Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Believe in Your Star

The month of November is drawing to a close and I am the last of the DT at Country View Challenges to post in what has been a star struck month!  I had great fun creating this little star decoration but sadly the light in the craft room just lately has been so poor I have been unable to take photographs as I have gone along.

I started with a little cube made using the smallest of the cubes on the Sissix 3D Blocks Die. I tore up strips of printed tissue paper and stuck them all over the box at random with multi medium. After a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze had dried I rubbed White DecoArt Antiquing Cream all over the box and this left a really lovely subtle vintage crackle.

I bought some wooden stars from Hobbycraft many years ago and didn't really know what to do with them, but having been on the DecoArt Courses this year everything is getting a crackle make-over! I painted the star first with Raw Sienna Fluid Acrylics before adding DecoArt Crackle Paint. Once it crackled the vintage brown paint was visible in the cracks.  

The addition of a couple of embellishments was really all it needed as it really is SMALL !!!

Thank you so much for joining me today and here's looking forward to a new challenge at Country View Challenges on Thursday.

Jennie x

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Rolled Rose Shabby Posies Tutorial

It is my turn to share another project over at the Country View Crafts Projects blog and today I have another card showcasing the Tammy Tatterow Shabby Posies dies. 

This flower is slightly different to the one I made earlier in the month, so please scroll on down if you would like a photo tutorial. Or click the link HERE to go to Country View Crafts and details of the card.

The Shabby Posies Die consists of four individual dies and for this flower I am using the second largest.

I have cut four flower shapes in cream cardstock, but the flower would also look lovely using patterned paper stock too.

Next I blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.

Then spritzed well with water ......

.... before scrunching up using the end of the paintbrush into the centre of the flower.

Then leave to dry naturally.

Once dry open out carefully .... you can see that I wasn't too careful and leaf has torn off, but not to worry as you will see in a minute.

Turn the flowers over and using a ball tool around the outside of the flower petals create a curled edge.

Turn the flower over and press the ball tool into the middle to create the raised flower shape.

Three layers created in this way can then be stuck together. If you want more curls you can curl the edges back further with an old knitting needle.

Then from the fourth flower cut two joining petals and one single one (I used the torn one here).  Roll the single petal up and stick it to the two joining petals and roll them up too shaping the edges a little as you roll.

You then need to trim quite a bit off the edge with some good quality scissors.  You may find the bud unravels a bit at this stage as the die style cuts quite deep petals, but it is easy enough to glue back together again.

Finally glue this rolled bud into the centre of the flower.

This is a nice sized flower which sits well on small projects (this card measures 6" x 3") or can be clustered together on a larger project.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and find it useful. 

Have a great week!

Jennie x

Monday, 21 November 2016

Dreams are Whispers from Your Soul

Hello Everyone!

Alcohol Inks is our challenge at PaperArtsy at the moment and I have altered a small needle tin for my project. Do join me over on the PaperArtsy Blog if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Take It Make It .....

I was actually clearing up the craft room but you know how it is, you find a crackled background and a flower ........ and you just have to make something with them. 

So I thought I would enter the finished small mixed media plaque into the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge this month which is:

Take A Stamp
Anything Goes
(just remember to stamp somewhere)

The crackled background (a Tando Creative Mixed Media Board) was stamped with various PaperArtsy stamps and I then stamped a couple of layers to go on top.

The flower was left over from my Shabby Posies tutorial posted the other day. 

I inked and stamped a leaf to match .....

and stamped a butterfly ........

Everything got layered with some painted die cut mesh, string, inked ribbon and a stamped sentiment. There is a crackled heart in there too (also found on my desk!).

I do like giving everything a spruce up with some gesso when everything is stuck down and also some gold paint.

Needless to say I didn't get very far with the tidying up!

As always thank you for joining me today!
and I hope you have a craft filled week.

