Sunday, 27 December 2015

Beauty in Simplicity

Hello everyone on this fourth day of Christmas and I hope everyone is enjoying the festive season. It is my turn to share a project at Country View Challenges today for our theme:

Make A Scene

You will remember how much I enjoyed making a little shadow box at Michelle Webb's workshop back in November, so I couldn't resist making one of my own from heavy cardstock and decorating it with a little scene made up of some Tando Creatives die cuts I bought whilst on the workshop.

I created my background by first painting the greyboard with gesso and then a couple of coats of PaperArtsy Fresco Paint in Snowflake. I then created a little texture with some Crackle Paste and a Harlequinn stencil and once this had dried I overlaid a watery mix of Pansy Fresco Paint. Once the box was put together I gave everything a good splattering with gesso!

These gorgeous Tando treas got a coating of Snowflake Fresco Paint and then Rock Candy Distress Crackle applied here and there. I also added some Rock Candy to the little ceramic flowers to give them a little sparkle.

And would you know that this is a Beach Hut !!!!! I had great fun putting this little shed together with text paper and crackle paint. 

And so my finished boxed wintry scene, which glitters beautifully in candlelight.

Thank you for joining me today and my best wishes to you all for the rest of the festive season.

Jennie x

Thursday, 24 December 2015

12 Tags of 2015 : Happy Christmas!

What better way than to wish all my lovely blogging followers and friends a happy Christmas by sharing my take on Tim's wonderful December tag.

As usual all the details for Tim's tag are HERE and it won't take you a nano second to realise that mine is a little different! 

With no hessian I turned to vintage linen (another piece from one of my mother's unstarted linen embroideries) and I wanted a softer look so I went for Evergreen Bough instead of Fired Brick.

This really is a fabulous technique and one I must remember to use again!

The ribbon was made using the Stampin Up Ribbon Punch but got a TH make-over with some inks and distressing! I didn't have any bells or baubles small enough so used three very small tattered florals from the Tattered Florals Garland die. And … … I must remember to buy one of Tim's splatter brushes in the New Year - some rather unfortunate blobs!

Some creative fun in the midst of the last bits and pieces of Christmas.

And now all is done and ready … just to clear up the kitchen after Terry has made the sausage rolls and carrot cake - bless him! He has already made fudge, peppermint creams and ginger biscuits.

So it just remains for me to wish you all a very happy, peaceful and cozy Christmas wherever you are and whoever you are with.

Love and hugs
Jennie x

Merry Christmas One and All

It's Christmas Eve !!! 

And I am here today to share with you the last Christmas project of the year on the Country View Crafts Project Blog and of course to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas!

Hop on over to the blog if you want to
 see how I created this card.

Jennie x

Thursday, 17 December 2015

White Christmas Decorations

Good morning everyone! 

A quick post today to share some Christmas decorations made in between putting together other projects.

I wanted some white decorations to set off the white and red poinsettias I made last year for the Manse mantlepiece. We don't go in for many decorations but the mantlepiece always gets the full treatment!

I have used Eileen Hull's cube die set and experimented with some heavy cardstock I managed to purchase from a Model Railway site! 

The boxes were gessoed and then I used Tim's Poinsettia die and some Crackle Paste to add some texture. It is difficult to see in the photograph being white on white!

As you know I just love making these tattered poinsettias!

I have not had a chance to enter challenges just recently, so I would like to enter my little trio into Stamps and Stencils: A grungy Christmas.

Thank you all for visiting today and I hope the weather is better beside you! Grey, wet and soon to be windy here.

Jennie x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Secret Santa !!

We had so much fun with our Vintage Journey Creative Guides Secret Santa last year that we decided to do it again! Names were drawn out of a hat by Brenda and I was delighted to find out that I was making a Secret Santa present for my team buddie Sandy Diller in the US. 

As this parcel was to travel a long way I had to ensure that it would get there in one piece so I decided to make this little Christmas folio book for Sandy to record some Christmas memories.

I used papers from the Tim Holtz Yuletide Paper Stash and decorated the cover with some of my usual vintage elements. 

Inside there are tags and pockets for journalling or adding photographs.

The parcel was decorated with this tag as I realised I hadn't done much in the way of stamping! I used the Poinsettia Layering Stencil to create some texture and added Festive Berries and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. Decoration was simple: just a little overstamping and some Christmas rub ons.

