Thursday, 23 July 2015

Guest Designing at Stamps and Stencils

Today I have the pleasure and honour of guest designing over at Stamps and Stencils for the current challenge Happy Holidays.

Stamps and Stencils are a fabulous new(ish) challenge blog with a stunning DT, all of whom have, and continue to inspire me with wonderful mixed media projects.
There have been some fabulous challenges over the last few months and I have been delighted to be chosen in the top 3 for the Three of a Kind Challenge and Small is Beautiful.

So hop on over if you want to see how I put this art journal page together and have a browse around the stunning projects made by the DT for this month's challenge. You might even want to join in the challenge yourself!

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Anchors Aweigh!

Hello to you all and time for my second project of the month at Country View Crafts projects blog. Our current them on the challenge blog is On Your Travels so I've made a tag which really sums up my travels at this time of the year! If you want to see how it came together then hop on over to the blog!

Jennie x

Friday, 10 July 2015

12 Tags of 2015 : July

With loads of time to craft at the moment (being home alone again!) I had great fun with Tim's tag this month as (yay!)I actually had the stamps. I decided to personalise it to celebrate my fabulous holiday in the USA with friends Bev and Cath.

You can find all the details for this month's tag on Tim's blog HERE.

I really loved the blending techniques using Distress Markers and the new Distress Glaze which I know I am going to use again and again. And wow what a fabulous way to make stripy ribbon!!

More of the blending and a very happy selphy of the three of us and the Manhattan skyline. Yes - it was the best adventure EVER!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you are having some crafty fun too!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Leave A Little Sparkle

Hello Everyone! It is lovely to be back after a very short cruise on our boat, Mrs Muir, around the West Coast of Scotland. The weather was way too windy, very cold, wet and grey, so I decided yesterday to get stuck into some colour and messy stuff just to get myself back into the swing of things! Sometimes it is just fun to let yourself go with the flow and just see what happens.  

Not quite how I envisioned the page, but it was fun and the colours certainly brightened a dull day (Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Fossilised Amber and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Spray Stains).

I would like to enter my journal page into the current Frilly and Funkie challenge which is "Something to Say". 

It is going to be a little quiet around here for the next few weeks as I travel to Glasgow next Tuesday for some (pretty minor) foot surgery but it does entail lots of rest after. Hopefully I will get a couple more projects finished before I go to share with you, but "normal service" will be resumed next month. I say this as I am very conscious of quite a number of new followers both on Google and Bloglovin and I really appreciate your support and lovely comments. Thank you for joining me on this creative journey - you never know where it will lead you!

Thank you for looking!

Jennie x

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Do What You Love

It is my turn today to share my first project of the month over at Country View Crafts Project blog.

As a number of you have asked how I have been creating my mixed media backgrounds lately I am sharing a step by step of the layering process. Do join me there if you want to know more - just click the link HERE.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Down at the Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea ………..

By the time you read this I shall be sailing on the sea and hopefully not knowing what is at the bottom of the deep blue sea! 

This is my second project of the month over at Country View Crafts Projects blog, so if you would like to know how I put it together and my experiments with two of the new Distress Ink colours, then please do join me over there for all the details. Just click the link HERE.

Jennie x

Monday, 22 June 2015

White Petal Branch Tutorial

As promised here is the tutorial for the small white blossoms in my vase of summer flowers which were inspired by the Snow in Summer which grows in the garden.

I cut the two smallest petals from the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies using Stampin Up Whisper White cardstock. I applied a little of the new Hickory Smoke Distress Ink around the edges and spritzed them with water to blend the colour a little.

When dry the flowers need to be shaped.

I find the easiest way is to run the ball tool on the reverse side around the edges of the petals.

Then turn the petal over and do one hard push in the centre with the ball tool.

I love these stamens which come in huge bunches but they can be split up into small clusters. (Stamens such as these can be purchased from any millinery supplier.)

I twisted some florists wire around the stamens - it was quite thin so easy to attach to the stamens.

Now I found it easier to wrap the florists tape around the wire at this stage rather than when the flower was made up.

