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Friday 24 October 2014

Guest project Pamellia Johnson and Heavy metal winners

These fortnightly Friday’s sure do roll round fast and today we welcome Pamellia as our guest designer. Pamellia resides at My Little Craft Things and makes beautiful layered cards and tags but today she has made a very special Halloween project for us all.

Hello Everyone! My name is Pamellia Johnson and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband and our two little girls, Scully (a teacup Maltese) and Pebbles (a teacup black Pomeranian).

Thanks to my very creative and talented Mom, I have been crafting in some form or another since I was a little kid. I've dabbled in a variety of crafts, but my true passion is card making. I enjoy many different styles, but my favourite is shabby chic, oh how I love all the soft muted colours, big shabby bows and frilly laces. I have only recently discovered the world of Tim Holtz and have being really enjoying learning about his products and techniques.

When the team from A Vintage Journey asked me to be a Guest Creative Guide, I was just so honoured. When they gave me HALLOWEEN - TO DIE FOR as the theme, I just knew I had to do something extra special with lots of Tim Holtz influence. I hope you enjoy my Halloween House!!
My Halloween house started as some scrap paper, which I used to build the template. Once I fine tuned the measurements, I made the final version out of pizza boxes. I gave both sides a couple coats of beige paint to cover the printing and flaws of the boxes. Then I used a brick stencil and some texture paste to give the walls some dimension. I smooshes some texture paste here and there, then added some bits of cheesecloth.
Another coat of beige paint, and then Tim Holtz took over! I rubbed Gathered Twigs distress stain over some of the areas and then spritzed it with water to make spots and drips. I did the same process with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo. Then I took some Walnut stain distress spray and gave it a couple squirts. Lastly, a little Picket Fence watered down and washed over a few areas to mute the colours.
I used Tim Holtz's cracked glass technique to do the windows, his effect powder technique to do the rusted aluminum awning and many of his other techniques to complete all the details of my Halloween House.
It also lights up at night!
Thank you so much to the entire team of A Vintage Journey for inviting me to spend the day with them. I am thrilled and honoured to be here with such a talented group of artists!
Wow, isn’t this a fabulous haunted house? It is an amazing 3D project with so many details and techniques, I know I will want to re-visit this again and again and thank goodness it will be pinned on our Pinterest Guest Designers board for everyone to find again easily.
Thank you Pamellia for taking the time to create such a magnificent Halloween work of art, for providing us with such clear steps to follow and for sharing your amazing creativity with us.
Now we move on to sharing who the winner and pinworthies are for our Heavy Metal challenge and the fabulous Terry has chosen her designs.

It’s never easy choosing winners, but with a little help from my Creative Guide friends here it goes!
The Winner is -  Angela Radford from Felix the Crafty Cat -
Angela’s hand is totally heavy metal.
Angela your voucher will be on it’s way soon and your project will be pinned to our winners board. Thank you for sharing such an original and unique project with us.

Now to the pinworthies in numerical order:

No: 22  Karen Garrard from
No: 24 Sara Barker from
No: 26 Jan Hill from
All these amazing creations will be added to our Pinworthies board.

Thank you to all who played along, we all hope you will join us for many more challenges to come. Don’t forget there is still a week left to join Anne’s fabulous Halloween theme To Die For. Don’t forget they don’t have to be Tim’s dies or products but please just tell us what the strong Tim inspiration is for your project, this is how we explain it for you.

– *STRONGLY influenced by Tim Holtz - what does this mean? We do not expect you to use all Tim Holtz products on your entry, if you have them, have used them so that they are your strong Tim focus then that is great but there are other ways you can enter. Because we ask that your work is strongly influenced by Tim, then we want to see and read about his influence on your entry, that could be by ‘casing’ one of his projects but using other products that you own, using one of his techniques to create something similar to his makes or your own design or it could be that  you've read his books, watched his videos or DVDs or completed Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 and have followed his processes to complete your design. Just tell us what that strong influence is so that we can fully understand your thinking. I am sorry but just using some distress inks does not comply, we don’t class that as having a strong Tim influence. Don't forget we are primarily a vintage challenge but we also accept shabby chic, mixed-media and journaling styles. See our explanation of these in the side-bar.
I hope this helps and I hope you will come and join in with the wonderful projects that have already been linked for this challenge.
Have a great weekend and happy crafting.
hugs Brenda and the team. xxx


  1. Congratulations Angela, what a fantastic project! Also congratulations to Karen, Sara and Jan! Thanks again for having me as your Creative Guide for this journey, I had a lot of fun! hugs to all :)

  2. OMG, Pamellia's Halloween House is simply amazing! I am in complete awe of the clever design and the end result is just amazing! It looks absolutely fantastic, so much detail to admire, wow!

