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Friday 26 September 2014

Winners announced today and a guest spot

We welcome Janna today who was the winner of Chris’s Time Flies challenge. It's lovely to have you with us Janna to see both your lovely project and to learn more about you.
Hi, my name is Janna Gay & yes I was christened Janna and no, its not Italian, European, etc etc etc, its just Joanna with out the ‘O’ so my mother said!
That out the way, I am tickled pink to be a guest designer on A Vintage Journey, I love all things Tim Holtz, vintage, distressed and inky. I was asked by some new crafting friends if I wanted to go on a weekend crafting retreat with Tim Holtz, this was 2006 and I had no idea who he was, now looking back I think wow wasn’t I lucky to have met him and got some great tuition. I think it was called Away with the Fairies retreat and was great fun. So of course I have been hooked since then!
I am a mother of one daughter who decided to have 4 children to make all things equal in the genes pool. I have a lovely husband who is struggling with several operations on his back (degenerative scoliosis) and so I am always busy helping him and my daughter who has a tattoo shop and is hoping soon to open another. Arty Genes! I have had many jobs along the way and its too boring to list all, but a lot involved art and design.
I was thrilled and excited when I won a challenge at A Vintage Journey. This gave me the chance to be their Guest Designer. I decided to make something with mixed media and also for it to be a gift for my daughters new tattoo shop, so she has a photo of her babies and a mirror for herself. The frame was a cheap one from a local Butlers shop, they have all sorts in there that looks good for altering, I have to run past the shop with blinkers on.  It had an extra swing back frame, but I realised quite soon that in order to embellish it as I wanted to, then I would have to keep it as just a double frame.

The theme is Autumn and that’s cool with me, all my favourite colours. I used to be ginger before I went grey or strawberry blonde as my mother used to say. So I always gravitate to these colours.
It's mixed media altered art, distressed and inked into submission. I apologize that there is a photo of the side of my gate on the mirror side, really tricky to photograph a mirror with out getting me taking the photo in it & the glass on the photo side reflects. 

I took the glass and mirror out of the frame to begin my painting.
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This is the left side painted in Fresco pumpkin soup acrylic & then I dry brushed Some TH picket fence in places to lift it a bit. On the part with the photo frames I used a much loved paint I have had for years called Stewart Gill Byzantine with some distress dry brushing with Hey Pesto fresco paint. I used a Tim Holtz technique to add texture by using one of his stencils with embossing paste in red and some stamping with a black pad for more interest. I added bakers twine, a Tim metal 'family tag' & a tiny cross as my daughter is religious. The next was the fun bit, I used metal to do the painted industrial technique, but I used distress inks as I wanted them to be like jewel colours, see below, great I think, these are going on the sides of the mirror frame, the next photo is the embossing folder I used on them before the inks
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Below I have just added some close up details of all the additions, die cut TH tattered flowers and leaves, French Flight butterflies and one of the twins, Isaac, 2yrs old, looking cute in a vintage frame and Maia, the eldest at 7, well away from the insects as she hates them, her mother has to spray the bedroom with special moth spray before she goes to bed each night, (furniture polish !) hee hee
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    Also see above the cute TH key lock over the little fan (Dragons Lair designs).
Below is little Eden Rose who is the other twin and very adorable too, and not bothered about the creepy crawlies near her photo and Florence who is 4 and is a pickle !
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I hope you like my project, thanks for looking.
Thank you Janna for sharing your creativity and your very special frame, I am sure your daughter loves that it has been made specially for her with the lovely photos of the children. There are so many autumn colours on the leaves and the flowers and it fits our challenge theme perfectly. How lucky you were to do a Tim workshop when you didn't know who he was at the time. He has obviously inspired you in your art.
On to our last challenge Winner and Pinworthy mentions. It was Jennie’s turn to host and choose the winners with the other Creative Guides adding their suggestions too. It is never an easy job but this is what Jennie says -

Thank you all for travelling with us on our With A Flourish challenge and what a great array of "flourish" projects you came up with. One of the hardest things for us Creative Guides is to choose a winner, but I think you will agree that our choice for this challenge is a very worthy winner.

Our Winner is Pamellia (No. 7)
Pamellia's wonderful "stacked" card with so many wonderful layers, fabulous choice of colours and incorporating so many of Tim's techniques and details, including the flourish stencil and stamp, was very much the favourite of the Creative Guides. If you haven't seen it yet you need to! Thank you Pamellia for sharing such a wonderful autumnal project with us for our challenge. Your voucher and badge will be on their way soon and this lovely card will be pinned to the Winners board on our Pinterest site.

