Thursday, 5 May 2016

Art Journal Musings

Time for my second post for Country View Challenges where our challenge is to use a stencil. I had so much fun with my first art journal page I decided to make another. Similar in a lot of respects but different colours on different paper and this time a bit of a plan!

I chose my colours as little more carefully for a more subtle but contrasting effect.

Again my favourite way of getting ink on the page - wrinkle free distress technique. As the paper is slightly thicker in this art journal I got some different effects.

Lots of stencils this time!

I blended the inks through the stencils but this time very lightly to get a more ghosting effect. Sometimes I didn't get a good impression through the stencil, but it added to the effect I was trying to achieve. A flourish has the great ability to tie everything in together - be it a stencil or a stamp!

More texture paste through the text stencil and some added words and numbers. However, I started to regret using the brown and tried to remove it in the top left hand corner and made a bit of a mess!

But quotes came to the rescue! This time I stamped with Distress Ink so the stamping blended more into the background.

Two art journal pages using very similar techniques but totally different by using softer colours and blending in a lighter way. Here is the link to my first page if you would like to compare them further.

You still have plenty of time to join us in our challenge, so get out those stencils and have some fun!!!

And of course don't forget our fabulous blog hop with the wonderful prize for one lucky winner. You can find all the details HERE if you missed it on the first of the month.

Jennie x

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Hitting the Books

... is what we are doing this month at Our Creative Corner. I am hosting my very first challenge at OCC and I have chosen the theme

Hit the Books!

I adore old book paper and old books and I am always glad to be able to breathe new life into a dilapidated book which most people would consider throwing out. So to join us you just need to make sure that you give your book paper or books centre stage!

For my project I have used some papers from an old Penguin Classic Paperback which my friend was taking to the skip as it had missing pages and was looking very sorry for itself! 

I took out about a third of the book using the paper signatures as a guide and folded them in two. The edges of the pages were already beautifully aged so I didn't need to add any ink!

Then I needed a book! As I was working with a paperback I had to make my own book covers.

I used coaster board as the base and covered it with Stampin Up Crumb Cake cardstock - a favourite "go to".

And then time to have some fun decorating! I chose some old Shabby Chic Vintage Pages which I been saving for something special and managed to cut enough for each cover, but had to layer these on top of some more paper from the paperback. A little lace around the edges helped too.

I decided to hold my project together with dyed ribbon and used an eyelet covered hole to ensure the ribbon was secured.

All good so far!

And then even more fun as I layered these gorgeous blooms over the ribbon in order to pull it all together.

I am very pleased with the way this project has turned out. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time but finally got around to it without damaging a hardback book!

I do hope you will find time to join us in our challenge. Search through your stash for old book paper or books and create a project with what you find. You might want to use papers within your project or you might want to breathe new life into an old book by altering it in some way. I do hope I have chosen a challenge theme with huge scope for projects - small or large.

If you are looking for inspiration then DO hop on over HERE to see what the Design Team have created. 

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The winner this month will receive a huge bundle of goodies from our generous sponsor!

Thank you so much for joining me (again!) today - I really appreciate it!

Happy May Day!

Jennie x

Stencil Fun

Good morning to you all on this first day of May! I have no dancing around the Maypole for you but I have had fun in my art journal using stencils for our new challenge at Country View Challenges and I shall be sending you off on a blog hop at the end of the post so that you have the chance to win a fabulous prize from Country View Crafts.

Chris is our host this month and she is challenging us to Use A Stencil in our projects but if you are like me you might want to use more than one!

I gathered some inks, actually quite randomly, but I quite like stacking them to get an idea of how the colours might look together.

I used the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique to get the ink on the pages - not easy with a book but it's just one of those things you have to go with what you get !!

I gathered a few stencils.

I blended the same inks through the stencils and then added texture paste through the text stencil once everything had dried.

Next I added some stamping using Cobalt Blue Archival Ink and a selection of stamps.

I then gathered a few bits and pieces from my scrap box.

I am never too sure at this stage whether I will use them all but it is nice to have a selection to play around with.

I decided to keep the embellishments simple on the left hand page .......

........ and a heavier collage on the right.

A bright mix of colours but by using stencils I have managed to blend them together.

