Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Soft Side of Steampunk!

We are well into this month's challenge at Anything But A Card and there are some fabulous pieces from my fellow Design Team members along with some amazing entries too.  Our theme is STEAMPUNK which is always very popular. So … for something completely different I thought I would work with a completely different colour palette to anything else I have ever done. Brace yourselves and do not adjust your colour monitor!

While I was visiting Annie and Rita last week I did manage to emboss a few pieces of card stock with folders I did not have, so this blueprint piece came in very handy. I used Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone Distress Inks and Wrinkle Free Distress and when dry added some Treasure Gold Silver here and there.  It really looks like metal!

I stayed with the Weathered Wood and used Distress Crackle on my cog and also for the edges of my flower (I can't stop making these at the moment- sorry!).  I haven't used Weathered Wood in ages, in fact it was the very first Distress Ink Pad I ever bought.

Then it was a bit of a hunt for metal items - I love these vintage brads by Stampin Up. 

Some metal grey lace, wire and silver embellishment left over from my Finnabair workshop.

Not my usual - but a lot of fun! I really am trying to use different colour combinations at the moment to try and break away from my "normal" sepia/brown palette.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you might find time to join us at Anything But a Card for this month's challenge.

Jennie x

Friday, 19 September 2014

Colours of Autumn for A Vintage Journey

Incredibly we are already half way through September and time for another challenge at A Vintage Journey.  The wonderfully talented Astrid has chosen this month's theme which is

Colours of Autumn

Who does not love the beautiful colours that Autumn brings? 
The oranges, muted deep reds and all the many different 
brown and green hues.Tim's Distress range 
should give you many choices.

We want to see your projects incorporating some of these colours, but don't forget this is a shabby vintage challenge, so no brights or cute please!

I had great fun with this challenge using some of my favourite Distress Colours and making this wallet from a giant tag.

This is quite a photo heavy post as I actually remembered to get the camera out as I was going along!

I started with a Ranger Giant Tag scored (sort of) 3" from each side. I used Tim's Texture Paste and the lovely Latticework Mask to get some texture on what will be the two front facing pieces.

I used Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks and the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique to cover the outside of the tag.

I used more Aged Mahogany around the edges to make it a bit darker and then stamped the Classics #19 Stamp in Picket Fence Distress Paint. Unfortunately this didn't come out very clearly so I very bravely restamped it over the top with Aged Mahogany DI. I quite like the effect! 

A piece of Lattice Die Cut was inked with Aged Mahogany DI and the textured areas rubbed with a little Treasure Gold (it really sparkles!)

Then it was down to making the flowers.I cut a number of Tattered Florals in cream card and then inked them with the same DIs: Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and a little Aged Mahogany around the edge. Both sides were inked as I wanted to roll the edges.

The flowers were spritzed with water on both sides and scrunched up around a small paint brush. You can see how the inks soften with the water.

I used the same inks to colour some seam binding and opened up the flowers once they had dried.

I curled the edges around a knitting needle and then threaded three petals onto these wonderful stamens to create the flower. They remind me so much of the crinkly leaves we have in the garden at this time of the year!

The ribbons and flowers were stuck down onto the front along with a piece of die cut Spring Greenery again coloured with the same inks and a coating of Distress Rock Candy.

I used the same inks and mask on the inside but blended the colours and spritzed with water before stamping with the Classic Stamp.

It is quite amazing how a different technique but the same products creates quite a different feel. I also added an Autumn sentiment.

Well done if you are still with me!

I do hope you will join in with our challenge and remember there is a chance to win a voucher from our sponsor Country View Crafts and a chance to join the DT in an upcoming challenge. Hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see the wonderfully pieces from my fellow Creative Guides - so much fabulous inspiration.

Have fun!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Stampin Up Shabby Rose Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing a new flower tutorial for another style of Shabby Rose, this time made with Stampin Up punches.

