Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Star

First of all a huge thank you to you all for visiting and leaving comments over the last week and an equally huge welcome to new followers - thank you for joining me on this crafty journey. 

The December Challenge at Anything But A Card is well under way and for our "Celestial" theme I am sharing a small Christmas Star.

The word 'celestial' for me speaks of stars (my husband often navigates at sea using the stars and the night sky) and so I have interpreted the theme by decorating this small raffia star in my favourite Christmas colours this year - blue and white.

And unusually for me it includes GLITTER !! Needless to say I got into a heck of a mess with it, but it does look rather nice so I may persevere!

Do hop on over to our challenge blog as over the last three weeks my fellow DT members have made some amazing celestial pieces - strange how the word speaks to us in so many different ways! And of course I hope you might find time to join us in our challenge.

Thank you for joining me today and enjoy the rest of the weekend - if you can and are not up to the eyes in presents, turkeys and food! 

Life has been a little challenging this last week. Fierce storms (lightning, rain and wind) have left us without wifi and TV (now reconnected) and also stranding us on Mainland Scotland last week. Hopefully things will be getting back to normal very soon!!

Jennie x

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Just A Little Note

Today I am sharing my last project of the year for Country View Crafts

Hop on over if you want to see how I made a simple gift using the Brenda Walton Notepad Cover.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Memories of a Green and White Christmas

It is my turn today to share a Nostalgic Christmas project at Country View Challenges and this little Christmas Luminary is in memory of my Mother. 

When I was about thirteen she saw a white tinsel christmas tree in a shop window and managed to get one the day before Christmas Eve. She had a vision of this wonderful white shimmer in the corner of the room with green
decorations. It WAS lovely ….. but before that came a mad panic to cover the green wire of the white christmas lights she had bought to go with it! And a Christmas Eve spent making green and white tree decorations, probably out of crepe paper! Over the years we made many new decorations always in white or green until the tinsel finally fell off the tree. So this is for you Mum and those lovely Christmas memories(and I know you would have loved to have made this project yourself!).

I used the lovely Tim Holtz Luminary die and used green Christmas paper. The great fun of this die is dressing up the Luminary! Leaves were from the Spring Greenery die and I made these little frosted flowers by covering Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art clear film with Tim Holt Frosted Film. I cut out the shapes with the Tattered Florals die and when heated shaped them by forcing a ball tool in the middle of the flower. If you do this on a rubber mat it shapes beautifully!

And then the big flowers! The Tattered Poinsettia die was my base for these two (quite large!) flowers.  

I cut them in Whisper White Stampin Up cardstock and scrunched them up (tutorial on my blog HERE). Before I let them dry I spritzed them with a spray made with Pearl Perfect Pearls and Water. When they had dried I pulled out the brad and replaced it with the stamens.

A close up detail of the wonderful "scrunches" and the gorgeous frosted look of the Perfect Pearls.

I felt they needed something to sit against so a Pediment from the Tim Holtz Pediment Die worked perfectly. I used the same paper as the Luminary and backed it onto greyboard, scuffing the edges up a bit.

It really looks quite beautiful when lit with a candle - rather difficult to take a photograph though!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope your Christmas preparations are going well! It is catch up time for me after a week of thunder, lightning and power cuts and then a a fabulous few days visiting grandchildren, but getting stuck on the Mainland of Scotland as the ferry was cancelled due to the bad weather. Home now (after a very lumpy and long crossing from Aberdeen to Shetland in gale force winds and high seas), so lots of things now to finish!

Jennie x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Santa's Vintage Journey

An extra post for A Vintage Journey today as the Design Team have been playing a Secret Santa and we have decided to reveal the gift we made and the gift we received as part of a blog hop. So I hope you are ready to do the hopping and be inspired!

So first up is the gift I made - which was for Annie of Curious n Crafty Treasures. I very much enjoyed a couple of crafting days with Annie and her Mum, Rita, last September and I could not ignore the fact that Annie likes candles. So I decided to make this little candle book box using Tim's Merriment Paper Stack.

Here is the cover ……

and a bit more detail …

and the inside with the six
Christmas T-lights (Mulled Wine).

