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Friday 12 September 2014

Welcome Mo to AVJ and it’s winners’ time for the ATC challenge.

Welcome to our fortnightly Friday winners’ post and without further ado let’s launch straight in to meet Mo and see the fabulous project she has made for us all.

Mo photo
Hi Everyone, It is a huge honour to be asked back by the team at 'A Vintage Journey' to guest design for their latest fabulous challenge 'With a flourish', but first let me tell you a little bit about me.
I live in the North West of England with my husband Alan who is my rock and is quite used to seeing the regular paper trail that leads from my craft room right around the rest of the house. I have always enjoyed making things since I was a little girl, my brother and sister were the academic ones, I was the creative one in the family. I have always admired the work of Tim Holtz and I have been very honoured to have attended two of his amazing classes in recent years. I love learning new techniques and adding many different dimension and textures to my projects. My style tends to be Vintage/Shabby Chic and as I love all things botanical, animals, birds and the seaside these themes show up a lot in my work. I don't really plan my projects in advance, I just like to go with the flow and see where my imagination takes me.


When I found out the theme that Jennie had chosen 'With a Flourish' I was so excited. I do not have any trouble at all finding ways of using flourishes on projects as they are so adaptable to so many styles. I like using stamped flourishes on backgrounds and die-cuts in the foreground as a feature and so that was the starting point of my project, and I also decided to make a card which is unusual for me, as I don't make many but fancied a change. Here is my project.


I love the Cabinet card die and decided that this would be the starting point, I suppose it would have been easier to use a ready made cabinet card but as I did not have any I had to rely on plan 'B' i.e. make one. In fact apart from the found relatives card all of this is made from scratch, a full tutorial can be found on my blog.


I used distress paint to stamp the die-cut card on both sides and then blended distress inks over the top, the distress paint acts as a resist and gives a lovely soft pattern. I inked up the same stamp with a darker distress ink and stamped a few more darker flourishes over the resist for contrast.


The frames were painted and different the texture was achieved by sprinkling embossing powder over the wet paint, heat drying and then coloured texture paste through a stencil all of which give it the look of stone.


The die cut flourishes were done the same way as the frames using 3 different ep colours. I put them back to back on the inside keep everything tidy.


A little addition of a chit chat word attached to the found relative completes the sentiment from the front of the card.


A close up of the faux tea roses and leaves using the tattered pine cone and spring greens dies plus a little touch of linen ribbon bow.


Another tea rose plus a wish bone on a ring pull.


A closer look at the flourishes back ground and die-cut.


The sentiment has been stamped on the back of a adage ticket that was screwed up in a ball inked and stamped.


I hope you have enjoyed my card 'With a Flourish' or two
Mo x

Oooh definitely enjoyed looking at this card Mo with those fabulous techniques and great effects, this is such a beautiful card. Thank you so much for sharing this with us and joining us at A Vintage Journey again.
So, onto the winners and this week it is Alison who has chosen them along with some help from the Creative Guides.
The outright winner of the £10 voucher to Country View Crafts is ………

No: 21 Tocoart

It was so hard to whittle down a shortlist from a fantastic field of entries - and I was thrilled that so many of you were trying out ATCs for the first time.  It was a joy visiting all the beautiful tiny works of art you all created.  This set by Tocoart emerged as the winner.  The amazing backgrounds here, and such funky stamping and splatter, make this a really exciting set of ATCs.
Congratulations Jill on your worthy win and although you missed some of the challenges with your internet problems you certainly wowed us all with these little beauties. Your voucher and badge will be on their way soon and this lovely set of ATCs will be pinned to the Winners board on our Pinterest site.
The next three people who will have their project pinned to our Pinworthies board are -

2   Gitte

8   Gerda

A huge congratulations to all three of you, your winners’ badges will also be with you soon and we are delighted to see you spotlighted here. Look out for your fabulous projects being pinned to the Pinworthies Board.

Thanks to you all for joining us and sharing in Mo’s fabulous project and our winners announcement. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
hugs Brenda and the team. xx


  1. A beautiful piece Mo! Love how you incorporated a found relatives card. Love that idea. Also huge CONGRATULATIONS to Tocoart, such wonderful artwork. Huge CONGRATULATIONS to the pin worthies too......Gitte, Gerda and Meresanth. Karen.x

  2. Love Mo's card, and well done to the winners.

  3. Congrats to the winner, with those fabulous ATC's and also to the lovely pinworthies! Love Mo's project, well love mo's work full stop! Lovely to read a bit about you and your creative process too Mo ! Xx

  4. Mo's card is stunning, I love the many techniques she has incorporated into her beautiful card.

    Huge congratulations to the worthy winner,Tocoart and to Pinworthies Gitte, Gerda and Meresanth - there were so many fantastic ATCs entered! Anne x

  5. Wonderful card from Mo and great to hear a bit more about your creative process!!

    Big congrats to all of the winners too, fantastic entries from all of you!!

  6. Mo I love your cabinet card! Backing the flourishes with each other in the aperture is a great idea and I love those flowers. A superb Guest Design piece. And huge congratulations to our latest winners. Once again we were spoiled for choice from the entries. Jenny x

  7. Wonderful cabinet card, Mo! Love the design and those pretty flowers and flourishes! The sentiment with the wishbone is so clever! Congratulations to all and Happy Weekend!

  8. Wow, this card is beautiful! I'm so glad all of the little details were highlighted - I might have missed them. Gorgeous!

  9. Congrats to all our winner this fortnight. I'm always amazed at the great talent out there, you always rise to the challenge, and then some.

    Mo, so nice to have you here and your card is simply fabulous. I understand about the bits of paper being all around the house. When it gets too bad around here, I know it's time to get out the vacuum.. Thanks for joining us and sharing your cabinet card.

  10. Thank you so, so much and huge congrats to the winner and Gitte and Gerda!

    Mo, love your card - both charming and mysterious. :)

  11. Beautiful card Mo, congrats on GD. Also a big congrats to all the winners.
    Julie x

  12. Fabulous Mo - just love that stone effect - will be trying it!
    Congrats to Jill (Tocoart), Gitte, Gerda and Meresanth - been back to see your projects again - they are all wonderful. Nikki xx

  13. Wonderful card Mo, love the rose with the wishbone! Lovely textures on the flourish. Congrats to the worthy winners, fab choices! Ruth x

  14. Mo your cabinet card is gorgeous !! Love all the pretty details. And your roses, the soft stamping, the frames, the flourish swirls... Yes all of it !!!!!
    I did'nt quite get how you achieved the "stone" look on the frames. Paint, heat emboss, adding texture paste ??
    Thanks a lot for sharing your lovely card !!!!!
    Hugs from Spain... Monica

  15. Thank you. And congratulation to the vinners.

  16. THANK YOU XXX everyone for your lovely comments on my flourish card I really do appreciate them. Monica I have emailed you seperately with more details re stone effect.
    Congratulations Jill on your win, fabulous atc's love the colours you have used on these. Congratulations also to pinworthies Gitta, Gerda and Meresanth all great entries well done!. Mo xx

  17. Beautiful flourish project, love how they work with the lovely tea roses
    Fab textures and colours

    Congratulations to Tocoart, amazing ATC's the colours are fabulous
    and congratulations to all of the Pinworthies! so many beautiful projects well done to everyone

    Jools x