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Friday 10 February 2017

Winner Post for January's challenge

Welcome everyone, today sees us announce the winners for the January challenge  'Going round in Circles' but before we do have have a very special winning guest from back in November and that is the wonderful Cec Wintonyk.

I am a retired Director of Finance and live with my wonderful husband of 41 years just outside Toronto, Canada. We have one daughter who is married and has blessed us with two fabulous grandchildren. I love jazz, reading crime mysteries, cooking, walking and travel.

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, have done many different ones over the years and still do some counted cross-stitch and some sewing. I started card making around 2006 but really just dabbled at it until 2009 when my job disappeared and then I had lots of time on my hands. As time went on I started to make more vintage and shabby chic cards and was hooked. In the past couple of years I have added more mixed media to my repertoire. I have been blessed to be a member of some fabulous design teams over the years and show my creations on my blog, CW Card Creations.

Thank you to the team here at A Vintage Journey for the opportunity to visit and share one of my creations.

When I saw the theme that Jennie has set, Words That Are Special, a special word that came to mind was Change. I spent some time with the uber-talented and very lovely Jenny Marples a couple of months ago and she encouraged me to just play, which for me would involve change. Then I thought about a quote I heard at a conference a number of years ago about that very topic and I knew those would be my special words. This canvas came about by playing and trying not to over-think.

I started with an 7"x9" canvas that I coated with Liquitex Gesso and then covered with crumpled up tissue paper. Next I added some random stenciling with Golden Light Molding Paste through a Dylusions stencil called Dotted Flowers.

The next step was to add some paint and inks to the canvas and to a 3"x5" piece of wood (thick chipboard would work too). I started with a layer of Folk Art Country Twill acrylic paint and then spritzed on some Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain and some Lindy's Frozen Jack Frost. I dry brushed some Folk Art Tapioca acrylic paint onto the wood panel to make it a bit lighter than the canvas. I also spritzed some Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain on the canvas after the photos were taken.

I hand cut a heart and used my fingers to dab on some of the Light Molding Paste.

I painted the heart and a little circle of wood with some DecoArt Royal Ruby Metallic Acrylic paint . Then I made a little medallion from a Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay and mold that was covered in Classic Treasure Gold Wax Paste.

I used my computer to create the quote, cut each word out, distressed them and inked them with Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

To assemble the canvas, I added some gold wire to the heart, mounted it on the wood panel and then added the panel to the canvas. I painted some cream burlap with the Country Twill paint and added that along with some wire I stole from my husband's workshop. I tore the top off some corrugated cardboard, added some Tapioca paint and adhered it to the canvas. The medallion was mounted on top of the little circle and added to the corrugated strip. Finally I added my quote.

Thanks again for the invitation to visit and to share my creation.
The thanks are from us Cec for such a wonderful project to this months challenge line up for 'Words that are Special' and I love the sentiment of the words you have used.  Your canvas is wonderfully textured and looks so special with the gold tones and the gorgeous heart panel. We are so pleased you could join us.

Now to announce the winner and pinworthies for January's challenge.

Random Org always chooses the winning number and this month it was # 37

which is Zelda from Out of Africa Creations.

Zelda created this beautiful journal page using lots of circles, so it fitted the challenge theme perfectly.

Our three Pinworthies were very difficult to decide upon but in no particular order they are 

Thank you so much to all of you who entered I know everyone here had a ball looking through all the circle projects and giving me their favourites and we managed to whittle it down in the end. Your badges and invites to join us as a Guest Creative Guide will be wending their way to you soon and we look forward to you joining us on another challenge month.

See you Monday for anther Destination Inspiration post and if you haven't managed to share a project with us yet for Jennie's Special Words challenge we would love to see you over there too.
Have a wonderful weekend.
hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides. xxx


  1. love the project from Cec, and well done to January's winner/pinworthies

  2. Lovely to see Cec's project and those words are so true.Well done to all the winners, it was a fun challenge xx

  3. Wonderful work from Cec, thanks so much for sharing it with us here!! Love all those great textures and the colours are stunning too!
    Fabulous work from all of our other winners also, I am always amazed at the many different options in approaching a given theme. Congrats to you all ladies!

  4. Lovely to have Cec here today and for sharing a wonderful step by step for her stunning canvas x congratulations to Zelda too x fabulous makes from our Pinworthy winners giving us wonderful and inspirational makes x Congratulations Hazel, Drea and JulD

    Annie x

  5. Welcome Cec. Your canvas is gorgeous . A great quote that you've really made glow with all those golden tones. Thanks for sharing with us .
    Congratulations to our winner Zelda and our pinworthies - JulD, Drea and Hazel. Fab projects by all .

  6. Loving the textures from Cec. Happy to get a mention too, thanks! X

  7. What a pleasure it is to see Cec here as Guest Designer! What a fabulous industrial canvas! I love all that texture, and your chosen words ring true! Congratulations to Zelda and the Pinworthies! Fabulous projects all around!

  8. High Five Cec! Your guest designer project is WONDERFUL. What a YUMMY heart in the beautiful DeceArt Dazzling Metallics! Loved reading more about you too. Congrats to the Jan. challenge winners and thank you AVJ for super inspiration. HAPPY VALENTINE'S Day! Xj.

  9. Cec, what a fantastic project! It's so fun to see you growing as an artist. What wonderful encouragement from Jenny and beautiful words of hope on your canvas for us all to admire. Wonderful guest post! And congratulations Zelda, Hazel, Drea and JulD!

  10. Oh my hat - can't believe my luck!! Thank you random org :) Congrats to the Pinworthies - such fabulous projects. Wonderful project Cec, love the words and all the texture!

  11. What lovely words Cec used on her canvas - the colors and textures are just beautiful! Thanks for joining us and sharing your creation Cec! and congrats to the pinworthies - there were so many wonderful circle theme creations! Julia xx

  12. Cec I love that you played here with all that gorgeous texture and dazzling metallics! And the words are just fabulous! I will be keeping my eyes firmly on the road from here on in ;) So glad you were our guest designer today at AVJ. Thank you for sharing your talents xx

  13. Huge congratulations to our winner Zelda and the fabulous Pinworthies! xx

  14. Gorgeous textures Cec and wonderful colours, loving the gold! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful project with us! Congratulations to Zelda, our winner, and to our Pinworthies Hazel, Drea and JulD too! Anne xx

  15. Wonderful texture Cec, which I just want to reach out and touch. Loving those metallic touches too. Thanks so much for joining us . Congratulations to the winner and pinworthies too. Tracy x

  16. Congratulations to the winner and Pinworthies! All their entries are awesome! xxx

  17. Fabulous, glamorous project from Cec and congratulations to the winner and all the Pinworthies.
    Alison x

  18. Thanks so much for joining us Cec - a wonderful project, love the words! Congrats to Zelda and our pinworthies this month. Nikki x

  19. So much AMAZING inspiration :) Hugs...Janie

  20. First of all thank you Cec for your fabulous guest post, the textures and details on your beautiful canvas are amazing and I love that quote, very special words indeed! Congratulations to Zelda on her win and to our uber talented Pinworthies Hazel, Drea and JulD, thank you for sharing your beautiful art with us all! Deb xo

  21. Thanks for choosing my card, and congrats to the winner and other Pinworthies! Awesome project Cec! Wonderful texture!