Thursday, 31 May 2018

Early Autumn Dreams ....


A bit out of sync for Autumn! but I had the colours on my desk. This is the third of my experimental ATCs for Calico Craft Parts this month using techniques I learnt on a recent DecoArt workshop.

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

Jennie x


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Scrunched Tattered Floral Roses

It's a long time since I posted a scrapbook layout! 

Last Saturday I was asked to lead a flowers session for Shetland Scrapbookers and to come up with a simple layout which could also be made in the time available.


It wasn't possible to make my usual water spritzed flowers in the time available so I decided to use scrunched paper and it worked a treat!


I used some Prima Vintage 6 x 6 papers and these were pretty thick but I still managed to scrunch them. The trick is to get them started, open them and turn the paper and scrunch again. If you keep doing this it get's easier (even for my arthritic hands!). 


What you end up with is something that looks and feels like suede, not paper. 


We then used these sheets to cut out Tim Holtz Tattered Florals and then made the roses in the usual way (see the tutorial here). We also made some little rolled up flowers as well.


I used the same papers for my layout - a quick crisp and clean design on a sheet of cream cardstock the only difficulty being ensuring the squares lined up!


As my layout and flowers were all made from the same papers they co-ordinate perfectly.

I shall certainly be using scrunched paper again as it really did make for a lovely flower and was considerably quicker than spritzing and waiting for them to dry!

I hope this gives you some ideas!

Jennie x




Wednesday, 23 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Hello everyone! On Friday, 26 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force and it is unclear as to whether individual bloggers are required to be do anything in particular in terms of the new regulations. To be on the safe side, this is a short post to let you know that I have created a Privacy Policy which you can view at any time by clicking the link on the top bar.

It is my understanding that the data held by Blogger is very limited and I assure you I do not, and never will, use your data for anything other than sending you notification of a new blogpost, or clicking the link to your blog to view your wonderful creations. If you are a follower by email, you are of course entitled to unsubscribe at any time and of course as a follower you may also delete your details.

I really do hope you will all continue to follow my blog either as a regular follower or by email as I really do appreciate your visits and your support.

Jennie x


Thursday, 17 May 2018

A Little Bit of Verdigris



I am having a really rusty month! I have been experimenting further with the DecoArt techniques I learnt at a recent workshop and have another ATC over at Calico Craft Parts today. Do join me if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Rusting up my Seth Apter stamps for PaperArtsy


Well ..... I never thought I would be enjoying rusty stuff so much! Leandra at PaperArtsy has decided I need to come out of my comfort zone a bit! But don't you just love these Seth Apter stamps! 


If  you want to see more of my use of these stamps, Seth's new colours and this fabulous rusty technique then please hop on over to  PaperArtsy where I share it all !

Hope to see you there!

Jennie x


Friday, 4 May 2018

Words and Music .....

Hello and welcome to you all!



Today we start another new challenge at A Vintage Journey. The lovely and so very talented Alison Bomber is our host this month and she has chosen the theme:


Words and Music

We would love to see projects that are inspired by our favourite song or that incorporate musical lyrics or sheet music in their design. Just remember to create your project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.



What better way to celebrate this challenge theme than to use one of Alison's wonderful music quotes and so I have chosen the one which I love the most and created a birthday card for a musical friend. 

Having sung in choirs for years and now learning to play the concertina I am so fully aware of the importance of silence when singing or playing. Building the silence in a piece of music is about creating the emotion, not just the timing. And in fact this week I have been revisiting tap dancing (I used to tap years ago) and the great kick is getting the whole group (there were thirty of us last night) to get the tap together and be silent together! It was great fun, but my knees are now complaining!



I recently found a stash of Prima postcards which I had completely forgotten about and as they are good quality card will take a fair bit of product. I created some texture using a sheet music stencil. Once dry it got a few splatters of Victorian Velvet Distress Ink to shabby it up a bit.



The card is quite small at 6" x 4" so not a lot of space for embellishments but as you know these are some of my favourites:




.....one of my handmade roses .......




..... pearl buttons .....




..... an MDF key ...




.... and of course the wonderful quote.

I hope you will be able to join us in our challenge this month as I am sure there is a favourite song or quote that will inspire you. Do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see some wonderful inspirational pieces from my fellow Creative Guides - they are all very different!

I have a few scheduled posts over the next few days as I am off on my travels to Corsica - a new island to discover and hopefully a warmer one than I am leaving!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Jennie x



Thursday, 3 May 2018

Rusty Steampunk for Calico Craft Parts

I really enjoyed my workshop with Andy Skinner and France Papillon using DecoArt products a couple of weeks ago and have been experimenting with the techniques but in my own more muted colours. 


Today I am sharing a rusty steampunk ATC over at Calico Craft Parts, so do hop on over if you would like to see how it developed.

Jennie x