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Friday 9 December 2016

Cracking Up Winner and Pinworthies, and Guest Creative Guide

Hello all, and welcome to Winners' day!  Yes, it's time to announce the Winner and Pinworthy choices from November's Cracking Up challenge.  There were so many fantastic crackled projects - you all did a cracking job!  As always, you made our selection task very difficult, but it's a good kind of difficult... it's always a joy seeing what you all come up with.

But before we reveal the winners, we are delighted to have one of our former winners joining us on the journey as our Guest Creative Guide today.

Lisa of A Mermaid's Crafts was the randomly chosen winner back in September, and she's created some stunning Winter Magic for Deb's December challenge theme - you're going to love it.  Let's hand over to Lisa so that she can introduce herself...

Hi, everyone!! I'm so excited and honored to be a guest designer here at A Vintage Journey!! My name is Lisa from A Mermaid's Crafts and I've been blogging for almost six years. I live in Indiana in the Unites States and my day job is a writer. I've dabbled in several styles but my favorites are mixed media and shabby chic. I am in crafty Heaven when I can combine the two!!

I love Deb's theme of Winter Magic!! For several years, I lived in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York and winters there were definitely magical (and covered in snow). I wanted to recreate that image of a wintry mountain town for my project. I started with a 6x6 canvas and covered it with Gesso. Next, I used a stencil and texture paste to add the snowflakes, covering them with a light wash of Bahama Blue.

The layers were cut in watercolor paper and covered with Gesso. I used stencils and texture paste for the mountains, village and snowdrifts. They were then covered with another coat of Gesso.

The trees were all covered with DecoArt Crackle Paste. Once they dried and the cracks appeared, I dabbed Brushed Pewter Distress Stain over the entire tree and then wiped away the excess so it remained in the cracks. The village and the moose were also dabbed with Brushed Pewter. I used DecoArt Snow Writer to create the dimensional snow, and while it was still wet, I covered it in crystal ice glitter for that freshly fallen snow look.

You can find more pictures and instructions on how I created the canvas my blog, A Mermaid's Crafts. Thank you so much to the extremely talented design team here at A Vintage Journey for allowing me to design with you today!!


What wonderful white-on-white crackle and texture in your dimensional canvas, Lisa.  Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful wintry project.

Now, without further ado,
let's reveal the November winner chosen by Random Generator.

That's #13, Cec of CW Card Creations with this lovely gilded canvas...

Congratulations, Cec!  Your winner's badge and prize voucher will be on their way to you shortly, and we hope you'll join us on the journey as a Guest Creative Guide in the future.


Now on to the Pinworthies, chosen by me and the Creative Guides here at A Vintage Journey.

#17 Sara Emily of Sara's Closet

#19 Lula of U Luli

#20 Irina of Scrap Hobby Mania

What great crackled projects, each so different, and well worth a visit to the individual blogs to see some of the close-up details.  Congratulations to all three of you!  Your Pinworthy badges will be on their way to you shortly, and we hope you will join us here as Guest Creative Guides in the future.


Thanks again to all of you for joining us on this Vintage Journey, and for sharing your amazing creativity.  We hope you're enjoying creating some Winter Magic for Deb's December challenge, and remember to stop off at Destination Inspiration with us on Mondays.  See you soon!

Happy travels!
Alison and the Creative Guides


  1. Oh WOW Lisa! You have truly put the magical into Winter with your wonderful snow laden scene! I love the mix of textures and palest of blue skies. Huge congratulations to our winner Cec and to the Pinworthies, Sara Emily, Lula and Irina, all of whom shared wonderful crackled projects with us xx

  2. Wow! Magic work, Lisa!
    Thank you very much, that my work noted among many wonderful projects !!! Very nice)))
    Of course, I'll be glad to join as guest creative guides in the future.

  3. Amazing truly magical work from Lisa, and wow, what a line up from our pinworthies! Stunning and inspirational work all round!!As to our winner Cec, superb canvas in my absolute fvaourite winter palette.

  4. Lisa, your canvas really does capture the magic of a beautiful winter's day, it is stunning! Congratulations to Cec, Sara Emily, Lula and Irina and thank you for inspiring us with your wonderful creations. Anne x

  5. Thanks bunches for including me into the Pinworthies! Soo happy! Congrats to all highlighted and Lisa for stunning pieces of art! Big hugs to you all! Lula

  6. What a magical canvas Lisa x wonderful details and outcome lovely to have you here as Guest Creative Guide.. Congratulations to Cec, Sara Emily, Lula and Irina too, wonderful inspiration
    Hugs Annie xx

  7. Welcome! Lisa Your canvas is so beautiful. You have really captured the magic of winter with your creativity.

    Congratulations to Cec, Sara Emily, Lula and Irina . All your crackled projects were fabulous.
    Thank you one and all for sharing and inspiring .
    Have a lovely weekend everyone
    hugs x

  8. Glorious canvas from Lisa - those snowy crackled trees make my heart sing! And congratulations to our brilliant crackle winner and Pinworthies - and thank you for the fabulous works from everyone who entered.
    Alison x

  9. Oh Lisa that is gorgeous - love the wonderful contrasts you have achieved with the limited colours. Irina, Lula and Sara Emily - huge congratulations on being our pinworthies last month and to Cec for being our winner. Off to pin them all! Nikki xx

  10. Lisa, what a stunning canvas! Love everything about it from the fabulous wintery colour palette to the amazing textures and layers and I adore your moose! Thank you for sharing your talents with us here at A Vintage Journey! And big congratulations to Cec on her win and to Sara Emily, Lucyna and Irina for their Pinworthy mentions, cracking job from one and all! Deb xo

  11. Welcome Lisa and congrats to all the worthy winners for this month. Great projects. Happy Holidays-

  12. Lisa, I a a sneak peek of this on your blog this morning, and I couldn't wait to come back to see it. But my blog travels landed me here first! I'm so excited to see you here as Guest Designer and wow, what a beautiful bit of Winter Magic you have created! I love it when you pull out your Mixed Media hat and this time you topped even YOU! Gorgeous wintry scene. I better save some of this gushing for your blog!

    I am tickled pink to see my birthday card to Autumn chosen as one of your Pinworthies this time! Irina and Lula have made two very incredibly creative pieces and I'm so happy they were chosen as Pinworthies as well! Congratulations to you and to Cec on her win!

    Cec, that truly is a beautiful work of art! Yipppee!

  13. Congrats to all of the winners!! Lisa, congrats on your GD spot! Such a gorgeous creation!

  14. My goodness! what wonderful inspiration on this post! Lisa - your winter village canvas is gorgeous - what beautiful texture and dimension you created with the gesso, die cuts and stencils! Congrats to Cec on your win - and to the lovely pinworthy choices! Julia xx