Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Friends 4Ever

Hello Everyone and Welcome! Today I am sharing my second project this month for Country View Challenges and our theme of Numbers. Again this is an "on crutches" creation so made with whatever I could reach from the craft room table!

I am really loving the combination of Blueprint and Twisted Citron Distress Inks, and can't seem to stop inking tags! The texture paste was added after and despite the ink being dry has picked up the colours underneath beautifully. 

I put together a little collage with papers from the Correspondence Stash and a lovely Photo Booth photograph.

My flower was made using the new Tim Holtz Punch. After punching I inked with Twisted Citron and scrunched the flowers up and let them dry before easing them out. They are a fabulous size and SOOOO quick to make! The little grungeboard number was inked with Blueprint Distress Ink and then Picket Fence Distress Paint daubed over the top to mute it.

If you have not joined in our challenge yet, then you will have to be quick! I am back with the theme for our new challenge in just a couple of days time!

As usual, thank you so much for joining me today and I hope that my projects for next month will be much more interesting as I get more mobile!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Fly Away Mail Art

It's time for my second project of the month over at Country View Crafts Project Blog and I am really hooked on making these mail art style pages for my Big Ticket Book. Hop on over if you want to see a step by step. Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Stamps Be Gone …...

Stamps Be Gone is the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge and what a challenge it was! However, I really enjoyed it and found lots of different ways of getting text onto my project. I don't know why I get so hung up about text, I just love it I suppose!

I used Rusty Hinge and Fossilised Amber Distress Spray Stains over some Crackle Paste stencilled flowers. Ground Espresso was a lovely contrast colour for the stencilling and adding some shading here and there.

Thank you Pamellia for such a great challenge!

And thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

PaperArtsy Play with Captain Peacock, Professor Plum and Teresa Green !

Last week at PaperArtsy we had all the excitement of the new colour releases and those fabulous stamps. I have now had a lovely play with the new PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and made this small 8 x 8 mixed media layout with the resulting paper. 

I used Leandra's brayer technique (details HERE) and the new Christmas Limited Edition colours: Captain Peacock, Professor Plum, Teresa Green and Snowflake. What fabulous colours and I just love the names - so many memories of Christmas afternoon playing Cluedo!

I absolutely loved the resulting layered background and wasn't sure what to do with it. However, I was tidying up the other day(well sort of!) and found an old 8 x 8 scrapbook album so have decided to use it for some smaller mixed media layouts.

The chalk paints work beautifully on these already made flowers - a mixture of Professor Plum and Snowflake.

And finally I used the new Frosting Glaze on a piece of acrylic packaging. Unfortunately the photograph doesn't really show how beautifully frosted it looks.

Lots of fun and I can see these colours being used in different combinations too. 

Thank you for joining me today and do hop on over to the PaperArtsy blog for details of all the new stamp releases last week.

Jennie x

PS The photograph is of my Mum and Dad just before they got married in 1953.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

12 Tags of 2015

Hello from a blustery but bright Shetland and an early entry for this month's Tim Tag! I am not normally so organised!

There were some great new techniques this month and if you want all the details then just hop on over to Tim's blog HERE.

As usual I have done things a little differently! however it was great to get out the alcohol inks (not my favourites!). I used Cranberry, Wild Plum, Stream, Lettuce and Butterscotch).

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

Jennie x

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Single Layer Correspondence Art

Hello Everyone and welcome! Today I am sharing my first project of the month over at Country View Crafts Projects Blog - some single layer mail art! Do hop on over it you want to see a step by step.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Whacky Fish!

It was a journal play day yesterday and quite honestly this is not what I intended to do at all! In fact the quote was supposed to be "only dead fish go with the flow" but sometimes my brain seems to be somewhere else these days !!

 So a little whacky but I learnt a lot.

Thank you for bearing with me !!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

PaperArtsy New Releases

Hi Everyone and just a quick post this morning to share the new PaperArtsy Releases and some great news!

But first the fabulous new releases from PaperArtsy - new Hotpick stamps for Halloween and Christmas and in the Fresco Finish Paints the most gorgeous Christmas colours.

Click here to see some amazing samples using these wonderful new products and below for a product introduction video.

And my news - I am absolutely thrilled (well that seems a little understated really!!) to have been invited to be part of the PaperArtsy team although you won't see me in action until November. What an amazing crafting adventure this is turning out to be !!!

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Friday, 4 September 2015

Home Sweet Home for A Vintage Journey

The first Friday of a new month and time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. I am hosting this challenge and the theme I have chosen is

Home Sweet Home

For most of us the summer holidays are over, schools are back and it is nice to be home and back in the usual routines. So for this challenge let's create a project which sums up "home" (either past or present) using Tim's fabulous array of products and techniques. Just make sure Tim's style is evident in what you make.

