Monday, 30 March 2015

Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome. Today it is my turn to make something with the four ingredients chosen by my fellow Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey for our new look Destination Inspiration.  Hop on over if you want to know more!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Tim's March Tag

The month of March is "marching on" and I have finally found some time to get my Tim tag done for this month.

This month's tag combines some great techniques which you can find on Tim's blog HERE.

I didn't have the butterfly stamp or the really bright Distress Paints, so my version is slightly different but I did follow all the techniques. I used Festive Berries, Wild Honey, Dusty Concord,, Rusty Hinge and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paints.

I really like the Gold Embossed Texture Paste, although the embossing powder went everywhere - as you can see!

Another great tag from Tim and as I am very late with my effort, not long to wait until the next one!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Time for my second project this month at Country View Crafts Projects blog and I have a step by step for this post friendly card! Hop on over if you want to know more.

Jennie x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Bring on the Bling!

I am absolutely thrilled to be back Guest Designing with Frilly and Funkie today after winning the Winter Blooms Challenge last month. The current challenge is "Bring on the Bling" and so I decided to alter a bottle and to use a large gem decoration which I have had for ages but which I thought needed "altering" as well!

I have been very taken recently with the work of Elena Morgun and  this wonderful video tutorial (HERE) inspired me to try altering a bottle using similar products.

 I started with a fairly basic bottle which I coated first with black gesso and then white gesso, allowing some of the black to show through. Then the whole bottle got covered here and there, quite thickly with Wendy Vecci Crackle Paste. It took ages to dry!

Then the gem cluster got added. I am sure we all have loads of these (well I do!) and at this stage I really wasn't sure whether it would take gesso and paints or even stick to the crackle.

I then started adding colours to the bottle using Luminarte Primary Elements Powders - Rose Gold and Teal Zircon. I just dabbed my paintbrush into some water and picked up the powders and gently added it over the crackle. In some places I felt the colour was too strong so I added some white gesso back in.

The gems didn't take the Primary Elements very well so I gave them a light coating of gesso and then daubed some Honey Amber Silks over the top.

 Whilst I was waiting for everything to dry I made some Shabby Roses using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and spritzing my paper with a spray using the Rose Gold Primary Elements powders.

I arranged a cluster of flowers, muslin and these lovely metal leaves on the bottle. I had to use Liquitex Super Heavy Gel to get everything to stick down.

The metal butterfly took the gesso and Primary Elements beautifully.

This was great fun and I am so pleased to discover that the gem cluster can be altered so easily. My huge thanks to the Design Team at Frilly and Funkie for inviting me today and I do hope you will pop over to the blog and see some of the wonderful projects created by the Design Team.

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

More Spring Blooms

We have such a lovely open challenge this month at Country View Challenges and it was a real opportunity for me to try something completely different. My Luminarte Primary Elements Powders and Silks have been sitting on the desk just waiting for such an opportunity!

This little canvas measuring 4" x 6" is made up of lots of bits and pieces mainly because I wanted to see how they would take the sprays and paints.

And so this is how it started! The little frame is from a dolls house set I found in a charity shop, a rather oddly inked handmade flower and some other flowers from Hobbycraft picked up in the sale.  Hiding underneath is a small lace flower and tucked in and around are paper clay roses and a paper clay butterfly. I managed a few pieces of metal and a card die cut. All were stuck on to a piece of greyboard which had been given a light coat of gesso.

Once everything was stuck down I covered the lot in two coats of Claudine Hellmuth Gesso which is really lovely and thick. I am afraid I forgot to take a photograph of this bit! 

Then I started spraying! I used a tiny amount of Lucky Apple but plenty of Rose Gold and Go Navy. They dry so much lighter on the gesso.

I then started using the Primary Elements powders straight from the pot to cover the embellishments. Just using a lightly wet paintbrush allowed me to brush the powders here and there, but particularly on the frame.

I finished up with Honey Amber Silk, just a tiny amount on my finger rubbing it in here and there but mainly on the metal, the paper clay and the flower stamens.

I really loved the way this whole project progressed and the final result. It looks way too arty to be anything I have made! I am amazed at the transformation of the paper clay!

I did blend a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges and added a few splatters for a little definition.

Fabulous fun and a great experiment!

Thank you for joining me today and I do hope you will find time to enter our challenge and have some fun experimenting yourself.


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Fun with Black Gesso

Hello and welcome to some black gesso magic again but this time with green and gold. Green is not really my colour but I was pushed out of my comfort zone for my DT piece for Anything But A Card this month and I am so glad I was!

Our theme for the month is "Green with Envy" and whilst there is not much "envy" in this tag, there is certainly a lot of "green"! The challenge is well under way but you still have another week to make "Anything But A Card" and join us.

I have been following and watching videos recently by Elena Morgan of Sunshine Studio and loved this video in particular. My tag is based on Elena's techniques but using slightly different products. 

