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Friday 17 February 2017

Pinworthy Inspiration

Hi everyone - welcome to Pinworthy Friday - where we welcome our previously chosen Pinworthies to be our guest and share their fabulous creativity with us. Lula, Irina and Sara Emily were pinworthies from our November challenge - Cracking Up - but today they are creating on our current theme - Words that are so Special.

Hello, crafty visitors! It is a pleasure to have been invited back to A Vintage Journey as a Pinworthy Guest Designer. This challenge blog has been a favorite of mine before I even started blogging, so it is an honor to be able to create something especially for them.

My name is Sara Emily, and I live on the middle eastern coast of the United States. You can see our beautiful ocean in the background behind me. I am married and have 18 year old boy/girl twins. I am a retired Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I've enjoyed a variety of arts/crafts throughout the years starting with paper, dried macaroni and glue as a very young child. I have been trying a variety of styles lately from CAS to abstract, but my passion is with vintage grunge. 
I have an eye for seeing an object's ability to take on a second life. So for today I have an altered block of wood with a few of my favorite Tim Holtz quotes, which I hope will keep me motivated and focused in my crafty endeavours.
This started as just a block, and I've added the knob at the top and the feet on the bottom. Using DecoArt chalky paints and crackle medium as well as Prima Alchemy paints, I made a simple background for my choice of stamped and heat embossed words.
I rusted up some embellishments using paints, sand paste, glass bead gel, and art stones. If you would like to see what this looked like before and some close ups of the after, and you have time, please stop by my blog. I will also have a tutorial for you, explaining how I made the background, flowers and rust. Many thanks to the talented Creative Guides for having me join them today!


Hello everyone,I am thrilled to be here at A Vintage Journey as a Pinworthy Guest.
Thanks bunches ladies for this opportunity!

A little about me:
My name is Lucyna Marynowska, aka Lula. I come from the north of Poland. Nearly sixty, retired widow, mum of two grown up boys and a happy grandma. I started my crafting journey 5 years ago as a card maker and immediately became an addicted paper-lover.
After my husband's death it was crafting that helped me to conquer the pain and struggle with the feeling of loneliness.
I enjoy creating anything from cards to altered art. I love to experiment with various types of
mediums: playing with gesso, texture paste, spraying and inking.
I love challenges to spark my creativity and making crafty friends all over the world makes me very happy.
You can find my creative project on my blog:

This is a piece I prepared for Words That Are So Special Challenge.
I started with transferring the face image with gesso onto a cardboard (18x18 cm).
Next step was adding some texture and stenciling some texture paste. Then came the best part- inking, misting, painting! I also added some stamping, outlining with my Inktense pencil and some sequins to finish off.
I put the picture into wooden frame and added the words:
I am here
I am simply me
I am strong
I am dreaming big
I have been going through really hard times recently and had to face all sorts of problems ( I guess as we all do). These words remind me of greeting each day with a smile, of looking forward - not back and enjoying life in every minute. 
That is why they are so important to me.


Hello everybody!
Thank you very much for the invitation to join the challenge - Words That Are So Special by Jennie.
My name is Irina Rakovets. Many people know me under the name IrinaR (my blog is - Скрап-ХоббиМания).) I live with my family in a picturesque corner of the Gulf of Finland, near St. Petersburg. It is already more than four years since scrap came into my life and it is not going to leave. One can not say that I am adherent to any one style.
I love Vintage, Shabby, Steampunk and attracts me, the more that I love paint, so often my work can not do without the mix-media. You could say that I was "scrap omnivorous": I like to make albums and notebooks, canvases, pages and greeting cards, and even my last love - tags.
I love to experiment, to go beyond comfort - take the challenge and make ...
I would be very happy if my work will inspire you.

I took the canvas to the embroidery frame with an old photo of my children.
I used appropriate to the project and this photo words: memories\ be happy\ moment\ time is always a reason to smile.
A few words as I did this canvas.
I took a wooden hoop, pulled them tight cotton cloth, cut off the excess fabric.
Then I primed blank white acrylic primer.
With the help of masks and Color Wash Adirondack painted.
Slightly stamps. Another stencil and transparent modeling gel.
And the finishing touch Distress Ink / The background ready.
It remains to glue the photo and add a decoration.
a few photos with details nearer


Mixed media at it's best - with Sara Emily's fabulous altered art and rusty grunge, Lula's textured image and inspirational words and Irina's enchanting embroidery frame with gorgeous detail. Thank you all for creating these for us. 

There is still plenty of time to join in our February challenge - Words that are so Special.

Wishing you all a crafty and happy weekend.


  1. Thank you very much, I was happy to participate and inspire. Good luck!

  2. Thanks bunches ladies! I am so honoured to be here with you. Crafty hugs to all!

  3. Stunning inspiration from everyone thanks for sharing

  4. Welcome Sara Emily, Lula and Irina . Absolutely fabulous projects from all of you . You are all super talented and thank you so much for sharing with us today . You truly have spoiled us .
    have a lovely weekend everyone

  5. Wow, three fabulous projects from three very talented ladies!! Thanks so much to Sara, Lula and Irina! xx

  6. Such amazing and inspiring projects from our 3 guests!!! Thank you so much ladies for sharing your talents with us, fantastic projects from you all!!

  7. Sara Emily, your rusty details rock, my friend! And Lula, what a very cool collage this is. Irina, the greens and layers in your project make me want to recreate it exactly! Perfection! Congrats to these very talented ladies. Hugs, Autumn

  8. What beautiful and creative projects - Sara Emily, Lula and Irina - each with so much texture and wonderful vintage looks! Thanks so much for joining us here at AVJ today! Julia xx

  9. These are all fabulous, lots of wonderful texture and loving the designs of each project.
    Linda xxx

  10. What a WONDERFUL page of INSPIRATION from these three SUPER artist. WOW. Each one is so uniquely different and creative. What a great way to end the week spurring on weekend art! Thanks bunches AVJ and Sara, Lula and Irina. Xj.

  11. Such fabulous projects from all of you! each so wonderfully different and with so much wonderful colour and texture. Fabulous! Jennie x

  12. Lula and Irina, what wonderful projects using those special words! I'm off to have a closer look on your blogs. Thank you for these really wonderful comments! Sara Emily

  13. Gorgeous creations one and all from our very talented Pinworthies, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful projects with us all! Deb xo

  14. Totally beautiful projects from our worthy winners Sara Emily and Irina! xx