Monday, 30 December 2013

The Wonderful Journey We Share

Hello everyone from a wonderfully calm, if a little damp Shetland. A very warm welcome to you all but particularly new followers who have joined in the last couple of weeks - I really appreciate your support on my creative journey.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas week and is now looking forward to the New Year and whatever it will bring.

Many bloggers at this time of the year showcase favourite pieces from the year and Jennie at the Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog has challenged us to show our single favourite piece.  

It was difficult to pin it down to a single piece, but I decided on this hanging as even on the darkest day of winter it makes me feel so bright and cheery!

Click the link HERE for the original post if you want to check out the techniques I used.

I have to say that 2013 was my most exciting crafting year yet!  I met so many wonderful people, learnt so many amazing techniques and have worked with fabulous and creative people on design teams (something I never thought I would have the opportunity to do). 

Thank you all for your wonderful support by visiting, commenting and encouraging me and by providing so much inspiration in your own projects.  What a wonderful journey we share!

May you all have a healthy, peaceful and creative 2014.

Jennie x

Friday, 27 December 2013

Frost Inspired Tag

My final tag of the month for Crafts Too Challenge You is again inspired by the Shetland weather!  Those seed head stalks in the flower borders were one day last week tinged with frost, so I decided to use white embossing powder for my butterfly background, but continue with the sepia tones of the seed heads. The frost was a brief respite one morning from the torrential rain and storm force winds we have had for the last two weeks.  

Despite the weather I hope everyone has had a wonderful couple of festive days.  It has been very quiet here mainly due to the storm force wind and heavy rain, but our hearts go out to those who are experiencing severe flooding.  It must be awful. 

So this is what I did for my tag:  After embossing my butterflies on an ATC I squished Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto my craft mat and soaked up as much as I could on the card stock trying to get some darker tones here and there (the Tim Holtz Wrinkle Free Distress Technique). I then overstamped with a text stamp again using Vintage Photo - a bit hit and miss but exactly the look I was aiming for. 

I edged the ATC with a gold edging pen and then layered it onto some text paper then some sandable card stock which had been stamped into after sanding (I love that effect).

A cheap paper flower got a bit of a make-over with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a little spritz of water to scrunch it up!

I hope you have enjoyed our challenge this month as much as I have.  Taking a look around us at the Natural World and then using it as inspiration for projects has been very enjoyable and certainly got me going on my projects faster than usual.  You still have this week to join us at C2CU for Twist 2 which is to add any winged creature. 

Have a great weekend and continue to enjoy the Christmas festivities x

Sunday, 22 December 2013

In the Spotlight .........

It is my turn this month to be In the Spotlight at Anything But A Card Challenge and also to set the Mini Challenge.  

So if you would like more details hop over to our blog HERE.

As this is probably my last blog post before the holiday season I will take the opportunity of wishing you all a very peaceful and happy Christmas.


Friday, 20 December 2013

Winter inspired summer ......

 More Shetland Weather/Landscape inspired work!  But before I go any further a quick thank you for taking the time to visit my blog this busy month! I really appreciate it.

Living so far north not much grows in our garden, but what does grow does so in abundance - Montbretia, Crocosmia, Ladies Mantle and Lilies in particular. Now only their stalks and dried up leaves are left in the borders and they are lovely shades of brown when the sun shines on them (occasionally!) and look fabulous when touched by the frost. So for my C2CU DT post this week I have used these sepia colours to inspire this postcard tag.

Over at Crafts Too Challenge You we start a second twist this week in our monthly theme of the Natural World and for these last two weeks of December we are asking you to add any winged creature to your project.

As an obsessed butterfly girl (stamps and punches!) I couldn't resist using these lovelies from Hero Arts. I used the Crafts Too Ivy Die Cut again and very gently blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink over it.  

I also used this ink for the background along with Arcival Coffee - stamping off to create different shades of the same ink.  I love this postcard stamp from Stampin Up and I am sure it is going to have alot of use!

Again many thanks for visiting and I hope you are all not too stressed in this lead up to Christmas.  I seem pretty well organised this year and am able to spend some time rehearsing the last of our carols for Midnight Mass - always a wonderful start to Christmas.


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

A Quick Sneak!

It is my turn to share a project over at the Country View Crafts Updates Blog today and here is a sneak peek ......

I am sure everyone is VERY busy with their own Christmas preparations and so I really appreciate you taking the time to pop over to have a look.

Just 7 more sleeps!

Friday, 13 December 2013

Through the Craft Room Window ......

If I look out of my craft room windows I am treated to a wonderful view south across the garden, the fields and hills, the loch and then the cliffs in the distance. 

As a complete opposite from my snow inspired tag last week, the day I created this project the sun was shining and there was hardly a cloud in the sky. The colours reflected on the loch were so beautifully delicate for what was a winter's day, so I decided to use these colours as inspiration for this week's DT piece for Crafts Too Challenge You.

My DT pack contained some white Starfoam flower stickers and I thought these would make some rather nice embossed elements on the tag.  So I stuck them in a random fashion down the tag and then gave everything a covering of gesso.

I then splodged Broken China and Shabby Shutter Distress Inks on my craft mat and sprayed with a lot of water and just kept soaking the tag into inks until I got a really good coverage over the foam flowers.

Then I picked up little bits and pieces of ink elsewhere on the tag (the Tim Holtz Wrinkle Free Distress technique - my favourite).

I used my ribbon to mop up all the remaining ink on the mat.  Then I made a couple of flowers from some Prima Hydranga Petals scrunched up and layered with some white stamens inside.

