Thursday, 11 January 2018

A Vase for My Flowers


Today I am sharing the first of a set of desk tidy projects over at Calico Craft Parts - my New Year Resolution being to have some nice things on my desk instead of stacks of paints, gesso and sprays! 

Do please join me if you would like to see how I transformed a House Kit into a Vase for my handmade flowers.


Jennie x

Friday, 5 January 2018

Creating Inside and Outside the Box for A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome!

As it is the first Friday of the month (and the year!) it is time to start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this month we are thinking both inside and/or outside the box!

Deb is our host this month and she is challenging us to 

CREATE WITH A BOX

Any box of any size will do. It can be one you made yourself or one that you are recycling or even one that you have drawn. Make your project either inside the box itself or do something imaginative on the outside or both if that's where your muse takes you. As always we like to see projects in our preferred styles: vintage, shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk. So put on your thinking caps and reimagine those boxes both inside and out.


Quite a few boxes have been looking at me over the last few weeks but I just didn't have any inspiration. Then ....... Christmas morning I discovered that my lovely son had bought me a fabulous selection of goodies from Stampers Grove in Edinburgh (he lives just around the corner!) including a little box frame and some Victorian pictures (and lots of other wonderful things too). Just perfect for Deb's challenge!


I decided to alter the outside frame of the box by adding lots of scrunched layers of torn up kitchen roll which I added with multi medium. It does give a lovely texture, if a little messy!



I added some clusters of metal embellishments and flowers which then got a coat of gesso.


I then sprayed everything with these Mists from 13Arts - Pastel Cinnamon and Pastel Antique Cream.


While that was drying I turned to the box itself. I wanted to keep it quite shabby and so added some tissue paper (also in my present!) and shabbied it up with a light coat of gesso and a little brown ink around the edges.



The box was then assembled and I used some more gesso and gold paint to highlight some of the embellishments in the clusters. I also added a few micro beads too.


Whilst clearing out some drawers in the back bedroom before Christmas I found an old pearl necklace belonging to my mother in law which was all in pieces. I decided to rethread a few beads and include it in the box as I thought it went so well with the lovely Victorian photograph. There is also a little bit of lace in there too on the muslin.


The box is quite deep so everything does nestle in quite nicely.


So .... thank you Robin for a lovely Christmas present! and one which allowed me to decorate both inside and outside the box.

I do so hope you will be able to join in our challenge. If you need more inspiration then do hop on over to A Vintage Journey where my fellow Creative Guide teamies have been busy creating some amazing projects. 



Our fabulous sponsor this month is the Funkie Junkie Boutique who are offering a fabulous $25 dollar prize to one lucky person.

As always thank you for joining me today and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x



Monday, 1 January 2018

ATC Joy at PaperArtsy


Happy New Year to you all ! and welcome to my first post of 2018.

I am very honoured to be kicking off the new creative year at PaperArtsy with a little selection of ATCs. I do hope you will be able to join me there.

Jennie x


Friday, 29 December 2017

Silence is a Source of Great Strength

I am not sure that I live up to the quote but I do enjoy being silent and enjoying the silence around me. I decided to use this lovely quote as the basis of my tag for A Vintage Journey this month. Fellow Creative Guide, Alison Bomber, has released a number of stamp sets recently through PaperArtsy just full of wonderful quotes and this set is my favourite so far.


It's another month where we have five Fridays' in the month so on this last Friday we all get a chance to experiment with what is on our craft desk and make a tag. I also decided to re-acquaint myself with my dies some of which are used all the times and others I forget all about!



So here is how it all started:




A double tag cut from the last of my Graphic45 Botanical Tea papers and some brown kraft ribbed cardboard.




I got my circles dies out and cut some more layers. I found that the colours were a bit harsh for what I wanted so gave everything a coat of gesso and some texture paste here and there.




A bloom made from the Tattered Poinsettia die and a flourish from the new Tim Holtz Scroll Die.




I stamped the quote on some coffee stained papers and decided to cut it as a tag and add some other little tags to it as well. 

And then it all got layered along with some other bits and pieces.




Old text paper and a bit of metal .......




Muslin, string and this gorgeous little cameo ......




The tag embellishment nestling alongside the cluster ......




And finally another little cluster in the corner isolating the word Silence from the quote.


I really enjoyed making this tag and using the wonderful quote from Alison's fabulous quotes set about silence and music. Do hop on over to A Vintage Journey and see what my fellow Creative Guides have been creating on their tags. 

As always thank you for joining me today and have a wonderful weekend and of course get ready for a New Year!

Jennie x

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Beautiful Dreamer Book/Box



I can't get enough of these wonderful Calico Craft Parts book/box kits and today I am sharing an idea for decorating it with scrapbook papers. Inside is a lovely surprise too!

Do please join me over at Calico Craft Parts if you would like to see more.

