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Friday 8 April 2016

Birthday Challenge Winner and Pinworthies

Hi everyone and welcome to our winner's post this month featuring a previous winner as guest designer and, of course, the winner and pinworthies from our March / Birthday challenge.

First we welcome the lovely Autumn of Sew, Paper, Paint who won our Vintage Travel and Luggage challenge in January with her wonderful altered board game.   If you've never visited her blog, do hop on over - you're in for a real treat.  But, without further ado, let's see what Autumn has created for this month's Spring is in the Air theme, and here she is to tell us about it.


I am married to an amazing man, and my biggest supporter.  We have four children, yes four!  I live in the US and work full time as a church secretary.  I have been stamping for over 15 years.  Creativity is my outlet, passion and purpose.  I define my style as grunge meets elegance.  Though I love to distress everything, I like to balance my work with a touch of pretty and neat.  In addition to stamping, I love to draw and paint and have found that mixed media allows me to blend these skills and create rich artwork, filled with depth and texture.  I'm thrilled to be joining the AVJ team today in creating for spring!

Springtime is filled with weddings and flowers.  My vintage collage features a young couple, their whole lives ahead, surrounded by such beautiful things on a happy day.  Ahhh spring!

On a Prima chipboard tag I layered my background with vintage music, distress ink, and Distress Embossing Powder over stencil paste and a Tim Holtz mini layering stencil.

 I used handmade flowers and metal embellishments and a little Glimmer Mist to add some shine.

 A Tim Holtz butterfly and frame surround this sweet young couple.

The topper is dyed torn fabric strips and some jute twine.  Thank you AVJ for having me join in this challenge!

Thank you so much for joining us as a Guest this month, Autumn.  What a gorgeous piece of Springtime inspiration!  Don't forget, you can check out lots more details of this beautiful tag over at Sew, Paper, Paint.

Now for our winner from March. We asked you to use the contents of our Destination Inspiration Travel Bag and had some amazing creations, thank you. There was a wonderful prize up for grabs courtesy of the amazing Andy Skinner who kindly sponsored this challenge.  And here's the winner, as selected by Mr Random Generator:

That's Craftyfield of Crafty Endeavours with this terrific hanging panel.

Congratulations!  We'll be in touch very soon to arrange delivery of your prize, and we hope you'll join us as a Guest Designer here at A Vintage Journey in the months to come.

Now onto our selected Pinworthies chosen by the Creative Guides. This is always difficult with so many wonderful creations but these three are the ones we felt really captured the challenge with their submissions.

Congratulations to our winner and pinworthies. We will be in contact shortly with your badges and invitation to be a guest designer here at A Vintage Journey.

Our latest challenge - Spring is in the Air is up and running, do pay a visit if you missed it. We hope you will be able to join in.

Have a great weekend everyone.
Alison, Nikki and the Creative Guides


  1. It is so lovely to see Autumn here with her stunning Spring inspired tag, it is an absolute delight!

    Huge congratulations to our winner Christine and to our Pinworthies - Shilpa, Mo and Ann! Thanks for sharing your wonderful art with us! Anne xx

  2. Wonderful work from Autumn, great to see you here and have you join us today!! Your Spring tag is just wonderful and I love how you describe your style!
    Big congrats to lucky Christine and of course to our three pinworthies, Shilpa, Mo and Ann. Your pieces were all incredible and full of inspiration!!

  3. Thank you Autumn for sharing your beautiful spring tag and just how you created it - your background is so lovely behind your wonderfully framed wedding couple! Big congrats to the winner, Christine, and pinworthies Shilpa, Mo and Ann today - we enjoyed and were inspired by your lovely creations!

  4. Thank you Autumn for sharing your beautiful tag with us - a wonderful piece of creativity.
    Congratulations too to Christine - enjoy your goodies and to Shilpa, Mo and Ann on your pinworthy wins. Your creations were fabulous.

  5. Awesome piece autumn ... really gorgeous and well done to the winners x

  6. Wonderful to have you sharing your gorgeous tag with us all today Autumn.
    Congrats to all our winners.
    Julie x

  7. Biggest congrats to Chris, Shilpa, Mo and Ann!!! And thanks so much AVJ for having me. :)

  8. So beautiful spring tag, Autumn!
    Thank you for choosing my project as the Pinworthies and congrats to the other winners!

  9. A really beautiful spring tag, Autumn, and congratulations to all our winners.
    Alison x

  10. Autumn your tag is so beautiful, I love the split jute steamen in the bottom flower. Thank you for choosing my secret garden as one of your pinworthies, very proud to be up there as there were so many wonderful projects entered. Congratulations to Christine and also Ann and Shilpa. Mo x

  11. Stunning tag from Autumn, it is so very lovely. Well done to all the winners. Nicola x

  12. Absolutely AMAZING tag from Autumn here! It shows how truly talented you are. And huge congratulations to Chris, Shilpa, Mo and Ann! xx

  13. A gorgeous tag Autumn, thank you so much for being our guest creative guide this month and for sharing your talent with us all. Big congratulations to Craftyfield on their win of Andy's very generous gift and congratulations as well to our very talented Pinworthies Shilpa, Mo and Ann, outstanding creations one and all! Deb xo

  14. Sorry for being late for the party, I was away from blogland for personal reasons.
    Autumn your tag is so so everybit of it!
    Thank you so much Vintage Journey team for choosing me among Pinworthies. You all are so much inspiration for me, love to come over here to see your unique projects.
    Congratulations Craftyfield, Mo and Ann.. you all deserve this.