Sunday, 31 January 2016

Samples for CHA2016 : Tim Holtz Sissix

I was absolutely thrilled and excited to be asked to make some samples for Tim Holtz's Sissix stand at CHA earlier this month, but in the stramash  of trying to get up to date with DT posts before my foot surgery I ran out of time to blog them. So I am now putting that right !!!

You might have seen in one of Tim's Periscope "tours" part of the Sissix stand showcased some of the original dies which are still widely used. My samples were part of this stand.

None of these dies need any introduction so I will just leave you with the pictures!

I hope everyone is having a fun weekend - life is a little quieter and less exciting now that the wind has moderated! 105 mph felt a tad breezy but thankfully no real damage here at Tingwall House. 

Jennie x

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Vintage Sentiments

Hello everyone! 

Tonight I am sharing a small vintage hearts project over at PaperArtsy

Do hop on over if you want to see how I used some of my favourite Ink and the Dog Vintage Stamps.

Jennie x

Friday, 29 January 2016

Its Tags All Round Today!

It's an extra Friday for us all at A Vintage Journey this month so we've a Tag Friday for you. This is a chance for the Creative Guides to play with their tags and supplies! So do hop on over to see what a wonderful array of techniques and styles we have to share with you today.

I decided to show my January Tim Tag for this tag share and had great fun with the technique remix he challenged us with this month.

As usual all the details are HERE on Tim's blog. This next year he will be taking us back to revisit old techniques which I just know is going to be GREAT! There are so many fabulous techniques he has shared with us and some get lost or forgotten along the way.

I wanted to use the Navigation Compass for the chalkboard technique and given the sea theme opted to use blue textured cardstock. It is not as clear but I like the "denim" feel.

That meant I also had to choose something nautical for the industrious metal technique and as numbers feature highly in navigation used the Bingo embossing folder and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint.

A little collage at the base of the tag - I am looking forward to our tags journey this year!

Two great techniques which are wonderful to revisit and I hope you have a chance to play along too.

This is another scheduled post as I enter the second week of sitting with my foot up! Another seven days and I might manage to get into the craft room for a little spell - yay!!!

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 28 January 2016

More Fun with DecoArt Crackle

I thought I would share a Christmas present I made for my dear friend who loves everything knitting and which also fulfilled my desire to keep on crackling after the fabulous Mixology event in Coventry in November!

I saw the knitting needle box kit in the Tando Creative shop at the Mixology event and ordered it when I got home. It sat for a little while as it really is quite a big project to cover and crackle!

I started on the top of the box - making it up first and then covering it with torn pieces of brown stamped tissue paper (I think 7 Gypsies - something which has been in my tissue drawer for a while). Everything got a final coat of mixed medium and I left it to dry overnight. 

When it was fully dry I gave it a coating of DecoArt Crackle Glaze and again left it overnight to dry completely so that I could then rub Vintage Photo Distress Ink all over to highlight the crackles.

I wasn't too sure what to do with the base of the box, but before I made it up I painted it inside and out with a bit of a mixture of DecoArt Raw Sienne and Burnt Umber Acrylic Paints. It still looked a bit basic so I used a large wood stamp and Archival Brown Ink to create some "woody" texture on the outside. It worked so well my friend thought it was wood !!!

And then some fun decorating the top of the box. The Knitting Needle  words come with the kit and I painted them in Burnt Umber and gave them a bit of a crackle too.

The finished box which I have to say I was very pleased with and which nearly didn't get wrapped up as a Christmas present! I will just have to make another one for myself ……

And on a knitting theme I also made quite a number of these Fair Isle wrist warmers for Christmas presents too. I am not very good at knitting fingers in gloves so when I saw a friend at the Spinners Guild knitting these I got rather hooked!

They were also nice and light to post as well.

Thank you for joining me today and I must apologise for not having been a great visitor of blogs this last couple of weeks. 

I am starting to feel a lot better after the second lot of foot surgery last week and although I am still having to sit with my foot "higher than my heart" I can just about manage to balance the keyboard on my lap! So hopefully I will be able to get back to normal soon, although a visit to the craft room is a while away yet!

Jennie x

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Shabby Chic Bottles

Good morning lovely people! 

Today it is my turn to share my second piece for this month's challenge at Country View Challenges where we are all being inspired by bottles!

As you all know since I did the DecoArt workshop at Coventry in November I have been crackling just about everything in sight! 

And the Tim Holtz Bottle Die proved no exception. I covered the greyboard in some rather gorgeous shabby chic papers and then crackled away and added white antiqueing cream to highlight those glorious crackles.

I also used some crackle paste through a layering stencil on the background and when dry I very very lightly added Victorian Velvet and Broken China Distress Inks. 

In the areas where there was no crackle I stamped on tissue to fill in the spaces.

I told you this little frame would be well used! It does rather set off this glorious key.

Some more shabby chic elements were added at the bottom of the hanging - very wide lace and died vintage ribbon, along with this little Prima spray.

