Tuesday, 25 March 2014

March Tag - Double Take!

First of all thank you for joining me today and a huge welcome to new followers! It is really lovely to have you here on this exciting journey.

I was absolutely thrilled (to put it mildly!) to have my February tag chosen by Tim as one of the monthly winners and I can't wait for my prize to arrive which is a set of the new release stamps. Thank you Tim (and also thanks to Mario and Inspiration Emporium too). 

Now it is time to share this month's tag which involves a fabulous new stamping technique

smudge stamping!

You can get all the details HERE on Tim's blog with regard to the technique.  And here is his tag - just fabulous! and I soooo love those stamps.

As usual I didn't have the stamps, distress marker spritzer or the embellishments (other than tissue tape) but that doesn't normally stop me having go.  So here is my take on his tag:

I used a number of Tim Stamps and Distress Inks:

Flourish : Crushed Olive
Tape Measure : Brushed Corduroy
Butterflies : Fired Brick and Dusty Concord
Text : Black Soot
Vintage Photo in the background using the Latticework Layering Stencil 

I do love the effect of smudging - both the first stamping and then the second generation, but I must admit to loving the second stamping - it is so soft and delicate and the colours are just so wonderfully muted without even trying.

As we are nearly at the end of the month there is not much time to join in but I do recommend you have a go if you haven't already.

Thank you for visiting.

Jennie x

Friday, 21 March 2014

It's All About Words …...

We were all bowled over by the amazing response to our first challenge at A Vintage Journey and what fabulous pieces have been entered!  Today we start another challenge which is being hosted by Alison (aka Butterfly) of Words and Pictures:

Say It With Words

Tim Holtz makes it so easy to say it with words - 
sentiment stamps, chit chat stickers, Alphas, 
alphabet stamps, grungeboard letters ……. 
So whatever you pick let words be at the 
heart of your project.

I decided to make a little book of useful sentiments using a single sheet of 12 x 12 card stock and following Tim's Valentine book tutorial which you can find HERE

I should warn you that this is a very heavy photo post!!

This was the finished book before decoration. I decided to leave some of my pages open for some tags.

I had great fun decorating the outside - I made the flower from the Tattered Pinecone Die and some sandable Co-ordinations card stock.

The flower and the butterfly frame are holding the dyed ribbon in place.

I had these tags left over from demonstrating Distress Inks at a workshop last year, so I thought I would use these for decoration. I am sure you can recognise quite a number of different inking techniques!

I gathered a number of sentiment stamps which I hope will act as reminders to me over the next few months when I feel challenged. I then just got stuck in using a number of scraps lying around the craft table as well! 

I do hope you will join us in this challenge.  
All the details are HERE as well as some great pieces from my fellow Creative Guides.

I am also entering my little words book into the Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge as this month is Letters, Words and Numbers - all very appropriate!

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Delicate Blooms

It is my turn to share a project over at Country View Crafts Updates today, so here is a sneak peek!

Some sunshine on a bit of a dull day!

Jennie x

Friday, 14 March 2014

Vintage Time Traveller

Good morning everyone from a very wet and windy Shetland! Today is a bonus day over at A Vintage Journey as the Design Team are sharing tags made in the Tim Holtz style filling the spot which will eventually be filled by winners and Guest Creative Travellers.

I couldn't wait to get started with the wonderful Time Traveller stamp set when it arrived last week along with two new Distress Inks - Salty Ocean and Gathered Twigs.

I inked my base tag using the two DIs and a mixture of blending and wrinkle free - I do this all the time!  Once dry I overstamped using Picket Fence Distress Stain with the wonderful background stamp from Papillon - I just love this effect. I left it to dry naturally and then overstamped again with the wheels stamp in Gathered Twigs, stamping off first on a piece of paper, so this was a second generation inking. I loved it so much I didn't want to cover it up!

One of the time travellers got painted in the same DIs and I added a few bits of tissue tape, labels and that fabulous negative strip which I never tire of.

Thank you for travelling with me this morning and I would suggest that you pop over to A Vintage Journey and look at the wonderful tags made by the rest of the Design Team - they are all so inspiring!

Have a lovely weekend 

Jennie x

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Add a Little Sparkle

Another month and another challenge at Anything But A Card and this month the theme is


What does the word sparkle represent to you? Sparkle can be a personality trait, or a physical appearance, or an attitude. You could be inspired with the written definition; go with a passage from a book or poem - or even quote a song... and of course we include going crazy with bling!

I found this lovely quote on the internet which I think sums life up for those of us who love our crafting ..... and yes I want to do more!  

A while ago I made some mixed media ATC backgrounds from lace and paper sitting around on my desk and then spritzed them with shimmer sprays. I have just added the quote and a flower made from the Tattered Pine Cone Die adding a little sparkle with some Crystal Stickles.

I hope you will find time to join us in our challenge.  Click the link HERE to go the challenge page and some wonderful sparkly pieces made by the Design Team.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Jennie x 

Friday, 7 March 2014

And so we commence our Vintage Journey .........

Hello everyone and I am so thrilled to be sharing the launch today of the fabulous new challenge blog

A Vintage Journey

and equally thrilled to be part of the amazing Design Team who will be bringing you fortnightly challenges to those of you who just love to make your craft in a vintage, shabby and mixed media style and who are strongly influenced by Tim Holtz - his products, techniques and projects.

