Friday, 28 November 2014

Tim's November Tag

Sliding in at the last minute with Tim's Tag this month! Appearing in the local panto, running workshops and preparing for Christmas are taking their toll on my time! All very enjoyable though. 

As usual all the details for Tim's tag can be found HERE

As usual I didn't have enough of the right products to use so had to get there through other routes!

My background tag was created with Distress Inks (Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick) using the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique. Walnut Stain Distress Ink was used for the embossing. I had no gold leaf so relied on the technique to create my interest.

The background is actually a lot browner in real life - it has been such a dark day today it was almost impossible to take photographs (these were taken in the window with Terry holding a mirror above to try and get some light!!). 

This was a fabulous tag to make and I can certainly recommend having a go.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you all have a lovely weekend. More panto tonight and tomorrow and then Sunday off before running from Monday through to next Saturday. The good news is I have lost 2lb already!

Jennie x

Birds of a Feather …….

Time for another new challenge at A Vintage Journey (I just can't believe how quickly the weeks go by!) and our fabulous Chris is your host this month and has chosen the theme

Birds of a Feather

Get out your inks, paints, chalks, Gelatos, whatever! 
and grab your bird dies, stencils, masks, stamps, 
whatever Avian stash you have and conjure up something 
that sings of our feathered friends. 

Whatever you create, we want to see Tim's influence 
clearly identified. 
Let's see your magic!

Amazingly I have very little in the way of bird stash and had to opt for using the wonderful birds in Tim's Wallflower Paper Stack. 

However, back in August Aida of Tim's Mixed Media Team had created a wonderful home mixed media decor project with a wonderful background and little bird house and so I used this as my inspiration.

I started with a hessian canvas frame which had a picture on it but I managed to gesso that out with a couple of coats. I then layered some of the Melange Tissue Wrap in various places on the canvas.

I used Tarnished Brass Distress Paint over various parts of the canvas, but decided this was quite bright so gessoed over the top to get something a little more muted. Finally I used Wendy Vecchi Crackle Glaze and the Harlequin Stencil to create more texture. So the same process as Aida but very different colours!

I gathered some bits and pieces from the Wallflower Paper Stash. I fussy cut the feathers (they look so real!) and made this little Bird House using the Artful Dwelllings Die and using the Tarnished Brass Distress Paint on the sloped roof. 

Then it was down to having fun decorating! I found a little piece of fence which got painted with (yes) Picket Fence Distress Paint!

I needed some tiny flowers so cut them from the Tattered Flower Garland and sprayed then with Tarnished Brass Distress Spray. The twigs were cut from the Autumn Gatherings die and coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (I really felt I was using all the right stuff here !!!).

Here you can see the crackle glaze and I did splatter some Vintage Photo Distess Ink here and there. I had intended to place a quote in the top right hand corner, but it wasn't working so I decided to leave it blank.

There is quite a bit of depth to the canvas with the little bird house and fence.

All in all great fun! 

I hope you will join us at A Vintage Journey for this challenge and look out all your wonderful birdie stash. As you can see from mine you don't need much!

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

Jennie x

Monday, 24 November 2014

It is nearly time for Santa …….

Today I am sharing a quick Advent or Christmas decoration make over at Country View Crafts Projects Blog.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Jennie x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

And more Butterflies ………...

Today is my turn to share another DT project at Country View Challenges for our Bugs, Bees and Butterflies challenge. I so love the new Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly Die and Embossing Folder I just had to make a frame for it.

I decided to use up some of my favourite stash:

  •  my favourite Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paint - Victorian Lace
  • lace, flowers and metal embellishments left over from my Finnabair workshop in May and 
  • some additional metal flowers which were a present from Rita.

I started with this cheap wooden frame and gave it a layer of gesso first and then a coat of the Victorian Lace Fresco Finish Paint

I wanted to use the Gothic stencil as an inner frame and although I did take measurements I was slightly squint, but it is possible to lign up the stencil to create a rectangle.  I used Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste and when dry smudged some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and into the crackle. I got rather a lot of ink around the edges too, so I sanded this back and got a lovely distressed edge.

In the Finnabair style I glued all my embellishments onto the frame and gave them two coats of gesso.

When dry I used some Victorian Lace Fresco Paint here and there and then some highlights with Honey Amber Luminarte Silks. I also prepared the background of the inner frame with some Melange Tissue Tape and gave it a coat of gesso to tone it down a bit.

And then the butterfly! I cut and embossed the butterfly with metal and then painted it with the Victorian Lace Fresco Paint.  When dry I gave it all a coat of Rock Candy Distress Crackle.

I felt the butterfly needed a body so used the same paints to alter these lovely scissors purchased from the Funkie Junkie boutique. They are gorgeous and needed a special project!

I really love how the frame turned out and the colours are just fabulous for our sitting room, so it already has a place to reside!

There is still time to join us in our challenge. Hop on over to the blog and have a look at some of the wonderful DT and Guest DT pieces which have been presented this month.  An amazing array of inspiration!

