Friday, 1 May 2015

Simply Scenic

The first day of May !!! this year just seems to be romping along and my second post of today …… It is also time for a new challenge at Country View Challenges and we have a fabulous theme this month

Simply Scenic

So time to dust off those lovely scenic stamps you might have or think about a scrapbook or journal page for a lovely photograph. 

I decided to make a journal page using this photograph I took of the Eiffel Tower a few years ago. It is quite a small photograph so much more suited to a journal page.

I started by layering some French tissue tape on my page and then using Texture Paste through a stencil. Using white gesso over the whole page then allowed me to stamp, ink and splatter the page with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Finally I made a little collage underneath the photograph of a number of Paris themed pieces and gave the page a splattering of Picket Fence Distress Stain before placing my photograph. A lovely memory of a fabulous weekend.

I do hope you will join us for this month's challenge. Hop on over to the blog for today's posting as you could not fail to be inspired by the team's scenic projects. Also look out for more projects from the team during the month. 

Au Revoir!

Jennie x

Spring Colours

Hello Everyone! and welcome to another new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Astrid is our host this month and she has chosen the theme

Spring Colours

Create a project of your choice using spring colours. The wonderful range of Distress products provide so many wonderful colour choices, just make sure that Tim's style is evident in whatever you make.

In Shetland Spring can be quite late, in fact some years we haven't had one, just going straight from winter to summer! Being so far north our summer is probably akin to most people's spring anyway! But what I love about spring here is the light nights and how the colour changes dramatically - the blues of the sky and sea, the bright yellow of the sand and the gorgeous greens on the hill. There are no flowers in the garden except daffodils and the shrubs and bushes are just turning green, so there is a great feeling of yellow and green in the garden. 

With these colours in mind I decided to alter a Cabinet Card Frame. Instead of a photograph I made an insert. I managed to squeeze some Versamark ink through the Wildflower Stencil and then used white embossing powder to create a resist. Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo gave me some lovely background colours and the white resist just popped off the page!

The Iron Gate die fitted perfectly into the frame too and then it was down to making flowers.

I couldn't quite make daffodils! so had to settle for my usuals. I wanted something quite soft so squished and spritzed Scattered Straw Distress Ink onto my craft mat and laid the Tattered Florals die cuts down onto the ink before scrunching them up.

Spring Greenery die cuts were also inked in the same way. I just used Peeled Paint Distress Ink but got quite a varied selection of greens.

I love the way the cabinet card frames this little project and have an idea to make one for each season as a set. 

I do hope you will join us in our challenge this month and do hop on over to see the rest of the Design Team makes - you will not be disappointed as there is an AMAZING array of spring colour projects to inspire you. 

Thank you for joining me today and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

New York Ticket Wallets

Today I am sharing my second project of the month over at Country View Crafts Project Blog, so if you would like to know how I made these small Ticket Wallets, then do hop on over!

Jennie x

Monday, 27 April 2015

April's Tag!

I am just about managing to squeeze in at the last moment with Tim's tag for April. 

I really loved the softness of the watercolour painted flowers he created for this month but I didn't have much of a choice of die cut words! 

As usual I won't go into all the details but they can be found HERE on Tim's blog.

 As much as I adore the Cone Flower from the Flower Garden set I decided to use another of the flower stamps for this tag. It is quite large so I made a mask from a post it note in order to layer the two flowers. I used Victorian Velvet and Scattered Straw Distress Ink to paint the flowers.

There was so much clutter on the desk I didn't have a chance of getting the sewing machine out so using the wonderful tip from Jenny (Pushing the Right Buttons) I used my Stitch Marker and ran a black felt tip pen along the dots. A bit wobbly, but then my sewing is sometimes!

So another month nearly over - at least being so late I don't have too long to wait for the May tag!

Jennie x

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Brooklyn Adventures

After a fabulous, but whirlwind week in New York I felt I needed a bit of play time to get back into the swing of things. What better than to just put a few stencils and inks on the desk, including some of my New York buys and this lovely photograph of Bev and Cath and just see what happened.

We spent our last full day having a look at Brooklyn where we had been staying and took a bus ride out to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. We were probably a couple of weeks too early as the only things in bloom were the Magnolias, but what beauties they were.  I took a black and white photograph in order to capture their beauty without the colours of clothes getting in the way. 

