Saturday, 24 September 2016


Today over at Country View Crafts Projects I am sharing a small card using some of my favourite Tim Holtz Sissix Dies. 

Do join me if you want to see more!

Jennie x

Guest Designer at Calico Craft Parts

Hello Everyone! 

Here is a sneak peek of my second project for Calico Craft Parts. If you would like to see more then please do hop on over by clicking the link here.

Jennie x

Thursday, 22 September 2016

September 2016 : Tim's Remix Tag

I grabbed the chance of a little crafting time this afternoon whilst sitting in waiting for a phone call to make the September Remix tag as I was so desperate to try the negative technique!

The light is failing so the photographs are not great, but wow that technique is amazing! As usual if you want all the details they are HERE on Tim's blog.

As usual my tag is a little different!

I decided to go down the sepia route and used Butterscotch and Ginger Alcohol Inks which mixed quite well on the Yupo card.

 Both resist techniques are amazingly effective!

Thanks Tim for yet another month of amazing creativity!
I shall certainly be doing this one again!

And thank you too for joining me and I hope you have managed to find some crafting time too!

Jennie x

Monday, 12 September 2016

Destination Inspiration for A Vintage Journey

It is my turn today to share a project over at A Vintage Journey using this month's travel bag products. 

Here is a sneak peek but if you want to see more then please do join me over at A Vintage Journey.

Jennie x

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Calico Craft Parts Sneak Peek!

Hello Everyone and welcome to this sneak peak of my first project as Guest Designer this month over at Calico Craft Parts. I do hope you will join me over there to see more!

Jennie x

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Film Strip Fun

I have been having some fun with Andy Skinner's Film Strip Stencil. 

If you would like to see more then please join me over at Country View Crafts for a step by step.

Jennie x

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Travel the World

Thank you for joining me today so close on the heels of my last "Travel" post. As I am  hosting the challenge at Country View Crafts then I have the "follow on" spot!

It was only whilst I was putting this tag together that I realised that our eldest son left home this month, 19 years ago, to join the Merchant Navy. As a young Cadet he travelled all over the world to join his ships and of course there was no mobile phone, text or FaceTime then! We were never too sure where in the world he was!

My tag started with some crackle paste through a stencil and then my favourite technique for getting ink on the tag - wrinkle free distress.

I have collaged, stamped and used rub ons to sum up what I imagine a life travelling the world must be like. Though as a Cadet I am sure Adrian would not agree with me that it was "good" all the time!

A close up so you can see that I have used quite a lot of stamps on the background which don't really show up well at a distance.

This was a piece which evolved quite quickly as I hunted through my stash looking for nautical and travel stamps and elements and consequently I got quite carried away and finished it before taking any photographs!

As ever thank you for joining me today and I hope you find time during the month to join in my challenge at Country View Crafts.

Jennie x

Friday, 2 September 2016

Create Inside a Frame for A Vintage Journey

Hello! and yes today I am "creating inside a frame" for  A Vintage Journey

Julia is our host and whatever you use for your challenge project this month just show us how you have incorporated a frame on your project be it vintage, shabby, mixed-media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk. 

I took an old wooden photograph frame for the start of my project and after several coats of gesso I applied some Crackle Texture Paste. Once the crackle appeared and was dry I dry brushed DecoArt Cobalt Turquoise Hue here and there and before sealing it all with some multi-medium rubbed back to the wooden frame here and there.

And then I just decorated the inside of the frame with some of my favourite pieces!

More crackle paste was used on the inset of the frame and I added a little watered down Turquoise Cobalt Hue to take the starkness away.

I used the same colour on this little greyboard heart, stamping it with an Andy Skinner background stamp and adding a little rusting around the edges with Quinacridone Gold. Only a small element but I wanted something quite colourful peeping out from the flowers.

I was very pleased with the way this project turned out especially as the spare bedroom is now taking on a bit of a turquoise hue!

And definitely excited at the make-over for the frame. It is always lovely to take something that might have been thrown out and give it a whole new lease of life.

So .... get out your frames, whether they be wooden, die cuts or stencils and show us what you can do! There is a great prize this month from DecoArt, so don't delay, hop on over to the challenge blog post HERE for more details and some amazing projects from my (extremely talented) sister Creative Guides. 

As always thank you for joining me and do have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Travel with Me!

Good morning everyone and welcome to the first of the month! and that means a brand new challenge at Country View Crafts. I am your host this month and I have chosen the theme


Most of you will have travelled at some point in the last few months, so I hope you will enjoy this theme.

Whenever we come home from Europe we always seem to have spare Euros and they get kept for the next holiday .... but we can never find them as they are in various handbags, wallets and purses around the house! So I decided to alter a small box so that (hopefully) it can be kept in one place and we will find it, and the money, when next we travel!

I covered my box with Tim Holtz printed tissue paper, just tearing up strips and adding them with multi-medium. I added a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink here and there before painting it with DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Cobalt Turquoise Hue (I just LoVE this colour!). It is a translucent paint and so the tissue paper patterns show through.

Once dry I then gave all the surfaces a coating of DecoArt Crackle Glaze. This takes a little while as you need to keep the surfaces flat and let them dry before moving on to the next side. Finally having left everything to dry thoroughly overnight I rubbed in DecoArt White Antiqueing Cream. Once dry you can then gently rub it off so that the cream remains in the crackles. I just LoVE this crackle too!

