Saturday, 31 December 2016

December 2016 : Tim's Remix Tag

I thought I had completed my blogging for this year then suddenly realised I hadn't done my December tag ! In that I am rather close to the wire, I have postponed the hoovering this morning and I have been crafting ..... bliss !

As usual you can find all the details of Tim's tag HERE

As Christmas has now passed I decided to use the techniques to create an inspirational tag for 2017.

So it's time to


My base tag is hessian but I have used Ground Espresso Distress Spray Stain and the flourish layering stencil.

The metallic embossed shadow press technique is pretty amazing and I hope I will remember it for other projects! It has sat in the drawer for far too long!

My tiles were created using greyboard which I covered with text paper and then used rub ons to decorate along with some other embellishments.

So now I have finished it's back to the hoovering ............

With my very best wishes to you all for a wonderful 2017.

Jennie x

Friday, 30 December 2016

Tag Friday for A Vintage Journey

My last post of 2016 and what a fabulous crafting year I have had!

I always love a Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey as it is a chance to just "create". So this is very much a "me" tag and as usual using up a number of embellishments lying around the desk.

 My resolution at the start of the year was to use all my leftovers (both in the craft room and the kitchen). I must have done well as my "bits" box is a lot less full than it used to be (and we've had an awful lot of soup during the year!).

I started with a tag cut from text paper which then got a coat of gesso and some background stamping.

I had lots of bits of this gorgeous blue Maja Design paper left over from a previous project, so had fun die cutting and stamping tickets and labels for various layers.

A gorgeous photo from Tim's Photo Booth pack.

Not one of my flowers but a Prima white rolled rose which I painted with ColourArte Pigments Caribbean Mist and around the edges Autumn Leaf. I spritzed it very heavily with water and let it dry and am very pleased with the effect - it has a most beautiful sheen without being "glitzy"!

As always there are some fabulous inspirational tags from my fellow Creative Guides, so do hop on over by clicking the link HERE

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the New Year celebrations when they come. 

With each New Year we get a fresh clean page to start over. 
So I am wishing you ALL the hope that life writes a beautiful new chapter for you this year. 

Jennie x

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Special Delivery!

Today I am sharing a quick make "back to basics" card over at Country View Projects

Hop on over and join me if you would like to find out more.

Jennie x

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Mini Matchbox Christmas

Hello Everyone! and welcome to my second project this month for Country View Challenges

I had a couple of very small Christmas presents which needed a pretty package so I decided to use my Sissix Matchbox Die to create two Christmas Mini Matchboxes.

The die is great to work with providing a small open box and then the outside cover which I prefer to use as a book cover rather than a sleeve. So what I have really created is a mini box in a book!

The white box has been cut from glitter cardstock and then decorated with a Tim Holtz Poinsettia (I never tire of this wonderful flower).  I have a magnet enclosed under the pearl which makes for a nice fit when the book is closed.

A close up of the Poinsettia!

The plainer box is made up using some of Tim's Holiday papers - all the little scraps I had left over from other projects!

Again I have used a magnet under the pearl to create a fastening.

Both box books were great fun to make and use up very little in terms of stash as they are great for using up all those little pieces that get saved along the way.

You still have plenty of time to join us in our "Christmas" challenge. Just click the link HERE to go the blog post which gives all the details ...... and above all just have fun!

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Santa Is On His Way !

Today I am sharing my second project this month over at Calico Craft Parts - a winter scene to decorate my mantlepiece during the festive period! 

I do hope you can join me over there!

Jennie x

Thursday, 8 December 2016


Hello Everyone! 

Today I am sharing a card over at Country View Projects. Please do join me if you want to find out more.

Jennie x

Friday, 2 December 2016

Winter Magic

December - the start of winter and of course Christmas ....
... and also the start of a brand new challenge at A Vintage Journey which this month is

Winter Magic!

For us in the northern hemisphere December brings the start of winter and for many that means freezing cold weather and Christmas. But winter is so much more than that and so we ask, how would you interpret the magic of winter - snow, icicles, colours of blue, silver and white, the festivities of Christmas, misty winter landscapes. Just show us your magical focus for the season in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling, industrial or steampunk style.

Debs is hosting this wonderful theme and I had great fun making this little winter scene to sit on the mantlepiece of our lovely Victorian sitting room.

As we draw nearer to the shortest day there is a distinct lack of daylight hours here in the very north. So I am afraid there are no step by steps, in fact it was difficult to even get these pictures!

 I started with a piece of greyboard and die cut the Tim Holtz Iron Gate and then a platform for it to sit into. Everything got a coat of brown paint and then I used DecoArt Acrylic Paint over the whole piece. It was not easy painting this onto the Gate so it is a bit lumpy in places, but amazingly this just adds to the wintery feel.

And then I had fun decorating it!

A cluster of flowers and berries - coated with gesso and a little silver Stickles here and there.

A Calico Craft Parts Snowflake adding a bit of height.

More Calico Craft Parts pieces - two gorgeous corners and mini letters.

I do hope you find time to join us in our challenge even though it is a busy month with the lead up to Christmas.  Do hop on over to the challenge post for all the details and to see all the stunning projects from the rest of the AVJ Creative Guides. You can't fail to be inspired!

Thank you for joining me today and have a great weekend when it arrives - although it looks as though we have a wet and windy forecast!

Jennie x

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Countdown Begins ....

The first of December and (woo hoo) we start the countdown to Christmas Day along with a new challenge over at Country View Challenges which is


And so what better project to share with you today than my Advent Clock!

I bought this Tando Creative kit whilst at one of the Mixology workshops earlier this year and have thankfully managed to complete it in time! 

The kit got a coat of DecoArt Primary Magenta Fluid Acrylic and then it was about hunting down relevant papers. Most came from Tim's Christmas stacks Merriment and Yuletide - loads of little scraps left over from other projects.

I used some of the embellishments in the kit but just had to add a few flowers!

I did use one special piece of cardstock for the middle - a map of the Arctic Circle and Santa land!

This was great fun to make and I hope will be much enjoyed by my two special grandchildren over the next few years. 

I do hope you will find time to join us in our challenge this month despite all the Christmas preparations. Do hop on over to Country View Challenges for some fabulous inspirational pieces from the rest of the DT and of course all the details of the challenge.

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Believe in the Magic of Christmas and Great News!

I am delighted (and excited!) to announce to you today that I am sharing my first project as part of the Design Team at Calico Craft Parts.  

I love so many of their wonderful products which suit my style so perfectly and I hope you will enjoy them too.

My first project is a Christmas Door Hanger so click the link HERE to be whisked over to the Calico Craft Parts blog and more details.

Jennie x