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

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Halloween Horror

Well I don't know about "horror" but this is about as spooky as I like to do given I live in old Scottish Manse!

But Halloween Horror is our new challenge at Our Creative Corner. So forget cute cats and smiling pumpkins, we want …

Share with us some horror inspired creations that are sure to send shivers down our spines. Bring out your most grotesque stamps and embellishments … or perhaps find a way to transform a pretty stamp into something macabre. Can you scare us !

I am not necessarily a good example of what you COULD make for this challenge, but I have to admit I would not want to meet this chappie on the stairs in the middle of the night here!

And I am scared rigid if I see a spider!

But I am sure you can all do better! So let us see what you can create and do hop on over to the blog for some amazingly inspirational horror makes from my fellow teamies.

Nicerene Designs are our sponsor this month and one lucky winner will have a $20 dollar voucher to share in their store.


 Have a great time creating!

Jennie x

Add Some Texture

Hello friends and followers and welcome to another month of challenges and creations! To start the ball rolling this is my first post of today (sorry there will be another!) and I am here to share with you our new challenge at Country View Challenges which is

Add some texture !

I had great fun adding loads of different types of texture to this tag! I started with Tim's Woodgrain Layering Stencil and some Texture Paste which was then sprayed with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stains.

I had the idea that I wanted to make a whopper of a flower. I used the Tim Holtz Layered Leaf die and embossing folder to make a whole load of coffee filter paper leaves which I then sprayed with varying colours of Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint. Then what to do with them? I went and had some lunch and when I came back I just happened to see that my lovely friend Astrid had posted a link to a video showing how to make Rolled Leaf Roses with real Maple Leaves. You can see the video HERE

It was great fun using the Maple Leaf technique with my coffee filter leaves and I was delighted with the resulting "flower". You never know where your inspiration will come from!

I added more texture to my tag by using wire and muslin and also some machine stitching around the edges. It really feels as though Autumn has arrived!

You have the whole month to share your "textured" creation with us at Country View Challenges with a randomly drawn winner receiving a £20 voucher to spend in the Country View Shop and of course a chance for the DT chosen winners to return as Guest Designers. 

Keep a look out over the rest of the month too for a huge range of textured projects from me and the rest of my teamies.

See you again later!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Friends 4Ever

Hello Everyone and Welcome! Today I am sharing my second project this month for Country View Challenges and our theme of Numbers. Again this is an "on crutches" creation so made with whatever I could reach from the craft room table!

I am really loving the combination of Blueprint and Twisted Citron Distress Inks, and can't seem to stop inking tags! The texture paste was added after and despite the ink being dry has picked up the colours underneath beautifully. 

I put together a little collage with papers from the Correspondence Stash and a lovely Photo Booth photograph.

My flower was made using the new Tim Holtz Punch. After punching I inked with Twisted Citron and scrunched the flowers up and let them dry before easing them out. They are a fabulous size and SOOOO quick to make! The little grungeboard number was inked with Blueprint Distress Ink and then Picket Fence Distress Paint daubed over the top to mute it.

If you have not joined in our challenge yet, then you will have to be quick! I am back with the theme for our new challenge in just a couple of days time!

As usual, thank you so much for joining me today and I hope that my projects for next month will be much more interesting as I get more mobile!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Fly Away Mail Art

It's time for my second project of the month over at Country View Crafts Project Blog and I am really hooked on making these mail art style pages for my Big Ticket Book. Hop on over if you want to see a step by step. Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Stamps Be Gone …...

Stamps Be Gone is the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge and what a challenge it was! However, I really enjoyed it and found lots of different ways of getting text onto my project. I don't know why I get so hung up about text, I just love it I suppose!

I used Rusty Hinge and Fossilised Amber Distress Spray Stains over some Crackle Paste stencilled flowers. Ground Espresso was a lovely contrast colour for the stencilling and adding some shading here and there.

Thank you Pamellia for such a great challenge!

And thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

PaperArtsy Play with Captain Peacock, Professor Plum and Teresa Green !

Last week at PaperArtsy we had all the excitement of the new colour releases and those fabulous stamps. I have now had a lovely play with the new PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and made this small 8 x 8 mixed media layout with the resulting paper. 

I used Leandra's brayer technique (details HERE) and the new Christmas Limited Edition colours: Captain Peacock, Professor Plum, Teresa Green and Snowflake. What fabulous colours and I just love the names - so many memories of Christmas afternoon playing Cluedo!

I absolutely loved the resulting layered background and wasn't sure what to do with it. However, I was tidying up the other day(well sort of!) and found an old 8 x 8 scrapbook album so have decided to use it for some smaller mixed media layouts.

The chalk paints work beautifully on these already made flowers - a mixture of Professor Plum and Snowflake.

And finally I used the new Frosting Glaze on a piece of acrylic packaging. Unfortunately the photograph doesn't really show how beautifully frosted it looks.

Lots of fun and I can see these colours being used in different combinations too. 

Thank you for joining me today and do hop on over to the PaperArtsy blog for details of all the new stamp releases last week.

Jennie x

PS The photograph is of my Mum and Dad just before they got married in 1953.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

12 Tags of 2015

Hello from a blustery but bright Shetland and an early entry for this month's Tim Tag! I am not normally so organised!

There were some great new techniques this month and if you want all the details then just hop on over to Tim's blog HERE.

As usual I have done things a little differently! however it was great to get out the alcohol inks (not my favourites!). I used Cranberry, Wild Plum, Stream, Lettuce and Butterscotch).

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

Jennie x

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Single Layer Correspondence Art

Hello Everyone and welcome! Today I am sharing my first project of the month over at Country View Crafts Projects Blog - some single layer mail art! Do hop on over it you want to see a step by step.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Whacky Fish!

It was a journal play day yesterday and quite honestly this is not what I intended to do at all! In fact the quote was supposed to be "only dead fish go with the flow" but sometimes my brain seems to be somewhere else these days !!

 So a little whacky but I learnt a lot.

Thank you for bearing with me !!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

PaperArtsy New Releases

Hi Everyone and just a quick post this morning to share the new PaperArtsy Releases and some great news!

But first the fabulous new releases from PaperArtsy - new Hotpick stamps for Halloween and Christmas and in the Fresco Finish Paints the most gorgeous Christmas colours.

Click here to see some amazing samples using these wonderful new products and below for a product introduction video.

And my news - I am absolutely thrilled (well that seems a little understated really!!) to have been invited to be part of the PaperArtsy team although you won't see me in action until November. What an amazing crafting adventure this is turning out to be !!!

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

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