Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The Final Tag of 2014

I have finally found some time to play and create Tim's final tag of the year - however it has been SO dark today I have struggled to get any good photographs.

As usual I won't go into the details of how the tag is made but you can click the link HERE to go to Tim's blog where you can find details of all the techniques used.

Despite not having most of the individual elements I did try and follow the techniques.

I used Distress Spray Stains on my tag (Faded Jeans and Brushed Pewter. I didn't have any of the film, so I embossed some of the Frosted Film and layered this over the top of the tag. The embossing looks more detailed in real life.

No reindeer ! so I used the skates instead and gave them some glitter with Antiquities Frosted Crystal. The leaves and flowers were from the Spring Greenery and Tattered Flower Garland sprayed with Peeled Paint and Brushed Pewter Spray Stains.

I love the way the Brushed Pewter Spray Stain makes the ribbon very crinkly and subtly coloured.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the twelve tags this year and have learnt so much about using Tim and Ranger products. Many times I don't have the right products but it is all about improvising and using what you have.

I have been very lucky to have won twice! and also to have had seven of my tags pinned by Tim on his Pinterest Sissix Board. Looking forward to the next twelve Tim!

Thanks for joining me today.

Jennie x

Friday, 26 December 2014

We Are Ringing In the New at A Vintage Journey

Well I hope everyone has had a fabulous Christmas Day and the more relaxed (?) feeling of Boxing Day is upon you all. Today sees us launching a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and Brenda has chosen a fabulous theme based on Tennyson's wonderful words:

Ring out the Old, Ring in the New
Ring happy bells across the snow
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

The challenge is to focus on these key words - 
old, new, bells, snow, year and interpret one or more of them in any way you like. 
Just tell us what your links are to 
the key words of the poem.

Here in Scotland the last day of the year, Hogmanay, is very important to the New Year celebrations and much used to be made of getting everything in order for the New Year on that last day - it used to mean cleaning the house and clearing up all the old debts! But for those few minutes before the ringing of the Midnight Bells it is the time to wish for health and happiness for the year to come. As soon as the bells have rung, the visiting and partying starts!

I decided to interpret those few moments before midnight by making a New Years Card using one of my favourite Tim dies - the weathered clock - and the lovely sentiment Make A Wish from the Simple Sayings Stamp Set.

In order to make the clock stand out on the card I used a centre step design. There are lots of tutorials on the internet for these cards - I used this one from Split Coast Stampers.

I used papers from the French Industrial Stack and Texture Paste with a text stencil. The clock was made for a previous project and seems to have been distressed and crackled to the inch of its life! No idea what I used but probably Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I am afraid I used the usual flowers, butterflies, scrim and pins for the decoration (New Year note to self - try something different !! ).

I really love this stepped card design as it does ensure the focus of the card is indeed the focus. My apologies for the dark photographs - we have had nearly a month of awful weather and given the daylight hours here in the North it IS dark nearly all day!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you will find time over the next couple of weeks to celebrate the New Year and join us in our challenge. Hop on over to the blog as well to see the amazing inspirational pieces created by my design teamies - so many wonderful and individual pieces.

Don't forget too there is a great prize each challenge from our sponsor Country View Crafts and of course the winner has the opportunity to come back and join us as a Guest Designer.

Enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Happy Christmas Everyone!

Sending warmest wishes to all my blogging friends for a Christmas filled with love, laughter and sparkle! 

Jennie xxx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Star

First of all a huge thank you to you all for visiting and leaving comments over the last week and an equally huge welcome to new followers - thank you for joining me on this crafty journey. 

The December Challenge at Anything But A Card is well under way and for our "Celestial" theme I am sharing a small Christmas Star.

The word 'celestial' for me speaks of stars (my husband often navigates at sea using the stars and the night sky) and so I have interpreted the theme by decorating this small raffia star in my favourite Christmas colours this year - blue and white.

And unusually for me it includes GLITTER !! Needless to say I got into a heck of a mess with it, but it does look rather nice so I may persevere!

Do hop on over to our challenge blog as over the last three weeks my fellow DT members have made some amazing celestial pieces - strange how the word speaks to us in so many different ways! And of course I hope you might find time to join us in our challenge.

