Friday, 30 June 2017

Whitewashed Dreams

Hello and welcome to the first of a number of scheduled posts as I am now sailing around the west coast of Scotland in (hopefully!) blue skies and calm seas! 

It is the fifth Friday of the month so over at A Vintage Journey we always have an open tag showcase where the Creative Guides share a tag in their own style. It is a great opportunity to just experiment and try new things and I had EVERY intention of doing something very colourful ...... but somehow this happened!

I just can't seem to get away from neutrals and it actually looks whiter than the photo would suggest but the lighting here at the moment is grim with dark skies and lots of rain and wind!

I started with a white washed tag which I overstamped with a woodgrain stamp in light grey. It got a further coat of a watery white chalk paint to tone it down a bit.  I scored along the marks of the stamp to get the "planked" look.  I really love Lynne Moncrieff's Affirmations Stamps which work well on vintage or more contemporary projects.

On a trip to the Mainland recently I managed to get hold of some white resin - it can't be posted here to Shetland (no idea why!) and have had a lovely time playing with all my moulds. I normally use paperclay but I love the sturdiness of the resin and it is easier to apply wax around the edges for a little definition.

So that's my tag! a more colourful one might happen another time!

Do please hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides have created. There are so many different vintage shabby styles amongst us and amazing talent so worth a visit!

As always thank you for joining me and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Sunday, 25 June 2017

My Story I Will Share : Eileen Hull Junk Journal

Hello and welcome to this picture heavy post of my first Junk Journal using the Eileen Hull die. 

I have had so much fun so far and it is still a work in progress! The intention is to share MY story, so the first signature will be about my childhood. 

Many thanks to my lovely friends Anne Redfern and Brenda Brown for sharing the journal covers (my ordered die is yet to arrive) and to Jenny Marples for so many lovely ideas for decorating.  And of course to Eileen Hull for coming up with the idea of the die in the first place.

I have another journal in progress too - one for my sailing holiday on the west coast of Scotland which has to be finished before midday tomorrow as I leave on the ferry tomorrow night! 

Thank you for staying with me this far!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jennie x


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Vintage Stamp Release at PaperArtsy

I am delighted to be sharing another exciting stamp release this evening over at PaperArtsy

The lovely Raquel Burillo Perez (aka Scrapcosy) has released another gorgeous set of Vintage Stamps and Stencils and I was so very lucky to be chosen as one of the wingmen along with Alison Bomber to make samples for the release this week.

Tonight it is my turn to share my projects.

For details of all the stamps and stencils in this release then please do join me over at PaperArtsy. You will also be able to view how I went about showcasing the stamps and how very easy it is to use smaller pieces of the gorgeous stamps and stencils and how well they work with PaperArtsy Infusions.

I made a range of projects:

A box using Eileen Hull's Cannister Die.

A set of ATCs.

And finally a 6 x 6 board which showcased the gorgeous Roses stencil.

I do hope you will be able to join me over at PaperArtsy to see more of these wonderful projects and more importantly the stamps and stencils in this vintage release.

As always thank you for joining me.

Jennie x


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Wild Roses

A sneak peak of my project today over at Calico Craft Parts where I am enthusing about wild roses!

Please do join me if you would like to know more.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Crafting Heaven

Many of you will know that I have been in Coventry this weekend attending a fabulous weekend workshop  (Applied Creativity in 3 Acts) attending workshops with Anna Dabrowska (Finnabair), France Papillon and Marta Lapkowska - three of my all time favourite mixed media artists.

It was a most amazing weekend, jam packed with projects, techniques, laughter, inky fingers,  meeting old friends and making new ones.  All my projects survived my trip home so I have today been able to take photographs and will share them with you.


Our first project with Marta was this amazing hanging using all manner of boards, metal, resin and paperclay embellishments which we then aged with brown paints. 

I really loved the layering and then the ageing just adding the touch of turquoise to give it an amazing depth.

Marta's Sunday project was this wonderful wooden board which again was layered with greyboard and embellishments and then sprayed with four corresponding colours. 

