Friday, 31 March 2017

The Promise of Spring

Spring is my favourite time of the year, not least as I seem to be able to be on top of the garden! But it is the promise that Spring brings which I love, those little seeds and bulbs which bring those gorgeous summer blooms.


These were the thoughts that were in my head when I played around with some bits and pieces in my "must put away" box for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.  

This is one of my favourite times of the month - when we have an extra Friday in the month and the Creative Guides at AVJ all get to "play" and make a tag! I do suggest you hop on over using the link HERE as there are some amazing tags from my CG sisters in so many different styles. So much inspiration! Right back to my tag! 



I had some PaperArtsy Fresco's left over on my craft mat from another project (Sugar Plum and Blush) so mopped up by brayering them on to a tag. It was a little bright for what I had in mind so I brayered Snowflake Fresco over the top to get a shabby finish. The scores were made at 1/2" intervals and I blended a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink into the folded creases to get the faux wood panel effect.


The napkins were still in my box from February's AVJ project! 


Once the napkins were in place I just felt it needed a little cluster. The frame and butterfly are made from paper clay and I added some glass micro beads (a recent purchase) but the "here and there" is a little difficult to control!



Great crafting fun and thankfully my "must put away" box is a little emptier!

As always thank you for joining me today.
Happy crafting!

Jennie x


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring ...... (in sepia)

It has been a little quiet here lately mainly due to a lovely holiday in Ireland and some time spent experimenting with new (and old!) products.



Today I am sharing a project over at Calico Craft Parts using one of their little printer trays which I had great fun filling! Here is a sneak peek, but I hope you will join me over there if you can.

Jennie x

Friday, 17 March 2017

Love This Life

I have been desperate to have a crafting play since getting back from our short (musical) holiday in Ireland as my motivation seems to still be somewhere else!


So I have had a lovely afternoon creating this tag with lots of my favourite textures, inks and elements, along with some new Tim Holtz embellishments which arrived while I was away.


The background tag is a combination of Ranger texture paste, builders sticky scrim and some Mixed Media die cut pieces which were given a good coat of gesso. When it was dry I then spritzed with Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord and Broken China Distress Spray Inks. I realised I haven't used this combination for ages - it was always one of my favourites.


Then it was a case of having fun embellishing! There is some hessian and more scrim layered at the bottom, some lovely Tim Holtz Ephemera labels, Prima metal and lace and of course my handmade flowers.  I even had a go at adhering some micro beads ... 


All the flowers have been made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die (my all time favourite). The rolled rose was edged with Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord Distress Inks before being spritzed, scrunched and then created.


Vintage Photo Distress ink edged this one before being spritzed and scrunched. 


And of course there are always the little ones which get tucked in.

And the reason for focusing on the flowers is that the Monday Simon Says Stamp Challenge is all about handmade flowers this week. I have been meaning to join in with the Monday challenge for a long time, but this seems like a good challenge to start with given my love of handmade flowers!


I decided that this little quote was quite appropriate given that I seem to have found myself again ......

As always thank you for joining me and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Jennie x




Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Golden Lady


Today over at Calico Craft Parts I am playing with more napkins and discovering actually how much you can throw at greyboard! 

If you would like to find out more then do please hop on over and join me!

Jennie x


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Clipper Sailing Days


I hope you can join me tonight over on the PaperArtsy blog where I am sharing a project using some of the new PaperArtsy Release Stamps, Stencils and Infusions for the Paints and Infusions Challenge.

Nautical but with a difference!

I hope you can join me there.

Jennie x



Friday, 3 March 2017

All Aboard!

I seem to have the sea on my mind at the moment - but that is probably not surprising given that we are already planning the summer cruise in Mrs Muir and what needs to be completed before we leave.



This Tando boat kit has sat on my desk waiting for a chance to be played with for some time now and no better excuse than to use it for my project for A Vintage Journey for this month's challenge which is


All Aboard!

Brenda is our host for our anniversary challenge.

Come and join us in our open house challenge where you choose what you want to step aboard with. Although we still need to see you working within our styles and genres you can choose whether you share a card, some altered art, a journal page, a painting, in fact whatever you fancy, but with no theme to follow. Let's have some fun, share our current creations and enjoy the informal feel of our birthday celebration.



The boat (or rather dinghy!) is made of thick grey board which I first painted with gesso to seal and then PaperArtsy Space Cadet Chalk Paint. The crackle effect was created with DecoArt Weathered Wood which then had brown inks (Archival and Distress) blended on top. However, after I had taken this photograph I didn't like the effect so the inks were wiped off and I sanded back a bit more of the crackle!

I stamped a sailing boat on some tissue and added it to the back of the frame.


A couple of embellishments which got the "rusty" treatment using DecoArt products. I love that you can actually get the same effect on greyboard (the compass) and metal (the word tab). I have used two or three different colours of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics and finally splotched on Quinacridone Gold. 



This is how the oars started out! but when I finally went to adhere them to the dinghy they were just not a sufficient contrast. So .... they got painted in brown paint!  A bit of a shame as I really liked this effect!



I decided that my edges needed a bit of treatment so used some tissue tape to hide all the differing states of crackle I managed to achieve!



More rusting on this metal embellishment and you can see a bit more clearly how well the Weathered Wood knocked back to reveal the blue underneath. I am pleased to say that our dinghy (known as Gertie for some unknown reason!) is in pristine condition!



I used a World Map stamp to create these little rolled charts. 


The cog is a paper clay moulding which again took the "rusting" paints very well.



A Tim Holtz Vintage Relative .......


So it's All Aboard for A Vintage Journey (and Mrs Muir eventually!).

I do hope you will find time to join in our challenge and of course for some fabulous inspiration then DO hop on over to our challenge post as my Creative Guide teamies have some amazing projects to share. 

Thank you for joining me today. This is a scheduled post as I am in Ireland at the moment (just south of Galway) enjoying traditional music and concertina workshops!

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x