Friday, 21 September 2018

Back to Nature Tutorial

Hello and welcome!

A quick post today to invite you to join me over at A Vintage Journey where I am sharing a tutorial for my Back to Nature challenge project. Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Crackling Fun!

I had great fun last weekend staying at Belmont House in Unst (the most northerly of the islands here). Each year I lead a group of lovely Shetland friends in some new techniques and projects. This is what we made on the Saturday using a Calico Craft Parts ATB Storage Cube Kit and Crackled Napkin Decoupage.

I am sharing this project over at Calico Craft Parts today so do hop on over if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Friday, 7 September 2018

Artist Trading Coins

Well ..... a new type of ATC! Totally new to me but our current challenge theme at PaperArtsy.

Tonight I am sharing a tutorial over at PaperArtsy on how these were made using one of the fabulous Vintage Ink and the Dog sets - two very different styles from one set of stamps. 

Do please join me if you would like to know more!

Jennie x

Back to Nature for A Vintage Journey

Hello and welcome! It's time for another new challenge at A Vintage Journey and we are all going


This month we are asking you to celebrate natural elements in your project. Think real nature in terms of twigs, dried flowers, shells or pebbles, or perhaps stamps and stencils depicting these wonderful elements. 

Immerse yourself in the colours of the seasons whether they be bright or muted and 
create a project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, 
industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I am the host for this month's challenge and have had great fun creating my project from three pieces of wood I found in my husband's wood store. I have teamed them with coffee stained textiles and painted metal embellishments and made a hanging using some very thin wire so it looks as though the wood pieces are floating.

There are no details to share with you at this time as I will be back later in the month at A Vintage Journey sharing a tutorial of how it was made. 

But in the meantime here are some photographs to whet your appetite!

My fellow Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey have created some fabulous inspiration around this challenge theme, so do hop on over HERE to catch up with all their wonderful makes.

And do please join me later in the month for the tutorial.

Have a great weekend!

Jennie x

Thursday, 6 September 2018

This Way to the Beach!

Hello and welcome!

I had GREAT fun putting this project together for Calico Craft Parts using one of their Beach Hut Kits, together with a number of nautical pieces from a selection of their mini craft sheets.

You can see all the details HERE.

Hope to see you over there!

Jennie x

Saturday, 1 September 2018

A Book Within A Box Within A Journal - having fun with Eileen Hull's dies!

And so here we are at the start of yet another month! And of course that means a new challenge at Mini Album Makers, but not just any new challenge, this is the first anniversary of this fabulous and very popular monthly challenge.

To celebrate our Blogaversary, we've organized a blog hop this month.  We're giving away a $25 gift certificate to to one lucky reader whose name will be chosen at random from all of the comments on the Design Team blogs.  In addition, Lindy's Stamp Gang will give a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant in our challenge. 

So if you have arrived here from Nancy Wetherington's fabulous blog post - welcome!

This month I am sharing another Eileen Hull journal this time celebrating my wonderful holiday in Corsica with two friends last May.  I will be sharing photographs of the decoration of the journal, but my tutorial will focus on the little daily journal which is in a box inside the journal. 

Want to know more! read on ........

As Corsica historically has a French background I looked for embellishments which would support that. I have used Tim Holtz Memorandum papers to cover the front of the Eileen Hull Journal covers.

I made a closure using magnets which are hidden under the layers on the front cover.

Inside the journal I have used Eileen's Stamp & Photo Die to create a box which is attached to the spine of the Journal.

Three of us went on  holiday so I have chosen three vintage photographs to represent us (they do not look like us at all !!!) and some sentiments which are appropriate for the fun time we always have.

On the backcover I created a little pocket for keeping tickets .....

..... quite simply made from a strip of paper sewn to make a pocket.

And inside the box is this little daily journal......

...... decorated in the same papers, and which opens out to allow a page a day diary.

And now I will share with you my tutorial for making this little mini album to fit Eileen Hull's Storage Box.


From your base card cut a piece 11 3/4" by 7" and score where shown to make two spines. Crease these so that they fold inwards and then put this piece aside.

Cut another piece of base card measuring 7 1/2" by 6 7/8" and score down the middle - this forms the start of the "book inside the book"! Then cut the first long flap as shown and stick the lower 2" piece to the back of the booklet to form the first flap.

For the side flap cut a piece of base card as shown and put some double sided tape down the scored edge and stick this to the side of the book.

For the last flap at the front of the book cut as shown and score to make a spine. Add double sided tape to the spine and stick this to the front of the book. Don't worry about what it looks like at the back as ......