Thank you for joining me today and enjoy the rest of the weekend - if you can and are not up to the eyes in presents, turkeys and food! 

Life has been a little challenging this last week. Fierce storms (lightning, rain and wind) have left us without wifi and TV (now reconnected) and also stranding us on Mainland Scotland last week. Hopefully things will be getting back to normal very soon!!

Jennie x

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Just A Little Note

Today I am sharing my last project of the year for Country View Crafts

Hop on over if you want to see how I made a simple gift using the Brenda Walton Notepad Cover.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Memories of a Green and White Christmas

It is my turn today to share a Nostalgic Christmas project at Country View Challenges and this little Christmas Luminary is in memory of my Mother. 

When I was about thirteen she saw a white tinsel christmas tree in a shop window and managed to get one the day before Christmas Eve. She had a vision of this wonderful white shimmer in the corner of the room with green
decorations. It WAS lovely ….. but before that came a mad panic to cover the green wire of the white christmas lights she had bought to go with it! And a Christmas Eve spent making green and white tree decorations, probably out of crepe paper! Over the years we made many new decorations always in white or green until the tinsel finally fell off the tree. So this is for you Mum and those lovely Christmas memories(and I know you would have loved to have made this project yourself!).

I used the lovely Tim Holtz Luminary die and used green Christmas paper. The great fun of this die is dressing up the Luminary! Leaves were from the Spring Greenery die and I made these little frosted flowers by covering Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art clear film with Tim Holt Frosted Film. I cut out the shapes with the Tattered Florals die and when heated shaped them by forcing a ball tool in the middle of the flower. If you do this on a rubber mat it shapes beautifully!

And then the big flowers! The Tattered Poinsettia die was my base for these two (quite large!) flowers.  

I cut them in Whisper White Stampin Up cardstock and scrunched them up (tutorial on my blog HERE). Before I let them dry I spritzed them with a spray made with Pearl Perfect Pearls and Water. When they had dried I pulled out the brad and replaced it with the stamens.

A close up detail of the wonderful "scrunches" and the gorgeous frosted look of the Perfect Pearls.

I felt they needed something to sit against so a Pediment from the Tim Holtz Pediment Die worked perfectly. I used the same paper as the Luminary and backed it onto greyboard, scuffing the edges up a bit.

It really looks quite beautiful when lit with a candle - rather difficult to take a photograph though!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope your Christmas preparations are going well! It is catch up time for me after a week of thunder, lightning and power cuts and then a a fabulous few days visiting grandchildren, but getting stuck on the Mainland of Scotland as the ferry was cancelled due to the bad weather. Home now (after a very lumpy and long crossing from Aberdeen to Shetland in gale force winds and high seas), so lots of things now to finish!

Jennie x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Santa's Vintage Journey

An extra post for A Vintage Journey today as the Design Team have been playing a Secret Santa and we have decided to reveal the gift we made and the gift we received as part of a blog hop. So I hope you are ready to do the hopping and be inspired!

So first up is the gift I made - which was for Annie of Curious n Crafty Treasures. I very much enjoyed a couple of crafting days with Annie and her Mum, Rita, last September and I could not ignore the fact that Annie likes candles. So I decided to make this little candle book box using Tim's Merriment Paper Stack.

Here is the cover ……

and a bit more detail …

and the inside with the six
Christmas T-lights (Mulled Wine).

And here is the fabulous gift I received from Jenny (Buttons) of Pushing the Right Buttons.

Isn't this book cover just stunning! and so personal to me with all those wonderful details. 

I keep looking at it and seeing more!

and not forgetting the back!

A wonderful memento for me to take on my travels and record my wonderful dream moments. Thank you Jenny for such a wonderful present - it will be treasured.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and will take part in the blog hop as there will be some amazing gifts to inspire you and as we have a Give-Away - yay!!!! 

What you have to do:

1. Visit all the blogs of the Creative Guides and leave them a comment.

2. Go back to A Vintage Journey HERE and leave a link up on the Linky to a post on your blog where you have mentioned our Give-Away and linked it back to A Vintage Journey. This might be a new post just with the Give-Away information in it or you could include it in a post you are writing for something else - just as if you were entering a challenge.

Looking forward to seeing you on the hop as I can't wait to check my DT teamies presents - it really has been a Secret!

