Friday, 4 September 2015

Home Sweet Home for A Vintage Journey

The first Friday of a new month and time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. I am hosting this challenge and the theme I have chosen is

Home Sweet Home

For most of us the summer holidays are over, schools are back and it is nice to be home and back in the usual routines. So for this challenge let's create a project which sums up "home" (either past or present) using Tim's fabulous array of products and techniques. Just make sure Tim's style is evident in what you make.

Whilst I loved my summer holidays as a child I couldn't wait to get home to make a box to keep all those wonderful treasures I had collected. I had boxes all over my bedroom full of the most amazing junk! So in memory of those cereal cardboard/wallpaper boxes made in the past I have used Eileen Hull's Cannister Die and many of Tim's products in my own mixed media vintage style.

What I would have given all those years ago for metal embellishments and flowers. I do seem to remember trying to stick things on the outside of the box but then we didn't have much in the way of good glue then, so I expect it all dropped off!

This Photo Booth picture is a rather startling likeness to me - my husband thought it actually was me! My hair was always in this "crimped" style (I had to sleep with my hair curled up in grips and it was always a mess in the morning) and I had a lot of sail collar clothes. 

I do hope you will join me and the rest of the team for this challenge. The challenge will last for the rest of the month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a £20 voucher from Country View Crafts. We also award Pinworthy Badges to the Top 3 entries chosen by the Creative Guides. 

If you are looking for inspiration then do hop on over (HERE) as the Creative Guides have created an amazing array of wonderful projects.

As always, thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Journal Journey

Time for another experimental play in my art journal today. 

Again I had no idea where it was going, I just started with some randomly chosen Distress Spray Stains (Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio and Wild Honey), then added the same colours through various stencils and finally added some stamping.

I did manage to include a little gold embossing which fits in perfectly with the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge which is A Touch of Gold. I just hope my journal pages qualify as Vintage!

A happy play day!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Autumn Colours and some Special News!

Welcome everyone to my second post of today and some very special news! I was absolutely thrilled when last month Laura invited me onto the Design Team at Our Creative Corner

Our Creative Corner has been a favourite challenge site of mine since I first started entering challenges a number of years ago and I have always been inspired by the Design Team's projects and particularly the Spotlight Posts. I am so very excited to be part of this fabulously talented DT and hope that you will follow me in this fabulous journey.

And so to the challenge for this month: 

The colours of Autumn! Beautiful and dramatic reds, golds, yellows, browns, greens and all shades in between. Your challenge this month is to take some inspiration from the colours in the image and make an autumnul inspired project.

So here is my piece inspired by those beautiful Autumn hues. Unfortunately when I made this I was still crafting on crutches and couldn't lay my hands on everything I really needed but these were the inks I used:

I started the plaque on a piece of grey board covered with gesso and used texture paste and die cuts which were lying within reach. The gesso really tones down these vibrant colours.

Once everything had been sprayed I played around with rub ons, chit chats, pearl buttons and some metal embellishments.

And finally the flowers and leaf - inked with the same colours.

I do hope that you are inspired to join us in our challenge at Our Creative Corner this month and hop on over to see the rest of the Design Team makes - such an amazing amount of talent using many different products and in many different styles. 

Creative Embellishments are the sponsors for this months challenge and they are offering a random prize winner a $25 voucher to spend in their store.

So have a hunt through your stash and play with all those wonderful autumn colours and share your project with us before the end of the month.

Thank you for joining me (again!) today.

Jennie x

Create 365

Hello Everyone and a huge welcome to new friends and followers. I really do appreciate your interest in my work and look forward to getting to know you.  

Well I hope this tag might resonate with you! I should warn you that all my current makes have been created on crutches! so without being able to get to every corner of the craft room I have had to make do with what I could reach from the craft table! Normal service is gradually being resumed!

My tag has been made for the new monthly challenge at Country View Challenges and this month we are looking at 


I am sure this will be a popular theme and perhaps the chance like me to use up some of those die cut numbers lurking in the drawer. 

My background tag: I used Blueprint and Twisted Citron Distress Inks (I am just loving this combination) and the Wrinkle Free Technique. I mopped up the inks with white seam binding.

I then overlaid some texture with the Cargo Letters Layering Stencil and added tissue tape, rub ons and some stamping.

The grey board numbers were covered in gesso and then inked with Blueprint and Twisted Citron Distress Ink. I found the colour a little overpowering so I then dabbed Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top and got some really nice colouring and texture.

I finished off with some chit chat stickers and one of those gorgeous little Tim Holtz vintage ceramic flowers (a New York purchase).

I hope you get the chance to create and join us in our challenge. As usual my Fellow DT teamies have created some amazing projects for this challenge so do hop on over (click HERE) and have a look. And look out too for more posts through the month from the DT.

Thank you for joining me and I will be back again today with another project and some exciting news!

Jennie x

Friday, 28 August 2015

Love Love Love Ground Espresso

Ground Espresso ………… gorgeous deep and soft brown hues!

Good morning everyone! Despite being in the middle of a huge craft room re-organisation (no idea why I chose now to do it!) I couldn't resist  getting stuck in with the new Ground Espresso Distress Ink.  

I just knew it would be great for my rolled roses, but I love the other different shades I got too. 

