Thursday, 29 January 2015

Flowers from the Heart

Hello to everyone on this rather snowy morning here in Shetland. I really missed joining in challenges last year and so am really trying hard to make time this year and to experiment with some of my products not used lately.

It is always great when the themes from two of your favourite challenge sites can be combined. One of my long time favourite challenge sites is Frilly and Funkie and the current challenge is Be My Valen-Twine - such a lovely twist on the word! The requirement is to include any type of twine on your Valentine's project. And fast becoming a favourite is the new challenge blog at the Artist Trading Post where Flower Power is the current challenge, the requirement being to make your own flowers! Just perfect!

And so to my card:

I embossed some white card with a small embossing folder and stamped lightly with Antique Linen and used the same ink for the splatters.

I decided to use some of my lovely Spellbinders dies to create a mat for my flowers. The upper ones were stamped and embossed with a script stamp and then inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The little ticket is from the Crafty Individuals new ticket set (gorgeous!)

The Roses were made using the Tattered Florals die and had Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink blended around the edges before being spritzed and scrunched. There is a tutorial here on my blog for these Roses.

Great fun and some older supplies used in the making of the card which is always a great feeling! 

I would suggest hopping over to both challenge sites as there are some fabulous pieces from each of the design teams - all so very different but all fabulously inspirational.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x


Monday, 26 January 2015

Just the Ticket!

Good morning everyone! 

It is Destination Inspiration day over at A Vintage Journey and it is my turn to share a project. And its tickets, tickets, tickets!

Hop on over if you want to know more.

Jennie x

Friday, 23 January 2015

Love is in the Air

Yes "love is in the air" over at A Vintage Journey today with a brand new challenge chosen by our fabulously talented Astrid.  

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine
And man cannot live without love

So the saying goes! For this challenge please share what moves your heart with us, be it a Valentine's card for a loved one, a heart themed project, or something else that expresses what true love means to you.  Just make sure that Tim's style is evident in whatever you make.

I am somewhat into mixed media art journal pages at the moment and decided to use this opportunity to journal the fact that it will be 40 years in April that Terry and I first started going out together. We married a year later, so our 40th Wedding Anniversary is imminent too! Where does the time go ?

There are no "how to" photographs as it just sort of happened! Although these pages are very much in my own style I have used Tim's products (stamps, paste, stencils, inks, etc.) to complete it.

I started with various tissue tapes on both pages along with some pieces of dictionary paper, which then got a coat of gesso. 

Texture Paste through the Gothic Layering stencil came next and once dry I did some background stamping, blending and splattering with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Our photographs are both framed with similar stamped tags and tickets, again all stamped in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. The 1975 Industrious Stickers were first painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then lightly covered with Ginger Alcohol Ink.

I love this bird stamp and as I stamped him on tissue paper (with Arcival Potting Soil) I managed to get him looking both ways!

I gave everything a final splattering of Picket Fence Distress Stain Spray before adding the photographs.

Do hop on over to A Vintage Journey as my teamies have come up with some amazing projects - and not all Valentine's either! And of course I hope you join us with your own challenge piece.

It is lovely to have you join me today and I really appreciate those of you who have started following over the last week and of course everyone who visits and leaves such lovely comments. Thank you x

 Have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Tim's products used:

Tissue Tape
Texture Paste
Gothic Layering Stencil
Industrious Stickers
Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
Distress Spray Stain: Picket Fence
Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Ginger Alcohol Ink
Stamps from:
Bird Feather
Going Somewhere
Classics #19
Simple Sayings
Spring Greenery Die
Tattered Florals Die

Monday, 19 January 2015

Tag Monday at A Vintage Journey

As a break from our regular routine at A Vintage Journey, the Design Team are today sharing tags made in a vintage, shabby but Tim Holtz style. Hop on over for some fabulous designs and techniques from my DT team mates - each one so very different.

I have decided to share my take on Tim's January tag.  As usual it is very different from his! 

All the details are HERE on Tim's blog.

I used the same technique for my background using Broken China and Evergreen Bough Distress Paint and Faded Jeans Distress Spray over Melange Tissue Wrap. It was rather heavily splattered with Picket Fence Distress Spray! 

2015 for us here in the north has been cold, wet, thundery, windy and snowy, so I tried to create a bit of an icy feel to my tag.

I wasn't overly keen on Tim's choice of embellishments so made a snowflake from the Paper Snowflake Die. Now this was all a bit of an experiment, but I just LOVE the way it came out.

I first painted the snowflakes with Picket Fence Distress Paint and speeded up the drying process with the heat gun which gave me some very nice bubbles! I then squeezed Aqua Alcohol Ink here and there straight from the bottle, getting a reasonable coverage and again drying with the heat gun. Lastly I blended in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (it just happened to be on the desk) and this covered all the areas the alcohol ink had missed.

I used the same technique for the Industrious Stickers numbers.

I love the verdigris style patina this has created and am already looking around for something else to alter!!

