Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Orient Express ......

Time for my third and final Guest DT piece over at A Sprinkle of Imagination, but here is a sneak peek:

Click the link HERE if you want to see more!!

Jennie x

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Phantom of the Opera!

Another month and another Round Robin Cards Challenge at Swirlydoos.  The twists this month were inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and we needed to include musical notes, roses and black and red.

I was third in the team this month so had two lovely cards to follow.  I lifted the design from LaQuette and the bright green leaves from Manda and managed to include all the twists.

A little bit different from my usual!

Have a lovely weekend x

Sunday, 19 May 2013

ABAC Colour Challenge ..........

First of all, a HUGE welcome to those of you who have joined my  blog this week. I really appreciate your support and comments.  What is amazing is how the weeks fly by and here we are with another Anything But A Card Challenge and this time it is all about COLOUR ....

... in fact these colours!

We want to see what you can make with these fun, vibrant and bright colours.  The theme is open so the possibilities are endless .....

... in fact anything but a card!  

You can use two, three or all five colours. 

I love colour challenges as you never know where the colours will take you.  I started off looking for bright colours to go with this photograph, but ended up using more subtle ones!

This is a purely papers scrapbook layout as sometimes I find it refreshing to work quickly and cleanly, however, I did get the sewing machine out to do some stitching here and there and I couldn't help using a bit of scrim. 

Our little grandson loves our old doors which have the old wooden keyhole covers over the keyhole - I wonder how many generations of children have played with them in this house! 

This page came together very quickly as it really is a repetition of elements.  However, I did try and use all the colours - there is a little bit of pink in there, even though it is a little boy's page!  

As this is the second week of the challenge there are already some wonderful entries alongside the fabulous Design Team pieces, so click the link HERE to be whisked over to the ABAC challenge page and HERE for this week's Design Team pieces.

Thanks for looking and I hope you give the challenge a go as it really is a lot of fun x

Friday, 17 May 2013

Paper Rose Tutorial

Just recently I've used alot of these roses in my projects and a number of you have asked how they are made so here is a (very heavy!!) photo tutorial:

Cut three flower shapes which have six petals - I've used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, but any six sided flower die/punch will do.  

I use Stampin Up Very Vanilla cardstock for most of my flowers as I love the shiny feel of it, but any cardstock or good quality paper stock will do.

Ink the edges with a water based ink.  
My favourite is Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Spray each flower with water and using the end of a thinnish paint brush mould them around the brush getting as many creases as you can.  

Then leave them to dry naturally - if you try to dry them with a heat gun you tend to lose the creases and sometimes the flower falls apart.

When dry ease out the petals with a bone folder.

This is the cutting sequence:

cut a slit in one flower
cut one petal from another flower
cut two petals form the third flower

Then you need to glue the three main flowers together.  Don't worry if the edges don't match - it all adds to the uniqueness and looks like another layer!

This is the fiddly bit!  Take the single petal and roll it around on itself.

Then lay it inside the double petal and roll that up too using a bit of glue as you go.  You will find the outside petals can be moulded to give a bit of shaping.

The finished bud (and I look as though I need a bit of nail/skin care!)

The edges of the petals need to be given some definition, so curl them around the paintbrush or if you want a tighter curl an old knitting needle is quite good too (no fancy tools needed!).

Then it is down to assembly:
Using the blunt end of the paintbrush flatten the middle of the main flower a bit.

Now this is really important - you need to cut quite a bit off the bottom of the next two petals.  
Be brave!

Flatten the second flower onto the first again with the blunt end of the paintbrush.

And the next layer.

Now it is really important to cut quite a chunk of the little bud.  I notice when I do my workshops this is where a lot of roses lose their look as not enough is cut off.  

You need a good pair of scissors and sometimes a bit of fast fielding to catch the bits!  But again be brave - after all it is only a bit of paper!

Then you can glue the bud into the flower.  This I think is the magical bit as it really transforms the flower.

I hope you find this tutorial useful.  There are a lot of tutorials and videos online with instructions on how to make this type of rose initially made famous by Tim Holtz and his Grungepaper Roses, but I think mine look a bit different as I scrunch the paper up first which gives it a lovely shabby look. 

