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Friday 17 June 2016

Pinworthy Inspiration Day

Hi everyone and welcome to our monthly dose of inspiration from our previously selected pinworthies. Mo and Ann were the Creative Guide's choice from our March challenge. This month our challenge theme is to use texture or embossing pastes so let's see what our guests have created.

Ann Chuang
Welcome everyone! 
My name is Ann Chuang. I come from Taiwan. I have been creating for many years now, always in search of new techniques. I have always liked creating, inspiration comes from random places and I have no set style. I'm looking forward to sharing my creations with all of you!
I am so excited and honoured to be asked by the team at AVJ once again  to do a guest design piece for their latest challenge hosted by the very talented Astrid who gave us a fabulous theme 'Texture and Embossing paste'. The theme gave me the opportunity to create a textured ATC Canvas for my wall. Below is a description of how I went about it.
I started by covering my canvas with a thin layer of white heavy gesso, scraped on with a palette knife. Let it dry. It's time for texture paste! My favorite way to add texture. The paste was used with the Prima ELEMENTALS stencil. I also added the corner with a thick layer of texture paste, which made it very easy to stamp into as you can see at the bottom rightNext I gave it all a layer of colour. I used Distress Stain and Distress Paint and played around until I was happy with the result. also added some background stamping.
Finally, I started to make the ATCs. I used White embossing powder to add the texture and then using Color Burst to add some colors. Cutting it into four pieces.

And here is the finished ATCs. I glued four layers with grey card behind the ATC to add the dimension.
I hope you like my little inspiration for this month theme. For a few more details you can stop by my blog. Thanks for taking a look at my project. Happy crafting!

Mo Stokes
Hi Everyone
My name is Mo and I live in a beautiful part of Norfolk, England near the coast with my hubby Alan and our beautiful dog 'Georgie'.  I have always enjoyed making things since I was a little girl, my style tends to lean towards the Vintage/Shabby Chic side of things and I love experimenting with mixed media.  I don't usually plan my projects in advance, I just like to go with the flow and see where my imagination takes me learning new techniques along the way.  I love all things botanical, animals, birds and the seaside - these themes tend to show up somewhere in nearly everything I create.
I am so excited and honoured to be asked by the team at AVJ once again  to do a Guest design piece for their latest challenge hosted by the very talented Astrid who gave us a fabulous theme  
'Texture and Embossing paste'
I just need to have texture in my projects, I struggle making anything 'flat', so I needed no encouragement at all to get out my embossing pastes and play.  The theme also gave my the perfect opportunity to create a textured Seascape Canvas for my wall.
The canvas was put together using 3 different embossing/crackle pastes both loosely added and through stencils
The realistic sand was made using a technique shown to us by Tim Holtz for his July 2014 tag HERE
I love the different textures you can achieve depending on how you apply them, it almost looks like an oil painting don't you think
You can still see some of the pattern of the original backing paper but it lies gently in the background of all the layers on top of it
By using the same papers for the sentiment the colours match perfect.  Love the crackled shell effects using the crackled paste as shells
Its difficult to see on the pictures but the glossy paste used for the sea and waves give a lovely contrast to the Matt pastes used for the sky and sand
I just had to add a little boat sailing gently in the distance, and the beach huts looking out to the sea so no doors from this angle, who wouldn't want to own one of those

If you would like to see how the canvas came together, please take a moment to pop over to my Blog for step by step pictures and more product info.
Mo x


Fabulous work ladies - I just love seeing how everyone interprets the themes and creates very different projects. This challenge is open until the end of June - so do grab your texture paste and come and join us!



  1. What amazing creations! Both showcase texture paste so perfectly! Congrats Ann & Mo on a great guest post! <3

  2. Yet again our amazing guests provide the most incredible projects for us to gaze and wonder at. Ann, I LOVE how you've split that wonderful embossed panel in four and mounted it to best advantage and Mo, well as ever words fail me - you've captured the magic of the seaside perfectly xx

  3. Wow we are so lucky and proud to have such amazingly talented contributors to our challenges and today's artists and projects are no exception, this certainly is the place where quality abounds. Ann your beautiful collection of mounted ATCs is utterly delightful and Mo your fabulous textured canvas excites the senses where I can feel, hear and smell the sea and atmosphere at the beach. Thank you for joining us with your masterful projects and for being regular visitors and participants at AVJ challenges. Have a great weekend xxx

  4. Wow, wow, wow, Anne and Mo you have totally rocked this challenge theme!!! Your creations are both absolutely incredible, each in their own way! Ann, your ATC frame is not only a super idea,it looks amazing! The frame itself is wonderful already but the ATCs are just the perfect focal point, - so clever how the white embossed patterns run across making it easy on the eye to follow the beauty of each one of them.
    Mo your sea side scene is a complete master piece, the combination of the different texture pastes is so cleverly done and the effects of sun, sea and sand are beautifully combined, that yes, it really looks like an oil painting! Just wonderful!

    Thank you both so much for guesting with us today!!!

  5. I can only repeat what has been said above already! Completely fabulous projects! Ann, your ATCs are stunning, I just love the gorgeous colours and texture you have created. Mo, I just want to reach out and touch the sand, it looks so realistic and the little scene you created is my idea of beach heaven! Thank you both for sharing your immense skill and talent with us! Anne xx

  6. Two gorgeous projects Ann and Mo! Both highly inspired by the sea - showing where all our minds our this time of year. What beautiful texture techniques on your projects ladies - delightful compositions and so wonderful and pleasing to look at! thank you SO MUCH for sharing these with us! Julia xx

  7. Welcome Ann and Mo! Thank you so much for sharing your outstanding projects with us here at AVJ . I feel theres little more I can add to what has already been said as they really are both exceptional pieces of art offering an abundance of inspiration and pleasure to the viewing eye.
    Amanda xx

  8. These are fabulous works of art! Love the texture and designs.
    Linda xxx

  9. It is fabulous to see Ann and Mo here as Guest Designers, and both projects are amazing! Ann, your textured canvas is lovely as it is,but those briliant ATC's really make this an incredible wall hanging! Mo, I love your seaside really does take one off to the sights and smells of the beach, and I can almost hear those seagulls calling! Love this! Hugs!

  10. Both these projects are gorgeous. I always love seeing how our guests are inspired. The colours and textures on these pieces are fantastic. I love all the elements you both added to your designs to create such differing eye catching designs. Thanks for joining us. Tracy x

  11. Brilliant projects from our oh so talented Pinworthies, love them both! The vibrant colours of Ann's ATC's and the fabulous sun rays and sand of Mo's canvas are so striking. Thank you both for sharing your wonderful projects with us, Deb xo

  12. Both tutorials were awesome! So much talent!
    Ann, your tutorial was amazing, extremely well written, easy to understand and very helpful as I finally understand a few things I didn't before.
    To both Ann and Mo: amazing talent and thanks for sharing with us.