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Friday 11 November 2016

Winner and Pinworthies - Make It Spooky Challenge

Hello and welcome everyone, Anne here to reveal the Winner and Pinworthies for the Make It Spooky Challenge, hosted by me last month.  It was a hugely difficult task to choose just three as we had so many fabulous spooky entries!  We certainly had fun visiting all of you!

Before we announce our Winner and Pinworthies, though, we are delighted to welcome Tone of Tone's Scrapperom as our guest.  Tone was the winner of our August Stencil It challenge, and we're delighted to have her here today with some inspiration for the current Cracking Up theme.  Over to you, Tone...

I am 48 years old and I live in Norway nearby the capital Oslo. I live with my partner Vidar and our son Daniel who is 16 years old. I also have a stepdaughter who is 31 years old.

I have always put photos in albums, but scrapping in the way I do today started in 2004.  In 2012 I started making cards and now I make cards, LO, PL and tags about each other.  I do not know what style I have in crafting, I like to vary.  Inspiration I have to say that I get basically from net…both domestic and foreign.

I have used a brown paperbag. I covered it with a thin coat of white gesso and stamped it with crackle-stamp from Kaisercraft with Distress Ink - Vintage photo.

I have used corrugated cardboard and put on some crackle-paint on the edges. When dry I inked the edges with Distress Ink.

I distressed the paper under the corrugated cardboard and use a window die cut from Poppystamps.

In the end I add a bow made of lace with a brad, die cut snowstar from Magnolia, tree from Creative Expressions and "God Jul" (means Merry Christmas) die from Rox Stamps and made a tag.


A gorgeous shabby chic crackled project, Tone, thank you so much.

Now, without further ado, here is the randomly selected winner of a £20 Gift Voucher from Countryview Crafts to spend in their online store:

That's Nate of Le Scrap de Nate with this truly terrifying creation!  Do hop over to her blog to see some scary close-ups and angles on this piece of recycled artwork.

Congratulations Nate, your badge and Gift Voucher will be with you shortly and we hope you will join us as Guest Creative Guide here in the near future.


And now on to the Pinworthies, selected by me and The Creative Guides.  Here they are in numerical order:

Three very different but very spooky projects!  Congratulations, your badges will be on their way shortly, along with an invitation to join us as Guest Creative Guide here at A Vintage Journey soon!

A huge thank you again to everyone who joined in.  We do hope you are enjoying Alison's fabulous challenge this month - 'Cracking Up' and that you will join in!  We also hope that you inspired by our Travel Bag this month.

Take care,  
Anne and the Creative Guides


  1. What a lovely crackled envelope tag holder Tone- love the window framing the wonderful vintage image! Thank you so much for sharing your project with us at AVJ as a guest designer! and congrats to the winner and pin worthies - such gloriously spooky projects!! Julia xx

  2. A morning full of inspiration here, wow! I completely adore the shabby chic creation from Tone, vntage Christmas at it's very best!! And our pinworthies and random winner show the most amazing spooky inspiratin too, all of their projects have the complete wow factor! Congrats to you all!! Wonderful work!!

  3. Tone's gift bag is gorgeous, beautifully shabby and full of wonderful texture! Thanks so much for being our Guest today!

    Huge congratulations to Nate, Nicole, Leslie and Mary Elizabeth, your spooky creations are an absolute delight! Anne xxxx

  4. Welcome! Tone your shabby chic project is gorgeous with its subtle tones , vintage imagery and textural crackle . Thanks for sharing .
    Congratulations to Nate, Leslie, Nicole and Mary Elizabeth . You are all very worthy winners ! Your projects were fabulously Spookilicious .
    Have a lovely weekend everyone x

  5. So great to see Tone at Guest Creative guide! What fabulous inspiration! And each of the Pinworthies and Nate made fantastic, creative Halloween projects! Love them all! Great choices, Anne! Hugs!

  6. Hi Tone x absolutely lovely to have you here as guest creative guide x your project is beautiful love the fabulous details/layers

    Huge congratulations to our random winner, Nate and to pinworthies, Leslie, Nicole and Mary Elizabeth, awesome projects ladies

    Have a great weekend everyone
    Hugs Annie xx

  7. TONE - love your smile! And your BEAUTIFULLY STUNNING and PRECIOUS Vintage creation. Thanks bunches for sharing.

    Congratulations to all the winners. Your projects are all OVER THE Midnight MOON Spooky FOR SURE! It was a fun challenge to see everyone's creativity go Spooky!!! j.

  8. bonjour à toutes , merci à vous pour ces jolies inspirations que vous nous offrez ,
    merci de ce chaleureux accueille ,
    je suis contente que ma réa Halloween vous est plu , félicitations à Leslie,Nicole et M E Elisabeth pour leurs projets fabuleux et les autres participantes à bientot pour ce nouveau challenge Nate

  9. Welcome Tone and what a beautiful project to share with us. I love all those crackled layers and the fabulous soft colours.

    Congratulations to the Pinworthies and Random Winner. There were some amazing entries for our spooky challenge! Jennie x

  10. Tone, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful crackled project, what an inventive gift bag! And congratulations to Nate on her win and to our talented Pinworthies Nicole, Leslie and Mary Elizabeth, spooky and fabulous creations from one and all! Deb xo

  11. Hello Tone!
    I must tell you that this tag is just beautiful! I adore the way you put it together! Welcome! xo

  12. Congrats to all of the lucky winners with their fun and spooky projects! Well done!

  13. Thanks Team for the Pinworthy nod! I appreciate it and always have fun playing :)

  14. Huge congratulations to all the worthy winners! Tone, your bag tag project is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing xx