Jennie x

Friday, 11 November 2016

Nature's Wonder

Another play day yesterday and what better than to use a mixed media challenge to focus the short time I had available. I have been a bit of a "lurker" on Mixed Media Monthly - desperate to join in but never having found the time recently.  

The current challenge is to create a project inspired by the colours of this Colour Inspiration Mood Board.

Quite a challenge for me as they are not a group of colours I might go to readily!

The nearest I could get to the colours was with this group of Distress Inks.

And this is my journal page inspired by the colours (and the photograph!)

There are no step by steps as it was a playtime! There are layers of texture paste and then Distress Inks painted, splodged and dripped on top.

A leaf I had left over from a previous project - a die cut inked with Distress Ink and then stamped with one of  Tim's fabulous leaf stamps.

More texture paste on this side of the page using a leaf layering stencil along with stencils and background stamping.

The trees were stamped on tissue paper and layered on to the page very carefully with Gel Medium in order not to "disturb" the inked layers.

I am really enjoying these brief forays into the craft room in between my panto duties. And in fact it has taught me that I really can do things a lot quicker! 

Thank you for joining me today as it this week draws to a close I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. 

Jennie x

Challenge #30

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Rustic Glam

Hello Everyone and thank you for your lovely comments on my Shabby Posies Tutorial yesterday. 

I was in desperate need of a "play" yesterday and as I haven't had the opportunity to join in some of my favourite challenges lately decided to use a couple of challenge themes to just "create". 

I also had a flower left over from my tutorial and decided to use that as the basis for my tag. Click the link HERE for the tutorial if you would like to see how it was made.

I started with a Tando Creative Greyboard Tag and covered it first in DecoArt Brown Acrylic Paint before adding a coat of DecoArt Crackle Paint. A little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges gave it a rustic feel.

I cut some metal mesh using a die and as this was a bit brassy I coloured it in places with DecoArt Burnt Umber and then some Quinacridone Gold.

More mesh and a cinnamon stick plus leaves cut from hessian and a sentiment from cork - all rather rustic! And the glam provided by the ribbon, flowers, glass pins and pearls.

Finally I added white gesso here and there with a paint brush and a few splatters as well.

I really enjoyed making this and hope to find more time now that some of my commitments are getting less to play for "me" more! I would like to enter my rustic tag into two of my favourite challenges:

It is very worthwhile hopping over to both these challenge blogs for some fabulous inspirational ideas from the Design Teams.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope the sun is shining wherever you are as it is here (although it is also raining and rather windy!)

Jennie x

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Shabby Posies Tutorial

Hello and thank you for joining me today and a huge welcome if you have hopped on over from Country View Projects. 

Today I am sharing a card over at Country View Projects using some lovely new Tammy Tutterow dies and in particular the Shabby Posies Die. I absolutely adore this set and so I thought I would share a tutorial today for this shabby inked flower.

There are four dies in the set and for this card I used the second largest die. 

I cut three flowers from cream cardstock and then inked the edges with Distress Inks: first Fossilised Amber, then Rusty Hinge and finally Seedless Preserves.

These then got spritzed with water ......

and then scrunched up ....
 (I find it most useful to use the end of a small paintbrush to get the scrunching started)

Scrunch them as tightly as possible ........

Then leave them to dry naturally - overnight if possible so that every part is dry before you move on to the next stage.

When they are completely dry open out carefully and use a bone folder to smooth out the petals but keep in all those lovely creases!

If you are using a stamen stem then it is a good idea to punch the holes now!

Roll the edges - I find an old thin knitting needle good for this!

Roll the edges on all three petals but roll them successively tighter so that when you layer them they are not sitting directly on top of each other.

Thread the stamen stem through the holes .....

.... and add some pva glue to the back of the stem to keep everything in place.

The finished flower .... which makes for a beautiful adornment on a simple layered card.

I hope this photo tutorial gives you some ideas for making flowers with this fabulous set from Tammy and pop back later in the month when I will have another tutorial using more of these dies.

Thanks for joining me today!

Jennie x