Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Stampin Up Shabby Rose Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing a new flower tutorial for another style of Shabby Rose, this time made with Stampin Up punches.

I am a great fan of Stampin Up punches and use them extensively in my workshops, they are extremely good quality and very easy to use. I particularly love the flower punches and today I am using these three:

Pansy, Fun Flower and Petite Petals

This is a photo heavy blog post so brace yourselves!

As always I have used Stampin Up Very Vanilla card stock to punch four of the Fun Flower, four of the Pansy and two of the Petite Petals.

Punch a hole in the middle of each flower and gather them together with a brad, but stagger the petals.

Fill your Stampin Up spritzer with water and give the petals a good spray.

Then start to fold up the petals around the brad. The two smaller ones are the hardest, it gets easier !!

Keep on scrunching up each layer giving a spritz of water in between each so that all the petals are quite sodden with water.

I always use Stampin Up card stock for my flowers as it is the only card stock I know that will take this amount of water.

When you get to the final four layers give the petals a bit of a squeeze at the tips before scrunching them.

And this is what you end up with.

Then while it is still very wet start to curl the petals around a thin knitting needle. You need to be gentle as it is very easy to break off a petal. 

Keep moving around the layers pulling out all the Fun Flower petals.

When you get to the Pansy petals just poke them out with the needle to fill out the space.

Leave the two tiny Petite Petals covering the brad.

Then leave it to dry. 

The flowers are best left to dry overnight but you can give them a blitz with a heat gun. You will notice how the paper pulps up as it dries and this is more noticeable when left to dry naturally.

And here are some I have made with other Stampin Up papers:

This flower has been made with petals cut from the Naturals White A4 cardstock.  It dries like a porcelain and is very beautiful.

The fabulous Stampin Up Blackberry Bliss Cardstock - this colour is just gorgeous! The cardstock is harder to work with and watch the stain from the darker colours when you spritz with water (I had lovely pink fingers after making this one!).

 Stampin Up paper can also be used but don't use as much water. I sprayed this with a little Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz while it was drying. Choosing a pattern with a white or lighter underside makes a nice contrast.

For this flower I used Whisper White Cardstock but instead of using water I mixed some So Saffron Re-inker with the water in my spritzer. This gives a lovely delicate colouring. It also got a bit of Vanilla Shimmer Smooch whilst drying. 

I hope this tutorial has given you a few ideas of how you can make these flowers - I can't wait to try some Christmas papers with the Shimmer Smooch!

And don't limit yourself to punches, the Stampin Up Florals Frame Die, Flower Fair Die and Bigz Flower Frenzy Die would all make gorgeous flowers.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Stampin Up supplies used:

Fun Flower Punch
Pansy Punch
Petite Petals Punch
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Whispher White Cardstock
Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
Naturals White A4 Cardstock
Designer Series Paper
Stampin Spritzer
So Saffron Re-inker
Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

Friday, 12 September 2014

Wonderful Gifts from Two Special People

After a lovely family weekend in Aviemore I travelled on Monday to Irvine to spend time with Rita (RMG Creations) and Annie (Curious and Crafty Treasures). Annie and I are on the Design Team of A Vintage Journey and Rita is her Mum and this was the first time we had all met.  

And what a wonderful time we had! So much laughter, lots of ideas and techniques shared, Rita's to die for Carrot Cake and Annie's lovely cooking too. It was also amazing to find we had so many other things in common, not just crafting.

I want to share here with you the wonderful gifts they had made for me. This wonderful faux metal wall hanging from Rita is just stunning:

The metal embossed background is just amazing!

And that wonderful quote …

There are so many fabulous details and such a wonderful mixture of colours.

And it came in a beautiful handmade box too.

Thank you Rita x

And this is the beautiful hanging Annie made for me:

It is such a wonderful mix of textile and paper.

And gorgeous colouring of that wonderful stamp!

I also came home with loads of other goodies from both of them (they are so generous!) including these fabulous napkins from Annie.

Watch out for these in an upcoming project!

