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Friday 9 March 2018

February Melt It Challenge - Winner and Pinworthies!

Hello everyone! Julia here today to announce our lucky randomly chosen winner and three Pinworthies for our February Melt It challenge.  What wonderful and creative projects you all shared with us showing all the fun ways to 'Melt It'!  The Creative Guides had quite the chore to narrow down their choices!

First of all, we are pleased to announce our randomly chosen winner for the gift certificate generously provided by Country View Crafts.
That's #8 Two Mad Dahlias, who created these phenomenally cool Mason jars, complete with captured fairies! Do hop over and visit her blog to see all the meltingly brilliant details.

Congratulations! We'll be in touch soon with a winner's badge for your blog and details of how to claim your prize voucher from Country View Crafts.

And now on to our three Pinworthy choices (in no particular order).
Mona Pendleton

What a beautiful canvas created with die cut trees, stampings and background coloring - all covered with thick embossing powder and white splatter!

Jackie Neal

A wonderful Asian theme design using crackle glaze, stenciling and the beautiful Deep Sea Embossing powder - gorgeous melted edges as well!

Ann Barnes
Such a sweet Love triptych using beautiful floral papers and rolled roses - with a lovely embossed edge heart front and center!

Amazing creations one and all, we will be in touch shortly to present you with your Pinworthy badges and to invite you to join us as guest Creative Guides for one of our future challenges.
Thanks again to everyone who entered our February challenge and we hope that you will enter our current Birthday Treasure challenge, you have until April 5th to link up your projects, can't wait to see what you create!

To give you a bit more inspiration for our Birthday Treasure challenge, we'd like to share some projects with you that were created by our December Pinworthy Mentions; Christine of Crafty Endeavours, Nicola of Paper Profusion and Toni of Artistic Craft Dabbler.  Enjoy!


Hi my name is Christine but I’m known as Craftyfield in the crafting world and I live in the south of England. I started making my own cards some 15 years ago and very soon fell in love with all sorts of crafts, from card making and Scrapbooking to jewellery and home decor. Now a confirmed stamp-a-holic, I love trying new techniques to use my stamp collection in different ways. Style wise… I love and try everything from CAS to grungy, and have been making more Mixed media projects recently as I love using paint to up-cycle household items.
I am delighted to be featured on this fantastic blog as a Pinworthy guest and I hope you will be inspired by my treasure....
I approached this month's theme with excitement and dread in equal measure... using some of my Treasure!!! My precious...(think Lord of the Rings' Golem and you have the idea) but I am glad I have been pushed into using my beautiful resin frame by Prima.
I made this 12x12 canvas taking inspiration from Finnabair dark and dimensional projects. I applied black gesso as a base over stencilled texture paste and die-cuts, then used paints, both matte colours and shimmers all over the canvas.
I then added a bit of stamping, as I said, I am a stamp-a-holic...
For embellishments, apart from my Treasured item I used home made embellishments with bottle caps and Vintage images as well as glitter, sequins and other shiny bits...
I placed a pebble on top of the man image to magnify it. 
I used a transparent red embossing powder and the colour is different depending on what is underneath.
I hope you will like my canvas, do hop over to my blog for a step by step and a list of supplies. 
Thank you so much to A Vintage Journey for inviting me, it's an honour and a pleasure.

Hi there. It's wonderful to be a Pinworthy guest for A Vintage Journey once more.
I’m Nicola a.k.a. ‘Paper Profusion’ living in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve loved handicrafts for as long as I can remember, probably inspired by my Mum who excelled at every single crafting technique out there. I’m now medically retired however during my ‘career / good health years’ my main creative hobby was photography especially travel/wildlife related. During a time of serious illness, I became hooked on paper crafting as a hobby to dabble in at my own pace. I’m particularly drawn to the vintage / shabby chic genres, usually adding lots of embellishments and ribbon. My favourite occasion to craft for is Christmas. I've been rather absent from crafting recently so it was a joy to dust off my crafty stash and make today's creation, especially for one of my very favourite blogs.

I was initially flummoxed what to choose for Brenda's 'Treasure' theme (way too much choice in my stash!). In the end I decided to use items I treasure amongst the ingredients, as well as 'Treasure' itself being the subject of my project (or at least something we should treasure more!). A few years ago I held on to some gold foil packaging that came with a perfume. I reckoned that the gold would look well diecut using Sizzix / Tim Holtz mini Globe die, and then a sort of protest scene unfolded whereby lots of Tim Holtz paper dolls are carrying banners with suggestions as to how to help reduce climate change and treasure our planet more. The globe, placards and letters are cut from the hoarded gold foil cardstock. The whole scene is set in an altered chipboard shadow box that I turned into a 'galaxy'. The dolls are decorated with treasures of real Swarovski crystals and pearls that I only ever select for 'good' occasions!
If you would like to see more of how I put this project together, plus details of all the ingredients, please pop over to my blog.

