Friday, 5 February 2016

Designer Gents!

Industrial designer gents no less! 

Hello everyone and here we are at the start of another challenge at A Vintage Journey and this month we are challenging you to go


Use your foil, tape or metallic card stocks with your texture fades/embossing folders to create an industrial creation all your own. Whether its a background or bloom or anything, don't limit your paint colour to black - the industrial technique looks great with all colours of paints!

Black … hmmm …. well you know how it is … you just get carried away on a rush of creativity and before you know it … yes, it's black!

I've got a bit of a thing about long thin hangings at the moment and this one is 8" x 3". I used some heavy duty grey board and gave it a coating of gesso before adding some crackle texture using some super Andy Skinner stencils.

I then set about spraying with Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stains and I think there is also a little bit of Black Soot in there as well (but we won't say too much about that ……. )

I added some background stamping but found it didn't really show up as well as I liked - despite being black … so I used some rub ons instead.

Having recently attended an Andy Skinner workshop I had some fun with the cogs painting them first with DecoArt paints and then adding a rusty look.

Finally these two gents had been in mind all along as the original Industrial designers but I couldn't get them all in! So I opted for these two (I like the moustaches). I stamped them on tissue paper in order to allow them to merge with the crackle texture.

And so there you have it - my industrial designers!

in black …

For some much more colourful projects you must hop on over to the AVJ blog to see the wonderful pieces created by my fellow Creative Guides. Fabulous inspirational pieces in a variety of different styles.

Thank you so much for joining me today and have fun with your challenge pieces!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

PaperArtsy Stamp Release with Sara Naumann

Well I am thrilled to be very much a part of the new Eclectica stamp release at PaperArtsy tonight. Sara Naumann has two new stamps sets being released, along with two new matching stencils and I am absolutely delighted to be sharing the samples I have made for this release using these two new stamp sets.

You can find all the details of the stamp release at PaperArtsy and you might also like to check out this video by Leandra where you can see all the stamps and samples made.


My samples have been made using ESN19 and ESN20 along with the new release Fresco Finish colours: Tinned Peas, London Night, Brown Shed, Space Cadet and my all time favourite Nougat.

This 5 x 7 plate was a mixture of the two stamp sets.  I used Brown Shed for the background spraying a watery version onto a gessoed background and again with Nougat for the frame of the clock.

A 6 x 6 plate using ESN20, Stencil 027 and London Night and Nougat. 

ESN20 and Stencil 026 but this time with Tinned Peas and Nougat.

ESN19 and Stencil 026 with Space Cadet and Nougat.

All my backgrounds were created on PaperArtsy Heavy Grey/White Board which I gessoed first  before applying Grunge Paste through the stencils. I wanted a lighter colour of Fresco Paint so diluted the paint with water in some old spray bottles  and got these wonderful light, fresh colours.

I used some additional PaperArtsy text stamps to give a vintage feel.

On this piece the clock was stamped with white embossing powder as a resist and the quote stamped on tissue before being applied directly to the board.

I stamped leaves with Fesco Paint directly onto white cardstock and used my spray to colour handmade roses and coiled flowers.

There are some lovely little sentiments on the stamp sets which are just perfect for little labels. 

And finally a tag with a brayered background using London Night, Brown Shed, Space Cadet and Nougat. 

The flower and ribbon were sprayed with Brown Shed and the leaves stamped with Tinned Peas and edged with Brown Shed.

If you have got this far well done !!!!   I do hope you have enjoyed this release as much as I have enjoyed being part of it. Both stamp sets are just delightful with wonderful quotes and elements to go with them. They are fast becoming a favourite of mine already. 

Do hop on over to PaperArtsy to see the whole release and of course more samples by the rest of Team Sara! 

Thank you so much for joining me tonight.

Jennie x

Monday, 1 February 2016

A Stitch in Time

Well here I am again this morning, welcoming you to another new challenge, this time at Our Creative Corner where Jan is our host and she is challenging us to:

Sew and Sew

Fabrics, wool, threads, lace, this month's challenge is all about texture, layers and loveliness. What scraps have you got hidden away. Any snippets of favourite clothes you can't bare to part with? 

Anything sewing related can be used in your piece: you could use stitches, sewing machine or fake stitches. Don't forget to get out your sewing themed stamps and dies.

Have fun and create something!

Well I had great plans of making a wonderful sewn hanging - it is started but unfortunately didn't get finished as I had a fairly short term call to go to Glasgow to have my second foot operation. So …… sadly I had to resort to some of my dies and stamps to create this little 6" x 2" sewing themed hanging.

I started with a piece of greyboard which I gessoed and added some texture with a gorgeous DecoArt stencil.

I used DecoArt Crackle Paste and when it was dry I spritzed it lightly with Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stains.

I love the openness of this crackle paste which allows the distress inks to puddle in the cracks.

I found some small sewing related stamps ………

and used this little sewing die to create a small collage.

So not what I had intended to make for this lovely challenge, but I hope it inspires you to join us in creating a sewing themed project of your own.

Thank you for joining me today and I would urge you to click the link HERE and be transported to our fabulous challenge page where you will see some amazing inspirational projects which I am sure will have you dashing for your sewing machine and supplies.

And our sponsor this month is:

who are sponsoring one Rubber Stamp Set, valued at $31.95 AUD to our randomly drawn winner.

I am pleased to say that the surgery was successful and I am just about coming to the end of my 14 days "sitting with my foot up" rest. Hopefully in the next few days I shall be able to start hobbling around a bit on crutches. At least I know what to expect this time.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a lovely creative week.

