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Friday, 13 January 2017

Winner And Pinworthies For Our Winter Magic Challenge

Hello everyone, thanks so much for stopping by today.  It's time to announce our winner and Pinworthies for the Winter Magic challenge and let me tell you, you did not make it easy!  Such a wonderful and varied selection of beautiful projects, we were overwhelmed with your response to our December challenge.  Thank you so much to all who entered, we enjoyed seeing each and every one.

But before we announce our selections, we'd like to welcome one of our previous winners who is joining us today as a guest Creative Guide.  Nate of Le Scrap de Nate was the winner of our October Make It Spooky challenge, and she's here to share some inspiration for the current Going Round In Circles theme.  She's introducing herself in her native language, French, and I (Alison) am offering up the translation in italics - with a little assistance from Google Translate where I got stuck - so my apologies if I've misinterpreted anything.  Welcome, Nate!

Je vous présente à toutes mes meilleurs vœux et vous souhaites pleins de bonne choses pour cette belle année 2017 remplie de créativités.
I offer you my best greetings and wishes full of good thoughts for this beautiful year of 2017, and hope that it will be filled with creativity. 

 Merci à toute l'équipe de A Vintage Journey   d'avoir  apprécier mes réalisations proposé aux challenges  est de me recevoir comme invité.
Thanks to the whole team at A Vintage Journey for honouring my project for the challenge and inviting me to appear here.

Je suis NATE, j' habite la FRANCE et mon hobby est le scrap.
J'aime avoir les mains sale par la patouille , le bidouillage; j'affectionne particulièrement tout ce qui est objets de récupérations, rien ne ce jette tous ce recycle
j'aime le steampunk cette période d'art me fascine d'ou je suis actuellement
 DT chez Sandee & Amelie's.

I am Nate, I live in France and my hobby is crafting/scrapping.
I like to get my hands messy playing around, and altered art.  I particularly enjoy repurposing objects - nothing is thrown away, everything is recycled.  I love steampunk and vintage styles of art, which fascinate me, and I'm actually on the DT at Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge.

Je vous présente mon projet...
I present to you my project
Going Round in Circles
   un Cadre MUCHA
a Mucha Frame

Quelques explications du montage pour le cadre.
A few explanations about the making of the frame...

J'ai utilisé un canvas  11.cm5 x 11.cm5 , coupé un papier aux dimensions que j'ai patiné aux encres
pour lui donné un aspect vieillie, embossé  et tamponné a la poudre doré . Coupé une bande de papier métal puis  renforcé avec du cardox ,j'ai utilisé les ronds de couvercles boites conserve pour entouré l'image de Mucha.
I used a canvas 11.5 x 11.5cm, and cut some paper to those dimensions which I altered with inks to give it an aged look; then stamped and embossed with gilding powder.  I cut a band of metal paper, reinforced with cardboard, and I used rings from old tin cans to frame the image by Mucha.

     J'ai exploité  l’intérieur du canvas pour récupéré la profondeur,
en suite j'ai collé l'image,puis colorisé l'ensemble à la peinture métallic bronze.
I used the reverse of the canvas to make the most of the depth, and glued the image inside; then I coloured the whole piece with metallic bronze paint.

Merci à vous NATE .
Thank you.  Nate.

And huge thanks to you, Nate - what a stunning piece of vintage art, such amazing inspiration for this month's Going Round In Circles challenge.

Now, without further ado,
let's reveal the December winner chosen by Random Generator.
That's Vinita Jain of New Creations with this clever wreath, created out of wrapped yarn and with some yarn Christmas trees into the bargain!

Congratulations, Vinita.  Your badge and details of your prize will be with you shortly, and we hope you'll join us as a Guest Creative Guide some time in the future.


And now onto our Pinworthies, as usual it was an incredibly difficult choice for myself and the Creative Guides to choose just three from all of your amazing projects but after much deliberation here are our choices in no particular order.

#49 Georgie C.

#63 Lisa H.

#85 Paper Profusion

Amazing creations one and all that I think perfectly capture the magic of winter.  Thank you for sharing your art with us and we will contact you shortly with your Pinworthy badges and an invitation to join us sometime in the near future as Guest Creative Guides.