I layered the snowflake with sticky fixers to give a bit of definition and finished with a large pearl. 

So a rather icy, snowy take on this month's tag, but some new techniques learnt.

We will be back on Friday at A Vintage Journey with our next challenge, so looking forward to seeing you then!

I would also like to enter my tag into Frilly and Funkie's current challenge which is WINTER WISHES. I always love the fabulous inspirational pieces posted by the F&F Design Team each challenge, so do hop on over and take a look at the wonderful projects.

Have a lovely week.

Jennie x

Saturday, 17 January 2015

New Beginnings

A couple of weeks ago my lovely friend Brenda of Bumblebees and Butterflies challenged us to join her in a Visual Journey - to create art journal pages but giving time to be free in expressing ourselves and not being constrained by others expectations. 

I thought this was a fabulous idea and this is the second page I have created, picking up two Distress Ink Pads at random (Peacock Feathers and Walnut Stain) and laying out my masks and stamps and just "playing".  I was amazed that I managed to create a piece in a single layer - something I have tried so hard to achieve, but this just sort of happened, so I had to fit in Tim Holtz's stamp - Astonish, Amaze, Achieve!

This new experimentation fits in wonderfully with our current challenge at Anything But a Card, which is NEW BEGINNINGS. As usual, being on week 3 of the Design Team, the challenge is well under way and I hope you will hop on over to the challenge blog and see the design teams amazing array of talent and also the wonderful entries submitted so far.

New Beginnings is also this month's theme at the Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog and I rarely seem to have time to participate these days, so I am really pleased to be submitting an entry. Again there are some fabulous DT projects which really inspire.

My pages are now glued in to my Finnabair journal and I love the colour combination against the kraft - this may be my new set of colours this year!

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

Jennie x

Vintage Shadow Box

Our challenge this month at Country View Challenges is to use something new to you. Susan had an amazing advent sale and I rather indulged myself with some new dies and today I am sharing my first make with this Brenda Walton Shadow Box. (We have however used it over Christmas to make little sweetie boxes too - Terry makes amazing fudge!)

I used Stampin Up Coaster Board for the box and painted it with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paint (Victorian Lace) and blended a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.

I cut another piece in cream card to go inside which I inked and stamped before glueing the box together.

I had lots of fun decorating the inside with some new Crafty Individuals ticket stamps.

I made these tiny little buds using the Tattered Florals die - three layers just scrunched and glued. The box only measures 3.5" x 3" so it is a case of thinking small!

As you can see the box is quite deep (which made it great for the fudge) and the die includes the backing and also bits and pieces to decorate the front - I used the banner at the top.

I have lots of plans for this little box - there will be more!

I do hope you will join us over at Country View Challenges and share with us something which is new to you. Do hop on over to the blog as the Design Team are sharing some wonderful inspirational projects throughout the month.

Thanks for joining me today.


Friday, 16 January 2015

Post Friendly Cards

Good morning everyone!

Time for my second project of the month over at Country View Crafts Project Blog and I am using up my Graphic 45 scraps to make "post friendly" cards! Hope to see you there!


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Monotone Art Journalling

Good morning everyone! from a VERY windy Shetland. We are experiencing hurricane force winds at the moment and thankfully the power remains on so I thought I would sneak in this post as we have snow and more wind forecast tomorrow! The house is shaking a bit and it is very dark but it is nice and warm!

Poor weather and a car in the garage (failed MOT) have meant a few fabulous days crafting and I have enjoyed creating art journal pages in a new style. I am still quite new to mixed media art journalling and I wanted to try a page in monotone having been very inspired by the pages created by my lovely and very talented DT friend Alison of Words and Pictures.  I also had some new stamps to play with as well - courtesy of some friends doing a de-clutter! Plus I wanted the opportunity to enter the current challenge - Fresh Beginnings -  at the Artistic Trading Post as I have not had a chance so far. 

Unfortunately there are no step by step photos as it was so dark. I created texture with torn strips of paper and tissue tape and then gave everything a coat of gesso.  Crackle texture paste came next.

I did the same on the adjoining page, but I had no plan at this stage so a lot of the crackle paste on this page is covered up with my collage. All the collage pieces were stamped with Gathered Twigs and edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I felt I needed a focal point amongst the browns so the lovely Gibson Girl was stamped in Arcival Black.

When everything was dry (it took a while) I overstamped with a text stamp here and there using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

I love this flower stamp from Artistic Outpost - one of my de-clutter purchases!

Finally I did some splattering again with some watery Gathered Twigs. However I had a bit of an accident and reached for what I thought was a piece kitchen towel to mop up but which was a wet baby wipe but what a surprise it worked fabulously taking the edge of the gesso off the paper which I was then able to blend a little Walnut Stain around. Happy accident indeed!

And the double page spread in my journal. 

Thank you for joining me today and I do hope you are getting better weather than us here. It is what expect living so far north but it is a little breezier than usual!