Sprayed onto the leaves which I then covered in Distress Crackle Paint
Sprayed over gesso and texture paste
Ribbon mopped up in the residue on my craft mat

Just all my usual suspects, but I just wanted to MAKE something with this wonderful new colour!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enjoy experimenting with this wonderful new colour. I honestly think Vintage Photo has been knocked off it's pedestal here!

Jennie x

Thursday, 27 August 2015

12 Tags of 2015 : August

Time for my Tim Tag for August which had to wait until I could stand unaided at the Big

As usual if you want all the details of Tim's tag this month click the link HERE.

I loved the gesso technique with the multi matt medium and was surprised how muted the colours became as I used Blueprint Sketch, Fossilised Amber, Peeled Paint and Gathered Twigs.

As usual a lot of fun and different techniques learnt.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Discovering ……… my Art Journal

Hi Everyone and welcome to a quick post sharing another (very quick) experimental art journal spread - I did say I was going to try and do one a week!

Again I had fun just grabbing a few inks (Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans, Evergreen Bough and Gathered Twigs), layering stencils and Stampers Anonymous Stamps. 

I had absolutely no idea where it was going, I just let it happen. However it is a little difficult controlling the Wrinkle Free Distress technique when handling a book! Room for improvement!

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Precious Memories

A huge welcome to everyone today and particularly new followers - great to have you along for this fabulous journey!

My mother is always in my thoughts and particularly this week as it was her anniversary - 18 years seems a long time ago and the last time I had a special hug.

This little photograph of me and my Mum is stuck in an old photograph album but with my new photographic skills (!) I managed to take a photograph of the photograph. It is a little grainy but still very special. 

I rather indulged myself with all my favourite colours and embellishments, but I think my Mum would have loved them all too.

If only we could turn back time ………

I would like to enter this layout in the latest Frilly and Funkie Challenge which is:

I always use the sewing machine to stitch my cardstock layers together - around the edges and in various places across the middle -  although it is difficult to see it in the photographs as I have used white thread on the white cardstock. 

And there is a little timepiece tucked into the photograph! 

Thank you for joining me today and enjoy the rest of this lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Friday, 21 August 2015

Journalling Journey

When my lovely friend Brenda of Bumblebees and Butterflies started her visual (art) journal journey earlier this year I had fully intended to keep up. I only managed two (!!) but I made a mid year resolution this week, to get started again. 

So here is a very quick page using layering stencils, inks, stamps and a die cut which were sitting on the desk. 

I took me all of 30 minutes and was wonderfully relaxing and great fun. 

Click the link here if you want to know more about Brenda's Visual Journey and how to join in.

Lovely to see you here today!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Stampers Anonymous Stamp Storage

If you would like to see how I made my latest stamp storage books for my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps then hop on over to Country View Crafts Projects for all the details! Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Monday, 17 August 2015

Let me introduce you to Rose ………

Hello Everyone! Today I am sharing my second project of the month for Country View Challenges. The theme of our challenge is "Summertime" and as roses are for me the epitome of summer I decided to create a Rose  canvas. The first time I saw this little girl in the Photobooth pack I just knew she was called Rose! and I have been waiting for the opportunity of using her in a project.

I am afraid there are no step by steps as for some reason I completely forgot to take any photographs! 

The canvas was prepped with gesso and I created texture using paste, layering stencils and some fussy cut flowers. 

Then a little overstamping and spritzing before layering a collage of papers from some old (and much loved) Graphic 45 paper packs.

The layering is quite deep and has been achieved by placing each separate layer on piece of heavy grey board rather than using foam pads. This gives everything a lot more stability.

Once everything was stuck down I used Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain to provide a shadow around the collage and dry brushed gesso here and there to give it a more shabby look.

As I find it very difficult to grow roses here in Shetland (other than the Rosa Rugosas), this is a little bit of rose Summer here in the house along with that gorgeous smile from Rose herself.

As usual thank you for joining me here today and I wish you all a crafty week ahead!

Jennie x

Friday, 7 August 2015

Things With Wings

Well it is the start of another challenge over at A Vintage Journey and the wonderfully creative Anne is our host this month and she has chosen what I am sure will be a very popular theme:


Tim has designed the most wonderful butterfly, dragonfly and bird stamps, dies and papers, so we would love to see your projects using one (or more if you wish) butterfly, dragonfly or bird. 

Just  make sure Tim's style is evident in what you make.

I decided to make a trio of ATCs using the wonderful butterfly stamp from the Papillon Stamp Set.

The backgrounds were first prepped with tissue tape and then Texture Paste added through the Harlquinn Layering Stencil before being covered with a layer of gesso.

When the gesso had dried I sprayed with Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stain and then added some splatters of both inks together with Vintage Photo. The little stamps from the Correspondence set are just the perfect size for ATCs.

Each butterfly was stamped with the same inks and then placed on top of a small collage.

Again the large Chit Chat stickers are just perfect for ATCs.

Finally I added a further accent with pearl buttons which I covered in gesso and a little Honey Amber Luminarte Silks.

My little Trio!

You have four weeks to join in our wonderful challenge and as usual there is a lucky dip winner and the chance to be a DT favourite and return as a Guest Designer. Do hop on over to the blog HERE as my fellow Creative Guides have put together an amazing array of Winged projects for your inspiration.

I would also like to enter my little trio into the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge which is also "Things With Wings". Again do hop on over to the blog as their are some wonderful inspirational pieces by the DT.

As usual thank you for joining me today and have a lovely weekend!

Jennie x