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Friday 16 December 2016

Welcome to our Pinworthy Guests

Hi everyone, Nikki here to welcome and introduce our Pinworthy guests this month. These ladies were our chosen favourites from our September challenge - Create inside a Frame. Today we welcome them to inspire us with a project on this month's theme - Winter Magic. Please welcome Jane and Ioulia.

Hi all, my name is Jane Royston from the Isle of Wight, UK and I am delighted to have been picked as a pinworthy project and invited to be a guest this month!
I have been crafting for many years but since giving up Primary teaching to look after my youngest child 5 years ago I have really had the chance to explore my creative side, and have especially loved getting into mixed media and using a wide variety of mediums and techniques.

I love the theme this month as Winter Magic conjures up so many wonderful images for me and this had to include snowflakes and ice as the whole idea of these is magical to me! I decided to create a shabby chic/mixed media piece using an IndigoBlu mannequin that I had previously decorated but wasn't happy with. So after I had removed the previous decoration I went for an icy, snowy feel...
The basis of the dress was created using Powertex and Paverpol wrappers along with art balls. Extra icy texture was created using crackle paste and gilding wax...
Finally it was finished off with snowflake die cuts and various embellishments that complemented the colour scheme.
There is more information about how I created this project over on my blog...


Ioulia - julD handmade

Hello, I am Ioulia from Greece and I am so happy to be a Guest Designer this month at A Vintage Journey. It is such an honour to be here today. Thank you so much.

I loved painting and crafting from my early years, but instead of becoming an artist I became an engineer who loves to create things in her free time. So, crafting is my hobby. My passion is clay and texture in paintings. I am impressed by new techniques and altered materials. 

This month's theme “Winter Magic” inspired me to create a mixed media snow frame. The magic of the snow, which transforms landscape and the white and blue shades of the winter are the first images that came into my mind.
I used a picture frame. The background is from cardboard which is painted, decoupaged and textured with modelling paste and stencils. The houses are made from air dry clay. 
I filled the frame with some fake snow and a sparing amount of silver glitter. 
Finally, I decorated the frame with scrapbooking and tissue papers.
E voila!!! The Snow Frame is ready. 
To activate the snow, the frame is shaken to churn up the white particles.

I hope you like it. For more details and pictures, I would be glad if you visit my blog, julD handmade.


Such inspiring and creative designs - thank you so much. This month's challenge - Winter Magic - continues until January 5th - do come and join us for a chance to win this month's prize or to be selected as a Pinworthy and the chance to be a guest early in 2017.



  1. Beautiful work from both ladies. Gorgeous textures and layers. Thanks for sharing x

  2. Welcome Jane and Ioulia. Your 'Winter Magic' projects are absolutely fabulous -so creative and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us here today .
    Merry Christmas to you both x

  3. Thank you so much for your comments!!! Jane your project is amazing!!! Merry christmas to everyone.

  4. Wow, Jane and Ioulia! Two beautiful and creative projects for this month's Winter Magic Theme! Congratulations on your Pinworthy Guest Designer gigs! You did the Creative Crew proud, I'm sure! Love both of these unique projects!

  5. Amazing projects from the Pinworthies - so much winter magic from both Jane and Ioulia. Lovely to have you travelling on the Vintage Journey with us this month.
    Alison x

  6. Fabulous projects from the Pinworthies, loving the winter themed designs.
    Linda xxx

  7. Great inspiration ladies and biggest congrats on the feature! Hugs, Autumn

  8. Wow, amazing work from both of our guests, - winter magic galore!! Thanks so much for the inspiration and also for guesting with us, - both projects are fabulous!!

  9. what lovely wintery projects ladies! I can't stop looking at the beautiful draping on your mannequin Jane - and I love your sweet clay houses inside your frame Ioulia! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us! Julia xx

  10. Beautiful projects! I love the crispy ice dress Jane created, and adore the snow frame idea of Ioulia! Thanks for sharing :-)
    Tamara /

  11. Beautiful creations ladies and so lovely to have you here. Sharing our creations is such a wonderful thing to do and so inspiring
    Huge hugs Annie x

  12. Two wonderful and utterly different projects from Jane and Ioulia. I love how each of you have taken the theme and created your own fabulously frosty pieces of art. Thank you so much for sharing them at A Vintage Journey xx