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Friday 10 June 2016

Winner and Pinworthies for Sew Special

Hi everyone and welcome! Well you really did rise to the challenge of adding fabric and stitching to your projects last month! Before we reveal our 'Sew Special' Winner and Pinworthies we are delighted to welcome our Guest Designer today who has created something rather special for this month's 'Texture or Embossing Paste' challenge hosted by the lovely Astrid.  So without more ado, let's hand you over to the lovely Christine a.k.a. Craftyfield of Crafty Endeavours...

Craftyfield (Christine)

I live in the South of England with my partner and son, who, whilst making fun of my crafty ways, are thankful for keeping them supplied in customised cards and are even fuelling my habit by buying me magazines and other crafting items!
I started making my own cards some 15 years ago and my passion grew with the increasing availability of craft tools, supplies and inspiration!
I fell into scrapbooking to showcase my son’s photographs and have since dabbled in jewellery and altered art. Stamps are my favourite crafting items as they are so versatile, and I am a confirmed stamp-a-holic. I also love making my own embellishments and tools, such as stencils, embossing textures etc...

Style wise… I love and try everything from CAS to grungy and I am particularly attracted to vintage images.


I’m delighted to be invited to guest design on the AVJ blog for their latest challenge, hosted by Astrid who is looking for Embossing Pastes/Textures. What a great theme!
Hoping for warmer weather, I selected bright colours and let go the Vintage tones entirely, taking inspiration from beach colours for a holiday scrapbook page. The photo I have included is not the actual photo but a place holder I had great fun to design.

First I used green and blue sprays through the Garden Gate 12x12 stencil (The Crafters Workshop) on my watercolour paper base.
With grunge paste I stencilled through another TCW stencil, the "Stencil specimen" and a Prima doily stencil.
At that point I decided I needed to darken the borders and used a dark spray, and had to sand back my stencilled paste so it would not get lost!

But texture pastes can do so much more than stencilling... here I created my sandy beach with heavy gel medium, a touch of yellow acrylic paint and sand of course!
To make my fake photo I stamped the lady in Versafine on glossy paper (from the Take the plunge set by Rubber Dance) and coloured her with Distress inks.

Finally I used some paste as a 3D glue to give my shells a more realistic shape.
To make them I first stamped them (all shells, starfish and seahorse are from the Rubber Dance Retro Beach set ), then fussy cut. I applied a bit of colour with Distress inks and shaped them with a ball tool on a foam mat, giving them a curve. The gel medium helps in supporting the curve as well as keeping the shells stuck!
I added a few sea creatures confetti (painted with gesso to dampen the garish colours), muslin, and micro beads.
Under this angle the sun catches the mica for maximum shine!

I hope I have inspired you to play with textures and to enter the AVJ challenge.
Many thanks to AVJ for having me on the blog today!


Thank you Christine - what a gorgeously textured piece, and the lovely shimmer captures the look of sunshine on water perfectly. 

And now it's time to see who our talented May winners are.

The winner of this fabulous prize package from our generous sponsors last month, Calico Craft Parts, as selected by Random Generator is...

That's Kerstin of Scrapbook Dreams with her wonderful vintage layout.

Congratulations, Kerstin! Your winner's badge and prize package will be on their way to you soon, 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 invitations to be a guest designer here at A Vintage Journey.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and we hope to see you again this month for the 'Texture and Embossing Paste' challenge. Remember, one of our Creative Guides will be back on Monday to share the next Destination Inspiration. You'll have to drop in to find out who it is and what they've done with the contents of this month's travel bag, so we'll see you again soon!

Jenny, Alison and the AVJ Creative Guides


  1. What a wonderful project from Christine! She's really embraced the use of texture in her seaside piece. And huge congratulations to all our winners xx

  2. A fabulous project from Christine, love the shimmery colours, so fresh and indeed summery! Big congrats to Kerstin, enjoy those Craftparts, and yay for our three pinworthies, your projects were fabulous!!

  3. Welcome Christine . Your summer beach inspired scrapbook page is wonderful showing some lovely use of texture. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us today.
    Congratulations to Kerstin, Lena , Hazel and Mo.
    Have a lovely weekend everyone x

  4. What a marvellous sunshine seaside creation from Christine - brilliant to have you on board for this leg of the journey. And congrats to Kerstin, Lena, Hazel and Mo - fabulous projects all around.
    Alison x

  5. Lovely seaside creation from Christine, love the backdrop. Wonderful to have you joining us. Congratulations to all our pinworthies . Wonderful display of projects X X

  6. What a wonderful 'photo' to be highlighted on your lovely beach scene Christine! Love the sand, the stenciling and great watery colors! thank you so much for joining us as Guest Designer! Big congrats to Kerstin, Lena Hazel and Mo as winner and pinworthies - so much inspiration for us this month! Julia xx

  7. Congratulations to the Winner and Pinworthies! I'm sure Kerstin will enjoy her prize. I just made an ATB with a Calico Craft cube!
    So pleased to be here amongst all the talent shown on this blog! Thank you all for your kind words.

  8. What a wonderful holiday scrapbook page from Christine, lovely colours and textures. Whoop whoop! so happy to be one of the pinworthies this month, Congratulations also to Lena and Hazel, and of course challenge winner Kerstin. Mo x

  9. What a wonderful layout from our guest designer Christine, fabulous textures on your beach inspired scrapbook page and love how you have scattered all of the sea creatures along the bottom along with that wonderful shimmer! Congratulations to our Sew Special winner Kerstin and to our three wonderful Pinworthies Lena, Hazel and Mo, amazing creations one and all! Deb xo

  10. Great seaside layout from Christine! Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot and we are so lucky to see your work featured here! Congratulations to Kerstin, Lena, Hazel and Mo--all fantastic creations for Sew Special! Hugs!

  11. Coming from Christine's blog, I love seeing all the photos of her project, fabulous and so original!!! Congratulations Christine!!
    Also congrats's to the winners featured here, Kerstin's vintage page is amazingly beautiful, and the other sewing creations are stunning. Coco xx

  12. Wow, that's really great. I'm just back from vacation, what a surprise, I'm happy :-)thanks soo much!! My congrats to all the other beautiful inspirations. I'm looking forward to be a guest designer! Hugs, Kerstin