Monday, 24 November 2014

It is nearly time for Santa …….

Today I am sharing a quick Advent or Christmas decoration make over at Country View Crafts Projects Blog.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Jennie x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

And more Butterflies ………...

Today is my turn to share another DT project at Country View Challenges for our Bugs, Bees and Butterflies challenge. I so love the new Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly Die and Embossing Folder I just had to make a frame for it.

I decided to use up some of my favourite stash:

  •  my favourite Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paint - Victorian Lace
  • lace, flowers and metal embellishments left over from my Finnabair workshop in May and 
  • some additional metal flowers which were a present from Rita.

I started with this cheap wooden frame and gave it a layer of gesso first and then a coat of the Victorian Lace Fresco Finish Paint

I wanted to use the Gothic stencil as an inner frame and although I did take measurements I was slightly squint, but it is possible to lign up the stencil to create a rectangle.  I used Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste and when dry smudged some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and into the crackle. I got rather a lot of ink around the edges too, so I sanded this back and got a lovely distressed edge.

In the Finnabair style I glued all my embellishments onto the frame and gave them two coats of gesso.

When dry I used some Victorian Lace Fresco Paint here and there and then some highlights with Honey Amber Luminarte Silks. I also prepared the background of the inner frame with some Melange Tissue Tape and gave it a coat of gesso to tone it down a bit.

And then the butterfly! I cut and embossed the butterfly with metal and then painted it with the Victorian Lace Fresco Paint.  When dry I gave it all a coat of Rock Candy Distress Crackle.

I felt the butterfly needed a body so used the same paints to alter these lovely scissors purchased from the Funkie Junkie boutique. They are gorgeous and needed a special project!

I really love how the frame turned out and the colours are just fabulous for our sitting room, so it already has a place to reside!

There is still time to join us in our challenge. Hop on over to the blog and have a look at some of the wonderful DT and Guest DT pieces which have been presented this month.  An amazing array of inspiration!

As always thank you for joining me today - I really appreciate it.

Jennie x

Friday, 21 November 2014

My First Altered Bottle!


I have wanted to do a bottle make-over for some time and after seeing Brenda Brown's lovely altered bottles when I visited her back in October I knew I had to have a go!

I had no idea how this was going to turn out so I took hardly any photographs of the creating process - it sort of just happened!

This month's mood board at Swirlydoos was a great inspiration and as soon as I saw I knew I wanted to use it! Just made for me! 

I started with a very basic bottle and painted it first with gesso to give it a base (I had no idea whether this would adhere to the glass but it did).

Then I gave it a couple of coats of Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paint in Victorian Lace (love this colour).

Then it was down to decorating. I have such a lovely collection of lace it was easy to find lots of pieces to use.

The photograph is my husband's grandmother possibly taken in about 1920 (she had obviously not been overtaken by the fashions of the period!)

I made the flowers (tutorial here) by first blending Victorian Velvet Distress Ink around the edges before spritzing. 

It took a while to get the frame to stick to the rounded bottle shape especially as the photograph made it quite thick. I used Liquitex Heavy Gel and tied it on and that seemed to work!

My mother in law gave me a box of pearls many years go - necklaces which needed re-stringing but I have never got around to it. 

This piece fitted beautifully without having to cut into the pearls. My husband believes that this might have belonged to his grandmother, so a lovely addition.

I really enjoyed this make-over and can't wait to start another! I visited our local fabric shop yesterday and eyed up all the lace - I feel a whole new area of crafting coming on. Now to look for some interesting bottles!

Thank you for joining me today - I really appreciate your visits and your comments.  

Have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Guest Designing at Frilly and Funkie!

I am very excited to be Guest Designer over at Frilly and Funkie today after my Autumn Wreath won the Home Decor Challenge last month. The current theme at Frilly and Funkie is to make a Gift from the Heart and as I always love my Christmas gifts to friends and family to be "useful" I have made a Tissue Box Cover.

I found a great tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers for the basic box and was delighted to find that USA tissue boxes are the same size as those here in the UK! I made the base box in light brown cardstock and then covered it with Maja Design paper stock.

I cut the hole in the top with a decorative die, but if you are layering your cardstock as I have done you do need to make sure that you can glue down your pieces after die cutting otherwise you will have some "flappy" papers around the hole. I held the three pieces together with some masking tape, cut the whole, then glued each piece together separately putting glue around the both the edge of the paper and the die cut hole.

Then it was down to decorating. I kept my cluster around the bottom right hand corner so that the issues could be pulled out without harming the embellishments.

I glued some vintage lace all around the box sides and arranged another cluster on the front.

The finished box - all ready for its recipient!

I do hope you will hop on over to Frilly and Funkie as the design team (as always) have created an array of amazing projects. And also visit the shop (the Funkie Junkie Boutique) too as Linda has the most wonderful collection of unique vintage items.

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sharing My Favourite Food!

The latest Anything Goes challenge at Anything But a Card is well under way and as our theme at Shetland Scrapbookers last month was "Favourite Food" I thought I would share the layout I made.

I could eat Feta and Watercress Salad all day every day - I never tire of it. Add some sweet little tomatoes and peppers and it makes a perfect lunch alongside some smoked salmon or for dinner in the evening with some poached chicken.

