Thursday, 26 February 2015

Time for a Holiday …….

… the latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie and us tomorrow as we head off to Ireland for our mid-winter music fix! 

The bags, music and concertinas are packed and everything ready for the off tomorrow morning at 5.30 am and we are both looking forward to a great week of music and meeting up with old friends.

I couldn't find anything Irish in my stash so I had to make do with making a vintage beach holiday postcard for the challenge. I should have been tidying up but you know how you just have to keep creating!

This Stampin Up postcard stamp is a good size being nearly 6" x 4" and popular in my workshops. I have used gesso, paste and Vintage Photo Distress Ink for a vintage look.

And at long last a chance to use these lovely Artistic Outpost stamps I got from a Facebook friend who was having a declutter.  The shell looks almost real! Shame about the splatter on the nose!

Do hop on over to Frilly and Funkie as there are some fabulous DT pieces which really warm the heart with summer sun. Ireland is likely to be wet and cold so my beach holiday will have to wait until later in the year!

In the meantime have fun crafting!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Black Gesso

Hello Everyone !

Today I am sharing some experimentation with Black Gesso. A brand new pot has been sitting on my desk for over six months and for some reason wasn't calling me. Then when I was cleaning up the other day I found an old paintbrush which had been stained black and so decided to cover a tag with the black gesso and …… I was off!

There are no step by step photographs as I had no idea where this was going. But this is how my base tag ended up.

Once the gesso was dry I added some text through a stencil with Tim Holtz Texture Paste and once this had dried tried painting it directly with Luminarte Silks. They didn't want to stick to the gesso, so I covered the tag with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paint - just a light covering. At this point it nearly went into the bin! but I decided to spray it with sprays made from Luminarte Primary Elements: I used Rose Gold, Teal Zircon and Autumn Skies. I am so glad I didn't put it in the bin!

Finally I added some white embossing in the spaces.

Then I started looking for other substrates to try the black gesso on! This layered dragonfly had been cut in white cardstock. After a coat of gesso I applied the Primary Elements powders directly from the pot.

The same too for this die cut frame. The letter D is an old metal one which got gessoed, sprayed with the Autumn Skies and then daubed with white paint as it was a little bright. The flower was sprayed with the Rose Gold and the ribbon dyed with a combination of Autumn Skies, Teal Zircon and Go Navy Sprays.

I wish you could see how beautifully the colours shimmer and I am very pleased at how the different surfaces took the gesso and sprays quite differently. I shall definitely be using the Black Gesso again!

As I have used a number of random letters I thought my tag might qualify for the current challenge at the Artist Trading Post Exchange which is "Alphabet Soup". Such a great idea for a challenge to use up random letters left in our stash!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Fallen Angel

This time last year I was spending hours each day learning my lines for my part as Julia in Noel Cowards Fallen Angels. A fabulous, but very wordy play, featuring the two main female characters Jane and Julia. Set in 1925 we had fabulous costumes and the set was stunning. During Act 2 we had to get VERY drunk as well as eating a four course meal. This was the start of the (elderflower) Martini's ……………

I have been wanting to scrap this fabulous photograph taken during the final dress rehearsal and our current challenge - Drips and Drops - at Country View Crafts seemed perfect. I tried to create a 1920s feel to the layout and used lots of layers in greys and black, and splatters and drips in Black Distress Ink and Antique Bronze Spray Stain.

My metal flower and title were first painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then sprayed with the Antique Bronze Spray Stain. It didn't adhere very well, but actually created quite a nice finish. Postcards, the time and playing the piano were features of the play and I managed to tuck some little reminders behind the photograph.

I created a small collage in the bottom left hand corner to balance the layout.

And so yes I was a Fallen Angel! and this is what happens when you get very drunk and dance an energetic Charleston! (I wasn't acting at this point!) The rest didn't last long as I was unceremoniously hoofed off the sofa by Jane.

My fellow cast members and our producer.

Thank you for joining me today - I always appreciate your visits.

Have a lovely week.

Jennie x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Tag Time!

Hello to everyone - regular visitors and new followers, it is always lovely to have you joining me.  Today I am sharing Tim's February tag and yes … you could be mistaken for thinking that I have got the wrong month! As February 14th had past I thought I would do something completely different and chose to use the word travel and papers from the Destinations stack.

Clicking the link HERE will take you to Tim's blog and all the details for making the tag.

I have followed his technique with the collaged and shabbied background and used similar horizontal elements. There are a couple of hearts in there and some sewing and I had some fun with the new Special Delivery Rub Ons which arrived just as I was finishing the tag. 

