Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Peony Creations


It is my turn to share a project over at Country View Crafts Updates today, so if you would like to see how I made this wallet card, including a short flower tutorial, click the link HERE.


Have a lovely day!
Jennie x

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Paris Roubaix …..




Hello Everyone! It is my turn for another DT post at Country View Challenges and our theme this month is:


New Beginnings

So here I am with my second newly learnt technique which involves grunging up my Gadget Gears!  My lovely friend Jenny Marples has a wonderful array of tutorials on her blog Pushing the Right Buttons and I was much taken with her makeover for gears cut from grungepaper.  Here is the link to Jenny's tutorial:  Grunge Paper Gears

As usual I didn't quite have the right products, so here is my take!



The gears on the left were coloured with Ginger Alcohol Inks and the ones on the right with Black Distress Paint.



They all got a spritz with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls.



And finally I added (here and there) Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint which I watered down a bit. They actually look better in real life!



For my card base I blended Salty Ocean and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and when dry I overstamped with Picket Fence Distress Stains (I just love this effect!) I then stamped a few of the gears from the Time Travel set with Vintage Photo (although I did stamp off first, so this is a second generation stamping).



We are not short of cycling enthusiasts in our family and as soon as I saw this in the French Industrial Paper Stack I just had to use it! My son has, as did my husband when younger, a dream of taking part in the Paris Roubaix cycle race - a gruelling race over cobble stones much of the way.  The picture got a bit of ageing with the same Distress Inks as the background.


My gears look quite different to Jenny's as I did use different products, but I quite like the overall look.


As ever, thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x



A Cycling Aside! It is the 25th anniversary of the Shetland Wheelers Cycle Club this June (founded by my husband Terry). This was our inaugural ride:





I am in the pink and grey on the left and the little lad in the front is our son Robin who is now a successful Scottish cyclist (he was on the back of the tandem for this first ride).


And the first time trial in 1990 - I was the only female rider for years!  Again the two little lads in the front are our sons, Adrian and Robin. There was very little in the way of cycle gear in those days!

Happy days!




Monday, 21 April 2014

Tattered Pine Cone Flowers


A quick post to share how I make my Tattered Pine Cone Flowers and in particular the ones I used on my April Tag.



I used the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique and a bit of spritz and flick on some cream card stock using Stormy Sky and Vintage Photos Distress Inks. 


Then I die cut my flower so I ended up with this sort of graded colour scheme - although it is a bit hit and miss! Make sure your card stock is completely dry.


I spritzed the flower lightly with some water and scrunched up each leaf in a concertina fashion. You can do a full "scrunch" but there are a couple of weak spots where the leaves can tear. Either leave it to dry or blitz it with a heat gun.


Once dry tease the individual leaves out a bit with a bone folder.


Then "wind" the flower - I find the quilling tool just as well on these as any of the other flowers I make.


After sticking it down I then turn out the leaves with a pair of tweezers - this way you can mould the flower however you want.


If you get a split don't worry! 


Just roll them up separately and make little buds.  Again just mould the leaves with a pair of tweezers.


I hope you find this tutorial useful and just a different take on how Tim makes his pine cone flowers.  I do like a bit of a crumpled look!

Jennie x



Tim's April Tag



Hello and thanks for visiting today! I have finally finished my April tag - I seem to have been making it for ages! I loved the colours of Tim's springlike tag, but for some reason ended up going down the blue route!

You can find all the details of Tim's wonderful tag HERE. As usual I didn't have some of the supplies so "did my own thing"!




I really enjoyed doing the lattice work - I found a lighter colour worked better with my background and amazingly had some cork and metal pieces to use as well!


I made my flowers slightly differently and I will show these in another post. Again I needed something lighter and I couldn't get the right colours using printed papers.


It seed a shame not to use all the cork cut outs so I made a little cork medallion.


As I only have three bottles of Distress Paints (soon to be rectified!) I made my background using the Wrinkle Free technique and using Stormy Sky, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks - I never tire of this technique!


And so there you have it!

I hope everyone is enjoying a great
holiday weekend!

Jennie x


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Celebrate Spring!!



Hello Everyone, thank you for joining me and first of all may I wish you all a happy and blessed Easter Day.



It may be Easter, but
let's hear it for Spring!

is it here yet? or did I dream it?
it is certainly taking it's time
to show itself here in the North!

I am delighted to be sharing more of Catherine Scanlon-Matthews stamps today.  These wonderful blooms are from the Edna's Flowers Clear Stamp set and aren't they beauties.

Our theme at Anything But A Card this month is Spring Forward and I thought they just fitted the theme very nicely.


I made a background ATC with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints mixing Toad Hall and Snowflake to get this wonderful green.  Grunge paste was layered over the top using a script mask and then I stamped these wonderful flowers on cream card stock.  Just adding a little painting makes them look wonderfully 3D.

I do hope you will join us at ABAC for our challenge this month - as usual Anything But A Card and let us see you springing forward with your wonderful projects.

Thank you for visiting.

