Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Mixology 101 : Andy Skinner

Having enjoyed my day with Michelle Webb I then spent Sunday in a workshop with Andy Skinner. I have wanted to try his rusting techniques for a long long time, so I was very excited - and of course I was not disappointed!

We made front and back covers for a book, painting them first and then adding the crackle. Whilst that was drying we spent tie rusting all the individual cogs and wheels with paints, texture and crackle. 

Don't you just love that crackle!!!! I love there way you can also add a wash over the top too which meant everyone's books were a different colour.

Had to give you a  close up!

And a close up of some of the rusting.

Another wonderful day! Thank you Andy for such a wonderfully organised workshop. It really was fabulous experience.

So Deco Art products here we come - needless to say I came home with a few!

Jennie x

Mixology 101 : Michelle Webb

At long last I have been able to photograph and blog the wonderful pieces I made at the Mixology 101 Event in Coventry a couple of weeks ago. I had an amazing time, met some wonderful people and caught up with old friends too. Thank you everyone for making me so welcome and a huge round of applause for Di and Tony Oliver of Tando Creations for their organisation of the event. 

So … my first day was a workshop with Michelle Webb, someone I have long admired. We created this wonderfully colourful mixed media shadow box.

This was my first experience of working with Deco Art products and we used a lot! I love the Crackle Paint and the gorgeous bright colours of the Fluid Acrylics.

My beach huts looked pretty awful when I first started painting them (in fact I felt totally ashamed of them!). But by the time they had the stamping and paints added they appeared reasonably passable!

Here you can see the depth of the pieces we were working with.

This was so much fun and very different for me! Thank you so much Michelle x

Back again soon with day 2!

Jennie x

Thursday, 12 November 2015


Good morning everyone and welcome to my first post of the month over at Country View Crafts Projects Blog

Today I am sharing a small 4" x 4" Christmas card, so hop on over if you want to find out more.

Jennie x

Monday, 9 November 2015

Postcard from New York

Hello everyone! and time for my second project for this month's blue challenge at Country View Challenges. I just love this photograph taken during my trip to New York earlier this year and wanted a layout which didn't compete with it.

I actually created the layout while on our Shetland Scrapbookers weekend and only had limited supplies with me, which is sometimes a good thing! but had I been home I might have used some different (darker) blues.

I started with a mixed media background using white texture paste through a number of layering stencils and then added inks, stamping and layered papers. Basically what was in my bag, grabbed at the last minute before leaving the house.

I thought the lovely lady needed some flowers so made these using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

You have plenty of time to join us in our challenge and hop on over to the CVC blog for some fabulous inspiration so far this month and more to come over the next couple of weeks.

Have a great week!

Jennie x

Friday, 6 November 2015

Baby You're a Firework !!!

Fireworks are a big part of celebrations at this time of the year, so at A Vintage Journey we are celebrating the start of a new month and a new challenge with the theme

Baby You're a Firework!

 Be inspired by fireworks to create a Tim style project - think Distress Glitter, Bold Colours, Ink and Paint Splats and just ….. FUN !!!!

So go on, light up that night sky !

To be honest I am not a great lover of fireworks unless I am behind glass as a rocket landed in my hair many years ago as a child which was quite a frightening experience. But I do love watching all the wonderful colours lighting up the sky at this time of the year. So I decided to recreate the wonderful clusters of firework colours by using Tim's Rosette Die (when did you last get that one out!).

I used black gesso on some greyboard and also mixed black gesso into some texture paste to imitate a firework sparkly sky. Some splatters of white gesso and some star remnant rubs added to the night sky background.

 I painted strips of white cardstock with Rusty Hinge and Barn Door Distress Paints before making the rosettes. I pulled the paint in one direction along the paper and the rosettes do look as though they are spinning (like Catherine Wheels), although this is quite hard to photograph!

I managed to cut off the tops of some glass pins for the centres of the rosettes - hard work but they do add a little bit of sparkle!

I do hope you have some fun creating some wonderful fireworks for our challenge. Do hop on over to A Vintage Journey for details of the challenge and to see how the rest of the Creative Guides have interpreted this challenge. I promise you there is an amazing array of different projects.

Thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Topsy Turvey

Welcome everyone to my second post of today - it being the first of the month! This time it is to share the new challenge at Our Creative Corner which is 

We often try to do the things the right way, use the suitable thing, organise our creations following definite lines or intentions …. sometimes it doesn't go the way we wanted it to and sometimes it goes in the bin, but sometimes we discover something new …. and we love it! 

So at OCC we want you to play, whether it is upside down, inverted, reversed or escaping from the right order, whatever you decide, let us see your topsy turvey creation and how it came to life in your hands.

For my topsy turvey challenge I decided to change the order of the way I create my backgrounds. I normally create them in the order of: Gesso, Texture Paste, Inks/Sprays and then stamp text. So for this tag I did the reverse: stamped the text, added Distress Inks using the wrinkle free distress technique, added texture paste and then covered it all with gesso. And I LOVE the result which is quite different.

And I didn't exactly use subtle colours!

I didn't want to lose too much of the background so I decorated it lightly with another tag created in the same way and some white and cream embellishments.

Thank you Lys for a GREAT challenge making us think outside the box and play!

I hope my tag and the rest of my DT teamies projects will inspire you to have a go at this great challenge. Click HERE to hop on over to OCC to see all the team's amazing projects and details of the challenge.

Deco Art are our sponsors for this month and a fabulous prize on offer: A Decoart Media Sampler Kit and Andy is including a few of his stencils too. 

Wow! what a great prize! 

Thank you for joining me again today and I hope you have a great weekend.

