Thursday, 26 May 2016

12 Tags of 2016 : May Remix

An ultra quick post from me today as I have my bags packed (again !!) for a fabulous long weekend to London with my drama group friends. 

Shows, plays, tours - we have three packed days! 

But I just had time to squeeze in some time to make my May tag.

As usual all the details are HERE on Tim's blog.

As the sun is shining here I thought I would use some lovely bright colours. 

I am really enjoying my Distress Crayons so used the Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers for my background.

 I made my mini Tattered Florals with some thick handmade paper which I really love.

Another great remix of old techniques from Tim and I am so pleased I managed to get it made before going away!

Thank you so much for joining me and when I get home on Monday things should return to normality for a while! and the chance to start visiting your lovely blogs again.

Have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Special Delivery

Everyone loves a Special Delivery and I had great fun with Tim Holtz's Correspondence and Classic Stamps for this little special delivery card.

Hop on over to Country View Projects if you would like to see how it came together.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Correspondence Art

Today I am sharing my first project of the month over at Country View Projects and I am back adding more correspondence art to my single layer stamping book. 

Hop on over if you want to see how this little piece came together.

Jennie x

Friday, 6 May 2016

Sew Special

Hello Everyone and welcome to the start of our new challenge at A Vintage Journey and the fabulous Jenny (aka Buttons) is our host this month and our theme is


Add fabric to your entry in some way, be it felt, burlap, ribbon or cloth and if you are really feeling brave maybe include a touch of real or faux stitching. 

I decided to go completely down the sewing route and made this little Vintage Pillow. Sadly I seem to have lost all the photographs I took of the process! 

I used a Hexagon Die to cut the linen and created texture with some Tim Holtz Texture Paste and the Ruler Layering Stencil before stitching and stuffing lightly.

I then added my embellishments using PVA glue (Cosmic Shimmer) which adhered really well to the fabric.

This lovely quote from the Artistic Outpost Think and Wonder set stamped beautifully on the linen.

I hope this has inspired you to join us in our challenge, but do hop on over HERE to our challenge blog post to see what my wonderful teamies have put together for this fabulous challenge.

This month our sponsor is Calico Craft Parts and there will be a special prize for one lucky random drawn winner. We are looking forward to seeing what ideas you have to incorporate this sew special theme in your vintage, shabby, mixed media art projects.

Thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend.

Jennie x

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Art Journal Musings

Time for my second post for Country View Challenges where our challenge is to use a stencil. I had so much fun with my first art journal page I decided to make another. Similar in a lot of respects but different colours on different paper and this time a bit of a plan!

I chose my colours as little more carefully for a more subtle but contrasting effect.

Again my favourite way of getting ink on the page - wrinkle free distress technique. As the paper is slightly thicker in this art journal I got some different effects.

Lots of stencils this time!

I blended the inks through the stencils but this time very lightly to get a more ghosting effect. Sometimes I didn't get a good impression through the stencil, but it added to the effect I was trying to achieve. A flourish has the great ability to tie everything in together - be it a stencil or a stamp!

More texture paste through the text stencil and some added words and numbers. However, I started to regret using the brown and tried to remove it in the top left hand corner and made a bit of a mess!

But quotes came to the rescue! This time I stamped with Distress Ink so the stamping blended more into the background.

Two art journal pages using very similar techniques but totally different by using softer colours and blending in a lighter way. Here is the link to my first page if you would like to compare them further.

You still have plenty of time to join us in our challenge, so get out those stencils and have some fun!!!

And of course don't forget our fabulous blog hop with the wonderful prize for one lucky winner. You can find all the details HERE if you missed it on the first of the month.

Jennie x

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Hitting the Books

... is what we are doing this month at Our Creative Corner. I am hosting my very first challenge at OCC and I have chosen the theme

Hit the Books!

I adore old book paper and old books and I am always glad to be able to breathe new life into a dilapidated book which most people would consider throwing out. So to join us you just need to make sure that you give your book paper or books centre stage!

For my project I have used some papers from an old Penguin Classic Paperback which my friend was taking to the skip as it had missing pages and was looking very sorry for itself! 

I took out about a third of the book using the paper signatures as a guide and folded them in two. The edges of the pages were already beautifully aged so I didn't need to add any ink!

Then I needed a book! As I was working with a paperback I had to make my own book covers.

I used coaster board as the base and covered it with Stampin Up Crumb Cake cardstock - a favourite "go to".

And then time to have some fun decorating! I chose some old Shabby Chic Vintage Pages which I been saving for something special and managed to cut enough for each cover, but had to layer these on top of some more paper from the paperback. A little lace around the edges helped too.

I decided to hold my project together with dyed ribbon and used an eyelet covered hole to ensure the ribbon was secured.

All good so far!

And then even more fun as I layered these gorgeous blooms over the ribbon in order to pull it all together.

I am very pleased with the way this project has turned out. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time but finally got around to it without damaging a hardback book!

I do hope you will find time to join us in our challenge. Search through your stash for old book paper or books and create a project with what you find. You might want to use papers within your project or you might want to breathe new life into an old book by altering it in some way. I do hope I have chosen a challenge theme with huge scope for projects - small or large.

If you are looking for inspiration then DO hop on over HERE to see what the Design Team have created. 

Our sponsor this month is

The winner this month will receive a huge bundle of goodies from our generous sponsor!

Thank you so much for joining me (again!) today - I really appreciate it!

Happy May Day!

Jennie x

Stencil Fun

Good morning to you all on this first day of May! I have no dancing around the Maypole for you but I have had fun in my art journal using stencils for our new challenge at Country View Challenges and I shall be sending you off on a blog hop at the end of the post so that you have the chance to win a fabulous prize from Country View Crafts.

Chris is our host this month and she is challenging us to Use A Stencil in our projects but if you are like me you might want to use more than one!

I gathered some inks, actually quite randomly, but I quite like stacking them to get an idea of how the colours might look together.

I used the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique to get the ink on the pages - not easy with a book but it's just one of those things you have to go with what you get !!

I gathered a few stencils.

I blended the same inks through the stencils and then added texture paste through the text stencil once everything had dried.

Next I added some stamping using Cobalt Blue Archival Ink and a selection of stamps.

I then gathered a few bits and pieces from my scrap box.

I am never too sure at this stage whether I will use them all but it is nice to have a selection to play around with.

I decided to keep the embellishments simple on the left hand page .......

........ and a heavier collage on the right.

A bright mix of colours but by using stencils I have managed to blend them together.

I hope this inspires you to join us in our challenge this month where your entry will be entered into our £20 Voucher draw. However, in addition, running alongside our challenge, we are also running a Blog Hop with a Sissiz Big Shot Machine and Die Bundle as the prize. How brilliant is that! To enter you must be a follower of our challenge blog and hop along to each of our Design Team Members Blogs and leave a comment. 

To start the blog hop from here, or to continue if you came here from Gabrielle's blog then hop on over to Rachel's blog:

Thank you so much for joining me today! and good luck with the challenge and blog hop prize draw.

Jennie x