Friday, 29 September 2017

Learn to be Silent .......

.... which is what I have been trying to do over the last few weeks. After having some wonderful quiet moments whilst sailing I decided to learn a bit about meditation and to try and fit it in to my daily schedule at some point.

I am still very much learning and the hardest part is trying to find 10 minutes each day!

When I saw this quote on Alison Bomber's (Words and Pictures) new stamp set I knew I wanted to make something with it as an aide memoire.

As this is the fifth Friday of the month we have a "Tag Friday" over at A Vintage Journey and so I decided to make a little tag using this quote.

The one thing I have learnt is that thinking of a colour can help relaxation and my mind always seems to gravitate to greyish blue. 

I was teaching a workshop at Belmont House in Unst this last weekend and demonstrating PaperArtsy Infusions and so now have some lovely tags to play with. This is Sleight Blue my favourite colour!

Here are a few step by step photographs of how the background developed .........

Stamping with my favourite mesh stamp (Tim Holtz) ......

..... adding some Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz) ......

.... some (subtle) background stamping .....

..... and finally some texture paste.

I kept my cluster as white as possible and thought that silver would better match the grey/blue colour.   My metal embellishments were gold, so I covered them with gesso and rubbed in some Art Alchemy (Finnabair) Metallique Old Silver Wax.

And the lovely quote again. 

I can certainly recommend Alison's PaperArtsy stamp release. I have three sets now and I love each one of them.  Details of Alison's first two stamp sets can be found HERE at the PaperArtsy shop and for her second release HERE on the PaperArtsy blog.

Alison is of course a fellow Creative Guide over at A Vintage Journey and if you would like to see what the rest of my creative sisters have created for our Tag Friday then please do hop on over to the blog post for some wonderful inspiration. It's a chance for us to experiment and just create without a theme and so always something different to see.

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

Jennie x


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A love of music ......

I have been playing along with a weekly ATC prompt challenge at Mixed Up Mag Mixer on Facebook. Each week we are set a prompt and this week it is stamping with bubblewrap. I stamped mine on my Gelli Plate ...... but I really love the effect and realise I haven't done this for simply ages.

I thought I would share this one as I am loving Alison Bomber's wonderful stamps.

I hope everyone is having a great week! 

It is Shetland Wool Week here and I am only managing a little crafting as I am demonstrating spinning on my wheel most of the week. It is lovely to meet so many wonderful people from all over the globe with an interest in Shetland spinning, fair isle and lace knitting.

Jennie x

Friday, 22 September 2017


It is my turn tonight to share a project for the current Metallics theme over at PaperArtsy.  

I had a wonderful time using Sara Naumann's new stamps and stencils to create this little hanging and combining Fresco Paints to get a wonderful metallic finish for all my embellishments.

Do please join me over at PaperArtsy if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ahoy There Me Hearties !

It is my turn to share a project over at Calico Craft Parts today.

If you would like to see more of my ship "on a bottle" then please hop on over and join me there!

Jennie x

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Christmas with Jo Firth-Young for PaperArtsy

Over at PaperArtsy we are in the final stages of the Christmas Stamp Release and I was extremely excited to be asked to be a wingman for Jo Firth-Young. I absolutely adore Jo's wonderful style, but realised I was going to be really challenged to use these wonderful stamps in my style. 

To say I was challenged out of my comfort zone is an understatement!

I hope these sneak peeks of my projects whet your appetite and that you join me over at PaperArtsy to see more. 

Jennie x

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Autumn Crackle

A sneak peek of a small ATC project I am sharing over at Calico Craft Parts today. Do hop on over if you would like to see more.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Destination Inspiration for A Vintage Journey

It is my turn today to use the contents of the Destinations Inspiration Travel Bag over at A Vintage Journey.

 Here is a sneak peak of my finished project.

Do join me over at A Vintage Journey to see more of the products and techniques I used, one of which was very new to me!

Jennie x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Autumn Postcard and Distress Oxide Experiments

Here's a sneak peek of a gentle Autumnal Postcard I am sharing over at PaperArtsy tonight. I have been experimenting with Distress Oxides and PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints and am really pleased with the final effects.

Do hop on over to PaperArtsy if you would like to find out more.

Jennie x

French Shabby Chic Altered Terracotta Plant Pot

After a such a long break it really is wonderful to be back crafting again AND as it is the first Friday of the month also great to be back presenting my project for A Vintage Journey.

The wonderfully talented Alison of Words and Pictures is our host this month and she is challenging us to be creative with recycled objects.

The challenge is to turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. To try some repurposing, making something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into our artwork - think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive the better!  Just make sure it is in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.

We recently had the SWRI bi-annual craft, flower and produce show here in Shetland and one of the classes in the Craft Section was to alter a 6" flower pot. I would never have thought of doing this without such a prompt but I am so pleased I did! I have decided to share my project with you for this current challenge at A Vintage Journey as I think it fits the bill perfectly!

I have loads of old terracotta pots in the greenhouse so I gave this one a bit of a wash and when dry (which took a bit as terracotta is so porous) I gave it a couple of coats of gesso and then a coat of PaperArtsy Acrylic Fresco Chalk Paint. This is Vintage Lace which is no longer available sadly, but has been one of my favourite colours. 

It took a bit to get the texture paste going around the pot! I had it taped on but it would keep moving! When the texture paste was dry I painted over it with Gold Fresco Chalk Paint. This is a gorgeous PaperArtsy stencil from my wonderful friend Raquel (aka Scrapcosy) and it basically started the theme for me in terms of thinking French shabby chic!

The single layer of napkin was then adhered with Multi Medium with a layer going underneath the tissue and another layer on the top.  

Once dry I then painted the whole pot with DecoArt Crackle Glaze. It was a huge area to cover and I really was unsure as to whether it would work at this stage. But I was not disappointed! The crackles look really wonderfully shabby and antique!

Finally I rubbed (gently!) around the top of the rim with a piece of sandpaper to expose a bit of the terracotta and then rubbed some gold paint around the edge here and there. 

And here it is! the finished pot with a (not very live!) plant inside it! 

I absolutely love that the crackle has even managed to "crackle" the texture paste!

The shabby finish was also unexpected but looks so wonderful.  I keep eyeing up more pots in the greenhouse!

And yes! it was prize worthy - I got a second place.

I do hope you will join us for our challenge this month and look for something unusual to alter.  Our sponsor this month is Simon Says Stamp where the lucky winner will receive a $25 voucher to spend in the shop.

As usual my fellow Creative Guides have come up with some amazing ideas and you really need to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what everyone has been up to and for some great inspiration.

Thanks for joining me today and have a great weekend.

Jennie x