Jennie x

I've got the blues ……...

 Well not just me … the whole DT at Country View Challenges in fact as the colour blue is our new challenge theme for the month of November.

I started with an array of Distress Inks in blue hues - Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire - and some old favourite stamps not used in a while. I stamped randomly over the background of the tag and really thought it was awful. So rather than throw it in the bin I covered the whole lot with a thin coating of gesso and ……… loved it! As I've used Distress Ink it has smudged a bit but I quite like the effect.

I recently decided to bin a few of my very early tags and managed to salvage some bits and pieces, so the buttons, tape, film strip and pin are all recycled which actually makes me feel really good! so not blue at all !

A simple little tag for our challenge theme but it will probably get turned into a birthday card at some point.

Do hop on over to Country View Challenges for some amazing projects from the rest of the team and I do hope you will find time to join us. Watch out for more projects through the month from all of us too - just in case you need a little inspiration.

Have a great day and thank you for joining me this morning. I'll be back soon …………….

Jennie x

Friday, 30 October 2015

Its a Tag Friday !

I always love it when we get an extra Friday in the month as at A Vintage Journey we get the chance to play and make a tag! 

I had an idea in my head of black and vintage brown with a single colour and this is how it came out. I am not so sure it was what I intended but I enjoyed the journey!

I cut two tags using the Wallflower Paper Stack and added texture paste and gesso before adding Rusty Hinge Distress Spray Stains along with a little Black Soot and Vintage Photo. I love the way the paint dries in the gaps between the texture paste.

I am loving the new Tattered Florals Punch. I was a little disappointed in the size when I first got it as it is smaller than the die cut … BUT … it is just a perfect size for tags and smaller items.

For this tag I sprayed three punched florals with Rusty Hinge Distress Spray Stain and made my rose. I then added some darker Rusty Hinge with a paint brush to highlight the edges and some of the creases. 

Thank you for joining me today and I do hope you will hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see some stunning tags from the other Creative Guides. 

Jennie x

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

12 Tags of 2015

Well I am not sure that this really qualifies for this month's tag as I really have "bent" the inspiration given I don't have (or even like!) the 3D Zombie die cuts or have the Halloween paper for the background. But Tim's technique for this month was based around paper piecing,  inking the individual colours using the wrinkle free distress technique. 

So my Halloween Time Traveller got a suit and top hat individually inked and stuck on in layers - and I think he looks rather suave!

Even his coat lapels got a silver touch!

If you want to see Tim's tag and the techniques he has used then click the link HERE. As you can see my tag bears absolutely no resemblance!

Thank you for joining me again today. There was just time to grab some computer time before holding workshops today and tomorrow making poinsettias! However did I find time to go to work!

Have a great day!

Jennie x 

From Me to You

Today I am sharing my second project of the month over at Country View Projects. Hop on over if you want to see more.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Ocean Adventure

Today I am sharing my first project of the month over at Country View Crafts Project Blog

 Please hop on over if you want to see more.

Jennie x

Monday, 5 October 2015

At Terminal 1 for A Vintage Journey

It is down to me to start a new journey in our Destination Inspriation series over at A Vintage Journey. Do hop on over if you want to see what is in our travel bag this month!

Jennie x

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Our Beautiful Treasure

Well I am back pretty promptly for Country View Challenges this month with my second make where our theme is "add some texture". Our gorgeous granddaughter had her second birthday a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to create a layout to replace the one which sits in our sitting room following her first birthday. 

I wanted to create a background and embellishments which would not take anything away from the gorgeous photograph. I started with a piece of Maja Design paper which was quite "pink" and gave it a good layer of gesso and added some texture paste and tissue tape.

The ornate die cut was covered in Rock Candy Distress Glitter which gives a wonderful textured feel. I also decided to use some bought flowers which were gorgeously textured and kept the wires and added some pearl buttons (which I have gessoed) which are tiny gestures but all of which add more textures and interest.

The layout is machine stitched onto some matching cardstock and all the edges distressed. 

We don't get to see our grandchildren very often as they live on the Scottish Mainland, but having this layout on permanent display will certainly bring back lots of lovely memories.

Thank you for joining me and I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Jennie x

Friday, 2 October 2015

Art Journalling for A Vintage Journey

A huge welcome to everyone - new followers as well as old friends - on this the first Friday of the month and a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey.  This month our wonderfully talented Alison (aka Butterfly) has challenged us to 

Art Journalling - Tim Style

Your journal pages can be any size, format or type, but we want to see some Tim techniques, grunge or vintage style and of course any Tim products.

I am still quite new to art journalling but my style seems to be developing into a more mixed media scrapbook style and of course Tim products, dies and stamps are just perfect for this. I love making little collages of tickets, letters and tags and of course so many of the stamps from the Shabby  Chic and Correspondence stamp sets are just perfect.

I created a background using texture paste and as my Wilted Violet Distress Spray Stain and Distress Ink Pad had literally just been delivered by the postman I decided to just dive in with them pairing the Wilted Violet with Ground Espresso for a vintage shabby look. I used tissue tape and the Harlequinn and Splatters layering stencils to create the texture and old shabby look. 

And "dare to dream" ……….. I am so glad I did as I have now been to all three destinations Pairs, New York and London and had the most amazing holidays. So where next ????

Thank you for joining me today and do hop on over to A Vintage Journey for some amazingly inspired art journal pages from my fellow Creative Guides.

And would YOU like to be considered as a Creative Guide ?? If so check out the link HERE as Brenda has put out a DT call for two new Creative Guides but you will have to be quick as the DT call closes on 5 October.

Happy Crafting!

Jennie x