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Friday 7 November 2014

Welcome Guest Mona Pendleton and new winners

As always it’s an honour to welcome guests to AVJ and this week we have the lovely Mona Pendleton from Cupcake’s Creations visiting today. If you haven’t travelled to Mona’s blog before, please take a moment to hop over and you will find some beautiful projects and wonderful ideas that I am sure will get your creative juices going and get you itching to get your paper and inks out.
Over to you Mona.

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Hi there crafty friends. I'm so honored and grateful to be here with you as a guest designer. My name is Mona Pendleton, I live in Phoenix, AZ with my family. I started crafting too long ago to remember exactly when! I enjoy creating with stamps, paints, inks, stencils, fabric and anything that allows me to be creative.
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Today I have a tutorial and project to share for the Bountiful harvest themed challenge. I created a mixed media style canvas featuring an embossed, patina painted background along with a crackled pumpkin.
First dry emboss watercolor card stock for the background: (Insert Step 1)
Die cut 3 oval dry embossed pieces to create the pumpkin: (insert Step 2)
Apply paint to ovals, adhere together to create pumpkin: (insert Step 3)
Apply crackle paint to pumpkin and allow to dry: (insert Step 4)
Trim dry embossed words, adhere to canvas using gel medium: (insert Step 5)
Randomly apply various Distress Paints and Distress Ink to canvas until desired patina look is achieved: (insert Step 6)
Apply Distress Stain to add depth: (insert Step 7)
Randomly stamp background for a touch of contrast: (insert Step 8)
I had so much fun creating this Bountiful harvest themed canvas. I hope you enjoy the finished result and find the tutorial helpful. Thank you for traveling along with me here at A Vintage Journey and many thanks to the entire A Vintage Journey DT for the wonderful opportunity.

You are most welcome Mona and it’s been a real pleasure following your creative process and seeing such a beautiful canvas. It is full of wonderful texture and gorgeous colours, perfect for this time of year in the northern hemisphere.


And now to the winners of our Halloween – To die For challenge hosted by our very own Anne.

Thank you to everyone who embraced our Halloween challenge.  We had such an array of fabulous entries it made choosing a winner very difficult indeed but as there can only be one winner this is: 

# 22 - Nicole of Canadian Nickel Scrap’n 
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Nicole created the most wonderful whimsical Halloween Town full of fun with lots of detail and interest, she used many Tim Holtz techniques and she used the dies in such creative ways.  Her attention to detail is incredible. 

Nicole wins the £10 voucher from our wonderful Sponsor, Country View Crafts and Nicole's entry will feature on our Winner's Pinterest Board. 

Our Top Three will be featured on our Pinworthy Board and in numerical order these are:
#16 - Maggie H of Capricorn Crafts
Maggie's luminary is beautiful in it's simplicity.  She 'spooked' it up by the wonderful addition of the lacey cobweb and spiders to great effect. 

#24 - Shelly Hickox of Stamptramp
Shelly made very creative use of the Sizzix block die, her piece is full of Tim techniques, topped it off with a fun crow, just perfect for Halloween. 

#30 - Sara of Sara’s Closet
Sara used an old muffin tin for her fabulous creation, it is so novel and considering that she had no Halloween dies, she made a wonderful Halloween piece of home d├ęcor.

All worthy winners I am sure you will agree, thank you to everyone who took part and to Anne for hosting.

You have one more week to enter our fabulous current challenge Bountiful Harvest. We have already had some wonderful entries, so please pop over to try your hand at winning a £10 vouvher from Country View Crafts or obtaining one of our Pinworthy badges.

We will see you again Monday with a wonderful project from our latest Guest Creative Guide.

Have a fabulous weekend.

hugs Brenda, Anne and the team xxx


  1. It's wonderful to see some of Mona's work featured here. I've been a fan of her's for quite some time!! Thanks for the autumn canvas tutorial Mona, beautifully done!

  2. I am a big fan of Mona, love seeing her creations. So great you shared her talent here today.
    Congrats to all the winners also.

