Sunday, 31 August 2014

Take 5!

August seems to be a month of EXTRA's and with a fifth Sunday in the month Anything But A Card are challenging you to Take 5.  This is a mini challenge for this week only and we would love to see your makes using either five of something, or the number five ………… basically anything which inspires you by the number 5.

I decided to take five Distress Inks - literally randomly. They were all in a bit of a mess after a previous project, so I did just pick 5! And this is what I got.

I used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique and have decided that these five would make a very good Christmas set! I overstamped the Papillon background stamp in Picket Fence Distress Paint and blended Aged Mahogany around the edges. For a random set of inks I thought this looked amazing!

I just HAD to have a go with the new Tim Holtz Embossed Butterfly - isn't it fantastic. Not what I did with it, but the butterfly itself!!

After a bit of a disaster with some rub-ons I finished the tag with some seam binding coloured with the original five DIs.

A lot of fun! and a great experiment. I hope you will have some fun too joining us for this mini challenge and just TAKE 5 …

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jennie x

Friday, 29 August 2014

Playing with an Old Favourite

Good morning everyone! and I hope the sun is shining with you on this lovely Friday morning.  Today we have a Magpie Day over at Country View Crafts and the Design Team are sharing Postcards. So do hop on over and see everything from Vintage to Christmas to Contemporary - a lovely range of styles and themes.

I am afraid I rather indulged myself on this theme with an old favourite stamp.  Coming home after seven weeks away from the craft room I decided to just go through drawers and my stamp folders to remind myself what I had! This Crafty Individuals stamp was one of my very first purchases and was an "all time favourite" for a long time, but I realised it hadn't had an outing in ages. 

I have this rather wonderful Stampin Up Post Card stamp which I stamped in Coffee Arcival Ink and then used Vintage Photo Distress Ink for the text, flourishes and splodges.  This is good sized stamp (5" x 3.5") and has been very useful for the backs of family photographs at Christmas time and birthdays. 

The usual suspects have been used to embellish the postcard - dyed seam binding, lace, a favourite butterfly stamp, pearls and these rather lovely stamp (stamps!)  from a Paper Artsy stamp set.

A very enjoyable make and I am sure will end up as a topper on a card for somebody in the future!

Thank you for joining me today and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Crafting at Sea …….

Today I am sharing my holiday journal as some of you have expressed an interest in seeing how I put it together. This is a rather photo heavy post, so I hope I won't bore you all!

As some of you know I took away an already prepared journal full of tags and empty pages. I had some bits and pieces in my 12 x 12 box which included some Distress Inks and a few stamps. 

This is my crafting area on the boat - on the forepeak bunks and everything balanced on the lid of my box. It works fine until another boat goes past!

I enjoy creating little collages and incorporating flaps and pockets.

A double flap page.

I like turning my writing around the page so I am writing in a smaller area.

Incorporating lots of blank tags in the bound journal is really important - it is nice to write about specific events on these.

I found this card in a shop in Tobermory and made it into another flap! I have left a space here for a photograph.

And these are some of the journals from our other cruises

Although we have the ships log my journals are a record of places visited, the funny things which happen, awful boat names, wildlife spotted and the friends we have met along the way.

I do other things on board!

I do a lot of knitting and this year quite a bit of spindle spinning (T shirt and shorts whilst sailing!).

Helming (this was 5 am in the morning!)...

Bake Bread ...

Concertina Practice (I am learning) …

Sometimes I forget to comb my hair …

Sometimes I remember …

Always something to smile about ...

We have a fabulous boat …

and we really do enjoy our time together and are already planning next year's trip.

If you have got the end of this well done!

Thanks for joining me today.

Jennie x

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Tim's August Tag

A fabulous tag from Tim this month (well they always are!) and I really enjoyed all the individual techniques, particularly the rusting around the edges.

As usual we are asked not to share the individual details of the tag but you can find them all HERE on Tim's blog.

I really love the colours he has used and they are now on my (always lengthening) wish list!

I used Dusty Concord, Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Paints and Tea Dye Distress Embossing Powder.

I also used Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste which takes Distress Paint really well - I just LOVE this stuff and I think it is the most reached for pot on my desk. I rather like this Time Traveller chappie - he is becoming quite a favourite.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you are having a great weekend. 

Jennie x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Good Friends ATC's for A Vintage Journey

It is ATC time at A Vintage Journey! Our latest challenge chosen by Alison is

A Little Bit of Tim

We are looking for Vintage and Tim Holtz style ATCs - a 
single ATC or a set, perhaps even a trio that match. 