Jennie x

Friday, 9 January 2015

Use a Portrait for A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome to our first challenge of 2015 at A Vintage Journey. Our lovely Sandy is our host and she has challenged us to:

Use A Portrait

Tim provides us with some excellent portraits 
with his Found Relatives, but of course, 
it could be a photo or portrait 
of your own.

I decided to use this (one and only) school photograph of my mother taken in 1939 when she was eight years old. 

The original photograph appears to have been lightly colour washed (probably by my Grandpa - he did that sort of thing!) and the photograph has a slight pinkish look to it, so I thought Seedless Preserves would work well and I think would have been my mother's favourite Distress colour!

But …… Seedless Preserves is a bit of a strong colour and took a little bit of patience to knock it back on the canvas. I have used one
of Tim's burlap panels which includes a picture so I had to paint over first with gesso and then it was covered with Melange Tissue Wrap. The Harlequin Mask and Wendy Vecchi Crackle Glaze came next and then a spray of Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Spray. You can see I had to give it a few good coats of gesso to knock the colour back!  

The lovely School Memories banner is from the school photograph - isn't it fabulous!

I received so many lovely comments from you all after mentioning in a previous post that I felt I ought to try something different instead of my usual flowers. I decided to stick with the flowers but try something a little different. So using the usual Tattered Florals die I inked the edges with a combination of colours instead of the usual Vintage Photo.

I used Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks. As you can see I don't blend the ink on my mat but hold the flower in my hand and rub the edges with the blending tool.

The bottom photograph shows how I built up the colour using the Scattered Straw first, then the Rusty Hinge and finally the Seedless Preserves. It looks a little dire at this stage but once spritzed with water and crumpled up it takes on a softer look.

The flowers were then cut and rolled as in my Paper Rose tutorial. I am very pleased with the effect and can't wait to try some different colour combinations. I have been looking through my gardening catalogues at some of the beautiful summer rose colours. Watch this space as they say!

Tim's Ornate Frame was cut in white board but I had to give up on my initial wish to give it a crackled look. I tried various different products but the frame is quite small and delicate and it wasn't possible to layer on the glaze satisfactorily. I wanted something white so ended up using Antiquities Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder.

The metal embellishment was painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint.

I added some Film Strip decorated with rub-ons, some muslin and some mother of pearl buttons (Mum would have loved those). The little leaf from the Spring Greenery die also got a bit of gesso and ink and tucked in underneath.

I do hope you will join us in our challenge and do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see the fabulous projects my teamies have come up with. As usual just ensure that Tim's style or products are evident in your project. 

For me I love using Tim's products in my shabby vintage style in order to create something a little more feminine and soft. 

Thanks for joining me today and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Tim Holtz products used:

Burlap Panels
Melange Tissue Wrap
Harlequin Stencil
Ornate Frame Die
Antiquities Frosted Crystal
Embossing Powder
Tattered Florals Die
Spring Greenery Die
Film Strip Ribbon
Remnant Rubs
Distress Inks: Seedless Preserves, 
Rusty Hinge and Scattered Straw
Seedless Preserves Distress Spray Stain
Picket Fence Distress Paint
Metal Embellishment

Thursday, 8 January 2015

A Visual Journey

Hello from a wet, windy and cold Shetland! It was the same yesterday so I had a lovely afternoon playing with some art journal pages. 

My lovely and very talented friend Brenda of Bumblebees and Butterflies has invited us to join her on a Visual Journey - experimenting with art journal pages with no constraints, working quickly and freely. What a fabulous idea. You can find all the details of the journey here and clicking here will take you to her post this week where she has made a fabulous double page collage using image transfers.

I was having a bit of a tidy up the other day (nothing to get excited about as it lasted for about 15 minutes only!!) and found some napkins I bought in Ireland last year. The current challenge at Paper Artsy is Fragile Papers so I thought I would try a bit of an experiment with the napkins, fragile dictionary paper and some gesso. I was inspired by Lynne's Golden Hours post to layer my elements and stamping over dictionary paper.

I took a couple of pages from an old dictionary (it has been falling apart for years and so I don't mind re-using it) and gave them a coat of gesso.

I used a wet paintbrush around the napkin image I wanted which made it easier to tear. It was a little difficult to separate the top layer of the napkin from the other two layers, but this managed I then stuck them down with multi medium adhesive. They took a while to dry but later I blended some Victorian Velvet and Peeled Paint Distress Ink here and there and used Walnut Stain Distress Ink through the layering stencil to create the cup marks and for the dream stamp in the top right hand corner. I blended some around the edges of he pages too. The butterflies and sentiment were stamped in Arcival Black and Coffee.

I have worked with napkins before but not on dictionary paper. I love the way they just float on top of the text and it is easy to stamp over the top of them to blend everything together.

And here is the double page spread stuck down in my art journal - the pages were so very flimsy I had a job getting them to go where I wanted on the page!

Thank you Brenda for a lovely inspiring challenge and Paper Artsy for the prompt to try my napkins on dictionary paper! 

Thank you for joining me today.