Thursday, 12 January 2017

Three Sisters : Mary

Today I am sharing my first project of the year over at Calico Craft Parts so hop on over if you would like to see more.

Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Single Layers

Today I am sharing a single layer tag card over at Country View Projects. Do join me if you would like to see more!

Jennie x

Friday, 6 January 2017

Button Mania!

Hello and welcome to my post today where I am sharing a heap of buttons!

We have a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and the theme is 


Whether your circles are large or small, 2d or 3d, clock face embellishments, buttons, eyelets or created with paint pot lids, stamped, stencilled, doodled or finger painted, let's see what gets you going round in circles! 

I am a great lover of paper clay and I have rather a lot of moulds, many of which are buttons. So I thought it about time that I used a few in a project.

I started with a 3" x 4.5" piece of greyboard and stuck my buttons down randomly and then gave everything a coat of gesso.

I then sprayed everything very lightly with ColourArte Caribbean pigments and then once dry painted over ColourArte Autumn Leaf pigment. (These are my favourite pots at the moment, so apologies if you are getting a little fed up with them!!!!) I also flicked the Autumn Leaf here and there as well.

The gesso covered paper clay takes the pigment very well and I love the shabby look which has a little sheen to it as well.

I decided to add just a small cluster on top of the buttons so as not to lose the effect.  As I have used paper clay embellishments the whole piece is very light and could even be used on a card blank.

I hope this project might inspire you to get out your paper clay and moulds and give it a go. And of course I really do hope you manage to find time to join our challenge. 

Click the link HERE to see the fabulous inspirational projects from my fellow Creative Guides and of course to get all the details of the challenge. Just make sure that your project fits with our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journal, industrial or steampunk style.

Thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend!

Jennie x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Guest Designer for Frilly and Funkie

Hello Everyone and welcome!

I am absolutely thrilled to be Guest Designer over at Frilly and Funkie today after winning the What A Mesh Challenge back in November. 

I am sharing a project for the current challenge theme which is:
New Year's Inspiration!

At the start of each New Year so many of us make plans and set goals for the future. So for this challenge we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve in 2017.

My new year resolution for 2017 is to tidy up my craft room as I spend absolutely ages sometimes hunting for something which seems to have been put in such a safe place I cannot find it! As I am always making flowers I have them scattered all over the place without a home, so I decided to alter a box which can sit on the shelf in order that all my handmade blooms are to hand and in one place.

The box is a reasonable size (8.25" x 6.75" x 3.5") so I can store a large quantity of flowers, but the downside was it had quite a large area to cover, given that I was intending to cover both outside and inside. 

I had some lovely Maja Design papers from the Home for the Holidays set but as you will see I was struggling to piece things together by the time I got to finishing the box!

I painted the edges of the box with DecoArt acrylic paint in Raw Sienna. The plastic coating on the box didn't take the paint very well so I think it will rub off in time. But that will all add to the vintage shabby look.

I made sure I had all my papers cut for the outside of the box first starting with the top layer and then cutting the pieces for the sides. The little strips on the bottom of the papers are great for covering up the seams where I needed to piece papers together.

I layered some book paper under the top patterned paper to give it a more shabby vintage look, scrunching up the edges and inking them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I layered a lovely vintage photo onto cardstock and added my usual favourites around it! 

One of my handmade blooms (saved from the debris of my craft table!). These are my favourite flowers and generally made using the Tattered Floral die. There are lots of flower tutorials on my blog, either scroll down the sidebar or click the link Flower Tutorials under the header bar.

And then to the inside of the box! As you can see this was really a patchwork effect but I managed to get everything to fit eventually!

And here is the finished box - a little difficult to photograph given the weather conditions here in the north at the moment and it's size!  So far it hasn't moved off my craft desk (the clean side!) but it is great to throw in the flowers as soon as I find them. I am sure it will find a shelf to sit on eventually. 

What it has spurred me on to do is think about how I can make my craft room look pretty with more altered boxes like this - so watch this space, there may be more!

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you can find time to join in this wonderful challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.

Jennie x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow

Hello and welcome to a brand new year! 

And  what an exciting one I am sure it is going to be. 
I thought this quote was quite apt .....

and thought I would use it as part of my first project of the year and have it as my mantra for the year to come.

We have a brand new challenge for you over at Country View Challenges and you will be pleased to hear that it is 


And so for this first project I gathered some favourite bits and pieces and made this small art panel also using some of my favourite techniques.

Texture Paste in the Corners
Torn Text Paper
Gorgeous colours : ColourArte Caribbean Blue and Autumn Leaves

A bit of painting with the ColourArte Powders and gesso
Spritzing here and there

Painting the fabulous ColourArte colours on the flowers and ribbon 

All such fabulous fun!

I do hope you will join us for our challenge this month and just have fun just as I have done.  Click the link HERE for all the details and some fabulous pieces from the rest of the DT -  there are so many different styles to inspire you!

Thank you for joining me today and whatever you do have a great crafting year!

Jennie x

Saturday, 31 December 2016

December 2016 : Tim's Remix Tag

I thought I had completed my blogging for this year then suddenly realised I hadn't done my December tag ! In that I am rather close to the wire, I have postponed the hoovering this morning and I have been crafting ..... bliss !

