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Friday 18 November 2016

Pinworthy Inspiration Day

Today I am pleased to be able to introduce three of our previous Pinworthies as Guest Creative Guides to share a project with us on our current theme - Cracking Up. We welcome - Ruth, Kerstin and Dot. Keep scrolling - you are in for a treat!

Hi everyone, Ruth here from 'a love to create' I've been dabbling in craft for as long as I can remember, and when not working retreat to my craft room to 'play'. I love anything inky and painty but throw in some stamps, fabric and thread and you won't see me for hours. I love experimenting and trying lots of styles but I always return to vintage.
I was so pleased to be asked to join you as a guest for this month's challenge and even more delighted when I realised it was all about luscious crackle, so I've created a reverse canvas niche and step by steps are on my blog.
Having created different grades of crackle I really didn't want to cover it up but having washed over with paint and antiquing creams, set about altering some embellishments in the same way.
Having aged them, a little stamping and touch of gilding just lifts and highlights all the nooks and crannies.
I've had this gorgeous dark vial in my stash for ages and it just fitted perfectly, so gave it the crackle treatment. The quote seemed apt as I believe you should sometimes do things just for pure fun with no end in sight because that's when the magic happens. Thanks for letting me play with you today. Ruth xx 


Hi everyone!
I was so pleased and honoured to be asked once again to join you all as a Guest Creative Guide here at A Vintage Journey. My name is Kerstin -Inga Peters, aka Kerstin F..
I have been creating for many years now, always in search of new techniques and yet unexplored territory, because I love to try out, products and ideas and share inspirations, because it's always an adventure, a discovery tour, which I like to take my friends and all the other crafty people with me.

My favourites are colours and textures with a view to the small things, details and a big foible for 3D projects or elements. With Scrapbooking, Home decoration, Art Journaling in combination with Mixed Media Style I have found 'my' perfect favourite genres . My creations are always a little bit magical, romantic, sometimes funny, but always made with heart and mind.

This month the challenge theme is "Cracking up". I decided to make a tag in Altered Art, industrial style, for a friend which has just discovered her joy at painting.
I used crackle glaze on the edges for an altered, weathered look.....
..together with old book pages, a crackle stamp in the background and suitable chipboards, painted with black and metallic acrylic paints. The aged effect is mainly based on Walnut Stain Distress ink.
If you would like to know more about my creative world just pop over to my blog at: Scrapbook Dreams. I would love to see you there!
Many thanks for stopping by!
Happy crafting! Kerstin


Hi, I'm Dot, aka Ink Art Designs, and I live by the sea, down the bottom of Australia.
This is my first time as a Guest Designer Guide here at A Vintage Journey...and I am super excited about it. I'm an aide at a secondary school most days and craft when I can. I have two grown up boys who are off making their own way in life. That leaves me with more free time to craft!!!

My passion is getting messy with inks. I love to experiment and play with different techniques and just seeing where it all leads me. My favourite products have always been the distress inks but the distress crayons are so exciting to play with at the moment too. I love how you can mix all the products up anyway you want to...I guess that is what mixed media is all about after all.

My favourite techniques? - lol, there are too many to list.
This is the completed piece. After I was satisfied with the background, had the main panel sorted, it was a matter of layering everything up. I had some nice paper from Prima (I think) which I've used behind the main panel, added some cotton and some TH washi tape. I love how using a humble crackle stamp can add so much atmosphere.
This background was heaps of fun to make! I've used Distress Crayons in blues and browns to lay some colour down, removed some of it with a baby wipe through a rectangle stencil and added some stamping with crackle, TH words and some rain drops. To make the rectangles 'pop' a little more I've also touched them up with my water colour pencils.
For the main panel I've used a stamp from the Sideshow collection from Stampers Anonymous. After stamping the umbrella man I thought that he needed something under his umbrella - enter the dog! A little crackle stamping around the edges (for a more 'vintagey' effect), some light blending of inks and a little water colouring using my distress inks around the feet, and it was finished.


Ahhhh crackle heaven! Thank you all so much for sharing these wonderful projects - so much to see from the wonderful backgrounds and layers to the fabulous embellishments.

Do join us again on Monday for the next stop on our Destination Inspiration journey. Our current challenge - Cracking Up - continues until the end of the month - we would love you to join us.

Have a great weekend.


  1. WOW, WOW AND WOW again!!! Three stunning projects from three very talented ladies! Ruth's crackle is superb - the little vial is such a wonderful addition, Kerstin's tag is such fun with those added rusty elements, and Dot's background is amazing - love how you added the dog, it works perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us here at A Vintage Journey! Anne xxx

  2. The talent shown here this morning is just in incredible, like Anne said, just a huge big WOW from me too! Amazing projects from all three of you, each so different and yet all just stunning!! I look forward to discovering the details later! Thanks so much for joining us ladies!!

  3. Welcome Ruth, Kerstin and Dot. What an absolutely superb gallery of crackle projects. I feel well n truly indulged as each one is a stunner! It really is wonderful to have you three very talented ladies sharing your creativity with us here today. Thank you .

  4. These are all fabulous! I love the inspirational crackle projects.
    Linda xxx

  5. Totally fabulous creations from our Guest Creative Guides, Ruth, Kerstin and Dot.
    It's great to have you here, sharing stunning projects and tremendous crackle effects.
    Will pop over for more details as they are all so inspiring

    Huge hugs Annie xx

  6. Wow what amazing creativity shared here from the Pinworthies. A true creative treat to see.
    Julie x

  7. Many thanks again for your invitation and your friendly words. Happy weekend!

  8. THREE absolutely FANTASTIC Pinworthy Creative Guides and projects. RUTH - so glad you didn't cover your ASTOUNDING VARIETY of crackles - your project is over the moon WONDERFUL. KERSTIN - you always DELIGHT me - love your never too late boy and the crackled edges - such a GREAT project! DOT - what an AWESOME background and color schemes - and your man with best friend touches my heart. THREE SPENDIDLY CREATIVE inspirations. Thanks bunches.j.

  9. i found them truly a treasure .
    thank you for such amazing sharing

  10. Thanks so much to our three amazingly talented Pinworthies for sharing their fabulous crackled projects with us, beautiful creations one and all! Deb xo

  11. Oh my days!!! This has to be of the most outstanding Pinworthy days ever! Pinning each and every one of these gorgeous projects as they are all so delicious. Ruth, the texture on your reverse frame has me drooling! Kerstin, loving the vintage look to your amazing tag! Dot, your panel is divine! I adore that there is layer after layer of texture and of course the stamping (you are one of my 'Queen's of Stamping'!) LOVE that the dog is under the umbrella! Thank you all for sharing your amazing talents with us xx

  12. what delicious projects using crackle from all 3 guest pinworthies! thank you Ruth, Kerstin and Dot for sharing your artistic and creative projects with us! Julia xx

  13. Fantastic pic worthy day from our guests. I adore the niche in your piece Ruth and the fabulous texture. Kerstin I adore your tag and the focal image sitting on the bookplate, very clever. Wonderful vintage feel to your tag. I love the layers on your creative piece Dot and wonderful colours too. Very inspiring. Tracy x