Friday, 26 September 2014

Definitely Original

…… and certainly not like the master's! 

Tim's tag is quite different this month and uses alcohol inks, of which I don't have many not having had much success with them, other than making a mess! In fact I wasn't actually going to do the tag this month as I had no light alcohol inks or a good head stamp, but I thought I would at least have a go at the technique.

I won't say anymore about the technique other than to give you a link HERE for Tim's step by step.

As you can see my background is a bit of a mess (no change there then with alcohol inks!) and I had to work with some very bright colours which are not really me either but at least it brought a bit of colour into a rather drab day here in Shetland.

Thank you for visiting and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Textured Monoprinting

I am sharing a technique tag over at Country View Crafts Projects blog today - Textured Monoprinting! A bit of a contradiction in terms but if you want to see how I managed it, hop on over. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jennie x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Soft Side of Steampunk!

We are well into this month's challenge at Anything But A Card and there are some fabulous pieces from my fellow Design Team members along with some amazing entries too.  Our theme is STEAMPUNK which is always very popular. So … for something completely different I thought I would work with a completely different colour palette to anything else I have ever done. Brace yourselves and do not adjust your colour monitor!

While I was visiting Annie and Rita last week I did manage to emboss a few pieces of card stock with folders I did not have, so this blueprint piece came in very handy. I used Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone Distress Inks and Wrinkle Free Distress and when dry added some Treasure Gold Silver here and there.  It really looks like metal!

I stayed with the Weathered Wood and used Distress Crackle on my cog and also for the edges of my flower (I can't stop making these at the moment- sorry!).  I haven't used Weathered Wood in ages, in fact it was the very first Distress Ink Pad I ever bought.

Then it was a bit of a hunt for metal items - I love these vintage brads by Stampin Up. 

Some metal grey lace, wire and silver embellishment left over from my Finnabair workshop.

Not my usual - but a lot of fun! I really am trying to use different colour combinations at the moment to try and break away from my "normal" sepia/brown palette.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you might find time to join us at Anything But a Card for this month's challenge.

Jennie x

Friday, 19 September 2014

Colours of Autumn for A Vintage Journey

Incredibly we are already half way through September and time for another challenge at A Vintage Journey.  The wonderfully talented Astrid has chosen this month's theme which is

Colours of Autumn

Who does not love the beautiful colours that Autumn brings? 
The oranges, muted deep reds and all the many different 
brown and green hues.Tim's Distress range 
should give you many choices.

We want to see your projects incorporating some of these colours, but don't forget this is a shabby vintage challenge, so no brights or cute please!

I had great fun with this challenge using some of my favourite Distress Colours and making this wallet from a giant tag.

This is quite a photo heavy post as I actually remembered to get the camera out as I was going along!

I started with a Ranger Giant Tag scored (sort of) 3" from each side. I used Tim's Texture Paste and the lovely Latticework Mask to get some texture on what will be the two front facing pieces.

I used Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks and the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique to cover the outside of the tag.

I used more Aged Mahogany around the edges to make it a bit darker and then stamped the Classics #19 Stamp in Picket Fence Distress Paint. Unfortunately this didn't come out very clearly so I very bravely restamped it over the top with Aged Mahogany DI. I quite like the effect! 

A piece of Lattice Die Cut was inked with Aged Mahogany DI and the textured areas rubbed with a little Treasure Gold (it really sparkles!)

Then it was down to making the flowers.I cut a number of Tattered Florals in cream card and then inked them with the same DIs: Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and a little Aged Mahogany around the edge. Both sides were inked as I wanted to roll the edges.

The flowers were spritzed with water on both sides and scrunched up around a small paint brush. You can see how the inks soften with the water.

I used the same inks to colour some seam binding and opened up the flowers once they had dried.

I curled the edges around a knitting needle and then threaded three petals onto these wonderful stamens to create the flower. They remind me so much of the crinkly leaves we have in the garden at this time of the year!