I hope this inspires you to join us in our challenge this month where your entry will be entered into our £20 Voucher draw. However, in addition, running alongside our challenge, we are also running a Blog Hop with a Sissiz Big Shot Machine and Die Bundle as the prize. How brilliant is that! To enter you must be a follower of our challenge blog and hop along to each of our Design Team Members Blogs and leave a comment. 

To start the blog hop from here, or to continue if you came here from Gabrielle's blog then hop on over to Rachel's blog:

Thank you so much for joining me today! and good luck with the challenge and blog hop prize draw.

Jennie x

Friday, 29 April 2016

Tag Friday for A Vintage Journey

A warm welcome to you all, and especially new followers, for this Tag Friday post for A Vintage Journey.  

When there are five Fridays in the month the Creative Guides get the chance to play and craft a tag which might be a little different from our normal techniques. I took the opportunity to experiment with some tea bag fabric which a textile friend sent me a couple of years ago but which has been sitting in my fabric drawer waiting to be used. 

I decided to use the fabric to encapsulate some inked and stamped elements as it is quite translucent.

I inked my tag with some text stamps and then made made a little collage using a ledger stamp, butterfly, a die cut leaf and the small quote. These needed to be quite dark to show through the fabric.

I couldn't glue the material down so stitched it around the edges although I did put a little bit of glue on the butterfly and leaf to add a bit more contrast and to stop the fabric bubbling up. I then added the simple flower cluster and finally everything got a spritz with Vintage Photo Distress Marker using the Distress Spritzer.

I am really very pleased with the ethereal effect, although it is quite difficult to photograph given the light colour of the fabric.

I do hope you will hop on over to see what my fellow Creative Guides have created. This is always a fun challenge for us as we all try and create something out of the ordinary to share with you.

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

Jennie x

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Wallflower Scraps

Time for my second project of the month over at Country View Projects. Do hop on over if you would like to see how I put this card together with more pieces from my scrap box.

Jennie x

Sunday, 24 April 2016

12 Tags of 2016 : April Remix

Not that I needed an excuse but after a 2.5 mile walk in freezing wind and hail I decided I needed some time in my lovely WARM craft room, so what better than my Tim Remix tag for this month. 

As usual  you can get all the details HERE.

As usual my tag is very different! I did try the little snippets of paper but I just couldn't cope with the haphazard nature and because I am ME needed something more regimented! So I decided to cut some papers with the Trellis Die and use the little pieces for my dimensional tiled effect.

I stuck my pieces on a piece of gessoed coaster board with a rough outline of the butterfly on it. But the hardest thing was actually making sure I used the die in the right place. So after a zillion measurements I put it through the Sissix and it came out just as I had wanted! Phew!

I used a woodgrain stamp and Distress Paint for my textured background and Victorian Velvet and Hickory Smoke Distress Stains and Inks. I just LOVE these two colours together.

My butterfly is only stuck at the side edge so I hope it stays put! but I like the fact that it looks as though it is flying off the tag.

I layered my finished piece onto a tag which had been spritzed with Hickory Smoke and then overstamped with the woodgrain stamp using the same ink.

Another two fabulous techniques which were really fun to revisit. 

Thank you for joining me and I hope you have all had a great weekend and had lots more sunshine and warmer weather than we have here!

Jennie x

Friday, 22 April 2016

Calico Craft Parts DT Call Submission

This is a "look back" post at three projects which I feel really sum up my crafting style for my submission to the Calico Craft Parts DT Call (so please do not feel it is necessary to leave a comment!)

I suppose I would describe my style as shabby chic vintage and although I have chosen three 3D projects I also enjoy art journalling, scrapbooking and card design in a mixed media style.  I enjoy working with inks as well as paints and crackle paste is one of my absolute favourite products. I normally try and get a little bit in somewhere on the project! I love layering embellishments on my work which I enjoy altering in various different products.

I have an active blog and a fabulous list of followers who have always been very supportive. 

My three projects with the link to the original post on my blog:

Greyboard hanging, crackle paste texture, brayered paints, altered Calico Craft Parts Leaf and Metal, Paper Clay  Frame and Flowers.

Travelling in Vintage Style

Paper Mache Chest covered with torn Tissue Paper, inked, and crackled with DecoArt products. 

Altered wooden frame: Acrylic Chalk Paints, Crackle Paste, layered metal and
paper embellishments painted with Chalk Paints 
Butterfly: Metal covered with Chalk Paint and Distress Crackle

Thank you for visiting and looking at my work.

Jennie x