Thank you Annie x

So now I am home with a headful of ideas of things to try out, products to buy (!) and blogs to visit. Someone stop the clock please!!

Thank you to both of you for such a lovely time and I hope it won't be too long before I get to see you again.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Seaside Scraps

Good morning everyone! Today I am sharing a technique over at Country View Crafts Projects which is great for using up lots of bits and pieces which you might have lying around. Hop on over if you want to see more!

Jennie x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Creative Bloggers' Hop

You have probably all noticed that there is a new "hop" flying around the blogging world called The Creative Bloggers' Hop. The purpose is to meet other creative souls, learn something about their inspiration, motivation and the techniques they use in their creativity.

My lovely Canadian friend Linda Pekrul of Blue Sky Scrapping, nominated me and my blog this week and I am very pleased to be part of this huge international event (and it doesn't involve a bucket of cold water!).

I have got to know Linda through being part of Swirlydoos, both on the Forum and through the Swirly challenges. Her work is always so bright and colourful and encompasses everything from cards, scrapbook layouts and 3D projects - a very talented and creative person. Linda is also a fabulous challenge host keeping us on time and well entertained in the process!

So now I have been nominated I need to answer four questions about myself and then nominate three other bloggers to carry on the hop.

So to the questions:

What Am I Working On

Well I can't really say at the moment as they are Design Team pieces for A Vintage Journey and Country View Crafts and I hate to give the game away ! but I can show you this small picture which I had a lot of fun making last weekend using some lovely papers from the Graphic45 By the Sea papers and some shells I picked up whilst on holiday.

It is also time for me to start preparing my weekend workshops here in Shetland, the first of which is in October when we will be making a Vintage Box and Book. But I also have to prepare for other workshops in 12 x 12 Scrapbooking, Making a Holiday Journal and an Introduction to Mixed Media Work - so it is all go!!

How Does My Work Differ from Others of its Genre

Quite honestly I don't know whether it does. Living on a small Scottish Island nearer to Norway than the UK means that I don't have access to workshops or shops or to be able to craft with other like minded people. I do take a lot of inspiration from other craft workers through blogging and particularly Pinterest.

My style is very vintage and shabby and I suppose the one thing that does make my work unique is that I love to make my own flowers.  This was borne out of frustration of buying them on the internet and being so disappointed when they arrived, and now I wouldn't dream of not using one of my own on any project.

Why do I create what I do

I can't remember a time when I haven't created something. Even in my very young days I loved being able to make something from a cereal box and I have done needlework, cross stitch, knitting and spinning over the years too. 

However, discovering Scrapbooking ten years ago (in particular mini books) and then Distress Inks, Gesso and Paints really opened the door for me. I could spend all day and every day creating with inks, paints, gesso and old photographs. It is like a drug or a tonic - it gives me such a huge high to be able to be creative. I had always envied those who could create art and now I feel I do as well and it makes me very happy. 

I also love to give my family and friends handmade cards and gifts and also to share my love with others at workshops and classes here in Shetland.

How does my creative process work

Hmmm….. I would like to say that it follows a particular route and that I know from the outset what I am going to make. In reality it is very haphazard, ideas come half way through a project, bits get pulled off and others get put on. Drawers and cupboards are flung open to get at things I know are there somewhere!

But that is what I find so exciting about the whole process - it is so organic and I love that I can change things mid project and not get hung up about it - just going with the creative flow! (that sounds rather poetic!).

So now you know all about me and my haphazard ways it is time to nominate someone who is very special to me. 

I have been inspired by many, but there is one person who, over the last few years, through online workshops and friendship has really opened up the creative journey for me.  Catherine Scanlon of Catherine Scanlon Designs has been running online workshops through My Creative Classroom for some time but now her dream is coming true of her own teaching Art Studio (Merry Meeting Art Studio) in her home town but also her own online courses as well, which I can thoroughly recommend. Catherine is a fabulous teacher putting an amazing amount of time into her classes and workshops and supporting the students as they progress through the pieces. 

Catherine's daily drawing practice is awesome! and she has a wonderful range of stamps which in the UK are available at the Artistic Stamper.

