Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Where there is tea there is love …..

Time for me to share another project at Country View Crafts Projects, and another project using those fabulous Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Papers. Hope to see you over there!

Jennie x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Not my usual crafting !!

Well I must admit to having a minor heart failure when I saw this month's challenge theme at Anything But A Card. Zentangle pieces are not something that I would normally even attempt. I thought perhaps something small - ATC size, but hey! I got a bit carried away once I started (11" x 8")!

It is rather rough in places as I am not good with a pen these days due to arthritis in my hands, so don't look too closely! And the painting is a bit patchy, but I just wanted to get a little colour into the piece. I used Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks for the daisies and various mixes of Bundled Sage and Forest Moss for the leaves.

And so how did I start: I took my pen (yep no practice pencil lines here!) and drew the big daisy in the bottom left corner and then a few leaves. After that I filled in the spaces with more daisies and the negative space with the black pen. It needed something vertical to balance it all out so I managed some seed pods down the right hand side. This was actually to be a practice piece!

All I can say is JOIN IN with our challenge and like me you might surprise yourself!  There is still time to enter but even if you don't please hop on over to Anything But A Card to see what my Design Team colleagues have been putting together.

Thank you for visiting today and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Nothing Can Dim the Light

Hello Everyone and how good it is to be back home! (despite a fabulous time sailing the west coast of Scotland).

Before I share my project today I would like to thank you for all your comments and visits while I have been away - I really do appreciate it. And I also want to give a HUGE welcome to the new followers who have started following over the last six weeks either through Blogger, Bloglovin or email. I really appreciate you joining me on this crafty journey - who knows where it will go next!!

And so onto my project. It is my turn today to share another DT piece for Country View Challenges and as our theme is Word Play I am sharing another journal page in the style of Finnabair. I am still very much a learner of this style (I will explain some of the problems I experienced with this page) but I am finding the whole process so very enjoyable and extremely liberating!

I am sorry there are not many photos of how I got to this stage - but you tend to get taken along by the process and before you know it you've finished! I started with some script paper and I blended various Distress Inks and spritzed it lightly to blend. I should have realised at this stage that the paper was really too thin, but as I say "carried away"! One or two strips of tissue tape, then added a little interest with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and my favourite compass mask and Vintage Photo and the Splatters mask. Finally I added some Crackle Paste through the Harlequin mask over the top.

Decorating Finn style came next with two little collages of bits of labels, lace, prima flowers, some paper buttons (another mistake!) and some torn strips of paper.

Then I sprayed! Just my own made sprays from various re-inkers, but sadly in places they just soaked into the paper and I was in danger of ending up with a pile of mushy bits!

The photograph is of my mother-in-law taken in 1927 - she looks so glamorous! The original photograph has a big crease in the middle of it, but for a small page like this it works very well and you can hardly see it.

I left everything to dry overnight, thinking that I might have to start again, but when I returned in the morning it didn't look too bad! and I managed to attach both pages to some heavier weight card to give it a little strength.

By this stage I thought I had nothing to lose and so stamped my quote directly onto the page! I love this quote of Maya Angelou's and feel that I could use it over and over again.

And so … the moral of the story is to really think about the weight of papers when attempting a sprayed layout! Just common sense really, but I find that is something that never seems to be around when I get stuck in! And … do the gesso stage - I left this out as I wanted to keep the script on the paper visible, but of course this also helps to strengthen the paper.

There is still plenty of time to join in our Word Play challenge and there are some wonderful entries already. Do hop over to the CVC blog and have a look around the wonderful DT and GDT projects which are posted nearly every other day during the month. Loads of inspiration!

Have fun!

Jennie x

Friday, 8 August 2014

Time Flies for A Vintage Journey

Time for another challenge at A Vintage Journey - my how time flies! And most appropriately the theme of our new challenge:

Time Flies

We would love to see your interpretation of how quickly 
time passes or the passing of time using either 
Tim's products (stamps, dies, ideology, 
etc.) and/or some of his techniques.

For me the one thing that marks the passing of time has been watching my little grandson growing from a toddler to a lively, chattering, full of life little boy over the last two years and decided a scrapbook tag would show this well.

