Friday, 5 October 2018

Autumn Splendour

Hello and welcome everyone! and a special welcome to those of you who have started following my blog over the last couple of weeks. I really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy my crafting journey.

We have a brand new challenge over at A Vintage Journey starting today. Sara Emily is our host this month and she is asking us to celebrate


With the glorious colours of this season it would be oh so nice to see 
some falling leaves, pumpkins, acorns or any other favourite 
images that bring the season to mind. 

I absolutely adore the colours of Autumn and was keen to create a mixed media art panel with as many colours as I could! I have used PaperArtsy Infusions (Rusty Car) over a gesso background. Some embellishments were added in the background and got sprayed, whilst others were added on top later. 

I have used a lot of paper clay embellishments - leaves, buttons and other shapes. They take the Infusions beautifully.

I am always amazed at the mixture of colours in one little pot of Infusions!

I tried to create as many textures as possible using builders tape and texture paste before adding the Infusions.

Copper micro beads add further texture and gold wax applied here and there gave the whole art panel a lift.

I had made these Vintage Roses some time ago using Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.

I love the way the Infusions coloured these beautiful seed heads as well - they are just cheap acrylic frosted ones but look so different when painted with the Infusions.

I just know that Sara Emily's fabulous challenge is going to appeal to so many of you. Do hop on over to A Vintage Journey for more details of the challenge and for some fabulous Autumn Splendour inspiration from the rest of the Creative Guides.

Thank you for joining me and have a great weekend!

Jennie x

Monday, 1 October 2018

Autumn Book Love!

Heavens above it is now October!
Hello and welcome to you all!

As it is the first of the month I am sharing my monthly mini album with you today as part of the creative team at Mini Album Makers.  Hopefully my stitched star book will inspire you take take part but as always there's loads more inspiration from my fabulous teamies HERE on the blog.

 We have had such a wonderful summer even here in the North that those wonderful relaxed, unhurried, languid days seem to have gone on for ever and it is really only in the last couple of weeks that it is feeling more Autumnul both in the weather and the garden. I adore the colours of Autumn so today I am celebrating the colours I love in a small book of Autumn prose and sayings. 

Over the last ten years or so I have collected quite a few "how to" mini album books and this one by Sue Roddis is one of my favourites. For a long while I have wanted to make her stitched star book and so I decided to just "go for it" for this months project.  There is not much of a "how to" make the book in this post as I have made the book as per Sue's instructions but I can share how I inked the insides and made the cluster on the cover

But before that I shall share a few pictures of the finished book.

Before I started the pages inside my book I gathered together all my Autumn stamps and stencils and Alison's (aka Butterfly at Words and Pictures) wonderful Autumnul sayings stamp set by PaperArtsy.

I used ordinary weight cardstock as it still had to fold inside the star book. Each page was given a coating of chalk paint to give it a bit of "tooth" for the next step.

 I then "squished" Distress Inks onto my craft mat and lightly pulled off the colour onto the paper. I wanted a suggestion of colour so dabbed a lot of the ink off whilst drying with the heat gun. I have used Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, Rusty Hinge and Spiced Marmalade.

After stamping with Black Archival Ink I painted my autumn elements with the same Distress Inks.

I left everything to dry well overnight before folding the pages and inserting them into the book.

And now to the front and back covers ......

I cut two pieces of board to fit my book and painted them first with Mulled Wine Chalk Paint before adding a coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood and a final coat of Chalk Acrylic Paint. I wanted something rusty and worn!

The cluster was made from a selection of paper leaves and flowers and these cheap plastic looking frosted berries.

You can see from the back that I just twisted everything together to make a spray that would sit fairly flat.

Everything then got two coats of gesso.

Once the gesso had dried well (this does take a little time) I then sprayed everything with a lot of water and dropped PaperArtsy Infusions here and there. Keep on spraying with water until you get the coverage and colour you want. The gesso base allows you to do this.

This is one of my favourite techniques and is a great way to use up embellishments you don't like!

Finally I painted some MDF letters. I find the easiest way of doing this is to stick them onto a piece of masking tape so they don't keep jumping around!

The covers were stuck onto the front of the book along with a "blousy" piece of silk ribbon which I dyed with Seedless Preserves and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink ....... and yes I had hands to match for days!

Thank you so much for joining me for this rather long post but I hope it inspires you to make a mini album this month and join us in our challenge at Mini Album Makers.

Happy crafting!

Jennie x

Friday, 21 September 2018

Back to Nature Tutorial

Hello and welcome!

A quick post today to invite you to join me over at A Vintage Journey where I am sharing a tutorial for my Back to Nature challenge project. Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Crackling Fun!

I had great fun last weekend staying at Belmont House in Unst (the most northerly of the islands here). Each year I lead a group of lovely Shetland friends in some new techniques and projects. This is what we made on the Saturday using a Calico Craft Parts ATB Storage Cube Kit and Crackled Napkin Decoupage.

