Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Clock Work

Welcome everyone! Time for me today to share my second piece of the month at Country View Challenges where our challenge is - 


I decided to use the Tim Holtz Clock Die to make this piece - a lovely die I have had for ages and which never disappoints when I get it out for an airing!

I used some very heavy greyboard to cut the clock and it took quite a bit to get it through the Big Shot. I wanted to put a lot of products on the clock so needed a really good heavy surface.

After giving it a good coating of gesso I used (yes!) that Andy Skinner stencil again. It fits absolutely perfectly on the clock face.

When dry I brayered DecoArt Acrylics over the top. The green comes from the combination of turquoise and hello. Not quite what I expected but then this technique requires you to go with the flow ……

More clock pieces were cut from the heavy grey card as well as a small cog and they were all brayered with the same paints. Finally I rubbed Treasure Gold over all the pieces.

A few years ago we were given some old clocks but the only thing that was worth saving after noticing the woodworm were the clock hands and the mechanisms. So the rust you see on these hands is real!

And another set of cogs rusted using the techniques learnt at the Mixology Coventry Workshop in November. 

A little different from my usual style, but oh such fun! 

If you want to join our challenge at Country View Challenges this month you don't have long! We will all be back in a couple of days time with a new challenge for you all, which means the start of yet another month!

Thank you so much for joining me today. 

Jennie x

Monday, 28 March 2016

A Vintage Journey Travel Bag

It's Destination Inspiration Day over at A Vintage Journey and I am the last Creative Guide this month to share an inspirational post using the items in this month's travel bag. 

Hop on over if you want to find out more!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Doily Love

Good morning lovely people! 

Today I am sharing a sneak peak of a card project over at Country View Projects. Hop on over if you want to see more!

Jennie x

Saturday, 19 March 2016

12 Tags of 2016 : March Remix

Hello lovely friends and followers - it seems a while since I blogged any makes since the flurry of posts at the beginning of the month. 

I gave myself some time yesterday to play at this month's remix tag and once I got started really enjoyed it. However, it took me a bit to get started ............

As usual I've had to improvise with a number of items, even the cardboard, as we had just had a massive clear out of packaging and the dustbin men had just been! If you want all the details of this month's tag then click the link here.

I had treated myself to the new Distress Crayons but of course me being me it was the browns!

I love the way they can be blended and I was trying to get an old rusty/worn look. I used Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen and a little White.

The colour set are now on my wish list!

It was great re-visiting these two techniques which I had enjoyed the first time around as well. I hope you have fun with them too.

I hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

In the Spotlight ………

It is a real treat for me today to be sharing a link to the Sponsor Spotlight over at Our Creative Corner. I do hope you will click the link HERE and join me to see what I created.

Jennie x

The Wonderful Lady Rose

I am sharing a quick make today over at Country View Crafts Projects Blog. 

Do join me if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Rusting Paper Clay …… DecoArt Style

As promised yesterday I am sharing how I rusted my paper clay leaf in yesterday's hanging for A Vintage Journey.

I recently attended a workshop with Andy Skinner and learnt how to rust using DecoArt products. I found this video (one of many of Andy's) very useful in showing how the antiquing creams can be used on different surfaces.

Many of you know that I do love working with paper clay and I have quite a number of moulds for flowers, leaves, cogs, etc. So I decided to use the creams on the paper clay and see what happened - and I was delighted with the results!

We were working with a purple/lilac theme at A Vintage Journey for this month's challenge and so I had to mix two colours of DecoArt paints (red and blue) to create purple. This was painted directly onto the paper clay leaf.

When dry I painted on White Antiquing Cream and let it dry.

In the video Andy explains that the antiquing cream doesn't set until it is covered with a glue medium so you can rub it off in areas to get a more haphazard look. 

And then the magic ! I painted on Quinacridone Red here and there and hey presto! gorgeous rusting !

Finally you can give everything a buff with a soft cloth. Now who would think this was paper clay!

You can see that the leaf in my product is slightly different in that I managed to buff away more areas of the product but this just added to the rusty feel.

I really was thrilled with the way these leaves came out and also experimented with the Patina Antiquing CreaM - just FaBULOUS!

Watch my posts over the next few weeks as I am sure you will be seeing more!

And many thanks to Andy Skinner for getting me started! Click the link HERE for Andy's blog and a link to his YouTube videos.

Jennie x

Friday, 4 March 2016

To Celebrate My (New) Love of Tea ……

It will come as a HuGE surprise to my family and close friends that since Christmas I am often seen with a cup of tea in my hand. At the age of 61 I have finally found a tea which I liked and doesn't leave me shaking my head and gritting my teeth! And what is this amazing brew …… Vanilla Spiced Chai … which Terry got as a Christmas present and sadly hasn't had a look in!

But I digress and should be saying hello and welcome to a new challenge at A Vintage Journey where you might like to raise a glass …… or cup of tea …… as we celebrate our second birthday. Things are changing at AVJ which I am sure will be enjoyed by all of you as we widen our challenges to encompass a broader range of products, genres and artists. There are more details on the main blog post here as well as the details of this month's challenge which we hope will be FuN! 

Destination Inspiration Travel Bag

For our birthday challenge we thought it would be fun to challenge you to use the products in our DI Travel Bag this month.  You’ve seen how the Creative Guides have used the products in the past and you will see how they use them this month too. So join us in using the following  products and enjoy the journey!