I forgot to take a picture of the background before I started embellishing the tag, but you can just about see that I used the Clocks Embossing Folder to create the texture and blended Evergreen Bough and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks over the top, spritzing with water to blend it all together. As the embossing folder doesn't fill the tag I used the pediments die top and bottom to make it look more complete.

The cogs were cut in Grungepaper and painted with Honey Amber Silks before embossing and edging with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. The clock stamp from the Curiosities stamp set just sits perfectly in the middle sized cog.

I love the Sissix Film Strip die and it is fabulous for showcasing small photographs taken on my phone. I chose to print them in black and white to keep the vintage feel.

Finally my sentiment using the new Sissix Framelits Die Set - those little ones are going to become a favourite!

I do hope you will join in with us for this challenge - there have been some absolutely fabulous entries over these last few months and even if you don't join in do have a look at the DT projects and entries for some great inspiration for those Tim stamps, products and techniques.

Looking forward to seeing what you create.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

A Cup of Tea Warms the Soul …...

……… and I think this little mini book and box might as well!

It is my turn today to share a project over at the Country View Crafts Project blog and if you want to know how I put this little book and matching box together then hop on over!

Jennie x

Friday, 1 August 2014

Be the reason …...

Well it is the 1st of August today and I should still be sailing the high seas - hopefully not high, but nice and smooth with lots of sun! In my dreams … 

Today is the start of a brand new challenge at Country View Challenges and Alison has chosen Word Play as our theme. A fabulous theme and lots of possibilities. I chose the written word and the dying art of letter writing as the themes for my tag. 

For my background I used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique using Evergreen Bough and Vintage Photo, keeping the former to the middle of the tag. 

I over stamped some text with Vintage Photo and then VERY bravely used a little Alphabet Stamp set to stamp my sentiment directly on to the tag. I still felt it needed a little more, so I blended Evergreen Bough through the Tim Holtz Splatters Mask and was quite pleased with the overall effect!

I do love the mini quill and ink pen die set - it takes very little to make it look effective!

Finally, a little letter in an envelope and a little of the wax I bought in Rome last year to complete the little collage.

I hope you will join us in our challenge this month and hop over to the Country View Challenges blog to view the rest of the Design Team projects for today - fabulous inspiration from everyone! And remember that there is a post every other day from Guests and DT members.

Have fun!

Jennie x

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Using Every Llittle Scrap!

I don't know about you but those Wallflower Stash papers are just fabulous and I just can't throw even the tiniest piece away. Hop on over to the Country View Crafts Projects blog if you want to see what I did with all my little bits!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Butterflies, Banners and Blossoms

Hello Everyone! I am sharing a sneak peek today of a card for the Country View Crafts Projects Blog. Hop on over if you want to see more!

Jennie x

Monday, 23 June 2014

Kraft and White

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing a centre fold card in kraft and white for the Country View Crafts Projects blog. Hop on over if you want to see more and a link which shows how easy it is to make these stunning folded cards.

Jennie x

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Sea Beckons

Just a quick post to let you all know that things will be a little quiet around here for the next six weeks as tomorrow I fly to Inverness and after a long bus ride, join Terry and Mrs Muir (the boat) in Lochinver. We hope to sail south of Skye and see the islands of Jura and Islay and perhaps even a little further south - it all depends on the weather and of course we have to sail all the way home again too!

I have packed a few things to keep me busy.

A Journal I made recently.

And to complete the journal:
a pile of scraps

And my 12 x 12 box which fits in the locker above my bunk!

There will be a few scheduled posts and I really appreciate your comments.  I hope to be able to get Wifi occasionally and catch up with you all.

Have a fabulous summer all my lovely friends
and see you all in August!

Jennie x

Friday, 20 June 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - June

I can't believe it is time for another tag! I just love Tim's tag for this month and whilst I have used the technique it is rather incomplete as we don't have the Sissix stamps and dies here in the UK yet.

As usual you can find all the details and techniques for the tag on Tim's blog HERE.

For my stencil mono print technique I used Old Paper, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey and Weathered Wood Distress Inks. It was a little difficult with the large pads as I don't have the mini pads but … everything is achievable! I love this combination of colours (#7 in the mini pad set).

