Friday, 29 May 2015

It's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey !

Hello everyone and it is great to have you here for our Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey with the DT showcasing tags in their own style using Tim's products or techniques.


I had great fun putting this tag together using Tim and Ranger products in my mixed media style. There are no "how to" photographs as this really just emerged.


I used a piece of Wallflower Stash paper as the base tag and used tissue tape, texture paste and gesso before spritzing with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain. A little bit of stamping finished it off. I love my new Correspondence Stamps - there are so many little stamps to use on a tag like this.


I absolutely adore this Cone Flower - again I used Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain to paint it.


I added a little more tissue tape, photographic ribbon and a great sentiment to balance the colours and design on the tag.

I do hope you will hop on over to see the rest of the DT tags - nearly all the team are taking part and so there is a great array of inspiration.  Just click the link HERE and you will go there immediately!

Thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend when it comes!


Jennie x


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Friendship Card


Good morning! and I hope it is lovely and sunny wherever you are! 

It is my turn to share a project over at Country View Crafts Project blog today and I have a single layer stamped card using those gorgeous bird and feather stamps. Hop on over if you want to find out more.


Jennie x


Saturday, 23 May 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - May


The end of the month is looming up fast so I took a few hours away today from being on stage and helping to get the boat ready to do Tim's May tag.


I really loved his vintage style tag this month and as usual if you want all the details they are HERE on his blog.  

Needless to say I didn't have half the supplies so the quote on this month's tag is quite apt:

Out of limitation comes creativity


I used linen instead of hessian and chose a different layering stencil as I had a sewing theme in my head. However this got a bit lost on the creative journey!


I do however have the wonderful little flower dies and am really loving them, although they are quite fiddly (for my arthritic fingers anyway!) I have made these with cream cardstock and the roses with the usual Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges (added and spritzed before rolling). The inner of the small sunburst style flower was inked with Fired Brick and sprayed, again before rolling up.


I absolutely adore this tag and have not thought of using linen before, so now it is out on the desk I am sure I will be using it again!

Thank you for joining me (again) today!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jennie x


Wish you were here …………

Good morning everyone and I hope the sun is shining for you. We have a Magpie Day over at Country View Challenges today and the Design Team are showcasing Scenic Postcards.


With hardly anything "scenic" in my (vast) stamp collection I thought I would create a vintage sepia looking postcard using these lovely Artistic Outpost stamps which I never tire of.



I managed to puchase a set of three Postcard stamps whilst in New York to make my own postcards and I have used this beauty on a piece of Prima 4x6 Journalling Notecard.


I used a combination of Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Coffee Arcival Ink for the stamping and also for "distressing" the journalling notecard.

I do hope you will hop on over to Country View Challenges and check out the rest of the scenic postcards - there are some beauties!

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for joining me today.


Jennie x


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Seed Packet ATC



Today I am sharing another of my experiments from my "play day" on Friday. I have been itching to use these flowers made with the new Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Florals Thinlits Die - they are so TINY !!! So what better than an ATC to show them off.



I used a piece of Graphic 45 Time to Flourish paper for the background which has been gessoed, textured, spritzed and stamped!  These two little tags from the Time to Flourish papers looked like seed packets.



I made the flowers from the usual cream cardstock and very gently inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before rolling them up. These are the smallest and middle sized dies. I love them!

There is a new mixed media challenge called Anything But Cute and the first challenge is "A Vintage Garden". Again this is another DT which includes a number of friends and creators who I much admire so do hop on over and have a look as there is so much to inspire. 

I have a vintage style greenhouse close to the house which is my sitterooterie and I love collecting little vintage bits and pieces to sit amongst the flowers and my favourites are packets of seeds which I keep in a little wooden box. I adore sweet pea seed packets but our garden is too exposed to grow them, but I do love looking at pictures on the packets and dreaming that they might actually grow!(I actually have a lot of silk flowers in and around the ivy in the greenhouse - now I have given my secret away!)

