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Friday 8 July 2016

Winner and Pinworthies for Texture and Embossing Pastes

Hello everyone and thank you for joining us today for our winner and pinworthies' post for the Texture and Embossing Pastes challenge last month. So many of you rose to the challenge and thank you so much also for all the amazing projects you shared with us, there is just so much talent among our followers. But, before we reveal our winners, let's first introduce you to our amazing guest who has created a stunning project for Tracey's Monochromatic challenge.  Please welcome the lovely Laura of Vive La Vi.

Hello, dear friends! My name is Laura, LauraVi in virtual world (VI are the first two letters of my surname), I am a Primary School teacher, I live in Milan with my husband. I am so thrilled and honoured to be here as July Guest!
I have been loving with scrapbooking and Tim Holtz art since 2011. I like the ancient look of ordinary things, the objects that tell us a story, the perfect imperfection of human creativity.

Today I am sharing an Artistic Trading Block (ATB) made for a friend of mine who moved and who likes white colour, so this month "Monochromatic" theme, chosen by Tracy, seemed perfect to my project.

On each face of the bigger block there is one letter of the word HOME. It is difficult to show the sparkling background in the photos, but clear perfect pearls did a very good job!

The little block is wrapped in thin white wire. Tim Holtz Heirloom roses are on canvas flowers on top of both blocks.

I spread gesso on each letter, then I used a large layer of Distress crackle paint clear rock candy.

I love old pictures and I think this little frame with black and white photo was right for the heart that is the O of the word HOME.

Idea-ology tissue wrap covered both blocks, then they are coated with a thin layer of gesso and, when it dried, with stencil and embossing paste or with a piece of lace and mixed media thinlits dies.

Each letter has a little embellishment coloured with gesso and picket fence paint and a sparkling gem.

Thanks for taking a look at my project and to the team of A Vintage Journey for this great opportunity.

Thank you so much, Laura - what a lovely, delicate creation, and with such great texture too.


Next it's time for the Random Generator to select our winner, so without further ado...

That's Autumn from SewPaperPaint with her beautiful nature themed tag.  Congratulations, Autumn!  Your badge and prize will be on the way soon, and we hope you'll join us as a Guest Designer here in the coming months.

And now to our wonderful pinworthies chosen by the creative guides. I assure you it was quite a task and I wished we could have chosen you all! But here they are, in no particular order:

#50 Suman

Great work all round ladies and congratulations. Your badges will be on their way to you shortly, along with an invitation to join us as guests here at A Vintage Journey soon.

Well that is it and thank you again to all who played along. We hope you're enjoying Tracy's Monochromatic theme this month - there are already some amazing entries, and we're looking forward to seeing lots more.
Have a super and creative month!
Astrid and the whole creative team.


  1. Congrats Autumn for the win and to all the pinworthies !!

  2. Huge congratulations to Autumn and to our pinworthies Angela, Adriana and Suman too!

    Laura, your ATBs are so beautiful in those monochromatic tones and those crackled letters are stunning! Anne xx

  3. ma che brava Laura! per me queste cose e queste tecniche sono rivelazioni :)

  4. Congratulations to the winners and many congratulations to Laura, ATBs spectacular, I love how you managed to join all the elements harmoniously, every detail is beautiful!

  5. Wonderful ATBs from Laura in ethereal white, with all that fabulous texture too. Congratulations to all our winners!
    Alison x

  6. Welcome Laura. Your Monochromatic atb is so lovely and makes for such a wonderful gift and keepsake for your friend who moved . I bet she was thrilled to receive it.

    Congratulations to Autumn, Angela, Adriana and Suman - your projects were terrific in Texture .
    Amanda x

  7. Hi Laura and welcome. Love your monochromatic ATB very striking. The crackle looks fantastic and adds wonderful texture to your design. A wonderful gift idea. So thrilled to have you joining us this week.

    Congratulatios to our winners too - Autumn, Angela, Adriana and Suman.

    Have a lovely weekend everyone. Tracy x

  8. What a brilliant project Laura, stunnig and I love that actually with all that texture it fits both last month's and this month's chcallenges. Thank you so much fr guesting with us this month!

    And of course big congrats to all of our winners, Autumn, Angela Adriana and Suman,your prrojects were all amazizng!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  9. Beautiful project, Laura! Love all the texture! Big congrats to Autumn, Angel, Adriana and Suman! Great projects and so deserving of the Pinworthy honor!

  10. Congratulations Laura, very very good!!!!!!!!!

  11. Welcome Laura as our Guest Designer - what a lovely block gift you made for your friend - wonderful textures and crackle - love the wound wire and beautiful canvas flowers! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with AVJ! and congrats to Autumn as winner - and to Angel, Adriana and Suman, the pinworthies - so much lovely inspiration! Julia xx

  12. Congratulations to the winner and top 3. Fabulous creations by Laura.
    Linda xxx

  13. Thank you so much Vintage Journey team for choosing me among pinworthies. Congratulations to Autumn,Angel and Adriana.Fabulous creation by Laura !! love the inspiration the fab team provides here and thanks all of you for your beautiful comments and wishes !!

  14. Thank you so much Vintage Journey team for choosing me among pinworthies. Congratulations to Autumn,Angel and Adriana.Fabulous creation by Laura !! love the inspiration the fab team provides here and thanks all of you for your beautiful comments and wishes !!

  15. What a fantastic project Laura with wonderful crackles and attention to detail.
    Congrats to all our talented winners.
    Julie x

  16. Oh wow, fantastic project Laura, great project :) and thank you so much I noticed my project was chosen among the Pinworthies, thanks so much and congratulations to Autumn, Angel and Suman :) thanks for all your inspirational work and for commenting on my project XX

  17. Thank you for including me as one of your pinworthies. Well done to Adriana, Suman and Autumn. Great project Laura, loving all the gorgeous detail. Happy crafting everyone, Angela x

  18. What a wonderful project Laura, love the gorgeous textures on your ATB, a vision in white! Congratulations as well to our amazingly talented Pinworthies, well done everyone! Deb xo

  19. Huge congratulations to our Pinworthies and winner Autumn! And thank you Laura for sharing a stunning ATB creation xx