Jennie x

Friday, 18 April 2014

Spring Flowers for A Vintage Journey



I am thrilled to be hosting the fourth of our challenges over at A Vintage Journey and being a little keen on flowers (!) I have chosen the theme:


Spring Flowers

We want to see your makes adorned with spring flowers.


You might want to use stamps, 
handmade flowers from dies, ideology blooms 
or bought blooms 
as long as they have been stamped, made or altered 
using a Tim technique or product.


They don't have to be actual spring flowers 
but the colour of spring!


I actually set out to make something entirely different! but amazing things happen when you start to create and you get carried along!



I created lots of tag shaped layers with papers from the new Wallflower Collection and stitched them to create a little bit of texture. I tore an opening in the front where I layered my handmade flowers made from the Tattered Florals Die using yellow and cream card stock.



I also made some small rolled roses but instead of distressing the edges I lightly edged them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 



The small buds were made by scunching up the smallest of the flowers on the Tattered Florals die and wiping a little Vintage Photo over the closed bud.



By this time everything was hanging off the tag! So I made a quick and simple hanging  - Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint layered onto a piece of heavy card stock with a palette knife (which seems to be my tool of the moment!).

The final touch was to add a couple of butterflies from the Papillon Stamp Set.

I do hope you will join us at A Vintage Journey for this challenge.  Please do pop over and visit us and be inspired by the wonderful pieces from the rest of the Design Team. More inspirational pieces will be posted on Monday's and Friday's so do revisit.


Have a great weekend!

Jennie x


Monday, 14 April 2014

My first ATB!



A quick post to share my first ATB (Artists Trading Block). My Eileen Hull Block/Cube Die arrived on Friday afternoon and I couldn't wait to get started! So in between running a workshop on Saturday, various events yesterday and hoovering this morning I made this!


I embossed the pieces with a Sissix Tim Holtz Die and then applied Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage Distress Paints with a Palette knife (I am loving this technique!). A covering of gesso, again with the palette knife softened the colours.  


I then had fun decorating the top with various embellishments - two handmade roses using the Tattered Florals Die (tutorial here on my blog) and various bits and pieces which were lying around my desk having been made for other projects. There is a gorgeous piece of lace underneath it all too!


I think I am hooked! 
I can't wait to start another one!

Thank you to Eileen Hull 
for such a fabulous die!

I thought I would enter my first ATB into Eileen Hull's Art with Heart Challenge this month which is April Showers - I think my box would make a great make for a Bridal Shower! 

And I am also linking in with this month's challenge at the Artistic Stamper as the challenge is embossing and texture.

Thanks for visiting and I hope the sun is shining wherever you are and you don't have spring showers as we have here!

Jennie x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Blog Hop with Catherine Scanlon Designs and Art Gone Wild!

I am absolutely thrilled to be part of Catherine Scanlon's blog hop today (my first ever) showcasing her wonderful stamps from Art Gone Wild. 


Catherine has been a wonderful friend and teacher to me over the last few years - leading me into mixed media work and encouraging me in so many ways with the result that I feel I have managed to find my own mixed media style. It is therefore a pleasure, and an honour, to be supporting her today.

You can see the current collection of Catherine's stamps and stencils in this wonderful catalogue HERE and the Summer 2013 release HERE at Art Gone Wild. To see a list of stores (on-line and in person) that carry the stamps you can go to Catherine's blog and look at the link here.

  

In the UK Catherine's stamps are available from the Artistic Stamper - click the link HERE to see the lovely range that Jennie is currently stocking. More stamps and masks are on the way - so do revisit.

So to the blog hop and I am super excited to see what this wonderful talented group has created! If you have come to my blog from Nathalie's then you are nearly through! If you are starting with me then you might want to start with Catherine and work you way through.


And so to my project - I have made a small words book from a set of beer mats I picked up in a pub recently! As they were black (Carling Black Label!) they took a little covering with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paints, but I love the finish.



I used the fabulous Black Eyed Susan stamp on the cover and inside the Edna's Flowers set.


Each beer mat got a covering of gesso then a mixture of Orchid and Pansy Fresco Paints with a bit of Snowflake on the top.


On the reverse side I used the Pansy Fresco Paint and when dry gave it a coating of Crackle Glaze and then Snowflake Fresco Paint.  I just love this finish!



Once everything was dry it was out with the Grunge Paste and some Tim Holtz masks to create a bit of texture.  I then stamped the flowers over the top in Arcival ink.


After that it was great fun painting the flowers with the same Fresco Paints.


Finally I stamped a flourish in Dusty Concord Distress Ink over the Crackle Glaze and some of my favourite Tim Holtz life quotes.


I do hope you enjoy this blog hop and the wonderful versatility of Catherine's stamps. I love the clear drawn lines of these flowers which are fabulous for just adding colour, but they also look great cut out and layered too. 

Do leave a comment on Catherine's blog by Friday April 18th as she has a few prizes to give away. Make sure you leave an email address when you comment as she will be picking two winners!

Thank you for visiting!

Jennie x