Thursday, 9 February 2017

Gibson Glamour

I am excited to be sharing my first ever art doll over at Calico Craft Parts today!

Do hop on over if you would like to see her in all her glory!

Hope to see you there.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Shabby Wishes

I am sharing a Valentine's card of a more unusual hue today over at Country View Projects.  

Do join me if you would like to see  more.

Jennie x

Friday, 3 February 2017

Be thankful for what you have ...

Hello and welcome to something a little different today! 

An altered wood block!

We have a brand new challenge at A Vintage Journey. I am the host for the challenge this month and I have chosen


We often use words for card making, scrapbooking, journaling, layering backgrounds, stamping, collage, in mixed media work, on our tags .... in fact words are often an integral part of our design processes for many of our projects. This month show us words that are important or special to you and how you incorporate them into your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk art.

When I was a child I had these words printed on a small card which sat by my bed. I think it was a present from one of my Nana's. The words have always remained with me and when I saw the stamp a number of years ago I just had to buy it.  The little card is sadly long gone.

When I searched for the origins of the words it now seems that Oprah Winfrey has coined this as one of her "phrases" but to me it has always been an old saying, almost a prayer.

And this is what I started with! My husband is a woodturner and has a bin beside the wood burner in his workshop full of odds and ends. So I saw this rather tatty piece and decided to give it a make over.  (He has said since that if he had known what I was going to make with it he would have cut me something nicer!)

I painted the wood block with Raw Sienna DecoArt Acrylic (two coats) and then applied DecoArt Crackle Paint.

When it was fully dry (I left it overnight to do it's magic) I started layering these lovely shabby roses from a napkin. I used a tiny paintbrush and some water to paint around the edges so that I could tear them easily and used Multi Medium to adhere them.

It was quite easy to layer the different flowers on top of each other and mould them around the wood block.

I stamped my words on Tissue-Tex paper and again used Multi Medium to adhere it.  Finally I blended a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and gave the whole block a coat of Multi Medium to "fix" it!

I played around with different embellishments but in the end everything was just too much and so I decided to keep them minimal.

I painted the metal with PaperArtsy Snowflake Fresco Finish paint to create the shabby chic look.

I really love the way the tissue just blends into the crackle and who would think that it started off as a piece of wood destined for the wood burner!

I do hope you will join us in our challenge this month and hop on over to the challenge post HERE to see some amazing projects from my very talented fellow Creative Guides - you can't fail to be inspired!

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

Jennie x

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Echoes in my heart

Another month in this already fast flowing year! 
January is already an echo in my heart ....

We have a brand new challenge starting over at Country View Challenges and Sue has presented us with a Time Challenge - create a piece of art or a project in just 30 minutes!

Sadly this will be my last creative project for Country View Challenges as I have decided that the time is right to move on. I have been a member of the team for nearly four years (I joined when CVC was just three months old) and I have enjoyed every minute working alongside some amazingly creative people. But I feel I need space and time to stretch myself and experiment with all the wonderful new products that call to me, along with a desire to extend my flower making.  So I will still be around!

I really love making ATCs and regularly swap them with a small but lovely group of crafters. I love them because they really make you think about your techniques and design given the minimal space available, but it is a lovely opportunity to try out new ideas.

As this one was up against the clock I decided to do some tearing! First some old French book paper with a little stamping with some of my favourite stamps and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

More tearing - this time tissue tape and more stamping, this time with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

I then had time to cut out this whimsical vintage girl, along with a butterfly.  The stamp was in my stash box .....

.... along with some printed sentiments and of course the all important pearly button!

So there's my 30 minutes of crafting! 

There is no excuse for not joining us in our challenge this month! Just find an enjoyable 30 minutes and create a piece of art or a small project and share it with us. 

For some great inspiration do hop on over to the challenge post to see what my fellow Design Team members have created and of course you will find all the details of the challenge.

I will be back later in the month with a round up of some of my favourite pieces from my time at Country View Challenges.