And here is the tag mounted on some brown cardstock as a topper ready for a card when needed.  

You have the rest of the week to join us at C2CU for this the final week of the first part of our challenge which is the Natural World and Add A Flower.  There are some great inspirational pieces from the rest of the DT and some amazing entries. 

Thanks for visiting and have a lovely weekend x

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Dreaming of another holiday ......

I don't know about you but, for me,  writing Christmas Cards to friends and family brings back all those lovely memories of the last year.  So when I had to design a layout for Shetland Scrabookers November meeting and make an "Anything Goes" DT piece for Anything But a Card this month, my mind went to another holiday - one spent with my fabulous friends.  

The brief for Shetland Scrapbookers was to make an embellishment and also to combine some collage in the layout.  I made this little pocket out of a Sissix envelope die, cutting two envelopes and joining them together so the envelope flaps met in the middle. I then decorated it with the usual suspects (lace, ribbon and pearls) and cut a photograph to size to fit into the top.

This could be quite a useful embellishment for cards as well as layouts and could house photographs, bookmarks, in fact all manners of things!

As we only have three hours for our session I kept the layout quite simple, using some embossed squares to add a bit of texture to the cream card and a large flourish in each corner.  I made two little collages from pieces of stamped and die cut paper.

A bit of hessian string and a couple of butterflies finished the top right hand corner.

So if feel you have memories to share, or have a piece created for the holiday season to come, please share it with us at Anything But a Card this month as we would love to see what you have been creating.

This is a scheduled post as I shall be visiting the grandchildren this weekend for the delivery of Christmas and birthday presents and some Christmas excitement.  However, with the current high winds whether the ferry runs on Friday is another matter! Stugeron packed!

I hope you are having a great weekend x

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Bah Humbug Take Two!

Time for my second DT piece this month over at Country View Challenges.  

We live in a very old house (c1840) which is absolutely delightful at Christmas time with the large fireplaces and hearths.  I love to have tags and frames in and around the candles as Christmas Decorations, so I have made a frame using the Tim Holtz Cabinet Frame Die and this lovely Pion Design Image of Santa/Postman!

My DT colleague Brenda of Bumblebees and Butterflies shared a technique for crumpled tissue paper and acrylic paints recently and I wanted to have a go on the frame to create some texture. 

I used some gold text tissue paper and then Vintage White Acrylic Paint.  When dry I sprayed it all with Perfect Pearls Biscotti Spray and added a bit of Vintage Photo before edging it all with a Gold Pen. Way to go, but it looks quite effective.

I love creating snow effects with this puffy stuff made by Woodware - it really is quite effective. 

Right that is the fun over for today and now back to the Christmas duties!

Hope you are all finding time for some crafting fun too x

Friday, 6 December 2013

A Snowy Day in Shetland ......

I am a great admirer of those crafters who can create a white on white piece - they always look so stunning.  So I thought it was time to have a go especially as it was a cold and snowy day here in Shetland when I created this piece and is today as well.

Our new monthly theme at Crafts to Challenge You is the Natural World and the first twist is Add A Flower (just made for me!!)  

I cut everything from linen card in order to create some texture and it was fun searching through my dies for pieces to cut (no hang ups about colours matching!).

I used two lovely dies for the basis of the tag, a lovely delicate Crafts Too Ivy Die and that fabulous Marianne Design Open Weave Plate which I am sure you are all getting fed up of seeing!

The large flower was made with a very ordinary flower punch and you can find the tutorial HERE on my blog (the Dahlia Style Flower). The smaller flowers were made with one of Donna Salazars Itty Bitty Flowers Die which are also in constant use! 

I hope you will join us for our Challenge at Crafts Too Challenge You this month.  The Natural World around us at the moment is very inspiring and I am sure everyone can Add a Flower!

Thanks for visiting and have a lovely weekend x

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Favourite Scraps

A quick post today to share a flapped tag I made following a fabulous tutorial by Paulien at SWIRLYDOOS where she shared a great idea for using up all your favourite scraps of paper - I have a few (lol!).

I had these fabulous Graphic45 Ladies Diary papers left over from the Quotes Book I made earlier in the Autumn and they were just perfect for this tag.

Click HERE if you would like to see Paulien's tutorial. 

We are bracing ourselves for a heavy winter storm at the moment.  80-90 mph NW winds expected through the night and then heavy snow and gales tomorrow.  Wind chill is putting us at -10 degrees so it is going to feel cold!!  I think the winds are on the way south (sorry!) but the snow is just here in the north I think.  Take care x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Bah Humbug!

1st December and now on the count down to Christmas!!! Where did November go to!  

Over at Country View Crafts our new monthly challenge is Bah Humbug! and we want to see your Dickension style Christmas projects. I do hope you will join us in our challenge and I am looking forward to seeing your wonderful entries.  

For my DT Dickensian project I am sharing my first attempt at a decorated bag and tag using these wonderful Pion Design Winter Wonderland Papers.

I had great fun decorating the bag and then making a tag to go inside it.  The ribbon and brad on the tag hold the bag shut - quite ingenious eh! ..... pure luck!

I made the snowflake embellishment from a Spellbinders Snowflake Die, embossing the layers with the new Rangers Antiquities Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder (just loving this).  

I really enjoyed making this project and I think I could get hooked!

Have a great day and thanks for visiting x

PS For those locals who travel on Northlink Ferries from Shetland to Aberdeen I did buy the bags specially, they are not the when you are not feeling too great bags from the cabin ............. although they look quite similar!