Friday, 1 April 2016

Bring your Own Sunshine


Hello everyone and thank you for popping by on this the 1st day of another month. The year seems to be rattling past!


This is the first of a number of posts for today as everything seems to be happening on this the 1st April. And no joking! 

First up is the new challenge at A Vintage Journey and the lovely Sandy is our host and she wants us to leave those winter blues behind and make anything that says SPRING using pastel colours.

It is your choice - a card, canvas, 3D or a tag, but remember it should be in one of the vintage,shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk styles that we favour.



It may be spring here in Shetland but there is nothing much out in the garden except the snowdrops. Even the daffodils are still very much green!


Having had a bit of a clear out recently - well I started! - I found some old Maya Road greyboard books deep in a drawer and thought I would turn them into little hangings and this is the first. Having the snowdrops in mind I gave the greyboard an under coat of Granny Smith PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic and then once the Crackle Glaze was dry I overpainted with Snowflake Fresco Acrylic. A little overstamping in Peeled Paint Distress Ink with my favourite text stamp filled in some of the gaps.



These little flowers are quite gorgeous and small enough to cluster around the little white frame made with paper clay.



I had been working with the Tim Holtz Wallflower PaperStash and this little chap jumped out at me, so he had to be included, especially as we do have a Robin in the garden at the moment too

It is still a little cold here (well it always is!) so I thought the sentiment was quite apt.




The arty shot!




I hope I have inspired you to join us in our challenge this month and if you need any more inspiration then just hop on over to the blog to see what the other Creative Guides have in store for you - you will be blown away!


Country View Crafts are our sponsor this month and there is £20 voucher for one lucky winner along with an opportunity for three pin worthies to join us in a future challenge.


Have fun whatever you are doing and I'll be back again later!

Jennie x










16 comments:

S@ndy Diller said...

Lovely creation. Even if the garden isn't saying Spring - your beautiful flowers and robin are. Sandy xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Jennie, love the mint green and white backdrop to this, really uplifting and refreshing. Love the imagery you used and of course how could we not think of Spring without thinking of the Robins; one followed me around the garden for half an hour the other day. Lovely piece. Happy weekend. Tracy x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Jennie, love the mint green and white backdrop to this, really uplifting and refreshing. Love the imagery you used and of course how could we not think of Spring without thinking of the Robins; one followed me around the garden for half an hour the other day. Lovely piece. Happy weekend. Tracy x

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful shape for your little hanging Jennie - love the flowers around the frame and the layering of the robin and leaves - this is so pretty! Julia xx

Redanne said...

A real pastel beauty Jennie! The crackled background with the subtle stamping, the gorgeous frame and those delicate little flowers are just such a perfect way to welcome Spring. I think it is lovely that you still have your daffodils to look forward to... Hugs, Anne xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning make in those wonderful light colours Jennie! Here the daffs have just come out, but also a lot later than usual. Anyway, love the wonderful addition of flowers and foliage to this beautiful hanger

Marci said...

It is beautiful and Springlike! I love that green color you used.

butterfly said...

Delightful - light and bright and airy - full of the joys of spring!
Alison x

Brenda Brown said...

This is a delightful little hanging Jennie, love the wonderful cracking background and collage elements, especially that sweet robin that you gave included.
Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Jennie, love the wonderful green and white combination on your background with the contrast of the little robin redbreast in the foreground! A lovely plaque to welcome Spring, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

Jenny Marples said...

Very special and delicate Jennie! I love the crackle against nature's finest xx

Nikki Acton said...

Oh this is sumptuous Jennie. Love the bringing together of the collaged Tim papers with your stunning flowers x

Almo said...

Beautiful soft green crackle colour on the background of this lovely hanging Jennie. I love the way your robin is peaking out from behind the flowers and leaves, a really pretty hanging. Hope it warms up for you soon, sending you some sunshine from Norfolk. Mo x

A Pink said...

Beautiful, Classy, sylish - all words that spring to mind , Jennie . Such a wonderful representation of Spring.
hugs x

Juliz Design Post said...

The crackle against your Spring design is so pretty Jennie.
Julie x

Sara Barker said...

Jennie, Yes! I am late, but better late than never! And so happy I could take some time to see your steps in creating this lovely piece! Your background is simply springlike and so beautiful! I never think to stamp in much else than neutrals, so think I may have to borrow that idea of green on the neutral background. Love that Crackle and your paperclay frame--so detailed! Of course, adding the robin is just the perfect touch--what would spring be without the robins? I do hope you are getting some warmer weather, and wish I could send you some of ours!

Thank you for your comment on my gears Pretend it's a plan card...I was almost blushing when you said you were working on a similar project--I'm so flattered that we would have similar thoughts going through our crafty brains! Hugs!