Have a great week!

Jennie x

Thursday, 26 January 2017

There is nothing like a dream .....

Hello and welcome to this sneak peek of my latest project over at Calico Craft Parts.

If you would like to see how this hanging was made then do hop on over. 

Look forward to seeing you there!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Found Object

Hello and welcome! 

I am sharing a vintage panel over at PaperArtsy tonight for the current Pink and Orange Challenge. Do please hop on over by clicking the link HERE to see how this panel came together particularly as I am working very much outside my comfort zone!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Jennie x

Monday, 23 January 2017

Sweet Memories of Paris

I am teasing you with a sneak peek of my project today over at A Vintage Journey where I am using this month's Destinations Inspirations travel bag contents.

Do please join me if you would like to see more!

Jennie x

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Timeless ....

A warm welcome to everyone, especially if you have hopped on over from Country View Challenges.

Today I am sharing the second of my projects this month for our Anything Goes challenge. You can find all the details of the challenge HERE but do spend a while browsing all the wonderful projects my fellow teamies have posted during the month.

 A while ago I bought some gorgeous lace ribbon which was wound on this wooden flat spool. It seemed too good to go in the bin so I decided to alter it.

 The wood was quite rough so I painted it first with Gesso and then DecoArt Titan Buff Acrylic. Once this had dried I applied DecoArt Weathered Wood. 

 Titanium White Acrylic was the last paint to go on and I love it when the crackles just appear as if by magic!

I used some paper clay embellishments for the base of my decoration - the frame, butterflies and buttons. They were altered too with a brush of gesso and some gold paint.

There is also a little bit of metal tucked in under the flowers, along with some muslin and string.

And finally a sentiment.

It is always a great feeling when you have altered something that might have been destined for the bin! I think this will make a lovely birthday gift instead of a card for someone special.

As always thank you for joining me today and I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 18 January 2017


Today I am sharing my second project of the month over at Country View Projects with a card made from altered pieces from my scraps box. If you want to find out more then hop on over by clicking the link  HERE!

Jennie x

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Three Sisters : Mary

Today I am sharing my first project of the year over at Calico Craft Parts so hop on over if you would like to see more.

Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Single Layers

Today I am sharing a single layer tag card over at Country View Projects. Do join me if you would like to see more!

Jennie x

Friday, 6 January 2017

Button Mania!

Hello and welcome to my post today where I am sharing a heap of buttons!

We have a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and the theme is 


Whether your circles are large or small, 2d or 3d, clock face embellishments, buttons, eyelets or created with paint pot lids, stamped, stencilled, doodled or finger painted, let's see what gets you going round in circles! 

I am a great lover of paper clay and I have rather a lot of moulds, many of which are buttons. So I thought it about time that I used a few in a project.

I started with a 3" x 4.5" piece of greyboard and stuck my buttons down randomly and then gave everything a coat of gesso.

I then sprayed everything very lightly with ColourArte Caribbean pigments and then once dry painted over ColourArte Autumn Leaf pigment. (These are my favourite pots at the moment, so apologies if you are getting a little fed up with them!!!!) I also flicked the Autumn Leaf here and there as well.

The gesso covered paper clay takes the pigment very well and I love the shabby look which has a little sheen to it as well.

I decided to add just a small cluster on top of the buttons so as not to lose the effect.  As I have used paper clay embellishments the whole piece is very light and could even be used on a card blank.

I hope this project might inspire you to get out your paper clay and moulds and give it a go. And of course I really do hope you manage to find time to join our challenge. 

Click the link HERE to see the fabulous inspirational projects from my fellow Creative Guides and of course to get all the details of the challenge. Just make sure that your project fits with our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journal, industrial or steampunk style.

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

Jennie x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Guest Designer for Frilly and Funkie

Hello Everyone and welcome!

I am absolutely thrilled to be Guest Designer over at Frilly and Funkie today after winning the What A Mesh Challenge back in November. 

