [Broken China] grunge paste to the frame.
Then to fill in the spaces, I dabbed stain onto my craft mat, sprayed with water and swept the pieces over.  I  then sprayed  them directly with water and magically every colour seemed to blend together. Nothing can beat giving this stage a helping hand to get in the nooks and crannies,  with a paper towel or as in my case the fingers.
  I gathered together some  of  the detail pieces I wanted to add, including the Found Relative photo card.
After assembling the hanging it did need highlighting in parts with a little gilding wax.


I wonder who holds the key to this relatives heart?

I did so enjoy this theme and thank the Creative Guides for inviting me to be their Guest. The inspiring projects and products that Tim Holtz brings to us make my personal crafting journey so enjoyable.
There are more photos, showing the stages it took to complete this
hanging on my blog.


Thank you Yvonne, this is such a sweet hanging, beautifully vintaged and gloriously textured. Now you have got me thinking as to who indeed might be holding the key to this lady's heart. I feel a sequel coming on ……

So onto part two of our Friday Winner’s post and that is to tell you who will hopefully be joining us soon as the winner of our latest challenge. I know Annie and the team have looked through all 50 of your amazing entries and have come up with some great projects for us to see again. So it’s over to Annie -----

I would like to say a huge 'Thank You' to everyone who entered the Dies & Distress challenge. The projects were fabulous and so inspiring. Choosing a winner has not been an easy task, but without further ado
The winner is .................

entry # 5 - Bonnie McLain

Bonnie's entry is a beautiful collage of nature using the most wonderful dies, numerous layers of tissue wrap and paper's from Tim's Wallflower paper stash. She has also incorporated various techniques using distress products with stunning results. 
Bonnie this is a beautiful work of art and so worthy of being our latest winning project. You are the winner of the £10 shop voucher from our sponsor, Country View Crafts and your beautiful butterflies will be pinned to our winner's Pinterest board very soon.  You will be invited to join us on an excursion shortly and a blog badge is also on it's way.
So onto the Pinworthies and they are -
entry #30   -  Mo Stokes @ Almo Craft
entry #40 -  That Crazy Chick
entry #39 – Jean @ Cardgenie

Thanks everyone for taking part and well done to the Pinworthies, your projects will be pinned to our Pinworthies Pinterest board and you will also receive badges to display on your blogs.

Can I make a plea to all of you fabulous crafters who join us at A Vintage Journey, we would love each and every one of you to be chosen as a winner or pinworthy mention and although you do not have to follow the guidelines (rules) we have set, if you don't you will not be eligible to win the prize and pinworthy spots.
There are 3 key rules that some people are missing out -
1. Tell us what your Tim inspiration is if it isn't evident in the project and post itself.
2. Mention A Vintage Journey and the title of the challenge in your post.
3. Make sure you have linked directly to A Vintage Journey from your post.
 The full guidelines are in the sidebar for you to read at your leisure.
We appreciate all your entries and thank you for taking the time to hop aboard and share part of the journey with us.

Don’t forget Jenny’s ‘Stain It’ challenge is open until next Thursday and closes at 6.30 pm on the 7th August, we hope to see you on board sharing more of your talents and fabulous creations with us.

Enjoy the weekend.

hugs Brenda and the Team xx


  1. Gorgeous work from Yvonne, and well done Bonnie.

  2. Yvonne, you've done it again! Love this beautifully framed photo with all that wonderfully stencilled texture and stained colour (we both must have some of the muckiest fingers out there as they are my main tool too!) and I love how your feather/flower flourishes help to highlight that fantastic hat.
    Huge congratulations to all our well deserved winner, and what can I say, Bonnie, you're on a roll!
    Jenny x

    1. Thanks Jenny... I guess I am.. a roll of having fun and enjoying life as well... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  3. Stunning piece by Yvonne, love all the layers and textures!!

    Big congrats to Bonnie for her wonderful piece and of course to our three pin worthies, fantastic projects all round!!