I hope you will visit Catherine's blog and see her wonderful work and perhaps consider taking one of her online workshops - you will love it!

A somewhat different post, but I hope you have found it interesting!

Have a great day!

Jennie x

PS I was supposed to nominate three other bloggers, but time has run out for me I am afraid as I catch the ferry very shortly for a family weekend in Aviemore.  However, I hope I have made up for it by nominating Catherine and telling you all about her!

Friday, 5 September 2014

With a Flourish for A Vintage Journey

I am thrilled to be hosting the next challenge at A Vintage Journey which starts TODAY! The theme for this challenge is

With A Flourish

Have you ever noticed that much of Tim's packaging includes that fabulous flourish? It has always been one of my favourite 
Tim images, so for this challenge we would love to 
see what you can do with your flourishes!

You might not have any actual "Tim" flourishes, but I 
am sure we all have a flourish die or stamp in our 
stash which can the Tim Holtz 
shabby/vintage treatment.

And this is what I have done with mine.

I have managed to incorporate three of my favourite flourish elements: 

:the (fabulous!) Fabulous Flourishes stamp which was one of my first purchases;

:the Elegant Flourishes Bigz die, 
again one of the first I bought; and 

:the flourish embossing strip which came with the Springtime Texture Fade Set

(so you get the feeling I like my flourishes!)

I stamped the large flourish stamp on white card using Versamark and white embossing powder.  I then applied Faded Jeans Distress Ink around the edges as this was the best match for the papers I used from the French Industrial Paper Stack.

The die cut flourish got a coating of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint directly onto the Grungepaper.

The flowers were made using white Stampin Up cardstock and the Tattered Florals Die (there is a tutorial here on my blog for these curled roses).

I layered all my paper pieces onto a 6" x 6" card and felt the papers benefited from some machine stitching before layering my finished embellishments with some lace and scrim.  

I do hope you will join us in our challenge which will run until Thursday 18 September 2014.  

Don't forget that there is a fabulous Country View Crafts Voucher for one lucky winner and the chance to join the Design Team in an upcoming challenge.  Just remember to read the "Travelling Instructions" and tell us in your blog post what Tim products and/or techniques you are using.

I hope you all flourish with this challenge! (sorry …………)

Jennie x

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Call of the Tide

Well …. two nautical projects in two days!  This is my second DT piece this month for Country View Challenges where our theme is … yes … Nautical!  This is quite a symbolic piece for me as there are a number of things within this canvas which become second nature when at sea.

I took an old canvas used for a project a few years ago.  I stripped it of embellishments and was left with this rather messy, but textured area.

The canvas got a good coat of gesso and I added the builders netting and scrim while the gesso was still wet. Once dry I used the Harlequin Mask with some Grunge Paste. The whole lot got a coating of Paper Artsy Fresco Paint in Snowflake and then I carefully sponged over some Mocha Mousse Fresco Paint to try and create a more aged look. This colour pallet was not what I initially intended - I had thought to go for the yellows and blues which make up Admiralty charts but it looked pretty awful!

I then added some tissue tape here and there and another layer of diamonds using Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste to lighten it up a bit, extending some of the paste around the edges of the canvas and stamping fairly randomly.  

Then it was down to embellishing with various items which have a meaning for us when at sea.  

Clocks: everything we do is governed by the time - calculating tides, weather forecasts, navigation, etc and we have two clocks on board - one GMT and one BST. 

We could go nowhere without the compass and charts and of course everything has to be noted down in the log book.

Everything on the chart is measured (in nautical miles of course) and we certainly have plenty of ropes on board!

I spent some time trying different text for the sentiment and ended up opting for these rather brash Thickers, but everything else was getting rather lost on the canvas.

I certainly had fun making the canvas and am pleased that I recycled an old one. I love the muted colours which developed whilst making the piece and whilst it might not make it's way on board Mrs Muir (it does get a bit damp at times!) it is a reminder of wonderful times spent on board.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope this hasn't made anyone seasick!

Jennie x