And here is the fabulous gift I received from Jenny (Buttons) of Pushing the Right Buttons.

Isn't this book cover just stunning! and so personal to me with all those wonderful details. 

I keep looking at it and seeing more!

and not forgetting the back!

A wonderful memento for me to take on my travels and record my wonderful dream moments. Thank you Jenny for such a wonderful present - it will be treasured.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and will take part in the blog hop as there will be some amazing gifts to inspire you and as we have a Give-Away - yay!!!! 

What you have to do:

1. Visit all the blogs of the Creative Guides and leave them a comment.

2. Go back to A Vintage Journey HERE and leave a link up on the Linky to a post on your blog where you have mentioned our Give-Away and linked it back to A Vintage Journey. This might be a new post just with the Give-Away information in it or you could include it in a post you are writing for something else - just as if you were entering a challenge.

Looking forward to seeing you on the hop as I can't wait to check my DT teamies presents - it really has been a Secret!

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Here are the measurements for the book cover and the box for the candles if you should want to have a go:

Friday, 12 December 2014

Let's Celebrate with Tattered Poinsettias !

Well with just little more than two weeks to go before the big day we have a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our host this month is the lovely Nikki and she has chosen the theme

Let's Celebrate !

You may wish to make something to celebrate Christmas, but let us not forget about those December birthdays, anniversaries, Hanukkah and New Year.  

It may be fun to focus on celebrations other than 
Christmas - it is up to you!

I have decided to go with the Christmas theme and have made a table decoration showcasing my handmade Tattered Poinsettias. We always eat "bistro" style in the kitchen, but for the Twelve Days of Christmas we move to the dining room for our meals and sit around the large, round wooden dining table made by my husband a few years ago. So this should sit perfectly in the middle.

I had great fun making a bunch of poinsettias using the Tatted Poinsettia die. These were cut from Stampin Up Whisper White cardstock and spritzed with Perfect Pearls. 

I used my shabby water technique to create the flowers (tutorial HERE on my blog) and cut four large and four small petals for each flower. When they had fully  dried I took out the brad very carefully and replaced it with the stamens.

The red ones were made in exactly the same way using Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler cardstock and spritzing them with Perfect Pearls.

I finished each flower off with a large petal cut in white and spritzed with Peeled Paint Distress Stain Spray. Amazingly the cardstock took the colour in a very  mottled way which creates a lovely texture without doing very much!

I also made some pinecones using the Tattered Pinecone die (finally using it for pinecones instead of flowers!).

I have clustered the flowers around an LED candle and on this old family plate - rather tarnished but loved!

I do hope you will be able to find time to join us at A Vintage Journey for our challenge. Do hop on over to the blog to see the wonderful DT pieces - we have all chosen something completely different to celebrate and I am sure you will be inspired.

Thank you for joining me today and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Candlelight Christmas

I am sharing another Christmas Card over at Country View Crafts Projects blog today. Hop on over for the details!


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Published !

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked by Catherine Scanlon and Mandy Collins to be a Guest Contributor for their quarterly online magazine Mixed Media. The magazine was published a few days ago and I am now able to share with you what I have made.

Firstly here is a link to the magazine and I do hope you will click the link and browse through it. There are lots of ideas for Christmas projects and some yummy recipes - I shall definitely be making the truffles! 

My first project, an altered Christmas Frame, is on page 15 and all the details are there of how I made it. I am really into blue and white this Christmas!

My second project, an altered yogurt pot! can be found further on in the magazine on page 21. I had great fun making this and can't wait to have an LED candle flickering in at Christmas.

My heartfelt thanks to Catherine and Mandy for giving me such a wonderful opportunity.

Jennie x
(with a big beaming smile!)

Monday, 1 December 2014

Nostalgic Christmas

My heavens where did November go! Here we are 1st December and only 23 days to Christmas Day !! 

As it is the first day of the month it is time for a new challenge at Country View Challenges (sponsored by Country View Crafts) and we are asking you to share with us your Nostalgic Christmas projects - memories of Christmas' past. 