The Pinworthies (in no particular order) will have their project pinned to our Pinworthies board and they are -
Julie (23)

Great job everyone, thanks to you all for your continued support and entries to our challenges. The current one is Astrid’s ‘Colours of Autumn’ which runs to the 2nd October. We already have had lots of beautiful entries and are looking forward to seeing more.

Have a great weekend.

hugs Brenda and the Team


  1. Wow! What a lovely project. I really love how the Distress Inks just pop on the metal!

  2. Such a worthy winner and a wonderful project, the transformation of the frame is amazing, - adore the gorgeous eaves and flowers! lovely to find out a bit more about Janna too.

    And of course big congrats to the winners of the flourish challenge, fantastic projects all of them!

  3. Congrats to Pamellia winning with her stunning card. So many beautiful textures and soft shades. Lovely to learn more about you Janna and congrats on being GD. A great project that a lot of love has clearly gone into. Also congrats to the other pin worthies and ME. Wow can't believe it, so much so I checked the link to my blog twice lol. Thanks Jennie and the rest of the CG's for choosing me.
    Julie x

  4. Thanks to all for the lovely comments, i loved doing the project.
    What a fabulous card from Pamela, congratulations and i cant wait to see what you produce on your guest designer spot xxxx
    Sandra , love your tag and the butterfly's are fab, congratulations too.
    Julie what a gorgeous pillow box, will be copying a version of that one, how clever, love the rose.congrats too
    Saras wonderful grungy frame too, how lovely for your anniversary, i loved that distress powders challenge too, would not be suprised to see that on the winning list this weekend. congrats too. i shall be following all your lovely inspirational blogs now, what a lovely morning for us all xxx

  5. Janna's project is gorgeous, loving the beautiful autumn tones.

    Huge congratulations to the talented Pamellia on her win, her project was stunning! Congratulations too, to the Pinworthies for their beautiful creations! Anne x

  6. Great project, Janna! Congratulations, Pamellia and all pinworthies! Well deserved! xxx

  7. Wow, my jaw just dropped to the floor!! Thank you so much for choosing my card as your winner and thank you ladies for all the wonderful comments! Janna, your project is just gorgeous, what a transformation that frame made! Congrats on your guest spot! Congrats to the pinworthies as well, fabulous work! Thanks again to Vintage Journey team, see you soon! hugs :)

    1. Sorry Pamellia I spelt your name wrong :-( as one who also has an unusual name often miss spelled, I should know better
      I was over excited by it all I guess xxx

  8. Stunning!!! Congrats to Pamellia and the other pinworthy artists. I've been to everyone's blogs ... amazing work. Janna -- I adore your GD project. Fantastic painted industrial leaves and flowers on this frame. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.-- Mary Elizabeth

  9. Janna what a fabulous transformation of the frame! I love the colours you have chosen and all those wonderful little details are fabulous.

    Congratulations Pamelllia - a really stunning project and one I have been back to many times and still finding something new! Well done to the Pinworthies too - all absolutely fabulous projects.

  10. Congratulations, Pamellia! I knew your card was a winner! So delighted to see this! Also, congrats to Sandra and Julie! You both have such beautiful projects! In fact, I cannot believe my project would even be included in the presence of yours! but so pleased that it was...I too had to look twice, mainly because I thought a designer by the name of Sasha had a closet, too! Well done to all the entries! thank you, Creative Guides for all your inspiration and choosing me as a Pinworthy! I can't even tell my husband until next week, on our anniversary!

    And Janna, thank you so much for your inspiration with the frame! It's beautiful! Sara Emily (sarascloset)

  11. Hi Janna x it's lovely to see you here as GCG and what a fabulous make. You have put so much love in to this piece and it shows. I am sure your daughter will treasure it for sure.

    Well are on a roll this week and it's lovely to see as your makes are stunning.
    Gauge congratulations to our Pinworthies too....wonderful projects and so much inspiration from you all x
    Have a lovely weekend
    Annie x

  12. Sorry guys should say huge....sometimes tablets just make up their own words.....or maybe it's my typing.

    Annie xx

  13. Gosh, a pinworthy!
    Thank you for all the lovely comments. Such a lovely, inspirational challenge blog.
    Sandra x

  14. Beautiful project Janna, love the colours and fabulous foliage such wonderful textures

    Congratulations Pamellia such a deserved winner, beautiful project and congratulations to the Pinworthies too

    Jools x

  15. Huge congrats to Janna on her fantastic gd piece, Lovely to learn more about you also. Very well done to Pamellia for winning with her outstanding card... Very well deserved. Round of applause for the very pleasing pinworthies too. Nicola x

  16. What a fabulous GD project from Janna - truly a beautiful autumnal transformation! Congratulations Pamellia - a truly deserved win and congratulations to for our Pinworthies. Jenny x