Our very first challenge is

Anything Tim

revisit one of Tim's techniques or tags
use his stamps and/or products
use one of his videos for inspirations
take any of his projects/colours/embellishments
as inspiration

it really is anything goes!

For my first project I have revisited some of my Tim favourites with this very feminine tag.

After embossing my tags I used Wrinkle Free Distress and Blended Spritz and Flick Techniques over the embossing.

I also used my favourite colour combination of Distress Inks: Victorian Velvet, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord and always a little bit of Vintage Photo!

The dress form die is my absolute favourite and got dressed up with more embossed card stock and a lighter use of the  Distress Inks.

Ribbons were also coloured using the same combination of DIs.

I finished everything off with my handmade shabby roses made using the Tattered Florals Die, along with more embellishments using  the Distressed Doily Die, the wonderful new Garden Greens Die and some Chit Chat Stickers.

The techniques I used can be found on Tim's blog HERE (just look through the videos) and in Compendium of Curiosities Volume 1. If you are interested in making my shabby roses click the link HERE for my blog tutorial.

Our challenge is being sponsored by Country View Crafts and there is a fabulous prize for the chosen winner and a chance to return as a Guest Designer.

So if your stash and cupboards are full of Tim Holtz goodies why not join us for this wonderful first challenge. You can use any products to enter the challenge but there must be a link to Tim's techniques or products in some way. Just make sure you read the Travelling Instructions before entering!

Good luck and look out for more during the two week challenge - a Design Team Focus on the 10th and a fabulous Guest Designer on the 17th. And be sure to see what the rest of the Design Team have been producing as well - amazing projects!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Distressingly Satisfying!

Good morning everyone! It is my turn to kick off the month over at Country View Challenges.  Our theme this month is Paper Chase and to me there is nothing more satisfying than distressing paper!

I started the layout with this cream cardstock from My Minds Eye which is thicker than normal cardstock so will take all the water you want to give it.  I sprayed the edges and scrunched them well and then when dry I added Grunge Paste through a text mask.  I sprayed it again with some home made spray using Vintage Photo Distress Re-Inker and added some splotches here and there.

After that I looked for lots of text paper which again I tore, sprayed and scrunched. The photograph got torn edges as well. Some edges were distressed with a Tim Holtz Distresser and the leaves and clock were cut from sandable cardstock. In order to pull it all together I decided to add more Grunge Paste over the photograph and torn layers.

Butterflies were stamped onto text paper and of course my handmade flowers are from scrunched paper too! There is a tutorial HERE for these rolled shabby roses using the Tattered Floral Die.

I love this quote! it is just perfect for the three of us.  We are always trying to set the camera up to take a "selfie" but on this particular afternoon in the Swiss forest near Bev's house, she kept being distracted! A layout of some lovely memories!

Thanks for visiting!

Jennie x

Monday, 3 March 2014

A Vintage Journey Begins

Hello Everyone and a warm welcome to you all, especially new followers - it is always lovely to have you here.  

An exciting Monday with news to share with you of a new challenge blog which will be starting on 7 March.

It is called a Vintage Journey and will centre around the techniques and products of the one and only Tim Holtz, but in a vintage shabby style.  It is the brainchild of Brenda Brown of Bumblebees and Butterflies and I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the amazing Design Team she has put together. If you love everything Tim Holtz but in a vintage style, this is the challenge for you!

You can find all the details HERE and I hope you will join us at A Vintage Journey on Monday 7 March for our very first challenge. I can't wait!

Jennie x

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Paper Chase Anniversary!

Hello Everyone and a very special welcome to more new followers! It is really lovely having you here on this amazing journey!  

This month over at Country View Challenges we celebrate our first anniversary and as paper is a traditional present for a first wedding anniversary our challenge this month is

Paper Chase

anything goes as long as 
there is a strong theme of paper

My love of paper started at a very young age and I was so proud of a lovely writing case and fountain pen given to me by my Nana for I think my 7th Birthday.  So for my DT make I decided to make a little shadow box including lots of little things I used to make when that age too.

I used to love making little postcards, stamps and rolled up bits of paper with red ribbon. I was always a great hoarder of old calendar's as well.

I made the shadow box using the Tim Holtz postage stamp die and covered it with old style papers - again more of my favourites.

I aged the front quite by mistake!  I tried to cover it with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder but for some reason it only took here and there. I was just about to throw it in the bin and start again when I dropped the Vintage Photo DI on it and so I decided to start rubbing it in to the Embossing Powder - the result was this rather aged looking effect!

When I was in Rome last October I found a fabulous shop selling old fashioned sealing wax and stamps, so I treated myself, as it really is just a lovely thing to own and great fun too. 

I hope you will join us this month for our anniversary challenge. Click the link HERE for the today's showcase of DT makes, but keep visiting as there are lots more to show you through the month.

This is a scheduled post for me as I am on holiday in Ireland but I hope to catch up with you all soon.  

Have a lovely weekend x

PS Photos are not great as I had to take them in the greenhouse as the house was too dark and then there was too much sun in the greenhouse!!