Thanks again to all who entered our December challenge and we hope that you will enter Brenda's 'Going Round In Circles' January challenge, it's always exciting to see what you create.  And make sure to come back again on Monday when Amanda will be here with our next stop on the Destination Inspiration journey for January, hope to see you then!

Deb and all the Creative Guides


  1. Yipeee!!! I am so excited to see my name as a winner! Thank u sooooo much! Congrats to all toppers, what marvelous creations! Would love to display the badge proudly!

    1. félicitations a toi pour ton projet

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  3. Nate's frame is gorgeous, all that lovely metal work. Well done to the winners, gorgeous work from you all xx

  4. Oh my goodness, Nate's creation is stunning! How clever to incorporate rings from old tin cans - wow!

    Huge congratulations to Vinita on her win, and to Georgie, Lisa and Nicola on being our Pinworthies this month. Anne xx

  5. Amazing work from Nate (and thanks for the translation Alison)! Big congrats to our super talented pinworthies and to Vinita of course for her win.

  6. Firstly, Wow and congratulations to Nate! Stunning design makes for a very striking and beautiful artwork. Secondly, thanks so much ladies of the design team for including my house in your pinworthies lineup, it means a lot! Happy shopping to Vinita and congrats to Georgie and Lisa for their wonderful creations. Wishing all a lovely weekend. Nicola x

  7. Wow! What an amazing vintage steampunk canvas by Nate, and fabulous translation by Alison!Consultations to the lucky winner and to all of the Pinworthies! Great choices from the Creative Guides!

  8. WOW this is stunning! Fabulous work! Congratulations to the winner and Pinworthies.
    Linda xxx

  9. What a creative box frame circles piece Nate! The image, browns and metals are just gorgeous! thank you SO much for being our Guest Designer at AVJ - and congrats to the winner and pinworthies - there were SO many wonderful winter creations and we appreciate all of you linking up your projects to share with us! Julia xx

  10. Bravo à vous , vos projets étaient tous superbe ,bravo à profusion de papier j 'adore .
    je suis contente que mon cadre vous plaise , si certaines on envie de le faire je serai ravie de vous visiter à bientôt Nate

  11. Congrats to all our winners. Wonderful project Nate!

  12. Wow,thank you for the honor of being a pinworthy project!! All the winning projects are so gorgeous! =) This makes my day.

  13. The little Putz House is beautiful!

  14. Wow! Thank you for my pinworthy!!! Gorgeous projects by all and congrats to the winner xx

  15. Awesome guest project by Nate and awesome pinworthies as well! Well done, Nate and well done, AVJ, for presenting this fab bundle of awesome inspiration! xxx

  16. Oh what a STUNNING project Nate - WOW - so BEAUTIFULLY DONE.

    Congrats to all the winners - your projects are just over the moon GORGEOUS. Perfect choices! Xj.

  17. A fabulous project Nate x wonderful layout full of inspiration x it's so lovely to have you here as GCG x huge congratulations to our random winner and fabulous Pinworthies too x TFS Annie x x

  18. Gorgeous dimensional piece, Nate! I love how you built up the circles to create your frame for the lovely lady! Maura

  19. Wonderful project Nate! Congrats to our winner and pinworthies this month - all now pinned to our Pinterest boards xx

  20. A truly fabulous project from Nate, and huge congrats to our winner and pinworthies! It was a really tough choice with such a rich field of entry.
    Alison x

    1. merci pour tout Alison à bientot ....

  21. Bravo Nate pour ce projet! J'adore la récup et quelle riche idée ces cercles de boîtes de conserve. Une oeuvre d'art au final!
    Congratulations to the winner and the pinworthies!

  22. Congratulations Nate. Worthy winner. Fabulous work from the pinworthies too. Congratulations to you All. Hugs Rita xxx

  23. Welcome Nate. Such a gorgeous project you have created. Fabulous design and composition . Inspiring.
    Congratulations to our random winner, Vinita and to our pinworthies Nicola, Lisa and Georgie.

  24. A wonderful project by my friend Nate, so happy to see her beautiful work featured here!!! this is so well deserved!!!Bravo à toi Nate!
    Congratulation also to the other ladies, winner and pinworthies, their makes are fabulous. x

  25. Fantastic to see Nate's amazing Steampunk/Art Deco creation - LOVE that whole look! Thank you so much for joining us xx And huge congratulations to all our pinworthies - you blew our socks off with your projects xx