Thread the stamen wire through the petal adding a little clear drying glue to the petal so that the two attach together.

Doesn't that Hickory Smoke look fabulous!

I die cut some small leaves and coloured them with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (these came with the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies but any small leaf will do). I put a little bit of green florists wire on the back of the flower (sorry no photograph!). I also wound some green florists wire around a knitting needle.

Then it is time to start building up the stem. I started with a little group of flower, leaf and wire spiral and started winding the florists tape around them.

Then a little way down add in the second cluster.

Finally add the third cluster and more wire if you need it.

I think they work quite well with the cosmos and poppies in the vase but they would also work well on a scrapbook page or the front of a small mini book. Being on wires the branch can be shaped how you wish.

I hope this tutorial inspires you to have a go yourself.

Again, thanks for joining me today.

Jennie x

Summer in a Vase

Summer for me are the bright colours of the flowers in my garden. Being so far north not a lot grows, but I love the reds of the poppies and the white of the cosmos and Snow in Summer which all nestle among the green leaves of the (yet to flower) montbretia, crocosmia and lilies. So as summer just hasn't got here yet I thought I would make a vase of my favourite flowers to brighten up the kitchen dresser.

I had great fun creating the individual flowers and I will show you here how I created the white cosmos type flowers and the poppies. I will link in another tutorial for the Snow in Summer lookalike otherwise you will be photo'd out!

 I cut my flower shapes from white cardstock. I used Stampin Up Whisper White card and the Spellbinders Rose Creations Die. Using a cotton bud I blended a little Fossilized Amber around the centre area, spritzed with water and scrunched them up. I let them dry overnight and then carefully opened them up.

For the centre of the flower I put some wire through a small button and then covered the button with some dark yellow vellum type paper.

I shaped the flower by pulling out the individual petals with a bone folder and then curling them around a knitting needle. Then I built up my flower adding a stamen cut from white cardstock.

I added a little bit of clear drying glue to the back.

While the glue was drying I cut some Holiday Greens in white cardstock and inked them with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. (These really are all year round leaves!)

Then using florists tape start winding around the wire. Get a good grip at the top and as high as you can to the flower to get a neat finish.

As you progress down the wire you can add in the leaf.

And keep going until you reach the end of the wire, or add another piece of wire in if it is too short.

I really did feel as though I had blossoms growing on my craft desk! 

The poppies was created in exactly the same way but I layered three petals on top of each other and used Abandoned Coral to colour them (such a gorgeous colour!) and a black stamen

I used the smalls die from Donna Salazar's Bitty Blossoms set, inking with Fossilized Amber before rolling it up and then squishing the leaves together.

I do hope you like these flowers and will have a go yourself. I must admit they are brightening up a very grey day here!

I would like to enter my vase of summer flowers into the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie which is It's Summer.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Click the link HERE for the Snow in Summer branches tutorial.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Shabby Chic Make-over!

When I visited our wonderful Chris last October, (amongst other things!) she gave me a mirror for altering and I have been itching to do it for ages. So here it is for my second make for Country View Challenges this month. Our theme is Shabby Chic, so I've gone a bit overboard really!!

There are no how-to's unfortunately (no idea why I forgot to take photos!). I started by giving the mirror a coat of gesso and then adding some texture paste with the lovely Gothic Layering Stencil. I then started layering lots of wonderful bits and pieces - lace buttons, bits of metal and some die cuts. 

Everything got another coating of gesso and then I sprayed with Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stains. A little Honey Amber Silks was rubbed in here and there (I always think it transforms buttons!).

Once everything was dry I started adding my top layer of embellishments.

I really like the mixture of elements - those which have been gessoed and sprayed and then the "cleaner" style flowers and metal. 

I have also used muslin and some hat pins and pearls. All the elements which to me make up the shabby chic style.

And so I now have a lovely altered mirror to hang in the guest room. A huge thank you to Chris for the lovely gift which I probably would not have thought of myself as something to alter! 

Thank you for joining me here today!

Jennie x