Marta is wonderful at finding "ordinary" items to use as embellishments - here little picnic forks!


Anyone who knows France will know that she always surprises! and she certainly did with this project. We MADE, yes MADE a plaster of paris egg which we then decorated and then of course we had to make a nest for it!

Not an easy one to photograph and it did suffer a little damage on the way home but this project will be remembered for the laughter at the "laying" of the egg - when we burst the balloon to see what sort of egg we had. Mine was rather small - some were akin to ostrich eggs!

Our second project with France was this rather abstract board but she wanted to get us to make something using techniques which we could utilise in our art journals. 

At the start this was my least favourite project, but by the end I absolutely loved it. I really learnt so much about creating depth and texture in a very simple way and I can't wait to utilise the techniques in my art journal.


Our first project with Anna was also a board which we decorated with paint techniques and then collaged metal and board in what is Anna's unique style.

She makes her placement of the embellishments look so simple but I certainly struggled to get something I was happy with. 

And finally our last project with Anna - this beautifully decorated notebook cover. There was much painting and spraying on this before going in with her wonderful new waxes (which I must say have the most beautiful aroma - vanilla and frankincense.

A wonderful weekend spent with so many like minded people. I spent a lovely Friday evening in the company of Marjie Kemper, France Papillon, my fellow Vintage Journey Creative Guide, Anne Redfern and Rachel Fisher who I had met on the team at Country View Crafts.

And then a chance meeting in the breakfast queue got me talking to Jan MacAuliffe which led me to spend the rest of the weekend crafting with these lovely ladies who before Saturday I had not met at all.

Jan MacAuliffe, Kathy Byrne, Jacqui Chimes and Janina Byrne

So a fabulous time was had and much was learnt and many new friends made. 

Jennie x


Friday, 2 June 2017

It's all about the Journey .......

Hello to you all and welcome to another new challenge at A Vintage Journey. My heavens how the months are whizzing by! 

The irrepressible Nikki is our host this month and she is asking us to use 


Let's work with canvas this month in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journal, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style. It doesn't matter how, as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project.  Perhaps you may use canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface.

Shimmers Paints are our sponsors this month and there is the chance to win a $25 dollar voucher and the chance to join be chosen as a Creative Guide Pinworthy.

I decided to use a canvas board for my project - this one measures 5" x 7" and is a great size for mixed media layering. The board was already primed with gesso so I got straight in and added some texture paste and then a good shake of PaperArtsy Infusions (Rusty Brown) with plenty of water.

A little bit of text stamping here and there and that was it done!

I was recently given a little money gift and decided to treat myself to a three month subscription to one of the monthly craft box companies - Craft Box. This was the most vintage company I could find which suited my style, but more than anything with no chance to visit craft shops or shows I thought it would be great to have a surprise box each month with lovely embellishments and products. I have not been disappointed! I decided though that I needed to stop looking at everything and actually use some of it!

So these are a few of the embellishments I chose.

There was also a lovely wooden frame included in one of the monthly boxes. It was a little small for the canvas, so I cut it in half so it just pokes out top and bottom.

This is a bit photo heavy but I thought you might like to see the layers which contributed to the finished piece.

This was the base layer - I had an idea where everything was going, hence the floating lace!  The lace was soaked in the Rust Brown Infusions.

The little wooden frame embellishment came next.

By this stage there was quite a bit of depth so the metal and Prima clock had to be stuck down with some heavy gel.

Finally I stamped my sentiment and layered it on some heavy greyboard.

I tucked some muslin in amongst the layers too and added this gorgeous little cotton reel with some hessian twine - so cute!

I did go in with gesso once everything was well stuck down but just here and there as I didn't want to overpower it.

I just LoVE this little cameo!

You can see how raised the layers are and having started with a canvas board means that they have a good level of support.

I have really enjoyed using some of my lovely surprise products! There are still plenty more left so I must get on and use them.

And so ..... back to the challenge .... it goes without saying that you should hop on over to the challenge blog for details of the challenge and to see the wonderful inspirational projects the rest of the team has created. Not to be missed !

Have a great weekend and thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x