Monday, 1 September 2014

Truly Nautical in more ways than one …..


Wow it is September! and today we start a new challenge at Country View Challenges which is Nautical - just perfect for me!


For my DT piece I am sharing a small nautical project made at sea - well not quite at sea, but whilst at anchor on Mrs Muir in various little bays on the west coast of Scotland.  So no craft room was used in the making of this project, just the lid of my projects box which was balanced on my bunk in the forepeak which is not very stable if another boat decides to pass by!



These are the supplies I took away with me for this project - as you can see not very much!



The little book measures 3.5" x 2.5" and all the details of how to make the book and the wallet are HERE on my blog.

The individual pages are all very similar, but it does make for a cohesive design.






The photographs are from our holiday last year - we have been sailing the west coast of Scotland and the Western Isles for eight years now and whilst it is a delight to visit new anchorages we have many favourite old ones too.



The wallet is made from an old Admiralty chart Terry was going to throw out. If you can get hold of one from a sailing friend they are great to work with as the paper has a wonderful quality and is surprising tough as it has to withstand lots of navigational marks with pencil, rubbing out etc. Terry would be horrified to see me putting so many smudges and stains on it!



I used a few Tim Holtz Rub-ons and a chit chat sticker and a rather lovely compass from Kaisercraft to complete the wallet.



And so there you have it - a truly nautical mini book!

I do hope you will join us for our challenge this month and do hop over to see the rest of the projects from the Design Team and of course keep visiting through the month as there is a post every other day on the challenge blog and on the in between days there are projects posted on the Country View Crafts Project Blog. So plenty to inspire you!

Thanks for visiting today!

Jennie x






Sunday, 31 August 2014

Take 5!



August seems to be a month of EXTRA's and with a fifth Sunday in the month Anything But A Card are challenging you to Take 5.  This is a mini challenge for this week only and we would love to see your makes using either five of something, or the number five ………… basically anything which inspires you by the number 5.

I decided to take five Distress Inks - literally randomly. They were all in a bit of a mess after a previous project, so I did just pick 5! And this is what I got.




I used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique and have decided that these five would make a very good Christmas set! I overstamped the Papillon background stamp in Picket Fence Distress Paint and blended Aged Mahogany around the edges. For a random set of inks I thought this looked amazing!



I just HAD to have a go with the new Tim Holtz Embossed Butterfly - isn't it fantastic. Not what I did with it, but the butterfly itself!!




After a bit of a disaster with some rub-ons I finished the tag with some seam binding coloured with the original five DIs.



A lot of fun! and a great experiment. I hope you will have some fun too joining us for this mini challenge and just TAKE 5 …


Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Jennie x




Friday, 29 August 2014

Playing with an Old Favourite



Good morning everyone! and I hope the sun is shining with you on this lovely Friday morning.  Today we have a Magpie Day over at Country View Crafts and the Design Team are sharing Postcards. So do hop on over and see everything from Vintage to Christmas to Contemporary - a lovely range of styles and themes.



I am afraid I rather indulged myself on this theme with an old favourite stamp.  Coming home after seven weeks away from the craft room I decided to just go through drawers and my stamp folders to remind myself what I had! This Crafty Individuals stamp was one of my very first purchases and was an "all time favourite" for a long time, but I realised it hadn't had an outing in ages. 



I have this rather wonderful Stampin Up Post Card stamp which I stamped in Coffee Arcival Ink and then used Vintage Photo Distress Ink for the text, flourishes and splodges.  This is good sized stamp (5" x 3.5") and has been very useful for the backs of family photographs at Christmas time and birthdays. 



The usual suspects have been used to embellish the postcard - dyed seam binding, lace, a favourite butterfly stamp, pearls and these rather lovely stamp (stamps!)  from a Paper Artsy stamp set.



A very enjoyable make and I am sure will end up as a topper on a card for somebody in the future!

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

Jennie x




Monday, 25 August 2014

Crafting at Sea …….


Today I am sharing my holiday journal as some of you have expressed an interest in seeing how I put it together. This is a rather photo heavy post, so I hope I won't bore you all!

As some of you know I took away an already prepared journal full of tags and empty pages. I had some bits and pieces in my 12 x 12 box which included some Distress Inks and a few stamps. 




This is my crafting area on the boat - on the forepeak bunks and everything balanced on the lid of my box. It works fine until another boat goes past!




I enjoy creating little collages and incorporating flaps and pockets.





A double flap page.



I like turning my writing around the page so I am writing in a smaller area.


Incorporating lots of blank tags in the bound journal is really important - it is nice to write about specific events on these.


I found this card in a shop in Tobermory and made it into another flap! I have left a space here for a photograph.


And these are some of the journals from our other cruises


Although we have the ships log my journals are a record of places visited, the funny things which happen, awful boat names, wildlife spotted and the friends we have met along the way.

I do other things on board!



I do a lot of knitting and this year quite a bit of spindle spinning (T shirt and shorts whilst sailing!).


Helming (this was 5 am in the morning!)...


Bake Bread ...


Concertina Practice (I am learning) …


Sometimes I forget to comb my hair …


Sometimes I remember …


Always something to smile about ...


We have a fabulous boat …


and we really do enjoy our time together and are already planning next year's trip.

If you have got the end of this well done!

Thanks for joining me today.

Jennie x






Saturday, 23 August 2014

Tim's August Tag



A fabulous tag from Tim this month (well they always are!) and I really enjoyed all the individual techniques, particularly the rusting around the edges.

As usual we are asked not to share the individual details of the tag but you can find them all HERE on Tim's blog.

I really love the colours he has used and they are now on my (always lengthening) wish list!



I used Dusty Concord, Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Paints and Tea Dye Distress Embossing Powder.


I also used Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste which takes Distress Paint really well - I just LOVE this stuff and I think it is the most reached for pot on my desk. I rather like this Time Traveller chappie - he is becoming quite a favourite.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you are having a great weekend. 

Jennie x













Friday, 22 August 2014

Good Friends ATC's for A Vintage Journey


It is ATC time at A Vintage Journey! Our latest challenge chosen by Alison is


A Little Bit of Tim


We are looking for Vintage and Tim Holtz style ATCs - a 
single ATC or a set, perhaps even a trio that match. 

And please only ATCs - no ATBs or Chunky ATCs allowed!




I decided on a "whimsical" trio using the famous trio stamp from the Steampunk Set. I always refer to them as the friends and thought it would be fun to combine them with the good friends quote from Ways with Words.



I created the backgrounds first - wrinkle free distress using Evergreen Bough, Aged Mahogany and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks. I used Black Arcival for the background stamping and then Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste through the Harlequin mask.



Each ATC is decorated with similar embellishments - cogs covered with Aged Mahogany Distress Powder, little stamps and letter strips from the Destinations Paper Stack, Tim Holtz Pen Nibs and Film Strip Ribbon.



It is quite amazing how much you can squeeze into such a small space!



And a little bright flower from the Tattered Floral Garland.



The whimsical three!

I do hope you will join us in our challenge, just tell us in your blog post what Tim product or technique you are using. And do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see my other DT teams fabulous ATC makes. 

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

Jennie x