Wednesday, 24 February 2016

12 Tags of 2016 : February Remix

Time to share my February Tag which has been a bit of quick make in between packing for our yearly to trip to Ireland.  

So with journeys and destinations on my mind, away for our yearly concertina music fix in County Clare and a little bit of green for Ireland my tag is (as you have come to expect) quite different from the original!

As usual you can find all the details HERE on Tim's blog including a link to the two remix techniques which we used on this month's tag.

I used the Harlquinn Layering Stencil for my background and Cracked Pistachio and Gathered Twigs. I really liked this effect and the two colours together. Quite appropriate for the February tag as it was the new colour last February!

I really enjoyed this embossing technique last time so it was great to give it another go. 

There are a number of scheduled posts over this next week as the Wifi on the west coast of Ireland is pretty well zero! So I won't be a visitor this coming week to your lovely blogs, but I hope you have a wonderful week crafting and I'll see you all next month!


Jennie x

Monday, 22 February 2016

A Splash of Red

Good morning lovely followers and friends. 

Today I am sharing a small 4 x 4 card over at Country View Crafts Projects Blog.  Do please join me over there if you would like to see how this came together, along with a link to a flower tutorial.

Jennie x

Monday, 15 February 2016

Be Your Beautiful Self

Hello to Everyone! Today I am sharing my second project of the month for our fabulous challenge at Country View Challenges this month which is:

Make Your Own Background

For this layered tag I have gone back to my usual texture paste, distress inks and favourite stamps to create the background of the tag.

I always cover my tag with gesso before adding the texture paste - this gives it a bit of bite for the texture paste to adhere to, but I love the way the inks react with the gesso and helps with getting a lighter colour. I have used Ground Espresso and Hickory Smoke Distress Sprays, both very dark colours, but by adding a lot of water and mopping up it is easy to achieve the lighter colours. Without the gesso, the water would seep through the tag and end up in a soggy mess!

I ended up covering up quite a lot of the tag with my layers! I used Ground Espresso quite heavily for the stamped labels and also for spritzing the little rose and colouring the photo strip. You really wouldn't think they were from the same ink pad!

A lighter label sets off the darker colours of the other embellishments, along with the gessoed key.

Thank you  for joining me today and I hope you find time to join us in our challenge.

Have a great creative week.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Vintage Flip-Its

Good morning everyone!

Today I am sharing my first project of the month at Country View Crafts Projects blog. 

I would love it if you were able to hop on over and have a look. 

Jennie x

Friday, 5 February 2016

Designer Gents!

Industrial designer gents no less! 

Hello everyone and here we are at the start of another challenge at A Vintage Journey and this month we are challenging you to go


Use your foil, tape or metallic card stocks with your texture fades/embossing folders to create an industrial creation all your own. Whether its a background or bloom or anything, don't limit your paint colour to black - the industrial technique looks great with all colours of paints!

Black … hmmm …. well you know how it is … you just get carried away on a rush of creativity and before you know it … yes, it's black!

I've got a bit of a thing about long thin hangings at the moment and this one is 8" x 3". I used some heavy duty grey board and gave it a coating of gesso before adding some crackle texture using some super Andy Skinner stencils.

I then set about spraying with Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stains and I think there is also a little bit of Black Soot in there as well (but we won't say too much about that ……. )

I added some background stamping but found it didn't really show up as well as I liked - despite being black … so I used some rub ons instead.

Having recently attended an Andy Skinner workshop I had some fun with the cogs painting them first with DecoArt paints and then adding a rusty look.

Finally these two gents had been in mind all along as the original Industrial designers but I couldn't get them all in! So I opted for these two (I like the moustaches). I stamped them on tissue paper in order to allow them to merge with the crackle texture.

And so there you have it - my industrial designers!

in black …

For some much more colourful projects you must hop on over to the AVJ blog to see the wonderful pieces created by my fellow Creative Guides. Fabulous inspirational pieces in a variety of different styles.

Thank you so much for joining me today and have fun with your challenge pieces!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

PaperArtsy Stamp Release with Sara Naumann

Well I am thrilled to be very much a part of the new Eclectica stamp release at PaperArtsy tonight. Sara Naumann has two new stamps sets being released, along with two new matching stencils and I am absolutely delighted to be sharing the samples I have made for this release using these two new stamp sets.

You can find all the details of the stamp release at PaperArtsy and you might also like to check out this video by Leandra where you can see all the stamps and samples made.


My samples have been made using ESN19 and ESN20 along with the new release Fresco Finish colours: Tinned Peas, London Night, Brown Shed, Space Cadet and my all time favourite Nougat.

This 5 x 7 plate was a mixture of the two stamp sets.  I used Brown Shed for the background spraying a watery version onto a gessoed background and again with Nougat for the frame of the clock.

