Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Vintage Squares and Grids for PaperArtsy

It's my turn to share a project tonight over at PaperArtsy for our Squares and Grids Challenge. I have also been having tremendous fun with the fabulous new Infusions.

So do please join me if you want to see more!

Jennie x

Saturday, 15 October 2016

More Spookiness!

Well I hope you are ready for a little more spookiness! Today I am sharing a Halloween tag at Country View Challenges for our All Things Spooky Challenge and if you have hopped over from there - welcome!

This is yet another of my resist background experiments and if you want to see the technique then click the link HERE for the tutorial I shared on Country View Projects the other day.

The Distress Inks used were Rusty Hinge, Wilted Violet and Fossilised Amber .....

... overstamped with Wilted Violet.

I had some stamped die cut leaves left over from a previous project (details here) so used these to embellish the Tim Holtz Dress Form Die - one of my all time favourites.

The skirt was made from cutting back the Tim Holtz Bird Cage Die - another early purchase which I still use today and never tire of.  I am a little short on Halloween stamps but the Tim Holtz rub ons work wonderfully well.

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you are enjoying this wonderful spooky month! and of course I hope you find time to join us in our challenge. Click the link here to get all the details.

Have a great weekend!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Distress Glaze Resist

You will know that I have been a little hooked on Distress Glaze just lately, and if you want to see how I have been using it as a resist then do hop on over to Country View Projects where I am sharing how I made the background for this tag.

Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Friday, 7 October 2016

More Spookiness ....

Hello and welcome to another "spooky" project! The very talented Anne is our host this month over at A Vintage Journey and it will come as no surprise that such a lover of all things Halloween the theme is .....

Make It Spooky!
As we approach All Hallows' Eve we want you to create a vintage, shabby, industrial steampunk or mixed media project to celebrate the spookiness of Halloween, don't limit yourself to black, orange and purple - just "make it spooky"!!

I decided to go for a mixed media journal page for this project having just got Tim Holtz's wonderful Halloween Ephemera Pack in the post. 

I started with a gessoed spread in my journal and used Fossilised Amber, Rusty Hinge and Wilted Violet Distress Spray Inks to get colour on the page. Unfortunately they didn't show up as strongly on the gessoed background. But you know me ... I love muted colours!

I used the same Distress Inks and layering stencils over the top and finally added some texture paste through a text stencil. No idea why I got the urge to stamp the grasses!

I then used the Ephemera pack to create little collages around the pages. I also had some leaves left over from a previous project.

Not your usual Halloween colouring !!

Again more Ephemera and that gorgeous gate die which I know I am going to love.

I do so hope you will be able to join us in our challenge this month. Country View Crafts are our sponsors and there is a £20 Voucher for one lucky winner and of course the chance to be chosen as a Pinworthy entry and to join us as a Guest Designer. So do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what spooky projects my fellow Creative Guides have created this month!

Happy spookings!

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Halloween Mail Art

Welcome to the first of October and brace yourselves for a host of Halloween projects over the next few weeks! 

We have a brand new challenge over at Country View Challenges - Corrie is our host and she has chosen the theme

All Things Spooky .......

I am always inspired by the Mail Art projects I see on Pinterest, so here's my Halloween version!

I actually had great fun creating this project - it is quite surprising how many mail/correspondence stamps I have!

Drips of red wax ..........

Gold Edging ........

And the back of the envelope got similar treatment.

 I do hope you find time to join in our "spooky" challenge! As always you can find all the details by clicking the link HERE and  have a look at the fabulous projects created by my Design Team buddies! You can't fail to be inspired!

Jennie x

Friday, 30 September 2016

Resisting Techniques .....

... no good in a craft shop but great fun in the craft room! 

I have got rather hooked on using Distress Glaze since I got home from my holiday experimenting with a number of different types of background, including this resist technique which I found whilst searching on Pinterest for some post holiday inspiration!

And what better way than to share one of my experimental tags than today over at A Vintage Journey as it's Tag Friday (that once in a blue moon month with five Fridays where the Creative Guides share their most recent tag makes).

Anna-Karin at Layers of Ink showcased this technique for one of her Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges and if you click the link here you can find her blog post and video. I have tried the technique with a number of different stencils but I loved the effect of the circles behind a cluster. Some of the more intricate stencils were a little too cluttered, but I am sure you will see them on other projects!

Along with the resist I used the Distress Wrinkle Free Technique to get my colour on to the background.

And I just adore this mix of Distress Ink colours:

Victorian Velvet
Rusty Hinge
Seedless Preserves
Dusty Concord

The flowers and ribbon were also coloured with this combination. If you are new to visiting my blog then you can find the tutorial for making the rose on the sidebar or click the tutorials link on the header bar.

Thank you for joining me today and DO hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see the amazing tags created by my teamies.  We always love a Tag Friday and the chance to create something quite individually without a theme.

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x


Saturday, 24 September 2016


Today over at Country View Crafts Projects I am sharing a small card using some of my favourite Tim Holtz Sissix Dies. 

Do join me if you want to see more!

Jennie x

Guest Designer at Calico Craft Parts

Hello Everyone! 

Here is a sneak peek of my second project for Calico Craft Parts. If you would like to see more then please do hop on over by clicking the link here.

