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Friday 9 September 2016

Winner and Pinworthies for Stencil It Challenge and Winning Guest

 Hello Everyone!
Today we welcome you to our Winners post where we feature a previous winner as a Guest Designer and also reveal the Winner and Pinworthies of our August Challenge -'Stencil it!'
There was a great response to the challenge and many fantastic entries so thank you all for embracing those stencils and sharing your talent with us.

So lets begin by welcoming the wonderful Autumn of Sew, Paper, Paint.  She's been busy making a project to fit Julia's "Create Within a Frame" challenge here at Words and Pictures so, without more ado, let's see what she's come up with and hear about it in her own words.  Welcome, Autumn!

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 A Vintage Journey team today for this fabulous challenge!

Often, with such a busy schedule and commitments, I sketch out my designs beforehand so I can get right to it. But project was the result of pure play and experimentation. I started out with a thrifted frame, purchased for a dollar because of its unique size. I have about 40 frames in my stash because I can’t resist taking them home and giving them new life! Some people pick up kittens, I pick up frames! So this challenge was truly up my alley! After I cleaned up and dismantled my frame, I prepped the backing board with gesso.

I was in the mood to paint something, so I cracked open my brand new IndigoBlu paints and thought I would experiment with color mixing right onto my board. I used a palette knife and scraped on and blended my colors (red, blue and yellow) randomly. But since this is A Vintage Journey, I had to take the bright colors down a notch! So I used a cosmetic sponge to apply gesso lightly over the entire panel. Then I dripped a mixture of alcohol inks diluted with alcohol over the gesso. I was loving the variation in color, but still wanted to bring more white and subtlety, so I stenciled an “airy” stencil over my background.

I built my grouping around this Found Relatives photo of four children, two boys and two girls – just like my own children. I opted for leaves and branches as a nod to the changing seasons. The clock die was embossed in Clossone plum embossing powder, a UTEE. What fun it has been to design for this fabulous challenge! I hope you’ll be inspired to alter an old frame of your own. Thank you so much AVJ for having me today.

What a beautiful and inspirational piece, Autumn.  Thanks so much for being our guest this month.

Time now to reveal our August Winners and Pinworthies.
The Winner of our Sponsored prize last month - a £20 gift Voucher to spend at Country View Crafts as selected by Random Generator is........

That's Tone of Tones Scrapperom with this lovely card.

Congratulations to our winner, Tone K .
Your winners badge and Gift Voucher will be will you shortly and we hope you will join us as a Guest Designer in the near future. 

Now for our Pinworthies as chosen by our Creative Guide.
It is always difficult for us to narrow our choices down to just three with so many wonderful and worthy submissions but after much deliberation here are the pinworthy winners of the Stencil it Challenge
In no particular order:


Congratulations to our Pinworthies.
We will be in touch shortly with your badges and invitations to be Guest Designers here at A Vintage Journey in the near future.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us in this Challenge. We really do appreciate all your entries and always enjoy seeing all your creations.
We hope you will join us this month for Julia's fabulous challenge, 'Create inside a Frame'.
One of us will be back Monday to share the latest Destination Inspiration so until then
we wish you all a lovely weekend

Amanda and all the Creative Guides.


  1. Welcome Autumn . Your framed art work is absolutely gorgeous. So much variation of colour, texture and detail to admire . Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us today .

    Congratulations to Tone K - enjoy treating yourself with your voucher.
    Congratulations too to Ruth, Kerstin and Dot on your pinworthies .

    Thanks to all the entrants of the challenge - you really are a talented bunch and made the task of narrowing the choices down to just 3 extremely difficult .

    Have a great weekend everyone
    Amanda x

  2. A huge congratulations to Autumn on being today's Guest Designer! What a beautiful project you created using one of your collected frames! I love the depth you've achieved on your background and I believe you could have stopped right there and call it a day, but those vintage embellishments create such a lovely design. Well done and loud applause!

    Congratulations to Tone, Ruth, Kerstin and Dot! Fabulous makes and so deserving of sharing this winner's spotlight! Hugs to all!

  3. Love your background creation and the whole inspiring project Autumn, beautiful! My congrats and thanks so much, I'm very honored! Hugs Kerstin

  4. Gorgeous gorgeous Autumn! Congrats to our winner and pinworthies - all projects will shortly be pinned to our boards on Pinterest. Nikki xx

  5. What a gorgeous background you created for inside your salvaged frame Autumn! Thanks for sharing how you created all of your layers! You did my challenge proud! So happy to have you here with us today as a guest designer! and big congrats to the winner and pinworthies - Tone, Ruth, Kerstin and Dot - beautiful and creative stenciled projects! Julia xx

  6. Such a lovely guest creation Autumn - thank you for wonderful inspiration. And congratulations to the winners - SUCH SUPER PROJECTS. j.

  7. An amazing project from Autumn, simply stunning in all respects and big congrats to all of our winners, wonderful work from you all ladies!

  8. Thanks so much for all of these sweet comments. I am so honored to be among this group of fabulous DT members and creative winners from the last challenge. :)

  9. Such a beautiful frame Autumn, the colours are amazing! I loved reading all about it. Thank you for including my piece in the Pinworthy list - it was great to see so many different creative ways that you can use a stencil. Congrats to all the winners!
    Dot x

  10. Your art is always so inspiring! Hope to see you at the AB club meeting in October. Wish you had been here when I got rid of a bunch of frames that had old pictures that I decided not the hang in the new house. They went to Goodwill along with a lot of other stuff! I am still getting rid of stuff! How can one person have so much stuff?

  11. Congratulations and what a fabulous creation from Autumn, such a gorgoeus background...and thanks so so much for picking me as a Pinworthy, absolutely thrilled to receive it and congratulations to the other winners! Ruth xx

  12. wonderful inspirational projects, congratulations ladies

  13. Beautiful frame Autumn, I love your background technique, it is stunning! Congratulations on being our guest Creative Guide and congratulations as well to Tone on winning the gift voucher from Country View Crafts and to Ruth, Kerstin and Dot on being chosen as our Pinworthies, wonderful creations from one and all! Deb xo

  14. Autumn I ADORE that background! The mottling effect is perfect for layering onto and it all looks stunning together. Huge congratulations to our latest winners - worthy one and all xx

  15. Such a gorgeous piece from Autumn - brilliant inspiration for the theme. And congratulations all round to our new winner and pinworthies.
    Alison x