I also find that making them from paper makes it easier to mould the shape and even though they are paper they are quite strong.  Spritzing the cardstock with water makes the paper "pulpy" and they don't feel "paperish" at all. I use them quite regularly on books and scrapbook pages and on this canvas too.

Have fun!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Feeling Blue?

Time for another Guest DT project from me over at A Sprinkle of Imagination.  Here is a sneak peek:

If you would like to see the rest then click the link HERE.  I'd love to know what you think of it as it includes a number of NEW techniques and products for me!  It was a bit of an adventure!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Blooming Marvellous .........

....... is the current challenge at Artful Times and as most of us use so many flowers in our pieces one I think everyone could join in!

....... and especially me ....
the flower-aholic!

I needed a card for a friend so made this from some bits and pieces which were sitting around the desk and added a doily and the lovely blue Pion Design Paper.  

I keep a stash of these flowers ready made to use on cards, nearly always cream with a bit of vintage photo edging.  They always come in useful.

So that's my entry for this lovely challenge. Do pop over to Artful Times and have a look Neet and Von's lovely pieces and also some super entries.

I hope everyone is enjoying some good weather or is it raining EVERYWHERE!

Monday, 6 May 2013

A Sprinkle of Imagination - Sneak Peek

Three posts in two days! but I told you May was going to be exciting!  I was absolutely thrilled to be asked by Vicki Abrathat of A Sprinkle of Imagination to be Guest Designer for the month of May on her wonderful blog.  So here is a sneak peek of my first post - click HERE to see the whole project.

Vicki has a great online shop at A Sprinkle of Imagination which covers everything you need for art journalling, mixed media and scrapbooking.  And the fabulous Design Team members on the blog create some amazingly inspiring pieces.  I do hope you will go over for a look.

Jennie x

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Anything But A Card Challenge : Make an ATC

Sunday again and welcome to the current Anything But a Card Challenge which is ........ 

..... make an ATC (Artist Trading Card).  

Any theme, products or techniques you like as long as it is an ATC. So a really great challenge.  Click the link HERE to go to the challenge blog and some info about ATCs.  Last week the Design Team posted some fantastic work and you will have a similar treat this week.  One week left for the challenge, so why not have a go! 

I love ATCs as it is a chance to try out a new technique as you are only working with a small area and if it doesn't work it can go in the bin! So this is a new technique for me and I just LOVE the texture and finish.  A bit photo heavy but here are the steps (as much for me to remember how I did it!):

I have had a good clear out of old dress patterns (I'll never be a size 10 again ... even in my wildest dreams), so I scrunched some bits on my ATC and coated everything with Mod Podge (but I think any PVA glue would do).

Then I added a bit of lace .....

..... and some netting. Again all with Mod Modge.

And when it dried and got trimmed up it looked like this - pretty awful!

I covered the whole lot with some gesso - getting better!

And when that dried I started spraying with some mists - my own handmade mists with Victorian Velvet and Wild Honey re-inkers mixed with Perfect Pearls Biscotti (I just love this!) and some Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist. I just let the ink "puddle" in the textures and left it overnight to dry.

It took a bit to get the ATC flat! and I felt the edges needed the help of a gold Calligraphy pen.  I just LOVE the texture and would certainly do this again on a larger area.

I didn't want to add too much embellishment as I didn't want to hide the lovely texture.   I found some really tiny little buttons which I altered with Ranger Picket Fence Crackle Paint and made two really tiny little rolled roses from some handmade paper (almost like thin felt).  I got these wooden dress forms in Aberdeen Hobbycraft (they were in the sale bin for a £1!.  I just wished I had bought the lot!

Well thank you for looking and have a lovely crafting week x

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Holidays Beckon ..........

Hi Everyone

A quick post to share a couple of ATCs I made recently for the Rebel Stampers ATC Swap using the Craft Stamper freebie stamps:

They are not always the easiest of stamps to work with!(I hated those wings!) but at least our little challenge makes sure that we use them at least once.

My bags are packed and I am ready for the off at 6am tomorrow morning to spend a week with my fabulous school friends at Centre Parcs in Thetford.  I'll be away from my computer but I am excited that I have three scheduled posts over Sunday and Monday with Design Team and two Guest Designer posts. (Told you May was going to be busy!) I hope you like the projects - I certainly had fun making them.

I hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend x