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Friday 2 January 2015

Latest Guest and newest winners

Here we are in 2015 and AVJ is now 10 months old, it’s amazing where the weeks go but I just love seeing all your wonderful entries to our challenges, reading your comments and spending time looking at the guest posts. Today is no exception, but unfortunately we have a glitch to start off the new year. We have a wonderful winner guest from a blog called Lerusho but her bio and text to her wonderful project photos wouldn’t download on my computer, but hey what did I find on her blog but a bio and todays project posted a wee bit early, so I have managed to patch it altogether. Welcome Ruth it is a great pleasure to have you here at AVJ as a guest designer.

Ruth Lerusho
Short bio: I was born as a cute little baby, attended schools, graduated as a fashion designer, roamed the world looking for things that doesn’t exist. Boom, I grew up. I realized that real inspiration I need to search in myself, and it’s more important to enjoy my life than to consider what others think about my style. So I attended the academy again and got my second diploma from graphic design. I love creating mixed media pieces, art journaling, cards, tags and lay-outs. My home is not a geographical point on the map, but where my son and husband are.
This is Ruth’s gorgeous project to fit in with our ‘Ring out the old, Ring in the new’ challenge.
My canvas is 6×6 and I worked on the backside of it. First I applied a layer of tissue papers to get some texture. At the middle I used Tim’s Postale tissue wrap, while on the frame I used white tissue wrap. I covered the tissue layer with a thin layer of picket fence distress paint.
After it dried I coloured the middle with blue jeans distress stain spray.
I cut a fir tree from chipboard and cut a circle in the middle. I hanged there a little bell to ring. I painted my fir tree with picket fence distress paint.
In the meanwhile I layer of frosted film on the middle part of my canvas to get an icy look and distressed the white edges with the inner side with faded jeans distress ink and the outer side with brushed corduroy distress ink.
My fir tree got a layer of peeled paint distress paint and forest moss distress ink. For a frosty shining feeling I used some frosted crystal embossing powder. The snow is splattered picket fence distress stain spray. I used a simple hemp rope.
I used Tim’s sentiment from his stamp set Stampers Anonymous CMS 063 to remind me to my goal with archival jet black ink. I distressed the edges with walnut stain distress ink and added a hinge clip. Finally I applied the sentiment to burlap.
It was time to let it snow on my canvas, so I added some texture paste roughly with a palette knife and while it was wet I poured some clear rock candy distress glitter.
Somehow I wanted to remind myself for the old times as well, not too loud of course, so I cut some bells from old music sheet from Tim’s Menagerie paper stash and distressed the edges with walnut stain distress ink.
Oh and these bells need to hang on something, so I coloured a piece of crinkle ribbon with worn lipstick distress stain spray, made a bow.
I found some place for my old vintage bells at the corner of my resolution canvas.

Thank you Ruth for a wonderful project today and it is a fabulous way to remind us all that we should always create our art and live our lives in the way we want and to not give in when things might get a bit tough. A great new years resolution or promise to ourselves.

Our lovely Nikki was the host of the last challenge and she had the tough choice on deciding who the winner and pinworthies are. We always ask each other for suggestions and guidance, so all the Creative Guides take a hand in the process but we each take our turn in making the final decisions. So today Nikki gives us her final selection.

A superbly executed, original, altered piece resulting in a fabulous Christmas decoration. As one of my fellow Creative Guides said – she ‘could imagine this in Tim’s house’.


Congratulations Barbarayaya your badge and voucher from Country View Crafts will be over to you very soon.
Our three Pinworthies to start off 2015 are -

Shari T -  A stunning ATC tryptich full of Tim techniques

Sarascloset-  A pair of Christmas ornaments full of exquisite details

Nicola -  A beautiful, elegant Christmas card full of texture and sparkle.

Well done to you too ladies your badges will also soon be on their way.
If you have seen Tim’s new tag and the first for 2015 you will see he asks ‘ …. are you ready to start the year off with new adventures, new inspirations, and new creative resolutions’? Well I am sure we all are ready to hit this creative journey we are travelling on with both feet running. Let’s have an amazingly creative and exciting time.
Have a great new year.
hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides team xxxx


  1. Wow Love the altered bubble gum machine!! Very Creative & Beautiful! Happy New Year! Tee

  2. What a lovely framed winter scene Ruth - thank you so much for inspiring us as Guest DT! and congrats to the winners - Barbarayaya with that sweet winter bubblegum machine! Shari, Sarascloset and Nicola for your lovely Pinworthy creations!