The ribbons and flowers were stuck down onto the front along with a piece of die cut Spring Greenery again coloured with the same inks and a coating of Distress Rock Candy.

I used the same inks and mask on the inside but blended the colours and spritzed with water before stamping with the Classic Stamp.

It is quite amazing how a different technique but the same products creates quite a different feel. I also added an Autumn sentiment.

Well done if you are still with me!

I do hope you will join in with our challenge and remember there is a chance to win a voucher from our sponsor Country View Crafts and a chance to join the DT in an upcoming challenge. Hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see the wonderfully pieces from my fellow Creative Guides - so much fabulous inspiration.

Have fun!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Stampin Up Shabby Rose Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing a new flower tutorial for another style of Shabby Rose, this time made with Stampin Up punches.

I am a great fan of Stampin Up punches and use them extensively in my workshops, they are extremely good quality and very easy to use. I particularly love the flower punches and today I am using these three:

Pansy, Fun Flower and Petite Petals

This is a photo heavy blog post so brace yourselves!

As always I have used Stampin Up Very Vanilla card stock to punch four of the Fun Flower, four of the Pansy and two of the Petite Petals.

Punch a hole in the middle of each flower and gather them together with a brad, but stagger the petals.

Fill your Stampin Up spritzer with water and give the petals a good spray.

Then start to fold up the petals around the brad. The two smaller ones are the hardest, it gets easier !!

Keep on scrunching up each layer giving a spritz of water in between each so that all the petals are quite sodden with water.

I always use Stampin Up card stock for my flowers as it is the only card stock I know that will take this amount of water.

When you get to the final four layers give the petals a bit of a squeeze at the tips before scrunching them.

And this is what you end up with.

Then while it is still very wet start to curl the petals around a thin knitting needle. You need to be gentle as it is very easy to break off a petal. 

Keep moving around the layers pulling out all the Fun Flower petals.

When you get to the Pansy petals just poke them out with the needle to fill out the space.

Leave the two tiny Petite Petals covering the brad.

Then leave it to dry. 

The flowers are best left to dry overnight but you can give them a blitz with a heat gun. You will notice how the paper pulps up as it dries and this is more noticeable when left to dry naturally.

And here are some I have made with other Stampin Up papers:

This flower has been made with petals cut from the Naturals White A4 cardstock.  It dries like a porcelain and is very beautiful.

The fabulous Stampin Up Blackberry Bliss Cardstock - this colour is just gorgeous! The cardstock is harder to work with and watch the stain from the darker colours when you spritz with water (I had lovely pink fingers after making this one!).

 Stampin Up paper can also be used but don't use as much water. I sprayed this with a little Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz while it was drying. Choosing a pattern with a white or lighter underside makes a nice contrast.

For this flower I used Whisper White Cardstock but instead of using water I mixed some So Saffron Re-inker with the water in my spritzer. This gives a lovely delicate colouring. It also got a bit of Vanilla Shimmer Smooch whilst drying. 

I hope this tutorial has given you a few ideas of how you can make these flowers - I can't wait to try some Christmas papers with the Shimmer Smooch!

And don't limit yourself to punches, the Stampin Up Florals Frame Die, Flower Fair Die and Bigz Flower Frenzy Die would all make gorgeous flowers.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Stampin Up supplies used:

Fun Flower Punch
Pansy Punch
Petite Petals Punch
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Whispher White Cardstock
Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
Naturals White A4 Cardstock
Designer Series Paper
Stampin Spritzer
So Saffron Re-inker
Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Seaside Scraps

Good morning everyone! Today I am sharing a technique over at Country View Crafts Projects which is great for using up lots of bits and pieces which you might have lying around. Hop on over if you want to see more!

Jennie x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Creative Bloggers' Hop

You have probably all noticed that there is a new "hop" flying around the blogging world called The Creative Bloggers' Hop. The purpose is to meet other creative souls, learn something about their inspiration, motivation and the techniques they use in their creativity.