For details of all these DecoArt techniques hop on over to the DecoArt web page.

And then to decorate the lid - not too much as I didn't want to hide any of the lovely crackle!

You might remember these little tickets I created last year - they were lots of fun to make and are just the right size for a small project like this. Here is the link if you would like to see more.

I do hope you will get out those travel papers, stamps, ephemera and embellishments in your stash and join us this month for our challenge. Hop on over to the challenge post today to see the details and some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Team.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Jennie x

Monday, 29 August 2016

12 Tags of 2016 : August Remix

I have had a lovely afternoon catching up with my Tim tag for this month and needless to say I have gone a bit off-piste with the background! 

As usual if you want to see Tim's tag and this month's remix techniques then do click the link here

 I was a little limited by my (very limited!) palette of Distress Stains: I have used Dusty Concord and Victorian Velvet for the braying and for the Browns Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twigs. 

I thought the brayering looked like an old wooden fence, so I ended up scoring my tag and rubbing in some more Gathered Twigs to make it look like wood panels before splotching it all over with white Gesso. 

Otherwise it is pretty much the same as Tim's. My sewing machine is still rather hidden so I had to resort to some faux stitching.

Another great remix tag and as I am so late, only a couple of days to wait for the next one !!

As always thank you for joining me today and now that things are settling down a little with laying up the boat and preparing for the panto I hope to start visiting blogs which I have so missed.

Jennie x

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Summertime .... and the living is easy .....

Oh how I wish it was!

Hot Summer Days is our challenge this month over at Country View Challenges and for my second project I have again had fun in my art journal, trying to create the feel of a hot summer day.

I created a watery watercolour style background using Mermaid Lagoon, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.

Again I have created a number of layers using stamps and layering stencils.

I love the fact that creating an art journal page is so fluid, having no real initial plan, creating the background and then hunting out stamps which go with your thoughts. I love it and am getting quite hooked!

As ever, thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Stencil Fun!

I just love love love my stencils and have had great fun creating a few cards with them. 

Hop on over to Country View Crafts if you would like to see the details!

Jennie x

Friday, 19 August 2016


A sneak peak of my project over at PaperArtsy tonight where our theme is patterns. 

I do so hope you can join me.

It is lovely to be home again after my long (wet) cruise on the West Coast of Scotland and I can't wait to get back to inky/painty fingers again!

Jennie x


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

It is the Journey that Matters

I have been playing with my Lady Rose stamps to create this single layer stamped card. 

Do please join me over at Country View Crafts if you would like to see how it came together.

Jennie x

Monday, 1 August 2016

Hot Summer Days .........

It might not be what we are getting at the moment! but over at Country View Challenges we want to see your Hot Summer Days projects!

I thought this challenge theme would make for a great art journal page using these wonderful Artistic Outpost stamps.

I have no photographs of the process I am afraid as I got quite carried away inking and stamping! I have used Distress Spray Stains to create the wonderful colours in the background: Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey and Salty Ocean.

There are quite a few layers in there - crackle texture paste, layering stencils, stamped bottle tops again all using the same colours as the background.

I do hope you will join us for our fabulous challenge theme chosen this month by Jane and you could be in with the chance of being our random winner for a Voucher to be used in the Country View Crafts Shop or be one of our top three and get the chance to be a Guest Designer in a future month.

Hop on over to Country View Challenges to get all the details.

Thank you for joining me today for what is yet another scheduled post as I am hopefully still sailing the high seas! (or hopefully not too high ......)

Jennie x


Wednesday, 20 July 2016


Hello and as the title implies I am currently on my "voyage" around the West Coast of Scotland and this is a sneak peak of a card I am sharing over at Country View Crafts.  

Do join me if you would like to see more of the card I have made for the skipper!

Jennie x

Monday, 11 July 2016

Travelling with a Vintage Journey

I am at Terminal 2 with the Vintage Journey Travel Bag today! 

If you would like to see how I used this month's bag of products then hop on over!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 6 July 2016


Hi Everyone! 

Yes today I am splotching my Distress Stains on glossy card to create a messy background. 

If you want to see more then hop on over to Country View Crafts where I've a short step by step. Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Saturday, 25 June 2016

And yet more Crackle!

There's a lot of crackling going on this month and this little piece is no exception. I am sharing my second piece for Country View Challenges for our Crackle challenge with this small decorated board.

I recently bought a five frame picture frame and rather than putting photographs in the frames I decided to take out the glass and make five individual pieces using some of my favourite things. 

Now I will apologise in advance for the very different colours of the photographs. The "making" ones are taken in the craft room and the final pieces are taken in my photography box and there must have been a distinct difference in daylight between the two days!

I covered the board first with gesso and then added some crackle texture paste using my (very) favourite stencil. I then brayered DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Raw Sienna and Metallic Gold randomly over the board.

I felt it was a little dark for what I wanted so I then brayered DecoArt Titanium White over the top.

I gathered a few favourite elements and stuck them on to the board.

I gave all the embellishments a light coat of gesso to make them stronger and enable them to blend together before adding a little more Metallic Gold to the buttons and metal.

And here it is in its frame - one down four to go!

If you hopped over here from Country View Challenges to see more, thank  you for joining me here on my blog and thank you too to regular followers for always popping in. I really appreciate it.

Have a great day!

Jennie x