..... this will now be stuck to the original covers which you set on one side at the beginning. You should then have a complete book which all folds together to measure 7" x 4".

This is how I decorated the inside of the book making a long pocket on the left hand side and a short one on the right. I had covered the sides first with some cream cardstock with a little stamping.

I didn't bother covering the back of the book as I was running out of paper so just covered the front and the front flap.

I have used two magnets as closures - I always love the sound of the magnetic "clunk" when I close a book!

The magnet on the right hand side was covered up with a little decoration to match the front covers of the main journal.

Finally I added cream cardstock to each page with a little light stamping. The pages were numbered for each of the days I was on holiday in Corsica.

I hope this gives you some ideas for making a journal to fit Eileen's Storage Box Die. It is quite simple to put together and once you have a template easy to put together at short notice for a holiday or a present.

As always thank you for joining me today and all that's left is for me to pass you on to the next stop in the blog hop - the lovely Anne Redfern.


Jennie x

Friday, 31 August 2018

Tag Textile Experiments

Welcome to the last day of August ...... and over at A Vintage Journey it means we have an extra posting for you as there is an extra Friday in the month. We all love a Tag Friday as it means we get the chance to experiment or play around with new products.

Do make sure you hop on over to the blog to see what my other teamies have created.

For a while I have wanted to see how well napkins would adhere to canvas, so I decided to use this opportunity to experiment.

There are no step by steps as it was totally experimental and I had no idea if it would work.

The canvas is quite thick which allowed me to use a good coating of Dina Wakley's Gel Medium applying it both to the reverse of the napkin layer and the canvas.

I spent quite a bit of time smoothing everything out from the centre to the sides with small soft paintbrush and then left it to dry overnight.

All was well the next morning and the tissue had adhered well to the canvas. I added some texture paste over these layers before sewing the tag onto some kraft card. Despite cutting both the canvas and the cardstock using the same die the canvas had not cut so well and therefore it took a bit to line it all up, so more of the kraft cardstock is showing than I intended. A bit of extra zig zag stitching helps!

I didn't want to cover up the napkin so layered some of my usual embellishments at the lower end of the tag.

I love how the texture of the canvas shows through the napkin .....

... and by tearing the edges of the napkin even the darker parts seem to merge well into the canvas.

A worthwhile experiment and you might see more canvas and napkins in the future.

As always thank you for joining me. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Friday, 24 August 2018

Card Tutorial for A Vintage Journey

We decided earlier this year to change things around a bit at A Vintage Journey and our monthly tutorial is now all about card design. Each month one of the Creative Guides provides a short tutorial and this month it is my turn.

So do please join me over at A Vintage Journey for more details and a step by step tutorial for this "Thanks for being you" card.

Jennie x

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Lily Coaster

It is my turn to share a project over at Calico Craft Parts today and I have opted to create a Lily Coaster to remind me of the lilies flowering in the garden here.

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

Jennie x

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Family Memories

Today over at Calico Craft Parts I am sharing how I made this little box to house three special family ATCs I made last year.

Hop on over and join me at Calico Craft Parts blog for more details!

Jennie x

Friday, 3 August 2018

How Can You Resist!

Hello Everyone! and welcome.

Our new challenge at A Vintage Journey is 


and the lovely Amanda is our host this month and the idea behind our theme is to use at least one resist technique in your project. There are many different products in mixed media that can be used - gesso, distress glaze, wax, embossing powder just to name a few. 

We hope this inspires you to get out your products and create - how can you resist?!

I seem to be a little obsessed with making mini books at the moment - so apologies that here is another one. Despite this being a real mini (3" x 3") I have managed to use quite a few resist techniques.

I started with a gesso resist on this small Tando Creatives Mini Book. 

The gesso was added haphazardly so that the inks would resist it in different ways.

Texture Paste used as a resist - after spraying with Distress Spray Inks I sanded the text to lighten and open up the lettering.

Embossing powder ...... hmmmm you can see what a messy stamper I am! It didn't look too bad but the close up photograph shows me up!

And finally I used an embossing folder for the inside cover pages which again acted as a resist in the same way as the texture paste, but this time lightly brushed gesso over the raised areas.

We do hope that you will join us in our challenge this month and get out those wonderful resist products or check out all those wonderful techniques on Pinterest. If you are still in need of inspiration then DO hop on over to A Vintage Journey for all the details of our challenge and some amazing projects from my Creative Guide teamies. 

As always thank you for joining me and happy crafting!

Jennie x