My lovely Canadian friend Linda Pekrul of Blue Sky Scrapping, nominated me and my blog this week and I am very pleased to be part of this huge international event (and it doesn't involve a bucket of cold water!).

I have got to know Linda through being part of Swirlydoos, both on the Forum and through the Swirly challenges. Her work is always so bright and colourful and encompasses everything from cards, scrapbook layouts and 3D projects - a very talented and creative person. Linda is also a fabulous challenge host keeping us on time and well entertained in the process!

So now I have been nominated I need to answer four questions about myself and then nominate three other bloggers to carry on the hop.

So to the questions:

What Am I Working On

Well I can't really say at the moment as they are Design Team pieces for A Vintage Journey and Country View Crafts and I hate to give the game away ! but I can show you this small picture which I had a lot of fun making last weekend using some lovely papers from the Graphic45 By the Sea papers and some shells I picked up whilst on holiday.

It is also time for me to start preparing my weekend workshops here in Shetland, the first of which is in October when we will be making a Vintage Box and Book. But I also have to prepare for other workshops in 12 x 12 Scrapbooking, Making a Holiday Journal and an Introduction to Mixed Media Work - so it is all go!!

How Does My Work Differ from Others of its Genre

Quite honestly I don't know whether it does. Living on a small Scottish Island nearer to Norway than the UK means that I don't have access to workshops or shops or to be able to craft with other like minded people. I do take a lot of inspiration from other craft workers through blogging and particularly Pinterest.

My style is very vintage and shabby and I suppose the one thing that does make my work unique is that I love to make my own flowers.  This was borne out of frustration of buying them on the internet and being so disappointed when they arrived, and now I wouldn't dream of not using one of my own on any project.

Why do I create what I do

I can't remember a time when I haven't created something. Even in my very young days I loved being able to make something from a cereal box and I have done needlework, cross stitch, knitting and spinning over the years too. 

However, discovering Scrapbooking ten years ago (in particular mini books) and then Distress Inks, Gesso and Paints really opened the door for me. I could spend all day and every day creating with inks, paints, gesso and old photographs. It is like a drug or a tonic - it gives me such a huge high to be able to be creative. I had always envied those who could create art and now I feel I do as well and it makes me very happy. 

I also love to give my family and friends handmade cards and gifts and also to share my love with others at workshops and classes here in Shetland.

How does my creative process work

Hmmm….. I would like to say that it follows a particular route and that I know from the outset what I am going to make. In reality it is very haphazard, ideas come half way through a project, bits get pulled off and others get put on. Drawers and cupboards are flung open to get at things I know are there somewhere!

But that is what I find so exciting about the whole process - it is so organic and I love that I can change things mid project and not get hung up about it - just going with the creative flow! (that sounds rather poetic!).

So now you know all about me and my haphazard ways it is time to nominate someone who is very special to me. 

I have been inspired by many, but there is one person who, over the last few years, through online workshops and friendship has really opened up the creative journey for me.  Catherine Scanlon of Catherine Scanlon Designs has been running online workshops through My Creative Classroom for some time but now her dream is coming true of her own teaching Art Studio (Merry Meeting Art Studio) in her home town but also her own online courses as well, which I can thoroughly recommend. Catherine is a fabulous teacher putting an amazing amount of time into her classes and workshops and supporting the students as they progress through the pieces. 

Catherine's daily drawing practice is awesome! and she has a wonderful range of stamps which in the UK are available at the Artistic Stamper.

I hope you will visit Catherine's blog and see her wonderful work and perhaps consider taking one of her online workshops - you will love it!

A somewhat different post, but I hope you have found it interesting!

Have a great day!

Jennie x

PS I was supposed to nominate three other bloggers, but time has run out for me I am afraid as I catch the ferry very shortly for a family weekend in Aviemore.  However, I hope I have made up for it by nominating Catherine and telling you all about her!