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Friday 18 December 2015

Pinworthy Inspiration Day and Give-Away winner

Welcome to the monthly post where we welcome back our Pinworthies from a previous challenge as Guest Designers. Today we are pleased to have Kerstin and Sara Emily who are here to share a project on our current theme - A Vintage Christmas. Let's see their fabulous creations:

Sara Emily

Hello everybody! It's Sara Emily here, and I'm very honored to be invited to be guest designer today at A Vintage Journey. The Creative Guides have been a huge inspiration to me. I live on the south east coast of the United States with my husband, 17 year old twins, and my kitties. I have been crafting in some way or another practically all my life. I love to try different styles, but my real love is Vintage Grunge, and I love to do a bit of up cycling with my estate and yard sale finds!
I was so excited to learn Annie's theme is Vintage Christmas! When looking for Tim inspiration, I didn't have to look fact I didn't find it, it found me! When reaching for something from my shelf, one of Tim's Assemblage clocks fell to the floor. Since I made one for my family last Christmas, I thought I might as well start (another) collection!
My winter theme centered around Tim's Woodlands dies, his Woodlands tree and two little deer I picked up at a yard sale. You can see the one little guy is missing an ear. I'm OK with that...we're not all perfect! Tim reminds us to "Embrace Imperfection"! Below is an in-process shot I used because I could get a good look at the interior. In addition to his Woodlands dies and tree, I used Distress Paints, and one of Tim's Merry Christmas stamps, Frantage, and sparkly flakes for my scene.
I used Tim's Tattered Poinsettia, Festive Greenery, Tattered Pinecone and Handwritten Holidays dies, his poinsettia Texture Fade, Distress and other glittery products to make this festive clock topper.
Gesso, crackle paste, Distress paints and inks, Glamour Dust, and sparkly flakes give the exterior of my Assemblage clock a snowy look. 
If you would like to see more photos and details of this clock please visit me at my blog, sarascloset. I would like to thank the amazingly talented Creative Guides for inviting me to join them today! 
Merry Christmas!



Welcome everyone! It's an honour again to be invited here and I'm very happy about this.

My name is Kerstin-Inga Peters, aka Kerstin F. and I have been creating for many years now, always in search of new techniques and yet unexplored territory in craft  land. I'm a modern girl with a big vintage heart and love the things that are old and nobody wants anymore, because they have a history. My big passion are colours and textures. With Scrap-booking, Mixed Media Style and Art Journaling I have found 'my' perfect favourite genre - as it combines words and pictures, thoughts and feelings, and the application of various innovative techniques and the idea of telling stories.
This month the challenge theme is Vintage Christmas which was really perfect for me, because I love the romantic old Christmas and winter impressions.

I decided to make an ATB with nostalgic images, crackle and snow effects.
Joy to you this Christmas!

I used the beautiful crackle distress paint colors in brown and white. I must say I love this one-step crackle paint, it will truly change the way you distress your projects. It gives really magic effects!
And the wonderful distress colors, they are not pushy and too colorful, but they give your project
an amazing altered vintage look. If you'd like to see more photos and further details please have a look on my blog.
I hope you like my little inspiration for this beautiful month theme!

Thank you very much and Happy crafting!!


Thank you ladies for your wonderful creations.

Our current challenge - A Vintage Christmas - runs until the end of December, so please do join in.
Did you see our special post last Sunday? The creative guides took part in a Secret Santa gift exchange - do take a look if you missed it.

Before we finish it's Brenda here hijacking the Pinworthy day to announce the winner of our Wendy Vecchi give away ..............

Drum roll please .............

..... and the winner is -

Mamablitger aka Monica

Congratulations Monica please contact me with your address and I will get the prize out to you as soonas possible.

We will be back on Monday with the next stop in December's Destination Inspiration.
Have a great weekend

Nikki, Brenda and the AVJ Creative Guides


  1. Congratulations, Monica! Have fun playing with all those goodies! Thank you, Nikki, Brenda and all the Creative Guides for welcoming me here today! I had so much fun making my assemblage clock, and am especially honored to be featured with the very talented Kerstin! Merry Christmas, everyone!

    1. Your wintery clock is so very peaceful, romantic and beautiful, love the background night sky with trees, gorgeous!! Season's greetings and best wishes for the new year! and your 'very talented' makes me really happy :-) Hugs Kerstin

  2. Sara Emily, Kerstin...thank you so much for sharing these wonderful designs with us. Congratulations Monica! Xxx

  3. Such beautiful projects from Sara Emily and Kerstin! Thank you so much for sharing these with everyone ladies. And huge congratulations to Monica! Jenny x

  4. Fantastic projects from both Sara Emily and Kerstin, thanks so much for joining us here ladies, you have created two wonderful vintage Christmas pieces!!
    Big congrats to Monica, enjoy your win!!

  5. Sara Emily!! Gorgeous clock! And I am thrilled that it did not hit you on the head when it fell! heehee


  6. Lovely make Kerstin! Your crackling in crackle-ishoush!! So grungy and vintagy-love it!
    Jackie xo

  7. Fabulous creations from Sara Emily and Kerstin - wonderful distressing and vintage detailing and texture on both of them, and so beautifully wintry!

    Big congratulations to Monica - enjoy your goodies!
    Alison xx

  8. Sara Emily and Kerstin, these are phenomenal projects! AVJ is super lucky to have such wonderful artists contributing! Monica, use those WV stamps well, what a win! :)

  9. What beautiful inspiration from Sara Emily and Kerstin - so many lovely techniques and snowy products on both - thank you so much for being our Guest Creative Guides! and big congrats to Monica for the Wendy Vecchi win- I'm sure you'll enjoy using them!! Happy weekend everyone! Julia xx

  10. Many thanks again for your invitation and your lovely comments! I was with a lot of joy and fun at work! Merry christmas for everyone :-) Hugs & Kisses from Kerstin F.

  11. Welcome Sara Emily and Kerstin . What fabulous Vintage Christmas projects you have both created . You are two exceptionally talented ladies . Hope you enjoyed creating for AVJ and hope you will join in the challenges next year .

    Congratulations! Monika Hope you have lots of fun with your fabulous goodies .

    Merry Christmas to you all xx

  12. so beautifu, Sara Emily! And congrats Monika.

  13. Oh what a lovely day... First all this fabulous inspiration from skilled artists. I love the snow images and the box project is fabulous.. But all the projects are brimming with inspiration.
    Scrolling down..enjoying it all and finally by coincidence I saw my name mentioned as a winner of Wendy 's give-away...oh gosh... BIG surprise. And I'm so happy to have been picked ! Thank you so much. I'm truly grateful for all the work you're doing to keep this blog exciting and with lots of activities.
    And thank you very much to all the sweet followers who congratulated too. You are all so kind and lovely people.
    Thank you again..
    Hugs to all.... Monica.... Spain

  14. Congratulations to the winner. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Linda xxx

  15. Oh wow, two wonderful projects. Sara I love your beautiful clock, you have decorated it so beautifully and I just adore the little scene you created inside. Kerstin, your block is an absolute delight, I love all the texture you have created. Huge congratulations to Monica, I hope you have fun with all your new goodies. Anne xx

  16. A huge well done to Sara Emily and Kerstin for their stunning makes - both really wonderful. Congrats Monica - enjoy your goodies. Wishing all at AVJ a very Happy Christmas. Looking forwward to all your inspirational makes in 2016. Nicola x