Friday, 29 April 2016

Tag Friday for A Vintage Journey

A warm welcome to you all, and especially new followers, for this Tag Friday post for A Vintage Journey.  

When there are five Fridays in the month the Creative Guides get the chance to play and craft a tag which might be a little different from our normal techniques. I took the opportunity to experiment with some tea bag fabric which a textile friend sent me a couple of years ago but which has been sitting in my fabric drawer waiting to be used. 

I decided to use the fabric to encapsulate some inked and stamped elements as it is quite translucent.

I inked my tag with some text stamps and then made made a little collage using a ledger stamp, butterfly, a die cut leaf and the small quote. These needed to be quite dark to show through the fabric.

I couldn't glue the material down so stitched it around the edges although I did put a little bit of glue on the butterfly and leaf to add a bit more contrast and to stop the fabric bubbling up. I then added the simple flower cluster and finally everything got a spritz with Vintage Photo Distress Marker using the Distress Spritzer.

I am really very pleased with the ethereal effect, although it is quite difficult to photograph given the light colour of the fabric.

I do hope you will hop on over to see what my fellow Creative Guides have created. This is always a fun challenge for us as we all try and create something out of the ordinary to share with you.

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

Jennie x

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Wallflower Scraps

Time for my second project of the month over at Country View Projects. Do hop on over if you would like to see how I put this card together with more pieces from my scrap box.

Jennie x

Sunday, 24 April 2016

12 Tags of 2016 : April Remix

Not that I needed an excuse but after a 2.5 mile walk in freezing wind and hail I decided I needed some time in my lovely WARM craft room, so what better than my Tim Remix tag for this month. 

As usual  you can get all the details HERE.

As usual my tag is very different! I did try the little snippets of paper but I just couldn't cope with the haphazard nature and because I am ME needed something more regimented! So I decided to cut some papers with the Trellis Die and use the little pieces for my dimensional tiled effect.

I stuck my pieces on a piece of gessoed coaster board with a rough outline of the butterfly on it. But the hardest thing was actually making sure I used the die in the right place. So after a zillion measurements I put it through the Sissix and it came out just as I had wanted! Phew!

I used a woodgrain stamp and Distress Paint for my textured background and Victorian Velvet and Hickory Smoke Distress Stains and Inks. I just LOVE these two colours together.

My butterfly is only stuck at the side edge so I hope it stays put! but I like the fact that it looks as though it is flying off the tag.

I layered my finished piece onto a tag which had been spritzed with Hickory Smoke and then overstamped with the woodgrain stamp using the same ink.

Another two fabulous techniques which were really fun to revisit. 

Thank you for joining me and I hope you have all had a great weekend and had lots more sunshine and warmer weather than we have here!

Jennie x

Friday, 22 April 2016

Calico Craft Parts DT Call Submission

This is a "look back" post at three projects which I feel really sum up my crafting style for my submission to the Calico Craft Parts DT Call (so please do not feel it is necessary to leave a comment!)

I suppose I would describe my style as shabby chic vintage and although I have chosen three 3D projects I also enjoy art journalling, scrapbooking and card design in a mixed media style.  I enjoy working with inks as well as paints and crackle paste is one of my absolute favourite products. I normally try and get a little bit in somewhere on the project! I love layering embellishments on my work which I enjoy altering in various different products.

I have an active blog and a fabulous list of followers who have always been very supportive. 

My three projects with the link to the original post on my blog:

Greyboard hanging, crackle paste texture, brayered paints, altered Calico Craft Parts Leaf and Metal, Paper Clay  Frame and Flowers.

Travelling in Vintage Style

Paper Mache Chest covered with torn Tissue Paper, inked, and crackled with DecoArt products. 

Altered wooden frame: Acrylic Chalk Paints, Crackle Paste, layered metal and
paper embellishments painted with Chalk Paints 
Butterfly: Metal covered with Chalk Paint and Distress Crackle

Thank you for visiting and looking at my work.

Jennie x

Friday, 15 April 2016

Spring Time Wallet Card

Hello and thank you for popping by today for this my second project of the month for Country View Challenges where our challenge theme is SPRING!

I needed a card for a special birthday so I decided to make a Wallet Card from a Ranger Giant Tag.

These were my choice of "Colours of Spring" Distress Inks.  I love being able to stack the pads like this so that I can get an idea of how the colours might look together.

I started by folding my giant tag into the wallet shape and then used Texture Paste through a stencil in the corners of the bottom of the front and top of the flap. Once this was dry I puddled all my colours (apart from the green) on the craft mat and let the tag soak them up here and there. I wasn't going for a full covering. Then I overstamped with one of my favourite stamps (Stampers Anonymous Classis #19) in the space left with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.

On the inside I did pretty well the same but without the texture paste and blending the inks through the stencil instead.

The sentiment covers the magnet for the closure and is one from Sara Naumann's new stamp release at PaperArtsy.

I used the same inks to colour my flowers (you can find the tutorial HERE on my blog) and filled them with these gorgeous white stamens.  The fancy brad on the front covers the other magnet.

And finally ribbon dyed with a watery Victorian Velvet.

The addition of a sentiment, a leaf and a few pearl gems just finishes it off. I do like using the Giant Tags for a special card - more of a present than a card, but always very much appreciated.

We are still only half way through the challenge month, so there is still time to join us with your spring themed project.

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 14 April 2016

True Friendship

Today I am sharing my first make of the month over at Country View Projects. Hop on over if you would like to see the details.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Can you resist .......