I used a couple of Tim Holtz stencils to layer some texture paste onto white linen cardstock and when it was dry covered everything with a layer of gesso and then sponged on some Peeled Paint Distress Ink, spritzing it a bit here and there to keep it light.  A bit of Vintage Photo always get in somewhere! I had to use the sewing machine to get the cardstock flat onto a backing sheet!

I used the Traveller stencil again with Peeled Paint Distress Ink isolating the words I wanted and then stamped various elements in black Arcival as a bit of contrast. I also tore some strips of tissue tape and put these around the edges of the cardstock.

By this time I was really in a black and white mode, so used various embellishments to bring it all together. 

I am fairly pleased how these colours all worked together - not my usual but lots of fun and I now feel ready to get on with things as usual!

I would like to enter this layout into the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie which is Stencil Mania. I think I might just about qualify for this!

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Kraft and Pink

Good morning everyone and welcome to my second DT post this month for Country View Challenges where we are crafting with Kraft Cardstock. A super challenge for me as I nearly always use Kraft cardstock as the base for my cards. It seems an age since I posted a project on my blog, but I have enjoyed a whirlwind week visiting New York and a few days trying to settle back down again!

Today I am sharing an easel card - I don't make many of these but I do love the way you can "extend" the embellishments!

Not only have I used the Kraft cardstock for the base but also cut some die cut shapes with it as well for a co-ordinated look.

I love adding soft colours to the Kraft and used a mix of Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks for my flowers. For those new to my flowers you can find the tutorial HERE.

Thank you so much for joining me today and I do hope you will find time to join us in our challenge at CVC - you still have a week left!

Jennie x

Sunday, 19 April 2015

It is the journey that matters

Today I am sharing my last Design Team project for Anything But a Card Challenge. The team is truly international and covers a wide range of different mediums and I have made a lot of lovely friends and shared some lovely techniques and ideas with the team over the two years I have been a member, but the time feels right to move on. 

Our challenge this month is Fools Gold and I have gone back to basics and got out my gold embossing powder. It never fails to amuse me that I still get a kick out of watching the powder turn gold! 

The embossing powder has always worked well this lovely music stamp and I realise I have not used this in a while either!

I love the way you can overheat the powder and get some lovely texture.

A beautiful sentiment and sums up the wonderful journey I have had with Susan and the ABAC team. 

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you might find time to join the ABAC challenge - you have one more week until the challenge closes.

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Abandoned Coral - I love you!

Hello Everyone - I am sharing a card and tag set over at Country View Crafts Projects Blog today. Hop on over if you want to see how I fell in love with the new Abandoned Coral Distress Ink !!!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Vintage Photo Hues

Hello to Everyone on this lovely Easter Day!

It was tidy up time yesterday in the Craft Room and my poor sad little Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad was finally sitting there waiting to be put away. This was my very first Distress Ink Pad and I have had it for years! It is like an old friend …… So I thought I would give him a little outing on his own and enter a couple of challenges at the same time. 

The background was stamped off first to give a lighter finish and a watery version gives lovely splatters.

Vintage Photo has been my "go to" ink for my handmade flowers and stamped sentiments and of course butterflies.

It dies ribbon perfectly! and perfect for Frilly and Funkie's current challenge which is Put A Ribbon On It! 

I also love painting with Distress Inks and this gorgeous Artistic Stamper Botanical flower is just perfect. And again perfect for the Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog April challenge which is Flora and Fauna.

So there you have it - Vintage Photo hues! 
an entry for two of my favourite challenges and another card for the birthday box!

Wishing everyone a very happy Easter Day x


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Playing Around with Cracked Pistachio

Hello Everyone and I hope you are all enjoying this holiday Easter weekend. 

It was lovely to have the chance to play today and as I can get stuck in a bit of soft, monotone rut sometimes I thought I would experiment with the new Cracked Pistachio.

I thought it might be rather nice to try it with Dusty Concord, but instead I managed to pick up the Seedless Preserves Distress Spray Stain and I was spritzing before I realised! However, I quite like the combination.

