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Friday 17 November 2017

Pinworthy Inspiration For November

Hello and thank you for stopping by, we have some wonderful Pinworthy Inspiration to share with you today. Cec from CW Card Creations and Iris from Whimsytouches have created some wonderful tiny projects for our current Mini Marvels challenge, enjoy!


I am a retired Director of Finance and live with my wonderful husband of 42 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 Creations.

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

When I read that the theme for this month set by Anne would be Mini Marvels I was thrilled because I love working in small spaces. I decided to make a micro album and a box to fit it in.

I started with the album and as usual I got really carried away so there are a lot of pages, which means way too many photos for here. I hope you will pop over to my blog where I will give details on each page.

The album itself is 3 3/4" long x 2 1/4" wide x 2" thick and all the pages are tied together with a strip of sari silk and opens like a tag album.

The album is built with some pocket pages that hold photo mats sized to fit those little photos that came in the school package. There are lots of pages that have tuck spots with journaling cards added and a few pages that are for interest only with stamping or embossing.

This was a great way to use up paper scraps or in my case pads that were feeling unloved so there is a variety of manufacturers represented but I tried to tie everything together with lots of black and cream as well as Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The box was built from chipboard and it measures 4" long x 3" deep x 3" high. I used lace, flowers, ribbon and gems to decorate the box top.

Hello makers! I am so excited to be a Guest Creative Guide at Vintage Journey and share my Assemblage piece "Power Struggle". A little about me; I live in the Washington DC metro area and I am an Arts and Crafts Enthusiast. I have never met an art medium I did not like. I enjoy creating with clay, acrylic paint, sprays, metallic waxes, texture medium, paper, and metal. I like sculpting, creating mixed media canvasses, assemblage, altering bottles, making jewelry. My style ranges from modern, Shabby to Steampunk/Industrial.

The theme for this month is right up my alley. I like to create small and specially create assemblages. Just love small objects encased inside something, creating a small world where we get to peek inside and wonder what't going on.

For my project I created such a small world inside a Tim Holtz box. I wanted to add a little bit of layers and needed a way to attach the the little doll hands without looking like they were just glued to the box. I lined the inside edges with Amaco's Sculptamold, a modeling compound. It's a a combo of plaster and paper mache. Modelers use it to make scenery. You just add a little water. It sets fast and takes two days to air dry. Or you can stick in the oven to dry; 185 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 mins (depending on thickness) with the over door slight open (helps get moisture out). The heat will not harm the wood either. Don't heat over 200 degrees or more than half hour at time. Been using this product for other projects and tested it a few times.

The little container with words is made of Polymer Clay. The letters are made of chipboard. I have also added metal gears. Everything was painted with Teal and Brown Milk Paint to add a little color to the gears for a cohesive look. The hands are from a vintage porcelain doll kit, where I had used the other doll parts on other projects, and needed to do something with my hands (ha! ha! a little pun there). The hands have been attached with Apoxie Clay. Well, I hope you like my little assemblage and will visit me on my blog Whimsytouches.


Once again, our Pinworthy guest Creative Guides have wowed us with their projects, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us all!  Hope that they have inspired you to join in our Mini Marvel challenge too, you have until November 30th to create your tiny masterpieces, can't wait to see what you make.  Happy creating everyone!

Deb and the Creative Guides xo


  1. Oh wow, two wonderful projects! Cec, your mini album is gorgeous and what a fantastic way to use up unloved papers and the little box is an absolute delight! Iris I am totally fascinated by the products you used to create your wonderful little masterpiece and I look forward to seeing more! Thank you both for sharing your talent with us. Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Two master pieces for sure! Amazing creativity from you both, and so, so different! I always love to see how a theme can inspire different people in such different ways.... Your creations are just wonderful and thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talents with us!

  3. What fabulous tiny creations from both Cec and Iris, and so different! The Mini Marvel theme really can take you in any direction. I love your micro album, Cec - a brilliant way to use up snippets of paper, and so gorgeous to have a gift box to keep it in too. And the imagination in Iris's tiny shadowbox is wonderful - I feel like there's a whole story in there. Thank you both so much for your inspirational projects.
    Alison x

  4. Such beautiful mini works Iris and Cec! Thank you both so much for joining us with this incredible inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

  5. Amazing art of Iris and Cec! BEAUTIFUL!

  6. Welcome Cec and Iris - and thank you so much for sharing your creative minis with us! How wonderful to make a special box for your special book Cec - and your box design is so interesting Iris - love the hands coming out from the clay! Julia xx

  7. Welcome Cec and Iris. Your Mini Marvel projects are exactly that - Fabulous creativity packed into such a small space . Two fine examples that 'the best things do come in small packages'. Thank you for sharing your talent with us .
    Have a lovely weekend x

  8. Two wonderful mini MARVELS from Cec and Iris! What a fabulous tiny album and a beautiful box to keep it safe, Cec! And Iris your clay arms look like their carved from ivory! Such a creative project! I am so thrilled you two talented ladies could join us as Guest Designers this month!

  9. Two fabulous projects from our guests today. Thanks for being here!!