I hope you can hop on over to PaperArtsy tonight to see more of this little box I have made using a great resist technique and some wonderful stamps designed by Sara Naumann.

Hope to see you there!

Jennie x

Friday, 1 April 2016

Gypsy Fair : Run Wild and Free

 ...... thats what Candice is asking us to do over at Our Creative Corner this month.

Blessed are the gypsies. The makers of music, artists, writers, dreamers of dreams, wanderers and vagabonds, children and misfits: for they teach us to see the world through beautiful eyes
This month's challenge invites you to let us see your gypsy nature.  Gypsies are wanderers, purveyors of exquisite things, mysterious things, free-spirited bohemians curating the beauty of life and sharing the wonders with you as the travel along.

So for the challenge let your creativity run wild and free like a gypsy 

I want you to create interesting items you might imagine finding at a traditional Gypsy Fayre.

You may create whatever your gypsy heart desires, but it must....

contain at least 3 colours from the featured colour palette 


  show us how your project is inspired by this gorgeous ode to the gypsy soul!

For my project I decided to go with as many of the bohemian colours as I could, along with items which reminded me of gypsy caravans I have been fortunate to see over the years.

I started with my background and whilst I had intended to ink these colours I used this glorious piece of cardstock which I then overstamped and added some texture with crackle texture paste.

I then gathered pieces which reminded me of a gypsy caravan:

gorgeous lace which you always see at the windows and along the shelves
a teaspoon (rather than cup) for reading the tea leaves
colourful flowers - I have memories of lots of dried flowers hanging from the ceiling
and some really colourful ribbon - again memories of ribbons for some reason!

The white frame got a bit of a make-over with DecoArt paints - gorgeously bright!

And then everything got layered in a huge quite random "mess" - the free bit of the challenge!

I quite like all that lovely depth. The key got added just "because" !!

Unfortunately the words I had added at the beginning on my tag were really not bright enough so I added an appropriate sentiment (or two)

My colourful Gypsy Tag

I do hope you will join us in this fun challenge. Hop on over to Our Creative Corner to see some fabulous Design Team makes - everyone so different.

Tando Creative are our Sponsors this month, so what are you waiting for! Have some fun, be free and colourful and find your gypsy soul!

Jennie x

The Look of Spring

Hello and welcome on this first day of April!

No jokers for you here but time to let you know that we have a new challenge for you over at Country View Challenges it being the first day of the month and Monika is our host and she has chosen Spring for our April theme.

Spring is a little later here in the very north of the UK but the one thing that I always love to see at this time of the year (well on other people's sheds and fences!) is the effect the severe winter weather has had on paint especially now that we tend to use some lovely colours on our garden sheds and fences. So I decided to make a set of ATCs to try and create this lovely worn look.  

I really love my friend Jenny's fabulous weathered wood technique which she shared with us over at Frilly and Funkie and decided to give it a go but with a gesso resist base and using DecoArt Fluid Acrylics instead.

Unfortunately I have no "how to" photographs as it all happens rather quickly but after laying a random coat of gesso over the cardstock with an old credit card, I brayered DecoArt Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Diarylide Yellow and Titanium White lightly over the top. Once it was dry I followed Jenny's technique for creating the wood effect creases using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

On this ATC I have used slightly less paint for a lighter look.

The paint effect is so fabulous I didn't really want to cover it up with much more than a sentiment and a flower.

On this ATC I have used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints to create a similar effect, so have a look through your stash to see what you might be able to use. I got quite carried away!

A slightly different take on the Spring theme! but lots of fun.

I do hope you will join us in our challenge as the theme really does lend itself to many different interpretations and projects. Hop on over to our blog to see how the team have interpreted the theme and also to say hello to our new Design Team members. I am sure you are going to love their work.

Thank you for joining me today and as usual for the first of the  month will be back shortly with another challenge for you!

Jennie x

Bring your Own Sunshine

Hello everyone and thank you for popping by on this the 1st day of another month. The year seems to be rattling past!

This is the first of a number of posts for today as everything seems to be happening on this the 1st April. And no joking! 

First up is the new challenge at A Vintage Journey and the lovely Sandy is our host and she wants us to leave those winter blues behind and make anything that says SPRING using pastel colours.

It is your choice - a card, canvas, 3D or a tag, but remember it should be in one of the vintage,shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk styles that we favour.

It may be spring here in Shetland but there is nothing much out in the garden except the snowdrops. Even the daffodils are still very much green!

Having had a bit of a clear out recently - well I started! - I found some old Maya Road greyboard books deep in a drawer and thought I would turn them into little hangings and this is the first. Having the snowdrops in mind I gave the greyboard an under coat of Granny Smith PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic and then once the Crackle Glaze was dry I overpainted with Snowflake Fresco Acrylic. A little overstamping in Peeled Paint Distress Ink with my favourite text stamp filled in some of the gaps.

These little flowers are quite gorgeous and small enough to cluster around the little white frame made with paper clay.

I had been working with the Tim Holtz Wallflower PaperStash and this little chap jumped out at me, so he had to be included, especially as we do have a Robin in the garden at the moment too

It is still a little cold here (well it always is!) so I thought the sentiment was quite apt.

The arty shot!

I hope I have inspired you to join us in our challenge this month and if you need any more inspiration then just hop on over to the blog to see what the other Creative Guides have in store for you - you will be blown away!

Country View Crafts are our sponsor this month and there is £20 voucher for one lucky winner along with an opportunity for three pin worthies to join us in a future challenge.

Have fun whatever you are doing and I'll be back again later!

Jennie x