Monday, 23 June 2014

Kraft and White

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing a centre fold card in kraft and white for the Country View Crafts Projects blog. Hop on over if you want to see more and a link which shows how easy it is to make these stunning folded cards.

Jennie x

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Sea Beckons

Just a quick post to let you all know that things will be a little quiet around here for the next six weeks as tomorrow I fly to Inverness and after a long bus ride, join Terry and Mrs Muir (the boat) in Lochinver. We hope to sail south of Skye and see the islands of Jura and Islay and perhaps even a little further south - it all depends on the weather and of course we have to sail all the way home again too!

I have packed a few things to keep me busy.

A Journal I made recently.

And to complete the journal:
a pile of scraps

And my 12 x 12 box which fits in the locker above my bunk!

There will be a few scheduled posts and I really appreciate your comments.  I hope to be able to get Wifi occasionally and catch up with you all.

Have a fabulous summer all my lovely friends
and see you all in August!

Jennie x

Friday, 20 June 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - June

I can't believe it is time for another tag! I just love Tim's tag for this month and whilst I have used the technique it is rather incomplete as we don't have the Sissix stamps and dies here in the UK yet.

As usual you can find all the details and techniques for the tag on Tim's blog HERE.

For my stencil mono print technique I used Old Paper, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey and Weathered Wood Distress Inks. It was a little difficult with the large pads as I don't have the mini pads but … everything is achievable! I love this combination of colours (#7 in the mini pad set).

There are not many embellishments - just a little lace, tape ribbon and a metal sentiment - Remnants (my favourite sewing shop when I was a teenager and making most of my clothes).

And if you have ever wanted to tie a good bow then see Tim's instructions for the Paula bow. I have been tying them like this for a while having seen Paula tying different bows on her fabulous blog One Lucky Day.

So that's my June tag finished and I am off to enter it into the challenge. 

Have a great weekend

Jennie x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A Box of Flowers!

Hi Everyone! It is my turn today to share a project on the Country View Crafts Projects Blog, so pop on over if you want to see more of this little pop up birthday box I have made from Graphic 45 Botanical Tea papers.

Thank you for joining me today!


Monday, 16 June 2014

Destination Inspiration for A Vintage Journey

The start of another week (and nearly mid summer!). Today it is my turn to share a project in the Destination Inspiration Booth at A Vintage Journey. If you want to see how I made this piece, then hop on over!

Jennie x

Saturday, 14 June 2014

There is no heart for me like yours

Following on from my fabulous weekend with Finnabair I have been itching to do another journal page. As our theme for the month at Anything But A Card is Summer Lovin I thought I would use this lovely photograph of my parents, taken many summers ago before they married, possibly at Walton or Clacton as they used to cycle there regularly from Colchester for the day.

I got everything a bit back to front in terms of the gesso and adding the embellishments, so things were stuck down and pulled up again and there are some strategically placed cogs covering the holes!

I used some die cuts hanging around the desk and also added some texture paste through a script mask. I love this quote which I found on Pinterest and which is so appropriate for my parents.

I love the way everything gets covered in the spray paints to a lesser or greater degree. I am still waiting for the delivery of spray bottles for my Luminaire sprays, so I used Glimmer Mists which are not quite as strong in colour, BUT they are very orange! 

Which makes this a very good candidate piece for the current challenge at Our Creative Corner this month which to use the colour Orange - Julia having chosen the fabulous Leighton painting Flaming June as inspiration (one of my favourites).

I do hope you will join us at Anything But A Card for our Summer Lovin challenge. This is the third week of the challenge and a wide variety of Design Team pieces to view as well as some amazing work from Guest Designer Tracy Alden. So do pop over for a look!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jennie x

Friday, 13 June 2014

Wings and Things for A Vintage Journey

It is time for another challenge for you all at A Vintage Journey (how the weeks pass!) and our very talented DT member Sandy has chosen:

Wings and Things

With Spring and Summer comes an abundance of birds, bees and butterflies. Take inspiration from these beautiful summery creatures to create a Tim inspired project, tag or card inspired by these winged beauties. 

Now I know that my DT Sisters will have created feast of inspirational projects for you so do hop on over to see them all.

As you can see from my photo I have decided to combine my absolute all time favourite Tim stamp (well … at the moment!) with my growing love of ATB's.

I am always stamping and cutting out butterflies or dragonflies for projects and then I don't use them for one reason or another and so they have just been stacking up in one of the corners of my desk.

So I thought a nice  box would mean I could put them somewhere safe and where I could find them. (I can see this might turn into a range of boxes for the debris on my desk !!)

I used very heavy watercolour paper for my winged panels and used the Distress Watercolour technique  which Tim included in his June tag in 2012 and which you can also find on page 39 of the Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.

I used a selection of Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Evergreen Bough and Forest Moss.

And then it was fun time decorating the top of the box. I made a couple of Tea Roses from the Tattered Pine Cone die using the sandable Co-ordinations card stock - just sanding around the edges to highlight the kraft core.

The dragonfly was stamped again in watercolour paper and then just the wings in Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art Modeling Film. I decided he needed a pen nib body in order to hold it all together! There are also leaves from the Spring Greenery die and some Grunge Paste textured lettering.

Finally I added a flap using the Pediments die. I am certainly having a lot of fun making these ATB's - they are rather addictive!

The Wings and Things Challenge will run for two weeks, so there is plenty of time to get those stamps, dies, inks, paints and papers out to create a Tim inspired piece. Just make sure your read the Travelling Instructions before posting your project.

Have fun!