The tag was started for another project and I had used the lovely blossom layering stencil with some texture paste but the stencil slipped and I didn't get a clean image. I still gessoed the tag but put it on one side for a bit of experimentation. So after spritzing with Cracked Pistachio it then got rather deluged with Seedless Preserves!

I decided to keep going and decorated the tag with embellishments from my "bits" box which had been made with Seedless Preserves Distress Inks, so "technically" they should all match!

Not quite my usual but a useful exercise!

I would like to enter this tag into the very first challenge of Stamps and Stencils which is Anything Goes. This is going to be a fabulous challenge site and with a very inspirational and creative Design Team. So lovely to see you all back together again! Do hop on over to see what the team have put together for this challenge - every piece is stunning.

Thank you for visiting!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Crafting with Kraft

It is the first day of April ……. (yikes!) and there is no fooling around here! Today we are off on another challenge over at Country View Challenges and Sue our host for this month has challenged us to use Kraft Card.  I recently taught a beginner's scrapbook workshop here in Shetland and based one of my layouts on Kraft cardstock.

This is a clean and simple layout using some scraps of paper stock, hessian and of course a 12 x 12 piece of Kraft cardstock. I find Kraft cardstock extremely versatile, working well for vintage as well as modern layouts.

I particularly like using blue with Kraft and these Maja Design scraps were just perfect. A white scrunched flower and leaf ties everything together.

While the class were sticking everything down I decided to do try a different design - the same elements but quite a different layout.

I do hope you will join us in our challenge at CVC this month and do hop on over today for some great inspiration from the team. And watch out through the month for more projects using Kraft.

Have fun and thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Monday, 30 March 2015

Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome. Today it is my turn to make something with the four ingredients chosen by my fellow Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey for our new look Destination Inspiration.  Hop on over if you want to know more!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Tim's March Tag

The month of March is "marching on" and I have finally found some time to get my Tim tag done for this month.

This month's tag combines some great techniques which you can find on Tim's blog HERE.

I didn't have the butterfly stamp or the really bright Distress Paints, so my version is slightly different but I did follow all the techniques. I used Festive Berries, Wild Honey, Dusty Concord,, Rusty Hinge and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paints.

I really like the Gold Embossed Texture Paste, although the embossing powder went everywhere - as you can see!

Another great tag from Tim and as I am very late with my effort, not long to wait until the next one!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Time for my second project this month at Country View Crafts Projects blog and I have a step by step for this post friendly card! Hop on over if you want to know more.

Jennie x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Bring on the Bling!

I am absolutely thrilled to be back Guest Designing with Frilly and Funkie today after winning the Winter Blooms Challenge last month. The current challenge is "Bring on the Bling" and so I decided to alter a bottle and to use a large gem decoration which I have had for ages but which I thought needed "altering" as well!

I have been very taken recently with the work of Elena Morgun and  this wonderful video tutorial (HERE) inspired me to try altering a bottle using similar products.

 I started with a fairly basic bottle which I coated first with black gesso and then white gesso, allowing some of the black to show through. Then the whole bottle got covered here and there, quite thickly with Wendy Vecci Crackle Paste. It took ages to dry!

Then the gem cluster got added. I am sure we all have loads of these (well I do!) and at this stage I really wasn't sure whether it would take gesso and paints or even stick to the crackle.

I then started adding colours to the bottle using Luminarte Primary Elements Powders - Rose Gold and Teal Zircon. I just dabbed my paintbrush into some water and picked up the powders and gently added it over the crackle. In some places I felt the colour was too strong so I added some white gesso back in.

The gems didn't take the Primary Elements very well so I gave them a light coating of gesso and then daubed some Honey Amber Silks over the top.

 Whilst I was waiting for everything to dry I made some Shabby Roses using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and spritzing my paper with a spray using the Rose Gold Primary Elements powders.

I arranged a cluster of flowers, muslin and these lovely metal leaves on the bottle. I had to use Liquitex Super Heavy Gel to get everything to stick down.

The metal butterfly took the gesso and Primary Elements beautifully.

This was great fun and I am so pleased to discover that the gem cluster can be altered so easily. My huge thanks to the Design Team at Frilly and Funkie for inviting me today and I do hope you will pop over to the blog and see some of the wonderful projects created by the Design Team.

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x