I used lots of Tim Holtz bits and pieces in this layout (I seem to be having a bit of a scraps fest at the moment!).  

I kept the background simple and made these little flowers from the Stampin Up Petite Petals punch. A number of you have asked how I make these so here are the steps:

Punch the petals - here I have used cream cardstock as I wanted to ink the petals, but in the layout above I punched them from Co'redinations Cardstock.

Turn the flowers over and use a ball tool to outline the edges of each petal.

Turn the petals back again and use the ball tall to make an indentation in the centre. This just seems to make the petal come to life!

Such a simple little flower and great for layering over the Garden Greens die cut.

Thank you for visiting today and do hop on over to Anything But A Card as there are some amazing inspirational pieces from my fellow team mates.

 Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jennie x

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Scrapping with Scraps!

We have another Magpie Day over at Country View Challenges and our theme is 


Something we all have plenty of and a great feeling when we actually use them! 

I made this layout with bits and pieces cut for other projects from the little box which sits on my desk (there is a huge one under the desk but we won't talk about that one !)

Some bits had already been inked and others I managed to re-ink to match my photo.

I decided to keep my background simple and used a bricks stencil and Wendy Vecchi Crackle paste. I used Wild Honey Distress Stain to cover the crackle paste, but painted it instead of sprayed it as I wanted a bit more control.

Then it was down to layering everything around the photo. I used foam pads to raise this up off the page so I could slip the little bits and pieces in around it.

"On the Go" certainly sums up my little grandson Callum who is quite a wizz on his little bike - obviously taking after the rest of the family!

I do hope you will pop over to Country View Challenges today and see what the rest of the team have done with their scraps!

Enjoy the weekend.

Jennie x

Friday, 14 November 2014

Eclectic Elements and Crinoline Tatters !

Time for another exciting challenge at A Vintage Journey and Brenda wants us to create

a sewing inspired creation!

Any style, any project as long as you tell us what the Tim influence is in your project (a Tim technique, products, tutorials, etc.) Be adventurous and make whatever you like, it doesn't have to include real sewing but must be focused within that theme.  So what are you waiting for!

Tim's Electic Elements Fabric was the inspiration for my fabric hanging, but I am afraid I got rather carried away with the lace and the collage design and now you can hardly see any of it!!

I started by layering pieces of the Electic Elements onto one 4 x 4 inch piece and sewing them to the hessian individually. Just the same as working with paper. I needed the piece to come alive so I used this paper photograph from one of Tim's early paper stacks.

Then it was a case of adding anything with a sewing theme - lace, buttons, small labels ...

… a couple of safety pins, scissors and a stamped sentiment … it was easy to get quite carried away!!

And finally my flower - I used the Tattered Poinsettia die and cut four of each sized petal in crinoline and a couple of the middle sized ones in scrim. I coloured the pieces with a very watery Vintage Photo Distress Ink which I had puddled on my craft mat and whilst they were drying I scrunched the leaves up a bit. Then it was just a matter of layering them with a vintage brad. I love it and I think the nicest flower made yet with the poinsettia die.

This was so much fun and I hope you will have as much fun joining us for this great challenge. And do hop on over to A Vintage Journey as my AVJ teamies have made the most amazing sewing based creations.

Thank you for visiting - have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Post It Note Panache

Good morning! Today I am sharing a little mini book over at Country View Crafts Projects Blog using a lovely new Brenda Walton die and my much loved Graphic 45 scraps. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jennie x

Saturday, 1 November 2014

My World is Full of Butterflies ……...

Good morning everyone on this first day of November (how did that happen!) and time for our new monthly challenge at Country View Challenges which this month is:

Bugs, Bees and 

As I am not a great lover of bugs and bees (haunted by the former whilst camping and some bad stings from the latter over the years) I decided to stick with Butterflies and created this plaque from a piece of 3" x 8" greyboard.

I coated my greyboard with gesso first and allowed it to dry well as it did soak into the greyboard.

I used the Harlequinn Layering Stencil and Ranger Texture Paste to add some texture in the two corners.

I added some torn tissue tape. (At this stage I intended to put my flower cluster in the middle - you will see soon why I had to change my plans!)

Finally I added some Prima linen flower shapes which had been in my Finnabair pack back in May.

Then it was time to spritz! I used Evergreen Bough Distress Stain spray (I just love this colour) and was very pleased to see that the different textures on the board took the spray differently with the tape acting as a resist.

And hey where did those white marks come from! Now you can see why I had to change my design!

I then went around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

This is a new ink pad as I needed extra's for workshops and the colour is a slightly different colour in comparison with the old one - more mahogany brown, but goes very well with Evergreen Bough.

And then it was time to decorate with the usual suspects and some favourite butterfly stamps again using the same Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad.

I added some chit chat stickers to the bottom and added some Glossy Accents to the bodies of the butterflies.

I decided not to make this into a wall hanging at this stage as I have an idea to make three plaques and mount them onto a canvas - so watch this space!

I do hope you will join us in our challenge this month. Don't forget that winners and the top three get a chance to return as Guest Designers another month.  

And do hop on over to the blog as my teamies have created some amazing pieces. I shall see you later in the month with my second project.

Thank you for visiting today and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x