And please only ATCs - no ATBs or Chunky ATCs allowed!

I decided on a "whimsical" trio using the famous trio stamp from the Steampunk Set. I always refer to them as the friends and thought it would be fun to combine them with the good friends quote from Ways with Words.

I created the backgrounds first - wrinkle free distress using Evergreen Bough, Aged Mahogany and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks. I used Black Arcival for the background stamping and then Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste through the Harlequin mask.

Each ATC is decorated with similar embellishments - cogs covered with Aged Mahogany Distress Powder, little stamps and letter strips from the Destinations Paper Stack, Tim Holtz Pen Nibs and Film Strip Ribbon.

It is quite amazing how much you can squeeze into such a small space!

And a little bright flower from the Tattered Floral Garland.

The whimsical three!

I do hope you will join us in our challenge, just tell us in your blog post what Tim product or technique you are using. And do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see my other DT teams fabulous ATC makes. 

Thank you for joining me today and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Where there is tea there is love …..

Time for me to share another project at Country View Crafts Projects, and another project using those fabulous Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Papers. Hope to see you over there!

Jennie x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Not my usual crafting !!

Well I must admit to having a minor heart failure when I saw this month's challenge theme at Anything But A Card. Zentangle pieces are not something that I would normally even attempt. I thought perhaps something small - ATC size, but hey! I got a bit carried away once I started (11" x 8")!

It is rather rough in places as I am not good with a pen these days due to arthritis in my hands, so don't look too closely! And the painting is a bit patchy, but I just wanted to get a little colour into the piece. I used Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks for the daisies and various mixes of Bundled Sage and Forest Moss for the leaves.

And so how did I start: I took my pen (yep no practice pencil lines here!) and drew the big daisy in the bottom left corner and then a few leaves. After that I filled in the spaces with more daisies and the negative space with the black pen. It needed something vertical to balance it all out so I managed some seed pods down the right hand side. This was actually to be a practice piece!

All I can say is JOIN IN with our challenge and like me you might surprise yourself!  There is still time to enter but even if you don't please hop on over to Anything But A Card to see what my Design Team colleagues have been putting together.

Thank you for visiting today and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Nothing Can Dim the Light

Hello Everyone and how good it is to be back home! (despite a fabulous time sailing the west coast of Scotland).

Before I share my project today I would like to thank you for all your comments and visits while I have been away - I really do appreciate it. And I also want to give a HUGE welcome to the new followers who have started following over the last six weeks either through Blogger, Bloglovin or email. I really appreciate you joining me on this crafty journey - who knows where it will go next!!

And so onto my project. It is my turn today to share another DT piece for Country View Challenges and as our theme is Word Play I am sharing another journal page in the style of Finnabair. I am still very much a learner of this style (I will explain some of the problems I experienced with this page) but I am finding the whole process so very enjoyable and extremely liberating!

I am sorry there are not many photos of how I got to this stage - but you tend to get taken along by the process and before you know it you've finished! I started with some script paper and I blended various Distress Inks and spritzed it lightly to blend. I should have realised at this stage that the paper was really too thin, but as I say "carried away"! One or two strips of tissue tape, then added a little interest with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and my favourite compass mask and Vintage Photo and the Splatters mask. Finally I added some Crackle Paste through the Harlequin mask over the top.

Decorating Finn style came next with two little collages of bits of labels, lace, prima flowers, some paper buttons (another mistake!) and some torn strips of paper.

Then I sprayed! Just my own made sprays from various re-inkers, but sadly in places they just soaked into the paper and I was in danger of ending up with a pile of mushy bits!

The photograph is of my mother-in-law taken in 1927 - she looks so glamorous! The original photograph has a big crease in the middle of it, but for a small page like this it works very well and you can hardly see it.

I left everything to dry overnight, thinking that I might have to start again, but when I returned in the morning it didn't look too bad! and I managed to attach both pages to some heavier weight card to give it a little strength.

By this stage I thought I had nothing to lose and so stamped my quote directly onto the page! I love this quote of Maya Angelou's and feel that I could use it over and over again.

And so … the moral of the story is to really think about the weight of papers when attempting a sprayed layout! Just common sense really, but I find that is something that never seems to be around when I get stuck in! And … do the gesso stage - I left this out as I wanted to keep the script on the paper visible, but of course this also helps to strengthen the paper.

There is still plenty of time to join in our Word Play challenge and there are some wonderful entries already. Do hop over to the CVC blog and have a look around the wonderful DT and GDT projects which are posted nearly every other day during the month. Loads of inspiration!

Have fun!

Jennie x