Thursday, 16 May 2019

Summer Sunshine ATC

An unusual colour for me today but when I made this little ATC we were in a wonderful period of summer sunshine which put me in the mood for trying out some of the yellow themed PaperArtsy Infusions.


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

Jennie x

Monday, 13 May 2019

Chunky ATC for PaperArtsy


I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a chunky ATC for our current challenge which is Turquoise ...... so just my colour!

Do join me by clicking the link HERE if you would like to see more.

Jennie x




Friday, 3 May 2019

Cyprus Travel Journal

Hello and Welcome!

We have a new challenge starting over at A Vintage Journey today which is all about books. As this co-oincides with me flying out to Cyprus with my two old school friends for our annual trip away, I just had to make a journal.


The lovely Deb is our host this month and our challenge theme is "Book It". For all the details of the challenge then hop on over to her fabulous blog post HERE and also to see how the rest of the Creative Guides have interpreted this fabulous theme.
I recently bought these gorgeous Stamperia papers and thought they just summed up the feel of Cyprus (not having been there yet though!).  The patterns were bright and quite large so I thought they would suit Eileen Hull's Journal Die best.


I cut my covers out from stiff card first and decided I needed to get the patterns absolutely perfect on the covers. So rather than put the papers in the Sissix machine I measured everything and cut it out of the paper to get that gorgeous design wrapping around the journal.


The 1/4" corner chomp on the Crop-A-Dile is a perfect match for Eileen's die so I got my rounded corners easily.


The covers were then adhered to the board. As I only wanted two signatures inside (I am only on holiday for a week!) I glued the spine together to make it smaller.


I then glued strip on to the spine and repunched the holes. Voila! all ready to go with decoration!


I had bits and pieces of the papers left for decoration and of course lovely tags which are included in the paper stack. There is a pocket on the inside cover ......


.... and this year very glamorous photographs depicting the three of us !!!


Small collages on the individual pages just ready for journalling.


A useful pocket for tickets.


Some of Alison's wonderful Friendship quotes.


And another pocket on the inside back cover. I have been waiting to use this Tim Holtz Found Relatives photograph for ages!


There is not much decoration on the cover as the papers were just so beautiful I didn't want to cover them up. (The translation is: Nothing is Art if it does not come from Nature.)

The journal is all ready in my case for writing up each evening and all the little collections of bits and pieces I manage to collect!  I don't know how many of these wonderful Journals I have made now.  Eileen Hull has really given us so many wonderful dies I can't imagine not going on holiday without one! Thank you Eileen!!!!!

As always thank you for joining me today and don't forget to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see all the other fabulous makes for this challenge. And of course I hope you find the time to join us too.

Have a great weekend! I will !!!!

Jennie x

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Dolls House Play


It is my turn to share a project over at Calico Craft Parts today and I had great fun turning this little shrine into a mini Dolls House.

Do join me over at Calico Craft Parts if you would like to see how this all came together.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Vintage Mini Notebook

Hello and welcome to you all on this first day of yet another month!

As usual my first post of the month is for our challenge over at Mini Album Makers where every month we hope that you will join us in making an album or book in any medium or theme. We just loVe making books!


I got a bit caught out a couple of weeks ago and realised that I had got totally muddled by the days and weeks of the month and suddenly realised it was my friend's birthday that day. So what to make really quickly? As luck would have it Eileen Hull's new Notebook die had arrived the day before so I dived in and made this little vintage book in next to no time!


I have used some fabulous 13Arts papers and vintage elements already in my stash.


Not much in the way of embellishment .......


.... but just enough to add a bit of interest!


I used Eileen's die to cut both the board and papers for the book. These 13Arts papers are only printed on one side, so no agonisingly long decisions about what side to use! I like to cut the papers in three rather than trying to glue them around the book.


I cut some already tea dyed papers using Eileen's Passport Die for the inside signatures and marked where the holes needed to be in my covers and punched them using my Crop-o-Dile (it has a good long reach).


I then stuck the papers down on the inside of the book covers, trimming the spine lightly so the covers fold easily.


I then re punched the holes through to the inside and added my two signatures using some hessian twine.  Voila! then just a few minutes more adding a few embellishments.


I am very pleased to say my friend loved the book and had no idea I had only made it that morning ..... (hope she doesn't read this !!!!).

I hope this gives you some inspiration to join us in our challenge this month. Sometimes we really feel like pushing the boat out and creating a masterpiece ..... sometimes it is nice to pull something together really quickly. However, you are feeling this month I hope you will join us. Do hop on over to see what the rest of our fabulous team have been getting up to by clicking the link HERE and to get all the details of the fabulous prize on offer from our sponsor this month : THE FUNKIE JUNKIE BOUTIQUE.

