Thursday, 25 May 2017

Guest Designing at Frilly and Funkie with Something Old

Hello everyone! and thank you for joining me today for my Guest Designer project at Frilly and Funkie for their Something Old Challenge.

It was a great pleasure to win the April Showers Challenge last month and so here I am back as Guest Designer for the current challenge.

My "something old" is this old spoon picked up in a charity shop and which has been lurking in one of my boxes for quite a while. I thought it would be fun to use it in a mixed media piece and see how it took inks and Infusions. I was not disappointed!

I started off with this old button card which again was lurking in one of my heaving drawers of stuff to be used!   The front where the buttons had been was not very great but the reverse was pretty solid and took a couple of coats of thick gesso very well and some texture paste through a stencil.

Then I made a little cluster around my old spoon. I wasn't worried about colours at this stage as everything was going to be coated in gesso before spritzing the Infusions.

And then for the fun bit! I sprayed the whole piece with water before gently dropping a small amount of PaperArtsy Infusions A Little Jaded here and there, spritzing again and then mopping up before drying with a heat tool.

I love the varying degrees of colour the Infusions give. Having discovered that the Infusions work so very well with Distress Oxides I blended a little Vintage Photo around the edges and spritzed again, just lightly as I didn't want to lose the Infusions.

I managed to get a little text stamping here and there and also added glass beads. I seem to be getting the hang of these now without them going everywhere!

I love the way the Infusions "puddle" in the textured spaces and around the embellishments. 

And worked really well on the metal spoon too.

Thank you for joining me today and thank you to Linda and the team at Frilly and Funkie for inviting me to be part of the current challenge. Many of you will know that Frilly and Funkie have been a great inspiration to me over the years. If you have not visited them before or seen some of the wonderful step by step tutorials then click the link HERE as there is so much on the blog to inspire!

Again, thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Miniature Paris Couture

Hello and welcome to my second project this month for Calico Craft Parts where I have altered one of their "oh so cute" gothic ATC boards.  

Do join me over on the CCP blog if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Mini Book and Crafting Heaven!

As some of you will know I have been on holiday in Crete and on my way home had a stopover in Edinburgh and had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with Astrid, Rita and Annie for a crafting session. 

Astrid had already die cut these little Eileen Hull Passport Mini Books for us to use and we got stuck in with texture paste, gesso, Infusions and Distress Oxides.

We managed to cram in a lot of work as well as laughter and cake but the time passed just too quickly!

Here are some close ups

We all started with a coat of gesso, then texture paste through a stencil. Then the surface was primed with Chalk PaperArtsy Fresco Paint before having fun with PaperArtsy Infusions using lots of water - as I do! I think I used Sunset Beach.

Then I added layers of Distress Oxides:
Worn Lipstick
Vintage Photo
Walnut Stain

before adding some text stamping

I really love this final effect.

We also got to use Lynne Moncrieff's new stamps which are just the perfect size for this little mini book and stamped so beautifully on the coffee stained paper Astrid had also prepared for us.

I am not quite sure what I want to use the little book for yet, so decided to keep things reasonably plain. This is a great size mini book for using up scraps of some favourite papers. These are the remains of my Prima Almanac papers which I have had for ages waiting to use for something special.

So yes .... crafting heaven ..... a fabulous project and an opportunity to craft with three very special friends, something I don't get the chance to do living here on this remote island.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Adventure is Worthwhile

Tonight I am sharing a project over at PaperArtsy using a number of Found Objects (and some of my favourite PaperArtsy stamps and stencils). 

I hope you can join me over there.

Jennie x

Friday, 5 May 2017

Sharing happiness ..........

I love this quote by John Harrigan and was keen to use it on this little gothic arch (and I just about managed to fit it in!) 

Today we start a brand new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this month our theme is

Use a Quote

The wonderfully talented Jenny Marples is our host this month and she is urging us to take a quote! any quote! whether it be on a stamp, a sticker, handwritten or sourced from the internet. Just make it the focal point of your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk project.

Our sponsors this month are That's Crafty and very generously they have provided all the Creative Guides with one of their MDF boards to play with for the challenge project. 

This little gothic arch and stand is very cute and measures only 5.5 inches high, so it was challenging to fit my quote in!

I first coated the MDF with gesso and added some Tim Holtz Texture Paste through a couple of stencils and then filled in a few gaps with DecoArt Crackle Paint. I wanted to use PaperArtsy Infusions which always work so much better with a base coat of Fresco Paint, so everything got a coat of Chalk before spritzing here and there with Olive Infusions.

Finally some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges along with a little stamping finished it off.

Despite the snowy weather as I write this our garden is full of sunshine in the form of daffodils (yes much later here in the north!) and I had these little yellow flowers left over from a workshop I taught last year so decided to use them as a cascade down the arch.

I needed some contrast for the light yellow flowers so painted a larger flower with the Olive Infusions and added a little torn book paper which had also been coloured with Ochre Infusions.

I do love these little beads, but they do rather go everywhere and not necessarily where you want them to go!

As you can see from these last two photographs, the MDF board is very thick and will take a punishing of gesso, paints and anything else you choose to throw at it! 

I have to come clean at this point and say my first attempt was using the Ochre Infusions, but I decided I didn't like it so covered it all over with gesso and started again!  I had even started sticking things down. So all credit to the MDF board - it's tough!

I do hope you will hop on over to the AVJ blog for our challenge post HERE and see what the other Creative Guides have created with their MDF pieces. Absolute stunners all of them!

As usual  you will find all the details of the challenge for this month there as well. I do hope you find time to join in.

As always, thank you for joining me.

Jennie x

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Vintage Coasters .....

..... and no .....  not the sort that you could put your wine glass on! 

I have been altering beer mat coasters over at Calico Craft Parts so do join me over on the blog if you would like to find out more!

Jennie x