  3. Such talent can always be found here. Great project from Ruth, and Barbarayaya's Bubble Gum machine is glorious. A well-deserved winner!

  4. Wow! Thanks to all!!!! This is a wonderful way to start the new year!!!! Barbarayaya

  5. Wonderful project from Ruth!! A great way to interpret the current challenge theme!! Big and well deserved congrats to Barbarayaya and of course also to our three pinworthies, Shari, Sara and Nicola, fantastic projects from you all!!

    Sorry I have not been around much, family and grand children just get in the way right now, but I would like to wish you all the most fantastic new year and hope to catch up with you all very soon! Waving hi from Australia where it is currently 36 degrees celsius.....

  6. I love your winter framed scene Ruth and all those wonderful textures. I loved your bio too - very inspiring and honest! Congratulations to Barbaraya and the pinworthies. Fabulous work from everyone. Jennie x

  7. Ruth's winter scene is lovely, I especially love the little tree with the bell. Huge congratulations to Barbarayaya on winning with her fabulous creation and to Pinworthies Shari, Sara and Nicola for their stunning entries. Anne xx

  8. I'm familiar with Ruth's work from her DLP posts so it's a nice surprise to see her here, I love Barbarayaya's altered bubblegum machine!


  9. What a lovely way to start off the new year. Many thanks Nikki and team for selecting me amongst your pinworthies. Love Ruth's beautiful project and succinct bio - I like your style!. Congrats to Barbarayaya for her fantastic and innovative make and to Shari and Sara for their gorgeous creations. Happy New Year! Nicola x

  10. I love Ruth's altered canvas - the glittered snow looks beautiful and the aperture tree is such a wonderful idea. Huge congratulations to all of our winners - Barbara, that is an utterly outstanding idea perfectly executed as always, and never mind Tim's house, I want it!!! Jenny x

  11. WOW RUTH!! I just love altered canvas'!! Such an inspirational piece to start off the New Year with!! It's so fun and LOVE how the back of the canvas is used to create depth!! I LOVE that!!
    OMG!! Barbara's gumball creation is FABULOUS!! Oh, I can totally see that as a Christmas decoration in Tim's house!! It's perfect!! :)
    Thank You Nikki and the CG's for choosing me as an AVJ Pinworthy!! I'm amongst lovely Sara & Nicola with their beautiful creations!! Just WOW!!
    What a way to start off the year!! Thank You soooo much!! CHEERS to A Vintage Journey!! XOXO-Shari

  12. congrats to you Ruth!! Great interpretation and great canvas!! hugs!

  13. Ruth, what a gorgeous resolution canvas you have made! Barbara, I am so loving that gumball machine you have made--what a clever way to display those Woodlands Trees! A very well-deserved win for you! Congrats! I am absolutely thrilled to receive a Pinworthy spot next to two of the most talented ladies--congratulations to you--Shari and Nicola! Absolutely stunning work from you two! Thank you Creative Guides for all of your inspiration and your support in 2014! I'm so looking forward to joining in again in 2015!

  14. Wonderful creation Ruth - such fabulous textures. Congrats to our winners and pinworthies such creativity! Nikki xx

  15. Fabulous project Ruth, love all the lovely colours and textures

    Congratulations Bararayaya fab project
    and congratulations to the Pinworthies too

    Jools x

  16. Wonderful creation Ruth! I love this idea of using the canvas as a shadow box. A HUGE CONGRATULTIONS to Barbara, LOVE your creations and this is right up there! Also CONGRATULATIONS to Shari, Sara and Nicola. I'm off to have another look at those beautiful entries. Karen.x.

  17. YAY, Ruth, congratulations! Love the inverted canvas!

  18. Congrats to all our winners - so very well done.

    Welcome Ruth, love your creation and the way you have written your bio - simply fabulous!

  19. Lovely to read your Bio Ruth and find out a little about you and what a great textural project.
    Congrats to all our winners. Barbara, loved you gumball alteration.
    Julie x