    Huge congrats to all of the winners of the Heay metal challenge too, amazing projects from you all

  3. Wow, what a fantastic Haunted House, I used to make Dolls Houses and it gave me a great feeling of nostalgia! What detail inside, I live it!
    I am delighted to get a Pinworthy mention, thanks everyone!
    Congratulations to Angela, Karen and Sara x

  4. The Halloween House is just amazing with so much to admire.

    Love Chrissie x

  5. Wow, that Halloween house is just wonderful! My grand kids would be stampede towards it in a heartbeat to check it out :-)


  6. This simply is the best Halloween project ..ever! I can't stop admiring it! Pamellia totally rocke this!
    Congratulations to the winner and all pinworthies :) xxx

  7. Awesome! Congratulations to the cool winners too! xxx

  8. Wow Pamellia your Haunted House is just so! Its Spooky, Creepy and Fabulous all rolled into one. AMAZING! LOVE IT!!! A HUGE Congratulations to Angela for her wonderful piece. Also to the Pinworthies Sara and Jan. Finally THANK-YOU so much for my Pinworthy..... I truly appreciate it. I had a blast making my piece. Karen.x

  9. Wow, wow, wow Pamela! Your house is amazing! love the walls and the roof - and all the wonderfully decorated areas - the spiders crawling over the roof (uck!!!) the skulls on the porch posts - the great textures and colors on the whole structure! what a delightful spooky project!

    Congratulations to Angela and all of the Pinworthies - such creative inspiring projects!

  10. Just one word.......STUNNING. Pamellia you are one amazing artist....I am speechless

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  11. Oh my goodness! That Halloween house is beyond stunning! Just incredible.
    And congrats to the winner of the last challenge too! x

  12. Wow Pamellia, what an amazing Halloween Treat you have given us all to drool over. This looks like a haunted house that has been photographed from a film set. Your detail is jaw dropping incredible and I love how you can light it up at night. STUNNING. I hope you are extremely proud of your creation as it's seriously fantastic and magical.
    Congrats to Angela, Sara and Jan with your fantastic projects.
    Have a great weekend everyone,
    Julie x

  13. Wow! Pamellia! You have certainly given us all a treat this Halloween! I left a rather lengthy message on your blog, and I see you were up and at 'em early responding. You are a truly talented, sweet young lady, and I am so blessed to be able to see your great works of art!
    Congratulations Angela (wow, what a piece!), Karen (you know I love that graveyard) and Jan (awesome project! So many wonderful details!)--you all rocked this challenge!

  14. Your work is always of the highest quality but you really have excelled yourself with this fantastic haunted house Pamellia, it is a truly stunning creation, the walls are fabulous, the way you dealt with the aluminium roofing, the lighting, the tree - everything. A brilliant creation! Lovely to learn a bit more about you (a fellow Canadian too). Thanks so much for being a wonderful Guest Creative Guide.

    Huge congratulations to the lovely Angela on her win and to Karen, Sara and Jan on your Pinworthies. Your projects were all fabulous!

    Anne xx

  15. Simply love everything about your haunted house Pamellia - It's grungalicious! I know that's not a word but think it works here.
    Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

    Congrats to all the lovelies who have shown us their wonderful creations. Another job well done by Angela, Karen and Jan.

    1. So sorry Sara - didn't mean to exclude you - congrats on your wonderful creation.

  16. Oops Sorry Karen after re reading my comment I realised I had forgot to put your name down too. Unforgivable, how could I forget your amazing Graveyard scene. Congrats.
    Julie x

  17. Where do you start with your incredible haunted house Pamellia?!!!!!!!!!!!! The usual 'wow' and 'amazing' just don't even start to go far enough with how utterly stunning this is! Genuinely, it's beyond words, just the thud of my jaw hitting the floor. Huge round of applause from this little bit of the UK.
    Huge congratulations to all our winners/pinworthies. Some amazing entries again. Jenny x

  18. Amazing! That haunted house by Pamellia is amazing. WoW! Congrats to the winners & pinworthies. I love looking at all the fab projects.

  19. What a great surprise that was to find I had won the Heavy Metal Challenge, thank you so much.
    Pamellia's work is always stunning and this gorgeous project is brilliant.
    Congrats to the Pinworthies too. Happy crafting, Angela x

  20. Absolutely amazing haunted house
    So much incredible detail and beautiful aged effects, and the lights are fabulous! Love it!!

    Congratulations to Angela, her fab heavy metal hand is beautiful

    Congratulations to the Pinworthies too

    Jools x

  21. Great project from Pamellia - as always the level of detail is absolutely stunning! Congratulations to Angela, Karen, Jan and Sara for your fabulous Heavy Metal projects. Nikki x

  22. Have studied Pamellia's STUNNING creation over at her blog - just adding here how I'm blown away by the genius of it all. Serious congrats Pamellia on your wonderful guest design piece.

    Congratulations to Angela on such a brilliant and original make - its fantastic. Well done too to Karen, Sarah and Jan. Nicola x