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Friday 8 May 2015

A Guest post today and last month's winners

Happy Friday everyone!

Being the second Friday of our challenge we have great pleasure in publishing a project from the first of our Guest Creative Guides for this month as well as announcing our winner and Pinworthy mentions from last month's challenge!

Our Guest CG today is our winner from Challenge #26, the very talented Pamellia...

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).

Creativity runs in my family, so it's no surprise that I enjoy crafting. I have been dabbling in all sorts of crafts for most of my life, but I only recently discovered my true passion, mixed media! Thanks to the influence of Tim Holtz and a host of other talented designers, there's nothing I enjoy more than getting messy! I just can't pull myself away from those inks and sprays!

I'm very excited and honoured to be here again this month as a Guest Creative Guide for Astrid's challenge SPRING COLOURS! I have had this box squirrelled away for quite some time and I just knew this was the perfect time to pull it out and decorate it. Who can resist Tim's bright and cheery ink colours, and that's exactly what I will be storing in my box!

My box started as a plain, unfinished piece. I gave it two coats of Gesso as a base and then I used a variety of Tim Holtz stamps and his smudge technique to add some designs. Next I used the Tim Holtz Latticework stencil and some Crackle Paste to lay down the pattern. While the paste was still wet, I coated it with Ranger Clear embossing powder to act as a resist.

I sprayed with Tim Holtz distress sprays Mermaid Lagoon and Peeled Paint as well as a little Dylusions Jade. For the flowers I crinkled up paper and dabbed some Picket Fence paint on the wrinkles. Then I spritzed with Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord.

For the butterfly, I swiped my craft sheet with Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord and then spritzed with water. I swished the butterfly through the colours to get the lovely mixture. The bottle is filled with Tim Holtz Distress glitter Antique Linen. For the windows, I used one of my favourite Tim techniques, embossed shrink plastic. These are just a few of Tim's techniques I used to complete my Distress Ink Spray Storage Box.

I would like to thank Brenda, Chris and the entire team of A Vintage Journey for inviting me to spend another wonderful day with them. It is always such a treat to be here with such a talented group of artists whom I admire so much! I do hope you will head to your craft room and pull out those beautiful Tim Holtz colours and join in on the challenge. For lots more photos, drop in for a visit - My Little Craft Things.

Such a gorgeous project Pamellia, thank you so much!

Now we will announce the winner of last month's 'Through the looking glass' challenge, hosted by Julia. The winning number, selected by is....

#19 Felicie

Felicie, you win the £20 shop voucher from our Sponsor, Country View Crafts. An email will be with you in the next few days.

Our 3 Pinworthy mentions are...

#14 Shilpa

#21 That Crazy chick

#32 Deb Riddell

Well done to all of you, blog badges and invitations will be with you in the next few days!

That concludes our post for today but don't forget to come back and visit us on Monday when there will be another inspirational post from one of our Creative Guides.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Chris xxx
For Brenda and the Vintage Journey Creative Guides


  1. Wow Pamellia, that is the most gorgeous storage box I have ever seen! Talk about giving your Distress sprays a place of honour. Wonderful techniques and your butterfly is just gorgeous!
    Thank you so very much to the Creative Guides for honouring me with a pinworthy mention, I am so excited! Congratulations as well to Shilpa and That Crazy Chick for their pinworthy mentions and to Felicie for her Country View Crafts win, happy shopping!

  2. Like Deb above - I just LOVE the box - even plain - what a super box for storage with the open sides - and it holds SO many of the stains you have in it! and then you decorated it and brought it really over the top! gorgeous textures, colors and decoration! We are SO blessed to have you as our inspiring Guest Creative Guide this month!