A 6 x 6 plate using ESN20, Stencil 027 and London Night and Nougat. 

ESN20 and Stencil 026 but this time with Tinned Peas and Nougat.

ESN19 and Stencil 026 with Space Cadet and Nougat.

All my backgrounds were created on PaperArtsy Heavy Grey/White Board which I gessoed first  before applying Grunge Paste through the stencils. I wanted a lighter colour of Fresco Paint so diluted the paint with water in some old spray bottles  and got these wonderful light, fresh colours.

I used some additional PaperArtsy text stamps to give a vintage feel.

On this piece the clock was stamped with white embossing powder as a resist and the quote stamped on tissue before being applied directly to the board.

I stamped leaves with Fesco Paint directly onto white cardstock and used my spray to colour handmade roses and coiled flowers.

There are some lovely little sentiments on the stamp sets which are just perfect for little labels. 

And finally a tag with a brayered background using London Night, Brown Shed, Space Cadet and Nougat. 

The flower and ribbon were sprayed with Brown Shed and the leaves stamped with Tinned Peas and edged with Brown Shed.

If you have got this far well done !!!!   I do hope you have enjoyed this release as much as I have enjoyed being part of it. Both stamp sets are just delightful with wonderful quotes and elements to go with them. They are fast becoming a favourite of mine already. 

Do hop on over to PaperArtsy to see the whole release and of course more samples by the rest of Team Sara! 

Thank you so much for joining me tonight.

Jennie x

Monday, 1 February 2016

A Stitch in Time

Well here I am again this morning, welcoming you to another new challenge, this time at Our Creative Corner where Jan is our host and she is challenging us to:

Sew and Sew

Fabrics, wool, threads, lace, this month's challenge is all about texture, layers and loveliness. What scraps have you got hidden away. Any snippets of favourite clothes you can't bare to part with? 

Anything sewing related can be used in your piece: you could use stitches, sewing machine or fake stitches. Don't forget to get out your sewing themed stamps and dies.

Have fun and create something!

Well I had great plans of making a wonderful sewn hanging - it is started but unfortunately didn't get finished as I had a fairly short term call to go to Glasgow to have my second foot operation. So …… sadly I had to resort to some of my dies and stamps to create this little 6" x 2" sewing themed hanging.

I started with a piece of greyboard which I gessoed and added some texture with a gorgeous DecoArt stencil.

I used DecoArt Crackle Paste and when it was dry I spritzed it lightly with Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stains.

I love the openness of this crackle paste which allows the distress inks to puddle in the cracks.

I found some small sewing related stamps ………

and used this little sewing die to create a small collage.

So not what I had intended to make for this lovely challenge, but I hope it inspires you to join us in creating a sewing themed project of your own.

Thank you for joining me today and I would urge you to click the link HERE and be transported to our fabulous challenge page where you will see some amazing inspirational projects which I am sure will have you dashing for your sewing machine and supplies.

And our sponsor this month is:

who are sponsoring one Rubber Stamp Set, valued at $31.95 AUD to our randomly drawn winner.

I am pleased to say that the surgery was successful and I am just about coming to the end of my 14 days "sitting with my foot up" rest. Hopefully in the next few days I shall be able to start hobbling around a bit on crutches. At least I know what to expect this time.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a lovely creative week.

Jennie x

Paris Adventure

The first of the month (where did January go?!) and so time for a new challenge at Country View Crafts and this month our host is Sue who has chosen the theme:

Make Your Own Background

I received a fabulous set of IndigoBlu stamps for Christmas from my son Robin (along with some other lovely crafty bits and pieces - bless him!) So I decided to make a journal page in order to use as many of the stamps as possible which of course includes making my own background.

I started with a gessoed page and I spritzed Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo randomly from top right to bottom left of the two page spread.

Next I added text and shapes through a number of stencils using the same inks. I decided not to use any textures on these pages, just soft layers of inks. 

Here you can see more of the layering stencils and some of the overstamping. The chap with the binoculars has been stamped on tissue paper, as was the lovely lady cyclist as I thought they would get a little lost with all the background text. Plus I have a pretty heavy collage on the journal page before.

And so with my background created I decided to do very little more other than to stamp and cut out the lady cyclist and layer her over a couple of the tickets which come with the stamp set.

I really enjoyed putting this journal page together and both pages may well act as a dummy run for some birthday cards later in the year. 

Thank you to Robin for such a lovely present!

I do hope you will find time to join us in our challenge this month and if you are looking for inspiration then hop on over to the Country View Challenges blog today for the rest of the Design Team's fabulous backgrounds. And of course we will all be back throughout the month with more projects to inspire you.

Thank you for joining me today! This is just the first of two posts this morning, so see you again shortly!

Jennie x