Friday 21 August 2015

Pinworthy Inspiration Day

Hi everyone and welcome to the third Friday in our monthly schedule where we invite recent Pinworthies to share a project on this month's theme. This month we are joined by three ladies who were pinworthies in May for our Spring Colours challenge. We welcome back Joan, Amanda and Mayoori to share their projects for 'Things with Wings'.

Hi, My name is Joan and I am honoured to be asked to be guest designer here at A Vintage Journey. I live in a village in North Yorkshire with my husband and two cats. I've been a crafter one way or another most of my life. I'm primarily a card maker but do dabble in other types of art and have recently started to try a little mixed media. I bought my first rubber stamps over twenty years ago and it is very rare for me to create anything that doesn't incorporate stamping. 

For my DT piece I have kept it pretty simple using two favourite sets of stamps and the lovely new distress ink colours.

I started by randomly stamping the background stamp over my piece of card and embossing in white. I added colour with mermaid lagoon and cracked pistachio distress inks and then some random stamping with the distress inks and the butterflies in black archival.

I stamped and fussy cut the flowers and coloured with abandoned amber and brushed corduroy DI's.
The butterflies were stamped on some distressed ink coloured card and cut out.
Finally I die cut and coloured the Bigz butterfly and embossed it, added some treasure gold in aquamarine to it and the other butterflies and mounted the piece onto some black card . 

Hi Everyone 
I'm Amanda also known in the blog world as Ink-A-Pink and it is such a thrill and honour to have been invited here today at AVJ as a Guest designer. Thank you so much to ALL the very talented Creative Guides for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share some of my creativity with you all. I have to keep pinching myself that this is for real and not a dream- I mean little ol' me - Guest Designer - who would have thought it! 
Speaking of little ol' me, here I am young and innocent ....................

..............So a bit about me (bare with me I'm not too good at talking about myself). I'm a Yorkshire girl born n bred living in England's Steel City, Sheffield. From a very young age I have always had a keen interest in anything Arty or Creative whether it be in the 'doing' or the 'viewing'. I have hand painted T-shirts, knitted, sewed, made cards, painted in watercolours and pencil sketched, mainly people, over the years and though I occasionally still let my pencil take a walk along the page or let the paint flow freely from the brush I now spend most of my time crafting making either cards, journal pages or mixed media projects. I began devoting alot more of my time to crafting in 2011 and have only been blogging since February 2015 so despite having an arty background I feel my creative journey is only just beginning as I have so much more learning and playing to do! To quote Picasso - 'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life' - and for me this is never truer! 

Time now to share a little of my creativity. When I knew the challenge theme this month was 'Things with Wings' chosen by the uber talented Creative guide Anne my first thoughts were of Tim Holtz's beautiful butterfly stamp in the Perspective stamp set so I stuck with my initial thoughts and altered a canvas using mainly Tim Holtz products, making the butterfly the focal image.

With Brave Wings She Flies
I used the wrinkle free distress technique on my back ground panel and Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I love this technique as it allows for a gradual build up of colour and creates really interesting and unique results. 
I added detail to the panel using Tim Holtz stamps and stencils- I was spoilt for choice! I also stamped some random circles using a bottle top dipped in acrylic paint and lightly spritzed the background with perfect pearls before double mounting onto white and black card stock . 
For my focal image -the butterfly and its ‘base’, I stamped and embossed the butterfly twice and added colour, highlights and a touch of gilding wax to the wings. After shaping both butterflies to give dimension I adhered them together by their bodies .

I coiled a length of silver wire to form a circle and twisted it around itself to fasten tight and inked up a length of chicken wire using black alcohol ink.
The canvas I covered with Menagerie Tissue Wrap lightened with acrylic paint, scuffed with archival ink adhered Tim Holtz tissue tape to the left hand side and bottom edge and mounted onto black card stock .
I then brought all the elements together and added the finishing touches - a deep blue gem and ideology pen nib to embellish the butterfly,some remnant rubs, a few hex nuts, metal letter beads spelling the word ‘Fly’ to the background panel and a small talk sticker 'With brave wings she flies’ to the canvas! 

And here it is my Guest Designer altered canvas
I do hope you like my altered canvas and if you wish to see more you are very welcome to pop by my blog
Just before I go I would like offer my thanks again to all the lovely AVJ ladies for this opportunity and for making me feel so welcome . 
You have made little ol' me so very very happy! 

Hello A Vintage Journey friends.
I am Mayoori and live in beautiful Seattle city with my 2 loving teenage daughters and very supportive husband. I have been scrapbooking since 3 years, trying all the styles, learning from fellow crafters. Since few months I have been trying mixed media projects and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I am really excited to be part of A Vintage journey. It's an honour to be a guest designer on this prestigious blog.

Today I am sharing a layout. This is my younger daughter who tried to do a flip while jumping in the lake.
Here are some close up photos:

I have used Tim Holtz ruler stencil, rub ons, ranger ink pads. Please visit my blog for a step by step
photo process -

Wow - inspiring creations ladies with lot's of wonderful techniques too. Thank you all for your time creating these for us.

If you would like to enter our current challenge at A Vintage Journey you can find it HERE.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with lots of happy crafting.

Nikki and the Creative Guides


  1. Oh my, what gorgeous creations ladies and such wonderful inspiration! Joan's piece is so beautiful with the coneflowers and the wonderful butterflies. I love how Amanda wrapped the wire to create a base for her gorgeous butterfly and Mayoori's layout is an absolute delight, I just love the photographs. Thank you so much to three extremely talented ladies!! Hugs, Anne xxx

  2. Awesome work from Joan, Amanda and Mayoori here!!! They have well and truly shown why they are all deserved pinworthies and it's fantastic to see them showcased here. Thank you all ladies! Jenny x

  3. Stunning work from our pinworthies!! Thank you so much Joan, Amanda and Mayoori for sharing your creativity with us here! Your projects are totally amazing!! Off to check out more of the details!

  4. Wonderful makes Mayoori and Joan .Its a pleasure to be sat alongside side you today as a pinworthy winner . Great to read your short biogs too .
    Again thank you so much to all the super talented AVJ Creative Guides for such a exciting opportunity in my creative journey xx

  5. Very well done to Joan, Amanda and Mayoori. These are all wonderful. Nicola x

  6. Beautiful Tim inspired projects by Joan, Amanda, and Mayoori! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely ART pieces. Love them all. What a pleasure to get inspiration from artists like you lovely ladies.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  8. Amazing and beautiful creations from all of the guest designers, thank you for sharing your gorgeous winged pieces! Deb xo

  9. What inspiring projects from all three pin worthies! Joan - your page is lovely with that blue background, the colorful butterflies and pretty cone flower; Amanda - love the gorgeous coloring on your butterfly front and center with the pretty metal adornments and Mayoori what a wonderful design to show off these fun photos of your daughter! Thank you for joining us and sharing these lovely creations! Julia xx

  10. amazing talent showcase by all fellow pinworthies. So much to learn from. Thanks AVJ for giving me this opportunity.

  11. Wow ladies what an absolute treat having you all as Guest Designers, beautiful details and fab techniques in them all.
    Julie x