Having done some rather colourful work just lately, it was a joy to be back doing a more lighter shabby chic project.

You still have plenty of time to join in our challenge. Hop on over to Country View Challenges for some amazing inspirational pieces throughout this month from the rest of the DT. 

I am afraid this is a scheduled post as by the time you read this I shall be travelling back from Glasgow having had my second foot operation! At least I know what to expect this time, but things will be a little quiet around here for a while but I hope to get crafting again very soon.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I really do appreciate it.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Love those Scraps!

Today I am sharing a set of cards made from small scraps from my (ever growing) scrapbox. I have also used those wonderful new Tim Holtz flower and and leaf punches. Join me over at Country View Projects blog if you want to find out more!

Jennie x

Monday, 18 January 2016

Choose to Shine

Hello and welcome everyone! Today I am sharing a project over at A Vintage Journey using this month's travel bag contents for our Destination Inspiration series. 

Hop on over (HERE) for the details! Hope to see you there.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Linen Love

Hello from a very chilly Shetland!

 Today I am sharing my first project of the year over at Country View Crafts Project Blog.  Do join me if you want to find out more!

Jennie x

Friday, 1 January 2016

Make Time

Well hello again! 
and Happy New Year (again!)

This time I am sharing our exciting Make Time Moodboard Challenge over at Our Creative Corner.

Claudia is our host this month and here's what she has to say about our first challenge of the year.

Make Time - Moodboard Challenge

Why not promise something good to yourself for the new year's start?

To make more quality time for yourself for example and spend it doing what you love? Creative (or recreational) time always is quality time if you listen to your inner voice and follow your own speed instead of listening to the clock ticking and reminding you of deadlines or other duties. And work will be done so much more easily (and faster) after some recreational me-time as it will have fuelled up your energy! I promise!  

So why not escape the endless circling and rushing and get yourself in the right mood for some me-time? The moodboard I have in store for you could be a good start.

I challenge you to calm down, enjoy what you see and let yourself be inspired by it. No precise theme to narrow your creativity down - just the colours, shapes, directions, textures and hints of possible themes.

Whatever you make of it - it will be good! Whatever it sparks in you - I want you to show it and have a good time at your studio desks!

And what a fabulous moodboard it is!

I found this piece of greyboard when I was clearing out the other day and after giving it a good coat of gesso, I chose some DecoArt paints which sort of matched the moodboard. I had no idea where I was going with this but given that "time" is central to our challenge I did lay down a bit of crackle using this Andy Skinner stencil. I decided to brayer on the paints to get a more rustic look.

And then to decorating - although I didn't really want to cover up much of the inking!

I recently got this lovely frame mould and just know that it will be well used! 

I haven't made these flowers, but they are so gorgeous.

Some wooden leaves with a light coat of white paint.

And an "arty" shot - testing my new photographic skills!

Well I really had fun with this fabulous mood board and I hope you will too. You have until the end of the month to join us in our challenge and to set aside some time to play and experiment. 

Creative Embellishments are our sponsor this month and one lucky winner will have a fabulous voucher to spend in their store.

 So thank you to Claudia for a wonderful challenge. Do hop on over to see the most wonderful projects the rest of the OCC Design Team have put together - you can be assured of so much wonderful inspiration!

Thank you for joining me so many times today on this first day of 2016. I will now leave you in peace!

With best wishes to you all!

Jennie x

Inspired By Bottles

Well here I am again with our new challenge at Country View Challenges which is most appropriate for the season:

Inspired by Bottles

Brenda is our host this month and I think we have all had some fun with this fabulous theme. 

My little bottle started life as a Tesco Air Freshener similar to this. I was just about to throw the empty bottle away when I realised it would make a good base for our challenge.

After a coat of gesso I then applied a very thick layer of DecoArt Crackle Paste. 

I really wanted a nice light pink colour but despite applying a very light coat of LuminArte Rose Gold it must have reacted with the Crackle Paste and no matter how much gesso or white paint I applied I could not change the colour. It sat on the surface and coloured every coat I tried to put over it! 

I decorated the sides of the bottle with a ZVA Self Adhesive Pearl Embellishment. I bought a whole load of these in a sale and whilst they are not something I would normally use I find they are lovely painted with gesso and then overpainted with gold paint.

The crackle is quite impressive! it actually looks like a smooth porcelain.

As today is the first of the month (as well as the first of the year!) the whole DT are showing their bottle inspired projects so do hop on over to Country View Challenges to see some amazing projects from my fellow teamies. 

And of course we shall each be back during the month to share more inspirational pieces with you. I hope you manage to find some crafting time and join us in our challenge for this month. As usual we have a winning voucher for one lucky entrant and for the Design Team Pinworthies a chance to join us as Guest Designer.

Thank you for joining me again but I am sorry to say that I shall be back once more today with another first of the month challenge piece. So au revoir until then!

Jennie x