Thursday, 14 March 2019

Botanical Tea Caddy

We have some fabulous new tea caddies for altering over at Calico Craft Parts and I have covered my first one in botanical tea tissue paper.

Hop on over to Calico Craft Parts to see more!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Mail Art for PaperArtsy

I had GREAT fun creating some mail art for the new challenge over at PaperArtsy

Please do join me over there tonight if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Friday, 1 March 2019

Back to School Mini Album

Welcome to my second post of today (it being the first of the month!). It is time for a new challenge at  Mini Album Makers and our sponsor this month is Graphic 45. I just LoVE G45 papers and so decided to share this album I made with the glorious Schooldays papers.

As usual this is a photo heavy post and once I have shown you the album I'll take you through the steps of how I created the signatures. I have taught this mini album over a number of years here in Shetland and it is very popular. It is based on much I have learnt from Anna of annes papercreations. If you click the link you will be taken to her blog and a scroll down the right hand side will give you links to many of her tutorials. 

I have used the papers to create a book with two signatures and an envelope to record my own and my husband's school reports and early photographs. This is the front of the first signature.

Lots of lovely flaps and envelopes.

On the right hand side is the envelope, easily made by folding over a long sheet of cardstock.

The back of the envelope on the left and the start of Terry's signature on the right.

I just love how G45 papers can be collaged to make beautiful scenes - these two are tucked inside a flap.

The two signatures and envelope have been enclosed in a simple greyboard book using tips and techniques from Anne's tutorials.

I really love this book and must get around to filling it with all our school days memorabilia.

I hope you will be able to join us in our challenge this month. Graphic 45 are offering a $50 prize for one lucky entrant. And if you need inspiration then hop on over to our challenge post HERE to see some amazing mini albums created by the rest of the team.

As always thank you for joining me and happy crafting!

Jennie x


And this is how I have made the signature with all the flaps and pockets, again based on Anne's ideas.

Take a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock and score at 1/2", 5 1/2" and 10 1/2", then turn the cardstock once and then score at 2 1/2", 9" and 10 1/2". Then cut out the pieces marked with an X as shown above.

Cut a flap from matching cardstock measuring 5" x 9 1/2" and score at 1 1/2" (NOT the 1/2" I have scored here!)

I will now show you the pieces I use in my workshops to explain the process.

There is a flap at the right hand side which you can fold over for later.

And then fold the larger flap down.

Use either cord or as I have done here Strong and Stretchy acrylic cord as recommended by Anne under the spine on the left hand side. Cut enough that you can knot it lightly and then you can undo it to go inside the book spine when all the pages have been decorated.

Fold up and glue down the bottom pocket.

Turn the piece of cardstock over and you will find the flap you folded over at the beginning. This can be glued down to create another pocket.

Finally fold up and glue the pocket on the flap.

And then glue this flap onto the main signature.

Then have fun decorating!

Celebrating the Journey

Sometimes I can't believe the creative journey I have been on and still wonder where it will lead me. Today at A Vintage Journey we are celebrating our fifth birthday - and what an amazing five years they have been both in terms of friendship and creativity. I have been so very lucky to have been on team of Creative Guides since the very first day and through their wonderful support, friendship and talent I too have grown in that five years.

Brenda is our host this month and she is asking us to  Celebrate the Journey by including the word or any images that depict a journey or even something that shows a creative journey.

I was curious to see what I had made as my very first project for A Vintage Journey back in March 2014. So here is the tag I made.

For the first couple of years we were very Tim Holtz based and so the tag is heavily influenced by his products I used at the time.

It was only as messy as the Wrinkle Free Distress! I had not heard of gesso, crackle pastes and all the wonderful mixed media products I use on a daily basis now.

I decided to take a few elements from that tag and make a journal page depicting MY journey over those five years.

I have re-used the Sewing Room Mannequin, the Distress Doily Die and Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress Ink Technique. I also used the same Distress Inks Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord but thought the Wilted Lilac way too light and substituted Seedless Preserves instead!

I started with a layer of gesso, tissue tape and crackle paste before using Distress Spray Inks to get the colour on the page - with plenty of water!

Background stamping with some of my favourite little stamps came next, along with some splattering with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Actually this is a stamp ..... after seeing my desk after a splattering session once I decided to invest in one!

I have used the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique on the dress, along with a Distress Glaze Resist. Over the years I have been an avid collector of ticket stamps. The ones on the left were a very early purchase from Crafty Individuals and still get used over and over.

Tim's spirtz and splatter techniques were used on the distressed doily but I resorted to DecoArt Weathered Wood on the mannequinn.

More collaged tickets from my huge collection. And FINALLY I am using my favourite photograph from the Photobooth Collection.

This was such an enjoyable creative play and I really love how the journal page emerged.