I am sharing this project over at Calico Craft Parts today so do hop on over if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Friday, 7 September 2018

Artist Trading Coins

Well ..... a new type of ATC! Totally new to me but our current challenge theme at PaperArtsy.

Tonight I am sharing a tutorial over at PaperArtsy on how these were made using one of the fabulous Vintage Ink and the Dog sets - two very different styles from one set of stamps. 

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

Jennie x

Back to Nature for A Vintage Journey

Hello and welcome! It's time for another new challenge at A Vintage Journey and we are all going


This month we are asking you to celebrate natural elements in your project. Think real nature in terms of twigs, dried flowers, shells or pebbles, or perhaps stamps and stencils depicting these wonderful elements. 

Immerse yourself in the colours of the seasons whether they be bright or muted and 
create a project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, 
industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I am the host for this month's challenge and have had great fun creating my project from three pieces of wood I found in my husband's wood store. I have teamed them with coffee stained textiles and painted metal embellishments and made a hanging using some very thin wire so it looks as though the wood pieces are floating.

There are no details to share with you at this time as I will be back later in the month at A Vintage Journey sharing a tutorial of how it was made. 

But in the meantime here are some photographs to whet your appetite!

My fellow Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey have created some fabulous inspiration around this challenge theme, so do hop on over HERE to catch up with all their wonderful makes.

And do please join me later in the month for the tutorial.

Have a great weekend!

Jennie x

Thursday, 6 September 2018

This Way to the Beach!

Hello and welcome!

I had GREAT fun putting this project together for Calico Craft Parts using one of their Beach Hut Kits, together with a number of nautical pieces from a selection of their mini craft sheets.

You can see all the details HERE.

Hope to see you over there!

Jennie x

Saturday, 1 September 2018

A Book Within A Box Within A Journal - having fun with Eileen Hull's dies!

And so here we are at the start of yet another month! And of course that means a new challenge at Mini Album Makers, but not just any new challenge, this is the first anniversary of this fabulous and very popular monthly challenge.

To celebrate our Blogaversary, we've organized a blog hop this month.  We're giving away a $25 gift certificate to to one lucky reader whose name will be chosen at random from all of the comments on the Design Team blogs.  In addition, Lindy's Stamp Gang will give a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant in our challenge. 

So if you have arrived here from Nancy Wetherington's fabulous blog post - welcome!

This month I am sharing another Eileen Hull journal this time celebrating my wonderful holiday in Corsica with two friends last May.  I will be sharing photographs of the decoration of the journal, but my tutorial will focus on the little daily journal which is in a box inside the journal. 

Want to know more! read on ........

As Corsica historically has a French background I looked for embellishments which would support that. I have used Tim Holtz Memorandum papers to cover the front of the Eileen Hull Journal covers.

I made a closure using magnets which are hidden under the layers on the front cover.

Inside the journal I have used Eileen's Stamp & Photo Die to create a box which is attached to the spine of the Journal.

Three of us went on  holiday so I have chosen three vintage photographs to represent us (they do not look like us at all !!!) and some sentiments which are appropriate for the fun time we always have.

On the backcover I created a little pocket for keeping tickets .....

..... quite simply made from a strip of paper sewn to make a pocket.

And inside the box is this little daily journal......

...... decorated in the same papers, and which opens out to allow a page a day diary.

And now I will share with you my tutorial for making this little mini album to fit Eileen Hull's Storage Box.


From your base card cut a piece 11 3/4" by 7" and score where shown to make two spines. Crease these so that they fold inwards and then put this piece aside.

Cut another piece of base card measuring 7 1/2" by 6 7/8" and score down the middle - this forms the start of the "book inside the book"! Then cut the first long flap as shown and stick the lower 2" piece to the back of the booklet to form the first flap.

For the side flap cut a piece of base card as shown and put some double sided tape down the scored edge and stick this to the side of the book.

For the last flap at the front of the book cut as shown and score to make a spine. Add double sided tape to the spine and stick this to the front of the book. Don't worry about what it looks like at the back as ......

..... this will now be stuck to the original covers which you set on one side at the beginning. You should then have a complete book which all folds together to measure 7" x 4".

This is how I decorated the inside of the book making a long pocket on the left hand side and a short one on the right. I had covered the sides first with some cream cardstock with a little stamping.

I didn't bother covering the back of the book as I was running out of paper so just covered the front and the front flap.

I have used two magnets as closures - I always love the sound of the magnetic "clunk" when I close a book!

The magnet on the right hand side was covered up with a little decoration to match the front covers of the main journal.

Finally I added cream cardstock to each page with a little light stamping. The pages were numbered for each of the days I was on holiday in Corsica.

I hope this gives you some ideas for making a journal to fit Eileen's Storage Box Die. It is quite simple to put together and once you have a template easy to put together at short notice for a holiday or a present.

As always thank you for joining me today and all that's left is for me to pass you on to the next stop in the blog hop - the lovely Anne Redfern.


Jennie x