As always thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x




Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Beach Memories for PaperArtsy



I am celebrating "sand in my feet" over at PaperArtsy tonight with an art journal page of my childhood beach memories.

I would love to see you over there if you would like to see more. Just click HERE and you will find yourself transported in an instant!

Jennie x

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Shabby Chic Dressing Table Tray


Whilst looking through the Calico Craft Parts shop I noticed some Deco Art Ornaments which looked like handles ...... ! and the idea was born to add them to a printers tray to make this dressing table tidy! 

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

Jennie x

Monday, 15 April 2019

Vintage Map Spool for PaperArtsy

Hello to you all!


 I had SO much fun making this vintage map spool for our current PaperArtsy challenge theme! I do hope you can join me over there tonight to see all the details. 

Jennie x


Monday, 1 April 2019

I Remember Mama .......

Hello and welcome. Some of you will be aware that this last week I have been treading the boards at our local theatre in our latest production, I Remember Mama.  It is a lovely play set in Los Angeles in 1910 and tells the story of a Norwegian immigrant family, their trials, tribulations and loves.


I decided to make a book for our fabulous producer, with a page dedicated to each of the characters where we could each pen a memory of the play. Photographs were sourced from the internet for all the characters and also for the backstage crew.

As today is the first day of a new challenge at Mini Album Makers I thought I would share the book with you - how I personalised the book for the play and how I have created the covers. But first let me urge you to hop on across to our main blog post HERE as my fellow Design Team members have, as always, made some gorgeous mini albums.


Eileen Hull is our sponsor this month and so I am also pleased to be using her Passport Die - I think my favourite of all of them (although ask me next month and it will probably be the Journal !).


The Passport Die created a book which was just a perfect size for me to add papers in three signatures for all the individual members of the cast and crew - I did bunch up the backstage a bit though .....


Each page was decorated with a suitable photograph of the character which allowed the person playing that character to write a memory or thank you. I played the part of Jessie Brown.



I used the lovely Gibson Girl stamp to make cards for all the female members of the cast and also used this quote which really does sum up the play.

Morag, our producer, has been making us work hard on our characters, working out who we are, and how we relate to each other. She made us think about a "colour" for our character which was quite interesting and then we had to think of a colour which summed up the play. The general feeling was that it was rusty golden browns with maybe a bit of dark brown and vintage pink ...... that was all I needed to make me think of making a book!


The covers were first gessoed and texture added by way of texture paste through a lovely vintage stencil. I then painted everything with Fresco Finish Chalk Paint (Colour Chalk) as I love the way the paint takes PaperArtsy Infusions. Rust Brown Infusions was just the perfect colour and I love how the colours can be varied in different areas.


I used the same Infusions to colour some ribbon ....


.... and also the paint the spine. I love how Infusions turn out when used with a paintbrush. Almost a wood effect without even trying!


And here are some of the details of the embellishments on the cover.



I was very pleased with the way the book became such a focal point for everyone's thankyou's and memories of the play. It was much loved by Morag when she received it at the final night party.

As always thank you for joining me today and I wish you a very happy April with lots of crafting.

Jennie x




Friday, 29 March 2019

Live Gently ...... and experiment!

Hello and welcome to you all! 


I seem to have lost my way a bit just lately with my mixed media products and desperately felt the need to experiment. So today's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey was a good excuse to just create with .... well whatever!


I loved the background that I created using some techniques learnt recently but using different products.


Some new products which have arrived recently and which hadn't really had a good outing!


And a sentiment to live by given the last few hectic weeks!

So here is how I made the background (mainly so that I can remember how I did it). The photographs look a bit grubby as we are in the middle of a huge storm which has been raging for two days so far!


The large greyboard tag was first given a coat of gesso. 
I then layered strips of Tim Holtz Design Tape and added some stamping.


DecoArt Crackle Paint was applied with a palette knife.
At this stage I really thought I had been too heavy handed and lost the background!


Next my beloved Sleight Grey Infusions .... they have to be my favourite colour!
I added lots of water and mopped alot of the colour up.


And finally a clean white texture paste layer using a new stencil from Finnabair.


I used my new Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems die to cut the flower from blue cardstock. 
It looked a bit bland and didn't really match the background so I spritzed it with water and shook a little of the Infusions here and there. 
To give it more body I then embossed it with clear powder.
I really love this final look.

A tag with a real crafty feel good factor ..... just hope it lasts!

Thank you so much for joining me today and do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see the fabulous tags my fellow Creative Guides have created. 

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Jennie x

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Botanical Tea Caddy


We have some fabulous new tea caddies for altering over at Calico Craft Parts and I have covered my first one in botanical tea tissue paper.

Hop on over to Calico Craft Parts to see more!

Jennie x