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Friday 11 December 2015

Baby You're a Firework Winner, Pinworthies and Guest Day

Hi everyone and welcome! It's time to announce the names of our latest Winner and Pinworthies; our last challenge,  'Baby You're a Firework', only had a few entries but those we got were absolutely gorgeous and we thank you all for joining us.

Before we get to that just a quick 'heads up' that we will be back on Sunday 13th December with a very special AVJ Secret Santa 'reveal'. Please join us for that!

Next up, we're delighted to welcome the lovely Cuka as our Guest Creative Guide this month with more inspiration for our latest challenge, 'Vintage Christmas'.

Hi everyone. I'm a new Guest Designer and I'm very excited to be here. 
Here's a little bit about me.

My name is Carmen Vall├ęs, a.k.a CUKA. I'm from a town near Valencia, Spain.
BA in Art History. I have 35 years old. I'm married and mother of two children.
I love everything handmade, scrapbooking, illustration, photography, mixed-media... everything!!

I started with scrapbooking about 4 years ago when I made a pregnancy mini album for my sister, and since February this year I have a blog where I show the little things I do for different challenges and swap. If you would like you are very welcome to visit my blog.

My biggest challenge is continue working creativity and never stop learning.

To this invitation I've made a Christmas Card.

I start my card gluing tissue paper on cardboard, and coloring with distress inks (fossilised ambar, brushed corduroy and tea dye ) to give an aged look.

After I make a few snowflakes with texture paste.

One done, I add decorative elements (doily, bow, jingle bell…) and some stickers with the word JOY.

I hope you like it!




And now on to the 'Baby You're a Firework' Winner and Pinworthies. First of all, here's our randomly chosen winner who will receive the prize voucher from our sponsor, Country View Crafts.

Congratulations Jan! We all adored the drama of that sky and the contrast of the warm yellow vintage tones against the children watching on. 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. let's be honest here, we couldn't separate them - so we didn't!!! Oh yes, for this month only we have not three, but FOUR Pinworthies!!! So, in numerical order;

That explosion of stars in the night sky perfectly complimented the vintage style, traditional Christmas Eve scene.

The sparkle captured in that sky was magnificent in this very Tim style project.

The sparkles contained within those explosive poinsettias are certainly reminiscent of the glitter trails left by fireworks.

That impressive firework background stamp came alive with the addition of bright colours and Stardust Stickles.

Well deserved congratulations all round ladies! Your badges and invitations will be on their way to you very soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Don't forget that AVJ Secret Santa 'reveal' this Sunday and then 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.

Meantime we'd love you to come and play along with our current challenge, 'Vintage Christmas'. You could be our next Winner or Pinworthy!


  1. What a sweet Christmas card! I love those snowflakes! It's great to meet you, Cuka and see your lovely work! Big congratulations, Jan on your win, and to all of us Pinworthies! I'm so happy you saw the "fireworks" in my poinsettias!

  2. Welcome Cuka as our Guest Creative Guide and thank you for sharing you lovely Christmas card - so many lovely techniques used and a great vintage Santa! And congrats to the winner and pin worthies of you creative ladies with your many interpretations of 'fireworks' - each so lovely and inspiring! We are so glad that you come and join us on our Vintage Journey!! Julia xx

  3. Gorgeous vintage Christmas card Carmen will droping by your blog later to see more.
    Well done Jan a worthy winner love your card and congratulations to all the other pinworthies. So glad you liked my night sky, I loved making this piece great challenge!

  4. Hi Cuka, loved your vintage card. Wow, wow, wow I can't believe I got the voucher and won, happy, happy day! Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. Well done all the pinworthies, beautiful work ladies. X

  5. A wonderful card Cuka and great to see your different steps! And of course big congrats to all our participants! This was not an easy theme and you all just totally rocked it!! Such well deserved Pinworthy inspiration!!

  6. Cuka, your card is beautiful and I just love those wonderful snowflakes! Congratulations to our winner Jan and to our pinworthies - wonderful projects ladies! Anne xx

  7. Thanks so much for the mention. .it was a tricky challenge! Well done everyone else too. I hope you're all ticking those xx

  8. What a lovely festive card from Cuka - great to see the step-by-step too, and congratulations to all our Firework challengers - winner and pinworthies - you were all so inventive and creative with the theme.
    Alison xx

  9. Fabulous winner and pinworthies for the last challenge, thank you all for entering and sharing your talents with us. Thanks also to Cuka for a fabulous winner's project today. xxx

  10. A lovely Christmas card ! Carmen traditional and vintage . Hope you have enjoyed your Guest design spot here at AVJ .
    Congratulations to the winner and pinworthies . Thank you for embracing a tricky challenge and doing a great job .

  11. A beautiful Nostalgic Christmas card Cuka, love your use of tissue wrap and your snowflakes.
    Congrats to all our worthy winners, well done.
    Julie x

  12. What a beautiful layered vintage Christmas card from our guest designer, beautiful work Carmen! And congratulations to our winner and pinworthies from the Baby You're A Firework challenge, amazing creations from one and all, thanks so much for joining in the fun! Deb xo

  13. Lovely Christmas card Cuka, I love the tissue paper and the textural snowflakes are gorgeous. Love the touches of red which work beautifully against the more muted backdrop. Congratulations to our winner and pinworthy entrants . Tracy x

  14. Cuka's card is gorgeous! Lots of texture and loveliness! Congratulations Jan! Congratulations to my fellow Pinworthy's too! I am very happy to be a Pinworthy on my first Challenge with AVJ! Thank you! xxx

  15. Congratulations to our winner and pinworthies - I have now added your creations to our Pinterest boards. A fabulous creation by Cuka - thank you so much. Nikki xx