I do hope you will join us in our birthday challenge and I would recommend you hop on over to A Vintage Journey now to see the amazing array of fabulous projects from the wonderful team of Creative Guides.

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

Jennie x

Thursday, 21 February 2019

A Little Bit of Parisian Decoupage

It is my turn today to share a project over at Calico Craft Parts. 
This small MDF trinket box got a real Parisian boudoir make-over. 

Do join me over at Calico Craft Parts if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

It's all about Friendship and Brayers!

Hello to you all and welcome to a sneak peek of my project over at PaperArtsy tonight.

Our current challenge is all about BRAYERS and I had great fun creating this double journal spread using my Gelli Plate and simple brayering techniques and using some fabulous new stamps from Alison Bomber (aka Words and Pictures)

Do hop on over to PaperArtsy if you would like to see more details.

Jennie x

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Being Inspired

I have been sharing this project today over at Calico Craft Parts and a tutorial on my blog here for the Primroses. However the mixed media background was inspired by my lovely friend Brenda Brown (Bumblebees and Butterflies).

I always adore the grungy mixed media backgrounds created by Brenda as they always look so beautifully shabby chic and are always the perfect foil for the wonderful embellishments she layers on top. In a recent blog post creating with mini printer trays she created a most stunning background using a combination of tissue tape, stamping, gesso and paints. I really just had to give it a go and she has kindly allowed me to share my take on her background.

This project is just so fabulous. You can access all the details on Brenda's post HERE.

I have used slightly different products but tried to get the same effect.

I started with some randomly placed Tim Holtz tissue tape on my birch banner. (It had a light coat of gesso to give it a bit of tooth.)

Next a bit of rust - I have used Prima Rust Effect Paste which goes on quite thick but you can spritz it with water to get a more uneven covering.

Then some stamping with black archival ink - again quite random. I was a bit worried that the large numbers would be too heavy but I needn't have worried!

And here's the magic bit! Scrape white gesso randomly over the whole project with a palette knife leaving some areas free of any gesso and others with just a light covering.

For the final layer I added some DecoArt Quinacridone Gold around the edges and when that had dried blended Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Oxides around the outside edges and slightly into the middle. 

Spritzing the Distress Oxides and then mopping them up a bit before blasting with the heat gun has added some lovely rusty colouring.

A slightly different effect to Brenda's but I love the different random layers I managed to achieve. Next time I will let more of the stamping show through and perhaps be a bit braver in the size of stamps!  Also a different surface rather than using wood might allow the products to sink into the background more and create a different effect.

A very enjoyable process and one that dried quickly enough to enjoy it in a single sitting! Thank you so much Brenda for always providing so much inspiration and all your detailed steps which allow us to give them a try.

I hope you will hop on over to Brenda's blog to see some of her other wonderfully creative projects and tutorials. You will be soooo inspired!

As always thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Primrose Flower Tutorial

Hello and welcome to a long overdue flower tutorial.

I am a real sucker for flower arranging magazines and flower and seed catalogues as I just love looking at how flowers are constructed and whether I can recreate the design and colouring in paper.

Some primroses on the front of a magazine really caught my eye recently as they were so delicate and the colouring so bright. So out came the dies and inks !

Primroses are quite simple structures but are made up of five petals which appear to have a notch in the top of the rounded petal. Over the years I have purchased a large selection of very different petal dies and so I was able to have a good hunt through and found this perfect one from a set by Donna Salazar (sadly no longer available).

I have used my usual go to cardstock (Stampin Up Very Vanilla) and Fossilised Amber Distress Ink. As you can see I have only splodged the ink over the central area with a paintbrush. Nothing technical!

Each petal was spritzed with water and scrunched up - I use the wooden end of an old paintbrush to get this started and then give everything a final twist.  Leave to dry naturally rather than blasting with a heat gun. If I am in a hurry I sit them on the radiator, otherwise I normally leave them overnight.

When dry you can carefully pull out the individual petals.

Using a bone folder (or a wooden one as I have) pull out each of the leaves from the centre to the outside but keep in as many of the creases as you can.

Using a ball tool smooth out the centre of the flower on the soft mat.

Turn the flower over and using a smaller ball tool run this around the very outside edge of each petal.

When you then turn the flower over it just needs a little "squish" together and the addition of a yellow or green sticky dot in the centre.

Getting the right leaf shape and colour is also important and whilst this leaf shape is not quite right it is almost there (from Tammy Tutterow's Pom Pom Posies). I have blended Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Ink and curled the leaves around a bone folder.

Not a true primrose but they certainly look very bright and delicate and full of spring promise on my project which I shared at Calico Craft Parts earlier today.

I hope this inspires you to have a go at making some spring primroses.

If you would like to know how I created the background then please click the link HERE.

As always thank you for joining me.

Jennie x