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


Jennie x

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Three of a Kind


Hello everyone from a very blustery and cold Shetland (I hope the weather is better beside you!). At least it means guilt free crafting as it is far too cold to do any gardening, so yesterday I had a bit of a play to try and break a procrastination phase. Returning from New York and then catching a nasty cold virus plus a change in medication has left me rather "limp" and not in the mood for crafting which is most unlike me. So I gave myself a good talking to and had a right messy play yesterday and this is one of the tags I created.


Texture paste and a lovely new stencil from Indigo Blu formed the base and I spritzed with Rusty Hinge and Barn Door Distress Spray Stains. Not as red as I had hoped for though.


I didn't really have a challenge in mind but when I decided to go for a string of butterflies I realised this would fit nicely with this month's challenge at Stamps and Stencils which is Three of A Kind. A great mixed media challenge and as the DT consist of many of my favourite creators there is much to inspire.

So a great play (plus another project to share with you tomorrow too) and I feel much more in the mood for creating!

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for visiting me today.

Jennie x


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Spool Set!


Today I am sharing a set of small cards over at the Country View Crafts Project Blog. Look forward to seeing you there!


Jennie

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Believe in Your Dreams



Time for my second project this month for Country View Challenges. I don't often scrap a scenic photograph but our current challenge theme, Simply Scenic, provided a great opportunity for doing something a little different.



I took this photograph a few years ago while we were tied up in the Caledonian Canal waiting to go through to Fort William the following morning. It was one of those lovely evenings in the Scottish Highlands where everything falls calm and quiet.



I decided a mixed media background would work well with the photograph as I didn't want to overpower it too much. I used a good stiff piece of cardstock and layered Texture Paste over some strips of cardstock. 



The whole lot got a coat of gesso and then spritzed with Weathered Wood (made from the re-inker) and then some overstamping again with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and a few splatters of Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I love the subtle blue tones of Weathered Wood.



Then it was down to layering embellishments under and over the photograph. I kept them fairly basic and light and inked up some cardstock with Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo for the Chevrons so everything matched. 



I love using Picket Fence Distress Paint on chippies! It doesn't quite cover the natural colour but results in a lovely textured finish. 

There is quite a bit of machine stitching on the page, but it merges into the background.



Finally a sentiment - we always consider ourselves very privileged to have these wonderful moments on the boat.




The Simply Scenic challenge at Country View Challenges will be running for the rest of the month, so you have plenty of time to join in! 

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x


Friday, 1 May 2015

Simply Scenic

The first day of May !!! this year just seems to be romping along and my second post of today …… It is also time for a new challenge at Country View Challenges and we have a fabulous theme this month


Simply Scenic

So time to dust off those lovely scenic stamps you might have or think about a scrapbook or journal page for a lovely photograph. 



I decided to make a journal page using this photograph I took of the Eiffel Tower a few years ago. It is quite a small photograph so much more suited to a journal page.




I started by layering some French tissue tape on my page and then using Texture Paste through a stencil. Using white gesso over the whole page then allowed me to stamp, ink and splatter the page with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.



Finally I made a little collage underneath the photograph of a number of Paris themed pieces and gave the page a splattering of Picket Fence Distress Stain before placing my photograph. A lovely memory of a fabulous weekend.

I do hope you will join us for this month's challenge. Hop on over to the blog for today's posting as you could not fail to be inspired by the team's scenic projects. Also look out for more projects from the team during the month. 


Au Revoir!

Jennie x

Spring Colours

Hello Everyone! and welcome to another new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Astrid is our host this month and she has chosen the theme


Spring Colours


Create a project of your choice using spring colours. The wonderful range of Distress products provide so many wonderful colour choices, just make sure that Tim's style is evident in whatever you make.

In Shetland Spring can be quite late, in fact some years we haven't had one, just going straight from winter to summer! Being so far north our summer is probably akin to most people's spring anyway! But what I love about spring here is the light nights and how the colour changes dramatically - the blues of the sky and sea, the bright yellow of the sand and the gorgeous greens on the hill. There are no flowers in the garden except daffodils and the shrubs and bushes are just turning green, so there is a great feeling of yellow and green in the garden. 



With these colours in mind I decided to alter a Cabinet Card Frame. Instead of a photograph I made an insert. I managed to squeeze some Versamark ink through the Wildflower Stencil and then used white embossing powder to create a resist. Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo gave me some lovely background colours and the white resist just popped off the page!