There are not many embellishments - just a little lace, tape ribbon and a metal sentiment - Remnants (my favourite sewing shop when I was a teenager and making most of my clothes).

And if you have ever wanted to tie a good bow then see Tim's instructions for the Paula bow. I have been tying them like this for a while having seen Paula tying different bows on her fabulous blog One Lucky Day.

So that's my June tag finished and I am off to enter it into the challenge. 

Have a great weekend

Jennie x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A Box of Flowers!

Hi Everyone! It is my turn today to share a project on the Country View Crafts Projects Blog, so pop on over if you want to see more of this little pop up birthday box I have made from Graphic 45 Botanical Tea papers.

Thank you for joining me today!


Monday, 16 June 2014

Destination Inspiration for A Vintage Journey

The start of another week (and nearly mid summer!). Today it is my turn to share a project in the Destination Inspiration Booth at A Vintage Journey. If you want to see how I made this piece, then hop on over!

Jennie x

Saturday, 14 June 2014

There is no heart for me like yours

Following on from my fabulous weekend with Finnabair I have been itching to do another journal page. As our theme for the month at Anything But A Card is Summer Lovin I thought I would use this lovely photograph of my parents, taken many summers ago before they married, possibly at Walton or Clacton as they used to cycle there regularly from Colchester for the day.

I got everything a bit back to front in terms of the gesso and adding the embellishments, so things were stuck down and pulled up again and there are some strategically placed cogs covering the holes!

I used some die cuts hanging around the desk and also added some texture paste through a script mask. I love this quote which I found on Pinterest and which is so appropriate for my parents.

I love the way everything gets covered in the spray paints to a lesser or greater degree. I am still waiting for the delivery of spray bottles for my Luminaire sprays, so I used Glimmer Mists which are not quite as strong in colour, BUT they are very orange! 

Which makes this a very good candidate piece for the current challenge at Our Creative Corner this month which to use the colour Orange - Julia having chosen the fabulous Leighton painting Flaming June as inspiration (one of my favourites).

I do hope you will join us at Anything But A Card for our Summer Lovin challenge. This is the third week of the challenge and a wide variety of Design Team pieces to view as well as some amazing work from Guest Designer Tracy Alden. So do pop over for a look!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jennie x

Friday, 13 June 2014

Wings and Things for A Vintage Journey

It is time for another challenge for you all at A Vintage Journey (how the weeks pass!) and our very talented DT member Sandy has chosen:

Wings and Things

With Spring and Summer comes an abundance of birds, bees and butterflies. Take inspiration from these beautiful summery creatures to create a Tim inspired project, tag or card inspired by these winged beauties. 

Now I know that my DT Sisters will have created feast of inspirational projects for you so do hop on over to see them all.

As you can see from my photo I have decided to combine my absolute all time favourite Tim stamp (well … at the moment!) with my growing love of ATB's.

I am always stamping and cutting out butterflies or dragonflies for projects and then I don't use them for one reason or another and so they have just been stacking up in one of the corners of my desk.

So I thought a nice  box would mean I could put them somewhere safe and where I could find them. (I can see this might turn into a range of boxes for the debris on my desk !!)

I used very heavy watercolour paper for my winged panels and used the Distress Watercolour technique  which Tim included in his June tag in 2012 and which you can also find on page 39 of the Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.

I used a selection of Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Evergreen Bough and Forest Moss.

And then it was fun time decorating the top of the box. I made a couple of Tea Roses from the Tattered Pine Cone die using the sandable Co-ordinations card stock - just sanding around the edges to highlight the kraft core.

The dragonfly was stamped again in watercolour paper and then just the wings in Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art Modeling Film. I decided he needed a pen nib body in order to hold it all together! There are also leaves from the Spring Greenery die and some Grunge Paste textured lettering.

Finally I added a flap using the Pediments die. I am certainly having a lot of fun making these ATB's - they are rather addictive!

The Wings and Things Challenge will run for two weeks, so there is plenty of time to get those stamps, dies, inks, paints and papers out to create a Tim inspired piece. Just make sure your read the Travelling Instructions before posting your project.

Have fun!

Jennie x