    And big congrats to Felicie - winner of the gift Certificate - Your mirror is just beautiful - and Deb, Shilpa and That Crazy Chick for being chosen Pinworthy - The Creative Guides had a run for our money this month with SO many beautiful and creative Looking Glass entries! - Julia xx

  3. Congrats to Pamellia! Your altered box looks amazing! A perfect place to store your DI sprays!

  4. It is always a pleasure to see Pamellia's work, and A Vintage Journey deserves a big round of applause for choosing her as Guest Creative Guide again! This is one stunning box, Pamellia! Great use of Tim's bird stamps, and every other detail is just beautifully woven together to create a fabulous place to store those colors!

    Congratulations to all the winners this month! Hugs!

  5. Congrats to all the winners and welcome back Pamellia. Thanks for sharing your fabulous project with us. Your spring colours are delightful.

  6. A wonderful box showcasing some brilliant techniques to perfection! Great to have you here again Pamellia! And of course big congrats to our winner and our 3 pinworthies, so well deserved!!

  7. Beautiful box Pamellia, love every detail you have added on that.
    Thank you Vintage journey team for Pin worthy mention :) :) Congratulations to Felicie, That Cracy Chic and Deb!

  8. Wow! amazing work Pamellia and happy to see you here. Congrats Shilpa and other winnners.

  9. Stunning transformation Pamellia, those bottles all have a stunning home. Love all your techniques and gorgeous embellishing. It's great that this will be so well used. Congratulations to the super pinworthies. Nicola x

  10. Gorgeous storage box! Lots of great techniques.

  11. Love all the fantastic details on this box!

  12. Pamellia this is amazing, I love how you've put that box to good use! It's so pretty and looks perfectly full of Spring. It's so great to see you here!! Hugs, Georgie xx

  13. Congratulations on your GD post here Pamellia and what a gorgeous box you have altered. It is perfect for your inks and such a pretty sight for the eyes, you must smile each time you use it x

  14. Wow Pamellia, your altered box is absolutely stunning, what a fabulous holder for your sprays! Who wouldn't want to have this on show in their craft room.

    Congratulations to Felicie on her win and also to Shilpa, That Crazy Chick and also to Deb on their Pinworthies, your creations were all beautiful! xx

  15. Oh Pamellia, what a stunning craft storage box with lush textures and spring colours.
    Congrats to all our winners.
    Julie x

  16. It is the most beautiful altered box I've seen, Pamellia! So many fabulous details perfectly arranged in this full of Spring creation! Amazing demonstration of different techniques! It's a great pleasure to see you here again!
    Congrats to all the winners!
    Hugs :)
    Branka xxx

  17. Gorgeous project Pamellia, as usual :) Congratulations also to winner and pinworthies!

  18. what a gorgeous project , just gorgeous details x

  19. What a beautiful box, Pamellia! Congratulations!

  20. Pamellia, your box is beyond gorgeous! I love how you created it to hold your Tim Holtz stuff. What a great addition to your studio!! I am really enjoying your creations and loving your style. Mixed media is the best, isn't it!

  21. Oh Pamellia, I LOVE that box!!! Such a great idea to stencil over the stamping and add the embossed plastic for the windows! So pleased you joined us at A Vintage Journey with this.
    Huge congratulations to our winner and Pinworthies! Magnificent entries, one and all.
    Jenny x

  22. I love this Pamellia, not only is it functional, but it is beautiful! A truly stunning creation..fabulous! Hugs Carole Z X

  23. Congrats to the winner and Pinworthies - and what a stunning guest piece from Pamellia - wow!
    Alison xx

  24. Thank you so much to the Vintage Journey team for inviting me to be here today and I thank everyone of all of the wonderful comments here and on my blog. It has been an honour!! A big congratulations to Felicie, Shilpa, That Crazy Chick and to Deb, such gorgeous work by everyone! hugs :)

  25. Tim's paints never looked more beautiful! So bright and definitely "spring" Pamellia. Just think this is WONDERFUl. My fav part - silly as it seems- is the tiny bottle as the butterfly center. You just come up with some of the most wonderful ideas!! j.