Jennie x

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Time Piece

Today it is my turn to share a project for our current challenge theme at Country View Challenges which is "Only Men Allowed". So after a bit of a pink phase I have delved into my masculine products and come up with this card.

The main focus of the card is the Time Piece which I made very simply with some gold card, Black Distress Paint and a Couture Creations embossing folder.

After embossing the card I applied the paint over the whole piece and before it dried carefully wiped off some of the paint from the raised areas. Once it had dried completely I sanded it very lightly here and there.

Quite an incredible transformation!

I used some papers from the Tim Holtz Destinations Paper Stack for my background. A little Pumice Stone Distress Ink through the Clock Stencil and then Grunge Paste using the Harlequin Stencil. Finally some splatters of Pumice Stone and Black Soot Distress Inks.

I used Black Soot Distress Ink and clear embossing powder for my stamped Time Traveller, painting with the Black Soot and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint to continue the gilt theme. I wish you could see how well it all shines!

I do hope you will join in our challenge which is just perfect for those Father's Day Cards later this month.

Thank you for visiting today.

Jennie x

Friday, 6 June 2014

And At the Last Minute ……..

Talk about last minute! My entry for the third challenge at Compendium of Curiosities III - phew! I couldn't miss this one as it was the Tattered Tea Roses! but everything has gone against me this week (and a major crisis tonight which nearly scuppered my husband from sailing to Faroe tomorrow morning). 

This is just about the quickest tag I have ever done!

Details of the challenge can be found HERE and of course the tutorial for the roses can be found on page 65 of Vol III of A Compendium of Curiosities.

So a few details:

Wrinkle free distress using Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac, Milled Lavender and Victorian Velvet and a little overstamping with Milled Lavender.

The Ornate Frame (which arrived yesterday) splodged with Picket Fence Distress Paint.

The Tattered Tea Roses of course made from papers from the French Industrial Stack and edged with Dusty Concord DI.

And finally the usual scrim, muslin, stamped butterfly and that wonderful Classic Quote (one of my AFTH purchases).

Hopefully life will return to normal from tomorrow and I can start visiting you all and catching up on commenting! The boat is now packed to the gunnels for the next eight weeks and Terry sails tomorrow for Faroe - I will join him on the west coast of Scotland in a couple of weeks time. So some time to play and enjoy the garden.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A Weekend with Finnabair

Well I hope you are ready for this photo heavy post of my wonderful weekend with Finnabair (Ania Dabrowska) at Harrogate this past weekend.

We started on Saturday morning with her "Over Emotional" Canvas. The canvas was larger than I expected at 20" x 8" and we had to work quickly to complete it in four hours.

It was rather fun trying to bring it home on the train and ferry!

I absolutely adore all the elements on this canvas - the colours, the embellishments, the lace …

I even managed to sneak in three of my own handmade flowers!

This was my first attempt at using a hot glue gun - I am now a convert and this morning discovered that my husband has one which he doesn't use!

I have never used so many embellishments on one piece! (In case you are wondering the photograph is of my Great Aunt Alice - I hope she approves!)

My second workshop was a full day on Sunday and was Ania's Black Beauty Journal. Oh my goodness! how I loved this and it is so different to anything I have ever done.

Again I love all those wonderful metal embellishments, the techniques, black gesso and the Luminarte paints we used are just fabulous - needless to say a few managed to get into my suitcase!

Even the back of the journal got a cluster treatment too!

That was just the morning's work and then in the afternoon we created some journal pages. I was really looking forward to this as I have tried to recreate this style myself (poorly).

The first page was classic Finnabair! Lots of layering, gesso, tea and sprays - I just loved it.

I can't wait to do more of this type of scrapbook journalling.

Our second page was paper layering and gesso, but we used the Luminarte Silks with our fingers to create patches of colours and texture. Two days later I still have rather inky hands despite lots of scrubbing!

By this time we were all flagging a bit and with only half an hour left Ania set us the challenge of creating a page in 20 minutes with one stamp, one colour spray, masking tape, washi tape and a pencil. 

There were quite a few groans but … everyone was actually very pleased with the result!

And despite all being very tired we all went out on a high!

Ania is an amazing tutor and a very lovely person and I was also very impressed with the facilities and amazing shop at Art from the Heart. It was jaw droopingly wonderful and fabulous to see everything in real life - I rather indulged but it would have been rude not to!

It was fabulous meeting up with so many like minded people - some I knew already from blogland and others I met for the first time. I can't wait to do another! 

If you are still with me - well done!

Jennie x

PS This was my very first workshop and visit to a "proper" craft shop!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Only Men Allowed in this Box!

I have got rather addicted to making these pop up card boxes! They really are great fun and I thought it was about time I made a male-themed one, which fits in nicely with our new monthly challenge at Country View Challenges

Only Men Allowed!

Once you get the hang of it they are very quick and easy to make and there is a great tutorial HERE at Split Coast Stampers. The link is for the You Tube Video but there is a link under the video for step by step photographs and measurements.

I used the fabulous Tim Holtz French Industrial Paper Stack to make this box and many of the smaller motifs are just the perfect size.

You can see I used a number of Tim Holtz stamps - some are attached to the box and others are on springy strips of plastic packaging.

But what really gets me smiling is the way it all folds up on itself and goes in an envelope. I have made rather a number for friends and family just recently and it really does have the WOW factor!

So I hope you might give the box a go - but definitely join us for our challenge this month. We are blossoming as a Design Team at the moment with some fabulous and creative new artists joining us - so do hop over to the blog and see what everyone has made for this challenge.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Jennie x