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!
Alison and the Creative Guides