Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Down at the Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea ………..

By the time you read this I shall be sailing on the sea and hopefully not knowing what is at the bottom of the deep blue sea! 

This is my second project of the month over at Country View Crafts Projects blog, so if you would like to know how I put it together and my experiments with two of the new Distress Ink colours, then please do join me over there for all the details. Just click the link HERE.

Jennie x

Monday, 22 June 2015

White Petal Branch Tutorial

As promised here is the tutorial for the small white blossoms in my vase of summer flowers which were inspired by the Snow in Summer which grows in the garden.

I cut the two smallest petals from the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies using Stampin Up Whisper White cardstock. I applied a little of the new Hickory Smoke Distress Ink around the edges and spritzed them with water to blend the colour a little.

When dry the flowers need to be shaped.

I find the easiest way is to run the ball tool on the reverse side around the edges of the petals.

Then turn the petal over and do one hard push in the centre with the ball tool.

I love these stamens which come in huge bunches but they can be split up into small clusters. (Stamens such as these can be purchased from any millinery supplier.)

I twisted some florists wire around the stamens - it was quite thin so easy to attach to the stamens.

Now I found it easier to wrap the florists tape around the wire at this stage rather than when the flower was made up.

Thread the stamen wire through the petal adding a little clear drying glue to the petal so that the two attach together.

Doesn't that Hickory Smoke look fabulous!

I die cut some small leaves and coloured them with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (these came with the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies but any small leaf will do). I put a little bit of green florists wire on the back of the flower (sorry no photograph!). I also wound some green florists wire around a knitting needle.

Then it is time to start building up the stem. I started with a little group of flower, leaf and wire spiral and started winding the florists tape around them.

Then a little way down add in the second cluster.

Finally add the third cluster and more wire if you need it.

I think they work quite well with the cosmos and poppies in the vase but they would also work well on a scrapbook page or the front of a small mini book. Being on wires the branch can be shaped how you wish.

I hope this tutorial inspires you to have a go yourself.

Again, thanks for joining me today.

Jennie x

Summer in a Vase

Summer for me are the bright colours of the flowers in my garden. Being so far north not a lot grows, but I love the reds of the poppies and the white of the cosmos and Snow in Summer which all nestle among the green leaves of the (yet to flower) montbretia, crocosmia and lilies. So as summer just hasn't got here yet I thought I would make a vase of my favourite flowers to brighten up the kitchen dresser.

I had great fun creating the individual flowers and I will show you here how I created the white cosmos type flowers and the poppies. I will link in another tutorial for the Snow in Summer lookalike otherwise you will be photo'd out!

 I cut my flower shapes from white cardstock. I used Stampin Up Whisper White card and the Spellbinders Rose Creations Die. Using a cotton bud I blended a little Fossilized Amber around the centre area, spritzed with water and scrunched them up. I let them dry overnight and then carefully opened them up.

For the centre of the flower I put some wire through a small button and then covered the button with some dark yellow vellum type paper.

I shaped the flower by pulling out the individual petals with a bone folder and then curling them around a knitting needle. Then I built up my flower adding a stamen cut from white cardstock.

I added a little bit of clear drying glue to the back.

While the glue was drying I cut some Holiday Greens in white cardstock and inked them with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. (These really are all year round leaves!)

Then using florists tape start winding around the wire. Get a good grip at the top and as high as you can to the flower to get a neat finish.

As you progress down the wire you can add in the leaf.

And keep going until you reach the end of the wire, or add another piece of wire in if it is too short.

I really did feel as though I had blossoms growing on my craft desk! 

The poppies was created in exactly the same way but I layered three petals on top of each other and used Abandoned Coral to colour them (such a gorgeous colour!) and a black stamen

I used the smalls die from Donna Salazar's Bitty Blossoms set, inking with Fossilized Amber before rolling it up and then squishing the leaves together.

I do hope you like these flowers and will have a go yourself. I must admit they are brightening up a very grey day here!

I would like to enter my vase of summer flowers into the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie which is It's Summer.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Click the link HERE for the Snow in Summer branches tutorial.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Shabby Chic Make-over!

