Friday, 31 October 2014

A Bountiful Harvest Wreath

A warm hello to everyone (including new followers) on this last day of October. Despite being Halloween, today sees the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey chosen by our lovely Sandy.  The theme is:

Bountiful Harvest

For this challenge we want you to think about Harvest - pumpkins, wheat, corn and even the harvest moon could be in order.  For those in the US, a thanksgiving theme would work as well. 

As we are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge we want to see your projects either incorporating his products or techniques in a shabby vintage style.

I decided to make a Harvest Wreath from a small Styrofoam base which I covered in strips of hessian.

I made the leaves first die cutting a large amount from cream cardstock using the Tattered Leaves die.

I used a number of Distress Inks and Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress Technique:

Squeezed Lemon

Aged Mahogany
Peeled Paint
Ripe Persimmon
Crushed Olive
Gathered Twigs

Once dry I embossed them all with the "9724" folder - one of my favourites!

Then for the flowers I used the Tattered Poinsettia die and some coffee filters (I bought the wrong size by mistake!). 

I used the two smallest petals from the die and used the same Distress Inks as the leaves spritzing the inks on my mat and then swishing the leaves through them and scrunched them up.

Once dry I layered them and scrunched them up again. They actually look more like crumpled leaves than flowers!

One of Tim's metal ornate frames got a bit of "treatment" with some Rusty Hinge Distress Paint and the moments sentiment from Simple Sayings just fits this space perfectly.

Then it was a matter of putting it all together on the wreath.  It smells lovely as I also raided some nuts and seeds from the potpourri bowl in the sitting room! 

And the finished wreath.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you will hop on over to A Vintage Journey as my fellow teamies have (as usual) made some amazing projects for this great challenge. And of course I hope you will join us for this great challenge.

I am also entering this into the Frilly and Funkie current Challenge which is to create an invitation, table decor, door decoration or home decor item with gratitude or the Thanksgiving theme in mind. Do hop on over to the blog as there are some fabulous pieces from the Design Team.

Happy Harvest!

Jennie x

Friday, 24 October 2014

Taking the Scenic Route

Time for me to share another project over at Country View Crafts Projects blog today and again I am having fun with the Big Ticket Die. If you want to see how I created these layers then hop on over!

Jennie x

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tim's October Tag

I was absolutely thrilled to be a winner of Tim's September tag - twice now this year! Many thanks to Mario and also Simon Says Stamp for my lovely prize - yes you guessed -  a Tim Holtz stamp set!

And so to this month's tag which I am afraid to say is very different AGAIN from Tim's.

As usual you can click the link HERE for all the details of the techniques and products used.

With very little Halloween stash I decided to make mine Autumn themed. My background is similar - texture paste through the Gothic Layering Mask and Distress Spray Stains (Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Wild Honey).

I only have the Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain but it went on in rather a large area of spray rather than little droplets! but it still looks very effective.

I used the same colours of Distress Inks to colour my pumpkin from the Halloween Blueprints Set and I stamped my label using individual letters from a Stampin Up Alphabet set.

I didn't have a glass monacle so made my own tag using a die cut and some plastic packaging. However … the white Distress Paint did not want to stick to the reverse! I also added a couple of Autumn Tattered Leaves embossed with a folder and then crackled up with some Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.

I really love the colours on this tag - the Seedless Preserves just gives it a totally different autumnul feel and I love the way the colours sink into the texture paste.

Thank you for joining me today and wherever you are I hope you have a fun day.

Jennie x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Autumn Magic

We have a fabulous new challenge running over at Anything But A Card for this month either

Autumn Magic 


Spring Magic

depending on which hemisphere you reside in (we are a fully global challenge site !)

And more exciting is that we have a wonderful array of fabulous talent joining us on the Design Team from this month so I hope you will welcome Rita Marie, Heather, Toni, Rupa, Pallavi, Ruth, Neva, Lynne, Elaine and Jo. Some of us old ones are still there! but I am sure you are going to love a wonderful selection of new and fantastic projects and styles from around the world.

And so … (as I am very much in the north) to my Autumn Magic hanging.  I am still playing around with Autumn Distress Inks: Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and Aged Mahogany. I have used them to create the background and for the stamping on this tag with the top cut off.

I love this pumpkin stamp from the Tim Holtz Halloween Blueprint Stamp Set. I added some Dimensional Glaze to the stalk for a bit of definition.