As always thank you for joining me today - I really appreciate it.

Jennie x

Friday, 21 November 2014

My First Altered Bottle!


I have wanted to do a bottle make-over for some time and after seeing Brenda Brown's lovely altered bottles when I visited her back in October I knew I had to have a go!

I had no idea how this was going to turn out so I took hardly any photographs of the creating process - it sort of just happened!

This month's mood board at Swirlydoos was a great inspiration and as soon as I saw I knew I wanted to use it! Just made for me! 

I started with a very basic bottle and painted it first with gesso to give it a base (I had no idea whether this would adhere to the glass but it did).

Then I gave it a couple of coats of Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paint in Victorian Lace (love this colour).

Then it was down to decorating. I have such a lovely collection of lace it was easy to find lots of pieces to use.

The photograph is my husband's grandmother possibly taken in about 1920 (she had obviously not been overtaken by the fashions of the period!)

I made the flowers (tutorial here) by first blending Victorian Velvet Distress Ink around the edges before spritzing. 

It took a while to get the frame to stick to the rounded bottle shape especially as the photograph made it quite thick. I used Liquitex Heavy Gel and tied it on and that seemed to work!

My mother in law gave me a box of pearls many years go - necklaces which needed re-stringing but I have never got around to it. 

This piece fitted beautifully without having to cut into the pearls. My husband believes that this might have belonged to his grandmother, so a lovely addition.

I really enjoyed this make-over and can't wait to start another! I visited our local fabric shop yesterday and eyed up all the lace - I feel a whole new area of crafting coming on. Now to look for some interesting bottles!

Thank you for joining me today - I really appreciate your visits and your comments.  

Have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Guest Designing at Frilly and Funkie!

I am very excited to be Guest Designer over at Frilly and Funkie today after my Autumn Wreath won the Home Decor Challenge last month. The current theme at Frilly and Funkie is to make a Gift from the Heart and as I always love my Christmas gifts to friends and family to be "useful" I have made a Tissue Box Cover.

I found a great tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers for the basic box and was delighted to find that USA tissue boxes are the same size as those here in the UK! I made the base box in light brown cardstock and then covered it with Maja Design paper stock.

I cut the hole in the top with a decorative die, but if you are layering your cardstock as I have done you do need to make sure that you can glue down your pieces after die cutting otherwise you will have some "flappy" papers around the hole. I held the three pieces together with some masking tape, cut the whole, then glued each piece together separately putting glue around the both the edge of the paper and the die cut hole.

Then it was down to decorating. I kept my cluster around the bottom right hand corner so that the issues could be pulled out without harming the embellishments.

I glued some vintage lace all around the box sides and arranged another cluster on the front.

The finished box - all ready for its recipient!

I do hope you will hop on over to Frilly and Funkie as the design team (as always) have created an array of amazing projects. And also visit the shop (the Funkie Junkie Boutique) too as Linda has the most wonderful collection of unique vintage items.

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sharing My Favourite Food!

The latest Anything Goes challenge at Anything But a Card is well under way and as our theme at Shetland Scrapbookers last month was "Favourite Food" I thought I would share the layout I made.

I could eat Feta and Watercress Salad all day every day - I never tire of it. Add some sweet little tomatoes and peppers and it makes a perfect lunch alongside some smoked salmon or for dinner in the evening with some poached chicken.

I used lots of Tim Holtz bits and pieces in this layout (I seem to be having a bit of a scraps fest at the moment!).  

I kept the background simple and made these little flowers from the Stampin Up Petite Petals punch. A number of you have asked how I make these so here are the steps:

Punch the petals - here I have used cream cardstock as I wanted to ink the petals, but in the layout above I punched them from Co'redinations Cardstock.

Turn the flowers over and use a ball tool to outline the edges of each petal.

Turn the petals back again and use the ball tall to make an indentation in the centre. This just seems to make the petal come to life!

Such a simple little flower and great for layering over the Garden Greens die cut.

Thank you for visiting today and do hop on over to Anything But A Card as there are some amazing inspirational pieces from my fellow team mates.

 Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jennie x

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Scrapping with Scraps!

We have another Magpie Day over at Country View Challenges and our theme is 


Something we all have plenty of and a great feeling when we actually use them! 

I made this layout with bits and pieces cut for other projects from the little box which sits on my desk (there is a huge one under the desk but we won't talk about that one !)

Some bits had already been inked and others I managed to re-ink to match my photo.

I decided to keep my background simple and used a bricks stencil and Wendy Vecchi Crackle paste. I used Wild Honey Distress Stain to cover the crackle paste, but painted it instead of sprayed it as I wanted a bit more control.

Then it was down to layering everything around the photo. I used foam pads to raise this up off the page so I could slip the little bits and pieces in around it.

"On the Go" certainly sums up my little grandson Callum who is quite a wizz on his little bike - obviously taking after the rest of the family!

I do hope you will pop over to Country View Challenges today and see what the rest of the team have done with their scraps!

Enjoy the weekend.

Jennie x