When I visited our wonderful Chris last October, (amongst other things!) she gave me a mirror for altering and I have been itching to do it for ages. So here it is for my second make for Country View Challenges this month. Our theme is Shabby Chic, so I've gone a bit overboard really!!

There are no how-to's unfortunately (no idea why I forgot to take photos!). I started by giving the mirror a coat of gesso and then adding some texture paste with the lovely Gothic Layering Stencil. I then started layering lots of wonderful bits and pieces - lace buttons, bits of metal and some die cuts. 

Everything got another coating of gesso and then I sprayed with Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stains. A little Honey Amber Silks was rubbed in here and there (I always think it transforms buttons!).

Once everything was dry I started adding my top layer of embellishments.

I really like the mixture of elements - those which have been gessoed and sprayed and then the "cleaner" style flowers and metal. 

I have also used muslin and some hat pins and pearls. All the elements which to me make up the shabby chic style.

And so I now have a lovely altered mirror to hang in the guest room. A huge thank you to Chris for the lovely gift which I probably would not have thought of myself as something to alter! 

Thank you for joining me here today!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tiny Tattered Florals ………… Little Darlings!

I am just loving the Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits Die - they are so cute. For my first project over at Country View Crafts Projects blog this month I am sharing this small hanging where they are just perfectly sized for the Tim Holtz window and pediments die. Hop on over if you want to see more!

Jennie x

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Scottish Gent - 12 Tags of 2015

Well I had no intention of doing Tim's tag today but I got an idea in my head and just kept running with it!

With very little in the way of the required stash (not even the layering stencil!) I had to be rather inventive and I know I am way off piste with this one, but it was a lot of fun. I feel it has a sort of a Jack Vettriano feel to it! (Apologies to JV!)

For all the details of Tim's tag and the techniques they are HERE on his blog. I did do the tartan technique but with the Woodgrain Layering Stencil and I followed the concept of paper piecing - but that is about where it ended!

I have always thought the Festive Gent wasn't just for Christmas and so I decided to give him a tartan make-over with a little bit of help from Umbrella Man. Those Tiny Tattered Florals were just perfect - these are the smallest ones.

I needed a light background to put him on, so came up with this using Faded Jeans and Peeled paint, as in the tartan, but in lighter hues.

And so there he is - my Scottish Gent with a special delivery of a bouquet of flowers, which for me is always the #bestdayever.

Thank you for joining me (again!) today. 

Jennie x

Traveller ATC

Saturday evening, home alone and nothing to watch on the television so it was a treat to take my glass of wine up to the craft room, grab a few supplies and just create for the fun of it!

I made a few ATC backgrounds experimenting with colours and gesso and loved this one using Broken China, Faded Jeans and Frayed Burlap distress inks, so decided to take it further with some crackle paste, tissue tape and stamping. A great Saturday evening!

My husband likes no fuss, non birthday cards, so this ATC is destined for a plain white 6 x 6 card for his birthday next month. 

I would like to enter my ATC into two current challenges:

Stamps and Stencils : Small is Beautiful
Anything But Cute : Make It Masculine

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Jennie x

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Monochromatic Memories

Well it is another cold and cloudy day here in Shetland, so I am catching up with some blog posts. At last month's Shetland Scrapbookers I was asked to design and lead a layout which had no photographs. It came from the idea that it would be useful to have a design for the first page of an album or for a facing page to one busy with photographs. This is the design I came up with which has many places for pockets and envelopes for journalling. 

I absolutely adore these Pion Design Papers and never like to cut into some of them so this was a way of preserving this gorgeous piece. The strip allows the placing of tags and cards for journalling.

An embossed vellum envelope makes room for a few more notes. 

This was also a good layout for using up lots of little scraps too.

I thought I would enter this layout into the current Frilly and Funkie challenge which is Monochromatic. However, I do realise that there are a few other colours in there too! Do hop on over and have a look at the amazing DT makes - so much inspiration and an amazing mix of colours. And yesterday Nicole posted a great tutorial for using Texture Fades.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Jennie x