I am sharing a project for the current challenge theme which is:
New Year's Inspiration!

At the start of each New Year so many of us make plans and set goals for the future. So for this challenge we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve in 2017.

My new year resolution for 2017 is to tidy up my craft room as I spend absolutely ages sometimes hunting for something which seems to have been put in such a safe place I cannot find it! As I am always making flowers I have them scattered all over the place without a home, so I decided to alter a box which can sit on the shelf in order that all my handmade blooms are to hand and in one place.

The box is a reasonable size (8.25" x 6.75" x 3.5") so I can store a large quantity of flowers, but the downside was it had quite a large area to cover, given that I was intending to cover both outside and inside. 

I had some lovely Maja Design papers from the Home for the Holidays set but as you will see I was struggling to piece things together by the time I got to finishing the box!

I painted the edges of the box with DecoArt acrylic paint in Raw Sienna. The plastic coating on the box didn't take the paint very well so I think it will rub off in time. But that will all add to the vintage shabby look.

I made sure I had all my papers cut for the outside of the box first starting with the top layer and then cutting the pieces for the sides. The little strips on the bottom of the papers are great for covering up the seams where I needed to piece papers together.

I layered some book paper under the top patterned paper to give it a more shabby vintage look, scrunching up the edges and inking them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I layered a lovely vintage photo onto cardstock and added my usual favourites around it! 

One of my handmade blooms (saved from the debris of my craft table!). These are my favourite flowers and generally made using the Tattered Floral die. There are lots of flower tutorials on my blog, either scroll down the sidebar or click the link Flower Tutorials under the header bar.

And then to the inside of the box! As you can see this was really a patchwork effect but I managed to get everything to fit eventually!

And here is the finished box - a little difficult to photograph given the weather conditions here in the north at the moment and it's size!  So far it hasn't moved off my craft desk (the clean side!) but it is great to throw in the flowers as soon as I find them. I am sure it will find a shelf to sit on eventually. 

What it has spurred me on to do is think about how I can make my craft room look pretty with more altered boxes like this - so watch this space, there may be more!

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you can find time to join in this wonderful challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.

Jennie x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow

Hello and welcome to a brand new year! 

And  what an exciting one I am sure it is going to be. 
I thought this quote was quite apt .....

and thought I would use it as part of my first project of the year and have it as my mantra for the year to come.

We have a brand new challenge for you over at Country View Challenges and you will be pleased to hear that it is 


And so for this first project I gathered some favourite bits and pieces and made this small art panel also using some of my favourite techniques.

Texture Paste in the Corners
Torn Text Paper
Gorgeous colours : ColourArte Caribbean Blue and Autumn Leaves

A bit of painting with the ColourArte Powders and gesso
Spritzing here and there

Painting the fabulous ColourArte colours on the flowers and ribbon 

All such fabulous fun!

I do hope you will join us for our challenge this month and just have fun just as I have done.  Click the link HERE for all the details and some fabulous pieces from the rest of the DT -  there are so many different styles to inspire you!

Thank you for joining me today and whatever you do have a great crafting year!

Jennie x

Saturday, 31 December 2016

December 2016 : Tim's Remix Tag

I thought I had completed my blogging for this year then suddenly realised I hadn't done my December tag ! In that I am rather close to the wire, I have postponed the hoovering this morning and I have been crafting ..... bliss !

As usual you can find all the details of Tim's tag HERE

As Christmas has now passed I decided to use the techniques to create an inspirational tag for 2017.

So it's time to


My base tag is hessian but I have used Ground Espresso Distress Spray Stain and the flourish layering stencil.

The metallic embossed shadow press technique is pretty amazing and I hope I will remember it for other projects! It has sat in the drawer for far too long!

My tiles were created using greyboard which I covered with text paper and then used rub ons to decorate along with some other embellishments.

So now I have finished it's back to the hoovering ............

With my very best wishes to you all for a wonderful 2017.

Jennie x