I started by painting black gesso on my tag - the matte black reminds me so much of being backstage at the theatre!

Then I added some texture paste through the new Tim Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil.

Then the fun! I added Luminarte Silk Paints - Celadon and African Jade.

The Celadon is a very bright green but is countered nicely with the jade.

More texture came next with Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste - I got a bit impatient at this stage and heated it with the heat gun and it bubbled and crackled a bit, but rather nicely!

Then it was time to add some embellishments and a little tissue tape to fill in the gaps. The paper roses were a cheap purchase from Hobbycraft and a handmade one has crept in too! A little bit of bent wire and a metal washer completed the cluster.

 I then used Honey Amber very sparingly on the flowers and the metal highlighting the edges of the petals and the inner buds.

Finally I used a small Finnabair stamp to add white embossing …

… and some text embossing on the top of the tag.

Great fun! and I finally feel a bit more comfortable with the black gesso. 

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you are enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon!

Jennie x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Noble Gentlemen

A quick hello to tell you that I am sharing these Noble Gentlemen over at Country View Crafts Projects blog today.  Hop on over if you want to know more!

Jennie x

Friday, 6 March 2015

Curiosities and Celebrations

Today at A Vintage Journey we are celebrating our first anniversary and what a year we have all had - so much amazing inspiration from the Creative Guides and Guest Designers but also from our fabulous followers too. As we move on to another year we are moving into a monthly challenge and the Destination Inspiration will be a little different too. We hope you like the changes - do hop over to the blog for more details.

And so on to our current challenge, hosted by our the wonderfully talented and lovely Brenda:


It couldn't get much easier than that could it, so I hope you all find time to join in with the challenge. 

Whilst I love all the wonderful Tim techniques there are out there, the one thing I love more than anything is being able to use his wonderful products in my own style. And my project for this challenge is my favourite! I love taking a disparate collection of items, equalising them with gesso and then spraying, inking and painting them. 

I started with a piece of greyboard (measuring 5" x 6") painted with gesso and added tissue tape and texture paste, various die cuts, flowers (handmade from the Tattered Florals die and others bought in a craft shop sale), buttons, bits of wire and a pen nib and this little frame I picked up in a charity shop - a set of six for a doll's house. 

I went for a design running from left to right across my board.

And then my favourite part of the process - covering everything with white gesso. These photographs were taken after two coats, and I went on to add a third, so you can see it needs quite a few layers!

Then out came the Spray Stains: Broken China, Faded Jeans and Picket Fence.

I love the way the different substrates take the colour - again I (tried!) to spray from left to right and top to bottom with the darker spray.

Then when everything was dry I started adding little touches of gesso and some splatterings of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

You can keep doing this for ages and sometimes it is difficult to know when to stop!

I rubbed a little Treasure Silver back onto the frame, the metal pieces and also the tips of the roses.

I really love this technique and it is such a great way to use up bits and pieces which you wouldn't normally put together.

I do hope you will join us in our challenge this month and do hop on over to the challenge blog for some amazing projects from my Creative Guide teamies. And look out for the new Destination Inspiration too which is going to be great fun!

I am still on holiday in Ireland, so this is a scheduled post, but I hope to get along to your blogs when I return on Monday. There is no wifi in the village where we stay - just occasionally in the pub, but we are normally too busy chatting and playing music!

Jennie x

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Spring Blooms

Hello everyone and welcome to another 1st of the Month (where do the weeks go?)and yet again it is time for a new challenge theme at Country View Challenges. As March is a blogaversary month for us Chris has chosen "Anything Goes" and so a lovely opportunity for everyone to have a go at something new or get stuck in to some old favourites.

I recently bought a new stamp and die cut flower set from Heartfelt Creations (Arianna Blooms) and I have been playing around with them and have created a slightly different flower to my usual makes.

For the large bloom I used three of the petals. The bottom layer I embossed in white and blended Dusty Concord DI around the edge. The upper layers were stamped in Dusty Concord and then had more Dusty Concord blended around the edges. I spritzed the petals lightly with water and then pleated each petal separately. Once dry I layered petals together inserting the stamen die cuts in between.

I love the depth created by the layering.

The small flowers were stamped in Dusty Concord DI and a little blended around the edges. Then I layered these on top of each other rather than staggering the petals. A little moulding with a ball tool on a foam mat creates just enough interest.

I kept the rest of my card quite simple, using a dots embossing folder, some die cut shapes, a little white embossing and Dusty Concord ink on a Spellbinders Label and a short sentiment.

I got quite carried away and made more flowers from the left over pieces! This card is 4" x 4" and uses similar elements to the larger card.

And so more cards for my card box - I am doing well this year!

I do hope you will join us at Country View Challenges and hop on over today to see the rest of the DT makes. And do keep a look out through the month as all the DT members will be back with another project.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you are enjoying a lovely restful Sunday.

Jennie x