Jennie x


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas Angel Bauble


I am sharing this little Christmas Angel Bauble over at Calico Craft Parts today. It would make a lovely present for hanging on the tree or as a gift tag for a special parcel.

Do please join me over at Calico Craft Parts if you would like to see more.

Jennie x


Monday, 4 December 2017

Celebrating the Life of an Inspirational Nana

Hello to you all and welcome to something a little bit different today.


I was hunting through my big blanket box which houses all my mini books the other day when I came across this little mini book I made about three years ago for a Textile Challenge here in Shetland. I have not shared it here on my blog and had actually forgotten that I had made it! So it was a lovely surprise to find it.

I had started with a piece of white furry fabric which I backed with a long piece of lace and some vintage ruler ribbon on the front. I had intended that this would wind around a bobbin to make a pull out mini book. However, by the time I had glued my photographs and other ephemera on it would not roll ! so I came up with the idea of this rather long and thin book.





The covers of the book measure 8 3/4" by 1 1/2" which I have decorated with some of my then favourite Prima papers. When extended the fabric book measures 22" (and impossible to photograph!)



The book celebrates the life of my paternal grandmother (Nana R) who was widowed in 1930 aged just 35 with three very young children (my father was only two years old, his sister four and his younger brother just a few months).



She was an outstandingly brave, hardworking, strong and powerful woman (in a soft and gentle way) who managed to work in order to continue the purchase of her own home and look after her young children.





She has been an incredible inspiration to all of us in the family.





I love that I managed to find some wonderful dictionary pages to describe her. I was very fortunate in being able to spend a lot of time with her as a teenager and before I was married. She was a wonderful passenger in my little mini after I passed my driving test and we travelled all over Suffolk visiting old family haunts.

I am so pleased that I found this little book and able to share it with you. 

I would like to enter my little textile book into this month's Mini Album Makers Challenge. If you are an avid mini book maker this is a challenge for you! Do hop on over and have a look at the wonderful DT creations - so much fabulous inspiration.



Thank you for joining me today and I hope you manage to find some crafting fun.


Jennie x




A Frosty Winter Tag for A Vintage Journey



It is my turn today to kickstart the December Destinations Inspirations over at A Vintage Journey using four new products in our Travel Bag series. 

Do please join me if you would like to see how I made this frosty winter tag. Hope to see you there!

Jennie x



Friday, 1 December 2017

A Winter Wonderland ...

Hello and welcome to the first day of December ! We have a brand new challenge starting over at A Vintage Journey today and our lovely host Sandy has chosen the theme


Winter Wonderland


As the song goes, sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening! Lets see some snow, snowmen, bare trees or some snow covered pines in the meadow! Whatever Winter Wonderland means to you in your vintage, shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial or steampunk style.



There are times living here in the north at this time of the year when it feels as though one is living in a sepia photograph. So I had this in my mind when creating this project. 




I used a Tim Holtz Vignette Box which got a coat of white chalk paint on the outside and then sanded it down to get a really washed out look.



I then decorated it with one of my favourite Poinsettia flowers made using Tim's Tattered Floral Die. 

You can see the tutorial HERE.




A few more flowers and wintry looking seed heads .......



And this gorgeous stag from Calico Craft Parts.  What you can't see is how he sparkles with a lovely pearly shimmer on his white chalk paint!



Very few photographs I am afraid, as I lived in the moment and just made this project quite quickly without too much in the way of mixed media applications. Which is a prompt to suggest that you join us in our challenge this month even though you may have little time with Christmas preparations well under way. 

Hop on over to our blog to see what my fellow Creative Guides have to inspire you with this wonderful theme. You will not be disappointed. You will also find all the details for entering this month's challenge and the prize to be won from our sponsor this month - the amazing Andy Skinner!



As always thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend!

Jennie x




Thursday, 30 November 2017

Tidying Up My Bits and Bobs!


Hello Everyone and welcome to the last day of November - where did that month go!

I have a lovely little book box project over on Calico Craft Parts today having decided I needed a home for all the Bits and Bobs on my dressing table. Do hop on over and have a look if you would like to see more.


Jennie x



Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A Rusty Roundup!

I am really enjoying the DecoArt products - Texture Sand Paste and Fluid Acrylics - and the techniques learnt from Andy Skinner and others on his Design Team. As I share quite a number of sneak peaks here for Calico Craft Parts  I thought I would do a rusty roundup of two of my projects which got the rusting treatment.



First up is a Steampunk letter A which got the rusting treatment. I'd like to think that with a surname of Atkinson which is synonymous with northern England, that at some point they were involved in the Industrial Revolution and that they also liked tea and gin!






I had the sea very much in mind in June so made this rusty porthole instead of a birthday card for my husband who always has his birthday while we are cruising the West Coast of Scotland. I was very pleased with the rusty effects and the patina on the cogs.




Thank you for joining me for this little rusty round up!

Jennie x