For me candles are the
essence of Christmas - whether a candlelight Carol Service and Midnight Mass at Church or sitting by the fire with a good book on Boxing Day. These days we seem to have candles lit all year, but when I was young candles were only lit at Christmas (there was the utility box of candles in the kitchen for power cut use only!)

I recently discovered LED battery candles and decided to use one and dress it up for Christmas, something I have always wanted to do, but obviously not able to do with a proper candle.

I created a band to go around the candle using Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress Technique and Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Inks and then overstamping with a lovely music stamp. Then I dressed it up with some red paper, lace, a bit of hessian ribbon, some  Tattered Floral Roses (of course!), leaves from the Tattered Pinecone Die and some lovely red rose hips taken from an old Christmas table centrepiece.

This honestly took very little time to put together and will make a lovely present for a favourite friend who loves candles.

I do hope you will join us for our challenge at Country View Challenges and do hop on over to the blog as the rest of the team have some amazing pieces for you.  Keep popping back too as we will have more for you through the month.

Thanks for joining me today! 

Jennie x

PS Apologies for the lack of photographs - it has been so dark this week and of course here in the North we are now well into the darkest days of winter.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Tim's November Tag

Sliding in at the last minute with Tim's Tag this month! Appearing in the local panto, running workshops and preparing for Christmas are taking their toll on my time! All very enjoyable though. 

As usual all the details for Tim's tag can be found HERE

As usual I didn't have enough of the right products to use so had to get there through other routes!

My background tag was created with Distress Inks (Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick) using the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique. Walnut Stain Distress Ink was used for the embossing. I had no gold leaf so relied on the technique to create my interest.

The background is actually a lot browner in real life - it has been such a dark day today it was almost impossible to take photographs (these were taken in the window with Terry holding a mirror above to try and get some light!!). 

This was a fabulous tag to make and I can certainly recommend having a go.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you all have a lovely weekend. More panto tonight and tomorrow and then Sunday off before running from Monday through to next Saturday. The good news is I have lost 2lb already!

Jennie x

Birds of a Feather …….

Time for another new challenge at A Vintage Journey (I just can't believe how quickly the weeks go by!) and our fabulous Chris is your host this month and has chosen the theme

Birds of a Feather

Get out your inks, paints, chalks, Gelatos, whatever! 
and grab your bird dies, stencils, masks, stamps, 
whatever Avian stash you have and conjure up something 
that sings of our feathered friends. 

Whatever you create, we want to see Tim's influence 
clearly identified. 
Let's see your magic!

Amazingly I have very little in the way of bird stash and had to opt for using the wonderful birds in Tim's Wallflower Paper Stack. 

However, back in August Aida of Tim's Mixed Media Team had created a wonderful home mixed media decor project with a wonderful background and little bird house and so I used this as my inspiration.

I started with a hessian canvas frame which had a picture on it but I managed to gesso that out with a couple of coats. I then layered some of the Melange Tissue Wrap in various places on the canvas.

I used Tarnished Brass Distress Paint over various parts of the canvas, but decided this was quite bright so gessoed over the top to get something a little more muted. Finally I used Wendy Vecchi Crackle Glaze and the Harlequin Stencil to create more texture. So the same process as Aida but very different colours!

I gathered some bits and pieces from the Wallflower Paper Stash. I fussy cut the feathers (they look so real!) and made this little Bird House using the Artful Dwelllings Die and using the Tarnished Brass Distress Paint on the sloped roof. 

Then it was down to having fun decorating! I found a little piece of fence which got painted with (yes) Picket Fence Distress Paint!

I needed some tiny flowers so cut them from the Tattered Flower Garland and sprayed then with Tarnished Brass Distress Spray. The twigs were cut from the Autumn Gatherings die and coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (I really felt I was using all the right stuff here !!!).

Here you can see the crackle glaze and I did splatter some Vintage Photo Distess Ink here and there. I had intended to place a quote in the top right hand corner, but it wasn't working so I decided to leave it blank.

There is quite a bit of depth to the canvas with the little bird house and fence.

All in all great fun! 

I hope you will join us at A Vintage Journey for this challenge and look out all your wonderful birdie stash. As you can see from mine you don't need much!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Jennie x