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Friday 12 August 2016

Monochromatic Challenge - Winners and Pinworthies

Hello everybody Tracy here.  It's time to reveal the Winner and the Pinworthies for the Monochromatic Challenge (July 2016) hosted by me last month.  Thank you to all those who played along - as always there were so many fantastic entries, and we enjoyed visiting all of them.

Before we reveal our winners though, we're delighted to welcome our winning Guest, the wonderful Kerstin of Scrapbook Dreams.  She's created an amazing project for our Stencil It theme, so let's hand over to her to share all the details.


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

Kerstin here and I have been creating for many years now, always in search of new techniques and yet unexplored territory. I'm a 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, textures and all the things which I find interesting and exciting to try it. I love to tell stories with all of my projects. 

 This month the challenge theme is Stencil it,  yes, I love it, because a theme with so many opportunities.

I decided to make a mixed media project in industrial style,  a new home decoration piece.

I used 3 several stencils - Rays, Children and the words.
Before it was a letter block set, made of cardboard.

On the basis of white gesso I used some acrylic paints diluted with water 
and crackle paste + texture paste for altered effects.

  For the children stencil black acrylic paint and added a script stamp with white inkpad over the stencils.

some details

I hope you like my inspiration for this beautiful month theme!
Thank you very much 
 Happy crafting!

Thank you so much, Kerstin - what a fantastic creation!

Now, without further ado, here is the randomly selected winner of the voucher sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique...
That's Sara Emily of 'sarascloset' with this fabulous monochromatic seahorse artwork.  Do follow the link to take a closer look.

Congratulations, Sara!  Your badge and voucher will be with you shortly, and we hope you will join us as a Guest Designer here in the months to come.
And now for the Pinworthies, selected by myself and the Creative Guides.  Here they are, in no particular order...

Remya Sreekanth
We all loved Remya's fantastic journal pages

Rupa S
Rupa created a lovely piece from a packaging box

Irena Stefanova
Irena created a fabulous Nautical Shadow Box


Fantastic work all round, 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.
Thank you again to all who played along.  We hope you're enjoying Amanda's Stencil It Challenge this month and that you are inspired by our Travel Bag - there are already some amazing entries, and we're looking forward to seeing lots more.

See you somewhere along the road!
Tracy and the Creative Guides x


  1. Kerstin, your 'HOME' decor piece is beautiful - wonderful texture and colour!

    Huge congratulations to Sara on your win with that gorgeous card and also to our Pinworthies, Remya, Rupa and Irena - all of your creations are beautiful! Anne xx

  2. Welcome Kerstin. - Your Mixed media industrial style project is fabulous and such an inspiring way to use stencils on a less than uniform shape base. Love all the wonderful colour blends and detail . Thanks for sharing with us .

    Congratulations Sara Emily - such a lovely card .
    Congratulations too to our three chosen pinworthies- Remya, Rupa and Irena. All of your projects were fabulously monochromatic .
    Have a lovely weekend everyone

  3. Wow Kerstin I adore your Home creation - such wonderful details! Congrats to Sara Emily, Remya, Rupa and Irena xxx

  4. Congrats and thanks so much Nikki, Amanda and Anne!

  5. Kerstin, you really created a beautiful piece of home decor - it's fascinating! Biggest congrats to Sara Emily, Remya, Rupa and Irena! Remya, I am super excited to see your work on display here! You go girl! <3

  6. Welcome Kerstin as the AVJ Guest Designer - I just love all the colors/rustiness of your home decor project - wonderful use of stencils and textures! Big congrats to all the winners today - such beautiful inspiring monochromatic creations! Julia xx

  7. Oh mY...what a wonderful news! Congrats Kerstin, Remya and Irena. So happy to be a pin worthy. Love being a part of your challenges. Thanks to the entire AVJ team.

  8. Love your Home decor piece Kerstin, wonderful colours and textures and the stenciled child silhouettes are so sweet! Thank you for sharing it with us here at A Vintage Journey and congratulations to our Monochromatic challenge winner Sara and the three amazingly talented Pinworthies Remya,Rupa and Irena! Deb xo

  9. Fantastic home decor piece Kersin, brilliant use of stamps and I so love the colours!! Such a great idea too!! Big congrats to our pinworthies too, stunning work from you all!!

  10. Thanks so much Astrid, Deb, Julia and Autumn <3 that makes me happy! Hugs and happy sunday!

  11. Lovely home decor piece Kerstin, I love the blues with the rustic tones, they work so well together and I love the imagery you chose. Congratulations also to all our pinworthies and winners . Hugs. Tracy x

  12. What an incredible home decor piece Kerstin! I love the way the blended colours and crackle are the perfect base for your stencilling. And huge congratulations to all our winners and pinworthies xx

  13. Stunning work from Kerstin - amazing colour tones and wonderful texture. Congratulations to all our worthy winners.
    Alison x

  14. Wow! incredible home decor piece, Kerstin! Love that texture and your colors are so amazing! Congratulations to these talented pinworthies! Fabulous and creative works of art! I'm so excited to be the random winner this go round! You don't know how tickled I am!