I have made some more flowers using the Tattered Florals die and I used the same technique on the Tattered Leaves too. 

I mounted my (topless) tag onto a piece of mount board stained with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. I then used Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Crackle Glaze and Nougat Paint for the crackle finish. I wasn't sure whether it would work over the Distress Ink, but I didn't want to introduce a new colour. I am pleased to say it works well.

I finished off the piece with this lovely quote by William Cullen Bryant.

Thank you for joining me today and I DO hope you will hop on over to ABAC to see the fabulous projects from the rest of the Design Team and also join in the fun!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jennie x

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Vintage Box and Book Workshop

I am a little late sharing these photographs of my last workshop here in Shetland. Over the weekend we covered a paper machie box in a vintage style and also made a small mini-book to go inside.  

This is a VERY photo heavy post so be warned! but will hopefully act as an aide memoire for those who attended.

Before starting the project we made flowers for both the box and book. There is a tutorial HERE on my blog if you would like to know how these were made.

The paper mache boxes measured 5" x 5" and the edges were first painted with white acrylic paint and then scruffed up a little. We then used Maja Design Vintage Spring papers to cover the box inside and out and also to make the banner embellishments on the front. A little Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint on a die cut leaf and a few other vintage embellishments completed the box and by this time our flowers were dry.

And then to the book which when folded measures 4" x 4" and is made by accordion folding 12" x 4" strips.

This is the inside when folded out completely.

Left hand side with pocket and tags.

Middle section with belly band and a little file folder tag.

Right hand side again with bely bands and tags.

This is the reverse side.

Left hand side with a double pocket and stamped tickets.

The middle section - upside down as the flaps fold over (see below)

Right hand side with another double pocket.

And now to the folding which is the main reason for my posting all these photographs as it caused a bit of confusion! The right hand side accordion folds into the centre first.

The left hand side is then folded into the centre.

The bottom flap is folded upwards.

And the top flap folded downwards.
I hope that all makes sense !!

Every scrap is used - a little tag book made from the last few pieces.

Just to show you that we do have some sunshine here!

We craft in the school dining hall where there is plenty of light and room too.

If you are still with this well done!

Jennie x

Friday, 17 October 2014

Halloween Luminary for A Vintage Journey

If you hadn't noticed that Halloween was nearly upon us then you must have been on another planet!

For our new challenge at A Vintage Journey for starting today we are challenging you to use at least one die on your Halloween creation. The very talented Anne has chosen the theme and whilst you don't have to make anything scary or spooky (but it would be fun if you did!), you must use at least one die on your creation and remember too that it must be strongly influenced by Tim Holtz. 

I recently purchased Tim's Luminary die with thoughts of creating pretty little flowery pieces never thinking I would be using it for the very first time for something spooky!

These are the pieces I started with - cut in orange cardstock and overstamped with an Indigo Blu Crackle stamp. Black Soot Distress Ink was blended around the edges too.

This is the base made up and I cut a strip of spooky houses from the Townscape Die and joined them into a circle. They fit the base perfectly!

I am afraid there are no pictures of me making the box! It is quite fiddly, but very worth the effort. I had pictured ivy leaves hanging off the luminary so I cut three branches from the Spring Greenery Die using sandable cardstock.  And some little flowers from the Tattered Florals Die which I coloured with Black Soot Distress Ink (I have never actually used this pad before!).

I had some fun putting together some of Tim's Stamps and Rub Ons for the top and used the Rosette Die for a bit of height. I really wanted a little pumpkin, so - please don't laugh at it! - I made this from paper clay which I coloured with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Re-inkers. It isn't great but given there was no chance of buying one here in Shetland, this was the only solution!

Even without a lamp inside the spooky houses shine through the Frosted Film windows.

But with a lamp ……………

I am so pleased with this little luminary and I surprised myself my using five dies to complete the project. I had such great fun putting it all together and can't wait to try the luminary again but in a more shabby vintage style. Watch this space!

I do hope you will hop on over to A Vintage Journey today to see the wonderful Design Team projects. There is such an array of inspirational and innovative ways of using dies you must see them all!

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

Jennie x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Almost Single!

It is time for me to share another step by step over at Country View Crafts Project Blog and today I am trying to get to grips with single layer stamping - and almost made it with this one! 

Look forward to seeing you there!

Jennie x