And a little Christmas card to match!

I was very pleased to hear that everything arrived in one piece. 

 And so to my present from Santa!
I received two lovely Christmas gifts from the lovely Annie of Curious and Crafty Treasures.

The candle is really too gorgeous to use!

And this beautiful Christmas card!
Thank you Annie x

Do hop on over to the AVJ blog to see all the other wonderful makes by my fellow Creative Guides. 

And Brenda has given details of a blog giveaway too which you don't want to miss.

Thank you for joining me today and enjoy your Sunday.

Jennie x

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Peace On Earth

Hello Everyone and thank you for joining me. 

Today I am sharing a 3" x 6" Christmas card over at the Country View Projects Blog. Do hop on over and join me if you want to hear about the techniques I used and how I made those really dainty little Christmas roses!

Jennie x

Friday, 4 December 2015

A Vintage Christmas

Today we start a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and the lovely Annie is our host this month and she has chosen the theme:

A Vintage Christmas

Use your dies, stamps, rub ons - anything 
you choose to create a Vintage Christmas 
card, home decor piece or a gift for someone special.

Now that we are into December I don't mind starting to make Christmas decorations! I used a Spellbinders die to cut the base for my decoration. I cut one in Coasterboard and then covered both sides using Tim's Yuletide Paper Stash. The lovely little label comes from the sheet of tickets at the back of the paper stash. 

I love making these snowy white crispy poinsettias using Tim's Tatterred Poinsettia Die. Click the link HERE if you want to see the tutorial on my blog from last Christmas. These poinsettias were made with white cardstock which I spritzed with Perfect Pearls before they dried. Instead of a brad in the centre I used these lovely white stamens for a real Christmas look.

The addition of a few more Christmassy embellishments were just enough to give it a vintage Christmas feel.

I do hope you will join us for our challenge and do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see a fabulous array of projects from my fellow Creative Guides. You can't fail to be inspired!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a lovely weekend - gales and rain are forecast here, so plenty of time to catch up with writing Christmas cards and wrapping presents.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Wish Upon a Star

Hello for the second time this morning! and thanks for joining me again! It is the start of another challenge at Our Creative Corner and the wonderful mixed media master Trish has challenged us to 

Wish Upon A Star

 My challenge to you all this month is a very simple one...Stars!
I have a passion for stars. Stars are incorporated into my email addresses, internet log ins, business name and even my tattoos :) I would love for you all to share your creations, full of stars! 
Star stamps, star die cuts, star embellishments, star shaped backgrounds, it's up to you! 

Use lots, or just the one, as long as there is a star somewhere, you're good to go!

And so quite literally I have placed a "wish" upon a "star" and made two Christmas star decorations.

I had the most wonderful fun at the Coventry Mixology (Deco Art) Event in November and am at the stage of wanting to crackle just about everything, so these stars got the treatment!

This paper mache star was first painted with Deco Art Primary Magenta before being crackled with Deco Art Crackle Paint. I love it !!

I treated this star slightly differently by adding some music paper and covering lightly with gesso before using an Andy Skinner flourish stencil and the Deco Art Crackle Paste. Another winner! - it really is gorgeous crackle to work with.

I do hope you will find some time during this busy month and join us in this starry challenge. Tando Creative are our sponsors this month and there is a fabulous surprise parcel of goodies for the prize winner.

However busy this month gets I do hope you find time for some crafting. 

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Let's Make A Scene

And so the countdown begins to Christmas! 

… and as it is the first of the month I am here with my first post of today to share with you the new challenge at Country View Crafts chosen this month by Rachel which is:

Make  A Scene

I made this (tiny!) shadow box using a Barbara Walton die and crackled just about anything I could! 

Although still November it was a snowy day when I made this and the skies were grey so I tried to emulate this in the background and in the inking of the flower using Weathered Wood and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks - a really lovely combination.

Unfortunately it is that time of the year when I am unable to take "how to" pictures as the light is so poor, even during the middle of the day. But I am sure you get the "gist" of what I have done here!

I am sure we all have lots of dies, stamps and papers which can be used for this challenge and we hope that you will find time during this busy month to take part. Do hop on over to the CVC challenge to see some fabulous inspirational projects from the rest of the Design Team.

Thank you for joining me today - I'll be back again shortly!!

Jennie x