I am a great fan of Stampin Up punches and use them extensively in my workshops, they are extremely good quality and very easy to use. I particularly love the flower punches and today I am using these three:

Pansy, Fun Flower and Petite Petals

This is a photo heavy blog post so brace yourselves!

As always I have used Stampin Up Very Vanilla card stock to punch four of the Fun Flower, four of the Pansy and two of the Petite Petals.

Punch a hole in the middle of each flower and gather them together with a brad, but stagger the petals.

Fill your Stampin Up spritzer with water and give the petals a good spray.

Then start to fold up the petals around the brad. The two smaller ones are the hardest, it gets easier !!

Keep on scrunching up each layer giving a spritz of water in between each so that all the petals are quite sodden with water.

I always use Stampin Up card stock for my flowers as it is the only card stock I know that will take this amount of water.

When you get to the final four layers give the petals a bit of a squeeze at the tips before scrunching them.

And this is what you end up with.

Then while it is still very wet start to curl the petals around a thin knitting needle. You need to be gentle as it is very easy to break off a petal. 

Keep moving around the layers pulling out all the Fun Flower petals.

When you get to the Pansy petals just poke them out with the needle to fill out the space.

Leave the two tiny Petite Petals covering the brad.

Then leave it to dry. 

The flowers are best left to dry overnight but you can give them a blitz with a heat gun. You will notice how the paper pulps up as it dries and this is more noticeable when left to dry naturally.

And here are some I have made with other Stampin Up papers:

This flower has been made with petals cut from the Naturals White A4 cardstock.  It dries like a porcelain and is very beautiful.

The fabulous Stampin Up Blackberry Bliss Cardstock - this colour is just gorgeous! The cardstock is harder to work with and watch the stain from the darker colours when you spritz with water (I had lovely pink fingers after making this one!).

 Stampin Up paper can also be used but don't use as much water. I sprayed this with a little Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz while it was drying. Choosing a pattern with a white or lighter underside makes a nice contrast.

For this flower I used Whisper White Cardstock but instead of using water I mixed some So Saffron Re-inker with the water in my spritzer. This gives a lovely delicate colouring. It also got a bit of Vanilla Shimmer Smooch whilst drying. 

I hope this tutorial has given you a few ideas of how you can make these flowers - I can't wait to try some Christmas papers with the Shimmer Smooch!

And don't limit yourself to punches, the Stampin Up Florals Frame Die, Flower Fair Die and Bigz Flower Frenzy Die would all make gorgeous flowers.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Stampin Up supplies used:

Fun Flower Punch
Pansy Punch
Petite Petals Punch
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Whispher White Cardstock
Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
Naturals White A4 Cardstock
Designer Series Paper
Stampin Spritzer
So Saffron Re-inker
Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

Friday, 12 September 2014

Wonderful Gifts from Two Special People

After a lovely family weekend in Aviemore I travelled on Monday to Irvine to spend time with Rita (RMG Creations) and Annie (Curious and Crafty Treasures). Annie and I are on the Design Team of A Vintage Journey and Rita is her Mum and this was the first time we had all met.  

And what a wonderful time we had! So much laughter, lots of ideas and techniques shared, Rita's to die for Carrot Cake and Annie's lovely cooking too. It was also amazing to find we had so many other things in common, not just crafting.

I want to share here with you the wonderful gifts they had made for me. This wonderful faux metal wall hanging from Rita is just stunning:

The metal embossed background is just amazing!

And that wonderful quote …

There are so many fabulous details and such a wonderful mixture of colours.

And it came in a beautiful handmade box too.

Thank you Rita x

And this is the beautiful hanging Annie made for me:

It is such a wonderful mix of textile and paper.

And gorgeous colouring of that wonderful stamp!

I also came home with loads of other goodies from both of them (they are so generous!) including these fabulous napkins from Annie.

Watch out for these in an upcoming project!

Thank you Annie x

So now I am home with a headful of ideas of things to try out, products to buy (!) and blogs to visit. Someone stop the clock please!!

Thank you to both of you for such a lovely time and I hope it won't be too long before I get to see you again.

Jennie x