I may have gone a bit overboard with the Picket Fence Distress Paint but I quite like the really vintage feel to these papers, which are very bright in reality. So a good technique for toning down some of those papers which we might not use.

I love the new Flashcards and think they are going to be a great favourite. They have a lovely soft surface which takes sanding and the Distress Inks well.

And I love the new Typed tokens.

And I have to confess that the sewing was not done on a sewing machine. I am indebted to my very clever and talented friend Jenny Marples of Pushing the Right Buttons for passing on the tip about using a Dressmakers Tracing Wheel to make the holes and a black pen for the stitching. It works a treat! Thank you Jenny!

I am actually very pleased with the way this shabby vintage tag turned out and love the collaged background technique and shall be using it again I am sure.

I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxed Sunday - it is bitterly cold and windy here with occasional snow showers so I am looking forward to a relaxing afternoon with my knitting and some music.

Jennie x

Friday, 20 February 2015

My Special Number

Hello Everyone and welcome. 

We seem to be romping through February and it is time for another challenge at A Vintage Journey, the last before our first anniversary celebrations in March and some changes - more of that later! Firstly our new challenge and we are looking for your

Special Numbers

So many of Tim Holtz products have numbers - papers, stamps, rub ons, stencils and ideology to name a few. We are looking for your projects which incorporate your significant numbers, which could be birthdays, age, an anniversary or the Lucky Ones. 

Use them on any project you wish and if possible explain the importance, but particularly details of the Tim techniques and products which have inspired your piece.

I have chosen the number 5 as my special number: I am very lucky to have four very special friends from my school days and over the last ten years we have met regularly for a holiday. We have the most amazing fun (and adventures!) and when together tend to refer to ourselves as the Famous Five - although Enid Blyton would not recognise our adventures I am sure! So my tag is dedicated to the five of us with photographs taken during a very cold holiday here in Shetland and inspired by Tim's wonderful products (and I just had to use the new Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink!)

I just love the Cracked Pistachio DI and it goes beautifully (in my mind) with Worn Lipstick and Walnut Stain. I blended the colours here and there and then used the Walnut Stain through some Layering Stencils, added a little embossing in the top right hand corner from the Bingo Embossing Folder and then added all those wonderful number rub ons. To fill in the gaps I blended more Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick through the dots layering stencil.

Then time to add the embellishments: I used the mini photo frame which was the perfect size for these mini photographs which I cut from a larger one. With so much colour on the tag I used Black Soot Distress Paint straight out of the bottle to colour it.

I used the smallest tag die for my labels and created a flower embellishment from a metal jewellery piece which has a cog underneath stained with the Cracked Pistachio. I finished off with a wooden five here and a metal five on the top. I love the way the Cracked Pistachio works with the Worn Lipstick but also with the hessian ribbon. I think it will become a favourite!

I hope you will find time to join us at A Vintage Journey and also to pop over and see the wonderful pieces created by the rest of the team - some lovely and lucky numbers - but most of all some great inspirational techniques. Whilst we are a Tim Holtz inspired blog, you do not have to use Tim Holtz or Ranger products. Just let us know how you were influenced by Tim's style. The challenge is open until 5th March.

Now the news at A Vintage Journey! March 6th will be our first anniversary and we will have a special challenge and some great prizes. We are also changing things around a little and the most significant change will be a move to a monthly challenge theme with a gift voucher of £20 for the winner from Country View Crafts. The winner will now be chosen by Random Org but we will continue with our Top 3 Pinworthies and our Pinterest boards. 

So the structure for the month will change and Fridays will very much be about projects and guests and Mondays will be a completely new format of Destination Inspiration, linked to a monthly menu of product, colour, technique and substrate. So do join us on 6 March when all this will become clear!

In the meantime have a lovely weekend!

Jennie x

Tim Holtz Products used:
Ranger Manilla Tag
Distress Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, Walnut Stain
Layering Stencils: Cargo, Measured and Dot Fade
Bingo Embossing Folder
Mini Ticket/Photo Frame Strip Die
Tags Framelit Die
Gadget Gears Die
Mini Fasteners
Wooden Game Piece
Numbers Remnant Rubs

Thursday, 19 February 2015


Hello everyone from a blustery but sunny Shetland. There are lots of signs of Spring in the garden but a long way to go yet before we see any blooms.  The latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie is Winter Blooms and I thought it would be fun to make some Hellebores - one of the flowers I really miss not being able to grow this far north and which were always in my parent's garden at this time of the year. 

I found this photograph on Pinterest and tried to emulate the specific details: 

: five petals,
: deep colour radiating from the centre and 
: that gorgeous cluster and stamens in the centre.