Huge thanks to the truly very talented team at AVJ for inviting me to be one of their Pinworthies today. Wishing Brenda and all the team Congratulations and very Happy Wishes on your 4th birthday! Nicola x

Hi my name's Toni otherwise know by my blog name, the 'Artistic Craft Dabbler'. I'm delighted and honoured, to be here, in such prestigious company, as a Pin Worthy Guest Designer. I'm a retired teacher and have been loving the last eighteen months of freedom! I've been putting my time to good use though, attending pottery classes, making mixed media art, blogging and more recently attending a creative textiles group. Yes, there are some benefits to getting older ! I was very excited to read the details of Brenda's fabulous 'Treasure' challenge, and was more than happy to take part, as it has provided me, with the ideal opportunity to use a few of my favourite 'found' treasures........
The substrate for my treasure assemblage, is a Tim Holtz Vignette box. I chose the largest box in the set and applied a coat of Deco Art Crackle paste, to the outside, followed by of Cobalt Turquoise and Prussian Blue Media Fluid Acrylic paint to highlight the gorgeous crackles. To add further interest and frame the contents of the box, I painted the edges with black and white stripes.

The 'treasures' assembled here, are the bottom of a rusty tin can, a piece of sea glass, a spiral car spring, and a lovely flying goose brooch I found in a charity shop. I love collecting interesting bits and bobs, so it was a real pleasure to be able to use some of them.
I used a 'double' embossing technique to decorate the background panel. This gave me an opportunity to use another little treasure, in the shape of one of the new Emerald Creek & Seth Apter's Baked Texture, embossing powders. The Chunky Rust was perfect for creating the 'brick wall'. The half cog added to the top of the Vignette box was also given the Chunky Rust treatment. If you'd like to know more about any of the processes I've used, there are further details over on my Artistic Craft Dabbler blog. I hope you'll have chance to hop by. Finally, I'd just like to say a big thank you to the AVJ team for inviting me today. It's been great fun putting this project for such a fabulous challenge! xx

Amazing projects as always from our Pinworthy Guest Creative Guides, thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us all!
We invite everyone to join us for the March -  4th AVJ Birthday - Treasure Challenge!

Julia and the Creative Guides


  1. Congratulations Jess on being our random winner- happy shopping!
    Congratulations to Mona, Jackie and Ann on being our 3 Pinworthy Winners.
    Fabulous projects ladies. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us .

    Christine, Nicola and Toni - WOW! What amazing 'Treasure' projects you have created for our Birthday Celebrations. LOVE them all . Thank you so much for spoiling us with your creative talent .

    Have a lovely weekend everyone x

  2. It's lovely to hop by and see the fabulous array of work from the winner and Pinworthies from last month's challenge, as well as the Pinworthy Creative Guides I am honoured to be amongst today. Happy birthday AVJ ! Keep on keeping on ! X

  3. Congrats to Jess, Mona Jackie and Ann for your wins in the Melt It Challenge - and thank you Christine, Nicola and Toni for sharing your inspirational projects using a 'treasure' from your craft room. So much thought and creativity has gone into each one! Julia xx

  4. Congratulations to our lucky winner Jess and to our three Pinworthies Mona, Jackie and Ann, wonderful Melt It creations! A huge thank you also to our Pinworthy guests Christine, Nicola and Toni for sharing their amazing 'Treasure' challenge projects, what wonderful inspirational pieces you have created with your own treasures, they are all fabulous! Deb xo

  5. Congratulations to February's Pinworthies and winner, gorgeous projects from them and from my fellow December Pinworthies! Delighted to be sharing this page with them today!

  6. Congrats to all of our winners, amazing work ladies!!! And fantastic projects from our guests too, thank you all so much for sharing your talents with us!!

  7. Congratulations to Jess and to Mona, Jackie and Ann for being our Pinworthy choices, all of the creations were gorgeous.

    Chris, Nicola and Toni, your creations are stunning and full of inspiration, each one is a treasure in itself. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us here! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. WOW!! What a fabulous post xx Huge congratulations to our winner Jess and to our Pinworthies, Mona, Jackie and Ann x Amazing projects full of inspiration x Huge thanks to our amazing Guest Creative Guides too x I am blown away by these fantastic Treasured makes full of such amazing details

    Huge hugs to all
    Annie x

  9. I am so happy to hear of my "pinworthy" project! It is definitely an honor. Congratulations to Jess, Jackie and Mona as well! These Guest Creatives projects are so wonderful! I love all the details and especially the treasures that make each one extra special.

  10. Huge congratulations to our lucky winner, Jess, and our fabulous Pinworthies, Mona, Jackie and Ann! You've all created fabulous works of art with a melted element! What a pleasure it was to visit your blogs! And it is truly a joy to learn more about Christine, Nicola and Toni! Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork with us as our Pinworthy Guests! Hugs!

  11. Love all these "treasured" works of art. They are all truly magnificent.

  12. Congrats to all! So many fabulous projects! Thanks so much for featuring my project! I'm so honored and thrilled!

  13. I am thrilled to be considered as a "pinworthy"! thank you so much and huge congratulations to Ann B,Mona and Jess!! yay everyone!
    Great makes from the Pinworthy guests today-each so different ans so full of beauty and interest!
    What a great way to start a week!
    hugs,Jackie ")

  14. Congrats to all the fantastic winners. Delighted to feature as a pinworthy, alongside such other wonderful creations. Nicola x

  15. My, what a wealth of inspiration and talent on this post, thanks to all of you for your continuing support and contributions. xxx