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Here are the measurements for the book cover and the box for the candles if you should want to have a go:

Friday, 12 December 2014

Let's Celebrate with Tattered Poinsettias !

Well with just little more than two weeks to go before the big day we have a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our host this month is the lovely Nikki and she has chosen the theme

Let's Celebrate !

You may wish to make something to celebrate Christmas, but let us not forget about those December birthdays, anniversaries, Hanukkah and New Year.  

It may be fun to focus on celebrations other than 
Christmas - it is up to you!

I have decided to go with the Christmas theme and have made a table decoration showcasing my handmade Tattered Poinsettias. We always eat "bistro" style in the kitchen, but for the Twelve Days of Christmas we move to the dining room for our meals and sit around the large, round wooden dining table made by my husband a few years ago. So this should sit perfectly in the middle.

I had great fun making a bunch of poinsettias using the Tatted Poinsettia die. These were cut from Stampin Up Whisper White cardstock and spritzed with Perfect Pearls. 

I used my shabby water technique to create the flowers (tutorial HERE on my blog) and cut four large and four small petals for each flower. When they had fully  dried I took out the brad very carefully and replaced it with the stamens.

The red ones were made in exactly the same way using Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler cardstock and spritzing them with Perfect Pearls.

I finished each flower off with a large petal cut in white and spritzed with Peeled Paint Distress Stain Spray. Amazingly the cardstock took the colour in a very  mottled way which creates a lovely texture without doing very much!

I also made some pinecones using the Tattered Pinecone die (finally using it for pinecones instead of flowers!).

I have clustered the flowers around an LED candle and on this old family plate - rather tarnished but loved!

I do hope you will be able to find time to join us at A Vintage Journey for our challenge. Do hop on over to the blog to see the wonderful DT pieces - we have all chosen something completely different to celebrate and I am sure you will be inspired.

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

Jennie x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Candlelight Christmas

I am sharing another Christmas Card over at Country View Crafts Projects blog today. Hop on over for the details!


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Published !

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked by Catherine Scanlon and Mandy Collins to be a Guest Contributor for their quarterly online magazine Mixed Media. The magazine was published a few days ago and I am now able to share with you what I have made.

Firstly here is a link to the magazine and I do hope you will click the link and browse through it. There are lots of ideas for Christmas projects and some yummy recipes - I shall definitely be making the truffles! 

My first project, an altered Christmas Frame, is on page 15 and all the details are there of how I made it. I am really into blue and white this Christmas!

My second project, an altered yogurt pot! can be found further on in the magazine on page 21. I had great fun making this and can't wait to have an LED candle flickering in at Christmas.

My heartfelt thanks to Catherine and Mandy for giving me such a wonderful opportunity.

Jennie x
(with a big beaming smile!)

Monday, 1 December 2014

Nostalgic Christmas

My heavens where did November go! Here we are 1st December and only 23 days to Christmas Day !! 

As it is the first day of the month it is time for a new challenge at Country View Challenges (sponsored by Country View Crafts) and we are asking you to share with us your Nostalgic Christmas projects - memories of Christmas' past. 

For me candles are the
essence of Christmas - whether a candlelight Carol Service and Midnight Mass at Church or sitting by the fire with a good book on Boxing Day. These days we seem to have candles lit all year, but when I was young candles were only lit at Christmas (there was the utility box of candles in the kitchen for power cut use only!)

I recently discovered LED battery candles and decided to use one and dress it up for Christmas, something I have always wanted to do, but obviously not able to do with a proper candle.

I created a band to go around the candle using Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress Technique and Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Inks and then overstamping with a lovely music stamp. Then I dressed it up with some red paper, lace, a bit of hessian ribbon, some  Tattered Floral Roses (of course!), leaves from the Tattered Pinecone Die and some lovely red rose hips taken from an old Christmas table centrepiece.

This honestly took very little time to put together and will make a lovely present for a favourite friend who loves candles.

I do hope you will join us for our challenge at Country View Challenges and do hop on over to the blog as the rest of the team have some amazing pieces for you.  Keep popping back too as we will have more for you through the month.

Thanks for joining me today! 

Jennie x

PS Apologies for the lack of photographs - it has been so dark this week and of course here in the North we are now well into the darkest days of winter.