As usual you can find all the details of Tim's tag HERE

As Christmas has now passed I decided to use the techniques to create an inspirational tag for 2017.

So it's time to


My base tag is hessian but I have used Ground Espresso Distress Spray Stain and the flourish layering stencil.

The metallic embossed shadow press technique is pretty amazing and I hope I will remember it for other projects! It has sat in the drawer for far too long!

My tiles were created using greyboard which I covered with text paper and then used rub ons to decorate along with some other embellishments.

So now I have finished it's back to the hoovering ............

With my very best wishes to you all for a wonderful 2017.

Jennie x

Friday, 30 December 2016

Tag Friday for A Vintage Journey

My last post of 2016 and what a fabulous crafting year I have had!

I always love a Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey as it is a chance to just "create". So this is very much a "me" tag and as usual using up a number of embellishments lying around the desk.

 My resolution at the start of the year was to use all my leftovers (both in the craft room and the kitchen). I must have done well as my "bits" box is a lot less full than it used to be (and we've had an awful lot of soup during the year!).

I started with a tag cut from text paper which then got a coat of gesso and some background stamping.

I had lots of bits of this gorgeous blue Maja Design paper left over from a previous project, so had fun die cutting and stamping tickets and labels for various layers.

A gorgeous photo from Tim's Photo Booth pack.

Not one of my flowers but a Prima white rolled rose which I painted with ColourArte Pigments Caribbean Mist and around the edges Autumn Leaf. I spritzed it very heavily with water and let it dry and am very pleased with the effect - it has a most beautiful sheen without being "glitzy"!

As always there are some fabulous inspirational tags from my fellow Creative Guides, so do hop on over by clicking the link HERE

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the New Year celebrations when they come. 

With each New Year we get a fresh clean page to start over. 
So I am wishing you ALL the hope that life writes a beautiful new chapter for you this year. 

Jennie x

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Special Delivery!

Today I am sharing a quick make "back to basics" card over at Country View Projects

Hop on over and join me if you would like to find out more.

Jennie x

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Mini Matchbox Christmas

Hello Everyone! and welcome to my second project this month for Country View Challenges

I had a couple of very small Christmas presents which needed a pretty package so I decided to use my Sissix Matchbox Die to create two Christmas Mini Matchboxes.

The die is great to work with providing a small open box and then the outside cover which I prefer to use as a book cover rather than a sleeve. So what I have really created is a mini box in a book!

The white box has been cut from glitter cardstock and then decorated with a Tim Holtz Poinsettia (I never tire of this wonderful flower).  I have a magnet enclosed under the pearl which makes for a nice fit when the book is closed.

A close up of the Poinsettia!

The plainer box is made up using some of Tim's Holiday papers - all the little scraps I had left over from other projects!

Again I have used a magnet under the pearl to create a fastening.

Both box books were great fun to make and use up very little in terms of stash as they are great for using up all those little pieces that get saved along the way.

You still have plenty of time to join us in our "Christmas" challenge. Just click the link HERE to go the blog post which gives all the details ...... and above all just have fun!

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Santa Is On His Way !

Today I am sharing my second project this month over at Calico Craft Parts - a winter scene to decorate my mantlepiece during the festive period! 

I do hope you can join me over there!

Jennie x

Thursday, 8 December 2016


Hello Everyone! 

Today I am sharing a card over at Country View Projects. Please do join me if you want to find out more.

Jennie x

Friday, 2 December 2016

Winter Magic

December - the start of winter and of course Christmas ....
... and also the start of a brand new challenge at A Vintage Journey which this month is

Winter Magic!

For us in the northern hemisphere December brings the start of winter and for many that means freezing cold weather and Christmas. But winter is so much more than that and so we ask, how would you interpret the magic of winter - snow, icicles, colours of blue, silver and white, the festivities of Christmas, misty winter landscapes. Just show us your magical focus for the season in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling, industrial or steampunk style.

Debs is hosting this wonderful theme and I had great fun making this little winter scene to sit on the mantlepiece of our lovely Victorian sitting room.

As we draw nearer to the shortest day there is a distinct lack of daylight hours here in the very north. So I am afraid there are no step by steps, in fact it was difficult to even get these pictures!

 I started with a piece of greyboard and die cut the Tim Holtz Iron Gate and then a platform for it to sit into. Everything got a coat of brown paint and then I used DecoArt Acrylic Paint over the whole piece. It was not easy painting this onto the Gate so it is a bit lumpy in places, but amazingly this just adds to the wintery feel.

And then I had fun decorating it!

A cluster of flowers and berries - coated with gesso and a little silver Stickles here and there.

A Calico Craft Parts Snowflake adding a bit of height.

More Calico Craft Parts pieces - two gorgeous corners and mini letters.

I do hope you find time to join us in our challenge even though it is a busy month with the lead up to Christmas.  Do hop on over to the challenge post for all the details and to see all the stunning projects from the rest of the AVJ Creative Guides. You can't fail to be inspired!

Thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend when it arrives - although it looks as though we have a wet and windy forecast!

Jennie x