Friday, 3 July 2020

Speckled Egg Wonder

Hello and welcome to my first outing with the wonderful new Distress Ink ..... Speckled Egg! I knew as soon as I saw it that it would be a firm favourite and I am in love with it already.


Our new challenge at A Vintage Journey starting today is 
Watercolour Wonders 
and the lovely Deb is our host this month. She is asking us to see what we can create with water reactive mediums. There are lots of options: watercolour paints, dye inks that react with water, or any of those wonderful powders that bloom to life when sprinkled onto a wet surface.


I love to use my Distress Inks as watercolours and have enjoyed painting these lovely cone flowers and then used some watery Distress Ink Techniques for the background of the tag and the die cut ribbon.


I love how subtle these watery Distress Inks are when matched with Vintage Photo Inks and tea dyed papers. 


The cone flowers were painted with Speckled Egg and Fossilized Amber added for the cone tops. I just squish the pad onto my craft mat and add a little water to paint.


Blending some Vintage Photo around the edges gives some definition but is a little difficult when the flowers are so small !!


I used Tim's  Wrinkle Free Distress Technique for my background adding a little Antique Linen in with the Speckled Egg and then overstamped again with Speckled Egg using a Linen stamp. (I think the sun must have come out as I took this photo as the colours are a little bleached!)


I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to stamp on my tea dyed paper and to add a little background stamping.


I really love these colour combinations and I can see there will be another Distress Ink that does not leave the desk!

Thank you for joining me and I hope you will find some time to join us in our challenge. We always love to see your entries. Hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see all the details and for some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team.

Have a great weekend!
Jennie x

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Eileen Hull Designs Christmas Launch Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome!

Thank you for taking part in the Eileen Hull Sizzix Chapter 3 Release Party Blog Hop! Both the Inspiration and Education Teams are excited to share with you their projects using these fabulous new Snowman and Mitten dies. We hope you will be inspired too and share how you use the dies in the Eileen Hull Fan Club.


But wait .... there's more .... the Release Party continues! You won't want to miss the Facebook Live at Eileen Hull Designs at 12:00 noon Eastern time today (that's 1700 hrs in the UK). Join the chat, and a random commenter will win the Snowman die. We are so glad you joined us to celebrate the Chapter 3 Release.

So hop with us through all the projects and leave comments on the different designers' blogs and a lucky commenter will win the Mitten Box die.

Check out my projects and the blog hop list is at the end of the post.


I absolutely adore the mitten die and Fair Isle Mittens came to mind!


I have used a Tim Holtz Stamp (Happy Holidays) and shades of Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint and Seedless Preserves) to give the look of shaded stranded knitting.


This just looks so Shetland!


Using board to create the covers I have made a little knitting notebook ......


..... the pages inside have been decorated with more "wooly" style stamps and stencils.


The die comes with a set of lovely heart shapes which make fabulous hanging embellishments.


My second project to whet your appetite is using the cute little snowman die! 
I created a fence from the pieces which make up the box, distressing them with white crackle paint.


I had some fun "dressing up" the snowman. Hats, scarves and facial features are all part of the die.


Creating a fence and a stand from the cloud,  gave me a background to decorate with flowers and berries.


This makes a really lovely 3D Christmas ornament.

Finally here is the full list of Eileen Hull's Team blog hop participants - make sure to visit all of them and leave a comment on each post to be in with a chance to win

Have fun!
Jennie x

Hop Participants

With Heart and Soul


Hello and welcome! It is the first of the month and so time to share my project for the Mini Album Makers Challenge.


Today I am sharing a small wraparound mini album using a very simple construction and which over the years has always been a favourite.


The mini album has been made from cardstock but has a crackled painted front ......


..... which gives the cardstock a really old feel.


Lockdown has been a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills and I really enjoyed at two hour online workshop with Seth Apter last month where I learnt about some new ideas for mixed media collage. So the inside of the little book has a totally new take on collage embellishment. I used Gel Plate papers for my background and have decorated with stamps, washi tape, text paper, and rub ons.

Here is how it came together:


I took a piece of A4 cardstock and cut two strips 2¾" deep. I then scored at 3", 6" and 9".


The two strips were joined in the middle. It really doesn't matter how many pieces you join as long as you have an even number.


I went with six folded pages.


I then started building up my pages, first by covering each page with prints from a gel print session ...