    1. Thanks Astrid... you are a very sweet person. and I am so very glad that I am getting to know you better each day... thanks for your loving words and thoughts.. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  4. I an so very TRULY honored by this... what a surprise to do e-mail this morning and have Pamellia Johnson tell me congrats... I am all a tither over this... yikes... I so love creating and then so love it that people like my art. THANKS again and again... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  5. Yvonne, YOUR piece is beautiful... so very elegant and lovely... I am again honored to be on the same page as you... your work is outstandingly beautiful and very vintage in feeling... love it... Congrats on the last win and now this beautiful piece... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  6. Congratulations Bonnie a well deserved win, so many butterflies to look at on this lovely project. Congratulations also to the other pinworthies, I am so proud to have been chosen as a pinworthy with you. Mo x

    1. Thank You Mo so very much... I just left you another message on your blog for your WIN with MR Holtz... Congrats on both and all... wow... now to get us off the ceiling, flying around, so we can create again... LOL.. thanks again MO... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  7. Yvonne this is a lovely framed photo, the different stains have blended beautifully inbetween the nooks and cranies of the texture paste, love the use of the feathers to compliment the ones in the lady's hat and the little touch of gilding wax with the metal lock and key works so well. Mo x

  8. What a wonderful creation from Yvonne, and huge congrats to the winner and pinworthies - all beautiful creations.
    Alison xx

    1. Thanks Alison... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  9. Congratulations Bonnie, its a stunning project and congratulations to the Pinworthies as well.

    1. Thanks Yvonne... I love yours too... those flowers are magnificent and the picture and framing outstandingly elegant. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  10. Yvonne's creation is absolutely gorgeous. Huge congratulations to Bonnie, a very worthy winner for that stunning project. Congratulations also to Mo (again), That Crazy Chick and to Jean on being pinworthies! Anne xx

    1. Thanks Anne, what a sweet person you are... thanks again... Love, light and Peace...Bonnie

  11. Another stunner from Yvonne and congratulations to Bonnie, Mo, Jean and Crazy chick. Nikki xx

    1. Thanks Nikki... I appreciate your kind words.. .Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  12. OMG Yvonne what a STUNNING piece!!! The gorgeous well to do lady, the background and the feathers.....well I love it ALL!!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful make with us all. Now to Bonnie......another superb piece full of vintage goodness. Congratulations to you! Well deserved. To the pin worthies... absolutely fabulous work. Happy crafting every-one. Karen.x

  13. Yvonne, your win was so well deserved and now you have shown us your marvelous talents again with this piece. Simply wonderful. I too am traveling for the summer in our RV (caravan) and I understand how carefully things need to be chosen to take along. After all, we just can't take it all. Congrats once again on a job well done. Greetings from Alaska.

  14. Bonnie - Congrats on your win, simply love your piece with all the wonderful color, texture and layers. Just can't help but love those butterflies. Thanks for sharing your vintage talents with us. Greeting from Alaska, The Last Frontier.

  15. I am thrilled to have had my "Damsel in Distress" selected as one of the pin-worthy honours. It is exhilarating to be celebrated amongst such very talented people. Thank-you A Vintage Journey; for providing an inspiring nudge, and some challenging directions to travel on this creative walk-of-life. Vicki (aka – that crazy chick)

  16. congrats to Bonnie and all the other pieces were gorgeous too. hugs congrats. Also a gorgeous creation from Yvonne! x

  17. Beautiful hanging Yvonne, the variety of colours and textures is stunning with such lovely coordinating embellish

    Congratulations Bronnie & the Pinworthies

    Jools x

  18. Such a beautiful guest design piece from Yvonne - wonderfully feminine and vintage. I especially love the addition / positioning of the feathers - just gorgeous!

    Congratulations to Bonnie on her wonderful win - those butterflies look ready to leap off the page. Huge congrats too to Mo, Vicki and Jean. Nicola x