  3. Gorgeous! This canvas is so full of texture and subtle color. Mona does fantastic work!

  4. Awesome to see one of my fav designers featured here! Amazing and inspiring work as always! Cheers!

  5. I love Mona's work and this canvas is no exception! Wonderful subtle colours in the background that make the pumpkin really pop!

    Big congrats to Nicole and our other winners, you all created such fantastic and varied projects! No wonder Anne had a hard choice making her final selection....

  6. Mona's work is exceptional, I love visiting her blog! It's nice to see her as a guest here!
    Congratulations to the winners! Xx

  7. It is so wonderful to see Mona here with us at A Vintage Journey! Mona's canvas is stunning and that patina background is just gorgeous...

    Huge congratulations to Nicole, Maggie, Shelly and Sara, it was so difficult to choose because there were so many fantastic entries! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. I always enjoy viewing Mona's work!
    it is so full of love, color and textures!
    A REAL Talented artist = )

  9. What a lovely fall harvest canvas Mona created! So nice to have her as guest DT here! Congrats to all the winners - Nicole, Maggie, Shelly and Sara - what wonderful projects and inspiration for us!

  10. What a great idea embossing then cutting the words out. I love how this turned out. Very pretty! Thanks soooo much for picking me. I'm so happy with how my Halloween Town turned out after thinking about it for over a year. Thanks everyone for the sweet comments <3

  11. Congrats to the winners, so well deserved.

    Love your project Mona, so nice to have you with us. Your creativeness is so appreciated - nice of you to share how you made you canvas and letting us in on your crafty secrets.

  12. I am a huge fan of Mona's work - it' is always amazing and inspiring!! This canvas is stunning!! I love the texture and the details!! The colors are fabulous!! It is so gorgeous - I love it!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. Lovely work and a perfect showcase for these amazing products! Mona absolutely rocks it everytime!!!

  14. Thank you very much for having me as your guest! I'm so honored and thrilled! Congrats to all! So many fabulous projects!

  15. Great canvas Mona

    Congratulations Nicole, amazing project

    Congratulations to all of the Pinworthies, your projects were all fantastic

    Jools x

  16. Love Mona's fab canvas. Cutting out the embossed words is a great idea. Congrats, Nicole! Your Halloween Town is amazing!

  17. Mona is an amazing designer and artist! I love the way she creates such amazing textures and colors! Always a joy to see what se will do next!

  18. Mona, your canvas is stunning. Love the soft subtle background against your delicious pumpkin.
    Congrats to all our winners, it certainly was a treat seeing the outstanding entries.
    Julie x

  19. This is so creative and so beautiful! I just love Mona's background and all the creative touches. She is so amazing!

  20. Amazingly gorgeous canvas! I love the gorgeous patina background! Mona is amazing! So nice to see her featured here!

  21. Amazing background on Mona's mixed media canvas! Love the entire work of art!

    Congratulations, Nicole, on your well deserved win! Your project is a once in a life time piece of Halloween eye candy! Congratulations to Maggie and Shelly; I am honored and humbled to win a Pinworthy next to you!

  22. Thank you so much for my Pinworthy win I will wear my badge with pride also congratulations to Nicole a well deserved win your village is stunning and congrats to Shelly and Sara fellow pinworthies .

    I adore Mona's mixed media canvas great techniques with fabulous effects must try this, thank you for sharing Mona.

  23. Fabulous tutorial Mona - three ovals for a pumpkin (stunning !!). And congratulations to Nicole and all the pin worthies. Jennie x

  24. Congratulations Mona on your wonderful guest design piece - it is fabulous!

    Congratulations to Nicole, Maggie, Shelly and Sara - popping over to each for a closer look see... Nicola x

  25. What a fantastic tutorial from Mona! Always inspiring and wonderful results guaranteed every time. Thank you for sharing Mona. And huge congratulations to Nicole, Maggie, Shelly and Sara. All worthy winners/pinworthies. Jenny x