 ... and then adding text paper and washi tape.



A stamping layer came next.....


.... and finally a layer of rub ons (which I may say after Seth's class I have fallen in love with all over again!)


I cut a cover from the same cardstock as the book 9½" x 2¾" and scored at 3", 3½", 6½" and 7". This gave me a suitable spine for my pages, but you would need to adjust this if you have more pages.


The cover was painted on both sides with PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Byzantium) and then when dry I used a pallette knife to apply DecoArt Crackle Paint. It is quite randomly added but dries very well!


I then glued the book to the cover as shown above. I had made a bit of a mess of the painting on the flap so added a little collage to hide it!


The front flap was decorated using a collage created in the same way as the inside ....


..... and I added a small wooden plate on the spine, capturing the ribbon under both the plate and the collage on the front of the book.

As always thank you for joining me and do hop on over to the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog to be inspired by the rest of the makes from the Design Team.

Jennie x

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Calming Wisdom



I am sharing a project over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight for our current theme which is Calming Colours. Do hop on over to PaperArtsy if you would like to see more!

Jennie x

Friday, 26 June 2020

Rustic Charm Card

Hello and Welcome!


It is my turn to host the creative card tutorial over at A Vintage Journey this month. Quite by chance I found a lovely piece of hessian paper and so decided to make a card to match in with our theme this month which is Rustic Charm.

Head on over to A Vintage Journey HERE if you want to find out more!

Jennie x

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Tiny Book Wrap Around Folio

Hello and Welcome!

Eileen Hull's Wrap Around Journal is one of my favourite dies and I wondered whether I could make something similar using her new Tiny Book die to make a small folio.


I wanted to be able to make it from cardstock which is always freely available and to have a little collection of envelopes and books inside.


The front has a perfect wrap around cover (not easy to see on this design)

but I did make others!


I shall concentrate on showing you how I made this little wrap journal from two tags (the one on the right) and show details of the others at the end of the tutorial.
















I have cut two tiny books using two Tim Holtz Ranger tags. It is quite easy to place the tag onto the die before cutting to retain the tag top. The two pieces were then joined in the middle - use a good glue or red tape as they need to be well stuck!


I have decorated the front covers of the journal by cutting individual pieces from one strip of paper. It is a good idea at this point to determine how you want to close the journal and add any magnets. I forgot ..... which is why the magnet is on the outside!


So the journal will close I have kept the inside page flat just decorating with some papers and embellishments. 


For the middle section I have made an open folio which in this book is tied with a piece of ribbon. Lay the ribbon down first .....


..... before adhering the folio.
The folio measures 7" x 2¼" and has been scored at 1¼", 1½", 4½" and 4¾".


The scoring gives you a nice spine which allows the inside folio to close.


The envelope on the right hand side is made in exactly the same way but with the lower part glued to make a pocket.  I have added a couple of folio closures (I had a die for this but you could easily make them from cutting small circles of cardstock).


The measurements for this are 5½" x 2¼" and scored at 1½" and 4½".
There are no spine folds for this pocket so it lies flat.


I have also made a little book to sit inside the middle folio.
To make this I cut a piece of cardstock 4" x 2¾" and scored the long edge at 2".
For the pages I tore roughly some tea dyed paper 4" x 2¾ but you may need to trim a little off if your cut pages hang out ! 


I also made a little envelope using a Spellbinders die. It is worth looking through your dies to see what you have that fits.


And everything fits very nicely inside.

Here are some details of the other two journal folios:


This folio was made from mattboard as the base. I have made it in exactly the same way but cut a piece from the edge of the board and rounded the edges to create my wrap.


I have used ribbon on the outside to hold the book together.


The blue book has been cut using quite thin kraft cardstock. The folio becomes firmer as you add all the layers of paper when decorating.


I have used ribbon to close this book and used the small oval from the Tiny Book die to hold the ribbon in place.


I hope these three little designs will inspire you to have a go. The Tiny Book die is so beautifully cute and there are lots of possibilities for filling it with beautiful "tiny" things, such as books and envelopes. It is also great for using up lots of little scraps. All three of these folios use favourite papers leftover from other projects but which I couldn't bare to part with.

I am currently working on a similar design using the Notebook Die, so look out for another tutorial through the week!

As always thank you for joining me today.
Jennie x

Eileen Hull Tiny Book Die