Whilst I loved my summer holidays as a child I couldn't wait to get home to make a box to keep all those wonderful treasures I had collected. I had boxes all over my bedroom full of the most amazing junk! So in memory of those cereal cardboard/wallpaper boxes made in the past I have used Eileen Hull's Cannister Die and many of Tim's products in my own mixed media vintage style.

What I would have given all those years ago for metal embellishments and flowers. I do seem to remember trying to stick things on the outside of the box but then we didn't have much in the way of good glue then, so I expect it all dropped off!

This Photo Booth picture is a rather startling likeness to me - my husband thought it actually was me! My hair was always in this "crimped" style (I had to sleep with my hair curled up in grips and it was always a mess in the morning) and I had a lot of sail collar clothes. 

I do hope you will join me and the rest of the team for this challenge. The challenge will last for the rest of the month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a £20 voucher from Country View Crafts. We also award Pinworthy Badges to the Top 3 entries chosen by the Creative Guides. 

If you are looking for inspiration then do hop on over (HERE) as the Creative Guides have created an amazing array of wonderful projects.

As always, thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Journal Journey

Time for another experimental play in my art journal today. 

Again I had no idea where it was going, I just started with some randomly chosen Distress Spray Stains (Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio and Wild Honey), then added the same colours through various stencils and finally added some stamping.

I did manage to include a little gold embossing which fits in perfectly with the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge which is A Touch of Gold. I just hope my journal pages qualify as Vintage!

A happy play day!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Autumn Colours and some Special News!

Welcome everyone to my second post of today and some very special news! I was absolutely thrilled when last month Laura invited me onto the Design Team at Our Creative Corner

Our Creative Corner has been a favourite challenge site of mine since I first started entering challenges a number of years ago and I have always been inspired by the Design Team's projects and particularly the Spotlight Posts. I am so very excited to be part of this fabulously talented DT and hope that you will follow me in this fabulous journey.

And so to the challenge for this month: 

The colours of Autumn! Beautiful and dramatic reds, golds, yellows, browns, greens and all shades in between. Your challenge this month is to take some inspiration from the colours in the image and make an autumnul inspired project.

So here is my piece inspired by those beautiful Autumn hues. Unfortunately when I made this I was still crafting on crutches and couldn't lay my hands on everything I really needed but these were the inks I used:

I started the plaque on a piece of grey board covered with gesso and used texture paste and die cuts which were lying within reach. The gesso really tones down these vibrant colours.

Once everything had been sprayed I played around with rub ons, chit chats, pearl buttons and some metal embellishments.

And finally the flowers and leaf - inked with the same colours.

I do hope that you are inspired to join us in our challenge at Our Creative Corner this month and hop on over to see the rest of the Design Team makes - such an amazing amount of talent using many different products and in many different styles. 

Creative Embellishments are the sponsors for this months challenge and they are offering a random prize winner a $25 voucher to spend in their store.

So have a hunt through your stash and play with all those wonderful autumn colours and share your project with us before the end of the month.

Thank you for joining me (again!) today.

Jennie x

Create 365

Hello Everyone and a huge welcome to new friends and followers. I really do appreciate your interest in my work and look forward to getting to know you.  

Well I hope this tag might resonate with you! I should warn you that all my current makes have been created on crutches! so without being able to get to every corner of the craft room I have had to make do with what I could reach from the craft table! Normal service is gradually being resumed!

My tag has been made for the new monthly challenge at Country View Challenges and this month we are looking at 


I am sure this will be a popular theme and perhaps the chance like me to use up some of those die cut numbers lurking in the drawer. 

My background tag: I used Blueprint and Twisted Citron Distress Inks (I am just loving this combination) and the Wrinkle Free Technique. I mopped up the inks with white seam binding.

I then overlaid some texture with the Cargo Letters Layering Stencil and added tissue tape, rub ons and some stamping.

The grey board numbers were covered in gesso and then inked with Blueprint and Twisted Citron Distress Ink. I found the colour a little overpowering so I then dabbed Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top and got some really nice colouring and texture.

I finished off with some chit chat stickers and one of those gorgeous little Tim Holtz vintage ceramic flowers (a New York purchase).

I hope you get the chance to create and join us in our challenge. As usual my Fellow DT teamies have created some amazing projects for this challenge so do hop on over (click HERE) and have a look. And look out too for more posts through the month from the DT.

Thank you for joining me and I will be back again today with another project and some exciting news!

Jennie x