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Friday 13 November 2015

Art Journalling Winner, Pinworthies, and Guest Day

Hello everyone and welcome to our wonderful day where we celebrate our Winner and Pinworthies from the Art Journalling With Tim challenge, as well as welcoming another amazing Guest Creative Guide to join us on the journey.

There were some really amazing entries last month, and there was such variety too.  You definitely combined Tim techniques and products with your own journalling styles to create some exciting and meaningful artwork.  I thoroughly enjoyed visiting each and every single journal spread, and it was really hard for us to pick out favourites.

But before we get to the big announcement, we're delighted to welcome the lovely Rachel of Fisher's Cards and Crafts as our Guest Creative Guide this month, and she has some more inspiration for our exciting challenge, Baby You're a Firework!

Hello there! Well I feel very honoured to be here having been lucky enough to win the 'Things with Wings' challenge set by the lovely Anne in August. Here's a little bit about me!

My name is Rachel Fisher and I am a full time mum to my two daughters Lucy and Penny and spend much of my time running around after them - and doing the usual mum things. We lost my husband Shaun, the girls' father, in January and are still getting used to him not being here with us.
We stay positive though - its what Shaun would want!
I love to run and swim and go to the gym but i also love my crafting which has become an increasing source of comfort. I love to make cards but mixed media is fast becoming my favourite thing of all. I spend a lot of time blogging about my makes at my blog and would love for you to visit me if you feel inspired!

This month's theme is 'Baby You're a Firework' - well I was at a bit of a loss at first but them I had a think and i thunk this might be okay - so I went ahead and made a house complete with its own firework backdrop.

I started by cutting Tim's village dwelling in hardboard that I get from the picture framers. It makes things so much more sturdy and if you ask nicely you might get it for free!

Next I inked up Tim's brick stencil using Rusty Hinge and cut the house shapes out again.

I stuck them to the sides of the house once it was assembled. I also cut roof shapes from red card and added tiles freehand using a fineliner pen.

The house base I painted with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint then added spritz using the Distress Marker tool. I also added a Tim Christmas tree that I already had coloured up.

For the fireworks I folder a piece of black card and stamped the Visible Image stamps in Versamark onto it, then added gold or white embossing powder and heat set. I also flicked it with white paint to make it look less uniform.

This is the finished piece. Its such a great die and I intend to use it to make gifts for the teachers at Christmas. I think I won't stick the roof down at the back and then I will fill it with some chocolates!!! I hope this gives you a little inspiration for the challenge.  Go on - join us!
Hugs, Rachel xx

What a fantastic interpretation of the challenge, Rachel - I love the fireworks exploding over the little house!  Thanks so much for sharing such a great creation with us.

And now on to the Art Journalling With Tim Winner and Pinworthies. First of all, here's our randomly chosen winner who will receive the prize voucher from our sponsor, Country View Crafts.

#2 Susan Janicula of klistersøster

Congratulations Susan!
Your page has such beautiful collaged ephemera over a wonderful background.  We hope you will be a Guest Creative Guide with us here in the future, and your voucher and winner's badge will be with you very soon.

Now on to the Pinworthies and, as I said, this was no easy decision to make.  But we had to whittle it down to three and here they are,
in no particular order.

There's an amazing blend of colours in the beautiful background and I love all the natural elements - the stencilling, choice of stamps, and the use of the Wallflower papers - in this lovely, gentle page.

 Beulah Bee did the double with these two spreads in one post - too hard to pick between them!  Each of them uses stamping, colours and papers to create their atmosphere.

Impossible to leave out this incredible personal page with its powerful message - and since she mentioned it herself, I hope Mary Elizabeth won't mind me saying that's her own brain in the monster's head!

Congratulations all round!
Your badges and invitations will be on their way to you very soon.
I'd like to say another big thank you to all the entrants...
I honestly think you're all Pinworthy!


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  We'll be back on Monday when one of our Creative Guides will be stopping at Destination Inspiration to unpack their travel bag and have a play with the contents.

And we'd love you to come and play along in our current challenge,
Baby You're a Firework!  Hope to see you there!

Alison and the AVJ Creative Guides


  1. Your little house with it's fireworks is amazing. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Stunning little dwelling Rachel, wow, love how you put this together, so, so clever with it's firework back drop! And of course a huge big congrats to all of our winners/pinworthies this month, super work from you all!

  3. What a great house Rachel....a real cracker! Lovely to see you here. Well done to all the other winners too. Happy weekend everyone xx

  4. I love the idea of the firework backdrop to your lovely little house Rachel! Huge congratulations to Susan and to our pinworthies - Shilpa, Beulah Bee and Mary Elizabeth ! Anne xx

  5. A wonderful firework project! Rachel . Your vintage house is so cute and the firework backdrop is such a great idea . Thank you for sharing your creativity with us all today .
    Congratulations to Susan , Shilpa, Beulah Bee and Mary Elizabeth for your fabulous Art journal pages! All very worthy winners . Amanda x

  6. WOW It was the day surprise to be the winner of AVJ competition, many thanks. Congratulations to the other ladies, Shilpa, Beulah Bee and Mary Elizabeth. Hugs, Susan

  7. Such a brilliant firework display, Rachel - love how they're all exploding above the little house! Congratulations all round to the winner and pinworthies, and thank you again to all the amazing journalling entrants.
    Alison x

  8. Congratulations to the winner! Good job, girls!

  9. What a wonderful house you created Rachel - great inspiration for when I finally get my dies out and use them!!! and your fireworks surround is just so clever and effective - wonderful bursts in the dark night sky! Thank you so much for being our Guest Creative Guide today! - and congrats to Susan, Shilpa, Beulah Bee and Mary Elizabeth for having your lovely pieces highlighted here today! Julia xx

  10. Rachel, loved your Christmasy firework house, great step by step for this. Now I want that House die ! :)
    Its wonderful surprise page is chosen among Pin worthy, thanks so much team.
    Congratulations To Susan, Beulah, Bee, Mary Elizabeth ..your pages are amazing!

  11. What a fantastic project by Rachel's also lovely to have you on board as GD too.
    Huge congratulations to Susan, Shilpa, Beulah B and Mary Elizabeth ....your journalling projects were inspiring

    Have a great weekend
    Annie x

  12. Oh my, I'm so honored my pages are designated pin-worthy! Thank you and congrats to ALL the participants for taking on this challenge theme. I don't always conform to the norm but maybe my makes will inspire others to just let loose and have fun. I think that is when the magic truly begins.

  13. What an adorable project Rachel. Congrats to all our winners.
    Julie x

  14. Brilliant idea Rachel to add the firework backdrop to your adorable little house, thanks so much for sharing your great project with us here at AVJ! Congratulations to Susan, Shilpa, Beulah B and Mary Elizabeth, amazing projects one and all! Deb xo

  15. Truly magnificent firework house here from the oh so talented Rachel! Love the way you've created the night sky behind it - ingenious! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Huge congratulations to our winner and pinworthies - such an amazing array of projects for the journalling theme it will have been a challenge in itself to pick just these four!
    Jenny x

  16. Fantastic take on the challenge Rachel - just LOVE your little house and firework scene - fab design! I've resisted buying the house die so far but it really does look gorgeous here and could be used many times over, h'mmmm. Great idea to put in chocs too. Congratulations to the winner and pinworthies. Wonderful projects from all. Nicola x

  17. WOW ... amazing work ! The dwellings ... look oh so fun to create !