The Iron Gate die fitted perfectly into the frame too and then it was down to making flowers.



I couldn't quite make daffodils! so had to settle for my usuals. I wanted something quite soft so squished and spritzed Scattered Straw Distress Ink onto my craft mat and laid the Tattered Florals die cuts down onto the ink before scrunching them up.



Spring Greenery die cuts were also inked in the same way. I just used Peeled Paint Distress Ink but got quite a varied selection of greens.



I love the way the cabinet card frames this little project and have an idea to make one for each season as a set. 

I do hope you will join us in our challenge this month and do hop on over to see the rest of the Design Team makes - you will not be disappointed as there is an AMAZING array of spring colour projects to inspire you. 

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


Jennie x

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

New York Ticket Wallets


Today I am sharing my second project of the month over at Country View Crafts Project Blog, so if you would like to know how I made these small Ticket Wallets, then do hop on over!


Jennie x

Monday, 27 April 2015

April's Tag!


I am just about managing to squeeze in at the last moment with Tim's tag for April. 

I really loved the softness of the watercolour painted flowers he created for this month but I didn't have much of a choice of die cut words! 

As usual I won't go into all the details but they can be found HERE on Tim's blog.


 As much as I adore the Cone Flower from the Flower Garden set I decided to use another of the flower stamps for this tag. It is quite large so I made a mask from a post it note in order to layer the two flowers. I used Victorian Velvet and Scattered Straw Distress Ink to paint the flowers.


There was so much clutter on the desk I didn't have a chance of getting the sewing machine out so using the wonderful tip from Jenny (Pushing the Right Buttons) I used my Stitch Marker and ran a black felt tip pen along the dots. A bit wobbly, but then my sewing is sometimes!

So another month nearly over - at least being so late I don't have too long to wait for the May tag!

Jennie x


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Brooklyn Adventures

After a fabulous, but whirlwind week in New York I felt I needed a bit of play time to get back into the swing of things. What better than to just put a few stencils and inks on the desk, including some of my New York buys and this lovely photograph of Bev and Cath and just see what happened.


We spent our last full day having a look at Brooklyn where we had been staying and took a bus ride out to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. We were probably a couple of weeks too early as the only things in bloom were the Magnolias, but what beauties they were.  I took a black and white photograph in order to capture their beauty without the colours of clothes getting in the way. 


I used a couple of Tim Holtz stencils to layer some texture paste onto white linen cardstock and when it was dry covered everything with a layer of gesso and then sponged on some Peeled Paint Distress Ink, spritzing it a bit here and there to keep it light.  A bit of Vintage Photo always get in somewhere! I had to use the sewing machine to get the cardstock flat onto a backing sheet!


I used the Traveller stencil again with Peeled Paint Distress Ink isolating the words I wanted and then stamped various elements in black Arcival as a bit of contrast. I also tore some strips of tissue tape and put these around the edges of the cardstock.


By this time I was really in a black and white mode, so used various embellishments to bring it all together. 


I am fairly pleased how these colours all worked together - not my usual but lots of fun and I now feel ready to get on with things as usual!


I would like to enter this layout into the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie which is Stencil Mania. I think I might just about qualify for this!

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x




Saturday, 25 April 2015

Kraft and Pink


Good morning everyone and welcome to my second DT post this month for Country View Challenges where we are crafting with Kraft Cardstock. A super challenge for me as I nearly always use Kraft cardstock as the base for my cards. It seems an age since I posted a project on my blog, but I have enjoyed a whirlwind week visiting New York and a few days trying to settle back down again!

Today I am sharing an easel card - I don't make many of these but I do love the way you can "extend" the embellishments!



Not only have I used the Kraft cardstock for the base but also cut some die cut shapes with it as well for a co-ordinated look.


I love adding soft colours to the Kraft and used a mix of Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks for my flowers. For those new to my flowers you can find the tutorial HERE.



Thank you so much for joining me today and I do hope you will find time to join us in our challenge at CVC - you still have a week left!


Jennie x