Jennie x

Paris Adventure

The first of the month (where did January go?!) and so time for a new challenge at Country View Crafts and this month our host is Sue who has chosen the theme:

Make Your Own Background

I received a fabulous set of IndigoBlu stamps for Christmas from my son Robin (along with some other lovely crafty bits and pieces - bless him!) So I decided to make a journal page in order to use as many of the stamps as possible which of course includes making my own background.

I started with a gessoed page and I spritzed Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo randomly from top right to bottom left of the two page spread.

Next I added text and shapes through a number of stencils using the same inks. I decided not to use any textures on these pages, just soft layers of inks. 

Here you can see more of the layering stencils and some of the overstamping. The chap with the binoculars has been stamped on tissue paper, as was the lovely lady cyclist as I thought they would get a little lost with all the background text. Plus I have a pretty heavy collage on the journal page before.

And so with my background created I decided to do very little more other than to stamp and cut out the lady cyclist and layer her over a couple of the tickets which come with the stamp set.

I really enjoyed putting this journal page together and both pages may well act as a dummy run for some birthday cards later in the year. 

Thank you to Robin for such a lovely present!

I do hope you will find time to join us in our challenge this month and if you are looking for inspiration then hop on over to the Country View Challenges blog today for the rest of the Design Team's fabulous backgrounds. And of course we will all be back throughout the month with more projects to inspire you.

Thank you for joining me today! This is just the first of two posts this morning, so see you again shortly!

Jennie x

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Samples for CHA2016 : Tim Holtz Sissix

I was absolutely thrilled and excited to be asked to make some samples for Tim Holtz's Sissix stand at CHA earlier this month, but in the stramash  of trying to get up to date with DT posts before my foot surgery I ran out of time to blog them. So I am now putting that right !!!

You might have seen in one of Tim's Periscope "tours" part of the Sissix stand showcased some of the original dies which are still widely used. My samples were part of this stand.

None of these dies need any introduction so I will just leave you with the pictures!

I hope everyone is having a fun weekend - life is a little quieter and less exciting now that the wind has moderated! 105 mph felt a tad breezy but thankfully no real damage here at Tingwall House. 

Jennie x

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Vintage Sentiments

Hello everyone! 

Tonight I am sharing a small vintage hearts project over at PaperArtsy

Do hop on over if you want to see how I used some of my favourite Ink and the Dog Vintage Stamps.

Jennie x

Friday, 29 January 2016

Its Tags All Round Today!

It's an extra Friday for us all at A Vintage Journey this month so we've a Tag Friday for you. This is a chance for the Creative Guides to play with their tags and supplies! So do hop on over to see what a wonderful array of techniques and styles we have to share with you today.

I decided to show my January Tim Tag for this tag share and had great fun with the technique remix he challenged us with this month.

As usual all the details are HERE on Tim's blog. This next year he will be taking us back to revisit old techniques which I just know is going to be GREAT! There are so many fabulous techniques he has shared with us and some get lost or forgotten along the way.

I wanted to use the Navigation Compass for the chalkboard technique and given the sea theme opted to use blue textured cardstock. It is not as clear but I like the "denim" feel.

That meant I also had to choose something nautical for the industrious metal technique and as numbers feature highly in navigation used the Bingo embossing folder and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint.

A little collage at the base of the tag - I am looking forward to our tags journey this year!

Two great techniques which are wonderful to revisit and I hope you have a chance to play along too.

This is another scheduled post as I enter the second week of sitting with my foot up! Another seven days and I might manage to get into the craft room for a little spell - yay!!!

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 28 January 2016

More Fun with DecoArt Crackle

I thought I would share a Christmas present I made for my dear friend who loves everything knitting and which also fulfilled my desire to keep on crackling after the fabulous Mixology event in Coventry in November!

I saw the knitting needle box kit in the Tando Creative shop at the Mixology event and ordered it when I got home. It sat for a little while as it really is quite a big project to cover and crackle!

I started on the top of the box - making it up first and then covering it with torn pieces of brown stamped tissue paper (I think 7 Gypsies - something which has been in my tissue drawer for a while). Everything got a final coat of mixed medium and I left it to dry overnight. 

When it was fully dry I gave it a coating of DecoArt Crackle Glaze and again left it overnight to dry completely so that I could then rub Vintage Photo Distress Ink all over to highlight the crackles.

I wasn't too sure what to do with the base of the box, but before I made it up I painted it inside and out with a bit of a mixture of DecoArt Raw Sienne and Burnt Umber Acrylic Paints. It still looked a bit basic so I used a large wood stamp and Archival Brown Ink to create some "woody" texture on the outside. It worked so well my friend thought it was wood !!!

And then some fun decorating the top of the box. The Knitting Needle  words come with the kit and I painted them in Burnt Umber and gave them a bit of a crackle too.

The finished box which I have to say I was very pleased with and which nearly didn't get wrapped up as a Christmas present! I will just have to make another one for myself ……

And on a knitting theme I also made quite a number of these Fair Isle wrist warmers for Christmas presents too. I am not very good at knitting fingers in gloves so when I saw a friend at the Spinners Guild knitting these I got rather hooked!

They were also nice and light to post as well.

Thank you for joining me today and I must apologise for not having been a great visitor of blogs this last couple of weeks. 

I am starting to feel a lot better after the second lot of foot surgery last week and although I am still having to sit with my foot "higher than my heart" I can just about manage to balance the keyboard on my lap! So hopefully I will be able to get back to normal soon, although a visit to the craft room is a while away yet!

Jennie x