Friday, 28 August 2015

Love Love Love Ground Espresso

Ground Espresso ………… gorgeous deep and soft brown hues!

Good morning everyone! Despite being in the middle of a huge craft room re-organisation (no idea why I chose now to do it!) I couldn't resist  getting stuck in with the new Ground Espresso Distress Ink.  

I just knew it would be great for my rolled roses, but I love the other different shades I got too. 

Sprayed onto the leaves which I then covered in Distress Crackle Paint
Sprayed over gesso and texture paste
Ribbon mopped up in the residue on my craft mat

Just all my usual suspects, but I just wanted to MAKE something with this wonderful new colour!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enjoy experimenting with this wonderful new colour. I honestly think Vintage Photo has been knocked off it's pedestal here!

Jennie x

Thursday, 27 August 2015

12 Tags of 2015 : August

Time for my Tim Tag for August which had to wait until I could stand unaided at the Big

As usual if you want all the details of Tim's tag this month click the link HERE.

I loved the gesso technique with the multi matt medium and was surprised how muted the colours became as I used Blueprint Sketch, Fossilised Amber, Peeled Paint and Gathered Twigs.

As usual a lot of fun and different techniques learnt.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Discovering ……… my Art Journal

Hi Everyone and welcome to a quick post sharing another (very quick) experimental art journal spread - I did say I was going to try and do one a week!

Again I had fun just grabbing a few inks (Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans, Evergreen Bough and Gathered Twigs), layering stencils and Stampers Anonymous Stamps. 

I had absolutely no idea where it was going, I just let it happen. However it is a little difficult controlling the Wrinkle Free Distress technique when handling a book! Room for improvement!

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Precious Memories

A huge welcome to everyone today and particularly new followers - great to have you along for this fabulous journey!

My mother is always in my thoughts and particularly this week as it was her anniversary - 18 years seems a long time ago and the last time I had a special hug.

This little photograph of me and my Mum is stuck in an old photograph album but with my new photographic skills (!) I managed to take a photograph of the photograph. It is a little grainy but still very special. 

I rather indulged myself with all my favourite colours and embellishments, but I think my Mum would have loved them all too.

If only we could turn back time ………

I would like to enter this layout in the latest Frilly and Funkie Challenge which is:

I always use the sewing machine to stitch my cardstock layers together - around the edges and in various places across the middle -  although it is difficult to see it in the photographs as I have used white thread on the white cardstock. 

And there is a little timepiece tucked into the photograph! 

Thank you for joining me today and enjoy the rest of this lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Friday, 21 August 2015

Journalling Journey

When my lovely friend Brenda of Bumblebees and Butterflies started her visual (art) journal journey earlier this year I had fully intended to keep up. I only managed two (!!) but I made a mid year resolution this week, to get started again. 

So here is a very quick page using layering stencils, inks, stamps and a die cut which were sitting on the desk. 

I took me all of 30 minutes and was wonderfully relaxing and great fun. 

Click the link here if you want to know more about Brenda's Visual Journey and how to join in.

Lovely to see you here today!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Stampers Anonymous Stamp Storage

If you would like to see how I made my latest stamp storage books for my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps then hop on over to Country View Crafts Projects for all the details! Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Monday, 17 August 2015

Let me introduce you to Rose ………

Hello Everyone! Today I am sharing my second project of the month for Country View Challenges. The theme of our challenge is "Summertime" and as roses are for me the epitome of summer I decided to create a Rose  canvas. The first time I saw this little girl in the Photobooth pack I just knew she was called Rose! and I have been waiting for the opportunity of using her in a project.

I am afraid there are no step by steps as for some reason I completely forgot to take any photographs! 

The canvas was prepped with gesso and I created texture using paste, layering stencils and some fussy cut flowers. 

Then a little overstamping and spritzing before layering a collage of papers from some old (and much loved) Graphic 45 paper packs.

The layering is quite deep and has been achieved by placing each separate layer on piece of heavy grey board rather than using foam pads. This gives everything a lot more stability.

Once everything was stuck down I used Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain to provide a shadow around the collage and dry brushed gesso here and there to give it a more shabby look.

As I find it very difficult to grow roses here in Shetland (other than the Rosa Rugosas), this is a little bit of rose Summer here in the house along with that gorgeous smile from Rose herself.

As usual thank you for joining me here today and I wish you all a crafty week ahead!

Jennie x

Friday, 7 August 2015

Things With Wings

Well it is the start of another challenge over at A Vintage Journey and the wonderfully creative Anne is our host this month and she has chosen what I am sure will be a very popular theme:


Tim has designed the most wonderful butterfly, dragonfly and bird stamps, dies and papers, so we would love to see your projects using one (or more if you wish) butterfly, dragonfly or bird. 

Just  make sure Tim's style is evident in what you make.

I decided to make a trio of ATCs using the wonderful butterfly stamp from the Papillon Stamp Set.

The backgrounds were first prepped with tissue tape and then Texture Paste added through the Harlquinn Layering Stencil before being covered with a layer of gesso.

When the gesso had dried I sprayed with Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stain and then added some splatters of both inks together with Vintage Photo. The little stamps from the Correspondence set are just the perfect size for ATCs.

Each butterfly was stamped with the same inks and then placed on top of a small collage.

Again the large Chit Chat stickers are just perfect for ATCs.

Finally I added a further accent with pearl buttons which I covered in gesso and a little Honey Amber Luminarte Silks.

My little Trio!

You have four weeks to join in our wonderful challenge and as usual there is a lucky dip winner and the chance to be a DT favourite and return as a Guest Designer. Do hop on over to the blog HERE as my fellow Creative Guides have put together an amazing array of Winged projects for your inspiration.

I would also like to enter my little trio into the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge which is also "Things With Wings". Again do hop on over to the blog as their are some wonderful inspirational pieces by the DT.

As usual thank you for joining me today and have a lovely weekend!

Jennie x

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Forever Together

If you want to see how many "tags" I got onto a "tag" using some of my Wallflower Paper Stack scraps then hop on over to Country View Crafts Projects Blog where I am sharing my first project of the month. Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Guest Designing at PaperArtsy!

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked last month by PaperArtsy to share a mixed media scrapbook layout on their blog. 

Here is a sneak peek and I really hope you hop on over to see the full layout which has gone live tonight.

Jennie x

(Grinning from ear to ear !)

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Blousy Summer Blooms

Well here we are at the start of another month and time for a new challenge at Country View Challenges. Our theme this month is


and hopefully you have all fared better than us in the north and have had some decent days.

Regular followers will know that I have been making a vase of summer flowers (the original posts can be found HERE) but I felt the vase needed some large blousy blooms so I made these cabbage style roses using the Tattered Florals Die.

Using white cardstock (Stampin Up) I cut four of the larger dies and blended Worn Lipstick Distress Ink here and there. I also cut four of the second size and used Fossilised Amber Distress Ink to colour them.

The Cabbage Rose Tutorial can be found on my blog HERE but here are a few photographs to whet your appetite. As you can see the brighter coloured inks start blending when you spritz with water!

As these were 3D blooms I curled some wire and stuck these to the back with a hot glue gun and then covered the wire with florists green tape.

You can see how well the colours blend when dry.

The flowers are quite heavy and you need a good stiff wire to hold them up.

The vase certainly provides a lovely colourful centrepiece on the dining room table and has brightened our mornings here when it has been a grey day!

Thank you for joining me today and I do hope you will hop on over to Country View Challenges as we have three new members joining our Design Team this month. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Jennie x