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Friday 20 November 2015

Pinworthy Inspiration Day

Once a month we welcome back our selected top three - our Pinworthies - from a previous challenge, to share some inspiration with us all. Our current theme is Baby You're a Firework and our guests are invited to create a project based on this. So let's see their fabulous creations:

Ann Chuang

Welcome everyone! I'm thrilled to be a guest designer here at A Vintage Journey today. It' s an honour to be invited here..
My name is Ann Chuang. I come from Taiwan. I have been creating for many years now, always in learn and search for new techniques. I have always liked creating, inspiration comes from random places and have no set style. I'm looking forward to sharing my creations with all of you!

I was really pleased when I learned that the theme to work towards was ‘Baby you’re a firework’. I decided to make Christmas decor project.
I cover the whole canvas adding some black glitter glue and glitter and using sand embossing paste dabbed the edges. It's time for texture paste! My favorite way to add texture. The paste was used with the Tim Holtz Chevron stencil.
Spray the paper rattan and watercolor paper using Color Wash and Dylusions ink spray. Die cut the leaves.
My finishing touch was to use double sided adhesive tape to make glittery sentiments and little firework.
I hope you like my little inspiration for this month theme. For a few more details you can stop by my blog
Happy crafting!

Suzanne Czosek

Hi!  Suzz here.  I am pleased to be guest designing again for the Vintage Journey.  The design team and their art is a constant inspiration.   I live in the U.S. in the midwest with my family.  I have been creating with inks and paper for quite a few years now.  I love trying new techniques and playing with my inks and stamps.
I was searching for inspiration and looked for images with fireworks and the cutest little firecrackers popped up made with toilet paper rolls and a cute little pointy top.

I was  inspired to create tree fairy houses using the shapes of the firecrackers.  It started with a paper towel roll which I cut at varying lengths.  I added a nice thick coat of crackle embossing paste.
I waited for the  embossing paste to partially dry.   I helped it along with the heat gun which added even more fun texture.   Each house then got a lovely series of inky spray using the Ranger distress stain sprays with more heat gun to help with drying.
 The roofs were made using various dies cut and coloured in coordinating colours as well as flowers died with the sprays.
 I added some accents with moss, sand, and glitter.
My last mini house shines in gold and seedless preserves distress stain sprays.  This is for the glitzy fairy.

Products: Ranger Distress Stain Sprays - Tarnished Brass, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber, Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss,  Dreamweaver Cracked Embossing Paste, Stampendous Gold Crushed Glitter, Heidi Swapp Gold Lame, Sizzix Tim Holtz Pinecone, Sizzix Thinlist Autumn Leaves.

For a few more details you can stop by my blog.  Thanks to the Design Team for extending the invite to me to share my art! 


Amanda Pink

Hi Everyone, it's Amanda here ,known in blogland as Ink-A-Pink and I am so thrilled to have been invited back again this month as A Guest designer here at A Vintage Journey. It's so wonderful to be given this opportunity to share my creativity with you all and can't thank all the lovely Creative Guides enough. 
I really love it here at A Vintage Journey, in fact I love it so much that as of next month I will no longer be appearing here as a Guest Designer as I have been chosen as one of new AVJ Creative Guides! I am absolutely thrilled to bits to have been given this amazing opportunity to work alongside such a super talented and friendly design team. I am indeed one very lucky lady! So please feel free to click on 'Meet the Creative Guides' to learn a little bit more about me and see my vintage photo.