I used Crushed Olive, Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks for the colouring, scrunching everything up in my usual way and adding a little more colour before shaping the petals.

I punched five petals from a small petal punch for the inner bud, held them together with a brad, spritzed with water and scrunched them up around each other. The stamen was cut in cream cardstock from a die recently purchased from Heartfelt Creations. 

I really enjoyed making this little vase of winter blooms. The vase was turned by my husband from a small piece of exotic wood and is only a few inches tall, so a perfect size for these blooms.

Thank you Frilly and Funkie for a great challenge. Do hop on over to take a look at the Design Team projects - they are all fabulous and all so very different.

Enjoy the rest of the day!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Napkin Art

Time for me to share a project at Country View Crafts Projects blog and today it is another page in my (Almost!) Single Layer Big Ticket Book.  Hop on over if you want to know more.

Jennie x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

It's All About Friendship

Yes - over at Anything But A Card our current challenge is Friendship. This wonderful quote really sums up the true friendships I have had over many years. All those wonderful little thoughtful gestures and just being there are held in our hearts and never diminish over time.

I thought the quote was the perfect size for an ATC. The background was made first using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink - blended, spritzed and stamped. These book pages were cut from an old book I found on a French market. The stall holder didn't want to sell it to me as there were pages missing, but in sign language I wanted to tell him it was just what I wanted! I used Spellbinders Label dies to create the feel of a little book.

A simple ATC but I hope effective!

I do hope you will join us for our challenge at Anything But a Card - there is just one week left but plenty of time to grab some supplies and make any project as long as it is not a card! And do hop on over to the blog to see the other DT projects which are all so very different and very inspirational.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Friday, 13 February 2015

More Dripping!

Another project from me today for Country View Challenges Drips and Drops Challenge. This is more drops than drips and I find myself doing these drips more and more these days!

There are quite a few men in our family so I thought it about time I started getting birthday cards made for them. I chose Tim Holtz's Mercantile and Shabby French Stamp Sets as the basis for my card and created the background by stamping and "dripping" using Old Paper Distress Ink.

Blending more Old Paper Ink around the edges gives it quite an old feel. 

I stamped various pieces for the decoration again using Old Paper Distress Ink for the letter and Coffee Arcival for the rest, although I blended Old Paper around the edges to maintain the colour. Some of you will recognise one of my little tickets from my little collection at A Vintage Journey!

I also stamped behind the embellishment cluster as it was looking a little lost.

I used a single thin sticky fixer under the French gent so I hope this will be another post friendly card!

Thanks for joining me today and enjoy the rest of the day!

Jennie x

Friday, 6 February 2015

Dream Destination

I am amazed at how quickly the weeks whizz past! and here were are again at the start of another challenge at A Vintage Journey! Annie is our host this month and she has challenged us with a Tic Tac Toe! If you have not played one of these before then you are in for some fun! 

Idea-ology or any metal embellishmentSpraysRibbon/twine
PaintEphemeraDie cuts
Foil tapeTexture fadesStains

Take any line of products - horizontal, vertical or across - and ensure that you use these products in your project. Just make sure to tell us in your post which line you have chosen.

I went for the top line - Ideology, Sprays and Ribbon/Twine. My Dream Destination for many many years has been New York and I will be going there in a few short weeks time! I can't wait and so I have made this plaque to hang by my desk and probably when I get home I will make it the cover of a mini-book.

I started with a piece of white board and used the Movers and Shapers Die to cut the word "dream". Although the board was white I gave it a coat of gesso so that the inky textures and effects I wanted to create had something to stick to.

I used some torn tissue tape here and there (at the time the fact this was French text didn't actually occur to me!).  

I used the gothic layering stencil with Tim Holtz texture paste and when dry sprayed everything with Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Spray Stains. Some flicks of water ensured that I got this lovely speckled effect.

A little Rusty Hinge Distress Ink blended around the edges and a little Treasure Gold rubbed onto the texture paste finished it off.

I was actually very pleased with the background and didn't want to cover it with too much. For the Ideology element of the challenge I painted the frame first with a little Antique Bronze Distress Paint and then rubbed Treasure Gold onto the raised pattern.

I also changed the colour of the metal word band with the Treasure Gold and held this on with twine and added a twist of Tim's Ribbon Film Strip. Oh and the french text got covered up with Remnant Rubs!

The flowers were edged with Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress Inks and made in my usual way. I love the way the New York strip from the Papillon stamp just fits the frame perfectly.

Finally I mounted the piece onto more white board covered with brown cardstock.

This will probably be the first of my New York makes! but not the last! 

I hope you have fun with Annie's Tic Tac Toe and join us for our challenge and do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have made - all just fabulous!

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

Jennie x