Jennie x

Thursday, 22 September 2016

September 2016 : Tim's Remix Tag

I grabbed the chance of a little crafting time this afternoon whilst sitting in waiting for a phone call to make the September Remix tag as I was so desperate to try the negative technique!

The light is failing so the photographs are not great, but wow that technique is amazing! As usual if you want all the details they are HERE on Tim's blog.

As usual my tag is a little different!

I decided to go down the sepia route and used Butterscotch and Ginger Alcohol Inks which mixed quite well on the Yupo card.

 Both resist techniques are amazingly effective!

Thanks Tim for yet another month of amazing creativity!
I shall certainly be doing this one again!

And thank you too for joining me and I hope you have managed to find some crafting time too!

Jennie x

Monday, 12 September 2016

Destination Inspiration for A Vintage Journey

It is my turn today to share a project over at A Vintage Journey using this month's travel bag products. 

Here is a sneak peek but if you want to see more then please do join me over at A Vintage Journey.

Jennie x

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Calico Craft Parts Sneak Peek!

Hello Everyone and welcome to this sneak peak of my first project as Guest Designer this month over at Calico Craft Parts. I do hope you will join me over there to see more!

Jennie x

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Film Strip Fun

I have been having some fun with Andy Skinner's Film Strip Stencil. 

If you would like to see more then please join me over at Country View Crafts for a step by step.

Jennie x

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Travel the World

Thank you for joining me today so close on the heels of my last "Travel" post. As I am  hosting the challenge at Country View Crafts then I have the "follow on" spot!

It was only whilst I was putting this tag together that I realised that our eldest son left home this month, 19 years ago, to join the Merchant Navy. As a young Cadet he travelled all over the world to join his ships and of course there was no mobile phone, text or FaceTime then! We were never too sure where in the world he was!

My tag started with some crackle paste through a stencil and then my favourite technique for getting ink on the tag - wrinkle free distress.

I have collaged, stamped and used rub ons to sum up what I imagine a life travelling the world must be like. Though as a Cadet I am sure Adrian would not agree with me that it was "good" all the time!

A close up so you can see that I have used quite a lot of stamps on the background which don't really show up well at a distance.

This was a piece which evolved quite quickly as I hunted through my stash looking for nautical and travel stamps and elements and consequently I got quite carried away and finished it before taking any photographs!

As ever thank you for joining me today and I hope you find time during the month to join in my challenge at Country View Crafts.

Jennie x

Friday, 2 September 2016

Create Inside a Frame for A Vintage Journey

Hello! and yes today I am "creating inside a frame" for  A Vintage Journey

Julia is our host and whatever you use for your challenge project this month just show us how you have incorporated a frame on your project be it vintage, shabby, mixed-media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk. 

I took an old wooden photograph frame for the start of my project and after several coats of gesso I applied some Crackle Texture Paste. Once the crackle appeared and was dry I dry brushed DecoArt Cobalt Turquoise Hue here and there and before sealing it all with some multi-medium rubbed back to the wooden frame here and there.

And then I just decorated the inside of the frame with some of my favourite pieces!

More crackle paste was used on the inset of the frame and I added a little watered down Turquoise Cobalt Hue to take the starkness away.

I used the same colour on this little greyboard heart, stamping it with an Andy Skinner background stamp and adding a little rusting around the edges with Quinacridone Gold. Only a small element but I wanted something quite colourful peeping out from the flowers.

I was very pleased with the way this project turned out especially as the spare bedroom is now taking on a bit of a turquoise hue!

And definitely excited at the make-over for the frame. It is always lovely to take something that might have been thrown out and give it a whole new lease of life.

So .... get out your frames, whether they be wooden, die cuts or stencils and show us what you can do! There is a great prize this month from DecoArt, so don't delay, hop on over to the challenge blog post HERE for more details and some amazing projects from my (extremely talented) sister Creative Guides. 

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

Jennie x

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Travel with Me!

Good morning everyone and welcome to the first of the month! and that means a brand new challenge at Country View Crafts. I am your host this month and I have chosen the theme


Most of you will have travelled at some point in the last few months, so I hope you will enjoy this theme.

Whenever we come home from Europe we always seem to have spare Euros and they get kept for the next holiday .... but we can never find them as they are in various handbags, wallets and purses around the house! So I decided to alter a small box so that (hopefully) it can be kept in one place and we will find it, and the money, when next we travel!

I covered my box with Tim Holtz printed tissue paper, just tearing up strips and adding them with multi-medium. I added a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink here and there before painting it with DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Cobalt Turquoise Hue (I just LoVE this colour!). It is a translucent paint and so the tissue paper patterns show through.

Once dry I then gave all the surfaces a coating of DecoArt Crackle Glaze. This takes a little while as you need to keep the surfaces flat and let them dry before moving on to the next side. Finally having left everything to dry thoroughly overnight I rubbed in DecoArt White Antiqueing Cream. Once dry you can then gently rub it off so that the cream remains in the crackles. I just LoVE this crackle too!

For details of all these DecoArt techniques hop on over to the DecoArt web page.

And then to decorate the lid - not too much as I didn't want to hide any of the lovely crackle!

You might remember these little tickets I created last year - they were lots of fun to make and are just the right size for a small project like this. Here is the link if you would like to see more.

I do hope you will get out those travel papers, stamps, ephemera and embellishments in your stash and join us this month for our challenge. Hop on over to the challenge post today to see the details and some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Team.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Jennie x