Substrate: Board (eg grey board, coaster board, cardboard)
Main Colour: Lilac or Pale Purple
Technique: Rust Effects (perhaps using rusting or embossing powders or rust coloured paints)
Product: Something Metal

With tea on my mind and some beautiful Tim Holtz spoons received in a wonderful box of goodies from a special friend following CHA I just had to use the Travel Bag products to create a hanging celebrating my new love.

I started with my greyboard which got a couple of coats of gesso before I used the DecoArt Crackle Paste through a lovely doily stencil bought following Finnabair's workshop a couple of years ago.

Then everything got a spritz of Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet Distress Spray Stains, but with LOADS of water to keep it pale and in keeping with the colour requirement.

Now I am sure you would not believe that this rusty looking leaf is actually a white paper clay moulding ! I had some great fun using different techniques on paper clay bits and pieces and this worked really well. This post is too photo heavy already but if you pop back tomorrow I'll share a short tutorial on how I did it.

I wanted lots of layers on this hanging so made a tissue pocket which I decorated with a doily and some lace.

When I was sitting with my feet up in the summer following my first foot surgery my lovely friend Brenda sent me a fabulous package of die cut cups and saucers and I have had great fun playing with them. This one got some DecoArt crackle treatment using Weathered Wood Crackle.

And then it was time to start layering everything on my board using the tissue envelope to hold everything together.

Little tickets were tucked into the pocket along with the tags.

The last element I needed to add from the Travel Bag was some metal and so the gorgeous little Tim Holtz spoon was just perfect.

And the arty shot! 

I do hope you will join us in our birthday challenge and find that using the DI Travel Bag goodies is a fun way of putting together a project.  My fellow Creative Guides have come up with some amazing projects which you will find on our challenge blog post here, along with all the changes we are making to our challenges for the coming year.

Thank you for joining me today on this another scheduled post as I am still in Ireland! probably a bit music-ed out but hitting the second traditional folk festival of our stay on the west coast. 

Have fun whatever you are doing!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 1 March 2016


Hello again and welcome to my second share today for our new challenge at Our Creative Corner where we are taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting a challenge that has been featured at OCC.


I decided to go back to July 2014 to the Handmade Flowers and Dyed Ribbon Challenge (no surprises there I hear you say!) So it has been a wonderful treat combining this with my all time favourite style and this beautiful Found Relatives Card to create a hanging full of shabby vintage elements.

I used some old text style paper on my board from Tim Holtz's new Dapper Paperstack and gave it a thin coat of gesso, then blended and splattered Vintage Photo Distress Ink here and there. Finally I layered on Gesso with a palette knife to really tone everything down.

I wanted to use plenty of lace, pearl buttons, vintage pins and some hessian and muslin - all my favourites!

I made my flowers using my scrunched rose technique. There is a link to the tutorial on my blog HERE. I have used the Tattered Florals Die but you can make them with any six sided flower shape.

My ribbons were dyed with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks. 

I dyed plenty to have enough for the top of the hanging as well. I needed something to cover the holes at the top of the hanging so dyed some silver washers with Alchohol Ink - just perfect!

Finally I added some metal embellishments but toned these and the pearl buttons down a little with gesso and then a little gold paint.

I do hope you will join us in our challenge this month as there are LoADS of different things you could make.

Your creation must be from one of the challenges from this set list)

Please do state what challenge you choose.

So click the link and reacquaint yourself with the rules of the challenge you want to do and have fun.

How easy is that !!!

And if you need some inspiration then hop on over to Our Creative Corner where the rest of my teamies have chosen their favourites from the past.

Our sponsor this month is Artistic Outpost who will be donating a $15.00 gift certificate to their online sister store Our Daily Bread Designs, where Artistic Outpost resides, to our randomly drawn participant.

This is a scheduled post as I am currently in a small village on the west coast of Ireland for our yearly concertina music fix and get together with the wonderful friends we have made over the years. There is zero wifi in the village so hopefully I will catch up with you all on my return.

Have a great week!

Jennie x

Industrial Slim

Good morning and welcome to the start of yet another month! My heavens how fast this year is going!

As it is the start of the month we have another brand new challenge at Country View Challenges for you. Debs is our host this month and she has challenged us to think


Now I know my title says Industrial Slim - nothing to do with weight watching I am afraid, but the fact that I am a little obsessed with these slim pieces of greyboard! I just wish I could be as obsessed with weight watching !

My piece of greyboard was given a coat of gesso and then I used this wonderful Andy Skinner stencil and Deco Art Crackle Paste to put down the texture. Then when dry  I brayered DecoArt Acylics over the top. I just LoVE LoVE LoVE this effect. I could make loads of these !!!!! Oh no you say!

I added some stamping and a few rub ons for contrast.

Then for the embellishments.

These cogs were rusted using DecoArt products and techniques I learnt at Andy Skinner's Mixology workshop in November.

Even this key got the treatment!

So there you have it - my Industrial Slim! I had great fun making this and I hope it inspires you to join us in our challenge this month. 

Please do join the rest of my DT colleagues over at Country View Challenges for more inspirational pieces which will have you reaching for your industrial embellies and metal and rusty paints and inks. 

Have a great (crafting) day.

Jennie x