So onto Nikki's challenge theme ‘Baby your a Firework' and what a challenge it has been for me as I am a self confessed 'Don't do Glitter' and 'Hardly ever do Sparkle' kind of girl! 
My creative mind was certainly put to task and as always once one idea came, plenty more followed but in the end I settled on creating something that would include a few things I love – wall art, the night sky and silhouette imagery. My finished piece would be mounted in a circular frame so I began by cutting a circle of card to fit the frame. I then added colour to the card using Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress technique and several colours of Distress Inks.
Once dry I used ‘Tims ‘spritz and flick' technique before adding more colour using Distress inks and a blending tool.
I also added some stamping to the background using one of Tim's splatter stamp (this can be seen on later photos). Now for the glitter and sparkle! Eek! The fireworks are stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using Silver Tinsel embossing powder. I mixed Mica powder with water, picked up the paint with a brush and flicked it randomly onto the card before spritzing with Perfect Pearls. Touches of cosmic shimmer provided the golden touches of sparkle to the night sky.
The silhouette images are created using Ranger Texture Paste, Black Soot Distress paint and an Andy Skinner stencil.
The frame is painted using Black Soot Distress Paint and crackled using Distress Crackle Paint. Once dry I rubbed over the crackle very lightly with Weathered Wood Distress Paint and caught the outer edges with Pewter and Gold Gilding Wax .
I adhered the circle of card and the frame in place and added a few finishing touches - white highlights to the silhouettes, a chit chat sticker quote and a hex nut to embellish the frame. And here is my take on 'Baby your a firework '
I hope you can get a sense of how much this piece of artwork really does glisten and sparkle (It was tricky to capture when taking photos despite trying in various lights and at different times of the day).
I guess now I can no longer say I'm a 'Don't do Glitter' and 'Hardly ever do Sparkle' kind of girl can I? Please feel free to pop my blog should you wish to see and read a little bit more 

Thank you all for stopping by today and my very appreciated thanks goes to all the lovely AVJ ladies for inviting me to share my creativity with you all and for making me feel so welcome, not just today but over the last few months when I have been lucky enough to be a Guest Designer! I have enjoyed every single minute. 
Hope to see you all again soon in my new role as a Creative Guide here at A Vintage Journey! 


Thank you all for your wonderful projects on this month's theme - Baby You're a Firework. This challenge runs until 3rd December.
Do pop back on Monday to see the next instalment of November's Destination Inspiration.

Nikki and the AVJ team


  1. Awesome inspiration by Ann and Amanda! Thrilled to be sharing my fairy houses with the Vintage Journey team!

  2. Awesome inspiration by Suzz and Amanda! It' s an honour to be invited here.

  3. Ladies, you have totally out done yourself!! Brilliant inspiration pieces from all three of you! Love each and everyone and shall now go and visit you individually to get more details. Thanks so much for joining us here!!

  4. Stunning makes by our awesome Guest Designers.....just love the way you have interpreted the theme, coming up with the most amazing projects x
    It's great to have Amanda join us here as Creative Guide

    Have a great weekend
    annie x

  5. Absolutely fabulous makes by Ann and Suzz. Its a pleasure to feature along side you both. Thanks so much once again for allowing me this honour today .
    Take care everyone xx

  6. Fantastic makes from our Guests, I adore how everyone has interpreted the theme so differently and they all work beautifully. I love the details on each piece and the clever designs interpreting the them. Wonderful inspiration ladies. Tracy x

  7. Love all these projects ladies such a wonderful array of inspiration and ideas. Thank you so much for joining us.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  8. what beautiful creations here today! I love the stenciling behind your image on your beautiful Christmas Card Ann - your bird houses are so detailed with the wonderful crackling and decorations Suzz - and your sky is gorgeous with the fireworks going off and the silhouette of the children looking on Amanda - thank you all for sharing these with us at A Vintage Journey! Julia xx

  9. Amazing projects from Ann, Suzz and Amanda! What diverse and wonderful interpretations of the challenge theme from all of them, very inventive ladies! Thanks so much for sharing them here with us at A Vintage Journey! Deb xo

  10. Breathtaking projects from our Pinworthies! Ann, what a clever idea to add that stencilling behind the image, Suzz, pure genius turning firecrackers into beautiful birdhouses, and Amanda, words fail me at the beauty of that sky behind the silhouetted children. Talk about taking a theme and running with it - you all deserve the biggest round of applause. Jenny xxx

  11. Absolutely beautiful projects by our Guests! Ann's canvas is wonderful, Suzz's little houses are just adorable and Amanda's fireworks are superb - three fantastic projects from three very talented ladies! Anne xxx

  12. Beautiful creations and stunning attention to detail from all our guests.
    Julie x

  13. Fantastic projects from all the fantastic guest designers! So diverse and yet all fabulous. Nicola x

  14. What fantastic creations from our Pinworthies - so creative, and with such great techniques and ideas.
    Alison x

  15. Such beautiful projects, I like how each artist/designer interpreted the theme... just beautiful !!