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




Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Countdown Begins ....

The first of December and (woo hoo) we start the countdown to Christmas Day along with a new challenge over at Country View Challenges which is

CHRISTMAS!


And so what better project to share with you today than my Advent Clock!


I bought this Tando Creative kit whilst at one of the Mixology workshops earlier this year and have thankfully managed to complete it in time! 


The kit got a coat of DecoArt Primary Magenta Fluid Acrylic and then it was about hunting down relevant papers. Most came from Tim's Christmas stacks Merriment and Yuletide - loads of little scraps left over from other projects.


I used some of the embellishments in the kit but just had to add a few flowers!


I did use one special piece of cardstock for the middle - a map of the Arctic Circle and Santa land!

This was great fun to make and I hope will be much enjoyed by my two special grandchildren over the next few years. 

I do hope you will find time to join us in our challenge this month despite all the Christmas preparations. Do hop on over to Country View Challenges for some fabulous inspirational pieces from the rest of the DT and of course all the details of the challenge.

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x


Believe in the Magic of Christmas and Great News!

I am delighted (and excited!) to announce to you today that I am sharing my first project as part of the Design Team at Calico Craft Parts.  

I love so many of their wonderful products which suit my style so perfectly and I hope you will enjoy them too.


My first project is a Christmas Door Hanger so click the link HERE to be whisked over to the Calico Craft Parts blog and more details.


Jennie x



Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Believe in Your Star


The month of November is drawing to a close and I am the last of the DT at Country View Challenges to post in what has been a star struck month!  I had great fun creating this little star decoration but sadly the light in the craft room just lately has been so poor I have been unable to take photographs as I have gone along.



I started with a little cube made using the smallest of the cubes on the Sissix 3D Blocks Die. I tore up strips of printed tissue paper and stuck them all over the box at random with multi medium. After a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze had dried I rubbed White DecoArt Antiquing Cream all over the box and this left a really lovely subtle vintage crackle.



I bought some wooden stars from Hobbycraft many years ago and didn't really know what to do with them, but having been on the DecoArt Courses this year everything is getting a crackle make-over! I painted the star first with Raw Sienna Fluid Acrylics before adding DecoArt Crackle Paint. Once it crackled the vintage brown paint was visible in the cracks.  

The addition of a couple of embellishments was really all it needed as it really is SMALL !!!




Thank you so much for joining me today and here's looking forward to a new challenge at Country View Challenges on Thursday.

Jennie x






Thursday, 24 November 2016

Rolled Rose Shabby Posies Tutorial


It is my turn to share another project over at the Country View Crafts Projects blog and today I have another card showcasing the Tammy Tatterow Shabby Posies dies. 

This flower is slightly different to the one I made earlier in the month, so please scroll on down if you would like a photo tutorial. Or click the link HERE to go to Country View Crafts and details of the card.

The Shabby Posies Die consists of four individual dies and for this flower I am using the second largest.

I have cut four flower shapes in cream cardstock, but the flower would also look lovely using patterned paper stock too.







Next I blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.



Then spritzed well with water ......



.... before scrunching up using the end of the paintbrush into the centre of the flower.



Then leave to dry naturally.



Once dry open out carefully .... you can see that I wasn't too careful and leaf has torn off, but not to worry as you will see in a minute.



Turn the flowers over and using a ball tool around the outside of the flower petals create a curled edge.




Turn the flower over and press the ball tool into the middle to create the raised flower shape.



Three layers created in this way can then be stuck together. If you want more curls you can curl the edges back further with an old knitting needle.




Then from the fourth flower cut two joining petals and one single one (I used the torn one here).  Roll the single petal up and stick it to the two joining petals and roll them up too shaping the edges a little as you roll.




You then need to trim quite a bit off the edge with some good quality scissors.  You may find the bud unravels a bit at this stage as the die style cuts quite deep petals, but it is easy enough to glue back together again.



Finally glue this rolled bud into the centre of the flower.


This is a nice sized flower which sits well on small projects (this card measures 6" x 3") or can be clustered together on a larger project.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and find it useful. 

Have a great week!

Jennie x


Monday, 21 November 2016

Dreams are Whispers from Your Soul

Hello Everyone!



Alcohol Inks is our challenge at PaperArtsy at the moment and I have altered a small needle tin for my project. Do join me over on the PaperArtsy Blog if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Take It Make It .....

I was actually clearing up the craft room but you know how it is, you find a crackled background and a flower ........ and you just have to make something with them. 



So I thought I would enter the finished small mixed media plaque into the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge this month which is:

Take A Stamp
Anything Goes
(just remember to stamp somewhere)


The crackled background (a Tando Creative Mixed Media Board) was stamped with various PaperArtsy stamps and I then stamped a couple of layers to go on top.


The flower was left over from my Shabby Posies tutorial posted the other day. 


I inked and stamped a leaf to match .....


and stamped a butterfly ........


Everything got layered with some painted die cut mesh, string, inked ribbon and a stamped sentiment. There is a crackled heart in there too (also found on my desk!).


I do like giving everything a spruce up with some gesso when everything is stuck down and also some gold paint.

Needless to say I didn't get very far with the tidying up!

As always thank you for joining me today!
and I hope you have a craft filled week.

Jennie x


Friday, 11 November 2016

Nature's Wonder


Another play day yesterday and what better than to use a mixed media challenge to focus the short time I had available. I have been a bit of a "lurker" on Mixed Media Monthly - desperate to join in but never having found the time recently.  

The current challenge is to create a project inspired by the colours of this Colour Inspiration Mood Board.

Quite a challenge for me as they are not a group of colours I might go to readily!





The nearest I could get to the colours was with this group of Distress Inks.







And this is my journal page inspired by the colours (and the photograph!)


There are no step by steps as it was a playtime! There are layers of texture paste and then Distress Inks painted, splodged and dripped on top.


A leaf I had left over from a previous project - a die cut inked with Distress Ink and then stamped with one of  Tim's fabulous leaf stamps.


More texture paste on this side of the page using a leaf layering stencil along with stencils and background stamping.


The trees were stamped on tissue paper and layered on to the page very carefully with Gel Medium in order not to "disturb" the inked layers.


I am really enjoying these brief forays into the craft room in between my panto duties. And in fact it has taught me that I really can do things a lot quicker! 

Thank you for joining me today as it this week draws to a close I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. 

Jennie x

Challenge #30